Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Ron Paul's hypocrisy

Texan Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, though more a desirable candidate than Christian fascists such as Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum, is in my opinion is one of the most overrated people in the world, is adored by many across the political spectrum. He is upheld as a general bastion of "liberty", and indeed holds many reasonable positions compared to the majority of those within the political establishment. He opposes the "war on drugs", the destructive and oppressive modern day prohibition policy. He stands against corporate corruption and monopolism in central government, the power of the military-industrial complex, and defends civil liberties from Orwellian legislation such as the Patriot Act and the NDAA. But there does exist a clamoring and even facile idolization of Dr. Paul's existence that reaches numerous heights of unaccountability. He upholds the "rights of states" to oppress the rights of women who choose to have abortions, and the civil right of same-sex couples to enter civil marriages (recognized by numerous religious denominations even if bigoted politicians refuse to do the same). This is my main objection to Ron Paul's agenda: I don't believe the federal government should be entitled to oppress individual liberty, and nor do I believe more decentralized state powers should be able to. This is equally as illegitimate if supposedly upheld in "libertarian" principle. Slavery and racial segregation in the United States was justified by the notion of the "rights of states". It is a notion as absurd as corporate personhood. Most extraordinarily of all, he humanely opposes the death penalty, but opposes its prohibition by the federal government, as outlawing the barbarism violates "state sovereignty". Authoritarianism triumphs over basic human rights in Ron Paul's world view, so as long as it's localized rather than national.

I will give the benefit of the doubt and not claim that the bizarre paranoia and prejudices in Dr. Paul's controversial newsletters are his own. If anything, it was surely a severe lapse of judgement on his part to allow their publication without any sort of critical review. But their sentiments speak volumes on the kind of company he keeps, and the what base of opinion he opportunistically seeks to appeal to.  One of the first endorsements given to the Ron Paul campaign was by Pastor Chuck Baldwin, posted above. 2008 nominee for the Christian fundamentalist Constitution Party, Baldwin himself, a Calvinist associate of Jerry Falwell, adheres to far-right views: homophobic, anti-immigration and isolationist. He has given open support to 9/11 conspiracy theories and Christian terrorist militia movements, and is an outspoken apologist for the Confederacy. A significant cultural segment of the Ron Paul phenomena is much more sinsterly imbued with such extremism.  More McCarthyist than progressive. John Birch Society-style "liberty" rather than conventional U.S. statism. The "freedom" for the fanatical to brandish guns and indoctrinate their children, and for zealots to institutionalize their unsubtle hatred for gays, women and ethic minorities. This hysterical and sycophantic intellectual cretinism must end, and those profiteering and electorally benefiting from it must be apprehended for their double standards.

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