December 26, 2011

Why Ron Paul's Newsletter Explanation Fails

By now, most folks know about the content of Ron Paul's newsletters and the great many outrageous statements they contain. But let's refresh your memory on the things we are talking about -- here are a few from a much more extensive article:

A Special Issue on Racial Terrorism” analyzes the Los Angeles riots of 1992: “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began. ... What if the checks had never arrived? No doubt the blacks would have fully privatized the welfare state through continued looting. But they were paid off and the violence subsided.”
The October 1992 issue of the Political Report paraphrases an “ex-cop” who offers this strategy for protecting against “urban youth”: “If you have to use a gun on a youth, you should leave the scene immediately, disposing of the wiped off gun as soon as possible. Such a gun cannot, of course, be registered to you, but one bought privately (through the classifieds, for example).”
In the April 1993 Ron Paul Survival Report, the author—writing in the first person—states, “Whether [the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.” The newsletters also warns readers to “do your very best to keep your family away from inner cities. If you can’t, have a haven remote from the metropolitan areas.”

Yeah, that's mighty outrageous stuff there.

Jonah Goldberg offers an examination of Paul's claim that he didn't know what was going out in his name, and explains why that claim is insufficient to absolve Ron Paul.

Let’s start with his first argument. I simply don’t believe him. His claim would require not only that he never wrote the newsletters in question but that he never read them either. It would also strongly suggest that he never discussed their basic editorial thrust with a close aide and editor who was writing under Paul’s own name. He even claims that he never paid attention his lucrative newsletter business because nobody ever complained about their content.

I admit to a writer’s bias here, but your byline is one of the most valuable things you own because it reflects not just your work and thought but your character and reputation as well. I think Paul is lying about at least some of this. But even if you take him at his word that he was merely grossly irresponsible and incompetent in his handling of a few newsletters, how are we supposed to believe he could do the job of president if he has such poor management skills and such rotten choice in staff? (Admittedly, his choice in staff was only rotten if he’s telling the truth and his newsletters don’t reflect his views).

Now I refuse to believe that Ron Paul is a fool, so I can't accept the argument that he didn't know what was being written and mailed in his name. And various interviews over the years, Ron Paul appears to have endorsed the newsletters and their content -- his attempts to distance himself from those newsletters cam only after he began his 2008 presidential bid and have re-doubled now that their contents have become an issue in the 2012 race.

For example, here is Ron Paul talking about the newsletters in 1995 -- at about the 1:40 mark.

And here he is touting it in 1987:

So Ron Paul cannot claim to have been hands-off with regards to the newsletter -- and if he was, it shows a degree of irresponsibility that renders him unfit for the presidency.

But even if you set that aside, I think that this clip from this weekend tells us why the things that Ron Paul says today about foreign policy are an even better reason to reject him.

Ron Paul's foreign policy views are similar to Jeremiah Wright's. If we found them unacceptable when they came from Obama's pastor in 2008, we certainly can't accept them from a potential GOP candidate in 2012.

UPDATE: Of course, the simplest way of parceling out the blame for the newsletter, taking into account the various claims of authorship, looks something like this.


Works for me.

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America is being methodically eased out of overweening presence in the Middle East by economic malaise and military quagmires anyway.

Paul is the least likely to provoke Iran, ten dollar a gallon gas and complete collapse.

As for Wright, that was 2008. Dollars and US soldiers blood a plenty has been wasted since.
Obama and his elite GOP allies in disguise will waste even more in Afghan, Pakistan etc.

The Empire is doomed.

|| Posted by amspirnational, December 26, 2011 05:36 PM ||

I admit that I haven't been following the Paul brouhaha too closely - Paul is so far out there on foreign policy that he has no chance of winning the nomination. Thus this issue has no bearing on how I will vote.

That said, I am surprised to find Lew Rockwell in the middle of this. I've visited the Rockwell site several times and never once run across anything of the disgusting racial animus that we see in the Paul newsletters. I note also that several short essays from Ron Paul appear on the Rockwell site - and they were clearly written by Paul. You could see his speech patterns in the essays, but there was nothing objectionable in them.

At any rate, I might find Paul's excuses a tad more believable if I didn't see photos floating around the net with him making smilely faces with KKK members.

|| Posted by GW, December 26, 2011 07:00 PM ||

Ah, it is Jim Condit, Jr., back to sow his usual crop of racism, anti-Semitism, and Anti-Americanism.

You say that Ron paul is the least likely to provoke Iran -- quite possibly true.

But then again, his own close associates indicate his views are such that he will stand by and allow the Arabs and the Persians to complete Hitler's Final Solution -- something you would no doubt applaud, Mr. Jim Condit, Jr., given your history of identifying jihadis as martyrs for Christ due to their mission of killing Jews and US soldiers.

In other words, your self-identification with the cause of Ron Paul is sufficient to get me to support anybody but him.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, December 26, 2011 07:07 PM ||

Yeah, GW -- not everything on Rockwell's site is extreme as what is in the newsletters. of course, Rockwell doesn't write most of what is there -- plus he is now at the disadvantage of not having someone else's name to hide behind.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, December 26, 2011 07:16 PM ||

The quite mainstream AC and its regular columnist ex CIA man Phil Giraldi says Israel might well have had foreknowledge of 9/11/2001.

No wonder Ron Paul's popularity is growing.

According to mainstream Jewish Professor of History, Princeton University's Arno Mayer,
Hitler had no "Final Solution" other than deportation. Consult his fine work, "Why Did The Heavens Not Darken?"

|| Posted by amspiranationalist, December 27, 2011 01:58 PM ||

And by the way -- even Mayer is forced to admit that Hitler and the Nazis did, in fact, engage in a campaign of genocide against the Jews. He simply questions the point at which they decided to murder an entire people.

Too bad there remain folks like you who wish to complete the task.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, December 27, 2011 05:10 PM ||

Not true on either charge. Unless re Mayer by "entire people" you mean the Judeo-Bolsheviks in the East as Mayer defines them, which since hyperbole reigns whenever you defend Israeli interests,it's doubtful what your meaning is even matters.

|| Posted by amspiranationalist, December 28, 2011 02:21 PM ||

Jim Condit, Jr., I can't wait until you hit the heavenly gates and that Jew named Peter tells you the gates are locked to you.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, December 28, 2011 08:31 PM ||

"Christian" Zionists like you--who worship a nation not a Saviour...and whose worship has helped in the dispossession, oppression and murder of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Christians, Assyrian and Chaldean Iraqi Christians, are those in jeopardy.

To say nothing of the fact that DNA results would show most Middle Eastern Arabs,both Moslem and Christian are biologically nearer in the rabbis eyes "apostate" Peter than the widely intermarried majority Ashkenazi, non-Separdic fraction of the Israeli population.

|| Posted by amspiranational, December 29, 2011 06:07 PM ||

Jim Condit, Jr. -- again with the Jew-hating and the claims of apostasy against those who believe that israel has a right to exist, defend itself, and is the best ally of the US in the region.I guess you'll be voting for Obama this year due to the closeness of your views to those he and his "orthodox" pastor Jeremiah Wright endorse.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, December 30, 2011 07:37 AM ||

St Peter (to the rabbis of his time the equivalent of a self-hating Jew) believes Israel has a right to exist?

Very doubtful, but I'm sure some of the more charismatic/Pentecostal "Christian" Zionist charlatans might claim to have received messages from him to that effect.

If Ron Paul doesn't win or if/whether he runs as an independent, there is no purpose in voting for either of the corrupt two party elitist candidates, both of whom will be completely in the service of Israel and of the criminal financial plutocracy.

|| Posted by amspiranational, December 30, 2011 06:40 PM ||

I've got a warning for you, Jim Condit, Jr. There's a Jew hiding under your bed. And another one in that closet behind you. And the Zionists have planted listening devices in your home and are importing a mind-control ray from Israel so they can take over your brain. BUY TINFOIL NOW AND BEGIN FASHIONING HATS USING THE INSTRUCTIONS IN YOUR BACK ISSUES OF RON PAUL'S NEWSLETTERS!

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, December 30, 2011 08:46 PM ||
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