Here Are the Best Questions Reddit Has For Ron Paul

The former congressman and presidential candidate hosted Reddit AMA on Thursday.

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas speaks at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. 
National Journal
Matt Berman
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Matt Berman
Aug. 22, 2013, 12:15 p.m.

On Thursday, for the second time, Ron Paul, the liber­tari­an polit­ic­al rock-star and fath­er of Rand, hos­ted a red­dit AMA (or, Ask Me Any­thing, for the lay­man). Paul, who re­tired from the House at the end of the last Con­gress, is us­ing the plat­form to get some hype for his new on­line chan­nel, aptly named The Ron Paul Chan­nel. Paul de­scribes the chan­nel, and his up­com­ing AMA in a video on red­dit’s You­Tube page:

In a quick video, Ron Paul runs through his val­ues he hopes to talk to red­dit users about:

End­ing the sense­less war on drugs, fight­ing for per­son­al free­dom, op­pos­ing the po­lice and sur­veil­lance state, ex­pos­ing gov­ern­ment cor­por­ate col­lu­sion, and get­ting Amer­ica to stop mak­ing war on the world.

If that list isn’t a fine way of pan­der­ing to red­dit, then no list is a fine way of pan­der­ing to red­dit.

Some corners of red­dit star­ted get­ting the en­gine run­ning early for the AMA, such as r/Bit­coin, which called this “a per­fect op­por­tun­ity to pro­mote Bit­coin,” and r/con­spir­acy, where a red­dit­or said it “might be a good time to get a cla­ri­fic­a­tion of [Paul’s] stance on 9/11 Truth and its im­plic­a­tions on the fu­ture of our so­ci­ety.” Ron Paul was a little late to start the ac­tu­al AMA, which res­ul­ted in an all caps, AMA Re­quest: WE WANT RON PAUL WE WANT RON PAUL.

The people of red­dit want their Ron Paul. Here are the best things they asked him, and the best re­sponses. We’ll up­date as they come in.

First up, Bit­coin! Ron Paul sup­ports oth­er cur­ren­cies.

Paul also com­men­ted on the sen­ten­cing of Chelsea Man­ning, formerly Brad­ley Man­ning. Paul thinks she should be “re­leased now.”

Paul also took the time to humbly an­swer this ques­tion about bravery:

Be­ing on the In­ter­net, the former Con­gress­man also man­aged to squeeze in a zinger:

Oh, and those 9/11 truth­ers made it in. 

But no an­swer from Paul. Yet.

The former pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate took on Man­ning again, and Ed­ward Snowden. He says whistle-blowers “ob­vi­ously ought to be pro­tec­ted”

And, to the dis­ap­point­ment of his audi­ence, Ron Paul shot down any pos­sible 2016 pres­id­en­tial bid:

Paul also talked about his fa­vor­ite pres­id­ent: Grover Clev­e­land.

And is Ron Paul just a cre­ation of the In­ter­net? He takes on the con­spir­acy.

And an an­swer to a uni­ver­sal, polit­ic­al mys­tery: what kind of name is Rand? A phys­i­cian’s name, ap­par­ently.

To no one’s sur­prise, Ron Paul also re­af­firmed his stance on marijuana leg­al­iz­a­tion, and pre­dicted that “at some point in the near fu­ture there will not be much en­force­ment of the fed­er­al laws against marijuana.”

He so far, however, hasn’t answered this:

But this ques­tion kind of summed up much of the feel­ing about Paul dur­ing the AMA:

Or this com­ment:

What We're Following See More »
VENEZUELA, NORTH KOREA ADDED
White House Announces Enhanced Vetting for Eight Countries
29 minutes ago
WHY WE CARE
"President Trump is replacing his controversial travel ban with a targeted list of restrictions that will enhance vetting for nationals from eight countries, senior administration officials announced Sunday. The eight countries on the modified list of countries are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen."

The officials say these states failed to comply with the U.S. information-sharing requirements that aim to make vetting processes stronger.

Source:
TRUMP SPEECH “AN ASSAULT ON OUR MOST CHERISHED RIGHT”
Every NFL Team Protests Trump in Some Way
29 minutes ago
THE LATEST

"Every team that played on Sunday participated in some form of demonstration" of President Trump's comments about players who kneel during the National Anthem. Some "players, coaches and executives ... stood together arm-in-arm along the sidelines" while "others sat, knelt or raised a fist" and some entire teams "stayed in the locker room or tunnel for the duration of the anthem." The Broncos' Von Miller, who knelt with 31 of his teammates, said, "We felt like President Trump's speech was an assault on our most cherished right—freedom of speech. So, collectively we felt like we had to do something before this game."

Source:
TUESDAY ADDRESS AT GEORGETOWN
Sessions to Address Campus Free Speech
29 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

"Trump isn't the only member of his administration fighting a culture war this week; his Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make a "free speech on campus address" on Tuesday at Georgetown University law school in D.C. It's going to get testy." Sessions will tell the students: "Whereas the American university was once the center of academic freedom — a place of robust debate, a forum for the competition of ideas — it is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogenous thought, a shelter for fragile egos."

Source:
FAR-RIGHT MAKES BIG GAINS
Merkel Wins Reelection but Party Loses Seats
29 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

"Angela Merkel will once again lead Germany, but her governing coalition is going to have to deal with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which rode a wave of anti-immigrant anger to claim a sizable chunk of seats in the Parliament for the first time. ... AfD, a hard-right, anti-Islam group not even represented in parliament in 2013, has become the third largest party. That might mean big changes to the character of a parliament that, thanks to the long shadow cast by Germany’s Nazi past, was largely free of hardline nationalism. Elsewhere, the environmentalist Greens and classical liberal, centrist Free Democrats (FDP) both grew their share of the vote," at the expense of socialists and Merkel's Christian Democrats.

Source:
VOTE TO GO FORWARD
Collins, Cruz Appear to Oppose Health Bill
10 hours ago
THE LATEST

Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Sen. Ted Cruz said that "right now" he doesn't back it. White House legislative liaison Marc Short and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the measure's sponsors, said Republicans would press ahead with a vote this week." Collins said she doesn't support the bill's cuts to Medicaid, while Cruz said it wouldn't do enough to lower premiums.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login