Since my very minor tear against Ron Paul once again generated some decent feedback -- I say once again because every time anyone brings up "Dr." Paul in a negative light, his cult-like followers come out of the woodwork to bombard the heretic with e-mails -- I figured I'd bring something related back to the main page. This quickie diatribe from August of last year generated more Facebook "likes" than anything that's ever been published at DXM -- 348.
It was the first time I really bothered to bring up Ron Paul and his fawning, deluded worshipers.
"If there's one thing I'm absolutely through abiding in this country it's these idiots who embrace Ron Paul as some sort of messianic figure come to save our great nation from itself. The draconian brand of libertarianism that Paul and his monkey son espouse is intrinsically anti-American because it reduces the notion of a "United States of America" -- particularly as a world leader -- to an afterthought, one that can and should be sacrificed in the name of each person doing whatever the hell he or she feels like with no sense of a collective responsibility to each other or the country as a whole. If Paul's vision for America had been in place since our nation's inception, America never could have accomplished the myriad astonishing things that made us a superpower.
The free market is not America. It couldn't fucking care less about America; it exists simply in the service of itself. It has no loyalty to anything but its own perpetuation and notions like patriotism don't even enter into the picture. Say what you will, but a government of duly-elected officials is the only system beholden to no one but the people. In theory, anyway. While I'm not sure our current model is working -- precisely because so many of our leaders are on the take in one way or another -- I hold tightly to the belief that the citizenry can actually change that situation for the better. We have the power, but only if we act in concert as Americans -- not strictly as individuals who don't give a crap about the other people who make this country great.
Ron Paul and his neo-libertarian acolytes want an America with no sense of cohesion; one that's at the mercy of a system of government that's no real government; one that doesn't care much what happens to you because it's either none of its business or it simply isn't cost-effective to give a damn; one that in many ways resembles a Third-World country.
I feel as strongly about this today as I did when I wrote it a year ago -- if not more.
Cesca brilliantly calls Ron Paul "a shibboleth for nihilistic hipsters." It's a perfect description of him and the inexplicable pull he has with the profoundly gullible.