I’ve never understood the obsession some people have with Ron Paul. I remember back in 2012 when he was running for president, these “Paulbots” were everywhere declaring that he was the only candidate who could save the country.
The truth is, Ron Paul is pretty much just a glorified conspiracy theorist. While he’s not quite on the level of someone like Alex Jones, he’s really not too far off. He’s someone who can link almost anything going on in this country to some kind of nefarious behavior perpetrated by our government.
Well, recently he posted a video on his Facebook page where he perpetuated the idea that during the Ebola scare last fall, it was all apparently some big conspiracy concocted by our government and the media to keep Americans afraid so that they could funnel money to… who knows. Leave it to Paul to make the worst outbreak of Ebola in history into some sort of conspiracy theory linked to our government.
Now, to be fair, the media was clearly playing up fear for ratings, with Fox News being the clear leader in that department.
But if Paul wants to talk about our “government” using fear-mongering, he needs to look at his own party, including his son. If you’ll remember back to last fall (conveniently right before the midterm elections), Fox News, the conservative media and the Republican party were the ones most often pushing for travel bans. They were also the ones suggesting that President Obama and the CDC were lying to the American people as to just how difficult it was for Ebola to be transmitted from person to person.
And Ron Paul’s son, a supposed “doctor,” was right there with them pushing this over-the-top, misinformed nonsense.
Back in October, Senator Rand Paul said of Ebola:
“This is an incredibly contagious disease. People in full gloves and gowns are getting it. So really they need to be honest, this is a very transmissible disease. They’re still learning about this, we’re all still learning about this. But this is not something that is hard to catch, this is something that appears to be very easy to catch.”
The truth is, the government wasn’t trying to scare Americans. Hell, it was President Obama who refused to call for travel bans, all the while urging the American people to listen to officials from the CDC who were on every major media entity in this country telling Americans not to panic because there was almost no chance of Ebola breaking out in the United States.
The ones who were using fear-mongering were Republicans and the conservative media, including Ron Paul’s own son.
During that time, Fox News was literally bringing on scientific experts who were telling them not to be afraid and that people shouldn’t be alarmed, only to have the hosts of whatever show these experts happened to be on try to cast doubt about what they were saying.
But when I saw Ron Paul’s comments, I couldn’t help but laugh. By calling out the “government” for trying to use fear tactics to scare Americans – even though the Obama administration wasn’t – he inadvertently called out his own son’s ridiculous behavior. At the time, Rand Paul was one of the faces of the GOP leading his party’s fear-mongering campaign trying to cast doubt on what the president and the CDC were saying.
And when all was said and done, it was President Obama, the CDC and science that were telling the truth, while Fox News, the conservative media and Republicans like Rand Paul were exposed for the frauds that they are.
Funny how Ron Paul conveniently ignores those facts because they wouldn’t suit his son’s presidential aspirations.
Watch the video below:
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