Ron Paul? Eek. You've tempted me out of lurker mode with this juicy bit of bait. I have looked at him and here's my take on Ron Paul. Just my opinion in contrast to yours. Take it for what it's worth.
Don't be fooled into being a single-issue voter when the candidate in question isn't even what he claims to be on that particular issue. On the sole issue of homeschooling, Ron Paul is about as supportive as the HSLDA, which is to say, supportive in a limited, Capitalist, right-wing-fundamentalist Christian school-at-home sort of way. I'd rather have someone who is truly and actually laissez faire on this issue than someone like him with a narrow definition of homeschooling, a definition which does not include unschooling, IMO. In terms of public education and hand-in-hand with his "support of homeschooling" position, he's in favor of vouchers for religious schools, which is clearly unconstitutional despite his fervent claims of being a strict constitutionalist.
And then there's Creationism vs. evolution. Are we back to Pope Urban VIII vs. Galileo? "Local control" and "states' rights" are the purpurei panni of the banally evil reality of what was referred to as the "tyranny of the majority" by De Toqueville and frequently cited in the Federalist Papers. It was a bad idea 225 years ago. It was a bad idea 150 years ago. It's still a bad idea today. Bah! Humbug! I respond with Russell's teapot or The Flying Spaghetti Monster. Creationism? Shudder. Let's burn some witches, why don't we? Even the Catholic Church finally admitted in the 1990s that it was wrong about Galileo and in the same decade accepted the scientific validity of evolution. The earth isn't flat. Really. Accept it and move on with your life, Ron.
For most other issues, IMO he's a nightmare. His philosophy of government falls with the anti-Federalists of the country's early days and the states' rights Confederacy of the mid-1800's. Again, wrong-headed in their own time and just as wrong-headed today.
Ron Paul is the creepy guy whose farm you pass on an interstate drive with the "Get US out of the UN" billboard. He scores 100% on the John Birch Society's index and has spoken in support of them. 'nuff said! (But I'm *thinking* "Psychos-R-Us.")
He gets about a 75% rating from the Christian Coalition. That pretty much covers it for me. He's anti-choice. He's anti-immigration. (Guess he's ready to go back to Europe, huh?) His anti-Federalist/states'-rights philosophy supports a plethora of insanities which we triumphed over 225 years ago, 150 years ago, and 50 years ago. Personally, I don't wanna revisit THAT past.
His idea of environmental protection is from the Ayn Rand anarchocapitalist school of handling everything at the individual level. Ron Paul says we don't need laws and regulatory agencies. If someone pollutes your land, you just sue him. Right. That'll work great. He says he's a "free-marketer" but he's actually a staunch protectionist in terms of his policies. Make up your mind, buddy. Are you really an anarchocapitalist or are you an America-first SOCIALIST?
Me, I'm a socialist and proud of it. Heck! I'd be a Marxist, if only that system would work in reality. It doesn't; but neither does anarchocapitalism, or "pure free markets," or whatever you wanna call it. While I can accept the nonviability of Marxism, he's too ideological to accept that same reality about "pure" free markets. And like I mentioned earlier, he talks "free market" but he espouses America-first protectionism. That's socialism, by definition.
I don't even wanna talk about this guy and health care. He's a doctor, after all. Private sector my chunky patootie. As that other idiot "doctor," Dr. Phil, says, "How's that working out for you?" It may be working for Ron Paul; but it's clear to me that in general it ain't working worth a crap. I support socialized medicine.
And I believe I mentioned his anti-choice, anti-birth-control positions. I didn't? Well, that's it in a nutshell. No thanks.
He's against gay marriage (by virtue of the fact that he's FOR the Defense of Marriage Act). And he calls himself a "strict constitutionalist." Ha!
He's against eminent domain. Sorry. Silly position. Can you say, "Unrealistic?" Thought so.
He says he's not racist cuz he just wants a level playing field for all. Disingenuous at best. I'm old enough and I know he's old enough to remember segregated water fountains, etc. He says a collectivist mindset and the government are at the heart of racism and the government is ill-suited to combat bigotry. I call "bullshit." Laws have never been able to effect a change in peoples' hearts and were never intended to do so; they're meant to effect changes in *behavior*, whether it's a law against stealing others' property or a law against refusing to serve people because of their skin color. Therefore, laws are required to combat (acts of) racism. Governments pass laws. Therefore, the government is the PERFECT and probably only effective way to combat racism. QED.
He is, of course, a rabid Second Amendment guy. He'd (re)legalize assault weapons and wants weapons allowed in National Parks. Yeee-ha! It's back to pre-Wyatt-Earp Tombstone. Watch your back and don't knock on your neighbor's door after dark or stumble past his tent on your way to the "little boys' tree." Accidents happen.
He's an isolationist. I sympathize with that position somewhat but it's unrealistic. We live in the world and it's smaller than it used to be and getting still smaller every day. Our neighbors are not Betty and John from next door but the people of France, Darfur, North Korea, Lower Slobbovia, etc.
He's against the Iraq invasion. I'm with him on that. Of course, he somehow manages to blame the U.N. for our involvement there. Personally, I fail to follow that logic. It wasn't that long ago and I think I remember pretty well that it was our President who instigated that war and pushed and bullied other nations and the U.N. into supporting us. The U.N. was a peripheral player, at best.
He's against the soi disant Patriot Act. I'm certainly with him on that! I'll give him beaucoup credit for his position on that one. It's definitely unconstitutional.
I'm tired now. I think that's enough.
He might be your cup of tea; he sure ain't mine. "Legalize the constitution?" You bet! I'm definitely all for that! Ron Paul says he is but to me he certainly doesn't sound like it policy-wise.
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues
Well, I was feelin' sad and feelin' blue,
I didn't know what in the world I was gonna do,
Them Communists they wus comin' around,
They wus in the air,
They wus on the ground.
They wouldn't gimme no peace. . .
So I run down most hurriedly
And joined up with the John Birch Society,
I got me a secret membership card
And started off a-walkin' down the road.
Yee-hoo, I'm a real John Bircher now!
Look out you Commies!
Now we all agree with Hitlers' views,
Although he killed six million Jews.
It don't matter too much that he was a Fascist,
At least you can't say he was a Communist!
That's to say like if you got a cold you take a shot of malaria.
Well, I wus lookin' everywhere for them gol-darned Reds.
I got up in the mornin' 'n' looked under my bed,
Looked in the sink, behind the door,
Looked in the glove compartment of my car.
Couldn't find 'em . . .
I wus lookin' high an' low for them Reds everywhere,
I wus lookin' in the sink an' underneath the chair.
I looked way up my chimney hole,
I even looked deep inside my toilet bowl.
They got away . . .
Well, I wus sittin' home alone an' started to sweat,
Figured they wus in my T.V. set.
Peeked behind the picture frame,
Got a shock from my feet, hittin' right up in the brain.
Them Reds caused it!
I know they did . . . them hard-core ones.
Well, I quit my job so I could work alone,
Then I changed my name to Sherlock Holmes.
Followed some clues from my detective bag
And discovered they wus red stripes on the American flag!
That ol' Betty Ross . . .
Well, I investigated all the books in the library,
Ninety percent of 'em gotta be burned away.
I investigated all the people that I knowed,
Ninety-eight percent of them gotta go.
The other two percent are fellow Birchers . . . just like me.
Now Eisenhower, he's a Russian spy,
Lincoln, Jefferson and that Roosevelt guy.
To my knowledge there's just one man
That's really a true American: George Lincoln Rockwell.
I know for a fact he hates Commies cus he picketed the movie Exodus.
Well, I fin'ly started thinkin' straight
When I run outa things to investigate.
Couldn't imagine doin' anything else,
So now I'm sittin' home investigatin' myself!
Hope I don't find out anything . . . hmm, great God!