November 14, 2008
In a segment with Chuck Norris, Fox propaganda meister Sean Hannity said Ron Paul is nuts. He did not elaborate. Instead, he blathered on about how he would change the Republican party and steer it back to its imagined conservative roots. Hannity cited Ronald Reagan as the example.
Hannity makes his comment about Ron Paul two minutes and 30 seconds into the video below. Here is a partial transcript of the exchange between Norris and Hannity:
Hannity: I’d like a Chucktatorship.
Norris: Yeah and if it was, I said I would go to congress , I’d line up every member of congress, and I’d have Ron Paul, who I believe is the, probably the, one of the more honest ones there, and I’d say Ron, point out the honest ones.
Hannity: I like Ron Paul, he’s nuts.
Norris: yeah I know. That’s why I like him.
Hannity: Alright, yeah, well there you go,
Norris: he’s nuts, but anyway, I’d choke out every dishonest politician that’s up there.
In regard to the “conservative” legacy of Ronald Reagan — he talked a good show (or his speechwriters wrote a good show) but he did not deliver.
Reagan entered the White House as a conservative ideologue who promised a conservative revolution. He promised to slash the size of government, radically scale back entitlements, and deploy the powers of the presidency in pursuit of socially and culturally conservative goals. Reagan didn’t accomplish any of these objectives. He did manage to balloon the deficit to a historically high level through increased “defense” spending. In order to deal with this, he raised taxes in 1983 with a gasoline tax and in 1984 mainly through closing tax loopholes for business. Reagan raised taxes four times just between 1982-84.
Reagan merely continued the globalist pattern. Wall Street investors made out during the 1980s at the expense of workers and the common folk. Since 1980, the gains from U.S. economic growth have gone largely to large transnational corporations and the global elite.
Reagan the hero of Hannity and the neocons intensified the covert war in Afghanistan. He traded U.S. acquiescence toward Pakistan’s nuclear bomb for its help in creating and arming what would ultimately become the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Neocons characterize this as winning the “Cold War.”
War and mass murder was the hallmark of the Reagan years. In addition to the mass slaughter in Afghanistan, Reagan armed Latin American paramilitaries and death squads. He praised the Nicaraguan Contras — armed and supported against the will of Congress — as freedom fighters. He compared them to the founding fathers as they murdered school teachers and petty bureaucrats.
Ron Paul would put an end to all of this foreign intervention and mass murder. He would audit and move to end the Federal Reserve. He would loosen the stranglehold of the banksters on the economy.
Neocons are aghast at the prospect of that is why they have worked so hard to undermine the tea party and patriot movements – inspired in large part by the Ron Paul Revolution – and replace their leaders with staunch Republicans.
For Sean Hannity and the Republicans, Ron Paul is more than an easily dismissible nut — he threatens the very foundation of the Republican party, the flip-side of the Democrat party. He would put them out of business once and for all and this scares the daylights out of them.
For the modern version of the age-old statist, regardless of party affiliation, anybody who advocates fidelity to the Constitution and an end to foreign wars and intervention has to be nuts. For them, only a mental case would suggest getting rid of the bankers.