|Barack Obama v. Ron Paul|
Now my readers know I am a Distributist, and I certainly don't agree with Ron Paul's fiscal solutions across the board. However, when we consider just how badly this Union has been wrecked economically, his solutions may be a step in the right direction -- albeit just a step. I don't know if Congressman Paul has the capacity to understand that in order for small business to thrive, big business must be regulated. I don't know if he has the capacity to understand that healthcare is a right, and nobody should be forced into poverty to receive the medical care that God has mandated we provide to our neighbour. (Remember the Good Samaritan?) But Congressman Paul is a medical doctor, so I shouldn't put it past him. He has saved lives, and cared for the helpless, so anything is possible.
Ron Paul was born and raised a Lutheran, and at some point he became an Episcopalian. All of his five children were baptised Episcopalian. Congressman Paul eventually left the Episcopal Church, as did all his children. He now attends a Baptist church. When asked why, he cited it was a matter of principle. There were moral positions he took issue with in the Episcopal Church, and so he left, based on principle.
That's what it really comes down to doesn't it? Principle. You know, my father was the manager of a large department within a fairly important corporation that worked for the federal government. He had about 200 people working under him. Growing up, he always told me that when he had to choose between an honest worker who was less skilled, and a dishonest one who was more skilled, he always picked the honest worker. Why? Because he could train that honest worker to do anything he wanted, and get him up to the skill level he needed. But he couldn't train somebody to be honest.
Honesty. It's something I haven't seen in American politics for a very long time. Actually, I can't remember ever seeing it. Integrity? What's that!?! I don't think I've ever seen that in American politics. So it seems that every presidential candidate who might actually be a fairly honest man is crushed in the primaries. It looks like we might have another possibility here, but I really don't know if the Republican Party will even let him win. He challenges everything the American empire has represented for 150 years. I wouldn't be surprised if the GOP establishment would sabotage the election to let Obama win another four years, rather then let somebody like Ron Paul get into the Whitehouse.
It is Ron Paul's foreign policy that is of particular interest to me. I like it. It's very 'Catholic' if you don't mind me saying. He truly is a consistent man of peace. I can't say that for any other candidate on the GOP side. I also like his idea of ending the Federal Reserve, the money cartel that has allowed our congress and the president to bring this Union into bankruptcy. There are a lot of ideas he has that I like, far more than I dislike. I'm not into political idolatry. I don't worship at the altar of any candidate. I know Ron Paul cannot save this nation, any more than New Gingrich, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry or Barack Obama for that matter. I'm not looking for a Messiah, just a man who won't take us to war with the Iranians at the behest of oil companies and zionists.
I'm not going to make an endorsement here. I did that in the last election cycle and probably jinxed my candidate. So there will be no endorsements from The Catholic Knight in the 2012 election. I'm just saying this candidate is worth a second look. As I went through his positions, I found them to be more in line with Catholic social teaching than any of the other GOP candidates. Granted, he is far from perfect or ideal, but it would seem he is better than most. As for his skill level and political shrewdness, I suppose he is lacking, but these things can be trained into a man. What cannot be trained is honesty, integrity and principle. These are three things Congressman Ron Paul seems to have already, and that puts him in a class of his own. You can't train a man in those things. Either he has them or he does not. I'll leave the rest up to my readers to decide.
Ron Paul's positions can be found from a fairly non-biased and neutral source here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Ron_Paul
Please review his candidacy and make your own decision.