Ron Paul says that federal government
shouldn't be involved in these issues, which just opens the opportunity for state governments to totally screw people over with backwards laws.
Ideal government is supposed to
protect people against these things. Without a strong federal government, something
will fill the vacuum, and that something will likely be corporatocracy. Basically, federal government should be protecting us against private companies, and others, who are already trying to dismantle the system so that they can take a larger piece.
It should also protect us from extremists in local governments. In a country of this size, some really messed up things happen. The right to be free from discrimination should be universal.
I'm not into the "if you screw up in life, you deserve to suffer" mentality, because my welfare is dependent on the welfare of my neighborhood, city, state, and country. If my neighbors are dying in the street, my situation gets worse too. A free-for-all has no successful precedent in the modern world that I know of. When you remove strong, competent government, you get Somalia:http://youtu.be/7QDv4sYwjO0
Ron Paul is just about "states rights and small government" in all situations, but there are few studies or examples to go by other than a few fictional
novels by Ayn Rand. These ideas rely on "magic dust" that just does not exist. It doesn't matter how nice the ideas sound
, the real world does not work this way.
For me, "independent" means that our policies should be based on studies about what works in various cities and countries, not on adherence to any specific ideology
. If you look at the most successful countries in the world in terms of education, health care, crime, etc., they are not following these militantly "small government" policies or just letting people die on the street because they screwed up in some way.
Also, a weak Federal Government would surely be the downfall of the US. The country is already divided, with separatist movements in many states. The common cultural identity that we gain by having an organized education system and laws helps hold us together.