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Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:21 PM

Ron Paul: No friend of the 99%

Commentary by Fight Back! Editors
January 28, 2012

Ron Paul is attracting a lot of attention, including some attention from some people in the anti-war movement, because of his views on foreign policy. Paul has demanded that the president "bring the troops home." He reflects popular opinion when he says that President Bush overstepped his powers in starting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without a declaration of war. In general, Paul is known as an isolationist, rather than a pro-war candidate. However, Ron Paul supports assassinations and other ‘covert actions,’ acts, which are both illegal and anti-democratic, against other countries. In the Republican debates, his campaign tends to put little emphasis on his anti-war stances. Still, to find a candidate of either party who is against the wars is viewed by some as refreshing.

Many supporters of Ron Paul have also been reaching out to the Occupy Movement. But when Ron Paul ran for Congress in 2010, he said, “We should cut payroll taxes and give workers the opportunity to seek better returns in the private market.” While Ron Paul claims to want to protect Social Security, he is in fact backing a privatization of Social Security that would be a boon for Wall Street. His campaign plays the same tune as Wall Street when he says that Social Security is “broke and broken,” when in fact the Social Security trust fund grew by some $70 billion last year, to almost $2.7 trillion.

That said, there are many other big problems with Ron Paul, including his views and policies on racism and discrimination, women’s rights, GLBTQ rights, workers' rights, the environment and even civil liberties. The solutions Ron Paul is selling will not solve the problems of working people or create more equality. They will create more poverty and oppression, just like those of the other Republicans...

Much more here: http://www.fightbacknews.org/2012/1/28/ron-paul-no-friend-99

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Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:29 PM

1. Paul

 

another buttwipe politician from Texazz.......nothing else need be said.

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Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:49 PM

2. Is Ron Paul racist or homophobic?

 

I seriously doubt it; he had a gay campaign adviser last election.

Did Ron Paul ever hold racist views? Almost certainly; he was born and raised in a racist society, but he appears to have moved far beyond it.

Still, to find a candidate of either party who is against the wars is viewed by some as refreshing.

"Refreshing" humanity.

Noninterventionism is not isolationism; nonintervention is simply not interfering. Our forefathers advocated for peace and commerce between nations, and against entangling political and military alliances.

The obvious harm the results of being dragged time after time, into intractable, mindless and endless Middle East conflicts, should be clear to every rational human being.

You can find me, along with Mr. Paul, in Mr. Jefferson's camp on matters of "foreign" policy.

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Response to Thaddeus Kosciuszko (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:32 PM

3. Ron Paul's defense of non-intervention is weak.

 

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It's my opinion that our forefathers advocated for peace and commerce because our poverty struck government couldn't afford a foreign policy. Now that we have the means, it is our responsibility as world citizens to be involved in global affairs. Indeed, there's no way to avoid entangling alliances in an increasingly interconnected economic world. Are they imperfect? Absolutely. Should we renounce them in an ultimately futile attempt to keep our pockets filled with gold? No.

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