This is just a letter of support from an overseas observer (sorry), but I do have a brother, sister in law and nephews who are American. Every time I hear of or encounter Dr Ron Paul makes me smile. Dr Paul’s humanity and integrity really shine through in way that is very, very obvious to me. Even if he doesn’t make the nomination I think he has the chance to make an big impact on the race. He is also doing a wonderful job of promoting sane and exciting conservatism—which is very exciting indeed. The articles in the American Conservative are probably the best around, and I like a lot of what Pat Buchanan is saying too. It seems that because the liberals have been to happy to just throw insults they haven’t been thinking anything like as clearly.

It may come as a surprise but I am traditionally very liberal, but I am also religious and have always liked the idea of keeping things small, that centralising power often leads to bigger problems than it tries to solve. I think this is a view that liberals may be becoming increasingly open to (and there has always been a fringe that thinks this way).

It seems to me that the main parties have become ridiculously similar and travesties of their principles, and entirely beholden to corporate interests. This has become so obvious. However there are some interesting similarities between free thinking liberals and conservatives—the importance of restoring the constitution, an ethical foreign policy and the destructiveness of unfettered trade—the way it allows the strong to prey on the weak, especially for corporations to exploit individuals.

The most exciting thing that could happen would be for Paul to team up with a prominent liberal who is sick of pandering to the system. Of course both candidates would have to compromise (there would have to be a serious programme to tackle environmental issues, for example), but I think it would be very interesting. The problem is that some of Dr Paul’s positions would cause enormous distress to large sections of the country, so while I admire the integrity of the programme I doubt if it is practical to implement all of it in one shot—it would in a sense be very undemocratic. (But I think it makes much sense in the long run, but some things might take time.) In working out a joint programme you would come up with more than enough to fill a term without starting a revolution! It could be very exciting; if it didn’t work it might give the main parties such a fright that they might come back to their senses. I don’t seriously think it will happen but I am sorry that it won’t as I am sure it would be the best thing for the country. The stupid, childish culture wars should be put behind us. They are one big excuse for lazy thinking.

Sorry if this sounds garbled. Anyhow best of luck.

Chris Dornan