With the presidential elections only months away the debates are heating up about which presidential candidate is most eligible. Ron Paul is a very popular candidate among college students but there are many students who strongly dislike him as well. A major problem I have with these people is that they are often uninformed or misinformed when it comes to Ron Paul and his policies.
Many misconceptions about Ron Paul include the statements that he does not support many important things such as minimum wage. Ron Paul simply does not support a federal government mandated minimum wage but if a specific state wants to set a lower limit, they can. However, what many people do not understand is that minimum wage does not necessarily need to be mandated by the government at all. If a company could pay workers less, the could produce cheaper goods. If they pay too little, workers will find jobs elsewhere but if they pay their workers too much they will fail.
What people do not realize is that even with out government intervention, the economy will regulate itself. It is when regulations get put in to place to, for example, save a company from failing, then workers get paid less because the company is not doing well on its own.
At this point, another regulation must be added to protect the workers. This trend continues until you have a bureaucracy in place that resembles America’s. The only rational, unbiased fix to this problem is to remove the regulations and allow the people to make their own decisions, which Paul strongly supports. These maneuvers would protect our individual liberties, a central theme of Paul’s platform.
Another misconception the establishment populous has is that he is racist. As we all know, many things that politicians say can be twisted to sound either good or bad. What Paul was stating when he said he did not support the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was that private businesses should not be forced by the government to do anything. Never does he state that businesses shouldn’t serve minorities, just that it’s not the governments place to force it upon them to do so. Basically the big controversy comes down to whether or not you think the government should be able to control what you do.
For his own moral reasons, Ron Paul does not support gay marriage, like many other Americans. However, he states that it should be up to the states to decide whether they will allow gay marriage. To dislike him because of his personal views, which in no way affects his running of the country, would be the same thing as anti-homosexuality: hatred of a personal viewpoint. People have different opinions and if states were able to make their own laws you could potentially move to the state whose views were most similar to yours. With millions people living in this country it is impossible to expect everyone to abide by the same set of rules.
You may not agree with Ron Paul’s policies but that’s what makes him different from other politicians; he welcomes other options. He realizes people are not all going to agree with him and that is perfectly okay. With Ron Paul, it is not about what he believes but what the people vote and agree upon that matter. He sticks with what he says although many people criticize him for it.
If you are a proponent of making your own decisions and leading your own life, Ron Paul is the only viable option. Otherwise, you get a corrupt politician trying to strip more of our rights away. It is up to you, though, just do your research before formulating an erroneous conclusion.