I need some feedback on a Ron Paul opinionSubmitted by John E Urbanik on Sat, 01/28/2012 - 16:23
I had noticed a post from a family member that I haven't seen in years commenting on how he wouldn't vote for anyone one running so I sent a message asking politely what it was he didn't like about Ron Paul.To give you a little background to go off of, He is a 48 year old Gay male that as far as I know works as a,I guess you would call it a career coach/Team Leader for companies. Seeing that he is family I could use a little help on a reply with that in mind. I know there was a lot of things that were knee jerk that I wanted to say back but thought I should wait a bit and let it stew a little. Any advice or opinion would be appreciated. I understand If anyone here obviously gets a little annoyed by it. No worries for it will be kept anonymous. Thanks
(I just don't believe he can win because he appears to be psychologically imbalanced. If he would come across a bit more intelligent and not so much like an old homeless man, I think he could gain more credibility (executive presence). I agree with his stance on government spending and other stances related to government involvement, but I think he is myopic in his view and doesn't consider the unintended impacts of what he proposes (i.e. impact on the public and states in the short term).
I agree there is a need for overhaul of spending, but think that it is something that is going to take a long time and that his 2013 budget proposition shows his being overly optimistic and thinking more highly of his ideology than he should. I know he resonates with a minority of the voting population, but with due respect, don't feel that any significant population of highly educated individuals would vote for him, as it "appears" his ability for critical thinking (versus reactive thinking) is again, myopic.
His position on states rights versus government rights are archaic and steeped in ideology not practicality. We are called the United States, not the Un-united states and a move to provide max power to the states will simply pit states against one another again, as it was in the past.
From a gut reaction perspective, I do not trust him and feel there is more dishonesty behind his racism and other biases/bigotry that is not known yet.
Lastly, I feel he is old school minded (as are most others) in the areas of DOMA, ENDA, Abortion, Same Sex marriage, etc.
Apart from the social issues, I think he has a thread of good ideas, but don't feel his approaches, beliefs, or his abilities make him the man to do it. He is an necessary irritant to raise issues that exist today (in some areas), but he actually will end up, as usual, impacting the real party winner, meaning he will steal votes from legitimate (use that term loosely) party runners and the worst republican candidate could win by a small margin.
Just my thoughts and feelings. I am not happy with ANY of the candidates and from a social perspective Obama hasn't done much for my minority of people, so personally I wouldn't vote for ANY of them. I am not a one issue voter, so I am undecided, but I WILL NEVER vote for someone who is a bible thumping believer who feels they can influence laws based on the fable of a biblical teaching, which is a farce for uneducated people. LOL!)