Monday, December 26, 2011

America's turmoil taking it toward disaster UPDATED

At Truthdig, Joe Conason peels recent layers of respectability that hide a reprehensible man who happens to be frontrunner in Iowa presidential caucuses. The Bigots and Billionaires in Ron Paul’s Orbit.
"For many years, Paul was merely an outlying crank in the ranks of the Republican Party—a “libertarian” who courted the paranoid bigots in the John Birch Society...

"...his rhetorical flirtations with the White Citizens Councils hardly mattered. Almost nobody bothered to listen seriously to his urgings that America return to the gold standard, repeal the income tax and the direct election of U.S. senators and erase all of the advances of the past century in protecting the public from cyclical depressions, poisonous food, water, air and drugs, and the insecurities of poverty, old age and ill health.

"On the far right, including wealthy figures such as the Koch family that once supported the Birch Society and now backs the tea party, there are many who share Paul’s brand of political nostalgia. Kindly and gentle as he appears, Paul has always known how to sound the dog whistle that excites them...

"...the rise of the tea party and the vacuum of leadership in the Republican Party have created a space for Paul’s lethal fantasies, which if enacted would return us to the bad old days of mass poverty, rampant pollution, racial supremacy and all the other ills that characterized the America of the robber barons."
Talking Points Memo for The Guardian, Ron Paul: racist newsletter scandal won't go away:
"...Paul has claimed that the newsletter, which compared African Americans to zoo animals, warned of a coming race war, and generally promoted racist, anti-semitic, and fringe militia views, was written by other authors and that he was unaware of its content — even passages written from his perspective. He has not offered up any of the names of the six to eight writers he said were responsible for writing the incendiary material, however, and reporters are pressing him for more details.

"...As USA Today's Jackie Kucinich noted on Thursday, when Paul responded to a similar controversy over the newsletters in a 1996 interview with the Dallas Morning News, he said that he was indeed aware of some of the offending passages, and even offered explanations as to the thinking behind them. For example, he said a passage suggesting that "given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal," was based on outside research."
In ad for newsletter, Ron Paul forecast "race war", Reuters, Dec. 23, 2011
"A direct-mail solicitation for Ron Paul's political and investment newsletters two decades ago warned of a "coming race war in our big cities" and of a "federal-homosexual cover-up" to play down the impact of AIDS.

"The eight-page letter, which appears to carry Paul's signature at the end, also warns that the U.S. government's redesign of currency to include different colors - a move aimed at thwarting counterfeiters - actually was part of a plot to allow the government to track Americans using the "new money." ...
(For a PDF of the solicitation letter see link.reuters.com/vud75s)

Paul Disowns Extremists’ Views but Doesn’t Disavow the Support, By Jim Rutenberg and Serge F. Kovaleski, New York Times, Dec. 25, 2011:
"...In May, Mr. Paul reiterated in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC that he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing segregation....

"In the mid-1990s, between his two stints as a Texas congressman, Mr. Paul produced a newsletter called The Ron Paul Survival Report, which only months before the Oklahoma City bombings encouraged militias to seek out and expel federal agents in their midst. That edition was titled “Why Militias Scare the Striped Pants Off Big Government.”

"An earlier edition of another newsletter he produced, The Ron Paul Political Report, concluded that the need for citizens to arm themselves was only natural, given carjackings by “urban youth who play whites like pianos.” The report, with no byline but written in the first person, said: “I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self-defense. For the animals are coming.”

UPDATE, from Talking Points Memo, December 26, 2011
"Ron Paul swears he didn’t write those racist newsletters that bore his name back in the day — but it keeps becoming harder and harder for him to distance himself from the incendiary rhetoric contained within them.

"Two clips from 1995, unearthed by one-man candidate headache Andrew Kaczynski, show Paul talking up the investment newsletter he published and profited from but now says he knew little about content-wise.

"The clips prove that the newsletter was an important part of Paul’s past, but as with all negative stories about the man currently on top of the polls in Iowa, they’re not likely to make a dent among his hardcore base of support. They do prove how potentially disastrous a Paul nomination could be for the GOP in a general election against President Obama, which is one of the reasons why the conservative establishment has freaked out as Paul’s numbers have risen.

"Here’s the first clip, first published last week. It shows Paul describing the newsletter as one of the projects that kept him engaged in public discourse after leaving Congress for the first time (he left the House in 1984 to run an unsuccessful campaign for Senate in Texas before running as the Libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and returning to Congress as a Republican in 1997.)

"The newsletter talk starts about 1:40 in."
"On Monday, Kaczynski posted another 1995 clip that ties Paul to his newsletters even more closely than the above video does. In an interview with a with an MBA student, Paul touts his newsletter as being “gold-oriented” but also “expressing concern about surviving in this age of big government.”
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17 comments:

  1. Ron Paul a racist? You have to be kidding me. The USA has been run by Israeli's for decades. Israeli's are the most bigoted rasist people on the planet . They think they are "gods" chosen people and we are donkeys here to serve them. Give your heads a shake. Paul is the last hope for a free America........and world in my opinion.

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  2. A strange hate-filled world you long for Cronus.

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  3. Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius

    Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad

    Here we have the U.S.'s Republican Party tearing itself apart with 19th century fantasy, rehashed by 21st century mad-men.

    Ron Paul and his ilk are a throw-back to the USA of the 20's and 30's of Jim Crow laws (apartheid), mass poverty and mass starvation. And with any debate that surfaces with American politics, the anti-Semites rise from those evil depths, where they rest festering in vile hatred.

    I remember in 1960, when my father took the family on a business trip to Portland (it took an entire day to drive there) and I was amazed by the sign "coloreds" hanging over a section of a department store luncheonette and asked my mom if we were colored?

    Racism was and is endemic in the USA and so ingrained in the American Psyche, that it will never be eradicated. The United States is teetering on obscurity, with trillions of dollars wasted on useless defense measures, yet very little is spent improving the country, saving it from itself.

    If Ron Paul were ever to direct the USA from the White House, the country would tear itself apart in a race/wealth civil war which would rival the 1861-1865 episode.

    And here we have in Canada a Prime minister and cabinet and a political party that idolizes the American way of life. They want Canada and Canadians to blindly follow the same path.

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  4. Well, there is a possibility that one of the writers of Ron Paul's newsletter might have been Charles Manson. Wasn't "Helter Skelter" supposed to be about race war in America as well? Maybe that's why Mr Paul won't divulge who the writers were.

    Cronus, any chance you might be Jim Keegstra?

    mr perfect

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  5. I thought of taking Cronus' comment down when it first appeared. I did refuse other items by the same person for ugly antisemitism. However, while I won't let this be a platform for hatred, its worth allowing these people into the open, to remind they are among us.

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  6. Beware of idiots with too much money....

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  7. These newsletter accusations are a really old story that has been debunked a long time ago and disavowed by Paul. The hysterical smear campaign on Paul from the welfare/warfare state propagandists is to be expected because his version of limited and accountable government challenges the the fascist business model and corrupt excesses of empire.

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  8. Disavowed, but not debunked. They are part of his history; an uncomfortable part that he withdraws today as he seeks the support of the broader American public.

    There is strength in admitting you were once wrong and have seen the light for specific reasons. There is hypocrisy in claiming the words published over your name, for your benefit - and not disavowed at the time - should be ignored and forgotten with a pretense they never existed. Ron Paul is undeniably a hypocrite.

    Ron Paul's past brushes with antisemitism and refusal to offer a blank cheque of support to Israel largely explains the dislike of him held by mainstream Republican movers and shakers. The neo-cons want a strong American military presence overseas, Paul does not. But, he might change that firmly held belief for reasons of political convenience as well

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  9. Well, consider history. In 1981, Israel bombed an Iraqi nuke plant. Rep. Paul went against both the U.N. and president Ronald Reagan when he defended Israel’s right to defend itself. If you take the time to examine his record in congress you'll discover someone quite different from one portrayed in the hatchet jobs you quote.

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  10. Republican presidential candidate hopeful Ron Paul supports calls for the abolishment of Israel as a Jewish state, and the return of it, in its entirety, to the Arabs, though he is not an anti-Semite, Eric Dondero, a former senior aide of the libertarian Texan congressman, wrote in a blog Monday.

    “He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all,” Dondero wrote. “His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer.”

    - Haaretz.com, December 27, 2011

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  11. Dondero is a former disgruntled employee of the Paul campaign who ran against him in the last election and lost. I'd take what he says as not credible since Dondero has such Neocon connections and funding. Norm, for someone who seems to like to take the press to account in Canada, do you not find it interesting that the most shrill diatribes against Paul are coming from the same voices that screamed for war with Iraq and now want war with Iran. Oh the hubris of empire.
    https://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/05/16/eric-dondero-to-run-against-ron-paul-for-congress-2/

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  12. Yes, the Paul campaign claims Dondero was fired but he claims something different. However, what the ex says rings true with the what Paul's record shows over many years, preceding his entry to the national stage.

    True, he worries the neo-cons and the rest of the pro-Israel lobby, which is extraordinarily powerful in the USA. But he bothers many others as well who believe in the principles of social justice, market and business regulation, progressive taxation, environmental protection and public ownership of natural resources.

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  13. Ron Paul is the most popular Republican candidate amongst minorities because he seeks to end the war on drugs and the biased, racist court system it engenders that unfairly targets minorities.
    Ron Paul’s policies are almost universally in the same spirit as Martin Luther King whom he admired and minorities are resonating with his message of true liberty.

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  14. According to the NY Times, one of his publications called the federal holiday honouring Martin Luther King: “Hate Whitey Day.”

    Ron Paul said of Washington, D.C., “I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

    However Anonymous 12:10, as the last words, I suggest you exercise skepticism when reading material created for the benefit of someone who has spent decades appealing to and raising money from the lunatic fringe.

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  15. Except Ron Paul didn't say that. But if you wish to accept MSM lies
    as fact, it makes me skeptical of the honesty of everything else on your blog.

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  16. "Finding the pre-1999 newsletters was no easy task, but I was able to track many of them down at the libraries of the University of Kansas and the Wisconsin Historical Society....

    "...the newsletters I saw all had one thing in common: They were published under a banner containing Paul’s name, and the articles (except for one special edition of a newsletter that contained the byline of another writer) seem designed to create the impression that they were written by him--and reflected his views.

    "What they reveal are decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays."

    From Angry White Man - The bigoted past of Ron Paul.
    Written by James Kirchick, The New Republic Magazine

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  17. Raimondo says it best....

    "the neocons are in such a frothy-mouthed lather: they are calling Paul a hater, but they are the ones exuding hate from every pore"
    "Note the sheer breadth of the Anti-Paul Popular Front, extending all the way from the Beltway “libertarians” of the Weigel-Sanchez-“cosmotarian” school to the Union Leader, the War Street Journal, and the identity-politics lefties who think Rachel Maddow is a real “radical.” At the core of the smear campaign, you’ll note, are our old friends the neocons: [edited] Jamie Kirchick, who effortlessly wafted from The New Republic to Radio Free Europe and thence to the extremist edges of the neocon movement inhabited by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The latest “rediscovery” of the infamous newsletters was prompted by a rehash published in Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard, who is still hoping that David Petraeus or some general on a white horse will come riding in to save the GOP from Paul."

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