McCain is in. We’ll have plenty of time to talk about him and his effect on spiritual liberalism.What candidates remain as McCain’s hopeful Republican contenders?
Mike Huckabee is a strong spiritual conservative/ fundamentalist.Would a Ron Paul Presidency be any better for the spiritually left?
Many UU’s do have a libertarian streak in them…
I’m not used to looking to the Republican Party for policies that are acceptable to those of us in touch with our spiritually liberal side. This is far, far from an endorsement, but I’m told Ron Paul is different. I thought I’d check him out. And after watching the main stream media’s early coverage blackout and exclusion of Dennis Kucinich, I appreciate the lengths Paul supporters have gone to get their candidate’s message out.
[Let me preface this: While I did a fair amount of research, my sources could have mislead me, and I am not passing myself off as an expert.]
Here’s a quick run down.
↓Paul would like to legalize prostitution. “Strippers for Paul” is an actual endorsement he’s gotten. This issue may deserve more attention than it’s gotten, but for now it’s a down arrow.
↕War: Ron Paul wants America out of Iraq. He also wants America to withdraw from the United Nations. His anti-UN argument is worth listening to, but I’m not convinced.
↑Environment: Paul believes property rights intrinsically allow the common man to sue big corporations to defend their clean air and water from polluters. Unfortunately, Ron Paul is not a judge, and his sympathy isn’t any help when you’ve waste three years fighting one of ten local corporations dumping poison in your air and water.
↓Free Trade and Immigration: Okay, Paul’s not so good here, but honestly, nobody has a perfect solution to these issues. However, Paul’s got some big issues. He’s not compassionate to those undocumented workers already here, and he wants to end the policy of birthright citizenship.
↓Taxes: His calling card is low/no taxes. I don’t see how Paul down our debt and still keeps the country running, but there it is. His concept is that if you have less taxes, you’ll have enough money to do what the government does all by yourself. But getting back 30% of $30,000 is a lot less than 30% of $3,000,000. With Paul, the rich get richer. The poor keep more of their money, but not enough to make a difference compared to the services they will lose and the new expenses they will incur as the private sector takes over government functions.
↕Education: Paul wants to stop federal funding of schools. In return, he’ll give parents $5,000 and teachers $3,000 a year in tax credits. His approach is a localized, do-it-yerself method that will please those with the time and money to organize. Paul’s big into home schooling. But low-income, single-parent families seem pretty screwed here.
↓Health Care: Paul wants to make your doctor negotiate the cost of your health care with your insurance company. Paul thinks government is the reason prices are so high. He wants government out and for you to open a Health Savings Account, where you save up your own money and spend it whenever you’re sick with little to no help from anyone else. Paul forgets that some people will have a hard (impossible) time saving $10,000 or more to cover their high HSA deductible in the event of an accident or major illness.
↕Food and Drug Administration: Ron Paul is a libertarian, which means the FDA as we know it today is gone. You control what you put in your body. The good (end the ineffective war on drugs) and the bad that comes with it, Paul would legalize marijuana use.
↓Paul is against net neutrality. Boo!
↕Abortion: Paul would like to reverse Roe vs. Wade and make abortion illegal without exception. This one’s your call.
↑Privacy: Paul is in favor of reinstating the constitution and guarding privacy whenever possible. This isn’t really a liberal or conservative view, it’s just one of our recently lost ‘unalienable rights’.
↑Social Security: Paul wants to reduce other spending and prioritize funding for social security.
↓Right to Bear Arms: Paul wants to allow everyone, criminals and crazies alike, a gun without a waiting period to ‘defend themselves’. It’s a theory, if every other country in the world hadn’t shown us a better way.
↓Civil Rights: Word is that Paul has published some pretty disgusting things on the issue of race. I, myself, have not seen them.
In short, the spiritually liberal are gaining a little and losing a lot when it comes to Ron Paul. While ending the war on drugs, returning privacy rights to citizens, and making big business pay for polluting our air and water, the rich become richer in a deregulated Ron Paul Presidency, while hard-working single mothers don’t even have a free school to educate their child in the hopes of a better tomorrow.
I’m just starting to learn about *possible* President Paul.
I do enjoy that he’s in there mixing it up. Neither party should be afraid of defending their policies from outsider ideas.