5 reasons progressives should treat Ron Paul with extreme caution — ‘cuddly’ libertarian has some very dark politics
by Adele M. Stan, AlterNet
Posted on August 26, 2011

There are few things as maddening in a maddening political season as the warm and fuzzy feelings some progressives evince for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the Republican presidential candidate. “The anti-war Republican,” people say, as if that’s good enough.

But Ron Paul is much, much more than that. He’s the anti-Civil-Rights-Act Republican. He’s an anti-reproductive-rights Republican. He’s a gay-demonizing Republican. He’s an anti-public education Republican and an anti-Social Security Republican. He’s the John Birch Society’s favorite congressman. And he’s a booster of the Constitution Party, which has a Christian Reconstructionist platform. So, if you’re a member of the anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-senior-citizen, anti-equality, anti-education, pro-communist-witch-hunt wing of the progressive movement, I can see how he’d be your guy.

Paul first drew the attention of progressives with his vocal opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Coupled with the Texan’s famous call to end the Federal Reserve, that somehow rendered him, in the eyes of the single-minded, the GOP’s very own Dennis Kucinich. Throw in Paul’s opposition to the drug war and his belief that marriage rights should be determined by the states, and Paul seemed suitable enough to an emotionally immature segment of the progressive movement, a wing populated by people with privilege adequate enough to insulate them from the nasty bits of the Paul agenda. (Tough on you blacks! And you, women! And you, queers! And you, old people without money.)

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5 Comments to “Some lefties LOVE Ron Paul—although it’s likely that Ron Paul does NOT love them (especially if they’re black or gay or Jews and/or pro-choice)”

  • So what’s better? Someone who thinks we shouldn’t be killing innocent arabs every fucking day for ten years and votes accordingly? Or someone who says blacks and gays are OK in my book but doing nothing much at all to change the policies that keep both gays and blacks as secondary citizens in america, all the while voting OK to kill the fuck out of innocent arabs for ten years?

  • This is a horrible hit piece, its absolutely rediculous.

    anti-woman: because of abortion? so you are just right? so you are anti-baby or pro-murder?

    anti-gay: he has said marriage to him is between a man and a woman but he doesn’t like the government treating one group of people different than another. if he had his way he would take government out of marriage completely because it is a religious affair and everyone could call themselves whatever they wanted and noone would get special treatment.

    anti-black: he always talks about issues that hurt blacks more than whites, you are silly. the civil rights act does violate property rights and uses force to achieve integration. it gives the federal government a role in the hiring-firing process. http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul188.html read that

    anti-senior-citizen – phasing out social security makes a lot of sense. we are already seeing the point where they skew the inflation number to give smaller cost of living upgrades or decide not to give them at all. that is anti-senior. he wants to let young people opt out since we aren’t going to get anything back anyway, abolishing it would be preferred though. even i they send us checks in 45 years they wont be worth anything. he doesn’t want to cut anybody off that is relying on it or is far enough along in retirement that they wont be able to make changes to prepare. hell, people below the cutoff might even get their money back. the math of this position seems kind of unrealistic to me but stealing money from young kids now and giving them junk or nothing in return is a huge moral hazard. I want out of social security, badly.

    anti-equality: well, your definition of anti-equality in the real works is actual equality. treat everyone the same, no special treatment for anybody. he says government shouldn’t see groups and should never treat one group different than another.

    anti-education: our public schools are watched over by the feds and they are terrible. easy federal loans made universities stop caring about competition. its like they all held hands and walked up the price mountain, there is NO reason college should cost $500 a credit hour. if students had to pay out of pocket they couldn’t charge that.

    pro-communist: lol

  • Shame on Mark for posting this Propaganda, I come here for real news.

  • Ron Paul doesn’t have a chance of ever getting elected by the American public. Ron Paul has historically been a racist, sexist and homophobe hiding behind a Libertarian Flag. The GOP so far has produced the extreme hateful candidates that typify the polarization that is occurring in the U.S. heartland. Places like, NYC, LA, Austin TX even, there isn’t much support for Paul, or his son who is in my opinion even darker when it comes to his personal beliefs.

  • The American public doesn’t have a chance of electing anyone.

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