Ron Paul is always an interesting guy to listen to. For one thing - as he'll gladly tell you - he really the only TRUE Conservative in Politics today. And I think there's a lot of truth to that. And his conviction to stick to his principles, even when it would be unpopular with "conservatives" was on full display recently when he, along with the ACLU, condemned the killing of American Citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. Yep: One more example of Ron Paul getting it right, while his party and the masses of ignorant Red Necks who support it, CELEBRATE getting it WRONG. Now I am a true-blue supporter of all that the ACLU does, including those times when the DEFEND Churches and Right-Wing Talk Show Hosts in court. Because MY OWN principles regareding Civil Liberties are also neither negotiable, nor partisan. Classic Liberal had a great write up on this a while back too, so check it out!
How can anyone think that the RIGHT and the AMERICAN thing to do was ANYTHING other that (1) arrest him, (2) extradite him, (3) try him, and (4, most likely) Execute him? (OK... I know, I know... We've already debated #4. I just threw that in to aggravate you.)
Now... Don't get me wrong: RON PAUL IS A KOOK. One of my thresholds for Right-Wing / Libertarian / John Birch / Kook is anyone who argues for the ABOLITION of the Federal Reserve. It's one thing to disagree with a specirfic Fed policy or practice, but to argue for the outright abolition? That's kook territory. And if you don't agree with me, then you've never passed a college-level economics or history of economic course. (Glenn Beck? I'm looking at you!) But hey - I will ALWAYS give credit where it's due, and Ron Paul makes too much sense, too often, for me to reconcile that with the fact that he's goes off the la-la land deep end as often as he does as well. It's to bad he's not electable ("conservatives" hate him) though, because of ALL the Republicans out there right now? I honestly think he'd be one of the better choices. (And before all you crazy liberals start flaming me over that, please consider how low I'm setting the bar with that statement!) ;)
The other guy who makes me nod and say "Now see? THAT GUY gets it!" too often for the level of Right -Wing kook that HE is, is Lindsey Graham, one of the few Republicans to recently come out in favor of trade sanctions against China for their unfair currency manipulation:
"The institution I need to be protecting is the American workforce, who is having their clock cleaned by a communist dictatorship who cheats."BOOM!
You go, Lindsey!
And this happens A LOT! There are so many times that I find myself nodded my head and rhetorically high fiving this very Conservative, Southern, Republican Senator! And yet... Get him talking about Abortion, Gay Rights, or any other of the Right's pet anti-causes and suddenly he's an ignorant Redneck again!
And please, don't for a minute think that I'm suggesting that OBAMA is somehow winning over some Republicans. No way. I've been watching these guys for YEARS, vacillating between loving them and laughing at them. What I DO think is happening, in the case of Graham, is that he's looking at inherently good legislation and, once again, sees his party opposing it on the basis of it still being Obama's watch and he's saying "Fuck You" to his party and their four year plan to screw America for the sake of sinking Obama.
Anyway, as far as Republicans go, I do like these guys...
...But I'd still never vote for them.
(OTOH, I'm still registered as Republican in Michigan, so if there's ever a Paul/Graham ticket, I WILL give them some love in the Primary! LOL.)
(Never happen.) XD