Top Five Reasons Not to Vote for Ron Paul

In 2008, a courageous, honest prophet of a candidate appeared on the scene warning with ferocious intensity that the GOP had lost its way. That candidate was Dr. Ron Paul.

But in 2012, Paul who is not running for reelection to the House of Representatives, has little to lose, making him and his followers lose cannons.

Here are the top five best reasons not to vote for Ron Paul.

5. It won’t matter at all if you do

Ron Paul’s brief flirtation with relevance ended the day he took third in the Iowa caucuses. He has steadily declined since, even after a second place finish in Maine. At this point, he is unlikely to serve as anything but a spoiler, and not even a very good one, since most candidates have already written off his voter base.

4. Ron Paul doesn’t believe in evolution

From any other candidate, a public statement to this effect would be irrelevant. But what Ron Paul says in the case of evolution – that it’s “only a theory” and there isn’t “absolute proof on either side” for it – is deeply troubling, because it reflects how Ron Paul thinks about issues generally.

Leave aside the factual question of evolution for a second. How many times have we heard Ron Paul defend his policies with some line on the order of “it will work in theory,” with no proof at all, let alone absolute proof, to support that view? He’s hardly the candidate who should be trying to be the apostle of concrete, evidence-based thinking. Couldn’t a Keynesian say the exact same things about his Austrian theories? After all, there isn’t “absolute proof” of Austrian economic theory either – in fact, Ron Paul’s inspirations don’t believe in proof – so how does Ron Paul reject one and not the other? Hinging a case for a radical, revolutionary overhaul of government on blind faith in a theory doesn’t usually end well. Ask the Russians.

3. He doesn’t believe Iran is a threat

Recently, the US director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said “some Iranian officials…have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States.”

Ron Paul’s response? “Who cares if they get nukes? They’re just trying to defend themselves! That’s their right!” Well, yes, but serial killers who resist arrest are also defending themselves. Do we respect their “rights” too? Moreover, Iran’s people are arguably captive to its regime, and the idea that anyone should respect the rights of a government that acts the way Ron Paul’s craziest supporters think the U.S. government does – let alone those very people – is perverse.

 2. He confirms every stereotype about libertarians

Ask any liberal to describe a Tea Partier to you and they will respond that they are racist, conspiracy-minded, disingenuous in their care about debt and entitlements and secret supporters of secession. Every one of these sentiments has been expressed either by Paul himself, under his name, or by his closest associates. Libertarianism just proved it can win elections through the Tea Party. It should forsake any figure who threatens to drag it back into irrelevance.

1. Ron Paul is not only anti-military, but anti-intelligence

No, that’s not a pun – I mean military intelligence/covert ops. And why does this make number one? Because one of the most effective ways to avoid wars is to use intelligence agencies to infiltrate other countries, whether to get information or influence their politics. It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot more cost effective than all-out war. In other words, if Ron Paul is serious about keeping America safe without an extensive military, he needs both intelligence and covert ops.

Yet Ron Paul has been arguing for the abolition of the United States’ intelligence infrastructure since the 1980′s. At the same time, he wants to cut military spending so much that it would effectively end our engagements overseas, citing (irony alert!) the CIA’s definition of “blowback.” This would render the U.S. completely, obliviously flatfooted in response to every potential attack.

In other words, the United States would behave exactly like the Ron Paul campaign. And that is why most Americans realize that putting him in office would ultimately blow back in our faces.

Comments

Comments

  1. J.R. says:

    Of all the things you could have chosen, this is the five? How about his hypocrisy on earmarks (he loves them)? How about his dismal record of accomplishments (just one bill passed over his entire career)? How about his flirtation and associations to bottom feeding conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones and the Prison Planet crowd? Or how about his flirtation with the Stormfront crowd (he refused to return a donation from a known white supremacist)? How about the fact he is an extreme isolationist who would leave our allies to die (he once said he wouldnt have entered WW2 to stop the Holocaust)? How about the fact he has admitted on tape he thinks 9/11 was a government cover up? There are many reasons not to vote for Paul. I would have picked a different five.

  2. Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share. Appreciate it!

  3. test1234 says:

    Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website? My blog site is in the exact same niche as yours and my visitors would genuinely benefit from some of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this ok with you. Appreciate it!

  4. Thanks and good blog.

Polititainment

Jay-Z's Cuba trip did not violate law
The U.S. Treasury Department apparently fears the wrath of the Beygency as much as the rest of the world. A U.S. Treasury investigation has found Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s 2013 Cuba trip did not violate sanctions law. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, close friends of the Obamas,  had obtained permission to visit the blacklisted country from the Treasury’s Office […]
'Harry Potter' made youth more liberal
Millennials grew up in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Deciding who was the Hermione, Harry and Ron in your friend group, wishing for the end of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and  knowing that the correct way to say the “leviosa” spell is “levi-OH-sa” was built into the fabric of  our collective childhood. Apparently Harry and friends are […]
Obama once killed a 'SNL' sketch
Presidents, first ladies and all types of political candidates have been both frequent guests and the butt of jokes on “Saturday Night Live.” The Hollywood Reporter published an excerpt Wednesday of the updated edition of the Saturday Night Live oral history, “Live From New York,” written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales and it featured a lot of juicy details about […]
Christie defends use of Boss' music

Chris Christie saw The Boss just a week ago, and there's no beef about the guv using his tunes, thank you very much.

Fallon wishes Clinton Happy Birthday

Jimmy Fallon took a second to wish former President Bill Clinton a happy 68th birthday during his episode of   "The Tonight Show" Tuesday. The comedian honored Clinton appropriately by poking fun at him.

White House

Government watchdog says Bergdahl swap was not only illegal, it was doubly illegal

Congress' chief watchdog said that the U.S. prisoner swap involving Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl violated two laws in a report issued Thursday.

10 photos of President Obama in his office that will restore your faith in the presidency

Smile already, America. Your commander in chief is in the driver's seat.

Newt Gingrich: Obama’s ‘golf problem’ is that he stinks when he’s not playing it

"If the economy was growing, the border was controlled, the Middle East was stabilizing and there were no outbreaks of violence in the streets of major American cities, no one would comment on the number of golf games President Obama played."

Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip
THE HILL – President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place. Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, […]
President Obama ‘didn’t know’ the Missouri governor was calling National Guard to Ferguson

As has been the case with so many crises that have faced America during Obama's time in the White House, it appears the president has learned about the Missouri Governor calling the National Guard to Ferguson on the news.

Congress

McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama
POLITICO – Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown. In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate […]
See the 'Best of' Pelosi's incoherent babbles
Whether she is spouting off about  “race ha[ving] something to do” with the Republican stance on immigration or charging across the U.S. House floor to call a fellow representative “insignificant,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is known for saying some crazy things. Roll Call has compiled some of Pelosi’s greatest hits from 2014 in a video […]
Voters do not believe Congress deserves reelection
Most Americans do not believe current members of Congress deserve to be reelected, a new poll finds. A Gallup poll released Monday found that only 19 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve to be reelected. This the second lowest figure since Gallup first started asking the question in 1992. People feel more […]
Schock outlines how GOP can attract millennials
Positive messaging, reaching out in person, and uniting the party behind strong economic policies are all ways Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) thinks the Republican party can win over millennial voters. Schock appeared on CNN Friday to talk with conservative commentator S.E. Cupp about winning young voters. As the second-youngest member of the House of Representatives at […]
Rep. Justin Amash defends his bold victory speech
After a bitter primary fight, Rep. Justin Amash (R- Mich.) delivered a bold victory speech in which he skewered his opponent last week. The Congressman has taken plenty of heat for his less-than-gracious words, but Amash is not backing down. Amash wrote an op-ed in the Grand Rapids Press Thursday to defend his statements and to […]