City True or False: Ron Paul is a Republican?
posted by June 3 at 15:52 PMon
I was riding my bike through Pike Place Market today—which I don’t recommend as the market is packed—when I spotted a clump of scruffy, sign-wavers roasting in the sun. I love me some scruffy sign-wavers, so I rolled over. There were about ten of ‘em, most looked under 30, and they were holding signs that said “Ron Paul / President / End War.”
Hm. Whoever made the signs, I thought to myself, left off one important word: Republican.
Ron Paul is a Republican congressman from Texas—albeit an pro-civil-liberties, anti-Patriot Act, anti-Bush Republican congressman who had the good sense to oppose the Iraq War from the start. (Unlike some, ahem, left-leaning sex-advice columnists I could name.) Paul kicked up a shit storm at the last Republican debate by suggesting that our involvement in the Middle East prior to September 11, 2001, might have had something to do with motivating the attacks on September 11, 2001.
I asked the guy on the left in the photo above if he really thought a Republican could really end this war—even Ron Paul.
“He’s not really a Republican,” he said. “More of an independent.”
“He’s a Republican congressman from Texas,” I said, “and has been for decades.”
The guy with Ron Paul sign looked left, then right, then at me.
“I’m just holding the sign,” he said, “okay?”
“They paying you?” I asked.
“What do you think?” he answered.
I took a flyer—which also didn’t mention the “R” word—and rode home.