{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2011\/08\/27\/how-the-media-controls-political-candidates\/","trash":"","name":"how-the-media-controls-political-candidates","parent":"","title":"How the media controls political candidates","date":"2011-08-27 11:13:38","filepath":"posts\/2000401_how-the-media-controls-political-candidates.xml.json","type":"post","content":"Here's Jon Stewart from the Daily Show showing how the media (liberal, conservative, or otherwise) is ignoring Ron Paul whom received a\u00a0respectable\u00a0amount of votes during the Iowa Straw Poll. \u00a0He was only short 1% of winning, yet no one on CNN, Fox, or MSNBC give any air time to Mr. Paul.\n\n<div style=\"background-color:#000000;width:520px;\"><div style=\"padding:4px;\"><embed src=\"http:\/\/media.mtvnservices.com\/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:394630\" width=\"512\" height=\"288\" type=\"application\/x-shockwave-flash\" allowFullScreen=\"true\" allowScriptAccess=\"always\" base=\".\" flashVars=\"\"><\/embed><p style=\"text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;\"><b><a href=\"http:\/\/www.thedailyshow.com\/watch\/mon-august-15-2011\/indecision-2012---corn-polled-edition---ron-paul---the-top-tier\">The Daily Show - Indecision 2012 - Corn Polled Edition - Ron Paul & the Top Tier<\/a><\/b><br\/>Get More: <a href='http:\/\/www.thedailyshow.com\/full-episodes\/'>Daily Show Full Episodes<\/a>,<a href='http:\/\/www.indecisionforever.com\/'>Political Humor & Satire Blog<\/a>,<a href='http:\/\/www.facebook.com\/thedailyshow'>The Daily Show on Facebook<\/a><\/p><\/div><\/div>\n\nNo wonder he has such a difficult time getting large national support when he is treated <a href=\"http:\/\/www.economist.com\/blogs\/democracyinamerica\/2011\/08\/ron-paul-and-michele-bachmann\" target=\"_blank\">unfairly by the media<\/a>.\n\nIt is obvious Mr. Paul is a threat to the Democrats and the Republicans. \u00a0Unlike other candidates Ron Paul has been known to not follow party lines and vote with his\u00a0conscious\u00a0especially when it comes to reform. \u00a0This is an absolute threat to the gravy train both parties have built for themselves over the past half century.\n\nI 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. \u00a0He is far better than the majority of Republicans, but his solutions to governmental problems are not fully thought through.\n\nFor example, he wants to audit the Federal Reserve then subsequently dismantle it. \u00a0The Fed does need scrutiny, but simply shutting it down is no solution. \u00a0We would lose the\u00a0benefits\u00a0the Fed provides even if we rid ourselves of the risks created by the powerful agency.\n\nAnother of my beefs with Paul is his take on religion in America. \u00a0I 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 <strong>one issue<\/strong>. \u00a0Yet, the topic separates the\u00a0chafe\u00a0from 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.\n\nRon Paul claims to be a libertarian and a constitutional champion, yet he fails utterly when he claims:\n<blockquote>\"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.\"\n\n--Ron Paul, 2003 - <a href=\"http:\/\/www.lewrockwell.com\/paul\/paul148.html\" target=\"_blank\">The War on Religion<\/a><\/blockquote>\nIt shows his lack of historical education and his lack of understanding of the founding fathers. \u00a0For my explanation of why this is so, see the <a href=\"http:\/\/avalon.law.yale.edu\/18th_century\/bar1796t.asp\" target=\"_blank\">Treaty of Tripoli<\/a> or read an email I wrote to a relative on <a href=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/2011\/08\/18\/what-i-will-teach-my-children\/\">what I will teach my children<\/a>.\n\nThat being said, I would vote for Ron Paul over Rick Perry any day. \u00a0This comes from someone whom hasn't voted Republican for President ever and someone who was born and raised in Texas.\n\n<strong>Update (8\/27\/2011):<\/strong> One more reason why Ron Paul isn't a good candidate: <a href=\"http:\/\/youtu.be\/6JyvkjSKMLw\" target=\"_blank\">Ron Paul doesn't believe in evolution<\/a>."}}
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