Ron Paul: anti-Zionist, racist, homophobe

Ron Paul on MLK day, 1992

Ron Paul on MLK day, 1992

More scans of Ron Paul’s newsletters, including racist and homophobic conspiracy theories can be found here.

Recent developments in the Republican contest for the presidential nomination have put Ron Paul in the leading position.

I never imagined that I would write the sentence above. Paul has always been considered an extremist, someone who might swing a race by attracting a few votes, but never a serious candidate for President of the United States. Many believe that it’s impossible for him to be nominated and even more so that he would be elected, but the increasing paralysis of our government, its inability to deal with even simple issues, the downward spiral of the world economy and its possible implosion, have angered and frightened many to the point that almost anything ‘different’ looks good — the more different, the better. And we all know historical precedent of yesterday’s extremist, even laughing-stock, becoming the leader of a great nation.

And Ron Paul is very different. Let’s just take his attitude toward Israel. Here’s what Philip Klein wrote recently:

Nearly three years ago, Israel launched a counterattack on Palestinian terrorists in Gaza who had been firing thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians. In early January 2009, Paul released a web video in which he charged that Israel was launching a “pre-emptive war,” that Palestinians were living in a “concentration camp” and that they merely had “a few small missiles.”

He then repeated this claim on Press TV — the state-owned propaganda channel of Iran’s Islamist government. “To me, I look at it like a concentration camp, and people are making homemade bombs,” he said of the situation in Gaza, adding sarcastically, “like they’re they aggressors?”

Here’s the Iranian TV interview:

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Not good.

But there’s worse. Ron Paul tries to present a reasonable image today, and the Romney and Obama campaigns are happy to let him do it in order to draw support from candidates to the right of theirs. But Paul has a paper trail that is downright ugly. Here’s how James Kirchik described it in 2008:

Paul’s newsletters have carried different titles over the years–Ron Paul’s Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, TheRon Paul Survival Report–but they generally seem to have been published on a monthly basis since at least 1978. (Paul, an OB-GYN and former U.S. Air Force surgeon, was first elected to Congress in 1976.) During some periods, the newsletters were published by the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, a nonprofit Paul founded in 1976; at other times, they were published by Ron Paul & Associates, a now-defunct entity in which Paul owned a minority stake, according to his campaign spokesman. The Freedom Report claimed to have over 100,000 readers in 1984. At one point, Ron Paul & Associates also put out a monthly publication called The Ron Paul Investment Letter.

The Freedom Report’s online archives only go back to 1999, but I was curious to see older editions of Paul’s newsletters, in part because of a controversy dating to 1996, when Charles “Lefty” Morris, a Democrat running against Paul for a House seat, released excerpts stating that “opinion polls consistently show only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions,” that “if you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be,” and that black representative Barbara Jordan is “the archetypical half-educated victimologist” whose “race and sex protect her from criticism.” At the time, Paul’s campaign said that Morris had quoted the newsletter out of context. Later, in 2001, Paul would claim that someone else had written the controversial passages. (Few of the newsletters contain actual bylines.) Caldwell, writing in the Times Magazine last year, said he found Paul’s explanation believable, “since the style diverges widely from his own.”

Finding the pre-1999 newsletters was no easy task, but I was able to track many of them down at the libraries of the University of Kansas and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Of course, with few bylines, it is difficult to know whether any particular article was written by Paul himself. Some of the earlier newsletters are signed by him, though the vast majority of the editions I saw contain no bylines at all. Complicating matters, 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. What they reveal are decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays. In short, they suggest that Ron Paul is not the plain-speaking antiwar activist his supporters believe they are backing–but rather a member in good standing of some of the oldest and ugliest traditions in American politics.

There’s lots more that could be said about Ron Paul (see here for example). But I’ve seen more than enough.

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6 Responses to “Ron Paul: anti-Zionist, racist, homophobe”

  1. Robman says:

    Well, be warned everybody. He’s the other side of the same Saudi petrodollar prostitution coin as Obama.

    Mark my words: He’s going to run third-party just to screw up the Republican vote and hand the election to Obama. The VERY same general media that can’t seem to kiss Obama’s booty enough is ALSO handling Ron Paul with kid gloves, even building up, for this reason.

  2. juvanya says:

    Oh not the old racist canard. What are you so afraid of that you need to bring up a straw man argument that only insecure white homosexuals seem to care about? (I have never seen any straight or dark skinned person mention the newsletters)

    The newsletters have been covered dozens of times and anyone who brings them up is mentally retarded or insecure about something and have a fear that manifests as Ron Paul hatred. Or maybe you fear you have something to lose.

    Ron Paul is not even remotely anti-Zionist. He is in fact the most Zionist candidate, in the tradition of Irgun and Lehi—self-reliance and self-defense. Has he stated some controversial and incorrect things regarding Israel? Sure. He isnt as well educated in this area as in other areas. However, it doesnt really matter. He will never send a penny to any group or organization opposing Israel, most importantly including the UN (which he would defund completely in his first year, causing it to collapse).

    Ron Paul was the lone voice to defend Israel when it attacked Osirak. An attack that Reagan condemned and Newt and Mittens no doubt would also condemn. They are “America Uber Alles” types who would be livid if Israel acted unilaterally without “permission”. Ron Paul has similarly defended Israels right to attack Iran if it feels it is in its defensive needs. Ron Paul would completely withdraw all US pressure on Israel to make concessions and wouldnt care where Israel builds homes.

    Ron Paul is so racist, he wants to end the racist drug war, racist justice system, and racist discrimination in government employment policies.

    If he were Grand Wizard of the KKK who advocated an end to the drug war and foreign wars and a racist justice system, I’d still vote for him. Because unlike our black president, the policies that a “racist” Ron Paul advocates would actually help black people rather than continue to destroy them.
    Brutus, a dark-skinned blogger

    Homophobia can be dealt with in the same way as the rejection of the irrelevant newsletters. Ron Paul wants to get government out of marriage completely and let people and religions decide on their own. He may be a homophobe, but that is completely irrelevant to his ability to be president. He is not planning a democide of homosexuals.

    Vic, youre a brilliant writer and make great arguments all the time, but this is the worst post I have ever seen. Its a complete hashjob, slapped together nonsense. Please educate yourself about the man who will set America and Israel free to pursue greatness.

  3. Vic Rosenthal says:

    Just read the newsletters that are linked at the beginning of the post — there are 50 of them. Watch the embedded video. There are others. All of that speaks for itself.

  4. juvanya says:

    I have read enough of them to know that a freshman forensic linguist would laugh at you.