In today’s “Debate Club” at US News and World Report, I had a chance to argue that the GOP has many reasons — both practical and ethical — to give Ron Paul a speaking role at next week’s convention.
Few members of Congress have had as profound an influence on the direction of the party in recent years as Paul. He has been challenging Congress’s authority to pass measures (and voting against those not explicitly authorized in our founding documents) since before it was fashionable to quote from the Constitution on the House floor. He helped raise the profile of the national debt, bringing attention to the country’s tenuous fiscal standing and inspiring his colleagues to make balancing the budget an election-year rallying cry. His single-minded focus on the proper role of the state guided Republicans back to the limited-government fold after the Bush years sent them wandering. And he’s retiring in January of next year.
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