Ron Paul: Unworthy of High Office


One presidential candidate among the Republicans is not really a Republican and not a conservative. Ron Paul is a libertarian, a fool and an opportunist. He is dangerous to our military and our standing in the world. He is dangerous to you and yours.

This political poser we know as Ron Paul casts himself as a principled man. Is a man who rants endlessly against government spending but lards spending bills with earmarks for his district a man of principle? Is it principled for Paul to say I’ve never voted for an earmark because I vote against all the spending bills, even though he puts earmarks into bills he knows are going to pass? Pork is pork, regardless of how it gets delivered.

There is so much in this man’s background that should scare the unholy hell out of any voter, especially the conservative believers in American exceptionalism. Ask Ron Paul about almost any problem in the world and he will tell you it is America’s fault.

Ask Mr. Paul about nuclear weapons for Iran and he’ll say, “Why shouldn’t they have them?” Do not bother him about tamping down nuclear proliferation. According to old Ron, it should be big bombs for everybody, including those who have vowed to wipe Israel off the map. I guess if Iran wants to sell a few nukes to Hezbollah or Al Queda, well, that’s free trade. I swear, supporting Ron Paul is like writing a suicide note.

I have a question for Ron Paul and his obsequious supporters (they are obsessed and too often rude). Why is it that Ron Paul is the only candidate that can right what is wrong with this country. . . that no other is even worthy of consideration? Just listen to the Paul speak. Nobody but him can lead us from the wilderness. He is the way and the light.

For Ron Paul, even Ronald Reagan was a miserable failure, a modern day Keynesian. Ron Paul’s dislike for Reagan was so intense that he quit the Republican Party to make his first run for president in 1988. He wrote a letter about it. I’ve clipped a bit of it for you below:

Monetary policy has been disastrous as well. The five Reagan appointees to the Federal Reserve Board have advocated even faster monetary inflation than Chairman Volcker, and this is the fourth straight year of double-digit increases. The chickens have yet to come home to roost, but they will, and America will suffer from a Reaganomics that is nothing but warmed-over Keynesianism.

Candidate Reagan in 1980 correctly opposed draft registration. Yet when he had the chance to abolish it, he reneged, as he did on his pledge to abolish the Departments of Education and Energy, or to work against abortion.

Under the guise of attacking drug use and money laundering, the Republican Administration has systematically attacked personal and financial privacy. The effect has been to victimize innocent Americans who wish to conduct their private lives without government snooping. (Should people really be put on a suspected drug dealer list because they transfer $3,000 at one time?) Reagan’s urine testing of Americans without probable cause is a clear violation of our civil liberties, as are his proposals for extensive “lie detector” tests.

Under Reagan, the IRS has grown bigger, richer, more powerful, and more arrogant. In the words of the founders of our country, our government has “sent hither swarms” of tax gatherers “to harass our people and eat out their substance.” His officers jailed the innocent George Hansen, with the President refusing to pardon a great American whose only crime was to defend the Constitution. Reagan’s new tax “reform” gives even more power to the IRS. Far from making taxes fairer or simpler, it deceitfully raises more revenue for the government to waste.

Knowing this administration’s record, I wasn’t surprised by its Libyan disinformation campaign, Israeli-Iranian arms-for-hostages swap, or illegal funding of the Contras. All this has contributed to my disenchantment with the Republican Party, and helped me make up my mind.

Now, 23 years later, Ron Paul is running for president a second time as a Republican. He hopes Americans will forget he stormed out of the party over the “failures” of Reagan. I think Mr. Paul has had a high old time, both in 2008 and now. How much money has he raised in the last 5 years, about 11 million right? And to what end? Only Ron Paul really knows the answer to that.

I’m sure living large is a lot more fun than being a doing nothing congressman from Texas. For sure, these are Ron Paul’s golden years, in more ways than one. So what if he may not hold up to the strain?

Ron Paul is a man who has accomplished very little in his 24 years in the House. He is a “never will be”, a crank who fails to grasp the greatness of Ronald Reagan. He is mostly the candidate of tokers, jokers and conspiracy nuts. For those tea party folks attracted by Paul’s “end the Fed” rants I say simply, that is not enough, not nearly enough to earn the most powerful office in the world.

There are at least three real conservatives running who are far more worthy than Ron Paul. They too will give the Fed an anal exam, given the power. Unlike Ron Paul, they will not as president run the foreign policy of Paul’s friend, Dennis Kucinich.

History matters. So does the truth. Paul and his supporters need to to get their arms around this reality:

Ronald Reagan: “Tear down this wall!” Ron Paul: Tear down this country.

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Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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December 15, 2011 1:20 pm

They say there is a fine line between insanity and eccentricity, TG. In Missouri’s state house there’s a sign that says “never take yourself too seriously”. That’s the fine line, which Paul crossed, as you said in 1988.

December 15, 2011 1:43 pm

Ron Paul is the ayatollah´s prime enabler wanna-be. Imagine Iran smuggling a nuclear weapon in a container to the port of New York and detonating it by remote control. This is exactly what would happen if Paul ,his truthers, neo-isolationists, antisemites and other creatures of the political darkside came to power in Washington. That any thinking being would consider voting for this crackpot is beyond me.

December 15, 2011 5:13 pm

I don’t think we have much to be of concern about Paul being elected. What is beyond me is why the fine people of Texas keep electing him. TG?

As far as his pal “Dennis the Menace” looks like he will be running against Kaptur in OH#9. What a face-off that will be.

Paul continues to win the straw poll at CPAC. All those kids there, ya know. Word on the street was, at least last year, he was giving those kids a little *incentive* to vote for him.

December 16, 2011 8:58 am

The district he is in has been redrawn, of course and in its current iteratioin it is mostly south of Houston , but historically it used to wrap around up into East Texas and parts of the the former district area (the old 2nd district) which was the lair of the late, great, outrageous Charles Nesbitt Wilson aka “Good Time Charlie” (last of that rare species, the Democrat Hawk) It is an extremely – extremely -maverick area in its politics, and, yes Paul was/is known for excellent one on one service with the constituents. There are probably only a handful… Read more »

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December 16, 2011 10:13 am

This post was remarkably prescient, TG. Paul beclowned himself at the debate last night. Anyone who trusts him in the Oval Office now should be treated with disdain. They are either uninformed or foolish.

December 17, 2011 2:10 pm

You know what is hilarious? that those same 13-17% who are the libertarians of the Republican Party will always find Paul a perfect candidate while about 10% of them know deep down inside he is a freaking frootloop. Btw I don’t believe he will be in the top three come first voting in IA!