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Some liberals have shown a little infatuation with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) over the years. Mostly due to his positions on ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his libertarian stances on marijuana.
As with 99% of infatuations is better to get over this one and move on. Maybe an unfair comparison but it reminds me of my fellow red staters who work for the government or rely on Medicare and whose cultural beliefs and the way they live their lives are in fact very moderate, yet vote right-wing because of one or two issues. Self defeating behavior at best.  Unlike his son Rand who ended up equivocating and walking back his feelings about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Ron Paul (R-Texas) has bluntly and proudly claimed he would never have voted for that historic bill. A bill that basically ended the era of Jim Crow after a hundred years.  Jonathan Chait has some more on the history of Pauls’ wacky views on civil liberties, Ron Paul’s Racism

Economic Downturn and Republican Policies Continue to Drive Large Projected Deficits.

The events and policies that pushed deficits to these high levels in the near term were, for the most part, not of President Obama’s making. If not for the Bush tax cuts, the deficit-financed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the effects of the worst recession since the Great Depression (including the cost of policymakers’ actions to combat it), we would not be facing these huge deficits in the near term. By themselves, in fact, the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will account for almost half of the $20 trillion in debt that, under current policies, the nation will owe by 2019. The stimulus law and financial rescues will account for less than 10 percent of the debt at that time.

The projected deficit with and without the Bush/Boehner/McConnell tax cuts

The danger now and down the road are part of the Bush legacy, but they are becoming the John Boehner (r-OH) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) legacy. McConnell has joined Rep. Boehner on his knees behind President Obama pleading for the president to make drastic cuts in Medicare and Medicaid to supposedly balance the budget and deflect blame for said cuts away from Republicans.

A high school student challenges  Michele Bachmann(R-MN) to a debate,

Citing Rep. Michele Bachmann’s frequent inaccuracies and “gross distortions,” a high school sophomore from New Jersey has challenged the Minnesota congresswoman to a debate on the U.S. Constitution, U.S. history and civics, The Minnesota Independent reports.

In an open letter to Bachmann, student Amy Myers writes:

As a typical high school student, I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted. The frequency and scope of these comments prompted me to write this letter.

… Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me to submit the follow challenge, pitting my public education against your advanced legal education:

I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics.

Rather than some snarky comment, what I would much rather see is the morning news programs on ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, drop “news” like the wall to wall coverage of an irrelevant  wedding between two European royals and devote that time to covering the Constitution. Heck just take two-thirds of that time and devote it to educating the public about the Constitution and the history of Supreme Court decisions.