reply to post by backinblack
I didn't think I needed to source a well known fact but here you go.
Controversial claims made by an unidentified author in Ron Paul's newsletters, written in the first person narrative, included statements such as
"Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressman. What an
infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day." Along with "even in my little town of Lake Jackson, Texas,
I've urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming." Two other statements that garnered
controversy were "opinion polls consistently show only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions". In an article titled "The Pink House"
the newsletter wrote that "Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their
At the end of 2007, both the New York Sun and the New York Times Magazine reprinted passages from early 1990s publications of Paul's newsletters,
attacking them for content deemed racist. These were the same newsletters that had been used against Paul in his 1996 congressional campaign.
On January 8, 2008, the day of the New Hampshire primary, The New Republic published a story by James Kirchick quoting from selected newsletters
published under Paul's name.
Responding to the charges in a CNN interview, Paul denied any involvement in authoring the passages. Additionally, Paul's campaign claimed through a
press release that the quotations had come from an unnamed ghostwriter and without Paul's consent. Paul again denounced and disavowed the
"small-minded thoughts", citing his 1999 House speech praising Rosa Parks for her courage; he said the charges simply "rehashed" the decade-old
Morris attack. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said that the writing "Didn't sound like the Ron Paul I've come to know." Later, Nelson Linder,
president of the Austin chapter of the NAACP, also defended Paul.
Everybody knows in my district that I didn't write them and I don't speak like that... and I've been reelected time and time again and everyone
knows I don't participate in that kind of language. The point is, when you bring this question up, you're really saying 'you're a racist, or are
you a racist?' The answer is no, I'm not a racist. As a matter of fact, Rosa Parks is one of my heroes, Martin Luther King is a hero, because they
practiced the libertarian principle of civil disobedience and nonviolence. Libertarians are incapable of being a racist because racism is a
collectivist idea: you see people in groups. A civil libertarian as myself sees everyone as an important individual.
— Ron Paul, CNN, Jan 10, 2008
Reason republished Paul's 1996 defense of the newsletters, and later reported evidence from "a half-dozen longtime libertarian activists" that
Lew Rockwell had been the chief ghostwriter. Rockwell denies this charge, and "has characterized discussion of the newsletters as 'hysterical
smears aimed at political enemies.'"
Paul had given his own account of the newsletters in March 2001, stating the documents were authored by ghostwriters, and that while he did not author
the challenged passages, he bore "some moral responsibility" for their publication.
Now my point is not to accuse him of racism but to accuse him of not being aware of what's being published in his own newsletter. This to me shows
that if he can't even manage a small detail like this, and allow these things to be published under his name, then how will he function in the office
of the Presidency.
As for the actual source of the newsletter I believe they have been pulled due to the racist content.