Ron Paul says some of his best friends are black.
It just happens, Tim, that I get more support from black people today than any other Republican candidate, according to some statistics.
First of all, "[more] than any other Republican candidate" is probably the lowest bar ever set.
Second of all, do they know about his history of racism? (Hilariously, some Paulbots are claiming that the Ron Paul Political Report wasn't written or edited by, well, Ron Paul. That the piece in question was written by a staffer. If so, was a retraction printed in a subsequent edition of the newsletter? If not, the excuse doesn't fly.)
Third of all, while he's clamped down his overt racism, it's still bubbling near the surface:
MR. RUSSERT: I was intrigued by your comments about Abe Lincoln. “According to Paul, Abe Lincoln should never have gone to war; there were better ways of getting rid of slavery.”
REP. PAUL: Absolutely. Six hundred thousand Americans died in a senseless civil war. No, he shouldn’t have gone, gone to war. He did this just to enhance and get rid of the original intent of the republic. I mean, it was the–that iron, iron fist.
MR. RUSSERT: We’d still have slavery.
REP. PAUL: Oh, come on, Tim. Slavery was phased out in every other country of the world. And the way I’m advising that it should have been done is do like the British empire did. You, you buy the slaves and release them.
MR. RUSSERT: You would vote against the Civil Rights Act if, if it was today?
REP. PAUL: If it were written the same way, where the federal government’s taken over property–has nothing to do with race relations [...]
it has to do with the Constitution and private property rights.
Follow this link for a full evisceration of these ridiculous (and very much fringe) views.
Finally, given the comments and emails from the Paulbots, I'm led to believe that they support Ron Paul for one reason and one reason only -- because he opposes the war and American imperialism. Well, if that's the case, why don't these people support Dennis Kucinich. True, I don't think much of Dennis, but at least his anti-war creds aren't sullied by noxious views on any number of other issues.
Update: Oh, another point since some Paul supporters seem to think that Ron Paul is blameless in all the problems foisted on us by the GOP majorities this past decade and somehow he's the only one that can fix things: Ron Paul enabled the GOP congress, voting for Tom DeLay as majority leader during the DeLay era. He could've quit the GOP and gone Independent or Libertarian, but instead he choose to cast his lot with the warmongering and free-spending Republicans. Perhaps the $6,000 he received from DeLay's ARMPAC was enough to buy his loyalty?
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