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July 7, 2009
Eric Margolis

Republicans need Ron Paul’s honesty

GOPRepublican Congressman Ron Paul became a hero to many Americans last year when he ran for president against the political establishment. The 11-term Texas congressman is the most respected and admired American politician around the world after President Barack Obama.

Rep. Paul is a vocal critic of what he calls reckless deficit spending, “welfare” for big finance, and America’s foreign wars. Paul’s voice has resonance: he sits on the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Dr. Paul invited me to Washington to address his weekly luncheon held in his Capital Hill office about the intensifying wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A group of independent-minded Republican congressmen attended. Many of them were deeply concerned by what they see as the nation’s economic and strategic misdirection.

During last year’s presidential race, I describe Dr. Paul as “the only candidate who is telling Americans the truth about foreign affairs.” Like the legendary Greek Cynic philosopher Diogenes looking for an honest man, I came to deeply respect and admire Paul’s courage, honesty, and his refusal to accept special interest money.

Speaking of today’s US Congress, Dr. Paul correctly observes: “Special interests have replaced the concern the Founders had for the general welfare.”

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