HOW THE MEDIA CONTROLS POLITICAL CANDIDATES
Here's Jon Stewart from the Daily Show showing how the media (liberal, conservative, or otherwise) is ignoring Ron Paul whom received a respectable amount of votes during the Iowa Straw Poll. He was only short 1% of winning, yet no one on CNN, Fox, or MSNBC give any air time to Mr. Paul.
No wonder he has such a difficult time getting large national support when he is treated unfairly by the media. It is obvious Mr. Paul is a threat to the Democrats and the Republicans. Unlike other candidates Ron Paul has been known to not follow party lines and vote with his conscious especially when it comes to reform. This is an absolute threat to the gravy train both parties have built for themselves over the past half century. I do welcome Ron Paul's new ideas and how he rocks the boat bringing attention to how government should be changed, but I don't back him fully. He is far better than the majority of Republicans, but his solutions to governmental problems are not fully thought through. For example, he wants to audit the Federal Reserve then subsequently dismantle it. The Fed does need scrutiny, but simply shutting it down is no solution. We would lose the benefits the Fed provides even if we rid ourselves of the risks created by the powerful agency. Another of my beefs with Paul is his take on religion in America. I am vehemently against religion in government (or religion anywhere for that matter) but I want to stress that the topic of religion isn't my one issue. Yet, the topic separates the chafe from the wheat in regards to the comprehension of the US Constitution, US History, and whether a candidate supports the basic American principle of Freedom of Religion. Ron Paul claims to be a libertarian and a constitutional champion, yet he fails utterly when he claims:
"The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders' political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government's hostility to religion."The War on ReligionIt shows his lack of historical education and his lack of understanding of the founding fathers. For my explanation of why this is so, see the --Ron Paul, 2003 - Treaty of Tripoli or read an email I wrote to a relative on what I will teach my children. That being said, I would vote for Ron Paul over Rick Perry any day. This comes from someone whom hasn't voted Republican for President ever and someone who was born and raised in Texas. Update (8/27/2011): One more reason why Ron Paul isn't a good candidate: Ron Paul doesn't believe in evolution.