Why Ron Paul Should Drop Out
First off, all you Ron Paul supporters relax and actually read this post before you go all Hiroshima on me. I am not saying that Ron Paul doesn’t have the right to be in the race or to try to further his political platform but he is contradicting his own message by remaining in the GOP race. More than any other candidate, Paul extols the virtues of reworking the system and also how the current system is ripe with corruption. I don’t think any of his supporters would argue that, but here’s the thing. If the system, and the Democrats and Republicans, are so corrupt and misled, then what does it say about Paul that he is seeking one of their nominations? In my view, it severely hurts his credibility because, in a sense, he is only trying to be a unique Republican in the view of the people and that right there is not a good thing. Even if he is trying to be a different version of the current Republicans in office, he is still aligning himself with the very people and the very system that he is constantly preaching against. It makes no sense. It’s like saying vampires are bad but you want to become one so you can suck blood in a better way!!
In my opinion, if Paul truly believes in changing the system then, logically speaking, he should be running as an independent because running in alignment with any of the current parties means that he is at least partly in line with that party’s representatives and that just cannot be looked at as a good thing, even by his most feverish supporters. Also, for anyone that says that him running as an independent is a waste of time has no ground to stand on, because if you are saying that then you are basically saying that the Republicans and Democrats are cannot be defeated and if that is your view, then why would you even be supporting a man who wants to “change” things in the first place?
The more I look at Paul’s candidacy, the more I lose respect for him. Not because I necessarily disagree with his views but more because the longer he stay in this race, the more it appears he values the nomination of a party ripe with corruption. On top of that, the more I look at him the more I realize that he has been part of that very party for over two decades, and to make the argument that he is a good guy but he just had to go along with all the misguided and often corrupt actions of the Republican party just doesn’t hold any water. Now I am certain that someone out there will come at me with the excuse that “he was in the party but voted against most of the stuff they’ve done”. Well, I’m sorry but again, that just isn’t going to fly and let me tell you exactly why. Morality knows no alignment and, in my personal opinion, if you are a part of a group and you completely disagree with 90% of that groups actions, then you have a moral obligation to separate yourself from that group on principle. If you are unwilling to then you are accepting said groups actions, even if you disagree with them. If you have a friend who constantly steals cars, even if you are against their actions, if you constantly and knowingly accept rides in the stolen cars then you are accountable and Ron Paul has been riding in the Republican car for over two decades.
I also did some research on Paul’s voting record and in many cases it is a perfect example of what I am talking about. While he has voted on many issues over the years there have also been countless votes that he just abstained from. This is what I am talking about. If you think what everybody else is voting on is wrong, why not vote against it? To me, as an elected official, abstaining from voting against something you publicly criticize is somewhat cowardly and definitely not the action of a man of principle. A man of principle would vote what he believes, not abstain just because he is sure to be on the losing side of the vote and in many cases, that is exactly what Paul has done, much as Obama did many times during his time as a senator. Everything I have written here adds up to one thing and that is Ron Paul being nothing more than a rebellious member of a corrupt party. Rebellious, but still a willing member and that, again, is not the actions of a man of principle.Sorry but that is the truth.
I didn’t write this piece to attack Ron Paul. I wrote it more to expose the truth of his candidacy and that truth is as follows. For all the talk coming from the Paul campaign about wanting liberty, truth and freedom, the bottom line is that this man, just like Newt Gingrich, just like Mitt Romney, just like Rick Santorum, has lived amongst and profited along with the Republican party for years. Yes, maybe at times he has opposed their views but opposing the views of a gang of criminals while remaining in the gang makes you just as culpable as they are for the crimes they commit. A true man of principle would have left the group he so passionately rallies against years ago, that is what being principled is all about and I’m sorry but Paul’s two decade long career as a Republican makes it hard to think he is anything but, well……a Republican.