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To those of you who don’t follow US politics much, Ron Paul is a Libertarian Republican candidate for the US Presidential elections this year, and an acknowledged modern political phenomenon. In addition, he is the most Googled candidate, with his U-Tube presentation scoring more than 7 million hits. The young and literate in the US are going crazy for him, with active movements to promote Paul.
I have seen no one in the existing list of candidates on either side of the political divide who inspired confidence in me. The less said for the Dems, including Obama and Hillary Clinton, the better. Their views are more of the spend-more, tax-more Left-Liberal kind, with paternalism inherent in all their policies.
As far as the Republicans are concerned, none of them interest me. In fact, there’s someone called Huckabee about whom I asked, “F-ck a what? An insect lover?”
Now, Ron Paul interests me, as millions of people across the world. He says things which no other candidate in recent memory has said.
Look at his foreign policy: he goes back to Isolationism as policy. He would pull the US out of NATO and the UN. He would stop the US acting as global patron, cop and bully. He believes trade is the relation to keep with other countries, not war. As a necessary fallout of isolationism, he would stop giving tax-funded aid to foreign countries. When you see that the main reason for the US to be so hated all over the world is on account of its interference with world politics, you can infer that it would be a good idea to hold back its money and its guns from the rest of the world. At least, it would not be paying countries for abuse and vitriol against it.
Of immediate interest to India, this would mean an immediate cessation of largesse to Pakistan. Thereby, the ability of this country to wage covert or overt war on India would reduce significantly.
This fact assumes importance with the possibility of Al Qaida forces managing to kill the rest of the remaining political figures in Pakistan and create a state of anarchy.
An interesting article may be read here.
He has a ‘pro-life’ stance on abortion, but will turn the responsibility of deciding the legality of the issue over to the individual States. It is here I disagree. The right to ownership of her body is a sacrosanct right of the woman, and a religion-conferred right to the unborn potential that is a fetus is irrational.
His economics stem from the Austrian school of Ludwig von Mises, one of the foremost proponents of free market economics in modern times. He would, therefore, abolish taxes, cut Federal expenditures, and bring back the Gold Standard.
It is likely that Paul would fail to win a nomination for the election. When that happens, it will a loss for not just the US, but for the whole world.