Well that headline should boost my blog hits when all Ron Paul’s devoted, mindless fanatics check in.
I doubt that Paul has the proverbial snowball’s chance of getting the Republican nomination, much less actually winning the White House. But, given the quality of the American electorate, strange things could happen.
There is an article over at The New Republic which discusses his old newsletters and provides links to scanned copies of them. These are the newsletters that Paul now claims he didn’t read, and that somebody else wrote under his name. And yet, in the December 1996 issue of Survival Report, the article notes:
Paul, who has repeatedly claimed over the past month that he “didn’t read” his own newsletters, wrote, “I don’t agree with it 100% either, but I still grab it from the mailbox and read it, front to back, the minute I get it.”
So, Representative Paul, were you lying then or are you lying now?
The newsletters show Paul for the bigoted, ignorant, ugly little man that he is. He can claim he didn’t write any of it, but apparently he’s not willing to back up that claim or to disavow the contents of the newsletters. He allowed the material to go out under his name, which makes him responsible for it and he should be held accountable.
It’s unfortunate that his legions of dedicated collegiate followers apparently have gotten no education in critical thinking in those high-priced classes they take at those expensive colleges. They’re giving a college education a bad name by supporting Paul and engaging in aggressive apologetics for the tiny-brained man from Texas.
It’s a sign of the times we live in, and of the poor quality of American education, that a politician like Paul can promote his simple-minded policy prescriptions and have them taken seriously by so many people who are supposed to be intelligent. And even sadder that they are so eager to dismiss his hateful comments in his newsletters.
If the country is very lucky we won’t have to hear from or say much more about Ron Paul. But we should be kind and hope that he can find his way back to the Texas rock from under which he crawled.