About six weeks ago, I posted my opinion that Ron Paul's position on abortion makes him unacceptable as a presidential candidate. I've no doubt that he personally abhors abortion, but he is of the libertarian mindset that the federal government has no say in the matter. In that earlier post, I explained why that mindset doesn't pass the "smell test".
It now turns out that Paul voted to repeal the "don't ask don't tell" policy. In other words, he would compromise the effectiveness of our military and allow gays in the armed forces.
The man is a libertarian, not a conservative. The two are NOT equivalent by a long shot. The true consersvative recognizes the indispensible role that morality plays in public life and in the government whereas the libertarian will turn a blind eye to all sorts of depravity as long as he/she perceives that his/her parade isn't getting wet.
Some of the Tea Party seem to be of the libertarian mindset. Some have gone so far as to advocate the setting aside of "social issues" in favor of "economic issues". They are dead wrong. As long as we fail to put God and His laws before all else, including our wallets, our nation will continue its slide towards oblivion. The libertarians of the Tea Party - and of anywhere else - had better wake up and do some serious soul-searching. If the Tea Party embraces libertarianism, it will have consigned itself to the dungheap of irrelevancy.