This will be brief, as my opinion of Ron Paul is not very complex; I don’t like him and, furthermore, I
don’t can’t take him seriously. Every time I hear him speak, I feel sick inside.
There are several polices that he opposes that I feel makes him a radical and dangerous candidate for President. They are;
1) Opposition to Iraq invasion, 2003
2) Opposition to Potential war with Iran
3) Opposition to Use of Enhanced Interrogation
4) Avocation for hebeas corpus for POW’s
5) Approval for Wikileaks
What bothers me in particular, apart from the fact he’s wrong and the fact that these polices generally identify Republicans, is the fact he justifies these polices on flawed interpenetration of the Constitution.
On points 1 and 2, Paul has contradicted himself. He voted in favor of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists in 2001, which gave the President the power to pursue all terrorists involved with the 9/11 attacks and those that harboured them where ever they may be. An yet he opposed the use of military action against Iraq in 2002! That is a contradiction and a half!
On point 3, there is nothing the the United States Constitution that prohibits the use of Enhanced Interrogation on high-priority prisoners. Nothing. The Constitution does provide rights for those being detained by US authorities during the course of a criminal investigation, but there are no provisions preventing Enhanced Interrogation on high-value prisoners. Furthermore, the is nothing in the US Code preventing it either.
Now, maybe Ron Paul just doesn’t like Enhanced Interrogation and thinks it constitutes “torture.” Fine. I don’t mind if he thinks it’s wrong, but don’t go around saying its unconstitutional. That is a fallacy.
Furthermore, his claim that Al Qaeda and affiliate POW’s are subject to habeas corpus is also false. The Consitution specifically states
"The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.” Article One, Section 9.
The last one really set me off. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that Ron Paul, a United States Congressman, approves of Wikileaks! I can’t believe it…..I just can’t! Wikileaks has no right to publish US secrets! It is an act of espionage. Ron Paul took the moronic argument that this is about freedom of speech…..which it is not. Don’t believe me? 18 USC Chapter 37 § 798 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00000798——000-.html)
This section has been challenge several times in the Supreme Court. Each time the Court ruled that this does not constitute a violation of First Amendment rights.
If this man is elected President, America will face unprecedented security risks. No exaggeration.
If he gets the GOP nomination, God help me, Barrack Obama is starting to look real good to me.
Hmmm…….I stand corrected…..this did take a while.