Upsetting GOP Libertarians, Eaton’s “Bootleg Young Republicans” Trash Talk Ron Paul
You might as well have trash talked Mother Theresa to Catholics.
You see, for many libertarians, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is a kind of idol–indeed, he is even more than that to most. While not all Republicans like him, there are many individuals who associate with the Republican Party because they believe in the principles espoused or associated with Congressman Paul.
Which is why GOP Chairman Craig Eaton‘s newly formed “Bootleg Young Republicans” (a description used by the original Brooklyn Young Republican Club, led by recent Eaton target Jonathan Judge) are in some hot water this week. While attending CPAC (a fact which was not noticed or reported in any precincts besides Mr. Eaton’s affiliated blogs), members of Eaton’s newly formed political goon squad disparaged Ron Paul mercilessly on Twitter.
Here is a screenshot of the Twitter feed showing the disparaging remarks:
(Saying “Ron Paul and his ppl r CRAZY” and “Is Ron Paul serious?”)
The same day that these insipid comments went up, Mr. Judge–the Young Republican President–issued an email condemning the comments as more evidence of disunity being fostered by the usual establishment cronies:
Since 1880, the Brooklyn Young Republican Club has always prided itself on our policy of openness and inclusivity within the Republican Party. Whether you’re a Ron Paul libertarian, Rudy Giuliani moderate, or a Sarah Palin conservative, for instance, you’re always welcomed to get involved and kick off a career of citizen-activism with the Brooklyn Young Republican Club.
But meanwhile, the bootleg “OFFICIAL Brooklyn Young Republicans”, which we informed you was created two weeks ago by establishment Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton as a means to “replace” our organization, don’t mind excluding and criticizing their fellow young Republicans for differing perspectives within the party, namely in this case, supporting Republican Rep. Ron Paul, who won the CPAC Presidential Straw Poll again this year.
…[M]utual respect and inclusion of diversity in Republicanism is what has always made the Republican Party stronger, not weaker, at the polls. There’s more than enough opportunity to debate the issues respectfully and productively while working together on common ground.
Meanwhile, no response from the “GOP Bootleggers.”
As a blog that sympathizes strongly with the principles of libertarianism, these anti-Paul comments were not well received by the writers of Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn.
We wish we could say we were surprised, but this is simply more evidence of the principle by which the Bay Ridge Cabal operates: exclusion, exclusion, exclusion.
And then we wonder why the establishment has been turning off fellow Republicans…
Also worth a read is Brooklyn Young Republican activist Roy Antoun’s piece regarding this whole incident.