It is almost ironic that of all the Republicans who ran in the 2008 presidential primary, Ron Paul would be the one tagged to appear in an outrageous motion picture whose leading character is gay. Bruno, the newest movie from Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame, features a 5 minute scene where Bruno, an openly gay character, tries, unsuccessfully to seduce the Congressman.
Away from the pre-arranged media interviews, unrehearsed and unscripted, Ron Paul shows his true colors. He could have taken the opportunity to simply walk out of the room, or laugh at the joke, or even make a humorous comment like “nothing you can do will change my mind about gays in the military”, but instead we see the true response by the real man confronted by a gay man. His reaction was of anger and disgust as he’s shown fleeing from the scene, exclaiming “This interview is over!”
In a much more rehearsed radio interview, Paul is heard chuckling when he says that he would “probably have to apologize to my supporters because I think most are going to (wonder) why in the world didn’t I sock this guy in the nose.”
Yes, we’re all certain that your supporters would agree that violence against a gay man would have been a great response.
Ron Paul, first a Republican, then a Libertarian, then a Republican once again, whose message of fiscal responsibility resounded so loudly that it created a “revolution”. Ron Paul, who then endorsed the Constitutional Party candidate, joined forces with the John Birch Society and abandoned a large segment of libertarians when it came to issues of basic human rights.
Ron Paul introduced The Marriage Protection Act of 2007, supports the Defense Of Marriage Act, and thinks the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is just fine the way it is. These are very ultra-conservative views and have little to do with true Libertarian philosophy.
Real Libertarians take individual rights seriously – seriously enough to consistently uphold them against the initiation of the use of force by anyone, especially government, for any reason. This means that government has no business coercively interfering with the lives of peaceful citizens in their private affairs and voluntary relationships.
This is the core of Libertarian principles especially when it comes to an individual’s right to marry, and to serve in the military, gay or straight.
Then again, if we were to take this Libertarain policy one step further, government shouldn’t be in the business of marriage in the first place. The only reason for legalized co-habitation contracts is to grant individuals certain legal rights of property and care of minor children. In the event the contract is breached, it can be dissolved and the property dispersed through legal action.
Ron Paul proclaims he is a Constitutionalist. If that is to be the case, he would be on the front lines of the battle for “equal protection under the law”.
The 14th Amendment states, without any ambiguities, that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.“
This is plain, simple text. All men and women, Republicans and Democrats, of every race, color or sexual preference, who are citizens of the United States, are to be given equal protection as citizens of the United States of America. Even individuals who chose to love someone of the same sex.
If those who wish to follow the leader of this “revolution”, they need to be very clear after seeing this movie clip, exactly which direction he’s leading.
The Pledge of Allegiance ends with “Freedom and Justice for ALL”. Isn’t it about time our elected officials start to live up to those words?
Especially for those who make outrageous movies.