Ron Paul is not a Republican – he is a libertarian. He is not nor should he even be considered a Republican. He has no business on the Republican debate stage.
He should, however, take center stage as the libertarian poster-boy, in which case, he is “their” perfect candidate.
As Republicans we must stand our ground and differentiate ourselves from libertarians. Otherwise, our party may face a similar demise as that of the Democrats, largely run and controlled by far-left liberals, but in our Republican case, libertarians, if we don’t take a stand.
Let me be clear – Ron Paul has “some” legitimate ideas – but most of his logic is so far twisted, that it’s frightening. First, Ron Paul believes in drug legalization, a view ironically shared by far-left liberals and generally not shared by Republicans and Democrats. In fact, Ron Paul teamed up with ultra-liberal Barney Frank to sponsor a drug legalization bill in Congress just this year – while both Democrats and Republicans distanced themselves from these two.
Ron Paul blames America for Sept. 11 and believes our troops should never deploy overseas to aid an ally – yet another view shared by liberals, and not shared by Republicans and Democrats. In fact, under Ron Paul’s logic, America would let our allies fight alone – he would let Israel “be wiped off the face of the Earth” and he would let Iran develop nuclear weapons. Ron Paul, if president, would let the sharks circle America until we became so isolated, so depleted, that little would stand in the way of America’s fall.
But Ron Paul, as a libertarian, is not alone in aligning his values with liberals like Barney Frank. In California, we have seen the same scary relationships. Ultra-liberal San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano proposed a marijuana legalization bill. He was largely rejected by his own party and the Republicans in the Assembly also stood against this proposal except for one – Assemblyman Chris Norby, R-Fullerton, who I argue is also a libertarian, not a Republican.
Ron Paul is a man who is the ideal libertarian. He is definitely not a Republican. Republicans have strong family morals based on a sense of community, values, faith and courage. Ron Paul’s logic was so out-of-touch at a recent Republican Tea Party debate hosted on CNN, that he was loudly booed – by the Tea Party crowd. What Ron Paul forgets is that the Tea Party is made up of ordinary, average Americans who love their county, and will defend her to the end. They don’t want to see their nation destroyed by drug legalization efforts or left sitting on the sidelines while evil grows in the world. We, and I speak as a Tea Party Republican, will fight to ensure that America does not fall to the fringe, on either side of the aisle.
In watching the recent Republican debates, I commend Sen. Rick Santorum for standing up against Ron Paul and exposing the flaws in his logic and calling him out, stating, “You said that it was our actions that brought about the actions of 9/11. Congressman Paul, that is irresponsible.” Santorum called out Ron Paul again in an earlier debate, telling Paul that America is a nation based on moral values and laws.
I encourage my fellow Republicans to share the courage of Santorum; to take on the Ron Paul beliefs so that our party does not succumb like the California Democratic Party has to the liberals. The defense of our nation, our youth, our values are at stake.
For the sake of our nation, the Republican Party must reject the fringe beliefs held by the libertarians – encourage them to stand on their own – and not in the shadows of the Republican Party.
Take off the cloche, Ron Paul, and run as you are – a Libertarian. Both Republicans and Democrats must take a hard, long look at their parties.
Ironically, you have more in common when comparing JFK’s and Reagan’s inaugural speeches than you do of Obama’s inaugural speech or Ron Paul’s political platform. Let the liberals and libertarians continue to align themselves on drug legalization and American isolationism – let them stand together on crazy ideas that often suit their selfish beliefs.
Today we find ourselves distracted by radical ideology that tears at the moral fabric of America. When Republicans and Democrats wake up to the infiltration of their parties, maybe – just maybe – Republicans and Democrats can find common ground to rebuild our great nation.