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Ron Paul is a disaster for Republicans and Democrats, but not for America's freedoms

By Dave Duffy

Dave Duffy

Website Exclusive • December, 2011

Dick Morris, the former Bill Clinton campaign manager and now Fox News analyst and Republican strategist, warned yesterday of "horrific consequences for the GOP" if Ron Paul wins the GOP nomination.

Morris said: "Ron Paul remains terrifying. He is really the ultimate liberal in the race. He wants to legalize drugs, repeal the Patriot Act, slash our military spending, pull out of Afghanistan... On these issues, he's way, way to the left of Obama. What makes him a conservative is hard to tell. But, whatever he is, he would be a disaster as the Republican candidate."

Ron Paul

This is a fairly true statement, and the Republicrats (my term for the Republicans and Democrats, who barely differ from each other in my estimation) are finished if Ron Paul gets elected President.

Ron Paul is terrifying to the old guard of the Republican Party precisely for the reasons Dick Morris states: "He wants to legalize drugs, repeal the Patriot Act, slash our military spending, pull out of Afghanistan..." That is exactly what we need to do!

Legalizing drugs will end the drug war, thereby breaking the drug cartels, emptying our prisons of marijuana users, and undercutting the corruption of our police, judiciary, and political system that attends the drug war.

Repealing the Patriot Act will help restore our personal liberties. The Patriot Act would have put all our Founding Fathers in prison, just as it can put any one of us in prison for all sorts of vague conspiratorial crimes.

Slashing our military spending and pulling out of Afghanistan will go a long way toward eliminating America's debt. We are in 120 foreign countries right now, not just Afghanistan. Getting out of Afghanistan is just the tip of the iceberg. Ending our role as the policeman of the world would bring all that money back home. Europe, Japan, and everyone else should pay for their own defense.

If liberals like these ideas too, that's fine! Libertarians like Ron Paul and I have always believed many liberals share important Libertarian concepts.

"What makes him a conservative is hard to tell," Dick Morris says.

It's his fiscal stance, Dick! His insistence that we live within our means! That we neither pay for those who are unwilling to work nor pay for those crony capitalists who contribute to the Republicans and Democrats' campaign coffers. It's a novel idea for many hard core Republicans and Democrats, I know. But it's our Founding Fathers' idea: America should offer opportunity, not handouts for loafers or favoritism to political allies.

And here is another reason why he is a conservative: It's his insistence that we live within the limits of the U.S. Constitution. It's the greatest (though imperfect) document ever written. That's why the Tea Party movement was spontaneously born. Note the word "spontaneously." Enough of us are still left who want freedom above everything else, even security, that we ignited "spontaneously" as a political movement.

That's why Ron Paul has caught on with both conservatives and liberals who value America's freedoms above all else. And that's why both old guard Republicans like Dick Morris and Newt Gingrich and old guard Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama are scared stiff of us.

We who support Ron Paul don't want a Republican or Democrat victory. We want America saved!

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