I’ve written on more than one occasion about how I hate Ron Paul’s eccentric, misogynist, racist, xenophobic guts and never, ever want to hear his name again. But unfortunately, I’m still passing a giant Ron Paul sign every day on the way to work. And the New York Times is still writing about him. I just can’t contain my fury. (all emphasis in quoted text mine)
Attendance at Ron Paul campaign stops has nearly returned to pre-Super Tuesday levels. A group of supporters recently announced plans to start Paulville, a gated community in West Texas, where believers can pursue the candidate’s libertarian ideals as a cooperative lifestyle. Ron Paul’s book, “The Revolution: A Manifesto,” rocketed to No. 1 on a New York Times best-seller list on May 18 (it has since dropped). Supporters are starting to discuss creating yippie-ish disruptions at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul in September to gain visibility for the movement.
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This message has hit home — not only with some traditional libertarians, but also among a small but passionate group of young voters who came of age after Sept. 11, during the debates about the Iraq war, the Patriot Act and Abu Ghraib. For them, the Ron Paul message has the feel not of 1776, but of 1968, when an unpopular war raged abroad, and a subculture of disenfranchised young people embraced an unorthodox philosophy built around a utopian ideal of freedom.
Of course, Ron Paul is a lot closer to Barry Goldwater than to Eugene McCarthy. But his young supporters, many of whom call themselves former liberals, said the peacenik left shares much with the libertarian right.
“It’s about taking the country back,” Mr. Lim said, waving off the policy differences between his old “political saint,” Mr. Nader, and his new one, who is anti-Roe (Mr. Paul opposes abortion personally, but thinks states should decide the issue) and supports gun rights. “Whether you believe in abortion or not, in guns or not, that’s not the point,” Mr. Lim said. “It’s about the way the country is going: to hell in a handbasket.”
Yeah, the country is going to hell in a handbasket, so let’s give everybody a bunch of guns and let the government decide that women should be forced to give birth! Because our society and government are so fucked up and can’t be trusted. That makes sense.
No, seriously, have people just gone ridiculously, unforgivably stupid? Yes — yes, they have. Read on.
Mr. Paul’s voters tend to be younger and angrier than most Republicans. Exit polls in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan by Edison/Mitofsky showed that Mr. Paul’s voters tended to strongly disapprove of the Iraq war, and hold a far more negative opinion of the Bush administration than other Republican voters do. In Michigan, where Mr. Paul received 6 percent of the vote, 34 percent of Paul voters were under 30, compared with 13 percent of voters there over all. (Mr. Paul is also, largely, a guy thing. In the New Hampshire primary, where the candidate received 8 percent of the vote, his support was 77 percent male, according to exit polls.)
With young voters comes youthful enthusiasm. “This is the message of the Beatles, the Dylans of the world,” said Marc Scibilia, a 21-year-old songwriter from Buffalo, referring to Mr. Paul’s platform. Mr. Scibilia posted a video of his Paul-themed song, “Hope Anthem,” on YouTube, and this summer he will lead a 28-city “Freedom Tour” featuring other musicians. Mr. Paul’s message of freedom and peace is “an ancient message — it inspired people in the 60s and 70s,” Mr. Scibilia said. “I want to bring back that era of magic.”
Okay, now, I am admittedly a fanatic freak (and I bet that Dylan’s fans feel similarly), but quite possibly the only thing that could piss me off more than talking about how awesome Ron Paul’s message is hearing them talk about how Ron Paul’s message is the same as The Beatles’.
Dude, have you even heard of The Beatles? Do you actually know who they are? Because I’m rather convinced that you don’t. Either that, or you don’t know who the fuck Ron Paul is. Because I don’t care what his stickers say, Ron Paul is not Give Peace a Chance, he’s not All You Need is Love, and he sure as fucking hell isn’t Revolution. The Ron Paul Revolution isn’t exactly the same vision, ignorant douche.
[Gratuitous Side Note to go with Gratuitous Video: This isn’t the official Revolution video, but The Beatles performing live at the same location where they filmed the video. So while the official recording is technically better, this one wins a million more awesome points. Also, I love the Revolution video just because of Paul’s Katherine Hepburn pants, which make me giggle uncontrollably.]
For those still missing it, I think that Ron Paul has been ruled out on several grounds, including the whole concept of “revolution” without any well-thought out ideas (yeah! who needs a public school system?) and his being one of those with “minds that hate.”
Ignorant guy saying that Ron Paul’s message is that of The Beatles, do you realize that The Beatles were hippie liberals, Paul with his out-spoken animal rights views, George with his Indian mysticism and John with his feminism and being personally hounded by Richard Nixon and immigration officials because his views were seen as too dangerous to be even allowed in the country? That they supported civil rights? That Yoko had multiple illegal abortions that rendered her virtually infertile (Sean was quite the miracle), and she and John therefore very strongly supported reproductive rights? How about the fact that John was murdered by an insane man who was allowed to buy a gun, and that Yoko and the surviving Beatles therefore tended to have some rather negative views towards gun violence? That the movements of the 60s weren’t just about Vietnam, but about working together, creating a system of fairness, and ending violence in multiple forms? Do you get that wanting to end a war and do LSD all day doesn’t make you a goddamn Beatle? Because I’m getting the distinct impression that you don’t.
Ahem. Moving along.
Mr. Rayome, whose unkempt ash curls cascaded from a knit Rasta cap, wore an enameled American flag pin on his faded maroon T-shirt. He said that he fell for Mr. Paul almost instantly after his roommate, also a supporter, described the candidate’s lack of hypocrisy. (In Congress, Mr. Paul is known as Dr. No, for his staunch refusal to vote for any bill he thinks might expand government power.) “I said, ‘All right, I like him,’ ” Mr. Rayome recalled. “He’s a terrible politician, so he’s the best.”
Brad Linzy, who writes for a small entertainment magazine in Evansville, Ind., said that by now, Mr. Paul is more than a political preference. “The man is my hero,” he said. “He is a hero on the level of a Gandhi.” Adhering to the candidate’s calls for a hard-currency economy, Mr. Linzy, 30, keeps nearly half his savings in silver bullion, and scours antiques fairs and rummage sales for objects containing silver.
My brain. It is broken.
You know, as much as I hate Ron Paul and feel my skin crawl at the mere mention of his name, I was initially glad that he was staying in the race once it was determined that McCain would be the nominee, and really hoping that he’d take it to the end as a third-party candidate. Having him split the Republican vote isn’t exactly a downside. But now that ignorant supposed-leftists are latching onto his two good points (Iraq War and Drug War = Bad), I can only hate the guy more. The last thing we need are a bunch of privileged white males who want legalized drugs costing us a Democratic presidency. Am I over-estimating him? Under-estimating liberals? I certainly hope so. But it seems to me that wishing him away isn’t working yet.