Monday, January 14, 2008

Gettin' Jiggy

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

*In response to a comment by someone at my work I searched for any dirt they were dishing up on Ron Paul and could only find the flimsiest of excuses, easily dismissed. No, he does not believe 9/11 was orchestrated by someone other than Al Qaeda and the article in his early-90s newsletter was ghost written by an author that was fired - Mr. Paul has repeated stated his very clear position on minorities and racism, something like:

A nation that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.

The collectivist mindset is at the heart of racism.

Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry. Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations.

It is the federal government that most divides us by race, class, religion, and gender. Through its taxes, restrictive regulations, corporate subsidies, racial set-asides, and welfare programs, government plays far too large a role in determining who succeeds and who fails. Government "benevolence" crowds out genuine goodwill by institutionalizing group thinking, thus making each group suspicious that others are receiving more of the government loot. This leads to resentment and hostility among us.

Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than as individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence - not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

In a free society, every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty.

3 comments:

Big Doofus said...

Brief Overview of Uvalapie's Record:

* Invented "Funions"
* Craves xanthan gum
* Taxed his entire family
* Keeps 10 guns in just his shorts
* Cannot pronounce the word chrysanthemum"
* Wants to change the US currency from the Dollar to Oak Leaves
* Memorizes the credits on Jeopardy
* Changed the color of his blog to something really weird.

Uvulapie said...

This guy's got me pegged! I thought no one knew about my hoarding of oak leaves so that one day I would be a meeeellionaire! I love exclamation marks!

Me said...

I know it! His blog makes me crave mustard. I barely like mustard and I want a sandwich when I click on here.