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Dec. 21st, 2007

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Why does Ron Paul arouse such devotion? Tucker Carlson’s essay Pimp My Ride answers that question better than anything else I’ve read.

Though Paul argues passionately for liberalizing marijuana laws and is beloved by potheads (Timothy Leary once held a fund-raiser for him), he has never smoked pot himself. He sounded shocked when I asked him. “I have never seen anyone smoke marijuana,” he said. “I don’t think I’d be open to using it.” For some people, libertarianism is the philosophical justification for a zany personal life. Paul, by contrast, describes his hobbies as gardening (roses and organic tomatoes) and “riding my bicycle.” He has never had a cigarette. He doesn’t swear. He limits his drinking to an occasional glass of wine and goes to church regularly. He has been married to the same woman for 50 years. Three of their five children are physicians.

Ron Paul is deeply square, and every bit as deeply committed to your right not to be.

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From:reichart
Date:December 24th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
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Yeah…this concept does seem to confuse some…

I don’t drink, smoke, etc. and never have, I have never even had a cup of coffee…on the other hand, I strongly want complete freedom from most laws…reducing our pile of rules to those with declared provable victims…

Things do get tricky when we deal with things like driving while…not really able to drive. But I would enjoy a world where we vote on statically inclined problems. Lots of gray area there.

In this magical world, guns would be legal everywhere, and perhaps pools would need licenses (pools kill more kids than guns do by far).

It is very difficult to decide where to draw the line of government involvement. I tend to side on the far less is far better side, but this is just a different line at a different place in the sand.

While I really like a lot of his believes, I do worry about anyone that deeply, truly believes a guy walked on water, cured people with just touch, oh yeah, and rose from the dead…



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