In 1991, when former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke ran for Governor of Louisiana as a Republican, he was resoundingly disavowed by Republicans from President George H.W. Bush on down. President Bush even went so far as to endorse the Democrat candidate in a successful effort to ensure Duke’s defeat.
It is now time for Republicans across the country to give the same treatment to Ron Paul for his long association with and promotion of racist, antisemitic, and anti-gay sentiments.
Here are a few:
From a 1992 issue of the Ron Paul Political Report:
“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.”
From an issue of the Ron Paul Survival Report:
“If you have ever been robbed by a black teenaged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.”
From the May 22, 1996, Dallas Morning News:
In the interview, he did not deny he made the statement about the swiftness of black men.
“If you try to catch someone that has stolen a purse from you, there is no chance to catch them,” Dr. Paul said.
From the January 1994 issue of the Ron Paul Survival Report:
“[Gay men with AIDS] enjoy the attention and pity that comes with being sick.”
From the June 1990 issue of the Ron Paul Political Report:
“I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”
From the September 1994 issue of the Ron Paul Survival Report:
“Those who don’t commit sodomy, who don’t get blood a transfusion, and who don’t swap needles, are virtually assured of not getting AIDS unless they are deliberately infected by a malicious gay.”
From Eric Dondero, a former senior staffer who worked for Ron Paul for twelve years:
“[Ron Paul] is . . . most certainly Anti-Israel and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.”
Paul has denied authoring or even knowing about the newsletter articles even though they were all published in newsletters bearing his name, and many of them were written in the first person. His denial is as incredible as Barack Obama’s denial that in the twenty years that he sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church he never heard him utter a single bigoted or anti-American statement. In fact, Paul’s denials are even less credible because the offensive statements appeared in his newsletters bearing his name from which he profited.
The modern home of political bigotry is the Democrat Party, which advocates for racial distinctions and viciously attacks any minority who dares to hold a non-conforming view. The Republican Party is the party that advocates for a colorblind meritocracy, and there is no place for bigotry in our tent. Ron Paul’s claims of ignorance of the many repeated bigoted statements that appeared in his newsletter under his name defy credulity, and he insults our intelligence by making such claims of ignorance.
Paul is known for his passionate base of supporters, and I have no doubt that I’ll be hearing from them about this column. His supporters point to his libertarian policies as essential to restoring the Constitution and the American republic. But once a man has been exposed as a bigot, he forfeits the right to have any of his views considered, regardless of their objective merits. For example, Louis Farrakhan advocates the important principle of personal responsibility, but because Farrakhan is a virulent racist and antisemite, he is undeserving of being dignified by having any of his other views considered. As with Louis Farrakhan, so with David Duke and Ron Paul.
There is no place in the Republican Party for bigotry, and so there is no place in the Republican Party for Ron Paul. It is no longer acceptable to tolerate Paul as a quack with a limited following and no possibility of winning the presidential nomination. Now that Paul’s history of bigotry has been exposed, if he wins Iowa, he will provide fodder for the leftist “news” media to perpetuate their ongoing libel that the Republican Party and conservatives generally are a bunch of bigots. Ron Paul must be immediately denounced and disavowed.