Ron Paul’s ‘Principles’
I’m tired of hearing Ron Paul referred to as the “principled” candidate.
For one thing, men of principle do not make money by having racists tracts published in their name.
I’ve been following Paul a long time. And I can say that Ron Paul never does the hard, right thing. He always does the easy, opportunistic thing. In the 80s and 90s, that meant publishing paranoid, racist tracts to make money. In the 00s and 10s, that’s been grandiose pontificating, pandering to a liberal crowd desperate for an anti-Bush Republican and grabbing all the pork he can – all the while posing as a statesman that the “system” can’t handle.
Politicians of principle do the hard work of enacting their favored principles into law. Paul doesn’t do that. He introduces legislation that has no chance of passing and never makes it out of committee. He votes ‘No’ on everything because he knows his District will keep electing him because (a) he’s not a Democrat and (b) he’s really, really good at making sure that lots and lots of pork makes it into his district.
Politicians of principle recognize that democratic politics involves process, not grandstanding. It involves debating, compromising, and working to pass legislation that, while it might not be perfect, is better than the status quo. A real man of principle, who wants to see the law make things better the way he sees it, rolls up his sleeves and gets to the hard work, with all of the frustrations and compromises that that entails. Which means dealing with small steps and the occasional setback in order to play the long game.
Ron Paul is not a man of principle. He has no interest in doing any of the hard work it takes to put his ideas into practice. He just wants to live comfortably on his royalties and government paychecks as he grandstands against the very Federal government without whom he’d be much poorer.
That’s all I have to say about that.