Thursday, September 15, 2011

A post about Barry Manilow, Ron Paul, and libertarian hypocrisy

If, like me, you think Barry Manilow is really, truly, and utterly terrible, or, in a word, sucks, you probably don't know much about his politics. I mean, how would you? You probably don't pay him much attention at all. And understandably so.

Well, it seems that Manilow is actually a huge Ron Paul supporter:

Grammy award-winning musician Barry Manilow told The Daily Caller that he agrees with "just about everything" 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul says, calling him a "solid" contender for the highest office in the land.

"I like him. I like what he says, I do. I like what he says. I think he's solid," said Manilow, who confirmed to TheDC in an interview at the Capitol on Thursday that he contributed to Paul's last campaign for president.

"I agree with just about everything he says. What can I tell you?" Manilow added.

It's possible, of course, that Manilow doesn't know what the hell he's talking about, that he's not aware of "everything" Paul says.

But let's take him at his word. That makes Manilow an extremist right-wing libertarian, particularly with respect to economic matters.

It also makes him a radical non-interventionist in foreign policy, which is somewhat more defensible, as well as a defender of more or less unimpeded civil liberties, which is quite admirable. (Indeed, Paul can sometimes appear to be something of a liberal, of a sort.)

But essentially Manilow is a rich guy and Paul's agenda is all about advancing the interests of rich guys, particularly with its opposition to taxation and its rejection of much of what the federal government does.

And yet, Manilow was in Washington not to stump for Paul but to lobby for federal support -- gasp! -- for something close to his heart:

Manilow was on Capitol Hill speaking at a briefing on atrial fibrillation or AFib, a heart disease that affects over 2.5 million Americans. Manilow, who has fought the disease for over 15 years, encouraged lawmakers to support H.R. 295, a bill that would advance AFib research and education in part by "encouraging education programs that promote collaboration among the Federal health agencies and that increase public and clinician awareness of atrial fibrillation, including risk assessment, screening, treatment, and appropriate clinical management."

If Manilow really believes in Ron Paul, in "everything" Paul is about, isn't this all rather hypocritical? I mean, what roles should the federal government play in health care? Shouldn't this disease just be left to the "free" market to sort out, with those who suffer from it left to the mercy of the insurance industry and a health-care industry that often seems to care more about maximizing profits than curing patients?

What would Paul say? Would he tell his Grammy-winning admire to shove it?

Or is it okay to be so hypocritical, so ideologically inconsistent, when it's about you? Fuck the poor, or anyone else you don't give a shit about. But, oh, if you need that government money, that's different. Is that how it works? You know, like how all those teabaggers hate entitlement programs until they realize that they get those Social Security cheques too.

Fucking hypocrites. Fucking Manilow.

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  • Nice piece, great observation. The government should spend tax dollars developing medical treatments that only the wealthy can afford--that's what you get when you merge Manilow's mission with Ron Paul's philosophy. If we could all pick and choose causes for government to champion it would become an even more enormous entity than it already it is--in direct contradiction to libertarian beliefs. Hypocrite, thy name is Manilow...and Paul...and Bachmann...and Gingrich...and Perry...and Boehner...and on and on and on....

    By Blogger Whammer, at 9:30 AM  

  • It is not hypocritical. You just don't get it. Ron and Barry are both self made men with no help from anybody or anything and want to be left alone to create wealth and they hold this as true for all the others like them. Ron and Barry support a free market, they want government to be small and only do the important business as listed by the founding fathers.

    Let me explain the free market. If you or I and the general populace demand a service or agency such as a health department that will be charged with inspecting and insuring restaurants, grocery stores and food processors maintain some minimum standards. Now that infringes on the free market as this raises the cost to the investors and job creators and independent self made men like Ron and Barry.

    Now on the other hand if they have some sort of health problem, say with their heart and they get the rest of us to pay for it because, well because they are rich and famous and never need anything from anybody, then the cost to them is nothing. That makes it free. So there you have it the free market means that they get something free, even if you pay for it. However, if they have to pay it isn't free and that is bad. It is all quite simple.

    In case my writing this morning is sub par let me say that I find these two very hypocritical. In addition they quite obviously hold their positions by faith and not reason.

    As for Barry's music it is imho unworthy of being played in an elevator.

    By Blogger Mike R, at 9:45 AM  

  • Scratch beneath a libertarian's skin, and you'll expose a freeloading bum.

    By Anonymous heubler, at 11:12 AM  

  • Oh Mandy well,
    you came and you gave without taking,
    but I sent you away.
    Oh, Mandy well,
    kissed me and stopped me from shaking,
    and I need you today. Oh, Mandy!

    Mandy gave him affection without asking for anything in return, and it so outraged his libertarian soul, he sent her away! And like the hypocrite he is, he's willing to overlook her previous mistake, because he's horny.

    By Anonymous heubler, at 11:26 AM  

  • Mandy was his dog.

    By Blogger E.A. Blair, at 12:23 PM  

  • Mandy was his beagle. Some of Rick Santorum's "man-on-dog"?

    By Blogger E.A. Blair, at 12:24 PM  

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