- "Gentlemen, the time is coming when there will be two great classes, Socialists and Anarchists. The Anarchists want the government to be nothing, and the Socialists want government to be everything. There can be no greater contrast. Well, the time will come when there will be only these two great parties, the Anarchists representing the laissez faire doctrine and the Socialists representing the extreme view on the other side, and when that time comes, I am an Anarchist." --William Graham Sumner
Bradrad Radranaginn on Heeeeere’s Hillary… Nick on More Hats in the Ring! Hillary… futuret on More Hats in the Ring! Hillary… futuret on Rand in the Ring: Podcast of A… hugh on Ted Cruz on the CFR: “A…
…inaugurating the new Council on Foreign Relations office – so she doesn’t “have to go so far be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future”…
…losing it in the Congressional hearing on Benghazi (start at 1:22)
Here are two interesting interviews on rare.us by my guest on this week’s show, Kurt Wallace:
And by the way…the claims by one caller that Rand Paul attended a Bilderberg meeting and tried to get Abby Martin fired are totally unsubstantiated. Rand never attended a Bilderberg meeting (the caller later messaged me that he was mistaken, it was Mitt Romney who went to the Bilderbergers), and the Abby Martin claim seems to be totally made up…she is a fishy character anyway so she would have to prove a claim like that and she hasn’t. Here’s the video…where’s the evidence?
After reading that headline, what do you think you’re going to see in the video? Now actually watch the interview. It’s totally fine. As the interview is drawing to a close, Senator Paul says, “I have time for one more question.” One more question is asked and answered, then Senator Paul says he’s finished and walks off. Check out the spin the reporter throws down after that – as well as the misleading title of the article….
You can even tell throughout the interview that the reporter is pushing the Rand-isn’t-ready-for-prime-time innuendo.
The establishment right and left are going after Rand. What are the themes to watch out for? “Not ready for prime time;” “testy, impatient;” “problem with women;” “racist;” “flip-flopper.” I hope Rand’s team is doing a study of how much harder the media is on him than on anyone else. Not that this would come as a surprise. Paul Lewis, the guardian writer who penned the article above, wrote in 2011 these words about Ron Paul, then running for the Republican presidential nomination as his son Rand is now:
Paul is portrayed as the crazy uncle at the family party. Which is a tragedy. Paul likely won’t win the 2012 nomination. His support is solid, enthusiastic, but hard to see growing very broad. But to cast him as a fringe weirdo says far more about the biases and idiocy of the media and his political rivals than it does about Paul.
I guess Lewis got the memo this time.
Here is his wife, CFR member Heidi Cruz, working to foster the “North American Community,” a CFR project that undermines our sovereignty.
Here is Heidi Cruz’s bio in the description of “Task Force Members” working on this 2005 report, Building A North American Community:
HEIDI S. CRUZ is an energy investment banker with Merrill Lynch in Houston, Texas. She served in the Bush White House under Dr. Condoleezza Rice as the Economic Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council, as the Director of the Latin America Office at the U.S. Treasury Department, and as Special Assistant to Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. Trade Representative. Prior to government service, Ms. Cruz was an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in New York City.
Heidi was more recently a managing director at Goldman Sachs…not an institution one would expect to want to “do everything we can to turn the country around.” (This quote is from a highly deceptive interview on Today in which Matt Lauer gives the impression that Heidi is a homebody.)
I was an investment banker and know plenty of people at Goldman. They have worked very hard to succeed according to the rules of the game as they are. I don’t know a single one who wants to change the rules back to the way they were at the founding of this country. I don’t even blame them. We all worked 80, 90, 100+ hours per week for years! Institutionally, this is a group of people who are heavily invested in the system as it is. These are some of the smartest, hardest working people in the country and they have made choices and given blood, sweat and tears to build their lives and families around success in this system. Having achieved the pinnacle of success in their field, they are unlikely to want to change the game now–they are more likely to want to double down.
As for the CFR…don’t get me started!
(Now that I think Ted’s a fake, I can hardly stand to watch him…Do you think he’s sincere?)
On March 23, 2015, Ted Cruz declared he was running for president. The next day, March 24, he was on the Today show for a creampuff interview with his wife (until very recently, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a managing director at Goldman Sachs, by the way) and Matt Lauer.
On April 7, 2015, Rand Paul declared he was running for president and he too appeared on the Today show the next day, but it was no creampuff interview. Senator Paul was subjected to a rapid fire attack on his positions, emphasizing apparent inconsistencies in his sound bites over the years. It felt like a set-up and he didn’t like it. I think it was. Watch both videos below and tell me what you think.
I’ve noticed this approach elsewhere in the media on the left and the right – Ted Cruz is treated with respect and Rand Paul is treated with contempt. Did you notice how Matt didn’t talk when Ted’s clip played, while Savannah talked over Rand’s clip, saying: “This is what you need to know about Rand Paul.” Also, Ted was in studio and Rand wasn’t. As Rand pointed out, not being face to face puts you at a great disadvantage because you don’t get “visual cues.” That’s the first thing I noticed about doing radio – it’s so much harder to communicate without visual cues. It’s not an excuse for him, but it did put him at a disadvantage and that might have been intentional. Also curious, the media was apparently laying in wait, launching these gems immediately:
But that’s nothing new, they have been treating him this way for months…Politico: Rand Paul’s Greatest Weakness: It’s Himself. Just seems like they had this new meme in their pockets, ready to go.
The interview was a set-up and there would have been no way for Paul to come out looking great. Either the reporter gets to rattle off everything that could make Paul look bad, putting him on the ropes, or he pushes back and comes off as “prickly.” It’s not the first time this exact thing has happened to Senator Paul. It looked like a set-up last time too: CNBC Tries to Set Up Rand Paul with a Laundry List of Attack Memes – He Fights Back! The scenarios are so similar, it smacks of a deliberate strategy to set-up Paul rather than an observation that he has a “problem” with women in the media.