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57 Responses to “Jon Stewart on the Media and Ron Paul”
John C. Randolph |
August 16th, 2011 at 9:35 pm
The allegations of racism turned out to be pretty solid
Bullshit. He disavowed them repeatedly, and if Ron Paul were a racist, why in the world would he advocate ending the drug war?
#48: Nobody is saying that Paul did well in the straw poll because of some underhanded or unethical stratagem. Having a large group of dedicated supporters show up with thirty bucks each so they can vote for Paul isn’t stuffing the ballot box. It’s how the Iowa Straw poll works.
But it’s kind of the point that’s being made. This isn’t a real vote. It’s very artificial and it’s meant to show organizational strength for those candidates who chose to participate. Bachmann gets a bump because these results show she’s built a legitimate operation. Pawlenty gets the boot because this is a fight he should have won. The candidates who mostly stayed out of it get a pass because you don’t have to participate if you don’t want to.
As for Paul, this is the kind of event that he’s shown he can do very well in, so it’s kind of a non story. If he wants to be taken seriously, he needs to raise a lot of money and do well in Iowa and New Hampshire when it counts.
Well shucks. I guess that showed them MSM beltwaytarians or whatever. Though to be fair, I doubt he is much of a racist these days. Contrarian racism (and police brutality apologism) was sort of an intellectual fad among conservative-leaning libertarians back then; even Rockwell and Rothbard eagerly partook. My guess is that he dabbled, then got over it, and now wishes he never wrote the articles in question.
“and if Ron Paul were a racist, why in the world would he advocate ending the drug war?”
Libertarian principle? (Misguided) constitutionalist principle? Many 18th and 19th Century abolitionists retained fairly racist sentiments – maybe he’s a racist but still doesn’t think black people should be sent to rape camps for smoking pot? There are plenty of people I find contemptible but I wouldn’t wish police harassment or SWAT raids or prison on them; I imagine racists could feel the same way about the objects of their bigotry.
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Helmut O' Hooligan |
August 17th, 2011 at 5:17 pm
That was a wonderful illustration of the mainstream media trying to make sure that political debate in the U.S. remains acceptable to the mythical “centrists” out there. “You can just hold that Ron Paul stuff” huh huh. What the fuck kind of journalism is that?
Noam Chomsky actually talked about this kind of stuff during the “Manufacturing Consent” days. I believe he called the process “concision.” Certain people or ideologies are simply too scary for the media, the two party system, corporate sponsors and the imaginary “centrist” citizen, so we can’t give these “fringe” people too much attention. Why are they scary? Because they question the military-industrial complex, like Ron Paul or any number of Green Party Candidates. Or because they question the drug war and mass incarceration, like Ron Paul and any number of Green Party candidates. Or because they say nasty things about corporate state capitalism, like Ron Paul and any number of Green Party candidates (though Ron Paul and the Green Party would disagree with how to tackle state capitalism).
I have a number of issues on which I would disagree with Ron Paul. But I agree with him, in theory, on many more issues and I believe he deserves to be heard. If only there were a movement that combined Ron Paul’s ideas with Green Party ideas. That is a movement this Left-libertarian could support!