Friday, January 11, 2008

Being Liberal Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry

David Frum's justifiable outrage over the refusal of anyone to have the moral courage to distance themselves from Ron Paul is indicative of a larger trend on the left. Even Andrew Sullivan is coming to the defence of Dr. Crackpot, and I group Sullivan in with the left, because to call him a conservative, or even libertarian these days, is being rather charitable. The worship of Ron Paul by certain liberals almost seems to defy reason, but lately, once you've flown into their ideological birdcage, it's like that old Monty Python skit, where the shop owner keeps insisting that the bird is alive, even when the customer exclaims in exasperation; "Look my lad, I know a dead parrot when I see one and I'm looking at one right now."

I'm still deciding what was more offensive about Gwynne Dyer's latest column. His incredible ignorance about the base of the Republican party, his shameless class baiting, or the astounding statement that Ron Paul is "a national treasure".

Ron Paul is not being rejected by the lunatic base, he is the lunatic base. If Mr. Dyer were a little more in touch with Dr Paul's past, he would surely be familiar with the newsletter the congressman published on a monthly basis called "Ron Paul's Freedom Report".

Dr. Paul's newsletter has been filled with chilling, racist rants, and in the past Congressman Paul once penned an article chronicling an upcoming race war in which he said, and I quote verbatim, "I've urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defence. For the animals are coming". Dr. Paul has written a plethora of articles in which he describes African Americans as zoo animals. He once claimed that "black welfare recipients will feel justified in stealing from mostly white 'haves.'" The litany of his racist remarks have been well chronicled, most recently by The New Republic.

Chilling, to say the least, and disturbing that he can seduce sycophantic pundits like Mr Dyer.
I wonder if Mr Dyer, like Sullivan, will have the courage to denounce congressman Paul, or does he stand by his statement that this idiot is a "national treasure". What about it Mr. Dyer?
Anyway, it seems only "right" to give out props where props are due to the invaluable David Frum, whose new book, "Comeback" , is being met with rave reviews. Along with James Bowman's "Honor, A History", and Jonah's "Liberal Fascism", they represent the best of conservative thinking that has come out over last few years. Congrats Mr. Frum.


Joe Leger

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