By Zach Foster
Best read with the companion article The Right: Why Do They Attack Ron Paul?
“A nation that abandons the gold standard does not remain a great nation.”
—President Ronald Reagan
Why is it that people from across the political spectrum so passionately seek to vilify Ron Paul? Ronald Reagan—blindly loved as an icon by conservatives and ultraconservative the way Lenin is loved by ultra-leftists—has become somewhat of a guiding light for modern Republicans, who use his tenures as Governor and President, his speeches, and his writings as their beacon for forming policy. President Reagan clearly appreciated Ron Paul’s contributions to the House of Representatives as well as his contributions to public policy.
Many on the Left hate him for being such a capitalist. He has repeatedly stated and made clear the need to re-implement the gold standard to restore America’s currency, as well as fully auditing and then abolishing the Federal Reserve, lowering taxes, and leaving as much of society as possible to the free market. Leftists hate him passionately because those four little points, despite being the exact remedy needed to end the Second Great Depression and restore the economy to a state of stability and growth, go against EVERYTHING the Leftists believe in.
They don’t believe in the gold standard because they believe that slips of paper serve just fine as money and such is the way things ought to be; continuous spending and incurring of debt is acceptable to them. They love the idea of bringing down the greedy banks, yet hate the idea of bringing down the biggest and most evil one—the Federal Reserve, center of monetary manipulation and inflation—because it would make their elected stooges live within their means, not having a permanently blank check with which to save the planet in all forms of philanthropy.
They hate the idea of lowering taxes for many reasons. They think higher taxes on those greedy corporations will bring in more revenue to the government and save the economy; they believe that pure profit creates jobs and lowering taxes has nothing to do with job creation. They fail to see the direct connection with jobs created from profits and profits being sliced in the form of tax money owed. They fail as well to see how average workers keeping more of their money enables them to stimulate local economies. They hate the idea of lowering taxes on common working men and women because along with providing roads, highways, and public schools, the nanny state ought also to provide the population with free college, free health care, and a fairy tale ending in life.
They buy into the utopian lie of Michael Moore’s Sicko that socialist Cuba is the model for health care and Canada is at the top of education. What they fail to realize is that the fancy hospital showcased in Sicko is the Party hospital where the high ranking cadres go—not the riff raff proletariat. They fail to see that free medical care and college in Canada is bankrupting the country, and there are obscene waits for getting into a clinic as well as a university. It is easier for them to say that Ron Paul is in some corporation’s pocket, that he’s outdated and not up with the times (even though he’s always been ahead of his times), and they even like to say that he’s a racist. Amidst their cries of racism (ever weakening the effect of the race card by crying ‘wolf’), they fail to take into consideration his passionate belief that all men were created equal (‘men’ being an archaic term for people), and they disregard the hundreds or thousands of black and Hispanic babies he has delivered in his medical practice.
Furthermore, God FORBID he should support those greedy capitalists when they build private schools and private hospitals! Even though it would result in a burden being lifted off the government’s shoulders, a reduction of crowding at and waiting to get into public schools and public health clinics, and more of the tax revenues being spent on fewer people (perhaps the neediest)... [By the way, private institutions are not private “clubs” that operate on an invitation-only basis.] The word “private” denotes private ownership and governing of such institutions independent of the local, state, or federal governments. Anyone can get into a privately-run clinic or hospital, just like anyone can get into a public clinic. Any high school or community college student can apply to a private-run institution (like Harvard, Azusa Pacific University, Stanford, etc.) just like they can also apply to a state university.
As a matter of fact, the author of this article—a student at a state university—fervently hopes that more private universities will open in the area, thus drawing students away to these better institutions, lowering tuition and fees (allegedly a response to being overburdened with students), and making it easier to get into classes that would otherwise be full, with students fighting to the death like the Children of the Corn just to get an adding authorization code for a full class.
After these analyses, the only logical answer to the question of why so many groups attack Ron Paul is that he fails to meet the criteria for a statist political party stuffed shirt whose existence is dedicated to satisfying special interests at the expense of the general coffers, the Constitution, and personal liberties.
The artwork used is the work of the author. The image was compiled and edited from various open source images from Wikimedia Commons.
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 This Is the Famous ‘Great and Free Health Care’ That Regular Cubans Receive. The Real Cuba. http://www.therealcuba.com/Page10.htm
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