Conspiracy theorist Ron Paul is unfit to be President
from the New York Daily News opinion page:
After 13 debates and most of a year of campaigning, the selection of a Republican nominee begins Tuesday night in Iowa.
There’s one candidate in the field of seven whom Republicans cannot trust with their votes: Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
Behind the grandfatherly, unpolished demeanor is a radical with economic and foreign policy views so dangerous they make him utterly unfit to be the party’s nominee, much less commander-in-chief.
The congressman doesn’t simply want to reform the Federal Reserve bank, one of the pillars of a stable international monetary system. Paul wants to “end the Fed.”
He doesn’t simply want to shift foreign aid, which, at about 1% of the U.S. budget, is generally a wise investment in saving lives and advancing American values. He wants to eliminate it.
He views Social Security and Medicare as outright unconstitutional.
Paul opposes sanctions to stop the Iranian mullahs from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He wants to withdraw all U.S. armed forces from Afghanistan, even if the Taliban and Al Qaeda take over again. He showed his warped thinking in an Op-Ed penned for these pages in October that ludicrously claimed the American drone strike that killed terror master Anwar al-Awlaki violated the Constitution.
A former senior aide who worked with Paul for 15 years recalls that after the 9/11 attacks, Paul “engaged in conspiracy theories including perhaps the attacks were coordinated with the CIA” and “expressed no sympathies whatsoever for those who died on 9/11.”
And we haven’t even mentioned the racially inflammatory and anti-Israel newsletters sent under Paul’s name in the 1980s and 1990s that he disavows and claims he never read.
Late polls show that this man could win Iowa.
Republican caucus goers Tuesday night should do the country a service and bury Paul’s campaign in the cornfields.