Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Ron Paul!

I think that you have to be terribly ignorant at best, or simply delusional at worst, to support Ron Paul. And many of his supporters generally prove me right. Consider, for example, one of the most common tropes among Paul's slavering devoted hordes: that he's the only candidate who'll stand up for the Constitution! Or, as this lady put it, "Paul is the only candidate who is ... a strict constitutionalist... ." He sure is! Why, he's so strict with the Constitution that he's put certain portions of it on a permanent time-out--portions like the 1st amendment, the 14th amendment, and the 16th amendment.

Of course, some of his supporters are all for ignoring the constitution. Here's the text for one of the ads of their completely moronic stunt (follow the link and be amazed at how thoroughly clueless these people are):
On December 16th, 1773, American colonists dumped tea into the Boston Harbor to protest an oppressive tax.

This December 16th, American citizens will dump millions of dollars into the Ron Paul presidential campaign to protest the oppressive and unconstitutional inflation tax.

Bold mine.

Aside from the fact that they're comparing donating ton Ron Paul's campaign to throwing tea into a river (which is ironically appropriate, but why the middleman? Why not just throw their money into the river?), the part I bolded really stood out to me. Given that the inflation tax is not an actual tax, but rather the effects of inflation, I'm not sure what exactly they're complaining about here. Do they really think that there's a tax here that is unconstitutional? Or are they complaining about the reality of inflation, possibly because the government took us off the gold standard? The latter is, after all, something that Paul endlessly whines about as being unconstitutional. One really has to wonder if he's ever read the damn thing.

Of course, the most depressing thing is that people have thrown away over $300,000 on this pointless stunt so far.


Tam said...

Sigh... I am not ignorant, and yet I am a Ron Paul supporter. I do so love how some lump all Ron Paul supporters together...

As for the illegal taxes, some have made a compelling case for the current income tax being illegal and also that the fed reserve being illegal.

I dare say that is what the Dr is reffering, as opposed to yout inane comment that he is saying inflation (by itself) is illegal.

Skemono said...

No, I didn't say that anyone thought that inflation by itself is illegal, or unconstitutional. I suggested that they may be claiming that inflation is a result of taking us off the gold standard, which they may think is unconstitutional.

But honestly, your comment about the income tax possibly being illegal is far more inane than anything you thought I said. It's this sort of laughable statement that makes me wonder about the ignorance or insanity of Paul supporters.