Ron Paul who?…
You may be forgiven for not knowing if your an Aussie, you will however begin to hear more about Ron Paul as the US elections starts to heat up. The Australian mainstream media (MSM) will not be able to leave Ron Paul out of the limelight this time around as they had in the 2008 primaries. In fact just last night on SBS news, a small clip was played where it showed Ron Paul responding to the question posed by Chris Wallace regarding the legalisation of heroin. Rather then quote verbatim Ron Paul’s response watch it yourself. The following clip also shows libertarian contender Gary Johnston’s response to a similar question. Notice the difference in how they respond to what is essentially the same question –
Notice the difference?
Ron Paul’s argument is based on the principle and philosophy of liberty while Gary Johnston’s argument comes from a cost benefit view point. Both responses are valid, however because Ron’s makes his argument from a philosophical viewpoint it really shows his true libertarian stripes. This is one of the reasons why I believe Ron has such a strong devoted following not just in America but elsewhere around the world (myself included). He is clear, knowledgeable in all areas, a man of integrity (he has voluntarily chosen not to take the pension as a congressmen due to his beliefs), consistent (clips of him in the 80’s show him giving the same responses) and a gentleman when it comes to debating the opposition, I have never seen Ron speak ill or attack his opposition ad hominem. Yes, it’s hard to believe there are still politicians like Ron Paul. Though I prefer to use the term statesman.
Now you might wonder why an Australian is so enamoured by a US congressman… It’s simple really I see myself as an individual first and an Australian second. Anyone who is prepared to fight for individual rights has my tick of approval, and none have done it longer and more consistently then Ron Paul has.
Unfortunately there is no real Ron Paul equivalent in Australian politics. The liberal party is definitely not liberal in any sense of the word. The word libertarianism is not even a word that is used in Australian mainstream pop culture, let alone around Australian intellectual circles.
…but I digress
The point of this article is to get you familiar with his philosophy, ideals, values before the MSM tries to pull the wool over your eyes with their biased spin.
Again, you have to watch the man himself to do you justice. Words fail me at this point enjoy –