Tom Tancredo is now calling on Iowans for Tax Relief and the Iowa Christian Alliance to reconsider and invite Ron Paul to Saturday's forum. Maybe he thinks this wins some points from the Paul People, but I doubt it. I would think the libertarian position on immigration would be open the borders and let employers hire who they want -- the diametric opposite of Tancredo's "stop legal immigration" view.
Paul, meanwhile, has taken up the cause of two New Hampshire tax protesters:
Paul expressed his sympathy for Ed and Elaine Brown, who have been holed up in their hilltop home for several months, threatening violence if marshals come to arrest them.
The Browns have each been sentenced to 63 months in prison for crimes related to their refusal to pay federal income taxes for nearly 10 years. The Browns contend that there is no law compelling Americans to pay income taxes.
On which count they are so so wrong, says attorney Daniel Evans in an exhaustive tax protester FAQ.
In the Concord (NH) Monitor:
"People who point this out and fight the tax code and fight the monetary code are heroic," Paul said in a video that's been linked to several pro-Brown websites. "I compare them to people like Gandhi, who was willing to speak out and try to bring about change in a peaceful manner. Martin Luther King fought laws that were unfair and unjust, and he suffered, too."
Paul has missed a key phrase, however:
"...threatening violence if marshals come to arrest them."
Weren't Gandhi and King all about, well, non-violence?
This cognitive dissonance came up later in the day on Fox News:
Cavuto: So Congressman, you're not saying Ed and Elaine Brown can be compared to Gandhi?
Paul: I never said that... in matter of, in fact I know very little about that case, I've never talked to them.
"I never said that?" See quote above.
The Paul supporters went gonzo in the comments overnight demanding a "retraction" (for the record, I reject anonymous comments). So, I'll duly note that Ron Paul spoke without knowing all the facts and acknowledges that he has no clue.