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This media reply is in response to "Ron Paul gets Roe nod! (Roe v. Wade)"
I think the poster meant anti-roe nod.. but regardless.. ron paul is NOT a friend to pro-lifers.
He may be a commendable authority on constitutional law, but he is impotent in using it to protect the life of the voiceless, voteless, unborn. Paul is unwilling to recognize federal conformity laws needed to effectively ban abortion as it's used today.. mainly as a form of birth control.
This video media, and the last couple of paragraphs at the bottom of this commentary, is a direct correlation between ron paul's view of today's abortion controversy, and the slavery issue of 19th century america.
Don't think for a minute that ron paul would use the constitution for anything other than causing complete anarchy among the states.
Ron Paul gets high notoriety for being a doctor it seems.. but didn't he specialize in obstetrics and GYNECOLOGY? You know what the say about GYNs don't you?... They secretly want to crawl back where they came from.
Paul's supporters like to boast that paul was a heroic "flight surgeon" .. but the truth is, he was drafted into the U.S. Air Force in 63' and tended to "ear, nose, and throat problems" and gave physicals to A.F. pilots.... and was never anywhere near a combat zone in the minimum 2yrs he served.
So i can't even liken him to m*a*s*h's "hawkeye" in experience... only in impractical, liberal, pacifist ideology.
I mean.. the number of hitlers - mussolinis - hirohitos - stalins who were nipped in the bud by U.S. intervention since the mid 20th century seems to be unseen & unappreciated by isolationist ron paul & his supporters.
Hint: communism didn't just fade away all by itself.
Paul does however, have an interesting debate stance on keynesian theory economics vs. austrian school of economics.
But the problem is that although he highlights shortcomings in traditional methodology, he fails to provide viable alternatives for making positive contributions to tried (keynesian) economic theory.
The fact remains that Ron Paul has no formal economics education, aside from his own personal studies, the crux of which seems to hinge on the work of Hayek's: 'The Road to Serfdom'
Paul was evidently so influenced by Hayek, that it led him to also read many related works by Ayn Rand and Ludwig von Mises.
I have read the pamphlet ; "Mises and Austrian Economics: A Personal View, by Ron Paul"
Available on audio:
.. and i must say i'm impressed at paul's presentation of his school of economic thought's THEORY. ..and i agree it should be studied further in this time of inflationary concerns.
Also.. relating to pauls much touted reference to 'The Road To Serfdom'..it was not merely economic ideals that he gleaned from this book.. i would like to note; @1950 a picture-book version was published by Look Magazine, later it was made into a pamphlet and distributed by General Motors.(presumably as union busting propaganda)
*Please see #12 as per relation to Paul's newsletters.
Ron paul is either a closet racist who doesn't think whites should have shed an ounce of blood in the civil war, or he is just utterly simple-minded in regards to american history. In his own words in a recent interview with tim russert, paul stated that "we should have bought the slaves and released them"
Ron Paul is wrong, not only was a war necessary to end slavery(& the economic imbalance/unfairness it caused non-slave owning americans) .. but a constitutional amendment was is order to right a wrong. The states tried to "work it out", but greed & human nature would not let slave holders release their state entrenched LIBERTARIAN minded grip on slavery. Paul points out that other nations which abolished slavery without all-out war, and indeed they did, but they were not up against a confederation of libertarian slave owners ensconced in "state sovereignty"
The 13th amendment was also needed to enforce federal laws against state sanctioned slavery, peonage, & involuntary servitude, even after the war, as some states were slow to act on their own regarding enforcing their own laws.... an amendment paul would also have been against, i'm sure.
In conclusion.. it is my belief that ron paul's vision of unbridled libertarianism run amok would cause mass racial & social/economical class polarization in america, and may i sum this up by saying that: 'although problems with current trends in federal government should be addressed; the neo-liberal individualism movement touting state sovereignty as the unmitigated answer to today's problems just may be jumping out of the fire into the frying pan'
May i suggest less daniel farber, and more of lincoln's writings in your reading diet?