Paul Asked About His Belief in Conspiracy Theories at Debate

After a lot of arguing over who is the purest on immigration at the Republican CNN/YouTube Debate there has finally been a question of interest. Ron Paul was asked a question which touched on his belief in conspiracy theories and a conspiracy to form a North American Union. Paul informed us that the CFR exists, the Trilateral Commission exists, and that, “our national sovereignty is under threat.”

I’m not sure if Ron Paul is as deep into conspiracy theories as many of his supporters, and he did try to play down the conspiracy theory aspect in his answer. Paul’s belief in conspiracy theories has been seen in his writings, as well as in this letter sent to contributors:

I don’t need to tell you that our American way of life is under attack. We see it all around us — every day — and it is up to us to save it.

The world’s elites are busy forming a North American Union. If they are successful, as they were in forming the European Union, the good ‘ol USA will only be a memory. We can’t let that happen.

The UN also wants to confiscate our firearms and impose a global tax. The UN elites want to control the world’s oceans with the Law of the Sea Treaty. And they want to use our military to police the world.

Paul is the only one up on that stage who isn’t totally clueless about national security and Iraq, but unfortunately his propensity to going along with the conspiracy theories of the extremist right limits his ability to be taken seriously.

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    Brett says:

    Let me advance a different intepretation of Paul’s response. In his answer, Ron Paul utilized the “sensible” conspiracy theory angle often used by still irrational conspiracy theorists to try to avoid the accusation that they are crazies, arguing that all this information is out there for people to investigate and “find out for themselves.” This is said by numerous conspiracy theorists, such as Oilempire.us and other theorists who reject the Pentagon missile red herring but still accept controlled demolition and “remote control” premises, who, while they are still victims of intellectual laziness, want to appear credible. In my opinion, Paul followed this exact pattern.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Brett,

    That’s a good assessment. Paul tried to deny his belief in conspiracy theories but those who believe in conspiracy theories will still see him as one of them, and those who don’t will not be impressed by his statement.

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    Gary Danelishen says:

    Please consider contributing on the 16th of December.
    Ron Paul needs the publicity of another big fund raising day.

    There is an obvious media bias and it is sad. Rep. Paul is the one candidate of the crowd who has substantially differing views and he was not given much of a chance to articulate those views. Much time was given to marginal issues and small differences between other candidates’ positions on the issues. I suspect many special interest groups have much to lose if a President Paul had a chance to use his veto pen. This is reflected in the lack of time given to Rep. Paul.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    So its a conspiracy by the special interest groups?

    There is a media bias here, but it has nothing to do with anyone’s concern over the effects of Paul winning. The bias is against candidates they do not believe can win, which unfortunately does limit the issues which are discussed.

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    Mark says:

    …Glad I jumped off that ship a week ago. I don’t see how you could still claim that Alex Jones and the like are just “fellow travelers” after that response. Yikes!

    On another note: what is it about Mitt Romney that political insiders still find so appealing? I just don’t get it.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I find it interesting that in the post debate analysis nobody thought this was worth mentioning–primarily as they don’t consider Paul a real factor in the race. I found this among the more interesting parts of the debates largely as the bulk of the debate consisted of hearing what we’ve heard so many times before. We already know that the bulk of the Republicans are a pack of xenophobic, homophobic warmongers.

    Romney is of interest more because of the horse race, which primarily drives coverage and discussion by the insiders. He’s running the best campaign in terms of leading in the early states. If not for being a Mormon and his previous positions which differ from his current ones he would probably be way ahead as front runner.

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