10 Things I Hate About Ron Paul
It may seem weird that I am listing the things I hate about Ron Paul – after all, I love the guy. He is my hero, and the only guy I am rooting for during this political season. But it seems like whenever I bring him up, most people would rather talk about what they don’t like about him, and there are admittedly, many things I dislike as well. So, throughout this list, please remember that I almost worship the guy, and yet he is still not immune to my skeptical eye.
1. He’s old. Yeah, I know it’s discriminatory, but so is voting. And even though I personally don’t care how old he is, lots of people do care. They see an old guy like that on stage and think, “He’ll die before his inaugural address.” At 76 years old, he’s the oldest person to ever run for office, and that won’t get him many votes.
2. He lacks charisma. He’s unattractive. Ron is the most frail and pasty looking guy on the stage, and he doesn’t speak well. Dr. Paul will go on and on, rambling about monetary policy, intricacies of history, and the Federal Reserve, which no one wants to hear about. He doesn’t speak in short, press friendly catch phrases, the way Obama does.
3. He’s Pro-Life. It seems odd that Ron Paul, who advocates a libertarian philosophy, which is all about personal choice, should be against a woman’s right to choose. He’s a strong pro-life supporter, going as far as wanting to overturn Roe Vs. Wade, and leave it up to the states to decide. He always talks about nine month and partial birth abortions, but he rarely speaks about early abortions, and the morning after pill. As far as the pro-life issue, I get confused, and often, I end up just siding with the last person I talked to. It’s complicated! But he does lose a lot of liberals for his stance on this.
4. He doesn’t use a teleprompter. When Obama spoke during the 2008 campaign, people made fun of him because he almost always used a teleprompter. At the same time, people were impressed by him because he was articulate. Ron Paul never uses a teleprompter, and he is never articulate. If only he sat down before hand and wrote out what he was going to say, he might give the media sound bytes they could actually use. Libertarian ideas aren’t the kind of thing that do well on stage, and he would do well to prepare his answers and speeches ahead of time.
5. He’s humble. If I were the guy who predicted 9/11, the economic collapse, the bank bailouts, and almost every major government failure since the 1990s, I would flaunt that – a modern day Nostradamus. When the media ignores him, he should be grandstanding on the pedestal about how he was the first one to bring up the issue of the Federal Reserve. The father of the Tea Party. The most conservative member of congress. The defender of the Constitution. But most of the time, he’s too polite. He doesn’t sling mud, he rarely says anything poor about Obama, or anyone else for that matter. Sometimes I wish he would get a little dirty.
6. He was never a governor. This is just unfortunate. People like to vote for a governor or a senator from their home state. Someone who can spew about Texas pride, and show an example of “creating jobs” in their home state. Someone who can kiss babies, and eat BBQ ribs, while saying “Go Cowboys!” after a loud prayer. Nobody wants to vote for someone who was trying to affect idealistic policy changes in Washington, thousands of miles away.
7. He loves the Constitution. There are two ways to argue a point – on usefulness, or on principle. I think most people like to think about usefulness. If an idea can shown to be useful, and good, then people will buy it. People like what makes sense to them. They want to know that an idea will be useful in the real world. But using the constitution to defend every one of your points is like arguing on princple — and it loses people. I say, who cares if the constitution aligns with all your points. Sometimes, I think it’s better to explain it to people without all that constitution stuff, because lots of people have never read the constitution, and don’t revere it the way they should.
8. The Tea Party. Whenever people diss Ron Paul, they immediately point to the Tea Party – those right wing, xenophobic, war-mongering, Sarah Palin-y religious fanatics. It’s true that the Tea Party was started by the Ron Paul movement, but it was taken over by the republicans, and shown as an example of everything wrong about libertarians. It’s really too bad it’s still alive and kicking, like Frankenstein’s monster haunting him from the grave. The Tea Party should’ve been named The Constitution Party right from the beginning, which would at least be more specific.
9. He never talks about Intellectual Property Rights. As I’ve shown in my earlier posts, the intellectual property right debate has far reaching implications, and may or may not be the answer to solving almost all the world’s problems. If any party is going to raise it — it’s the libertarians. And I think Libertarians could gain lots of support from both republicans and democrats if they showed the “IP” debate to be a smart idea.
10. His voice. Listen to Mitt Romney the next time you hear him. He’s got resonance. It’s a buzz in his voice that makes you want to sing barbershop. Obama would make a great bass with his resonance. Even Herman Cain sounds he could be a zesty baritone. But Ron Paul has a soft sort of breathy crackle in his voice. He speaks in a way that makes an audience glaze over and fall asleep. He’s got no presence, sparkle, or shine in the way he speaks. It’s like listening to a grandpa.
But if you listen to the words that Ron has to say, his ideas could change the world. He is helping to convince people that inflation is the most harmful issue of our day. Compared to everything else, poverty is the number one killer in the world. And it’s inflation that causes poverty. It’s inflation that steals from the poor and gives to the rich. It’s inflation that kills jobs. It’s inflation that allows wars to continue. And it’s inflation that is causing many of the troubles in the economy that we’re seeing today. In that sense, Ron has a lot in common with the Occupy Wall Street movement. If he could only convince the 99% that inflation, is our real enemy, then he might be able to finally become “electable”.