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Media blacks out Paul

Dear Editor:

The race for the Republican primary has been quite a roller coaster. Candidates surge to the top of national polls and fall just as quickly. I’m writing today because there is one candidate who has been consistently marginalized by the media. I’m talking about Ron Paul. His views are distorted, when they are reported at all. The media repeatedly asks if he will run as an independent, calling into question whether he has enough support to win the Republican nomination. He does.

He receives significantly less time in debates than his fellow candidates, despite winning major straw polls across the country. In the CBS foreign policy debate on Saturday, Ron Paul received only 89 seconds to speak (in the first hour, the only portion that was televised). After televised debates, the major networks have pulled online polling because Paul leads by such wide margins. Of course the results of these polls are not reported. Somehow polls are only considered legitimate when Paul does not win. These practices are a threat to our democracy and must stop.

I don’t have the space to explain his every stance, but here are some bullet points. Ron Paul:

– Predicted the housing bubble and the economic crisis it would cause, and led the fight to prevent it.

– Possesses a consistent voting record of standing up for the Constitution, even when it means voting alone.

– Receives more campaign contributions from active duty military than all of his Republican opponents combined.

Yes, you read that right. He’s also received more contributions from active-duty military than President Obama.

Why does he have such support from the military? He wants us to quit acting as policemen of the world! Our country is engaged in military action in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Libya, and possibly Iran if we don’t change course soon. Ron Paul advocates a foreign policy based on our Constitution and the views of our founding fathers. As John Adams said, “America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”

I truly believe that the more people learn about Ron Paul, the more likely they are to support him in the presidential race, and vote for him. I encourage you to see past whatever candidate the media is pushing as a front-runner, and find out for yourself why Ron Paul should be the next president of the United States.

Josh Meyer