Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"Unquestionably a Little Weird"

The National Review Online used those words to describe Congressman Ron Paul, notes Jack Hunter — What’s “Weird” About Ron Paul? An excerpt:
    Paul was so weird during his 2008 bid for the GOP nomination for president that the Republican Party wouldn’t even let him in the door at their national convention. Yet, Sen. Joe Lieberman — a big government liberal who’d been Al Gore’s running mate on the 2000 Democrat presidential ticket — was given a prime-time speaking role. Few mainstream Republicans thought this was “weird.”
Later, Mr. Hunter contiunes, "But what about Ron Paul, who is far more socially conservative, staunchly pro-life, consistently for the 2nd amendment, against amnesty and has always opposed government-run healthcare and TARP? He’s 'weird.' Unquestionably."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

First, Ron Paul is weird. There is no getting around that fact. He is weird. Period.

Second, what's wrong with weird? There used to be a long tradition in American political life of people who were weird running for office, obtaining office, and doing great things. Regardless of what one things of him politically, Teddy Roosevelt was a very successful and powerful politician. And he was profoundly weird.

Third, in a world where politics is as crazy as it currently is, weirdness isn't necessarily a bad thing. It may be that only those of unconventional views and approaches to issues are able to see aspects of our current situation that elude the most sophisticated and socially connected.

Paul's weirdness is not an objection to him, in my book.

7:12 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

As one who has always been described as "weird," I agree with you. Bill Kauffman has done a lot to bring alive the great weirdos of America's past.

He has said that our current acceptable foreign policy spectrum runs from Joe Lieberman to Mitt Romney. Anything else is extremism.

Tocqueville's writings on the "tyranny of the majority" seem to have presaged the current aversion to anything considered "weird."

8:47 AM  

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