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View Diary: 'Pestered' about his racist newsletters, Ron Paul walks out of CNN interview. Still won't come clean (282 comments)

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  •  Something's certainly making YOU paranoid. (3+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, navajo, TrueBlueMajority

    I don't want to speak for Meteor Blades, but I would guess that he's writing about it because, around here, we tend to talk about really repellent things that really repellent Republicans do, and even more so when they're in the headlines--as Ron Paul is now, due to his standing in Iowa.

    Do you really not remember how Michelle Bachmann was on top, and we saw a lot more stories and diaries about the really awful things she's said and done and believed? And then she wasn't on top anymore, and we stopped seeing as many of those stories and diaries? And that the cycle repeated itself with Rick Perry and Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, and now it's Ron Paul's turn?

    What's your angle in all of this? Why are you so eager to defend Ron fucking Paul? Save it for someone who even remotely deserves it.

    So many stupid people in the world, and me with only two fists.

    by phenry on Thu Dec 22, 2011 at 02:24:55 PM PST

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    •  There's a difference with Paul... (0+ / 0-)

      ...and that is that we've been told from the beginning, by Democrats and Republicans alike, that Ron Paul doesn't have s snowball's chance in hell of winning anything. If he's such a fringe candidate, with such fringe views, it won't matter. I don't remember anybody saying there was nothing Bachmann could do to win the nomination when she was the frontrunner, certainly not Perry or even Cain. They were all talked about as serious contenders, while Ron Paul was ignored. He'd win a straw poll, and the headlines would be screaming about who placed second.

      Now, he and his views are getting some airtime for the first time, and people left and right are finding some things they like in there. This issue of his supposed racism, I think, needs to be examined through the lens of his policy proposals and his history as a representative, rather than from the viewpoint of judging the questionable associations of a 76-year-old man by 2011 standards.

      Living in the South, you meet people whose opinions on race have changed dramatically since the 1960s. One of my favorites, Columbia attorney and progressive activist Tom Turnipseed, cut his teeth working for George Wallace.

      I think Ron Paul has shown an irritation for having to address these questions because, in the grand scheme of things, when one looks at the condition of this country and the world, the lawlessness of the moneyed elite and the fundamental unfairness of pursuing these military-industrial complex fantasies, racist newsletters from 20 years ago look a whole lot less important.

      -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

      by trevzb on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 08:47:36 AM PST

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