Friday, December 14, 2007

Ron Paul.....Ron Paul........Ron Paul............Ron Paul, Part Five

The Texas Congressman has about as much chance of becoming President as I do, but it would be foolish to ignore the movement he has managed to get started: I can't divorce Mr. Paul from his kooky supporters, many of whom are nothing more than garden variety anti-Semites. Sorry, but that's the fact. When you're getting endorsed by Holocaust denier Hutton Gibson, that speaks volumes to me.

THAT can't--or more appropriately, you shouldn't--ignore the other parts of his message, though unfortunately the other Republican candidates are doing just that. Mr. Paul has spoken forcefully about revamping the tax code, which would have the effect of wiping out the IRS (count me in on that one), putting the dollar back on the gold standard (a fabulous idea which I wish more people would discuss) and of a limited, truly conservative government (unlike the government run by the current inhabitant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, who spends our money like a drunken sailor). These are all good ideas, and worthy of legitimate debate. It's our loss that Mr. Paul's refusal to disavow and distance himself from his more "extreme" supporters and his naive foreign policy have resulted in his legitimately good ideas getting lost in the shuffle.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Antisemitism - the unfounded hostility or prejudice towards Jews as a religious, racial, or ethnic group.

It would appear that if you belong to any other religion, you are inclined to be and could be called antisemitic anytime you disagree with or criticize Israel or anyone Jewish especially if you are Christian and have a natural personal prejudice against non-Christian faiths.

Fortunately, Ron Paul's positions will appeal to a broad range of citizens who are trying to decide who to vote for in a Presidential election. You will find Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Satanists, Buddhists, Jews, and a whole range of lesser known cultists casting their vote in his direction.

For Ron Paul to say that someone can't vote for him because they have a religious opinion or any other opinion is against the Constitution and supersedes any religion of opinion you might have, if you are an American.

The only appropriate questions are:

Do you support my freedom to practice the religion of my choice, do you support my freedom to have my own opinions, and, in your exercise of your duties as President, would you favor one ethnic, religious, or economic group over another?

Keep in mind that you are electing a President, not a Rabbi.