One of the bigger points of frustration during this campaign season has been the popularity of Ron Paul and his pseudo-libertarianism. Paul has zero chance of winning the nomination (did he ever?) and is increasingly irrelevant as the race becomes dominated by the shenanigans of Gingrich and Romney. The idea of Ron Paul ever becoming president is a complete fantasy, so I'm not concerned about that nightmare. What does freak me out are Ron Paul's supporters. I'm not talking about the racist, paranoid, teabaggers who crawled out from under their rocks after a socialist/Muslim/Kenyan/fascist Black man became president. No, those freaks aren't a threat (but they do offer hours and hours of laughs!). What concerns me are his supporters from the Left.
Can you please explain this madness to me?
I agree that the U.S. should end the wars and adopt a more isolationist military policy (we're broke!). But, Paul thinks the U.S. shouldn't get involved in any war. In fact, Paul thinks that the U.S. shouldn't have fought against Hitler, because "saving the Jews" was not a "moral imperative". He also opposes all foreign aid and believes the US should leave NATO, the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
"I've been told not to talk, but these stooges don't scare me. Threats or no threats, I've laid bare the coming race war in our big cities. The federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS (my training as a physician helps me see through this one)." - Direct mail ad promoting Paul's newsletters, 1993.
"I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities. They could also not be as promiscuous. Is it any wonder the AIDS epidemic started after they 'came out of the cloaset', and started hyper-promiscuous sodomy?" - June 1990
"[Martin Luther King, Jr.], the FBI files reveal, was not only a world-class adulterer, he also seduced underage girls and boys...And we are supposed to honor this 'Christian minister' and lying socialist satyr with a holiday that puts him on par with George Washington?" - December 1990Do you really want to be associated with a man who is supported by America's neo-Nazis?
Look, we are living in very difficult times. With the unending wars and attacks on civil liberties, I definitely understand the need to find someone who is willing to take on the system. Ron Paul is not that man. In fact, it is his brand of extremism that we - as good liberals and progressives - should be fighting against.