Ron Paul’s Bigotry

8 01 2008

Ever heard of Ron Paul?  No, not the politician, the guy who claimed that MLK was a pedophile.  Yeah, that Ron Paul.  What?  They’re the same guy?  You don’t say . . .

 According to The New Republic Ron Paul has written a lot of newsletters, and a lot of bullshit:

Martin Luther King Jr. earned special ire from Paul’s newsletters, which attacked the civil rights leader frequently, often to justify opposition to the federal holiday named after him. (“What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it!” one newsletter complained in 1990. “We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.”) In the early 1990s, a newsletter attacked the “X-Rated Martin Luther King” as a “world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours,” “seduced underage girls and boys,” and “made a pass at” fellow civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy. One newsletter ridiculed black activists who wanted to rename New York City after King, suggesting that “Welfaria,” “Zooville,” “Rapetown,” “Dirtburg,” and “Lazyopolis” were better alternatives. The same year, King was described as “a comsymp, if not an actual party member, and the man who replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.”

While bashing King, the newsletters had kind words for the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. In a passage titled “The Duke’s Victory,” a newsletter celebrated Duke’s 44 percent showing in the 1990 Louisiana Republican Senate primary. “Duke lost the election,” it said, “but he scared the blazes out of the Establishment.” In 1991, a newsletter asked, “Is David Duke’s new prominence, despite his losing the gubernatorial election, good for anti-big government forces?” The conclusion was that “our priority should be to take the anti-government, anti-tax, anti-crime, anti-welfare loafers, anti-race privilege, anti-foreign meddling message of Duke, and enclose it in a more consistent package of freedom.” Duke is now returning the favor, telling me that, while he will not formally endorse any candidate, he has made information about Ron Paul available on his website.

Like blacks,gays earn plenty of animus in Paul’s newsletters. They frequently quoted Paul’s “old colleague,” Representative William Dannemeyer–who advocated quarantining people with AIDS–praising him for “speak[ing] out fearlessly despite the organized power of the gay lobby.” In 1990, one newsletter mentioned a reporter from a gay magazine “who certainly had an axe to grind, and that’s not easy with a limp wrist.” In an item titled, “The Pink House?” the author of a newsletter–again, presumably Paul–complained about President George H.W. Bush’s decision to sign a hate crimes bill and invite “the heads of homosexual lobbying groups to the White House for the ceremony,” adding, “I miss the closet.” “Homosexuals,” it said, “not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.” When Marvin Liebman, a founder of the conservative Young Americans for Freedom and a longtime political activist, announced that he was gay in the pages of National Review, a Paul newsletter implored, “Bring Back the Closet!” Surprisingly, one item expressed ambivalence about the contentious issue of gays in the military, but ultimately concluded, “Homosexuals, if admitted, should be put in a special category and not allowed in close physical contact with heterosexuals.”

Wow.  That’s what I call your words coming back and biting you in the ass.  Not in a gay way, obviously, but in a more straight, white, embarrassment to the human race kind of way.

I’d be interested to hear Ron Paul respond to these accusations.

Update –

Ron Paul’s response can be read here.  Thanks Thomas!

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.

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4 responses

8 01 2008
Who Is Ron Paul

[…] Ron Paul’s Bigotry […]

9 01 2008
Thomas

“I’d be interested to hear Ron Paul respond to these accusations.”

He responded early morning the 8th. A copy is at the campaign web site.

16 01 2008
Ronald A Paul

[…] Ron Paul’s Bigotry […]

22 08 2008
Maka

Propaganda is so destructive. One only needs to look at a persons character and accomplishments to understand Ron Paul would not, could not, make these type comments above about anyone. The doctors I’ve encountered show a great deal of care for humanity, to have chosen medicine in the first place, and secondly, it would not be in a doctors best interests to be prejudiced toward any race. Use your God given common sense. Research the truth. Turn off your TV.

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