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.”
“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 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 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.