Topic: Ron Paul
"Ex-Libertarian Ron Paul." This is often the caveat the MSM carefully places into any text about the next president. As though it will turn people away. Americans are finding out about Dr. Paul in multitudes and they like what they see. Ron Paul ALWAYS has been elected as a republican. During the 1988 presidential campaign he changed parties expressly to be able to run. When he resumed his House seat, it was, as always a Republican. It is ironic that the Idaho Republican Platform is almost completely ignored by elected Republicans. Not so Dr. Paul. Let's evaluate several platform planks and see how he stacks up against what should be a Republican Litmus Test. After all, we designed the platform!
Taxation: We do not support additional federal taxation. The problem is not lack of revenue - rather, it is excessive expenditures. We urge our Republican federal officeholders to work to reduce federal expenditures, control federal expansion, and limit the size and scope of government. We will spare no lawful effort to retain an all-Republican congressional delegation.
Ron Paul clearly has these ideals.
"Working Americans like lower taxes. So do I. Lower taxes benefit all of us, creating jobs and allowing us to make more decisions for ourselves about our lives. Whether a tax cut reduces a single mother’s payroll taxes by $40 a month or allows a business owner to save thousands in capital gains taxes and hire more employees, that tax cut is a good thing. Lower taxes allow more spending, saving, and investing which helps the economy — that means all of us. Real conservatives have always supported low taxes and low spending."
- Education: The Idaho Republican Party recognizes that the future of this great state lies with our faith and reliance on God our Creator, in our strong efforts to uphold family values, and in the quality of education provided for its citizens. We believe that successful education is a joint responsibility of the individual, the family, and the community. As with government in general, we believe the most effective, responsible and responsive educational system is that system closest to the people.
Again, Dr. Paul:
"The federal government does not own our children. Yet we act as if it does by letting it decide when, how, and what our children will learn. We have turned their futures over to lobbyists and bureaucrats. I support giving educational control back to parents, who know their children better than any politician in D.C. ever will. The federal government has no constitutional authority to fund or control schools. I want to abolish the unconstitutional, wasteful Department of Education and return its functions to the states. By removing the federal subsidies that inflate costs, schools can be funded by local taxes, and parents and teachers can directly decide how best to allocate the resources."
- PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS: We reaffirm our commitment to the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution: "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." The right to own, use, care for, and market property is a fundamental tenet of all free nations. The vigilant protection of private property rights safeguards for citizens everything of value.
"We must stop special interests from violating property rights and literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches. Today, we face a new threat of widespread eminent domain actions as a result of powerful interests who want to build a NAFTA superhighway through the United States from Mexico to Canada. We also face another danger in regulatory takings: Through excess regulation, governments deprive property owners of significant value and use of their properties — all without paying “just compensation. Property rights are the foundation of all rights in a free society. Without the right to own a printing press, for example, freedom of the press becomes meaningless. The next president must get federal agencies out of these schemes to deny property owners their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property."
I could continue down the platform but be it understood that the current Republican Platform is a pretty good platform and where it is constitutional (most of it is!), Dr. Paul is in agreement. Why wouldn't real Republicans vote for this real Republican? There are only a few reasons.
- Modern Republicans no longer agree with their own reasonong.
- The public trough is too tempting for modern Republicans to resist.
- Special interests have co-opted current Republicans and they are beholden (or they think they are).
Ron Paul is the only answer nationally to the plague of a bloated federal government.