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…