The Media’s Plan to Ambush Ron Paul
By Mike Whitney
|“The American Republic is in remnant status. The stage is set
for our country to devolve into a military dictatorship, and few
seem to care.” Rep. Ron Paul
11/07/07 "ICH" --- - First we stop the killing, and then we
restore the Constitution. These are our two main priorities. And
that’s why I’m voting for Ron Paul. He is the only candidate
(with a chance to win) who’s promising to do either. And he’ll
keep his word. That makes him the only truly American candidate
running for president.
Paul is serious about withdrawing US troops from Iraq. He knows
that the war was a mistake and believes that the American
occupation must end. He has promised to stop the ongoing
slaughter of Iraqi civilians. That should be the primary moral
consideration for anyone casting a ballot on November 3.
Will you vote to stop the killing or not? It’s as simple as
Paul has also promised to restore the rule of law---to repeal
the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act; to reinstate
Posse Comitatus, due process, habeas corpus, and the
“presumption of innocence”. He’ll make sure that US
prisoners—whether they are American citizens or foreign
nationals---are treated in way that complies with our treaty
obligations, the Geneva Conventions, the Bill of Rights, and the
basic tenets of human decency.
Under Paul, the torture will stop. Period.
What other candidate will stop the torture of US prisoners? What
other candidate will stop the government’s spying on the
American people? What other candidate will challenge Bush’s
claim that the president can arbitrarily cast an American
citizen in prison and keep him there as long as he chooses
without charging him with a crime?
Bush has abolished the basic safeguards which protect the
citizen from the long-arm of the state. The legal system needs
be purged of his executive signing statements and presidential
decrees. Only Paul promises to restore the Constitution. There
is no second choice.
Paul is the only candidate who grasps the economic problems
facing the nation from our massive deficit spending, the
destruction of our manufacturing base, and the falling dollar.
He may not be able to pull us back from the brink, but he will
rebuild confidence in our currency, our markets, and our trade
policies. That’s the best we can hope for given the mess that
Bush has created.
On November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, the Paul campaign raised over
$4.07 million in one day mostly from private citizens. He
surpassed all the other candidates except Hilary Clinton and has
raised more than $6.84 million in the first five weeks of this
quarter alone. Paul’s “purely” grassroots movement is energized
by working class Americans who see his candidacy as a last-ditch
effort to end the war in Iraq, reestablish fiscal sanity, and
restore civil liberties.
Despite the fact that Paul has a strong personal approval
ratings and polls well against his competitors; the media has
deliberately---and very successfully---kept him out of the
public eye. That will be more difficult to do now that his
campaign war-chest is packed with contributions and his base of
support is expanding across the country.
We expect the media to ditch its failed strategy of simply
ignoring Paul and take the more aggressive approach of attacking
him outright. Now that Paul has established himself as a
credible threat to the warmongering, autocratic corporate elite;
he will have to be discredited through a coordinated media-blitz
which will target his voting record, his character, and any
other trivial foible which may incite public scorn.
He’s got a bull’s-eye on his back.
We’ve seen it all before, haven’t we? The politics of personal
destruction organized and directed from the penthouse suites of
the media’s corporate offices?
Perhaps, it will be a repeat of the “Dean Scream”, where the
voice of antiwar candidate Howard Dean was isolated from the
crowd noise-- and played on the mainstream media over 900 times
in 48 hours---making Dean look like a maniac and torpedoing
whatever chance he may have had of winning the Democratic
Or maybe it will be like John McCain’s “rumored” out-of-wedlock
black baby in the North Carolina primary? Or the “Swift-boating”
of John Kerry in the 2004 election? Or the attacks on Dan Rather
following his report that the president was a slacker who
vamoosed from the “Champagne Unit” of the Texas National Guard
Whatever the plan may be, we should know by now that the media
will continue to act as the chief adversary of the American
people and the cause of freedom. That won’t change until the 5
corporate media-giants are brought to account and busted up into
a thousand little pieces.
But don’t expect the Paul supporters to throw in the towel like
the weak-kneed Dean throng. These guys are stubborn and
resolute. And they won’t budge on matters of principle. They’re
not taken in by the media’s cheesy smear-campaigns and they
won’t jump off the bandwagon at the first sign of trouble.
The Paul crowd has some heavy artillery of their own, too---and
they’re wheeling it into place right now. Their ranks are
gradually swelling, the money is pouring in, and they are not
going to give up their country without a fight.
This election is shaping up to be a clash of ideals between the
people who still believe in freedom and those who don’t. It’s
going hand-to-hand combat and it’ll probably crack the country
Good. Let the battle begin. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Every
generation needs a new revolution.”
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