by Karen Kwiatkowski: All
I Want for Christmas…
attack piece written by progressive columnist Michael Tomasky
in the Daily Beast, I immediately realized that this website
must be part of the Animal
Planet consortium. Like the television show, when progressives
attack it can get mighty entertaining!
been at this for a while, calling Herman
Cain "… too self-absorbed to see that he made it as far
as he did only because he is black," a "haughty horse’s
ass" and a "buffoonish peacock." The contradictions
and curiosities evident here are worthy of an entire book, but we
simply don’t have the time.
Before we examine
what the dear man has to say about Ron Paul, it’s important to look
at how and where this "progressive" has slung the proverbial
monkey poo. Of Newt, he rails, "The idea that he’s a serious
presidential candidate is preposterous." Rick Perry was "a
bubblehead." He has been dismissive of other candidates,
and surprising gentle on Mitt Romney, seeing him as a beleaguered
yet suitable GOP candidate, and even "feeling sorry for him."
to belittle and be disgusted by a GOP presidential aspirant relates
to a clearly mathematical calculation. No emotional tirades, no
incoherent outbursts of political toddler rage. Rather, he’s all
business. The math looks like this: Likelihood of getting the GOP
nomination times the odds this guy can really beat Obama in November
2012 equals Tomasky’s fear factor.
He has paid
little attention to those candidates who do not threaten Obama’s
second term as Supreme Ruler over the American Kingdom. He likes
Romney just where he seems to be, as the default GOP candidate as
determined by the GOP kingmakers and their media talking heads.
Romney, as Tomasky and I agree, would be easily beatable by Obama,
as Obama is simply a far more electable Romney than Romney himself.
When Cain and
Perry rose and fell, Tomasky’s calculation was rapid – these candidates
had the potential to be both likable and unique from the Obama Persona
– and as such both could have won election. When their numbers crashed,
and Newt gathered steam, his rage against the Newt was muted, because
Newt most certainly would be unable to distinguish himself as a
true conservative and rally Republicans in a way needed to send
Obama back to Chicagoland.
steady wins the race, and Ron Paul is the real threat now, and one
that has the organization, the cash, the grassroots, and the conservative
passion to represent the party. Paul is a clear alternative to the
inexperienced and overwhelmed Obama and Paul alone will be able
to gain not only the GOP voters, but independents, libertarians,
youth and even clear-thinking progressives – gutting the Obama electoral
edge, and replacing the Hope and Change charade with solid constitutional
rule of law, liberty and peace.
But let’s take
Tomasky apart, and assess.
He calls Ron
Paul a batty old reactionary, and then tops all that by saying Ron
Paul’s not cool. Apparently Tomasky hasn’t been to a Ron Paul event
on a college campus – you pick the state, the college and any year
in the last five. Batty is a word I haven’t seen used recently,
but seriously, I think of only two reasons he would use that word
Paul is the only Congressman to ever hit a home run in the annual
Congressional Baseball Game, or else he’s creating a new word
play as in "Batty like Lou
Gehrig." It’s a weak linguistic construction, but after
reading Tomasky’s work, I’m seriously thinking he’d go there.
He says Ron
Paul’s projected strong showing in Iowa on January 3rd
will create a "temporary tornado." Notwithstanding that
tornadoes by the grace of God are all temporary, I think what our
angry young progressive means here is that Ron Paul’s success will
gain him even more momentum. Ron Paul’s conservative and constitutional
message has been an attractive and culminating force on Americans
of all political stripes and flavors. This is the fundamental energy
of the Ron Paul campaign, and this is the source of the political
momentum. It is this energy, led by the oldest and kindest man in
the race, that is bitterly envied by all of the presidential candidates,
and never more so by Obama and his increasingly panicked advisors.
Romney, and his real concern about Ron Paul’s showing in Iowa seems
to be how it will impact the Massachusetts Republican who would
be a sure loser to Obama a year from now, all else being equal.
Tomasky envisions a two party race in which conservative Republican
voters stay home, write in a real conservative, or vote Constitution
Party something they would do in droves if Romney were the nominee.
Ron Paul would instead pressure the GOP towards the traditional
right, and in doing so would be an ideal candidate who could bring
together every conservative voter who held their nose and voted
for McCain, plus every passionate voter who cheered for Palin. Ron
Paul has the advantage over all other Republicans in the primary
in that he simultaneously can draw into the GOP corner large numbers
of urban, young and non-Republican voters who understand that a
return to the constitution and a restoration of our Republic – financially
and politically will not happen unless we elect a president who
not only gets the Constitution, but has several decades of experience
of voting in accordance with this supreme law of the land. Tomasky
fears Ron Paul precisely because he favors Romney as Obama’s most
predictable and easiest to beat opponent.
Ron Paul to be an iconoclast – a breaker of false theories, like
Keynesianism and progressive and moral government, I presume. George
Washington believed government not to be reason, but force, like
fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Maggie Thatcher
is credited with the quip that "Socialism fails, because eventually
you run out of other people’s money." I suppose George Washington
and Maggie Thatcher too were Tomasky iconoclasts. In this era of
the American experiment, a new awareness of the nature of the state
is demanded if we are to long endure. Ron Paul may be just the iconoclast
we need, just in time.
up recycled charges of politically incorrect thought in the 1960s
and 1970s based on newsletter articles written by others and apparently
taken out of context. It is true that no amount of context would
interest an angry progressive, but to ridicule Paul’s admiration
for Rosa Parks and the peaceful resistance of Dr. Martin Luther
King is going just a bit far, even for the ill-informed Tomasky.
As early as the late 1970s, Democratic Senator Patrick Moynihan
publicly condemned the measured and calculated government destruction
of African Americans, their families and their economies, through
the application of the uber-progressive Great Society welfare state.
Others have observed that historically the co-existing warfare state
did little for people of color and the poor. Americans of all colors,
ethnicities, race, and even parties join together in admiration
for those who peacefully and boldly resist government tyranny, at
any level, from township to city to state and federal levels. It
doesn’t make them libertarians – it makes them Americans.
this frantic tirade with, "Even if Paul is not a racist, he
is on this point a complete idiot or propagandist or both."
In this, we must pity the fool who wrote these words. Of all the
terms one might use to describe Ron Paul – even his philosophical
enemies recognize that he is an intelligent, well-educated man,
congressman, and medical doctor. And propagandist? Ron Paul is stylistically
faulted by political advisors and observers for his fact-based,
thorough, and conversational engagement with interviewers and voters
alike. He is the only candidate including Obama who can and will
explain exactly how he thinks, and who lays out the logic of his
conclusions for anyone to see, to hear, to debate or refute. Dr.
Paul would have been an ideal candidate in Athens in their great
era of Republicanism, and he is an ideal candidate today in a democratic
society where we believe all men are created equal. Ron Paul believes
in and embraces this concept of equality, and he lives it daily.
I suspect that an ill-informed, arrogant and class-sensitive journalist
like Tomasky knows exactly what he means by both "idiot"
and "propagandist" because he is intimately – even innately
– familiar with these epithets.
repeatedly to hipsters. I remain confused as to who or what these
"hipsters" are, this purported class of people in America
who have been sucked in by Ron Paul’s rhetoric or slick and polished
delivery. That may be because Tomasky is specifically aiming his
ire at droves of defecting young democrats who are attracted to
Paul’s small government and no nation-building message. Could it
be the young statist clinging to the outdated and self-destructive
liberalism of Clinton-Obama nanny state is upset to find himself
in the political wilderness, increasingly abandoned by his peers
and pals? The very trees and shrubs in the forest seem to be singing,
"Come down from that socialist tree, Tom-fraidy-cat, and join
the Ron Paul revolution!"
I’m just saying.
to explain one last spear weakly tossed by the clearly exhausted
Tomasky in his [somewhat entertaining] hit piece. He writes, "The
idea of virtually no state is just silly," and he seems to
think Ron Paul advocates this concept. The Paul proposal to save
a trillion dollars in one year and his "Restore
the Republic" economic plan are nowhere near no-state,
or even small state. With $15 trillion in debt, and over $70 Trillion
in unfunded state liabilities – Ron Paul seems to be saying cut
some unneeded federal spending in order to SAVE the state and allow
it to make good on its promises to the old, the middle aged, and
the young. Frankly, many young people are about ready to expatriate,
and give up on saving the republic. In this way, Dr Paul is pro-state.
I have to admit, I’m on the fence as to what to advise my own children
– stay and take a chance the American republic can survive, or leave
and start anew much as my great-great-great-great-great grandparents
longs for the day when he no longer has to think about "this
pestilential little locust." This particular statement comes
on the heels of a mini-tirade about the nature of the free market,
capitalism, and how government would be just fine if it wasn’t corrupted
by ...uh.. well… people. The great unwashed, the gritty competitive
and living world of humanity – always so hard to rule from the central
planner’s roost, the serfs and knaves always so ungrateful for their
naked king. Tomasky is a sliver of intelligentsia, that as Hayek
once observed, "need not possess special knowledge of anything
in particular, nor need he even be particularly intelligent, to
perform his role as intermediary in the spreading of ideas."
is exactly that kind of functionary – limited in knowledge, not
particularly intelligent, performing his role. And if I may be so
bold, he’s shaking in his boots because Obama will be the last American
socialist dictator-in-chief if Ron Paul and his great and growing
army of patriotic, passionate, small-government constitutionalists
get their way.
columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
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retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
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is currently running for Congress in Virginia's 6th district.
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