Is Ron Paul a Liberal or a Libertarian? NEITHER!
I’m constantly barraged with comments from liberals who tell me that Ron Paul is the only real candidate Liberals should support. The most prominent argument I hear is that Ron Paul would legalize cannabis and other drugs, but to me that is not enough criteria to be considered a “Liberal”.
Another thing I see constantly is people falsely conflating the terms “liberal” with “libertarian”, and “libertarian” with “Ron Paul”. Anyone who has researched the libertarian platform beyond what Ron Paul preaches knows that a large portion of what Ron Paul advocates for is not in-line with libertarian doctrine.
In order to help inform people of the difference between the terms “liberal”, “libertarian”, and “Ron Paul”, I’ve made a list of 5 key issues showing the difference between what liberals, libertarians, and Ron Paul believe.
1. Women’s Rights:
Liberals believe: Women should have the right to choose what to do with their own body, and it is up to the Government to make sure women are granted this right.
Libertarians believe: Abortion is a personal choice, that shouldn’t be regulated by the Government.
Ron Paul believes: States should have the right to choose whether or not women can legally have an abortion. Ron Paul has sponsored legislation that would deny a woman the right to choose.
2. Drug Laws
Liberals believe: The Government should reexamine its drug policies, to make them more relevant to the 21st Century.
Libertarians believe: Drug use is a personal choice, and shouldn’t be regulated by the Government.
Ron Paul believes: The government should legalize all drugs.
3. Marriage Equality
Liberals believe: Marriage equality means that everyone should have the right to marry the legally consenting adult they love, and that the Government should guarantee that equality for everyone.
Libertarians believe: Marriage is a personal choice, and shouldn’t be restricted by the Government.
Ron Paul believes: State governments should have the right to decide whether they legalize same-sex marriage or not.
4. Corporations and Regulations
Liberals believe: It’s the government’s job to regulate corporations, to protect the people from predatory practices.
Libertarians believe: The Government shouldn’t have the right to regulate businesses.
Ron Paul believes: Telling businesses to do anything is unconstitutional, and so is investigating them. After the BP oil spill in 2010 Ron Paul was the ONLY congressman, out of over 400, that voted AGAINST giving subpoena power to the independent committee responsible for investigating BP.
Liberals believe: Discriminating against anyone for any reason is unconstitutional, and the Government’s job is to protect the minorities from bigotry from the majority.
Libertarians believe: People are entitled to their own beliefs as long as they’re not hurting anyone else.
Ron Paul believes: Businesses should have the right to discriminate against anyone for any reason, and that it’s unconstitutional for the Government to tell businesses they can’t discriminate against people. Ron Paul has said repeatedly that he would vote against the portion of the Civil Rights Act which prohibits businesses from discriminating and segregating their customers.
article courtesy of Matthew Desmond at addicting info.