Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Ron Paul. Ron Paul? Ron Paul!

Godless math-nerd John Derbyshire, over at The Corner, posts an extremely long-winded email from a Ron Paul supporter, on the basis of earlier comments by himself about secretly wanting to support Ron Paul for President. At any rate, after skimming through the rant, it becomes clear: Ron Paul is not an Antecedent. Ron Paul's name is, was, and always will be Ron Paul. Ron Paul is not a Mister or a Doctor or a Last Name or a First Name. Ron Paul is Ron Paul. Cogito; ergo, Ron Paul. Sic semper Ron Paul! I'm beginning to wonder of Ron Paul can serve as not only a predicate nominative, but other, more diverse parts of speech as well. Can Ron Paul be Ron Pauled? Note that it would never be ronpauled, as Ron Paul may only be expressed as Ron Paul. Can I perform a task Ron Paully, in its adverbial sense, and can, indeed, Ron Paul himself be adjectivally Ron Paully? Perhaps Ron Paul can be used as a preposition: I threw the ball Ron Paul the basket. Perhaps not, but the power of Ron Paul is otherwise illimitable. The Ron Paul, I mean.


Anonymous J to the D said...

When I first saw the title of this post, I thought, "what the Ron Paul is this all about?"

9:41 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Oooh, Ron Paul as an expletive... I like it!

err.. I mean, The Ron Paul cannot be cheapened by such semantic uses! Ron Paul Ron Paul.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Marty said...

The other night, I heard Mark Levin Dennis Kucinich Ron Paul. Parse that!

Levin called Ron Paul the Dennis Kucinich of the Republican Party.

Several of the Libertarians on my floor at worked are all Ron Paulled up. Poor b****rds.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Interesting, and, I think, apt comparison -- attracts the nuts, is nutty himself, BUT serves the important roles of a) keeping certain unsavory issues in the limelight, and b) making the otherwise boring candidates seem interesting only in their normalcy relative to himself.

And Marty, it's from those individuals on the floor (well, two of 'em -- are there others besides the obvious two?) that I first began realizing the power of the Ron Paul. Just listen to them talk -- it's always "Ron Paul this", "Ron Paul that". Never once does a pronoun referring to Ron Paul come up, and never is there a gap between "Ron" and "Paul", as though everyone, everywhere, has always called him "Ron Paul".

You'd think they'd at least play up the "Dr. Paul" thing.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Marty said...

Ben, it's the stereo Ron Paul, though the amount they talk about him makes me think it's more.

There's a fairy tail here. Ron Paul represents everything the Libertarian idealists wish they had in a candidate who is being taken seriously, for the moment, by the media. He has spun their idealist straw into gold. But the spell will be broken with the continued repetition of his name: Ronpaulstiltskin.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous The Cheat w/ Literary Consult from Trogdor said...

I believe the confusion stems from a mispelling on or about the 14th of May in the year 1957. The name is actually "Run Paul". As fate would have it, Run's mother was a tremendous track and field fan. In the hope that her son would take up this athletic event, she decided to name her son "Run". Incidentially, the name turns out to have been an omen... recently Mr. Paul's friends began chanting "Run Paul, Run!" Lo and behold, Run Paul is now running for president! And that's the rest of the story.

The End.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Hi Jeff. Speaking of running, didn't I see you skipping training to eat a burrito? Wuss.

1:21 PM  

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