|Source: Ron Paul For Dummies-U.S. Representative Ron Paul, R, Texas-|
Ron Paul makes a good case as a Libertarian. That if you really are a Libertarian and don't just call yourself that to defend either economic or civil liberties, that you can't be both a racist and a libertarian. It has to be one or the other, because if you're a Libertarian, you believe in individual liberty because you believe in individualism. But if you're a racist no matter which race you're a member of, you judge people as groups generally in a negative way. I definitely believe Ron Paul is a Libertarian and not a racist, but he's made some statements in the past about Israel and other Jews that could be viewed as racist and has been associated with people that have made racist statements about African-Americans that could be viewed as racist. However he's been associated with these groups, loosely or otherwise, that he's going to have to explain in a satisfactory way for him to have any chance of being elected President of the United States. Or even win the Republican nomination.
Because the Republican Party is not going to want to defend someone who's viewed as a racist. They don't want another Pat Buchanan or David Duke, they want to move past that. A lot of Republicans in the past some for good reason, have had to defend themselves against charges that they are racist. Like Pat Buchanan for his statements about Jewish and African-Americans and David Duke obviously for being with the Ku Klux Klan. So if you're a Libertarian Republican like Ron Paul, you're in the best position possible for a Republican to fight off those charges. Because Libertarians aren't racist. We obviously need to work to build a society especially in our criminal justice system. Where individual liberty sometimes for the rest of people's lives is at stake. Where we don't judge suspects by their race or ethnicity or who they hang out with or how they dress or talk. But what they do and arrest people for committing crimes. Not because they were the closest person to the crime.
We do have a lot of African-Americans in the criminal justice system as far as their percentage of the overall population and some of them may be in their because they were given unfair trials, had racist law enforcement or whatever the case may be. But a lot of them are in the CJS because of bad decisions that they made in their lives. One bad decision after another that built a road that they took to prison. Coming from a low-income, probably single-parent family in a rough neighborhood. Being stuck in bad schools where they weren't educated properly, those things aren't their faults. But dropping out of school, getting involved in organize crime at a young age and then committing crimes that landed them in prison, are their faults. So what we need to do instead is make sure these kids get a better shot at education in life, give their parents choice in where they send their kids to school, empower their parents to go back to school to get a good job so they don't have to live in rough neighborhoods and can move up to the middle class. And get to what's called "At Risk Youth" early on before they make mistakes that land them in prison. Make sure they get the counseling and education that they need to be able to go onto college. Or the next step in life for them after high school, to become productive citizens.