Where Ron Paul Makes Me Question My Political Affiliation
By Jill.Grun on January 13, 2012
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Don't worry: I haven't gone rogue and turned Republican. I mean, I haven't gone crazy.
But I was listening to NPR this morning and they were talking about how when Ron Paul attended his post-primary-party last night, he walked on stage with the Imperial March from Star Wars playing.
You know. The Darth Vader one.
Dun dun dun dundundun dundundun...
Now, look. I don't care who you are or what your party affiliation is. That is fucking awesome. And for about a split second it made Ron Paul seem almost cool.\
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Until I remembered that he's the former OB/GYN and very, very anti-abortion. Which would be fine, I mean, y'know, believe what you want to believe, except he's also very, very personal liberty and free society. And while he's figured out a way to explain how the two are related, I have a hard time understanding how someone can "champion personal liberties" but then say women have to carry to term. I'm not saying he's wrong, I just personally cannot process the logic.
But that's just me.
Back to NPR.
While discussing Ron Paul, they also talked about his Presidential bid in 1988 when he ran on the Libertarian ticket. And I thought, Y'know, for all that I've heard about the Libertarian party I don't really know that much about it so I briefly read a couple of quick things and had a moment of Well, now, hang on here....
So I, the registered Democrat, took a few quizzes.
First, Political Compass.
I'm that red dot. According to them, I'm close to Gandhi and The Dalai Lama. Good to know.
Next up, Advocates for Self Government:
Well, now, c'mon.
The Advocates quiz is ten questions and it's the same one the Libertarian Party uses and while, yes, I realize these are just internet quizzes, when I actually took the time to read through the issues and platforms and explore the Libertarian Party of Ohio site, the more things started to make sense. Kind of like when I read my first existential text as an undergrad and it was like this whole big unknown world opened up to me. A world that fit into my worldview.
Like, okay, take this sentence from the Libertarian Party's Platform: Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. That, right there, that single line sums up the entire core of Sartre's existentialism.
Oh, and the fact that they mention "library records" in the section on Personal Privacy?
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