Update: we just published not one, but two lists of reasons to vote for Dr. Paul. Let’s hear it for learning together, and respectful debate! ~ Waylon, ed.
I like Ron Paul.
A lot. He has integrity, consistency (not always a good thing—views can and should evolve, open-mindedness is a virtue, too), his values are clear. He’s pro-Wikileaks, pro-OWS, pro-legalization, anti-war, anti-SOPA, and anti-fascist state BS.
Here’s everything we’ve blogged up about him, lately (we give him a lot of love on elephant).
But I won’t vote for him. Why? Easy:
1. He’s anti-gay marriage (supports DOMA)
2. He’s a young earth creationist
3. He’s a climate change denier
4. He believes that America, founded on principles of freedom of worship by many less-than-Christian framers, is a Christian country.
5. Worse, he believes that separation of church and state is a myth
6. He is against net neutrality (you know, liberty online)
7. He believes the civil rights act had a negative impact on the country
8. His stance on safety-nets (none, please)
9. His stance on student aid (do away with it)
10. His stance on health care (including Medicare, Medicaid)
11. His stance on abortion (goodbye, Roe v. Wade)
12. He would shutter the EPA (goodbye environmental health regulations, hello toxic daily life for our children)
13. His stance on Social Security (a hindrance to freedom)
14. His stance on taxes on the super-rich (no, thank you)
15. His stance on financial regulations (none, please)
16. His lack of support for renewable energy
17. He would close the Department of Education
18. He wouldn’t be able to bring the troops home: “Closing bases and withdrawing troops is an expensive process, and the DoD isn’t going to get very far if Congress forbids them from spending any money on it. It’s the exact same problem that prevented Obama from closing Guantanamo Bay.”
19. He signed the Pro-Life Presidential pledge, which includes a vow to only nominate pro-life judges to the Court. Generally, serious presidential candidates should refuse to sign all pledges, since they remove the rights of citizens in a democracy to see their wishes represented, and make their reps beholden to outside interests.
20. Given his ground game, he’d be tough for President Obama to beat. A lot of liberals, including myself, would be tempted to vote Paul. I’d rather Obama get to bat around damaged-goods Newt or wooden-1%er Mitt.
Still, with the exception of Jon Huntsman, he’s the best—by far—of the rest of the GOP field.
PS: did I forget a reason not to vote for Ron Paul? Add in comments? Did I forget a reason we like Ron Paul? Add it in comments. Did I get any facts wrong? Let me know. I know this is politics, but we can do all this respectfully. If you can’t, read this. Disrespect will be deleted.