Ron Paul Signs Personhood USA Pledge, Proving Once Again That He Is NOT A Libertarian Or A Liberal

Author: December 26, 2011 10:09 am

True libertarians believe in leaving people be. The main tenet of libertarianism is personal liberty, which includes right to privacy. Libertarians fight fiercely for keeping the government out of the personal lives of the American citizenry. Ron Paul has claimed time and time again that he is a libertarian, but with a stroke of his pen last Thursday, Paul proved once and for all that he is NOT a libertarian.

Personhood USA has been putting a ton of pressure on the Republican Presidential candidates. Many of the candidates have signed the personhood pledge, which states that “every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise.” In other words, each candidate who has signed the pledge, is promising to ban abortion, thus violating the personal liberty of women everywhere. Last Thursday, Ron Paul signed that pledge.


Ron Paul looks desperate to win the nomination. So desperate, that he is joining the extreme evangelical conservatives, to try and win their support in Iowa and the rest of the country. In doing so, Paul is selling his libertarian soul to the extreme right wing fundamentalist Christians who want to strangle American freedom with an iron fist. He now opposes abortion for any reason and is completely against gay marriage. This goes against libertarian philosophy. Paul has tried to paint himself as the new Barry Goldwater, but Ron Paul is no Goldwater. A true libertarian, Goldwater defended a woman’s right to choose, and supported gay rights.

If Ron Paul were a true libertarian, he would completely support these words spoken by the father of American libertarianism.

“Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.”
~Barry Goldwater

“It’s time America realized that there is no gay exemption in the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence.”
~Barry Goldwater

But Ron Paul is of the opposite viewpoint. Paul would harness the government and use it against the people. He would invade our personal lives on the orders of extremists. That alone disqualifies Ron Paul from being President and should make real libertarians and real liberals everywhere, reject him.

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  • Once again, there is a fundamental lack of insight here. Believe it or not, a man can hold a belief, stand by that belief, and not bring it to bear on his public service (and you can check his record to confirm that).

    That is to say, Ron Paul, as a gynecologist, can sign a piece of paper saying he believes life begins at conception…and he can go on record saying he feels the executive branch has no business weighing in on the matter at all.

    What’s the problem? (besides a healthy does of ignorance and polarized thinking on the part of critics)

  • there are very many Libertarians that are Pro-Life. There is NO statement by the Libertarian National party that defines a Libertarian as for or against abortion.

  • But Ron Paul has always been an extreme right wing fundamentalist Christian, hasn’t he? I’m not shocked he signed the personhood pledge, I’m shocked he didn’t sign it years ago.

  • I will preface this with the fact that I am an atheist liberal(not DEM because DEMs are all scum just like GOP). But I know when something is wrong.

    If a pregnant woman is hit by a drunk driver and killed. The driver is charged with double homocide/manslaughter/whatever the charge it is double. It does not matter what stage the of development the human is in. Now if she were on her way to have her child aborted and she did not tell anyone that she was going to have one, the driver would still be charged the same. This tells me that the only person that has legal authority to issue an order to kill a human being at this stage of development is the mother of the human(which is ironic because they are the ones that are the most protective of their children). And the doctor is like the drunk driver, but he is cleared legally to kill the human because she wants him to. And you can argue whatever would like, but it doesn’t matter how you try to rationalize it because at any stage after conception that is a human being. The life inside the womb doesn’t develop into a human being. It already is a human being. Human beings are human beings because of thier DNA, not age or developmental stage. There is no avoiding that. So depending on who gives permission and how it is accomplished determines if it is okay to kill a human. In addition, the current legal standard comes down to one second between legal abortion and illegal abortion(a.k.a murder). So I would like to know who has the ultimate authority on taking away someone’s life? And how is taking away someone’s right to live libertarian or even humane for that matter?

    @George: I fucking HATE both “parties,” and if you believe there is any kind of difference between GOP and DEM, you should revaluate. Obama has received PLENTY of money from the wealthy. They are all whores to money and power. However, would you say let’s just kill them before they are born just in case they have a bad childhood? Ask someone who had a very bad childhood if they would rather have just been aborted. Oh and Republicans would never give their prostitutes abortions because their prostitutes are all men and can’t get pregnant.

    • @the Author: I am a REAL liberal. I don’t reject him. You people think you have so much sway in American thought…the sad thing is you do. Most people that read this will just nod their head and keep walking. But you can stop that bullshit of telling me what I “SHOULD” believe or what I “SHOULD” do. Since I don’t agree with you I am not a real liberal or real libertarian? Speaking of anti-libertarian/liberal….

      -“That alone disqualifies Ron Paul from being President and should make real libertarians and real liberals everywhere, reject him.”

  • Are you an idiot? Ron Paul has always been staunchly pro-life. To think he was “desperate” to sign this pledge is ridiculous – it’s in line with the beliefs he’s always held.

  • Here’s a quote from Ron Paul’s book on the issue. Recall that he was a practicing obstetrician before going into politics.

    “Residents were encouraged to visit various operating rooms in order to observe the procedures that were being done. One day I walked into an operating room without knowing what I was walking into, and the doctors were in the middle of performing a C-section. It was actually an abortion by hysterotomy. The woman was probably six months along in her pregnancy, and the child she was carrying weighed over 2 lbs. At that time, the doctors were not especially sophisticated, for lack of a better term, when it came to killing the baby prior to delivery, so they went ahead with the delivery and put the baby in a bucket in the corner of the room. The baby tried to breathe, and tried to cry, and everyone in the room pretended the baby wasn’t there. I was deeply shaken by this experience, and it hit me at that moment just how important the life issue was.”

    This post isn’t about abortion, it’s about truth in journalism. Given Ron Paul’s background as an OB, I respect his decision to be pro-life. The implication that Ron Paul’s position on abortion is due to his desperation to with the nomination is both disgusting and clearly false. Ron Paul isn’t going to with the Republican nomination not because of his position on abortion, but his positions on foreign policy, his stance on legalizing drugs, and a number of other issues. If he were base-pandering, these would be the positions he would be changing.

  • Here’s a quote from Ron Paul’s book on the issue. Recall that he was a practicing obstetrician before going into politics.

    “As a physician, and in particular as an obstetrician who has delivered over 4,000 babies I have always had a special interest in the subject of abortion. When I studied medicine at Duke Medical School from 1957 to 1961, the subject was never raised. By the time of my medical residency at University of Pittsburg in the mid-1960s, though, wholesale defiance of the laws against abortion was taking place in various parts of the country, including my own.

    Residents were encouraged to visit various operating rooms in order to observe the procedures that were being done. One day I walked into an operating room without knowing what I was walking into, and the doctors were in the middle of performing a C-section. It was actually an abortion by hysterotomy. The woman was probably six months along in her pregnancy, and the child she was carrying weighed over 2 lbs. At that time, the doctors were not especially sophisticated, for lack of a better term, when it came to killing the baby prior to delivery, so they went ahead with the delivery and put the baby in a bucket in the corner of the room. The baby tried to breathe, and tried to cry, and everyone in the room pretended the baby wasn’t there. I was deeply shaken by this experience, and it hit me at that moment just how important the life issue was.”

    This post isn’t about abortion, it’s about truth in journalism. Given Ron Paul’s background as an OB, I respect his decision to be pro-life. The implication that Ron Paul’s position on abortion is due to his desperation to with the nomination is both disgusting and clearly false. Ron Paul isn’t going to with the Republican nomination not because of his position on abortion, but his positions on foreign policy, his stance on legalizing drugs, and a number of other issues. If he were base-pandering, these would be the positions he would be changing.

  • These legislators really need to stop and think about all of the ramifications of giving a zygote rights. Or have they, and if so: how do they propose we handle them?

  • I don’t care for either party but the Republicans seem to be the ones that are the most full of shit-bad enough that they are whores to the wealthy (both parties are “owned”-as George Washington who refused to join any party even though they all wanted him said, “There is no right or left they are both just puppets on the same far rich man’s hands”) but this bullshit anti-abortions stance-you can bet when a Republican senator gets one of his prostitutes pregnant that baby gets the ax, but the main point is that once that baby is born the right wing doesn’t give a damn if it starves to death, dies because it doesn’t have health care, or if that kid has an education. They are talking about doing away with public education-then it would be easier to impliment Newt’s child slave labor plan. The fact that any of these clowns might occupy the White House shows how politically stupid so many Americans are!

  • What a pit that people have to argue about killing babies. Dr. Paul, OBGYN, believes that the federal government should not be the decision make on issues such as this as it is a state’s matter. He doesn’t endorse it and is completely against it. However, it would be up to the states to determine their laws on the matter. Which makes sense. Why should a state like Idaho that is against abortion quite strongly have to pay for government clinics in New York? The people that live in the communities where they live should decide on this matter. That way it doesn’t screw the minority of people completely. That is the whole point. National laws dictate a type of tyrannical empire instead of a republic. Within a republic, the invididual communities and states all have a say. This stops big government from growing out of control and eroding liberties and starting wars. That is essentially what Dr. Paul advocates.

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