Thomas M. Sipos: The Wayne Allyn Root Flip Flop on Hosni Mubarak

From Thomas M. Sipos over at Libertarian Peacenik:

On February 3, 2011, Birther conspiracy source and Libertarian embarrassment, Wayne Allyn Root, suggested that the vast majority of Egyptians loved Hosni Mubarak.

One week later, on February 10, after an outcry from Libertarians, Root did a 180 flip-flop and condemned Mubarak for being a tyrant.

This is one of Root’s fastest 180 flip-flops to date. Even faster, I think, then when he announced that he would testify against Obama at Reverend Manning’s Birther sham trial, only to call it off following another outcry from Libertarians.

Then there are Root’s flip flops on gay marriage (against it, then for it, then for state’s rights on it), and foreign non-intervention [pro-war on Iraq (2006); then “Iraq is the wrong war, Iran is the right war” (2007); then radical non-interventionist (early 2008); then pro-Afghan surge (late 2008); then attack’s Obama’s Afghan surge (2009)…”]

Antiwar is my issue, but even I can’t keep up with all of Root’s shifting positions.

All these flip-flops imply a hollow man, a man without principles, an opportunist. Certainly not a serious libertarian thinker, much less “one of America’s leading libertarian thinkers” as Root sometimes likes to spin himself.

Root not only flip-flops, but he does so without explanation or apology. No mea culpas. No thought-provoking essays on why, after long and difficult consideration, he realized that he was previously wrong and these are the reasons he changed his mind.

Root’s flip-flops are positively Stalinesque in their swiftness, completeness, and ignoring that there even was a change.

This mindless, unprincipled, shameless, Stalinesque flip-flopping of political positions is best satirized in George Orwell’s 1984.

Recall the scene wherein an Inner Party member gives an impassioned speech denouncing the Eurasian enemy. In the middle of his speech, he is handed a revised speech. He continues his speech without missing a beat, without losing his passion — only now he is denouncing the Eastasian enemy, as though it were always so. Nor expecting anyone in the audience to notice or object.

But most LP members are not mindless Ingsoc members who force themselves to ignore party contradictions and historical revisions.

Doubtless, if Root seeks the LP’s 2012 presidential nomination, he will hope that party members will remember him only as an early leader in the opposition against Mubarak, and that his previous praise of Mubarak will be buried by Google.

LP members must remember Root’s long history of flip-flops, and remind others.

16 thoughts on “Thomas M. Sipos: The Wayne Allyn Root Flip Flop on Hosni Mubarak

  1. FKC

    Surprisingly few comments on this one so far. Maybe it all got hashed out back when those articles got posted here?

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    Today’s a holiday–we’d rather be drinking green beer than complaining, I guess (yes, I’m Irish!)

  3. Thomas L. Knapp

    I don’t see the flip-flop. It is entirely possible for:

    1) Egypt’s middle class to crave stability and distrust the protest movement; and

    2) Hosni Mubarak to be an evil dictator.

    The worst that can be said is that Root was looking for an angle to take a cut at the “conventional wisdom” with the first piece.

  4. AroundtheblockAFT

    Didn’t Roo t make it clear that was the opinion of some business contact of his in Egypt? I don’t like Root twisting the facts and we shouldn’t twist the facts on him either.

  5. Sane LP member

    Sipos is obsessed with his distaste for Root. It is getting old. The tape is wearing out. Find a new channel

  6. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    If Root thought Mubarik was evil, he would have said so in his first piece, no?

    Instead, Root said only positive things about Mubarik (as I recall), albeit through his business contact’s words.

    You don’t quote a glowing report on someone you supposedly hate, without qualifying your report.

    Sounds like Root’s first report left him the same wiggle room as his Assange piece:

    By quoting someone else, Root was able to say nice things about Mubarik, then wiggle out and attack Mubarik when American opinion gelled against him.

  7. TinFoilCap & JockeyShorts to Match

    I guess I’m one of the few here who remembers Mubarik diving for cover (which I would have done also) on that review stand about three decades ago when the Egypian soldiers murdered former leader Anwar Sadat! That shortly after the Israel-Egypt agreements during the gooberpickers presidency! He saw first hand what can happen “if you don’t play ball” or “when you don’t payoff the right ones” that is !

    Fast forward about 30 years and $70 billion in United States TAXPAYERS’ funds later in aid to “Egypt” what do we find out? Mubarik has about $70 billion in “his” personal bank accounts!

    When oh when will the mushrooms AWAKE from their slumber !?

    Freedom Fried: Foreign Aid is not Charity:

    End All Foreign Aid Including Israel:

    As for this (month old stale ?) article, is there any honest dissent?!:

    “All these flip-flops imply a hollow man, a man without principles, an opportunist. Certainly not a serious libertarian thinker, much less “one of America’s leading libertarian thinkers” as Root sometimes likes to spin himself”

    With that said, all Root needs is 50% plus one in Vegas spring of ’12 and he WILL be the LP’s nominee for POTUS. He’s well on his way to it !


    there are alternatives

    The higher a monkey climbs a tree,
    the more people can see his ass.
    – T. Boone Pickens

    I may not be perfect, but parts of me are excellent
    – Roger Gary

  8. Here's a radical idea

    Gary Johnson?
    Donald Trump?
    Judge Jim Gray?

    Any of those three and the LP gets record numbers of votes for POTUS.

    Root can try for VP in 2012 and set his sights on 2016.

  9. paulie

    @11 Judge Gray is the only plausible possibility out of the ones you mention. Trump’s views are very far from libertarian, so i would not want him as a Libertarian candidate even if he wanted to be one…which I would highly doubt anyway.

    Gary Johnson is still relatively young, and this will likely not be his last run for the Republican presidential nomination. I suspect he does not want to jeopardize his future chances there by bringing his party loyalty into question.

    You could perhaps talk to Judge Gray about whether he is interested in running. I don’t really see why you think that he would bring record numbers for POTUS, but he is at least a both a current Libertarian Party member and a libertarian in his views.

  10. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    The LP will not get “a record number of votes” in 2012 no matter who it runs.

    The 2012 election will be “the most important election in our lifetime” and will thus be “too important to lose.”

    As a result, few Americans will want to waste their votes on a third party.

    Of course, the 2016, 2020, 2024, etc. elections will also be “the most important election of our lifetime” and once again, they’ll be “too important to lose” or waste votes on a third party.

  11. Here's a radical idea

    @ 13,
    Then the USA is doomed, if this nation keeps doing what it has been doing with the two major parties. Time for us to leave.

  12. paulie

    Here’s a truly radical idea: there’s nowhere to leave to.

    The problems the world will face in the coming years will be global, and I doubt any country will be spared.

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