Ron Paul in City Paper

A local member of the LP forwarded this LTE to the City Paper regarding a recent article worth reading on Ron Paul:

 

Thank you for the great article on Ron Paul by Charlie Deitch.  He obviously put a lot of time into it and talked with a lot of people to produce a well-balanced piece.  I would like to point out a subtle distinction in Dr. Paul’s reasoning for his Congressional votes that is apparently lost on most people.  He is accused of being indifferent to human suffering because of his opposition to foreign aid, among other things.  He is opposed to using tax dollars for charity, both at home and abroad.  The distinction is this: if a person sends his own money to a charitable organization, that is considered a donation.  If a person takes money from someone else and sends it to a charitable organization, that is theft, unless done by a politician, for which he is considered compassionate.  It’s easy to be generous with other people’s money.  However, government has no authority – Constitutional, moral, or otherwise – to operate as a charity.  To force U.S. tax payers, whether or not they have the inclination or the financial ability, to support relief efforts all over the world is immoral.

In addition, the abortion issue is one that is easy to confuse.  I am against abortion but I am also pro-choice.  Similarly, I am against sky-diving and boxing, but I recognize that others may enjoy those activities and that I have no authority over them to prevent them from doing what I think is risky and dangerous behavior.  It affects only themselves.  For those who defend the right to abortion, however, do they believe that a mother has the right to kill her 2-year-old child?  I hope not.  Do they believe that a mother has the right to kill her 1-minute-old child?  I hope not.  Do they believe that a mother has the right to kill her child who is 1-minute from being born?  I hope not.  Now, keep backing up into pregnancy asking that question.  My moral guideline is that no one has the right to kill any being who can feel pain or experience awareness.  I don’t know exactly when the central nervous system and the brain develop to that level, but that’s the point after which abortion should be considered murder.

— Nicholas Kyriazi

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