Pavlov's dogs salivated at the ringing of a bell, and some people at Reason.com foam at the mouth whenever Ron Paul receives any favorable publicity. The latest hit job from there comes from David Harsanyi with "The Ron Paul Delusion."
Yes, read through this article and you will find that Ron Paul is a racist and anti-semite. (Funny, I have known him for nearly 30 years and had no idea he had this secret life as a closet Klansman. Guess that Harsanyi must really be wired into something that has slipped by Rep. Paul's friends and constituents.)
Furthermore, Harsanyi gives us gems like this:
Paul isn't a traditional conservative. His obsession with long-decided monetary policy and isolationism are not his only half-baked crusades. Paul's newsletters of the '80s and '90s were filled with anti-Semitic and racist rants, proving his slumming in the ugliest corners of conspiracyland today is no mistake.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of Paul is that thousands of intellectually curious young people will have read his silly books, including End the Fed, as serious manifestoes. Though you wouldn't know it by listening to Paul or reading his words, libertarians do have genuine ideas that conservatives might embrace.
How is wanting sound money "half-baked"? When the Fed can come up with more than a trillion dollars created from thin air to finance these bailouts, there is no problem with that? There are no economic consequences from the Fed's actions? Who is being half-baked around here?
Two years ago, Reason tried to paint Rep. Paul as a ranting racist, one step short of a Klansman, and a person whose economic ideas make Lyndon LaRouche look to be our savior. There was no call for this, none at all. This was just another hit job from people who apparently are not going to be happy until all of us are tatooed from head to foot like Dennis Rodman.