"Ted Rall is so bizarre. Yet, I think I almost have him figured out. Almost. I've narrowed him down to one of two agendas. Either way explains the method to his madness.
First he says that the federal government needs to be scrapped before we can start over and rebuild it in his glorious image of what it should be. But he doesn't mention Ron Paul at all, despite the fact that dismantling the federal government is just what the man wants to do. I mean, if you want to dismantle something, and someone else wants to dismantle something, wouldn't that put the two of you on the same side, and mean you should work together? But no. Apparently Rall is afraid that once we get it dismantled, Ron Paul will say, 'See how much better off we are without it?' And people will.
Then he says the following week that Romney, Gingrich and Paul are interchangeable. So, Romney says we are ordained by God to kick the world's ass, Gingrich says we should be living in a police state, and Rall can't see the difference between them and the man who voted against the PATRIOT Act. Well, Rall, just because you wish the Democrats had produced someone with sense enough to vote against the PATRIOT Act doesn't mean that this other guy with an R next to his name doesn't deserve credit for doing so.
And now he admits Paul is 'the weird Republican', but refuses to admit that he's different in any way other than being 'weird'. Even though he addresses our economic issues and our lack of upward mobility in this nation the proven way--by cutting the centralized power of the federal government and making corporations that would buy influence go to the trouble to buy it in fifty-seven territorial and state legislatures instead. Ron Paul would let enterprise thrive by eliminating the federal regulations that force small businesses to buy the same dozen lawyers that corporations have to buy these days--and can more easily afford. Simple. Also effective.
I can only see two possible motivations for Rall's campaign to paint Paul as weird, yet identical to the other Republicans in the field. One is, he's carrying water for the corporations, and so he doesn't want us to look at an anti-corporatist any more than Rush Limbaugh does. The other is that he actually wants to have a fat government in Washington because he's hoping we make him Czar Ted the First.
Either way, I don't think I want to play, Ted. No offense."