"Just who are these people?" I've wondered. "How can anyone capable of multi-syllabic expression actually support that racist, conniving leech?"
And it's left me with a blank image. I've never ever met a Paulite in person, so I've not been able to apply a physical image to these folks. I've made my own demographic assumptions and borrowed some from actual reports (mid-30s and younger, many still in school or in first full-time employment, first-time taxpayers or fearing their entry to that status), but I wanted to have a visual picture.
Their arguments for the Republi-tarian all seem to lean towards Paul's assumed "pro-dope" political stance, but that hasn't helped me create an actual image of them, either. When I've tried to from that angle, all I could produce is a faceless, soon-to-be college dropout trying to keep the smoke from his bong from rolling under the dorm room door so his RA won't bust him.
But today, ladies and gentleman, I found this video. And it gives the clearest picture of how an actual a-Paul-stle would not only look in public, but how he or she would actually behave, too.
The image and behavior of this belligerent drunk gives me a rather accurate image of a Paulite, I'm sure.
Ron Paul picked up these supporters through a states' rights argument, which he's milked out in allusion to legalization of marijuana. He's only using that angle to hide his neoconfederate goals, but that's where these "Weedheads for Paul" originate from.
And apparently they're celebrating their supposedly pro-dope hero too much ("...toke up ... I mean, vote for Ron Paul!"), because they're overlooking everything else there is to know about the guy.
To the rest of the world, Paul's a racist. Long been known to be, as well. His constituent newsletters have been chock full of racist terms, he continues to argue against the Civil Rights Act, and he openly takes campaign donations from white supremacist groups. He was even endorsed by former KKK leader David Duke.
He's told ridiculous stories, like the one about the Affordable Healthcare Act. The act will have the IRS put 16,000 armed agents on the street to enforce the new law, he told the public.
The doctor's openly stated that "you don't have a right to medical care," as well. He even voted against the Amber Alert bill, for pete's sake.
He also practices a political ploy that clearly defeats the image those Paulites seem to hide behind. He says one thing, does the opposite, and then dons some stylish cloak as he backpedals away in attempt to hide his blatant hypocrisy.
For example, Paul argues against earmarks, but loads bills up with tons of them -- then votes against those same bills after he's sure they'll pass without his vote. Same thing on the subject of term limits; we should have them, Paul's cried -- right after he was re-elected for additional terms.
From the debate podiums, Paul preaches about some isolationist peacefulness -- but takes sizable donations from the president of Xe (formerly known as Blackwater), the private mercenary corporation, and even had CIA subcontractors through Blackwater working his last campaign.
And even though he welcomed about $600 million to his district from FEMA after recent hurricanes, he still commands the news cameras lately by claiming the government should do nothing to support victims of natural disasters.
Seeing that video, and now being able to accurately picture those Paulites, I must say I'm relieved. That visual depiction confirms my well-founded conclusion that they're an invalid, weakly-based microgroup. And any online presence they currently sustain will soon wane away.
After all, even if Paul is able to last through the early GOP primaries next year, his dopehead devotees can't vote from jail, which is where many are sure to wind up.