Ron Paul is Toast

January 9, 2008 at 10:30 am 7 comments

Ron Paul tried to portray himself in this presidential cycle as a different kind of Republican, but The New Republic shows that he’s just another Angry White Man. New Republic writer Jamie Kirchik uncovered hiding in Paul’s closet a series of newsletters containing the kind of racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic ravings that would make David Duke proud.

Like blacks, gays earn plenty of animus in Paul’s newsletters. They frequently quoted Paul’s “old colleague,” Representative 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.”

Paul’s people tried to spin themselves out of the situation with this statement:

“The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts.

“In fact, I have always agreed with Martin Luther King, Jr. that we should only be concerned with the content of a person’s character, not the color of their skin. As I stated on the floor of the U.S. House on April 20, 1999: ‘I rise in great respect for the courage and high ideals of Rosa Parks who stood steadfastly for the rights of individuals against unjust laws and oppressive governmental policies.’

“This story is old news and has been rehashed for over a decade. It’s once again being resurrected for obvious political reasons on the day of the New Hampshire primary.

“When I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publicly taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”

Does Paul really think that we are dumb enough to believe that he would allow political newsletters to go out under his name without knowing the content?

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. NG  |  January 9, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Wow, a Republican with an anti-gay, racist background? I would have never known.

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  • 2. Michael Crawford  |  January 10, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I know. Its really shocking, but what can we expect from a political who’s power was derived in part from a “Southern Strategy” that exploited people’s fears and prejudices.

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  • 3. Mad Professah  |  January 10, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    how many of those people who have been donating MILLIONS of dollars to Ron Paul via his campaign website do you think know his racist, sexist, homophobic views? 10%? 25%? 50%?

    That’s the scary part for me. Ron Paul has no chanc of winning the GOP nomination or becoming president, but that HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people have been donating money to such a bigot is quite disturbing,

    Reply
  • 4. Seth L. Sullins  |  January 10, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    We should be wary of condemning a man for the words of others.

    Reply
  • 5. Michael Crawford  |  January 11, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Seth,

    Paul allowed this trash to go out under his name. Who then should we hold accountable if not the person’s whose name is on the newsletters?

    Reply
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  • 7. Jesse  |  January 12, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    michael crawford.

    a lot of trash has gone out in the name of america. no?

    or how about the new republic?
    Croly wrote a New Republic editorial, “An Apology for Fascism
    [New Republic 49 (January 12, 1927)]
    or…
    The New Republic once published a cover story literally comparing Ross Perot to Adolf Hitler when he was running for president.

    like paul says, this is being released for political reasons. paul doesn’t endorse or even remotely resemble a bigot.

    you can question his oversight. i’ll give you that.
    and that’s really the only question that needs to be answered in my mind.
    his actions speak louder than words.

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