Skip to comments.Little Green Footballs - The Mainstreaming of Ron Paul (Barf)
Posted on 05/08/2009 12:39:32 AM PDT by jmc813
For the past couple of months Ive been writing about the mainstreaming of paleo-libertarian Ron Paul; hes been a regular guest on Fox News and other networks, and his drones have been heavily involved in organizing tea party demonstrations. Lots of LGF readers didnt want to believe this was happening.
Well, it really is happening.
The weird economic theories of Ron Paul are Winning GOP Converts.
A funny thing has started happening to Paul since his long-shot presidential campaign ended quietly in the summer of 2008. More Republicans have started listening to him. There are the media requests from Fox Business Channel and talk radio, where hes given airtime to inveigh on sound money and macroeconomics. There is HR 1207 , the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009, a bill that would launch an audit of the Federal Reserve System, and which has attracted 112 co-sponsors. When Paul introduced the Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act just two years ago, no other members of Congress signed on.
And then there are the luncheons. The off-the-record talks have brought in speakers such as ex-CIA counterterrorism expert Michael Scheuer, libertarian investigative reporter James Bovard, iconoclastic terrorism scholar Robert Pape, and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. Perhaps the most influential guest has been Thomas Woods, a conservative scholar whose previous books include The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Who Killed the Constitution?: The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush, and whose current book Meltdown has inspired Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to question Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner about economic fundamentals.
Pauls unexpected and sudden clout with his fellow Republicans even some of Pauls staff have been surprised with the momentum of his Audit the Fed bill come as the GOP engages in a tortured internal dialogue about its future. Since January, no small number of new coalitions have formed between current members of Congress, former advisors to President George W. Bush, and perennial party leaders such as former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) and former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.). Few of those conservatives, however, have spent much time criticizing the very foundations of Americas modern economic system and worrying about a 1929-style crash. Few of them had a drawer stuffed with off-brand economic ideas and forgotten libertarian texts, ready to explain what needed to be done. Ron Paul did, and as a result the ideas that made the Republican establishment irate enough to bounce him from a few primary debates are more popular than ever.
And chief among these new converts one of the very kookiest Representatives in Congress, Michele Bachmann, the one-woman GOP anti-science crusader.
But the most prominent new face is Bachmann, the rising conservative star who left C-SPAN and YouTube watchers scratching their heads with a constitutional grilling that seemed to puzzle Geithner. What provision in the Constitution could you point to to give authority for the actions that have been taken by the Treasury since March of 08? asked Bachmann during a hearing on March 24. What in the Constitution could you point to to give authority to the Treasurys extraordinary actions that have been taken?
Bachmann goes to these luncheons on a weekly basis, said Debbee Keller, Bachmanns press secretary. Keller noted that Bachmann was reading Meltdown, which argues that the New Deal failed and that the Federal Reserve is responsible for the current economic crisis. Just as Austrian theory suggests, wrote Woods, the Feds mischief was responsible for the Great Depression.
I had a feeling shed have some interest in the book, said Woods, because she asked some good questions. She was taking notes. She was asking if this or that point could be found in the book. I thought I recognized a sincere person who wanted knowledge, not the usual politician who couldnt care less about what the truth is and just wanted to propagandize.
Paul didnt take credit for turning Bachmann on to Austrian theory (Hell give credit to everyone on the planet except himself, laughed Woods) but said he was pleased to see more members of Congress delving into economics. Shes very open to studying, said Paul. In fact, shes been working really hard to get me back to Minneapolis. She says, Youll get such a great reception there!
And Ron Pauls oldest racist friends, the John Birch Society, couldnt be happier about his new legitimacy.
Its been a rapid rise for an idea that, only months ago, was located firmly in the political fringe. The John Birch Society, the far-right group that Paul has often defended from media criticism, was one of the first groups to encourage members to contact their members of Congress to support an audit of the Fed.
This is a deeply disturbing development; for more reasons why Ron Paul should not be brought into the mainstream of the GOP, see: Angry White Man - The bigoted past of Ron Paul.
Im under no illusions that the GOP will pay attention to me, but isnt there anyone in the party who sees how disastrous this is becoming?
Ron Paul Ping
I remember in 2006, 2007-ish, Ron Paul said Bush and the “neocons” were going to attack Iran within a year. Oops.
I’ll say this about Ron...the liberal media loves him, because they can post his liberal-like views and make him seem to be a symbol of the dying GOP. Ron is conserative in many respects, but they don’t care to accentuate that. It was his anti-war view that made him a media darling.
Ron Paul is the only GOP leader who is constantly promoting the right wing ideology on tv, internet and elsewhere
on top of Ron Paul bashing other GOPers all the time, is why the media love him. What bothers me a little bit is that Ron Paul rarely bashes Democrats
“Ron Paul is the only GOP leader who is constantly promoting the right wing ideology on tv, internet and elsewhere”
He’s a loon.
I’ve seen Ron Paul attack GOP for their ill intentions, but never Democrats. I like to see him bash Democrats at least once in a while, not just think of them as misguided with good intentions
“on top of Ron Paul bashing other GOPers all the time, is why the media love him. What bothers me a little bit is that Ron Paul rarely bashes Democrats”
I’m uncertain if that was just media editting our just Ron Paul’s spin on things. Either way, a conservative shouldn’t destroy the right but change it from within.
Years back he seemed reasonable on certain things (within articles he wrote), but the moment I started LISTENING to him....he did appear odd. Copy and paste with a cartoonish feel.
9/11 truthers LOVE him...
So in reality he's....John McCain?
I’m not a Ron Paul fan (he’s a loon), but Charles Johnson’s credibility has been in the toilet for a while now. He lost me with his brilliant 2008 election analysis that “creationists” lost the election for the GOP.
It astounds me how these folks want to beat up on Ron Paul who as far as I can tell is the only elected official in Washington DC that has hitched his wagon to the United States Constitution.
Ron Paul is definately far right of Mccain and far right of many ppl on here, but he does have the same relationship with the media that Mccain have
Perhaps someone with a little more knowledge on the subject than I have can set me straight on the John Birch Society. It isn't a racist organization is it?
I thought it was mainly an older Constitutionalist Conservative group. Am I off base here?
It really angers me when people toss out labels like that. If they want to talk about an organization, they need to provide more information than an epithet to gain my agreement. It destroys an argument faster than anything else for me.
Chuck Johnson never misses a chance to get in a dig against religion, religious people of any faith, or creationism, or intelligent design.
He's a committed atheist big-banger.
Got to agree with you about Charles Johnson and LGF. I used to be a daily reader of LGF, but some time ago, I’d guess around election time, I just stopped reading his blog. He has become arrogant and .....dare I say....narcissistic.
I have not seen him come right out and endorse Presidunce Barry, but then again, I don’t visit his blog much at all anymore. At the very least, he’s a closet supporter.
Quite honestly, I am having trouble differentiating between Ron Paul and Barack Obama:
1. Barack Obama associates with unsavory racists, Ron Paul associates with unsavory racists.
2. Barack Obama wants to harm US economy by causing inflation; Ron Paul wants to harm US economy by causing deflation.
3. Barack Obama wants to restrict free trade; Ron Paul wants to restrict free trade.
4. Barack Obama is looking to betray our closest allies; Ron Paul wants to betray all our allies.
I agree there are some subtle differences. But they are very subtle.