Saturday, September 29, 2007

How Can You Tell It's a Ron Paul Appearance? Look for the Blackshirts!

This post is somewhat OT, but here's a discussion of a Ron Paul event in Chicago:

A man in an "Investigate 9/11" black t-shirt was walking up and down the aisles handing out fake dollar bills with Dick Cheney's face where Washington's should have been. In the corner of the bill, instead of a dollar amount, it read "9-11." Above the picture, where it should have read United States of America, it read "Unmask State Sponsored Terrorism."


It does, however, make for fun political theater. A Ron Paul rally is stage of characters. There's the aforementioned guy wearing the black 9/11 t-shirt who tells me he supports Paul's call to do away with the Federal Reserve. (For the record, Paul does not endorse the idea that 9/11 was a conspiracy.) Beside him is the young financial broker volunteering his time for the first real political experience of his life, because he likes Paul's promise of "sticking to the Constitution." The only thing they have in common with each other, it seems, is their passion for Dr. Paul, and that seems to be enough.

You know, the black shirt thing has always bugged me, precisely because it is so easy to caricature. But maybe black shirts are the only thing you can get these modern-day Goths to wear?