“Peacenik” Ron Paul crowd reminds of SDS

For those of you too young to remember, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was the premier leftist “pro-peace in Vietnam” student group of the 60’s founded by Tom Hayden (famous for disrupting the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago) and like-minded radicals of the “hate America first, last and always” crowd.  Anyone who went to college from the mid 60s to mid 70s could count on the SDS to be burning American flags, campaigning for “peace”, victory for the North Vietnamese Communists and blaming American policy for Soviet imperialism.

I thought I had seen the last of these types until I did some people watching at last weekend’s California GOP convention in downtown Los Angeles.  I can report that the SDS lives, and its spiritual heirs wear “Ron Paul for President” buttons.

California Political Review’s exhibitor table at the convention was directly in front of the line for people participating in the Presidential straw poll, so just about everyone who voted passed in front of our table and my eyes.  It actually made for fun people watching until the Ron Paul great unwashed got off their pre=paid chartered busses and queued up to vote.

Let me say that a goodly portion of Paul supporters seemed like pretty ordinary Republicans.  However a very large minority of them, and perhaps an outright majority, appeared to me to be SDS remnants and complete strangers to the Republican Party. The…uhm…young lady with the mostly shaved head and bright purple Mohawk on top was an attention getter, if not a vote getter. So was the young Paul voter sporting the “Che Lives” button on his belt.

Particularly offensive to me were the signs saying “I’m voting for PEACE – Ron Paul for President”.  Flashback 40 years to my studentship at the nearby University of Southern California, where anti-war and anti-American demonstrations and the protesters’ signs would have been exactly the same, substituting only the name of “peace” candidate for President Eugene McCarthy for Ron Paul’s name. Other Paul signs and stickers were born by folks whose vast majority of exposed skin was covered with tattoos or wearing black berets (perhaps as a tribute to radical Black Panther Leaders Huey Newton or Eldridge Cleaver?).

Okay – so looks can be deceiving, you can’t judge a book by its cover…yada, yada.  Well, it happened that an old friend of mine and GOP activist was among the Paul supporters in line.  We chatted briefly and I asked him if he really thought the U.S. Government had a direct hand in blowing up the twin towers on 9/11.  His response was, “I don’t know”. I was literally speechless for about 30 seconds, then asked him if he really, really thought Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld could be responsible for such an act.  His response was “it didn’t have to be them directly, it could have been other people in the government”.

Cue the theme from “Twilight Zone”. Ron Paul’s economic views largely parallel mine.  His foreign policy views largely parallel those in power in Pyong Yang and Caracas.  The SDS would find little to disagree with. Those views frighten me – and a good slug of his supporters at the convention last weekend, whose registrations were all paid in advance for the sole purpose of boosting Paul’s straw poll vote, should frighten all Republicans.

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  2. It’s hard to decide which is worse, SDS creeps who are up front about where they stand, or flag-waving, status quo-promoting RINOs who spin such drivel to bash real patriots.

  3. Saracino is correct in his observations. I was there as a delegate mainly to maintain a conservative platform for the party, but I was disgusted with the thinly disguised leftists who were bused in to vote for Paul….and for the record, I was one of the few, very few, Gingrich voters…so this isn’t a Perry-vs-Paul thing.
    Amazing that someone like Paul can have such common-sense economic views and lunatic-fringe foreign policy views.

  4. This website seems obsessed with Ron Paul- How about going after the Juan McCain traitors who give DREAM Act rewards to ILLEGAL ALIENS?

    Islamic terrorists get FREE tuition from Rick Perry

    Mexican gangbangers get DREAM Act from Rick Perry

    Ron Paul’s foreign policy is a far less threatening prospect than OPEN BORDERS

    • James V. Lacy says

      What’s Ron Paul’s position on the border fence? I think he’s against it. Is that a good idea? I heard him say at the last debate the border fence could be used to keep Americans in the US rather than illegals out. Did you hear that comment, too? Does it make you wonder if Paul even supports a fence at the border?

      • I think the notion that Ron Paul is an outsider musters so much support from the right. Unfortunately his ideas seem to come from outside the galaxy.

  5. Bill Saracino says

    In re: “crisscross”…..I happily admit to being a flag-waver….as to “status quo promoting”….the last time I was happy with the status quo was Nov 9, 1984…Ronald Reagan had just carried 49 states, and we had bi-partisan conservative majorities in the U.S. Senate and House….as to being a RINO…hilarious to anyone who knows me and my background….and lastly….I am sure there are “real patriots” who support Paul – in fact I know some of them….but there are also Paul supporters who need to be hooked up to the jumper cables via their cerebral lobes….and I saw LOTS of them at the convention.

  6. Allan Bartlett says

    Why don’t we just dispel the myth that Ron Paul supporters were bused in. They were not bused in. Did we coordinate carpools between some people, absolutely, but there were no buses bringing people to the convention.

  7. Goldwater 4 Ever says

    Wasn’t at the convention – almost never attend these circular firing squads. But as one who got interested in politics when Goldwater ran for President…and who has done my share of envelope stuffing and precinct walking for conservative/libertarian candidates – can anyone else claim to have supported John Ashbrook in 1972?….:>)….yes….I’m THAT old…anyway….I certainly can’t be called a RINO – but am flabbergasted with the foreign policy nonsense and domestic conspiracy theories being pedaled by Dr. Paul. Frankly Barry and Ronnie would run circles around the current crop of candidates.

  8. Edi Thompson says

    Now I’ve heard it all. Bill, you must have had a great chuckle, when that poser, er, I mean poster, called YOU A RINO…..lol — lol — lol !!!

  9. ANOTHER CLOSE MINDED MORON.. YOU OLD RETARDS DON’T GET IT DO YOU…YOU MESSED EVERTHING UP – YOU SCREWED THIS COUNTRY AND SOLD IT’S SOLE TO THE BANKS , ECT. ECT. ECT. – THE DIFFERNCE IS THE YOUTH IN THIS COUNTRY ARE NOT OPPOSED TO USING FORCE TO GET OUR COUNTY BACK….LOVE THY COUNTRY – FEAR THY GOV….THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED!!!!! THE MEDIA IS POWER LESS AGAINST IT – THE UNEMPLOYMENT IS NEAR 20% – PUT YOUR MONEY IN MRE’S AND AMMO BECAUSE LIKE IT OR NOT….WE THE PEOPLE ARE COMING!

    • James V. Lacy says

      To the commenter, please stop drinking so much Red Bull. For readers, this is not an example of the civil discourse we’d like here but we are publishing it. We believe we have a cherished right to say that Ron Paul’s policy views are in several respects simply crazy (though he is good on economics) and we equally feel that publishing the comments of his supporters helps prove our point.

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