Steve, who has posted comments and arguments here, is a Paulite. Today he’s reveling in being part of the “Ron Paul Lunatic Fringe.”
In one of his Facebook page’s many threads is one on Sarah Palin. During the conversation, Steve said this (emphasis mine):
Thanks for the link to Palin’s bio on the CFR web site. She definitely supports the CFR’s interventionist foreign policy. Disagreeing with that policy is the main reason why Ron Paul was labeled as a lunatic. Perhaps the American public will finally realize that non-interventionism is a good idea when we’re finally so bankrupt that we can’t afford it anymore.
Really? Disagreeing with the Council on Foreign Relations’ views on intervention is what got Ron Paul labeled as part of the lunatic fringe?
I don’t think so.
George Will sounds like Steve Gresh (and, yes, Ron Paul) in talking about war, the responsibility of Congress and the limits of Executive power. (He even uses the term “monarchical doctrine”!) And there’s his devastating takedown of Wilsonian internationalism. I can’t find the links now, but I recall (far) more than one or two columns from Mr. Will ridiculing Bush’s interventionist conceit.
We interventionists think Will is a crank, and wrong, but nobody has accused him of being part of a lunatic fringe.
William F. Buckley Jr. became a non-interventionist, for Pete’s sake!
All kinds of sensible, non-lunatic fringe people are non-interventionists. Not to mention liberals and other socialists.
What got Ron Paul labeled as part of the lunatic fringe is his belief in non-existent conspiracies like the North American Union and imputing non-existent power and influence onto think tank entities like the CFR. You know, connecting dots that aren’t there. Or the idea of viable Republican candidates dropping out in response to orders from CFR “headquarters.” Who would believe that?
Anyone obsessed with conspiracies and secret societies is going to be tagged with the Lunatic Fringe label (or my personal favorite, the Tinfoil Hat Brigade). Period.
Ron Paul is no exception.