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Ron Paul & Martin Luther King inspire for the same reasons, similarly appealing to our ideals

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There are so many differences between Ron Paul and Martin Luther King that I never thought to compare them. Ron Paul is against minimum wage. Martin Luther King was assassinated while helping out in a garbage strike. I was lead to believe that Ron Paul was against unions, but actually is against the government getting involved in union management squabbles, voting to allow air controllers to strike.
Read an interesting comment at,
http://capitolhillblue.com/cont/node/14263
I kind of thought King stood up for oppressed Palestinians but his comments were back before Palestine was established, when Nasser was vowing to destroy Israel,
http://www.zmag.org/zspace/commentaries/1483

However, most people know that Martin Luther King thought America’s ideals were wonderful, and dreamed of us living up to them some day. Many know excerpts of King’s “I have a dream” speech. Concerning Ron Paul, most know he thought the US founders had fantastic ideas when it came to limiting government and earlier Americans lived a good life, and with Ron Paul’s inspiration we might do so again.

Parents and educators are warned to never tell a child, “You are a bad child” instead you are supposed to tell them that they are a good kid who happened to do a bad thing or things. King likewise told the US that we were wonderful people with wonderful ideas that happened to do a few bad things, which he was determined to correct. Perhaps we all act like children more than we realize. Ron Paul, while reminding us what we once were, had been amazingly effective in getting young people involved in the otherwise aging protest movements.

Some progressive activists get upset that King’s memories seem to levitate toward the clouds every January 15.  This year with President Obama getting intertwined with King’s memories as a general philosophy of hope, angered some radical blog commentators who are reminding people of King’s faults and Obama’s too. Obama is doing more backing down then I would like. Compromise and finding the middle ground is not exactly King’s spirit. The concept itself to me seems sound. But somehow all the protest concerning Israel seemed to stop on January 20. And only silence on the boycott of Cuba, both causes relating to Ron Paul’s efforts, causes one might expect to more likely succeed under a new President and Congress.  Nor any efforts to close the school of America or help to organize poor people. Remember the huge effort to get Native-American activist Leonard Peltier a pardon that stopped during Bush as a hopeless cause.  Today only a few are clamoring to get a sick old man out of prison,
http://www.phillyimc.org/en/open-letter-president-elect-barack-obama-leonard-peltier

After King and Ron Paul inspired people they worked and volunteered long hours, but with Obama so far a lot of cheering.  I remember under Kennedy being inspired to try to join the Peace Corps and many others did likewise.  Something is missing from Obama, but let’s figure out what it is, rather than radical bloggers condemning him as a bunch of hot air.  I believe the spirit of King and Ron Paul can inspire in the future. There may be some way to combine the two dreams in a powerful way.  Think of all the energy both King and Ron Paul managed to inspire.  If Paul didn’t get young people involved, the peace in Iraq movement would have been overwhelmingly elderly; if King didn’t get people involved I wonder what the country would have looked like.  What Obama is doing doesn’t need to be belittled as hype but needs to be improved upon. 

Criticism has to be dished out in measured doses, mixed with praise if it is going to have a positive result.  Obama like everyone else has to be doing some things right as well as some things wrong.  Blanket criticism can do no good.  But I am worried about to much praise of him and too many people expecting him to do what they want instead of lobbying to have it done themselves could be bad news as well.

Since January 20 should have been a time to start working for an improved more even-handed policy toward Israel and Palestine, rather than the date to quit protesting, I wrote the following link trying to combine the Ron Paul, Dr. King spirit, and to both appeal to Jewish humanitarian traditions and criticize what Israel had been doing in the same breath.  It fits in well with Ron Paul’s recent intense efforts to end the Palestine-Israeli War, 
http//capitolhillblue.com/cont/node/14219

As for how it relates to King, I once thought Kings’s efforts today would be similar to Carter’s, but searching the internet King history links makes me think he would have  done something different and unique in trying to stop the fighting  over there.    

I hope others join me in trying to find more exact details on how Ron Paul and Martin Luther King inspired so many, and how this could be repeated in the year 2009.

http://capitolhillblue.com/cont/blog/2419 
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RichardKanePA@aol.com (RichardKanePA)

Comments

Ron Paul when Martin Luther

Ron Paul when Martin Luther King Day was enacted (from a newsletter bearing his name):

"We are supposed to honor this 'Christian minister' and lying socialist satyr with a holiday that puts him on a par with George Washington?"

"What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day."

And don't give me this crap that he didn't write it and it had to be someone else. It was in his newsletter called the Ron Paul Political (or Survival) Report. That means he signed off on it. Him saying he didn't makes him a liar. By the way Martin Luther King didn't have his top people attending white supremacist meetings like Paul's Legislative Director, nor did he receive money from white supremacists as Paul did when he got money from Stormfront's webmaster. And King also did find such widespread support from white supremacists either.

Yeah

Lefties and progressives supported Ron Paul to the extent that he opposed Bush ("The enemy of my enemy is my friend"), but we never confused him with a liberal, let alone to someone like Martin Luther King Jr.

That's right.

And given how much of a racist dirtbag he is to begin with, trust me that was a very small extent. Jesus, the man had a rally here in town where Nazis came out in droves! You think people should ignore that?

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is truly a classic liberal - that is, a champion of individual liberty, private property rights, limited government, and sound money. So-called liberals today are rarely anything like that, wanting the government to take care of them instead. Socialists is a much better term to describe these folks.

Responce to Rich and Gardner and Kaba

At one point I too was troubled by Ron Paul. Note the criticism in the following, please scrawl down,
http://www.opednews.com/populum/diarypage.php?did=5333
then I began considering the alternatives,
http://www.opednews.com/populum/diarypage.php?did=4637

I still wonder if some of the younger people inspired by Paul, would have been eventually inspired some other way and the protest of Wal-Mark might have been bigger. But for the most part, Rich, you would have been only working with elderly protesters, and much of the 9/11 movement would have not have happened, but for Ron Paul’s inspiring people.

As for Kaba’s Antisemitism baiting. I had earlier paid attention, and examined the claim that Paul’s legislative director attended a neo-Nazi meeting. The truth it turned out was he didn’t know what it was and quietly left the meeting when he found out. The claim of Ron Paul being against Jews keeps changing slightly every time it ends up refuted.

During Joe McCarthyism, a lot of people were accused of being commies, pinkos, fellow traveler’s etc. Anyone who works for peace, in the Middle East with a touch of tough-love toward Israel, is antisemitic baited. For some thus baited, to turn around and accuse Ron Paul of antisemitism is a sad state of affairs.

However I do wish Ron Paul and others would speak out instead of quietly avoiding the real anti-Semites and neo-Nazis that find him infatuating and want to piggyback on his cause.

When I accidentally got involved, I was quick to make amends, I wish others would do likewise. In 2004 a New Age guru forwarded an email of what at glancing at, appeared be very inspiring Nader campaign literature and I forwarded “Nader is the One”. The first paragraph I found very inspirational, which was the following: “I consider it one of the clearest indications that Americans are completely brainwashed and anesthetized in a consumeristic, media-induced coma that Ralph Nader, a man who has accomplished much for the actual benefit of many Americans, is regarded as the illegitimate presidential candidate who can't even get on the ballot in many states, while George W. Bush and John Kerry, two privileged patricians . . . ”
http://www.maxbridges.us/888_conspiracy/2004-08-04_Nader.phtml

Then later finished reading it where I read about the “Zionist Bankers” and the author of the email not bothering to vote because they will just steal it,” and internally dishonest calling all the alternate candidates running were legitimate specifically mentioning the competing Green candidates. However Cobbs didn’t want to campaign in states Kerry might win. If John Kaminski was internally honest, Cobbs would have upset him as well as Kerry and Bush.

I apologized back through the internet, and asked the person forwarding it to apologize back thru the internet as well. Later when another New Age sight posted Kaminsi’s “Deciphering 9/11 distractions” (it can be Googled) claiming an Israeli Missile struck the Pentagon not a 9/11 plane. I tried to ask the site to apologize like I had done with the false Nader material, but something went wrong and repeatedly trying I was kicked off the site for sending the same thing over and over again. I was going to mail and phone etc, but got hit by a car and ended up in the hospital. To make a long story short I wish Ron Paul and his aids (and my friends who mostly saw no need for me to apologize) would speak out instead of just me. It is definite that true antisemites and neo-Nazis like to buzz around Ron Paul looking for recruits, and I wish he would warn about it.

By the way the Pentagon doesn’t want its construction secrets exposed, I hope people ask Obama to declassify seized pictures of plane wreckage or at least parts of the pictures. This step would avoid dealing with the question of punishment as it relates to the question of healing, which Obama expressed worry about.

Anyway Ron Paul and Martin Luther King by appealing to ideals inspired people to work for a better world. So far people are cheering Obama instead of lobbying for a better world. I hope he and us figure out the subtle reason why. The roadblock isn’t issues. Ron Paul and King both inspired toward action far more then toward people cheering them. Condemning Obama as supposedly hot air will just makes it harder for him to make some of the changes both him and us dream of.

Positive response to my, I hope, insight was posted at Capitol Hill Blue,http://capitolhillblue.com/cont/node/14263

Sincerely, Richard Kane in Philly PA, RichardKanePA

That's right

I had forgotten Ron Paul's involvement with the 911Truth movement. Ron Paul also outpolled pretty much the whole group of Republicans running in the 2008 primary. But here's a pretty interesting take on that:
http://tinyurl.com/chxla8
Also, Michelle Malkin rakes Paul over the coals, of course her attack on him sheds considerably more heat than light:
http://tinyurl.com/2haw36
(i.e., she mostly just engages in name-calling)

Founding Fathers

The Founding Fathers all owned slaves or did nothing to eliminate slavery. Does that make their wisdom any less profound? Whether or not Ron Paul is a racist is irrelevant. Personally I don't think he is. But it doesn't matter. It's his profound wisdom and insightfulness on the issues that are compelling. I think most people trashing Ron Paul as racist do so because they are at an intellectual disadvantage. They cannot compete with him on the issues therefor they resort to trying to destroy his reputation. Prove me wrong. Kaba and friends - lets hear some of your arguments on issues and see if they even hold a candle to what Ron Paul espouses.