More Ron Paul Reconstructionist Ties

More Ron Paul Reconstructionist Ties January 2, 2012

Warren Throckmorton reveals something that I’m surprised I didn’t know (or perhaps I did at one point and forgot about it), that Gary North used to work for Ron Paul. Gary North is the son-in-law of RJ Rushdoony, the founder of Christian Reconstructionism, and probably the most prominent living advocate of that barbaric ideology.

Second, Ron Paul ties to Christian reconstructionism go back a long way. Prominent Christian reconstructionist, Gary North, worked for Paul in the 1970s and periodically writes in glowing terms about Paul. North also favors the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery and other offenses listed as warranting death in Mosaic law…

Earlier this month, North a suggested speech for Ron Paul’s inauguration in 2013. It is clear that North, a consistent reconstructionist, believes Ron Paul is promoting a message which resonates with reconstructionism. The message now is essentially the same message now as when North worked for Paul in the 1970s. ..

North was briefly a staffer for Paul when Paul was first elected to Congress and wrote his newsletter (I wonder if Gary North knows anything about those Ron Paul reports). Given this background, Kayser’s endorsement is really not at all out of the ordinary for Paul. I could be wrong, but I think Paul’s views are shaped and driven by a belief that central government is the enemy of freedom and prosperity. As I understand him, Paul wants all politics that matter to be local, allowing states and local governments to decide how to handle matters of private conduct, such as sexuality, drug use, marriage.

I think this rejection of a strong central government is what brings Paul and reconstructionists together, and has for a long time. Paul apparently believes laws criminalizing homosexuality are faulty but he defends the rights of local jurisdictions (e.g., Texas in the Lawrence v. Texas case) to determine via legislation how to handle such things. Reconstructionists, such as Kayser in Omaha, want freedom from the central government to apply biblical law to willing local jurisdictions. Apparently, that is ok with Dr. Paul, unless of course, saying it out loud hurts him politically. In that case, the endorsement just goes away.

That does not mean that Ron Paul is a Reconstructionist, of course; I highly doubt he is. But the Reconstructionists clearly do feel that if Paul were to succeed in overturning the 14th Amendment and ending the enforcement of the Bill of Right against state and local government actions, they would be able to create theocratic governments at those levels. I have no doubt they are right about that.

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