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I've been listening with one ear to all of the Republican's trashing each other. Play nice, kids!
I've been hearing the most noise being directed towards one of the only Republican I could ever consider giving my vote: Ron Paul. He's a RINO - his views are really those of a libertarian.
He's always gotten short shrift from the conservative radio crowd. They can't stand him because he doesn't toe the party line. He believes in the Constitution. He believes it is in place to limit the federal government. He believes that if a power is not specifically granted to the federal government, any exercise of said power is unconstitutional.
Pretty radical, huh?
The talking-heads say he wants to legalize heroin and other dangerous drugs. True, kinda. He wants the FEDERAL government to get out of the unconstitutional prohibition business. Unless a sale happened to cross state lines, the federal government has no constitutional standing. If a STATE government wants to regulate dope, knock yourself out.
I ask anti-Paul folks if all drugs were re-legalized, would they start using them. "Of course not!", they huff. But there are too many weak-minded, weak-willed people out there that WOULD start using drugs. And think about the children!
Basically, their stance is that they are strong and decent, but everyone else is weak and needs the government to wipe their ass. Sounds a lot like when the Democrats want to regulate fast food, and salt, and fats, and cigarettes, and... You get the idea.
Isn't it amazing that we were able to declare independence, fight the largest, most powerful country in the world - and win, invent and innovate at such a clip that the entire world benefited from our brains, grow the country from shore-to-shore, have the Industrial Revolution, and lots of other neat stuff, all while not being told what we could put into our own bodies.
Either we're extraordinarily gifted when we're high, or most people choose not to abuse drugs and alcohol. Hmm, I wonder which one it is?
They say he wants to dismantle the military. Eh, not really. He wants it to only engage foreign entities when America is at risk. He wants to reduce our "footprint" around the world. Bases in South Korea and Europe come to mind. I'd be hard pressed to argue for either of those. Seems like those keep Koreans and Europeans safe, not Americans. You know, the folks paying the bill.
I disagree with his stance on Iran and Israel, but fully support him about Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Peace Prizer's recent forays into Libya and the rest of the Middle East.
As soon as he moved ahead in the polls past Gingrich (or was it Romney) in Iowa, Das Party went to work. Cut the kook off at the knees. He's spoutin' some dangerous stuff.
Their latest attack centers around some pretty damning newsletters that went out for a good number of years - under his name.
When I heard what was in these newsletters, I was shocked. Not so much by what they said, but that they could be attributed to Ron Paul. I have NEVER seen his lips move and say things even remotely associated with the beliefs espoused in the newsletters.
He immediately came out and disavowed knowing what was being written in them. I dunno. This seems a lot like Obama saying he attended Rev. Wright's church for 20 years and didn't know he was a racist and whack job.
Take a look at this posting [link]. It poses a lot of question I've got.
But the questions remain. If Ron Paul is so libertarian that he won't even police people who use his name, if his movement is filled with incompetents and opportunists, then what kind of a president would he make? Would he even check in to see if his ideas are being implemented? Who would he appoint to Cabinet positions?I hope he comes out and addresses these types of questions in detail. Put this to bed and move on. His public service life has no tinge of this kind of stuff, so I hope he's able to give a convincing explanation.
On a positive note, that d-bag Gingrich has slammed the door shut on picking up any Paul supporters.
"I think Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American."Doh! Kinda stepped on your schwantz with that one, didn't ya Newt? Those indecent Paul supporters vote. In droves.
--Newt Gingrich on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
I'm sure the flip-flopping, damage control is already in the works...
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