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NashVegas

(28,957 posts)
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:07 PM Dec 2011

Still Freaking Out Over Ron Paul? Stop Hyperventilating Already and Put Some Goods on the Table

This discussion thread was locked by Skinner (a host of the General Discussion forum).

In case you forgot, we've been here already. 2004 and the Democratic Party's version of Paul got fucked over by the Koch Brothers and their co-horts at CNN, and don't you worry, it'll happen again.

Paul strikes a chord in independent voters who are sick and freaking tired of our troops and resources being forced to scramble to control other parts of the world for the financial gains of the 1%.

Paul strikes a chord in people who are tired of talking about womens' rights, gay rights, minority rights, education reform, medical reform, this and that reform, and want the issue of our basic fucking democracy addressed and addressed now, while we still might have a national treasury to work with.

You don't need to worry about Ron Paul. You need to worry about independent voters who will stay home if we don't see light at the end of the tunnel.

What have you got to offer, DC?

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Still Freaking Out Over Ron Paul? Stop Hyperventilating Already and Put Some Goods on the Table (Original Post) NashVegas Dec 2011 OP
I hope you don't actually believe any of that shit. TheWraith Dec 2011 #1
Unrec. Why promote republicans here? FSogol Dec 2011 #2
Who's Promoting Paul? NashVegas Dec 2011 #17
It very carefully doesn't, but it does try to justify his views/followers (poorly) as reasonable. PeaceNikki Dec 2011 #19
Paul strikes a chord alright Cali_Democrat Dec 2011 #3
"the issue of our basic fucking democracy addressed and addressed now" arcane1 Dec 2011 #4
I second that question. What is Paul saying about "basic fucking democracy"? muriel_volestrangler Dec 2011 #23
Another Pro-Paul OP? MineralMan Dec 2011 #5
People who are tired of talking about women's rights, gay rights, minority rights...? peacebird Dec 2011 #6
A hearty unrec--and to quote EarlG, "Fuck Ron Paul." nt MADem Dec 2011 #7
Agreed. But not literally - he has spread his toxic DNA too far already LeftishBrit Dec 2011 #42
Sigh I have the same worries as well. But no one on the left seems willing to do what it will take Puregonzo1188 Dec 2011 #8
On One Hand NashVegas Dec 2011 #14
So why are DC Dems trying to shut it down? abelenkpe Dec 2011 #25
I'm not a DC Dem; I'm a Brit to the left of almost all Dems... LeftishBrit Dec 2011 #47
I don't recall Kucinich ever leading any of the polls in 2004 Hugabear Dec 2011 #9
Ron Paul is a racist, homophobic asshole. hifiguy Dec 2011 #10
ron paul was RIGHT... MarianJack Dec 2011 #11
Corporate rights over human rights is basic democracy? ZombieHorde Dec 2011 #12
Paul strikes a chord with the most selfish of our society. PeaceNikki Dec 2011 #13
aPaulogists! MarianJack Dec 2011 #15
But he strikes a chord with other people as well. People who should be (and are our allies). Puregonzo1188 Dec 2011 #32
I don't think they are ALL racists in the Montana Militia, I think some are deliberately ignorant. PeaceNikki Dec 2011 #36
I think you're confusing "hyperventilating" and "discussing". LanternWaste Dec 2011 #16
And They Are Wonderful, Glorious Wedge Issues NashVegas Dec 2011 #21
Ron Paul's constitutional claim is that fed Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be abolished muriel_volestrangler Dec 2011 #27
Still claiming you don't support him? UnrepentantLiberal Dec 2011 #39
It's surreal this far out from 2008. AtomicKitten Dec 2011 #49
Wow... Spazito Dec 2011 #18
WTF? Ohio Joe Dec 2011 #20
LIBERTY!* PeaceNikki Dec 2011 #22
You're really trying to compare Dean and Paul? Scootaloo Dec 2011 #24
Jesus Baldheaded Christ WilliamPitt Dec 2011 #26
To quote EarlG William769 Dec 2011 #28
Most Ron Paul supporters I've encountered Kermitt Gribble Dec 2011 #29
You're tired of talking about women, gay, and minority rights? frazzled Dec 2011 #30
If they are sick of talking about gay rights, they could just stop fighting them, it is they who Bluenorthwest Dec 2011 #31
bullshit OKNancy Dec 2011 #33
Sorry, No Sale. nt Old and In the Way Dec 2011 #34
The only people Paul strikes a chord with are the Birchers... Major Nikon Dec 2011 #35
Oh, jeez. Iggo Dec 2011 #37
I'm not freaking out over Ron Paul -- but I do not want to see his supporters on DU. moriah Dec 2011 #38
This is a Democratic website. JDPriestly Dec 2011 #40
How do you propose talking about "our basic fucking democracy" EFerrari Dec 2011 #41
bigotry and greed arely staircase Dec 2011 #52
Chomsky said it best: arely staircase Dec 2011 #43
.... spanone Dec 2011 #44
So women's rights, gay rights and minority rights aren't "basic fucking democracy"? marmar Dec 2011 #45
Poster Planted & Rotting. A-Schwarzenegger Dec 2011 #46
By that, you mean... WilliamPitt Dec 2011 #48
Something very like that. A-Schwarzenegger Dec 2011 #51
No, he's just pining for the fjords cthulu2016 Dec 2011 #53
EarlG put some goods on the table. A-Schwarzenegger Dec 2011 #54
Basic fucking democracy? LeftishBrit Dec 2011 #50

TheWraith

(24,331 posts)
1. I hope you don't actually believe any of that shit.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:10 PM
Dec 2011

"Paul strikes a chord in independent voters who are sick and freaking tired of our troops and resources being forced to scramble to control other parts of the world for the financial gains of the 1%."

Given the fact that Paul is on the record wanting a ground invasion of Iran, this claim stacks up as being one big pile of bullshit.

FSogol

(45,259 posts)
2. Unrec. Why promote republicans here?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:12 PM
Dec 2011

F' Ron Paul and all his idiotic supporters.

 

NashVegas

(28,957 posts)
17. Who's Promoting Paul?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:27 PM
Dec 2011

Where in the OP does it suggest people should vote for him?

PeaceNikki

(27,985 posts)
19. It very carefully doesn't, but it does try to justify his views/followers (poorly) as reasonable.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:31 PM
Dec 2011

Which they are not.

 

Cali_Democrat

(30,439 posts)
3. Paul strikes a chord alright
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:16 PM
Dec 2011

unabashed racism and hatred.

Seriously, fuck him.

 

arcane1

(38,613 posts)
4. "the issue of our basic fucking democracy addressed and addressed now"
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:16 PM
Dec 2011

WTF does that even mean?

muriel_volestrangler

(100,967 posts)
23. I second that question. What is Paul saying about "basic fucking democracy"?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:33 PM
Dec 2011

Paul supports the Citizens United decision, for instance:



I haven't heard he wants to change election systems. He's happy for corporations to have rights, and spend money however they want. He just wants a tiny government, so small that corporations wouldn't bother spending money to control it. And that would be even worse than the current situation - no-one would be able to stand up to corporations without government.

MineralMan

(146,025 posts)
5. Another Pro-Paul OP?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:16 PM
Dec 2011

No thanks!

peacebird

(14,195 posts)
6. People who are tired of talking about women's rights, gay rights, minority rights...?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:16 PM
Dec 2011

Paul offers "liberty" for corporations to pollute at will, and offers discrimination against any of the groups mentioned above also (personal liberty to hire whoever you want).
He wants to dismantle the EPA. Do you remember the mighty Cuyuhoga river, and how that river caught on fire because it was so polluted?

Ron Paul wants all abortion outlawed, no freedom of choice for women there.
So I guess there are limits to what is allowable "freedom" in his world. Corporations will have all the freedom they want tho.

MADem

(135,425 posts)
7. A hearty unrec--and to quote EarlG, "Fuck Ron Paul." nt
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:17 PM
Dec 2011

LeftishBrit

(41,166 posts)
42. Agreed. But not literally - he has spread his toxic DNA too far already
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:19 PM
Dec 2011

Puregonzo1188

(1,948 posts)
8. Sigh I have the same worries as well. But no one on the left seems willing to do what it will take
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:18 PM
Dec 2011

to seriously challenge Paul.

I think it's because most of his loudest detractors are really upset over the racism, homophobia, or abortion, but instead over his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US support for Israel, and the shredding of the Constitution. And meanwhile those who actually have the moral authority to challenge Paul on his bigotry, hatefulness, and insane economic policies don't seem to be doing so.

 

NashVegas

(28,957 posts)
14. On One Hand
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:24 PM
Dec 2011

That pretty much sums it up. Paul is practically a non-sequiter.

Paul doesn't stand a chance in hell in getting through the machine, but OTOH the conversation he's started needs to be allowed to continue. So why are DC Dems trying to shut it down? The replies in this thread are so telling ...

abelenkpe

(9,933 posts)
25. So why are DC Dems trying to shut it down?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:34 PM
Dec 2011

I am not a DC dem but I agree completely that Ron Paul should be shut down. Why a known racist pos like him gets any respect in this country or air time for that matter is beyond me. It is a national embarrassment. You wonder why people think you are promoting Ron Paul? Because you are. There are others not stained with a racist past who are against the war and the war on drugs and we can support their efforts to continue a conversation on those subjects without giving credibility to Ron Paul.

LeftishBrit

(41,166 posts)
47. I'm not a DC Dem; I'm a Brit to the left of almost all Dems...
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:25 PM
Dec 2011

and I have been attacking the 'conversation started by Ron Paul' for nearly 5 years now: as long as I've been aware of his existence.

I agree he has no chance of getting through the machine and getting to be president. The problem is that he acts as a siren, luring people to attitudes of true evil, and making it respectable to some so-called progressives to be xenophobic, economically hard-right, anti-public-services, etc. There is the meme that paleoconservatives and right-libertarians are at least better than neocons. No, they aren't. The BNP are antiwar, and are *less* economically right-wing than Ron Paul; that doesn't make them a rational partner in dialogue for progressives.

Hugabear

(10,340 posts)
9. I don't recall Kucinich ever leading any of the polls in 2004
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:20 PM
Dec 2011

Never underestimate the power of crazy.

 

hifiguy

(33,688 posts)
10. Ron Paul is a racist, homophobic asshole.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:21 PM
Dec 2011

Not to mention a devotee of the sociopathic Ayn Rand and a complete douchebag in the bargain. He spews so much pure, unadulterated horse manure that, like a stopped clock, he is bound to say something intelligent once in a while as a pure matter of chance.

Peddle your papers elsewhere.

MarianJack

(10,237 posts)
11. ron paul was RIGHT...
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:21 PM
Dec 2011

...in opposing the Iraq war but is absolute dead wrong about everything else.

Anyone who still thinks that he is anything other than a far right racist anti-semite homophobe is too damn lazy to read up on the man's actual positions.

For myself, all I see is a right wing extremist Texas republican. Gee, nothing goes wrong with one of those in the White House now, does it?

PEACE!

ZombieHorde

(29,047 posts)
12. Corporate rights over human rights is basic democracy?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:23 PM
Dec 2011

What?

PeaceNikki

(27,985 posts)
13. Paul strikes a chord with the most selfish of our society.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:23 PM
Dec 2011

He is dangerous because people are totally duped by a few topics they THINK they agree with him on. He's dangerous because some people who think they are liberal defend him.

His UN/NWO bullshit is just that. Bullshit. The UN has no way to affectthe 2nd Amendment or any portion of the US Constitution. People are defending a very paranoid, xenophobic crazy-man. aPaulogists are like cult members. His ideas are stupid, and won't work in the real world. It's no wonder that most of his supporters are people who don't understand what it means to live as self-supporting members of society.

It's ok though, because he's not going to win, which will give what his blindered believers what they really want anyway; the ability to declare that his defeat is because he's just too pure and good for our corrupt system. We don't *deserve* Ron Paul, in much the way we don't *deserve* a puppy!

MarianJack

(10,237 posts)
15. aPaulogists!
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:26 PM
Dec 2011

I like it! thanks!

PEACE!

Puregonzo1188

(1,948 posts)
32. But he strikes a chord with other people as well. People who should be (and are our allies).
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:54 PM
Dec 2011

Someone I know who is very leftist, a supporter of Occupy Wall Street, was inspired to get her PhD in theology by Cornel West and African-American just started posting pro-Ron Paul for President stuff on her facebook. Why? Because of his comments on Bradley Manning.

I am not saying she's right and I suspect she doesn't know the truth about all of Ron Paul's positions, particularly his views on race, and if she does I think she's being short sighted. But we can't just right off all of his supporters as racist in the Montana Militia--they aren't.

I am not Ron Paul supporter by any stretch of the imagination--I am gay, a Marxist, and an atheist and find his homophobia, bigotry, Christian fundamentalism, and economic ideology deeply unsettling. But at the same time I can empathize with OP's sentiment, though I find it very poorly worded and deeply troubling in some parts, point about how are we going to address this issues and people who support Ron Paul because of them? We need to have some better answers then derided people and calling them racist or lunatics or what not--since that's not going to work and we seriously need to nip this Ron Paul shit in the bud.

The simple problem is that Ron Paul's appeal to some on the left is not entirely the result of uninformed individuals, but a larger failure of the left that no one wants to address since it's a pretty inconvenient truth.

Instead of spending our time rallying to the defense of a corporate politician and a failed political system we should have been building a broad-based progressive movement for economic justice for all, and against imperialism.

And maybe it's about time we have an honest discussion about Israel.

PeaceNikki

(27,985 posts)
36. I don't think they are ALL racists in the Montana Militia, I think some are deliberately ignorant.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 03:01 PM
Dec 2011

Like you said, they don't actually know the truth about all of Ron Paul's positions. And/or they don't care because they are too busy focusing on the one or two that they agree strongly with him on. Deliberate ignorance.

They are aPaulogists cultists who refuse to be educated on the type of man he really is. And frankly, the ones I know and interact with here are not interested in being progressive.

 

LanternWaste

(37,748 posts)
16. I think you're confusing "hyperventilating" and "discussing".
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:27 PM
Dec 2011

I think you're confusing "hyperventilating" and "discussing". Two wholly separate things, yes? Easy mistake I s'pose-- depending on one's own biases.

(Just a head's-up: womens' rights, gay rights, minority rights, et.al., are indeed, part and parcel of "our basic fucking democracy", regardless of whether one finds that politically disadvantageous)

 

NashVegas

(28,957 posts)
21. And They Are Wonderful, Glorious Wedge Issues
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:32 PM
Dec 2011

That, at this particular moment in time, distract us from the fact the government our FFs set up with checks and balances is being destroyed.

If you look at the successes of gay marriage over the last 12 years, what stands out is that the wins have happened in the courts, not the ballot box. You think it's a coincidence that Newt wants to arrest judges?

But let's just scream about what a homophobe Ron Paul is, and not talk about the constitution, not talk about those checks and balances, because that's what's going to protect what gains have been made, huh?

 

UnrepentantLiberal

(11,700 posts)
39. Still claiming you don't support him?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 03:38 PM
Dec 2011
 

AtomicKitten

(46,585 posts)
49. It's surreal this far out from 2008.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:27 PM
Dec 2011

Spazito

(49,500 posts)
18. Wow...
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:30 PM
Dec 2011

"Paul strikes a chord in people who are tired of talking about womens' rights, gay rights, minority rights, education reform, medical reform, this and that reform..."

Well, I guess all I can say is FUCK RON PAUL AND HIS SUPPORTERS " who are tired of talking about womens' rights, gay rights, minority rights, education reform, medical reform, this and that reform...".

Ohio Joe

(21,529 posts)
20. WTF?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:32 PM
Dec 2011

"Paul strikes a chord in people who are tired of talking about womens' rights, gay rights, minority rights, education reform, medical reform, this and that reform, and want the issue of our basic fucking democracy addressed and addressed now"

Are those not the issue of our basic fucking democracy?

Allow me to quote EarlG - "Fuck Ron Paul"

PeaceNikki

(27,985 posts)
22. LIBERTY!*
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:33 PM
Dec 2011

*some restrictions apply.

 

Scootaloo

(25,699 posts)
24. You're really trying to compare Dean and Paul?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:34 PM
Dec 2011

I don't think you know much about either man.

 

WilliamPitt

(58,179 posts)
26. Jesus Baldheaded Christ
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:39 PM
Dec 2011

Anyone who deserts Obama for the likes of Ron Paul should come see me about a big red bridge I'm trying to sell in San Francisco. It'll collapse into the harbor in a few years due to the total lack of funding necessary for its upkeep, but in the meantime you can scrawl as many KKK slogans on it as will fit.

No, I will not support a man whose avowed purpose is the dismantling of the social safety net. I will not support a man who cloaks himself in bullshit Libertarianism while trying to pass laws that make women who choose abortion into first-degree murderers on the Federal level. I will not support a man who fears a UN one-world government. I will not support a man who thinks racism and homophobia are fine and dandy. I will work to stop these wars as I always have, but I am not going to burn down the fucking country in the process. Is that clear enough?

Paul supporters on my FB page have been making the argument that the country needs another "fruitcake" at the helm to "inspire the completion of the revolution." Nader preached that filthy gospel back in 2000. The only people who spout that nonsense are the ones who won't get hurt by it. I'm glad whoever believes that is so comfortable, but that arrogance is consigning millions into horror. "Maybe we need things to get worse," right? Fuck you. Sincerely, the millions whom such arrogance will be fucking over.

Ron Paul is a fake Libertarian bullshit artist who believes a one-world religious takeover of America will only be outpaced by a UN takeover. His economic theories are bullshit of the purest ray serene. He hates women, and in fact hates anyone who is not of his sexual orientation or skin tone. He can take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut in a gravel driveway; the only thing he is good for is playing merry havoc with the hopeless dipshits of the GOP base in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Oh, P.S., advocating for a Republican doesn't fly on DU. Never has, never will. Go peddle your papers somewhere else.

William769

(54,897 posts)
28. To quote EarlG
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:41 PM
Dec 2011

"Fuck Ron Paul."

Kermitt Gribble

(1,855 posts)
29. Most Ron Paul supporters I've encountered
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:49 PM
Dec 2011

only do so because they think supporting an "alternative" type candidate makes them look cool or unique. they usually have no idea where Paul actually stands on the issues.

frazzled

(18,402 posts)
30. You're tired of talking about women, gay, and minority rights?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:50 PM
Dec 2011

Glad I'm not a gay black woman.

 

Bluenorthwest

(45,319 posts)
31. If they are sick of talking about gay rights, they could just stop fighting them, it is they who
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:51 PM
Dec 2011

make it an issue, we just want equal standing.
Oh and:
"Fuck Ron Paul."
Earl G. Dec, 2011

OKNancy

(41,832 posts)
33. bullshit
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:54 PM
Dec 2011

most Paul voters don't care about war... they think he will let them smoke cheaper weed.

I think a lot of them already do to excess since their brains are obviously fried.

Old and In the Way

(37,540 posts)
34. Sorry, No Sale. nt
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:55 PM
Dec 2011

Major Nikon

(36,811 posts)
35. The only people Paul strikes a chord with are the Birchers...
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:59 PM
Dec 2011

and the single issue voters that only care about pot legalization or military downsizing and either don't care or are ignorant of all the batshit crazy ideas Paul has. There is no "Democratic Party's version of Paul". If you think there is, you don't have any idea what and who Paul stands for.

Iggo

(47,438 posts)
37. Oh, jeez.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 03:15 PM
Dec 2011

moriah

(8,311 posts)
38. I'm not freaking out over Ron Paul -- but I do not want to see his supporters on DU.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 03:35 PM
Dec 2011

This is not Libertarian Underground, or Republican Underground (since he's running in the Republican primary).

JDPriestly

(57,936 posts)
40. This is a Democratic website.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 03:44 PM
Dec 2011

Beyond this website, everyone is entitled to support the candidate of their choice. But here, we support Democrats and those who caucus with Democrats.

We aren't being mean or intolerant. It's just that the purpose of this website is to support Democrats.

I'm quite critical of Obama, but I will vote for him because I agree with him on enough issues to justify supporting him to that extent.

But this is not the place to glorify Ron Paul. He isn't running as a Democrat.

There are other places to campaign for him if that is what you want to do.

Thanks for your cooperation on this.

EFerrari

(163,986 posts)
41. How do you propose talking about "our basic fucking democracy"
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 04:04 PM
Dec 2011

without women, gays and people of color? Or having a treasury without those earners, for that matter?

You're talking about more than half of the country, for god's sake.

Of course he strikes a chord with those voters. He appeals to their basic bigotry.

Are you suggesting Democrats follow suit?

arely staircase

(12,482 posts)
52. bigotry and greed
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:31 PM
Dec 2011

"I don't think there's any need to have essays advocating selfishness among human beings; I don't know what your impression has been, but some things require no further reinforcement."
Hitchens on Ayn Rand

arely staircase

(12,482 posts)
43. Chomsky said it best:
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:22 PM
Dec 2011

“Dismantling of big government” sounds like a nice phrase. What does it mean? Does it mean that corporations go out of existence, because there will no longer be any guarantee of limited liability? Does it mean that all health, safety, workers rights, etc., go out the window because they were instituted by public pressures implemented through government, the only component of the governing system that is at least to some extent accountable to the public (corporations are unaccountable, apart from generally weak regulatory apparatus)? Does it mean that the economy should collapse, because basic R&D is typically publicly funded — like what we’re now using, computers and the internet? Should we eliminate roads, schools, public transportation, environmental regulation,….? Does it mean that we should be ruled by private tyrannies with no accountability to the general public, while all democratic forms are tossed out the window? Quite a few questions arise.

spanone

(135,407 posts)
44. ....
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:22 PM
Dec 2011

Paul strikes a chord in people who are tired of talking about womens' rights, gay rights, minority rights, education reform, medical reform, this and that reform, and want the issue of our basic fucking democracy addressed and addressed now, while we still might have a national treasury to work with.

those ARE the basic fucking issues of our democracy....

marmar

(76,874 posts)
45. So women's rights, gay rights and minority rights aren't "basic fucking democracy"?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:23 PM
Dec 2011

Perhaps YOU should vote for Ron Paul then.


A-Schwarzenegger

(15,596 posts)
46. Poster Planted & Rotting.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:24 PM
Dec 2011

Gone. Kaput. Joined in 2001.
Admins aint fucking around with the Paululans!

 

WilliamPitt

(58,179 posts)
48. By that, you mean...
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:27 PM
Dec 2011

A-Schwarzenegger

(15,596 posts)
51. Something very like that.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:30 PM
Dec 2011

cthulu2016

(10,960 posts)
53. No, he's just pining for the fjords
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:32 PM
Dec 2011

A-Schwarzenegger

(15,596 posts)
54. EarlG put some goods on the table.
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:44 PM
Dec 2011

LeftishBrit

(41,166 posts)
50. Basic fucking democracy?
Wed Dec 28, 2011, 05:28 PM
Dec 2011

The southern USA became a basic fucking democracy in 1964, long after the rest of the country, when the Voting Rights Act was passed. And Paul is on record as wishing to reverse that.

Paul is against the war, but that does not make him pro-democracy.

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