Texas Congressman Ron Paul is running for the President of the United States.
“Time has come around,” he declared in his presidential announcement on Good Morning America. He said after thirty years, the general public is finally agreeing with his way of thinking.
Paul may be right.
After the financial crisis and the subsequent recession, many Americans are questioning the status quo of US government policy.
They are wary of the enormous influence the Federal Reserve wields, angry at how the government spent billions of dollars bailing out Wall Street, and suspicious of how big and profligate the government has become.
These sentiments sparked the Tea Party movement, which, although having roots in Paul’s philosophies and his followers, evolved largely outside of his directly control.
Ever the nonconformist, Paul told Good Morning America that he doesn’t agree with the way President Obama handled the Osama bin Laden situation, even though polls show that most Americans approve of it.
Back in the early years after WWII, the US arrested, tried, and executed many Nazi criminals. Paul thinks that’s what the US should have done to bin Laden.
When asked why he doesn’t run as an independent when his views differ so much from the mainstream Republican Party, Paul said it’s not a bad idea to shake up the Republican Party and return to its constitutional roots.
Moreover, he said in the US, one doesn't have a shot at winning a general presidential election as an independent unless one is a billionaire like Ross Perot.