He May Be Crazy, But At Least He’s Consistent

Gogo Ron Paul. I love the “Sunshine Patriot” formulation btw — the scumbag leaders of this anti-“mosque” movement want to position themselves as the defenders of liberty, but they’ve made abundantly clear that they only believe in freedom when it’s convenient and doesn’t ruffle any feathers. (Or, more accurately: when suppressing them doesn’t provide a political opportunity.)

Is the controversy over building a mosque near ground zero a grand distraction or a grand opportunity? Or is it, once again, grandiose demagoguery?

It has been said, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” Are we not overly preoccupied with this controversy, now being used in various ways by grandstanding politicians? It looks to me like the politicians are “fiddling while the economy burns.”

The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque.

Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be “sensitive” requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from “ground zero.”

Just think of what might (not) have happened if the whole issue had been ignored and the national debate stuck with war, peace, and prosperity. There certainly would have been a lot less emotionalism on both sides. The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate, raises the question of just why and driven by whom?

In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.

They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill conceived preventative wars. A select quote from soldiers from in Afghanistan and Iraq expressing concern over the mosque is pure propaganda and an affront to their bravery and sacrifice.

via Ron Paul to Sunshine Patriots: Stop Your Demagogy About The NYC Mosque! | Ron Paul .com.

  1. slimove said:

    sigh, I KNOW. there are times i love ron paul. and then i remember his stance towards women’s reproductive rights, and i cry silently to myself.

    i mean, i don’t think we need to talk about property rights in order to shore up the 1st amendment – i think the 1st amendment is strong enough to stand on its own, thanks – but at least he’s calling them on their shit.

  2. fauxpopuli said:

    Oh sure. There’s a ton of things on which I think he’s an absolute loon, the nutty “Amero” and North American Union conspiracies chief among them. But at least he’s intellectually consistent the vast majority of the time* and that’s really all I ask.

    *ie. he’ll rail against gov’t spending but he has no problem bringing home the pork

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