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Meeting The Ron Paul Challenge

Written By: Joseph Farah  |  Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Following the inspiring meeting of conservative Christian activists last week- end, my biggest question about the 2012 election is whether Republicans are ready to meet what I call "the Ron Paul challenge."By the Ron Paul challenge, I'm not talking about the threat of Paul actually winning the nomination. I'm referring instead to the impressive movement he has built among Republicans, independents and Tea Party activists, not to mention disaffected Democrats. There's no getting around it, Ron Paul has a real and growing constituency one vital to the future of the Republican Party, not only in 2012 but also beyond.

 Republicans need to recognize some sad facts about this movement: It is not  passing fad. It is not a cult of personality. It is built on growing dissatisfaction with traditional Republican politics. It is the result of the abject failure of Republicans to do what they claim they want to do cut government spending, reduce debt and return Washington to the constitutional limits on power and authority. It has legitimate grievances that include the bipartisan projection of military power around the world without clear objectives for victory. Failure to understand this movement and win back the Ron Paul constituents in future elections will render the party impotent in the future. What can Republicans do short of nominating Ron Paul in 2012? Easy. Em- brace the best of his ideas and discard the worst of them. After all, there's a lot to like about

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