No Wonder All the Malcontents Love Ron Paul
It’s no wonder all the malcontents love Ron Paul. On “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he propounded the naïve idea that the attacks of September 11 were, at least partially, America’s fault.
“They attacked us here because we were over there,” he said, referring to the U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia.
The idea, like all blaming-of-the-victim, is naïve because it presupposes that evil does not exist. It seeks to explain all negativity as arising from misunderstanding, which is just as simple-minded as believing all negative behavior is the result of premeditated cruelty.
The guy is really something. In the noble tradition of losers who spend their time trying to tear down people more successful than themselves, Paul has called George H.W. Bush a “bum” and Ronald Reagan a “loser” (although he later claimed the latter was not [his] word, whatever that means). But Paul’s political backseat driving reached a crescendo of absurdity Sunday when he condemned Abraham Lincoln for fighting the civil war.
The best that could be said of his positions is they are true to libertarian principle, and it would appear his crazy ideas are not adopted out of malice. But he still winds up sounding like he’s been locked in the bathroom reading Atlas Shrugged for a few hours too long.