As Groucho Marx once said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” Similarly, Ron Paul supporters woudn’t want to belong to any movement infected by unindicted Watergate co-conspirator Roger Stone, and yet this wart on the body politic insists upon attaching himself.
Eulogized in the neoconservative Weekly Standard for his mafia ties and “playful stabs at blackmail over fabricated infractions,” Stone “is just keeping the game sharp,” Matt LaBash writes. “If you truly excel at the long con, raising it to a form of art marks will never know they have been taken….Such is the life of Roger Stone, political operative, Nixon-era dirty trickster, and professional lord of mischief. It’s hard to assume he’s not up to something because he always is….Naifs might say he’s a cancer on the body politic, everything that is wrong with today’s system. But maybe he is just its purest distillation. Politics is war and he is one of the fiercest warriors, with the battle scars to prove it….In Stone’s capers, revenge is a powerful motivator.”
Recently Stone has come to understand the truism that “the difference between the two major parties has become rhetoric,” he writes on his blog, StoneZone.
“To put it bluntly, the Republican Party is hopelessly f*cked up,” the dirty trickster pontificates.
He has taken issue with the Republican Party’s support of more taxes, entitlement programs, and reckless spending characteristic of big government.
Ever the opportunist, Stone has changed his voter registration to the Libertarian Party in anticipation of the “Ron Paul revolution (that) shows me a Libertarian movement is coming,” he writes. “It will gather momentum in 2012 and most likely manifest itself in 2016. Ron Paul’s incredibly strong support among young voters is the tip-off. American voters have never been offered a presidential candidate who took conservative positions on fiscal issues like spending, debt, and taxes, while taking freedom-based (i.e. liberal) positions on choice, gay marriage, and drug-law reform.”
Stone feels he resonates with the Ron Paul revolution because “the Libertarian Party stands for both economic and personal freedom. Libertarians oppose spending, debt, taxes, big government, and costly foreign wars where our national interests are not clear. We support a woman’s right to choose an abortion, gay marriage equality, and the legalization of marijuana.”
Stone should come out and say it: he is libertine, not libertarian.
Libertarians believe in personal responsibility, Stone prefers self-indulgence. A monogamous, married man like Paul would have nothing in common with a swinging degenerate like Stone.
The real reason he is trying to attach himself to Paul is that he believes that conservatives are leaning towards this candidate and his message, and Stone wants to remain relevant.
However, one can be sure he is not acting according to his principles — that is, if he even has any.
Ron Paul would not have approved of Stone’s misuse of federal officials to entrap Gov. Eliot Spitzer in a prostitution sting to prevent him from investigating Wall Street.
Nor would Paul have approved of Stone’s interference and obstructionism within federal agencies on behalf of casino interests, which are pouring millions of dollars into federal campaigns.
Stone has lobbied the federal government on behalf of Indian tribes, which are the ultimate entitlement societies.
As for his opposition to “costly wars,” BKSH, a PR firm whose antecedent was Black, Manafort, (Roger) Stone, and Kelly, sold the war on Iraq to the American people through a campaign of lies.
A member of CREEP (The Committee to Reelect President Richard M. Nixon, whose visage is permanently etched on Stone’s back), which was characterized by controversial fundraising strategies involving slush funds and money laundering, Stone has enjoyed a long history with the neocons.
A dispenser of sub rosa patronage, the godfather of neoconservatism, Irving Kristol, lined up academics for Nixon’s re-election campaign.
Nixon transformed LBJ’s Office of Economic of Economic Opportunity from entitlements to defense contracting, giving birth to multi-billion dollar federal giveaways through Alaska Native Corporations. As Stone has pointed out, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, a hawkish neocon, formerly ran Nixon’s OEO.
Nixon unveiled a campaign of dirty tricks against Helen Gahagan Douglas which was so vicious and unrelenting that she became ill. Smearing her as “pink lady” whose sympathy for the communists was “pink right down to her underwear,” Douglas in turn imbued Nixon with the enduring moniker of “Tricky Dick.”
Stone has carried on Nixon’s devilish smear tactics and campaigns of personal defamation, which have contributed substantially to the toxic atmosphere in public life today.
Stone still enjoys a cozy relationship with Bill Kristol, the Editor of the neoconservative rag, The Weekly Standard, which has pushed for perpetual war.
Taxes are increasing to accommodate the numerous federal giveaways secured by lobbyists like Stone. Has he disavowed his profession yet?
Stone has also subverted the courts and judiciary, in violation of the separation of powers doctrine, to use the government as a weapon against political and business rivals. Surely, Paul wouldn’t approve of this either. In fact, he’d probably find it unconstitutional.
“I leave the GOP with a heavy heart,” Stone writes. “I don’t think I will have the opportunity to come back….Good bye, Grand Old Party.”
Good bye, Roger. Please take Sen. John McCain with you, but whatever you do, don’t infect the Ron Paul revolution. With friends like you, who need enemies?
(c) 2012 Susan Bradford
Coverage of Roger Stone’s corrupt activities in Indian Country along with his improper interference within federal agencies is available in the Village Voice:
This article appeared before McCain held the Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearings and yet McCain refused to widen his investigation to explore Stone’s improper, if not illegal, lobbying efforts within the BIA. Stone was one of McCain’s fund raisers, and a partner of Scott Reed, who coordinated the Abramoff investigation. Both men (Reed and Stone) were professionals saboteurs who misused the federal government and judiciary to secure favors for their clients and railroad professional rivals.
Ron Paul, don’t let this vermin infect the revolution. Just say no to Roger Stone: