Dr. Ron Paul has a loyal following... but is a candidate who is least likely to win a presidential election because his positions are too problematic for many... both Democrats and Republicans, but especially for those who call themselves Independents. That's why I was surprised to read this article from a site that supports Dr. Paul:
You don’t have to register Republican to vote for Ron Paul this Primary Season, that is if you live in one of the 14 (+) “Open Primary” States that allow voters to choose which Party ballot to vote on when going to the polls. If you are an Independent or Democrat in an Open Primary State request the Republican ballot in order to vote Ron Paul for the Republican Nominee. SOURCEThe reason that this is surprising is because this is exactly the tactic that the Democratic Party would love to deploy:
"Paul is doing the best job of getting those people who aren't really Republicans but say they're going to vote in the Republican primary," explains Smith. Among that group are libertarians, dissatisfied independents and Democrats who are "trying to throw a monkey wrench in the campaign by voting for someone who is more philosophically extreme," says Smith. SOURCEI believe this "monkey wrench" process is exactly how Sen. John McCain beat out Mitt Romney for the 2008 Republican nomination. McCain was seen as the weakest Republican choice and targeted by the Democratic Party to be the opponent of whomever was Democratic nominee.
This is a major weakness in the nominating process... one that simply cannot be corrected under the present primary scheme and one that favors an incumbent president by a substantial margin.
If there ever was a real period of American isolationism, it was not within the past two centuries. American expansionism focused on North America rather than elsewhere during the first half of the 19th century and the Civil War certainly focused the nation inward for awhile, but the 20th century showed that the United States was not a hands-off entity... nor would the world allow it to be.
Isolationism in the 21st century would be an extremely dangerous gamble during a time when rouge nations and groups of fanatics are bent on acquiring nuclear weapons and using them for blackmail... or worse. Even Barack Obama has had to rethink non-involvement, although his implementation of foreign policy is like that of a toddler playing with blocks... chaotic at best.
Also see: Leftists May Boost Ron Paul in Iowa