Ron Paul: Liar, Bigot, Ignorant, Ugly Little Man

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.

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16 Responses

  1. He’s an infected political boil that keeps popping up no matter how many times he’s lanced. Each time he reappears, he’s more grotesque than the time before.

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    • Don’t hold back. Say what you really mean. 🙂

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      • LOL, in the short time that we’ve known each other, have you ever known me to hold back?

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        • 😯

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          • Of course, I still bow to the master of acerbic discourse. I am but a humble student of your forthright remonstrations 😉

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          • Right. So where’s your tuition check?

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            • I’m still waiting on financial aid to approve you as an accredited university.

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            • Accreditation? I don’t need no steenking accreditation!

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  2. I agree that Ron Paul is ugly, but that’s not the worst of his flaws. In fact, it may be his most endearing trait.

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    • The truth is just so harsh, isn’t it? 😀

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  3. As an foreigner observer to the US political system, I’m fascinated by Ron Paul. I agree that he has no fucking chance of getting the nomination and, if he did, he’d be “heart attacked” or “GSK’d” before the election got underway.

    However, it’s nice to see a candidate who openly advocates giving capitalism a go again. That stuff George W did wasn’t capitalism, for the avoidance of doubt. Silly investments should fail, we all know that really, don’t we?

    The world wouldn’t have ended if we’d let much of Wall St. or the Square Mile go to the wall. Iceland is still alive after defaulting and so will Greece after their 4th default in 100 years.

    More of my thoughts on this here: http://thenewaustralian.org/?p=1000

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    • Well, you can have him.

      Please, take him!

      And allow yourselves to be ruled into a rumble of feudalism, odd economics that ignores both empirical data and MATH, and Evangelical religion.

      Have fun with that. If you want it, you can have it; but, don’t wish that on us. That’s just arrogant. And mean. And dumb.

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  4. “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? ”

    To be fair, TNR’s article states that Ron Paul’s written quote was referring to the Rothbard-Rockwell Report, not to his own newsletters.

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    • To be really fair, here’s the whole quote from TNR:

      –In the December 1996 Survival Report, the last issue before he re-entered Congress, Paul wrote that subscribers would receive a free subscription to The Triple R, or Rothbard-Rockwell Report, published by Lew Rockwell and libertarian activist Murray Rothbard. 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.” This issue also referred to Rockwell in the third person: “The editor, my old friend Lew Rockwell, was my chief of staff in the House, and he’s worked with me for 12 years on this newsletter.” The June 1991 Political Report invited readers to “Join Me” at a conference, mentioning that Rockwell and Rothbard would be speaking alongside Paul.–

      It’s not clear exactly what Paul is referring to, Rockwell & Rothbard or his own newsletter, because of the way it’s written. But in any event the larger point is that he never disavowed, to my knowledge, the worst sort of stuff in any of these publications, whether published under his name or by his apparently close friends.

      When you consider the whole man, there is no way he should be allowed anywhere near the power of the Presidency.

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      • “It’s not clear exactly what Paul is referring to, Rockwell & Rothbard or his own newsletter, because of the way it’s written.”

        Why would Ron Paul say that he doesn’t agree with his own newsletter 100%? That makes no sense. Neither does grabbing his own newsletter from the mailbox, since he was the publisher. He was clearly talking up his friend Rothbard’s newsletter.

        As for your last sentence, I couldn’t agree more. Ron Paul is a grade-A nutcase. The fact that his supporters believe him when he says that he didn’t know what he published in his own newsletters demonstrates how deluded they are about him.

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        • In the context of Paul’s refusal to be accountable for what he said in his newsletters, he might well have said here that he didn’t agree with his own newsletter as a bit of an out. Yeah, I know, I’m being really picky about the small bit of ambiguity in the language. My motto is that when these guys speak, trust nothing: skepticism rules. And the same goes for press reporting.

          On that last point I’ve noticed that many of the major news outlets reporting on the murders of sixteen people in Afghanistan recently very seldom break it down to ‘nine children, three women, and four men’. They’ll say ‘sixteen men, women and children’ or ‘several men, women, and children’ or ‘sixteen people’. Perhaps they’re afraid their viewers might actually feel some outrage that a U.S. soldier murdered nine children, one of them two years old?

          Anyway, point is I nitpick language from the media.

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