Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ron Paul

The really sad thing about Ron Paul is that he's probably both the most honest and the most rational Republican candidate for President but he has almost no chance of getting the nomination.

No chance at all.

Ron Paul on Homeland Security Department
I was opposed to the creation of a new Homeland Security Department from the beginning. Only in Washington would anyone call the creation of an additional layer of bureaucracy on top of already bloated bureaucracies “streamlining.” Only in Washington would anyone believe that a bigger, more centralized federal government means more efficiency.

Well, he's right. But it doesn't count because being against Homeland Security isn't a winning position. It's un-American to be against Homeland Security, certainly un-Republican.
The below is the kind of thinking that makes him un-electable.
The senseless and horrific killings last week on the campus of Virginia Tech University reinforced an uneasy feeling many Americans experienced after September 11th: namely, that government cannot protect us. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, a determined individual or group still can cause great harm. Perhaps the only good that can come from these terrible killings is a reinforced understanding that we as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families.

He's right that we should learn that.

But that's not what we learned. What we learned is that government needs to provide us more protection. We need more preventive detention, not more freedom. What we learn is that we should lock up more people who havn't done anyone any harm just because we think they might do some harm at some vague point in the future.

Ron Paul is right about a lot of things. But American voters simply don't want to hear it. He has no chance.


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