Wednesday, January 2, 2008 Ron Paul has Crank Magnetism

Ron Paul supporters have a habit of always referring to Ron Paul as Dr. Ron Paul, as though delivering 4,000 babies somehow makes you more qualified to be president. We often hear that since Ron Paul is a doctor, he therefore possesses unique knowledge on the problem and solution with the current health care system.

Orac from writes a very thorough article to the contrary. Orac addresses Ron Paul's grasp of medical science, and calls him a quackery enabler.

Not surprisingly, Dr. Paul opposes mandatory vaccinations, as well. I wonder if he's a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, publisher of that repository of crank medical "science" and right-wing political posturing, that cornucopia of antivaccination pseudoscience and downright vileness, anti-immigrant screeds, dubious studies claiming to link abortion with breast cancer that we've all come to know and ridicule, the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. It sounds as though he would fit right in. Wait a minute! He is and does! In any case, if you think the FDA can't adequately protect the public from dangerous drugs now, you ain't seen nothin' yet if by some unpleasant quirk of fate Ron Paul wins the Presidency and enacts policies consistent with some of the things he's said about the FDA, such as, "I don't think we'd all die of unsafe food if we didn't have the FDA. Someone else would do it."
Orac also points to a blog post by Greg Laden, where a commenter by the name of AndreCJ wrote the following:
Well there goes my hero worship for Ron Paul.
If he rejects something so fundamental like evolution how can I put my trust in him in things like monetary change, ie if he can be so wrong about evolution he may be equally as wrong in matters of political and economic importance, and it was his honest and humble manner that converted me into his way of thinking in the first place.
Would Austrian economics really work? I am beginning to have my doubts.
It looks like some people are finally starting to get the idea. Let's hope this trend continues.