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Ron Paul’s Dirt

Ron Paul is the big surprise of the 1998 election, mostly because he’s the true maverick McCain wishes he were. That also means he gets very little press attention, good or bad. Which means we don’t have that much dirt on him (yet). But with your help….

– Racist Newsletter

If you have any tips, as always please email us.


Quotes

“If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.” – Ron Paul, 1992

“Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,’ I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.” – Ron Paul, 1992

“We don’t think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.” – Ron Paul, 1992

“What else do we need to know about the political establishment than that it refuses to discuss the crimes that terrify Americans on grounds that doing so is racist? Why isn’t that true of complex embezzling, which is 100 percent white and Asian?” – Ron Paul, 1992

Racist Newsletter

Since 1985, Ron Paul has published a newsletter, first called the Ron Paul Political Report (and since renamed the Ron Paul Survival Report.)

In 1992, the newsletter published a bunch of inflammatory comments on racial subjects, listed in the Quotes section of this page. Pretty raw stuff.

In 2001, as Paul moved to the mainstream and rejoined the Republican party, he disavowed these comments and blamed them on an unnamed ghostwriter. But when Paul ran for Congress in 1996, as a Libertarian, his opponent brought these up to show that Paul had fringe ideas. At that time, Paul told the Houston Chronicle that he opposed racism and his commentaries about blacks came in the context of “current events and statistical reports of the time.” In other words, he didn’t deny writing the Ron Paul column in the Ron Paul newsletter, profits of which go to Ron Paul, until many years later. Then he claimed that his campaign aides thought it would be “too confusing” to tell the truth, so he had to lie and accept responsibility.

Whichever story is true, he’s clearly responsible for the contents of that newsletter and pretty squirrelly about the whole thing.

Sources

“Newsletter excerpts offer ammunition to Paul’s opponent “, by Alan Bernstein, Houston Chronicle, May 23, 2006
“Ron Paul Race Smear Erased?”, Free Market News, May 22, 2007. I have no idea if this is a credible source– the piece is obviously slanted in a very pro-Ron-Paul way — but the quotes are still interesting. Take it with a grain of salt.

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