A Pretty Pair of Pauls: Monkeyshine and Moonshine

On 9/11/11 most media outlets were writing retrospectives on the tenth anniversary of the Jihadist attack on America. Some told the tale from the perspective of the victims while others related the story from the perspective of the  first responders. This past Sunday I memorialized the event from my own perspective on that terrible day. On the other hand, the Star-Ledger’s pet paleo-conservative, Paul Mulshine, chose to devote his time to attacking the Tea Parties instead – a true hack to the bitter end.

“Last week, I got an e-mail from Rob Eichmann, who is a Republican state committeeman from Gloucester County. He sent me a copy of a letter he sent to his fellow committee members asking them to take a stand against some of the stuff the tea partiers are sending around.

“One example is a tea party website called the Tea Party Advocacy Tracking Hub (tpath.org). Eichmann forwarded me a cached copy of a page on the site that featured one of those Photoshopped images of Obama dressed in a pimp suit.

“’When a blogger doctors a photograph of the president, so that he appears to be a pimp from a 1970s exploitation film, that blogger is trying to say in pictures what he dare not say in words,’ Eichmann wrote.”

Perhaps Mulshine – who makes no secret of his admiration for Ron Paul – prefers that  I quote from newsletters sent out by Ron Paul in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Copies of Ron Paul’s interesting newsletters may be found here.

In a January 2008 article on the libertarian website Reason, authors Julian Sanchez and David Weigel write:

“Ron Paul doesn’t seem to know much about his own newsletters. The libertarian-leaning presidential candidate says he was unaware, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, of the bigoted rhetoric about African Americans and gays that was appearing under his name. He told CNN last week that he still has “no idea” who might have written inflammatory comments such as “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks”—statements he now repudiates. Yet in interviews with reason, a half-dozen longtime libertarian activists—including some still close to Paul—all named the same man as Paul’s chief ghostwriter: Ludwig von Mises Institute founder Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr.”

It’s worth noting that Paul Mulshine is a big fan of Lew Rockwell and  his blog features a link to Rockwell’s website in the blogroll.

Sanchez and Weigel end their article with:

“Yet those new supporters, many of whom are first encountering libertarian ideas through the Ron Paul Revolution, deserve a far more frank explanation than the campaign has as yet provided of how their candidate’s name ended up atop so many ugly words. Ron Paul may not be a racist, but he became complicit in a strategy of pandering to racists—and taking “moral responsibility” for that now means more than just uttering the phrase. It means openly grappling with his own past—acknowledging who said what, and why. Otherwise he risks damaging not only his own reputation, but that of the philosophy to which he has committed his life.”

While Eichmann, Mulshine and other Jacobins, conservo-gnostics and  sorted Loneganista Kool-Aid drinkers are campaigning against the Tea Party movement using photo-shopped images of the Man-Child president, they might stop to consider the photocopied bigotry published under Ron Paul’s name.

Sauce for the goose, dontcha know…

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3 Responses to A Pretty Pair of Pauls: Monkeyshine and Moonshine

  1. Janet Gage says:

    blockquote>“To balance the budget and avoid tax hikes, you’d have to make big cuts in Medicare and military spending. But a recent Marist-McClatchy Poll showed only 28 percent of tea partiers support cutting Medicare and Medicaid. Only 20 percent support cutting military spending, a CNN poll showed.”

    This Mulshine fellow is hitting the moonshine. He claims to be conservative, but to back up his absurd premise, he cites polling by Marist-McClatchy and….CNN???????? The folks at CNN don’t even know the date of the Boston Tea Party, much less have any Tea Party members in its polling database. Plus, CNN’s question was about cutting military funding…DUH! If Mulshine is truly a conservative, why would he think cuts in military spending necessary? I suppose he thinks it’s OK for the families of our hard-working military to be paid so little as to need food stamps…or that our fine soldiers are sent to the front lines without all the things they need to be effective in their jobs. After all, all they do is put their lives on the line for this nation so twits like him can spout his twaddle. You would think this country would know a bit about not keeping our troops well supplied and strong.

    As to Marist-McClatchy, I seriously doubt those folks have any Tea Party members in their database either. Every Tea Partier I know – and I know live persons, not just voices on a phone or faceless responders to a Web survey – absolutely DOES NOT support continuing Medicare/Medicaid. Nor do they believe Social Security was ever a good idea. That’s EXACTLY the kind of big government program the Tea Party stands against. They are decidedly not in thrall of FDR’s (or JFK’s or LBJ’s) cult of personality, so they will NOT eat the manure these Presidents and their lapdog Congresses dished out…nor will they call it caviar.

    Even before Mulshine mentioned Eichmann’s name, it is quite apparent he is just another “useless idiot” recruited into the war on the Tea Party declared by “conservatives” and “Republicans” who are bitter that they do not have the following the Tea Party commands…and of course, the corrupt, entrenched Democrats – the supporting patrons of his employers – who are terrified that their lies are being exposed and they are losing their control. I mean, come on – if you stop to really consider it, did you really think the Star Ledger would permit a true “conservative” to have a regular column in its trashy pages?

    Maybe if these bitter Republicans, fearful Democrats and jealous conservatives had stayed focused more on the truth and actually read that fine document a few fellows down in Philadelphia composed in 1787 – not to mention the last sentence of their lovely 1776 masterpiece – they would enjoy the following the Tea Parties have. Nah, that’s not going to happen. Three Hurrahs for our Tea Party!

  2. TeaPartyDem says:

    The lines of demarcation are coming into view. The Tea Party Citizen Activists vs the political elites in both the GOP and especially the Democratic Party. I speak to Tea Party Patriot state coordinators across the country daily. Many of them are reporting nefarious actions by the GOP and AFP in their states, NJ is not unique in this regard.
    Looking down the road it appears the TP Movement is being forced into 3rd party status, something many of us inside the Tea Party are trying to avoid despite the 3rd party proponents and factions within our Movement. Those factions are only growing in prominence inside the Movement. The actions of the GOP are fueling them.

  3. dloosend says:

    A pimp makes his money from the work of others, and the difference between a pimp and the government is??????