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Angry White Man (The bigoted "past" of Ron Paul. Calls black people "animals")
New Republic ^ | January 8, 2008 | James Kirchick

Posted on 01/08/2008 11:04:11 AM PST by mnehring

If you are a critic of the Bush administration, chances are that, at some point over the past six months, Ron Paul has said something that appealed to you. Paul describes himself as a libertarian, but, since his presidential campaign took off earlier this year, the Republican congressman has attracted donations and plaudits from across the ideological spectrum. Antiwar conservatives, disaffected centrists, even young liberal activists have all flocked to Paul, hailing him as a throwback to an earlier age, when politicians were less mealy-mouthed and American government was more modest in its ambitions, both at home and abroad. In The New York Times Magazine, conservative writer Christopher Caldwell gushed that Paul is a "formidable stander on constitutional principle," while The Nation praised "his full-throated rejection of the imperial project in Iraq." Former TNR editor Andrew Sullivan endorsed Paul for the GOP nomination, and ABC's Jack Tapper described the candidate as "the one true straight-talker in this race." Even The Wall Street Journal, the newspaper of the elite bankers whom Paul detests, recently advised other Republican presidential contenders not to "dismiss the passion he's tapped."Credit: Getty Images

Congressman Ron Paul.

Most voters had never heard of Paul before he launched his quixotic bid for the Republican nomination. But the Texan has been active in politics for decades. And long before he was the darling of antiwar activists on the left and right, Paul was in the newsletter business. In the age before blogs, newsletters occupied a prominent place in right-wing political discourse. With the pages of mainstream political magazines typically off-limits to their views (National Review editor William F. Buckley having famously denounced the John Birch Society), hardline conservatives resorted to putting out their own, less glossy publications. These were often paranoid and rambling--dominated by talk of international banking conspiracies, the Trilateral Commission's plans for world government, and warnings about coming Armageddon--but some of them had wide and devoted audiences. And a few of the most prominent bore the name of Ron Paul.

Paul's newsletters have carried different titles over the years--Ron Paul's Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron 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. Army surgeon, was first elected to Congress in 1976.) During some periods, the newsletters were published by the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, a non-profit 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 congresswoman 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.

To understand Paul's philosophy, the best place to start is probably the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Auburn, Alabama. The institute is named for a libertarian Austrian economist, but it was founded by a man named Lew Rockwell, who also served as Paul's congressional chief of staff from 1978 to 1982. Paul has had a long and prominent association with the institute, teaching at its seminars and serving as a "distinguished counselor." The institute has also published his books.

The politics of the organization are complicated--its philosophy derives largely from the work of the late Murray Rothbard, a Bronx-born son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and a self-described "anarcho-capitalist" who viewed the state as nothing more than "a criminal gang"--but one aspect of the institute's worldview stands out as particularly disturbing: its attachment to the Confederacy. Thomas E. Woods Jr., a member of the institute's senior faculty, is a founder of the League of the South, a secessionist group, and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, a pro-Confederate, revisionist tract published in 2004. Paul enthusiastically blurbed Woods's book, saying that it "heroically rescues real history from the politically correct memory hole." Thomas DiLorenzo, another senior faculty member and author of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, refers to the Civil War as the "War for Southern Independence" and attacks "Lincoln cultists"; Paul endorsed the book on MSNBC last month in a debate over whether the Civil War was necessary (Paul thinks it was not). In April 1995, the institute hosted a conference on secession at which Paul spoke; previewing the event, Rockwell wrote to supporters, "we'll explore what causes [secession] and how to promote it." Paul's newsletters have themselves repeatedly expressed sympathy for the general concept of secession. In 1992, for instance, the Survival Report argued that "the right of secession should be ingrained in a free society" and that "there is nothing wrong with loosely banding together small units of government. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, we too should consider it."

The people surrounding the von Mises Institute--including Paul--may describe themselves as libertarians, but they are nothing like the urbane libertarians who staff the Cato Institute or the libertines at Reason magazine. Instead, they represent a strain of right-wing libertarianism that views the Civil War as a catastrophic turning point in American history--the moment when a tyrannical federal government established its supremacy over the states. As one prominent Washington libertarian told me, "There are too many libertarians in this country ... who, because they are attracted to the great books of Mises, ... find their way to the Mises Institute and then are told that a defense of the Confederacy is part of libertarian thought."

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." It also denounced "the media" for believing that "America's number one need is an unlimited white checking account for underclass blacks." To be fair, the newsletter did praise Asian merchants in Los Angeles, but only because they had the gumption to resist political correctness and fight back. Koreans were "the only people to act like real Americans," it explained, "mainly because they have not yet been assimilated into our rotten liberal culture, which admonishes whites faced by raging blacks to lie back and think of England."

This "Special Issue on Racial Terrorism" was hardly the first time one of Paul's publications had raised these topics. As early as December 1989, a section of his Investment Letter, titled "What To Expect for the 1990s," predicted that "Racial Violence Will Fill Our Cities" because "mostly black welfare recipients will feel justified in stealing from mostly white 'haves.'" Two months later, a newsletter warned of "The Coming Race War," and, in November 1990, an item advised readers, "If you live in a major city, and can leave, do so. If not, but you can have a rural retreat, for investment and refuge, buy it." In June 1991, an entry on racial disturbances in Washington, DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood was titled, "Animals Take Over the D.C. Zoo." "This is only the first skirmish in the race war of the 1990s," the newsletter predicted. In an October 1992 item about urban crime, the newsletter's author--presumably Paul--wrote, "I've urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming." That same year, a newsletter described the aftermath of a basketball game in which "blacks poured into the streets of Chicago in celebration. How to celebrate? How else? They broke the windows of stores to loot." The newsletter inveighed against liberals who "want to keep white America from taking action against black crime and welfare," adding, "Jury verdicts, basketball games, and even music are enough to set off black rage, it seems."

Such views on race also inflected the newsletters' commentary on foreign affairs. South Africa's transition to multiracial democracy was portrayed as a "destruction of civilization" that was "the most tragic [to] ever occur on that continent, at least below the Sahara"; and, in March 1994, a month before Nelson Mandela was elected president, one item warned of an impending "South African Holocaust."

Martin Luther King Jr. earned special ire from Paul's newsletters, which attacked the civil rights leader frequently, often to justify opposition to the federal holiday named after him. ("What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it!" one newsletter complained in 1990. "We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.") In the early 1990s, a newsletter attacked the "X-Rated Martin Luther King" as a "world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours," "seduced underage girls and boys," and "made a pass at" fellow civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy. One newsletter ridiculed black activists who wanted to rename New York City after King, suggesting that "Welfaria," "Zooville," "Rapetown," "Dirtburg," and "Lazyopolis" were better alternatives. The same year, King was described as "a comsymp, if not an actual party member, and the man who replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration."

While bashing King, the newsletters had kind words for the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. In a passage titled "The Duke's Victory," a newsletter celebrated Duke's 44 percent showing in the 1990 Louisiana Republican Senate primary. "Duke lost the election," it said, "but he scared the blazes out of the Establishment." In 1991, a newsletter asked, "Is David Duke's new prominence, despite his losing the gubernatorial election, good for anti-big government forces?" The conclusion was that "our priority should be to take the anti-government, anti-tax, anti-crime, anti-welfare loafers, anti-race privilege, anti-foreign meddling message of Duke, and enclose it in a more consistent package of freedom." Duke is now returning the favor, telling me that, while he will not formally endorse any candidate, he has made information about Ron Paul available on his website.

Like blacks, gays earn plenty of animus in Paul's newsletters. They frequently quoted Paul's "old colleague," Congressman William Dannemeyer--who advocated quarantining people with AIDS--praising him for "speak[ing] out fearlessly despite the organized power of the gay lobby." In 1990, one newsletter mentioned a reporter from a gay magazine "who certainly had an axe to grind, and that's not easy with a limp wrist." In an item titled, "The Pink House?" the author of a newsletter--again, presumably Paul--complained about President George H.W. Bush's decision to sign a hate crimes bill and invite "the heads of homosexual lobbying groups to the White House for the ceremony," adding, "I miss the closet." "Homosexuals," it said, "not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities." When Marvin Liebman, a founder of the conservative Young Americans for Freedom and a longtime political activist, announced that he was gay in the pages of National Review, a Paul newsletter implored, "Bring Back the Closet!" Surprisingly, one item expressed ambivalence about the contentious issue of gays in the military, but ultimately concluded, "Homosexuals, if admitted, should be put in a special category and not allowed in close physical contact with heterosexuals."

The newsletters were particularly obsessed with AIDS, "a politically protected disease thanks to payola and the influence of the homosexual lobby," and used it as a rhetorical club to beat gay people in general. In 1990, one newsletter approvingly quoted "a well-known Libertarian editor" as saying, "The ACT-UP slogan, on stickers plastered all over Manhattan, is 'Silence = Death.' But shouldn't it be 'Sodomy = Death'?" Readers were warned to avoid blood transfusions because gays were trying to "poison the blood supply." "Am I the only one sick of hearing about the 'rights' of AIDS carriers?" a newsletter asked in 1990. That same year, citing a Christian-right fringe publication, an item suggested that "the AIDS patient" should not be allowed to eat in restaurants and that "AIDS can be transmitted by saliva," which is false. Paul's newsletters advertised a book, Surviving the AIDS Plague--also based upon the casual-transmission thesis--and defended "parents who worry about sending their healthy kids to school with AIDS victims." Commenting on a rise in AIDS infections, one newsletter said that "gays in San Francisco do not obey the dictates of good sense," adding: "[T]hese men don't really see a reason to live past their fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives are centered on new sexual partners." Also, "they enjoy the attention and pity that comes with being sick."

The rhetoric when it came to Jews was little better. The newsletters display an obsession with Israel; no other country is mentioned more often in the editions I saw, or with more vitriol. A 1987 issue of Paul's Investment Letter called Israel "an aggressive, national socialist state," and a 1990 newsletter discussed the "tens of thousands of well-placed friends of Israel in all countries who are willing to wok [sic] for the Mossad in their area of expertise." Of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a newsletter said, "Whether it was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little."

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 newsletters are chock-full of shopworn conspiracies, reflecting Paul's obsession with the "industrial-banking-political elite" and promoting his distrust of a federally regulated monetary system utilizing paper bills. They contain frequent and bristling references to the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations--organizations that conspiracy theorists have long accused of seeking world domination. In 1978, a newsletter blamed David Rockefeller, the Trilateral Commission, and "fascist-oriented, international banking and business interests" for the Panama Canal Treaty, which it called "one of the saddest events in the history of the United States." A 1988 newsletter cited a doctor who believed that AIDS was created in a World Health Organization laboratory in Fort Detrick, Maryland. In addition, Ron Paul & Associates sold a video about Waco produced by "patriotic Indiana lawyer Linda Thompson"--as one of the newsletters called her--who maintained that Waco was a conspiracy to kill ATF agents who had previously worked for President Clinton as bodyguards. As with many of the more outlandish theories the newsletters cited over the years, the video received a qualified endorsement: "I can't vouch for every single judgment by the narrator, but the film does show the depths of government perfidy, and the national police's tricks and crimes," the newsletter said, adding, "Send your check for $24.95 to our Houston office, or charge the tape to your credit card at 1-800-RON-PAUL."

When I asked Jesse Benton, Paul's campaign spokesman, about the newsletters, he said that, over the years, Paul had granted "various levels of approval" to what appeared in his publications--ranging from "no approval" to instances where he "actually wrote it himself." After I read Benton some of the more offensive passages, he said, "A lot of [the newsletters] he did not see. Most of the incendiary stuff, no." He added that he was surprised to hear about the insults hurled at Martin Luther King, because "Ron thinks Martin Luther King is a hero."

In other words, Paul's campaign wants to depict its candidate as a naïve, absentee overseer, with minimal knowledge of what his underlings were doing on his behalf. This portrayal might be more believable if extremist views had cropped up in the newsletters only sporadically--or if the newsletters had just been published for a short time. But it is difficult to imagine how Paul could allow material consistently saturated in racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and conspiracy-mongering to be printed under his name for so long if he did not share these views. 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.

What's more, Paul's connections to extremism go beyond the newsletters. He has given extensive interviews to the magazine of the John Birch Society, and has frequently been a guest of Alex Jones, a radio host and perhaps the most famous conspiracy theorist in America. Jones--whose recent documentary, Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement, details the plans of George Pataki, David Rockefeller, and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, among others, to exterminate most of humanity and develop themselves into "superhuman" computer hybrids able to "travel throughout the cosmos"--estimates that Paul has appeared on his radio program about 40 times over the past twelve years.

Then there is Gary North, who has worked on Paul's congressional staff. North is a central figure in Christian Reconstructionism, which advocates the implementation of Biblical law in modern society. Christian Reconstructionists share common ground with libertarians, since both groups dislike the central government. North has advocated the execution of women who have abortions and people who curse their parents. In a 1986 book, North argued for stoning as a form of capital punishment--because "the implements of execution are available to everyone at virtually no cost." North is perhaps best known for Gary North's Remnant Review, a "Christian and pro free-market" newsletter. In a 1983 letter Paul wrote on behalf of an organization called the Committee to Stop the Bail-Out of Multinational Banks (known by the acronym CSBOMB), he bragged, "Perhaps you already read in Gary North's Remnant Review about my exposes of government abuse."

Ron Paul is not going to be president. But, as his campaign has gathered steam, he has found himself increasingly permitted inside the boundaries of respectable debate. He sat for an extensive interview with Tim Russert recently. He has raised almost $20 million in just three months, much of it online. And he received nearly three times as many votes as erstwhile front-runner Rudy Giuliani in last week's Iowa caucus. All the while he has generally been portrayed by the media as principled and serious, while garnering praise for being a "straight-talker."

From his newsletters, however, a different picture of Paul emerges--that of someone who is either himself deeply embittered or, for a long time, allowed others to write bitterly on his behalf. His adversaries are often described in harsh terms: Barbara Jordan is called "Barbara Morondon," Eleanor Holmes Norton is a "black pinko," Donna Shalala is a "short lesbian," Ron Brown is a "racial victimologist," and Roberta Achtenberg, the first openly gay public official confirmed by the United States Senate, is a "far-left, normal-hating lesbian activist." Maybe such outbursts mean Ron Paul really is a straight-talker. Or maybe they just mean he is a man filled with hate.


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Admitted, this is from a leftist website and also to be fair, several of the comments Paul recently denied writing and claimed this was by a staffer, but the New Republic has gotten a hold of a lot more newsletters than have been released thus far.

I think the campaign's response near the end is far more telling.

1 posted on 01/08/2008 11:04:23 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehrling

bump for review.


2 posted on 01/08/2008 11:07:29 AM PST by bcsco (Huckleberry Hound - Another dope from Hope!)
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To: SJackson; Allegra; lormand; AuntB

Ping-


3 posted on 01/08/2008 11:08:02 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehrling; SJackson; Allegra; lormand

Ping.


4 posted on 01/08/2008 11:09:32 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda: enemy of civilization and humanity. Ron Paul: al Qaeda's puppet and mouthpiece.)
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To: mnehrling

Well, I’m not an angry white man, but I don’t hate the guy. I think he has integrity, that is to say, he means what he says and isn’t a phony. That’s rare. Unfortunately a lot of what he says is horrendous. I HATE his America bashing. It is really over the top. You’d think we were the worst nation in the world, rather than the best. Have we as a nation done anything right in his eyes?

I think he’s a fellow Christian. I think he’s pro-life. I think he’s conservative as to his economic policies. I think he’s a constitution fan. Those are the areas I can agree with him on.


5 posted on 01/08/2008 11:10:31 AM PST by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: bcsco
To be fair, the Gays for Ron Paul Blog has found some inconsistencies with the author.
6 posted on 01/08/2008 11:10:39 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehrling

Sounds like TNR is trying to stop the bleeding of radical anti-war leftie moonbats toward the Paul campaign and get them back on the Rat reservation. I figured it was a leftist hit piece when I saw the anti-Southern slams about a third of the way down (where DiLorenzo was mentioned).

That having been said, these old newsletters, despite the fact that they have a lot of truth in them, are something that Paul’s about to get beaten over the head with pretty hard. Truth is no defense in the modern media.

}:-)4


7 posted on 01/08/2008 11:11:58 AM PST by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: mnehrling

This is proof that the left thinks Rue Paul will take more votes from them. I’m relieved. He’s a nut, but nuts can be very dangerous.


8 posted on 01/08/2008 11:12:26 AM PST by Soliton
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To: mnehrling

This is the same guy that was on Tucker Carlson’s show last night. He said Ron Paul speaks “in code”.

That’ll do wonders for your credibility.


9 posted on 01/08/2008 11:13:50 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: mnehrling

Paul is a nut.


10 posted on 01/08/2008 11:13:58 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: Soliton

Did’ja see RP on Leno last night? His supporters cheered when he mentioned one Democrat that he got along with....Dennis Kucinich!!! Doesn’t that explain everything?


11 posted on 01/08/2008 11:14:54 AM PST by jdsteel (proud member of "Mothers And Children Against Criminal Aliens")
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To: jdsteel

Kooksinich in’t a bigot like RP. He wants to ensave us all equally.


12 posted on 01/08/2008 11:17:16 AM PST by Soliton
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To: mnehrling

Interesting


13 posted on 01/08/2008 11:17:20 AM PST by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: mnehrling

More infighting from the left. And what with Clinton apparently tanking, and the ramifications from that, this is gearing up to be a fun political season.


14 posted on 01/08/2008 11:17:23 AM PST by bcsco (Huckleberry Hound - Another dope from Hope!)
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To: FormerACLUmember
"and that black congresswoman Barbara Jordan is "the archetypical half-educated victimologist" whose "race and sex protect her from criticism."

Paul is a nut.

Yep true nuttiness at it's best. I'm sure Jordan never played the race card, and everyone knows that the black Kongressional Caucus is one of the best educated groups of people on the planet.

15 posted on 01/08/2008 11:18:18 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government, Benito Guilinni a short man in search of a balcony)
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To: mnehrling

Leave it to a leftist to make Ron Paul almost sound appealing.


16 posted on 01/08/2008 11:19:28 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: mnehrling
Ron Paul is Magneto!!!!
17 posted on 01/08/2008 11:19:43 AM PST by DM1
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To: SJackson
Paul has appeared on his (Alex Jones) radio program about 40 times over the past twelve years.
SJackson, I just saw this... I think I have to fix what I've been saying, I thought he was only on there about six times. Who was it who said that just going on a 'couple of times' is no proof of a relationship or something on those lines?
18 posted on 01/08/2008 11:19:59 AM PST by mnehring
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To: FormerACLUmember

It is long past time that the Nut Bag-Racist Ron Paul was taken out of the Race.

Kudos to the New Republic for great journalism and hard work.


19 posted on 01/08/2008 11:20:05 AM PST by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; traviskicks

To be fair, pinging some of the more rational Paul apologists.


20 posted on 01/08/2008 11:21:57 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Marie2
Many sincere people have integrity and an ideology that’ wrong. Run Paul is one of them. Hitler was against abortion, and so is Run Paul. It proves nothing because they have those convictions for different reasons. But Run Paul’s anti-Americanism is dangerous to our country’s survival. It inspires our enemies and their admirers in America; he is either devious or ignorant. His followers here are not conservatives nor patriots.
21 posted on 01/08/2008 11:22:57 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda: enemy of civilization and humanity. Ron Paul: al Qaeda's puppet and mouthpiece.)
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Drudge just picked this up with the tag line: Ron Paul Shock Newsletters Unearthed: Claim MLK a Gay Pedophile, Praise David Duke, Speculate 1993 WTC Bombing Was Mossad Job...
22 posted on 01/08/2008 11:23:43 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Carpe Cerevisi
That’ll do wonders for your credibility.

Credibility or lack of credibility is not a factor when it comes to getting a good smear out. Smear first, check credibility later, when most have already gone on to the next smear.

23 posted on 01/08/2008 11:24:54 AM PST by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: mnehrling
Who was it who said that just going on a 'couple of times' is no proof of a relationship or something on those lines?

Pick any one of RP's supporters on FR. You have a match.

24 posted on 01/08/2008 11:25:37 AM PST by bcsco (Huckleberry Hound - Another dope from Hope!)
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To: mnehrling
This was the New Republic bombshell you were referring to this morning? Might as well post directly from the SPLC. If you don't mind my asking, how did you have advance notice of this lefty rag publishing this?
25 posted on 01/08/2008 11:26:07 AM PST by jmc813 (Don't screw this up, vote for Thompson.)
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To: mnehrling

From what I read, the Authors thought is that anyone who thinks that Black Americans should have no more rights than any other American is a racist.

Typical leftist conspiracy nonsense. Ron Paul is a racist because a group he supports has members who think the South got a raw deal in the Civil War???!!!


26 posted on 01/08/2008 11:26:10 AM PST by marktwain
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To: mnehrling

This is almost worth going back to a forum I recently left in disgust because of it’s Paul worship and posting. If for no other reason than to continue to piss them off.


27 posted on 01/08/2008 11:26:26 AM PST by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: mnehrling
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28 posted on 01/08/2008 11:27:16 AM PST by gunnyg
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To: jdsteel

I watched the show also last night. Jay Leno specifically asked Ron Paul to name a Democrat.Here is the video. I dare you to watch it. What Democrat would you have mentionede if asked by the Jay Leno?

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-pxdmNzKNfU


29 posted on 01/08/2008 11:27:39 AM PST by texastoo ((((((USA)))))((((((, USA))))))((((((. USA))))))))
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To: trumandogz

“New Republic for great journalism”

Hard to see those words together without LOL.


30 posted on 01/08/2008 11:27:45 AM PST by marktwain
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To: jmc813
If you don't mind my asking, how did you have advance notice of this lefty rag publishing this?

Because the author was on the news last night saying it was about to come out. It wasn't a secret, he told Tucker Carlson on his show last night.

31 posted on 01/08/2008 11:28:11 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehrling
SJackson, I just saw this... I think I have to fix what I've been saying, I thought he was only on there about six times. Who was it who said that just going on a 'couple of times' is no proof of a relationship or something on those lines?

That doesn't surprise me. Six or so have been mentioned, but that's just the last few years. I haven't a clue where anyone could find that number, only Ron Paul and Alex Jones know for sure, and they're not talking.

That Paul is the candidate of choice on the right of Jewhaters, racists, conspiracy nuts and anti-American "patriots" has been pretty well established. To what extent Paul shares their beliefs, rather than simply wanting their $$$, has been open to question. As I've noted many times, the answer was likely to be found in the decade plus of newsletters he refuses to release. The six posted on FR gave a hint. It's clear that if he's not a racist and conspiracy nut, the highlights here don't support Jewhater, he's sure comfortable not only having these folk around, but if the paulistinian excuse is to be believed, writing in his name for over a decade.

He's not a Republican, and most people including the media seem to realize that. This kind of stuff is what keeps third parties afloat, and marginalized. The Libertarian Party should shun this guy.

BTW, if two libraries have a few of these newsletters, others will emerge.

Newsletters

Ron Paul: US "military is mowing civilians down in the streets"

RON PAUL ACCUSED U.S. TROOPS OF WAR CRIMES IN DESERT STORM

Ron Paul: Israel bought Jesse Helms

Ron Paul: Traitor had direct line to President Reagan

Ron Paul: Clinton didn't cut defense enough

RON PAUL ON DEFENSE SPENDING

Ron Paul supported the PLO terrorists

32 posted on 01/08/2008 11:29:56 AM PST by SJackson (If 45 million children had lived, they'd be defending America, filling jobs, paying SS-Z. Miller)
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To: mnehrling; All

Drudge headline:

Ron Paul Shock Newsletters Unearthed: Claim MLK a Gay Pedophile, Praise David Duke, Speculate 1993 WTC Bombing Was Mossad Job...


33 posted on 01/08/2008 11:30:23 AM PST by RDTF
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To: mnehrling

The New Republic is hostile to all real conservatives, which explains why it is going after Ron Paul.


34 posted on 01/08/2008 11:31:15 AM PST by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
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To: mnehrling
" ... His (Ron Paul's) adversaries are often described in harsh terms: Barbara Jordan is called "Barbara Morondon," Eleanor Holmes Norton is a "black pinko," Donna Shalala is a "short lesbian," Ron Brown is a "racial victimologist," and Roberta Achtenberg, the first openly gay public official confirmed by the United States Senate, is a "far-left, normal-hating lesbian activist." "


I call them the same, and worse, but then I am not running for public office; Just a enlisted man in the "militia" waiting to be called to active duty.

35 posted on 01/08/2008 11:31:22 AM PST by G.Mason (And what is intelligence if not the craft of out-thinking our adversaries?)
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To: trumandogz

I’m sorry but I seriously doubt the racist charge. Don’t believe everything a leftist tells you about anybody on the right.


36 posted on 01/08/2008 11:34:07 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: mnehrling
To be fair, the Gays for Ron Paul Blog has found some inconsistencies with the author.

You should drop them a comment on that blog inviting them to some of these Paul threads here on FR. These are a queer as a three dollar bill.

37 posted on 01/08/2008 11:35:10 AM PST by jmc813 (Don't screw this up, vote for Thompson.)
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To: mnehrling

Thanks for posting this!


38 posted on 01/08/2008 11:35:18 AM PST by Petronski (Willard Myth Romney: 51% negatives)
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To: Thorin
The New Republic is hostile to all real conservatives, which explains why it is going after Ron Paul.

I am NOT a Ron Paul fan, but I do not want to beat him by lying about him. Based on his current views, there just has to be more to this story. I never believe what liberals say about anyone, left or right.

39 posted on 01/08/2008 11:36:43 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: mnehrling

Drudge is running a red headline on this, but when you click on it the server is very slow.


40 posted on 01/08/2008 11:36:47 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (CNN: Full of plants from the DNC Plant-ation.)
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To: mnehrling

And I know you didn’t put it there, but I’m sure you’d agree that placing this in Breaking News on New Hampshire primary day is silly.


41 posted on 01/08/2008 11:37:23 AM PST by jmc813 (Don't screw this up, vote for Thompson.)
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To: mnehrling
Then there is Gary North, who has worked on Paul's congressional staff.

The Y2K guy?

42 posted on 01/08/2008 11:39:34 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: jmc813

Well, Drudge did seem it worth highlighting as new breaking news in bold red?


43 posted on 01/08/2008 11:40:53 AM PST by mnehring
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To: SJackson
It's clear that if he's not a racist and conspiracy nut, the highlights here don't support Jewhater, he's sure comfortable not only having these folk around, but if the paulistinian excuse is to be believed, writing in his name for over a decade.

For someone so godd at digging up research, your English composition is horrendous. How are people supposed to understand that?

44 posted on 01/08/2008 11:41:57 AM PST by jmc813 (Don't screw this up, vote for Thompson.)
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To: mnehrling

There is a new link on Drudge with some more Ron Paul idiocy. The page will not open however. I guess the Ron Paul spam-bots are doing a denial of service attack on the website.


45 posted on 01/08/2008 11:42:29 AM PST by lormand (Ron Paul 08' - Cult of the Insane)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

In my book, when one refers to a race of people as “animals” that is racist.


46 posted on 01/08/2008 11:44:19 AM PST by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: mnehrling
A lot of Run Paul’s supporters on FReeRepublic are gay, I’m sure.
47 posted on 01/08/2008 11:46:14 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda: enemy of civilization and humanity. Ron Paul: al Qaeda's puppet and mouthpiece.)
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To: trumandogz
To be fair, for several of these comments, Paul supporters claim he didn't write them but a staffer wrote them and just put Paul's name to them. A lot, however, are newly discovered so they haven't had a chance to apply that excuse to those.

From the article:
In other words, Paul's campaign wants to depict its candidate as a naïve, absentee overseer, with minimal knowledge of what his underlings were doing on his behalf.

48 posted on 01/08/2008 11:46:16 AM PST by mnehring
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To: FormerACLUmember

Not just a nut but a racist traitor to boot. What a disgrace this buffoon is to congress and with fat ted in there thats pretty bad


49 posted on 01/08/2008 11:46:18 AM PST by italianquaker (Is there anything Ron Paul doesn't blame the USA for?)
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To: mnehrling

Yes Drudge has picked it up. The wheels are going to come off Paul quickly. His campaign is toast and his days as a Congressman are numbered. His followers will defend him to the hilt no matter what he says or does. THE FREEPERS THAT SUPPORT PAUL GIVE FR A BAD NAME.


50 posted on 01/08/2008 11:46:54 AM PST by jrooney (Ron Paul called Reagan a Dramatic Failure and thinks he is smarter than Abe Lincoln.)
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