Talking Points Memo for The Guardian, Ron Paul: racist newsletter scandal won't go away:
"...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."
"...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.In ad for newsletter, Ron Paul forecast "race war", Reuters, Dec. 23, 2011
"...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."
"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.”Recommend this post