Ugh, Ron Paul. There are occasionally times when the guy says things that make you think. Bold, brash, unconventional; he’s been all of those things. More often that not, though, you get something like this nugget from an interview he did with something called Right Wing News (tip: not FOX News):
Most people consider Abe Lincoln to be one of our greatest presidents, if not the greatest president we’ve ever had. Would you agree with that sentiment and why or why not?
No, I don’t think he was one of our greatest presidents. I mean, he was determined to fight a bloody civil war, which many have argued could have been avoided. For 1/100 the cost of the war, plus 600 thousand lives, enough money would have been available to buy up all the slaves and free them. So, I don’t see that is a good part of our history. Besides, the Civil War was to prove that we had a very, very strong centralized federal government and that’s what it did. It rejected the notion that states were a sovereign nation.
We could’ve not had a Civil War if Lincoln had just bought all the slaves? Was there some kind of limited supply of black Africans that we don’t know about? Because we were under the impression that slave traders were just keeping up with a strong demand from the States; that cotton wasn’t gonna pick itself, amirite!
Maybe even more importantly, what about the whole Civil War timeline? The Confederate States of America (CSA) were formed on February 8, 1861, which, by the way, is after seven states had already declared their secession. Next: Lincoln becomes president on March 4, 1861, and then, on April 12 of the same year, the CSA attacked Fort Sumter, prompting Lincoln’s call for troops and the start of war. In other words, within four weeks of Lincoln taking office, Ron Paul thinks the poor guy should’ve been able to gather the necessary funds to purchase every single slave in the south.
What kind of…what!?! What is this!?!
Better question: Why did we spend so much money on the Manhattan Project when we could’ve just bought all of Japan’s guns, boats, submarines and airplanes? Way to go, stupid Harry Truman!
For 1/1,000,000th of the money spent in WWI we could have hired a new archduke for the Austrians!
Oh, Ron Paul. Even George W. Bush is laughing at how stupid you are.