Ron Paul a Racist?

In a hit piece that appeared in The New Republic by James Kirchick, Angry White Man, Kirchick tries his best to paint Ron Paul as a racist by dredging up old Ron Paul Report newsletters, most of which were never written by Dr. Paul. Of course, the pieces were written under his name, so Paul does bear some responsibility. In response to the hit piece, Dr. Paul issued the following statement:

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. In fact, I have always agreed with Martin Luther King, Jr. that we should only be concerned with the content of a person’s character, not the color of their skin. As I stated on the floor of the U.S. House on April 20, 1999: ‘I rise in great respect for the courage and high ideals of Rosa Parks who stood steadfastly for the rights of individuals against unjust laws and oppressive governmental policies.’

This story is old news and has been rehashed for over a decade. It’s once again being resurrected for obvious political reasons on the day of the New Hampshire primary. When I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, have publically taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.

Confirming Paul’s claims, but taking things one step further, is Dr. John Robbins in a letter to the editors of TNR :

I have known Ron Paul for more than 30 years. He is not guilty of racism, and the suggestion that he is a racist is preposterous. I worked for him in 1976 and again from 1979 to 1985, the last our years as his chief of staff. The juvenile racial slurs in his newsletters were written by others; I have my suspicions as to who they were. I hope Ron dissociates himself from them by name. I think Ron has made some poor judgments lately and has accepted advice from men who do not respect the Constitution and the Rule of Law. If the TNR article torpedoes his campaign, the torpedo was provided by men who have pretended to be friends of Dr. Paul for years. If anything, they have preyed on his trusting nature and naivete.

Let’s hope Paul takes Robbins’ advice and that he name names and cleans house – or at least hires someone who will clean house for him.

With that said, most of the so-called evidence that Paul is a racist dredged up by Kirchick’s hit piece is the typical Liberal knee jerk leaps of logic most of us have come to expect from professional race baiters. For example, Kirchick writes concerning the LA riots:

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.”

Let’s see if I’ve got it? Liberalism and the collectivist philosophy it represents through the aegises of race based welfare programs have completely destroyed the black community while feigning to help them. The error in the quote is the reference to the black agenda. It’s the Liberal white collectivist agenda that is to blame. So, in response to this Liberal enslavement and the emasculation of black men to the point that the federal government has become the provider of choice for a growing number of black women and their children, a small group of black men threw some bricks and availed themselves of another hand out? Well, as friend pointed out if Ron Paul is a racist he’s a racist just like George Bush Sr. It took him 3 seconds to find this on Google (LA Times 5/5/1992):

RIOTS IN LOS ANGELES: The President; White House Links Riots to Welfare

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8 Comments on “Ron Paul a Racist?”

  1. brandon Says:

    Thanks for posting Robbins’ letter. Seeing as how the newsletters are old, I’m curious what recent poor judgments he is referring to.

  2. magma2 Says:

    I don’t know what he’s referring to, but Paul should name names and simply identify who wrote the pieces published under his name. I have a very good idea who wrote the stuff, but I think it’s going to come down to whether or not he’s going cut his ties with this man or whether his campaign is going to go down in flames. And if you’re wondering who that is, here’s a hint; I believe it’s one of the men in the video you just watched.

  3. brandon Says:

    CNN wrote a piece on it http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/10/paul.newsletters/

    Wolf Blitzer just had Paul on to talk about it. He seemed to have won Blitzer over in the interview which helped to change the tone coming from CNN, but we’ll see.

  4. magma2 Says:

    I saw that. I also saw this from Lew Rockwell on the Reason ‘hit and run’ blog. Is anyone buying this:

    Lew Rockwell | January 10, 2008, 8:27pm | #
    I see nothing!!! I see nothing!!!

    I have no idea what anybody is talking bout. Probably talking about smear merchants, with their smears and distortions, taking things out of context. The New Republic wrote an article sympathetic to fascism in 1927 so there!!! Oh yeah, buy Ron Paul’s new book, “Pillars of Prosperity” today, so we can promote the cause of liberty and remain in denial and pretend that nothing ever happened and that nobody has to know the specifics.

    _______

    My comment to the above:

    I tend to think I see someone covering his butt at the expense of his friend . . . not to mention his campaign.

    I’d like to think I was wrong.

  5. magma2 Says:

    Spend some time here http://www.reason.com/blog/show/124335.html#comments

    Look for comments by Eric Dondero.

    You’d think someone would be willing to take a bullet for Dr. Paul. Instead it looks like they’re going to leave him holding the bag on this one.

  6. magma2 Says:

    I should point out though, Dondero appears to be a disgruntled former employee. He called for Paul to resign from office the day after the first Rep debate (see http://www.libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com/) That doesn’t mean that his information concerning who wrote the newsletters under the Paul banner is false, but he does have an ax to grind. Also see his blog.


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