Poli Sci 110
November 5th, 2012
Ron Paul’s Liberty Defined
I chose Ron Paul’s book because of all the candidates in recent years, his message is the most consistent in the ideals I would hope an elected official would hold. Though I do disagree with him on a number of issues, his overall message of liberty and freedom strike a chord, especially in our current age of government overreach. His blunt approach to government intrusion and the handouts society has become conditioned to demand in return paint a morbid picture of our current state, but instead of simply condemning us to doom, he always has at least a proposal to correct the wrong. His willingness to say what so few will, harshly criticizing both the liberals and conservatives of his own party, give legitimacy to his claims, painting a picture of a man above the party politics that have gotten us into such a huge mess in the first place.
The books itself is broken up into 50 short chapters, a straight to the point affair covering everything from abortion to global warming to zionism. The style itself lends to a better reading experience, instead of stretching and filling to create a plot like most books, he simply sat down and wrote what he felt on individual topics. The responses can be slightly repetitive, his desire for individual liberty and a far more limited government shine through on about every topic, but he does a good job in explaining how these concepts can solve most problems, if applied near universally. Overall, the format makes one feel like the author has nothing to hide, these are the topics and these are his views on them. I wish all major politicians released a book in a similar format, it would cut through a lot of the spin and help voters to know exactly where the stand on the issues, something few strive to accomplish these days.
Dr. Paul himself tries to keep his personal opinion on most subjects out of the writings, an odd concept for a book...