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We Are Not Amused at Being Used ... to Belittle Ron Paul

JBS | July 25, 2007
Larry Greenley

ARTICLE SYNOPSIS:

In a lengthy hit-piece-lite article about Presidential candidate Ron Paul, the New York Times Magazine for July 22 mentions the John Birch Society (JBS) several times in an effort to belittle the constitutionalist congressman and Presidential candidate.

Follow this link to the original source: " The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-Administration, Anti-Medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul "

COMMENTARY:

In a lengthy hit-piece-lite article about Presidential candidate Ron Paul, the New York Times Magazine for July 22 mentions the John Birch Society (JBS) several times in an effort to belittle the constitutionalist congressman and Presidential candidate.

Here is the relevant exchange between Times reporter Christopher Caldwell and Representative Ron Paul:

In his office one afternoon in June, I asked about his connections to the John Birch Society. "Oh, my goodness, the John Birch Society!" he said in mock horror. "Is that bad? I have a lot of friends in the John Birch Society. They're generally well educated, and they understand the Constitution. I don't know how many positions they would have that I don't agree with. Because they're real strict constitutionalists, they don't like the war, they're hard-money people...."

Paul's ideological easygoingness is like a black hole that attracts the whole universe of individuals and groups who don't recognize themselves in the politics they see on TV.

The overall objective of the article was signaled by the subtitle that accompanied the print version: "The most radical congressman in America is a Republican from Texas. And He's running for president." Much of the article amounts to Caldwell making his case for Paul's radicalism.

We are not amused that the author of the piece attempts to do that, in part, by associating Paul with the John Birch Society and counting on unwarranted, negative stereotypes of the Society to have their intended effect on the readers of the article. In trying to create doubts about Ron Paul by associating him with the JBS, Mr. Caldwell is laboring under the quaint pre-Internet notion that his readers do not have immediate access to information about the Society. A quick visit to JBS.org , the official website of the JBS, reveals that common misconceptions about the Society are unfounded. The primary purpose of the Society is to preserve and restore our constitutionally-protected freedoms and our national independence. The purposes of our current campaign, the JBS Freedom Campaign , are: (1) secure our borders, stop illegal immigration, and prevent amnesty; (2) block the North American Union (NAU); and (3) repeal the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

As a recent article in Foreign Affairs magazine conceded, American public opinion has swung against open borders, free trade agreements, and globalization because the majority of Americans are suffering from wage stagnation and job losses. This means the JBS position on these bread-and-butter issues is right in line with the mainstream American position.

Now more than ever, Americans who have been harmed by the internationalist policies prevalent among the nation's political elite are beginning to insist on a return to constitutional principles of government. This, perhaps, accounts for Ron Paul's growing popularity. A quick visit to our recently published " Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution " reveals that Ron Paul is the only representative in the House that received a perfect 10 out of 10 for a 100 percent score. A glance at previous indexes will show that Paul has received a score of 100 percent more often than not. However, this agreement on constitutional principle does not translate into political endorsement. The JBS is a non-partisan education and action organization that never endorses political parties or candidates.

Actually, we are amused because the reporter, Caldwell, has belittled himself.

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