By now, you’ve probably already read that Ron Paul won the straw poll at the CPAC conference this weekend for the second year running. Paulians led the jeering at Donald Rumsfeld’s and Dick Cheney’s speech. It maintains the image that we all had of the Paulians during the 2008 Presidential campaign. A small group which doesn’t represent the majority take control of small venues presenting an image that they’re larger and more influential than they really are.
Thankfully, they no longer spam blogs with their “read a book!”
I’ve said many times that although I agree with much of Ron Paul’s domestic policy, but his foreign policies are completely irresponsible and negate anything else he might have to say. I’ve also commented before that the Tea Party movement has a “Ron Paul feeling” to it…just like the feeling I had when I was watching the Oath Keeper movement.
And now that feeling has nearly taken over the Tea Party crowd. In the Guardian yesterday, the lines between the Paulians and the Tea Party have disappeared.
What had been a relatively low-grade domestic dispute between the Republican party establishment and the libertarian-minded Tea Party movement boiled over into the public arena during this week’s CPAC conference in Washington….
Rand Paul’s campaign blindly embraced IVAW member Adam Kokesh’s congressional run in New Mexico until it became a political liability. Oath Keepers embraced Adam Kokesh and Eric Oereski until This Ain’t Hell exposed them (here and here). But who is going to expose the Ron Paul connections to the Tea Party and expunge their corrupt effect on the conservative wing of the Republicans?
Elements of the Tea Party, like the Oath Keepers, hide their true Libertine intents behind pretty words and populist signage. Those elements need to be purged.