Ron Paul, ca. 1992, as released into the wild by Jamie Kirchik:
Transcription of Ron Paul’s Solicitation Letter: I have unmasked the plot for world government, world money, and world central banking… officials… wholly owned subsidiaries of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. The FEMA plan to suspend the Constitution.…
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Conor Friedersdorf says he is, nevertheless, inclined to vote for Ron Paul:
Grappling With Ron Paul's Racist Newsletters: Paul's wrongdoing is rooted in political opportunism, negligence, and failure to disassociate himself with racists, not racism itself….
I've got friends who never vote. It makes them feel dirty, because in their experience all politicians suck… especially corrupt, prone to constant lies, always with skeletons that betray the most rank hypocrisy…. [T]here are certain candidates I just can't bring myself to support. Like Rick Perry. And Newt Gingrich. And Barack Obama….
And Ron Paul?…
How is it -- some of you might ask -- that I'd even consider a vote for a candidate who, at best, negligently lent his name to a racist publication, profited from the deal, and either never bothered to find out who wrote the offending material or lied about being ignorant of it?… I'd answer that none of the policies he advocates makes me morally uncomfortable…. How can you vote for someone who wages an undeclared drone war that kills scores of Pakistani children? Or someone who righteously insisted that indefinite detention is an illegitimate transgression against our civilizational values, and proceeded to support that very practice once he was elected? How can you vote for someone who has claimed to be deeply convicted about abortion on both sides of the issue, constantly misrepresents his record, and demagogues important matters of foreign policy at every opportunity?…
[I]f we're judging by the single metric of protecting racial or ethnic minority groups, because when it comes to America's most racist or racially fraught policies, Paul is arguably on the right side of all of them.… My tentative conclusion: among the candidates who could win, Paul is least complicit in needlessly killing innocents abroad; he is least likely to deprive innocent foreigners of their God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; he is most committed to civil liberties and drug legalization at home….
[B]ygone complicity in racist newsletters doesn't… tell us… which candidate would do the most to square American government with the highest ideals of our polity. Support for Paul is grounded for many in the judgment that he is that candidate…. I remain sympathetic to that argument.
And Ron Paul offers Conor a $224 value for just $99!
I don't know which would be the more powerful reason to vote against Ron Paul:
That he took great care not to read or learn anything about what his friend and employee Lew Rockwell was sending to people who trusted Ron Paul in order to generate 10,000 $100 checks a year…
That he knew damned well what Lew Rockwell was sending them, and laughed and thought that you should never give a sucker an even break…
That he genuinely believes in his "plot for world government, world money, and world central banking… officials… wholly owned subsidiaries of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations… FEMA's plan to suspend the Constitution… the coming race war… [t]he federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS… Bohemian Grove — perverted, pagan playground… Skull & Bones: the demonic fraternity that includes George Bush and leftist Senator John Kerry… [and the] Israeli lobby which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica…"
Personally, I believe that the balance of probabilities is that Ron Paul genuinely does think that the homosexuals, the Jews, and the Blacks are coming to kill us all (or at least the rest of us), but that their stranglehold over the media is so great that he can no longer say so outright--even in private. That's the only interpretation that I can square with Paul's refusal to drop Rockwell and company over the side for betraying him. If he never read the newsletters and the solicitation letters, then they did betray him--and he owes the no loyalty. If he's a cynical con man, dropping Rockwell and company over the side is the obvious winning strategy: you should never give a sucker an even break. Stonewalling is something that only a believer in what is said in the newsletters and the solicitation letters would do.