Jan 9, 2008

Ron Paul, America's bigot?

In my emails this morning I spied one from POAC, which I get daily and enjoy due to it's diversity of subjects and issues. In it, was a link to a TNR story about Ron Paul's old newsletters, the title of which was " Angry White Man". So, I clicked on the link and was utterly appalled at what I read. Pages and pages of bullshittery that squarely attacked Blacks, gays and others from all angles and levels. Let me give you just a taste of what the article contains, and which it attributes to Ron Paul or writers on his website which contained his name as the owner of the site:

Paul's alliance with neo-Confederates helps explain the views his newsletters have long espoused on race. Take, for instance, a special issue of the Ron Paul Political Report, published in June 1992, dedicated to explaining the Los Angeles riots of that year. "Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began," read one typical passage. 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."
Paul's newsletters didn't just contain bigotry. They also contained paranoia--specifically, the brand of anti-government paranoia that festered among right-wing militia groups during the 1980s and '90s. Indeed, the newsletters seemed to hint that armed revolution against the federal government would be justified. In January 1995, three months before right-wing militants bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, a newsletter listed "Ten Militia Commandments," describing "the 1,500 local militias now training to defend liberty" as "one of the most encouraging developments in America." It warned militia members that they were "possibly under BATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms] or other totalitarian federal surveillance" and printed bits of advice from the Sons of Liberty, an anti-government militia based in Alabama--among them, "You can't kill a Hydra by cutting off its head," "Keep the group size down," "Keep quiet and you're harder to find," "Leave no clues," "Avoid the phone as much as possible," and "Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."

The TNR article's author did speak with Paul's current campaign spokesman, Jesse Benton about the inflammatory content of the decades of newsletters. Benton tried to deflect the damage by saying Paul allowed others to write for the newsletter without actually seeing what type of horrific wingnuttery was being printed underneath his masthead. The TNR author then states; In that respect, whether or not Paul personally wrote the most offensive passages is almost beside the point. If he disagreed with what was being written under his name, you would think that at some point--over the course of decades--he would have done something about it.

There is so much more my dear reader, stuff that will curl your hair..or worse, make you physically ill. I didn't even go into the Theocratic bs contained in the article. I really don't want to post any more of it..check out the article if your so inclined, for a look-see into the wingnut known as Ron Paul..America's biggest publicly-elected bigot and premier homophobic.

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