In 2007, Ron Paul accused a political opponent of being a fascist:
Well, I haven’t thought about it completely, but you know, it reminds me of what Sinclair, uh, Lewis once said, he said ‘when Fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross.’ I don’t know whether that’s a fair assessment or not, but you wonder about using a cross like he is the only Christian, or implying that subtly.
What was Huckabee’s crime? Back in 2007, Mike Huckabee ran two ads that were controversial among some, even in the GOP. In one ad he said he was a Christian leader (Gasp!). In the other he wished everyone a Merry Christmas and included a subliminal message by arranging the book shelves, camera and lighting in an exact way so as to sneak a floating cross into the commercial (trying to breathe, breathe…)
Paul finished his rant with this claim.
So, uh, I don’t think I would ever use anything like that.
First, let’s observe your website, Dr. Paul. I believe you are the only Republican candidate who includes a whole page devoted to your statement of faith. There is nothing wrong with that at all (other than a little hypocrisy). Of course, wrapping yourself in a flag is out of the question, but wrapping your supporters up in one, is a different matter, apparently. Well, Paul does actually and literally wrap himself in the flag as the image below shows.
Paul’s complaint was about Huckabee’s commercial, not his website or online promotional store, so we can assume that Paul would never mention faith in a commercial. We would be assuming, wrongly.
The latest pro-life commercial by Paul includes these words: “A man of faith committed to protecting life”. Again, nothing wrong with that, in my opinion. Paul’s commercial was, in fact, a wonderful challenge for the country to see its own hypocrisy in working to save pre-mature babies while killing those of the same age.
Ron Paul is not a fascist, not in his view of politics nor in his view of governance. Is he an opportunist? That is a horse of a different color. He should apologize to Governor Huckabee, though, just to be fair.
David is currently an adjunct instructor of Composition and Speech at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. His wife and he have also owned a business selling antique and collectible postcards on eBay since 1999. David was an activist with Operation Rescue in the early 1990s. He is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Reformed Church in Johnston, Iowa.
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