I know, I know.
I am not saying Ron Paul is my idea of an ideal American President. FAR from it.
But doing an inventory of Obama and Paul as to who is the lesser of two evils? Paul wins.
Anti-abortion. Anti-universal health care. Anti-gay rights. Anti-social security. Anti-welfare. Pro-guns. Pro-capital punishment, etc., etc. I don’t like -- no, I HATE -- these stances of Paul. Since I have just begun researching him, there may be a lot more that genuinely will repel me.
And yet again I declare in measuring Obama to Paul in terms of lesser of two evils-ness, Paul wins.
Ron Paul wants to end the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars immediately. [about.com]
Ron Paul is sick of American aid propping up puppet dictators.[about.com]
Ron Paul wants to audit the Fed. [about.com]
Ron Paul is against giving trillions of dollars to Wall Street. [Davis]
Ron Paul is against the Fed giving low, low, low interest loans to political corporate cronies. [Davis]
Ron Paul supports a state’s right to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. [ronpaulforums]
Ron Paul would repeal the Patriot Act. [ronpaulforums]
Ron Paul would end the TSA. [ronpaulforums]
Ron Paul is not beholding to Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Citigroup. [ronpaulforums]
Ron Paul would close Gitmo. [ronpaulforums]
Ron Paul would not authorize drone strikes. [Davis]
Ron Paul would not protect torturers and human rights violators. [Davis]
Ron Paul would not extrajudicially order the assassination of an American citizen. [Davis]
Ron Paul would not push for the largest military budget in world history. [Davis]
Ron Paul would not bomb or militarily occupy Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. [Davis]
Ron Paul would not authorize the use of cluster bombs. [Davis]
Ron Paul wants to end the drug war which has placed 2.3 million people, 1 in 100 Americans, mostly African American and Hispanic, behind bars. [Davis]
Ron Paul would pardon non-violent offenders locked up from the War on Drugs. [Davis]
Ron Paul would not cravenly subsidize corporate agriculture, nuclear energy and fossil fuels. [Davis]
Ron Paul would not protect BP from legal liability of environmental damage. [Davis]
Ron Paul would not mandate that all Americans purchase corporate-profiteering health care. [Davis]
Ron Paul would bring troops home from Europe, Korea and Okinawa. [Davis]
Ron Paul wouldn’t pretend he was supporting “clean energy”, but really be enabling environmentally toxic, profiteering coal companies. [Davis]
Ron Paul wouldn’t support half of American income taxes going to the military industrial complex. [Davis]
Ron Paul wouldn’t finance and take on Israel’s battles. [ronpaulforums]
Ron Paul believes in tort law going against corporate polluters. [neue politik]
Ron Paul respects the efforts of Wikileaks. [guntotingliberal]
Ron Paul? What you see and hear and ask to know is what you get.
I am a liberal. Ron Paul is a libertarian. There are a lot of irreconcilable gaps in our perspectives.
If you are hyperventilating with outrage about my endorsing Paul as the lesser of two evils rather than Obama and undermining Obama’s lock on the progressive sensibility and chances of winning in 2012 you probably should relax. Charles Davisin an article on April 28, 2011 in Dissident Voice entitled “Ron Paul: A Lesser Evil?” declares that the number of "party-line progressives" who would vote for Ron Paul over Barack Obama “wouldn’t be enough to fill Conference Room B at the local Sheraton.” He adds that even Obama’s harshest progressive critic, the hardworking and brilliant Matt Taibbi, shuns Paul more than Obama.
I don’t care what MSNBC comfortingly says about Obama as its seductive spokespeople call out the Republican clowns. Time to really measure the evil in the "lesser of two evils" rationale.
Since Obama’s early days of betrayal I have been wanting the so-called progressives of America to find a real champion and not be so triangulated in the “lesser of two evils” crap. Out of 300+ million Americans, the corporate and even most of the alternate media tell us we get to choose from Gingrinch, Romney and Obama -- and their imperialistic and crony capitalism commitments. Talk about mass “learned helplessness.” Media psyops. I yearn for a strong third party liberal candidate to primary and dump -- DUMP! -- Obama. Kucinich, Sanders, RFK, Jr., Nader, Warren, Feingold, Moyers, any Green candidate, etc., etc. There are plenty of Americans that recognize bottom line human decency. I left the Democratic Party and joined the Green Party to help promote that soon after I recognized Obama had no moral compass.
Ron Paul is NOT and would NOT be my choice for President.
But for what it is worth, if I had to choose the lesser of two evils between Paul and Obama?
Ron Paul by a LONG SHOT!
Here are some quotes from Charles Davis that help bottom line it for me to regard Obama as a far greater evil than Ron Paul:
“... your first priority really ought to be stopping your government from killing poor people. Second on that list? Stopping your government from putting hundreds of thousands of your fellow citizens in cages for decades at a time over non-violent “crimes” committed by consenting adults. Seriously, what the fuck? Social Security’s great and all I guess, but not exploding little children with cluster bombs -- shouldn’t that be at the top of the Liberal Agenda?”
“Over half of American’s income taxes go to the military industrial complex and the costs of arresting and locking up their fellow citizens. On both counts, Ron Paul’s policy positions are far more progressive than those held -- and indeed, implemented, -- by Barack Obama. And yet it’s Paul who’s the reactionary of the two?”
“My sweeping, I’m hoping overly broad assessment: liberals, especially the pundit class, don’t much care about dead foreigners. They’re a political problem at best -- will the Afghan war derail Obama’s re-election campaign? -- not a moral one. And liberals are more than willing to accept a few charred women and children in some country they’ll never visit in exchange for increasing social welfare spending by 0.02 percent, or at least not cutting it by as much as a mean ‘ol Rethuglican.”
My own bottom line and concise statement for voting for Ron Paul as the lesser of two evils? “It makes me feel less of an accessory to mass murder.” No small thing.
Why isn’t Obama’s murdering militarism a deal breaker for more of America? After all, his promise to wage peace not war won him the presidency in 2008, didn’t it? Where is America’s conscience, let alone Obama’s? Where is America’s, let alone Obama’s, SOUL?
If you are inclined to respond to this blog, please don’t respond with reasons I should hate Ron Paul. Respond with any reasons you may have why Obama’s murderous imperialism is acceptable to you as a member of the family of man and woman and children as the standard for lesser of two evils-ness.
[cross-posted at correntewire and sacramento for democracy]