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Monday, December 31. 2007
Let me save you all some time.
Look, I know it's amusing talking about Ron Paul! Ron Paul! is a blast. Everybody loves a verbal grenade rolled into excrutiatingly dull settings. But politics is supposed to be dull. Politics was interesting in Russia in 1917, in Iran in 1979, in Venezuela last year... well, what I'm trying to tell you is you don't want to "live in interesting times."
Now, young persons and people in rent-controlled apartments that work at fair trade coffee shops can afford the luxury of talking about whether the American Civil War was a good idea. If you just got out of college, Ron Paul! is right up your alley. Why talk about today's silly problems when Ron Paul! is arguing about whether we should abolish the Second Bank of The US? It's so much more lively to talk about history, because it's on the shelf and you can find any damn version of it you want to argue over. Real time isn't indexed yet.
Ron Paul! is captivating to youngins because he's like the reset button on Halo. You don't have to live with your decisions in the context of your surroundings. If you charge into a nest of fiat currency economies or Brutes, Elites, and Grunts and get slaughtered, just start over! Instead of having to offer cogent and useful advice on how to move forward in contemporary life, you just mention that contemporary life shouldn't be that way. But governance is not an editing exercise. It's a writing exercise. The editors are many; some have access to editorial pages, and some have access to nuclear weapons. And if you're feeling devil-may-care with every aspect of government andyou figure: Why not blow it up and start over? it's useful to remember that the fellow behind door number two when you press the reset button on government sometimes isn't all that interested in the gold standard; he might be more interested in invading Poland or collectivizing the farms or something.
So Ron Paul! excites youth because they really don't think they have anything at stake yet in the affairs of the world. And he attracts the survivalist nuts who have already gone to the bunker, and desire someone to give the imprimatur of sanity to their decision to drink their own urine, hoard Kruggerands, and eat Spam underground already. The Pat Buchananites love anyone who says: Things used to be swell but now they suck. And conventional Conservatives, ashamed to call themselves that because the hip kids will photoshop them in Brownshirts or in a bathroom stall with Larry Craig, call themselves Libertarians for cover and adore Ron Paul! because he says over and over again that he's not interested in doing the one thing Libertarians hate: governing. So he's got the idealistic college kids, the country club anarchists, and the nuts. Who's that help?
Hillary Clinton, of course. Come on. You don't really think that woman is not going to win the democratic primaries, do you? If you were immortal and omniscient you wouldn't have enough power or time to ferret out all the cul-de-sacs of influence, fellow travelers, yes-men installed like ticks in government and NGO sinecures, and just plain access to money her and her husband have all over this planet. The emo kids, afraid that George Bush was listening to Al Qaeda phonecalls because he secretly wanted to find their stash of doobies, don't understand that rules are for Republicans. Hillary just goes down the hall and opens the file cabinets and plops a pile of FBI files on some toad's desk. They're not kidding around, and never have been. And they've been at it thirty years. There'll be a live boy or a dead girl or a horse's head in everybody's bed the minute they pull even with her in the polls, and they'll never even know where it's coming from. Not exactly.
The press, currently infatuated with the most liberal version of a democrat and the most unelectable version of a Republican, will get over unrequited Obama love right quick and fall behind Hillary,right after she's through having people mention that her Democratic opponents are crackhead madrassah psychos and have love children behind their noble cancer-ridden wife's back. And that's where Ron Paul! comes in.
Her husband never really won an election, you know. You can go on any Internet opinion playpen and hear all about how popular Bill is --and was -- but he never even cracked 50% of the vote on his re-election. Hillary's in the same boat. It's likely she'd have a hard time getting half the vote, even though 45% of the electorate is in the bag for a Democrat. Hello, Ross Perot!
Oh, my mistake. I meant Ron Paul! I mean, if Bloomberg! isn't available.
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Here’s a primer for the young-uns – from one of Pat’s boys:
Ron Paul is nothing but a distraction. His presence only detracts from the rest of the field, which only hurts the party in the long run. He is raising money that should be going to the other candidates. Just insanity.
So let me get this. I have made an error in my finicial planning that threatens to sink my household. Rather than admit the mistake I should continue on with the status quo because my neighbor might be attacked by an intuder. Is that the logic here?
What good is your money if your house was blown to bits while you were inside your house planning your finances?
this was good, fun reading but I think you are too hard on Ron Paul. The man is a doctor trying to heal the planet and you need to say some crazy sh#@ in order to accomplish that feat. Do you think Ron and Ross and Forrest are roomies at the hotel de locos?
The Hotel de Locos is already fully reserved by the Maggie's Farm writers.
Jeff, I'm not sure I follow the section of argument you are going for, but I can tell where it goes wrong: "I have made an error in my finicial (sic) planning that threatens to sink my household." The analogy of the country's budget to the family budget, beloved by politicians, many of whom use it for good causes, is a bad one. That equivalence is never going to illuminate economic policy for you. In general, creating equivalences between individual acts and national acts, with all the rhetoric of friends, bullies, sharing, and compromise, is going to lead one astray. It is an easy and natural set of comparisons, because it brings things into a form we can more easily relate to. But it has poor predictive value in almost every instance.
is the part the Pauliacs never seem to grasp.
Our GDP is growing faster than our debt.
Reminds me of my days at Warren G. Harding High School, "where we learned about our glorious past, the bright future and the crummy now" (thanks to Jean Shephard)
OOhhh I think this is just a load of ad-homineming...although the anarchist comments were bound to come out at some time with Ron Paul. Though I do think this piece has a couple things right, he remains the best candidate for America, but wildly unrealistic to be elected. His ideas are great great great. He seems to be the only guy (or gal?) in line for election who has picked up a US History textbook. He's prepared to answer questions, he knows what he's talking about, and he doesn't do any putzing around like half the other candidates. Abolish away Ron Paul! Who needs NATO? Pshhhaww... RON PAUL WOOO HOOOO!
Assistant Village Idiot:
Good to see you here I sometimes comment on your blog. I am not going for any part of any argument. I am trying to understand. There has never been a fiat money system that has lasted more than two hundred years. By endlessly expanding the money supply it eventually becomes worthless. Weather or not the GDP is growing faster than the debt or not. Our currency is not being used by many nations now because its valuelessness. This seems to be a problem to me.
My idealism tells me that the constitution of the United States is the greatest document ever written next to the Bible. The reason for this, in my mind, is that it states that our right are God given and not given by the state. It is also my understanding that this is unique the world over. Ron Paul seems to be the only one of the candidates that feels that the constitution is not just a piece of paper and actually means something.
I have always felt that conservatives and conservativism in general was based upon principals and one of them was the upholding of the constitution. This I guess is too simplistic and brings things into a form we can more easily relate to. But it has poor predictive value in almost every instance.
Predictive value be dammed what is right is right and what is not is not.