|Robert, i sanctioned your post because you made some good arguments, and linked to an actual newsletter that contained some really ugly, indefensible statements. Though, you're kind of a killjoy, spoiling a perfectly good argument by injecting facts into the mix. ;)|
Re: this statement, though:
"4. Somebody else wrote and put out this solicitation under Ron Paul's name, but -- cynical and solely interested in making money -- he did not even bother to read it."
Umm, got something against capitalism? This is a really ugly newsletter pandering to some of the more twisted folks out there in an attempt to get their money. But, seriously, "just as shamefully unprincipled as any of the politicians that he accuses of being unprincipled"? Moral equivalency applies here? If Ron Paul does one thing I don't like, and the rest of the time does things I heartily approve of, I should regard him as being as equally bad as a politician who is willfully evil virtually all the time? Even if that badness on Ron Paul's part is precisely example #4 you raised -- cashing the checks and for whatever reason (too busy, not curious enough about tasks you've delegated, etc.) not bothering to read the newsletters?
To clarify -- do you really believe that if we take the most favorable possible interpretation -- Ron Paul told somebody, look, I need some money to get back in Congress, go for it, I don't care about the details, I trust you won't do anything too bad, just send me the checks -- he is just as bad as a statist politician who wants to massively expand our federal government, who knowingly sends out hit pieces willfully smearing their opponents with things they know are false, and who deliberately will use any tactic whatsoever that will get votes, no matter how despicable and underhanded?
Politicians tend to be scum, but some are small ponds of scum, others are oceans of it. It's one thing to say you aren't going to vote for someone if they don't meet your personal standards for purity -- that's fine and laudable -- but to not distinguish between the levels of sleaze?