Paul's minimalist politics are attracting supporters


Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 11:44 p.m.

Readers of The Sun will be understandably mystified by the outstanding success of Dr. Ron Paul in raising the third ranking amount of campaign funds within Alachua County (second among GOP contenders), since he was mentioned only parenthetically in the article on local political contributions (July 29). Even that brief mention was restricted to describing Dr. Paul as a "maverick" among contenders, which isn't very helpful in assessing the political platform of a candidate.

This is unfortunate since Ron Paul's candidacy is driven by principle rather than personality. Dr. Paul is beginning to attain a following in Alachua County and elsewhere because he fills a vacuum in the political spectrum.

His message of non-interference in the affairs of foreign nations combined with small government at home is appealing at a time when many Americans are beginning to sour on perpetual wars in unwinnable police actions.

Within the Republican Party this view has been unrepresented since the defeat of Sen. Robert Taft by General Eisenhower in the 1952 GOP primaries. That this minimalist politics should be experiencing a rebirth now shows that a good number of Americans feel the country has been on the wrong tangent for a long time indeed!

So Republicans heading into the 2008 primaries should be informed that they not only have a "maverick" on their hands, they actually have a choice.

Mark Sunwall,

Gainesville

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