Ron Paul Is Much Crazier Than You Think

In the light of the uproar over Ron Paul’s old newsletters, a former Paul staffer, Eric Dondero, who worked for him from 1987 to 2003, has posted an open letter at Right Wing News.  The whole thing is worth reading, but here are some excerpts:

“He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. … He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.

“Ron Paul is most assuredly an isolationist. … For example, he strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII.

“Ron Paul was opposed to the War in Afghanistan, and to any military reaction to the attacks of 9/11.  He did not want to vote for the resolution.  … He engaged in conspiracy theories including perhaps the attacks were coordinatied with the CIA, and that the Bush administration might have known about the attacks ahead of time.  He expressed no sympathies whatsoever for those who died on 9/11, and pretty much forbade us staffers from engaging in any sort of memorial expressions, or openly asserting pro-military statements in support of the Bush administration.

“On the eve of the vote, Ron Paul was still telling us staffers that he was planning to vote ‘No’ on the resolution, and to be prepared for a seriously negative reaction in the District.

“At the very last minute, Ron switched his stance and voted ‘Yay’ [sic]….  He never explained why, but I strongly suspected that he realized it would have been political suicide….”

Basically, Dondero says forget the newsletters, the really scary stuff for which Paul should be condemned and shunned is his foreign policy views.

Even if Ron Paul somehow got the Republican nomination, he couldn’t run on the Republican Party platform.  Heck, he couldn’t even run as a Dem.  Neither major party wants Israel to cease to exist or wants the

U. S. to fail to respond to terror attacks.

Ron Paul should be allowed to run only as the weird, fringe third-party candidate he is, right up there with Lyndon LaRouche and the other crazies.

What’s a Word When “Outrageous” Doesn’t Quite Cut It?

I don’t know what chutzpah is in Urdu, but whatever it is, the Pakistanis are certainly displaying it.

We’ve given Pakistan over $21 billion in aid since 9/11.  But apparently that’s not good enough.  They are going to “tax” the supplies that we ship through Pakistan to Afghanistan.  This tax on each shipping container and fuel tanker is expected to increase our costs by one-third.

With friends like these…  Except of course, Pakistan is not really our friend at all, it’s a state sponsor of terrorism.


9/11’s Lesson in Love

After 9/11, we heard from widows and widowers who described nothing but saintly spouses and story-book marriages.  I wondered how this could be.  How could none of these people have had an unhappy or mediocre marriage?  Wouldn’t the marriages of the 9/11 victims fall along a bell curve, with some very happy marriages, some quite miserable, and most in between?  So I decided that in their grief and loss, they were focused on the good times and simply ignoring the bad.

But eventually I realized that they may have been ignoring things, but that didn’t make them ignorant, it made them wise.

It wasn’t that their marriages were happier than most, it wasn’t that they were lying to themselves or to us.  They were telling the truth, not just about their marriages, but about ours.

I think 9/11 caused the widows and widowers to revert back to the emotions they had when they first fell in love.  We don’t deny that those first feelings are real or true.  They fade, but why can’t they be recaptured?  Why isn’t our idealized early view of our husband or wife as valid as the later jaded one?  I think 9/11 brought back those early emotions and served as a bookend to their first days of falling in love.

One of the lessons of 9/11 is about love.  We can appreciate in our spouses what the widows and widowers did without going through their tragedy.  We can learn to understand what really matters before it’s too late.  We should idealize those we love, not just when we take our vows, but till death do us part.