February 2nd, 2012
|10:56 pm - Ron Paul the neo-nazi and how Anonymous is once again awesome|
This is an awesome commercial, but that commercial in no way means that Ron Paul is awesome. I'm horrified when I overhear liberal seeming people in Portland talking about how cool Ron Paul is, because there's far more to him that that commercial and the associated ideas.
In addition to his libertarian scariness and fundy scariness, he's also a seriously scary racist, the sort of hangs out happily with white supremacist groups. There's been some evidence of this in the past, but he always claimed that that was all more than a decade ago. However, the awesome people at Anonymous (who have become a completely unexpected and utterly wonderful (IMHO at least) political force hacked a major white supremacist website recently, and as the article title says Anonymous Hacks Neo-Nazis, Finds Ron Paul. The next time some fool goes on about how wonderful Ron Paul is ask them just how wonderful people who ally themselves with neo-nazis and defend slavery are.
Current Mood: impressed
As a former Paulite, I supported him because:
1. I did not know he was a freaking racist. I'm guessing lots of supporters also had no clue.
2. He seemed the best thing out there back before Obama came on the scene. Bush was 47 kinds of idiot, McCain was a clone, and the Democratic party was giving us the likes of Kerry and Edwards. Paul supported individual rights in a way that other candidate did.
3. I figured that Congress would stop his economic ideas from ever coming to pass.
I have very low expectations for a president. If he does not actively try to make things worse, he's a good President. If he actually accomplishes something good, like Obama did, I am very happy indeed.
|Date:||February 9th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)|| |
Ron Paul likes to present himself as a Libertarian firebrand, but he's actually a Calvin Coolidge/Pat Buchanan style elitist conservative. He likes to complain about the Treasury, while toking on Alan Greenspan's ultraliberal green. He first hit my radar in 2000, when he tried to get the big L's to endorse him instead of nominating their own candidate. He swept in with a whole tide of Constitution Party types, who never really left. After the 2000 election, in which I voted for Harry Browne, I gradually drifted out of the Libertarian party on ethical grounds, long before I began to evolve ideologically in a different direction. Paul is racist, privileged, judgmental, and... this is the real tragedy... naive. I think he means well, but he lacks the self-awareness to understand what a panderer he is. He loves the applause when he says something shocking and liberal (in the classical sense). He's probably not a bad human being, in fact his history as a doctor suggests he is probably a good one on many levels, but as a political actor, he's thoroughly tainted, shading into evil.