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May 20, 2007

Night of the Living Braindead: LGF Spoofs Ron Paul's Nonstop Poll-Spammers, Digg Posters, and Blog Commenters

Tammy Bruce and Charles Johnson talk up Paul's small army of furious mouse-clickers, who apparently believe the presidential nomination is based on internet polls.

Here's the poll they're talking about.

Johnson thinks most of Paul's "suport" comes from lefties and Truthers hoping to jolt the Republican Party with a dose of conspiracy-mongering from Ron Paul. given the rather leftish-sounding support Paul gets from "rock-ribbed conservatives" in blogs like Wuzzadem, that sounds likely.

Yes, I do know he has some genuine right-leaning support. Our own rho, for example. But what to make of comments like this?

Since [Bush] wasn't satisfied with spitting on the 1st Amendment but regularly spits on the 4th as well, and even has problems with rights that date back to the Magna Carta, there are no grounds for considering the Republican party the party of our enumerated and unenumerated Constitutional liberties.

I'm sorry if it's a hackneyed stereotype but when you take those things away I don't see what's left of the party except cornpone speaking in tongues about Jesus and a quite un-strategic-minded, un-realpolitik view of war that isn't much more sophisticated than "these colors don't run" or somesuch.

I suppose that could be an honest-to-God-doesn't-exist right-leaning libertarian talking -- right-leaning libertarians tend to be as contemptuous of traditional values and faith as lefties. (It's what makes the rebels, after all.)


Still, for a guy getting 1% support among Republicans in randomized, scientific real polls, he sure seems to be, ahem, overperforming in nonscientific polls and forums, doesn't he? Where are all these Paul supporters coming from? There just aren't enough of them in the Republican Party to spam the entire internet with Paulmania, even if they were doing nothing but that 70 hours a week.

Evidence that Paul's supporters are largely conspiracy-mongering anti-American lefties? Well, how about this -- LGF also follows one supporter over to a comment made on the 9/11 conspiracy site prisonplanet:

Is it because if Dr. Paul were elected president thhat the US would fightt no more proxy wars for Israel? Or that the Jewish controlled Federal Reserve might be shut down? Or is there some other issue that I missed that has the Jewmedia lashing out and gnashingg teeth?

Gotta love a guy who can unite the craziest elements of the hard left and hard right. Why, it's been sixty years since we've seen such a colossus...

The Jewmedia Is Using The Black As Muscle, And You Are Left Defenseless: Well, not totally defenseless. One can always fight back by spamming meaningless internet polls all the doo-dah day.

Ron Paul, In His Own Words: The Zionist Jew Is Using the Criminal Black As Muscle: He really does almost say that.

"Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,' I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal," Paul said.

95%? Really? We can "safely assume" that? Ninety-five per cent?

...

Stating that lobbying groups who seek special favors and handouts are evil, Paul wrote, "By far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government" and that the goal of the Zionist movement is to stifle criticism.

He also mentions that it's hardly irrational to fear young black males (urban black males, I think he means, which is code for "not dressed in business suits nor sporting ascots"), given the great disproportion in street-level and violent crime committed by this cohort, which is unobjectionalbe, common-sense even, a hard truth that must occasionally be noted.

But.

I think I have to invoke the Pat Buchanan Rule here. (William Buckley Jr. examined the charges of anti-semitism against Pat Buchanan, and found, sadly, that while many of Buchanan's favorite talking points were defensible in and of themselves, his embrace and eager proclamation of just about every anti-Jewish position out there raised, inevitably, questions of deep-seeded anti-Jew animus.)

One can say all sorts of things, many of them true, many of them needing to be said more often just to keep simple reality as an acceptable touchpoint of political discussion, but then, there are cats who seem way too eager to discuss rampant young black male criminality. It's a tone thing, and eagerness thing: When such an obviously-charged topic is brought up, it ought to be brought up for a reason (such as to combat black racists constantly quoting the disproprtionate black make-up of prisons, as if we're just rounding innocents off the streets on Walking While Black charges), and should be noted in a more-sorrow-than-anger way, which really is the right way to view the sad fact that so many black males choose a life of nihilistic criminality, and the sadder fact that they're hardly the only victims of this choice. (One thing I always find galling among black leaders -- even ones making points I generally agree with -- is their laser-like focus on black on black crime, as if that's the only kind of murder, violence, and violation that matters -- whites, apparently, either deserve it, or else are so lowly that their shattered or prematurely-ended lives are beneath even mentioning.)

On the other hand, there's a tendency by some to bring this up gratuitously, just as a put-down, more or less. I have no problem with noting the fact that blacks commit a stunningly disproportionate number of murders, rapes, assaults, muggings, and burglaries in America. I sort of have a problem with white guys who seem far too eager to mention this, and seem to take far too much pleasure in reciting facts which, it seems to me, should not incite pleasure but rather horror, shame, and sadness.

I'm not familiar enough with the political oevure Ron Paul to make a definite determination as to whether or not he can be properly charged under the Pat Buchanan Rule. I will say, though, that those indulging in unhinged, Old School Jew/"Zionist" bashing tend to embrace a whole panoply of "interesting theories" about the races.

And given his statement about "safely assuming" that ninety five percent of younger male blacks in DC are either "semi-criminal" or professional criminals, well, I think I can see the general direction in which this train is headed, and it's somewhere to the east to places nice polite German citizens usually avoid discussing.


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