|Back when I wrote my followup to my original Ron Paul Sucks! post, I mentioned that Paul had published some seriously racist newsletters.|
Unfortunately at the time, it was very difficult to get hold of much original source material for these newsletters and Paul at first said they were taken out of context and then years later claimed that they were ghostwritten. So, I was thrilled on Monday when I heard on Tucker Carlson that The New Republic had tracked down many of them and would be publishing an article about them yesterday.
I didn't have time to go looking for them the other day, but Sue from Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents emailed me a post from Pam's House Blend that contains a link to The New Republic article.
So what does TNR have to say about the newsletters? Here's for starters:
But, whoever actually wrote them, 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. In short, they suggest that Ron Paul is not the plain-speaking antiwar activist his supporters believe they are backing--but rather a member in good standing of some of the oldest and ugliest traditions in American politics.Yep, Ron Paul sure does suck!
You can go directly to selections from Ron Paul's newsletters here.