yourhazer asked: how would you respond to people saying that Ron Paul is Homophobic? Apparently his aide said he refused to shake a gay donors hand and to use a restroom belonging to a gay man
The aide to whom you’re referring is Eric Dondero. Ron Paul’s campaign spokesman explained that he’s just a “former staffer who was fired for performance issues.” Even in 2007 before this issue came up, Ron Paul himself said about Dondero: “He’s a disgruntled former employee who was fired.”
No one took enough time to fact-check Dondero’s bullshit. Take for one example the supposed event at which Ron Paul berated the Houston Jewish Young Republicans and pushed them out of his office. From January 1st, 2000 to December 1st, 2011 there is one single comment referring to it—with zero news sources reporting the situation—and even that one comment links to a page that no longer exists. After Dondero was fired he also tried to run against Ron Paul for his congressional seat and lost. He seemed to believe that he was the one who “got Ron Paul elected to Congress in 1996.”
So, if people ask you about Dondero in specific, tell them that he’s angry nobody with a mysterious past trying to make a name for himself in the politcal area. No one to be trusted.
- Traditional marriage excludes benefits for gay couples. Traditional and same-sex marriage exclude benefits for unmarried couples. All three exclude benefits for single individuals. Government needs to get the fuck out of the marriage.
Ron Paul doesn’t personally condone gay marriage, but, like other libertarians, he doesn’t let this interfere with policy. Walter Block has summed the overlap of both libertarian theory and cultural conservatism:
- The mistake I made in my earlier writing, it is now apparent to me, is that I am not only a libertarian but also a cultural conservative. Not only am I concerned with what the law should be, I also live in the moral, cultural, and ethical realm. I was then so astounded by the brilliance of the libertarian vision (I still am) that I overlooked the fact that I am more than only a libertarian. As both a libertarian and a cultural conservative, I see no incompatibility between beliefs which are part of these two very different universes of discourse.
People who say he’s homophobic are the same people saying he’s racist. It’s an attempt to turn people’s views away from Obama’s murderous and detrimental policy failures, nothing else.