A lot of people want to ride Ron Paul’s career as their “credentials” for supporting liberty. Many of those people don’t really care what he says or why he said it. Because of that, they promote statist solutions while falsely claiming to support him, while ignoring what he said about the bugaboo.
“If anything, what people like Fauci and the other fearmongers are demanding will likely make the disease worse. The martial law they dream about will leave people hunkered down inside their homes instead of going outdoors or to the beach where the sunshine and fresh air would help boost immunity. The panic produced by these fearmongers is likely helping spread the disease, as massive crowds rush into Walmart and Costco for that last roll of toilet paper.”
One such fake-Paulbot deleted my comments and blocked me recently, after saying “fuck Ron Paul” over this. Yeah? Fuck the medical doctor? And we should listen to you instead… with no med degree or experience? Really shows you how some of these people think; the name matters when they agree with an idea. Then when you step outta line, they’ll wordlessly throw you in the trash.
I mean, I have infinitely more respect for people who flat out dislike him altogether than for people who use someone’s name as a foil for their ideas. If you want to claim to support a person? That’s totally fine. But don’t hop outta the foxhole when gunfire starts. If you want to support ideas and not people, then state the idea without ever mentioning the person, stand up straight, and stand on your own. But ducking behind “experts” constantly when you need support is both fallacious and craven, and it opens up your whole stance to accusations of inconsistency and hypocrisy.
Another alleged Paul supporter, happy to list working at the Ron Paul Blog in his bio, literally said this – I’m not joking.
“This is going to make some folks angry, but the reason the U.S. isn’t fighting the virus with an open economy like Sweden is we have large swaths anti-science conspiracy theorists who think they know more the scientists.”
So I tweeted this out as a flippant joke.
But that was until I realized maybe a fuller explanation would be needed. So here’s my fuller explanation.
There are more than a few things I dislike about Ron, but to be absolutely crystal fucking clear? If you’re going to baselessly dismiss what he says when it doesn’t suit your agenda, keep his fuckin name out of your mouth. People aren’t your toys, to pull out of the box when you want to play. And if you’re going to use someone’s name for credibility, at least have an argument against what they say before saying they’re wrong.
Or don’t – you own yourself, and in the end, if you want to look this spineless and stupid, more power to you; just don’t mind us real libertarians not moving an inch outta this foxhole while you go AWOL.
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