Skip to comments.The Madness of Ron Paul
Posted on 12/21/2011 8:44:41 AM PST by servo1969
I believe that Texas Congressman Ron Paul and his followers have good intentions. However, as any conservative can attest, having good intentions does not exempt a person from the consequences of his actions or views. Given that, by diverting and dividing the right at a time when we can ill afford to be distracted, the extremist views held by Paul and his merry band of libertarian Bolsheviks are very dangerous. Libertarianism is an important strand of conservative thought, and to have its principal representative at a moment such as this be as extreme a figure as Representative Paul is, in truth, destructive to the ideals that he claims to hold dear.
This is not to deplore the libertarian creed in its entirety. On the contrary, almost all examples of government intervention in both public and private life have results that fall somewhere between unproductive and destructive. However, on a practical level, anyone with any long-term exposure to human beings ought to understand that a fully libertarian society is as impossible as a fully communist one. To wit, if everyone were willing to intelligently pursue his self-interest (or, indeed, were capable of doing it), then we could have a fully libertarian society. If everyone were willing to set aside self-interest in the name of the common good, then we could have a communist society. Since neither is possible, we can have neither.
This is where Paul and his followers go astray. On one issue after another, they take wholly unrealistic positions rooted in an ideologically perfected and entirely imaginary alternative to reality and then assail any who disagree with them as being in opposition to human liberty, the Constitution, and all of the other fine things that they claim to be upholding.
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Splitting the vote. I’ve always thought of the Libertarian party as taking one step away from conservatism and walking down the road toward liberalism.
Paul is another Ross Perot.
Ron Paul is not even a Libertarian, he is an anarchist. People wonder where he is getting his support? Try Occupy movement, the different factions of the anarchist movement.
His outspoken support of Bradley Manning calling HIM a HERO is outragous.
By the way on the vid I posted on another thread he voiced support for the homosexuals.
Our founders held extreme libertarian ideals. They didn’t hold those in check for the revolution because Samuel Adams was too extreme or a lightening rod.
But we do not have any inspiring candidates which leaves us voting AGAINST rather than enthusiastically FOR a candidate. All candidates want to tinker at the margins and out tax credit the other guy.
Is Romney the “best” we can do? Heaven help us
Ron Paul will not win in Iowa because of the goodness of folks. Ron Paul supporters will not be able to recruit supporters because they are worse than aggressive cultists that visit your front door. If you think Ron Paul is Coco Puffs his supporters are even worse and will be rejected by the folks in Iowa.
and Ralph Nader
Yep lunacy to get rid of the fed reserve, EPA and every dept of dictatorship you can name. I disagree with him on foreign policy, but we have problems within. Who else will abolish the income tax? If he stops talking, the IRS, the fed and all the rest can keep us under their thumb. So we are in a poor position, keep status quo and implode or try a different strategy. Unfortunately, without Herman, we are probaly stuck with taxation without representation. I hope I am wrong.
This opinion piece is really not at all helpful. The author is basically saying that Paul is idealistic and has some of the same ideas that our founding fathers had and therefore he and his followers are Bolsheviks and mad.
I think that more people are taking a look at the “crazy uncle” of conservative politics and actually reading his position statements because they are totally dissatisfied with the jumble of “practical” candidates floating out there now.
It would be interesting if this author had drawn any factual evidence supporting his position. But it sounds like he is hanging his hat on two things - the fed is good and necessary (as evidenced by how well things are going now?) and legalizing some illicit drugs is bad because we would have to pay to take care of all the new abusers (not thinking through what we already spend related to alcohol abuse or supporting the ATF, FBI, TSA, DEA, Gun Runner, etc )
If someone hides, even through omission, their true ideals and influences we should be extremely wary of them. Ron Paul scares the crap out of me...
And last time we tried (we being the human race) to implement an untested economic system how’d that work out?
If you check out the web. You will find that Pauls support is coming mainly from the Occupy types, various anarchists groups, and ofcourse his neo-nazi types.
It is downright dangerous to the Republican Party how these people are openly calling for their members to register as Repubs so they can vote for Paul.
Obama wonders where his supporters are? THEY ARE VOTING FOR RON PAUL.
You omitted a fourth support group: the stoners.
Some overlap with the Occupy types, I'd grant. But an important sub-group of Paul's supporters, nonetheless.
A person would have to be stoned to vote for Paul.
“It would be interesting if this author had drawn any factual evidence supporting his position.”
No factual evidence? Sort of like most of Ron Paul’s comments in his speeches to his cheering cult, huh? e.g. “glee” in the Bush White House after 9/11, let Iran have nukes, offer Iran friendship, close all US military bases overseas....
“A person would have to be stoned to vote for Paul.”
A big percentage of his cult have that hidden agenda; easier supply, cheaper, and legal dope smoking. If he flip-flopped on dope smoking, his cult base would erode.
An oldie. Just needs a “Ron Paul for President” streaming across the bottom.
Like many yuths', they have the "SQUEAKY WHEEL SYNDROME" it seems, but don't you just hate lazy whining spoiled brats? So Passe!
Conservative voters have been asked to choose pragmatism over idealism for 20 years. The establishment has visited that well too many times.
Not me, not ever again. Give me a candidate who has unshakable loyalty to the consitution or forget about my support.
People please realize that if we continue to accept this, they will continue to present this to us as the only “viable” option. Drawing the line in the sand right now.
Given the choice between anti freedom socialists and anti freedom socialists is to be given the choice between fast demise or slow demise.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
I see. If you reject Globalism and you want the US government to abide by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights you are an extremist and a Bolshevik. That's rich.
It ironic because Ron Paul is the only candidate and one of the very few national politicians opposes the same Banksters that brought the Bolsheviks into power.