reply to post by OutKast Searcher
Nobody wants to argue this because these positions of Ron Paul have been flipped inside out and portayed negatively instead of his actual position.
Kind of like how Ron Paul wants to give individual liberties back to the people and the media will ask Ron Paul if he wants to legalize heroine, he
gives his answer and they spin it as Ron Paul wants to legalize heroine.
That being said, I'm going to give it a shot, I welcome hearty discussion over this as I don't believe the OP article is accurately portraying Ron
Paul and his personal/political beliefs.
1. Why shouldn’t we appeal affirmative action? It’s racist to treat someone differently based on the color of their skin. Individuals should be
given a job by their character not their skin color.
In 1997, Paul voted to end affirmative action in college admissions. Paul criticizes both racism and obsession with racial identity:
"Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe
that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging
Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called 'diversity' actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity
is inherently racist."
2. Well this one is easy, Ron Paul personally believes that human life is special BUT he understands that this is America and that STATES should
decide, NOT the Federal government. This one also kills anyone that says Ron Paul shouldn't be president because he is a Christian and believes in
creationism, to Ron Paul, religion doesn't dictate policies.
3. Ron Paul opposes federal government intervening in matters that belong to the states since it is unconstitutional. The fed has no authority to
impose these laws. States should be free to create competition (if anybody is following why Perry is popular right now, it is because TEXAS'
conservative nature allowed for job growth during our recession because of lower minimum wages). It is apart of Ron's ultimate fiscal plan to reduce
government spending, end the income tax so that the people can KEEP their hard earned dollars. In this sense, a mandatory minimum wage is NOT
4. FIrst of all, taxation is theft. One has no option to opt out of it. The only way the government can accomplish taxation is through force or
threat. Why can't I steal fruit from the tree that my neighbors planted but when the government forces me to pay immense amounts of taxes, it is ok?
How is removing tax obligations unfair to lower income bracket Americans? I don't know about you guys but I would LOVE to keep more of my own
money, I feel violated when IRS takes a chunk out of my paycheck to pay America's interest.
5. Ron Paul believes in property rights. (and the topic of environmental protection vs global energy competition is up in the air, I don't this this
particular issue should be isolated to Ron Paul).
6. The United Nations imposes sanctions on third world countries and only bad for the people and not the corruption. How many here on ATS is
completely opposed to the United Nations? Negative global image? I thought this was pretty obvious already, most of the globe already dislike us, how
about taking our military back and leave everybody alone? There is no argument here, Ron Paul is openly for NO entangled alliances and trade/peace
with all nations.
7. Ron Paul opposes federal funding, so why would there need to be funding to those who choose an 'alternative lifestyle'? what about those who
choose not to? It is no secret Ron Paul (as a Christian) is opposed to gay marriage, but he did say that the government should NOT dictate who can
be with who. It is completely up to the states and although I don't agree with his personal belief in gay marriage (which he is obviously entitled
to), I love the fact that states are free to choose for themselves.
8. Why is there even an argument about gun rights in AMERICA? We all know how we feel about guns, this is something the founding fathers KNEW we
needed, America NEEDS guns to fight tyranny and keep the government in check. I don't know why I even have to explain this.
9. America’s educational system only got worse since the government got involved in the 1950s. There are tons of organizations of teachers and
educators against federal/top-down control over the educational system. I mean, look at how 'no child left behind' failed (so miserably). I
remember seeing a documentary of a privatized school in a 'ghetto' neighborhood and it was clean and the children were all scoring high in their
classes (we know this is usually impossible in bad neighborhoods).
10. I suppose children should only be taught what bureaucrats believe is best for them. ? Ron Paul’s libertarian philosophy is to live free as you
want, don’t impose your beliefs on anyone, don’t infringe on other's rights. Ultimately, Ron Paul allows the state to do their thing, it is NOT
nor ever was it up to the federal government to decide states matters. I've never seen Ron Paul impose his religious beliefs over his libertarian