I’m getting pretty sick and tired of people constantly labelling Ron Paul as a racist and homophobe. Whilst I may not agree with every one of his beliefs or policies, I do think he has a lot to offer the American public and government with his political and economic principles.
YouTube is abound with clips proclaiming Ron Paul’s racism, and I was especially disappointed when I saw the Young Turks take on it. It’s blatantly obvious the propaganda machine has been unleashed mercilessly Ron Paul in a poor attempt to sabotage his run for President, and worst of all is that so many have willingly bought into it.
The main reason I’m posting this is because I’m fed up with seeing how this man has been treated, more so than wanting to defend him politically. I just don’t think he’s that bad a guy, and I honestly believe that he genuinely wants what’s best for the country for non-selfish reasons–unlike every other GOP candidate–. People just don’t seem to understand, nor research, his views from the angle of libertarianism.
Anyway, disagree with his political and economic policies, his religious beliefs, whatever, but at least be respectful and get your facts right, or you just end up looking like an idiot in any political discussion involving him.
This is repost from Regulate the Regulators blog smashing the whole ‘Ron Paul the racist’ escapade:
Basically, what happened was that for perhaps 3 decades, several newsletters ran under Paul’s name containing some fairly conventional right-wing commentary. Many have attested that Paul personally distanced himself from production and various people with gigs as ghostwriters came and went.
For a brief period from about 1990-1994, a small number of newsletters were released sporadically which contained racially hateful and “homophobic” remarks.
This was during a time when Paul had relinquished responsibility for the newsletters’ operation, retired from Congress and an exhausting presidential campaign, and consigned himself to working full-time as a medical doctor and public speaker, in addition to raising five children.
A few objectionable issues managed to leak out under Paul’s nose, quite understandably. Paul did not then and does not now possess superhuman powers. Believe it or not, there were other things that were occupying him at the time. He didn’t have the ease of mind, the way some people apparently do, to devote his days to scanning the newsletters for the occasional rant against gays. Blaming him for this is ultimately like blaming him for comments on his Facebook wall.
The racist comments fly in the face of everything Paul has ever written and said, as many people who know him personally have attested. (Among whom include Rick Sincere, an openly gay libertarian whose run for Congress in 1993 Paul supported and helped collect funds for, at the same time the most hysterical of the newsletters were being churned out.)
Paul was quite angry when he learned of the whole thing. He didn’t issue a full denial in 1996 when it was first brought up only because of the extremely stupid advice of his campaign staff. He has in the past decade addressed the issue several times publically, explicitly denying authorship, and there is every reason to believe it and move on.
There’s also a useful section (#7) addressing the claim that Paul’s voting record establishes him as a racist.
EDIT/update: I’ve added a new section, this time on whether Paul “signed off” on the newsletters or not.