Rand Paul haunted by conspiracy theories, like the one about the NAFTA Superhighway


Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo opined today that Sen. Rand Paul has no chance of becoming president, if only because of the wacky conspiracy theories he’s peddled over the years.

Those theories, argues Marshall, “often veer into the rantings of the militia, white supremacist and neo-confederate right.”

Marshall cites one theory in particular, the one about the so-called NAFTA Superhighway, which used to be a big bugaboo to Rand’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul.

The acronym “NAFTA” stands for the North American Free Trade Agreement. The highway represents what right-wingers see as part of a plot to destroy the sovereignty of the United States.

Five years ago, Talking Points Memo carried THIS PIECE:

As was amply documented by The Nation a few years back, “There’s no such thing as a proposed NAFTA Superhighway.” It represents, Newsweek put it, “a strange stew of fact and fiction, fired by paranoia” that was popularized by Jerome Corsi, the man who spearheaded the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry in 2004.

The NAFTA Superhighway has been a pet issue of Paul’s father, Ron Paul. In a 2006 column, Ron Paul wrote: “Proponents envision a ten-lane colossus the width of several football fields, with freight and rail lines, fiber-optic cable lines, and oil and natural gas pipelines running alongside. … The ultimate goal is not simply a superhighway, but an integrated North American Union – complete with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy, and virtually borderless travel within the Union.”

For my money, the best comment on the NAFTA Superhighway is offered by RationalWiki:

There are already multiple highways which connect the US to Canada and Mexico, namely the I-5/I-15 and I-29/I-35 interstates. Not to mention the near infinite number of routes between the three countries navigable by drivers willing to stop at the occasional stoplight and/or turn a corner.