I admit I do not fully understand Ron Paul and his beliefs. But I do understand when a guy gets shafted, and Ron Paul just got shafted.
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And I don’t disagree that some of his beliefs — legalizing heroin, the right of states to secede — are strikingly peculiar (though he has been elected to a congressional district in Texas 12 times).
Let me help. Agreed, Paul gets shafted by the media and people in his own party. People in his own party are so used to using government for their own ends, even if they say they are for limited government, they just cannot let go of the power. Look at the reaction to Paul’s desire for the U.S. to reduce military spending. Conservatives treat military spending as sacrosanct as liberals do welfare programs. Neither party wants to let go of the power and control they can exercise through government.
Part of the problem is the wording of questions during discussions and debates. My guess is not that Paul wants to actually legalize heroin and for states to secede from the Union. Those actions are the outcome of limiting the power of politicians and regulators, letting people make more of their own decisions, and confining Federal and state government to its constitutional limits.