Paul backers had enough delegates and support in the states to have their candidate’s name put in nomination. But that didn’t count in the Priebus party. As the New York Times noted: “Delegates from Nevada tried to nominate Mr. Paul from the floor, submitting petitions from their own state as well as Minnesota, Maine, Iowa, Oregon, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. That should have done the trick: Rules require signatures from just five states.
But the party changed the rules on the spot. Henceforth, delegates must gather petitions from eight states.” But Priebus did not just rewrite the rules of 2012. More ominously, he and the Romney team rewrote the rules of 2016. The party brass engineered a fundamental change in the next nominating process in order to assure that neither Paul—not anyone else as interesting, or dissenting—will ever again be able to beat the establishment at its own game and win substantial numbers of delegates. The Paul delegates, many Tea Party conservatives and a number of renegade Romney delegates objected, creating the only real drama of the day, and the convention.
As Priebus and his allies gaveled objections down, the Paul delegates shouted their disapproval from the back-of-the-hall seats to which states with substantial Paul contingents had been relegated. “It’s a coronation,” said David Aiello, a medical student from Rhode who, like many Paul delegates, complained that, “The party leaders, the people in charge, they don’t want a real debate. That’s obvious this week.
Go, Reince, Go! You give those apaulogists their due!…right off a cliff!
- STEIN: A bit of a personal question then, are you on Social Security? Do you get Social Security checks?
- PAUL: I do.
- STEIN: Well, I mean, is there — you just told younger generations that they should ween themselves off this social contract.
- PAUL: That is true.
- STEIN: But you haven’t done it yourself…Don’t you think you chould have set a good example for the future generations. You’re not the wealthiest man in congress, I know that, but you have enough means to take care of yourself in retirement…Couldn’t you have set an example?
- PAUL: No. I think the programs are so designed, just as I use the post office too, I use government highways, I do that too, I use the banks, the federal reserve system, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work to remove this in the same way on Social Security.
- Ron Paul is a racist...and looney
But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day.
“It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product. . . . He would proof it,’’ said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company and a supporter of the Texas congressman.
The newsletters point to a rarely seen and somewhat opaque side of Paul, who has surprised the political community by becoming an important factor in the Republican race. The candidate, who has presented himself as a kindly doctor and political truth-teller, declined in a recent debate to release his tax returns, joking that he would be “embarrassed” about his income compared with that of his richer GOP rivals.
I have a feeling that the people I know who support Ron Paul just simply haven’t done their research or else they wouldn’t support him.
As an undergraduate student at U.C. Santa Barbara, I took a musicology course about Afro-American music. The instructor talked at least once a week about how whites dressing up in black face was offensive and oppressive to Black people (he was black.) To my white eyes, the absurdity of the appearance of whites in black face just didn’t look like black people: it was a long ways from sober and erudite black ideals I knew like Shirley Chisholm, Julian Bond, Dick Gregory, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and so forth. They lacked the wit and creativity of Sly Stone, Bill Cosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder or Flip Wilson. Minstrals lacked the certitude of self of James Brown and Bob Marley. They don’t have the poetry of Jimi Hendrix or Billie Holiday. It didn’t add up to me that racism existed outside of uneducated white people in fly over land wearing thier bedsheets or the war souvenirs their uncles and fathers brought back from Europe. I was told differently.
My instructor told me about one sorority girl that took the same course a year or two earlier and expected an easy “A,” but wasn’t given it. She complained to him - he told her that was the grade that she earned on the exam. The following week, this girl had some of her sisters stand at the threshold of the door to the small theater that the lectures were held in and shout a phrase in unison with his name and the word “nigger” in it. He was still a nigger to a white girl after he went to the trouble of earning doctorate in a field that straddled social sciences and the study of music, elevating it to merit being a course offered at least once a year at a campus of The University of California. He made that point opening his file cabinet holding the essence of his education and slamming it shut because it meant nothing to this narcissistic, entitled white girl. Afterward, he was embarrassed for losing his composure and apologized to me. I told him he didn’t have to apologize — I understood what he meant. It’s the lesson I remember best above all others as a student at UCSB.
I’d think that these young whites just don’t give a shit about the oppression that Ron Paul’s message and policies bring against other people who are unlike them. Ghettos, high school drop outs, jail and teen pregnancy are merely abstractions to this slice of the voting population. They’re floating through their lives absorbing the twisted logic of how libertarianism isn’t racist per se, embracing Paul’s isolationist rhetoric having been exasperated by a decade of trillion dollar wars thousands of miles away, again, somewhere in Asia. And it’s easy to do that, to say that the money spent on war could go towards something else, but it wouldn’t go in to feeding and building people because Keynesian economics isn’t libertarianism or Austrian school economics. It’s too inconvenient for narcissistic people to have to work through all of that cognitive dissonance. To that end, because they won’t be bothered to work through the rhetoric to get to the base of libertarianism and Ron Paul’s
nearly covert bigotry, I say that you’re being too kind to say that these supporters of Ron Paul are uninformed.