|Ron Paul - Still nuts and not finished|
Presidential candidate Ron Paul is not done yet.
Rep. Ron Paul is the recipient of recent loads of accolades from folks hoping Paul will lay down some kind of interference at the August 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, which will anoint Mitt Romney.
Others have suggested Paul is a man of independence and liberty who would stand up to the American military-industrial complex and the neocons eager for more war after Iraq and Afghanistan, adventures not sating their thirst for empire stamping out any challenge to the huge publicly financed interests running our country—that annoying plight of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering aside.
And the GOP's war on the coming Islamic caliphate nonsense, Ron Paul will stop all that.
That would be nice.
Forget it. Does anyone wonder why Ron Paul is running—such as he is—to be the GOP's nominee for president?
For one thing, Paul is an anti-choice fanatic, whose libertarian pretense is belied by Paul's asserted belief "that life begins at conception;" Roe v. Wade should be repealed; and Planned Parenthood and other "family planning" programs should be defunded.
That's Paul's conception of liberty divined by him from "God" and Thomas Jefferson. Paul is handsomely rewarded by his anti-choice commitment by the religious right fringe, reported by Sarah Posner last month, as Paul and the religious right renew their vow that women are vessels for American children in the worst traditions of American misogyny.
You might be tempted to engage in hyperbole and say Ron Paul sounds like some kind of John Bircher. You need not joke, Paul is firmly committed to the John Birch society and its conspiracy-minded, anti-Semitic, racist, Joe McCarthy-supporting whacks. Paul is perfect for the Birchers, having published racist political newsletters that fit in well with today's Grand Ole Party.
So Paul pays lip service to what even the hawks, Thomas Friedman and Andrew Sullivan, say is AIPAC's influence on banging the drums for more war? Wow, what integrity.
Ron Paul says states, but not the federal government, should be free to outlaw gay marriage. Does anyone see a problem with that position?
It should come as no surprise that Paul has openly said the death penalty for gays is just and other enlightened statements. Last year Paul argued, "Difficulty in implementing Biblical law does not make non-Biblical penology just. But as we have seen, while many homosexuals would be executed, the threat of capital punishment can be restorative. Biblical law would recognize as a matter of justice that even if this law could be enforced today, homosexuals could not be prosecuted for something that was done before." (Marshall. December 29, 2011)
Any unwavering commitment to privacy and liberty on Paul's part vanish when one looks his peculiar notion that states can do anything to individual rights, just not that federal govment, especially now that it's run by a black man.
State nullification, the South's ole time religion.
Come on. Those placing their hopes in Ron Paul are lending support to the nightmare vision of today's GOP and none of the details are pretty.
Racism, authoritarianism, misogyny and anti-Semitism are safe positions to hold today among many Americans, but they are repugnant as hate always has been, and this lunatic Ron Paul should be seen for what he is.