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Linda Bean- The Ron Paul Delegates Are Not Going Away Easy

Freedom is messy, but Mitt Romney is a neat-freak.
That's the message Linda Bean of the Maine Republicans is getting here at the 2012 convention.
Bean is about as iconic as a Maine Republican can be. A member of the famous L.L. Bean family — full disclosure, I'm wearing an LL Bean shirt as I type this — Bean has a lobster business and a lobster restaurant. She's a long-time member of the party who loves Barry Goldwater and Milton Friedman and Ludwig Von Mises and Ron Paul.
The last one is the problem. Ron Paul troubles the Republicans because he's libertarian on social issues and, as Bean puts it, he doesn't want America to be "the policeman of the world." And when he says he wants small government he really, really means it.
For these sins, the RNC voted to disinvite the Paul delegates and substitute pro-Romney delegates. This morning all around town, Paul delegates were voting to boycott the convention if they're not reinstated by tomorrow.
Then it got ugly.
"They just don't want us on the floor," Bean says. "They're afraid."

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To inspire the delegates.

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

Ron Paul is actually conservative on social issues.

The ones that matter to the rank and file of the Republican Party are the abortion and same sex "marriage" issues. To a lesser extent the war on drugs issue matters but it is always misrepresented that Dr. Paul wants to "legalise" the use of soft drugs like cannabis and hard drugs like heroin and cocaine which is not true. He simply wants to move the regulation and control of these so called recreational drugs to the State level where they belong along with alcohol. He wants to end the Federal racist drug laws that penalise the African American community disproportionately and have corrupted the police, prisons and judicial system to the extent that one million African Americans are serving long sentences in Federal "prisons for profit" for the mere possession of cannabis.

Dr. Paul is the only Republican who has made any significant effort to overturn Roe v. Wade and even when the Republicans held both Houses and the Presidency they would not support his We the People Act and the Sanctity of Life Act. These would have transferred the issue to the States who could then criminalise abortion as an act of violence without Federal interference.

The Sanctity of Life Act set the time at which life begins as conception which met the requirement of the Supreme Court that it was the responsibility of the Congress to make that determination and place it into law. It would then be impossible for anyone to challenge at any level any law against abortion. The Right to Life lobby opposed these moves by Dr. Paul which means I think that they value their jobs more than the lives of millions of the unborn.

Dr. Paul is also a co-sponsor of the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. His preference is for the State to absent itself from the marriage question entirely but in the interim he wishes to prevent the homosexual lobby from imposing recognition of same sex "marriage" at the Federal level and compelling all States to pass similar laws.

Dr. Paul's libertarian views are applicable primarily to the question of strict observance of the Constitution, a libertarian document, with particular reference to the powers of the Federal government prescribed therein. He endorsed Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party in 2008 rather than Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party because he is a conservative on social matters but does not believe that the Federal government should be involved in these issues since they are Constitutionally reserved to the States. If he were running for Governor of a State he would most likely take the positions of the Constitution Party at that level.

For some reason this aspect of Dr. Paul's views and philosophy has not received the attention it deserves especially in a Republican primary. I believe if more Christians and social conservatives understood the wisdom inherent in his positions they would be much more likely to support him.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

Time to Get Out

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"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain