I hate writing about Ron Paul because the mere mention of his name sets off a firestorm. But here’s my deal with Ron Paul. he’s one of those guys that I listen to for about six minutes and I’m like “yes, Yes, YES!…wait what did he just say?” It’s always about that seventh minute that he says something…a little wacky.
But I’ve got to tell you in this instance he is exactly right. Last night he was at some conservative function and he took some libertarians to task for not being pro-life. I personally never understood why more libertarians weren’t pro-life so I’m on board with Paul here.
I flirted with libertarianism years ago and I remember being shocked that not everyone there was pro-life. In fact, hardly any of them were. I felt pretty out of place because so many of them seemed proud to flaunt their social liberalism as a way of differentiating themselves with plain ol’ conservatives. When I got into a discussion about abortion I was kinda’ shunned.
The Politico reports:
Speaking for the Iowa Family Leader’s presidential lecture series in Sioux City, Paul said that he is troubled when he hears libertarians advocate for abortion rights. Describing conversations with supporters, the Texas congressman and presidential hopeful said he often here a “libertarian type of argument” along the lines of “it’s the woman’s body. She can do whatever she wants. She can have an abortion.”
“I don’t like them to use that argument – that believing in liberty means you can kill the unborn,” Paul said.
Paul contended that libertarianism and opposing abortion are not separate philosophies, but rather stem from the same belief structure.
“Life comes from our creator, not our government. Liberty comes from our creator, not from government,” he said. “Therefore, the purpose, if there is to be a purpose, for government is to protect life and liberty.”
According to the Declaration of Independence our rights come from God and are therefore unalienable. It seems to me that allowing government to decide who can apply for human rights defeats the purpose. It makes the rights kind of alienable, doesn’t it?
But kudos to Ron Paul for this. The thing about Paul is that the guy does say what he thinks and in these times that’s pretty rare for a politician.