Anyone who follows me knows I can’t stand Libertarians. Sure, some of them are great people who mean well, but their political philosophy is so completely flawed that I view the entire movement as similar to some kind of adolescent rebellion. The thing I always laugh at when it comes to Libertarians is the fact that they can’t even define what it means to be a “real” Libertarian. I can’t count the times I’ve cited something said by one Libertarian only to have another tell me that person isn’t a “real” Libertarian.
Even among themselves they can’t agree on what it means to be a Libertarian, yet they believe this ideology is what’s best for the United States and all humankind.
For many Libertarians, Ron Paul is their hero. Personally, I think he’s a creepy old man who’s completely out of his mind. But for many Libertarians (many known as “Paul-bots”) he’s the only hope for the salvation of the United States and true liberty.
But of course he is.
Because that’s exactly what it seemed like he was doing a few days ago when he was in Virginia speaking at a rally for the newly failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.
During this rally, Paul said:
“Jefferson obviously was a clear leader on the principle of nullification. I’ve been working on the assumption that nullification is going to come. It’s going to be a de facto nullification. It’s ugly, but pretty soon things are going to get so bad that we’re just going to ignore the feds and live our own lives in our own states.”
In other words, Ron Paul is currently living under the belief that the United States is headed for an all-out revolution. Not that it could be headed that way—but that it is inevitable.
He also went after the Seventeenth Amendment (which allows for the direct election of our United States Senators) and our Sixteenth Amendment which allows the government to collect income tax.
In fact, when arguing against the Seventeenth Amendment he used the argument almost all racists used (and a primary argument of the Confederacy during the Civil War) — that it undermines “states rights.” Isn’t that basically the calling card of ignorance in this country? Be it in support of slavery, advocating segregation, denying women or homosexuals their rights — “states rights” is almost always the argument used by these ignorant bigots.
And it just so happens to be the cornerstone argument made by almost every Libertarian.
But Paul went even further, pushing his belief that our Second Amendment wasn’t meant for hunting, but to give citizens the right for revolution against the tyranny. Paul said, “The Second Amendment was not there so you could shoot rabbits. Right now today, we have a great threat to our liberties internally.”
Let’s just look at those two sentences, shall we? First, Paul believes the Second Amendment is meant to give Americans the right to rise up against a tyrannical government. Then he follows that with the warning that we’re currently under a great threat to our liberties internally.
Who would have ever thought a health care law protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions, and requiring that they purchase comprehensive health insurance so that they don’t go bankrupt paying for medical expenses, would be something that would call for the overthrow of our government?
That’s how ridiculous these people are.
And let’s not pretend that Ron Paul is some freedom loving good person. He’s been tied numerous times to racist organizations or individuals, has spoken out in opposition to gay rights and is against abortion. At the end of the day he’s just a typical Republican who rallies against the federal government—until he wants that same government to restrict the rights given to Americans that he disagrees with.
Ron Paul is someone who claims Libertarian principles, but sold out to the Republican party to win elections. How noble of him.
I would like to invite Ron Paul and all of his supporters to head off to live in any number of poor, developing countries with small centralized governments, low taxes and few regulations. Considering human history has never yielded a single successful society built on Libertarian principles, those are about the only places they would be able to move to.
In fact, the closest examples we have are poor, disorganized nations. But hey, I hear Somalia is gorgeous this time of year. I’m sure Libertarians will love the freedom of no Federal Government, no Federal Reserve, little or no taxes and all of the guns they can possibly get their hands on.
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