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Friday, February 11, 2011

CPAC 2011: Ron Paul, the King of NUT JOBS- Is He a Racist, Bigot or Both

As I write this, Ron Paul is on the CPAC main stage spewing his over-the-top rhetoric about how the US causes every international problem in the world.  There are two kinds  people here at CPAC, college students who show up at the conference on Paul's dime (and to make sure he wins the Straw Poll) and the rest of us who think that Paul is an over the top bigot. (There are more of us than them they are much louder though).

It was the Ron Paul supporters who were shouting "sheckel"  when former defense secretary Rumsfeld was speaking, a reference to Paul's belief that the "Jewish Lobby"  controls  American Foreign policy.

Whenever I post something negative about Ron Paul (which is every time I post about him), I get the nastiest comments and emails. He doesn't have a lot of supporters but those that do support him do so with a passion. In a way that's a good thing thing,  all people should have some passion. Its also a bad thing because Ron Paul is the "drooling crazy " type. Paul acts of he fell out of the bigot tree and hit every branch on the way down.

This story is three years old, but its well worth retelling:

For those of you that can remember life before the internet, you might also remember that people used to publish Newsletters on all topics. Forty years ago, Paul entered the Conservative Newsletter business. As described in the New Republic:
With the pages of mainstream political magazines typically off-limits to their views (National Review editor William F. Buckley having famously denounced the John Birch Society), hardline conservatives resorted to putting out their own, less glossy publications. These were often paranoid and rambling--dominated by talk of international banking conspiracies, the Trilateral Commission's plans for world government, and warnings about coming Armageddon--but some of them had wide and devoted audiences. And a few of the most prominent bore the name of Ron Paul. Paul's newsletters have carried different titles over the years--Ron Paul's Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report--but they generally seem to have been published on a monthly basis since at least 1978.The Newsletters published before 1999 have all but disappeared, that is till James Kirchick of the New Republic tracked them down. Most of the newsletters had no byline so they were hard to know whether Paul wrote them or they were ghost-written.
Some of the earlier newsletters are signed by him, though the vast majority of the editions I saw contain no bylines at all. ..... many of the unbylined newsletters were written in the first person, implying that Paul was the author.But, whoever actually wrote them, the newsletters I saw all had one thing in common: They were published under a banner containing Paul's name, and the articles (except for one special edition of a newsletter that contained the byline of another writer) seem designed to create the impression that they were written by him--and reflected his views.And what a litany of hatred was found in his writings:
Take, for instance, a special issue of the Ron Paul Political Report, published in June 1992, dedicated to explaining the Los Angeles riots of that year. "Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began," read one typical passage. According to the newsletter, the looting was a natural byproduct of government indulging the black community with "'civil rights,' quotas, mandated hiring preferences, set-asides for government contracts, gerrymandered voting districts, black bureaucracies, black mayors, black curricula in schools, black tv shows, black tv anchors, hate crime laws, and public humiliation for anyone who dares question the black agenda." It also denounced "the media" for believing that "America's number one need is an unlimited white checking account for underclass blacks."

As early as December 1989, a section of Paul's Investment Letter, titled "What To Expect for the 1990s," predicted that "Racial Violence Will Fill Our Cities" because "mostly black welfare recipients will feel justified in stealing from mostly white 'haves.'" ...

In June 1991, an entry on racial disturbances in Washington, DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood was titled, "Animals Take Over the D.C. Zoo."...

Martin Luther King Jr. earned special ire from Paul's newsletters, which attacked the civil rights leader frequently, often to justify opposition to the federal holiday named after him. ("What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it!" one newsletter complained in 1990. "We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.") In the early 1990s, a newsletter attacked the "X-Rated Martin Luther King" as a "world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours," "seduced underage girls and boys," and "made a pass at" fellow civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy....

.....The rhetoric when it came to Jews was little better. The newsletters display an obsession with Israel; no other country is mentioned more often in the editions I saw, or with more vitriol. A 1987 issue of Paul's Investment Letter called Israel "an aggressive, national socialist state," and a 1990 newsletter discussed the "tens of thousands of well-placed friends of Israel in all countries who are willing to wok [sic] for the Mossad in their area of expertise." Of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a newsletter said, "Whether it was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little."
Folks, this is just the tip of the iceberg The entire story was first published in 2008 and remains on line for New Republic subscribers. Angry White Man

Oh and for you Ron Paul supporters who are about to send me nasty emails telling me that Paul was misquoted or did not know was being sent out in his name, all I can say is horse poop. One incident can be explained away, but the SHEER VOLUME OF HATRED spewed by this nut job is impossible.  If he really had no idea what was being posted in his name, then its another reason he is unqualified for office, if he cannot run a newsletter, how can he run a country.  So put down your keyboard, and save your bandwith because I hate to see you humiliate yourselves in public.


Bartender Cabbie said...

Actually Paul is the rep for the district in which I live. He is certainly in no danger of losing his seat as long as he wants to stay, but I must say he is a bit over the top.

M. Simon said...

The House of Saud controls American foreign policy and American domestic oil policy (no drilling). The crowd should have been yelling "riyals".

Lisa Graas said...

Good for you.

His son Rand hired Christopher Hightower to be his campaign spokesperson. Hightower is best known now in political circles here in Kentucky for having a picture of a lynched black man with a racial epithet in the caption on his MySpace page for approximately two years. Weird how he didn't think to take that down before he took a job as spokesperson for the Paul campaign.

More stories besides...but I grow weary. Thanks for writing this, though.