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Kay's Commentary 2008-02-16

Download File KSCO 1080 AM radio - Saturday 2-16-2008, 11:45 a.m. The following is a KSCO commentary. Here is Kay Zwerling: Several weeks ago, KSCO devoted the two-hour Saturday Special to discuss Ron Paul. I called his honest appraisal a breath of fresh air, but alas the powers that be in our Country refuse to take his message seriously. But, I suspect that Ron Paul opened a door which will not close ? it may take four years or longer, but finally he will be taken seriously as a contender for the Presidency. In one place, I must part company with Ron Paul. Those who created our Constitution then may have been justified to think of our nation being isolationists. It’s no longer that simple in this age of nuclear-ism and world Islamic terrorists determined to destroy all who do not embrace the Muslim religion, some of which is many evil beliefs. The following compelling arguments, from the Internet, says it better than I could: Well now, Republicans say ?We have a nominee?. That may very well be, but there was only one clear winner in the confusing GOP nominating contest, and it was not John McCain. The winner was Ron Paul. And, the effects of his win will be felt for years to come. Ron Paul made a classic political mistake. He told the truth. In debate after debate, he pointed at his party, his President, his fellow contenders for the GOP nomination, shouting aloud like the little boy in the proverbial story ?They have no clothes?, and lo and behold we looked and they didn?t. They were all naked.He showed that the conservative movement has lost its way, its moral authority, and its logic. He showed us that we have become a Red team vs. a Blue team. But, that since we have decided that this is a political war and all normal rules are suspended, conservatives can do liberal things to win it. Conservatives can run up big deficits if it helps their side win. They can dole out needless pork known as earmarks if it elects another conservative to Congress. It can to war if it makes their President look like a leader and wins him another term. But, in the process Ron Paul showed us that we have lost our way. We are no longer conservatives. We are fighting for power, not for principles. We have become corrupted by the process, and the only way back is to retrace our steps and find all the things we discarded along the way. Barry Goldwater lit a similar fire with his ?Conscience of a Conservative?. Its truth and arguments were so obvious and so honest that one laughed aloud while reading it. But, Goldwater himself, was doomed to political defeat. And, Ron Paul has no chance to win this election either. One can see that when he first opened his mouth. And yet the words and arguments of Ron Paul are still resonating. They still hang over the election. They are haunting and troubling. They are producing blogs, papers, and books ? and like Goldwater’s revolution, they will one day be very likely to produce their own Ronald Reagan. And, when those heady days happen, a small but hardy band of pioneers, who first had the nerve to join him and start shouting from the street ?They aren?t wearing any clothes? will be able to say that they could see what the Country missed. They were there when history was made.John McCain and his poorly chosen words, of staying in Iraq 100 years, have almost guaranteed that he will be the answer to the trivia question, who was the Republican candidate who lost on the ticket but claimed the first woman and black for the Presidency? Another question may very well be, what other candidate ran that year and launched the movement that has dominated national politics for the last generation? ? and that answer will be Ron Paul. For KSCO and KOMY, this is Kay Zwerling. Copyright 2008

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