Who Is Ron Paul? As the Iowa Caucus Approaches, We Are Learning a Great Deal About Paul. What We Know is Not Good for Him
Greenfield continues to point out that “everyone who found the idea of Muslim terrorists massacring thousands of Americans to be an uncomfortable fit with their ideology began finding ways to blame it on America. That's where Paul's left-right coalition against the war comes from. The New Left and Paleoconservatives came together to deny reality and found a common cause in maintaining a delusional worldview.” In making this point, Greenfield nails it. Where else can you find left-leaning students raised on the worldview of Noam Chomsky gleefully enlisting alongside the paleoconservatives on behalf of the Paul campaign? It would not amaze me to find an endorsement by Chomsky himself of Paul’s candidacy, or to find Tom Morello appearing with a reunited Rage Against the Machine at a major Ron Paul rally.
Greenfield also makes an interesting point about those now controversial newsletters, which seem to not concern Iowa Republicans one bit. Whether or not Paul wrote the entries or even knew of their contents is not the real issue, Greenfield maintains. Rather, he argues that they “won him some of his hard core following, and his disavowal of them represents another, that of the politician who knows how to play different constituencies and show a difference face to different groups.” So he argues that the people who support Paul are the issue, and not Paul himself -- since he will remain a representative, and not go any further in his political career. Paul speaks to a “crazy-quilt patchwork of ideologies,” and one that Greenfield thinks has nowhere to go, but to fall apart the more attention they get.
Already, the entry last week by one of Paul’s old disgruntled associates, Eric Dondero, appearing at RightWingNews.com, reveals some of Paul’s contradictions in a stark fashion. Dondero says that Paul is not an anti-Semite, but when it comes to Israel,
He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.
In other words, whatever his personal view of individual Jews, Paul indeed shares the agenda of all anti-Semites in today’s world.