The magnitude of support for Ron Paul is impressive. He is poised to do very well in Iowa and it looks like the campaign to support the libertarian movement's favorite Texas member of Congress has more enthusiasm behind it than Paul's 2008 campaign.
What is fascinating is how gullible libertarians are regarding Paul's excuses, the way he panders to them too and the double standard libertarians take toward him. One has to wonder if they are such simpletons as to not see not only the obvious un-libertarian positions Paul takes on a number of issues, but also the blatant lie he tells too.
For example, the newsletters published in Paul's name that were printed for almost five years while he was in and out of office as well as while he ran for President on the Libertarian ticket in 1988. When the issue of the newsletters came up the second time he ran for Congress Paul took full credit for them but went on to point out he was being taken out of context. Then in 2008 when he ran for President he denied knowing anything about them. The content of the newsletters is really awful. I find it hard to believe that Paul knew nothing about them since his wife and daughter were also on the newsletter company's staff along with Paul's long time chum Lew Rockwell. At some point his family or Rockwell would have talked about the newsletters to him. I am certain that a topic of conversation over dinner in the Paul household would have been that in one year the newsletters garnered almost $1 million in income.
Then there is the question of foreign policy. I speak as the son of someone who lived under a dictatorship. My family lived in Italy when Benito Mussolini was dictator. Ayn Rand rightly points out free countries have a right (though not an duty) to attack and take dictatorships out which includes preventing them from acquiring certain weapons or technologies.
Ms Rand goes on to state that dictatorships are outlaw countries and, consequently, are not legitimate forms of government. This is not only due to the immorality and illegitimacy of such such regimes due to their attempt to totally dominate the lives of the people that live under them but dictatorships will support violent and non-violent efforts outside their borders to extend their sphere of influence usually in an attempt to spread the ideology totalitarian states are founded on. For the USSR it was communism. For Iran, it is the sect of Shi'ite Islam the regime subscribes to and is the official religion of the country.
No matter what Ron Paul says he does not support Israel. Like some libertarians, Paul remains blissfully ignorant of the threat that Islamist regimes, like Iran, pose to the U.S. and Westernized countries. For example, he stated in a recent debate that he had no problem with Iran acquiring nuclear technology. However, if Iran is allowed to acquire nuclear technology during a Paul Administration the country's regime can use the waste from nuclear power reactors in the construction of dirty bombs. Upon doing so the Iranian regime will give dirty bombs to terrorist groups they support such as Hamas and Hezbollah. This being the case, which country do you think is going to be the first to be wiped off the map?
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas's sodomy laws, instead of joining in the cheers for the court's recognition of minimizing government power and maximizing individual rights Paul decried Lawrence vs. Texas stating as a result of the decision:
Texas had no right to establish its own standards for private sexual conduct, because gay sodomy is somehow protect under the 14th amendment 'right to privacy'.
Paul even went so far as to introduce bills in Congress that would re-enact Washington D.C.'s anti-sodomy statutes that the District's Council had repealed. When asked why he did Paul answered that the sodomy laws were necessary to reduce rapes in the District.
After Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he was running for President, the Libertarian Party scolded Perry for his HPV immunization program. However, what they and his fellow GOP competitors failed to mention was Perry's allowing parents to opt-out of having their kids immunized. Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr supported the Defense of Marriage Act (a.k.a. DOMA) when serving in the U.S. House of Representatives but later repudiated it along with his opposition to medical marijuana when he ran for President as a Libertarian in 2008. Ron Paul also supported DOMA too yet Ron Paul's supporters are not distancing themselves from him, or scold Paul for his past support of anti-liberty legislation. To the best of my knowledge, he has not even issued a statement repudiating his past support of liberty-infringing legislation.
If Sara Palin had written the newsletters Paul claims he knew nothing about libertarians would jump all over her like they did with Rick Perry with the HPV immunizations. But when Ron Paul says he did not know about the newsletters (despite stark evidence proving otherwise), his supporters take his word on faith.
Despite the above mentioned points, objectivity or moral judgement among libertarians goes out the window when it comes to their favorite Congresscritter from Texas. They still naively think Ron Paul is better than the other choices and some even go so far to state that Paul hasn't done anything wrong despite overwhelming evidence demonstrating that he is no better than the politicians he claims to revile. Paul's silence on the newsletters, his participation with them and what he has said and done on other issues is telling to say the least.
I know many of you may write off my essay as being nothing more than complaining drivel. However, if they have any sense of justice left it's high time for libertarians to jump off the Ron Paul Cult of Personality and no longer play the role of useful idiots by refusing to give any kind of credence or sanction to people like him, Lew Rockwell, Tom Woods, and Alex Jones.
The double talk, pandering and (dare I say) outright lies coming from Ron Paul should be an embarrassment to any lover of liberty. People like Ron Paul, Tom Woods and Lew Rockwell have introduced a paranoid-laden, outright vile poison into the libertarian movement grounded in conspiracy theories interlaced with the irrational, anti-immigrant, anti-gay views of the far Right using the floating abstraction of anarcho-capitalism as it's basis.
It's time to send Ron Paul and his associates packing including removing support of Paul's campaign for President (unless they want to give Obama a second term). Paul and company's underlying values are incompatible with a movement geared toward freedom and liberty that rejects the collectivism of racism as well as determinism which is what conspiracy theories are all about.