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>> Friday, January 11, 2008

As I've said before, I don't intend to blog too much about the 2008 election here. It's not necessarily the kind of thing I want to spend much time writing about and it's a good way to get a headache. But I can't help reading about it, and I keep running into comments on various blogs and news sites about how awesome Ron Paul is.


There appears to be quite a lot of gunsmoke around allegations that Paul is a paranoid, anti-intellectual racist creep. Specifically, James Kirchik of The New Republic has taken on the onerous and unpleasant task of going through the back issues of newsletters Mr. Paul has published over the past few decades.
Martin Luther King Jr. earned special ire from Paul's newsletters, which attacked the civil rights leader frequently, often to justify opposition to the federal holiday named after him. ("What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it!" one newsletter complained in 1990. "We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.") In the early 1990s, newsletters attacked the "X-Rated Martin Luther King" as a "world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours," "seduced underage girls and boys," and "made a pass at" fellow civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy. One newsletter ridiculed black activists who wanted to rename New York City after King, suggesting that "Welfaria," "Zooville," "Rapetown," "Dirtburg," and "Lazyopolis" were better alternatives. The same year, King was described as "a comsymp, if not an actual party member, and the man who replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration."
Happily, Mr. Paul is crawling at the bottom of the polls and appears to have no chance of being the Republican nominee. Unhappily, there are people who are so obsessed with the supposed "ideal" of a small government that they are willing to support a man who puts his name on cretinous racist screeds. If Mr. Paul is what is being put forward as an agent of "change," I'd prefer a Dick Cheney-led military coup on November 8th. Not all evil is qualitatively identical.

Please take the time to read the TNR piece, and forward it to your friends, link to it in any online forums you're in where someone mentions Mr. Paul as anything other than a pinheaded little bastard. Thanks.


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