The best Ron Paul analysis you will ever read this campaign season…

December 31st, 2011 2:55 pm  |  by  |  Published in Civil Liberties, Commentary, Drugs, Election, Federal Reserve, Foreign Policy, Liberty, Politics, Ron Paul, Social Security, torture, War  |  33 Responses

…comes from Glenn Greenwald. I’ve always admired Greenwald; however, I found myself cheering in agreement as I read his latest article, “Progressives and the Ron Paul fallacies”. He suggests that voters will have to decide for themselves on the lesser of evils (as usual). In doing so Greenwald pushes to the surface the numerous actions Obama has taken that goes directly against what self-righteous progressives are all about. It’s long, but read it. It is truth. Yes, even the part about the newsletters. Here is an excerpt:

The thing I loathe most about election season is reflected in the central fallacy that drives progressive discussion the minute “Ron Paul” is mentioned. As soon as his candidacy is discussed, progressives will reflexively point to a slew of positions he holds that are anathema to liberalism and odious in their own right and then say: how can you support someone who holds this awful, destructive position? The premise here — the game that’s being played — is that if you can identify some heinous views that a certain candidate holds, then it means they are beyond the pale, that no Decent Person should even consider praising any part of their candidacy.

The fallacy in this reasoning is glaring. The candidate supported by progressives — President Obama — himself holds heinous views on a slew of critical issues and himself has done heinous things with the power he has been vested. He has slaughtered civilians — Muslim children by the dozens — not once or twice, but continuously in numerous nations withdronescluster bombs and other forms of attack. He has sought to overturn a global ban on cluster bombs. He has institutionalized the power of Presidents — in secret and with no checks — to target American citizens for assassination-by-CIA, far from any battlefield. He has wagedan unprecedented war against whistleblowers, the protection of which was once a liberal shibboleth. He rendered permanently irrelevant the War Powers Resolution, a crown jewel in the list of post-Vietnam liberal accomplishments, and thus enshrined the power of Presidents to wage war even in the face of a Congressional vote against it. His obsession with secrecy is so extreme that it has become darkly laughable in its manifestations, and he even worked to amend the Freedom of Information Act (another crown jewel of liberal legislative successes) when compliance became inconvenient.

He has entrenched for a generation the once-reviled, once-radical Bush/Cheney Terrorism powers of indefinite detention, military commissions, and the state secret privilege as a weapon to immunize political leaders from the rule of law. He has shielded Bush era criminals from every last form of accountability. He has vigorously prosecuted the cruel and supremely racist War on Drugs, including those parts he vowed during the campaign to relinquish — a war which devastates minority communities and encages and converts into felons huge numbers of minority youth for no good reason. He has empowered thieving bankers through the Wall Street bailout, Fed secrecy, efforts to shield mortgage defrauders from prosecution, and the appointment of an endless roster of former Goldman, Sachs executives and lobbyists. He’s brought the nation to a full-on Cold War and a covert hot war with Iran, on the brink of far greater hostilities. He has made the U.S. as subservient as ever to the destructive agenda of the right-wing Israeli government. His support for some of the Arab world’s most repressive regimes is as strong as ever.

Read it all at Salon.com.

Responses

  1. Mary says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 3:16 pm (#)

    Thank you, Marc Gallagher, for introducing me to Glenn Greenwald! I'm placing his name right here on my list of intelligent journalists. Great article, that bears repeating and going viral.

  2. hellokibbie says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 3:26 pm (#)

    No Ron Paul,…………. No Constitution!

    Know Ron Paul……… Know Constitution!!!!!

    Be careful in your choice of who you vote for, it may be our last chance!!!!
    2012….Ron Paul!

  3. drew says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 5:25 pm (#)

    I read the recent Greenwald article on Ron Paul and Progressives. I will say this – it's the most impressive piece of journalism I've read in recent memory. Thank you for buzzing about this fantastic article.

  4. Ludwig von Mises says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#)

    The presstututes are working overtime in their efforts to marginalize, mock and smear Ron Paul. They are in full panic mode, and they have the anti-Paul propaganda machine running in overdrive.

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    Let's make this a truly Happy New Year by supporting the only man who will really change anything in Washington.

  5. Ludwig von Mises says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#)

    The presstututes are working overtime in their efforts to marginalize, mock and smear Ron Paul. They are in full panic mode, and they have the anti-Paul propaganda machine running in overdrive.

    Please help Ron Paul counter-punch the attackers by donating to the Ron Paul money bomb. Visit his official website: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/

    Let's make this a truly Happy New Year by supporting the only man who will really change anything in Washington.

  6. Ludwig von Mises says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#)

    The presstututes are working overtime in their efforts to marginalize, mock and smear Ron Paul. They are in full panic mode, and they have the anti-Paul propaganda machine running in overdrive.

    Please help Ron Paul counter-punch the attackers by donating to the Ron Paul money bomb. Visit his official website: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/

    Let's make this a truly Happy New Year by supporting the only man who will really change anything in Washington.

  7. Ludwig von Mises says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#)

    The presstututes are working overtime in their efforts to marginalize, mock and smear Ron Paul. They are in full panic mode, and they have the anti-Paul propaganda machine running in overdrive.

    Please help Ron Paul counter-punch the attackers by donating to the Ron Paul money bomb. Visit his official website: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/

    Let's make this a truly Happy New Year by supporting the only man who will really change anything in Washington.

  8. Ludwig von Mises says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#)

    The presstututes are working overtime in their efforts to marginalize, mock and smear Ron Paul. They are in full panic mode, and they have the anti-Paul propaganda machine running in overdrive.

    Please help Ron Paul counter-punch the attackers by donating to the Ron Paul money bomb. Visit his official website: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/

    Let's make this a truly Happy New Year by supporting the only man who will really change anything in Washington.

  9. Ludwig von Mises says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#)

    The presstututes are working overtime in their efforts to marginalize, mock and smear Ron Paul. They are in full panic mode, and they have the anti-Paul propaganda machine running in overdrive.

    Please help Ron Paul counter-punch the attackers by donating to the Ron Paul money bomb. Visit his official website: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/

    Let's make this a truly Happy New Year by supporting the only man who will really change anything in Washington.

  10. Todd says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 6:54 pm (#)

    Very good read!

  11. Woody says:

    December 31st, 2011 at 9:42 pm (#)

    I read it earlier. Thanks for recognizing the article's excellence.

  12. robert says:

    January 1st, 2012 at 12:05 am (#)

    amen brother; objectivity and recognition of the pluses and minuses in both choices liberals have. to pretend obama is the only choice for people with open minds is ludicrous. very good article. thanks for bringing people's attention to it.

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    January 2nd, 2012 at 4:31 am (#)

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  25. Mark Frazer says:

    February 21st, 2012 at 12:14 pm (#)

    i don't get this ron paul fantasy. nice words and certain issues do not a full person make. i do not think you who support ron paul have learned the lessons of the past 30 years…including how "all politicians lie to get elected." what makes you all think that if ron paul got elected he would actually do these things he "promises" or even have the ability? i am all for shifting the dialogue and the country left…ending wars and fixing the economic system…which means trashing the fantasy of "free markets"…but i keep seeing people pushing ron paul as though he is a savior or superman. and here you all probably accused obama supporters of voting for a savior…even though he was more pragmatic than he is being represented. it is a fantasy to suggest ron paul would be able to just "end wars" and it is false to say those of us who think obama is the only viable choice right now do not think and do not care about world peace and economic justice.

  26. Mark Frazer says:

    February 21st, 2012 at 12:22 pm (#)

    also from the article…

    "Can anyone deny that (a) those views desperately need to be heard and (b) they are not advocated or even supported by the Democratic Party and President Obama? There are, as I indicated, all sorts of legitimate reasons for progressives to oppose Ron Paul’s candidacy on the whole. But if your only posture in the 2012 election is to demand lockstep marching behind Barack Obama and unqualified scorn for every other single candidate, then you are contributing to the continuation of these policies that liberalism has long claimed to detest, and bolstering the exclusion of these questions from mainstream debate."

  27. LibertarianMike says:

    February 21st, 2012 at 8:08 pm (#)

    That's easy.

    Ron Paul has already gotten elected, and re-elected to Congress. He's always kept true to his word, all through the years.

    Do you think he's just holding out for the presidency to suddenly change his tune???

  28. lnardozi says:

    May 8th, 2012 at 11:32 am (#)

    Chairman Reince Priebus violated RNC Rule 11 when he declared Romney the "presumptive nominee" and shattered it entirely when he said, "It's beyond an endorsement. It is a complete merger wherein the RNC is putting all of its resources and energy behind Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States."

    If the RNC does not abide by ITS OWN RULES regarding nominee selection, in what way is this election not a complete farce? We've all seen the anti-Paul bias first hand, but now to disobey their own rules? By the CHAIRMAN? If Paul "has no chance", what do they fear? If Romney IS "presumptive" why hasn't HE spoken up about this disgraceful breach of rules, which at best will hand him a nomination that is completely dishonest and subject him to ridicule by the Democrats?

    Register YOUR protest using the Change.org petition at http://tinyurl.com/RNCRule11

  29. lnardozi says:

    May 8th, 2012 at 11:32 am (#)

    Chairman Reince Priebus violated RNC Rule 11 when he declared Romney the "presumptive nominee" and shattered it entirely when he said, "It's beyond an endorsement. It is a complete merger wherein the RNC is putting all of its resources and energy behind Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States."

    If the RNC does not abide by ITS OWN RULES regarding nominee selection, in what way is this election not a complete farce? We've all seen the anti-Paul bias first hand, but now to disobey their own rules? By the CHAIRMAN? If Paul "has no chance", what do they fear? If Romney IS "presumptive" why hasn't HE spoken up about this disgraceful breach of rules, which at best will hand him a nomination that is completely dishonest and subject him to ridicule by the Democrats?

    Register YOUR protest using the Change.org petition at http://tinyurl.com/RNCRule11

  30. lnardozi says:

    May 8th, 2012 at 11:32 am (#)

    Chairman Reince Priebus violated RNC Rule 11 when he declared Romney the "presumptive nominee" and shattered it entirely when he said, "It's beyond an endorsement. It is a complete merger wherein the RNC is putting all of its resources and energy behind Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States."

    If the RNC does not abide by ITS OWN RULES regarding nominee selection, in what way is this election not a complete farce? We've all seen the anti-Paul bias first hand, but now to disobey their own rules? By the CHAIRMAN? If Paul "has no chance", what do they fear? If Romney IS "presumptive" why hasn't HE spoken up about this disgraceful breach of rules, which at best will hand him a nomination that is completely dishonest and subject him to ridicule by the Democrats?

    Register YOUR protest using the Change.org petition at http://tinyurl.com/RNCRule11

  31. lnardozi says:

    May 8th, 2012 at 11:32 am (#)

    Chairman Reince Priebus violated RNC Rule 11 when he declared Romney the "presumptive nominee" and shattered it entirely when he said, "It's beyond an endorsement. It is a complete merger wherein the RNC is putting all of its resources and energy behind Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States."

    If the RNC does not abide by ITS OWN RULES regarding nominee selection, in what way is this election not a complete farce? We've all seen the anti-Paul bias first hand, but now to disobey their own rules? By the CHAIRMAN? If Paul "has no chance", what do they fear? If Romney IS "presumptive" why hasn't HE spoken up about this disgraceful breach of rules, which at best will hand him a nomination that is completely dishonest and subject him to ridicule by the Democrats?

    Register YOUR protest using the Change.org petition at http://tinyurl.com/RNCRule11

  32. lnardozi says:

    May 8th, 2012 at 11:32 am (#)

    Chairman Reince Priebus violated RNC Rule 11 when he declared Romney the "presumptive nominee" and shattered it entirely when he said, "It's beyond an endorsement. It is a complete merger wherein the RNC is putting all of its resources and energy behind Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States."

    If the RNC does not abide by ITS OWN RULES regarding nominee selection, in what way is this election not a complete farce? We've all seen the anti-Paul bias first hand, but now to disobey their own rules? By the CHAIRMAN? If Paul "has no chance", what do they fear? If Romney IS "presumptive" why hasn't HE spoken up about this disgraceful breach of rules, which at best will hand him a nomination that is completely dishonest and subject him to ridicule by the Democrats?

    Register YOUR protest using the Change.org petition at http://tinyurl.com/RNCRule11

  33. lnardozi says:

    May 8th, 2012 at 11:32 am (#)

    Chairman Reince Priebus violated RNC Rule 11 when he declared Romney the "presumptive nominee" and shattered it entirely when he said, "It's beyond an endorsement. It is a complete merger wherein the RNC is putting all of its resources and energy behind Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States."

    If the RNC does not abide by ITS OWN RULES regarding nominee selection, in what way is this election not a complete farce? We've all seen the anti-Paul bias first hand, but now to disobey their own rules? By the CHAIRMAN? If Paul "has no chance", what do they fear? If Romney IS "presumptive" why hasn't HE spoken up about this disgraceful breach of rules, which at best will hand him a nomination that is completely dishonest and subject him to ridicule by the Democrats?

    Register YOUR protest using the Change.org petition at http://tinyurl.com/RNCRule11