Ten Reasons to Not Vote For Ron Paul (or are they?)
I'm sure you know all there is to know about Dr. Ron Paul, don't you? He's everywhere - his supporters are incredibly loyal and enthusiastic. His opposition is probably just as enthusiastic. But why? What are the reasons this man catches so much flak?
I've heard many accusations, and many reasons to not offer him your support. I am going to explain some of the reasons I've seen over the past while, and offer my own opinion on them.
For those of you who may not know (How?) Dr. Paul is a Republican Candidate for the U.S. Presidency. You will also hear the terms "Constitutionalist" and "Libertarian" thrown around a lot in conversations regarding Dr. Paul.
Ron Paul's political views strongly reflect his respect for personal choice, responsibility and freedom.
#10 - Ron Paul Doesn't Support Equal Rights for Minorities
Ron Paul has openly supported bills and lobbied for the repeal of Affirmative Action. Because of this many people cite him as being a racist or against equal rights. I understand where people who have never read or listened to anything this man says passed the first sentence could get this interpretation from. However, his views are such that Affirmative Action ruling does not equate to equal rights for all. By giving a minority a scholarship over a non-minority, you're now being biased toward a certain group. Equal rights means equal for everyone, not expanded rights for one group over another.
His goal by abolishing equal rights isn't to disadvantage minorities, it is to simply restore true equal rights - everyone has a fair chance the exact same, regardless of race or creed, and that is exactly what would happen.
#9 Ron Paul is Pro Life and Would Ban Abortion
Yes, Ron Paul is pro-life. Yes, he has co-sponsored bills that intend to define life as starting at conception. Yes, He wants to repeal Roe vs. Wade.
However, what you haven't read were his actual statements on the subject, and what you don't understand is how much it doesn't matter what his stance on abortion is, because he wants the federal government to get its nose out of such matters, and leave it up to the states. Here is a quote where Dr. Paul was asked what a woman would be charged with if abortion becomes illegal and she obtains an abortion anyway:
“The first thing we have to do is get the federal government out of it. We don’t need a federal abortion police. That’s the last thing that we need. There has to be a criminal penalty for the person that’s committing that crime. And I think that is the abortionist. As for the punishment, I don’t think that should be up to the president to decide.” (Courtesy ronpaul.com)
What needs to be understood is that Ron Paul would not, and as president would not have power to, ban abortion by himself.
#8 The Working Class Would Be Crushed
He supports abolishing the minimum wage, OSHA and wants to get rid of Social Security. Many people think this would destroy our working class, but will it?
Here is another example of people not thinking before they jump to a conclusion, and yet another example of Ron Paul wanting the federal government out of what should be a state issue. The Federal Government sets a base minimum wage, but most states declare their own independently, as they should, many setting theirs higher than the federal wage. So is abolishing the Federal minimum wage really a big deal if the states are going to set their own?
Nearly the same could be said with OSHA. OSHA is set on a federal level, but many states have their own revisions and additions to it. Would it be too much to ask the state to create and set their own safety regulations for workers in their own domain?
Then, there is the Social Security issue. Ron Paul does not wish to completely end these programs, but instead shift them to a different sector of government. He will not, according to his own website, end these programs. Instead he will offer anyone under the age of 25 a chance to opt-out if they so choose. In my own opinion, this is the way it should be.
#7 His Tax Plan Will Disadvantage The Low to Middle Class
Many claim Ron Paul wants more tax cuts for high earners. Some claim he wants a flat tax rate for all.
The flat tax is true in a sense... if that flat tax rate you refer to is 0%. That is right, he doesn't want to impose income tax at all. Not a cent. His argument on this is that until 1913 there was no income tax, and the government was much smaller. He wants the federal government to return to that status, and allow the state governments to govern themselves.
"He asserts that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and has introduced legislation to repeal of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified on February 3, 1913." -RonPaul.com
#6 Ron Paul Hates Our Environment
There is no doubt, he's supported more off shore drilling, more mining on federal lands, more oil refineries. But honestly, would you rather keep buying the majority of our oil from the middle east, or become a bit more independent with our own resources?
Heck, we'd even bring the unemployment rate down a bit. Where's the problem?
Oh right, you hug trees.
Just kidding with you, Yes, our environment is important. However, if these plans were implemented with proper safety in mind, the pros would definitely outweigh the cons.
#5 Ron Paul Would Damage America's International Image
Ron Paul wants to withdraw from the United Nations and stop all foreign aid. He also wants to end all conflicts our military men and women are currently engaged in.
Ron Paul is one of the only men in our government who really see where our problems are coming from. I had an experience in Iraq once, while there with the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment in the northern city of Mosul. I was talking, through my interpreter, to an Iraqi Army Soldier. During this conversation, I decided to ask why he believes many people dislike American. He explained to me that the biggest reason most of his country's citizens hate us is because they have been effected by something an American has done.
Take this into perspective for a second. One American Soldier kills a man's wife with a stray bullet during a firefight. That man now hates any and all Americans because the negative association he has with Americans.
On 9/11 the events were credited to Al Qaeda, an Islamic "terrorist" organization. For months after islamic citizens of our own country, fellow Americans, were harassed and tormented simply for their religion. It may not have been everyone, it may not have been you, but this was a huge problem.
This is Dr. Pauls Idea of Blowblack. Everything we do has a reaction. We run a black op, something goes wrong, someone gets killed, we get blowback when they retaliate. We aren't innocent. But we can end it all by bringing our people home, and minding our own business for a while.
We are not the police of their world. Why do we feel the need to act like such?
On foreign aid he feels we should stop giving away all the money (that we don't have!) to other nations, for nearly nothing in return. Last year we gave Israel almost 4billion dollars in foreign aid. We have a 14trillion dollar deficit, and we're handing money to other nations like they're our responsibility. Why don't we worry about our problems at home, then we can we can offer aid.
"My friends, you don’t need to do nation building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it. You don’t need to send American troops to defend Israel. We defend ourselves. You’ve been very generous in giving us tools to do the job of defending Israel on our own. Thank you all, and thank you President Obama, for your steadfast commitment to Israel’s security. I know economic times are tough. I deeply appreciate this." - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a speech delivered to the US Congress, and President Obama.
#4 He Will Ban Gay Marriage!
Dr. Paul is a strong Christian. He does state he is personally against gay marriage.
However he also states in the next sentence that it isn't the President's NOR the Federal Government's job to dictate who can marry who. Again, as with most of these social issues, he believes it is the job of the state to regulate such things. Yes, he did support a bill that would have made it optional for other states to recognize a gay marriage across state lines. That portion is highlighted in a manner to make it appear as though it is picking on gay couples, when in reality the bill would have applied to any couple. It is up to the neighboring state to decide if they want to support your marriage or not.
#3 Ron Paul is Obsessed with Guns!!!
Oh no the big scary man with guns!
Ron Paul believes the 2nd Amendment rights given to us by the Constitution are being slowly stripped away, and they need to be restored.
And you know what? I agree. Many states are adopting more and more strict laws against firearms, and their crime rates, that include firearm offenses, are shooting higher. Think about this, California, New York and Michigan all have super tight firearm restrictions... but they also have some of the highest crime rates in the country! Gun control doesn't lessen crime, it just makes it easier for criminals to use their own. And you know, your 2nd Amendment rights are just for you to protect yourself against your neighbor, but also your government.
If the 2nd Revolution or Civil War ever breaks out, I'll be laughing while you run to hide, unarmed.
#2 He Wants to Destroy Our Education System
Ron Paul wants to keep the Federal Government “from planning, developing, implementing, or administering any national teacher test or method of certification and from withholding funds from States or local educational agencies that fail to adopt a specific method of teacher certification.”
Again, he believes its the individual state's job, because they will know their students' and schools' needs more than some suit in D.C. But I guess that is a bad thing, huh?
#1 He is Opposed To Separation of Church and State
Oh man, he's Christian. Look out! Psycho on the loose!
Okay okay, enough of the crazy talk. He did say in a letter posted on lewrockwell.com, “Through perverse court decisions and years of cultural indoctrination, the elitist, secular Left has managed to convince many in our nation that religion must be driven from public view.”
This doesn't mean he wants to force religion and prayer upon people. He believes the government shouldn't have a hand in any religious matters, and that freedom of religion applies to all aspects of life. He believes in religious freedom, meaning he won't push his religion on you, and he expects the same of you.
For example, he believes that prayer or religious activity in school or any state or government facility, should neither be banned nor should it be required in any way. Freedom of religion is a constitutional right. End of story.
Why not vote him?
Derp Derp! I hate freedom, I hate the constitution, I hate America!
...Well that explains why you wouldn't want to vote for Dr. Paul...