local psychotic believes water is wetSo I'm continuing to read what David Neiwert has to say about Ron Paul, and some of it is convincing and deeply unpleasant. But it's fascinating to watch the good arguments and the bad arguments all blend together. Laugh-out-loud funny example:
This post at Neiwert's blog contains a solid list of bad news about Paul, especially with regard to his views about race and crime. This stuff alone could very easily keep me from ever voting for Paul, and I would expect to see reporters and debate moderators press him hard on these views.
But then, in the same post, Neiwert goes on to discuss Paul's other "far-right dalliances" and "positions...taken directly from the extremist right."
For example? Well, Paul's opposition to the Federal Reserve Bank. Neiwert offers this damning quote from Paul's campaign website:
"In addition, the Federal Reserve, our central bank, fosters runaway debt by increasing the money supply – making each dollar in your pocket worth less. The Fed is a private bank run by unelected officials who are not required to be open or accountable to 'we the people.'"
What kind of lunatic would argue that the Federal Reserve Bank has tremendous power with limited accountability? Aside from William Greider, I mean.
And, let's see: Runaway debt? Each dollar in your pocket being worth increasingly less?
Crazy, man, crazy. Only right-wing extremists believe that stuff. New bumpersticker: "Ron Paul: He's so nuts he actually believes the Fed's board of governors isn't elected by we the people."