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January 11, 2008
Ron Paul's Racist Rheoric Uncovered
American Thinker has been documenting the strange campaign of Ron Paul for months. Most notably, Andrew Walden has delved into the Texas Congressman's acceptance of funds from neo-Nazis and other troubling aspects of his campaign in several articles.
Now one of Paul's staunchest defenders, Matt Welch of Reason Magazine, has dug deeply and discovered that Ron Paul is indeed, a racist.
Here is Ron Paul yesterday on CNN talking about newsletters published for 17 years under his name that carry numerous examples of the most nauseating kind of blatant racism imgaginable:
Paul told CNN's "The Situation Room" Thursday that he didn't write any of the offensive articles and has "no idea" who did.To sum up, Paul said he didn't know who wrote the articles and didn't write any of them himself. He says the sentiments are not his own and that the newsletters are just a "rehash" of old charges made against him.
To put it as succinctly as I can, Ron Paul is a lying racist.
Here's what Reason Magazine's Matt Welch -- formerly one of Paul's biggest supporters -- found out about Paul and those newsletters when doing a Lexis-Nexis search:
Has Paul really disassociated himself from, and "taken moral responsibility" for, these "Ron Paul" newsletters "for over a decade"? If he has, that history has not been recorded by the Nexis database, as best as I can reckon. The first indication I could find of Paul either expressing remorse about the statements or claiming that he did not author them came in an October 2001 Texas Monthly article -- less than eight years ago.Indeed, Paul even said back in 1996 that he actually wrote some of the newsletters. This is from a Dallas Morning News article from 1996 found by Welch:
Dr. Paul denied suggestions that he was a racist and said he was not evoking stereotypes when he wrote the columns. He said they should be read and quoted in their entirety to avoid misrepresentation. [...] In the interview, he did not deny he made the statement about the swiftness of black men."Them" meaning those skittery black folk. BTW - I would mention to Paul supporters that stereotyping is racism - period. No excuses. No apologia will change that stark, singular fact.
CNN has more evidence of Paul's duplicity on the subject of the newsletters:
The controversial newsletters include rants against the Israeli lobby, gays, AIDS victims and Martin Luther King Jr. -- described as a "pro-Communist philanderer."Ron Paul lied when he said he didn't write some of the newsletters. He lied when he said they didn't reflect his thinking when clearly they did. And he lied when he said he didn't know who wrote some of the newsletters.
Ed Morrissey, from whose blogpost many of these excerpts have been taken, sums it up nicely:
People wonder why this matters, given Paul's fringe appeal. It matters because we can't allow this kind of hatred to get legitimized in mainstream politics again. This kind of rhetoric used to be mainstream, and not just in the South, either. Republicans cannot allow the party to get tainted by the stench of racism and conspiracy mongering. If enough of us don't step up and denounce it, strongly and repeatedly, we will not be able to avoid it.His supporters, blinded by a zealotry that is now even more impossible to understand, have not been affected by these revelations in the slightest. But we at American Thinker have been deeply troubled by elements seemingly welcomed into Dr. Paul's campaign. It has cost us much in the way of hate mail and sneering, self righteous pablum from Paulbots.
My question to them is very simple; how can you in good conscience continue to support the candidacy of this racist, anti-Semitic crank?