Scott Lingamfelter has bumped up against the folks that can’t distinguish between the principles of libertarianism and the cult of personality that surrounds Ron Paul. In chastising Ron Paul for his recent comment of “live by the sword, die by the sword” about the recent death of a decorated serviceman, a legion of Ron Paul supporters have determined that Lingamfelter has crossed some line never to be crossed and are intent on enforcing their special brand of discipline against him.
Lingamfelter’s comments were part of one of his frequent emails he sends out to supporters where he comments about out political culture and the players within it. Now that Lingamfelter is running for Lieutenant Governor, of course the email ends asking for readers to support his campaign, but I’ve been getting these emails for years. In this case, Ron Paul’s statement drew Lingamfelter’s attention for this week’s installment, and as a decorated combat veteran anyone who was going to attack a highly decorated veteran who died while trying to help another veteran was certainly going to draw some fire. Paul’s frequent claims that we deserve some sort of punishment for our foreign policy decisions rarely sits well among veterans, and for Paul to attack one of these veterans personally makes the blood of many veterans turn to boil, not only Lingamfelter’s.
It’s worth noting that Lingamfelter never attacked libertarian ideas, only the comments of Ron Paul himself. Libertarianism isn’t an issue here, and it never was. I happen to take great interest in libertarian ideas, as I’m sure many other conservatives like Lingamfelter do, and nothing in this past weeks episode seem to have anything to do with a philosophical or policy discussion of any kind that should put libertarians and conservatives (to the extent they are different animals) at odds with each other.
The only thing at issue is whether Ron Paul himself leads a perfect life and cannot be subjected to criticism, or whether he’s a mortal sinner like the rest of us who sometimes makes mistakes, and even does the wrong thing sometimes.
As a result, Lingamfelter’s facebook page has turned into a desperate slugfest between Lingamfelter supporters and Ron Paul personality cultists with curious names like “The Troops Are Welfare Whores.” It’s pretty clear that in the minds of this legion of trolls it is not libertarianism that is important, but the cult of Ron Paul. Ron Paul is infallable. Ron Paul is the savior. You must not question Ron Paul.
It all has a distinctly Orwellian flair to it.
I’m pretty thankful that someone running for office out there isn’t going to bow down in front of some imaginary altar to Ron Paul and pledge his devotion, but call him out when he does the wrong thing. Plenty of the political class will do anything they can to not ruffle feathers among libertarians, even to the point of mouthing insincere platitudes supportive of Ron Paul hoping to gain a vote or two. Not many politicians have the guts to tell you what they really think, and it’s is quite refreshing when someone like Lingamfelter comes along and tells you the truth as they see it without worrying about what happens after that truth is told. Libertarians should appreciate that sort of thing, but since we’re talking about the actions of Saint Ron Paul The High Messiah, the cultists among them will tolerate none of that. Off to the facebook equivalent of the Iron Maiden with you, and we will torture your facebook page until you offer some moderately sincere repentance and perhaps offer an indulgence or two.
I say anyone who is involved in Republican politics out of a philosophical interest in adherence to the constitution, limited government and the rule of law is most welcome, and this minor footnote in Virginia’s political history should cause us no ill will towards one another. Anyone who’s interest is to be little more than a footsoldier in the Cult of Ron Paul can go to hell as far as I am concerned. Just to think that a significant faction of the libertarian movement can somehow become so twisted so that it’s hardly different than the fawning idolatry that surrounded Mao, Stalin and Hitler is deeply worrisome, and I trust those misguided souls no more than I would an Obama cultist. They are cut of the same cloth. When they finally learn that philosophy is more important than personality and place their allegiances accordingly, I’ll be happy to have them back.
In the meantime, attempts by Ron Paul Cultists try to burn Scott Lingamfelter at the stake social media-wise for his apostasy against Ron Paul just looks idiotic. The more “wisdom” that “The Troops Are Welfare Whores” tries to dispense, the stupider the Ron Paul Cultists reveal themselves to be.
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