Posts Tagged With Ron Paul
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 / 11:01 am
After almost a month, the GOP field graces our evening with the 435th debate of the season!
What have you done with yourselves the past month? Haven't you missed Rick Santorum pouting and whining and being a dick? And Mitt Romney, with his surprisingly dorky and inarticulate stammer? And Newton declaring war on any and all comers? And Ron Paul, with his trademarked litany of Sensible Things?
My little brother Cakeyboy and I didn't know how we would live without them, after sharing our evenings with them like eight nights a week. But now, praise Jesus, they are back: tonight, 5 p.m. Pacific, on CNN–Your Home for Whatever.
(“Come over for the debate,” I wrote last time to my little brother. “I will roast us a chicken! Be there, or don't eat a chicken!”
“You had me at debate,” he answered back. “And again at chicken.”)
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 / 2:12 pm
What a bunch of boobs.
Almost 15 years ago, my big sister Sarah called me with very important news.
“I just want you to know,” she said. “Being 30? I have never felt like more of a woman!” It was heartening news for a 25-year-old me.
And now, with my right breast sore and a large lump behind my nipple, I have never felt like more of a woman either.
Planned Parenthood will see me Friday morning – thank you, Planned Parenthood – but until then, I can sit here and be angry, or I can sit here and be angry and think about the GOP.
I have seen a lot of articles wondering why women don't like Newt Gingrich. Really, media? You have to ask?
It's not the cheating – Democratic women still love Bill, mostly, much of the time.
It's not Newton's policy choices. What, besides the moon colony and shutting down the government when he doesn't like his seat on Air Force One, have most folks even heard about?
It's that every time a wife gets sick, he is Mr. In The Wind. You'd think the “character counts” (no blowjobs) folks would feel a little squicky with a track record of callously leaving wives to die cold and alone. And it turns out, at least, the women do!
Friday, February 3, 2012 / 5:52 pm
Anonymous found a direct tie between Ron Paul and fervent white supremacists? More proof that Jesus was black.
by Tony Chavira
The “anti-fascist” wing of the “Anonymous” hacker group has broken into a website run by the white supremacist American Third Position (A3P), and released a document dump consisting of private forum messages, emails, organizational notes, and other personal information.
The documents show numerous connections between Republican candidate Ron Paul and these racist Neanderthals; they’re heavily involved in campaigning for Paul, and according to the messages, have held regular meetings with Ron Paul himself: Ron Paul, the American Third Position Party and Stormfront.Also revealed: Ron Paul has held meetings with A3P and Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party — the notorious UK fascist group with neo-Nazi roots.
Well, I guess I need to go back and amend a few articles…
Friday, January 27, 2012 / 6:00 am
Libertarians like his foreign policy stance precisely because he has none.
by Tony Chavira
Except for Milton Friedman, who felt that Americans had the right to propel the free market forward at the cost of annihilating the rest of the planet, most libertarians are vehemently anti-intervention and anti-war. At their ideological core, they believe that America should leave the rest of the world alone to do whatever it wants. We have no moral responsibilities, no allies, and no business in other countries. And Ron Paul believes this as well, more or less.
Taking an anti-war position should be an easy decision for Ron Paul, considering that wars cost the government so much money. End wars and you can cut away at the defense budget, thereby reducing the role and might of all government. Aside from that, taking a stance against endless war is a great rhetorical device. Our government used it to start World War I and it worked like a charm.
Friday, January 20, 2012 / 5:00 am
He completely dismisses the realities of reconstruction, drug laws and the drug conviction rate.
by Tony Chavira
Racists—and those who exploit racism—are rarely about the business of openly declaring themselves as such, especially after their cause has been thumped. Before the Civil War, you could find all manner of Southerners exalting the “great moral truth of slavery.” Afterwards, they claimed it was just “States’ Rights.” Before Reconstruction, the defeated Confederates employed explicit black codes that reduced African-Americans to slavery. After Redemption they moved to “vagrancy laws,” “contracts” and “grandfather clauses.” In the 1960s George Wallace would loudly declare “segregation forever!” Now we say “the Civil Rights Act destroyed privacy.” In the era of militia madness, Ron Paul defended his racist newsletters. In the era of Barack Obama, he didn’t read them.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates
American history is full of strange asymmetries, which Americans of all color justify differently in retrospect. White settlers murdered 99% of the Native American population, but justified those murders by giving the remaining 1% land, tax exemptions and nation status. Africans were wrongfully enslaved for more than two hundred years, then given nothing when they were freed. Interned Japanese Americans were given a stipend after three years of wrongful imprisonment.
Friday, January 13, 2012 / 5:00 am
Ending the Federal Reserve and converting to the gold standard does not empower or strengthen economies, period.
by Tony Chavira
In End the Fed, Ron Paul makes such a convincing argument for closing the doors on the Federal Reserve Bank that those already enamored by him had nothing left to do but orgasm with ecstasy. In essence, he blames large, corrupt private interests for developing the Federal Reserve to control of our innocent, victimized economy. The Federal Reserve is, of course, a government-run bank that can devalue its own currency whenever it wants to milk the lower and middle classes while providing a comfy cushion so that the super-rich can default as often they like. And I’ll admit, I had written enough articles on the structurally unsound construction of our economy that I was enthralled by the context of Paul’s argument: evil people built it to exploit us, so let’s take it apart to take back America!
But it’s not just that Ron Paul is dangerously wrong about this. There’s no reason to be so vague. Specifically, he’s wrong about three completely separate things:
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 / 7:02 pm
Some people want to return to the days of yuck.
I've been listening to Mitt Romney and Ron Paul tonight at the end of the New Hampshire primary.
Both of them want to go back to what America used to be before that nasty ole Big Government grabbed us by the necks and threw us to the ground. I think some pictures are worth several thousand words. Take a look at what America looked like before the Environmental Protection Agency was founded.
Just in case you forgot. Or weren't born yet.
Friday, January 6, 2012 / 5:00 am
Why is Ron Paul wrong about everything? Oh, some reasons! (Don't worry, there will be plenty more next week too!)
by Tony Chavira
I know Ron Paul has fans of his economic policies, but he’s basically wrong about how he approaches everything, all the time. His supporters have been tricked by television commercials and first-person-video games into thinking that they are lone warriors on a quest for freedom. They are “the ones,” the soldiers of liberty, standing up and shouting for it in the face of oppression. Oppression from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of Education—all agencies Ron Paul wants to eliminate outright. No services, no disaster assistance, no public education.
But he wants to keep the Central Intelligence Agency. I guess we’ll just outsource our spies from countries with smarter kids. The free market wins again.