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  • notarethug notarethug May 21, 2010 3:35 PM Flag

    I've never used terms like ReThugs or Repukes

    The thing that's disturbing is that Paul's views on the Civil Rights legislation covering "private" public accomodations like restaurants and restrooms isn't some quirk, even as he "walks it back" (in an act of profound disingenuity.)

    He doesn't believe in OSHA, the EPA, the Department of Education, the Americans With Disabilities Act, minimum wage, Social Security and on and on. He may not be planning on trying to repeal each and every law or regulatory agency he disagrees with because he knows he can't, but he wants to weaken as much of this network of social solidarity, equal protection and public safety that he possibly can.

    It also happens that his economic philosophy is ridiculously primitive and would drive us into deep depression if enacted.

    And, unlike most libertarians, he believes the federal government SHOULD outlaw abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. He's not a "fresh face." He's a reactionary crank and the oldest face in the book.

    Meanwhile, Joe Scarborough's advice is "campaign in Kentucky but stay away from the national media", which is revealing more of Scarborough's apparent belief that Kentuckians are stupid and will buy snake oil off the back of a pick-up truck.

    This is the "best hope" of contemporary conservatism - that people are idiots and like to be told what they like to be told, without even a limited capacity for examining the bill of goods. Maybe Scarborough's right - but it's a display of elitism that actually does reek and demeans the intended audience as total suckers.

    "Paul's too stupid to go on national television, but I'm sure the good folks of Kentucky will buy what he's selling!" There's some insight there into what the GOP elite thinks of their "base."

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