Ron Paul is dangerous

Ron Paul is dangerous

J. Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs, Liberty Counsel

After the most recent GOP presidential debate, reasonable people can disagree as to who came out on top. It was abundantly clear, however, who was smothered beneath the pile.

As Ron Paul waxed naïve from his perch in Sioux City, Iowa, on issues ranging from foreign policy to judicial activism, one could almost hear his campaign bus tires deflate. Although some polls indicate that Mr. Paul has surged in Iowa, most national polls suggest that, beyond a relatively fixed throng of blindly devoted “Paulbots,” support for the eccentric Texas lawmaker has a concrete ceiling.

Mr. Paul did himself no favors during the debate. Afterward, former Iowa House Speaker Christopher C. Rants blogged, “Ron Paul finally lit a match after dousing himself with gasoline.”

Putting aside for a moment Mr. Paul’s leftist policies on a variety of social issues ranging from his unwavering support for newfangled “gay rights” – to include open homosexuality in the military – to advocacy for across-the-board legalization of illicit drugs, Mr. Paul demonstrated that he has a dangerous, fundamental misunderstanding of the threat posed to every American citizen by radical Islam. This alone disqualifies him for serious consideration as our future Commander-in-Chief.

During the debate, moderator Bret Baier asked Mr. Paul: “Many Middle East experts now say Iran may be less than one year away from getting a nuclear weapon. … Even if you had solid intelligence that Iran was in fact going to get a nuclear weapon, President Paul would remove the U.S. sanctions on Iran – including those added by the Obama administration. So, to be clear, GOP nominee Paul would be running left of President Obama on Iran?”

Mr. Paul responded: “But I’d be running with the American people because it would be a much better policy.” (The only American people running with this policy risk running the rest of us off a cliff.)

He went on to reject a U.N. agency report that indicates Iran is within months of developing nuclear weaponry, calling it “war propaganda.” He then spouted the same anti-American talking points we’ve come to expect from the hard-left “progressive” establishment, blaming America for Iran’s efforts to go nuclear.

In defense of Islamic terrorists, not unlike those responsible for Sept. 11, Mr. Paul said, “Yeah, there are some radicals, but they don’t come here to kill us because we’re free and prosperous. … They come here and want to do us harm because we’re bombing them.

“I don’t want Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” he continued, all the while demonstrating to everyone watching that a President Paul would be unwilling to lift a finger to prevent it.

His pacifist ruminations prompted fellow presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to respond: “With all due respect to Ron Paul, I think I have never heard a more dangerous answer for American security than the one that we just heard from Ron Paul. … I’ll tell you the reason why, the reason why I would say that is because we know without a shadow of a doubt that Iran will take a nuclear weapon, they will use it to wipe our ally Israel off the face of the map, and they stated they will use it against the United States of America. Look no further than the Iranian constitution, which states unequivocally that their mission is to extend jihad across the world and eventually to set up a worldwide caliphate. We would be fools to ignore their purpose and their plan.”

Mr. Paul evidently is one of those fools. Iran is today’s version of Nazi Germany, and Mr. Paul’s obtuse strategy of reckless inaction affords him the dubious title of this generation’s Neville Chamberlain. Like Chamberlain’s fruitless appeasement, Mr. Paul’s similar strategy simply feeds the insatiable beast.

Don’t get me wrong. I personally like Ron Paul. He’s that affable – if not a little “zany” – uncle who has the whole family on edge at Thanksgiving. “Oh boy; what’s Uncle Ronny gonna say next?”

Still, you wouldn’t give Uncle Ronny the carving knife for the turkey, much less the keys to the Oval Office.

Mr. Paul is many things, but conservative is not one of them. He’s a died-in-the-wool libertarian. That’s one part conservative, two parts anarchist.

Ronald Reagan often spoke of a “three-legged stool” that undergirds true conservatism. The legs are represented by strong free-market economic principles, a strong national defense and strong social values. For the stool to remain upright, it must be supported by all three legs. If you snap off even one leg, the stool collapses under its own weight.

Mr. Paul is relatively conservative from an economic standpoint, but in true libertarian form, has snapped off the legs of national defense and social values.

The libertarian is a strange and rare little animal – a bit like the woolly flying squirrel. It spends its days erratically darting to-and-fro atop this teetering, one-legged stool in a futile effort to keep it from toppling. America witnessed Ron Paul doing this squirrelly libertarian tango Thursday night. Cute but unstable.

Ron Paul never had a chance; but now, with the possible exception of his most committed devotees, I suspect most people will finally admit it. Regardless of what happens in Iowa, the Paul engine has run out of steam. During the debate it pulled into the station and released its final wheeze right alongside the Cain Train.

Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He is author of the book “The Right Hook – From the Ring to the Culture War” and serves as Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action, and Associate Dean with Liberty University School of Law.

6 Responses to “Ron Paul is dangerous”

  1. How is it that giving gays rights and legalization of certain drugs considered being on the LEFT??  People love throwing around the word “liberal” and “left” without understanding the basic concept that the more you want government to intervene on an issue is being more “left” and less government intervention is “right.”  So, again, how is it that saying the government should stay out of telling gays how to live their lives (less government intervention) “liberal” or “left?”  The answer is, of course, that it’s note actually liberal or left, but people just tend to associate positions on certain issues with one of the two mainstream parties. 

    Of course….associating Republicans to be “tough on defense” over the years, with the ultimate of government intervention, means that if you’re not all for the warfare state and want to bring troops home….you’re on the “left” side of the issue.   It’s incredible how people think sometimes…..

  2. It’s to bad the military industrial complex has brainwashed good Americans into believing that the moral high ground means starting countless wars and killing MILLIONS.  We used to be a proud country now we are an empire of war.  Ron Paul is a true peace candidate and just makes sense.  Unfortunately for a lot of people their blood lust continues.

  3. How is it that giving homosexuals special rights and legalizing drugs up to and including heroin is considered being on the Left?

    Maybe because those are Leftist, liberal positions. Duh! Sorry, you don’t get to adopt liberal positions and still get away with calling yourself a Republican, much less a conservative. Hate to disappoint you, but we don’t drink Koolaid or believe in unicorns around here.

    Conservatism believes in the minimum government necessary to maintain the safety of its citizens. Ron Paul’s drug advocacy promotes the rot of our society from within (drug use erodes the sense of moral and personal responsibility, as well as fosters additional crime to feed the habit) and attack from without via his head-in-the-sand “defense” policy of hoping everyone will like us if we just appear weak or disinterested enough.

    Yes, it is indeed incredible how some people “think” sometimes…or what passes for thinking in some people’s book.

  4. It’s too bad that Leftist head-in-the-sand drivel has brainwashed good Americans into believeing the moral high ground means allowing hostile nations to do what they want with our country and our allies. Just leave us alone and let us use drugs.

    What a crock.

    Which is why, um, Ron Paul is dangerous.

  5. As I pretty much figured would be the case, it didn’t take long for the Paulbots to come out of the woodwork (as they always do when their prophet is criticized).

    I’m turning off comments.  I’m with family for the Christmas holiday and I just don’t want to spend every waking hour of the next several days debunking the mindless drivel of a bunch of naive, anti-defense drug advocates who loathe Jews.