Chip Berlet: Ron Paul and the Bigots: Plain Talk or Plausible Deniability? – Off The Bus on The Huffington Post

Chip Berlet: Ron Paul and the Bigots: Plain Talk or Plausible Deniability? – Off The Bus on The Huffington Post
Ron Paul wants us to believe that he wasn’t paying attention when the newsletters that went out under his name for twenty years carried articles that were racist, homophobic, and antisemitic.
This story has circulated before; however when The New Republic posted a story on Tuesday detailing some of the nastier morsels with extensive direct quotes, Ron Paul responded:

“The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts….I have publicly taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”

Well, no, Paul really hasn’t taken any responsibility. Paul so far refuses to name the author of the turgid bigotry in his newsletter, and Paul’s responses over the years are less apologetic than non-denial denials. He didn’t write it. He didn’t know. He wasn’t paying attention. Don’t blame him.

Who else is there to blame?

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2 responses to “Chip Berlet: Ron Paul and the Bigots: Plain Talk or Plausible Deniability? – Off The Bus on The Huffington Post

  1. The President of the Texas NAACP Nelson Linder has definitively stated that he has known Ron Paul 20 years and that he (Ron Paul) is no racist.

    http://www.nolanchart.com/article1134.html

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2008/011308_not_racist.htm

    While you might accuse prisonplanet of being “conspiracy” site, the fact of the matter is they present photos and a tape recording of a radio interview of the Texas NAACP president in which he makes this statement.

    You can also call the radio station or the DJ in the interview (Alex Jones of KLBJ) and might even get a copy of the interview off their web site, though I did not try.

    As to the bogus argument that he “must” have known, that is absurd, do you think Ted Kennedy, or Bill Clinton, or John McCain, or any other federal elected official proofreads much of the fund raising literature their staffers send out (which is what those newsletters were about), you are living in a dreamworld.

    My understanding is he found out ~1995 after a political opponent used some of the quotes in a campaign for congress. He has many times since that time denied that he wrote the material, but took moral responsibility as it had gone out under his name.

    http://www.ronpaul2008.com/press-releases/125/ron-paul-statement-on-the-new-republic-article-regarding-old-newsletters

  2. Taking a pass on allowing clearly racist material to be published under your own bran and name is the mark of a slug.

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