|Liberty! Constitution! I win the debate!|
My response to this has always been that a great economic policy won't help much if we embrace a suicidal foreign policy. Arguing that the United States should exercise prudence before intervening in the affairs of other nations is one thing, saying that it's "understandable" that Iran wants a nuclear weapon and blaming America 9/11 is something else altogether.
I'm now beyond the point of just disliking Paul's foreign policy. The ugly bigotry that this man has openly encouraged among his supporters is absolutely inexcusable, and he deserves nothing but scorn from respectable conservatives.
Now, if a Republican candidate advocates responsible fiscal policies and someone who is racist supports that candidate, it doesn't necessarily mean that the candidate is racist.
|Still crazy, now with a free side of bigotry!|
Let's be clear about a few things: we're not talking about a few silly little comments here and there taken out of context. We're talking about deliberate and detailed discussions in videotaped interviews and newsletters that he either wrote or allowed to be published under his name, extending over decades, in which Paul has spewed this garbage.
And on the note of Paul's attempts to exculpate himself by claiming that he didn't write the newsletters: if someone sent out a newsletter like that under my name, there would be absolute hell to pay.
RedState's Erick Erickson wonders if Paul is just losing his darn mind:
Let me get this straight.
Twenty years ago someone put some crazy, racist stuff in newsletters bearing Ron Paul’s name and written in the first person as if they were from Ron Paul.
Ron Paul never read them.
...Fast forward to the present and Ron Paul never wrote them, does not know who wrote them, cannot recall the names of anyone who worked for him who might have written them, is shocked to learn he made big money off them, and people think this guy has the qualifications to be President of the United States?
Letting someone write bat crap crazy stuff under your name, not knowing who they are or what they are doing, profiting from them, then taking responsibility before denying responsibility is credible?!
If we’re to take Ron Paul at his word, maybe we need to get him an Alzheimer’s test. He is old. Hell, if pigs did fly and he did get elected President, he’d be 81 at the end of his first term.Read the rest here.
|Hat tip: @petecummings1|
Accordingly, I have absolutely zero interest in hearing one more word about Ron Paul's economic policies. He has proven to be a candidate completely and totally unworthy of my support, and all of the most brilliantly principled fiscal conservative ideas in the history of human civilization will not save him.
Erickson puts it very well in another post today: "If you know all these things about Ron Paul...and you still intend to vote for him, I don’t really see that the Republican tent needs to be big enough to accommodate you."
Don't miss James Kirchick's original 2008 expose on Ron Paul's newsletters at The New Republic, or his follow up articles this month at TNR and The Weekly Standard.
Conservatives Network | Who Wrote The Ron Paul Newsletters? Ron Paul Wrote Them – Clear Proof
RedState | Erick Erickson | The Ron Paul Newsletter and His Jeremiah Wright Moment
RedState | Leon H. Wolf | About Those Racist Ron Paul Newsletters that He Didn’t Read and Completely Disavowed
Legal Insurrection | Biggest question – what took people so long on Ron Paul?
Ace of Spades HQ | Ron Paul In 1995: Hey, I've Got These Awesome Newsletters That Explain My Philosophy!
Ace of Spades HQ | Ron Paul Walks Out of CNN Interview When Asked About Newsletters
Et tu, Mr. Destructo | Game Over: Scans of Over 50 Ron Paul Newsletters
POLITICO | Ron Paul 2012: Six Comments He Needs to Explain
Daily Caller | Ron Paul and the Nazi Century