“Ron Paul Has Huge Cajones

Heh; that’s from Rolling Stone. People still don’t get it, though. Paul really isn’t trying to be controversial. He just speaks his mind, unscripted, and he does it every time. It’s called honesty. This, of course, contrasts to the lying baptist preacher Huckabee. Then again, I’ve hardly know a baptist preacher — and I’ve known many — who wasn’t a chief among liars.

Of course, that can only be because lots of people are OK with being lied to. Actually, that is the fundamental problem. Bea and I were discussing it just yesterday at some length. Being lied to, either by one’s self, or others, is a value to a lot of people. As such, they pursue — they seek out; they solicit; they pay for — people, circumstances, and situations wherein they position themselves to get a dose of sweet sweet lies so that they may feel some comfort in confirming the lies they tell themselves.

It really is a riot to watch all this stuff, though. For the first time in a long time, I caught some of the Sunday morning political trash on the teevee yesterday in a hotel suite in San Francisco. Paul is being regularly acknowledged with adjectives like "honest," "forthright," and so on; which, serving as distinguishing characteristics from all the other candidates, means: they are not. And then everyone moves on, continuing to talk about the others and their "positions" and "stances," which are nothing more than euphemisms for lies, rendering the discussion no more than a discussion about which lies are "best." And nobody says anything like "wait a minute!"

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  1. Lute Nikoley on December 10, 2007 at 11:13

    Some great comments by Ron Paul regarding religions I can fully agree with:

    The War on Religion

    by Rep. Ron Paul, MD

    As we celebrate another Yuletide season, it’s hard not to notice that Christmas in America simply doesn’t feel the same anymore. Although an overwhelming majority of Americans celebrate Christmas, and those who don’t celebrate it overwhelmingly accept and respect our nation’s Christmas traditions, a certain shared public sentiment slowly has disappeared. The Christmas spirit, marked by a wonderful feeling of goodwill among men, is in danger of being lost in the ongoing war against religion.

    Through perverse court decisions and years of cultural indoctrination, the elitist, secular Left has managed to convince many in our nation that religion must be driven from public view. The justification is always that someone, somewhere, might possibly be offended or feel uncomfortable living in the midst of a largely Christian society, so all must yield to the fragile sensibilities of the few. The ultimate goal of the anti-religious elites is to transform America into a completely secular nation, a nation that is legally and culturally biased against Christianity.

    This growing bias explains why many of our wonderful Christmas traditions have been lost. Christmas pageants and plays, including Handel’s Messiah, have been banned from schools and community halls. Nativity scenes have been ordered removed from town squares, and even criticized as offensive when placed on private church lawns. Office Christmas parties have become taboo, replaced by colorless seasonal parties to ensure no employees feel threatened by a “hostile environment.” Even wholly non-religious decorations featuring Santa Claus, snowmen, and the like have been called into question as Christmas symbols that might cause discomfort. Earlier this month, firemen near Chicago reluctantly removed Christmas decorations from their firehouse after a complaint by some embittered busybody. Most noticeably, however, the once commonplace refrain of “Merry Christmas” has been replaced by the vague, ubiquitous “Happy Holidays.” But what holiday? Is Christmas some kind of secret, a word that cannot be uttered in public? Why have we allowed the secularists to intimidate us into downplaying our most cherished and meaningful Christian celebration?

    The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion. The establishment clause of the First Amendment was simply intended to forbid the creation of an official state church like the Church of England, not to drive religion out of public life.

    The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have done what no government can ever do, namely teach morality and civility. Moral and civil individuals are largely governed by their own sense of right and wrong, and hence have little need for external government. This is the real reason the collectivist Left hates religion: Churches as institutions compete with the state for the people’s allegiance, and many devout people put their faith in God before their faith in the state. Knowing this, the secularists wage an ongoing war against religion, chipping away bit by bit at our nation’s Christian heritage. Christmas itself may soon be a casualty of that war.

    December 30, 2003

    Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

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  2. Anonymous on December 10, 2007 at 11:46

    That's why income taxes ought to be eliminated. It is as perfectly logical and justifiable for an atheist to care about what values his dollars are paying for as it is for a Christian to care about what his are paying for.

    The atheist is concerned about electing all the fake-pious politicians who are willing to shove religion down the throats of anyone they can, and Christians (and others) are concerned about the blowback this causes.

    When you strip it all away, everyone is really fighting about money. Christians, with their own money, can generally use it to celebrate however they wish, and non believers can likewise support their values.

    One reason i can applaud Paul is that in spite of his religious beliefs, which I do not share, he would never in a minute try to compel me to share them, or take my money in order to promote them to others. And that's the point.

    As it stands, we have Christians often trying to impose their silly Jebus fairy tale on everyone under the guise of "tradition" (nobody gets to dictate what tradition I value) and atheists often trying to impose secular materialism on everyone under the guise of "separation."

    And everyone is going to keep on trying to impose, so long as everyone's dollars are going into the collective pot.

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