Heh; that’s from Rolling Stone. People still don’t get it, though. Paul really isn’t trying to be controversial. He just speaks his mind, unscripted, and he does it every time. It’s called honesty. This, of course, contrasts to the lying baptist preacher Huckabee. Then again, I’ve hardly know a baptist preacher — and I’ve known many — who wasn’t a chief among liars.
Of course, that can only be because lots of people are OK with being lied to. Actually, that is the fundamental problem. Bea and I were discussing it just yesterday at some length. Being lied to, either by one’s self, or others, is a value to a lot of people. As such, they pursue — they seek out; they solicit; they pay for — people, circumstances, and situations wherein they position themselves to get a dose of sweet sweet lies so that they may feel some comfort in confirming the lies they tell themselves.
It really is a riot to watch all this stuff, though. For the first time in a long time, I caught some of the Sunday morning political trash on the teevee yesterday in a hotel suite in San Francisco. Paul is being regularly acknowledged with adjectives like "honest," "forthright," and so on; which, serving as distinguishing characteristics from all the other candidates, means: they are not. And then everyone moves on, continuing to talk about the others and their "positions" and "stances," which are nothing more than euphemisms for lies, rendering the discussion no more than a discussion about which lies are "best." And nobody says anything like "wait a minute!"