Okay, Letâ€™s Talk Conspiracy
By: Bob Parks
Iâ€™ve been writing columns for a few years now, so Iâ€™ve had the opportunity to see patterns when they look me square in the face and, based on my recent encounters with Ron Paul supporters, patterns have begun to emerge.
When you look at some of the pictures of Ron Paul supporters, you see young and old alike, but you also see the peace signs, the word â€œloveâ€ reversed in the word â€œrevolutionâ€. What one clearly sees is a bunch of disenfranchised liberals who assume theyâ€™ve found a welcoming new home.
Theyâ€™ve clearly identified with the anti-war message of Dr. Paul. Obviously, these people feel betrayed by the Democrats with whom they voted for in 2006 after being promised an end to the Iraq War. Democrats clearly have been unable to make good on their many promises. While thatâ€™s not news to real Republicans, the anti-war left has been left dismayed, betrayed, and rudderless.
Dr. Paul has the attention of the anti-war crowd, thus heâ€™s attracted them into his camp, as they wonâ€™t trust a Democrat, at least for the foreseeable future.
I say they â€œassumeâ€ theyâ€™ve found a new home because these are the same people whoâ€™ve over the last few years have loudly and proudly called conservatives every name in the book. Theyâ€™ve called us â€œracistsâ€, â€œhomophobesâ€, â€œbigotsâ€, â€œhate mongersâ€, â€œsexistsâ€, and more. Theyâ€™ve called me an â€œuncle tomâ€, â€œwannabe whiteâ€, and thatâ€™s from white liberals. Look at what they did to Condoleezza Rice, and were damn proud of it.
However, now theyâ€™ve found a â€œman of principleâ€ who just happens to be aâ€¦ Republican.
Just because they now find certain conservative principles acceptable, doesnâ€™t make any of them the real deal, and like elephants, Republicans never forget.
Paulâ€™s supporters claim to embrace his message of smaller government. However, these are the same people who demanded federally funded student loans and free health care for illegal aliens. These are the same people who always advocate some new program for the poor and disenfranchised. And now, just because theyâ€™ve found religion, weâ€™re to just open the door, forget about the years of slanderous shout downs, and say, â€œWelcome home?â€
When certain candidates or a party realizes they are hemorrhaging support, the first thing they ask is â€œHow do we get them back?â€ Iâ€™ve heard no Democrat presidential candidate attempt to lure the Paulies back home. Maybeâ€¦ just maybe, thatâ€™s because they donâ€™t want them back.
After all, would any of us open the door to people who occupy our offices, infiltrate our meetings, protest us in front of your workplaces, throw paint on our war dead memorials, and shout us during presentations in which we were invited? And now they expect us to say, â€œWelcome to the Republican Partyâ€ just because they now demand we listen to them and their candidate?
Youâ€™re damn right; there are sour grapes and deep suspicions here. I donâ€™t trust these people for a minute.
In the many emails Iâ€™ve received from the Paulies, Iâ€™ve been talked down to like a child, had my intelligence questioned, cursed at, and all because I committed the mortal sin of not mentioning their candidate by name in a column where I was taking Republican presidential candidates to my own personal woodshed.
Their emails are all about their feelings. Itâ€™s all about â€œmeâ€, â€œmeâ€, â€œmeâ€, and damn anyone who wonâ€™t hear THEM out.
Someone has to ask what the real motive is here.
Should Paul get the nomination and bring his supporters into our party, what kind of changes will they demand to bring from within? Will they demand political correctness be instituted? Will they attempt to stifle speech they donâ€™t authorize? Will they shout us down? In fact, all the traits most of these people seem to have on display are those the Democrat Party seems to have no problem jettisoning.
And theyâ€™re jettisoning them right into the Republican Party.
Thatâ€™s my conspiracy theory. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m that far off.
Bob Parks is a member/writer for the National Advisory Council of Project 21, Senior Writer for the New Media Journal, VP of Marketing and Media Relations/Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, VP of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly, and commentator for the Intel Radio Network.