There are four Republican candidates left standing in the GOP’s presidential primary contest: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. But to listen to most of talk radio and Fox News — i.e. the so-called “conservative” media — you would think that Ron Paul had withdrawn from the race, if he was ever in it at all.
This sort of coverage from self-avowed “conservatives” is the function of the worst of vices on their part. Paul not only remains a contestant in this struggle for his party’s prize, he remains a most viable contestant. That they would suggest otherwise, then, reflects upon their dishonesty as well as their recklessness. Finally, in neglecting Paul, the GOP’s apologists in the media convict themselves of both injustice and a lack of charity. Given that Paul’s integrity, both as a man as well as a public servant, is second to none, both justice and charity demand that he receive vastly more respect than his detractors in “the conservative media” are willing to give him.
That those Americans who yearn for a restoration of the constitutional Republic for which our progenitors fought and died should be reluctant to vote for Ron Paul because of his age, say, or even his style, is understandable. Yet these are the only considerations that should prevent the lover of liberty from casting his ballot for the only candidate in this race who shares his love.
Although the person of good will can’t but be frustrated with “conservative media” coverage of the GOP race, he is equally powerless from getting a chuckle out of it.
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Jack Kerwick, Ph.D. (photo)