"Your Reason for Hating Rand Paul Sucks"Submitted by DJP333 on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:34
By Bonnie Kristian | March 10, 2014
Ron Paul is retired from Congress and the liberty movement he inspired is bigger than ever. Instead of one candidate all libertarians like, they now have dozens of candidates asking for their support.
And these candidates aren’t perfect. While Rep. Justin Amash has been dubbed the “new Ron Paul,” most politicians claiming the liberty label really aren’t consistently pro-liberty.
Take GOP Senator Ted Cruz. A constitutionalist who drew wide support from top liberty movement organizations, he’s perhaps the best-known advocate of free-market healthcare. Cruz is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, opposes the TSA and NDAA, and wants to let young people opt out of Social Security.
But Cruz also wants to keep fighting the failed war on drugs, ran on a platform of growing our already wasteful and bloated military, and took at best a tepid response to the NSA revelations.
So do libertarians vote for him or not?
Or, on the Democratic side, there’s Senator Ron Wyden. He’s a staunch opponent of civil liberties abuses from the PATRIOT Act, the NSA, and internet regulations like SOPA and PIPA—all important issues. He even voted against the bank bailout and criticized the stimulus.
But Wyden also supports gun control, backed U.S. intervention in Libya, and voted against the Balanced Budget Amendment.
So is he pro-liberty or anti-liberty?