Until last night’s debate I’d never had the full Ron Paul experience. I’m not sure I want to again. Not only is Paul not very bright (no a dime at 2.268 grams is not worth $3.50, no the US is not spending $20 billion per year on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan) and exceedingly unpleasant (as a non-practicing MD who refused to take Medicare or Medicaid you aren’t an authority on health care) but he is just bat-crap crazy.
When opining on border security, Ron Paul saw a downside that had eluded most of us. While we were all down in the weeds concentrating on cost, feasibility, etc., Doctor Paul saw the big picture. The wall is like the Iron Curtain all over again.
“The people that want big fences and guns, sure, we could secure the border,” the congressman noted. “A barbed wire fence with machine guns, that would do the trick. I don’t believe that is what America is all about.”
“Every time you think about this toughness on the border and ID cards and REAL IDs, think it’s a penalty against the American people too. I think this fence business is designed and may well be used against us and keep us in. In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people controls. Every time you think about the fence being used to keep all those bad people out, think about the fences being used against us, keeping us in.”
Apparently, when Paul went to school Canada didn’t exist because if the US was putting controls on people via “ID cards and REAL IDs” most of us would head north where they speak English, sorta. Where there is no freakin fence. I suspect that even illegal Mexicans living in the US would flee to Canada rather than Mexico.
There is no way to describe this comment but to call it as it is: totally bug-eyed crazy. Crazy that you can smell. Crazy with its own ZIP Code. I don’t care what Ron Paul polls he has no more business in a GOP debate than Lyndon LaRouche has in a Democrat debate.