The Skunk and Tiger

"Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge."-Horace Mann

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ron Paul

Many of my friends have been talking about Ron Paul. Early in the republican debates he stood out as the only republican candidate who seems to have his head screwed on half way straight. I am concerned that he wants to amend the constitution to establish religion in our public schools with some type of 'unofficial prayer'. People can pray in school all they want, we don't need to mess with constitution to insure this. I like that Paul is apparently against Nafta
However, any positives are out matched by several negatives.
First he does not support any social issues that I feel are important. Paul is for "small government" except when it comes to reproductive rights. I do not like abortion, but nationalizing the inside of a women's body is disturbing. I don't want to get too far into this subject, other than pointing out that the best way to fight abortion is to fight poverty and improve education and access to health care.
And since Paul is more of a Libertarian or Neo-Con than a traditional conservative, it is expected he would support more privatization of our government programs. Ronald Reagan did a great job convincing people that all government is bad and should be feared. People forget that government is suppose to be us, if we allow the surrendering of government power to private corporations it will continue to erode the power and freedom of all social classes other than the uber wealthy. We need to reinvest in our public schools, take our health care back from the corporations, conserve our natural resources, and rebuild a strong and vital middle class.
I do not like Libertarians, because I do not think it promotes or strengthen our democracy. The Right Wing has unfortunately tricked people into believing unregulated capitalism is the same as democracy.
I know many of my friends will disagree with me, and I hope I did not offend anyone.
Everyone knows I like Barak Obama the best, but I think it might be fun to evaluate every candidate and why I do or don't want them as the next president.


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