God almighty, I hate Ron Paul. Like, sure, dude wants to end the drug war, which is good, but pretty much everything else he stands for? Batshit crazy. Matt Yglesias decided to visit his website in response to criticisms that Paul wasn’t getting a fair shake in the media. How’d that turn out, young Matt?
After looking at his positions and statements, the most remarkable thing is that if it weren’t for his loud fanbase of self-proclaimed libertarians you wouldn’t really think this is the platform of a libertarian. He’s loudly trumpeting his plan to impose criminal penalties on women who terminate their pregnancies and he makes it clear that his interest in freedom doesn’t extend to the freedom of anyone unfortunate enough to have been born in a foreign country. His campaign slogan of “RESTORE AMERICA NOW” is strongly suggestive of conservative impulses and nostalgia for the much-less-free America John Boehner grew up in. The mainstay of his economic thinking is the ridiculous proposition that “[t]here is no greater threat to the security and prosperity of the United States today than the out-of-control, secretive Federal Reserve.” Not only is Paul’s goldbuggery nutty on the merits, like his affection for forced pregnancy and severe restrictions on human freedom of movement it’s difficult to see what it has to do with freedom. The freedom of the government to set a fixed dollar price of gold? America’s current monetary policy—a fiat currency that’s freely exchangeable for other currencies and commodities—is the free market position.
Plus, as Kevin Drum mentioned the other day (sorry, not gonna go looking for the link), Paul’s already been through this once… and got crushed. He’s not electable. There’s no reason to pretend that he is this year. He might look good painted red and blue and placed on your front lawn in the summertime, but that’s about the only use anyone outside of his district has for him.
I said this once at my old spot, but I had friends — friends, goddamnit! — in the last election cycle who happily aligned themselves with the Paultards. And half of Reddit is just dying to smoke their “trees” after they get Paul into the White House (that they won’t be able to afford any because they’ll be forced to sell off their worldly possessions in order to eat catfood seems to escape them, however). So let me say it loud and clear, and then let us never speak of this again:
Ron Paul is an idiot, the people who support him are idiots, and he deserves to be taken with about as much seriousness among the general population as your typical idiot does, i.e., with none at all.
As you were.