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This little somewhat childish debate that's going on in the Republican primaries about who is the constitutionalist, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul. Is kinda pointless, because I believe they are both constitutionalists. At least to a certain extent, but I would give the edge to Representative Paul, because he's a constitutionalist the whole way. And Speaker Gingrich leans more to being a Neoconservative on the War on Terror as far as how America should deal with it's terror suspects. But other than that Newt is the closest thing to Barry Goldwater or Ron Reagan as far as the major GOP presidential candidates right now. Except for being a bit farther right than Goldwater/Reagan on social issues. Like with school prayer and calling for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in America. A couple of reasons why the Religious Right loves Newt and why Representative Paul is more of a constitutionalist than Newt.
Ron Paul believes these controversial social issues should be left up to the states under the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution. So again edge to Ron Paul on the Constitution, fine. But unless that turns into votes for Paul in Iowa and New Hampshire, I don't believe it means a hell of a lot politically. But constitutionalism is not really a political ideology, but a view of the Constitution that it takes precedent because it guarantees all of our individual liberties. What Ron Paul really is, is a Classical Libertarian a big believer in the 10th Amendment to keep the Federal Government from getting too big. So the rest of our individual liberties are protected and I believe Newt Gingrich generally speaking supports this concept. But he's not a libertarian of any kind and more of what I would call a Classical Conservative. Except for on the War on Terror, church state issues and homosexuality Issues.
And when it gets to the War on Terror where I believe Newt believes the Federal Government has more leeway to do what it feels it needs to do to protect our national security, even if that means violating some of our individual liberties and this is what separates Newt from Ron Paul. But I'm a constitutionalist as well, I'm just not a Libertarian or Conservative, but a Liberal. And a big believer in limited government as well, again to stay in line with the U.S. Constitution. But also to insure that our individual liberties are always protected. My views on the Constitution are somewhat similar to Ron Paul, but different like on the Commerce and Welfare Clause. I believe our safety net is constitutional, but that it shouldn't be run by the Federal Government, to use as an example. I believe Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are the two strongest GOP presidential candidates right now as far as their major candidates. Gary Johnson and John Huntsman are their two best candidates, but neither of of them are getting much play. I wouldn't vote for either Gingrich or Paul as a Liberal Democrat. But because I'm a Liberal Democrat I would consider Johnson and Huntsman and I hope Paul wins Iowa and Gingrich wins New Hampshire. Because that would increase the likely hood that Mitt Romney won't win the presidential nomination. Being 0-2 and behind two major candidates.