I confess I am not a big Ron Paul follower, so perhaps I should know better. But I’ve tended to view him as a Fortress America libertarian who just wants government, especially the federal government, to go away as much as possible. Anti-abortion yes, but what else is a Texas Republican supposed to be? So it was with some surprise that I discovered the following Religious Right boilerplate in his remarks on what is wrong with education in America in today’s GOP presidential debate.
DO YOU KNOW THE MAJOR PROBLEM? WE ALLOWED THE JUDGES TO DRIVE GOD OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS. WE ALLOWED THE MORAL FOUNDATION OF THIS REPUBLIC WHICH IS THAT WE ARE CREATED EQUAL AND ENDOWED BY OUR CREATOR, NOT BY OUR CONSTITUTION OR OUR LEADERS WITH OUR RIGHTS. IF WE DON’T TEACH OUR CHILDREN THAT HERITAGE AND THE MORAL CULTURE THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT, WE CANNOT REMAIN FREE, THEY WILL NOT BE DISCIPLINED TO LEARN SCIENCE, TO LEARN MATH, TO LEARN HISTORY, TO LEARN ANYTHING. AND THEY DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS EXCEPT WHEN THEY’RE SQUABBLING ABOUT THEIR OWN PERSONAL FAITH AND FORGETTING THAT WE HAVE A NATIONAL CREED. AND THAT NATIONAL CREED NEEDS TO BE TAUGHT TO OUR CHILDREN SO THAT WHETHER THEY WERE SCIENTISTS OR BUSINESSMEN OR LAWYERS THEY WILL STAND ON THE SOLID GROUND OF A MORAL EDUCATION THAT GIVES THEM THE DISCIPLINE THEY NEED TO SERVE THE RIGHT, TO EXERCISE THEIR FREEDOM WITH DIGNITY, AND TO DEFEND JUSTICE BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND IT IS OUR HERITAGE.
Is this the real Ron Paul or is he trying to, as they say, expand his base?
Update: I just heard a clip from the debate that had Alan Keyes saying some of the above. So, I guess, never mind.