Ron Paul supporters are the most dedicated of all the candidate supporters in the 2012 Republican Primary. They are known by their constant insistence that a mix of government debt, Federal Reserve policies and a departure from the Constitution will destroy America. The Apostles of Paul speak with confidence, and they are prepared to handle every party-affiliation on the political spectrum by the script. Like Jehovah Witnesses they are constantly seeking to convert unbelievers, providing a litany of Youtube docudramas to back it up. In all fairness, the Youtube docudramas are used with the utmost care, reserved for only the toughest, but slightly susceptible voters. And when asked why no other candidate is speaking about these topics, they point to conspiracies and rich families controlling the media. Nonetheless every conversation ends with some sort of variation of, “Ron Paul is the only one.”
Although it is true that government debt, monetary policies and a departure from the Constitution can lead to the demise of America, it is not so simple. In fact it is stupid to think that it is so simple: that all of our problems we face in America can be solved by a return to the Constitution and the gold standard. Many of these concepts the Apostles of Paul support involve the study and understanding of the history of civilization, American history, immigration, higher math, monetary theory and economics. No black and white grainy ten-minute Youtube video can substitute for formal education on these topics, nor does any accredited university or online university include this information in its curriculum.
Even more troubling is that Ron Paul trivializes these complex issues by making specious arguments such as where in the Constitution does it say . . . Ron Paul makes his gains by playing on our ignorance for he is willfully ignorant of the Necessary and Proper Clause. The Constitution is a set of principles to be interpreted by our Courts, namely the Supreme Court, and not by the likes of Paul. The Constitution, like the Bible, does not enumerate every instance for every situation, but its principles are extrapolated to fit all times and controversies. For example, the Bible makes no mention of the Internet or video simulations however, it would still be a trespass to defraud people over the Internet (freeload wirelessly) or watch repugnant videos although animated and unreal. The Constitution makes no mention of the right to privacy, use of contraceptives, raise your children, marry or that Ron Paul should be paid a salary with benefits for his representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, but these things are recognized as constitutional.
What Ron Paul represents is utter disrespect: a disrespect of our fathers, and our father’s fathers. He is quick to mention how he would do away with (but is not limited to) Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, Medicaid, EPA, Department of Education, DOE, and parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the claim that Congress has gone too far beyond the call of the Constitution. He further justifies these eradications with a philosophy of personal responsibility and liberty.
Ron Paul disrespects our fathers by ignoring the purpose for which our fathers thought it necessary enough to lobby Congress and to elect presidents and representatives past that would provide these institutional instruments for the general welfare of our people. They understood that personal responsibility and liberty could not shield against the world. That no longer could America operate in isolation, understanding that a crisis in Rome could lead to the starvation of America. That the liberty of bankers in the Middle East could affect the supply and demand in America, that the action of few could affect many. That it is necessary to protect the old, the young, the minority, the unemployed, education, and the environment – for they understood that misfortune did not discriminate, that misfortune was no respecter of persons and that misfortune can visit all.
Think about Congress today: bickering and fighting. Think about how difficult it is just to handle the routine affairs. Do you believe it was any easier for our forefathers to get Congress to do these things? Would it not have been even more radical back then, when the first of these departments was enacted for Congress to implement a department? Know your history; know why our fathers thought it necessary to have Congress implement the SEC, FDIC, EPA etc. These departments were not created by congressional whims; the people fought for it, they were viciously debated, passed by large majorities and challenged in court. The people fought for these institutions because they wanted a better future for their children’s children and the generation to come. They realized they needed each other, and that the weakness of Americans broke the chain of society. I was a Ron Paul supporter. I am no more.
Ron Paul, the great disrespecter.