[This post was written by reader and regular commenter David Freeman]
Ron Paul’s anti-militaristic stance has led many naive, often young, progressives to think he is somehow different, more thoughtful than other wing-nuts.
His performance in the last two debates should clear up that confusion. He, along with the other candidates, said nothing when the crowd cheered the deplorable record of executions under Perry. Again, in the next debate, nothing was said about blood lust shouted from the despicable audience. No, Paul doubled down with his ruthless Randian vision of every man for himself so cruelly and falsely tempered by the ludicrous claim that churches and communities would step up to help the uninsured. Would Paul and his friends step up? How can we know? Well, it turns out Ron Paul was presented with the opportunity to test his thesis just 3 years ago, and he came up short. On June, 26, 2008 Kent Snyder, Paul’s campaign manager and the man who invented the money bombs that made Paul’s campaign possible, died penniless, uninsured with $400,000 in medical expenses. The charity campaign initiated to help Snyder’s family with this crushing debt only managed to raise less than $35,000. I guess Snyder wasn’t worth so much to Paul once he was dead. Details at http://gawker.com/5840024/ron-pauls-campaign-manager-died-of-pneumonia-penniless-and-uninsured
Further evidence of Ron Paul’s heartless ignorance is found in his statements on famine in Africa. See: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/ron-paul-africa-has-famines-because-they-are
Perhaps Paul’s free market vision of liberty for the rich and freedom to suffer for everyone else will ease the worries of Claudia Rendon who lost her job when she took time off to donate a kidney to her son. She can be proud of her sacrifice to the libertarian god of the invisible hand so that business owners can be free switch workers at their own convenience. See http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/scarce/mother-donates-kidney-son-loses-job
Whether he is heartless or simply lost in an ideological dreamworld, Ron Paul does not deserve the respect he often receives from pundits and ingenuous youths.