Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The mutineer candidate

Here's a fantastic article on Ron Paul in the National Catholic Reporter. This Colman McCarthy guy's a pretty good writer. Even if I don't know what "profligate" and "temporizer" mean.

From the article, clearing up a common smear tactic:
One of my favorite stories about the congressman is his vote against awarding a congressional medal in honor of Rosa Parks. As eyebrows rose -- what, you don’t like the sainted troublemaker? -- Mr. Paul explained that he was all for the medal. But instead of using tax money to pay for it, he proposed that members of Congress kick in $100 of their personal money, as he would be the first to do. He had no takers.
They appreciated her enough to spend YOUR money, but not theirs. Ron Paul appreciated her enough to spend his own money, and in fact brought in a $100 bill that day and put it on the desk in front of him hoping to find others doing the same. What. Now who's the racist.

The Congressional Medal of Honor can cost upwards of $30,000. Dr. Paul has also voted against giving them to Ghandi, Tony Blair, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and Charles Schulz. Not only is he racist, he's anti-Brit, anti-Catholic, anti-Gipper, and anti-cartoonist. Someone MUST stop him.

Or you can thank him for trying to prevent the government from stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from you in order to say thanks to people. I have an idea. A thank-you letter costs about a dollar, including stationery. I'm sure the government would find a way to make it cost $10,000, and Dr. Paul would oppose that too. Seriously, someone's gotta stop him from saving us money! He's a madman!!


jesusthroughmary said...

prof·li·gate /ˈprɒflɪgɪt, -ˌgeɪt/ [prof-li-git, -geyt]

–adjective 1. utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.
2. recklessly prodigal or extravagant.
–noun 3. a profligate person.

[Origin: 1525–35; < L prōflīgātus broken down in character, degraded, orig. ptp. of prōflīgāre to shatter, debase, equiv. to prō- pro-1 + -flīgāre, deriv. of flīgere to strike; see inflict, -ate1]

—Related forms
prof·li·gate·ly, adverb
prof·li·gate·ness, noun

—Synonyms 1. abandoned, licentious.

tem·po·rize /ˈtɛmpəˌraɪz/ [tem-puh-rahyz]

–verb (used without object), -rized, -riz·ing. 1. to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting.
2. to comply with the time or occasion; yield temporarily or ostensibly to prevailing opinion or circumstances.
3. to treat or parley so as to gain time (usually fol. by with).
4. to come to terms (usually fol. by with).
5. to effect a compromise (usually fol. by between).

Also, especially British, tem·po·rise.

[Origin: 1570–80; < ML temporizāre to hang back, delay, equiv. to L tempor- (s. of tempus) time + ML -izāre -ize]

—Related forms
tem·po·ri·za·tion, noun
tem·po·riz·er, noun
tem·po·riz·ing·ly, adverb

—Synonyms 1. hedge, stall, equivocate.

Jennifer said...

awesome! I'm passing this one along!!

Jennifer said...

Debate on MSNBC tonight at 9pm--Go Ron Paul!!

Sandi said...

Ron Paul, where have you been all of (America's) life?

Jennifer said...