Friday, June 15, 2007

The wind up, the pitch.... either a strike or a home run

This from Tom Gillooly on a local email discussion group about Dr. Ron Paul and his bid for US President.
Last year, I saw Jon Stewart interview another libertarian, John Stossel (MSM investigative reporter). It began well, but as soon as Stossel said something to the effect that he trusts business and the market more than government, Stewart cut him off with an anti-corporation rant, and ended the interview. He started something like that in his interview with Ron Paul, asking if reducing government wouldn't give more power to corporations.

Paul handled it perfectly, first distinguishing between businesses like Halliburton that make money by using government, from those that make money by selling a product or service that people want; then putting entertainers like Stewart himself in the latter category.

The same pitch that Stossel had swung at and missed, Ron Paul knocked out of the park.
I call myself a "free market" candidate. I hate the corporate welfare efforts and folly. We've got a lot of corporate welfare Republicans -- like Tom Ridge, former PA Governor. These are interesting times and big distinctions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

from a public list by ds:

I completely agree, but I would have put the baseball metaphor this
way. Stossel struck out because he tried to hit it out of the park. Ron
Paul realized that it was a curve-ball, and that the best thing to do
with a curve ball is go for a ground-ball single. He hit it so well that
he got a double out of it. Meanwhile, he had hit home runs on the
Patriot Act and the Iraq War, and really didn't need to go out on a
limb about trusting corporations.

One of the great things about Ron Paul as a politician is that he states things with a gentle, matter-of-fact humility that diffuses opposition. It explains how he could do so well against the Texas Republican