Congressman Ron Paul dismissed last night’s State of the Union political theater of making Republicans and Democrats sit together as part of a tenuous symbolic gesture in connection with the Tucson shootings as nothing more than “a bunch of fluff”.
“They used to divide it up into Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other side, this year a lot of people after Tucson, they want to sit together,” said CNN host Wolf Blitzer, failing to mention how a mentally ill person with no political motivation who went on a shooting rampage is connected to where politicians sit during the State of the Union speech.
“I think that’s a bunch of fluff,” responded Paul, “I don’t think it has a lot of meaning,” before adding that he routinely sits with Democrat Dennis Kucinich when discussing civil liberties and foreign policy.
Host Blitzer seemed shocked that Paul was refusing to go along with the ploy, asking him to repeat himself.
“I think sitting together tonight because the media’s gotten hold of this and is making a big deal out of it….I just think it’s a lot of fluff,” concluded Paul.
Blitzer was also rebuffed when Paul was less than enthusiastic about Obama’s appointment of mobbed-up Wall Street insider William Daley, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and former U.S. Commerce secretary, to become his Chief of Staff.
“I don’t think it’s gonnna do any good,” said Paul, adding, “Sometimes when I see them bringing in CEO’s of certain companies that are very much involved in the military-industrial complex and big government, then that suggests to me that corporatism is alive and well for both the Republicans and the Democrats.”
Congressman Paul’s dismissal of the political stunt of enforcing some kind of political borg hive by making members of both parties sit together as a symbolic gesture is, as you would expect, based on completely constitutional foundations.
The founding fathers made it clear that the more checks and balances the merrier – in other words – gridlock is good for freedom. Compromise and bi-partisanship between Democrats and Republicans is almost always bad news for the American people, since both parties are ultimately working towards the same agenda.
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