Like Kelly Clarkson, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Congressman Ron Paul. I’ve never been one of his staunch supporters but I could respect some of his Libertarian viewpoints, especially his anti-occupation sentiment with regard to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I also admired that he’s been a true maverick sharing ideas that ruffle the feathers of his party. But during the fight for the Republican nomination, his published opinions on race and his stance against the Civil Rights Act made me wonder if he had all of his mental ducks in a row. But his comments of late only confirmed my suspicions– he’s a bit of a loony tune.
It started last week when it was discovered that Congressman Paul receives Social Security. That is, of course, his legal right. But when you’re preaching from the Tea Party bible of small government and wasteful spending, it might be a good idea to think twice before you cash government checks from Uncle Sam and from a program you openly abhor as unconstitutional.
Speaking of unconstitutionality, let’s move on to his thoughts on yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps it can be attributed to the collective shock of the GOP that their favorite son, Chief Justice Roberts, was the deciding majority opinion. Whatever the case may be, Congressman Rand Paul, Ron’s son (proving that the crazy apple didn’t fall far from the tree) came to the stunning conclusion that, and I’m paraphrasing, just because a few people on the Supreme Court rule that something is constitutional doesn’t mean that it is. Um, huh? So by using this line of thinking, am I to gather that Al Gore won the presidency and that Citizens United is illegitimate?
There have been many Supreme Court rulings over the years that have confounded liberals and conservatives alike. But you don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to understand that when the highest court in the land upholds a law as constitutional, it is constitutional. Case closed.
I think the time has come for all those too cool for school 20-something politically independent minded college folks to get off the Ron Paul bandwagon. It’s no longer cool to dig Grandpa, not when Grandpa is voting on policy and clearly off his rocker.