Ron Paul has run for president before but he was always considered a fringe candidate. Now because of his anti-Iraq War position, more people are paying attention to him. While I admit that I appreciate his outrage over the abuse our Constitution has suffered in the hands of Bu$hCo and is anti-Iraq War stance, I hope people will look a little deeper. He’s actually a pretty scary guy.
Go read this: Ron Paul vs. the New World Order
As my cohort Sara has already explained, there’s a real problem with that — namely, for all of Paul’s seeming “progressive” positions, he carries with him a whole raft of positions well to the right of even mainstream conservatives.
A more important point, though, that’s overlooked in all this is that Ron Paul has made a career out of transmitting extremist beliefs, particularly far-right conspiracy theories about a looming “New World Order,” into the mainstream of public discourse by reframing and repackaging them for wider consumption, mostly by studiously avoiding the more noxious and often racist elements of those beliefs. Along the way, he has built a long record of appearing before and lending the credibility of his office to a whole array of truly noxious organizations, and has a loyal following built in no small part on members of those groups.
Truly noxious organizations like White Supremacists.
Paul, writing in his independent political newsletter in 1992, reported about unspecified surveys of blacks.”Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action,”Paul wrote.Paul continued that politically sensible blacks are outnumbered “as decent people.” Citing reports that 85 percent of all black men in the District of Columbia are arrested, Paul wrote:”Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,’ I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal,” Paul said.Paul also wrote that although “we are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers.”
He also voted against sending aid to Katrina victims.
True that much of the money for Katrina aid was misused however, Ron Paul is against any form of government aid in principle.
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I wouldn’t judge Ron Paul as “scary” simply based upon the breadth of supporters he attracts.
You don’t have to agree with of Ron Paul’s supporters. You just need to evaluate Ron Paul’s consistent support for a Federal government that lives within its means, and the boundaries established within the constitution.
The idea that the government best able to manage a local situation is a local government really resonates with me. Ron Paul is NOT equal to “You’re On Your Own” — he’s not out to cripple all government services and support. He simply believes in the 10th amendment, and that the Federal government should NOT do what state and local governments SHOULD do.
History and current events show that state and local governments are unable to function effectively when the Federal government keeps expanding its influence, cultivating dependency, and then demonstrating incompetence in the moment of need. Witness Katrina, as you mentioned.
Check it out:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
… you may wish to read the rest of the Constitution as well if you have a moment.
Regarding the racism allegations:
The quotes cited have been addressed by Paul as not having been written by him, but by a long-ago discredited staffer.
If you’re truly interested in forming your own opinions of Dr. Paul’s positions, check out the catalog of his writings at:
Eric Dondero says
That “long discredited staffer” who wrote those comments is Ron Paul’s longtime best friend and political confidante Lew Rockwell. Lew owned up to it in the 1996 race. He is still very tight with Ron Paul.
Get your facts straight first.
Eric Dondero, Fmr. Senior Aide
US Congressman Ron Paul R-TX
Eric Dondero says
The much publicized comments by Ron Paul are only the tip of the iceburg. There’s much, much more there on Paul. The media is handling him with a kid glove and not digging deep, cause like them, he shares their anti-Bush/anti-War views. So, they don’t want to embarrass him with the really juicy stuff.
I’d point to the very latest on Paul. David Duke is now featuring him on his website at http://www.davidduke.com
The ole’ proverbial phrase… “With friends like that…”