liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,

Socialists for Ron Paul

I have been thinking about the ways in which my personal philosophy is quite socialist. In spite of that I feel that Ron Paul the libertarian is the source of my greatest hope in today's US politics. I was going to write up something to reconcile that, but lookie here. Somebody else already wrote it, here's the article:

The Socialist Case for Ron Paul
by Jeiel Schalkwijk

"Although I am a Ron Paul supporter, I am also a member of a Christian Socialist party in the Netherlands. In many cases I do not agree with Paul's political philosophy.

But I would still urge all socialists, communists and people of all political persuasions to support Ron Paul when he runs for President.

Unless your political philosophy requires the invading of other nations and is generally totalitarian, you will win, and not only regarding the war with Iraq. Let me explain.

Ron Paul is running for a federal position and is committed to a small federal government. A small federal government will consume fewer taxes and impose fewer burdens on the individual states.

This will leave the people of the states more free to implement the type of government that they want.

I will give three examples, socialized healthcare, moral laws and gun control. Ron Paul is not an advocate of these things, but his presidency will help the groups that advocate these things.

Since the federal government will take in less tax, states can afford to raise taxes as high as they see fit and use it to implement socialized healthcare. Now you do not need to convince the entire United States that socialized healthcare is better, but you only need to convince the people of your state, a much simpler task.

Your state can have its own healthcare plan and you could withdraw from Medicare and Medicaid.

Moral laws, such as abortion and gay marriage, are very simple. They are not mentioned in the constitution, so states will be free to do whatever they want.

Gun control is harder, since our ancestors amended the constitution to guarantee it. And the US Constitution is binding for all States. However, secession is possible and Ron Paul will not invade your state if you choose to secede. As a matter of fact, states are at all times free to leave the union and negotiate a new (different) treaty with the union.

Your state could secede and negotiate a new treaty with the union that only includes the free movement of people and goods, for instance.

You only lose if you are totalitarian, which means you want to impose your laws on all states even if their citizens do not want your laws. You also lose if you want to use federal resources, such as the army, without explicit permission from a majority of the states in the federation (which they can grant through congress)."
Tags: isms, politics, ron paul, socialism

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