Conservatives and Libertarians United Against Ron Paul

Watching what Ron Paul does. Not what he says.

Crime

When it comes to being tough on crime, Ron Paul really is “Dr. No.”

Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime.

Vote to pass a bill to appropriate $1.5 billion to all of the states that want to improve their juvenile justice operations. Among other provisions this bill includes funding for development, implementation, and administration of graduated sanctions for juvenile offenders, funds for building, expanding, or renovating juvenile corrections facilities, hiring juvenile judges, probation officers, and additional prosecutors for juvenile cases. Reference: Bill introduced by McCollum, R-FL; Bill HR 1501 ; vote number 1999-233 on Jun 17, 1999

Voted NO on funding more prisons for violent offenders.

Vote on an amendment that would reduce the funding for violent offender imprisonment by and truth-in-sentencing programs by $61 million. The measure would increase funding for Boys and Girls Clubs and drug courts by the same amount. Reference: Amendment sponsored by Scott, D-VA; Bill HR 4690 ; vote number 2000-317 on Jun 22, 2000

Opposes the death penalty

He opposes the death penalty and abortion, and is strongly opposed to a military draft. He has voted against amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and also against an amendment to prohibit flag-burning. Source: SourceWatch.org Jan 22, 2007

Rated 60% by CURE.

Paul scores 60% by CURE on rehabilitation issues CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants) is a membership organization of families of prisoners, prisoners, former prisoners and other concerned citizens. CURE’s two goals are

  1. to use prisons only for those who have to be in them; and
  2. for those who have to be in them, to provide them all the rehabilitative opportunities they need to turn their lives around.

The ratings indicate the legislator’s percentage score on CURE’s preferred votes. Source: CURE website 00n-CURE on Dec 31, 2000

  

One Response to “Crime”

  1. FreedomFighter1776 said

    On the above concerns, I do not disagree that he voted the way you say he did (I have not verified that he voted as you say). I would like to bring to your attention the reasons why I believe he voted as he did.

    1)Increasing budget $1.5 billion to all states to improve their justice operations.
    – The federal government does not have the jurisdiction to tax all the citizens of the country to turn around and give that money back to individual states. Juvenile justice operations are definitely a concern for anyone within this country, however, it is beyond federal authority. This is a state issue and should be best left to the states to handle.

    2)Increasing federal funding for state prisons for incarceration of violent offenders.
    – Incarcerating violent offenders is definitely a reasonable concern for everyone. This is not, however, an item within federal authority. Taxing everyone within the US in order to dole the money back out to the states is an abuse of federal taxation authority. This is an issue best left to the states. (The remainder of this item is my personal view) If the war on drugs were repealed and all non-violent drug offenders released due to their non-violent consensual crime status, there would be ample room to incarcerate violent offenders.

    3)Opposes death penalty, abortion, military draft, same sex marriage and flag burning.
    – Opposing the federal death penalty is understandable. He has seen many cases where people convicted of capital crimes were later found to be innocent. I can appreciate the idea that technology improves all the time and it may be better to keep those convicted in jail as opposed to taking the chance of executing an innocent individual
    -He personally opposes abortion, but has stated that abortion is not within the proper jurisdiction of the federal government to approve or deny. He has stated that this is properly left up the the states to decide for themselves.(
    -The military draft is a dangerous concern. Unless the federal government follows the Constitution and requests a declaration of war by Congress before any military action is taken, citizens of the U.S.A. could be called up in the draft to fight in a military conflict not supported by the people of the United States. The Pentagon has even said that the military draft could be eliminated with “with no effect on military mobilization and no measurable effect on military recruitment.” This is not just Ron Paul, the military concurs.
    -He has stated his opposition to a ban on same sex marriages. Marriage is a religious issue and it is not within the powers of the federal government to tell the church what it can and cannot do. The federal government (or government at any level) should never have the authority to dictate to any religion.
    -Voted against a flag burning ban. If an individual purchases a flag and chooses to burn it they are well within their rights to what they want with their property. If the flag were stolen, stealing it is already a crime and burning a stolen flag would also be a crime with laws already on the books. Restricting the rights of individuals to what they choose with their own property is a dangerous slope to further restriction of all of our rights.

    4) CURE
    -I am not knowledgeable enough about CURE to have any opinion.

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