The message, if indeed one was being sent?
It’s not to get an important kid in trouble. Kids are kids, after all, which is a close echo of what the family spokesperson said to the media. It’s not even to cast dispersions on the Paul family. Rather, the message could be to let the Paul family know that they can be gotten to.
President Franklin Roosevelt said: “In politics nothing happens ‘by chance. If something happens, then you can bet that it was planned that way …”
Now we are being told FDR never said it; that it was in fact fabricated. This itself might seem like a conspiracy, but ignoring the wisdom of such a phrase would be the path of a dimwit. Machiavelli would agree.
Politics is a game played for keeps, even in the US where despite being given constant examples of corruption, we still are expected to justifiably think and behave as if politicians are boy scouts who act as if they agree to say “let the best man win”.
Ron Paul has been the target of many a smear, having been accused of being a racist and an anti-semite as any search engine will reveal. He was effectively kept from being able to compete fairly in two presidential races, something Ralph Nader has had some experience with as well. The George Orwell quote “the further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it” might be the logical conclusion to such a line of thought if you accept the media and politicians as constituting any kind of society.
Have you done your homework on Ron Paul yet?
Ron Paul: “On foreign aid, that should be the easiest thing to cut. It’s not authorized in the Constitution that we can take money from you and give it to particular countries around the world. To me, foreign aid is taking money from poor people in this country and giving it to rich people in poor countries.”
The sins of the father might easily be passed on to the son, especially when the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree.
If you will pardon these aphorisms, right on the heels of Sen. Rand Paul’s calls for reduction in foreign aid to Israel , (perhaps it was actually before), his son gets busted for underage drinking at an airport. http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/01/who-got-rand-pauls-teenage-son-drunk-10-m-flight/60649/.
Rand Paul is a known enemy of foreign aid like his dad Ron Paul is. He just returned from his first trip to Israel. You don’t have to be too paranoid to see the son’s bust as having auspicious timing. William Paul is too young to legally drink, and any flight attendant would certainly card him. How easy would it be for him to have little liquor bottles on him? The articles however are claiming that he’d been consuming beer and/or wine.
“The younger Paul was charged with three misdemeanor offenses: disorderly conduct at an airport, being intoxicated and disruptive and consuming beer and wine underage” http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/07/politics/north-carolina-paul-son/index.html And yet earlier in the same article we read “A spokesman for U.S. Airways said Paul was not served onboard.”
“Our reports indicate that (Paul) slept through the drink service and was not served onboard,” Andrew Christie said” http://news.yahoo.com/senator-rand-pauls-teenage-son-arrested-alcohol-charges-225752783.html;_ylt=A2KJjam7b.tQHFIA43LQtDMD.
So, either the police are lying or the airline spokesman is. And how did the cops know what it was exactly that he had been drinking? There would have been no way to know what the young Paul had been drinking before he got on the plane– http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/01/who-got-rand-pauls-teenage-son-drunk-10-m-flight/60649/
Or did Paul just awake on the flight only to suddenly get belligerent? “A spokesman for US Airways said there was a “passenger disruption” on the flight in question but that it did not result from alcohol being served by the airline.”
If boy Paul was with anyone DURING the flight, we should know who that person was. Not to be overly suspicious, but someone would do it for me anyway. If we cannot establish what he’d been drinking, perhaps he’d been intoxicated on something else entirely. The media, as usual is ‘just reporting the news’, and as usual, there seems to be some slightly contradictory versions.
Two things we can state with certainty as we sort through this mess with it’s lack of details is that William Hilton Paul was wasted on something, and that the Paul family spokesperson is asking for a little privacy from the media for the sake of the family.
Would a kid get high on or before an ultra-short morning flight? I know, I know- none of us adults would. Ever. But William no doubt has some friends he might have been spending some time with before or during the flight. And do we know for sure whether William Paul was arrested right off the plane and hadn’t had the chance to spend any time in the airport lounge- alone or with someone else? Not once are we informed by any of the reports if Paul had been alone. Someone might well have wanted to send a little message by getting the young Paul wasted (or ornery), resulting in an arrest or no. Just imagine the impact of a completely incapacitated young man on a plane, particularly when he’s the son of a senator.
The message, if indeed one was being sent? It’s not to get an important kid in trouble. Kids are kids, after all, which is a close echo of what the family spokesperson said to the media. It’s not even to cast dispersions on the Paul family. Rather, the message could be to let the Paul family know that they can be gotten to.
Rufus Peterson, a fifty-something, temporarily faceless, bohemian Paleoconservative artist and writer living in Idaho.
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