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It is disheartening to see people who claim to be liberal or progressive so adamantly behind the candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul for the GOP presidential nomination. It is even worse to hear them say Paul is the best hope for restoring our Constitution to its proper place in the republic.

Paul is no savior and Paul is no constitutionalist. (I can say that after years of studying the Constitution in graduate school of one of America's elite universities under some of the finest constitutional minds in academia to become as knowledgeable about the Constitution as anyone, better than most, including Paul, who never studied constitutional law.)

Paul doesn't want to restore the Constitution as he and his "liberal" supporters claim. He wants to restore or honor only those portions of the Constitution that justify his extreme right-wing libertarian positions. He would ignore or remove those portions that enabled liberals and progressives to make this nation a better place for all, especially the lower classes. His voting record shows that.

Paul has made it abundantly clear that he opposes all forms of federal social programs and commercial regulation.

While Paul may not be able to eliminate Social
Security, Medicare and Medicaid, unemployment insurance, workers' comp, workplace safety, antipollution laws, environmental protection, minimum wages, or other social programs that enrich the nation, he most certainly would do nothing to defend them or to enhance their productivity. And he would do nothing to enforce laws for those programs because he believes the federal government shouldn't be active in those areas, regardless of what powers the Constitution gives government to be active.

We have heard the Paul mantra many times before. If government would just go away, get off our backs, tax us almost nothing and leave us alone in freedom, we could all live a blissful life in a new Eden. That is crap.

We heard Cal Coolidge claim that tax cuts would create a roaring good time for all, but when the bill came due in 1929 there was no more roar. We heard Herbert Hoover claim that if government just went away and did nothing, the invisible hand of a free market would miraculously end an economic downturn that was destroying lives and businesses nationwide. Didn't happen.

We heard Ronald Reagan proclaim that if those pesky bank regulators would just leave honest banking executives alone, they would have us all living in mini-mansions alongside pristine golf courses in no time. Instead the savings-and-loan honchos looted their institutions leaving us with a $500-billion debt to pay off. And we ~ not the bankers ~ are paying that as demonstrated by the interest rate of one-tenth of one percent savers get on the money they have stashed in a bank account; assuming they have any cash to stash.

And we have heard Alan Greenspan claim that if bankers were left to their own devices they would never engage in activities that would bring shame to their profession. They were left alone by Greenspan and others in this administration and the result is the subprime mortgage lending schemes that have severely damaged the real-estate market and which Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman calls the "greatest financial disasters since the Great Depression."

We heard politicians like Tom DeLay claim that deregulating the utility industry would have electricity flowing into each home for a fraction of the cost because "competition" in the market place would save billions of dollars annually for Americans. Instead we got the failure and crimes of Enron, California's electrical crisis and its accompanying blackouts during the hottest days of the year. And we got gouging of utilities in other states that had to pay Enron's extortion rates because of its near monopoly status in many areas. Those overcharges still weren't enough to save the company from its own criminal excesses enabled by deregulation.

(Brief aside: As a holder of electric-company stock in Nevada, which had to sell its generating plants as part of doing business in a small part of deregulated California, I have paid mightily for that fiasco brought on by GOP Gov. Pete Wilson and utility executives. Those who caused the situation have paid little, if any. Only after several years of not paying a dividend is the company reinstituting a pittance amount. Also got burned as a stockholder in an Oregon company that was gobbled up by Enron, which paid with phony paper, and will never again pay a dividend. Thank you, deregulators)

Deregulation has brought us major malfeasance in numerous American corporations and Paul, as a foe of business regulation, would do nothing to address this problem that affected such firms as Worldcom, Tyco, Adelphia and many others. In graduate school, I was taught that every regulation exists to address an evil present in the system and when a regulation is removed the evil returns. Evils have returned in droves in areas right-wing "libertarians" deregulated. And regulations protect honest businesses from the dishonest or criminal.

Paul has publicly stated that he wants the federal government to be shrunk mightily and wouldn't mind if it disappeared altogether. He says the only function it should have, if it didn't disappear, would be defense and maintaining a stable currency. Those are the conditions that existed under the Articles of Confederation (1781-1789) and they were a monumental failure, leading our Founding Fathers to write the Constitution that created a strong central government capable of addressing national problems as they arose.

Now Paul supporters will say that Paul has never uttered the specific words "Articles of Confederation" so that is not his intent; but George Bush never said he wanted an unnecessary war and its accompanying war crimes, or wanted to trash the Constitution, deny legal representation to people called "enemy combatants" or myriad other sins he has committed. It doesn't matter what words are used or not used; what matters is a political record and Paul's record shows a disdain for active government that actually benefits its citizens, especially those having the least influence.

Paul wants to eliminate the income tax (a noble thought if he had something reasonable to take its place) and the Internal Revenue Service. He is curiously silent on how he would collect the taxes needed to pay for that national defense if the IRS were eliminated.

Paul's supporters claim he is against the federal government involving itself in the matter of abortion, that belongs to the states. Nonsense. The Constitution, with its "privilages and immunities" clause indicates that reproduction or abortion belongs to no government, they are strictly a personal matters.

How Paul would address a national debt now approaching $10 trillion and threatening the nation's economy is a mystery. We can be assured that he would not use taxes on the rich as a method since he is opposed to taxation. We have heard for three decades now that the tax cuts for the very wealthy would grow the economy so much that growth alone would solve the problem That hasn't happened and never will. The tax cuts and failed growth projections have come from Ronald Reagan and two George Bushes, who come closer to Paul's political philosophy than any other candidate now running ~ except for GOPers Mike Huckabee and the reformulated and revised version 2.1 Mitt Romney.

Paul's adamant opposition to the worst war-crimes escapade in American history, constant feeding the military-industrial-complex monster, US empire building or his wanting to end US meddling in other nations' affairs doesn't qualify him to lead this nation. Millions of Americans are against the Iraqi misadventure, and were before it began, just as we have always been opposed to a bigger military-industrial cabal, and empire building by meddling in other nations' business.

I don't recall Paul coming out to oppose George Bush's ascendancy to the presidency over the rightful winner in 2000 nor do I remember him siding with John Kerry in the 2004 election when this nation had its best chance of ridding itself of the George W. Bush cancer.

Paul may be the best the GOP has to offer now, but being the best of the worst doesn't even rate him equal to someone who may be the worst of the best.

Ron Paul isn't the answer. America can, and must, do better.

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***************************************************** Thomas Bonsell is a former newspaper editor (in Oregon, New York and Colorado) United States Air Force cryptanalyst and National Security Agency intelligence agent. He became one of (more...)
 
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Could you please provide the exact list of those &... by tim123 on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 9:18:48 AM
I did list some items liberals have done to make t... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 12:46:00 PM
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment ... by fuzzy wzhe on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 4:26:03 PM
Responding to Tim123:  I agree with you.... T... by Sara DiNicola on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 4:29:13 PM
He did not reference them because he cannot. I am ... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 9:33:05 AM
I did not say that Paul would work to eliminate ab... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 12:53:33 PM
First of all, turning power back to the states is ... by Justin Green on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 1:42:41 PM
And nowhere did I say Paul wants to feed the milit... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 12:57:17 PM
You can't argue with these people, Tom.  ... by Gregg Gordon on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 5:25:17 PM
I'll let the Primaries tell me whether or not ... by countryboypride77 on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 6:09:29 PM
I agree that there is no hope of arguing with a "t... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 6:16:49 PM
theirs for amusement.... by Gregg Gordon on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 6:43:14 PM
They believe in Paul and Libertarianism and the Ma... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 7:01:13 PM
They believe in Paul and Libertarianism and the Ma... by fuzzy wzhe on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 9:21:07 PM
God has given to men all that is necessary for the... by John Butcher on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 9:33:32 AM
Ron Paul actually did speak out about the decision... by Dennis Guttman on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 9:41:55 AM
Well, that statement was issued more than a week b... by Gregg Gordon on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 5:06:27 PM
"In fact, he is criticizing the Florida Supre... by fuzzy wzhe on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 5:26:08 PM
You obviously don't know how to read, nor do y... by Gregg Gordon on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 6:41:05 PM
Gore pushed the recount all the way to the FSC. H... by Mad Jayhawk on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 12:03:38 AM
 It really doesn't matter let me explain ... by Kitt Rezner on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 9:47:08 AM
The moment he became President, Ron Paul ... by Kevin Moore on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 9:55:11 AM
Once again, we have an elitist telling us how stup... by Justin Sayne on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:07:00 AM
from the Paulistas. The posts from you folks are s... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 7:04:42 PM
Yeah; I am certainly among the "elites". If fact ... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 7:19:58 PM
Since you brought it up, I worked full-time and at... by Justin Sayne on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 9:51:56 AM
Ron Paul is offering us the opportunity to take ba... by Jeanette Doney on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:22:05 AM
As an objective reader, I would like to opine abou... by Rich Lake on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:24:46 AM
That was beautiful. I'm still giggling.... by Ingrid on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:46:59 AM
A glance at posts like yours and many others shows... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 7:06:50 PM
Can't you write a post without using that word... by Ingrid on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 7:00:36 AM
Its in all of your hands...... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 11:09:20 AM
Have I ever said any word of praise about Ron Paul... by Ingrid on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 6:50:02 PM
Many, if not most, of the things you claim were fa... by Flannel on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:34:02 AM
Obviously you are the man, and wisdom will die wit... by Ingrid on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:39:50 AM
Many of Ron Paul's ideas have been tried and f... by WML on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:44:06 AM
I, too, believe we need a little government "... by Ingrid on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 11:04:12 AM
The right to sue for damage to one's property ... by WML on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 2:51:17 PM
I enjoyed reading that very much. One more questi... by Ingrid on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 4:10:48 PM
I think at best the American people would find out... by WML on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:46:55 PM
My curiosity's gotten the better of me now. I&... by Ingrid on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 7:30:54 AM
Paul doesn't want to restore the Constitution... by Jason Stark on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 11:04:04 AM
Here is the other side of reality:http://www.opedn... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 11:42:36 AM
Please explain how exactly social programs enrich ... by TJF on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 11:48:33 AM
I said in a reply above to another person, who mis... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 1:07:48 PM
I do not despise social programs.  I do not t... by TJF on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 1:54:15 PM
to look only to Libertarianism and the elevated to... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 7:08:51 PM
And here you could have used the word "demago... by Ingrid on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 6:55:44 PM
Democrat tax & spend and republican tax-cut&nb... by Justin Green on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 8:36:40 AM
Not only do I disagree with almost everything you ... by Liz Comeau on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 12:15:38 PM
Ron Paul will end the Iraq War. Come on now, this ... by wraft on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 12:22:10 PM
That someone who claims to be as well studied and ... by robin Robin on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 12:51:20 PM
I said that NO GOVERNMENT should have any say abou... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 1:33:41 PM
I also agree that the government should not be inv... by robin Robin on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 2:06:28 PM
Ron Paul's desire to turn abortion decisions over ... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 2:55:54 PM
Why don't you vote against Ron Paul.  The... by John Schupp on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 3:40:43 PM
and we definitely agree on a lot of things, but do... by robin Robin on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 5:39:01 PM
My understanding is that Roe v Wade is indeed con... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 7:02:48 PM
I, too, do not support abortion; but this nation i... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 7:45:25 PM
No woman I have ever heard of goes through the inc... by Gregg Gordon on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 3:59:34 AM
Will Rogers said, "All men are ignorant, just... by Mike Folkerth on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 1:14:13 PM
"He would ignore or remove those portions tha... by Justin Green on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 1:29:00 PM
Social Security is authorized by Article I, Sectio... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 3:07:23 PM
Social Security made this country better...  ... by Justin Green on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 8:16:16 AM
Who said I'm a right winger?  You're ... by Justin Green on Friday, Dec 28, 2007 at 12:53:28 PM
The General Welfare and Interstate Commerce clause... by John Danforth on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 3:32:38 PM
You Paulites and Paulettes have no understanding o... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 5:40:16 PM
Because welfare had a different meaning back then.... by Justin Green on Friday, Dec 28, 2007 at 12:59:07 PM
I began writing articles for OpEdNews because I wa... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 6:40:04 PM
I raised two very talented daughters, and one of t... by Bob Tracey on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 8:42:29 PM
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From WikipediaMethods of demagogy[edit] Methods no... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 11:17:12 AM
You are obsessed with the word demagoguery. You ov... by Ingrid on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 7:02:56 PM
I will keep calling you guys Demagogues and engagi... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 9:53:16 PM
Now I understand. It goes like this:1. Some Ron Pa... by Ingrid on Friday, Dec 28, 2007 at 9:38:11 AM
All you're really saying Steven, is that Paul ... by Tom deSabla on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 7:27:11 PM
in any of these Ron Paul threads. I have said, the... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 10:01:37 PM
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Hate to be contrary, but the title alone was speci... by Tom deSabla on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 9:10:15 PM
tabonsell,You said, "Paul is no constitutiona... by Jeremy R. Hammond on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 5:55:18 AM
Forget corporations, lawyers, judges, and EVERYONE... by John Leslie on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 9:24:57 AM
(I can say that after years of studying the Consti... by Justin Sayne on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 2:59:50 PM
and I only have an eighth grade education (like Je... by john riggs on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 6:00:44 PM
Abortion is a 9th amendment right. It has nothing ... by Ty on Friday, Dec 28, 2007 at 12:05:05 AM
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