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Ron Paul's Truther Squad Includes Everyone Who Votes For Him in Iowa
Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2011 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 12/24/2011 6:14:24 AM PST by Kaslin

Columnist-to-the-World Mark Steyn and I chat on air almost every week. The transcript of those interviews are always posted, both at HughHewitt.com and SteynOnline.com. Here’s a lengthy excerpt from yesterday’s conversation about Ron Paul, which begins as I play a tape of a question asked of the would-be Iowa upset winner about 9/11:

Q: Okay, and one more question. Why don’t you come out and tell the truth about 9/11?

RP: Well, I can’t handle the controversy. I have the IMF, the Federal Reserve to deal with, the IRS to deal with, because no, I just have more, too many things on my plate, because I just have too much to do.

HH: “Why won’t you come out on 9/11? Ron Paul?” He has too much controversy, Mark Steyn, too many things on his plate. What do you think about that?

MS: Yeah, I mean, that is a very cowardly answer. One of the rare occasions on which I’ve applauded Bill Clinton was 2008, four years ago. He was in Keene, New Hampshire, and some Ron Paul supporter asked him about the truth about 9/11 being an inside job. And Clinton slapped that guy down, as he well should have. This, by the way, is not an irrelevant thing, because it gets to the heart, to the most disfiguring aspect of Ron Paul’s campaign, leaving aside his unpleasantness to Michele Bachmann the other night, and all the rest of it, which is this stunted parochialism. Let’s say, for a moment, that 9/11 was an inside job. Does that also mean, then, that the Bali nightclub bombing was an inside job, that the Madrid train bombings was an inside job, that the Beslan school shootings were an inside job, that the London Tube bombings were an inside job? Because in that case, that’s one hell of a sum to be hiding somewhere within the darkest recesses of Dick Cheney’s non-specific line items. So we’re getting here into what is the problem with Ron Paul, which is the sheer stupid, half-witted parochialism of his view of what’s going on out in the planet. And that’s why this is so pathetic. This is a kind of utopian isolationism that fantasists on the right have embraced. And at its darkest side, it meets the left coming round the other way in 9/11 truther conspiracy theories.

HH: Now can someone, do you think it’s right for someone to go to the Iowa Caucus and say I agree with Ron Paul on the Fed, so I’m going to put aside this nuttery, and I’m going to ignore his newsletters, and I’m going to ignore his other baffling and incoherent positions on issuing letters of mark and reprisals and all the rest of it because I want to make a statement? Is that a right way to conduct yourself, Mark Steyn?

MS: Well you know, a couple of weeks ago, I would have been inclined to that view, because four years ago, for example, when he was talking about the Federal Reserve, a lot of people thought it was kooky. Four years on, when for most of this year, the Fed has been buying 70% of U.S. Treasury debt, you begin to think well hang on, maybe all this incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo about fiat currencies, he may actually be on to something here. And I would have been fine for people to go along in saying well you know, if I could detach domestic issues from foreign policy, this is my guy. But actually, when a guy says, you know, he signs off on a Martin Luther King had sex with underage boys, and then he says oh, I don’t know how that got into my newsletter, it must be some unpaid intern, I mean, if, for example, at www.steynonline.com, or www.hughhewitt.com, a statement to the effect that Martin Luther King was having sex with underage buys appeared, and you or I said oh, we’ve no idea how that got up there, I’m a busy chap, can’t possibly be expected to take note of everything that appears there, whether you believe me or not, you would at least have been had it confirmed to you that if I can’t run even a small, modest publishing enterprise, I shouldn’t be entrusted with the government of the United States. He’s basically said the buck doesn’t stop here.

So the recent unhinging of Ron Paul from even his already distant shore –calling Michele Bachmann a hater of Muslims, indulging the vile truther nuttery—these are positions that attach to people about to vote for Ron Paul, to those souls about to stand up for him in the Iowa caucuses or pull the lever for him in New Hampshire or beyond.

That is the way it works and has to work. When you vote for a candidate, you vote for all of his or her positions. You accept the moral responsibility for the working out of their platform in practice.

Pro-life voters have long known that they cannot accept the candidate who says they are for the poor but also for the right of a woman to choose.

Pro-Second Amendment rights voters have long known they cannot accept the otherwise perfect free market, strong defense conservative who asserts that the Second Amendment was intended to apply to militias.

Some folks are single-issue voters, which doesn’t mean they care only about a single issue, but that for them one issue dominates their political evaluations. They cannot be expected to vote against that set of policies.

Pro-American voters cannot vote for Ron Paul because he has now put on full display his dark assessment of the Republic, every bit as paranoid and accusation-filled as the most adamant 9/11 Truther. It is in my mind disqualifying for high office of any sort to indulge these fanatics, and that is what he did.

He might be more than an enabler of the truthers –he might believe as many of them do that the American government brought down the Towers a decade ago killing 3,000 Americans. Or perhaps he believes the Jews did it, or the Bilderbergers.

No matter. He did not denounce the fever so we have to assume he believes the fever has a legitimate source or that he himself has the fever.

So go ahead and vote for him because he is for an audit of the Fed or because he can recite a paragraph or two from the Constitution; because he makes you feel part of the anti-D.C. gang or just because you like quirky.

You are signing your name to a petition of extremism and paranoia. It is an act that cannot be undone, like a pro-lifer who sends contributions to an activist who also attracts the support of one that movement’s very rare violent extremists. Joining yourself to Ron Paul now quite obviously means joining yourself to Truthers. Enjoy the party.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hughhewitt; paultards; ronpaul

1 posted on 12/24/2011 6:14:27 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

This Ron Paul decision is getting easy for me. I look around at the liberals that are starting to go for Paul and I know something’s wrong. Andrew Sullivan is on the Paul band wagon, along with Radley Balko. Those guys come from the left! They are not libertarian.


2 posted on 12/24/2011 6:21:04 AM PST by Paddy Irish
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To: Kaslin

Paul thinks of Bardley manning as a hero and patriot!


3 posted on 12/24/2011 6:24:15 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Paddy Irish
If comes down to Paul vs. Romney I would vote for Paul.

Which doesn't say much for Romney because I think Paul is a senile appeasing quasi-rational coot.

But we still got Perry, Newt, Santorum, Michele (who I really don't like all that much but at least she's not senile), and even Huntsman.

4 posted on 12/24/2011 6:32:25 AM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry (or Gingrich maybe))
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To: Kaslin
A lot of KOOK Pauls' support is RATS voting in our primary.
And they aren't for him they just want him nominated to help the community organizer.
Has to be. I haven't seen THAT many TIN FOIL HATS.
5 posted on 12/24/2011 6:33:36 AM PST by DeaconRed (Hound Dog Howling . . . Bull Frog Croaking -- Everything is broken--Thanks to ZERO)
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To: Kaslin

Mark Steyn said: “So we’re getting here into what is the problem with Ron Paul, which is the sheer stupid, half-witted parochialism of his view of what’s going on out in the planet. And that’s why this is so pathetic. This is a kind of utopian isolationism that fantasists on the right have embraced. And at its darkest side, it meets the left coming round the other way in 9/11 truther conspiracy theories.”

That’s gonna leave a mark......


6 posted on 12/24/2011 6:34:32 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Moderator of Florida Tea Party Convention Presidential Debate)
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To: Kaslin

I find it troubling that Paul does not denounce the notion 9/11 was an inside job. His response here is “bigger fish to fry,” so maybe he does not ascribe much credibility to truthers in the first place? No other candidate on the GOP side has been more consistently dedicated to smaller government.

People seem to confuse the fact that the 9/11 attacks were motiviated by our foregin policy with the notion we took it upon ourselves to make Muslims look bad; planning and carrying out the 9/11 attacks ourselves. Painful as it is, the former is not an unreasonable fact to acknowledge. The latter is preposterous.

I have yet to hear Ron Paul patently say the USA planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks, but have neard many people make that inference by virtue of Paul’s consistent, anti-fed statements. I don’t think he would have a problem with a smaller, highly trained military that would have castrated Atta and his buddies before they even crossed our border.

While it is true that when one votes, he votes for everything the candidate represents, never in this life will we enjoy a candidate who subsumes into principle all that is good. I’ve had to hold my nose in every election in my lifetime except Ronald Reagan.


7 posted on 12/24/2011 6:35:45 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: Kaslin
Pro-American voters cannot vote for Ron Paul because he has now put on full display his dark assessment of the Republic, every bit as paranoid and accusation-filled as the most adamant 9/11 Truther. It is in my mind disqualifying for high office of any sort to indulge these fanatics, and that is what he did.

He might be more than an enabler of the truthers –he might believe as many of them do that the American government brought down the Towers a decade ago killing 3,000 Americans. Or perhaps he believes the Jews did it, or the Bilderbergers.

I think I speak for all FReepers when I say the Federal Government is beyond mistrust. We should trust everything they tell us. They are telling us the truth all the time about everything.

I think I speak for all FReepers when I say that it is probably Al-Qaeda that just said they are going to target American citizens for indefinite internment in Gitmo. I think it is Al-Qaeda that is now considering ceonsoring the Internet. I think Al-Qaeda is working with central bankers to destroy the dollar. I think Al-Qaeda robs us daily with the income tax. I think Al-Qaeda recently wanted to saddle us with a C02 tax for fixing global warming. I think Al-Qaeda wants to restrict access to firearms. I think Al-Qaeda is ramming abortion down our throats. I think Al-Qaeda is supporting the homosexual agenda.

And the American government is fighting all those things because they are so pure.

8 posted on 12/24/2011 6:39:38 AM PST by MichiganConservative (T. Jefferson's warning come true: THIS morning you woke up a slave to government and central bankers)
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To: Kaslin
if I can’t run even a small, modest publishing enterprise, I shouldn’t be entrusted with the government of the United States.

Checkmate.

9 posted on 12/24/2011 6:39:44 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

When did it become to “conservative” to blindly swallow what the federal government was spewing?

Lemmings. All lemmings.


10 posted on 12/24/2011 6:41:18 AM PST by MichiganConservative (T. Jefferson's warning come true: THIS morning you woke up a slave to government and central bankers)
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To: MichiganConservative

This is not a binary choice: either believe on the one hand that the government has never engaged in any activity that contravenes the Constitution on the other hand that it plotted and planned 9/11.

It is quite possible to understand that the government is capable of wrongdoing without accepting that it is responsible for the greatest perfidy imaginable.

You need to work on your clarity of thinking.


11 posted on 12/24/2011 6:49:57 AM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Tribune7

To me Rick Perry is the only real choice. OK he botched the immigration issue, but he’s rock solid on everything else. I remember going to a Tea Party rally on April 15th 2009. I’d never been to a political rally in my life. I remember how down and sad the peoples faces looked as I got to the rally. One of the first things announced at the rally was that Rick Perry was talking about Texas leaving the union, and how he supported the Tea Party. It was a lonely position then, but he stood up.


12 posted on 12/24/2011 6:50:06 AM PST by Paddy Irish
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To: MichiganConservative

If nothing else, those who despise Paul’s advocacy for non-interventionism, tacitly admit 1.) we are incapable of defending ourselves and our own borders and 2.) we do not have enough in the way of natural/human resurces to sustain a superior standard of living. At the same time, I don’t believe Paul is against trading with other nations.

The conflicting views between interventionists and non-interventists stem from the distinction between universal principles as embodied, expressed, and practiced from our Constitution, and finite borders where those principles may or may not hold sway.

Is there some reason the priciples that make our country unique and prosperous should not be applied globally? In principle, no, but practically speaking, there really are people who prefer slavery to freedom. They need somewhere else to live, and they have it. Let them have it. Buy their baskets. Buy their oil.


13 posted on 12/24/2011 6:53:49 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: Paddy Irish
To me Rick Perry is the only real choice.

I'm starting to warm to Newt but Perry is still my guy by far.

14 posted on 12/24/2011 6:59:53 AM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry (or Gingrich maybe))
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To: Paddy Irish

well, the more left you go philosophically leads to anarchy, which in a sense, is the smallest possible government. IMHO, lefties like Obama and Clinton think they are for the values of the lefty anarchist types, but are just closet Stalinist/Statist/Feudalists. I also think The Clintons know this, but Obama is too effin stupid to, so he flails about on his strings, held by whomever feeds his ego.


15 posted on 12/24/2011 7:08:01 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Kaslin
Last Saturday at a party I talked politics with 3 conspiracy individuals also invited to the party, who were not connected to each other.
Their theories on 9-11, Muslim victimhood, and the Zionist plots, actually had me very concerned.

It is one thing to read these conspiracy theories it is very unsettling to actually have them explained to you face to face by an adherent who appears to be a rational person.

The last individual I had talked too had such wild opinions, such as the Jews were behind the selection of the "POPE"(see the black smoke white smoke conspiracy.)The Jews had influenced the Papal election because they would expose the Cardinals as child molesters if the vote didn't go there way.
On 9-11-It was a Jewish plot. I asked how could the Jews get those Muslims to participate, and lose their lives? He said the Muslims weren't involved it was a phony story. Also he believed in the controlled demolition of the 3rd building.

Finally out of desperation I asked him if he was going to vote for Obama. He said "Hell no! Obama is a communist. I am voting for Ron Paul, he tells it like it is. -Tom

16 posted on 12/24/2011 7:37:09 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: Tribune7

Those are two bad choices but I would come to the same conclusion as you have. I just have very little confidence that romney would work to reverse zero’s socialist policies at the EPA, healthcare, and as it pertains to overall spending. romney cannot even admit that zero is a socialist and does not seem to want to attack zero.


17 posted on 12/24/2011 8:11:51 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: MichiganConservative; 3D-JOY; 50mm; AGreatPer; Bockscar; calcowgirl; cindy-true-supporter; ...
Hmmmm? If the government taxes the CO2 then could they also be responsible for 9/11? MC, you're a genius!/sarc

17½ posted on 12/24/2011 11:12:09 AM EST by Truther Monkey ("Order was restored in LA when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began."--Ron Paul)

To: 3D-Joy; 50mm; AGreatPer; Bockscar; calcowgirl; cindyTrueSupporter; concretebob; Disco Dave; ...
ping!

If you want off my ping list get over it!


18 posted on 12/24/2011 8:29:20 AM PST by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: Tribune7
If comes down to Paul vs. Romney I would vote for Paul.

Same here - Paul's a lunatic in a lot of areas, but at least he is serious about fiscal responsibility. His overt lack of willingness to spank the bad guys around the globe is at least a known quantity and he'd be ridden out on a rail if he allowed us to be attacked and failed to respond. Mitt would likely take ineffectual actions or try Obama's supposed "strategy" and try to "reason" with our enemies.

19 posted on 12/24/2011 8:32:40 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: BufordP

LOL funny . The presidential candidate is not going to be our choice. It is whom every the Republicans want us to pick!!

(Mrs)T


20 posted on 12/24/2011 9:50:58 AM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: grumpygresh
I just have very little confidence that romney would work to reverse zero’s socialist policies at the EPA, healthcare, and as it pertains to overall spending.

Dittos to that.

But if Willard should scheme his way to the nomination -- and I don't think he will -- I will vote for him over 0.

This is one of those rare times where the devil we don't know is better than the one we do.

21 posted on 12/24/2011 9:57:13 AM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry (or Gingrich maybe))
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To: Tribune7

Agree.


22 posted on 12/24/2011 10:20:18 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: BufordP

Love the truther monkey! LOL!


23 posted on 12/24/2011 10:47:29 AM PST by sauropod (Ann Coulter does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: MichiganConservative

I think Al Qaeda approved federal funding for Planned Parenthood. I think Al Qaeda encouraged the USSC to decide Roe v. Wade. I think Al Qaeda worked to help defeat Personhood legislation.

I have never had it explained to me why is “blame America first” to critique interventionist foreign policy (and its consequences), but it is not “blame America first” to critique interventionist domestic policy (and its consequences).

I will happily blame any wicked, criminal POS individual who is responsible for criminal acts - including encouraging or directing others to commit those criminal acts. I will happily blame any wicked person who personally acts or encourages or directs others in policies which undermine the traditional family and Christianity. I do not differentiate between persons who are citizens of these United States or any other country in that regard, and I do not believe that God does, either.


24 posted on 12/24/2011 11:52:54 AM PST by SecAmndmt (Arm yourselves!)
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To: Tribune7
[Paddy Irish] To me Rick Perry is the only real choice.

I'm starting to warm to Newt but Perry is still my guy by far.

Both Perry and Newt Gingrich are marred by previous, disabling dalliances with -- in Perry's case -- short lists of high-dollar contributors with specific agenda (including Open Borders(TM)), whom he caters for -- various liberal causes and ideas. Gingrich, in addition, was a weak Speaker, lost badly several key political battles with Bill Clinton and his Beastwoman, and has personal moral baggage which constitutes an electoral hurdle inasmuch as most of the women in the United States hate his guts, notwithstanding that they were provoked to that hatred by a number of Democrat-invented political lies and canards.

The only real conservatives still left in the race are Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. Cain's out for good and Sarah Palin is still on the sidelines (if only she would jump in -- liberals and neo-Stalinist Progs dread her and hate her virulently, which to me is the modern Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval).

25 posted on 12/24/2011 4:35:53 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: John Valentine
You need to work on your clarity of thinking.

Paulbots are not capable of thinking for themselves. They can only follow. They are programmed to follow their messiah, and believe only what the surrender monkey wants them to believe.
26 posted on 12/24/2011 4:41:04 PM PST by John D
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To: Tribune7
But if Willard should scheme his way to the nomination -- and I don't think he will -- I will vote for him over 0.

If we get down to that, we've lost the election even if "we" win. It'll be back to Denny Hastert, Mark Foley, and bridges to nowhere if Romney gets in. He stands for nothing.

I listened to him on Charlie Rose the other night, and Charlie interrogated him on the issues. All I heard was a bunch of nothing.

Romney's m.o. is to make noises about "I don't like" this or that or "the way that other thing happened" -- but absolutely refuse to commit to a remedy or a principle. He is 100% opportunistic baloney, a tool for other agenda we will not be allowed to interrogate him about. By which I mean all the stuff that is off the table, like sovereignty, the liberty interest of the People, the structure of the Armed Forces.

27 posted on 12/24/2011 4:43:12 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin

To me, the biggest problem with Ron Paul is that he does not recognize the threat of radical Islam. Most of the conflicts around the world are because of radical Islam. We could remove all Americans from the Middle East and Africa and they would still hate us and ultimately want us to convert or die. That is not going to change. They want their religion and Sharia law to ultimately rule the world.


28 posted on 12/24/2011 6:04:07 PM PST by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Kaslin

Can never believe we attacked ourselves and as for foreign policy, ron paul reminds me of Chamberlain. Still researching candidates, for defeating zer0 in this neck of the woods. (imho) paul and zer0 agree on foreign policy. Would bet zer0 is a 911 truther as well.


29 posted on 12/26/2011 4:09:45 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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