It’s His Party, and He’ll Cry If He Wants To

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Remember folks, every time a social conservative cries, a hot, naughty angel loses her wings.

Ron Paul, though technically still a Republican, has given up his GOP identity to embrace the chance to be the poster child for the more libertarian streak that has run rampant through CPAC, largely unabated for the past two years. . . Gary Johnson was only added to the lineup at the last minute, his presence stoking the flame of immoral libertarianism that actually advocated for legalized pot and the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual unions.

In other words, this year’s CPAC wasn’t about advancing conservatism. Rather, it exposed the radically disrespectful element of the libertine. . .

It is the libertarian in attendance that produced the free pornographic calendar passed out to attendees in 2010. It is the libertarians in attendance who openly promote the inclusion of groups like GOProud, largely as an attempt to silence groups who would speak in strong support of traditional moral values. It is the libertarian in attendance who slandered President George Bush, by claiming his appreciation for the Constitution was best summed up as a “damn piece of paper.” It is the libertarian in attendance that proclaimed the war to prevent terrorists from regathering strength and coming after our homeland as “illegal.” And it is the libertarian in attendance that eschewed, booed, cajoled and screamed “war criminal” to Vice President Dick Cheney, a man who served his country with commitment and still attempts to help the world understand the threat of the radical Islamic element devising plans to eliminate us and our allies.

Wait, someone was handing out pornographic calendars at CPAC? How can I get one?

I think my favorite CPAC moment comes from Julie Borowski’s Twitter feed:

I witnessed someone calling Ron Paul people a “cult” while eating a cake shaped like Reagan’s face.

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51 Responses to “It’s His Party, and He’ll Cry If He Wants To”

  1. #1 |  TomG | 

    These guys just don’t get it at all.

    It isn’t up to the government to enforce “Traditional moral values”. And Ron Paul himself pointed out that Congress never actually declared war on Iraq.
    And in order to admire Dick Cheney, you’d have to gloss over a lot of ugly stuff that he insists the federal government needed to do.
    We need more disrespectful libertarians at CPAC.

    (Disclaimer – although I’m usually a left-libertarian anarchist sympathizer, I am paying attention to Gary Johnson. Because the GOP needs someone who is sane to run against Obama, even if he/she doesn’t win.)

  2. #2 |  Fay | 

    I for one welcome the GOP schism with open arms!

  3. #3 |  Justin | 

    The “article” was one of the most amazing things I have ever read.

    Especially this quote, “Combining the desire of economic greed, with the amoral desire to promote any behavior regardless of its cost to our culture is a stark departure from the intent of the Founding Fathers.” Like what?

  4. #4 |  Mattocracy | 

    “…the threat of the radical Islamic element devising plans to eliminate us and our allies.”

    A false premise if there ever was one.

  5. #5 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I find it ironic that he would bring up porn, considering that Utah (the bastion of social conservatism) leads the country in porn consumption.

  6. #6 |  Lucy | 

    That Twitter quote is amazing. Everything above is pretty depressing. I know a kid who will be at the Students for Liberty seminar who could have writte the above. He’s always at libertarian seminars, but he’s so clearly a statist, prohibitionist Republican. But he loves to play at actually believing in freedom.

  7. #7 |  Z | 

    who slandered President George Bush, by claiming his appreciation for the Constitution was best summed up as a “damn piece of paper.

    Truth is an absolute defense to slander. Also,

    And it is the libertarian in attendance that eschewed, booed, cajoled and screamed “war criminal” to Vice President Dick Cheney, a man who served his country with commitment and still attempts to help the world understand the threat of the radical Islamic element devising plans to eliminate us and our allies.

    Every time someone calls Dick Cheney honorable, Max Cleland loses a limb.

  8. #8 |  qwints | 

    The one conservative I was really impressed with at CPAC was Mitch Daniels. His ‘truce’ on social issues may be the best we’re going to get on civil liberties from a Republican, and how great would it be to have a President who’d actually been to jail for a drug offense?

  9. #9 |  EH | 

    The GOP can’t survive without co-opting Libertarians. The Tea Party extremist stuff is a dead-end that is only ever going to symbolize intolerance and violent politics, like the environmental hardcore on the left.

  10. #10 |  MIkeS | 

    I’m sorry, the “it’s the libertarians in attendance who…” rant is all stuff I would proudly own up to.

  11. #11 |  Marty | 

    I can’t believe anyone reads Kevin McCullough with a straight face. what a twit.

  12. #12 |  RAGGEDT | 

    “Vice President Dick Cheney, a man who served his country with commitment…” AFTER the 5 deferments because he had “other priorities…than military service,” right? LOL!!!
    http://www.slate.com/id/2097365/

  13. #13 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    TIL CPAC is a joke.

  14. #14 |  Mister DNA | 

    I can’t believe anyone reads Kevin McCullough with a straight face. what a twit.

    Hell, I can’t believe he writes that crap with a straight face! Didn’t he used to be one of the Kids in the Hall?

  15. #15 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Not only could Ron Paul win the nomination, he could win the election. The only thing that would be required is for Republicans to get serious about limited government, fiscal responsibility, and freedom. You know, all the shit they say they’re serious about.

    Oops. Never mind. That would violate the Republican Party’s core belief in saying one thing and doing another.

  16. #16 |  perlhaqr | 

    Gary Johnson was only added to the lineup at the last minute, his presence stoking the flame of immoral libertarianism that actually advocated for restraining the federal government to their constitutional limits legalized pot and removing government from a traditionally religious sacrament the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual unions.

    Fixed it for him.

  17. #17 |  dingdongdugong | 

    lol social conservative tears should be bottled and sold to libertarians.

    Because they are sooo delicious.

  18. #18 |  nemo | 

    It would seem the vast majority of CPAC people are so enmired in Statism that they have no sense of history, at all.

    And to equate ‘libertarian‘ with ‘libertine‘, well, I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. It’s how such ax-blade-narrow minds think. By their lights, Jefferson was a ‘libertine’.

    The CPAC people once more reminded me of William S. Burroughs’s observation about what he called “…decent church-going women with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces.” The kind who’d happily burn witches today if they thought they could get away with it.

  19. #19 |  hattio | 

    Mister DNA asks
    Didn’t he [Kevin McCullough] used to be one of the Kids in the Hall?

    Is it that Kevin McCullough? Can anyone confirm or deny? Wasn’t he the one with the afro?

  20. #20 |  Andrew S. | 

    Is it even possible to be a fiscal conservative, or to believe in limited government, and at the same time be a social conservative?

    A belief in social conservativism necessitates a number of laws to achieve whatever moral standard you want to force on society. Those laws require some extensive enforcement, which is across all sectors of government and carries with it an incredibly high cost (*cough*drugwar*cough*). I don’t get how it’s possible to be both.

  21. #21 |  Mattocracy | 

    Kevin McDonald was from Kids in the hall, the white guy afro member. And there was Bruce McCullough who was cancer boy in Brain Candy.

    I don’t think they combined forces voltron style to become Kevin McCullough, but it could be a long running parody we’re just not aware of.

  22. #22 |  Brandon | 

    The comments there are somewhat encouraging.

  23. #23 |  ClubMedSux | 

    Didn’t he used to be one of the Kids in the Hall?

    If you think Kevin McCullough’s article is bad, you should read the poem he wrote after he got in trouble for returning from CPAC past curfew.

  24. #24 |  demize! | 

    The twit qoute is priceless. #21 like the Voltron image. Social Conservatives GATTAI!

  25. #25 |  Aresen | 

    Gary Johnson was only added to the lineup at the last minute, his presence stoking the flame of immoral libertarianism that actually advocated for legalized pot and the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual unions.

    So it is “immoral” not to want to put people in jail for something the last 3 presidents have admitted doing and “immoral” not to want to discriminate against people who are “icky” (in McCullough’s Deuteronomy centered world view) but good to start wars that have killed 5,000 Americans and tens of thousands of non-combatants?

    Right.

  26. #26 |  luvzbob | 

    What is it about conservatives that is so susceptible to the “cult of personality”, like the one we see developing around Reagan and, too a lesser extent, Ron Paul.

  27. #27 |  Mattocracy | 

    How about the cults of Kennedy, Clinton, or Obama? I don’t think it’s just conservatives who have this problem.

  28. #28 |  Aresen | 

    @ luvzbob | February 14th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    What is it about conservatives that is so susceptible to the “cult of personality”, like the one we see developing around Reagan and, too a lesser extent, Ron Paul.

    Yeah, there was never a liberal cult around the Kennedys, Gene McCarthy, Obama, Howard Dean, LBJ…

  29. #29 |  Aresen | 

    OOPS.

    I almost forgot: Saint Franklin. (Of course, FDR has moved beyond the cult stage to “Established Religion.”

  30. #30 |  Brandon | 

    Seriously? You’re gonna ignore the 800 pound Obama in the room and claim Ron Paul is a cult of personality? I know I’ve asked this before, but are you sure you’re not Joe Biden?

  31. #31 |  Aresen | 

    …are you sure you’re not Joe Biden?

    That is cruel.

    Really, really cruel.

    But funny.

  32. #32 |  luvzbob | 

    One needs only look at obama’s high negatives and significant criticism on the left to see that there is no cult there. Compare to Reagan (who couldn’t get elected dog-catcher in today’s republican party if he were living) whose face adorns cake!

  33. #33 |  Les | 

    Compare to Reagan (who couldn’t get elected dog-catcher in today’s republican party if he were living) whose face adorns cake!

    Reagan was a pro-drug war, pro-military, anti-gay bigot. He’d do just fine, today.

    What’s funny is that Obama is all of those things as well, he just plays for the other team.

  34. #34 |  Rob Robertson | 

    Um, there is no “cult of personality” around Ron Paul. It would be great if he were young, tall, photogenic, and gifted with a resonating speaking voice. That is not the case, however. His supporters admire him because of his dedication to the Constitution, his grasp of American history, and his deep understanding of Austrian economics. Whenever I hear that the House voted 434 to 1, I know instantly who that lone individual is, and I can guess why he voted the way he did. He has a long, proven track-record of speaking openly and honestly about topics that lesser men (and women) avoid for political expediency, and his voting record directly reflects his pro-freedom message. The Left is now disillusioned with Obama because they fell for his “cult of personality” rise to power without critically reviewing who and what the man was before throwing their support behind him. Jeez, Bob, give freedom a chance, wouldja?

  35. #35 |  Paul Smith | 

    Dear Rob Robertson;

    I voted for Obama, not because I fell for his cult of personality but because I saw no other viable option. While I was pretty meh about Obama from the start, my view of Obama is now strongly negative, especially in light of the treatment of Bradley Manning and the administration’s attack on Journalism.

    I expect that a lot of Obama voters voted for him for precisely the same reason as I did. Obama was the lesser of two evils.

    Not sure who I’m going to vote for next term. Not Obama (if I feel there is any choice) and certainly not Sarah Palin. If a reasonable third party has a showball’s chance of winning, I will probably vote third party.

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  37. #37 |  Vake | 

    Rob Robertson hit the nail so hard on the head, it’s never coming out. Read his comment.

  38. #38 |  shecky | 

    No contest. Reagan is a cult beyond compare. Nobody else even comes close. Paul has a cadre of cultists, but they’re still pretty fringe-y and small in numbers overall. He’s, unfortunately, still a whack job, tempered with some sane ideas. A whack job with a couple sensible notions is still a whack job.

    The American Right is simply a circus. That’s about as serious as they get. Obsessed by ideological purity into a feedback loop of crazy, the best sane ideas of the Right are the dominion of political outsiders. I have a feeling that any reasonable proposals out of the Republican party in the next few years will be completely by accident. If there are any at all.

  39. #39 |  TC | 

    “A whack job with a couple sensible notions is still a whack job.”

    This nation needs a whack job. Because the rest of them have proven themselves to be hollow shells, big spenders and war mongers.

    If that whack job was our president today, your sons,daughters and friends would be home tonight and not getting shot at overseas in some hell hole that demonstrated it could beat up a super power. The place that caused the break-up of the USSR! It’s also going to cause our own as well.

    So bring on the whack jobs!

  40. #40 |  random guy | 

    I agree with shecky in that Paul has been a little too crazy on too many issues for me to give him 100% confidence for office. But TC also has a point, its not like any of the sane people we have elected have made things better.

    Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result is a kind of crazy, and its pretty clear to me that no “insider” with a D or an R beside their name is going to do the kind of work libertarians would be happy with. Pragmatically speaking I don’t think ANYONE whose exerted effort to rise up in politics is going to tear down expansive government powers. Why destroy the club you fought your whole life to get into? Its not a thing a sane person would do. So maybe we need a little crazy hear and there.

  41. #41 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Random,
    I don’t think Paul is “electable”. But, can I get a list of the “too crazy on too many issues”? No argument, just curious…and a partial list will do.

  42. #42 |  XY Smith | 

    #31 – I know she’s big, but no way is she 800 lbs.

  43. #43 |  Gordon | 

    XY Smith, you’re totally harshing my “hot, naughty angel” mellow.

  44. #44 |  Gordon | 

    It’s funny how the people calling Ron Paul “crazy” are the same people who backed (and continue to back) the jokers who got us in this mess.

  45. #45 |  James Bain | 

    Shecky!!Shame on you for insulting circuses. I’ll have you know that circuses at least have adult supervision…AND they are far, far better organized, too.

  46. #46 |  winston smith | 

    Donald Rumsfeld, ‘Defender of the Constitution’ (Really)

    http://www.acslaw.org/node/18217

  47. #47 |  Rob in CT | 

    I’ve never understood the whole “Obama cult” claim. Maybe I just don’t run in the right circles, but all the Obama voters I know did what they usually do: pick the best/least bad of the two major-party candidates. Obama or McCain. Personally, I’ve never found Obama particularly charismatic. He’s been a disappointment in the one area I didn’t expect… and that’s my fault: his betrayal on telecom immunity came before the election. I should have known. That said, I doubt President McCain would’ve been better on civil liberties. So that leaves voting Libertarian or Green, both of which I’ve done in the past to no avail. I’ll do it again, also to no avail.

    I have no idea if there is a cultish atmosphere amongst Ron Paul supporters. I don’t really care, either. Ron Paul might have nutty supporters, so what? Is Ron Paul nutty? On balance, I don’t think so (or at least no more so than the “sane” politicians). I disagree w/him on lots of things, but he’s not crazy. Unorthodox, yes.

    The sad thing is that even if Ron Paul were magically made President, it wouldn’t do a helluva lot. You need lots of miniPauls in Congress. Then you might see real change.

  48. #48 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    It’s funny how the people calling Ron Paul “crazy” are the same people who backed (and continue to back) the jokers who got us in this mess.

    Exactly. It is not difficult to craft a credible list of the batshit insanity that was/is the USG.

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  50. #50 |  Medicine Man | 

    I don’t know if Ron Paul is crazy or not, but I do suspect that he gets labeled that way mainly because he doesn’t dutifully follow the Washington consensus. Challenging those assumptions is the surest way to get the DC borg all goggle-eyed at you.

  51. #51 |  Billy Beck | 

    XY Smith @ #42 = total threadwinner.

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