Skip to comments.The Ten Worst U.S. Purveyors of Antisemitism, #5: Ron Paul
Posted on 01/14/2014 7:11:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind
A few months ago Ron Paul touched off a media flap by agreeing to give the keynote address, on September 11, to a conference of the Fatima Center in Niagara Falls, Canada. The American Jewish Committee said it was appalled and dismayed and called on Paul to reconsider. Of course, he did not take the advice.
The Fatima Center is a Catholic fringe group whose leader, Father Nicholas Gruner, was suspended by the Vatican in 1996.
As a Huffington Post blogger noted at the time, the center,
has in the past published writing suggesting that Jews should be stripped of certain civil rights…. Gruner [and other leaders] have for over two decades promoted claims that a global conspiracy of wealthy apostate Jews and Freemasonswho are alleged to have financed Hitler and the Nazis and hold a Hitler-like doctrine of exterminating the gentile races and repopulating the Earth with their own kindis plotting to institute a New World Order global government under the command of the anti-Christ.
Also at the event will be speakers who have promoted Holocaust denial and portrayed global warming as a hoax that will be used to justify a Jewish and Israeli-led genocide of most of the Earths population, and who reject the long-established scientific fact that the Earth orbits the Sun.
Gruner himself is a blatant Holocaust denier, and the Southern Poverty Law Center has called the Fatima Center perhaps the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America.
What, then, was the longtime congressman and three-time presidential aspirant doingon September 11, of all daysaddressing such a gathering?
Before turning to Pauls antisemitism, its worth noting that, as evidenced in his infamous newsletters and elsewhere, he is not much of an American patriot either, and in that regard his timing in addressing the Fatima Center made sense. Among over-the-brink libertarians like Paul, ostensibly rational antigovernment positions are a cover for paranoid hostility.
Paul gave credence to the theory, later shown to have been the product of a Soviet disinformation effort, that AIDS had been created in a U.S. government laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Three months before far-right extremists killed 168 Americans in Oklahoma City, Pauls newsletter praised the 1,500 local militias now training to defend liberty as one of the most encouraging developments in America .
And as for the 9/11 attack itself,
Paul continues to be the favorite candidate of those who believe that the United States either orchestrated the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, or allowed them to happen in order to create the pretext for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Its not hard to understand why. In a December 9 speech to supporters in Iowa, Paul had this to say: Just think of what happened after 9/11. Immediately before there was any assessment there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq.
Far-right paranoics are also an antisemitic lot, and Ron Paul is no exception.
As Kirchik reported in an earlier article,
[Pauls] 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 Pauls 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.
Pauls newsletters were published for over two decades beginning in 1978. Taking heat for them during his 2008 election campaign, he tried to disassociate himself from them. But while particular articles usually bore no byline, most were written in the first person and in some cases referred to Pauls congressional career, medical career, and wife.
And Paul, according to a report in Reason, appears to have earned millions from the newsletters. His name, of course, was always part of the title (Ron Pauls Freedom Report, the Ron Paul Political Report, the Ron Paul Survival Report, the Ron Paul Investment Letter).
Paul also told Ed Crane of the Cato Institute that his best source of congressional campaign donations was the mailing list for The Spotlight, the conspiracy-mongering, anti-Semitic tabloid run by the Holocaust denier Willis Carto until it folded in 2001.
And so it goes, post-newsletter, in the new millennium.
Since 2008 Paul has been a guest on the radio program of far-right conspiracy kook Alex Jones, who in a documentary, notes Kirchik,
reveals the secret plot of George Pataki, David Rockefeller, and Queen Beatrix, among other luminaries, to exterminate humanity and transform themselves into superhuman computer hybrids able to travel throughout the cosmos.
Jones also claimed Israeli rescue teams in Haiti were there for the purpose of stealing organs.
In 2011, soon after getting an endorsement for his presidential bid from arch-antisemite and racist David Duke, it turned out Ron Paul had been photographed with Don Black and his son. Don Black is a former Ku Klux Klan wizard and founder and webmaster of the neo-Nazi Stormfront site.
Isolationists like Paul generally favor military action only if America itself is attacked. One imagines that, if Mexico were to launch thousands of rockets at Texas, Paul would support doing something about it.
That was the situation in Israel in 2008, during which a total of 3700 largely Iranian-supplied rockets and mortars fired from Gaza fell on southern Israela very tiny area compared to Texas. It took Ehud Olmerts left-leaning government until December to finally take action and launch Operation Cast Lead.
Even then it was too much for Paul, who took to Iranian TV to call Gaza a concentration camp where people were making homemade bombs and mocked the idea that Gazaby then a haven for Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other terror groupswas the aggressor.
The U.S. House of Representatives is a large body, and sometimes outlandish and noxious characters like Ron Paulwho is capable of accusing the United States or Israel of anything under the sun while showing friendliness toward Iran of the mullahs or Hamas-run Gazamake their way into it. That his grander aspirations have been contained is certainly a relief.
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I am sure his son is like him, except he is more polished, and keeps it hidden.
He’s a repulsive man, Ron Paul.
I just met my first anti-Semite here in Colorado.
He served in the Navy out of Washington.
I was shocked to here a retired Naval Officer so anti Israel.
Seemed like a normal guy till he talked about the Middle East.
Ron Paul was the only candidate who gave the impression that he not only disagreed with big government but was openly hostile to it and anyone who supported it. That resonated so much that he garnered a lot of support despite his clear flaws and dangerous associations. You can see this phenomenon in Greece where the Golden Dawn have garnered support, despite being fascists, because they are seen as the only group willing to fight against the commie government and muslim immigrant hordes. The lesson here is that it is imperetive for a good candidate to take up the mantle of truely despising intrusive government lest a dangerous candidate win on such sentiment.
Ooh ooh! Fight between Wrong Paul and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Lets make sure each side has enough grenades and flamethrowers.
Before we decry RINOs and extreme libertarians, we need to find an eloquent spokesman and a good farm team. Maybe Ted Cruz is the leader we need.
“Three months before far-right extremists killed 168 Americans in Oklahoma City, Pauls newsletter praised the 1,500 local militias now training to defend liberty as one of the most encouraging developments in America .”
Hmm, the Southern Poverty Law Center at work.
I agree. This list would probably be more accurately called “Worst Purveyors of Antisemitism that PJ Media is Not Afraid to Call Out”.
Correct. When conservatives fail to present a serious alternative to the commies, the only options left are the fascists and related nuts. If they are given power, they might stop the commies, but it won’t be pretty.
Ron Paul is a big supporter of Free Trade, Open Borders, & Unlimited/illegal immigration...and I find more and more that combo leans anti-Semitic and pro-Islam.
The article is noting more than a rehash of an article in Reason magazine years ago. It is full of distortions and half truths. RP never defended duke. He simply said that Dukes success is due to his opposition to affirmative action and the welfare state. Hardly an endorsement. Sullying by association is an old trick and that is what the article is attempting to do. We have a president who spent 20 years sitting in pew listening to an overt racist spout his hate for whites and yet we gave him a pass. The very same president lied about his relationship with a known terrorist and we gave him a pass. RP stands against discrimination in all forms and he is pilloried. GEt real and look at what RP actually said and his actions, not what an agenda filled left wing bigot has to say. This is the tail end of smear campaign that originated in the neo-con camp in 2008. http://formerbeltwaywonk.wordpress.com/2008/01/15/the-orange-line-anatomy-of-a-smear-campaign/Put it to rest.
RE: Sullying by association is an old trick and that is what the article is attempting to do
Are you saying that Ron Paul does not know about The Fatima Center is a Catholic fringe group whose leader, Father Nicholas Gruner, was suspended by the Vatican in 1996 because of his antisemitism.
Are you saying that Ron Paul is totally ignorant of Gruner’s Fatima Center Broadcast, On The “Judeo-Masonic” Conspiracy.
If so, he was made aware of it by the The American Jewish Committee whop asked him to reconsider going to there and giving a keynote address. Why did he do it?
As for this:
RE: We have a president who spent 20 years sitting in pew listening to an overt racist spout his hate for whites and yet we gave him a pass
FReepers have NEVER GIVEN Obama a pass. And if Ron Paul is an anti-semite, we shouldn’t give him a pass either.
RE: GEt real and look at what RP actually said and his actions
OK, maybe you can explain to us what Ron Paul means...
1) Tell us what Ron Paul actually said about Jews and give us examples from his writings. He has 25 years of it in his newsletters.
Let’s start with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing... why is he giving serious ideas that it was possibly a plot by the Mossad of Israel?
2) Maybe you can explain this video:
Where Ron Paul went on IRANIAN TV to say that Gaza is like a concentration camp (who does he imply is running this camp?), suggesting that we abandon Israel and not support them at all.