(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Finally, one of our own is in the race for president.
BE: You mean Santorum; he's been in.
JB: No, I mean Pittsburgh native and Gettysburg College grad Ron Paul. Santorum announced formation of an exploratory committee last month. Paul announced his candidacy this morning.
BE: And we like him?
JB: We love him. He's a Texas congressman who's more libertarian than Republican, a physician who's delivered 4,000-plus babies and opposes abortion but doesn't think government should regulate it. Wants to abolish the IRS and foreign aid, end the wars. Our kinda guy.
BE: I think he also wants to put us on the gold standard. Isn't he a little nuts?
JB: Oh, oh, it's NUTS to abide by the Constitution? It's nuts to promote a free society? Here's a couple Paul quotes. Tell me what you think. "Everyone assumes America must play a leading role in crafting some settlement or compromise between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But Jefferson, Madison and Washington explicity warned against involving ourselves in foreign conflicts."
BE: That was pretty good advice for the 18th century.
JB: Solid basic principles are timeless. Think of the money we've spent on foreign issues that never end. And listen to this: "Having federal officials, whether judges, bureaucrats or congressmen, impose a new definition of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering profoundly hostile to liberty."
BE: A conservative who supports gay marriage. Rare.
JB: A conservative who supports freedom. A conservative who earned the nickname "Dr. No" by voting against all kinds of government spending and interference in our personal lives.
BE: Including, as I understand it, federal assistance for flood victims.
JB: Yep. Buy insurance, he says. And if you can't get insurance, move. Why should taxpayers in Philadelphia pay for problems in Mississippi?
BE: Because everyone must contribute for the common good, I thought.
JB: You like paying taxes?
BE: Seriously, this guy's going nowhere.
JB: This guy, hopefully, will help push a discussion towards less-invasive government on social issues and less-militaristic government in foreign policy.
BE: Why do you hate America?
JB: As Ron says, "I have never met anyone who did not support our troops. Sometimes, however, we hear accusations that someone or some group does not support the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. But this is pure demagoguery, and it is intellectually dishonest...the obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people."
BE: His convictions seem fierce.
JB: Speaking of which....GRRRRR.