I am more than a little pissed off right now. I am pissed off mostly because of the fact that I got to see a very articulate and very good article written by a friend of mine trashed by a group of people who I no am beginning to think don’t think. They don’t think at all. These assholes don’t have two brain cells to rub together. I am, of course, talking about Libertarians. These people have proven, time and time again, that if you say anything bad, or anything that goes against their views, about their Messiah, Ron Paul, then you are going to have all kinds of vitriol and hatred thrown at you.
Here’s an blog posting from a very good friend of mine. I grew up with the guy. He wrote in his professional blog (he is a political commentator, and one of my favorites to read) about how Ron Paul is NOT the hero/savior/awesomeness/God/Jesus/whatever other deity you can think of. And how was his statement met? Hatred, vitriol, and scorning, while still raising up on the glorious pedestal into the sky their hero, Ron Paul.
So, what were my friends reasons for why Ron Paul is not a saint? Well, he had some pretty good ones. The first was the fact that Ron Paul is for the overturning of Roe v. Wade. So, basically, he believes that the government should be smaller, but large enough to force all women to carry a pregnancy to term? It is just the first of a laundry list of stupidity to come from this guy.
See, Ron Paul believes that he is a scientist. He’s a doctor, to be sure, but he is not a scientist. One of the really great proofs of that is that he doesn’t believe in the theory of evolution. It’s come straight from the horse’s mouth. He claims to be a scientist, while not accepting the fact that evolution has a mountain of evidence, a mountain. Here’s an article by Richard Dawkins which can nicely pwn Ron Paul. I think a nice little bit that was on NPR (oh no, NPR! The Libertarian’s worst nightmare!) which can also put his views on this subject in their place. Really, there can be no denying that the theory of evolution is true. So, this is another area where Paul’s supporters are completely out of their depth.
Then there is the fact that Ron Paul is against the seperation of church and state. My friend had a great quote from the man himself, and a response (of sorts) by Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father. Here is Ron Paul’s quote -
The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion.”
And here is the response, or rather, disagreement, that Thomas Jefferson would have had -
Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law. In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”
But really, when you think critically about this issue, being against the seperation of church and state is a huge fallacy to having a small government. If the government had a state-endorsed religion, that would mean taking away people’s LIBERTY or freedom to worship whatever god, gods, or whatever, that they please (I am an atheist, so I think it’s all bullshit, but we have the right to have it in this country). Yeah, that’s really big for small government, right?
So, those are a couple of the examples of hypocrisy in what he says. His supporters will clamor to his defense (as they did against my friend) that he is for cutting taxes, entirely. Okay, let’s get something straight – Ron Paul’s economic ideas are childish and dumb. We are too far in debt now for cuts alone to work. This nation is too far in debt for us to be able to just cut spending. We have to increase revenue. Sorry, but that’s a fact. Really, the fact that Paul endorses Alan Greenspan’s failed economic ideology, which was modeled after Ayn Rand’s way of doing things, is a sign that he is out of his depth.
Now, it should be noted that Paul does want to end the wars. He very much wants to bring the troops home. He seems very dedicated to this cause. However, in being dedicated so much to this, people are losing sight of the other side of this character. The side who wishes to destroy our infrastructure, take away women’s control over their bodies, and wants there to be no seperation of church and state.
And this is part of what’s pissing me off right now about the reaction my friend got. There was nobody articulately defending anything. They all just came on and did endless attacks, making lovely strawman arguments, ad hominem attacks. It was just a bunch of ranting bullshit that really served no purpose other than to reinforce a view I already had the Libertarianism is just a me-me-me belief. Don’t take my money, don’t give money to other people, don’t interfere in my life.
This is what gets on my nerves so damn much poeple like Ron Paul supporters – the fact that they just seem to have blinders on. There was a posting on Reddit where a guy said that he was a pro-choice atheist, but then turns around and says that Ron Paul has a good perspective, that his is the right perspective. And this is why I consider the followers of Ron Paul, and TJ Kincaid as well, more like members of a cult than a political party, and also why I think the party can’t be taken seriously.
These people follow this man and talk like his word is gospel the moment it leaves his lips. There are some, a precious few, who question, and contend, and they are lambasted and ridiculed by the rest. My friend’s posting was put on DailyPaul.com, and everybody jumped on the bandwagon the Ron Paul is some kind if victim/savior who is going to save America. No! Wrong! He’s a guy. He’s a guy with some alright ideas, and a guy with a lot of really fucking stupid ideas! And if you want to accept his good ideas, then guess what, you Libertarians, you also have to accept his bad ideas! Sorry, but that’s a fact! If he is elected President, you will have to take responsibility for what this man espouses. His religious views WILL affect his politics. Sorry, but that is how it is.
Until next time, a quote,
“If you wanna vote for him, at least be honest about his fucking foibles! Stop treating him like a god! Stop sucking his fucking dick!” -TJ Kincaid, CULT of Ron Paul