Liberal columnist Bob Cesca can’t say enough disgusting things about Ron Paul, but amid the type of rabid, off-color comments we might expect from a leftist—such as calling the Congressman’s presidential campaign “political masturbation”—a striking, stalwart, stone-cold fact arises like the Washington monument. Ron Paul is measurably “the most conservative member of Congress in modern history.”
To a liberal this is a deathly insult, of course, but to conservatives it is a credential.
It is also a myth-buster for many people. While Rick Santorum, Dick Morris and others claim that Paul is “to the left of Obama,” the facts prove quite otherwise:
Based on statistics culled from the American Journal of Political Science and Common Space Score calculations from 1937 to 2002, Ron Paul has the most conservative record out of the entire roster of more than 3,000 Congress members from both chambers during that considerably long span of time. Put another way, Ron Paul is the most conservative member of Congress in modern history. Think of the most right-wing legislator you can come up with. Ron Paul is to that person’s right. Michele Bachmann, Steve King, Rick Santorum, Louie Gohmert — Ron Paul has them beat by miles.
Go ahead, check out who is the most conservative Congressman period since at least 1937 based on all the actual roll call votes taken in Congress during that time: you’ll have to scroll to the very bottom of this list of 3,320 names (because the top of the list is the most liberal). Facts don’t lie.
So Cesca asks the obvious question: “what about all of that aforementioned ‘horrendous libertarian baggage?’” He then lists Paul’s positions on cutting the size of government: to hear a liberal tell it, it sounds like a conservative paradise. The section is too long to quote here fairly, so the interested reader should click through to read it all if they want. But the leftist’s horror is evident throughout:
He wants to eliminate many cabinet level departments including the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.
This alone should be a deal breaker for progressives. But there are many, many more.
Indeed, the list includes cutting cabinet positions, departments, taxes, the budget back to 2000 levels at least, and supporting tax cuts for everyone including the rich and businesses, as supporting constitutional letters of marque and reprisal. And Cesca is especially horrified that
Paul is staunchly pro-life and supports the criminalization of abortion — calling for the arrest of abortion doctors, presumably for murder.
Paul is quoted on his website: “There has to be a criminal penalty for the person that’s committing that crime. And I think that is the abortionist.” . . .
[And] he supported the Defense of Marriage Act. He also co-sponsored the Marriage Protection Act, which beefed up DOMA and stopped judges from overturning the rule.
The list goes on. So why is Cesca worried that Paul is “no friend to” and “should be a deal breaker for progressives”?
Simple. Paul is doing something no other Republican has done in a long, long time: converting Democrats into Republicans. This would mean bad news for Obama: “progressives have been abandoning support for the president (many of them were never supporters in the first place, going back to the chaotic 2008 primaries) and shifting their support to Ron Paul.”
Indeed, many of these people were not true progressive Democrats anyway and are just learning what freedom really means. And such liberation has establishment members on both the left and the right fighting to marginalize Paul’s message.