“It isn’t easy standing alone as one of the last true small-government conservatives in today’s Republican Party,” said Tucker Carlson in introducing guest Ron Paul for an interview Wednesday on MSNBC.
“It’s sort of strange that they’d call me ‘eccentric’ and ‘strange’ when I defend the Constitution,” responded Paul, “but I think that’s the point where we’ve gotten to, where defending the Constitution is a little bit different.”
“I think the party’s in shambles,” Paul continued. “I’m considered pretty conservative … and yet they think that I don’t fit in, and I’ve even been asked to leave the Republican Party. But they won’t admit that the foreign policy is flawed and that the war is the real issue. And if they don’t admit to that, I don’t see how they can come up with a candidate that’s going to be electable.”
This guy is awesome. If they’d put him in… they won’t… but if they did, I’d vote Republican in a second. Ron Paul talks about National ID card (suprisingly I’m not against that), the threat of Iran… or rather the lack of, how Isreal could wipe Iran off the face of the Earth if they wanted, etc. My favorite statement, in which he was talking about the National ID card and privacy:
“It’s all done in the name of safety, everybody’s frightened to death, and if you don’t sacrifice your liberties you can’t be safe. And yet the dangers exist, but they’re not quite bad enough — and they never should be bad enough — to sacrifice liberty. There’s no reason to sacrifice liberty in thinking that you’re going to be safer.” He then goes on to say how he’d trust an airline with his fingerprints but not the government. “The government is there to protect privacy, not to invade our privacy. Now our government, it does more to protect their secrecy and they violate our privacy. So there’s a big difference and a credit card company–if they violate our privacy, then you can use the government to enforce laws, because they promised me to keep my privacy confidential.”