- He doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state.
- He believes abortion should be illegal.
- He doesn’t support the repeal of DoMA and didn’t support the repeal of DADT.
- He doesn’t support putting more money into inner-city schools, but does support vouchers for religious schools.
- He believes creationism should be taught alongside evolution in public schools.
- He doesn’t believe HIV causes AIDS.
- While he doesn’t support a federal ban on gay marriage, he also doesn’t support a federal law legalizing gay marriage. Some see this as a states’ rights issue, and this is how he frames it, but he does support other federal legalization movements (drugs, for example).
- His newsletter spouted horrible racist content for twenty years. He denies writing any of it, but if he allowed this content to go out under his name, he either approved it or was so ignorant of both the type of people he associates with and the type of content going under his name that he shouldn’t be trusted to run anything.
- He believes in reinstating the gold standard, which most economists believe was one of the major causes of several financial crises at the turn of the century, including the Great Depression.
- He believes in free market capitalism.
- He wants to get rid of Affirmative Action, which has been shown time and again to be ineffective and not good enough.
His stance on drugs and wars win him a lot of liberal fans, but only if they don’t look at literally anything else he stands for.
Better, shorter article: what isn’t wrong with Ron Paul?
this is ridiculous. i can’t possibly comment on all of it but…
- um…. source?
- he does NOT believe abortion should be illegal, he is simply against the state funding it
- paul doesn’t believe in anyone forcing their definition of marriage on each other, which is why he believes in federal marriage laws and also does not support the repeal of doma. i STRONGLY disagree with him on the latter, but that is another matter. the second point is factually inaccurate, paul voted to repeal dadt.
- i find it hard to believe that paul supports religious school vouchers seeing as he does not believe in high government spending, and vouchers are certainly a welfare program
- there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with teaching creationism alongside evolution as long as you present them correctly
- i think the hiv-aids thing is actually his son rand
- he supports a decriminalization of drugs because the war on drugs is highly illiberal AND costly which gay marriage is not. an advantage of federalism is that it allows states to learn from each other rather than being mandated to from above.
- i agree that the newsletter thing is incredibly dubious but i can’t comment any further on that cos i don’t know anything else
- the gold standard is possibly one of the only ways for us to fix our financial system; paper money has no value and inflation is harmful. the gold standard would help reverse this
- why is believing in free market capitalism a bad thing? you assumed a lot about your readership bullet-pointing that
- if you yourself admit that affirmative action is pants, why do you not support its abolition?
Is it take-little-kids-to-school-o’clock again?
- Source on Ron Paul’s views on church and state, specifically an article on the subject written by Ron Paul himself: http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul148.html
- Ron Paul on his view that life begins at conception and that abortion should be illegal (though he skirts the issue by saying that he would strongly encourage every state to ban it instead of issuing a federal ban, which seems odd given his votes in federal abortion-related issues): http://www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/abortion/
- Ron Paul definitely supports DoMA. (each word is a link to a source on that one, and the last two are an article written by him about how DoMA is necessary and an article about how he bashed Obama this weekend for trying to end DoMA)
- You’re correct that he did call vouchers welfare and vote against them, but only ones that applied to allowing inner city kids from DC (read: black kids) to attend secular private schools. He did vote yes, however, on federal vouchers to allow kids to attend Christian schools. http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Ron_Paul_Education.htm
- There is something inherently wrong with teaching them alongside each other in science classes, namely that one is a scientific theory and the other is not. I don’t care what your religious beliefs are, but don’t try to shove them into science class as though they’re an equally valid (in a scientific sense) perspective.
- The HIV not causing AIDS thing (along with other ridiculous views like abortions causing breast cancer) are believed by Ron and Rand Paul’s “medical association,” which was created by conservatives who didn’t like being held to standards like “honesty” and “real science” by the AMA. http://cincinnati.com/blogs/nkypolitics/2010/09/28/paul-medical-group-hiv-doesnt-cause-aids-abortion-increases-breast-cancer-risk/#
- Being right about drugs doesn’t mean he’s right about anything else. A broken clock is right twice a day.
- Google the newsletters. Don’t pretend they’re defensible because you’re too lazy to read the vitriol he or one of his cronies spewed for two decades against non-whites.
- The value of gold is as arbitrary as the value of anything else. Gold has no inherent value, just like paper money. The difference is that unlike paper money, the gold standard isn’t scalable. The gold standard is Arial to the Helvetica of not using it.
- I did assume a lot about my readership by including that bullet point. I assumed they weren’t spoiled children, which you have to be to think free market capitalism isn’t an inherently terrible idea that stifles competition by allowing those with the most money to rule over everyone else, the gap between rich and poor increasing until we return to feudalism. An unregulated free market on a large scale is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to a society. It’s great in small groups, but after a certain point, all there are is monolithic monopolies and the serfs that feed them.
- I don’t support Affirmative Action being abolished because we’d be worse off without it. As it stands, a white man convicted of a felony is more likely to get hired than an equally-qualified black man with no criminal record. White people still get paid more (sometimes as much as a third more) for the same jobs with the same qualifications. People with “black names” are often overlooked, regardless of qualifications. Affirmative Action has brought us up to the point of having half a chance (literally, half the chance an equally-qualified white person has) of success. It hasn’t done enough, and without it, the statistics would be even more dire.
And just to make this smackdown a bit sweeter, here’s a picture of Dr. Paul with the owners of white nationalist website Stormfront:
omg this reply is so beautiful.
Sorry for the long reblog, but this is just a wonderful takedown.