The Curious Case of Ron Paul
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Election fever is hotting up in America. The Republicans have been conducting a series of debates in the past few months from which we have learned a number of things. First of which being that Rick Perry current governor of Texas is less intelligent than a previous governor of Texas, as seen here when he forgets the third of government agencies he would plan to cut. Newt Gingrich, serial adulterer and man in the pocket of Freddie Mac, a government sponsored company which helped in the collapse of American sub primes mortgages also advocates child labour for poor children. Mitt Romney is ahead but mistrusted due to his Mormon beliefs, too wacky even for right wing Christian conservatives. Mormonism used to be a racist organisation until 1978 when Romney was in his early 30’s. We also learned that Michelle Bachmann who is much troubled by gay people, nobly created a clinic to cure people of that wicked sin. In summary then we have learnt that this batch of Republicans are either mad or dim, however one candidate has piqued the interest of the American public. He caused a splash in 2008 and is riding high again, currently in 2nd in the Iowa caucus behind, the man in question being Ron Paul. Congressman Paul is both loved and loathed in equal measure. Much loved on the internet and a man whose donations from the military vastly outstrip his Republican rivals. However he is not popular within his own party establishment as he is seen as too radical for their liking. They do have some cause for worry. Ron Paul advocates the end of America’s never ending wars and closing every foreign base outside of the United States. He favours talking to Iran rather than making them hostile with threats and sanctions (he knows the history of Iran better than most American politicians). He would end the bitter and costly war on drugs and legalise marijuana. He would put an end to the federal reserve (to the delight of conspiracy theorists everywhere). A passionate Libertarian and strict constitutionalist, Paul says he would adhere to the constitution and create a small government with low taxes and personal freedom. This does sound wonderful however it is not as straightforward as that. There is a possible dark side to Congressman Paul. A good litmus test for intelligence on a person is whether that person believes in evolution. Ron Paul does not accept evolution; though unlike other Republicans he wouldn’t impose this belief and have so called ‘intelligent design’ taught to children. He opposed a bill hailing the 40th anniversary of the 1964 civil rights act because it ‘not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a colour-blind society’. On his website he states that although he would bring healthcare prices down ‘No one has a right to medical care’ because it ‘totally contradicts the principles of liberty’ this view is completely alien to those in Europe whose healthcare is vastly superior to US healthcare. Stories of racist newsletters carrying his name have dogged him as well as this testimony from a former staffer. However this charge has been denied by Nelson Linder, president of the Austin, Texas NAACP. His own libertarian views are summed up well by Dave Lindorff who writes ‘Libertarianism is at its core an ugly anti-social philosophy of selfishness carried to the extreme’. In summary is by far the most interesting and radical of the Republican candidates. His foreign policy ideas are refreshing compared to the foreign policy of Obama, Bush etc which call for constant war and a massive military budget whilst people struggle to put food on the table at home. Dave Lindorff again sums up Ron Paul best.
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