Ron Paul's immigration speech to a Hispanic group in Las Vegas Thursday was a remarkable blend of incoherence and pandering, spiced with a little America hatred.
While his campaign website says, sensibly enough, "Enforce Border Security — America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates," he said in his speech that he doesn't want "barbed-wire fences and guns on our border." What's he going to guard the borders with, lollipops and unicorns? If you want truly open, unmonitored borders, like between North and South Dakota, then say so. But to call for enforcement of the borders, and then oppose the means to do so, is just gibberish.
Then there's this bit, meaningless even by the standards of political rhetoric:
What the country does need, he said, is "a much better immigration service" fed by more resources. Not that he'd "vote for extra money." But he does, he told the crowd, have a plan.
I'm glad he has a plan. Care to share it? And then he descended into the scurrilous:
I believe Hispanics have been used as scapegoats, to say, they're the problem instead of being a symptom maybe of a problem with the welfare state. In Nazi Germany they had to have scapegoats to blame and they turned on the Jews.
Nazi Germany? Really? I know he's a truther and thinks giving Ahmadinejad a nuke would be just peachy, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised at his lazy adoption of the rhetoric of the America-hating Left. What's next, a get-well card for Hugo Chavez?