Why Do Some Progressives Support Ron Paul, Even Though He Is Anti-Woman, Anti-Civil Rights, and Anti-Equality?
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As commenter Kass Hales noted, states are already making reproductive decisions for women:
First, please know that abortions by Planned Parenthood are privately funded and any funding that is withdrawn due to the state hurts preventable care, education, cancer screening etc. Not one abortion via Planned Parenthood is federally funded and please look at their audits on PP's site if you don't believe me. This is what states have done to Planned Parenthood.
Indiana prohibited Planned Parenthood from participating in the state's Medicaid program. Four days before Planned Parenthood's private funding ran out in Indiana, a temporary injunction from the federal court stopped the enforcement of the law which was preventing Planned Parenthood to participate in the Medicaid program. To make matters worse Indiana also has a law which instructs abortion providers to say that a fetus can feel pain at or before 20 weeks, which is medically unproven. In my honest opinion there should be no such law especially if there are no facts to uphold such a law....This is why states should not be allowed to ban/defund or have any control over abortions or any form of family care/planning!
Kass Hales elaborated:
"Why not let the state decide? " Because it's a federal constitutional question. The law doesn't force anyone to have an abortion. The law does not force anyone's religious beliefs on anyone else, it merely allows a woman to make a choice based on her personal circumstances. Anti-choice is anti-individual liberty. My point is if we allow the states like they are to continue their actions, many programs that help prevent unwanted pregnancies will be shut down. Sure women have the choice, but what good is the choice if they have no where to go?"
Other commenters were not impressed by Paul's isolationism.
As Yellow said:
Ron Paul's position on the wars don't make him either a progressive or worthy of progressive support! So he's an old school isolationist ala William Jennings Bryan; I'm sooooo fuckin' impressed!! Like his fellow Texan, Rick Perry, he wants to entirely dismantle the federal government along with Social Security and Medicare! He'd also institute a flat tax at the federal level and cut all federal aid to states including funds for unemployment insurance! Then, he'd cynically leave it to financially broke states to provide what few services they could to the poor and middle class! The domestic economy would fall into chronic stagnation with only the top one percent surviving economically! He's only for the super rich!!
"Ron Paul's position on the wars don't make him either a progressive or worthy of progressive support!"
Really? I want to hear you explain what you THINK Ron Paul's position on wars are.
How about Obama's views on war? He continued Iraq, Afghanistan and began Libya. 44 US soldiers are dead in Iraq so far this year. How much money is being spent on that? How do feel about the world's largest embassy in the world - it's being built in Iraq.
The mission in Iraq was to end the weapons of mass destruction program - a program that never existed. What's the mission now? Why are we still there? The mission in Afghanistan was to either capture or kill binLaden. That's been done. Why are we there now?
Victory Hemp said:
There is one serious issue I have with libertarians. They are fervent about freedom but I take issue with their opposition to basic protections and safety nets for all. The difference I see between liberal and libertarian is that the former will choose to protect and care at all times which may be taken as overprotective by some. The latter choose to take an all hands out approach even in the darkest of days when help is needed. Some have looked at this as the same kind of behavior thieves in a gang display when they go desperate and break up with every individual for themselves, a true honor among thieves. The Republicans take the worst traits of nannying and leaving the sick and poor to die on the streets. For Ron Paul to choose to be a member of the Republican Party is more than enough to shred his credibility even as a generally Libertarian thinker. We have long lost a Democratic Party that used to think like Thomas Jefferson and FDR. If we could get that party back or help the Green Party rise well, we would have more objective thinkers of your type in power.