Now before you start jumping on me and calling me names, please understand that the title is what one of his supporters is saying about him in a recent post, and Iâ€™m guessing a lot more of his faithful are having the same fear too.
First off, let me just say that I am a major Ron Paul supporter. Iâ€™ve blogged about him, spammedpromoted him to friends and family, and even put a Ron Paul 2008 bumper sticker on my car (I donâ€™t do bumper stickers). Iâ€™ve been resisting the call to write this piece for some time now, but I can resist no longer.
Itâ€™s time for us, as Paul supporters, to stop pretending his ideological flaws do not exist. We are ignoring his extreme and illogical views because weâ€™re so smitten by his good ones. This is a problem. Our ability and/or willingness to logically evaluate him as a complete candidate is being overridden by our surprise and appreciation for his views on foreign policy and personal freedom.
In short, weâ€™re so in love with him that weâ€™re focusing only on his positives while ignoring the negatives.
Iâ€™ve often questioned how viable Paul is as a candidate, especially for the GOP nomination, with such a singular viewpoint on how the country should be run. Many of his supporters have suggested that a Ron Paul presidency would have to be one about compromise because Paul would never have the votes to push that singular agenda through. And fair enough, thatâ€™s viable in my mind.
But what about some of these other viewpoints the blogger points out?
- He Doesnâ€™t Believe in the Separation of Church and State
- Heâ€™s Not For Federally Supported Public Education
- Yeah, That Means No College Loans
- Heâ€™s Not For National Health Care
- Heâ€™s Against Abortion and Would Like to See Roe vs. Wade Overturned
- He Doesnâ€™t Believe The Evidence for Man-Made Global Warming Is Convincing
Now, far be it from me to speak for the Ron Paul crowd, but my guess is that many of you are completely okay with most of these. Maybe one thing on this list would be a big problem for you, but itâ€™s probably different for most everybody. I also think the blogger raising these concerns seems to me to be rather liberal in his viewpoints because he says heâ€™s in love with Ron Paul for his foreign policy views.
Which raise the questions: How many of Ron Paulâ€™s liberal supporters will really support his bid for the presidency? And is it really just about the foreign policy views?
This is yet another reason why I think Paul will need to go 3rd party if he has any shot of actually winning. His appeal is broad, but his liberal supporters will fall off once they start to really dig into the issues. Heâ€™s a libertarian through and through and that appeals so much more to Republicans and Independents.
Parting shot from the blogger in questionâ€¦
I pains me to have to write this, and I am not going to stop supporting him. I am not taking the sticker off of my car. I am not going to stop talking about Ron Paulâ€™s campaign or about how heâ€™s igniting the political interest of so many young voters. Iâ€™m going to keep talking about his positives. But in the back of my mind Iâ€™m secretly hoping that heâ€™ll get the message that his more extreme views will destroy not only him but his ability to help our ailing country.