So, now I'm going to piss my brother off.
I can't stand Ron Paul.
I think the man is a certified whackjob. So does Roger L. Simon.
Of course, psychological sophistication isn't a hallmark of Paul supporters. Ideological purity is. More than most groups, they live deep in the world of theory, typing away on their computers with very little connection to the real world. In that way they are somewhat like their candidate - a man who, I confess, was not on my radar screen until recently - who seems to suffer from a kind of cognitive dissonance. When you listen to him answer questions at the debates, he never appears to answer directly. And I don't mean that he spins in the way nearly all politicians do. He seems so lost in ideology he doesn't quite comprehend. Can you imagine this man actually being elected and telling the G8 he wants to go back on the gold standard? I guess his supporters would applaud.
And in the comments to this post the Paulbots emerge to prove Simon's point. Predictably and right on schedule.
Every time I hear Ron Paul speak, I cringe and grind my teeth. The man is so thoroughly out of touch with reality. That is, the real world around him and how it operates. He's many things, but he's not a Republican. Hell, I can't really see how he's a libertarian, for that matter. He's as much a Republican as Lyndon LaRouche was a Democrat. Or as much of a Republican as David Duke. Ron Paul strikes me as being in that league: A fringe loser of a charlatan surrounded by sycophantic fanatics who have nothing better to do than run up internet polls to satisfy their maniacal egos. As one Paulbot commenter states:
Remember the Ron Paul momentum is only a month or so old. MSM lags several weeks behind. He is not listed in polls and the phone polls do not include cell phone users. I am a former liberal who is supporting him. The fight will continue and increase and God willing the American people will come out on top when the dust settles. When the naysayers see the supporters in the streets (we are willing to fight) many will join him. It comes down to a battle of the republic versus the nwo. where will you be counted? You must decide where you stand idealogcally and choose sides. The time is now. You might think we are crazy, but thats what the English thought of our forefathers.
How's that for letting your Brownshirt/Jackboot freak flag fly? You don't like what we're trying to do, we're gonna take to the streets! The pusch will not be televised... Setting aside the fact that the English didn't consider our forefathers crazy, just English, the amount of disconnect to reality illustrated in this comment is mind boggling.
Let's get it out there: Ron Paul is a Truther (a 9/11 denialist), and I find those types despicable in their idiocy. He's completely out of touch on the war in Iraq in particular and the war on terror in general. Areas that I might agree with him (taxes, border security, privacy) are negated by the fact that he's completely out there on aforementioned issues. I don't like his style and I certainly don't like that vast majority of his lame supporters. Paul does not belong on the dais with the other Republican candidates. If he wants to run for President, let him run as an independent. He's going to do that anyway, sooner rather than later.