more from Ron Paul, racist loon

It turns out that not only is Ron Paul disconnected from consensual reality on abortion, evolution, and the separation of church and state, he's also a racist dingbat. phenry at DailyKos provides the evidence, from a 1992 article from the Ron Paul Political Report entitled "LOS ANGELES RACIAL TERRORISM":

Many more are going to have difficultly avoiding the belief that our country is being destroyed by a group of actual and potential terrorists -- and they can be identified by the color of their skin. This conclusion may not be entirely fair, but it is, for many, entirely unavoidable.

Indeed, it is shocking to consider the uniformity of opinion among blacks in this country. Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty, and the end of welfare and affirmative action.... Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the "criminal justice system," I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal. [emphasis added -tms]

In a 2001 interview, Paul claimed this and similarly racist articles (such as one where he claimed that it's ok to try young teens as juveniles, except for black teens who should be tried as adults) were written by a staffer - a laughable defense. This wasn't a slick glossy mag where he just served as an "adviser" or something, it was an eight-page 'zine that he published under his own name. Even if we grant the fantasy that someone else wrote it, that would mean that Paul was irresponsible enough to let it go out under his name, demonstrating such rank incompetence that he shouldn't be allowed to hold any position of public trust.

Really, it's time for folks to get over their crush on Paul. Yes, he's the only Republican talking sense on war, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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Reasons why i don't believe ron paul wrote the newsletters...

I'll just mention a few things here, since i suppose i can be called a ron paul supporter (although i'm not sure i'd want him as president)

The remarks that were written were incredibly vile, racial remarks, written as flamebait.

Take a look at what was written, and how ron paul talks, and you'll see they are completely different writing styles.

Paul speaks/writes in a formal tone, and even in his most condemning speeches, he doesn't resort to cheap insults to prove points or ire emotions.
The articles written, were written in such a way as to provoke an explosively charged emotion, aka: flamebait.

I really have seen no evidence that paul shares any of those feelings about racism.

To further nitpick, i've seen a copy of the artical, and it wasn't signed by ron paul, it wasn't signed by anyone. It was simply in a newsletter bearing his name. I find it odd that Paul didn't sign such a copy, as with the writing style.

I'm left to conclude by my own research that the articles were not written by paul. It just isn't like him to write in such a fashion.

Its ultimately up to the voter to decide who you'll believe, but i'd aruge that you should do your own research onto the matter, or give paul the benefit of the doubt, he deserves as much.
A public newsletter, from 15 years ago, which is the only place hes voiced such racism, which cannot be verified as to who wrote it.

I've also heard from someone who claimed to be in the industry that it wasn't that uncommon for senators to outsource political newsletters in their name... but thats hearsay

--Bazar

So Paul's not competent to run a 'zine?

If Paul didn't write the articles, he's still responsible for their publication - he should have been vetting anything that appeared in his newsletter, or if something slipped past, published a strongly worded retraction. He did neither. Either he wrote those articles, or he didn't object to them, or he isn't even competent to run a 'zine, much less a nation. In any of those alternatives, he's not fit for public office of any sort.

Tom Swiss - proprietor, unreasonable.org

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