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NYT: Ron Paul for President... of the 'Wackos'? [Birchers, Israel-Haters, etc.]
Editor and Publisher.com ^ | 07/20/07 | E&P Staff

Posted on 07/20/2007 4:27:18 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

NEW YORK A feature piece in this coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine on Republican candidate for president, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, portrays his followers as including a wild mix of "wackos" on both ends of the political spectrum. Paul, a libertarian, has been gaining media and public attention of late.

The cover line reads: "A Genuine Radical for President." The headline inside: "The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-Administration, Anti-medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul."

The article closes with the author, Christopher Caldwell, attending a Ron Paul Meetup in Pasadena. The co-host, Connie Ruffley of United Republicans of California, admits she once was a member of the radical right John Birch Society and when she asks for a show of hands "quite a few" attendees reveal that they were or are members, too. She refers to Sen. Dianne Feinstein as "Fine-Swine" and attacks Israel, pleasing some while others "walked out."

Caldwell notes that the head of the Pasadena Meetup Group, Bill Dumas, sent a desperate letter to Paul headquarters: "We're in a difficult position of working on a campaign that draws supporters from laterally opposing points of view, and we have the added bonus of attracting every wacko fringe group in the country....We absolutely must focus on Ron's message only and put aside all other agendas, which anyone can save for the next 'Star Trek' convention or whatever."

Asked about the John Birch Society Society by the author, Paul responds, "Is that BAD? I have a lot of friends in the John Birch Society. They're generally well-educated and they understand the Constitution. I don't know how many positions they would have that I don't agree with."

The writer concludes that the "antigovernment activists of the right and the antiwar activists of the left" may have "irreconciable" differences. But "their numbers -- and anger -- are of considerable magnitude. Ron Paul will not be the next president of the United States. But his candidacy gives us a good hint about the country the next president is going to have to knit back together."

Among many other things, we learn from the article that Paul had never heard of "The Daily Show" until he was a guest and referred to the magazine GQ as "GTU." It also notes that he was the only congress member to vote against the Financial Antiterrorism Act and a medal to honor Rosa Parks, among many others tallies, based on principle, not politics. He also is praised by liberal Rep. Barney Frank as "one of the easiest" members to work with because "he bases his positions on the merits of issues."


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To: billbears
You mean the one presidential candidate that has agreed with 70 democrats to cut off funding to our troops on the battlefield, so they can not eat or have ammunition to fight al Qaeda that attacked us on 9/11? You are talking about that candidate, paulnut?
41 posted on 07/20/2007 5:13:05 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: EdArt
If the picture is online, post this:

<img src=http://home.alltel.net/petronski/wylers.jpg>

Except, of course, use the internet address of YOUR picture of choice. If it shows up in preview, you've got it.

42 posted on 07/20/2007 5:14:57 PM PDT by Petronski (Just say no to Rudy McRomney.)
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To: nvcdl

Officially, the JBS is anti-Hitler and anti-facist, but the membership of that org. tend to have those sympathies. I have known several Birchers in my day, and they were to a person anti-Semite and racist. What idealogy does that sound like?


43 posted on 07/20/2007 5:20:27 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (Islam is a despotism so vile that it would warm the heart of Orwell's Big Brother)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Wikipedia? That’s really fair and balanced.
44 posted on 07/20/2007 5:21:26 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. - Churchill)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

45 posted on 07/20/2007 5:25:12 PM PDT by lormand (Ron Paul - Surrender Monkey for GOP nominee.)
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To: processing please hold

A person can’t be Conservative and support the WOT and be a Bircher at the same time.


46 posted on 07/20/2007 5:27:04 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Duncan Hunter '08 Tough on WOT & Illegals)
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To: JTN
"FReepers siding with The New York Times against a constitutionalist Republican."

Nice try at diversion, but that sophmoric trick works only on forums for idiots.

You can't ignore the gigantic elephant in the room.

Ignoring the fact that Ron Paul is a tool for 911 conspiracy kooks, and himself aligning with Rosie O'Donald and Cindy Sheehan should be highly suspect of any member of Freerepublic.

47 posted on 07/20/2007 5:31:33 PM PDT by lormand (Ron Paul - Surrender Monkey for GOP nominee.)
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To: scan59

Here’s your ping!


48 posted on 07/20/2007 5:31:34 PM PDT by scan58 (Diversity results in a collection of unconnected individuals.)
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To: SoCalPol

I’ll go to their site and check them out when I can find the time. Just by clicking on their link and bookmarking the site, I didn’t see anything nefarious in their article titles.


49 posted on 07/20/2007 5:32:39 PM PDT by processing please hold (Duncan Hunter '08) (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Please tell me you're not so toweringly, achingly stupid as to be unaware of what"[ ]" are,

LOL name calling? That's just pitiful....

50 posted on 07/20/2007 5:34:00 PM PDT by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: billbears
LOL name calling? That's just pitiful....

Question answered, then.

51 posted on 07/20/2007 5:35:27 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("Proudly keeping one iron boot on the necks of libertarian faux 'conservatives' since 1958!")
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To: jrooney
You are talking about that candidate, paulnut?

Careful there sunshine. About this time next year your lot is going to be running around in a circle as the rest of the Presidential candidates adopt Rep. Paul's current position on the police action.

But I do thank you for name calling....gee who's being 'rude' and 'snotty' here? I wonder if I should ping the person who claimed all Paul supporters were such and point out the name calling from those that would slur the one candidate who stands by the Constitution...

52 posted on 07/20/2007 5:36:41 PM PDT by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: RegulatorCountry

OMG! Someone else who understands Ron Paul! Can I stand the strain.


53 posted on 07/20/2007 5:37:32 PM PDT by trek
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To: Slings and Arrows
The more the Slimes concentrates on RuPaul, the less resources they’ll have to after viable conseratives.

Like the "Compassionate Conservative," now serving as President.

54 posted on 07/20/2007 5:37:32 PM PDT by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: JTN
FReepers siding with The New York Times against a constitutionalist Republican. This should be good.

LOL - indded! One of the signs of the end times, I think (along with dogs and cats living in sin).

55 posted on 07/20/2007 5:39:29 PM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: RegulatorCountry; JTN
Here's an eye opener if I ever saw one.

Alex Jones: “Congressman, just out of the gates. Cindy Sheehan yesterday on my show went further than anybody has ever gone. She said, ‘a distinct chance of a staged terror attack or the government allowing that to happen it to happen.’ Bush is saying he doesn’t care what the people want the war will continue. They’ve set up the military commissions act; they’ve set up the John Warner defense authorization act. He signed PDD 51, making himself literally dictator…he ‘gave himself that power.’ How much danger are we in now, with the Homeland Security head feeling in his gut we are about to be hit. Republican memos saying they need terror attacks, they need Al Qaeda hit us to be able to continue the war, top military strategists saying it. How much danger are we in of some new Gulf of Tonkin provocation?”

Ron Paul: “Well, I think we are in great danger of it. We are danger in many ways - the attack on our civil liberties here at home, the foreign policy that is in shambles and our obligations overseas and commitment, which endangers our troops and our national defense. So everyday, we are in worse shape. And right now there is an orchestrated effort to blame the Iranians for everything that has gone wrong in Iraq. And we’re quite concerned, many of us, that the attack will be on Iran and that will confuse things and jeopardize so many more of our troops, so I would say that we are in much greater danger than we have been even 4 or 5 years ago. Whether it is overseas or even by terrorists here at home, because I just think the policies are seriously flawed.”

Ron Paul 2008 threads should belong on DU, not Freerepublic.

It is no longer about Dr. Paul's stance on the Constitution.

He is a certifiable nut-case.

56 posted on 07/20/2007 5:40:15 PM PDT by lormand (Ron Paul - Surrender Monkey for GOP nominee.)
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To: processing please hold

You won’t see in most part outright comments, etc.
I have seen their stuff for over 30 yrs.

Their Absolutist mentality as the Ron Paul type are no different than the Islam O Fascists


57 posted on 07/20/2007 5:40:31 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Duncan Hunter '08 Tough on WOT & Illegals)
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To: billbears
Long before this time next year Iraq will be stabilized and most likely some troops will be coming home with a victory and not a surrender to al Qaeda like Paul wants and all you paulnuts hope and pray for.

Just like some freepers like to call GW supporters, like myself, Bushbots, Thompson supporters Fredheads, I choose to call Paul supports Paulnuts because Paul is nutty and after all he is the choice of "wackos" as the article says. Feel free to ping all your fellow paulnuts, all five of them.
58 posted on 07/20/2007 5:42:54 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: lormand
"He is a certifiable nut-case."

You are right and that is why I have chosen to call his supporters Paulnuts.
59 posted on 07/20/2007 5:44:39 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: jrooney; billbears

I prefer Paulistinians, since libertarianism is the cousin of anarchy.


60 posted on 07/20/2007 5:44:49 PM PDT by lormand (Ron Paul - Surrender Monkey for GOP nominee.)
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