The fanatical devotion of Ron Paul’s fan base is the stuff of legend. Every political discussion on the internet is a potential target for Ron Paul spam. Even a thread about the county dog catcher is sure to draw one or two “Ron Paul 2012!” comments. It does not matter whether it is election season or not, Ron Paul fans are campaigning on the internet for him every day. No politician outside the president has the type of 24-hour coverage Ron Paul has.
My question to you is, why not Bernie Sanders?
Yes, I know that Senator Sanders is not running for president. That does not mean you cannot give Bernie the same undying adulation you give to Congressman Paul. If enough people do so, there is a good chance that he will decide to throw his hat into the ring.
You will find no shortage of reasons why you should worship Bernie Sanders as the Second Coming like you do Ron Paul. The Paulites love to say that Dr. Ron is independent (not to mention a doctor). Guess what? Bernie Sanders is really an Independent. There is an actual “I” next to his name, one of only two Senators who use that letter (the other one being the Republican in disguise, Joseph Lieberman). Contrast that to Ron Paul, who has a big fat “R” next to his name. The usual apology for this is that he represents Texas and needs the “R” to get elected. Maybe so, but that takes away from his “independent” credentials. Besides, he brings ideological purity to the free market wing of the Republican Party. Without Ron Paul, the only big name free market guys they have are actually neoliberal corporatists in disguise. Ron Paul and the Repubs have a mutually beneficial relationship in this regard.
As far as many of the issues go, Bernie Sanders should be music to a Ron Paulite’s ears. He opposes the wars and the surveillance state that has grown up around them. He has voted against the War on Drugs and has pushed for legalizing marijuana. He opposed the bailouts that caused a spike in the national debt. Not to mention that he has introduced legislation calling for a full audit of the Fed, including tracking down which banks received trillions of dollars in secret bailouts. On these issues alone, the younger Ron Paul fans (which seems to be most of them) should have no problem worshipping Bernie Sanders. They are carbon copies of each other, the only difference that we have seen is that Bernie is more independent than the Paulster. So why don’t you take a seat while I mix you a nice cold glass of Bernie’s Kool Aid, won’t you? You will find it tastes similar to the Ron Paul flavor.
So what’s the difference? Chances are that, if you are a Ron Paul fan, the issues you care about the most have already been covered. But there are those other issues that bring out the fundamental differences between the two politicians. Don’t worry, you will find that Bernie’s positions here are far superior to the Texas obstetrician’s. You may have come to Bernie’s party for the peace, freedom, legal drugs and Fed reform, but you will stay for the equality and justice.
Don’t look now but Bernie has voted for gun control. He has been given an “F” by the National Rifle Association. Believe it or not, that is a good thing. You Ron Paul guys love the Constitution. Well, gun control is as constitutional as it gets. The 2nd Amendment aimed to establish a “well regulated militia” in an attempt to prevent the creation of a standing army. But we now have a standing army, rendering the 2nd Amendment utterly irrelevant. Plus, the Founders only said that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A literal reading of this would mean people could carry AK-47s, bazookas and rocket launchers without restriction. Bernie understands that gun control helps fulfill that other constitutional requirement of providing for the general welfare.
Bernie also doesn’t like tax cuts to the wealthy. As a matter of fact, probably his greatest moment as a Senator was his legendary 13 hour filibuster against extending the Bush tax cuts. The speech has been made into a book that makes for a surprisingly good read. Now I know how you Ron Paul guys and gals hate taxes. You’re probably all set to strap on your powdered wigs and pantaloons and lecture us about the role of taxation in the American Revolution (by the way, the issue was really taxation without representation, but who needs accuracy when you’re plundering history to suit your ideology?) Anyway, taxing the wealthy would help close the budget gap. We know the Ron Paul squad is filled with deficit hawks, so you should be thrilled by Bernie’s position on taxes. But don’t tax hikes hurt the economy? Only if you get all of your knowledge of American history from CNBC. The period when we had the highest tax rates on the wealthy was also the period of the biggest and most equitable economic growth in American history (1945-1973; see the chapter entitled The Biggest Boom Yet in James T. Patterson’s book Grand Expectations.)
By this time you should be strung out on Bernie Sanders’ Kool Aid. You are just about ready to go and spambomb message boards and youtube video comment sections with “Bernie 2012!” posts. Before you do, I saved the best for last: Bernie Sanders is a Jewish socialist from Brooklyn, New York. The tin foil hat people are sure to accuse him of being a pawn in the Rothschild’s twisted scheme to bring on a one-world government. But just think for a second. Why would he want to expose the bankers in bed with the Fed (who, according to the Ron Paul crowd, must all be Jews) or oppose the bank bailouts if he was down with the Rothschild family? Ah, you say it is a front. Bernie is just pretending to be a populist in an attempt to shepherd people towards supporting the world Zionist cause. All I have to ask in response is: did you hear that? It is the sound of your mind closing.
Bernie Sanders is courageous enough to call himself a socialist in an era when the country sees it as a dirty word. He is a true Independent with the letter “I” next to his name. Unlike Ron Paul, who supports some of the right things for all of the wrong reasons, Bernie supports the right things for the right reasons. If anyone deserves your unquestioning praise, devotion and campaign work, it is Bernie. On the other hand, forget it. I can confidently speak for Senator Sanders in saying he would prefer you actually think about who you’re supporting. So drop Ron Paul. You only like him because he was marketed to you as the only independent player in Washington. Now you see there is a world beyond Ron Paul and hope for the country yet.
Bernie Sanders 2016!