Paul brings back memories

Listening to Texas Rep. Ron Paul talk to his supporters last night in New Hampshire brought back powerful memories of an earlier New Hampshire primary. In 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson, running as a sitting president, won that primary, but Eugene McCarthy, a political outsider and intellectual provocateur, came in second. He was viewed widely as a winner, as have subsequent candidates who came in second in New Hampshire primaries. His doing so pushed LBJ to decide NOT to run and Robert F. Kennedy TO run, and the world changed. The Vietnam War was the overriding issue.
 
Amid the noisy irrelevance of other Republican candidates' endless debates and television evangelizing about non-issues, gay marriage and abortion and more socially divisive issues that are NOT the issues this country truly faces, was libertarian Ron Paul telling us, correctly, that we need to end the war in Afghanistan and to stop meddling in foreign adventures that cost lives and treasure we cannot afford. The media has not paid attention to Paul's candidacy, but an increasing number of mainline observers have, and this is good.
 
I hope President Obama is listening to Paul's important point. Independents and Millennials, young people are, and they would be likely Obama supporters, but Paul is co-opting them. It is time the media wise-men and -women paid attention to Paul's important point about our unnecessary wars (ignore some of his off-the-wall other ideas) and gave them coverage and credence. Our wars are bankrupting us, causing serious problems with our best young citizens, and THAT ought to be a subject for serious debate among all candidates.

Thank you, Congressman Paul, for making an important argument in these otherwise pathetic debates.


Ronald Goldfarb is a Washington- and Miami-based attorney, author and literary agent.