Ron Paul and the racist newsletter
Both ED Kain and he-who-shall-not-be-named have endorsed Paul for President as a protest vote. Since I’m not a serious thinker, I’m free of the weighty obligation to endorse someone in the GOP primary. But for those serious folks, I have a simple question: how could you endorse a guy who published and profited from a newsletter that included AIDS conspiracy theories and called Martin Luther King Day “Hate Whitey Day”?
I’m sort of past exhaustion on this question at this point. Having been immediately smeared myself as a bigot after my endorsement of Paul, I’m having a hard time taking liberals seriously on this issue (especially since virtually every time I see these things they invariably link back to neoconservative reports on the dreaded Ron Paul.) As far as I know neoconservatives and their liberal allies have been responsible for far more death than Paul’s newsletters ever caused.
Here, I’ll just respond with another question: How could you endorse a candidate who bombs the brown-skinned people in Libya and Afghanistan and authorizes the assassination of US citizens abroad? How could you endorse someone who signs bills that allow for the indefinite detention of US citizens in the name of the War on Terror? How could you endorse someone who laughs off the war on drugs and marijuana legislation as if it were just a question of stoners wanting easy access to drugs? Do you hate America? Are you a racist? Are you a bigot? Blah blah blah.
Note: I don’t think you’re any of these things, or that support for Obama indicates such – or that liberals who support Obama are bad people for ignoring these issues or should vote with the same priorities I vote with. To each their own even if I am to be labeled a bigot or a “Serious Person” which in Balloon Juice speak is a Very Bad Thing Indeed. (Because, of course, voting my conscience and voting for an anti-war candidate is not Playing Nice and should be Condemned.)
This is silly. I care more about actions than whatever Ron Paul’s newsletter once published ages ago. Has Paul espoused any of those views himself? Not that I can tell. Do his preferred policies lead as much killing as the preferred policies of Obama or Romney or any of the other candidates currently swarming about? No, they don’t. Do you think the children we blow to shreds with our aerial drones care if Ron Paul’s associates published a racist newsletter in the 90’s or do you think they care more about being blown to shreds?
Paul obviously should not have allowed things like that to be published under his name and I completely and utterly condemn that newsletter and those behind it. It’s just not as big a deal to me as the aforementioned wars and assassinations under this president.
What’s more important to your idealism – words or bombs? What is more liberal? What is more progressive?
I see it as a matter of life and death. I know you see it as a matter of Your Team vs. The Others. But that’s just not enough for me.