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Congressman Ron Paul has been quietly (but steadily) gaining in the polls and is a legitimate contender to win in both Iowa and New Hampshire. So if you’re looking for an “electable” principled conservative, it’s time to get serious about Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is for real in Iowa. Seriously.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, long dismissed by the GOP establishment as a fringe candidate, has broadened his electoral appeal and emerged as a major player in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, according to several recent polls and conversations with a handful of longtime Hawkeye political operatives.

“He has certainly broadened his coalition from the ‘rage against the machine’ types that primarily comprised his supporters in 2008,” said one senior Iowa Republican operative granted anonymity to speak candidly about Paul’s prospects. “The expanded coalition includes more traditional activists — as a number of GOP county chairs have endorsed his campaign, as have a handful of legislators.”

So, there is broad — if not unanimous — agreement that Paul has momentum in Iowa.

What is behind Paul’s growing momentum? He’s the most consistent and trustworthy Tea Party candidate.

Why Tea Party Voters Are Returning to Ron Paul

In a February meeting of the tea party, caucus chair Rep. Michele Bachmann said,according to Politico: “It is my hope that the tea party caucus will serve as… the best way to get America on a sound fiscal path that adheres to the Constitutional principles on which she was founded.”

This past summer, the tea party members fought so valiantly to keep the Obama administration from additional deficit spending, so much so that Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa) had the insensitivity to proclaim, “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” Not long after wrongfully being labeled terrorists, the tea party was bullied by statements from the Obama administration that Social Security and Medicare could be in danger if their persistence on limiting spending continued.

In the end what most of us know, and what the tea party knew back in February, is that spending is the disease that is causing America to lose credibility and economic prosperity — not our $3 trillion in annual tax revenue. Social Security and Medicare checks would have still been sent, though perhaps we would have had to cut the $3 billion in annual foreign aid to Pakistan.

[O]nly one candidate for president offers a plan that seems to embody the heart and soul of the tea party caucus — Texas Congressman Ron Paul and his Trillion Dollar plan.

The tea party members have always been mindfully focused on fiscal matters, and their gradual return to Paul’s candidacy and spending plan is only beginning. If, or when, the time comes for Bachmann to withdrawal from the race, an endorsement of Paul’s plan seems logical for the tea party Caucus chair; since she will need to maintain her fiscal validity with the tea party members in hopes of retaining their support in the future.

Conservatives can smell Inevitable Mitt Romney’s status quo insincerity a mile away (at least I hope so).“Even Willard Romney’s first name has changed to Mitt, presumably tested by polling and focus groups in which Mitt performed better than Willard.” Lot’s of rhetoric. Little (if any) substance.

In fact each and every “mainstream” Republican candidate supports/supported everything conservatives (especially Tea Party conservatives) profess they oppose: TARPObamaCareprogressive economic theory, and radically “rethink[ing] our Constitution” just to name few.

For too long, conservatives have faithfully fallen in-line only to play second-fiddle to the “leadership” of theRepublican Party Establishment, and their loyalty has been repaid with an increasingly intrusive and exponentially growing bureaucratic state. Partisan loyalty has given us, in our once “land of the free,” a massive social-democratic welfare state, perpetual war, unsustainable debt, and government-approved molestations at the airport.

But as more and more conservatives discover what it is about America they wish to conserve, they’re findingRon Paul to be the only candidate who genuinely wants to firmly adhere to conservative fiscal policy and protect our individual liberties.

New Iowa Poll Places Ron Paul Firmly in First, with 25%

Congressman Ron Paul is leading by a significant margin in Iowa, according to preliminary results of a new TeleResearch poll.

Factoring in both Republican caucus-goers and disaffected Democrats and Independents who’ve indicated that they will participate in the Iowa Republican Caucus, Ron Paul leads at 25%, with an approximate 4-point advantage over Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.

Just like “flyover country,” Ron Paul mystifies the mainstream consensus: [Drew Ivers, Paul's Iowa campaign chairman] says Paul’s support in Iowa is ‘textbook grass roots,’ and includes independents, conservative Democrats and many Republicans new to the political process, most of them united by fears about the nation’s economic future and ‘spending, spending, spending’ by the federal government.”

With the most cross-ideological appeal of any candidate – Democratic or Republican – more than “electable,” Ron Paul can win!

The “Old-Right Orthodoxy” of Ron Paul’s traditional American conservatism has mass appeal. The way things look right now, Paul may be liberty’s last hope.

Elites agree: Americans are too darn free

To outward appearances, it might seem as though the left and right have never been more at odds. And for the average man in the street, drawn to the Tea Party on one side or the Occupy movement on the other, this might be true. But it is not so true for elite opinion. The nation’s high and mighty may be divided about many things, but on one point they often agree: Americans are still too darn free.

For example: Not enough people exercise their right to vote. Problem, right? Well, William Galston of the Brookings Institution has a solution: Force them to. The other day he took to the pages of The New York Times to explain why we should be “Telling Americans to Vote, or Else.”

Mitt Romney [wants to force] every U.S. resident to carry a biometric ID card.

Michele Bachmann … proposed forcing everyone to do so, even if they don’t have any income to pay taxes on.

Time magazine proposed forcing every American into national service. A federal advisory board has decided, to much applause, that we should force boys as well as girls to receive the HPV vaccine. Proponents of Obamacare believe the government should force everyone to buy health insurance.

Last year Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told those at a National Press Club that the administration’s “livability” initiative “is a way to coerce people out of their cars.”

See also: Poll Shows Crossover for Paul Reminiscent of Reagan Democrats circa 1980Why progressives should gladly vote for Ron Paul over any Democratic candidate including Obama, and 5 Reasons Progressives Should Join the Ron Paul Revolution.

Just say ‘no’ to the crackpot ideas of the status quo.

Ron Paul: Can’t you just be a typical Washington politician?

Jon Stewart is urging Ron Paul to become a typical Washington politician. It’s true – during last night’s “Daily Show” the comedian told GOP presidential hopeful Paul he would get a lot more attention if he just changed some of his positions by 180 degrees.

“Have you ever thought about flip-flopping?” Stewart asked a grinning Paul.

Stewart said he’d noticed that during GOP debates the other candidates spend lots of time yelling at each other about alleged changes on the issues, and that they ignore Paul while doing this, since he’s pretty consistent.

A flip-flop would get Paul more televised face time, said Stewart.

A refreshing change from politics as usual, Ron Paul has a 20+ year voting record that shows a consistency and honesty that no other candidate can claim.

The DNC Could Never Run an Ad Like This Against Ron Paul

The Democratic National Committee is out with a vicious, but true, youtube attack ad against Mitt Romneyand his many flip flops.

Contrast the flip flopper with Ron Paul:

I would like to thank the Classic Liberal for the great article and for permitting the SENTRY JOURNAL to post it. Ron Paul can win and does have great crossover appeal.  Conservatives who desire the restoration of our constitution really need to take another look at the man.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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  • CRay

    We as voters have been handed the greatest gift since the Statue of Liberty with many of these robust debates and forums by the GOP candidates … now we can see, touch and smell most of them without the 45 second sound bite.

    My wife and I watched the GOP Presidential Forum last night … and the one thing that seems to standout is Ron Pauls inability to convey his intentions.

    When asked about “his direction” on social security and medicare, he stammered and mumbled and left himself standing in a huge vacuum.

    You just can’t leave millions of seniors out there scratching their heads and wondering what he meant — but he did.

    And then, rejecting Donald Trumps moderated debate (or anyones for that matter) with his hapless remark: “..is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.”

    I’m sorry Ron, but you’re not the president … and based on the last few hours of your statements most voters are going to think you have the onset of Alzheimer’s.

    …. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ” Ron Paul takes two really good steps forward and one giant leap backwards….”

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  • http://www.conservativehideout.com Don

    I have stated here on CH2.0 and on other sites that I post on, my inability to support Ron Paul.

    Yes, he has some very conservative views, even going over to the libertarian slant. Yes, he has some good ideas on the Fed and our economy in general.

    It is his isolationist tendencies that trouble me. I am not a warmonger, nor a nation builder and I am not a fan of sending our brave young, volunteer military into situations that ask them to put their lives on the line. When we do so, Congress ought to be consulted and their ought to be a vital national interest on the line for the United States.

    That being said, this upcoming general election for the office of the President of the United States will be the nastiest, ugliest campaign because of the Dems and Obama that this country has ever seen.

    The only candidate who negated Obama’s use of the race card has been eliminated by character assassination with the paper trail leading to David Axelrod’s doorstep.

    In my course of reading up on the GOP candidates, I ran across something written by Ron Paul that is very troubling to me. Now I am not usually apt to hold someone to a quote that is from the 1990s, but this one is different.

    Just be honest with yourself and ask if this is someone who you could get behind to place in our highest office.

    Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for that pro-communist philanderer, Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressmen. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.

    Source – http://newsone.com/nation/casey-gane-mccalla/why-ron-pauls-racist-newsletters-matter/

    Don’t fool yourself thinking that Obama and Axelrod won’t JUMP all over this.