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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-08 10:14 AM
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Ron Paul's Old Newsletters Filled With Deeply Racist, Anti-Semitic and Homophobic Rants
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Ron Paul's Old Newsletters Filled With Deeply Racist, Anti-Semitic and Homophobic Rants

Posted by Matt Corley, Think Progress at 6:48 AM on January 9, 2008.

How do people expect a man who can't exercise basic oversight for a lousy monthly newsletter to take full responsibility for the US government?




Beginning in 1978, Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) name graced newsletters that were released on a seemingly monthly basis: Ron Paul's Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report. "The Freedom Report's online archives only go back to 1999," but The New Republic's Jamie Kirchick recently tracked down physical copies of many of the pre-1999 reports.

According to Kirchick, they're peppered with a "decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays." Here are a few examples:


On David Duke: "Our priority should be to take the anti-government, anti-tax, anti-crime, anti-welfare loafers, anti-race privilege, anti-foreign meddling message of Duke, and enclose it in a more consistent package of freedom."

On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "A comsymp, if not an actual party member, and the man who replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration."

On African-Americans: "I've urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming."

On Gays: "Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities."



In his article, Kirchick writes that "with few bylines, it is difficult to know whether any particular article was written by Paul himself" and that "the vast majority of the editions" that he "saw contain no bylines at all." Paul emphasized this point in his response to the article:


The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts. ....

Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publically taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.



But as Kirchick -- who has been criticizing Paul for months -- notes, "It is difficult to imagine how Paul could allow material consistently saturated in racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and conspiracy-mongering to be printed under his name for so long if he did not share these views." ........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/73205/



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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-08 10:21 AM
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1. Ron Paul hasn't received much scrutiny
Probably because he's such a minor candidate, but the point is well-taken: If he can't control the content of his own newsletter, then how could he possibly manage the federal government? And if the views expressed in his eponymous newsletter aren't his own, which views does he disavow now, if any? He's said on a couple of occasions that he doesn't "share these views," but which ones, and what specifically are the differences?

Curiously, his followers aren't very interested in these answers.
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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-08 11:14 AM
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5. He HAS gotten loads of money
...he's loved by corporatists who like his Libertarian views on regulation.
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-08 10:23 AM
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2. and?
for the modern GOP, this is a feature, not a bug.
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navarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-08 10:30 AM
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3. how about that
and I'm surrounded by Paul Tards here at work. Good guys, but suffering from recto-cranial insertion. I just hope they don't swing the election over to the fascists.

I notice you use the Most Holy English D as your avatar. Then most probably you've noticed a strong presence here in Michigan of the church of L. Ron Paul Hubbard. Kinda creeps me out.

Here's the New Republic article:

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=e2f15397-a3c7-4720-ac15-4532a7da84ca

Oh my.....
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-08 10:32 AM
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4. Yep. I saw Ron Paul banners over I-75 and I-94......
:scared:
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