Art Vandelay wrote:
Absolutely Adequate wrote:A friend of mine in Texas said that when Paul was elected he was the most right-wing pol in power there. Now, he's one of the most left - and he hasn't changed his stance one iota.
Who considers Paul anywhere near the left? People often mistake Libertarians for having left leaning social views, but despite their "anything goes" mentality on some issues, that's not left at all. Also, I am not up to date with all of the elected officials in Texas, but Paul is the farthest-right presidential candidate, somehow I doubt he is farther to the left than most of Texas.
The problem is that the republican party's marriage in the late 70's, early 80's completely changed what we think of as "conservative" in America. Once they began that merger, we saw the beginnings of big-government Conservatives, neo-cons, etc. They became more concerned about gay marriage and the brain-dead than they did about traditionally conservative positions. And now the right's lunatic fringe (Rush, Malkin, Hannity, etc) have turned on Paul because he doesn't represent modern day republicanism.
I guess the problem is that "conservative" and "republican" have become synonymous in the minds of most Americans even though they are almost polar opposites.