Yes, Ron Paul is still running for the Republican nomination, and still declines to endorse John McCain. But he finds the time to salute one of the oldest fringe conspiracy-nut organizations around, the John Birch Society. And you thought he wasn’t nuttier than a Snickers™ Bar? Neil Stevens reports at Red State:
No, Ron Paul won’t endorse the man who has earned the endorsement of the Republican Party’s voters, but he will and has endorsed the John Birch Society. Yes, that John Birch Society. The one that accused President Eisenhower of being a Communist. The one that William F. Buckley, whom many of us remember today, rightly threw out of the conservative movement.
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Dr. Paul stated, “The John Birch Society is a great patriotic organization featuring an educational program solidly based on constitutional principles. I congratulate the Society in this, its 50th year. I wish them continued success and endorse their untiring efforts to foster ‘less government, more responsibility … and with God’s help … a better world.'”
Dr. Paul has also agreed to be the keynote speaker at the Society’s 50th anniversary celebration, Oct. 2-5, in Appleton.
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The time has come to stop distinguishing Ron Paul from his tin foil hatted supporters. He is not above them, he is of them. He agrees with them, he joins them in their gatherings, and he cheers them in their spreading of nutty conspiracy theories. This is the real Ron Paul.
Do we want this in our party? I say no. On today, the memorial day of William F. Buckley, we should excuse Paul from our political movement once and for all, just as he threw out the Birchers once upon a time.
Read the full post at the link provided. I’m with Neil. Paul is not quite as vile as David Duke, but when he’s courting the JBS, he’s in the neighborhood. Let him stay and play with those he more closely agrees with.