“I don’t think there’s any evidence of [an inside job] . . . I don’t believe that. The blame goes to bad policy. And a lot of times bad policy is well-motivated. The people who believe in a one world government are well motivated, but they disagree with me.”
Congressman Ron Paul, May 22, 2007
I think most of you know who John Gibson is, the goldie locks coiffed talking head on Fox News. He also has his own radio show on Sirius.. Well, John is hell bent on taking pot shots at Ron Paul, raking him over the coals and showing utter contempt for Congressman Paul on principally two issues (that he states publicly). Frankly, this has resulted in John Gibson losing some of his golden luster. Gibson was darn good when he was a reporter working the O.J. Simpson case and typically speaks straight. So, when he took it upon himself to attack Ron Paul I listened. Then he persisted. Contrary information surfaced, yet Gibson was unrelenting. The summer went by, and then fall. So here we are up to our keesters in snow in the northland and what do I hear last night whilst mushing my way through the fresh snow? Yup, Goldie Gibson taking aim again at Ron Paul….
So, what is Gibson’s beef with Ron? Two words: Truthers and Isolationist.
A “Truther,” in this context, is someone who believes that 9/11 was a conspiracy orchestrated by the government. Goldie Gibson asserts, as recently as last night, that Paul is a Truther himself because, according to Gibson, Paul has not publicly refuted the accusation nor has Paul publicly admonished those who do think 9-11 was an inside job.
Goldie has really lost credibility with me on this one because not only has Ron Paul publicly stated he does not believe 9-11 was an inside job, but he also addressed Gibson’s bizarre idea that just because you are being interviewed by a nut job, that it is your responsibility to turn the tables on the interviewer and attack him or her for their positions on X. Also, and incredibly, one is to divine the thoughts of those whom he allows an interview and to school them on proper thinking… When did Fox News go off the deep end? And here I thought they were fair and balanced? There is nothing fair nor balanced about John Gibson’s treatment of Ron Paul. But it gets worse because what Gibson is doing is to engage in concerted effort to put words and additional meanings into Ron Paul’s mouth, and thoughts in Ron Paul’s head, thus engaging in tactics far worse and more despicable than anything Joseph McCarthy ever did…or was accused of doing. And X, by the way, can be any issue to which a Paul-hater, such as Gibson, dreams up. Since when does one have to refute something one has never stated support for??
John Gibson needs to come clean with his audience and tell them the real reason why he is against Ron Paul, and such honesty would add to the debate rather than to cast a cloud over Johnny’s golden coiffure. It cannot be the case that John Gibson has not heard the clips below, nor is unaware of the quote at the head of this post.
Audio Link 1 – This is an interview by Mike Gallagher (talk show host) who interviews Ron Paul, and where Paul states clearly he is not suggesting that 9-11 was an inside job. Rather, that his beef is with government in general covering up its bureaucratic inefficiencies and misguided internal investigations.
Next, we have Shawn Wasson at (LiveLeak) interviewing Ron Paul and asks him even more directly about this matter. Folks, this interview occured on July 26th, 2007! Please note I have included the relevant excerpts down below…
Ron Paul: I mean to go to this extreme of tryin to make a big deal of it I think is a very biased type of reporting and questioning.
Wasson: Well if you look at it that way that would make sense. But it’s not . . . I’m telling you there is a broad perception . . .. and maybe
Ron Paul: I’ve never heard of it . . . I hear occasionally that people will ask me about it. I read the Internet like crazy and I rarely see it.
Wasson: Really? Because every story that comes out with you and these videos of you talking to these kids are very big on all the file sharing . . .
Ron Paul: OK – I don’t have to defend what they do and say. I have to only defend my position and I’ve just given you my position.
Wasson: So your position (then we’ll get off this and onto something else) your position then would be that as far as you’re concerned the official story from 9/11 . .. and this is not about the government covering up their mistakes. . . this is about the suggestions from these people who you were talking to in this video that 9/11 was orchestrated by the government: You do not support that theory?
Ron Paul: Absolutely Not!
Wasson: ok thank you I think that will clear up quite a bit. Let’s get on to something else here.
No kidding. Hey Goldie Locks, that might be good advice for you too.
Lastly, and this is much more easily refuted, Goldie accused Paul last night of “being an isolationist.” Ron Paul publicly addressed this issue and all one has to do is to read and listen to what he has written and spoken about on this very question. But apparently Goldie Gibson doesn’t seem to have the intellectual honesty to do that… Shame on him.
Ron Paul has stated, as recently as the interview with Mike Church (posted here somewhere) AND in the CNNYouTube debacle that he is not an isolationist, but is opposed to America being an empire around the world. He is opposed to interventionism as a foreign policy. He has also stated unequivocally that he believes we should engage with the rest of the world in travel, trade, goodwill efforts, etc… in short, focus on capitalism not interventionism. Gibson is completely off his rocker on this one. Pathetic.
Conclusion… John Gibson has an axe to grind and harbors some animosity towards Ron Paul that he is not willing to publicly state. The reasons he gives publicly, the ridiculous isolationist tag and now the completely debunked 9-11 Truther matter, are false. The real reason only John knows for sure, but my guess is that like many GOPers who will not consider the merits of Ron Paul’s ideas the war in Iraq is blinding them. This election is turning out to be a fascinating study in political litmus tests. Right now, it is becoming utterly apparent that the rank and file, card carrying member of the GOP, is being asked to apply two litmus tests. The first and foremost is the Neo-GOP evangelical test, and the second is total support for nation-building in Iraq. If you are not a Christian, you do not have a voice in the GOP – period. If you do do display evangelical symptoms, you can pass through the gate but beware! You also need to be a militant pro lifer to garner widespread enthusiasm. If you pass those two tests there is still one more lurking; one must be totally committed to nation-building and a sustained military presence in the middle east and around the world.
Ron Paul fails on the latter litmus test, and is not strident in support of the first. Ergo, he is neither religious enough and certainly not interventionist enough to be the standard bearer for the NeoGOP.
Dr. D is right, the GOP has become an abomination.