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Another in depth look at Ron Paul and claims of bigotry.

Posted by Jesse on January 17, 2008

It’s long but worth a read. Over at opednews.com

“While I strongly believe that Paul did not write the newsletter material quoted in the TNR article, for reasons I will discuss below, it should nonetheless be noted that a good bit of what TNR holds up as oh-my-God!-shocking actually is… not. For example, criticism of Israeli policies, or concern about the influence of the Israeli lobby upon U.S. foreign policy, is not anti-Semitic. Nor is opposition to foreign aid to Israel, especially in the context of Paul’s opposition to all foreign aid.

Similarly, criticism of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and Yale’s sordid Skull and Bones society is surely not outside the bounds of respectable discourse. And concern about an “industrial-banking-political elite” is hardly sinister; jeez, what intelligent non-Establishment political observer doesn’t worry about some variant or other of this? Isn’t that essentially what Eisenhower was warning about in his famous “military-industrial complex” speech?

And when did it become “paranoia” to oppose the Federal Reserve System and to support a gold standard instead of easily-inflated paper currency?”

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“TNR claims one article “had kind words” for Klan nutball David Duke. Upon actually reading it, however, one finds no “kind words” for Duke (though the short article is somewhat obnoxious). Rather, the article — written immediately after Duke’s shocking 44 percent showing in the 1990 Louisiana Senate primary — examines Duke’s strategy of building a populist movement against high taxes, big government, and welfare, as a possible model for other candidates without Duke’s nasty background and racist views. Tellingly, TNR fails to quote a later newsletter at their site that denounces Duke as “an adherent of the violent philosophy of the KKK” and wonders why the media spends so much time attacking the politically impotent Duke and tiny bands of skinheads instead of going after the likes of Oliver North “who has done much more damage to America than a few scattered fascists.” TNR, in full smear mode, ignores such nuances.

To point out such misrepresentations and exaggerations — and there is much more — is not mere nitpicking, nor is it an attempt to excuse the genuinely vile stuff that TNR has uncovered. It is important because TNR pads the article with such material to back up its claim that the newsletters show “decades worth of obsession with conspiracies … and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays.” However, all the nasty, damning quotes TNR gives — the legitimate meat of their article — appeared sporadically over a narrow, specific time-period: about fifteen issues from very late 1989 to 1993 — about three years, not “decades.” (Comments sympathetic to the militia movement, none bigoted, appear in a couple of 1994 and 1995 issues.)”

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Ron Paul smear campaign….continues….

Posted by Jesse on January 17, 2008

“If we have to use force, it is because we are America! We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall, and we see further into the future.”
~ Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

writes Steven LaTulippe:

“The first step is already in play. The establishment will start by simply ignoring him, by using its power in the mainstream media and their influence over campaign donors. If possible, they will find ways of excluding him from the debates.

This strategy is already failing. The internet and talk radio are outside the elite’s direct control and are being used effectively by Rep. Paul to “get the message out.” (And mark my words, sooner or later the oligarchy will come for the internet. This medium has been a royal pain in their derriere from day one.)

If this strategy fizzles, the establishment will move on to ridicule and fear mongering. Ron’s ideas will be grotesquely distorted in establishment media “hit pieces.” They’ll say he wants to permit heroin use in public schools, or that he wants old people to die in the streets without their social security checks, or that he wants to allow greedy industrialists to dump toxic waste into our drinking water.

The next arrow in the oligarchy’s quiver will be scandal – real or fabricated. Usually, this takes the form of pictures, billing records, etc. involving financial or sexual hi-jinks. For folks with the right motivation and abilities, it would be child’s play to implicate him in some sort of phony ethical, moral, or financial skullduggery (e.g., doctored pictures, sordid media accounts from “eyewitnesses,” etc.)”

“……Has America become so politically egocentric, so utterly consumed with its own cultural fetishes, that we could tolerate watching those who perpetrated the Iraq atrocity (or who supported it) smear a decent man for inadequately supervising a newsletter?

If Ron Paul’s candidacy is now tainted for (allegedly) slandering people of color, what should be the political punishment for Giuliani, McCain, Romney, and others who supported mass death and dismemberment of a third world country?”

read the rest here
previous article Ron Paul and the Empire

i mentioned the smear campaign on Ron Paul back in may on this blog. but it frustrated me so much i couldn’t even finish the thought. it was a pointless youtube video talking about term limits.

of course, at that time it was hard to find much on the guy, now he’s everywhere. so, naturally there will people who disagree. even to the point of trying to smear him like a bug.

the truth is that the “newsletters” are real. the truth is that ron paul’s name was on them.
the question is one of negligence and oversight. it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

obviously, if you’ve taken any time to sift through this “blog” you will find my support for the man hasn’t exactly waivered even though these accusations disturb me. i have to defend the guy through all of it. that’s distressing. but i’m willing to do it because i am not racist, and i believe in the ideas paul is talking about. especially in comparison to any of the other candidates.

i mean really. people are so curious as to why people would defend this man with a story like TNR’s. i ask myself the same question. and it’s quite simple. i just believe that the idea of individual liberty is at the heart of what makes america great. a justice system based on this idea discourages racism. (of course, it can only do that so long as people work to enforce the laws, not just make new ones. i agree with lysander spooner and other abolitionists. the basic laws in this country, the constitution/bill of rights, if properly interpreted and enforced do not allow for slavery) people may still talk, think and feel racist. but acting on those impulses is another story altogether. i mean, if ron paul is elected, do people think slavery will come back? or what? i mean, are they really claiming that ron paul is a liar to the unpteenth degree? do people really believe that he would spend his time talking about freedom, peace, individual liberty, fighting statism, and be a closet racist? if they do i just think they don’t know much about him. and, because of their disgust over the subject they probably won’t take the time to read or listen to what the man has to say. besides, in matters of racism, how you are going to erase the idea from people’s mind? i think it’s a matter of education. and i don’t hear ron paul encouraging racism.

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