In the spirit of Benito Giuliani, whoÂ demands of anyone who disagrees with him toÂ “take it back,”Â one of his big supporters, one Saulius “Saul” Anuzis, implements the program of the Leader:
“The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party said today he will try to bar presidential candidate Ron Paul from future GOP debates. … Michigan party chairman Saul Anuzis says he will circulate a petition among Republican National Committee members to ban Paul from more debates.
“At the debate, Paul said ‘Have you ever read about the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years.’ Anuzis called the comments ‘off the wall and out of whack.'”
What’s off the wall and out of whack isn’t Ron Paul, but the un-American desire to silence anyone who deviates from the party line. Comrade Saulius brings to mind a passage from a piece by Lew Rockwell in the August, 2006 issue of The American Conservative:
“In many ways today’s conservatives are party men and women not unliike those we saw in totalitarian countries, people who spout the party line and slay the enemy without a thought as to the principles involved. Yes, they hate the Left. But only because the Left is the ‘other’ … They sometimes invoke the names of thinkers such as F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. But their real heroes are talk radio blabsters, television entertainers, and sexpot quipsters.”
These people are really afraid — cornered like rats, their party torpedoed by the neocons and sinking fast, Republican hatchet-men like Comrade Saulius have a simple solution to the crisis of the GOP: silence all dissent from the official orthodoxy.
This attitude is frankly un-American, and clearly Comrade Salius needs instruction in the basic principles of Americanism. So give him a call at home and tell him (politely!) what you think of his plan to punish Ron Paul for his ideological “crimes” by excluding him from the debates — I’m sure he’ll appreciate hearing from you.