RON PAUL IS NO CONSERVATIVE
Posted by FactReal on August 29, 2011
|Ron Paul and anti-Semitism, racism, isolationism, far left-wingism and intimidation
Summary of the American Spectator’s article exposing Ron Paul’s neo-liberalism: (Emphasis added)
|NEOLIBERAL. NOT CONSERVATIVE.|
|When it comes to foreign policy, Ron Paul and his supporters are not conservatives.
This is important to understand when one realizes that Paul’s views are, self-described, “non-interventionist.” […]
There is no great sin in Paul’s non-interventionist stance (or “isolationist” stance as his critics would have it). There have been American politicians aplenty throughout American history, particularly in the 20th century, who believed precisely as Paul and his enthusiasts do right now. (Paul touts his admiration for the Founding Fathers, but even that is very selective. James Monroe of Monroe Doctrine fame was a considerable interventionist, Washington as a general invaded Canada, and Alexander Hamilton gave rise to Paul’s idea of evil spawn — the Federal Reserve. Interventionists of all types have been with us right from the start.)
The deception — and it is a considerable deception — is that almost to a person those prominent pre-Ron Paul non-interventionist “Paulist” politicians of the 20th century were overwhelmingly not conservatives at all. They were men of the left. The far left.
From three-time Democratic presidential nominee and Woodrow Wilson Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan to powerful Montana Democratic Senator Burton K. Wheeler to FDR’s ex-vice presidential nominee Henry Wallace to the 1968 anti-war presidential candidacy of Minnesota Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy to 1972 Democratic presidential nominee (and Henry Wallace delegate in 1948) George McGovern, non-interventionists have held prominent positions in the American Left that was and is the Democratic Party.
But of particular interest, and here is where the deception by Paulists is so considerable, the Ron Paul view of foreign policy has been the cornerstone of Republican liberals and progressives. Those who, using current political terminology, would be called the RINOs (Republican In Name Only) of their day. […]
…Ron Paul, as noted, has deservedly developed a reputation for fiscal conservatism. Just as all of those Liberal Republicans from days long gone by were able to run and get elected as Republicans by developing enough of a conservative reputation for something seen as the conservative position in the time — support for a tariff here or a government reform over there. All the while carrying the liberal flag for Bryan’s left-wing Populism or Wilson’s Progressive New Freedom or FDR’s New Deal.
So if Ron Paul is conservative on domestic issues, but of a like mind with liberal non-interventionists of both parties, what precisely is Ron Paul?
The right term is certainly not conservative.
…Liberal Republican LaFollette Sr. and liberal Democrat Senator Wheeler even teamed up to run on the Progressive Party presidential ticket in 1924, supported by no less than the Socialist Party.
The proper term for Paul and his followers, then, would take into account this political half horse/half man philosophical creativity. Conservative on domestic policy, a staunch advocate of historically liberal views on foreign policy.
Ron Paul is what might be called a “Neo-Liberal.” Or even a “Quasi-Conservative.” […]
…[H]istory shows non-interventionists have been historically incapable of resisting what they clearly see as the next step after making the non-interventionist case. That next step?
Finding someone to blame for the calls to intervene in this or that war or international situation.
And right here is where Paul and his neolibs, in the style of his neolib predecessors, begin going off the rails.
|BLAMING THE JEWS|
|Disturbingly, the history of Neoliberalism is replete with charges of anti-Semitism.
While this is a charge in today’s political dialogue that has been thrown repeatedly at Paul and his neolib followers…It is a charge that appears to be inevitable when the core premise of non-interventionism is that some dark force somewhere is pushing America into an unconstitutional interventionist war.
All too often that dark force for the Neoliberals turns out to be the scapegoat of hard-leftists everywhere in the world: the Jews.
A story from history.
Before Pearl Harbor, as the war in America over going to war in Europe raged, the once fierce opposition by the American people to taking on Hitler and the Nazis began to change as Hitler’s relentless march through Europe picked up speed. This opposition also began to change in Hollywood, and soon a small raft of anti-Hitler, anti-Nazi films began to appear. These included Confessions of a Nazi Spy starring Edward G. Robinson (1939), Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Foreign Correspondent and, hilariously, Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940).
Neolibs were furious.
Senator Gerald Nye, the liberal Republican non-interventionist, took to the radio airwaves in August 1941 to accuse Hollywood studios of serving as “gigantic engines of propaganda… to influence public sentiment in the direction of participation by the United States in the present European war.” The speech, take note, was mostly written for Nye by one John T. Flynn, a former editor of the progressive New Republic magazine. […] Nye also did something else in that radio address written by John Flynn. One by one he read out the names of the heads of these Hollywood studios — names which, as he used particularly scathing or sarcastic tones to pronounce them — were unmistakably taken by his audience to be Jewish names. […]
Meaning, of course, the men responsible for these films were Jews.
Literally before the day was out Nye had a resolution on the Senate floor demanding an investigation of Hollywood studios. In little over a month — September 9, 1941 — the liberal Democrat non-interventionist Senator Wheeler had ginned up that Senate investigation and it was opened for business…The witnesses against the three? That would include Senator Nye himself — and John T. Flynn.[…]
What does this old history have to do with what might be called the dark side of the Paul campaign?
In his book The Revolution: A Manifesto, Congressman Paul includes at the end a section called “A Reading List for a Free and Prosperous America.” And on that recommended reading list? Here’s the entry, in full:
That’s right. Congressman Paul is recommending the writings of a man who, in his day, was seen as a driving force behind the anti-Semitic liberal Republican Senator Nye and the Senate investigation into Jewish influence in Hollywood.
Take a look at this CNN video, featuring Congressman Paul, Texas Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Ben Stein…The discussion, about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (the so-called “Underwear bomber” accused of trying to blow up a plane over Detroit) quickly draws a charge of anti-Semitism from Stein, which causes Paul to erupt and demand an apology, which was not forthcoming. […]
Stein is not alone. This issue of a connection between Paul or those around him and anti-Semitism has been hotly discussed by all manner of well-respected conservatives. From David Horowitz (here) to Commentary‘s John Podhoretz to Andrew Walden at The American Thinker…
The too-cute-by-half cleverness in this current argument over the newest appearance of anti-Semitism as an anchor of Neoliberal philosophy is the use of the term “neoconservative” as a euphemism for “Jew.” […]
…[A] Paul supporter like Newark Star Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine repeatedly zeroes in on conservative talk radio host Mark Levin, always dismissing the Jewish Mr. Levin as a neocon…
In historical fact, self-identified “neoconservatives” hold beliefs that are both straightforward and have nothing whatsoever to do with being Jewish.
The core of the neoconservative belief is the use of American economic and military strength to topple a foreign enemy in favor of a liberal democracy. One can agree or disagree — but the concept is both an old one in American history and utterly un-related to either Jews or neocons. Washington had Canada invaded. He wasn’t Jewish.
|But anti-Semitism aside, perhaps the real key to understanding the decided left-leaning tendencies of neoliberals is their considerable dislike of… Conservatives
You read that right.
Here are the views of various prominent Paul supporters about some conservatives you may be familiar with.
• Ronald Reagan: Here the late Paulist Murray Rothbard labels the conservative presidential icon as a “cretin,” Reagan’s two-terms in office described as “eight dreary, miserable, mind-numbing years.”
• William F. Buckley, Jr.: The man who became the very gold standard of the American conservative movement is viewed as a “defacto totalitarian” here, again in another Rothbard selection from ex-Paul chief of staff Lew Rockwell’s site, a site for which Paul himself has written.
• Antonin Scalia: Justice Scalia is not only no conservative in Paulville, he is — sitting down? — “a reliable supporter of presidential dictatorship, the police state, the torture-warfare state, and the empire.” This gem was penned by ex-Paul chief of staff Rockwell himself.
• Sarah Palin: That’s right. This business of Sarah Palin being a conservative, according to Rockwell, is just a ruse. In fact, Governor Palin is really a “double agent” for the “regime.” From the same article as above. Oh yes… don’t forget Governor Palin is quite possibly a “puppet” (as seen here by Jack Hunter, now the Paul campaign’s “official blogger”). Oh, and Mr. Mulshine, the Paulist columnist? To him Palin is “just another whiny liberal claiming victimization.”
• Edwin Meese: The former Reagan Attorney General beloved of conservative activists is described in Paulville as the “mouthpiece” for fascists
• The Koch Brothers: The fascists for whom Ed Meese is the fascist mouthpiece? That would be the libertarian Koch brothers who, apparently, aren’t libertarian at all in the eyes of Paulville. In Paulville, libertarian conservatives David and Charles Koch are said to be supporters of a “fascist regime.” Same post as above. It is surely no coincidence that the Koch brothers were targeted earlier this year by the far-left hacking group Anonymous. As seen in this Politico story. Once again, the right/left neoliberal profile surfaces.
• Clarence Thomas: Dubbed part of a fascist “tag team” by Paul supporters. Why? Because Justice Thomas, along with fellow Justice Scalia, spoke at that gathering sponsored by those fascist Koch brothers. Where Ed Meese was covering as the mouthpiece for the fascists.
• Rush Limbaugh: Rush? Rush Limbaugh? That Rush Limbaugh isn’t a conservative? Nope. Not in Paulville. In the eyes of Paulvillians the Rush Limbaugh so many millions of conservatives thought they knew and loved turns out to be a man with “Stalinist tendencies” — aka a commie. Read all about it here.
• Sean Hannity: So OK, understanding that Sarah Palin is a double agent and a puppet and Rush is pulsing with Stalinist tendencies, surely Sean Hannity — conservative talk show and TV host extraordinaire, author of the bestselling Conservative Victory — surely Sean is a real conservative? Naaaaaaaaah. Not in Paulville. There our friend Sean is — no kidding — “evil” That’s right. You read that right. Hannity is, quite seriously in the minds (?) of Paulville’s neolibs, part of the “pantheon of warmongers that make up the true axis of evil.” Once that is understood, this video of Ron Paul supporters literally chasing Hannity through the streets of New Hampshire in 2008 can be seen for the leftist intimidation it was intended to be. The fact that the video of Paul supporters chasing Hannity so closely matches this video of Wisconsin leftists chasing and trapping a Wisconsin Republican legislator is a chilling reminder of the commonality of the protestors involved.
• Mark Levin: Come on. So he wrote the bestselling conservative manifesto Liberty and Tyranny.
So Michele Bachmann has called Levin an inspiration to the Tea Party. So Tea Party members were waving the book in the air at their rallies. So what? Levin’s no conservative in Paulville. Levin’s… you know… wink wink… one of them.
• The Cato Institute: The Cato Institute? The premiere libertarian think tank in America under attack in Paulville? No way! Yup. Here.
There’s more — much more than we have room for here. The Ron Paul campaign’s “official blogger” Jack Hunter hates Lincoln but can’t find his tongue with Confederate president Jefferson Davis suspending habeas corpus or 100% of the civil liberties of blacks — aka slavery. Then there’s Thomas J. DiLorenzo, whose arguments are recommended reading by Ron Paul. Here’s Mr. DiLorenzo on Amazon.
The Ron Paul campaign is really about re-educating America to what can only be called Neoliberalism. Which, based on the evidence and writings of its supporters, appears to be a thin gruel of free markets and non-interventionism seasoned heavily with anti-Semitism, morally obtuse Neo-Confederates, and an outspoken contempt for both conservatism and conservative leaders past and present. […]
They simply aren’t conservatives.
– The Ron Paul Campaign and its Neo-Nazi Supporters