The Party of Stupidity
January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
First, I want to take a moment to reference the post that motivated this one. It was posted on Lew Rockwell’s blog, which I have been reading with increasing frequency over the past few months. Despite the fact that I’m almost 100% positive that Lew played a role in the small fraction of Ron Paul’s newsletters that were racist in content, I’m still appreciative of Lew and the part that he plays in the liberty movement. Reading his blog has helped me progress in my “transition” from a Faux News Republican teenager to a libertarian twenty something with anarchist tendencies. Sometimes I feel like Lew has spent such a long time in the fringes that he relishes in it a bit too much, but ideas are important, and Mr. Rockwell sure promotes the right ones.
Anyhow, the post linked above could be easily summarized with the last line, which reads
Ultimately, conservatism is pro-war socialism.
And although those words would make most avid Sean Hannity viewers cringe, they are the truth. As much as Hannity would like to distance himself as well as the Republican party from Obama and the Democrats, the truth is that they don’t offer a real alternative. As Anthony Gregory points out in the above link, the conservative movement…
…comprising the liberventionists, the Tea Party usurpers in DC, the theocons, neocons, Reaganites, the rightwing think tanks, almost everyone on Fox News, and the National Review crowd– is peddling a lie: the mirage of small government coupled with militarism and the national security state.
Here’s where it gets weird. The Republican party(which, sadly, is a good representation of the conservative movement), and it’s media henchmen refuse to accept Ron Paul and the influx of young voters he would bring with him. By merely accepting Ron’s movement, the party could “expand it’s base” and become a force to be reckoned with in the future. Not to mention, Republicans would no longer be decimated by the Democrats in the 18-30 year old age group. But no, the Republican establishment refuses to accept the “Ron Paul Revolution”. Why?
This is isn’t political gamesmanship. This isn’t strategy. This is flat out rejection. And for what? Aren’t political parties all about expanding their “base” in an effort to reach more voters and in the process gain more political power? That’s how this whole democratic process works, no? Then what about Ron Paul’s following makes it so damned despicable that it can’t be welcomed to the party?
More importantly, who the hell is pulling the strings within the party, and why do they find Paul so “dangerous”? As Ron points out, he’s merely preaching constitutional values. What’s so dangerous about that?
Personally, I’m not so convinced that this is just a case of “shock” as some others might say. If this were merely a matter of Ron Paul’s ideas being so far outside the status quo of Washington DC, it wouldn’t change the fact that Ron Paul brings votes. The party would still accept the man, even if they reject his ideas. No, that isn’t a valid explanation, because these slimy political parties don’t care about anythign except votes. If a candidate brings votes, then what objection could there be?
Enter the lobbyists.
As we often hear, the biggest objection to Ron Paul is his foreign policy. It isn’t his small government, constitutional values that Republicans fear– it’s his foreign policy. Once again, the simple fact that Ron’s foreign policy is outside the status quo is not enough to explain his(effective) exclusion from the party. Something else has to be at work, something with a lot of money riding on further American intervention abroad.
Why, hello AIPAC.
I’m sure there are a number of interests that want to make sure Ron’s foreign policy is kept at the fringes of Republican thought, but no other groups seems quite as prominent.
Unfortunately, I’m going to leave it there for now. I’m too tired to go any further.
But interestingly enough, a quick google search brought up the inevitable:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman will attend a policy conference of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, Ari Goldberg, a spokesman for the group, confirmed to CNN.
Obama will be making his first appearance as president before an AIPAC event when he addresses the conference Sunday morning. Several leading members of Congress are also scheduled to speak at the event.
AIPAC said this year’s conference will be the largest in its history with over 10,000 participants expected to attend.
Well, what do you know. It’s a bipartisan thing.
I hope this post doesn’t put me on some sort of weird watch list.
On second thought, who cares. I’ll see the rest of you in the detention centers!