I would only add to this article that Ron Paul doesn’t seem to understand the First Amendment’s protection of our God-given religious liberty either. From N. M. Guariglia at Family Security Matters.
I like Ron Paul. I admire his honesty, his integrity, and his consistency. I also dig his libertarian principles. Ron Paul predicted-along with a few other Austrian School economists-the housing bubble and the collapse of the financial sector in 2008. He’s been out in front on monetary policy and the Federal Reserve. His short book End the Fed should be read by every American. (My favorite excerpt: “It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking.”)
Dr. Paul is right about following the Constitution. He’s right about respecting the Tenth Amendment. He’s right about ending the absurdity that is the federal war on drugs. He’s right about the seriousness of the national debt. He’s right about emphasizing individual liberty and personal responsibility. Even on foreign policy, he has some things worth to say-on the United Nations, on sovereignty, on foreign aid, and on the futility of nation-building.
But Ron Paul does not understand the enemy. He does not appreciate, as Lee Harris once phrased it, “that there has ever been a category of human experience called the enemy.” Paul seems to believe the enemy is merely an ally we haven’t befriended yet; that the cause of the enemy’s butchery is our opposition to it.