Saturday, October 6, 2007

From Ron Paul's prescription pad for Ameica: the New World Order wants your guns!


Following up on my post of three weeks ago concerning the amazingly nutty conspiracy theories of Ron Paul, it seems that the message I wrote about (excerpt pictured above) has been mailed out as a fundraising appeal in Paul's own handwriting. That always helps give lunatic conspiracy theories that homey, mad bomber touch.

from The Carpetbagger Report: "Ron Paul puts his nuttiness in print"

Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) presidential campaign had a pretty good week. Paul announced that he raised $5 million in the third quarter, which not only stunned the political world, it put him on par with GOP heavyweights like John McCain in the race for campaign funding. It’s difficult to dismiss a guy as a “fringe” candidate on a “quixotic” quest when he’s able to demonstrate this kind of support.

But it’s incredibly easy to dismiss a guy as “nutty” when he writes bizarre, hand-written letters about a U.N.-takeover of the world.

Brendan Nyhan received a fundraising letter from Paul, in which the candidate insisted that American sovereignty is hanging by a thread.

I don’t need to tell you that our American way of life is under attack. We see it all around us — every day — and it is up to us to save it.

The world’s elites are busy forming a North American Union. If they are successful, as they were in forming the European Union, the good ‘ol USA will only be a memory. We can’t let that happen.

The UN also wants to confiscate our firearms and impose a global tax. The UN elites want to control the world’s oceans with the Law of the Sea Treaty. And they want to use our military to police the world.

Keep in mind, all of this was written long-hand. I know fundraising operations have grown sophisticated, and professionals can make it appear as if a letter is hand-written when it’s really just a clever font, but this (.pdf) certainly looks like it came from Ron Paul’s pen. What’s more, it is, as Kevin put it, “Unabomber-esque.”

Listening to the debates, Paul often comes across as the most sensible guy on the stage, especially when it comes to Iraq and the Patriot Act. And then we’re reminded, in print, that when it comes to a paranoid vision of the world, Paul really is out there on the political periphery.

Paul may seem sane to the average inattentive TV viewer, but the insanity of his views come into sharp relief in print. How else can you describe his connection of gun control, eminent domain, testing kids for mental illness and North American Union conspiratorialism?


More here

pdf of complete letter here...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Adam,

Anyone can label anything "nutty." It doesn't mean anything; tell us why, for example, the belief that a group of political and economic elites is forming a North American Union is such an illogical belief to hold.

For example, what is this expanding series of agreements, and why have 99% of Americans never heard of it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_and_Prosperity_Partnership_of_North_America

--FZappa

Adam Holland said...

When you don't see that connecting gun control, eminent domain, testing kids for mental illness and North American Union conspiratorialism is crazy; and you don't see that stating that the end is near and I am the only hope is crazy; and when you sign your internet musings "FZappa", then it may be pointless for me to explain further.

Anonymous said...

Adam,

It's not crazy to believe that all of those things are either being planned or already happening. For example, I just sent you a link for a series of signed agreements between the U.S., Canada and Mexico that sounds very much like the legal framework for the NAU, and you dismiss it simply as "conspiratorialism" without any argumentation.

Again, if you think it's nutty to believe that elites are forming a North American Union, then how do you explain the SPP?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_and_Prosperity_Partnership_of_North_America

--FZappa

Anonymous said...

PS Adam, yes, all those issues are related because they all involve the encroachment of the state onto an individual's liberties. This is a major theme of Paul's campaign.

FZ

Graham said...

"When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." -- Dresden James

Adam Holland said...

Graham:

While the quote is a good one, and contains a significant truth, it is not a truth that applies universally to all loony seeming politicians. Your same oracular sounding defense could be made for any outsider candidate: Ron Paul, Ross Perot, Lyndon LaRouche, George Wallace, etc.

Why not try addressing the specific question of this post: what possible conspiracy would care to effect the range of disparate issues Paul's letter deals with? Do the "elites" opposed by populist conspiracy buffs like Paul and his supporters really want to take your guns and medicate your kids as a means of gaining greater control over you? Will that make it easier for them to take your property by eminent domain and create a North American Union? Connecting these issues as part of a single agenda is one place where the Paulian world-view veers off into la-la-land. What's the next step, in your view? One world government and the end of private property?

This has nothing to do with Paul being an unappreciated prophet, as you would have it. I'm just holding him to the same standards of logical discourse to which I hold every politician.

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