Wednesday, August 01, 2007

My issues with Ron Paul

I think it was a fairly clever strategy by a Presidential candidate to get all his campaign staff and supporters to flood sites like with pro-Ron Paul stories and cries about him not getting a fair shot. Considering a lot of these users are democrats or at least lean to a very liberal side, here's what I want to bring up and wonder if these people STILL want to vote for Ron Paul:

Embryonic stem cell programs not constitionally authorized. (May 2007)
Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
No federal funding of abortion, and pro-life. (Dec 2000)
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)

Civil Rights:
Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
Rated 67% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)

Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

Voted NO on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)

Close departments of Energy, Education & Homeland Security. (May 2007)
Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)

Gun Control:
Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms. (Nov 1996)
Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms. (Nov 1996)
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)

Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)

These are all the ways that Ron Paul is possibly still too conservative to earn the liberal vote. All the issues I excluded? They're all the reasons why he's too liberal to earn conservative votes. Do your work people. No candidate will be perfect for you but one of them is close. Start doing your work now and learn about every candidate to make sure the right one wins their primary and the Presidency in 2008. It's time for a change.


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