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Ron Paul’s Drug Problem

There were a lot of Ron Paul supporters at CPAC 2011 this year. That is nothing new. And the fanatical attraction is completely understandable with a few caveats.

One of the most glaring issues many people take with Congressman Paul is not Paul himself, but the supporters. Not all of them, mind you.  I happen to know there are a lot of reasonable Ron Paul supporters, or leaners, including my esteemed fellow Virginia Right! blogger Sandy Sanders. A more reasonable man you simply cannot find.

Now Erick Erickson over at RedState has found Ron Paul supporters to be lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut, and just as odoriferous.

Here at RedState we have experienced several influxes of Ronbots but our first real introduction to the type of person we were dealing with occurred as the 2008 primaries were heating up. Their monomania — along with mouthbreathing and poor personal hygiene — forced us to take the unprecedented step of banning them on sight.

Any doubt that we have unfairly maligned them disappeared this past week at CPAC where they booed and shouted anti-Semitic slogans at two of the pre-eminent public servants our side has produced in the past couple of decades.

And while I believe that RedState might just be a bit harsh in his characterizations, Erickson undoubtedly throttled back his true thoughts on some of the followers of Paul.

And he is not wrong on the fringe element within the Ron Paul movement.

Every movement attracts fringe elements, so the Paul camp is not unique in that. But the Paul fringes, I fear, are composed of young people who really don’t care about the Conservative issues Paul espouses, but rather embrace his policies of decriminalizing and legalizing drugs. This would be the smelly, mouth-breathers Erickson was speaking of in his excerpt.

It is this unsavory element that now comprises the most virulent and avid (and loud) supporters of Brother Paul. For many of these individuals, their only focus is on the drugs. And it is their actions that force many more reasonable people to just say no to Paul.

But for Ron Paul, it adds a loud and obnoxious tenor to a platform that most dismiss out of hand, not for it’s content, but rather for it’s lack of completeness. But the smaller government, fiscal conservatism and declaration of war on the IRS rouses rabble across most of the Conservative spectrum. And it gives drug addled minds a reason to pretend they support Paul for his Fiscal policies (and not just the drugs).

I suppose some people really do read Playboy for the articles, just as there are some Paul supporters that follow his fiscally conservative ideas for the idea’s sake, but the ever-present “Junkies for Paul” just run over top of the true Conservatives on their way to Marijuana Mall.

But take away the pot heads and the Paul supporters are a quiet group of fiscal Conservatives that believe in a smaller government and lower taxes who would raise about as much commotion and interest as a new Oprah Cable Channel.

So, Ron Paul has a drug problem of sorts. Send his platform to drug rehab and his most vocal supporters would return to self imposed 420 seclusion. Sort of like turning Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan into Ozzy and Harriett (Nelson not Osbourne). Paul wouldn’t have the rabid, vocal support to advance his agenda.

One must wonder if Ron Paul is really in favor of easing drug laws, or is simply exploiting the issue to gain the boisterous support of the drug culture. (He wouldn’t be the first politician to exploit a single issue he does not really believe in to garner support and attention for the rest of his platform.)

Either way, the behavior of the Paul supporters was loud, in your face, obnoxious and an absolute turnoff to anyone not high as a kite at CPAC 2011. On that I agree with Erick Erickson!

Now, my intent is not to belittle the Paul supporters whose hearts are true and pure and focused on our fiscal national nightmare and the oppressive government that saps our National productivity. I am with you!

Where we differ a bit is on foreign policy. Paul’s non-intervention ideas go just as far astray, but in the opposite direction as our current micro-managing interventionist policies which are both antagonistic and costly in terms of our money and our lives. While Paul is not exactly an isolationist, he is close to the line and his policies simply are not possible in the world in which we live if we wish to protect American interests.

I consider myself a non-interventionist when it comes to my neighbors, but that does not mean I will not become involved in the decisions they make that might affect me. For instance, if my neighbor decides to raise pigs in my suburban neighborhood, I would use whatever means I could to put a stop to that. The smell notwithstanding, there is also the consideration of property values.

A Ron Paul type non-intervention policy would have me just accept the smell and loss of property value. Now, if my neighbor tried to take over my property for trough-expansion, or began shooting at me, I am sure Paul would think defending myself was OK.

America has a vested interest in the goings on around the globe. Admittedly, we poke our nose in far too often where it is unwanted (and unnecessary).

My neighbor might dislike me for putting a halt to his suburban pig farm, but that is just too bad. I must protect my interests.

The key is not to proffer a policy of strict non-intervention, or neo-isolationism. No, the key is to define what is necessary and proper in the name of American interests and what is not.

This is where the Paul platform fails to impress (and current policy tends to overreach).

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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