Michael van der Galien

Let’s Stop Taking Ron Paul Seriously

Posted on March 5 2010 8:24 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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The Daily Beast published a fairly interesting interview with Congressman Ron Paul today. I strongly recommend you read it: if you didn’t think Paul was crazy before today, you will know better from now onwards. Quote:

Paul was quick to come to the defense of Medina, his former top campaign volunteer who lost yesterday’s primary against Perry and Hutchison. Medina, who ran on the platform of abolishing private property taxes and the notion that Texas should be able to ignore “unconstitutional” federal laws, was surging in the polls before Glenn Beck asked her on his radio show if she was a 9/11 “truther.” She didn’t disavow the possibility that the government had something to do with the attacks, and was quickly denounced by Beck. (“The fastest way back to 4 percent. Holy cow,” Beck said after hanging up with her.)…

“I think she was unfairly punished by it for those that read more into it,” Paul said. “He sort of set her up for that. At the same time, the followups, the people who wrote about it and just assumed she committed the greatest crime in the world: I think the reaction was every bit as a big of a problem as the question. Why would a question like that be asked in a governor’s race in Texas?”

Dear Congressman, I am terribly sorry to be rather blunt, but here it goes: are you completely and utterly insane? Are you actually defending a Truther? And somehow you still expect us to take you seriously? Are you kidding me?

With all due respect – and I mean this in the kindest way possible – but you, Mr. Paul, are an even bigger crackpot than I thought.

From now onwards, I suggest we refer to Paul as The Clown. I know, it might be a bit insulting to professional clowns, but it sure as heck is more appropriate than ”Congressman,” don’t you think?

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