You practically can't have a discussion about Ron Paul without someone bringing up his interview with
discussed on ATS in
Congressman Ron Paul on Guns, Money and the NWO
. Nor can anyone review his
condemnation of the big government, anti-civil liberties, imperialistic Neo-Cons
currently in power and easily dismiss the obvious implications that he's really a Libertarian "mole" currently operating as a Republican.
But I continue to try.
As I think
what is so refreshing about Paul is his transcendence of labels and ideologies in general. I don't think
he's "just a Libertarian" and were they in power, he'd have serious problems with them as well, including the implications of an all powerful
ideologically driven free market
society (as he clearly has problems with Rupert Murdoch's monopolistic role in promoting the Neo-con
I've been looking for a non politician based "party ideology" discussion since this forum began, and I think Ron Paul may be as good a keynote
speaker as anyone.
What is so good about him, in my opinion, is the ability to transcend those labels and see the good and bad in everything. I'm no Ron Paul expert,
but I seriously doubt he'd ever rely on strict party ideology (Republican, Democrat or Libertarian) to justify anything that didn't make sense,
though I think the party's often do in many instances.
My biggest beef to date then with most of the conservative (R and L) positions in these forums is with the "free market" mantras and capitalism as a
moral imperative forgoing any ability to address inherent problems for the sake of ideology. I'm sure someone can point out an example of a similar
instance of Liberal ideology superceding common sense, but I'll leave that to another.
For now, either in the context of WWRPD (what would Ron Paul do) or just in the general spirit of ideological transcendence...
When is "less government" not enough government, and in some areas aren't we already there?
How can anyone not support a stronger FCC actually doing it's regulatory job in light of Paul's remarks on Murdoch and
Ted Turner's remarks on himself
How can anyone not support a stronger FDA doing it's job to protect citizens, not just
protect corporate profits from Canadian reimportation
And how can anyone (with a straight face) suggest the free market notion that corporate
polluters are the best environmental police
stuck on this "free market" captialist ideology and the notion that the only problems we have in this country arise from
governmental solutions and the market would fix everything if we just let it go to hell.
Just from the news how can anyone not know better by watching the Hurricane disaster price gouging in Florida? Or just watching the Daily Show and the
story of a Getty Oil distributor being run out of business by the corporate masters for charging too little for gas?
Allow me to oversimplify the prevailing party ideologies now.
(And I think only one will probably object.)
Republicans are for Corporations.
Libertarians are for Individuals.
Democrats are for Society.
Overall, that's somewhat fair I think and most would agree (except for one of course).
So who's up for a compromise besides Ron Paul? I am.