Why I Won’t Vote for Ron Paul
I don’t know what kind of magic dust gets blown in people’s faces that gives them a slavering priapism for Ron Paul, but to date it has not been blown in mine. Paul is doing better in this GOP Presidential primary than he ever has before, because all but one of the other candidates are openly lunatics and the one that isn’t is Mitt Romney.
With progressives massively disappointed in Obama, Ron Paul’s friendly guy-from-UP face and Winnie the Pooh voice advocating an end to our endless campaign of senseless overseas warfare, and the equally senseless domestic “war on drugs,” plus his stated desire to focus on the Constitution, makes him seem like he’s the candidate that would get America back on track.
Thing is, the track he’d get us back on is one we had to fight long and hard to get off of. Ron Paul is not a friend to progressives, and I’m glad there’s finally a concise collected summary of his noxious views. Of course, his non-alliance with progressive values should be obvious even from the simple fact that he identifies with the Republican party and not the Democrats or the Greens or what-have-you.
A man who opposes protection of women’s and minority rights? Whose solution to our economic problems is simply to travel back in time without regard to the current global economic climate? Who would effectively dismantle the federal government and make the “United” in “United States of America” purely poetical? I’m sorry, that’s not the lesser of two evils in most of the plausible election scenarios I can imagine. His supporters say he’s been “consistent” as though that’s a good thing. Aside from his stance on overseas war, the values he’s “consistently” upheld are downright toxic.
Also, consistency in the face of conflicting evidence is not a virtue. We’re still in one of the worst recessions in history and are staying out of full-on depression by the merest skin of our teeth, due to poor regulation and out-of-control greed in our financial system. To believe that the “free market” will work toward the best interests of all people and not just the interests of the people running the market, that “market forces” will have the tendency and power to balance and correct against any shenanigans — to truly believe such things, if indeed he does, isn’t just naïve; at this moment in history, it’s downright insane.
Ron Paul is not the best option for America. Fact is, he might be the one of the worst. He’s certainly the most dangerous. At least you can see how crazy the other ones are just by looking at them.