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A Doubt About Ron Paul

I'm concerned to hear that he did not vote to Impeach Cheney last week. I would have preferred that he take that route, but he appears to have "played it safe" in the way that politicians do. I wondered how far he would take it.

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liveonearth
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
I know that he is against abortion--which isn't really a surprise since he was an obstetrician before this political gig. As for "cutting off" the US from the rest of the world, that is a very broad statement that is in parts true and in other parts untrue. What was it about his immigration stance that you didn't like? Is there an immigration platform that you can support? I find it a difficult question and lean more toward closing the borders as time passes.
neptunia67
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
I agree "cutting off" is broad but that was how I felt after reading that he is opposed to opening the borders with Canada and Mexico, and wants to retreat from the U.N.

With the immigration issues:

Physically secure the border and coastlines - how does he plan to do this? It would be a massive expense, and I picture our military being moved from their posts around the world to stand guard at the borders... since he said he plans to remove all military from foreign posts. What will he do with all of them?

Track visa holders and deport anyone who overstays their visa or otherwise violates U.S. law - Again, how else could this be done unless he uses the military or another massive police force to track these people down?

No amnesty - how will we track down 20 million people?

I agree with his other two immigration positions to end birthright citizenship and pass true immigration reform - but I think it needs to be done from this point forward. The things listed above fit in again with cutting us off from the rest of the world. Somehow after reading about his positions on issues I visualized our country being patrolled by our own military, going into people's homes to find illegals, and patrolling our borders. It gave me the creeps and I envisioned living in a police state.

One thing I DO like about Ron Paul is that he doesn't beat around the bush. He tells you exactly where he stands on issues and what he plans to do. I find the other candidates to be more vague on their websites, but I lean toward Obama's positions on the immigration issue.

liveonearth
Nov. 13th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
I hear you. Ron Paul would immediately end our military presence around the world, and he would keep our borders more secure than they are currently. He is in favor of communications and trade among nations, so in that sense we would not be cut off.

I think you answered your own question about border control: by removing our military staff from around the world we would have the staff needed to secure our borders and have money left over, relative to current expenditures. Tracking visa holders is something we are already supposed to be doing. And extradition of illegals as they become apparent (get arrested, etc), rather than ignoring them, would save us a lot more money than continuing to ignore them. If our government were not so inept, it would not have to be a large/expensive program to find the illegals.

I am certain that Ron Paul would not create more of a police state than we have already. Our police would be required to respect the law of the land more than they currently do. Back to illegals, when they are permitted to stay and reproduce in our nation we have a continued expansion of our neediest population segment that does not pay taxes, and that drags down the general standard of living. White folks can do manual labor too, and will want to when there is no other work available...

I like that RP is direct, too. I wish Obama would come on out and pin himself down instead of squirming around as much as he does. He's a constitutional scholar. He knows the law.

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