Parsing Mona

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Over at my personal blog, I pick apart conservative columnist Mona Charen's latest smear job on Ron Paul.

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  1. Charen’s smear job is typical, she attributes every deranged muttering from Paul wackjob enthusiasts as his own position.

    Raising $4Million in one day on the net seems to have harshed the mellow on K Street. Charen is just protecting the interests of her masters.

  2. Your link tags are messed up. Two links widely separated by text end up as one big link to a list of people who should be pardoned.

  3. No more threatening to cancel her subscription. Mona’s on a whole ‘nother level now.

  4. We really should start a drive to comb the contributor lists for all the GOP candidates and find unsavory people. It would be a huge task, but with all the RP supporters on these here internets, it shouldn’t be difficult. Maybe everyone should scour the list of contributors whose last name begins with the same letter as theirs.

  5. Smear job? Oh, please. Name one other candidate, that when made aware that nazis were donating to his/her campaign, would not return the donations.

    Ron Paul is too cozy with kooks and conspiracy theorists.

  6. “We really should start a drive to comb the contributor lists for all the GOP candidates and find unsavory people.”

    The problem with this is that the other candidates will simply *return the money* of such people. I do understand Paul’s rationale for not returing money–if Nazis foolishly want to give him money because they mistakenly think he shares their ideology, that’s *their* loss–but it does leave him vulnerable to attacks in a way the other candidates are not.

  7. Nixon intervened in “Chili”?

  8. SA Miller,

    We’re going to find out. Dr Paul’s internet army is about to unleash the power of distributed surveillance on Rudy, Mitt, and Fred’s contributor lists. You can bet there’s going to be a trickle and then a flood of revelations about their contributors, and we’ll see how they handle it.

  9. Name one candidate, that when made aware that pedophile priests were donating to his/her campaign, would not return the donations.

    Oh wait, right. Rudy Giuliani.

    And not only has he knowingly taken contributions from a pedophile priest, he employs him: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/06/22/placa/index_np.html

  10. Charlie,

    Fr Placa has not yet been convicted. But it’s a good start.

  11. We’re going to find out. Dr Paul’s internet army is about to unleash the power of distributed surveillance on Rudy, Mitt, and Fred’s contributor lists. You can bet there’s going to be a trickle and then a flood of revelations about their contributors, and we’ll see how they handle it.

    And after Congressman Paul get’s the nomination, we’re going after Hillary and her connection to the defense contractors merchants of death. I’m just kidding, aren’t I?

  12. Paul has appeared on the Alex Jones radio program not once, not twice, but three times. Jones is the sort who believes that black helicopters are coming to impose a police state on America.

    Ron Paul has appeared on Jon Stewart’s show. Jon Stewart is a huge admirer of big government, so long as it is run by liberal statists. So, by Mona Charen’s logic, Ron Paul must also share those views …

  13. Name one other candidate, that when (the public was) made aware that nazis were donating to his/her campaign, would not return the donations.

    Fixed.

  14. More from Charen:

    Ron Paul is unserious. Suggesting that you will eliminate the IRS, the CIA, the FBI and other government agencies within weeks of taking office is ridiculous. These are bumper stickers, not serious reform proposals.

    I can find no interview or speech where Paul has said he would eliminate these or any other federal agency “within weeks of taking office.” If he has said it, it was in jest.

    He pretty much said what Charen said he did in his interview with either Colbert or Stewart. But,

    1) This is not a bad thing.

    2) When the interviewer starting reciting those more popular members of the alphabet soup as a reductio ad absurdum, and asked if Paul would eliminate those, Paul said something like ‘yes I would eliminate that department/program but that would be not be my first priority’

    3) In the worst case, we will finally get congress to take some responsibility.

    So much of federal authority is there because the legislature has been lazy and or politically expedient, and so has abdicated much of their rightful authority. Paul cannot get rid of any agency program established by statute; I do not think Paul will refuse to enforce a specifically written law. And, if Congress really disagrees with how a President Paul is enforcing the law, they could always impeach. Either way, Congress re-establishes their core function of establishing what the government should and should not do.

  15. Charen’s analysis seems right on to me. Ron Paul has effectively smeared hismelf by not diavowing the extremist, Nazi support and returning the Nazi cash. The only people nuttier and creepier that Ron Paul are the slavering zealots who still think he has any chance at all of being nominated.

  16. Interesting that the latest Rolling Stone gave Paul a fairer shake than Charen. Let’s face it: Charen hasn’t been relevant for years (come to think of it, neither is Rolling Stone, but at least RS still has some interesting interviews)…

  17. How to Whip This Ron Paul Character and All His Whacky Followers.

    Ron Paul can be defeated by ignorance. Ignore him if you can.
    By lies. Misrepresent his positions whenever possible.
    By word gaming. As Lenin advised, “First, confuse the vocabulary.”
    By contempt. Dismiss him as amusing and pathetic.
    By smearing his supporters. Find the worst and spotlight them. Call them a cult.
    By consensus. Dismiss him with peer-pressure ridicule.
    By false accusations. Spread them quickly and far.
    By never discussing his policies. Change the subject to his person.
    By the polls. Ask the right people the right questions and get the answer you want.
    By reporting his most unpopular votes. But don’t report his reasoning.
    By rudeness. Wreck any debate where his ideas are winning.
    With all these tools, he can be easily defeated. Use them generously.

    But Ron Paul cannot be defeated by refuting him in an honest and courteous technical debate. Avoid that.

    – Moderno Machiavelli

  18. We’re going to find out. Dr Paul’s internet army is about to unleash the power of distributed surveillance on Rudy, Mitt, and Fred’s contributor lists. You can bet there’s going to be a trickle and then a flood of revelations about their contributors, and we’ll see how they handle it.

    Oh baby, I’ll see what I can dig up. If I’m lucky enough to find anything, I’ll post it here or over at Urkobold.

    So let’s start helping each other. I had a link to a site where you can check that stuff,but the page is broken. Was it opensecrets.org?

  19. mmm, copypasta.

  20. Instead of going after candidates for money they’re keeping, we should go after candidates for money they’ve returned. Returning a donation from a disreputable source is essentially equivalant to making a donation to that source.

    Ron Paul’s the only candidate that will take money from awful people and put it to good use. All other candidates seem to think that this money would be better spent by people they disagree vehemently with. Ron Paul’s basic argument is right, but it can be taken further.

  21. I like it, Dave B.

  22. Oh, Radley. I think you’ve been trolled.

    He rails against the Bush administration for its supposed assault on civil liberties, yet when he was asked at one of the debates whether Scooter Libby deserved a pardon, he said no.

    There’s no way this is a serious column. I mean, look at that sentence.

    Did you try running the name “Mona Charen” through one of those anagram machines to see if is spells anything?

  23. What about all the money that goes to the government through asset forfeiture from drug arrests? Doesn’t the blood of our precious children count for anything?

    Oh, I forgot, only the feds can magically take away the taint of ill gotten money.

  24. mmm, copypasta.>/i>

    Copy and pasta away, monkey boy.

  25. Hey, like what I did there?

  26. Whoa, it turns out that this “Mona Charen” person actually exists, and writes things like that fairly frequently. No matter how cynical I become about right-wingers, I never mangage to keep up with reality.

    It looks pretty clear that they’re going to try to swift boat Paul just like they did with Kerry. He needs to take a page from their own playbook – anticipate what they’re going to attack him for, and attack his opponents using the term terms.

    They’re going to call his foreign policy naive? Talk about the naivete of the people who said “they’ll greet us as liberators” and “throw flowers at our tanks.”

    They’re going to call his foreign policy leftist? Talk about how “If John McCain, Rudy Guiliani and their liberal buddies want the United States to be the world’s policeman, they should join the Democratic Party.”

    They’re going to call his economic policies crazy? Talk about the crazy loons who think that “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.”

    Etc etc.

    This strategy works even if the charges don’t stick. If Ron Paul calls another candidate’s foreign policy “liberal,” that will make any similar charge levelled by that candidate at Paul sound like an echo.

  27. Interesting that the latest Rolling Stone gave Paul a fairer shake than Charen.

    Rolling Stone is probably well connected enough to know how Paul is doing on campus. And RS, unlike Real Clear Politics, has delusions about being hip.

  28. I am one of the proud slaving zealots that believe Ron Paul will win the nomination. And we will do it without the media’s consent.

  29. crimethink,

    Different Mona.

  30. Even though a different Mona wrote that piece, I swear that I’m canceling my subscription and never visiting this site again!

    Mona

  31. So let’s start helping each other. I had a link to a site where you can check that stuff,but the page is broken. Was it opensecrets.org?

    The brute force method is to go directly to the FEC and start googling names and employers. I’m working on all the people whose last names start with the same letter as mine.

  32. crimethink – thanks for the link – Is it because they’re not up to date that my name doesn’t show and a friend’s name shows only a small fraction ($100) of teh $2,300 he donated? Is there a minimum to make the charts?

  33. teh! I typed teh! I’m a power user!

  34. I’m not sure, M, but I think it’s only updated at the end of the quarter.

    I’m on people whose names begin with PAD right now; no dirty laundry found yet.

  35. Someone please call Godwin’s Law on the whole donations thing so we can move on.

  36. Bingo!

    PACE, GARRY MR. BERNSTEIN/FINANCIAL ADVISOR THOUSAND OAKS CA 91320 05/25/2007 $2300 Mitt Romney

    This Mr. Garry Pace happens to be the president of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Do you know what that means? Mitt Romney consorts with MORMONS!

    OK, my work is done…

  37. crimethink – I think you’re right. I’ve seen nothing past 9/29/07. I saw one $3. donation.

    My next bewonderment is whether a google search of someone’s name will, in saecula saeculorum, reveal his/her donation.

  38. If I were alive and an American Citizen (or an undocumented worker with a drivers license linked voting registration under the “motor voter” act)
    I would contribute to and vote for Herr Doktor Ron Paul.

  39. M,

    I think there is a minimum of $200 in donations (to all candidates for all offices) before a donor’s name is published.

  40. I think the thing about Giuliani’s priest friend is useful, because it challenges the anti-Paul crowd to consistently apply their idiotic guilt-by-association techniques.

    Just to be clear: It’s good that Giuliani shows loyalty to a lifelong friend who has not been convicted of sex abuse. The priest was mentioned in a grand jury report, but as an ex-prosecutor, Giuliani knows that if you spoon-feed a grand jury properly, you can get the jurors to accuse just about anyone of a crime. Suspects don’t have the right to defend themselves before a grand jury – those rights only become operative at trial.

    Just because Giuliani did the right thing, though, doesn’t mean he should get a free pass, if his supporters employ guilt-by-association tactics. Dr. Paul should lose no opportunity to point out, “I would never say that Giuliani is guilty of pedophilia by association simply because a lifelong friend of his, a priest who got a job with Giuliani’s firm, was accused of child sexual abuse by a grand jury.”

    Again, if Giuliani denounces civil liberties and the rights of defendants as “September 10 thinking,” Dr. Paul could reply, “it’s the presumption of innocence, and the rights of criminal defendants, which protect your lifelong friend the alleged pedophile priest. He was accused of sex abuse by a grand jury, but he hasn’t been convicted, and until he is, he is entitled to the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights,” etc.

    Sound a bit too Nixonian for Dr. Paul, of course.

  41. Jim, fwiw my pal showed up at $100 as his sole contribution. I don’t see that he would give to anyone else.

    Adolph, “he who is not against me is with me” – know Who said that?

  42. Adolph, “he who is not against me is with me” – know Who said that?

    A fictional Jew? Not Shylock but some other Jew character from fiction…. forgive my ignorance of literary allusions…….

  43. Mad Max,

    As much as I love RP, he’s not a very effective politician. If only we could combine his policies with Hilary’s cunning and Fred Thompson’s voice, we’d be set.

  44. crimethink,

    I think it’s charming that Dr. Paul doesn’t want to crawl into the gutter with these people. It looks statesmanlike.

    But *someone* has to dirty themselves with the necessary gutter fighting. The best people for the job are supporters of Dr. Paul who aren’t officially linked to his campaign.

  45. Dr. Paul should lose no opportunity to point out, “I would never say that Giuliani is guilty of pedophilia by association simply because a lifelong friend of his, a priest who got a job with Giuliani’s firm, was accused of child sexual abuse by a grand jury.”

    Problem is, Dr. Paul is highly unlikely to do that. As crimethink says, he’s a terrible politician, defined as a person who works hard to make people like him enough to vote for him regardless of whatever bad things he does. He’s a conscientious representative for his constituents and he’s a consistent ideologue for the Constitution and rule of law.

    (To be honest, I think he’s crazy because he’s enduring all this hassle of running for President when by any measure he’s earned the right to sit at home and enjoy his retirement and grandkids.)

    Therefore, in the spirit of the grassroots, bottom-up Ron Paul Juggernaut?, I think we should all take it upon ourselves to proclaim to the world that Rudy Giuliani employs a pedophile priest.

  46. “contribute to and vote for Herr Doktor ”

    a vote for HERRN Doktor.

    MEIN GOTT.

    Saan’s so bl?d dass s ned amoi ihre aegne Muttaschbrch? kenna?

    N? – ane f?schung. darum.

    (nehme an, wenn Sie das richtige Hauptarschloch (URARSCHLOCH??) w?re, w?re die Umgangssprache f?r Sie fassbar – bevorzugt sogar…)

  47. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

    Well, we’ve seen ignorance such as deleting online polls and Gone Vanity discrediting Fox’s own cell phone poll. Then we saw repeated ridiculous attempts to link Ron Paul with 9/11
    “truthers” courtesy of Michelle Malkin’s Hot Farts.

    Now we see even more aggressive smear campaigns, with a slime de jour of a non-existent connection to NAZIs. Despite the fact that the sum total of contributions from supremacist nutjobs wouldn’t be enough to put a decent down payment on a new double wide. But apparently they think it’s their best shot, so they take it.

    The Ron Paul campaign is actually farther along than I thought it would be at this point. The 11/5 money bomb seems to have worried a few folks… GOOD!

    Comparing the number of pledges between the 11/5 and 12/16 events, it looks like they’ll be even more worried soon.

    Merry Christmas Neo-Cons… (and ya’ll didn’t get us anything!)

  48. I and Doktor Mengele have started a group of Nazi German Doctors for Ron Paul.

  49. I can’t understand how Ron Paul giving money to a White Supremist organization is a demonstration of how he’s not a White Supremist himself.

    The problem is that all the other candidates get money by making back room deals. So accepting money from an organization actually does tell you what agenda they’ll be pushing once in office. Ron Paul doesn’t need to, and never has, sat down behind closed doors to get contributions. His record as a congressman gives him more credibility than anyone else. They can scream racist all they want, but they can’t make it stick. There is simply no there there.

  50. As a strictly impartial observor because I don’t vote and never will because I’m still pissed the other Founders didn’t go along with Ben Franklin’s proposal to have an unpaid committee of three serve as Chief Executives of the US:
    Who the hell could Mona possibly prefer over Ron?
    Any of the others, even untalented and unknown moi could slime so much more easily than Ron. And I’m talking slime that would stick.

  51. This Mr. Garry Pace happens to be the president of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Do you know what that means? Mitt Romney consorts with MORMONS!

    crimethink — The President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Gordon B. Hinckley. None of the top leadership of the Church, the approximately 100 General Authorities, is named Garry Pace.

    If you’re trying to be facetious AND accurate, LDS.org would give you the names of all the high-ranking Mormons, who would almost certainly include many contributors to Mitt’s campaign.

  52. So libertarians finally get a mainstream party candidate who espouses some really libertarian positions only to discover that his biggest supporters are Nazis, White supremicists, and conspiracy nuts. Most Americans aren’t quite as anti-government as right-wing exremists tend to be. Ron Paul just won’t sell to the wider public. But good libertarians should accept the judgement of the market, shouldn’t they?

  53. Haven’t Repulicans been fighting the guilt by association argument for decades. Democrats have been accusing Republicans of racism due to support they got from racist organizations. Do they really want to open that can of worms because anything the Republicans use against Ron Paul can, and will, be used more effectively by the Democrat nominee*.

    * If Rudy and Hillary are the nominees, I’ll bet dollars to donuts that Hillary will toss out the pedophile charge.

  54. Okay, imagine your kid’s in band at school. The band is selling candy as a fundraiser. Some kid sells a chocolate bar to that creepy guy in the unpainted singlewide and unmown grass. Turns out this guy surfs stormwatch.

    The next day the local paper (edited by some bint named Mona) has the following headline: “School Band Takes Nazi Money!”

    Does the band give back the money? Suspend that student? Grovel in the mud before Mona? Or does it tell Mona to get a real job? I vote for the latter. It’s stupid making kids get signed ideological statements from each candy customer, just as it’s stupid making candidates do background checked on every $100 and $200 donation.

  55. OK, I will feed this troll: explain how Ron Paul’s “biggest” supporters are Nazis, White Supremacists, and conspiracy nuts. At the rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, they seemed to be veterans, college students, and anti-war activists. Were they some new super-stealth Nazis, or are you just an asshole?

  56. Michael,

    Go to any Nazi or white supremicist site and see how enthusiastic about Ron Paul they are. The taint of such support is exaggerated by Ron Paul’s evident unwillingness to openly and loudly denounce such support and return the cash they’ve given him. The conspiracy nuts are much in evidence at his rallies, and he himself was close to Aaron Russo, a 9/11 Truther nut. A lot of his anti-war support will vanish when its proponents learn more about his positions. He’s not a viable candidate by any stretch.

  57. Michael,

    I may as vell admit der truf – ninety-nine percent uv us Ron Paul supporters are der Stealth Nazis. Did it take you zis long to figure it out?

    Ha ha ha, you naive American fools! Virst ve elect Ron Paul, zen ve take over der vorld! Und zer is nuzzink zat anyone can do about it – no vun can stop us, not effen Captain America!

    Ha ha ha ha . . . oh, verdammt, I vas laffink so hard I dropped my monocle. Zere, I put it back again.

  58. Edward is an opponent worthy of Mona, not Ron.

  59. Am I the only one who thinks Charen looks like 1970s porn star Sharon Mitchell?

  60. Go to any Nazi or white supremicist site and see how enthusiastic about Ron Paul they are. The taint

    Did somebody say, “taint”?

  61. prolefeed,

    Wait…are you saying google lied to me?!

  62. Charles Oliver,
    I had no idea what Charen looks like, but, thanks to your prompting, and a Google image search, I do now hereby agree with anything coming from the lips of Mona.
    Even from her “taint.”

  63. You didn’t pick apart Mona’s piece, as she exposed Ron Paul for the America-hating wussy that he is. Vote for Giuliani, the mainstream libertarian candidate, not for nutcase Ron Paul.

  64. Say there, edward: I see that Barry Goldwater junior just endorsed Ron Paul. Is he some kind of stealthy, nazi jew?

    -jcr

  65. This story is now dugg. Let’s see what interesting characters end up here now…

  66. For those of you who vote:
    Your choice is
    “Crankcase” or “Nutstream.”

    Get fortune cookie after meal.

  67. I had a link to a site where you can check that stuff,but the page is broken. Was it opensecrets.org?

    Yep.

    Also, you can find other resources if you Google Campaign Contributions 2008

    Personally, I’m not going to bother. I’d find it refreshing, and I think a lot of other people would, if he’d just say, “Look, beggars can’t be choosers. If it’s legal, I keep it. Fuck you!”.

    I think at this point, most of the world tacitly understands accusations of racism, fascism, etc., etc., etc, usually say a lot more about the clown throwing them around than about the target they’re directed at.

    My money says that for every vote he loses for telling his critics to go to hell, he’ll gain 3 from people who admire him for having the stones to do it.

    Really, do you think most of the people doing the screaming were going to vote for him anyway? I don’t recollect ever not voting for someone simply because I didn’t like who else contributed to them.

  68. Bah, the real Dondero is far more eloquent (or at least longwinded) than that. Try again.

  69. Just a few moments ago a RP supporter I know was telling me that Dr. Paul refunded a donation from Stormfront, apparently some Nazi-ish website. He sounded like he thought all of the “Nazi” money was refunded over a month ago (or just last month maybe)?

    The only reference to this is one I found via Google at Hot Air and appears to have been a partial refund to correct the incorrect amount of the intended donation.

    Does anybody have better information?

  70. This story is now dugg. Let’s see what interesting characters end up here now…

    Well unless it has changed in the past 18 months I’d bet on fat kids who don’t know what they are talking about.

  71. Edward cracks me up.

    Why, just yesterday, when I was hollowing out his mom as she choked herself, she told me a story about young Edward and his youthful hijinks. It was totally amusing, and I laughed. Oh, yes, I laughed.

    Fake Edward? and Fake Eric Dondero? are getting a little predictable. ‘Bout time to retire those, eh?

  72. It would be nice to see all the candidates contributers openly available and listed for informational purposes.

    However, the smears are rather useless for anyone that thinks about it for a few minutes. Every candidate has received contributions from what someone might think is unsavory source. So Rep. Dr Ron Paul is doing exactly what he should be doing ignoring the so called inquiries, they are a waste of the campaigns time and energies to answer. They really don’t deserve an answer at all.

    Like I said if other individuals were willing to make lists of all the candidates contributers it would be interesting to see but not really useful, if intended to retaliate to the mundane accusations. Issues like this seem to take away from the real issues that people need to know about. Isn’t that something the media has done a good job of anyway. Trying to turn election issues into profit building entertainment and pointless issues.

    A good idea but I think efforts at making people aware of the Ron Paul Revolution are the most important at this time.

    The list is a great idea too but maybe for all the candidates as I stated not just GOP or Democrats and for additional information for voters not to smear. I would like to see who many of the Clinton contributers are.

    Well my moment of thought out loud anyway.

  73. If Ron Paul won’t denounce the neo-Nazis who think he’s one of them, then I can’t support him. However, it’s obvious to me that’s not really what irks Mona Charen.
    And why is this supposedly conservative woman taking Paul to task for opposing the IRS? I suppose all that talk about jack-booted gubmint thugs only applies to Democratic presidents.

  74. You didn’t pick apart Mona’s piece, as she exposed Ron Paul for the America-hating wussy that he is. Vote for Giuliani, the mainstream libertarian candidate, not for nutcase Ron Paul.

    Assuming this is really you, Eric, the mere fact that Giuliani supports the War on Drugs makes him not a real libertarian candidate. Just wanted to let you know that (again).

  75. “If people who hold views that the candidate doesn’t agree with, and they give to us, that’s their loss,”

  76. The Ron Paul camp should continue the current strategy.

    On one hand, a few nutjob NAZIs contributed a week’s beer money, but are getting/demanding nothing. On the other hand, a few loudmouths are contributing $0, and demanding extraordinary action.

    You tell me… Which hand is behaving more authoritarian?

  77. There are plenty of crackpots in the mainstream of politics. Pat Robertson, for example, is a wacko who is actively courted by the leading candidates.

  78. prolefeed,

    Wait…are you saying google lied to me?!

    crimethink — I assume you’re snarking on the whole “edward thinks google search numbers give infallible truth” thing.

    FWIW, googling “Mormon church president” gives you this as the second search result.

  79. Mona Charen is a Neocon closly associated with Scooter Libby, if not be marriage, some other very close relationship. She is tied in with other Isreali Firsters and was a head cheer leader through many of her opinion pieces to get the U.S. involved in Iraq.
    Her motive to deep six the Paul Campaign would be as any other Neocon, welfare to Isreal would be over if Paul was ever elected or his non-interventionist ideas took hold with any adminstration.

  80. Am I the only one who thinks Charen looks like 1970s porn star Sharon Mitchell?

    Wow, Charles, you sure know your 70s pr0n! Could pass for her daughter, yeah?

  81. S.A. Miller:

    Name one other candidate, that when made aware that nazis were donating to his/her campaign, would not return the donations.

    Ron Paul has the most anti-Nazi ideology and positions of any of the candidates of both parties.

    Ron Paul is too cozy with kooks and conspiracy theorists.

    What ever that means. Anyway political conspiracies happen.

  82. On one hand, a few nutjob NAZIs contributed a week’s beer money, but are getting/demanding nothing.

    The neonazis seem to be getting a lot of free publicity, thanks to folks like edward. Pretty savvy investment on their part, especially if Paul caves and hands the money back.

  83. Edward:

    Ron Paul has effectively smeared hismelf by not diavowing the extremist, Nazi support and returning the Nazi cash.

    What Nazi “support”? Even if there are any actual Nazis who support Cong Paul, the numbers are so small that they make up an infinitesimal and insignificant fraction of his partisans. Note how Edward, admittedly not a clever fellow, but other of Paul’s other detractors as well, don’t engage his policy advocacies, but instead dwell on “Nazi support”. This bodes well for the advancement libertarianism.

  84. I look forward to all the lunatic conspiracy theories Ron Paul supporters will come up with to explain his inevitable loss. What a pathetic joke.

  85. Nice refutation, Radley! It deserves a wider audience than just the few million who read your blog and Reason. (The world should be so blessed). Can You direct it to Mona Charen’s audience? (Perhaps smaller than Reason’s, but they really need it.)

  86. Ron Paul has taken some garden-variety right-wing Christian positions. He’s hardly libertarian when it comes to immigration. Nazis probably like that and his opposition to gay adoptions.:

    Embryonic stem cell programs not constitionally authorized. (May 2007)
    Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
    Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
    Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
    Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
    Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
    Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
    Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
    Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on “God” in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
    Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
    Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
    Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
    Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
    Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
    Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
    Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
    Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
    Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)

  87. Edward:

    What a pathetic joke.

    What’s actually pathetic is that you hang around a site as good as this and have no more to offer than what you do. You’re way out of your depth here.

  88. In his appalingly stupid screed “The War on Religion,” Ron Paul offers this ignorant and blatantly distorted view of the Founding Fathers and their religious convictions:

    “The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion.

    The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance.”

  89. Edward,

    Most of those votes are manifestly not ant-libertarian. (Like Edward cares if they are or not) Also, please cite a source.

  90. So is Ron Paul a liar or just an ignoramus?

    http://nogodzone.blogspot.com/2007/06/ron-paul-on-seperation-of-church-and.html

    How many times is God mentioned in the Constitution?

    Zero! And if you don’t believe me you can go check Ron Paul’s own congressional website where he has a copy of the text. Go to the page and read it yourself. It is worth reading now and then. But if you don’t have time do a page search for “God” and see all the abundant references on your own. All zero of them.

    And what about the drafters of the Declaration of Independence? That would be Thomas Jefferson. Paul says he would be “aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion.” Hostility? Didn’t Jefferson actually say something about that? He said that the clergy, who opposed Jefferson strongly, “believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” Eternal hostility to the schemes to promote state religion.

  91. “The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance.”

    That sounds good to this non-believer’s ears. Churches that would eclipse the state in importance means that the state would lack the power to force Christianity on the nation.

  92. What the Founding Fathers really thought about religion:

    “During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.” – James Madison (Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments, 1785.)

    “Where do we find a precept in the Bible for Creeds, Confessions, Doctrines and Oaths, and whole carloads of other trumpery that we find religion encumbered with in these days?” – John Adams

    “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretence, infringed.” – James Madison (Original wording of the First Amendment; Annals of Congress 434 (June 8, 1789).)

    “As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” – (Treaty of Tripoli, 1797 – signed by President John Adams.)

  93. Ron Paul:

    “The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance.”

    That sounds good to this non-believer’s ears. Churches that would eclipse the state in importance means that the state would lack the power to force Christianity on the nation.

  94. Wanted to make it clear that it was Ron Paul who said that.

  95. “All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish [Muslim], appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise; they have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. He takes up the profession of a priest for the sake of gain, and in order to qualify himself for that trade he begins with a perjury. Can we conceive anything more destructive to morality than this?” (Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason)

  96. Through perverse court decisions and years of cultural indoctrination, the elitist, secular Left has managed to convince many in our nation that religion must be driven from public view. The justification is always that someone, somewhere, might possibly be offended or feel uncomfortable living in the midst of a largely Christian society, so all must yield to the fragile sensibilities of the few. The ultimate goal of the anti-religious elites is to transform America into a completely secular nation, a nation that is legally and culturally biased against Christianity. – Ron Paul

  97. Present scientific facts that support creationism
    Q: Academic freedom is threatened when questioning the theory of evolution. An Iowa State astronomer was denied tenure because of his work in intelligent design in May 2007. Censoring alternative theories–dogmatic indoctrination–has replaced scientific inquiry. Will you encourage a more open approach to the presentation of scientific facts that contradict the theory of evolution?
    HUCKABEE: Yes.
    TANCREDO: Yes.
    COX: Yes.
    BROWNBACK: Yes.
    PAUL: Yes.
    HUNTER: Yes.
    KEYES: Yes.

  98. Check out Edward making threats and having a tantrum on another site:

    I don’t play games. Keep fucking with me and you and the rest of the Urkobolds will find that out.” – Edward

    “Fuck with bull, and you WILL get the horns.
    Fools.” – Edweird

    “Keep pushing me, Urkobolds. If you want a war I’ll give you one. Don’t think for one second I’m joking either.” – Edward

    “Hey Urkobolds, how about keeping your schtick confined to your own unfunny, racist [!?] website and keep it off of here.” – Edward

    http://urkobold.blogspot.com/2007/11/new-wave-saturday_17.html

  99. And note yet another of Edward’s tired and baseless accusations of racism in the above.

  100. Will you encourage a more open approach to the presentation of scientific facts that contradict the theory of evolution?

    And why would anyone be opposed to the presentation of scientific facts that contradict the theory of evolution?

    I certainly wouldn’t. I just don’t think that many exist.

  101. Austin Cline’s Agnosticism / Atheism Blog
    From Austin Cline,
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    Authoritarian or Libertarian? Ron Paul on Church/State Separation, Secularism

    Ron Paul is frequently portrayed as a “sensible” conservative and staunch libertarian, thus making him increasingly attractive as a presidential candidate. He’s being strongly promoted to libertarians, conservatives fed up with Bush and the Christian Right, and Democrats dissatisfied with the current crop of Democratic candidates. At the same time, though, Ron Paul demonstrates the limits of wedding libertarianism with social and political conservatism. They simply don’t mesh well.
    Ron Paul’s consistent anti-war position has made him popular, but how many people also understand his rejection of secularism and church/state separation? How many realize that his “states’ rights” rhetoric is a mask concealing a desire to use the government to promote “traditional marriage” and criminalize abortion? Ron Paul is only a “libertarian” where and when it’s convenient. Much of the rest of the time, he’s not merely a social conservative but a religious conservative promoting an agenda very close to that of Christian Nationalists.

    If Ron Paul were a serious contender for the presidency, he’d be a significant threat to American secularism and liberty. Fortunately, he seems to have about as much chance of getting elected as I do – but this doesn’t mean that his candidacy won’t influence people for the worse. In particular, I’m concerned about people learning to accept anti-secularism while making excuses for him and their support of him. The first and most important step in preventing that is to examine his ideas now and explain not only how wrong they are, but also why they represent such a threat.

  102. It’s apparent, Edward, that you have absolutely zero in the way of original thoughts or intellectual contributions.

    I call for Edward to get the ban-hammer. Please.

  103. “… his biggest supporters are Nazis, White supremicists, and conspiracy nuts…” (emphasis mine)

    Edward: Support that statement with references, or fuck right off.

    “Edward’s favorite sexual act is to be sodomized by a donkey.”

  104. How many times is God mentioned in the Constitution?

    I don’t always sign My work.

  105. “…Hilary’s cunning …” Do you think she really has one?

  106. Alex Jones has some kooky theories, but he did do an excellent analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act that was cited by Project Censored a couple years ago.

    He also is the only person I know of who did anything resembling a ballistics test on Cheney’s claim his friend was “90 feet away” when he shot him in the face. According to Jones’ test it was more like 10-20 feet.

  107. Edward,

    Knock it off with the cut & paste spam.

  108. Edward if you are so lazy that you can’t even provide a source PROVING the accuracy of your smear at 1:44 am regarding Paul’s alleged support of teaching alternatives to evolution in schools, why do you think we ought to listen to you ?

    No one here takes you seriously, dude.
    If that bothers you, you may want to figure out why we don’t.

  109. The policy impact of Paul’s views on the place of religion in society can be boiled down to one sentence: he thinks that the state should not have the power to suppress the religious speech of its citizens while they are on public property, in the same way it should not have the power to suppress political speech on public property.

    Despite my militant atheism and hostility to religion, I can certainly see his point. If the state cannot prevent one school student from turning to another and saying, “You know, Democrats really suck,” then it should not have the power to stop one student from turning to another and saying, “You know, it would be really good if we prayed to Jesus right now.” Don’t like that? Get rid of the public schools. Problem solved.

    If I can get together with 1000 hippies in a public park and wave signs against the war, then if a bunch of Christians want to get together in a public park and have a revival meeting, the state should not be able to stop them. If private citizens’ groups are encouraged to set up memorials to war or to historical events in a public park, if some Christian want to put up a plaque with the 10 Commandments on it they really should be able to. Don’t like it? Get rid of the public parks and town greens. Problem solved.

    It’s a question of whether these private actions are “establishments”, and it’s very difficult to say that they are. In any event, even if you disagree with Paul’s view of the nature of the Establishment Clause, it’s certainly a defensible libertarian view of it, and not some shocking Christian Dominionist view.

  110. How many times is God mentioned in the Constitution?

    I don’t always sign My work.

    Further evidence you don’t exist, since, in your omniscience, you would have noticed that the signators acknowledged doing so in a year of your making.

  111. For everyone who thinks Ron Paul wants to criminalize abortion, if you watch that interview he did with the editorial staff of some New Hampshire paper, he actually said that he thought an abortion ban would be unenforceable.

    For one thing, he thinks RU-486 should be widely available, and he says there’s no legal evidence of an abortion when one takes that. He also said that he doesn’t think jailing pregnant mothers is at all a good idea.

    Over at Pandragon, you get ignorant comments to the effect that Ron Paul wants to cut off peole’s social security check, which is a blatantly false misrepresentation of his actual policy prescriptions.

    Are we to believe that unlike the nut-job faction of the left-wing that the white supremacists er sorry white nationalists are the only ones in the world who understand Ron paul?

    And a rhetorical question for edward,

    If you were on a sinking ship, and some Illinois Nazis were riding on it, and when a fishing boat came alongside some of the Nazi called for them to throw a rope over which hey did, would you refuse to climb down the rope because the Nazis thought it was a good idea?

  112. Edward,

    I’m sure Giuliani shares your “mainstream Libertarian” opposition to the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as your denunciation of *all* churches, including Christian. That’s a winning platform, right there!

    Now, let’s look at Dr. Paul’s positions to see if the National Socialists would support them.

    “Embryonic stem cell programs not constitionally authorized. (May 2007)

    “Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)

    “Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)”

    The National Socialists supported medical experimentation on human beings, so they would have been happy with embryonic stem-cell research.

    “Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)

    “Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)

    “Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)

    “Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)

    “Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)”

    The National Socialists legalized abortion – for Jews! Under the Weimar Republic, abortion was a crime. The National Socialists kept it a crime for “Aryans” only. Nowadays, many abortions are performed on babies in marginal families – especially black people. So he National Socialists would have been fully comfortable with abortion. Not to mention the “research” which “proves” that aborting black babies lowers crime – that Nazis would have been happy to support abortion on such grounds.

    “Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on “God” in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006) ”

    The National Socialists, at least from 1941-1945, looked askance at people who pledged allegiance to the US flag, so they’re on the other side from Dr. Paul.

    “Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
    Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
    Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
    Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
    Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
    Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
    Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
    Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
    Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)

  113. Um, if that list of votes that Edward posted are accurate I must lean a little farther in the Dr. Paul direction. Now, if he would just polish up a bit and stop coming across as the Dennis Kucinich of the Republican Party . . .

    BTW, anybody have anything on that comment I made in this thread last night? Was the only Nazi money returned a result of an incorrect donation amount or were other monies involved?

    NO, knee-jerkers, I do not think that Dr. Paul contributed to Nazis. Just wondering about refunds and corrections.

  114. Edward | November 18, 2007, 3:39pm | #
    Charen’s analysis seems right on to me. Ron Paul has effectively smeared hismelf by not diavowing the extremist, Nazi support and returning the Nazi cash. The only people nuttier and creepier that Ron Paul are the slavering zealots who still think he has any chance at all of being nominated

    Mornin’, Edward!

  115. More items of Ed’s list:

    “Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)”

    How much did Dr. Paul vote to appropriate for “White colleges”?

    “Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)”

    Hitler was a naturalized German citizen of Austrian origin. If only the Weimar Republic had been more xenophopic, and had excluded naturalized citizens from high office, Hitler could never have reached power. So I suppose that National Socialists would support the eligibility of naturalized citizens for high office.

    “Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)”

    Try out that talking point of Daily Kos.

    “Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)”

    Dr. Paul has repeatedly explained that the combination of a large welfare state an open borders is a recipe for disaster. Hence, the need to oppose illegal immigration.

    “Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)”

    See above.

    “Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)”

    If only the Weimar Republic had been more strict with that Austrian immigrant!

    “Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)”

    National Socialists opposed skilled workers if they were the wrong race, religion or politics.

    “Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)”

    See above on illegal immigration.

    “Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)”

    Protecting the Pledge of Allegiance – proof that you’re more mainstream than Dr. Paul.

    “Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)”

    The National Socialist attitude toward gays evolved over time. Under Weimar and the first two years of National Socialist rule, the Nazi paramilitary arm, the SA, had a big gay influence. After the SA got purged, the Nazis swung around to being anti-gay. However, you have to wonder about what was on the minds of Hitler and his buddies when they idealized the image of tall, blond, muscular Aryans.

  116. Am I the only who thinks is a little odd that supporters of a party that had an actual bona fide “out” KKKer as an actual elected Republican official in Louisiana are trying to smear Ron Paul for accepting a few campaign contributions?

    (And since the Dems have spent decades re-electing Klan Kleagles to the Senate, they should keep their fucking mouths shut on this also.)

  117. Anyone got a link to that pic of Michelle Malkin in a bikini? I’m thinking some people here need to relieve a little tension.

  118. Bingo,

    There is no such picture, but there *is* a picture of someone else in a bikini, with Malkin’s head Photoshopped onto it:

    http://tinyurl.com/en3cb

  119. No offense to La Malkin, but I don’t associate her with “relieving tension” in any form. That’s like lulling yourself to sleep with the gentle sounds of Fran Drescher’s voice.

    But whatever floats your boat, dude.

  120. Mad Max,

    When you see her on your teevee, hit the mute button.

    Then make up your own words while she’s speaking.

  121. Am I the only who thinks is a little odd that supporters of a party that had an actual bona fide “out” KKKer as an actual elected Republican official in Louisiana are trying to smear Ron Paul for accepting a few campaign contributions?

    Nice phrasing to exclude any other party, State or other KKK official, thus skillfully removing Senator Byrd, the Democrat party and West Virginia from the discussion.

    BRAVO to you Sir! Did this work during your high school debates?

  122. I suspect Guy scored higher on his math SATs than verbal.

  123. “make up your own words while she’s speaking.”

    Let’s see: “Hello, I’m Michelle Malkin, and I’m all that stands between American and the invading foreign hordes. Isn’t it great how our wonderful conservative President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, locked up American citizens because of their national origin? We need to do that sort of thing more often. And, by the way, isn’t it horrible how all my enemies are such racists?”

  124. It’s apparent, Edward, that you have absolutely zero in the way of original thoughts or intellectual contributions.

    I call for Edward to get the ban-hammer. Please.

    You guys actually read anything he *cough* writes? I filter him right out.

    If you ignore him…..

  125. Guy, it might help if you had read the second paragraph of the comment you seem to have gotten so exercised over.

    The other clue is that the comment was made by a regular here who has never exactly cultivated an image as an apologist for the Democrats.

  126. Nice phrasing to exclude any other party, State or other KKK official, thus skillfully removing Senator Byrd, the Democrat party and West Virginia from the discussion.

    Try reading the next sentence, Guy.

    Oh, and can I have entered into the record that I have just been accused of being a partisan Democrat?

  127. Oh, and can I have entered into the record that I have just been accused of being a partisan Democrat?

    Noted and lol’d. Oh, and nice comment above, RCD.

  128. See, Max, that’s just not the sort of thing Silent Malkin would say.

    I mean, there wasn’t a single “coo” in that statement.

    I don’t think you understand what Silent Malkin in all about.

  129. Ewww – not even Malkin deserves having a bunch of H&R posters beating off to her picture.

  130. Wow, that scroll thingie on the side reveals important information on occasion.

    Apologies RCD.

  131. Oh, and can I have entered into the record that I have just been accused of being a partisan Democrat?

    Team Red’s logic is, Not Bush Republican=Libruh!

    Team Blue’s logic is, Not liberal Democrat=Bush supporter!

    Either that, or the Democrats like to accuse me of being “objectively pro-Bush Republican”.

  132. I wasn’t able to find anyone defending Charen in the comments to her story, so I came over here to read Edward. Thanks, buddy, for reminding me that only Nazi’s support Ron Paul.

  133. Apologies RCD.

    No prob, Guy. Worth it so I can periodically reming people that I have on occasion been mistaken as a Democrat.

  134. Kooks for Ron Paul:

    Jim C Perry, the “Orthodox Jewish” head of “Jews for Paul” also calls himself a gay pagan Unitarian.

    Now it turns out that Perry, Paul’s point man in response to questions raised by the Jewish Telegraph Agency, is also accused of stealing money from the local New Hampshire branch of the Libertarian Party. What a great guy! It’s only an accusation. And the “Libertarian” Perry was in 2006 running for New Hampshire Legislature as a Democrat.

  135. he inveighs against the “neo-cons” (shorthand for Jews in some circles)

    Huh, and all these years I thought “Liberal Hollywood Types” was shorthand for teh Jooos. Damn, I learn sumthin’ new every day.

  136. Well, even with all of this positive spin, Dr. Paul shall not be gaining so much as a schilling, lira or nickle from Italians for an Independant Scotland* until Dr. Paul clears up his position on thr right of people to be free from the yoke of tyranny! And just how he shall support this said yoke loosing.

    *Sorry, only one member for now but I use the plural in advance of sweeping international polularity.

  137. “is also accused of stealing money from the local New Hampshire branch of the Libertarian Party. What a great guy! It’s only an accusation.”

    Just as the grand jury’s accusation of child sex abuse against Giuliani’s lifelong friend who got a job in Giuliani’s consulting firm, is only an accusation.

    Stealing from the Libertarian Party, eh? Wow, he must have really cleaned out! I’m surprised he didn’t move to Monaco with the proceeds of his alleged theft.

  138. Or at least bought a bagel with the money. And a Coke, if there was any money left over.

  139. I get it now. The Nazis like Ron Paul’s Christian nationalism.

  140. Edward,

    “Ron Paul’s Christian nationalism”

    You mean Christian-Jewish-Unitarian-Pagan nationalism, don’t you? Better keep your stories straight.

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