Many Ron Paul fans and apologists, and even some non-supporters of his who don’t know any better, claim that he’s a “limited government” supporter. Even many of his critics claim that although his foreign policy is insane, he’s great on limited government policy.
The problem with that thinking is that it’s wrong. Ron Paul is NOT a supporter of limited government – merely a supporter of states’ rights, just like the Confederates and the Dixiecrats of the 1950s and the 1960s. He couldn’t care less about limited government and individual liberty.
He misreads the Constitution as giving the states the right to violate ANY individual liberties they want, and to institute any oppressive Big Government scheme they want, and that the average citizen is powerless versus his state. For him, the words “or to the people” don’t exist in the 10th Amendment, and he ignores the 14th Amendment and claims it plays no role vis-a-vis the states. Of course, it may be that as a stalwart supporter of the Confederacy’s war to defend slavery he believes the 14th Amendment to be illegitimate and invalid, as opposed to simply not understanding it.
For whatever reason, Ron Paul believes that your state government can do whatever it wants to do to you – even ban smoking, guns, and cell phones – and that your only choice is to either accept such outrageous violations of your liberties or leave the state. For him, Big Government is perfectly fine – as long as it’s at the state and local level, and not the federal level.
That is NOT a limited government policy.
A true limited government supporter would argue (like I do) that Big Government is unacceptable at all levels of government – federal, state, and local. A few bureaucreats in Washington, DC, cannot make good choices for people in Idaho, Virginia, or Texas, but likewise, Austin cannot always make good choices for San Antonio, Houston, or Dallas.
But don’t waste your breath telling that to Ron Paul and his supporters. They couldn’t care less about limited government, the Constitution, or conservatism. For them, Big Government is perfectly fine – as long as it’s at the state and local level, and not the federal level.
REJECT RON PAUL!