Ron Paul, The Libertarian Texas Congressman, is defending comments he made in his book “Freedom Under Siege”, where he said that society is not responsible for caring for AIDS patients. He said that AIDS patients have to bear the responsibility for their own diseases as it is their behavior that led to them getting sick in the first place.
“The individual suffering from AIDS certainly is a victim — frequently a victim of his own lifestyle — but this same individual victimizes innocent citizens by forcing them to pay for his care,” he wrote in the book.
Paul went on to say that everyone in life makes dumb decisions and that doesn’t mean that innocent citizens should have to pay for them.
He also called the idea that society should pay for anyone’s care as a “Socialistic Attitude” and said that Insurance companies should be responsible for determining care.
In the same book, Paul said that there should not any type of law against Sexual Harassment. He said that people can decide where they want to work and if they don’t like the way they are treated in a company they can go elsewhere. He went on to write that there are already violence in the workplace laws to deal with harassment that goes too far.
Paul does not apologize for these comments and in fact stands by them.
Paul is currently polling second in Iowa, which holds the nations first caucus this Tuesday. He says he is going to win because his supporters are way more loyal than anyone else. Some really recent polls show his standing slipping a bit.
Congressman Paul is often finding himself defending his views against the more mainstream candidates.
DO you agree with Congressman Ron Paul that AIDS patients bear the responsibility for their own diseases?