Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Interesting Comment From Anonymous Regarding Ron Paul

Hi Folks - sorry for the delay in posting, but I was busy having a nervous breakdown in my other blog.

But I'm back and somewhat less sane, but why would that ever stop me from pontificating politically? It hasn't stopped our country's fearful leaders so, there we are.

I was delighted by an in-depth comment made by Anonymous on one of my other posts, the one that displayed the candidate comparison chart. For the benefit of my RSS feed or email subscribers who receive my posts but not the comments for each post, I'd like to publish Anonymous' comment as a full post. It is intact, as written, but I changed the format (added bullets, etc.) to make it more readable in this post. I won't comment on these thoughts in this post as it will be too lengthy and I haven't had a chance to research Ron Paul. I'll post my research and opinions as I learn and digest more. Thanks again to Anonymous for taking the time to make such a thoughtful comment. Here it is:

I'm glad to see someone's attempt at a candidate comparison chart. But looking at the chart, I see it can be very misleading. I most closely identify with the positions of Gravel, Kucinich, and Paul. I don't know where many of the candidates stand on a lot of issues, because if I don't agree with them on key issues for me, then I don't look further. I have to disagree with you on your statement that Dr. Ron Paul is against almost everything. This shows just how misleading the chart is. Dr. Paul is a constitutionalist, therefore he is for privacy, personal liberty, and national sovereignty. His approach on most issues is that the federal government should be hands off, and many issues should be left to individual choice, state and local governments. If it doesn't follow the constitution, he is not for it.

Here are his positions as I understand them.

  • EDUCATION (no child left behind) - big disaster, the government is trying to impose a one size fits all.
  • GUNS - he's a constitutionalist, don't restrict any part of our rights in the constitution.
  • IMMIGRATION - enforce current laws, no need for new ones (he is on record that voting for a border fence was one of his weaker votes - he voted for the lesser of evils).
  • INTERNET NEUTRALITY - Dr. Paul is the biggest and most vocal of all congressmen on keeping the internet free - he voted against the internet neutrality act because it puts internet regulation in the hands of the government, which is then subject to lobby persuasion by large corporations. Dr. Paul gets a lot of support based on his position of keeping the internet free.
  • IRAN (any foreign intervention) - follow George Washington's advice of "beware of foreign entanglements", promote the American way of life by setting a good example, not forcing it at the end of a gun.
  • SAME-SEX - this is a privacy issue, Dr. Paul as stated "I want government out of your bedroom - and off your back." No laws should be made to promote hetersexual marriage, neither should they be made for same-sex marriage - it is not an issue for the federal government, one way or the other.
  • UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE - the same tax breaks given to employers for healthcare to their employees, should be given to individuals. Individuals would then be able to shop for their own healthcare, rather than be forced to take what is offered to them. Free market economics would then provide better healthcare as general doctor-patient relationships have declined since HMOs have taken over the healthcare system. Again, it is the lobbying of the governement by large healthcare conglomerates which has resulted in the current healthcare problems, government attempts to impose healthcare have only created corruption through lobbying. As a medical doctor and OB/GYN, Dr. Paul has firsthand knowledge of how the system works.
  • EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS - again, the federal government should not impose any regulation, for or against it. It should be left entirely to state and local governments, and individual wants.
  • ABORTION RIGHTS/DEATH PENALTY - every life is an individual and has liberties. Yet again, not withstanding his personal beliefs, the federal government should not impose any regulation.

So, I think shows that a candidate's position cannot be put simply in a chart.

Obviously, I am a Ron Paul supporter. He is very different than the other neocon Republican candidates, he is really a libertarian and stands for individual liberties. In many respects his positions could be taken as liberal. He unfortunately is portrayed differently, because his views and voting record are not fully explained. I don't agree with him 100%, but I like his positions on issues that are most important to me.

Here is a link to a technology report card on congress

It shows how Paul's position on internet neutrality is being misrepresented in the comparison chart. The results are surprising for some congressmen; not what you might think. This is just one example of how the chart is misleading.