"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
A few days ago, Ron Paul came to town. I motored downtown to attend his event. As I walked into the venue, I thought, "Damn! I forgot to bring my camera!" OK! I didn't get a picture of him. So I got a shot of the free Ron Paul sign they pressed on me. Alright? Quit complaining. I threw the sign in the trash shortly after.
Anyway, one of the local shills introduced him as a visionary statesman, and the Godfather of the Tea (Gag) Party. Before Ron Paul came out the shill made a plea for supporters to attend the Republican Straw Poll in Ames on Saturday August 13. Paul came out (or in) and spouted off about some "revolution" that is alive and well, and still growing. The "crowd" went wild. Some of the other talking points and applause lines he advanced include, "this country is in BIG trouble and we need to get back to following the Constitution... don't amend the Constitution because the Washington legislators don't follow it anyway... the Patriot Act is bad... the TSA is bad... our system of money is broken... all politicians are bad - throw them all out [except Republcans, of course]... there are too many regulations on business... medical care for the elderly and children is too expensive... we need to get government out of the way so people can get back to personal liberty and pursue happiness... redistribution of wealth is bad... in the last ten years, and ESPECIALLY THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS, the urgency of the crisis this country faces has grown to outlandish proportions... we need to get out of the UN... property rights need to be protected... there are so many government regulations that your lives are not your own..."
Interspersed among these lines were enough pleas for supporters to attend the Republican Staw Poll that it was quite apparent what the real reason for the visit was. When Paul concluded his remarks and pleas, an offer was made to the press that he would take their questions, before questions from the audience. Funny - no questions from the press. The first "question" from the audience was from a woman who maundered incoherently for several minutes about "Islams," Sharia law taking over our courts, and illegal immigrants. Paul eventually cut her off, and, to his credit, said that the courts being taken over by Sharia law is laughable. Then he went back on "script," saying that our borders "are in total chaos," and walls should be built at every border. He took a few more questions, then wrapped up with about four or five more pleas for supporters to attend the Republican Straw Poll on Saturday August 13 in Ames.
I wanted to ask a question, but I didn't get called on. The question I'd have asked would have been something like, "How come all you Tea Gaggers wail and moan about these crises the nation is suffering, but never say anything about the Republican controlled regimes that put us in this situation? And, why are you all so afraid of everything?" I'm sure that would have gone over quite well.
So... I guess the reason for Ron Paul's visit was to whip up FEAR, and get supporters to the Republican Straw Poll.