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Not really understanding the appeal of Ron Paul.

Posted on 2007.06.06 at 14:54
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: The Tidal Waves - Farmer John
I watched a lot of the GOP debate last night. What a scary bunch of people they are. But I am puzzled by Ron Paul. I know some people really like him, and he is certainly a maverick on certain issues, especially the war. I know that while he has run as a Libertarian in the past, he is now running as a Republican, but...I just don’t get the appeal. I can understand the attraction of the basic Libertarian argument, that people’s personal freedom should be maximized above all else, government controls and interference should be kept to a bare minimum, etc., but with Ron Paul, it seems that all he was saying is that he doesn’t want the Federal government infringing on your rights, but when it comes to State or Local governments, he is all OK with it. It just seems very arcane and legalistic to care all that much whether a law that says what drugs I can take or who I can marry comes from the federal, state, or local level. Can someone explain the appeal?

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Wrapped up in books
dithie at 2007-06-06 19:51 (UTC) (Link)
wow, I read this quickly and saw R__ Paul and decided.. hmmm. yes. RU PAUL! lol.
metalclarinet
metalclarinet at 2007-06-07 01:48 (UTC) (Link)

Love them Libertarians

Libertarians don't believe that people get sick or have children. Bad luck is tough luck. If the going gets tough, you can always sell yourself into slavery.

My favorite discussion was with a Libertarian congressional candidate.

Abortion: The mother has the right to terminate pregnancy at any time. The fetus, however, has the right to be born if it is at all viable. Accordingly, at 16 weeks, abortions, per se, would be illegal but women could schedule birth by cesarean section.

So, how does a 20 week baby survive? It would have to contract for care with a researcher or factory owner or anyone else who would be willing to incur the expense. Court appointed experts could select if more than one choice was available. The candidate's theory was that lots of researchers would want experimental subjects to research ways to keep preemies alive. They could sell what they learned to finance the research and maybe get rich.

And the babies? Well, that is kind of tough luck. See above.
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