Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Interview Series on Ron Paul with Author Brian Doherty

Last week at the Cato Institute, I had the opportunity to interview Reason magazine senior editor Brian Doherty about his new book, Ron Paul's rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired.

The interview ended up serving as the material for four separate articles on

Please feel free to check them out:

Libertarian author Brian Doherty compares Ron Paul and Gary Johnson

Journalist Brian Doherty foretells GOP's post-Ron Paul political future

Historian Brian Doherty examines the unprecedented Ron Paul phenomenon

Author Brian Doherty explains Ron Paul’s ambivalence on gay issues
The audio of the interview is available as a podcast on the Virginia conservative web site, Bearing Drift.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Senate Candidate E.W. Jackson Contradicts Himself

E.W. Jackson (r) with George Allen
U.S. Senate candidate E.W. Jackson, a charismatic clergyman and fiery orator who has caught the attention of Virginia's political class, is clear on where he stands on the issues.  There is no question about what he is for and what he is against.

One thing he is against is gay marriage.  Another thing he is against is appointing openly gay judges, according to a report today in a blog at the Washington Post web site.

But in inveighing against gay people, Jackson has found himself caught up in a contradiction.

Per Laura Vozzella's report in the Post:
“Private sexual behavior, unless it is against the law, should remain private,” Jackson said.
Jackson does not follow his own admonition, however.

A look at the biography he has posted on his campaign web site reveals this statement:
He and his wife have been married for forty years, have 3 children and have resided in Chesapeake for 13 years.
The photograph accompanying that biography clearly shows Jackson wearing a prominent wedding ring.

It looks to me that, when it comes to not displaying sexual behavior in public, Jackson can talk the talk but not walk the walk.

If Jackson, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, can openly talk about his spouse, than so can candidates for judicial positions -- even gay candidates.

For my interviews with E.W. Jackson, look here and here.

Finally, note that if one follows the logic of Jackson's statement -- "Unless it is against the law, private sexual behavior should remain private" -- then illegal sexual behavior should be made public, not private.  That is a bizarre position for a clergyman to take.

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