Ron Paul has served in Congress for 23 years. In today’s electoral system, 12 successful campaigns for Congress mean two things…yes, the voters like him, but he is also good at raising the necessary money to get elected, an exercise that unfortunately requires politicking. Yet his followers would have you believe that Paul lives in a rarefied world where he keeps his fingers clean and his morals pure.
During the 90s, Ron Paul’s office released a series of newsletters, many of which were highly inflammatory and racist, with quotes such as these:
“If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.” – Ron Paul, 1992
“Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,’ I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.” – Ron Paul, 1992
“We don’t think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.” – Ron Paul, 1992
“What else do we need to know about the political establishment than that it refuses to discuss the crimes that terrify Americans on grounds that doing so is racist? Why isn’t that true of complex embezzling, which is 100 percent white and Asian?” – Ron Paul, 1992
Paul’s campaign doesn’t deny the existence of the newsletters, just his involvement. As it turns out, Paul might not have written the newsletters but according to Hathway, he did read them and in fact, he proofread them. From the Washington Post:
“It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product. .?.?. He would proof it,’’ said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company and a supporter of the Texas congressman.
The Post also reports that:
It is unclear precisely how much money Paul made from his newsletters, but during the years he was publishing them, he reduced his debts and substantially increased his net worth, according to his congressional and presidential disclosure reports. In 1984, he reported debt of up to $765,000, most of which was gone by 1995, when he reported a net worth of up to $3.3 million. Last year, he reported a net worth up to $5.2 million.
They quoted an anonymous source within Paul’s organization:
A person involved in Paul’s businesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid criticizing a former employer, said Paul and his associates decided in the late 1980s to try to increase sales by making the newsletters more provocative. They discussed adding controversial material, including racial statements, to help the business, the person said.
“It was playing on a growing racial tension, economic tension, fear of government,’’ said the person, who supports Paul’s economic policies but is not backing him for president. “I’m not saying Ron believed this stuff. It was good copy. Ron Paul is a shrewd businessman.’’
So it’s not clear that Paul actually believes the racist tripe printed in his newsletter, but he was all about taking responsibility for it when he was collecting the checks. At worst, he’s racist. At best, his values are on the auction block, just like the politicians he holds himself above.