National Review's Latest Smear: Ron Paul and The John Birch Society
by Charles Scaliger
F. Buckley, Jr., died more than three and a half years ago, his
spirit clearly lives on in the National Review, the neoconservative
political magazine he founded in 1955. The September 19 cover story,
Ron Pauls Last Crusade, by Kevin D. Williamson,
purports to be an investigative piece about Congressman Ron Paul
and his latest run for the presidency, but is instead a snide character
assassination of Paul and an all-purpose smear on anyone who shares
his convictions, including The John Birch Society.
is kind of a dork, Williamson declares in the articles
opening paragraph this allegedly in favorable contrast to
Mussolinian Barack Obama, cowboy Rick Perry,
and self-parodically presidential Mitt
Romney. Decrying the raging personality cult that has
supposedly elevated Ron Paul far beyond what his limited natural
merits could possibly justify the congressman checks his
watch too often, according to the article, and isnt much of
a public speaker, transgressions that make him Americas most
successful awful retail politician, whatever that means
Williamson effuses paragraph after paragraph of scornful prose intended
to portray Ron Paul supporters as nut jobs and ignorant wackos.
Dislike the Federal Reserve? How dare they, those ignorant booboisie!
Oppose interventionist American foreign policy? What are they thinking,
given the shining success of Americas incessant warmaking
in the Middle East and Central Asia over the past generation!
is classic Buckleyite National Review, with its faux intellectual
sniping at anybody to the left of William Kristol and its East Coast
Ivy League-esque contempt for the Old Right grassroots, all packaged
in the mocking, ad hominem purple prose that was and remains the
hallmark of Buckley and his latter-day epigones.
The Ron Paul
party, unlike the Republican Party, is full of people who whisper
darkly about international bankers, the New World
Order, globalization, American imperialism,
war profiteers, and the like. They hate Dick Cheney
more than any three-espresso leftist ever hated Dick Cheney. And
if Ron Paul is not the nominee and let me go ahead and break
the bad news to you guys: Hes not going to be many
of them will not be supporting the Republican in 2012. Theyre
already talking about an independent or third-party run for the
most electable Republican who isnt going to be elected as
a Republican. And the fact that Ron Paul is on his way out
hes not running for the House again has a few Republicans
worried that hes going to be a looser cannon than usual.
And that isnt
the worst of it. It seems that Ron Paul and many of his followers
have ties to The John Birch Society, which Williamson derides as
still addresses the [John Birch Society] and has other political
connections to it. Asked about this by the New York Times,
Doctor Paul said: Oh, my goodness, The John Birch Society!
Is that bad? I have a lot of friends in The John Birch Society.
Theyre generally well-educated and they understand the Constitution.
I dont know how many positions they would have that I dont
agree with. Because theyre real strict constitutionalists,
they dont like the war, theyre hard-money people.
John Birch Society: hard money heroes. That is an example of what
one longtime Paul-ologist calls Rons Ronness.
He is so maniacally focused on his issues the Federal Reserve
and American military action above all that he has a hard
time making judgments about friend and foe alike
. The John
Birch Society may in fact be rock-solid on monetary policy; they
also think that vast swathes of the U.S. government and business
community are part of a secret socialist cabal actively working
to replace American sovereignty with a one-world government under
the United Nations. Its the only political organization
that I know of that lists CONSPIRACY as a major title
under the Issues tab on its web page. Theyre
crackpots but theyre Ron Pauls crackpots.
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