“Are you nuts?” That was my first reaction when I first heard that possible presidential candidate; congressman Ron Paul defended Wikileader Julian Assange. My second thought was: “They must be lying.” After all, I had read the news first from a blurb in the Huffington Post-a publication slightly to the left of Karl Marx. Then I did some more Googling on the matter and found out it was true.
So here I was back to my fall back position. Oh dear God, I wondered, has Ron Paul taken a swig of the idiot Kool-Aid that George Bush and Sarah Palin drink so heavily from? Mind you, I have sufficient reasons to be suspicious of Ron Paul without this latest incident. It appears that he allowed his name to be used on a deeply racist publication and he has never given a good accounting of that. Moreover he is a known associated of one of the biggest bunch nuts this side of a fruit cake, namely Alex Jones and the 9/11 Truther crowd. Truthers think George Bush, who could not manage to attack a bowl of pretzels, nevertheless attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.
Still, in the past, I have known Ron Paul to like a broken clock. Right at least twice a day. I shuddered to think this might be one of those times.
So I bit the bullet, Googled a little more and came across 9 questions which bloggers say repeats Ron Paul precisely:
Number 1: Do the America People deserve know the truth regarding the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen?
Number 2: Could a larger question be how can an army private access so much secret information?
Number 3: Why is the hostility directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our government’s failure to protect classified information?
Number 4: Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?
Number 5: Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths: lying us into war or Wikileaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?
Number 6: If Assange can be convicted of a crime for publishing information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the first amendment and the independence of the internet?
Number 7: Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on Wikileaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?
Number 8: Is there not a huge difference between releasing secret information to help the enemy in a time of declared war, which is treason, and the releasing of information to expose our government lies that promote secret wars, death and corruption?
Number 9: Was it not once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it is wrong?
Whoopsie! Number 5 really gives me pause because I had been buying the argument that Assange was getting people killed. However, it is patently obvious that by lying us into an illegal and unnecessary war in Iraq, Bush has gotten hundreds of thousands killed for no good reason. I can not condone what Assange has done, but where are the warm crimes trials for the Nazi torture lords Bush and Cheney?
As for the military member who leaked the secrets, he should enjoy living under the jail; I will not shed a tear for a traitor.
Assange is not a hero; at least he’s not my hero. I would like government to lie less and keep fewer secrets but since apparently every politician goes into office with express purpose of stealing as much as possible and enriching his friends and ex-business partners, we are not likely to get good, or even better government any time soon.
The real problem with the Wikileak is that the government is already full of communists and traitors who want to ban free speech, the internet and the right to say or do anything Karl Marx or Al Gore don’t agree with. Wikileak gives ammunition to these treacherous bastards. Remember that Chinese dissident who got a Nobel Peace prize? All branches government are currently engaged in promulgating laws, regulations and policies that will make effect dissent impossible just as it is in communist China.