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Ron Paul and the Killing Machine

Politics / US Politics Jan 01, 2012 - 06:02 AM GMT

By: Mike_Whitney

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Ron Paul is the only antiwar candidate who has a (microscopic) chance of winning in 2012. He’s also the only candidate who will make an effort to restore the Bill of Rights and reverse Congress’s decision to allow the president to “indefinitely” imprison American citizens without due process. For these reasons alone, Paul should garner the support of leftists, liberals, and progressives. But he won’t, because liberals are convinced that Paul will try to dismantle the social programs upon which the elderly, the infirm, and the vulnerable depend.


These concerns are not without foundation. Paul opposes government meddling in the market and sees Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as steps towards socialism. That means, there’s a good chance that these programs will come under fire if Paul is elected. The question is: How should we balance our concerns about Social Security with our opposition to the war(s)? To answer that question, we need to create a “hypothetical”.

Let’s say, Paul surprises his critics and wins the presidency in a landslide victory in November 2012. Then–in his first public appearance as president–he issues an executive order to stop all Social Security payments immediately, thus cutting off the meager revenue-stream that millions of the nation’s elderly need to scrape-by.

Isn’t this the worst-case scenario? Isn’t this what liberals are really worried about?

Okay, so let’s say it all goes-down just as we said. Let’s say Paul tries to strangle Social Security from Day 1. Isn’t that still infinitely better than another Falluja, another Haditha, another Abu Ghraib, another bombed-out wedding party?

Yes, it’s wrong to deprive the sick and elderly of some pittance so they can eek by, but is it as wrong as blowing women and children to bits in their own country, in their own cities, in their own homes?

It’s a question of priorities, right? So, what’s more important; ending the bloodletting or some potential threat to Social Security?

Paul will stop the killing. We should use our vote to do the same.

By Mike Whitney

Email: fergiewhitney@msn.com

Mike is a well respected freelance writer living in Washington state, interested in politics and economics from a libertarian perspective.

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Comments

Dan Smith
01 Jan 12, 13:31
Ron Paul

The problem with your hypothetical is that it is completely opposite of Dr. Paul's stated vision for Social Security. He has stated that he would use the money saved from ending foreign wars, closing all overseas bases and ending all foreign aid to FUND Social Security so that those reliant upon it are NOT abandoned. True, he would try to transition our nation away from government dependence by allowing those 25 and under to opt out of SS, but he would most definitely NOT do anything close to your hypothetical.


moik
02 Jan 12, 02:25
Echo

Dan Smith is correct. I appreciate the conclusion of your article but your hypothetical is not properly informed. Thanks Dan for taking care of the explanation.


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