That my friends is what it comes down to for me. Do I trust enough to accept his idea of small federal government? I know that in his world the states will bear the responsibilities that the federal government is relieved of, but that means trusting even more, and frankly less qualified people.
Trust is a funny animal. I have trusted people, and on virtually every occassion found them lacking. Now, unless you are a dead blood relative you all fall into the same category. I can trust you until I veer from what you desire for yourself. In a world with out selfishness trust would be a given, but at least in the society I live in now people have aspirations. We can be best buddies, and sooner or later what you want for you will be different than what I want for me. Thats when the proverbial doodoo hits the fan. As long as what you and I want don’t contradict each other we’re still ok, but if they do, one of is in for some greivious disappointment in our friend.
I tend to come out on the short end of the stick most of the time in the trust department. Not because I am wildly trustworthy. I can give you a whole stack of sworn affidavits that say otherwise. It’s more because I have a very limited list of desires. I’m not going to fight my buddy for the affections of a woman, because, and correct me if I’m wrong, there are about a gazillion of them out there, and plus or minus 30 IQ points and 100 lbs they’re all pretty much the same. I’m not being sexist, the same can be said for men. I’m not special, and one monkey don’t stop no show. I’m also not going to walk over your carcass for a better position in the chain of command because quite simply I’m just not that damned ambitious. I have been walked over though, and the scum sucking rump lickers that have done it can thank god and government that I was not allowed to respond as I thought appropriate.
I have with cognizant intent limited my life to those things that are important to me. Basically, don’t harm my children, or molest my pets and we’ll be just dandy. This of course is in a society that is quite restrictive. Not Nazi restrictive, not socialist restrictive, but a free society that through its beliefs and laws is quite controlled. We have the church to control the 80% of people who claimed some religious affiliation as of 2001. This number is rapidly declining, and those godless bastards out west are the main reason. Religion has been used as a form of mass control since naked folks slathered their buttocks with holly berries and danced in the moonlight. It sets the moral boundaries that encourages a herd mentality that is amazingly well suited to the human species. We need control, because without it we are absurdly violent and narcissistic. It’s all about “me,” and it has always been about “me.”
For that 20% and growing group of society that is secular we have laws. Laws of course are established by congress, approved by the executive branch, and interpreted by the courts. If Dr. Paul has his way, these three entities will take on a junior role in our society. Sort of a watch dog on the 50 of each that will become all powerful in our lives. I’m not trying to be a spoil sport, but when is the last time adding people to a decision making process in society helped?
Look at your state, your city…are these the people you want determining the important decisions in your life? Do you want to move every time a majority of your stupid assed neighbors come up with some crackpot scheme to make life better?
Add to this the mans desire to end all controls on drugs, to make guns easy to obtain, to weaken the already understaffed military that we have, and you find me not only ambivalent about his chances, but questioning where I would fit in this free for all society of his.
I have to assume that when my easy to get a gun ass blows some crackhead all over the sidewalk that there will still be laws to ensure that you folks pay for my incarceration. You see, my lack of trust for his idea of government is not based on fear of it. It’s based on fear of me. I want you cow ponies controlled so I don’t have to control you myself. i am a very friendly fellow, but stick your nose in my world and I can assure you that jacking off a bobcat in a telephone booth with glass in your hand will seem a wiser option.
You see, the reality is that society is made up of a whole lot of people like me, and an extensive number of people that I only define as other. Trust me when I tell you that a strong federal government makes us all safer, freer, and aliver than we would be under Ron Pauls vision. His road leads to anarchy, and while I think I would do okay under that scenario, I’m not so sure about those of you with strong moral codes, and basic levels of decency. Getting in touch with my inner beast isn’t a problem for me. When was the last time you let the dog out?