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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Even More on Ron Paul Comment
    Gregory Morris, 4/30/07 12:00:01 am
    Interview with Ron Paul

    Ok, I couldn't resist. He's the one guy left that is NOT "Big Government", "More Taxes" and "Anti-Liberty".

    Even if Rudy, McCain, et. al. are more comfortable deferring to the states on tricky issues (which is a Good Thing), they are still all going keep up big government spending, and generally diminish our rights one way or another.

    Ron Paul sticks to issues that matter while everyone else is talking about abortion, gay marriage, and fixing the problems in the rest of the world.

    He freely disagrees with his party when he feels they are wrong. What better trait can a president have in our party-line-politics government? He doesn't make concessions on things that matter. When is the last time you heard of a politician like that?

    Being anti-tax never hurts, IMHO, but if the liberal media makes a concerted effort to keep taxes out of the public debate, then people won't get fired up enough to care. Ron Paul needs to make a big deal out of taxes. Repealing the 16th Amendment is a big deal... maybe too big... but imagine what a ruckus he could stir up if he starts talking about that on TV. Of course, that would require him getting some real media time.

    His fiscal views stand on their own. He's just an intelligent human being who doesn't think the government can just make up money and then spend it how they please. Makes sense to me.

    On social matters...
    I am strongly pro-life, and the worst thing I can think of is to manufacture babies to be used for research. But as an obstetrician, I have on quite a few cases had to do surgery on a woman who had a pregnancy in the fallopian tube. The fetus is small and alive, but if you don't operate on them, the fetus dies and the patient dies. ... I don't see any reason why you can't use that fetal tissue for research.

    Ok, he does talk about abortion... kinda... but really he's talking about stem cells. Regardless, HE'S A FRICKING OBSTETRICIAN! HE'S BEEN THERE! HE KNOWS WHAT THE HECK HE'S TALKING ABOUT! Aside from his "authority" in the matter, he's very common-sense about these things. He doesn't want to ban stem cell research, and he doesn't want to fund it. That's where he's going to run into problems though... a lot of "conservatives" want to ban it, and a lot of "liberals" want to fund it. Why are those the only options? Why not just leave it alone? Sure, there can be legitimate ethics-oriented laws, but Ron's stance on the matter is that we don't know all of the answers yet, and a knee-jerk reaction is a bad reaction.

    Oh, and in case I didn't mention before, he is all about keeping the constitution holy, respecting it, and following it. That means free speech. That means freedom to keep and bear arms. etc. etc. etc. But it also means that he'll likely push harder to enforce the limits of the constitution. For instance, the Constitution says that congress can:
  • provide for the defense of our nation.
  • regulate interstate commerce
  • regulate international trade and manage international relations
  • set up some basic services, like the post office
  • regulate naturalization law
  • and collect taxes to do those things.
    There really isn't a whole lot else (aside from a handful of amendments) that they are really allowed to do.(U.S. Constitution)

    So why do they make (or try to make) all kinds of laws that clearly have nothing to do with interstate commerce or providing for our defense? Because nobody tells them "No! Bad Congress!" then whacks them on their nose with a rolled up newspaper. Hmm, I wonder who's job it is to do that... *cough*ahem*supreme*court*cough*ahem*

    Oh, and it is about time for another president named Ron anyway.

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