Ron Paul Vs. Rand Paul, Libertarianism Vs. ‘Grandiose Demagoguery’
August 24, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), known for his often, kooky Libertarian ideas such as returning to the use of gold and silver as legal tender, is right about the bigoted so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” hysteria. “This is all about hate and Islamaphobia,” said Paul in a lengthy post on his website. However, his views differ sharply with those of his son, Rand Paul, running for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky. Rand opposes the building of the New York Islamic center, because of the sensitive “healing process” of the 9/1 victims and their families. Says his dad of the “sensitivities” argument, used to deprive Muslim private property owners of their rights, “The justification to ban the mosque is no more rational than banning a soccer field in the same place because all the suicide bombers loved to play soccer.”
The “weird dude,” “Aqua Buddha” Rand Paul has run a bizarre senatorial campaign, in which he has avoided the national and local media, because of his propensity to actually say what he thinks, which frightens his constituents for its extremism.
Paul has questioned the basis of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and he has attacked President Obama as “un-American” for criticizing BP’s response to the Gulf oil disaster.
For someone who is a rabid protector of private property rights, his stance on the Park51 center in Lower Manhattan, is purely partisan campaign rhetoric. And his own father takes him to task for his hackery.
“Is the controversy over building a mosque near ground zero a grand distraction or a grand opportunity? Or is it, once again, grandiose demagoguery?” [...]
“The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque.”
“Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be “sensitive” requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from “ground zero.”
Ron Paul blames the right-wing neo-conservatives for stoking fear against Islam.
“In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.”
“They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill conceived preventative wars. A select quote from soldiers from in Afghanistan and Iraq expressing concern over the mosque is pure propaganda and an affront to their bravery and sacrifice.” [...]
“Many fellow conservatives say they understand the property rights and 1st Amendment issues and don’t want a legal ban on building the mosque. They just want everybody to be “sensitive” and force, through public pressure, cancellation of the mosque construction.”
And Ron Paul’s response to the argument that a majority of Americans oppose the Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero: Majority mob rule can’t be allowed to impede our freedom.
“It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don’t want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support is irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society—protecting liberty.”
“The outcry over the building of the mosque, near ground zero, implies that Islam alone was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. According to those who are condemning the building of the mosque, the nineteen suicide terrorists on 9/11 spoke for all Muslims. This is like blaming all Christians for the wars of aggression and occupation because some Christians supported the neo-conservatives’ aggressive wars.”
Will Paul’s fellow Libertarians and right-wing conservatives listen to him? Who knows. Once hate and bigotry is unleashed it’s all but impossible to stop. And Republicans know that wedge issues, during an election work to drive angry voters to the polls.
Still, maybe the son can take a lesson from the father.