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I can't remember if it was the debate this morning or last nights debate when Ron Paul blurted out; "I'm for Liberty!" I hate it when politicians deliberately talk in slogans and sound bites. But leave it to Ron Paul to have that as his slogan, and it was certainly different than every other Republican at their 38th debate.
Let's face it Ron Paul is an old style demagogue who covers his demagoguery in a pseudo-legal analysis of our Constitution. Now I am no legal scholar, but neither is Dr. Ron Paul, and I am pretty sick of that guy, because I think as a civilization we have moved beyond the glib analysis that all rights stem from property rights. Let me just say, even John Locke himself, if he were living, would have moved beyond such a limiting anti-progressive view of how humans organize and distribute power, seriously! He was a bigger thinker than that, as evidenced in his writing. We most certainly have evolved past 1787, and that is a good thing. You can see from Paul's beliefs he doesn't believe we should have evolved past that time.
I have some serious questions for Ron Paul supporters, how is it you can tolerate a guy who makes claims like: "Lincoln shouldn't have fought the Civil War, he should have simply purchased those slaves from slave owners". Does anyone else see how fucked up that is, in that it indicates he believes people can legitimately be owned by others, and you must purchase them to set them free. To a person who has lived in the 20th and now 21st century, that line of reasoning makes no sense. It also occurs to me how little sense it makes to continually second guess past events, and make specious claims about what should have been done at that time. Pretty easy to talk shit like that, when it's irrelevant since the Tardis isn't available and even that Hitler thing kind of backfired on the good Doctor. Seriously, Ron Paul does the same thing when he talks about WWII, but here is the deal, who cares, he didn't get to make that decision, this kind of half-assed I could have done it better, BS should be unacceptable to a sentient being. How anyone can take that seriously leaves me incredulous. If Barack Obama said shit like that, he would be living next door to Alvin Green in South Carolina. Sorry, but it's a fact.
It isn't just that he hangs with the likes of Alex Jones either, but that certainly doesn't make him more appealing to a woman, a minority or a normal person who doesn't revel in hatred.
Unfortunately, Ron Paul's own beliefs and statements make me believe if Ron Paul could he would return us to an era where oppression was wrapped in the guise of the catch-all phrase "property rights". I don't think that should be acceptable once again.
Ron Paul is wrong morally and probably legally when it comes to his glib pronouncement that the Civil Rights Act destroyed privacy. What on earth does Ron Paul mean by that? He is basically saying business owners have the ultimate right to discriminate, because only they have the right to make decisions about what happens on their property? Answer this please Paululons, can a civil society exist if we all were to simply shrug our shoulders and say; "oh well, if that cafe owner refuses to allow black people into that restaurant, no biggie we will just move on to the next restaurant" "Or oh well, too bad you can't use that bathroom or that hospital or go to that school". Come on, we all know those are dog whistle statements which are used to attract a certain kind of voter.
Ron Paul also said this: "[T]he forced integration dictated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 increased racial tensions while diminishing individual liberty." But we need to critically unpack that statement.Is he really sure about that? He is saying of course integration wasn't worth it, but let's look around us people, I'd say it was totally worth it, we have many many gains in the past 40+ years, and many things have changed in the attitudes of the majority of Americans. These things are good, and I think it was totally a worthwhile cause, just as it was worth it to integrate aka mainstream all kinds of students, as exposure to difference leads to tolerance and the ability to live together, more peacefully. Ron Paul is wrong, things are better, how on earth can he not see that?
It kind of bugs me though that so many people are willing to throw women and minorities under the bus for that kind of dude. Seriously, this guy is at best a relic, at worst he believes as women, we continue not to be full members of society and we are unable to make decisions for and about our own bodies. He is not a civil libertarian in the truest form as he favors government legislation that limits our access to health care. What right does he or anyone else have to intervene in a conversation we might be having with our personal physician? I don't necessarily want to have the abortion argument, but my opinion is this, it simply isn't your business what goes on between a woman and her physician. You don't have to like it, you can believe it is against god or whatever, but since we are not a theocracy then you don't get a say in our bodies.
Ron Paul isn't just against abortion he is also against birth control. He made the claim that "Greater Access to birth control makes a mockery of Christianity". Is this really a guy who should be getting 20% of any electorate anywhere? How is this possible?
So officially Ron Paul was once the sponsor of a bill to outlaw Roe V Wade, in his eyes we simply don't have the same rights as men to make decisions about our lives. He makes the excuse of course that states should get to determine what individual rights a woman has over her body and essentially allows a state to determine what kind of medical discussions a woman is allowed to have with her physician. It rubs me the wrong way though, I just don't get how this guy has so many hard core followers?
Some people seem to think that Ron Paul is entirely different than your run of the mill Bircher, but he isn't. Don't ever forget that. Ron Paul doesn't know what liberty is and if you vote for him, you are voting for that.
Crossposted @ TheAngriestLiberal