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.