An enigmatic and surprisingly successful politician, Texas
Representative Ron Paul is unique among Republican candidates. He
has strong traditional conservative bona fides: he supports cutting
taxes, shrinking government spending, cracking down on illegal
immigration, and outlawing abortion. But he is an equally
passionate advocate for such seemingly progressive-left stances as
ending the drug war, opposing military interventions in the Middle
East, abolishing the PATRIOT Act, and constraining the Federal
Despite such seeming contradictions, he has represented his
conservative Texas district for twelve terms now, on and off since
1976, and has twice won the presidential straw poll at the
Conservative Political Action Conference, where the right wing's
most energetic young activists gather, in 2010 and 2011.
Paul has been condemned across the political and media spectrums
as an unbearably radical kook since rising to national prominence
with his 2008 presidential bid. But to his growing number of
activist supporters, he is the only national politician standing
for the Founding Fathers' vision of constitutional liberty. He has
touched a constantly growing number of government skeptics who see
the political status quo as increasingly unsustainable. In the
early days of the 2012 primary season, Paul is capturing a
surprising number of votes, highlighting a division between
libertarians and big-government conservatism that will define the
future of both the Republican Party and American politics.
In this indispensable guide, journalist Brian Doherty details
Paul's career, traces the evolution of his ideas, and explores his
significance in American politics. Ron Paul's rEVOLution introduces
us to Paul's revolutionary ideological armies, many of them
Americans previously divorced from the political process because
they believe no one speaks for them. The Paul Revolution is a
rising generation of cross-partisan activists concerned with
government overreach. These supporters see this freethinking,
plain-talking iconoclast as the lone leader prepared to grapple
radically with the realities of a government crippled by debt that
has dramatically expanded domestically and overseas.
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