September 8th, 2011 By Kevin Osborne | News | Posted In: Republicans, 2012 Election, Public Policy, Congress, Tea Party

Ron Paul Jumps the Shark


Some progressive Democrats share a modest admiration for Ron Paul, a U.S. congressman from Texas and perennial darkhorse contender for the Republican presidential nomination.

Maybe it's because he is one of the few GOP politicians that opposes the Iraq War and questions the United States' far-reaching, costly military presence around the globe. Maybe it's because he isn't afraid to speak his mind, even when it runs contrary to conventional wisdom. Maybe it's just because he's an underdog, and many Americans like to see longshots come from behind and win.

Whatever the reason, that begrudging love affair (like affair?) with the cantankerous obstetrician from Lake Jackson might finally have come to an end after a series of unusual remarks that Paul made during Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

When Paul was asked a question about abolishing the federal minimum wage for workers, the congressman said he supported the idea, explaining “it would help the poor people who need jobs.”

The congressman added, “We’re against mandates so why should we have it? (Abolishing) it would be very beneficial. Mandates, that what the whole society is about, what we do all the time. That’s what government is about: mandate, mandate, mandate. We talk so much about the Obama (health insurance) mandate which is so important, but what about Medicare? Isn’t that a mandate? Everything we do is mandate. So, this is why you have to look at this, the cause of liberty. We don’t need the government running our lives.”

Apparently Paul believes a nation of serfs is preferable to high unemployment. Regardless, it's too bad that the Politico reporter who asked the question didn't follow up with a query about whether mandates like child labor laws, workplace safety standards and the 40-hour work week also should be eliminated.

And then there was this paranoid response to a question about whether Paul supports the construction of a fence on the U.S. border with Mexico to help stop the influx of undocumented immigrants.

Calling the fence “a penalty against the American people, too,” Paul added, “In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people controls. Every time you think about the fence, think about the fences being used against us, keeping us in.”

Trust us, Mr. Paul, I don't think anyone will try to stop you from making a run for the border. We hear Puerto Vallarta is especially beautiful at this time of the year.

Given that Paul is the father of Rand Paul, the U.S. senator from Kentucky, maybe the fact the he believes this blather isn't so far-fetched. It was the younger Paul who, during his campaign last year, told The Louisville Courier-Journal's editorial board that he disliked parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Rand Paul said a restaurant or other private business with no government funding should be allowed to discriminate. “In a free society, we will tolerate boorish people who have abhorrent behavior,” he said. (Shades of Chris Finney!)

Also, Rand Paul's ophthalmology practice in Bowling Green has accepted large amounts in Medicare and Medicaid payments for patients, although he opposes both programs. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree: His father, Ron, has called Medicare and Social Security “unconstitutional.”

During the past few months, Ron Paul's supporters have complained the mainstream media ignores him in favor of more establishment GOP candidates, even though Paul does well in many polls. Now that the bright light of media scrutiny is shining on him, though, Paul might be having second thoughts.

09.08.2011 at 04:54 Reply

"Now that the bright light of media scrutiny is shining on him, though, Paul might be having second thoughts."  Really???  Are you kidding me?  This must be the first time you've heard of Ron Paul, because you obviously haven't been paying attention.  The media (both left and right) has made it their mission to impale Ron Paul upon a sword of trick questions, partial quotes taken out of context and propaganda that would make Osama Bin Laden proud.  He will certainly have a difficult time gaining enough votes to actually become elected President, primarily because of a lack of special interest and large corporate donations.  And as you've demonstrated in this article....there's that little matter of the media attacks.  Maybe under the bright light he'll just abandon his principles....but wait,  that would mean that he's over qualified him for the job!


09.09.2011 at 12:46 Reply

While I find many of Ron Paul's positions to be kooky and destructive he is the only anti-war candidate in the race, including Obama. When will CityBeat call out the warmonger in the White House? After all, John Fox told his readers that Obama was an anti-war candidate. Now we are in 6 wars with no end in sight. At least Paul is against the Prison-Industrial-Complex that has created a new Jim Crow caste system. As John Conyers noted, it wasn't the Republicans that put Social Security on the table, it was President Obama.


09.09.2011 at 02:54 Reply

Seeing that there are laws that prevent Americans from taking all their money and leaving the country... and that the vast majority of people immigrating illegally into Mexico are Americans... I'm not sure why that's a weird comment. Especially if we're getting deeper into debt, taxes are going to have to be raised at some point, and unemployment is stagnant s the employed will have to share a heavy burden. Some might want to leave... maybe not Mexico, but that wasn't his overall point in context, just doing things in the name of safety and security can often have unintended consequences and they have the potential to be abused which will have an effect on your freedom so they should be weighed accordingly.


09.09.2011 at 06:33 Reply

In one of the VERY FEW moments Ron Paul had to speak at the debate, he emphasized that ending mandates and letting people and markets decide things is not for lack of compassion, in fact, quite the opposite. If you think a business that hires 12 year olds and pays them 2 dollars an hour would fly in this country, then YOU have jumped the shark. All of the things government tries to do, horribly at that, we the people can do more dilligently, efficiently, and with more compassion. Once again, he was given only 30 seconds to explain some very articulate points. I assumed that only the Fox Newscorp war-party neo cons bought into this kind of snubbing, but it seems even Citybeat's usually clever and intelligent staff has, too. Bummer.  Ron Paul 2012



09.10.2011 at 02:44 Reply

Your article is about Ron Paul.  Then you mention RAND Paul accepts Medicare and Medicade.  WHO CARES what Rand Paul does.  RON Paul never accepted Medicare and Medicade.  I voted for Obama.  Not anymore.  Paul's anti war, tired of nation building, and WAY more intelligent than Obama!  The guy never loses debates, hardly ever uses a teleprompter, and is a walking/talking encyclopedia of facts.