May 7, 2012
Despite the media blackout, Ron Paul is still a leading candidate in the 2012 U.S. Presidential election against President Barack Obama. On Sunday May 6 2012, the results out of Nevada and Maine marked a historical event in the history of presidential elections. He won overall 43 delegates in the two states, who he will be bringing to Tampa, Florida for the national convention. Ron Paul, who has run for president four times altogether, continues to de facto shape national debate and the coming presidential election.
When looked at in terms of how the election has been covered by national media outlets, one would presume that Paul was a third party candidate – say, along the lines of his former self, Ralph Nader or Ross Perot. But, the reality is Ron Paul has reshaped the image of the Republican Party in the United States. A libertarian leading, populist candidate is effectively the candidate of a mainstream corporate-party.The intellectual awakening in the United States, largely abetted by the world wide web, has led thousands of “independent” US citizens to align themselves with a corporate-party. Moreover, they do not identify themselves with this party, but truly the general platform of a philosophically sound man who has been brave enough to use a corporate-party in his bid for president.
Of course, there is a distinction between the President of the United States and the Presidency. As Zbigniew Brzezinski made note of in his book “Between Two Ages,” the President of the United States will, in the then coming decades, represent nothing more than a personality for the entertainment of the mass public. It appears, however, that a great many Ron Paul supporters know this, and Ron Paul’s impressive results in his 2012 presidential campaign is not the revolution itself in the United States, but instead is representative of a popular grassroots movement sweeping through all facets of daily life in the United States (and globally) for many individuals.