On Morning Joe today the guests were John Heilemann, Steve Rattner, Al Sharpton, Carl Bernstein, Mika's dad and a few others I can't recall. Mika and Joe started out by sarcastically saying that Ron Paul supporters complain about lack of media exposure, then referred to a hit piece on Paul by a writer for the Wall Street Journal regarding what Paul thinks about America. Scarborough comically claimed his libertarian leanings, then stated his concerns about Ron Paul, then played several times a clip showing Paul walking off a CNN interview in which the old, racist newsletter story was brought up for the 10,000th time.
The media can damage Ron Paul, but Paul's popularity among a growing part of the public isn't about Ron Paul -- just look at him -- it's about Paul's classical liberal ideas. Media and the political class have no substantive rebuttals to classical liberal ideas, so they go after the messenger. Other messengers will follow, and the greatest boon for classical liberal ideas will be statism which continues to unravel.
I follow Morning Joe because it represents the political class and the status quo reaction to an assault from classical liberal ideas -- limited government, free market, balanced budget, non-interventionism overseas, freedom from statist coercion, individual rights, equal opportunity, the absence of cronyistic, power elite arrangements. To show the Orwellian thought processes of the media and political class, the Morning Joe panel discussed the current conflict surrounding the payroll tax cut issue before the House. The consensus is that House Republicans are doing the right thing by insisting on a one year extension, but they are losing the political battle. Let's get this straight. We have media reporting two sides of the story -- one side is Republicans attempting to do what's best for the American people, including the creation of jobs by proposing approval of the Canadian oil pipeline -- on the other side, we have the President and Democrats in congress playing political games to make the Republicans look bad, therefore hurting the American people by blocking a one year extension and not agreeing to job creation. Media and the political class are suggesting that the public will listen to these two sides and will blame the Republicans. If this is true, then there's no hope for America at this point in time.
I believe, though, that there is hope, and the hope is in the ideas surfacing among the American people. The public realizes that government interventions in the economy and in the mideast have wasted our resources and stagnated our economy. The public realizes that government has to be brought under control, and these ideas can't be wiped away by a Wall Street Journal article.
Going back to Scarborough's claim that he leans toward libertarian/classical liberal ideas -- Steve Rattner called Scarboroguh on it when, right before sticking the knife in Paul, Scarborough said he's all about Paul's domestic ideas -- Rattner said "No, you aren't." Scarborough and other establishment type Republicans give lip service to "small government" positions, but what they mean is that they want a more efficient statist government which will manage the economy the right way. In the last few months Scarborough has praised FDR, China-like infrastructure building which is creating a bubble in China, Elizabeth Warren as a potentially great senator, and the military draft. What these Republicans, the media and the entire political class fail to realize is that the American people aren't playing with "small government" ideas, and the popularity surrounding Paul is about serious ideas, not the individual, like happened with Obama. Obama might be the last President elected on personal popularity. Obama had nothing behind his story and personality but the dead ideas of progressivism/statism. Ron Paul might be knocked down, but his ideas will only grow -- not the racist ideas erroneously charged against him, but the classical liberal/libertarian ideas he's propmoted and fought for during the last 20 years. If anyone in politics is defending ideas which will help minorities, it's Ron Paul. If you don't how, then read Paul's book in which his own words and ideas are written down for everyone to judge.
At the end of first segment, Mika's dad was on to talk about foreign relations and the wars in mideast. Zbigniew Brzezinski sounds like a non-interventionist until you listen closely, then you detect his real worldview -- it's okay to attack Iran and start another war if we do it with the UN. Scarborough agrees. Iran is not a nuclear threat to the US. We can destroy Iran in a nuclear battle, and Iranian leaders know this. They are not maniacal martyrs at the top -- Iranian leaders will sacrifice a few of their people in small attacks, but they won't risk extermination. It's a joke to think that the power elite in the mideast will give up their luxurious lifestyles and power in a nuclear war with the US. Leaving the mideast alone to collapse will be the worst blow we can deliver them.