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Calvin Freiburger

Ron Paul Rides to the Rescue in Defense of 9/11 Mosque

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Posted on August 26 2010 2:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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For all their whining about how “neocons” allegedly look down upon politicians who believe in limited government, deep down most Ron Paul supporters know we blast the deranged congressman for his radically anti-American foreign policy views, specifically his history of lying on behalf of America’s enemies. He lies on behalf of the Iranian government. He lies on behalf of Palestinian terrorists. And right on cue, he’s now lying on behalf of the Ground Zero mosque:

The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque.

Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be “sensitive” requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from “ground zero.”

So, in Ron Paul’s world, the right to do something also includes the right to never be criticized for it. Of course, this is logically absurd: the Ku Klux Klan has the legal right to buy property, too, but that doesn’t mean I’m obligated to keep quiet when they move in next door. This is why Paul’s brand of non-judgmental libertarianism, which seems increasingly difficult to distinguish from leftism with each Paul post, is ultimately worthless: by demanding personal indifference to morally repugnant acts in addition to legal indifference, it all but ensures evil’s ascendance.

As National Review explains, there are all sorts of things Americans may legitimately, constitutionally do to resist the Cordoba House’s construction—public condemnation and argument, protests, boycotting businesses that aid the project—that in no way endanger liberty. After all, isn’t the whole point of limited-government philosophies like conservatism and libertarianism that you don’t need government to solve every problem, because the people can solve them through persuasion and free association? If Ron Paul’s America would deprive the American people of both avenues, perhaps libertarians should reconsider the faith they place in their hero.

The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate, raises the question of just why and driven by whom?

In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.

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