Ron Paul is touted as the guy that really understands our Constitution and the various roles of the federal and state governments. However, when doing research on Ron Paul's position on abortion at http://prolifeprofiles.com/ronpaul I found a huge hole in Ron Paul's understanding of the Constitution.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The above quote from The Declaration of Independence is the foundational idea of our entire system of government. Our individual rights come not from a piece of paper, a government, or a mutual agreement among men; but from an entity that is at a higher level than all of them: God.
Unalienable simply means that something cannot be seperated from a person under any circumstances. In this case it means our God given rights cannot be sperated from us by any person or entity--not the federal government, not any state government, not a foreign government, nobody.
The next sentence in The Declaration of Independence explains why our governments (all of them, federal, state, and local) exist.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
The purpose of the government (any government--federal or state) is to secure our God given, unalienable rights.
When you examine Ron Paul's positions on abortion, you realize two things:
- Ron Paul does not grasp the concept of God given, unalienable rights.
- Ron Paul does not understand that the purpose for every government is to secure our God given, unalienable rights.
Several of the founding fathers opposed adding a bill of rights to the Constitution. They argued that if you enumerated a list of rights in the Constitution, eventually people would come to view this as a comprehensive list of our rights, instead of just a subset. That is exactly the trap Ron Paul has fallen into.
If the right to life to life is a God given, unalienable right, and the federal government was established to secure those rights, shouldn't the federal government have a role in protecting life? Not according to Ron Paul. If a right is not specifically enumerated in the Constitution, then the federal government has no role in securing that right--even if it is a so called "God given unalienable right".
Ron Paul's position on abortion at the state level further underscores the fact that he doesn't understand the concept of unalienable rights. Paul rests all of his pro-life reputation on the fact that he favors outlawing abortion at the state level. But, he makes it perfectly clear that he believes individual states have the constitutional right to legalize abortion.
This is the same argument that was used by slavery defenders in the 1800's: states, under the 10th amendment, had broad leeway; and could restrict individual rights in a way the the federal government could not. In both cases, they missed the fact that these rights (the right to freedom and the right to life) are God given, unalienable rights.
Since God established these unalienable rights, no entity lower than God has the authority to separate a person from his rights. To argue otherwise, is to argue that the entire concept of God given, unalienable rights is invalid. Yet, that is exactly what Ron Paul argues: that a state has the authority to separate a person from their rights (in this case, the right to life).
The only conclusion you can come to is that Ron Paul doesn't recognize the concept of God given, unalienable rights; or that the purpose of government (at every level--federal, state, and local) is to secure those unalienable rights.
God given, unalienable rights--this is the fundamental concept our nation was founded upon. Without this concept, our individual rights are just words written down on a piece of paper; words written by men that can be erased by men.
This is why Ron Paul's understanding of the Constitution is flawed. He doesn't grasp the concept of God given, unalienable rights our nation was founded upon, and thus doesn't grasp why our governments (at every level) were established to begin with.