Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
1: he doesn't believe in evolution
well...this is simple enough, i don't trust those who don't say that evolution is "just a theory" with running a country.
First of all, religious ideas/beliefs should have no bearing on political contests. Period.
From the Constitution of the United States:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
If his personal religious beliefs are a problem for you, then I think you have the problem, not RP. Religious bigotry/discrimination can be perpetrated even by atheists.
The theory of Evolution removes God from the equasion. I don't believe that either, but I won't deny that animals evolve. I believe God made it that way, and to put forth a theory that omits God's role in it would be unacceptable to any Christian. Doesn't make it right, but he has the right to believe how he likes -- just like you.
At least make it about the issues, not personal feelings.
2: he endorsed Petrouka in the Constitution Party's '04 bid...
Michael Petrouka believes that homosexual sex should be criminalized under federal law...
What else does/did Petrouka support? Or did he just run on an "I hate gays" platform?
Peroutka emphasizes the Bible and America's Christian heritage. He opposes abortion without exception and believes homosexual "sodomy" should be criminalized. He opposes a Federal Marriage Amendment believing the federal government should not be granted jurisdiction over marriage. He advocates for free market capitalism. He supports the right to keep and bear arms and strongly opposes the war in Iraq, calling in ungodly, immoral, and unconstitutional.. He supports the right to homeschool and believes the federal government should not regulate or fund education.
OK so I can see why Paul would endorse this guy, religious/sexual orientation positions notwithstanding. Supports the Constitution; opposed the Iraq war; supports free market; supports getting the federal government out of our indoctrination - excuse me, education system; supports the second amendment.
3: he thinks "don't ask, don't tell" is a good system
it's a program which makes the statement "my boyfriend and i stayed in and watched boondock saints the last time i saw him" an offense worthy of discharge when coming from a man...
So if there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if there's heterosexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with.
...but the current policy classifies any indication that someone is a homosexual as "disruptive behavior"
So equal rights and treating everyone the same is a bad idea? Sexual conduct on duty in inexcusable for anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation. Dr. Paul simply states that there should be no discrepancies in policy for "disruptive behavior" based on gay/straight. Sounds about right. I do think though, if what you say about the classification of "disruptive behavior" applies only to gays, that should be fixed. I'm certain Paul would agree with that.
honestly, that's enough for me.
3 big nails in the coffin
This just tells me that perhaps you haven't done too much research on RP. Here, check out his positions on the issues before you make judgement. www.ronpaullibrary.com... - www.ronpaul2008.com...
but here's a 4th
he doesn't think the state government should be kept out of the bedroom...
he actually thinks that state and local governments have the right to regulate sexual conduct
That is completely at odds with is position on civil liberties. Can you provide a source for this? Doesn't sound like Paul at all. No secret that he wants to give the bulk of the power back to the states, but he is very big on individual liberties. His position is that we should be able to do whatever we like, so long as we're not hurting anyone else in the process. I like that idea, I dunno about you.