The allegation is clear, Newt Gingrich’s latest assertion that Ron Paul’s “volunteer base is people who want to legalize drugs” is designed to create the impression that anyone who votes for Paul is at best socially irresponsible or at worst a crack addled junkie.
The former speaker of the House made the remarks in an interview with conservative commentator John McCaslin yesterday, also taking a swipe at Paul over his foreign policy outlook.
“This is a guy who basically says, if the United States were only nice, it wouldn’t have had 9/11.” Gingrich stated, boiling down an extremely complex issue into a meaningless snipe.
“He doesn’t want to blame the bad guys. … He dismisses the danger of Iranian nuclear weapon and seems to be indifferent to the idea that Israel could be wiped out.” Gingrich added.
Anyone who has spent more than five minutes researching Ron Paul’s stance on foreign policy, and 9/11 in particular, knows that Paul subscribes to the ‘blowback’ theory put forth by multiple experts, former US intelligence officials and validated by Osama Bin Laden himself, that the US is viewed as a legitimate target because it has engaged in military occupation and preemptive war in the middle east and beyond for decades.
Furthermore, the US has also aggressively supported the Israeli military machine and the suppression of the Palestinian people.
These complex issues spearhead Ron Paul’s outlook on foreign policy, while Gingrich and the rest of the GOP candidates espouse the ridiculously myopic notion that ‘terrorists hate our freedom so they attack us’.
As regards Israel being “wiped out” by Iran, Gingrich obviously hasn’t factored in the country’s arsenal of hundreds of nuclear weapons and the fact that US intelligence admits there is little evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program even existing – points that Ron Paul has consistently raised in the debates.
To suggest Paul is “indifferent” to this issue is farcical.
It is the drugs remark, however, that has irked many Paul supporters the most.
As a Libertarian and a staunch critic of the federal government’s so called “war on drugs”, Ron Paul has made it clear that as president he would open up dialogue on the issue of drug legalization as a means of effectively undermining the black market, overturning racial injustice, reducing ballooning prison populations and opening up possibilities where medical use of currently illegal drugs are concerned.
Gingrich is not stupid and knows full well that these are legitimate issues, yet he has chosen to turn to negative stereotyping in an attempt to stave off his plummeting poll numbers and dwindling support in the face of Ron Paul’s recent emergence as front runner in Iowa.
The truth is that Paul is leading in the polls precisely because he treats complex political and social issues in a fashion befitting them, rather than boiling everything down into sound bites and oversimplified rhetoric, purely for the purposes of political point scoring. Paul’s message of limited government and enhanced liberties also resonates with an American public sick and tired of the overreach of the Washington political establishment.
The Congressman has also organized a rock solid caucus campaign in the early voting states.
In visits to Iowa this week, Paul has drawn large numbers of diverse voters, young and old. A recent CNN / ORC poll highlighted the fact that Paul is the only GOP candidate that appeals to voters across the political spectrum.
In a direct head to head with Obama, Paul fared significantly better than all of his GOP rivals in a wide and diverse range of population categories, including males; persons ages 18 to 34; persons under 50 years of age; persons earning less than $50k per year; persons who have attended college; crossover Democrats; self-identified liberals; self-described moderates; residents of the Northeast and Midwest geographic regions; and those residing in urban areas.
According to the poll, Paul attracts more independents than Obama by 48 to 47 percent. The Congressman also betters Obama 51 to 46 percent among white voters and betters the incumbent president 52 to 44 percent among voters residing in rural areas.
Paul also betters all the other GOP competitors against Obama where non-white voters are concerned, attracting the support of one in four non-white adults.
Yet, if Newt Gingrich is to be believed, the vast majority of these people are concerned not with the state of the nation, but purely with what drugs they would be able to get their hands on under a Paul presidency.
According to Newt Gingrich, Paul’s support base, such as those pictured here at events in Iowa this week, are purely concerned with legalizing narcotics.
Paul’s principles are steadfast and, unlike Gingrich, his message is unfaltering.
The Congressman has exposed Gingrich’s “serial hypocrisy”over the past two months in ad spots, and drawn on the fact that Gingrich effectively used his position as House Speaker to line his coffers with lobbyist money.
Gingrich’s hypocrisy seems to know no bounds, given that last week he was urging candidates not to negatively attack each other and this week he is doing just that.
In response to Gingrich’s attack on his supporters, Paul reiterated the former Speaker’s flip flopping nature in an interview with CBS.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.