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?
pdf of complete letter here...