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Ron Paul Prefers Patriarchy

Date: Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Event: Thanksgiving Family Forum
Location: First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa
Sponsor: The FAMiLY LEADER


Brian Brown: …Would you support an Amendment to the US Constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman?

Paul: No. I have taken a position that I would not support…I support DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. But I would prefer under our systems of laws that all these problems be taken care of in a constitutional manner, which I would defer to the States.

But actually I would go even a little bit further, me personally, my personal beliefs, although it’s not likely to be achieved in my lifetime, is traditionally throughout our Christian and Judeo-Christian history, it was usually dealt with by the Church. And I think the reason that we fight and fume over this is because we have too much government everywhere. So I would say that the Church should make this decision. That’s the most important place to determine marriage.

When you think about in the Old Testament, when the God led the people out of Egypt… was…not a king, they didn’t have a king, and then when they got to the Holy Land they had judges, they didn’t have kings dictating and ruling. But the family dealt with this, and the family dealt with marriages, but they had a judge to determine this.

Matter of fact, when the people came to Samuel and said “Look, we need more rules and more laws. We want more government to tell us what to do and we need more of this.” Samuel was old and ready to retire and he says “No that’s a bad mistake. You don’t need more rules and more government. You don’t need this. The government will over-react.” And today I think this is what has happened to us.

We have deferred to the Federal Government. We have way too much government. We should go in the other direction. Before you know it the next step…what if the next step is “wouldn’t it be wonderful if the United Nations defined marriage? “ I don’t want to go up that way. I want to go back down, all the way to the family and the church. Believe me, it would a happier and more peaceful world if we went in that direction, rather than asking the government and asking the king to solve all these problems. We need the family to deal with it.

We can take our message and learn something from the Old Testament, how there was such a strong emphasis on the patriarchal society and the disputes settled by judges rather than looking for big government.

Ron Paul has made similar statements for some time now. Exactly eight years ago today he wrote (emphases added):

The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs.


The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance.

But none of his previous statements that I can find are as crystal clear as (emphasis added):

We can take our message and learn something from the Old Testament, how there was such a strong emphasis on the patriarchal society and the disputes settled by judges

As mangled a view and message that he has of the Constitution as essentially a loose Confederation of States with the States holding all the power, he’s got the fundamentalist language down perfectly. “…when the God led the people out of Egypt” is clearly about the Book of Exodus.  “…and then when they got to the Holy Land they had judges” rolls right into the Book of Leviticus, where the roles of priest and judge are combined. And shock of shocks, it is Leviticus 20:13 that spells out the death penalty for gay people. That’s letting the Church and the Family “handle it.”

Ron Paul’s campaign picked the perfect person to be his Iowa Campaign Director this fall – Mike Heath:

From 2008-2010, Heath served as chairman of the board of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. AFTAH is a fringe, anti-gay organization and has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting false information. For example, the organization and its founder, Peter LaBarbera, have published false reports about LGBT people, including allegations that they live shorter lives and that they are prone to pedophilia.

When I found the embedded video, after watching it a couple times and transcribing the text, it suddenly dawned on me that my previous thinking that Paul’s positions were incoherently confused and inconsistent was wrong. They are perfectly consistent in terms of Old Testament Patriarchy.

If Patriarchy is really what you believe in then of course the government is superfluous and deprives one of Liberty. Only the local Priest-Judges give the Law. Women must be subservient. Taxes are confiscatory.

This position allows for the cloak of populist-Libertarianism . It’s completely easy to take positions against Federal regulations about anything, and appear to be about Civil Liberties everything.

As long as it’s the Civil Liberties of that hot-bed Civil Liberties era – of Leviticus.

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