Endorsements for Ron Paul from Andrew Sullivan and Jesse Ventura, in terms of helping him win in Iowa and the primaries, and the nomination, and the polls,may not make much difference in his support, in my opinion, because Ron Paul’s strengths in the numbers ensue from his positions and the endorsements he’s received that count are his multitude of wildly enthusiastic supporters who are talking one-on-one with voters to explain his positions, and so bypassing media decrees on who is “electable” or “nutty” or whatnot.
In terms of what it says about Ron Paul –and more importantly, the ideas, policies, and philosophy he represents, it has more positives for Andrew Sullivan and Jesse Ventura than it does Ron Paul.
They have their own reasons, as expressed. Sullivan’s endorsement is fair-weather, in my opinion, more pragmatic than principled. But most people who are convinced and now Ron Paul voters are probably people who had already agreed with most of the collection of ideas that are based on freedom.
I think for most Ron Paul supporters it has been more like the Israeli “settler” wrote on his web site. He got interested for his own reasons, mostly one reason, that being his delight at finally seeing a candidate for president in the USA that would cut off aid to all countries including Israel. But as he learned more about the candidate, he said, he came to where he found himself almost giddy at realizing the principle of individual freedom made him glad that he had found common cause with people who aren’t so happy with “settlers”, i.e. people like myself.
Like RP has said, “Freedom brings people together”.
I’ve been more libertarian than the stupid stereotype caricature of Biblical Christians that most Big Goverment-Corporate Media is clinging to. Most Christians don’t either, but their gullibility with Bush and warrior demagoguery (and with the Christian Media Establishment) has irritated me sometimes and my views got me banned from some of their discussion lists too.
Ron Paul’s ideas are what many of us. We want government to get out of our lives, our bedrooms, our speech, our rights, our churches and our pocketbooks, and just leave us alone to live our lives responsible for ourselves with all the consequences. We want to stop the never-ending wars and we want them to stop watching our every moves. We refuse to just buckle to Larry Ellison‘s arrogant “Privacy is dead, get over it, we’ll give the government a citizen tracking database free of charge to make Big Brother red with envy”.
And his consistent history that shows he does not sell out the Constitution convinces atheists and pro-abortion advocates alike that he will do what he says.
For example, even though he is obviously personally against abortion, and very much so, he has a great number of pro-abortion supporters, I’ve met quite a number of them myself. He says it is not a federal issue, it’s a state issue, and so it is.
Even though he is a devout Christian, also, he agrees with a lot of “gays” and others who have also already said that marriage does not belong to “the state”, it belongs to the church where it’s been. That’s what pro-abortion Gary Johnson has also said.
Like I told my brother, there are already lots of de facto “same-sex marriages” (although most of those are “mostly” monogamous), plural marriages, serial polygamy, all kinds of deviations from the traditional natural nuclear family of one man, one woman, and children. Some of those get blessed by whatever pagan suits their fancy. Just get government out of the bedroom.
As a Christian, I want the government sword out of the way to leave the field open for winning souls to Christ through love and compassion. Using government guns to enforce purity and punish sin goes against this famous quote from the most loving man of all of time:
“Neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more”.