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The age-meme shut-out of Ron Paul

January 20, 2008

A meme is droning throughout the media to the unfactual effect that John McCain is the oldest contender for president. In fact, Ron Paul is the oldest contender for president. But in misrepresenting the facts, the media reveal themselves one more time as desperate to obliterate Ron Paul from the presidential line-up. He isn’t going away, drones.

Ron Paul was born August 20, 1935. John McCain was born August 29, 1936. For the assistance of math-challenged reporters, Ron Paul is one year and nine days older than John McCain.

Furthermore, notwithstanding incredulous media efforts at a shut-out, Ron Paul is a presidential contender.

Ron Paul raised nearly $20 million in the three months preceding January 2008, putting him in the fundraising league of Hillary Clinton. Not many non-contenders could do that.

Congressman Paul has participated in every debate except for the few that shut him out. He has participated in all primaries and caucuses so far. Ron Paul has garnered 6 delegates to Giuliani’s 2.

Ron Paul placed ahead of Rudy Giuliani in the Iowa primary (5th to Giuliani’s 6th), the South Carolina primary (5th to Giuliani’s 6th), and the Michigan primary (4th to Giuliani’s 6th); and ahead of McCain and Giuliani in the Nevada caucuses (2nd to McCain’s 3rd and Giuliani’s 6th).

If Ron Paul is not a presidential contender, perhaps we should presume that Giuliani is a contender in an imaginary race for President of Florida.

What is it about Ron Paul that scares the media so much that they need to sideline him? Is it that he is the only candidate who can honestly promise to deliver “change?” Or is the fear deeper than that; is it the sort of fear that caused the media to gurgle horrified memes when Barry Goldwater ran for president, under the slogan, “In your heart you know he’s right”?

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6 Comments
  1. Mark permalink
    January 20, 2008 6:06 pm

    They are not talking about this guy because he threatens the current order. No I don’t mean just Washington, I mean the people who are pulling the strings that are attached to our politicians. These are the people who control the federal reserve, these are private bankers and media moggles, who since back in the early 1900’s have in some way manipulated world events to benefit their conquest of power. These people control our government and our media and have brain washed us into believing that we are free, when in reality we are slaves to them. Currently I fear for Dr. Pauls life, because if his message catches on, they will be forced to do something about it before too many people become aware of what is really going on.
    Land of the Free, who are shackled by debt.

  2. Mike permalink
    January 20, 2008 6:36 pm

    MSM. Give us names. REAL names. “They” doesn’t tell us who is responsible.

  3. January 20, 2008 7:13 pm

    They are mentioning McCain’s age as a negative. He doesn’t look like he’ll last another four years, anyway, so I say let them! Ron Paul, on the other hand, eats healthily and is a fitness freak. He rides his bicycle every morning, and walks every afternoon. Thank goodness – because I think we’re going to need him for a full eight years, to sort out this damn mess we’ve got ourselves into!

  4. Grantland permalink
    January 20, 2008 7:18 pm

    “MSM. Give us names. REAL names. “They” doesn’t tell us who is responsible.”

    You couldn’t handle the truth:

    http://www.realnews247.com/who_rules_america_updated_2004.htm

  5. January 20, 2008 7:22 pm

    Mike,

    Legitimate request. If you google “mccain oldest candidate” you’ll find plenty–unless they’ve since been edited. I was going to include a couple but found the meme was ubiquitous and decided it was easy enough to find several examples. I’ve salvaged these:

    http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/Clinton,_McCain_/2008/01/09/62918.html

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/29/mccain.interview/index.html

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fdda99a4-be4c-11dc-8bc9-0000779fd2ac.html?click_check=1

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/chi-080208president-quiz,1,6810313.triviaquiz

    Use FIND with “oldest” to scan the page.

    LASTNYMLEFT,

    Yeah, they mean McCain’s age as a negative but they aren’t coming out with how healthy Ron Paul is; they aren’t bringing up his name at all. McCain is getting venerability points and Paul is getting shut out of the controversy entirely.

  6. taylor quigly permalink
    January 20, 2008 9:40 pm

    McCain is nutzoid senile.
    Proof? no further than the crazed glee on his face during debates when he makes idiotic and seriously racist remarks like his ‘burka’ & ‘I don’t want to fly with [Muslims] because they want only a one way ticket.’ And if he wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years, let’s figure out how much that would cost and force him to pay for it – and he & his family members can suit up and head for the front lines. Now!
    This guy is whacko.

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