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Editor's Desk - Letter to the Editor
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:16

 

Assalamu’alykum. The January 13th edition of the Muslim Link included an article about the presidential campaign of Ron Paul (“Ron Paul: The Best Choice for American Muslims?” I appreciate the neutral position sister Wafa Unus presented. I would like to offer my comments on some points raised in the article.

Haris Tarin of MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) was quoted warning against relying only on Ron Paul’s rhetoric and suggesting we should instead give a comprehensive look at the candidate. However, a comprehensive assessment of Ron Paul was not presented by brother Tarin, nor the article.

It is true that Muslims fell for Barack Obama’s eloquent rhetoric during his 2008 campaign, but we should blame ourselves and our leaders for not looking into Obama’s voting record when he was in the US Senate. If we had, we would have known that Obama voted for the wars, the Patriot Act, and other unconstitutional bills. If you look at Ron Paul’s voting record for his 20+ year congressional career, you would see that he always voted against foreign intervention in any capacity and voted against all invasive domestic security policies. More specifically, Ron Paul voted “No” against imposing sanctions on Iraq, Iran, and Libya; “No” against war on Iraq and Afghanistan; “No” against foreign aid to Israel and other countries; and “No” against the Patriot Act and Homeland Security (source: www.votesmart.org) . There is no other politician, not even Obama, who has that sort of track record. I’m surprised that the Muslim Link article did not mention this.

Also in the article, one person said that Ron Paul made “incendiary statements regarding African Americans”. This is a false accusation. Keep in mind that during presidential campaigns, all candidates are accused of racism at some time or another. Even Obama was called racist during the 2008 campaign because of statements made by his pastor. The fact is, during Ron Paul’s 40+ year career in medicine and politics, no one has ever accused him of racism or making racist statements. The accusation against Paul have to do with 20 year old newsletters that were not written or edited by him. Rather, these articles were written and edited by someone else used Ron Paul’s name in the title. Furthermore, during the 2008 presidential campaign, these same accusations were raised against Paul and were thoroughly refuted. You would think that for this year’s presidential campaign, his opponents would confront him with something new.

During the January 2012 New Hampshire debate, Ron Paul was asked about the newsletters. He stated, “True racism in this country is in the judicial system… And it has to do with enforcing the drug laws. Look at the percentages. The percentages of people who use drugs are about the same with blacks and whites. And yet the blacks are arrested way disproportionately. They’re prosecuted and imprisoned way disproportionately. They get the death penalty way disproportionately.”. No candidate in this election, not even Obama, has the perspective and boldness to say such a thing at that level of political discourse.

I would lastly like to comment on another statement of  Haris Tarin of MPAC. Brother Tarin said that Ron Paul only appeals to Muslims regarding foreign policy but he does not offer much regarding domestic policy. In 2006 Ron Paul was the only member of congress who voted against appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security. Ron Paul is the only 2012 candidate who voted against the Patriot Act and calls it unpatriotic, who voted against the bailouts (both the Bush bailouts and the Obama bailouts), who challenges the Federal Reserves and the corrupt banking system, who wants to limit the federal government to only what is allowed in the constitution, who wants to return power to the people by giving power back to state governments.  Ron Paul is also one of the few who voted against the wars, which have wasted trillions of dollars overseas and on the military.  These are all domestic issues relevant to Muslims. I’m surprised that the Muslim Link article didn’t investigate Ron Paul’s positions which he’s been preaching in congress for the past 20 years.

I understand that many Muslims are apprehensive about politicians because our community has constantly been burned on a national level for the past 11 years. As a community we need to move beyond short-sighted voting like we did in 2000, move beyond “lesser-of-two-evils” voting like we did in 2004, and move beyond bandwagon voting like we did in 2008. It’s time to say we’ve learned our lessons and we can now start identifying candidates and political platforms that are based on constitutional and moral principles, and not based on corporate bribes and immoral influences.

If we assert our opinion based on principles, we can preserve our identity while improving American society.

Anyone interested in learning about Ron Paul and libertarianism will find that they stand for ideals that have striking similarities to Islamic concepts of tolerance and commonalities with maqasid al-sharia (objectives of Islamic law). But Muslims should not be tied to the name Ron Paul or to the idea of absolute libertarianism. We are tied to believing in one God, and doing righteous deeds. If Ron Paul and libertarianism can help us do that, then we should put our vote and support behind them, even if we’re certain they will not win.

Ramy Osman
Alexandria, VA

Comments (8)
  • Salaam  - Right on!
    Thank you for writing this response and clarifying Ron Paul's record! The only criticism I have is regarding the myth that Ron Paul will not win. He can win if we stand behind him and start knocking on doors, getting Muslims registered, and going to the polls to vote for peace.
  • Ramy  - Mobilize the Muslim Vote in VA
    The Virginia primary is next Tuesday March 6th. It's an OPEN Primary which means anyone can vote (Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, etc). I know it's short notice but if you're interested in encouraging others to vote , you can contact me on my temp email address and we can work together: muslims4liberty {at} yahoo. com Try to volunteer to stand outside a mosque this Friday with a Ron Paul sign. I can provide the signs. Also, I rewrote the above letter into a blog post at the muslims4liberty website. Salaam
  • Jameel
    Well said Br. Ramy!
  • dc_dc  - Yes!
    I think Ron Paul should be considered for President not just by Muslims but by all Americans. Of particular importance to Muslims is that he is far-and-away this biggest opponent of American hegemony and global warfare, particularly in the Middle East and the Balkans - areas (of course) heavily populated with Muslims. If Ron Paul were President we would arguable have the sanest, safest foreign policy this country has had since before the first World War. He is often called an "isolationist" but if that means our country stops pretending it is the world's police force, then I am an isolationist too. Other than Ralph Nader he has been the loudest critic of the US's billion-dollar aid packages to Israel and as the brother points out in the article above, his voting record shows that he votes for what he believes in, even if it is unpopular. As Muslims we don't have to sign up as Libertarians but we should recognize what is best for our ummah and best for the country we live in.
  • Ramy is Wrong  - Ramy is Pro-Qaddafi?
    What is so great about voting against sanctions against Libya? Ramy supports Ron Paul's non-interventionist position on Libya assuming this represents the position of American Muslims. He is wrong. Ron Paul would have let Qaddafi massacre many people in Ben Ghazi as he had promised to do. It's shameful that anyone would thing the death of so many innocents is a good thing. People like Ramy are so caught up in *always* opposing US Foreign policy that they can't even support it when it saves innocent lives and is clearly correct.
  • Ramy  - Where did you get that from the article?
    Sanctions are a failure as a foreign policy. It didnt work on Iraq, palestine, or any one else. Plus, collective punishment of a whole country only hurts the poor of that country. I'm guessing you're happy with the results of the libya war with over 30,000 killed. 30,000. You're so one-dimensional that you only know how to think in terms of pro or anti. But there are better ways to deal with others. America does not have the moral compass to act as the world policeman. It's meddling in other countries has caused far more harm than good. America's foreign policy is easily summed up in verse 11 of surat al Baqara: " When it is said to them 'Do not cause mischief in the land', they reply 'We only spread peace'. But it is they who cause the mischief, yet they do not realize it."
  • Bilal Ghayur  - Ron Paul for Peace & Liberty...
    I would like to thank Br. Ramy for writing such a thoughtful article on Dr. Ron Paul's position and our community's position and needs. Our community needs to wake up and reach out to the political process to get some recognition. I have been studying Dr. Paul's work and voting records and find it strikingly in agreement with what good american muslims should be standing for. We need to support him because he is on the right and in the long run good for our country (USA). It might be surprise to many people that less than 5% votes are actually casted in the primary elections. If only our community gets out and votes for the right candidate, it would make such a big impact. To answer our brother on Libya's sanctions.. My heart goes out to the innocents die everyday in these countries but I fully agree with Br. Ramy's point of view. Sanctions only make it harder to get rid of evil regimes. In fact, if we let the people sort it out, people would get more united against criminals like Qaddafi. US intervention only makes it harder where these dictators conveniently blame it all on USA or Israel. Let's face it, Syria must have some support from their population or else they would be kicked out. May Allah bless us with knowledge and wisdom to understand (Ameen)
  • Yusuf  - Write in Ron Paul in november or stay at home
    Ron Paul is the ONLY one deserving of the muslim vote. Either write in his name come election time or just stay at home. Obama and Romney have made their positions clear when it comes to support for the racist zionist regime, their contempt for the constitution and human rights, the targeting of muslims and others in the US, indefinite detention without trial, and aggressive wars and occupation in muslim lands. Their record is clear and a vote for either of the 'republicrats' would make us complicit in the murder, subjegation, and injustice towards muslims and nonmuslims alike and we will be held accountable on the day of judgement concerning our support of such individuals and by extention their policies.
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