Ron Paul may not be in Congress anymore, but his brand of hypocrisy lives on. The former Congressman who has made a name for himself out of railing against the United Nations, even going so far as to say:
American national sovereignty cannot survive if we allow our domestic laws to be crafted by an international body. This needs to be stated publicly more often. If we continue down the UN path, America as we know it will cease to exist.
Here’s a video:
Hyperbole aside, who is the organization that Paul turns to the minute he needs some assistance? The U.N.
It appears that some of Paul’s followers own the domain name, RonPaul.com. Understandably, that fact doesn’t sit well with the retired Congressman from Texas, although it’s unclear why it wasn’t a problem before now. The group has owned the domain for almost five years.
The group also owns the domain, RonPaul.org, which they offered to the Congressman. They also offered him their mailing list of 170,000 email addresses, all for free. He refused and took that as a sign of “bad faith,” claiming Paul owned the trademark to his name. Here’s the PDF of the complaint from Paul.
The agency that Paul is filing the complaint with is the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a global governing body that is an agency of the United Nations – the same organization that Paul feels will destroy America as we know it.
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Ron Paul, but on this one, I have little doubt that the international court will rule in his favor. Domain names are not first come/first serve. Domain owners have to show “legitimate interest” in owning that name. If it were another person named Ron Paul, Paul probably wouldn’t have a case, but presumably, just being a sycophant doesn’t qualify as “legitimate interest.”
In a bizarre way, I actually feel sorry for Paul. He has woven himself into such an anti-regulatory, anti-UN, anti-big government ball that anytime he uses courts, especially international courts, the first word that comes to mind is ‘hypocrite.’ Paul’s complaint isn’t so much a demonstration of his what’s-good-for-the-goose-is-not-good-for-the-gander set of principles (although it is that) as much as a demonstration of why his libertarian philosophy is a stark failure.
Paul pays his taxes. He has a right to make use of government resources. He is a citizen of the world. He has a right to use the resources of the United Nations, when it’s appropriate. He has a right to collect Social Security. He has a right to use the federal court system. He has a right to collect a government paycheck. If his home were demolished in a tornado, he has the right to FEMA resources.
Ron Paul’s rights are not in question. What is in question is his credibility. How can he on one hand take advantage of the resources available to him while on the other hand demanding that they be taken from others? Perhaps Paul should be forced to rely solely on the free market before he suggests that others who are less fortunate than him do the same.
|Wendy Gittleson grew up in a political family. Her passion is for social justice and fairness. She is the Senior Editor for Addicting Info. She lives in a union household. In her rare downtime, you’ll find her hiking or exploring the shoreline with her dogs. Follow her on her Facebook page or on Twitter, @wendygittleson|