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Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party Paperback – October 21, 2011
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
About the Author
Jason Rink is an author and freelance writer who has appeared as a guest on FOX Business Channel's America's Nightly Scoreboard, the FOX News program On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, and Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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I don't know of any `authorized' biographies of Dr. Paul, but this book, which bills itself as `the unauthorized biography of an unauthorized politician' will be a tough act to follow. There was so much in this book that I did not know, and I thought I knew quite a bit. In this book you see the man himself being shaped. You see young Ronnie as a farm kid in rural Pennsylvania, one of 5 kids. You read of the Paul as an intern being forced to watch an abortion, and the impression that made on him. You read of Dr. Paul the fledgling obstetrician, whose practice had two rules; no abortions and no federal money. Rink and company gives us insight into the kitchen table discussion that resulted in Ron Paul's first venture into politics, and of the concern for sound money that fueled it, and then his defeat at this first venture.
What makes the book (which ends in late 2011 just as my book is beginning) interesting is to see once again Dr. Paul's consistency shine through. For example, his first campaign slogan was 'Freedom, Honesty, and Sound Money', which could have easily been recycled as his last campaign slogan. Also as a consistent thread through his life has been his willingness to take on his own party, and their willingness to sideline, marginalize and ignore him.
I was shocked to learn that the GOP had on more than one occasion backed Dr. Paul's opponent in the primary races as a way to strong-arm him into toeing the party line on foreign policy. They also pulled many of the same shenanigans in his 2008 Oval office run that they did in 2012. It's the same cast of power hungry neocons over and over again who would put pressure on him over and over again to compromise like they did, or sell his soul one piece at a time. The good doctor refused to bend, and paid the price for it, but still had the last laugh.
I was also delighted to see so many early pictures of some of my philosophical heroes portrayed so prominently. You get to see shots of Lew Rockwell as a much younger man standing side by side with Murray Rothbard. I was so moved by some of Rinks gripping accounts of the early days of the liberty movement that I felt the need to drop a line to Mr. Rockwell thanking him for his decades of involvement in this fight.
This book is completely worth your time, and I thank Mr. Rink and his collaborators for putting it out. If all you know of Dr. Paul is what you saw on Youtube, you need to take a look at this.
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