I get it, all of it, and I can tell you this. It doesn’t matter how united our brotherhood of grass roots volunteers is, Ron Paul will fuck over all those people. He doesn’t believe in personal rights at all, only in that we can do anything we want as long as we have the power to back it up. I think all those things you’re talking about are great, but Ron Paul is not the guy who will help any of it. The first thing he will do is work to repeal Roe vs Wade and make abortion illegal. Listen to his own words at the straw poll. (thank you thank you thank you):
Freedom, prosperity and peace.
Freedom: no right for a woman to choose.
Prosperity: National business will be strong, people will weak. Military spending. Guns would have stopped 9/11??!!! What??!! Self reliance (pull yourself up by your bootstraps), keep the fruits of your labor? That means less regulation and tax liability for businesses and CEOs.
Peace: I’m for it.
Strict interpretation of the constitution always sounds good, but that is ridiculous. People that blithely throw out that argument have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. We’ve been writing, interpreting and enforcing laws that define the Constitution for 200 years. Today we face challenges that there was absolutely no way the founders of our country could have forseen. That’s why they wrote it specifically to be read in conjunction with the times. Jefferson called for it to rewritten every 10 years!
When R Paul says a return to the old ways, he means getting rid of public programs, loans, business controls, labor laws, etc. If we really go back to the Constitution, we are fucked. The founders NEVER intended this but assholes like Ron Paul use it as a nationalistic calling for the citizens. So OK, lets go back to the original interpretation. I’m a white American lower-upper class male. I’ll be fine.
If you really want to know what it means to go back to what the Constitution originally said, I think you need to do some research and see what that means and how those words have been used. Look specifically at how Scalia has interpreted law using the exact same argument to say there can be segregation, minorities can be treated differently, no health care rights, no right to public school, no workers rights.
FACT: The Constitution was written by rich white landowners to be used as a facilitator of international trade. It was used to create one power for other countries to conduct trade deals with. Today people think it only consists of the Bill of Rights. It was written to give us financial power and the ability to kick the British out of our country (something the individual states couldn’t do after The Revolutionary War). It was a document showing where power lies, but never said much at all about human rights or governments responsibilities apart from having a strong military.
I AM angry about this guy because he’s dangerous. He appeals to people because he sounds like he’s saying ra ra America, but he’s only going to help the rich.
As far as grass roots and all that: I am grass roots. I am talking about this and am by definition part of a grass roots movement by doing so. I write my Senators and Congressmen on a regular basis. I am involved.
As far as power to the people and brotherhood: Hell yeah!!!! But this isn’t what he’s saying. He calls it that because he got a good response. He is tricking people into voting against their interests and the crowd is following him like he’s going to help them somehow. HE WON’T! He’s telling us all what he’s going to do.
He’s going to spend more on military, repeal Roe v Wade, decrease business regulation, allow anyone with money to buy into better alternatives, etc etc.