Ron Paul Columns on Townhall

  • Judge Andrew Napolitano - New Ideas or Fidelity to Old Principles?

    New Ideas or Fidelity to Old Principles?

    Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Posted: 12/22/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    If you've been watching cable television regularly, you've heard from many analysts who know Newt Gingrich personally. They either call him the smartest man in the room or they tell us Gingrich believes he's the smartest man in the room. Gingrich has always been a government ideas man, and whenever he says something odd, out of the ordinary or otherwise eyebrow raising or provocative, it's explained away as Newt being Newt. His ideas are, in fact, what get him in trouble.
  • AWR Hawkins - Glenn Beck: A Case Study in What’s Ailing Conservatism

    Glenn Beck: A Case Study in What’s Ailing Conservatism

    AWR Hawkins
    Posted: 12/22/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    In between his purchases of gold bullion and road flares, his attempts to put one more gallon of water in his cellar, and the addition of twenty more cans of green beans for dooms day, Glenn Beck has recently taken time to criticize and perhaps even undercut the GOP.
  • Debra J. Saunders - Ron Paul: Turn on, Tune in, Drop out

    Ron Paul: Turn on, Tune in, Drop out

    Debra J. Saunders
    Posted: 12/22/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    I first met Ron Paul in 1988 at the Beverly Hills home of Dr. Timothy Leary, the one-time "turn on, tune in, drop out" LSD guru. Leary talked to me about how he was going to have his head frozen cryogenically when he died -- it happened eight years later -- and why he was hosting a fundraiser for Paul. The event showed that there is such a thing as being so far to the right, or left, that you bond with the fringe left or fringe right.
  • Jacob Sullum - One-Man Intervention: Ron Paul Challenges His Party's Mindless Militarism

    One-Man Intervention: Ron Paul Challenges His Party's Mindless Militarism

    Jacob Sullum
    Posted: 12/21/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Reporters routinely describe Ron Paul's foreign policy views as "isolationist" because he opposes the promiscuous use of military force. This is like calling him a recluse because he tries to avoid fistfights.
  • Jonah Goldberg - Ron Paul's Naive Promises

    Ron Paul's Naive Promises

    Jonah Goldberg
    Posted: 12/21/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    So now it's Ron Paul's turn. The diminutive Texas libertarian is poised in the latest polls to win the Iowa caucuses.
  • Matt Mackowiak - Scenarios for the 2012 Republican Primary

    Scenarios for the 2012 Republican Primary

    Matt Mackowiak
    Posted: 12/21/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    The 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign has been the most volatile and least predictable campaign in my lifetime. In spite of this, I see several potential scenarios in the early states, all subject to change at any moment.
  • John Hawkins - Why Ron Paul Can Never Be President In 12 Quotes

    Why Ron Paul Can Never Be President In 12 Quotes

    John Hawkins
    Posted: 12/20/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Ron Paul is doing surprisingly well this year in some of the early primary state polls. There's a simple reason for that: Most people in the conservative media have concluded he can't win the nomination, they don't want to get yelled at by his supporters, and so they've laid off of him while most of the other candidates have had to face ferocious criticism.
  • Steve Deace - Which Candidates Walk the Talk of Being Pro-Life?

    Which Candidates Walk the Talk of Being Pro-Life?

    Steve Deace
    Posted: 12/17/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    As voters continue to look for useful ways to help them vet the Republican presidential candidates, a campaign pledge unlike any other was unveiled on Wednesday to help voters learn who truly believes that all life is sacred and a gift from God.
  • Matt Towery - GOP Jump Ball Could Lead to Ron Paul Upset Victory in Iowa

    GOP Jump Ball Could Lead to Ron Paul Upset Victory in Iowa

    Matt Towery
    Posted: 12/15/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Iowa Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich is really disliked by the so-called "GOP Establishment." These are the folks who backed George H.W. Bush against Ronald Reagan in 1980; sat back and watched Bob Dole take one for the team in 1996; and generally want a candidate who feels comfortable in his own Ivy League skin and alligator shoes.
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano - The Government as Lawbreaker, Again

    The Government as Lawbreaker, Again

    Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Posted: 12/15/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Can Congress make legal something that is inherently wrong, and can Congress take a freedom that is a part of our humanity and make its exercise criminal?
  • Rich Galen - Negative Ads

    Negative Ads

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 12/14/2011 1:13:00 PM EST
    We are at the point in the presidential election cycle when the campaigns – and their allies – begin to run negative ads. Everyone hates negative ads.
  • Ken Connor - Plain 'Ole Vanilla

    Plain 'Ole Vanilla

    Ken Connor
    Posted: 12/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    The GOP primary process has been chaotic, resulting in ups and downs for candidates and voters alike. Dreams were dashed when Mitch Daniels, then Sarah Palin, then Chris Christie announced their intentions to sit this one out.
  • Steve Deace - A Word from The Word for the Presidential Hopefuls

    A Word from The Word for the Presidential Hopefuls

    Steve Deace
    Posted: 12/10/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Contrary to what your local leftist magical thinker/post-modern pundit claims, the Word of God has something to say to everybody on every aspect of human existence.
  • Daniel J. Mitchell - Much-Deserved Praise for Ron Paul on Ending the Drug War

    Much-Deserved Praise for Ron Paul on Ending the Drug War

    Daniel J. Mitchell
    Posted: 12/7/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    I’m somewhat optimistic on the drug war because more and more people, including conservatives, are realizing that government intervention isn’t working and is actually making things worse.
  • Mona Charen - Where Ron Paul Is Right

    Where Ron Paul Is Right

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 12/2/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Five years ago last month, Milton Friedman died at age 94. To the very end, the Nobel Prize winning economist was astute, tireless and wonderfully avuncular. Thanks to the Internet, his commentaries on subjects ranging from greed, to slavery, to the Great Depression myth and many other topics, can be enjoyed forever.
  • Frank Gaffney - The Isolationist delusion

    The Isolationist delusion

    Frank Gaffney
    Posted: 11/28/2011 1:36:00 PM EST
    I had an unsettling flashback last week listening to two of the Republican presidential candidates talk about foreign policy. Representative Ron Paul of Texas and former Utah Governor Jon Hunstman espoused isolationist stances that called to mind one of the most preposterous public policy debates in decades.
  • Victor Davis Hanson - The Castor-Oil Candidate

    The Castor-Oil Candidate

    Victor Davis Hanson
    Posted: 11/24/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Nominating Mitt Romney is sort of like taking grandma's castor oil. Republicans are dreading the thought of downing their unpleasant-tasting medicine but worry that sooner or later they will have to.
  • Pat Buchanan - Return of the War Party?

    Return of the War Party?

    Pat Buchanan
    Posted: 11/15/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Is a vote for the Republican Party in 2012 a vote for war?
  • Jeff Jacoby - A nuclear Iran would be the gravest threat

    A nuclear Iran would be the gravest threat

    Jeff Jacoby
    Posted: 11/9/2011 11:44:00 AM EST
    RON PAUL, the Texas congressman and isolationist would-be president, is against using tough economic sanctions or military force to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. How then, he was asked on "Fox News Sunday," would he persuade Teheran to abandon its quest for the bomb? "Well," Paul suggested, "maybe offering friendship to them." Hmm, there's an idea. How might it work in practice?
  • Rich Galen - A Capacity to Lead

    A Capacity to Lead

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 11/7/2011 3:42:00 PM EST
    On November 6 next year - 52 weeks from tomorrow - those of us who haven't availed ourselves of early voting, absentee voting, mail-in voting or some other form of not standing in line on election day will, in fact, be stepping into a voting booth to vote for President and Congress and for about a third of the population, for U.S. Senator.