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As Texas Congressman and long-time libertarian Ron Paul comes under more and more scrutiny, more and more examples of his political hypocrisy come to the forefront.
The Presidential candidate who preaches austerity buys full-fare airline tickets so he can bump up to first class on his many airline trips. He talks about honesty in government but lends his name and Congressional cariier to newsletters that play on unproven paranoia to pad his own bank account. He talks about leadership but his own leadership skills are so bad that — if you believe his own excuses — a series of racist newsletters were published under his name for years without his knowledge.
Now we find out that his Congressional office and campaign operations were so lax that he double-billed taxpayers and campaign contributors for airline tickets.
But, if you believe the stuck-pig squeals from his small but rabid band of followers, it’s not that big of a deal because Paul’s malfeasance involved “only a few thousand dollars” while government is wasting millions and billions.
We’ve observed Paul’s political sideshow for a long time here at Capitol Hill Blue. There’s an old saying in politics. “You can’t be a little bit pregnant.” By the same token, you can’t be a little bit dishonest. You’re either honest or you not. One could argue that Ron Paul’s financial dishonesty involved “only a few thousand dollars” because that’s all the small-time Texas Congressman could pull off in his present position.
Each new revelation about Paul’s dishonesty points to a typical politician who talks out of both sides of his mouth. He fudges expense reports, offers lame excuses that he “didn’t know” about inflammatory rhetoric in his newsletters and converts millions left over from his failed Presidential campaigns to personal use — something that is technically legal but shows a continued pattern of political and ethical dishonesty.
None of this matters to the small but vocal cult-like following that rise up in righteous indignation every time another of Paul’s indiscretions comes to light.
The Paul minions no longer argue that Paul is honest. They now say he is just less dishonest than a politician who fleeces taxpayers for billions.
Perhaps Paul’s lower level is dishonesty — if there is such a thing — stems more from lack of opportunity. Paul is a pariah even in his own party and — in spite of his seniority in Congress — has never held any leadership positions in Congress. Two bit Congressmen from Texas have little chance to make it to the top tier of Capitol Hill crooks.
So Paul remains a small time crook, by Congressional standards, but in our book, a crook is a crook.
Shaw: “Madam, would you spend the night with me for a million pounds?”
Astor: “Why yes, Mr. Shaw, I suppose I would.”
Shaw: “How about five pounds?”
Astor: “Mr. Shaw, what do you think I am?”
Shaw.” I’ve established that madam. What I’m trying to establish now is the price.”
We’ve established at this point that Ron Paul is a crookL A small-time crook, to be sure. The one salvation is that this petty thief has no chance to ever be President. Imagine how much he could steal if ever actually moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.