by Emmett R Smith
[The defective link infra has been repaired, with thanks to Mr Ron Weitbrecht — BW]
Dr Ron Paul is a candidate for the 2008 GOP nomination for President.
The following link gives an account of his fiscal standpoint as a libertarian Republican. It further demonstrates that he alone — and not any of the other GOP would-be candidates — is an actual conservative in the only meaningful constitutional sense of the term:
Conservatism is not some load of ideological nonsense about “conservativism.”
It is not about queer-bashing and Ms Ann Coulter and neurosis, and the various non-gay “normal” forms of unusual sex in a little black dress. It is not about sneaking in any one form of religion or other, and Mr Rush Limbaugh taking pills and preaching fatbodied hypocrisy. And it is not about protecting Zionism and the US-UK so-called “special relationship” and other forms of incest. And especially it is not about messrs O’Reilly and Hannity yelping all about the potatoheaded sufferings of the Irish and how THEY “Never Got No Free Money From Off Of The Government Like Them Coons Did!”.
Peddling hate of course is a lot of things including profitable Tee Vee — but it is not conservative, nor truly good either for America or our Constitution. Nor is it about spending public money carelessly on corporate wars overseas for raw materials while “getting the terrorists.” Still less is conservatism about public spending on all of the personal matters that are the responsibility of friends and neighbors at home in their own communities.
Conservatism is actually about the US Constitution, and that Constitution alone.
And it is above all about equal protection under the law, no more — and no less. People on reading the above, and in light of what passes for contemporary educational notions about fiscal policy, not-unreasonably may say:
“All well and good…but, goodness gracious, if present government fiscal policy and circulating various amounts of currency without any real value behind it is ‘wrong,’ well, Jesus Christ, haven’t we just been ‘getting away with it’ for over seventy-five years? Why in Hell should the party end NOW…? YOU are just trying to depress and alarm us!”
Dear me, well…maybe I am.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 16 March 2008]