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What To Make Of Ron Paul’s Racist Newsletter

 

By Ian Millhiser on Dec 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm


With Übertenther Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) emerging as the latest frontrunner in the Iowa GOP primary, Ta-Nehisi Coates chronicles many of the most offensive highlights from a series of racist newsletters Paul published in the late 1980s and early 1990s:

  • Needlin’: Paul’s December 1989 newsletter claims that roving bands of African-Americans are trying to give white people HIV. According to the newsletter, “at least 39 white women have been stuck with used hypodermic needles-perhaps infected with AIDS-by gangs of black girls between the ages of 12 and 14. . . . Who can doubt that if the situation had been reversed, if white girls had done this to black women, we would have been subjected to months-long nation-wide propaganda campaign on the evils of white America? The double standard strikes again.”
  • Fantasies of Anti-White Bias: The same newsletter imagined a fantasy world where anti-white racist dominates DC’s culture. “To be white in Washington, however, is to experience a culture that is anti-white and proud of it. Radio stations urge listeners not to shop in white (or Asian) owned stores. Ministers lead anti-white and anti-Asian boycotts. Professors teach that whites are committing genocide against blacks and invented crack and AIDS as part of The Plan.”
  • Instructions on Murdering Black Youth: A 1992 newsletter provided fairly detailed instructions on the best way to shoot and kill an African-American and get away with it. “If you live in a major city, you’ve probably already heard about the newest threat to your life and limb, and your family: carjacking. It is the hip-hop thing to do among the urban youth who play unsuspecting whites like pianos. . . . An ex-cop I know advises that if you have to use a gun on a youth, you should leave the scene immediately, disposing of the wiped off gun as soon as possible. Such a gun cannot, of course, be registered to you, but one bought privately (through the classifieds, for example). I frankly don’t know what to make of such advice, but even in my little town of Lake Jackson, Texas, I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming.”
  • Beware the “Malicious Gay”: African-Americans are not the only target of the newsletters’ ire. Ron Paul’s publications also feature unusually bad medical advice punctuated with anti-gay fantasies. “Those who don’t commit sodomy, who don’t get a blood transfusion, and who don’t swap needles, are virtually assured of not getting AIDS unless they are deliberately infected by a malicious gay, as was Kimberly Bergalis.”

In a partial defense of Paul, David Weigel offers a perfectly plausible explanation of how these bigoted rants against science and reality came to appear under the name of a medical doctor who now argues that the War on Drugs should end because it is inherently racist. As Weigel explains in a piece he co-authored with Julian Sanchez, the likely author of Paul’s racist rants wasn’t Ron Paul, it was a repulsive libertarian activist named Lew Rockwell.

Rockwell, who now runs a far right think tank that publishes articles with titles like “How to Eliminate Social Security and Medicare,” believed in the 1980s and 1990s that libertarians had become a “party of the stoned” that needed to be “de-loused.” His solution, according to Weigel and Sanchez, was to try to expand the libertarian tent to include overt racists who could be attracted to libertarians’ opposition to “State-enforced integration.” It was likely Rockwell, and not the libertarian Congressman Ron Paul, who drafted the racist rants published in Paul’s name.

This explanation for Paul’s behavior hardly excuses it, however. The simplest conclusion that can be drawn when someone publishes a racist rant in their own name is that they truly believe that one race is superior to another. Weigel and Sanchez’ reporting, however, leads to only two possible explanations. Either Paul is so oblivious to what was being done in his name that this obliviousness alone disqualifies him for a job like the presidency — or he knew very well that horrific arguments were being published his name and he lent his name to a cynical racist strategy anyway.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

Original Post

Ron Paul is an old Jim Crow, traditional racist political con-artist from Kentucky whose politics has changed with the political winds to keep himself re-elected, employed, sell his books, gets paid for political speeches and remain revelant among the Republican establishment and gullible young people who blindly love, praise and follow his radical Republican views that "differs" from his counterparts only in his way of speaking, delivery & tone, yet he's a Ronald Reagan "trickle down economics" disciple just like the rest of them.

 

Same way of thinking, different delivery.

 

Now he's been caught in a lie that he can't get out of or defend because he has to actual/factual proof that he didn't write/publish those newsletters eventhough he's saying that he didn't personally write them but readily admits that he knows about them, supported some of them and made money off them.

 

Exerpt: "When asked during an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger whether he looked at them when they were published and decided they did not represent him accurately, he said "not all the time." Pressed on whether he read them he said, "Not all the time. Well, on occasion, yes."

 

http://politicalticker.blogs.c...er-past-newsletters/

 

Busted.

 

And even if he didn't write those newsletters...his name is on them, his racist staff members probably wrote them and he did not exercise any responsibility/accountability to stop them from being generated among the public which tells me that in that past era of non-filtered "do or say whatever you want" "Whites Only" racism back in the day, Ron Paul probably could care less since he now always says (and probably said the very same back then) "I'm just telling it like it is".

 

Ron Paul IMO, is the same as the late South Carolina Republican senator Strom Thurmond.

 

A hard core, card carrying racist who ran for President as a segregationist States Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrat) candidate who hated Blacks and fought to eliminate the Civil Rights Act (filibustered by himself against the Civil Rights Act for 24 straight hours, 18 minutes in Congress non-stop) but once the Civil Rights Act passed, Jim Crow was eliminated and White racism somewhat took a temporary back seat, Thurmond outwardly changed his political tone somewhat knowing that being a hard core racist was no longer politically viable so in order to keep getting re-elected, he had to stubbonly cater politically to Black folk for his political career to thrive and continue.

 

And his hyprocrisy? Six months after Thurmond's death in 2003, it was revealed that at age 22 he had fathered a daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, with his family's African-American maid Carrie Butler, then 16. Although Thurmond never publicly acknowledged his daughter and kept her secret, he paid for her college education and passed other money to her for some time. 

 

Ron Paul does the same exact thing, play to the current political crowd of gullible supporters, say the right things and use his grandfatherly influence and wisdom to keep his supporters, the voters and fans off-balance and thinking that he different from the rest.

 

All his fans have to do is look at his off-spring, Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY). who has no problem letting his racism flow and be known...and who raised/taught/groomed Rand Paul for a carer in politics? His old man congressman Ron Paul.

 

The apple does not fall far from the tree. Ron Paul's racist past has finally caught up with him.

 

 

 

Ron Paul defensive over past newsletters. Walks out on CNN interview.

 

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (CNN) - Presidential candidate Ron Paul was defensive Wednesday when pressed about controversial newsletters in the 1980s and 1990s that were in his name.

 

When asked during an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger whether he looked at them when they were published and decided they did not represent him accurately, he said "not all the time." Pressed on whether he read them he said, "Not all the time. Well, on occasion, yes."

 

Paul, who had left Congress at the time and was practicing medicine, has repeatedly disavowed the controversial remarks in the newsletters.

 

"I've never read that stuff. I've never read - I came - I was probably aware of it 10 years after it was written and it's been going on 20 years that people have pestered me about this and CNN does it every single time," he said.

 

Among the racially charged comments contained in the publications was this one from 1992: "Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks." They also contained some conspiracy theories.

 

When Borger asked him if this was a legitimate topic, he became testy saying "Yeah and when you get the answer, it's legitimate that you sort of take the answers I gave. You know what the answer is? I didn't write them, didn't read them at the time, and I disavow them. This is the answer."

 

Existence of the controversial newsletters, which listed Paul as publisher and carried such names as "Ron Paul's Freedom Project," the "Ron Paul Political Report," the "Ron Paul Survival Report" and the "Ron Paul Investment Letter," got renewed attention in 2008 by a story in the New Republic and was followed up on by the Weekly Standard.

Paul can expect more scrutiny with the news he is at the top of some polls in Iowa, less than two weeks before the Jan. 3 caucuses.

 

During a swing Wednesday, he drew large crowds and enthusiastic responses to his anti-establishment message and calls for fiscal restraint.

 

Paul's campaign has hit Newt Gingrich hard in campaign commercials accusing him of "serial hypocrisy" for changing positions and using his influence to help build his consulting business.

 

When CNN asked him whether he would be willing to take down these ads because many Iowans have voiced displeasure with the negative nature of this year's campaign he said he would not.

 

"I don't consider them attacking him unfairly. I mean, it just points out the position he's been on. That's my job, to show what my opponents do. They flip-flop around and they change positions, and if the media won't do it, I should do it," he said in the interview.

 

Open link for CNN interview:

 

http://politicalticker.blogs.c...er-past-newsletters/

Last edited by Cholly
Originally Posted by Cholly:
 

Ron Paul IMO, is the same as the late South Carolina Republican senator Strom Thurmond.

 

A hard core, card carrying racist who ran for President as a segregationist States Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrat) candidate who hated Blacks and fought to eliminate the Civil Rights Act (filibustered by himself against the Civil Rights Act for 24 straight hours, 18 minutes in Congress non-stop) but once the Civil Rights Act passed, Jim Crow was eliminated and White racism somewhat took a temporary back seat, Thurmond outwardly changed his political tone somewhat knowing that being a hard core racist was no longer politically viable so in order to keep getting re-elected, he had to stubbonly cater politically to Black folk for his political career to thrive and continue.

 

 

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You know, Cholly .....

 

This here is a very important TRUTH .... and one that Black folks would do well to understand from a political perspective if we ever intend to be able to successfully leverage (the now dwindling) political clout we have in this country.

 

White people DID NOT suddenly become less racist out of the goodness of their hearts ... or because it was the right or humane thing to do.  The only reason that the hardcore nature of their racism became lessened is because it was LEGISLATED that they had to become more accepting when it became a LAW that they could no longer discriminate against us!!!  

 

As strange as it is (and for whatever their reasons) the majority of them WILL respect the law!!  For them, it is the "rules of the game" ... and that's why they put such stock in formulating, manipulating, (re)adjusting and controlling the laws of the State to fit their plans for domination.

 

It's WHY when they (Republicans) get control of Congress (and/or the presidency) you see rules like deregulation, tax breaks for the rich, voter suppression, union-busting, corporate-friendly legislation, the gutting of social programs, etc., come into play!!!

 

They make it the LAW.  And they respect the LAW.  They will capitulate to the LAW. 

 

And this is something MLK (and others before him who fought for the civil rights of our people) understood about the psyche of White people .... and being "American" .... and "the game" that is played here.

 

Black people hold offices in every legislative position in the country EXCEPT the Senate (the second most important governmental body in the country!!  And we really need to fix that, as well).  If we knew what the hell we were doing, we would be manipulating the LAWS OF THE LAND to our OWN benefit and betterment .... using our positions of (political) power to strengthen ourselves ... our youth, our communities, our educational systems, our economic empowerment.

 

Unfortunately, though ... we don't even support those who are already in the position to effect positive outcomes for us (i.e., the Congressional Black Caucus) ... because we simply don't understand what they do or how or why they do it. 

 

We don't "play the game."  We don't even understand the rules.  Which is why WE are constantly being played.  And, seemingly, losing at every turn.  We'd be more successful at playing and beating them at their own game ... in the way they've set up to be played .... than we will ever be trying play our own 'game'.

 

Which, by the way, doesn't even exist.  And is pretty much the way we're doing it right now. 

How air conditioning, prostitution, and raw milk could give Ron Paul problems

Ron Paul is coming under the microscope now that he is seen as having a real chance at winning Iowa.

Yesterday, the Texas congressman, who has the best organization in Iowa, was pressed on CNN about controversial statements in a newsletter published 20-plus years ago. Some conservatives are now taking aim, with one columnist even comparing him to Jeremiah Wright, the controversial former Obama pastor.

But there are plenty of issues of substance -- and positions he holds today -- that, although they're consistent with Paul's libertarian views, are potentially problematic with the conservative base and the general electorate. (We wrote about some of these issues back in August.)

Here's a look:

-- No federal regulations for car safety, medicines, even air traffic control: BRIAN WILLIAMS: "Does this include things like making cars safe, making medicine safe, air traffic control controlling the jets above our heads?"

PAUL: "I think in theory, if you understood the free market in a free society, you don't need government to do that. … On regulations, no, I don't believe in any of these federal regulations ... [W]ho ends up doing the regulations on the drugs? They do as much harm as good. They don't take good care of us ... [D]o we need the federal government to tell us whether we buy a safe car? I say the consumers of America are smart enough to decide what kind of car they can buy and whether it's safe or not ..." (NBC-Politico debate in September)

-- Don’t regulate raw milk:"This idea that the [FDA] is going to take care of us — they end up interfering with choices," Paul said in Iowa, adding, "So my ideal, as a symbol of moving in a different direction, I would like to restore your right to drink raw milk any time you want to drink it."

-- Heroin, marijuana, cocaine, prostitution OK if states allow them: "... In essence, if I leave it to the states, it's going to be up to the states. Up until this past century, you know for 100 years, they were legal. What you're inferring is 'You know what? If we legalize heroin tomorrow, everybody is going to use heroin.' How many people here would use heroin if it was legal? I bet nobody would."

-- No air conditioning for troops (as a way to bring them home): "We're spending -- believe it or not, this blew my mind when I read this -- $20 billion a year for air conditioning in Afghanistan and Iraq in the tents over there and all the air conditioning. Cut that $20 billion out, bring in -- take $10 billion off the debt, and put $10 billion into FEMA or whoever else needs it, child health care or whatever," he said at the NBC News-POLITICO debate. "But I'll tell you what, if we did that and took the air conditioning out of the Green Zone, our troops would come home, and that would make me happy."

-- No FEMA: "FEMA just conditioned people to build where they shouldn't be building," Paul said at the NBC-POLITICO debate. He continued: "Yeah, my position is, we should have never had it."

-- Against the Americans with Disabilities Act: "If they mistreat people who are handicapped, don’t go. Boycott them. … No, the ADA should never have been passed. … it’s an intrusion into private property rights."

-- Believes Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are unconstitutional:When it was pointed out that the Supreme Court didn't see it that way, Paul responded: "And the Constitution and the courts said slavery was legal too, and we had to reverse that."

-- OK with prosecuting CIA for "war crimes": He saidthey are bombing people in Pakistan with predator drones, adding, "I don’t want the secrecy of the CIA." And he accused the agency of being "over there torturing people."

"They committed all kinds of war crimes and tortured people and killed people, committed assassination. Right now, our CIA's running the predator program, bombing citizens and not all of them -- They claim they're bombing terrorists, but they're bombing a lot of innocent citizens in Pakistan. No, they shouldn't have this secrecy ... I don't want the secrecy of the CIA, I don't think they provide any services ... For them to be over there and torturing people, so that we're safer -- I think it's destroying the soul of America by permitting that."

-- OK with Iran having a nuclear weapon: Asked specifically if Iran wanted to develop a nuclear weapon, Paul said that it’s their right to have them. “Why would that be so strange if the Soviets and the Chinese have nuclear weapons? We tolerated the Soviets. We didn’t attack them.”

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