Photo: Talk Radio News*
Now that extreme right presidential candidate Ron Paul is won the straw poll at the fascist CPAC convention, it's time for people to consider who is really is and what he really stands for. His cultish supporters have engaged in a campaign of disinformation on liberal and progressive websites for some time now. Back in 2007, I investigated Paul's actual views and agenda and reported the results. This information looks to be even more relevant now than it was then.
Ron Paul has a swarm of zealots on the Internet, spewing pro-Paul propaganda in all sorts of liberal and progressive forums. The Paul worshipers will accurately point out his opposition to the Iraq War and the Unpatriotic Act, but they conveniently omit the vast majority of Paul's views, which are hateful and wacky right-wing. The deception is starting to offend a lot of liberals, and I'm one of them. After all, if Paul could get a 75% rating in 2005 from the “Family Research Council,” a Christian Right hate-group, that should give you some idea of where Paul really stands.
Here are some other ratings of interest:
* Secular Coalition for America: 20% (2004)
* Americans for the Arts Action Fund: 0% (2000, 01, 02, 03, 04)
* Leadership Conference on Civil Rights: 38% (2005)
* Human Rights Campaign: 25% (2003-04), 0% in previous years
* John Birch Society: 100% (2004-2006 in quarterly ratings, except for 88% in Spring 04)
* National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: 14% (2004), 30% (2005)
* Campaign for America's Future: 0% (2005-06, energy issues)
* Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: F (2006)
Bigotry Against Atheists
It should be noted that each of the following three positions contradict Paul's claims that he is a libertarian and that he supports individual freedom.
Opposes Restoring the Pledge of Allegience to the Version Without “Under God”
Co-Sponsored Constitutional Amendment Pushing Coerced Prayer in the Public Schools
Voted to Allow Bigoted Alabama Judge to Post “Ten Commandments” in Courtroom
Here are a couple of examples of Ron Paul's views, aside from his opposition to ENDA.
Opposes Hate Crimes Laws
Supports “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”
Voted for Amendment Attempting to Block DC Government from Allowing Same-sex Partners to Adopt
Other Right-Wing Extremism,
from his congressional web site:
Opposing Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research:
Pro-Tax Cuts, Nearly All of Which Go to the Rich:
Favors Cutting Gas Taxes:
Against Corporate Accountability:
Glorifying Ronald Reagan:
Supporting Corporate Efforts to Ship US Jobs to China
Attacking Gun Control and DC Self Rule
I should also note that I just checked, and it definitely turns out that Paul has been lying when he says he's a libertarian. He is anti choice. No genuine libertarian would support government involvement in the most personal decision possible.
Ron Paul is correct about the Iraq War. His concerns for civil liberties would be more reassuring if he wasn't determined to limit civil liberties to wealthy, heterosexual, white, Christian men. Otherwise, he is a hateful rightist monster scarcely different than David Duke.
* Note on the Photo: I saw Ron Paul and his cultish followers on Wall St. last year. He looked incredibly lost, confused, and feeble. I couldn't get a clear cell phone pic of him because I kept getting blocked by Paulintologists. This picture shows him less out of it than the day I saw him on Wall St., but the photo I'm running from Talk Radio News was taken in January of 2008. He may have declined mentally since then.