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 Ron Paul isn't leading in the polls, but he is leading in the enthusiasm his grassroots campaign is generating. The establishment GOP hacks, fake conservatives, and Republican presidential candidates are all feeling the heat from the Ron Paul machine. A couple of months ago, most considered his chances of winning slim to none, but all that has changed. He has earned a spot as a legitimate top-tier candidate, and if his trajectory and growth continue at their current pace and campaign contributions stay equal or are exceeded, he has an excellent chance of winning the nomination. It is true that there have been times when I had doubts, not in Ron Paul or his message, but in the American people's ability to seize this opportunity for hope and change. Many Americans are eating up his message of liberty in an age where their freedoms are under constant attack. Although he is getting a little more respect, many reports and articles are laced with backhanded compliments. The mainstream media and establishment-picked candidates are getting desperate, and are attempting to twist, manipulate, and misrepresent Ron Paul. They are wasting their time because the reality is that there is no scandals, no skeletons in the closet, and no smoking guns. Winning the Republican nomination is no longer a dream or a joke, and the haters can try all they want, but there is no stopping the Ron Paul revolution.

Ron Paul's recent appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno will give him more name recognition with mainstream Americans, and will translate in more support and contributions. It is because of his huge support base that 3rd quarter numbers more than doubled from the 2nd quarter, with over $5 million raised. He just began running radio spots and television adds in key primary states. In the last Fox debate held in Florida, there appears to have been an effort to assemble an anti-Ron Paul crowd and twice he was booed for his non-interventionist foreign policy. This is a sharp contrast to the majority of Americans who want an end to militarism and who want to bring the troops home from Iraq. Furthermore, bringing the troops home should not be seen as a retreat or surrender as some have suggested. Despite a hostile crowd, he was able to make his points and perform well, and won the Fox post-debate poll. Sean Hannity has accused Ron Paul supporters of skewing the poll numbers by voting more then once. The truth is that most text or online polls are one vote per phone number or IP address, but Hannity isn't about to tell you that. Despite the bias that Fox and others in the mainstream media have shown, Ron Paul is still in the race, and has a shot at winning the nomination.

Ron Paul is correct in his assessment that America is less safe, and that the war on terrorism further threatens our civil liberties. Nation building, foreign entanglements, and policing the world has left us weak economically, has stretched our armed forces to the breaking point, and it has created more enemies. Our foreign policy is a failure, dangerous, and costly; it is time to admit the error of our ways and plot a different course. It was a mistake to go into Iraq and it is a mistake to stay. Although Ron Paul did not support the war in 2002, he said, “If you want to go to war you should go to war properly. Declare it, win it, and get it over with.” While other candidates call for staying the course possibly for another decade in Iraq, he would bring the troops home immediately. This further distinguishes him from the other Republican candidates and top Democrats like Hillary Clinton. He matches up well against her, and many have said he is the only one who could defeat her. He said of Hillary, “She voted for the war now she says she can't get the troops out until 2013 and she won't rule out a military first strike against Iran.” A Ron Paul foreign policy would be humble and peaceful, but not at the expense of a strong defense.

The Ron Paul revolution is a grassroots movement made up of anti-war, anti-establishment, enthusiastic, spontaneous supporters. He has sparked a fire which has lead to the same passion in regards to the message, and a willingness and a wanting on the part of his supporters to share it with the rest of America. His supporters are dedicated and highly motivated, and are taking action on their own. They aren't waiting for orders from headquarters. They are tearing down the walls, challenging the establishment, the status quo. Ron Paul's message of hope, peace and freedom is resonating. He said, “Our crowds are diverse. Freedom unites. It's not right wing, it's a humanitarian thing.” Everywhere he speaks, people are eager to be a part of the Ron Paul revolution, and are showing up in large numbers. Young, old, black and white, male, female Republican, Democrat-Ron Paul might have limitations, but his message does not.

During this campaign, the corporate-controlled media's job has been to neutralize real conservatives, ignore Ron Paul as much as possible, and pretend that he doesn't have genuine support and isn't having an effect. This is becoming harder and harder to do, but there are many polls that still don't include his name as one of the choices and some online polls where he is winning have been pulled or manipulated. When he appears on the neo-con shows under the guise of questioning, they attack and try to misrepresent him in an effort to discredit him. He has been accused of taking marching orders from Al-Qaeda, and was viciously attacked over the amount of federal funding he requested for shrimp research in his district. Much has been made of his association with radio talk show host Alex Jones, who is a leading figure in the 9/11 truth movement. There were accusations that a political campaign contribution refund to Jones was somehow proof that that the two were in cahoots, and that Ron Paul was paying for favorable coverage. He has been a guest on the show for years, and speaking of Alex Jones Ron Paul said, “Of course I don't support everything he says but people that I associate with, I don't endorse their views they come over to associate with me to endorse my views.” The attacks on Ron Paul are becoming more frequent, vicious, and desperate, but this guilt by association and all other tactics aren't working. The best thing the mainstream media could do would be to endorse him and his message, but these corporate shills have already sold their souls.

Ron Paul is winning the hearts and minds of the American people, and in the process is setting the stage for the Republican Presidential nomination. He is no longer just an Internet phenomenon, and everywhere he goes, there are large crowds who are inspired by his message. As his profile increases in the mainstream, so are his converts. His message of hope, liberty, peace, and prosperity is an easy sell to Americans, who are disillusioned with the whole political process. He is shattering the left/right paradigm, and attracting support from all ends of the political spectrum. With approval ratings for Congress and the Senate at all-time lows, Ron Paul offers hope. Many criticizes his policies and his vision, but in return present no alternatives or solutions except for the status quo, which obviously isn't working. It is clear that the Democrats aren't going to save us, and their betrayal to the American people in regards to Iraq will not go unpunished. Some of their presidential candidates rhetoric towards Iran parallels the war hawk neo-cons. It is frightening not to have a real choice, but with Ron Paul we do. He is the leader of the pack when it comes to defending and following the constitution. He is the leader of the pack when it comes to humility, morality, consistency, and honesty. He is deviantly the leader of the pack when it comes to the Internet. With a substantial war chest, a popular message, and support growing daily, there is no stopping this revolution. The level of desperation on the part of GOP hacks and cronies, political pundents, and strategists has reached a fever pitch. They know that there is a risk that Ron Paul could win the Republican nomination and become president.

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Dana Gabriel is an activist and independent researcher. He writes about trade, globalization, sovereignty, security, as well as other issues.

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