The main stream media and many in the blososphre give Paul a pass because “he can’t win.”, however, a fervent and sophisticated organization along with an angry electorate has moved Ron Paul into serious contender status in all the early primaries. It’s time to look seriously at Ron Paul and what he believes.
Ron Paul is a RINO, or Republican in Name Only. But instead of leaning left like many RINO’s Paul is on the extreme of the other end, a libertarian. You know how your crazy old uncle, and maybe even you, might say something like, “I say we bring all our troops home, cut off all foreign aid and let those other countries do whatever they want to do.” Well that sounds great, in theory, but in practice, the world is more complicated than that kind of black and white thinking. Ron Paul and libertarians are just that, black and white. Good and Bad, Wrong and Right.
In the most recent debate, Paul was taken to task by Michelle Bachman for his statements about Iran. In essence, Ron Paul would stop all of our efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear program and nuclear weapons and let them do whatever they want. Bachman, rightly so, said that was dangerous. Yes, Ron Paul wants to get the government “back down to size”, but his downsizing can also weaken us around the world and at home. Iran has vowed to wipe Israel off the map. They call America the great Satan. Do you think they would hesitate to use a nuclear weapon to defeat Israel and their avowed enemy the United States. Ron Paul doesn’t think it’s worth worrying about.
I will admit, I have some libertarian leaning views. I think the Fed should be restructured, not abolished. I think the income tax should be restructured, not abolished. I think marijuana should be legal. Cocain, meth, heroin…NO, NO, NO. There is a difference. I think the Federal government should be smaller and less powerful.
But on the reality side, we can’t withdraw from the world and go back to the federal government of pre-cival war days. Times change. Society changes. Technology and lifestyles change and our system of governing has to change with it, but in the context of our constitution.
Ron Paul has some great ideas, but he is the most radical and extreme of any candidate in the Republican primary. If you want a guaranteed loss for Republicans and conservatism in 2012, then vote for Ron Paul. Crazy Uncle Ron will not only run off any moderates, he’ll lose a lot of Republican’s too.