The good, the bad and the ugly

There are times when I find myself thinking that all of America’s loons are to be found lurking on the far left, but then something like the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) takes place and I have to rethink my position.

Never having attended one of those events, I have no idea how they’re arranged. But one thing I do know is that any gathering that results in a straw vote victory for Ron Paul should send shivers down the back of most conservatives.

What I don’t understand is why any potential presidential candidate who doesn’t happen to be Ron Paul shows up for these annual circuses. Forget that Donald Trump got booed for merely stating the obvious fact that Rep. Paul can’t win a presidential race. The truth is, most people can’t win a presidential race. That is especially the case if you will be 77 years old on Election Day in 2012. That is especially true if you’re someone who, in spite of raising a sizable war chest in 2008 and still campaigning long after McCain had locked up the nomination and everyone else had gone home, wound up with only a paltry number of delegates. For someone who purports to be fiscally responsible, spending in the neighborhood of a million dollars per delegate sounds like something only a drunken liberal sailor would do.

I realize that Rep. Paul is regarded as close to godlike by his fanatical followers. Candidates on the fringe often are, whether they’re Henry Wallace, George Wallace, Ross Perot or Ralph Nader. There’s nothing that brings out this sort of zealotry quite as much as the realization that your favorite politician has no more chance of being elected president than your pet canary. And just because Rep. Paul keeps getting re-elected to Congress doesn’t make him a viable national candidate. I mean, does anyone in his right mind think that Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman or Dennis Kucinich could wind up in the Oval Office except by invitation?

What really astonished and disturbed me about the Conference was that after Paul’s acolytes actually booed and heckled Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, Mr. Paul did not take a moment when he was at the rostrum to apologize for their boorish behavior or to admonish the louts for behaving like liberals.

Frankly, outside of Texas’s 14th congressional district and CPAC, the only other competition Ron Paul could ever hope to win is the Mr. Magoo look-alike contest.

Speaking of crazy people, in case you didn’t hear about it, the Berkeley, CA, City Council would like to roll out the red carpet for two Guantanamo detainees. It sounds like the set-up for a very funny movie, but the Council, as usual, is dead serious. My guess is that after a couple of weeks, the jihadists would go running back to Gitmo, begging for political sanctuary, screaming, “Those people are crazy!”

The other day, I found myself thinking about two of the 19th century’s most influential men. Karl Marx was born in 1818 and died in 1883. John D. Rockefeller was born in 1839 and died in 1937. So far as I know, they never had occasion to meet. But they would have been aware of each other, and each would have thought the other was a dangerous lunatic. Only one of them would have been right.

  • thrashertm

    Burt, you don’t mention policy at all, because Ron Paul is the most conservative and constitutional candidate. He has my support for 2012.

  • gringott

    I forgot to mention that he praises Rockefeller, the anti-capitalist, who never met a market he didn’t try to monopolize. He attacks Marx, great, but fails to mention that Marxism was and is used by the Rockefeller’s as a tool to control the masses. Check the real history of the Russian revolution and who in America funded it. I could never understand why so called capitalists would keep the Soviet Union afloat, until I realized that they were controlling it from the top. This clown Burt is just another RINO or neocon. I’m sure that’s why Townhall gave his silly ass the boot.

  • gringott

    The ugly is covered in your bias. It is amazing to me how religion inspires hate. Example: Enormous attack on the web against Ron Paul, supporters, and to a lesser extent Rand Paul. Who is attacking? Jewish so-called conservatives. Most, like this article, attack Paul and supporters for positions they have never taken, associates they have never associated with, and non-facts or twisting of the truth. Example: He claims Paul got a paltry number of delegates in 2008 race, and spent too much getting them. This being donated money from real people, not GE or Gaza Strip or any of a host of Israeli front groups. Yet the author has no problem sending $10,000 a head for every man, woman and child in Israel. Confiscated wealth of the American people, and money borrowed in the taxpayer’s name from China.
    He forgets that Paul was locked out of the convention, most debates, and had even the ‘moderators’ attacking him for his conservative position. This clown who wrote this smear article needs to go to Israel where his lies and distortions are being bankrolled. Trust me, if Ron Paul just said ‘cut off all foreign aid except to Israel’ this fat neocon would be praising him to high heaven.

    Jews are 1.2 to 1.7% of the citizens of the United States. They contribute over 50% of the campaign donations and control or own over 95% of the mass media. Argue with those facts, Burt.

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