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Ron Paul 2012 by YNot1989 Ron Paul 2012 by YNot1989
OK, I know I'm in a very small minority as far as the internet is concerned, but I think Ron Paul would be a terrible President. Yes, I love his policies on the Drug War, on Capitol Punishment, I respect his views as a M.D; and I admire his honesty, but at the end of the day he is a man who genuinely believes policies from the 18th Century will work in the 21st, and that is insane.

Free Market Capitalism as envisioned by Adam Smith did make this country what it is today, we were the first country to latch onto it as an economic system; however, what Congressman Paul (and I would imagine most Americans) forget or don't know, is that Capitalism has one key tenant that is the linchpin for the entire system to work: The Principle of Perfect Competition.

In short the Principle of Perfect Competition means that no one controls princes, a relatively easily enforceable rule in the late 18th and 19th Centuries when there were no companies big enough to do such a thing, and only the government had that kind of power. Once the industrial revolution came around and one man could wield the power of tens of thousands, and entire industries could be controlled by singular entities like Standard Oil and US Steel, it became possible for non-governmental entities to control prices, and with that the Free Market died.

The Free Market is Dead, Globalization is here to stay, and if we don't act responsibly as the global hyper power, who will?

Ron Paul's ideas are largely outdated and would be irresponsible to put into practice; he is not a realistic man, and should not be taken seriously as a candidate for president. Ever.

EDIT: I just realized that this looks kinda like a Tully's Coffee advertisement.
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HolyKrieger May 11, 2013
the globalist are socialist and fascist
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HolyKrieger May 11, 2013
We need to bring back the Free Market
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HolyKrieger May 11, 2013
Ron Paul would be an awesome president you pinko
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:iconrosenakahara:
That and the tea party is racist and homophobic.....but obama is fucking things up making the tea party possible...if they get voted in then im lucky i live outside america, and i will feel like shit because i'll be helpless to defend all the gay people in america.
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I appreciate your satire, and it is not lost on me. I find it truly disturbing that so many of his supporters have touted him as an expert on history simply because he has become extremely familiar with a subset of facts about a certain time frame that do not even express the entire social and political atmosphere of the time. The 1800's were extremely turbulent for most citizens, particularly the urban working class and farmers. There were numerous depressions and recessions which hit the poor harder than anyone, and lead to multiple immigration cycles (though not exclusively). Also, for all intents and purposes, the standard of living was quite poor for most American citizens, despite the economic growth brought on by free market policies. In short, I understand the positive points that Ron Paul makes, and agree with a number of them, but I don't think he represents any real freedom or justice for the poor or middle class, and that he misrepresents the 1800's as being a much more ideal century than it really was.
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:iconthemchap123:
Finally, an ANTI Ron Paul banner.

Its comforting to know that his massive internet cult is mostly limited to the internet
(If it weren't, he'd be President by now!)
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Caturday2 Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Does it strike anyone else that people call Ron Paul the "father of the tea p[arty" even though he's the exact opposite of any teabagger you will ever meet on the social scale?
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Cozad Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He has a few good ideas mixed in with a bunch of bad... Not worth 4 years of drama that could lead to some crazy shit happening.
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You do realize that Globalization is an extension of the Free Market? Globalists are primarily the free market types, since they want all markets in the world to be open to them.
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YNot1989 Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, when I said," The Free Market is dead, Globalization is here to stay," I was pointing out that most hard core Tea Party Free Market types also have very protectionist economic opinions, and would rather have a "Free Market," where America is essentially a closed loop economy, or we only export which is more Mercantilist than Capitalist.

I am also very pro-Globalization, so perhaps I should have chosen my words more carefully. I should have said, the Free Market as you know it is unsustainable, and the US economy must either adapt to Globalism or continue to pretend that isolationist economic policies aren't arcane.
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