He’s undeclared but there is little doubt that Ron Paul is running for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Although he is a Libertarian, he wants to run under the GOP flag. The big question is, will Ron Paul’s extremist views damage son Rand Paul’s chance to win his party’s nomination?
Ron and Rand share similar views on state’s rights, but when the senior Paul suggests that our nation’s economic policy return to the archaic gold standard, he becomes laughable; and many Republican voters will assume that father and son agree on all of the issues.
There are differences between father and son on the issues as well, but the reason is not what you might think. Most of it is because Rand Paul continually changes his stance to fit the beliefs of the group to which he is speaking. In 2009 he spoke in favor of legislation banning same-sex marriage. In 2013 he stated that the states should make the decision, not the federal government.
Another disagreement between father and son is on the issue of economics. Rand believes in a ‘trickle down’ system, allowing corporations tax breaks which will in turn create jobs; Ron does not believe corporations should be treated differently than individuals.
One trait they both have in common is that they are misogynists. Rand Paul claims that there can’t be a war on women, women have gained full equality with men. He also voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Rand and Ron both oppose any legislation requiring that women receive equal pay in the workplace.
Ron Paul has always attempted to include religion into politics. When he was in Congress he attempted to submit a bill which would force schools to allow prayer. Rand Paul has failed to link church and state; so far.
Both men are against abortion and any form of discrimination.
Ron Paul is already busy shaking hands and kissing babies. Here are some of his more extreme positions.
Paul would remove all ‘entitlements;’ social security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
He believes that about half the cabinet posts should be removed, including the Department of Labor, Homeland Security, the Departments of Energy, Education Agriculture, Commerce, and Health and Human Services.
Paul believes in protecting the privacy of sexual predators by removing the requirement which instructs anyone who discovers a transmission over an electronic device about actions of child pornography and other sexual misconduct to report them to the authorities.
He said he wouldn’t have raided Bin Laden’s home in Pakistan; he would have worked with the Pakistanis to arrest him.
He would legalize prostitution and all drugs at the federal level.
Paul favors monopolies over competition in business.
He would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency; climate change is a natural phenomenon.
He would have voted against the Civil Rights act of 1964. The law violates the rights of privately owned businesses.
Paul is against the Americans with Disabilities Act. Private business should decide if they want physically challenged citizens as patrons.
He believes hospitals should have the right to refuse assistance for illegal residents in emergency rooms.
All I can say is ‘my oh my.’ If voters align father and son, Rand Paul might as well pull out of the race today.
By James Turnage