So Rick Perry was a democrat in the 80’s?
And supported Al Gore?
Am I the only one who didn’t know this?
So Rick Perry was a democrat in the 80’s?
And supported Al Gore?
Am I the only one who didn’t know this?
After typing that title, I know that the tumblr social justice police will flood my ask box with accusations of racism, sexism, and every other -ism they can think of. However, I think this is an important topic for Ron Paul supporters to really think about. Ron Paul has a legitimate chance to win the republican nomination. But we have to think bigger than that, and we need to think about Ron Paul winning the presidency.
In 2008, 96% of Black Americans voted for Barack Obama. However, many of those voters are disillusioned with Obama, but at the same time, cannot stomach a vote for a republican. I see this in my own family (full disclosure, I am a Black American), my family isn’t exactly happy with Obama, but as lifelong democrats, they cannot see themselves voting across the aisle.
There are a lot of reasons why systematically oppressed minorities need to vote for Ron Paul. The largest being that he advocates for individual rights above everything else. If every individual has the same, exact rights as every body else (rights to marriage, rights to enjoy all of the fruits of their labor, rights to their own body, rights to defend their property, rights to private property, etc), then systematic oppression goes away, voila!
Over at RonPaulForums, a member named TheBlackPeterSchiff wrote out a list of 10 things that Ron Paul supporters should highlight when talking to black people, as they are issues that concern the majority of black people.
Now, I’m not a collectivist, and I don’t necessary agree that people need to be talked to as a part of a whole, because when it gets down to it, we’re all individuals. But, what I believe in doesn’t translate into what the entire country does.
If Ron Paul is going to be the next President, he has to sway black voters away from Obama, and I believe he can do that.
Here is TheBlackPeterSchiff’s forum post titled, 10 Reasons Black People Should Consider Voting for Ron Paul:
1. War on Drugs - No group of people has suffered more from the failed War on Drugs that those of dark complexions, specifically black (African-American) and brown (Mexican) people. It is widely understood that since the beginning of the federal government’s initiation of the prohibition of illegal substance, the enforcement of this policy has largely focused on poor neighborhoods, inner cities, and people who “fit” a certain description. First, we have to understand the nature of the war on drugs. Ron Paul believes, as do libertarians, that you own your own body. It is up to you to decide what you put in you body, and it is up to you to deal with the consequences of that decision. Ron Paul believes that the government should not be in the business of “deciding what is best for you.” He also understands, that once the govt. decides to ban, over-regulate, or over-tax a specific good that is demand, the govt. unintentionally creates an underground economy or “black market” so that product can be traded. Black markets are beds for criminal enterprise, organized crime, govt. corruption, violation of human rights, etc. How come everything else in the world gets sold without everyone killing each other? But, this is what happens once a product that is in demand is pushed into an underground economy. A lot of the crime and violence that black people experience in their own neighborhoods are the consequence to drug prohibition. Drugs like opium, heroin, cocaine, marijuana have existed for centuries, all without ghettos rife with crime and violence. Cocaine could be purchased in drug pharmacies. Marijuana could be grown and cultivated in one’s own garden without any interference. Also, the drug war has caused the large disproportion of imprisoned blacks, more specifically black males. Comprising 12.4% of the general population, blacks accounted for 38.2% of the prison population in 2009. Most for non-violent drug crimes. Federal, state, and local police flood and raid black neighborhoods not because drugs are prevalent there, but because they know poor people aren’t afforded equal rights in the eyes of this countries justice system. They know poor black’s rights can be abused without suffering the consequences of lawsuits and public protest. Ron Paul understands this, as evident in this video. Black people should support Ron Paul on this issue, as he is the only politician in either party willing to confront it head on and speak the truth. He understands the drug problem is a public health problem, not a criminal one. He also understands that the biggest beneficiaries of the drug laws are the illegal drug cartels, the mafia, the private prison industry, and the government. The government gets to employ hundreds of thousands of policemen, agents, lawyers, etc and waste tax payer money. The federal govt has spent over 300 billion on the War on Drugs since the 1970’s, and an incalculable amount of human suffering.
2. Education - Ron Paul advocates getting the federal government out of the education industry. Abolishing the Department of Education, and freeing up the resources spent on building a large federal bureaucracy that’s only existence is to perpetuate government’s power and entanglement in our daily lives. The thing people often ask is, “Why abolish the Department of Education?” or “Is Ron Paul anti-education?” Of course not, it’s the opposite; Ron Paul is a huge advocate for education. But, he understands that the federal government is not effective at education, nor is it constitutional for it to be involved in education. The word “school” or “education” is no where in the constitution. Ron Paul is an advocate for the RE-introducing the free market back into education. Education has existed long before government run schools. A lot of schools were started by companies that provided grants to open schools to create a more educated working base.
In a free market, you would have genuine competition, companies, businesses, actually competing to teach your child. Some might offer a free ipad, some free lunches, some might offer free pick up and drop offs, some might just offer a stellar education, but you would get ultimate quality over time, as the schools that fail children will go out of business and the schools that produce smart and successful children will prosper. You’d also have more choices, you would have schools for bad kids or mentally ill, schools genius kids, small schools, large schools, technology schools, agricultural schools, schools focused on the arts, cheap online schools for home training, etc. In all honesty, the educational system would be much much much better.
Of course, the first question is going to be “what about the poor?” The very fact that most people ask the question should tell you that most people are generous and caring, and will do what is possible to get education offered to lower income people. It doesn’t take 1 million dollars to teach a child. It just takes a person that cares about teaching kids to make it happen. I often tell people about Marva Collins . She was a black teacher in inner city Chicago, who taught at a public school that was failing the kids. She became disillusioned with government schools…she quit her job, turned her house into a school, and approached all the parents of the kids that the public schools have deemed “unteachable” and offered to teach them for a small fee. She worked with the poor parents who couldn’t afford much, and did what she could. Those kids she taught wound up having better test scores than the government school children. Of course the government hated this, and tried to shut her down with stupid zoning laws and regulations, but she eventually opened up her own large school that produced hundreds of educated kids that come from poor communities. She didn’t have money to do this, but using simple free market economic philosophies, she was able to make it happen. Now imagine if this happened on a larger scale, without all the taxes, without all the government red tape and bureaucracy? It would be unbelievable. Education would also be cheaper simply due to competition and less overhead to support a bloated bureaucracy of administrators, teachers unions, and stupid laws.
Ron Paul advocates turning the educational powers back to the people and the states. The Department of Education was not formed until 1979. Didn’t we education people before then? America was the leader in education before the federal government was involved, not it’s lagging behind countries like Sweden, who, although socialist, have instituted a free market approach to education. Allowing for-profit companies and individuals to build their own schools, and teach children using the voucher system. We must have free market competition and shrink the bloated bureaucracy in education so parents have the freedom to choose how to best educate their children.
3. Police Brutality - Ron Paul is a staunch defender of individual rights, due process, and he is believer in non-violence and non-aggression. Ron Paul believes that the 4th Amendment should be obeyed by the government. If you live in a lower-income black neighborhood, or just happen to travel through the area, you will be subject to police profiling, harassment, unwarranted search and seizures and in some cases violent attacks. Most politicians take the side of the government, saying “Police are just doing their job” or “Police are just acting aggressively because their lives or on the line.” This is bull. Ron Paul knows Policemen a first duty is to the constitution. Unwarranted search and seizures are illegal. Ron Paul is also and advocate for the surveillance of govt officials and policemen. How many images have we seen on YouTube or the news, of police over stepping their bounds and actually violently attacking people, and in some cases killing them without warrant or being in danger? As in the brutal murder of Oscar Grant, a young black male who was detained for an unknown reason by Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit authorities, and shot while face down in submissive position. This was seen on video from a cell phone camera. Some governments are passing laws to outlaw private individuals from video taping policemen on duty. Ron Paul is against this as he feels government should always be watched. Or what about the 7 year old, Aiyana Jones who was killed by a Detroit SWAT officer who was engaged in a man hunt. These policemen entered this house unjustly and opened fire. What about the thousands of stories that goes unreported, that happen in the darkness of the night? This must be stopped and Ron Paul is the only politician who will stand against it.
4. Foreign Policy - There has been no one is Congress who has valiantly and consistently stood up for the U.S. Constitution and against the U.S. Military Industrial Complex, than Congressman Ron Paul. The U.S. government has been involved in “preventive” wars, propaganda, regime manipulation, foreign interventionism, and nation building for over 50 years now. The wars in the Middle East are nothing new, we’ve been having involvement there for decades, starting with the installation of the Shah of Iran and coming to a head this past decade with our invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the spreading of military bases in over 150 countries around the world. So called terrorism is nothing more than a byproduct of blow-back, from all the interventions in foreign issues. Ron Paul believes we should not be the world’s policeman, and we should not be putting American lives at risk in order to build an American Empire. African-Americans are 12 percent of the general population but make up 21 percent of military personnel and 30 percent of Army enlistees. Most black Americans enter the military to take advantage of the GI Bill, good benefits, or to get training to later look for stable unemployment. Many come from broken homes or poor neighborhoods. How many lives must be lost before we realize that these wars are futile and pointless? Ron Paul believes Americans will be safer if we stay out of other nations’ business, and set a good example by having a strong economy, free trade, strong individual liberties, and having healthy diplomatic dialogue with our international partners. Ron Paul’s record reflects his stance. Why do we have bases in countries like Korea, Japan, and Germany? These countries are wealthy and more than capable of defending themselves. Ron Paul is also against torture and the imprisonment of so called “enemy combatants” without due process of the law. He is a strong believer that we should have a strong military for national defense, but not for aggressive wars and he is also against the Public-private partnership that has grown from the increasing size of the Military Industrial Complex. Companies like Halliburton, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, etc make BILLIONS of dollars off the tax payer through having partnerships with politicians who back these wars. Oh yes, Ron Paul is the Neo-conservative’s worst nightmare.
I think this is fascinating. I’m neither Black, nor technically any other sort of minority (being Jewish doesn’t truly count in this context), but I still find this post relevant because Ron Paul is such an under-appreciated and misunderstood politician.
I feel like a lot of people have gotten to the point where they don’t vote based on real issues anymore, that it only matters if a candidate seems “likeable” or is vocal about one particular hot-button issue. More people need to read things like this post.