Ron Paul Is Still A Racist Crackpot

I’m glad the national news media has finally, after nearly 20 years, decided to notice Ron Paul is a racist crank. Kinda took them long enough, but whatever.

I wrote about the racist newsletters causing Ron Paul so many headaches now waaay back in 2007. That post generated a slew of angry comments from Rondroids bent on proving that their savior was not batshit insane (unfortunately, all of my old comments got lost when I moved from Blogger to WordPress, which is a shame, because some of them were truly awesome).

Anyway, revisiting that old post from my blog’s earliest days, I was able to call up the Houston Chronicle’s original reporting about these racist newsletters. This story first surfaced when Paul ran for Congress way back in 1996; his Democratic opponent, a lawyer from Austin named Charles “Lefty” Morris, uncovered the racist newsletters and released them to the press. Morris lost that election, amazingly, and Ron Paul has been unleashed on the American electorate ever since. Despite running for president numerous times and despite his son Rand’s Senate campaign and the attention his negative comments about the 1964 Civil Rights Act received , the national political media is just now noticing Pater Paul’s malodorous racism.

So let’s revisit that Houston Chronicle story, shall we? Here are some excerpts from the Ron Paul newsletter:

Under the headline of “Terrorist Update,” for instance, Paul reported on gang crime in Los Angeles and commented, “If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.”

And:

“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.

And:

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.”

And:

He added, “We don’t think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.”

Paul is now claiming that he did not write these statements, even claiming that he didn’t pay close enough attention to who was writing for the Ron Paul Report. To which I say: bullshit. That’s a very different spin on things than what he told the Houston Chronicle back in 1996:

Paul, a Republican obstetrician from Surfside, said Wednesday he opposes racism and that his written commentaries about blacks came in the context of “current events and statistical reports of the time.”

“The time” being 1992. Ancient history, you know! Way back in the bad ol’ days when the Uppity Negroes were so much more uncivilized. Riiight.

Note, there was no mention of “ghost writers” and apologies that he should have policed the content of his newsletters more. Nope, when it was just the Texas media paying attention to this stuff, Ron Paul was all, “have you read the papers lately, people?!”

Liberal bloggers have known about this stuff for years. The liberal media, of course, doesn’t pay attention to us. I’m wondering if my name were Andrew Breitbart how long it would have taken CNN to figure out Ron Paul is a racist old crank.

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12 responses to “Ron Paul Is Still A Racist Crackpot

  1. John Weiss

    Ron Paul is a sincere racist crackpot. That, at least.

    President? Makes me laugh!

  2. Even if you assume that he’s being honest that somebody else wrote that stuff, it still looks terrible for a presidential candidate. One of the most important jobs for the president is to appoint and oversee the heads of federal agencies. Claiming this stuff isn’t his shows he can’t do the job. Can we trust his judgment at making appointments if he hired somebody who he totally disagreed with on racial matters to run the newsletter published under his name? Can we trust him at overseeing his subordinates if he never bothered to find out about the crazy racist nonsense in “his” newsletter? Is this the kind of manager we want running the executive branch of the federal government?

  3. Mike G

    Morris lost that election, amazingly

    Paul is a Republican in Texas. Having some thinly-veiled racism in your background is a plus in that environment.

  4. D.

    I’d love to explain to Mr. Paul why 95% of African Americans aren’t “sensible” libertarians, but I’m not sure my words would be simple or small enough.

  5. Thanks, SB. We did know it all along, didn’t we? In 2004, I checked his personal website to see who and what he was. It included those ‘newsletters’, statements like: “Rep. Paul refuses to treat Hispanic or Latino patients at his ‘hospitals’ and he does not accept Medicare as payment for his services…which means that he insulted those minorities, Hispanics and Seniors, with no apology whatsoever. His newsletters were full of KKK authored articles…signed or not. I started to spread this “news” on the Net, and a few weeks later…all that crap was removed!
    And he has taught his son to be a worse bigot than he ever was. So…crackpot is too mild a label…racist dog is better!

  6. John Weiss

    So, S.B., Ron Paul is a racist asshole. What else is new?

  7. Ron Paul’s new slogan:

    “I never hated n—–s, but I really don’t hate n—–s, now. Vote for ME!!”.

    In other news, Mel Gibson say’s that his comments about jews, fags and other sub-humans were taken out of context. When’s Mel gonna announce his candidacy for congress?

  8. ThresherK

    current events and statistical reports of the time

    Whatever you say, “Mr. Bell Curve”*.

    “Because everyone was saying so and who was I to know better?” is the last refuge of a politician, the one thing he is supposed to be known as not being.

    I thought “one’s own man” meant “If something is too hysterical and hyped, there should be a little alarm going off in my head and an interest in checking things out before papering over everyone else’s bigotry with an ‘amenable’ explanation that just happens to sync up with the most depraved instincts of my region”.

    (*Don’t know if he ever wrote about the book, but it sounds like the kind of bilgewater he’d drink like lemonade.)

  9. Shephard

    CNN’s Wolf Blitzer did an interview with Ron Paul about those newsletters back in 2008, and Hardball did a story around that time as well. The national media didn’t ignore the issue, they just didn’t see Ron Paul as a candidate worth covering.

    Hopefully this time around they’ll actually get him to tell us the full story.

  10. Steve Wilson

    Definitely agree that the newsletters are awful and inexcusable. I don’t think it makes sense to bring up opposing one part of the 1964 civil rights act. It is unconstitutional to force a private business owner to service someone. Also keep in mind there are hundreds if not thousands of recorded interviews without Ron Paul ever uttering anything racist.

    • It is unconstitutional to force a private business owner to service someone.

      Aaaaaand thank you for playing.

      In my America, it is not legal or acceptable to refuse service to someone because they had the misfortune to be born black, Hispanic, female, gay, etc. This is not modern thinking, and this is not the kind of attitude that promote progress in America. As to whether it’s constitutional or not, SCOTUS ruled that it is indeed constitutional. So, you’re wrong.