Ron Paul a Racist? – Pt 2

I came across an interesting comment on the Reason Magazine “Hit and Run” blog site and got permission from the author, Andrew Taylor, to reprint it here:

Let’s face it, folks: Ron Paul is lying about not knowing who wrote those newsletters. He might technically be telling the truth — “I don’t know if it was Lew Rockwell, or Gary North, or some intern” — but he certainly knows who was responsible for the newsletters, and that person or persons know who wrote for them. This is not the Associated Press with hundreds of reporters worldwide; this was a small-circulation newsletter that probably involved, at most, 10 people or less.

Eric Dondero claims that the newsletters were edited by Rockwell, and I believe he indicated that “80%” of the articles were written by Rockwell. The fact that Rockwell is allowing Paul to twist in the wind demonstrates that he is an absolute, complete, total and utter piece of garbage who cares about one thing, and one thing only: Lew Rockwell. Why a Christian gentleman like Ron Paul would lie for a such a scumbag is a mystery to me.

As I mentioned in the comments in Part 1, it seems to me that Dondero has a very big ax to grind against Paul and was even calling for his resignation, not from the presidential race, but from his congressional seat immediately after the first Republican debate, which I think says a lot. However, that doesn’t mean he is wrong about the Paul/Rockwell connection to these old newsletters.

As far as the Rockwell, I wouldn’t know him from Adam. The only things I’ve read on his website are basically Paul articles and I bought a Rothbard book and read the DiLorenzo Lincoln book. Yet, I still get the impression that he’s nothing but a scurrilous coward, since it seems clear to everyone that it was him. Just scrolling through the comments at the Reason blog and some of the other Libertarian websites and blogsites, it is the unanimous opinion of many of those who have, at one time or another, been closely associated with Paul, that Rockwell is the man behind the newsletters.

Hey, even I figured that out even before venturing into the blogosphere and I hardly follow Libertarian party politics.

Of course, the problem for Paul is that it’s not Rockwell’s name on any of these old newsletters. The only name on any of them is Ron Paul’s. He’s the one holding the bag.

That is why even if Paul won’t name names, Rockwell, if he had any decency, should admit he was the editor and that he wrote many of the pieces under question. Then he can go on a rant justifying himself, but at least he would put the whole thing to rest by deflecting criticism from Paul . . . and Paul could look like he’s just being loyal to his friends and not as feeble, dishonest and as stupid as he looks now. Beyond that, a Rockwell admission would give Paul at least some plausible deniability.

I confess have no real hope that Paul could ever win (I think 72 is just too old anyway for the stress of that office), but the ideas he stands for and especially the young people these ideas are attracting (and I suppose the nut jobs too) are too important to get discredited by some trumped up racist smear campaign. Ron Paul is no racist. I am also confident this whole thing was orchestrated by the RNC and they are the ones who made sure these old newsletters got into the hands of those at The New Republic.

Paul is right about one thing and that this was an orchestrated political hit.

I mean, what else to the Republicans have to really curb his momentum? What are they going to do attack his voting record? They needed to find a way to completely sideline him and shut him up. Just having Giuliani cackle like the nauseating New Yorker he is every time Paul opens his mouth at the debates is not enough, but up until now that’s all they had.

What makes me mad is that this whole thing could easily be put to rest if only some people, either Paul or Rockwell, had some guts.

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11 Comments on “Ron Paul a Racist? – Pt 2”

  1. timharris Says:

    This “story” was already mentioned in a NY Times article of July 22, 2007
    http://dissentradio.com/eg/rp-nyt.html
    which mentions that the whole matter was brought up publicly more than ten years ago:

    In the 1996 general election, Paul’s Democratic opponent Lefty Morris held a press conference to air several shocking quotes from a newsletter that Paul published during his decade away from Washington.

    So the attack right now is clearly disingenuous and political.

    Frankly, I haven’t seen any of the quotes exerpted that didn’t strike me as not only true, but obviously true. I don’t see why Rockwell or anyone else needs to be beating his breast over it.

  2. magma2 Says:

    Which is all the more reason that Rockwell, if he is the responsible party as I think he is, should “man up” and take the heat off his supposed friend. I mean, Paul has little or no chance to begin with, especially with the Republican political machinery and the Fox Network working against him — even if he is the only real Republican in the race. I mean look at the kind of affect even the most spurious charge of racism has in the minds of many. I don’t even have to point to buffoons like Imus. Last I checked, and I don’t check too often, but even that race baiting shyster Sharpton was trying to resurrect the Twanda Brawley case recently if you can believe it.

    It’s bad enough that Paul has a band of nut jobs chasing down Republican shill Sean Hannity through the streets of Manchester, but just the hint of racism will sink his campaign. I think the Republicans really do view him as a threat, which is why they’re out to destroy his good name and tarnish his exemplary record, and, more importantly, the ideas he stands for. The Paul campaign needs to do more damage control. But, since they’re not going to do it, perhaps those responsible for the newsletters will do it for him. I’m not holding my breath.

  3. timharris Says:

    Sean — good points; now I see where you were going.

    On the other hand, I think that “just the hint of racism will sink his campaign” only by shutting off the MSM — which is already the case anyway. Moreover the Democrats already have an absolute lock on the Negro vote — Republicans should write it off and stop worrying about it.

    What Paul should do is quote Patton — “no, I didn’t say that; but I wish I had.” If he could address the problem of black-on-white violent crime, it would electrify the urban working-class whites, which comprised a large part of the Reagan democrats, back into life.

  4. magma2 Says:

    “The Negro vote”? Let’s just say I’m glad you’re not in charge of damage control for his campaign Tim. It’s precisely these types of remarks that make people who might be attracted to Paul uneasy. Frankly, remarks like yours make me uneasy. I guess that’s the point and when you start viewing people in terms of collectives — which is exactly what Paul’s campaign undermines, exposes, and, frankly, destroys — rather than as individuals created in God’s image, you can write off entire group of voters. I hardly see any value in that.

    Also, if working class whites are not already electrified by his message of individualism and limited Constitutional government I guess I could counter; who needs them? I hardly see how statements attributed to Paul like, “If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be” are supposed motivate any except more collectivists and racists?

    You don’t see a contradiction here?

    While I agree some of the statements are defensible and benign, others are not and if Paul didn’t write them (even though the only name on the newsletters is his), then he was been taken advantage of by folks pretending to be his friends just as Dr. Robbins, who knows all these players, contends. Some of the statements brought out in some of the newsletters were infantile, indefensible and contradictory to Paul’s underlying philosophy on race as he makes clear here:

    Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as individuals. Racists believe that all individual who share superficial physical characteristics are alike; as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their intense focus on race is inherently racist, because it views individuals only as members of racial groups.

    Conservatives and libertarians should fight back and challenge the myth that collectivist liberals care more about racism. Modern liberalism, however well intentioned, is a byproduct of the same collectivist thinking that characterizes racism. The continued insistence on group thinking only inflames racial tensions.Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as individuals. Racists believe that all individual who share superficial physical characteristics are alike; as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their intense focus on race is inherently racist, because it views individuals only as members of racial groups.

    Conservatives and libertarians should fight back and challenge the myth that collectivist liberals care more about racism. Modern liberalism, however well intentioned, is a byproduct of the same collectivist thinking that characterizes racism. The continued insistence on group thinking only inflames racial tensions.

    The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity. In a free market, businesses that discriminate lose customers, goodwill, and valuable employees – while rational businesses flourish by choosing the most qualified employees and selling to all willing buyers. More importantly, in a free society every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Rather than looking to government to correct what is essentially a sin of the heart, we should understand that reducing racism requires a shift from group thinking to an emphasis on individualism.

  5. magma2 Says:

    Here’s a piece that just appeared in The Economist. They nailed it:

    Mr Rockwell denied authorship to Jamie Kirchick, the reporter whose New Republic article published earlier this week reignited controversy over the newsletters. But both Mr Rockwell (who attacked the New Republic article on his site) and Mr Tucker refused to discuss the matter with Democracy in America. (“Look at Mises.org,” Mr Tucker told me, “I’m willing to take any responsibility for anything up there, OK?”) According to Wirkman Virkkala, formerly the managing editor of the libertarian monthly Liberty, the racist and survivalist elements that appeared in the newsletter were part of a deliberate “paleolibertarian” strategy, “a last gasp effort to try class hatred after the miserable showing of Ron Paul’s 1988 presidential effort.” It is impossible now to prove individual authorship of any particular item in the newsletter, but it is equally impossible to believe that Mr Rockwell did not know of and approve what was going into the newsletter.

    This matters because, while Mr Paul may disavow the sentiments that were expressed under his name over the years, he has scarcely disavowed Mr Rockwell, who remains a friend and adviser. Mr Rockwell is one of the congressman’s most vigorous online boosters, accompanied him to an appearance on The Tonight Show, and often publishes Mr Paul’s writings on his Web site. Mr Paul now says the identity of his ghostwriter is of no importance. But if the person responsible for spreading venom under his name for many years remains a close associate, it suggests that Mr Paul is at least prepared to countenance pandering to racists, however respectable his own views. The candidate owes his supporters a far more complete explanation than he has thus far provided.

  6. timharris Says:

    Sean — The problem with the statement “Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as individuals” is that it is also a mistake to view humans only as individuals and never as members of groups. I mean, you can define racism as the former, and thus reject it; but then you could define anti-racism as the latter, and it would be equally to be rejected.

    People act as individuals in some respects, and as members of various groups in other respects. I do not see that as inconsistent with Miseanism properly understood.

    In modern American politics, it is only whites that are supposed to feel guilty about tribal or ethnic solidarity; with everyone else, it is lauded as a virtue. You have to ask, why is that?

    Like it or not, the “black vote,” the “hispanic vote,” etc., (but not, “the white vote”) are treated as entities to be vied for by competing political elements.

    I have never seen a definition of “racism” that would simultaneously (a) count as a sin biblically defined, and (b) actually fit the case of more than a handful of people in the whole world. In reality, the word is simply a hot potato that is used to marginalize and slander. As far as I can tell, the communists first injected the notion into public discourse.

    As I hinted before, I am not basing these remarks on much specific that the Paul newsletter said. Before I would judge, I would want to see an entire newsletter, to get the context — I have not yet found such a link. If you know of one, let us know.

  7. genlleecsa1 Says:

    Hey folks. As a (former?, idk yet) 100% Ron Paul Revolutionary I have been somewhat disturbed by Dr. Paul’s reaction to this racist issue. I am somewhat of an acquaintance of his, Mr. Rockwell’s, and Dr. DiLorenzo’s. Now this whole thing has me worried, not-so-much about the viability of Dr. Paul’s campaign, but of our message period. Do we really think we can recover from being associated with so many people of this persuasion in the future? I don’t know the answer to that, nor, does it seem, do I know anything right now. I, admittedly, feel almost suicidal.

    Another thing that scares me is what is available at the following link. I read on a YouTube comment at some point that Dr. Paul had posed for a photograph with Don Black, the man who contributed the $500.00 to the campaign, which Dr. Paul wisely made a case for not returning. However, if he is telling us one thing and the Stormfront folks another, as it now seems to appear, again, I don’t know what to think. I thought Dr. Paul was an honest man, heck, I’ve talked with him over the phone, I so much want to say I KNOW he’s an honest man. But, unfortunately, folks, while he may be honest on his core issues, this racial issue seems scary.

    I am going to provide two links here. One is to a website called LittleGreenFootballs.com, where a poster has copied the images of Dr. Paul with Don Black and his son. I also will provide a link to the Stormfront, as it is linked by LittleGreenFootballs.com. I provide both links in case you prefer not to have a Stormfront view permanently engraved on your hard disk for obvious reasons.

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=28353_Ron_Pauls_Photo-Op_with_Stormfront&only

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=D&q=http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php/ron-paul-revolution-live-blimpvision-388512p326.html

    It seems ever more apparent that Lew Rockwell is indeed the author of the racist content in Dr. Paul’s newsletters. Although I have never read anything by him of a racist nature, the writing style seems clearly and consistently to be his. I am sorry to inform you that it now seems that my two greatest heroes have been involved with racism, at least on some level.

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on this matter.

    Pray for Lew and Dr. Paul in what must be a very difficult time, regardless the validity of these claims which seem to be true. Both men will have a difficult time undergoing all the press that is sure to result from these discoveries. I pray they will make the right call.

    – Adam

  8. Mike Ridgway Says:

    Tim Harris, what on earth will it take to get you to cease and desist with these embarrassingly transparent racist comments?

    Communist injections? Negro vote? White vote? Ethnic solidarity?

    You wrote: “What Paul should do is quote Patton — “no, I didn’t say that; but I wish I had.” If he could address the problem of black-on-white violent crime, it would electrify the urban working-class whites, which comprised a large part of the Reagan democrats, back into life.”

    Are you insane?

  9. magma2 Says:

    Tim, the kind of tribalism premised on some superficial racial feature is condemned by Scripture, see Gal 3:28 for starters. If you want to use this as chance to transform Paul’s campaign into David Duke’s, please do it somewhere else.

  10. timharris Says:

    Mike Ridgway — your rhetorical question implies that anyone has tried “to get me to cease and desist.” All it takes is a valid argument, or the command from Sean and I’m out.

    Sean — I don’t premise tribalism “on some superficial racial feature,” nor did I proffer any theory of tribalism at all for that matter, so why do you say that? Gal 3:28 says that salvation is not a matter of tribe, sex, or social standing, but it does not say that those things have no legitimate scope in any matter whatsoever. Isn’t that what you would point out when feminists appeal to Gal 3:28?

  11. magma2 Says:

    This discussion is over.


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