Lots of talk recently about Ron Paul’s newsletters. But, as some of you may remember, we covered this ground a LONG time ago.
In fact, the first mention of it was back in August 2007 in a post I wrote called Being Realistic On Ron Paul, where I called upon his supporters to answer 7 questions about the congressman, one of which was about the newsletters.
At that time, a lot of his supporters had dug into the situation and had become convinced there was really nothing there because Ron Paul hadn’t written them.
I disagreed. Strongly.
Here are the posts I wrote back then…
- Ron Paul Realism: Question 6 of 7: What about those racist writings in his newsletter?
- Why All The Surprised Faces?
- Ron Paul Talks About Racist Newsletters
- Is The Ron Paul Movement Over?
- Ron Paul’s Newsletters Authored By Lew Rockwell
That last story about Lew Rockwell…yeah, read that one. Because it’s the most telling of how the racist newsletter saga played out back in 2008 and should speak volumes about why it’s popping up again. In short, Ron Paul (or his campaign) was playing fast and loose with the truth.
Regardless…now it’s 2011…and guess what? The newsletters are baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
From The New Republic (who did the original reporting back in the day):
For years, Ron Paul published a series of newsletters that dispensed political news and investment advice, but also routinely indulged in bigotry. Here’s a selection of some especially inflammatory passages, with links to scanned images of the original documents in which they appeared.
“A Special Issue on Racial Terrorism” analyzes the Los Angeles riots of 1992: “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. … What if the checks had never arrived? No doubt the blacks would have fully privatized the welfare state through continued looting. But they were paid off and the violence subsided.”
The November 1990 issue of the Political Report had kind words for David Duke.
This December 1990 newsletter describes Martin Luther King Jr. as “a world-class adulterer” who “seduced underage girls and boys” and “replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.”
A February 1991 newsletter attacks “The X-Rated Martin Luther King.”
An October 1990 edition of the Political Report ridicules black activists, led by Al Sharpton, for demonstrating at the Statue of Liberty in favor of renaming New York City after Martin Luther King. The newsletter suggests that “Welfaria,” “Zooville,” “Rapetown,” “Dirtburg,”and “Lazyopolis ” would be better alternatives—and says, “Next time, hold that demonstration at a food stamp bureau or a crack house.”
A May 1990 issue of the Ron Paul Political Report cites Jared Taylor, who six months later would go onto found the eugenicist and white supremacist periodical American Renaissance.
The January 1993 issue of the Survival Report worries about America’s “disappearing white majority.”
The July 1992 Ron Paul Political Report declares, “Jury verdicts, basketball games, and even music are enough to set off black rage, it seems,” and defends David Duke. The author of the newsletter—presumably Paul—writes, “My youngest son is starting his fourth year in medical school. He tells me there would be no way to persuade his fellow students of the case for economic liberty.”
A March 1993 Survival Report describes Bill Clinton’s supposedly “illegitimate children, black and white: ‘woods colts’ in backwoods slang.”
It’s all there and it’s all completely and utterly damaging. Ron Paul will never be President. Ever.
And so it goes…