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Hypothetical Ron Paul Libertarian Question....

  1. steveamy profile image60
    steveamyposted 5 years ago

    If Republican/Libertarian Ron Paul changed his position on the legality/illegality of recreational drugs how much would his support drop? Or would it, his support, increase?

    1. Evan G Rogers profile image77
      Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      1) He would never do that.

      2) That just wouldn't happen.

      3) Nope, not gonna happen

      4) Even in 30+ years of public office, that has never happened.

      5) Could it happen? The answer is no.

      With that being said, his support would PLUMMET!!!!

      Why? No No No -it's not because Paul fans are pot-smoking hippies who are, like, totally stoned all the time, man.

      It's because this would mean that he does NOT believe in the Constitution anymore. It would mean that he gave up on the principles of the 10th amendment, and the Anti-Federalist mentality.

      I know I would stop voting for him, and the last time I did an illegal drug was some 15 years ago. It was a comPLETE waste of time.

      The people who support Ron Paul are principled, just like he is.

      1. steveamy profile image60
        steveamyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        and you have met them all.....

        1. Evan G Rogers profile image77
          Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          ... so...

          ... you ask a question...

          ... a question about ALL Ron Paul fans....

          ... and then you...

          ... you get mad at me...

          ... for answering...

          ... in a way that...

          ... that addresses the very group that you brought up to begin with...

          Wow.

          You: "Are all libertarians dumb?"

          Me: "No, not all libertarians are dumb!"

          You: "LIAR!! YOU HAVEN'T MET EVERY SINGLE LIBERTARIAN!!!!!"

          Dude. Seriously?

          1. steveamy profile image60
            steveamyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            ummm ..I never said Libertarians are dumb...obviously not ... I just disagree with their point of view.  The point of my question was how much of the enthusiasm for Ron Paul, especially on High School and College campuses, was based on the Libertarian ideal of keeping the government out of personal behavior choices.  My response to you was simply a retort to you about your  sweeping generalization.  I am sure there are many principled and sincere Paul supporters--as you appear to be.  I do believe, however, that the much support of the Libertarian position -- in the age group I mentioned--is based at least in part on the legalization of drugs...I am not even judging that opinion, I am just curious...

            1. Evan G Rogers profile image77
              Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Right - your question is "what are ron paul fans like in general".

              Then I answered "this is what they are in general"

              then you responded with "you haven't met them all, jerk."

              So. You clearly are just launching a smear against Paul.

              Good luck. The other "entire media establishment" has failed each time they've tried to smear him, I'm sure you're forum will do the trick.

              1. steveamy profile image60
                steveamyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                I never used or implied the word jerk...As I said this is about the motivation of a large subset of Paul's supporters and was not intent on smearing anyone -- Paul or his supporters..  As for this forum I really doubt the five posters opinions will be affected by this feeble little conversation.,  Obviously you consumption for the Ron Paul/Libertarian/Austrian Economics has made objectivity an impossibility.....and by the way I am awed by your sarcasm....grow up a bit

                1. Evan G Rogers profile image77
                  Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  If my "consumption for the Ron Paul/Libertarian/Austrian Economics has made objectivity an impossibility", then why bother asking the question?

                  If you ask a question about Dinosaurs, you don't go studying fish.

                  -----------------------
                  Allow me to conduct a survey in the same way you have done here:

                  Step one: Ask, on a public forum, "Do black people vote for Obama because he's black?"

                  Step two: Whenever a black person answers, OR an Obama fan answers, ignore them and just say "well you obviously taint the results because you're an Obama supporter / are black".

                  Step three: When someone is NOT black, or is not a Obama supporter, brush them aside. (the metaphor here is your response to Reality Bytes)

                  Step four: openly agree with people who think that, yes, black people vote for Obama because he's black.
                  --------------------------------

                  I'm not sure why I'm even bothering to further this discussion. You're clearly an uber-biased troll.

                  1. steveamy profile image60
                    steveamyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    When did you loose contact with reality ..... or are you off your meds

                    It is impossible for you to speak for all Paul supporters -- I would gather that is is unlikely, given the intensity of you beliefs, that you are unlikely to even  have a statistically representative cross-section sample of Paul voters.

                    In order to beat you to the punch and save you time  ... I will stipulate that I cannot talk about a cross-section of Obama voters, as I am stupid and uninformed ...and the "uber-biased" seems to apply more to you ... unless this really is some sort of brain chemistry problem

      2. Ron Montgomery profile image61
        Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this
        1. uncorrectedvision profile image61
          uncorrectedvisionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Well that is the kind of stuff you do when you're high.

          1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
            Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            lol

        2. Evan G Rogers profile image77
          Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          The joke about this is that her statement really doesn't mean anything.

          "It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product..."

          EVERYONE got to see the final product.

          "He would proof it". This came after a series of "...". Unfortunately, what comes inside the "..." is kind of important. Is she talking about one, many, all?

          This is just a "he said, she said" argument. Until you have more, it's really not worthy of discussion.

          Everything else is old news.

          1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
            Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            The Svengali-like power he has over you is quite amusing.

            1. Evan G Rogers profile image77
              Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I disagree with him on numerous subjects. "He's not libertarian enough" is generally where we disagree.

              But you're really just putting up a "he-said, she-said" argument that's some 20 years old on this forum.

              ... so... good luck!

              1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
                Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                The biggest disagreement between the purple unicorn and his supporters is over electability.  Paul knows he has zero chance.

                What will that pathetic little band of malcontents ever do on that dreary November Wednesday....sad

    2. uncorrectedvision profile image61
      uncorrectedvisionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Speaking strictly as a conservative, not a Republican or a Libertarian and mostly, not as a Paul supporter, I find this a very interesting question.  Introducing another intoxicant into a society already unable to curb its over indulgence in alcohol is problematic.  However, pot isn't nearly as tasty as a good scotch.  I don't have a problem with the decriminalization of pot.  Nor do I have a problem with allowing adults to do what they will, with the admonition that no one is harmed.  But that is the rub, we are often harmed by things we do not perceive as harmful.

      If the sole problem in America was the drug trade, I would vote to end it through decriminalization, but that is not the paramount issues.

      1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
        Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this



        You have just stated a liberal position quite eloquently, much as Herman Cain did regarding abortion.

        1. uncorrectedvision profile image61
          uncorrectedvisionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Perhaps that is why he has disappeared from the race, not the "ladies."  As for it being a liberal position - I have only one remark.  If you think that heavy alcohol use, gambling, dope smoking, prostitution, promiscuity, homosexuality are all totally and thoroughly harmless than, we will disagree.  There are long time cultural taboos, admonitions against and norms restricting these activities for a reason.  There are harms to our nature and to ourselves that are not so easily perceived.

          It is precisely because they are not easy to discern that makes them resistant to legal restriction.  To subject flawed character to the state's machinery is to court tyranny.  The state is effective when its laws govern immorality of the obvious variety - murder, theft, battery, etc.... It is wholly inadequate to governing immorality of a more intimate or personal nature.  These are best controlled by social/cultural remedies.

          That should dispel any notion that I endorse anything liberal.

        2. Evan G Rogers profile image77
          Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Actually, his response was libertarian.

          "Leave people to make their own mistakes so long as they don't interfere with others' property rights"

  2. Reality Bytes profile image91
    Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago

    It is not about the legalization of drugs.  It is about personal freedom and responsibility.  Drugs just happen to fall under Personal Freedoms.

    1. steveamy profile image60
      steveamyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Agreed..the question was/is about the the political motivations of a segment of a group that supports Ron Paul....

  3. innersmiff profile image70
    innersmiffposted 5 years ago

    People who understand liberty understand that drug prohibition does not work and violates our freedom of choice. So Ron Paul's supporters, who staunchly believe in liberty, would be less inclined to vote for him if he turned around on his drug policy. There is no point in trying to please the old conservative base that approves of drug prohibition if you're going to lose your base that understands liberty. He would not do that.

    1. Evan G Rogers profile image77
      Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Even if drug legalization was a net loss to society, the libertarians would be for it. Sure, society would suck worse, but I would still have my freedoms.

      Luckily, drug legalization is a net gain for society.

      (Freedom always is.)

  4. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    Don't worry, if Paul loses he can apply for sainthood...

    1. uncorrectedvision profile image61
      uncorrectedvisionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Perhaps he and Barry can apply at the same time.

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
        Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Unlike some Paul supporters, I see Obama as human and capable of mistakes smile

        1. livewithrichard profile image84
          livewithrichardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I'm going to keep an open mind about all the candidates but as far as Ron Paul is concerned, I just watched a video of some predictions he made back in 2002 and everyone of them were spot on!!!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFLd_H3AZCA

          If nothing else, Paul has a full grasp on where this country is moving.  We only have to decide if we want to be a blockade or an instrument of that movement.

        2. uncorrectedvision profile image61
          uncorrectedvisionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          That was hardly the common view among Democrat voters in 2008.  They wanted to remain blind and ignorant of his humanity and replace it with divinity.  There was more than one beatific depiction of Obama in the press, in interviews, in photos, videos and art.

 
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