Tucker: Ron Paul Revealed (videos) + Paul’s Response

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Jamie Kirchick of The New Republic discusses a piece out on Friday alleging presidential candidate Ron Paul has a racist past.

The article:
http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.htm…

The newsletters:
http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.htm…

Added: January 07, 2008

h/t: William S. Trammell

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Ron Paul Statement on The New Republic Article Regarding Old Newsletters

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08/01/07 ARLINGTON, Va.
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Business Wire)

In response to an article published by The New Republic, Ron Paul issued the following 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 publically taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”

Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee Jesse Benton, 703-248-9115

Copyright Business Wire 2008

New Republic Author Exposes Ron Paul’s Past Writings!

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On the radio this evening John Gibson spoke with James Kirchick of the New Republic, who has examined Ron Paul’s writings over the years. He says there is a strain of extremism, racism, and possibly anti-Semitism.

Added: January 07, 2008

h/t: ICH

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12 thoughts on “Tucker: Ron Paul Revealed (videos) + Paul’s Response

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  2. Refusing to automatically believe that 9/11 was committed by a bunch of freedom-hating Muslims because your white Christian government says so makes you a bigot?

    Disgust with the extreme Zionist state of Israel does NOT make you anti-Semitic – Jews hate Zionism. Zionists want to bring religious war to the greatest extreme possible, and they get away with their crusade because anyone who cares enough to protest is automatically labeled anti-Semitic. Some of the people I respect the most in my life are Jewish – but none of them believe that a stupid chunk of land that their ancestors controlled ages ago is worth mass killing.

    Since when is socialism synonymous with Nazi fascism? Besides, I believe the latter is much closer to an accurate description of Israeli’s position in the Middle East.

    John Gibson is an asshole. He refused to even listen to the caller’s point of view because this is John Gibson news. It didn’t help that the video was mainly montage of John Gibson. He very much reminds me of Bill O’Reilly. Does he have something to say about this subject too?

    It’s obvious why they waited until just before the primaries to release these records that they’ve had for a decade or more – they don’t want him stealing votes from potential presidents that support the War on Drugs, support U.S. imperialism, support Israeli invasion of Lebanon, support torture, support war with Iran, support the USA PATRIOT Act, and never really wanted an end to the war in Iraq.

  3. WOW, the dirt on paul finally flows into the main stream~ But that’s one muddy river, easy to get lost in.

    That’s a great essay there, Andrew, hoping it gets broadly published to the paultardians. (Hope Stu is reading this! Looks like an awesome bulletin).

    My problem with Paul, and the reason I was so vocal was because of this taking of progressive votes from Dennis. Kucinich would not apparently agree with my take on Paul, and I respect that. Sometimes supporting dissent is more important than promoting progress.

    Paul has his points regarding war, but that’s where his points categorically begin and end. The entire balance of his platform is indicative of the pandemic xenophobia that has always plagued this melting pot.

    Promoting the south’s right to secede? Well I suspected that his view on the Civil Rights Act and the concurrent reinforcement of local and stat laws in opposition to federal mandates, could only equate some sort of seedy confederate revivalism, under which even the Emancipation Proclamation could be suspected as constricting fed meddling.

    Apparently I was right.

    Another huge hole in his position has to do with the environment, which nobody’s talking about, because there’s not much to say, except it would all go to the free market pillagers (whatever’s left).

    But apparently the Paulian enviro activist who I promoted this observation to, was so obsessed with their messiah, they will excuse anything he says.

    Paulians were, and are wrong to excuse the reality of Paul’s paranoid, greed-based, bigoted heart.

    But all this fades into fog the minute we remember that Mc’bomb-iran’ won GOP New Hampshire, and hucklenut won Iowa. It’s not just paulians who are wrong, it’s the PEOPLE who are completely deranged–

    It appears that even paul’s reeking skeletons of a racist past, and the establishment’s marginalization of Kucinich, the true hero of our political present, may be shown to be the least of the problem.

    It appears the country is largely clueless about what their complicity and support of this war has wrought.

    Maybe it’s time to compile every single gory image subversively leaked from Iraq, and stick it in their lilly-white brain-dead faces, with a big sign for the amerigoon church-going voters:

    SEE THIS? YOU DID THIS WITH YOUR STUPID VOTES, YOUR STUPID CULTURE OF GREED AND YOUR STUPID RELIGIOUS FANATICAL, MILITARISTIC RIGHT-WING STUPIDITY!

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  7. Paul writes in response to the TNR report, “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.”

    For the record, Martin Luther King Jr never said we should not be concerned with the color of a person’s skin. This is a common distortion of King’s argument white nationalists have been using for years in seeking to code their racism in the rhetoric of individualism.

    What King actually said was this: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

    King was talking about the future, not the present. King knew that before true colorblindness could be an actuality, the reality that America see and practice race everyday, and that US society rests on a structure of racial division, had to be dealt with.

    Indeed, in King’s day, apartheid – that is legal segregation – still existed. It would have been preaching suicide for King to have told his followers to stop making and asking for judgments based on race when their lives were materially inferior to the lives of white Americans precisely because of the reality of race in America.

    Race and racism don’t go away because we ignore them or stop talking about them. Race and racism are structural, institutional, and systemic. The exist outside of consciousness. You have to strive to become aware of all the ways race and racism divide us – most of which lie beyond bigotry and prejudice – and struggle affirmatively to break down those structures, institutions, and systems. Race as a category is a component of racism, and race will only disappear when racism has been overthrown.

    Why do people think that King supported civil rights, affirmative action, and even reparations if he did not believe we should make judgments based on the color of skin?

    Paul opposes civil rights, affirmative action, and reparations and has condemned King and other civil rights leaders for pushing these things. Civil Rights, Paul has argued, didn’t go bad; it was always bad. He rejects the very idea of civil rights for blacks (and gays and lesbians, etc.). Paul says that civil rights has been a disaster for our country and that people like King replaced force segregation with the equal or greater evil of forced integration. He said this not in his newsletters but on the floor of the House of Representatives.

    Paul is playing a rhetorical game in his response to the TNR report. It’s an old game that states rights conservatives play all the time. I grew up around this stuff. I know what these people are up to. It’s not about race, they say; it’s about states rights. No, it’s about race, and Paul knows it. So do his neo-confederate and white nationalist comrades who appear to be the only Paul supporters who actually know what Ron Paul stands for.

    What Paul and his white nationalist comrades want to do is stop the struggle against racism by creating the illusion that the struggle is itself racist and branding those who make the struggle as being guilty of that which they struggle against. It’s an absurdity that has been allowed to gain legitimacy because of the failure of liberals to challenge Orwellian conservative rhetoric on this matter.

    Think about it. This is a man who believes that, if Americans really wanted to free the slaves, that they should have paid the slave masters for emancipation with taxpayer funds and let the slave masters go on their merry way with not only the ill-gotten gains from the labor of African descendants, but with taxpayer money, as well.

  8. The TNR report reveals the consistency of Ron Paul’s thought and politics. I have been telling people for months than Paul is a states rights conservative, a neoconfederate, and a white nationalist. I didn’t need to know that he attends their conferences and meetings. I know it from his political speeches in Congress.

    I know it because, unlike Tucker Carlson and most Americans, I follow the white nationalist countermovement. Ron Paul’s thinking is entirely consistence with neo-confederate-style white nationalism. It’s white supremacy coded in the language of “states rights,” “heritage,” “Euro-American civilization,” and so forth. Things like this are easy to see if you know the character of the countermovement in question. “Euro-American civilization” is code for white Christian order (hardly code when you contrast it with the notion of African-American civilization, what Paul calls the “black agenda” to destory America). “Protect our borders” is code for xenophobia/anti-immigrant sentiment. And so forth.

    Paul’s been outed. The substantive debate about his politics has really been over for months. Now it’s just a matter of seeing whether his followers who are not part of white nationalist countermovement realized they have been duped and join the struggle to keep white nationalism from gaining momentum.

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