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The New Republic unleashed a new selection of newsletters Tuesday allegedly penned by Republican candidate Ron Paul, and they are just as bad (or maybe worse!) than the first. The congressman recently said of the first batch that “only 8 to 10 sentences” contained “bad stuff.” Not true, but if it were, he’d have a hard time keeping to that estimate with this batch, in which entire paragraphs can be written off as verbal diarrhea of the most racist, sexist and otherwise close-minded variety. If there’s any question as to who authored the stuff, Paul could just come out and say so. As it stands, most are under the impression that either Paul, or his former chief of staff Lew Rockwell masquerading as Paul, is the author. Paul may want America to be free, but the “America” he is/was speaking of is very small, very white, and needs to see a psychiatrist.

Some “highlights” from the current crop:

  • A segment called “Race War?” from the June 1990 issue of Political Report warns that a race war might be imminent due to “the victimization mentality created by the civil rights movement, where every black failure is a white crime. If there is indeed this sort of trouble ahead, it is just another reason why every honest American should be armed.”
  • “Today, gangs of young blacks bust into a bank lobby firing rounds at the ceiling…We don’t think a child of 13 should be held as responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult, and should be treated as such” — a riff on bank robberies from the September 1992 issue of Survival Report.
  • “Were there, as some people now say, two bombs that went off in the building? And might the government have the wrong man? Who doubts the possibility that the government – which lied about Waco and Ruby Ridge – may also be covering up true information and planting false information about the Oklahoma bombing?” — a conspiracy theory on the Oklahoma City bombing from the September 1996 Survival Report.
  • “Any organization hated by the IRS and the Trilaterialist Time magazine has got to have something going for it!” — a defense of the Church of Scientology in the June 1991 issue of the Political Report.
  • “AIDS can be transmitted through means other than sexual intercourse and blood transfusion, specifically saliva, tears, sweat, feces and urine” — from the March 1987 edition of the Investment Report. In the same document, the author also called for the repeal of “federal laws which force schools to accept students known to carry a fatal, communicable disease, and businesses to employ adult victims as ‘handicapped.’”
  • “[Magic] Johnson may be a sports star, but he is dying because he violated moral laws” — from the December 1991 issue of Political Report.
  • “[T]he criminal ‘Justice’ Department wants to force dentists to treat these Darth Vader types under the vicious Americans With Disabilities Act” — a proclamation that AIDS patients (“Darth Vader types”) should not be allowed to visit the dentist, in the November 1993 issue of the Political Report. The author also adds, “[W]e all have the right to discriminate, which is what freedom of association is all about, especially against killers.”

Lots more (with links to the offending newsletters) here, unfortunately. [The New Republic]

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