Thank you to the folks at RonPaul2008.Com, who published my endorsement of Dr. Paul for President: here.
Also, Dr. Paul had a strong 2nd place showing in Nevada, where he placed ahead of all Republicans except Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney was not heavily contested in Nevada, but hopefully with this second place showing the campaign will receive some more deserved recognition.
Also, the newsletters that carried Dr. Paul’s name haven’t swayed my opinion of him. I haven’t done much research myself, but the sheer complexity of those social networks that has produced something so obscure from Dr. Paul’s past really makes it next to impossible to have all the facts and form a completely objective, facts-based opinion. Lew Rockwell, among others, reportedly wrote the disgusting shit (and I can’t do it justice anymore than simply calling it by that name) in those newsletters. Some have claimed it was just reporting facts, but it clearly supports a viewpoint that is clearly racist.
From the personal endorsements I’ve seen from people of all creed and class, I simply cannot believe Dr. Paul is a racist.
Posted by Andrew76 | January 16, 2008 – here.
Ron Paul has said again and again that he didn’t write these things. Do you believe he’s a liar? After researching his ten term career as a congressman from Texas, and looking at his voting record, listening to hours of his speeches, observing his love of Ghandi, MLK, his tolerance of all relgious people, his support from the NAACP in Texas, his online support from the gay community, from the Jewish community, etc, etc., etc, These allegations are false. Let it go.
Posted by Nathaniel and Josephine Hays | January 13, 2008 – CNN.Com.
I am a Black American Veteran and I do not believe that Ron Paul wrote that statement; the first year that he was my Congressman he made a lasting impression on me because he is a true Patriot. I have talked to him at Town Hall meeting and He called me the night the War started, racist dont. Call black men far their opinion of why we had to go to war, or anything else. I agree with Duke, (Ron Paul issued a statement about this months ago. This is a rehash hit-piece by CNN. No surprise. Your network disgusts me more and more everyday.)
The people that know Ron Paul will tell you, that this report by the New Republic is a none starter with them. I think all black men 70 years old can recognize a racist after talking to them for one second. As a black man, I have been waiting to vote for a true Patriot like Ron Paul all my life.
Not to mention the NAACP President of the Austin, Texas chapter Nelson Linder, who has known Dr. Paul for 20 years, and states Ron Paul simply cannot be a racist:
“Knowing Ron Paul’s intent, I think he is trying to improve this country but I think also, when you talk about the Constitution and you constantly criticize the federal government versus state I think a lot of folks are going to misconstrue that….so I think it’s very easy for folks who want to to take his position out of context and that’s what I’m hearing,” said Linder.
“Knowing Ron Paul and having talked to him, I think he’s a very fair guy I just think that a lot of folks do not understand the Libertarian platform,” he added.
Asked directly if Ron Paul was a racist, Linder responded “No I don’t,” adding that he had heard Ron Paul speak out about police repression of black communities and mandatory minimum sentences on many occasions.
Dr. Paul has also publicly praised Martin Luther King as his hero on many occasions spanning back 20 years.
“I’ve read Ron Paul’s whole philosophy, I also understand what he’s saying from a political standpoint and why people are attacking him,” said Linder.
“If you scare the folks that have the money, they’re going to attack you and they’re going to take it out of context,” he added.
“What he’s saying is really really threatening the powers that be and that’s what they fear,” concluded the NAACP President.
Another great article: If Ron Paul Hates Blacks and Jews, Count Me In Too.
I can’t watch a major “news” network without hearing something about whether or not Ron Paul is a racist. Interestingly enough, I can’t watch the same networks without constantly hearing about whether “black” voters should support Obama or if “women” voters should support Hillary.
Since these major networks seem to want to group people into categories and pretend that each individual has no choice of his/her own, it really made me stop to think. You see, I was under the assumption that I was supposed to research a candidate’s issues and then cast my support behind the candidate I felt best addressed the issues I held as most important. It seems I was wrong.
I support Dr. Ron Paul because I can read polysyllabic words and because I believe a lifetime of actions far outweighs an editorial oversight from a decade ago caused by his trusting people who took advantage of his good name. I don’t hate Blacks and Jews because Ron Paul does. I don’t believe in anything simply because he does. But I am inspired to learn about issues that don’t make sense to me when he brings them up. And even though I don’t always agree with him, I usually do once I’ve read an article or two on the issues he’s spent a lifetime studying.
Ron Paul may not be perfect since it turns out he doesn’t really hate Blacks and Jews. Neither do I. But if you listen to the media which assumes you can’t read; you would believe he does, and I would believe that I should.