Ron Paul creeps me out
So one of the “frontrunners” is this Ron Paul…
Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American physician, author and United States Congressman who is seeking to be the Republican Party candidate in the 2012 presidential election. Paul represents Texas’s 14th congressional district, which covers an area south and southwest of Houston that includes Galveston. Paul serves on the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Financial Services, and on the Joint Economic Committee. He is the chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, where he has been an outspoken critic of American foreign and monetary policy.–
“Ron Paul”, wikipedia
So what are his positions?
They change with the wind like all politicians. But at the core:
He’s a really creepy bigot.
The newsletters were particularly obsessed with AIDS, “a politically protected disease thanks to payola and the influence of the homosexual lobby,” and used it as a rhetorical club to beat gay people in general. In 1990, one newsletter approvingly quoted “a well-known Libertarian editor” as saying, “The ACT-UP slogan, on stickers plastered all over Manhattan, is ‘Silence = Death.’ But shouldn’t it be ‘Sodomy = Death’?” Readers were warned to avoid blood transfusions because gays were trying to “poison the blood supply.” “Am I the only one sick of hearing about the ‘rights’ of AIDS carriers?” a newsletter asked in 1990. That same year, citing a Christian-right fringe publication, an item suggested that “the AIDS patient” should not be allowed to eat in restaurants and that “AIDS can be transmitted by saliva,” which is false.
—News Bulletin: Ron Paul Is a Huge Racist By Jonathan Chait (quoting a news story about Paul’s own pamphlets).
and here’s more:
Not surprisingly, the Von Mises Institute he founded and ran is allied with the “League of the South,” which views the Civil War as a crisis over state’s rights and calls for an independent southern republic and wants, yes, “to return to a sound currency” based in gold.3 The League of the South laments the fact that “aliens” now govern the former Confederacy. It wants to return rule to the heirs of the “Anglo-Celtic tradition.” Rothbard and the Von Mises Institute similarly describe the Civil War as an unjust intervention, and claim slavery would have vanished on its own. The North, they argue, created racism in what had been a benign natural hierarchy
Ron Paul, the Gold Standard and Neo Confederates, theaporetic.com
Ace shows us the relationship between Paul and wacko Alex Jones:
Another thing I don’t believe is that Ron Paul’s thick-as-thieves relationship with fringe lunatic crank and Truther Alex Jones is just some kind of coincidence, given that Paul can’t seem to stay away from the ghastly paranoid.
When I say Alex Jones is Truther, I don’t mean he flirts with it. I mean he says the United States government loaded the buildings with explosives and detonated them.
And sure, he won’t ask Stormfront (the Neo-Nazi group) to stop fundraising for him, or including his link on their web-pages, and he won’t return that sweet sweet Nazi gold either.
—Only Ron Paul Can Restore America To Its Former Greatness*
* For Some Definitions of “Greatness”
If you’re “brave and principled” on never voting for an appropriation bill, but also shelter yourself from any political consequence of this stance by making sure your constituents get all the sweet, sweet Federal Gold their hearts desire, are you really brave or principled?—
Ron Paul’s Earmark Problem
Ron Paul hates Israel. Like Pat Buchanan And like that dinosaur, Paul is a “conservative” liberals can point to and say “all conservatives are crazy.” He steals the youth vote (college students love a good tin foil hat story). He brings in scum and racists to the GOP. And his foreign policy views are just batshit crazy.
Everything else that’s wrong with Paul–the paranoia, the crank theories–exists as an adjunct to this first prime fault. And the success of Paul in winning a boutique audience for his message has driven the rest of the field to mimic his crank monetary theories.–
Don’t Endorse Ron Paul, David Frum
Paul was the first in the GOP to get the internet. That was because his positions were so toxic that the GOP and the Tea Party would never give his crazy ass the time of day. Hence the blimp with “Who is Ron Paul? (Google Ron Paul)”. Stupid blimp got more press than flight hours. Yes drawing inspiration from an Ayn Rand novel shows that he can read. So can a million other Rand fanboys.
I hope that Paul is the last of the paleoconservatives. The man’s a toxic RINO. If not for his racist views he’d be a democrat. He’s a republican out of convenience like David Duke.
I hope this is his last time on the national stage.