Dr. Paul -
I caught you on the Republican Debate leading up to the Iowa Straw Poll. Good stuff my man. You were brazen, sharp, trailblazing, and fresh, to say the least. They all said “We need to cut spending” and you told them exactly where: the military. That’s a bold move man! One that might be mistaken as “unpatriotic” but you don’t hold back. They all say they support the troops but have no problem leaving them exposed in a foreign country thanks to an illegal war we started.
I say calling out overspending in the military is extremely patriotic.
I took a look at your website and I dig your free market ideas. While democrats are looking for more government control in the private sector, you’re running for the highest federal office saying everything short of “NO GOVERNMENT.”
Have you been reading my journal?
I like your plans to eradicate the Patriot Act, the IRS, the Death Tax, the FED, and oil drilling restrictions. I feel like I’ve been saying the same things for too long. Finally! A level headed politician that speaks his ideals and doesn’t just pander to the population. And while the Romneys, Bachmanns and Gingriches are younger than you, they all feel old hat. Just spouting out buzz words of patriotism and “a better tomorrow” with no plan of action.
In fact, while they’re all talking about a better tomorrow, you want to “restore America NOW.” Why wait? I agree.
You were a doctor. A DOCTOR. Not only in the military, but in private practice! You have real experience running a successful business AND practicing medicine. Which of your opponents can boast that kind of resume? Hell, which PRESIDENT can boast that type of resume? Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, MAYBE. But no one recently that I can think of. I blame public school.
It seems like you’re an “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for yourself” type of guy. The kind of guy that wants the citizens to pull themselves up by their bootstraps to make their own place in the world. Not rest under the government boot of entitlement. The boot that gives them enough air to breath so they can vote for more handouts, but not enough room to rise so they can help themselves.
I like that you’re from Texas and hate boots. You’re the true maverick, sir. I mean, even though you want to get rid of the EPA, you still have a pretty pro-environment stance. That’s unheard of! A man that thinks for himself? A man that knows the free market and legal system can take care of pollution better than any bureaucrat trying to keep their job?
You’re an educated, pragmatic, fiscally sound and honest. So honest, that when the government interfered with your proposal, you voted against your own amendment! You’re a man with real private sector success as well as 2 decades worth of congressional experience and have always railed against the government stripping away our liberties. Patriot Act, anyone?
You are everything I am looking for in a Politician.
I just wish I could vote for you.
Unfortunately you don’t stand for “liberty” the way you say you do. I happened upon the Abortion section on your site. It was pretty easy, because it was the first “issue” on your “issues” tab.
I half expected to read a Ron Paul-style, heartfelt, diatribe about how this isn’t a real issue. It’s a “pork” issue. Thrown in amongst the other issues so that voters can say “Well, he might want to kill a few muslims, but at least he don’t wanna kill no Christian babies.” Like they do about the other Republicans. But since you ARE Republican I thought a more reasonable Ron Paul approach would be something like “I’m pro-life. Personally. But as a champion of liberty, and a man without a uterus, I feel this is a talking point best shelved until we figure out how to keep the people that are alive, working hard, and contributing in their homes and in their jobs so they can better their lives and their country.”
Or something like that.
But no. You want to repeal Roe v. Wade. ROE v. WADE???
That supreme court decision that granted women the LIBERTY to keep their own medical decisions between the woman and her doctor? That court decision that upheld the constitution’s right to medical privacy from the GOVERNMENT? Are you implying the government knows best how to restrict a medical decision between a woman and her doctor? That sounds like Obamacare to me!
In fact, you want to pass The Sanctity of Life Act-defining life at the moment of conception. As an experienced physician, I figured you’d know that no baby has survived longer than a couple of minutes – even hooked up to machines – if they were born short of 21 weeks, 5 days.
Sounds to me like “life” begins at about 22 weeks. And that’s not the standard, it’s the record.
Now, I know you don’t plan on outlawing abortion. You say you want to leave it in the states’ control. Your website says
“…America might not be ready to confront the grisly realities of abortion—but Alabama might.”
Right. Leave it up to the states. Let the states vote on all the laws that grant people liberty. Abortion, gay rights, and while we’re at it, let’s throw segregation back on the ballot.
America might not be ready to reinforce segregation-but Alabama might.
Your solution to the abortion issue is to steer women in the direction of adoption. So as a smaller government-free market-Libertarian, your suggestion for these unwanted babies is to hand them over to the state – funded by tax dollars. So that one day hopefully they’ll be placed in foster homes where their costs are covered by the state – more tax dollars. And their upbringing is monitored by a social worker – paid with tax money. With the hopes that one day they are adopted – where the adopting parents get a $12,000 or so tax CREDIT for adopting the kid. That’s a lot of money flying out of the kitty when $500 of PRIVATE MONEY could’ve taken care of this drain on the system you call a “life.”
And what if they’re not adopted? What if they spend their whole lives bouncing around foster homes, being raised by strangers reimbursed by the state? Or pushed out to group homes – also funded by taxes? A pretty high percentage of them end up in prison – that’s MORE tax dollars being thrown at this kid! How much tax money do you think this fetus deserves?? Are you some kind of LIBERAL??
And you want to strip all federal funding from programs like Planned Parenthood. The most fiscally responsible healthcare program in America. A place where women can take control of their lives so they have the freedom to move on and start businesses and provide jobs and contribute, because they had a place they could trust to help take care of their mistakes. You’re getting in the way of job growth. Typical “big government” move.
A place, by the way, that CHARGES FOR ABORTIONS. It’s not tax money. How is that not fiscally sound?
And who’s to say the state governments knows any better than the federal government? Roe v. Wade doesn’t mandate that doctors give abortions. It gives women the freedom to choose. I can’t go to my dermatologist with my pregnant wife and demand that he suck the baby out. Why not let the market sort it out? Remember the free market, or has Washington polluted your mind? It would be pretty hard for an abortion doctor to stay in business if there wasn’t a high enough demand.
Maybe if we dropped this Puritanical, sex is dirty, facade in this country and actually taught kids the realities of sex, we could even limit the supply of unwanted pregnancies. Imagine that! Telling teenagers the same age as Mary was when she gave birth to Jesus the TRUTH about sex?? If you really want to kill the weed, aim for the root. But that’s just a suggestion. And I know you’re a big homeschool proponent.
So as much as I wanted to vote for you, I can’t. Pro-life I can live with. Stripping away personal liberties, I can’t.
The sad part of all of this is the reason I went on your site, is that I was gonna find out how to donate to your campaign.
- Adam Hammer
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