I posted the following video on Facebook, and a number of people jumped all over me and Dr. Paul, making rather unseemly accusations that have little basis in reality. My original comment was: I thought Ron Paul was excellent here, while MSNBC’s Chris Matthews played devil’s advocate. Paul is not stumping for anarchy but for states’ rights v. federalism or centralized Big Government – that’s the intention of Thomas Jefferson’s original Constitution.
In response to critics raising up Ron Paul’s stance on property rights, evolution, abortion and stem cell research, I had to point out that, while I may not agree with him personally on several issues, Paul’s entire perspective is based on the purpose of the American Constitution, which is to decentralize Big Government and give governing power to the individual states, based on the will of the people who live there. I understand that Ron Paul is a Christian who doesn’t support the idea of evolution, abortion or embryonic stem cell research, but he is also a staunch Constitutionalist who does support the Establishment Clause that allows us to keep church separated from state, which means he is not interested in legislating his religious viewpoints. What he is interested in doing is keeping the federal government out of the states’ business. This anti-federalism extends to not having the federal government legislate for or against any of these issues but leaving it up to the states. As Paul said concerning abortion: “The federal government should not play any role in the abortion issue, according to the Constitution.”
Now, his foreign policy or lack thereof concerns me, for the same reason I like him for national politics: To wit, his upholding of the Constitution means he feels we shouldn’t “mess” in the affairs of other nations. That sounds good, except that we are already up to our eyeballs in the affairs of other nations, specifically as concerns our addiction to oil. However, I would likewise wager that Paul’s support of hemp is based not only on his love for the Founding Fathers, who grew hemp, but also because hemp biomass can contribute greatly to energy independence.
I also cringe when I hear Paul talk about “blowback,” not that his views are without merit, but he is also likely well aware that the American Founding Fathers had to deal with Islamic aggression, which was completely unprovoked. Hence, it could be argued in the same manner that “blowback” is really just a continuation of the same sort of aggression started centuries ago by Muslim marauders. Indeed, his foreign policy leaves much to be desired, although it could be argued that there Paul is also just following the intentions of the framers of the Constitution.
As concerns Paul’s stance on Israel, again, he appears to be saying that, per the U.S. Constitution, America should not be meddling in the affairs of other nations. I don’t know what Dr. Paul would say to the idea that citizens of other nations who would LIKE us to “meddle” in their affairs, such as the millions of Iranians who are desperate to be free of the heinous Islamic Republic that is terrorizing and murdering them, but the politicos we have now aren’t doing anything about that situation either. I would assume that Dr. Paul is aware that there are millions of Americans who come from various parts of the world who will use their American citizenship to “meddle in” or, rather, improve the lives of their fellow countrymen, with the help of the United States. My understanding of Paul is that he weighs every issue individually on its own merit and then refers to Constitutional policy before forming his opinion. Surely, such a measured policy is better than the current behavior of rushing into situations and then regretting it afterwards.
In any case, as concerns major politicians, Ron Paul may be the closest thing to the American Founding Fathers since the 19th century.
Here’s a video addressing “blowback”: In 1786, Ambassador Adja of Tripoli was asked why he attacked the Americans, and he replied his “jihad” was “founded on the laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman [Muslim] who whould be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”