It's weird, but I have found myself agreeing with Ron Paul more and more. I saw a video of his in which he basically took the position that the
government should not legislate morality. Some really tricky scenarios were presented to him, which should conflict with his values. But he resolutely
replied that, no, government should not intervene in these cases, on principle.
I have to question that though. When I look at the US with its founding values, I see a lot of abuse that goes on in the name of freedom. Look at the
Westboro Baptist church. Their right to do the terrible things they do, upheld by the highest court in the land, in the name of freedom. I have to
wonder, if this kind of thing were really allowed to continue its course, what would be the cost? If people were really "free", what other atrocities
would be permitted in the name of that freedom?
The US is also a country with a very vast separation between the poor and the rich. I have literally walked from a multimillion dollar mansion for
five minutes down the road to areas where residents could not afford to have a heater for the winter and froze to death. There is this kind of
heartless attitude in the US, "you aint getting no handout from me". So there's a real dearth of human compassion at one end of the spectrum and a
real lack of education at the other (and everything in between of course). So I question whether the US is actually ready for freedom. In nations
where there is a consistent standard of education, health care, wealth distribution and so on, it might work. But I just don't see high crime areas
becoming anything but even higher crime areas, and poor areas becoming even more poverty stricken and exploited if the government stop intervening so
much. In short, I am not convinced the people are ready to pick up where the government leaves off.
I also question what would happen to the economy if Ron Paul were elected. He was a strong advocate of the Fed being audited, and seems to want the
Fed to end. As much as I agree with him on this point, I cannot see this happening without much pain if it happens quickly. The entire world economy
may go into a deep and sustained depression without the US economy continuing as it currently is. It might do that anyway of course, but doing what
Ron Paul seems to be advocating may just hasten it.
Finally, when you hear Ron Paul talking at these committee hearings on the Fed, he talks a lot. He maybe even likes the sound of his own voice. He
comes across as somewhat conspiratorial and even sounds like he is raving without any particular direction in what he is saying. He's still a somewhat
sharp guy, but he is getting old, and I am unsure if he is sensible enough to be a solid president.
Having said all that, ultimately, I still find myself agreeing with the guy on a lot of his basic policy positions. He might be a disaster if he got
in. But he just might be the disaster that the US really needs.
When you visit the US you realise that it is the only country in the world where every second commercial is for a pharmaceutical drug or a lawyer.
Everyone is medicated or suing someone. The supermarkets have three aisles of sugar products. Bread contains sugar (or more likely high fructose corn
syrup). You have to ask for "diet water" otherwise it too will have sugar in it. Even tomato sauce (ketchup) has the stuff in it. And everyone eats
out all the time. This is the country that gave us McDonalds, KFC and Coca Cola. Everyone suffers from migraines and takes pills for it. Everyone
drives and everyone catches a plane, even to go a few hundred kilometres. People ride around in little motorised scooters because they are too fat to
walk any more. You hear about shootings every other day in the big cities. And yet, everyone in the US seems to not realise that this is not how the
rest of the world is. In fact, many people from the US seem to be so patriotic that they cannot bear to hear their country talked down. They think it
is a good thing that the US interferes in world affairs in just about every country. They think it is a good thing that the US is the world's only
superpower. Even the religion is tainted with domestic politics. Most people have no idea what Christianity is about and think it is some kind of US
political message. You go to church to hob nob with important people.
Of course I am exaggerating to the extreme here. But these are the sort of things you notice when you visit the US. It's a fairyland and everyone
there seems to be under some kind of spell. Primarily people need to get themselves educated and learn about the world around them. Ron Paul might
just be the shock the US needs. But again, I am so certain that the majority of the US population is so under the influence of the media that I am
just as confident that someone like Ron Paul hasn't a chance. For all the thinking and waffling and television and debate that goes into US politics,
the US public seems intent on inflicting more of the same on themselves year after year after year. Precisely what they are being programmed to do.
In case anyone should take offence at what I wrote, please don't. I'm colouring it up because if I don't do so, cultural blindness, which affects all
of us, makes it impossible to see the things about our own culture that are so very wrong. They are obvious to the rest of the world, but not to us
because we are brought up and indoctrinated with it every day of our lives. At least here on ATS people are prepared to examine other viewpoints.
Cultural norms are challenged and the media and government are not upheld as examples of all things good. People around here do not just swallow
whatever they are told. So please don't be offended. I'm not trying to offend your culture. I have just as many bad things to say about my own
culture. But it is only by travelling outside my culture that I have been able to see it for what it is. All cultures also have good aspects, and the
US is no exception. I'm just painting a negative picture because it is what I notice the most when I visit the US. It sticks out as being odd because
it is not like that elsewhere. I have many good memories of the US too from back in the day when I still visited the US (nowadays I don't because I do
not agree with the wars, the US interference all around the world, the TSA groping, the treatment of whistleblowers, extraordinary rendition, torture,
imprisonment of so many people in US prisons and many other things).
I hope Ron Paul gets in, and I am glad he can speak to people with and without faith and make sense to them. But I still don't think the US is ready
for him. There's too much security fear and financial selfishness to be dealt with. Until people are able to calm down and be generous, I don't see
the US as being ready for the type of liberty Ron Paul wants to bring about. I think it would lead to chaos.
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