PAULITES! LET IT GO!
This was a big source of debate in my own house as my wife was quite the burgeoning Ron Paul supporter.
Admittedly, at first blush, some of the positions Ron Paul has espoused have sounded pretty good, even to those of us on the left:
1. Was against the Iraq War, wants to end (most**) military intervention
2. Wants to end the War on Drugs
3. Wouldn't support a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
Setting aside various criticisms involving his newsletter and involvement with white supremacists, there are quite a number of policy positions and
opinions that are significantly less attractive:
1. Wants to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964
2. Doesn't believe in any federal safety standards or regulating bodies (FDA, EPA, FAA, etc)
3. Wants to do away with OSHA
4. Wants to do away with public education because "it's socialist" (aaaand?)
6. Believes there is a "War on Christmas"
7. Doesn't believe in evolution
8. Doesn't believe in global warming
9. Wants to repeal the Americans With Disabilities Act
10. Thinks interstate highways are unconstitutional
**wanted US to seize the Panama Canal
In Ron Paul's own words, "forced integration dictated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 increased racial tensions while diminishing individual liberty."
A mere 50 years ago, voting against all but one southern congressman, representatives of the rest of the country put an end to segregation and the
systematic disenfranchisement and mistreatment of millions of Americans. That my friends, was a WIN for those who wanted to increase liberty.
Sure, there are some legitimate concerns over the EPA (authority to garnish wages, what?) but let's not kid ourselves into believing that corporations
and even small/medium businesses can be trusted to police themselves. If anything, the EPA's authority should be expanded to encompass operations of
the US government. What about the FDA? Who among us really trusts big pharma to rule on the safety and efficacy of their own product? Ridiculous! In
Ron Paul's own words, "People weren't dying from bad drugs before we had the FDA." The FDA has been around since 1906. What bad drugs is he talking
about? Pencillin for instance, one of the first drugs that actually treated a disease, wasn't even discovered until 1928.
I'm all for people, with the time and inclination, home schooling their children though I'm leery of nutters teaching their children that Nessie is
proof that science is wrong about evolution. I'm all for reforming education but lets get real — left to their own devices, some of these morons,
particularly in the more rural areas of the south, would do about as much for education as the Taliban. That's not going to help our nation compete
and it's sure as hell not going to result in the sort of innovation that might stand a chance of reinvigorating our crumbling (crumbled?)
If one assumes that smaller government translates to more freedom (and that's an assumption, the size of government should be exactly the size needed
to efficiently provide the services deemed necessary by the people), there's better ways to do it than shooting ourselves in the foot.
I'm sorry folks, the guy is in fact a cantankerous KOOK. Please just let it go!
edit on 2014-7-11 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)