Seriously, What Are They Smoking In Iowa?
A cogent, though sometimes weak, argument can be made for just about any of the Republican candidates in the Iowa race EXCEPT Ron Paul. Yet astonishingly, the latest Iowa polls show Paul in the lead – REALLY?!! Is there something in the water? Have they mixed marijuana in with burning corn? Are they kidding……?
Now as a northeasterner I admit to very little experience with the Midwest, though I did work in Kansas for awhile and the people there seemed pretty normal. So I am at a loss to explain (or mentally justify) how ANYONE could be supporting Ron Paul – much less have him leading in the polls. Help me through this – they know they are electing the person they feel is best equipped to both beat Barak Obama AND be President of The United States, right? Ok, so maybe they can ignore the fact that Ron Paul believes that Iran having a nuclear weapon is irrelevant (Obama seems to believe that too). Maybe than can ignore the fact that Ron Paul gives credence to those who believe that 9/11 may have been a CIA plot. Let’s say we can even ignore the fact that Paul has publicly stated that he would, as POTUS, pardon all non-violent drug dealers and pimps. Let’s even assume that publicly stating that Israel should not exist does not make him an anti-Semite (nor does the fact that he would not have intervened in the Holocaust, nor would he help defend Israel from attack). Let’s even ignore that in 35 years in Congress he has not passed a single major piece of legislation. Let’s leave all those trivial things aside for the moment.
Iowa is saying that they want a man with Ron Paul’s racist background to be the Republican standard bearer against this nation’s first black President. Now folks, here is what has been written under Ron Paul’s name (I do not say written by Ron Paul because he denies having written these statements despite the fact that they went out under his name, he profited from them for 10 years to the tune of millions of dollars, and he will not identify who did write them):
“The criminals who terrorized our cities — in riots and on every non-riot day — are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are.” - Ron Paul
“Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began.”- Ron Paul
“If you have ever been robbed by a black teenaged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.”- Ron Paul
“even in my little town of Lake Jackson, Texas, I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense, for the animals are coming.” – Ron Paul
In the 1990s, he described Dr. King as a
“world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours” and “seduced underage girls and boys.”
He even claimed – without a hint of proof – that Dr. King “made a pass at” fellow civil rights warrior Ralph Abernathy, who succeeded King as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
With regard to the passage of a national holiday for Dr. King, Paul commented:
“What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it!” He added, “We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.”-Ron Paul
It is absolutely irrelevant whether one believes Ron Paul wrote these things or not (though it seriously strains credulity to believe that over the course of 10 years he had no knowledge of these writings). It is equally irrelevant whether one believes that Ron Paul was ever or is currently a racist. What IS important is that a man with this demonstrably racist past cannot be set up to run against our country’s first black President. The issue in such a campaign would most certainly not be the President’s record in office, but rather, whether or not we are a racist nation. I submit with great confidence that Ron Paul could not win a single state vs. Barak Obama yet Iowa wants him for the Republican nominee??!!!
So what goes on here? Are we to assume that Iowans are so stupid that they can be easily manipulated by Ron Paul’s legion of mind-numbed robots? Is the entire state filled with white supremacists? Are the cows responding to the polls? One thing is for certain, if Iowa elects Ron Paul, the country will recover but Iowa will never regain any prominence in another election and John Huntsman’s comment about them “picking corn in Iowa and Presidents in New Hampshire,” will be prophetic.
The other day there was an internet rumor going around that one of the candidates asked, “what the hell is going on in Iowa, are they crazy? Lights on nobody home?” This rumor could not be confirmed so it was probably just a rumor, but even so, if Iowa elects Paul – it will be absolutely true.