"Trust me, you won't agree with this guy..."
GOP boss: Don't let candidate into debate
"The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party said this week that he will try to bar Ron Paul from GOP presidential debates because of remarks the Texas congressman made that suggested the Sept. 11 attacks were the fault of U.S. foreign policy."
This guy may be a Republican, but I support free speech for everyone.
The Surpreme Court has said over and over that you can't censor speech simply because it violates the status quo or because someone finds it offensive. In fact, those are good reasons to PROTECT said expression.
Granted, the GOP is a private organization, and I suppose they can ban whoever they want from their debates. But doesn't doing so seem to fly in the face of the ideals of our country, nay, in the face of the most basic principle upon which our republic is built, the freedom of speech?
I understand that they're not preventing him from expressing his views elsewhere, but don't they think it's possible that there are members of the GOP that agree with his view? Or at least want to hear what he has to say? Aren't they insulting the intelligence of their party members by deciding for them what they will and will not want to hear?
"Trust me, you won't agree with this guy," is what Anuzi is essentially saying to Republicans.
Of course, it's no real surprise to me that the GOP would want to distance themselves from a guy who says we may have been responsible in any way for 9/11. They never bothered to ask, "why did they attack us? What could we have done wrong?" An obvious answer is that we BOMBED THEM and interfered with their affairs as an independent nation-state. Paul's view is ultimately, I think, that we should take accountability for our actions in the world, and recognize that our foriegn policy and our activities abroad will have consequences. And we should thus excercise more discretion when considering things like, oh, I don't know, INVADING and OCCUPYING a country that presents no direct threat to us.
If nothing else, at least the guy stands out somewhat from the big bowl of righteous vanilla that is the Republican debates.