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Third, because the other candidates are supporting POLICIES that are infinitely worse than the worst words in those old newsletters published under his name. Criminal wars that have killed hundreds of thousands of innocents and may at any moment metastasize into global and nuclear devastation. Security measures and laws that threaten to turn America into a full-fledged police state. A vile foreign policy that has soiled America's name. Economic policies that subsidize wealthy corporations while robbing hardworking ordinary Americans. A federal death penalty that disproportionately affects the poor and minorities.

Consider two of those policies in particular.

* The San Francisco Chronicle notes that “Republican Paul is the only one in either party calling for an immediate troop withdrawal” from the obscene War in Iraq. As an American I feel an obligation to the world to vote for the candidate who would most quickly end this abomination.

* The misbegotten War on Drugs is, in practice, a holocaust against minority America. According to the ACLU, 183,200 blacks and Latinos are in state prisons for nonviolent drug charges -- they make up 70% of those imprisoned for such charges. Paul is not only campaigning to end the racist Drug War -- he is promising to pardon all convicted of non-violent drug offenses. Justice demands I cast my vote to free these voiceless victims.

Finally, I will continue to support Ron Paul because I deeply, strongly believe that he is a good and decent man.

Final Note

While finishing this article, I found this comment about the TNR articles on a forum from an anonymous Ron Paul supporter:

“Dear Ron, We all make mistakes and do stupid things. Luckily, yours didn't include voting for an illegal and unconstitutional war, the erosion of our civil liberties and the growth of a corrupt government.

“I still love you. Give 'em hell!! This ain't over yet!”

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JAMES W. HARRIS has published hundreds of articles in publications including THE NATION, REASON, THE FREEMAN and many more. He is editor of THE LIBERATOR ONLINE, the email newsletter of the Advocates for Self-Government, with over 70,000 (more...)
 

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Only two GOP candidates have money, Romeny (his ow... by Jeanette Doney on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 12:07:17 PM
Mr. Paul's defense is indeed unsatisfying. Acc... by Molly Malone on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 3:53:31 PM
with their inexhaustible able to deny in the face ... by chariotdrvr14 on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 4:38:19 PM
Just as racial slurs are insults. Consider what ki... by Ingrid on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 9:59:29 AM
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For the education. Very illuminating, thorough pos... by Ingrid on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 10:08:17 AM
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The topic of racism comes up so often in discussio... by Ingrid on Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 10:14:01 AM