Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ron Paul is a big dumb idiot

I remember in 2008, hordes of young people (okay, maybe a dozen) were standing at the corner of 71st Street and Memorial in Tulsa waving Ron Paul signs and asking for people to honk if they were with them. Someone even stuck a Ron Paul 2008 sign on the South Denver overpass of the Broken Arrow Expressway. Ron Paul narrowly was outspent by Michele Bachmann in last weekend's Ames Straw Poll, losing by only 152 votes. Really. He did. I know no one said it, not wanting to appear to be sexist by pointing out that the stupid woman bought her victory. Well, of course, Paul spent $31,000 to get the prime location in the Straw Poll voting show.
Listening to Ron Paul assert his positions is kind of like picking up a woman (or man, all fairness) at closing time. You think you've struck it rich and then they keep talking and you very quickly realize you've made a horrible mistake. Here's a few:
  1. Paul was the only 2008 presidential candidate to vote against invading Iraq. Big thumbs up! He also believes we need to bring our soldiers home from Japan, South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and Europe. Okay!
  2. Paul is a believer in non-interventionism, the belief that America should avoid entangling alliances  with other nations, but still retain diplomacy, and avoid all wars not related to direct territorial self-defense. Yes! Very good!
  3. Paul wants the United States to withdraw from organizations he believes override American sovereignty, such as the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the Law of the Sea Treaty, the World Trade Organization, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. Wait! What?
  4. He supports abolishing Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, Welfare, public education, the post office, public parks, public streets, highways, the EPA, OSHA and the USDA, and believes the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional. From his own December 30, 2003, document: "The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers." What the what?
  5. He's a global warming denier. He doubts that the gold in Fort Knox is ... gold. He supports legalizing heroin and Rand Paul is his son.

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