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The Am. Conservative: What's “Weird” About Ron Paul?

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What’s “Weird” About Ron Paul?
by Jack Hunter
January 4th, 2011
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But what about Ron Paul, who is far more socially conservative, staunchly pro-life, consistently for the 2nd amendment, against amnesty and has always opposed government-run healthcare and TARP? He’s “weird.” Unquestionably.

And National Review has a point. Ron Paul is indeed weird compared to a Republican Party in 2008 so obsessed with the Iraq war that they didn’t mind supporting guys like Lieberman or McCain, were willing to embrace political chameleons like Romney, or turn a blind eye to the doubling of government and debt under Bush. Throughout all this craziness, Ron Paul’s limited government principles remained the same, making him the odd man out in a conservative movement gone mad. Now that the war narrative that was so popular under Bush has lost its luster, these same establishment Republicans are trying to play catch up ball with the Tea Party, changing their respective tunes accordingly, with McCain perhaps being a perfect example. But Ron Paul doesn’t have to play catch up ball. He’s the same old budget-cutting, government-slashing Republican he’s been since he first entered public office, a Tea Partier since day one. Weird.

Paul used to be virtually alone among Republicans in his fight to audit the Federal Reserve. Not anymore. On limiting government and voting constitutionally, Paul was considered an “extremist” even by most in his own party. Now the grassroots is closer to Paul’s “extremism” than not. On foreign policy, it is true that conservatives have not come to fully embrace Paul’s non-interventionism-but they’re not exactly embracing Joe Lieberman anymore either. Are conservatives becoming “weirder?” Or has Paul been right about many of these issues all along, something more conservatives are beginning to concede?

Truth be told, from the last election to today, the degree to which Paul has been out of sync with his party and the larger conservative movement has more often reflected where everyone but Ron Paul has strayed from conservative principles. National Review is correct to note that the congressman is weird among conservatives — Ron Paul has never been as confused, hypocritical or politically schizophrenic as the larger conservative movement. Weird.

But what about Ron Paul, who is far more socially conservative, staunchly pro-life, consistently for the 2nd amendment, against amnesty and has always opposed government-run healthcare and TARP? He’s “weird.” Unquestionably.

And National Review has a point. Ron Paul is indeed weird compared to a Republican Party in 2008 so obsessed with the Iraq war that they didn’t mind supporting guys like Lieberman or McCain, were willing to embrace political chameleons like Romney, or turn a blind eye to the doubling of government and debt under Bush. Throughout all this craziness, Ron Paul’s limited government principles remained the same, making him the odd man out in a conservative movement gone mad. Now that the war narrative that was so popular under Bush has lost its luster, these same establishment Republicans are trying to play catch up ball with the Tea Party, changing their respective tunes accordingly, with McCain perhaps being a perfect example. But Ron Paul doesn’t have to play catch up ball. He’s the same old budget-cutting, government-slashing Republican he’s been since he first entered public office, a Tea Partier since day one. Weird.

Paul used to be virtually alone among Republicans in his fight to audit the Federal Reserve. Not anymore. On limiting government and voting constitutionally, Paul was considered an “extremist” even by most in his own party. Now the grassroots is closer to Paul’s “extremism” than not. On foreign policy, it is true that conservatives have not come to fully embrace Paul’s non-interventionism-but they’re not exactly embracing Joe Lieberman anymore either. Are conservatives becoming “weirder?” Or has Paul been right about many of these issues all along, something more conservatives are beginning to concede?

Truth be told, from the last election to today, the degree to which Paul has been out of sync with his party and the larger conservative movement has more often reflected where everyone but Ron Paul has strayed from conservative principles. National Review is correct to note that the congressman is weird among conservatives — Ron Paul has never been as confused, hypocritical or politically schizophrenic as the larger conservative movement. Weird.

Full article:

http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2011/01/04/whats-weird-about-ro...




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Jack's talented...

Jack's talented...

Good for you , Jack.

Great article.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Am I wrong?

Would someone fill me in here, because if I am wrong I must have supported the wrong guy in 08. Does Ron Paul want the government to ban drugs, to tell you what you can and cannot put into your own body? Does he want to require the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ to be taught in public schools? I thought he was for getting rid of the department of education and letting parents decide what their children are taught, am I wrong here?

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thrillseeker82, Here are some facts for you. You decide.

Ron Paul on Education

* School prayer is not a federal issue. (Apr 2008)
* Private funds for arts work better than government funds. (Apr 2008)
* Close Dept. of Education, but don’t dismantle public schools. (Dec 2007)
* Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff. (Dec 2007)
* Don’t impeach judges for decisions on legislature prayers. (Sep 2007)
* Present scientific facts that support creationism. (Sep 2007)
* Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
* Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
* Guarantee parity for home school diplomas. (Sep 2007)
* Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
* Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
* Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
* Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
* Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
* Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
* Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
* Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
* Sponsored bill for private scholarships to public schools. (Feb 2003)
* Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
* Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

http://www.issues2000.org/Tx/Ron_Paul.htm#Education

Ron Paul on Drugs

* War on drugs is out of control; revert control to states. (Dec 2007)
* Repeal most federal drug laws; blacks are treated unfairly. (Sep 2007)
* Inner-city minorities are punished unfairly in war on drugs. (Sep 2007)
* $500B on War on Drugs since 1970s has been a total failure. (Sep 2007)
* Legalize industrial hemp. (Jan 2007)
* Drug War fosters violence at home & breeds resentment abroad. (Oct 2001)
* Societal inconsistency on alcohol contributes to drug use. (Dec 1987)
* Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
* Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
* Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
* War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights . (Dec 2000)
* Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
* Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
* Rated +30 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)
* Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans. (Jan 2008)
* Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)
* Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
* Sponsored bill letting states legalize industrial hemp. (Apr 2009)

http://www.issues2000.org/Tx/Ron_Paul.htm#Drugs

Thanks, do you think he is

Thanks, do you think he is far more socially conservative any why?

Great job!

good link too. Thank you.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Another home run Jack!

I really enjoy your articles. Thanks.

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Far more socially conservative?

Really? I thought most self proclaimed social conservative want the government to ban drugs, teach religion and abstinence in public schools? Ron wants to legalize drugs and abolish the department of education. If I understand his view currently he doesn't think that government should tell you want you can and cannot put into your body and what should be taught to children. He beliefs that a fetus is a person and its rights should be protected, but unlike many other so called conservatives he doesn't want to tell anyone else how to live their lives.

I love Jack's articles and

I love Jack's articles and videos. High quality

I am Ron Paul

Well done and thank you!

Worth watching.