Ron Paul, like most of the Republican Candidates, has a questionable history. Newt Gingrich was removed from office over ethics violations and is a habitual cheater. Mitt Romney is a flip flop with no back bone or convictions, had a Swiss bank account to avoid paying taxes and he abused his family pet. But Ron Paul is a racist and homophobe. But that isn’t the worst of it.
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Let’s make this straight, his bigotry, is terrible. Anybody who denies that his bigotry exists needs to look into him just a little bit more. Some attribute his racially insensitive comments to his simple political outlook, and that may work for some of them. He believes the big bad government shouldn’t tell businesses who to hire and fire. OK that sounds good. But he extends that into thinking that it should be OK for companies to only hire white people. That is an absurd opinion, but it may not be racist. He’s against honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because he thinks King is a “socialist”. OK. Again, only kind of racist. But he also says things like when the newsletter in his name described most black men in Washington, D.C., as “semi-criminal or entirely criminal.” Or when he accused Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of child molestation. Or when he warned about the disappearing white majority, claiming: “It is human nature that like attracts likes. But whites are not allowed to express this same human impulse. Except in a de facto sense, there can be no white schools, white clubs, or white neighborhoods. The political system demands white integration, while allowing black segregation.” And his bigotry doesn’t end with people of color. His homophobia earned him a segment on the Sacha Baron Cohen film Bruno. His homophobia runs so deep he allegedly refused to use the restroom of one of his supporters because the supporter was gay.
What could possibly be worse than that?
As you may know, Ron Paul’s number one selling point is that he is against war. That sounds fantastic. I’m against war, too. I was against war before we went into Afghanistan and Iraq. I’m all for people being anti-war. His reasoning though isn’t that war is wrong or that it causes severe problems for the people of the nation but rather because he recognizes that it is an economic disaster. His only concern is that we will have to raise taxes on businesses to pay for the wars. This is valid, but it makes me sad because there are times when putting the money into war is appropriate. We, as a nation, aren’t the best at figuring out when it is good or bad to go into war. We are the people who helped Sadam Hussein get into power. We waited until we had no choice but to become involved in World War II. It took us an incredibly long time to even talk about Darfur and even then most people weren’t interested in saving lives because they were burnt out on going to war thanks to George W. Bush. Under a Ron Paul presidency, we won’t have any wars. Sounds good. But lets imagine, for a moment, that a powerful military presence in our own nation led us into a true fascist dictatorship. We lose all rights to vote. Our guns are taken away from us. There are death camps in every state. Wouldn’t we want the world to step in and help? I would.