Why the left should reach out to the right and why liberals should support Ron Paul for President of the US
Yes, I know, I’m actually delivering on a promised blog. Is it cold in here? I think it’s an important idea, two of them really. And they aren’t exactly popular ideas when I bounced them off some folks, so why not subject myself to public ridicule? Actually, as do for most of my posts,I have multiple ulterior reasons… In this case I hope that writing about this will help me formulate my ideas better. And if I’m completely off base or have missed something, hopefully some helpful reader will point it out and I can rethink my position.
So with no further ado, why should the left reach out to the right? There’s a number of reasons, first the obvious…we are all Americans and we are all in this together. Shouldn’t the default attitude to one’s fellow citizen be a hand of friendship? If we consider our fellow Americans to be enemies, we are doing our real enemies a favour. More on point, attacking the Bush administration in anything other than the most non pejorative way just gives the hard core right ammunition, and makes it impossible for the silent majority of conservatives to move to the centre. Attacking the Bush administration by name calling or impugning their intelligence is what the right wing strategists want the left to do..because it puts them that much closer to the White House in 2008.
Let me elaborate. Attacking the right just allows the right to characterize the left as a bunch of Bush haters and by extension America haters. And more importantly, tens of millions of hard working Americans who supported Bush don’t like being called stupid. Or on a more personal level, when it turns out one was right about something, and most Americans now agree the war in Iraq was a bad idea, it’s really important not to say “I told you so.” If the left plays it cards right, millions of Americans who are uncomfortable with the war and some of the more nonconservative positions taken by recent Republican administrations (excessive borrowing, big government, interventionist foreign policy) will defect to the Democrats. Or at least get someone less interventionist than Bush running for the Republicans.
Of course I think all Americans should consider voting for Ron Paul, the only candidate worth a hoot in decades. Especially so if one believes like I do that the “two party” system in America is closer to pro wrestling than actual politics. The Democrats and Republicans make a wonderful choreographed show of debating the issues, when in fact they both always side with their bosses, the rich and powerful. Ron Paul on the other hand is not part of this game, he is one of the few people in politics these days who has principles and lives by them, rather than “positions” that shift with the wind, the audience, the election, and whatever other factor the “handlers” calculate is important.
Ron Paul’s positions:
He has voted:
-against the Iraq War.
-against the Patriot Act.
-against regulating the Internet.
-against the Military Commissions act.
-against every bill contrary too or prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.
Has has never voted:
-to raise taxes.
-for an unbalanced budget.
-to raise congressional pay.
-for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
-to increase the power of the executive branch.
He has also been recently pilloried for daring to suggest that terrorists don’t hate us because of our freedoms, they hate us because of our meddlesome and interventionist foreign policy. That’s pointing out the emperor has no clothes if ever there was a case of same. What’s not for a liberal to like about any of this?
Well, unfortunately, his negative stance on abortion and related hot button liberal issues really bother some people. To that I say, single issue politics is what divided America and got people like Bush into office. People who buy into single issue politics are easily manipulated, the presidency is far more important than any single issue. Even if abortion was outlawed on a state by state basis, it wouldn’t be much different than we have today, many states don’t even have an abortion provider anymore the climate in them is so hostile to abortion.
The value of having a president who wants to shrink the US government and end our interventionist foreign policy far outweighs the abortion issue. The former is going to destroy America if it’s not brought under control, the abortion issue is never going to go away and it’s certainly no existential threat to America. Again, the value of a president who actually has principles and lives by them far outweighs any single issue. Leaders with principles are few and far between.
And frankly, they frequently get cut down before they can finish their work because when people with prinicples get into power they are a terrible threat to moneyed interests, who more than anything else want to continue the status quo. Nowadays it’s even simpler, the powers that be don’t have to kill him 3D, they simply have to keep him out of the news. And that the mainstream news media is doing with alacrity. I’ve met many people who have never even heard of Ron Paul, since the media has been doing such a good job of ignoring him. And if there was ever proof needed that the Republicans, the Democrats, and the mainstream media are little more than a dog and pony show put on to entertain us while the rich continue to line their pockets at our expense, the media blackout on Ron Paul is it.
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