By York Van Nixon III
Considering more than half of U.S. Senators and one-third of House Representatives are lawyers, one can forgive them for mastering Law 101 – “Introduction to Persuasive Prevarication.” But if a politician spends half his life caring for expectant mothers, common wisdom would suggest he knows how to “Push” for the truth. Then again, that command is usually given with the OB/GYN’s head under a sheet. Bearing down hard can be daunting when delivering a lie, unless he or she disavows any knowledge of the Pinocchio nose sneezing from the dust of an attic cluttered with disavowed political rants.
Libertarians often strive for Nietzschean individuality, wherein the citizen, and not the state, is empowered. Along with the ability to control one’s life comes responsibility, like the authorship of decades of newsletters, unless your name is Ron Paul.
As we approach Election Day for the Iowa Caucuses, the lead appears to be changing again. First it was former Speaker of House Newton Leroy Gingrich. He rode the wave of frontrunner until well placed ads from opponents revealed truths about him that disturbed the sensibilities of average Iowans, which are conservative to say the least.
With Hawkeye voters becoming queasy over a candidate with lists of infidelities, ethics violations in Congress, and downright moral and intellectual hypocrisy, someone called a doctor.
Well, Ron Paul did not arrive with stethoscope in hand. Instead, the Texas congressman plod to the spotlight with a large black bag filled with racial slurs, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and hair-brain ideas. Although Mr. Paul may be forgiven for having a senior moment or two about his past, with the availability of the internet, he cannot do as Will Rogers said rely on “. . . the short memories of American voters . . .”
Last night Rep. Paul went on the “Tonight Show” with the aplomb of the anointed one. But this morning, he awoke to find former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with a slight lead and Rick Santorum biting at his oxfords.
While many Americans were working on their second cup of Starbucks, Ron Paul was on the Jan Mickelson radio show fielding more questions about his newsletters:
“There were many times I did not edit the entire letter and other things were put in,” he told a caller on the Jan Mickelson radio show. “I was not aware of the details until many years later. These were sentences that were put in, eight or 10 sentences. It wasn’t a reflection of my views at all. It got in the letter and I thought it was terrible.”
Sounds like Ron Paul is finally getting close to doing as Sarah Palin often says, “Manning-up.”
Perhaps Ron Paul is not a liar. At the very least, Dr. Paul is a man in conflict with what he admits and what he truly believes. He can take heart in knowing the prospective presidential microscope will find if there are noxious organisms swimming in his Petri dish.