Why Are Some Social Conservatives in Iowa Endorsing Ron Paul?



imageSteve Deace posted a piece written by Gregg Jackson about Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) that I thought was interesting.  None of the following will likely upset many of his diehard followers, but those who care about issues like marriage and abortion should be concerned.  Many of these positions are actually lauded by his supporters and I’m sure that this post will be labeled a hit piece.  It is not.  I agree with Congressman Paul on many of his economic positions, but frankly when it comes to social issues – Congressman Paul’s record and rhetoric has not given me much to be excited about.  I welcome response by those social conservatives and Christians in Iowa who have publicly endorsed him because I really don’t understand it.

These things are stumbling blocks for him in Iowa no matter how much his supporters will hoot and holler about it.  By the way, many of the links are videos of interviews he has done… so they are his own words and/or public record.  Again I recognize that many of his supporters simply don’t care about these things, that’s fine – many people do.

Denies that God says homosexuality is a sin.

Supports open homosexuals in the military and repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”

Supports the “freedom philosophy” of legalizing cocaine, heroin, marijuana and all other hard drugs. In his words, “Government has no role or authority in regulating drugs.”

Supports legalization of pornography and prostitution.

Supports right of homosexuals to marry one another (i.e. “gay marriage) He says, “Gay couples can do whatever they want.”

Is “pro-choice for states” on abortion. Individual states should be able to legalize abortion if they so choose. All pre-born babies don’t possess a God-given right to their own lives which no individual state may ever violate.

Supported abortion legislation regulations which have resulted in 7.4 million chemical and surgical abortions since taking office in 1997 in Congress.

Doesn’t believe it’s government’s role to “legislate morality” even though all laws are based on morality.

Congressman Paul has said that the spending our government does is immoral (I agree), but then brushes these other issues off doesn’t make sense to me.  Thus is the difference between someone who holds a secular libertarian worldview (which Congressman Paul does) contrasted with those who hold to a Christian libertarian (“you can’t have liberty without law” – meaning God’s law) or full-spectrum conservative point of view.

So this begs the question – why are some social conservatives in Iowa endorsing Ron Paul?

Photo by Dave Davidson

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Comments

  1. says

    Sanctity of life act every year. When I murder I go to state court because I broke a state law. Abortion is murder, thus it should be handled by the states like all murder is. see chuck baldwin’s endorsement. Second, Ron Paul has said that prostitution is a state issue and would oppose it if he held a state office. Third, he supports DOMA. I have more but I think you get the point. Ron Paul is still a good social conservative. 

  2. ashley robinson says

    ron paul is probably the most sincere christian in washington, dc.  but he believes in rule of law.  the man believes the govt at federal level is beyond corruption. because of this corruption, abortion won’t be illegal nationally any time soon. so ron paul is fighting for states to be able to decide to ban abortion. who disagrees with this?  a moron?

  3. Ron V says

    Thus is the difference between someone who holds a secular libertarian
    worldview (which Congressman Paul does) contrasted with those who hold
    to a Christian libertarian (“you can’t have liberty without law” –
    meaning God’s law) or full-spectrum conservative point of view.

    You can’t have liberty without law – meaning God’s law

    Supposedly God gave us free will, does that not figure into your God’s law equation?

    Supposedly this country was founded on a separation of church and state. What you propose is to have the State dictate morality, where does that leave the separation? Having the State dictate morality on behalf of a Christian majority leads to an interesting dilemma. People abandon God for the safety and security of the State. From my perspective it looks as if people no longer worship God as the provider of all their needs, they worship Government, the State.

    In my reading of the Bible, I find it interesting that Jesus showed anger only once. He directed His ire at the Pharisees, the “money changers”, the establishment that had convinced people they had cornered the market on “God’s Law”.

    This is a paraphrased quote from a book titled Our Enemy The State-

    Everybody wants something-for-nothing, or at least something-for- less, and so they create the State in their own image. Only a transformation of the hearts of the people will topple the power of the State.

  4. Anglerd says

    To the author….you have more in common with the those on the left in that you wish to use the force and power of government to enforce your beliefs than you have with honest social conservatives. Dr. Paul believes, as would any honest person of faith, that morality comes from the voluntary actions of the church and free people not from force of government……….in fact, the  more we look to government to be the enforcer of morality, the immoral we will become. 

  5. Anglerd says

    To the author….you have more in common with the those on the left in that you wish to use the force and power of government to enforce your beliefs than you have with honest social conservatives. Dr. Paul believes, as would any honest person of faith, that morality comes from the voluntary actions of the church and free people not from force of government……….in fact, the  more we look to government to be the enforcer of morality, the immoral we will become. 

  6. ASeattleConservative says

    I agree with you Shane.  In fact, one of the main reasons I quit the John Birch Society after so many years was because of the Libertarian influence, specifically that of Ron Paul.

    God will not bless a nation that doesn’t abide by His laws.  Diehard Paul supporters should tell him that (although I suspect the majority of Paul supporters are atheists).