On Wednesday I listened to a brief interview on NPR radio, in which Ron Paul’s son Rand dodged, evaded and weaseled around questions involving his support of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. I was shocked! “He can’t get away with this, can he? This is political suicide!”
But I’m not so naïve. In the 2008 presidential primaries, Rand’s father Ron ran for the Republican ticket. During that campaign, racist material was uncovered from 1990s issues of the “Ron Paul Political Report.” Paul denies that he personally wrote any of those articles, but they were nevertheless published in a newsletter bearing his name and his endorsement.
The controversial newsletters include rants against the Israeli lobby, gays, AIDS victims and Martin Luther King Jr. -- described as a "pro-Communist philanderer." One newsletter, from June 1992, right after the LA riots, says "order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks."
Another says, "The criminals who terrorize our cities -- in riots and on every non-riot day -- are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are. As children, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white oppression is responsible for all black ills, to 'fight the power,' to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible."
In some excerpts, the reader may be led to believe the words are indeed from Paul, a resident of Lake Jackson, Texas. In the "Ron Paul Political Report" from October 1992, the writer describes carjacking as the "hip-hop thing to do among the urban youth who play unsuspecting whites like pianos."
The author then offers advice from others on how to avoid being carjacked, including "an ex-cop I know," and says, "I frankly don't know what to make of such advice, but 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."
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The animals are coming. Lovely. You know, one of the things that bothers me most about this filth is how much hipster emergent-esque Christians got on board with Paul. In 2008, everyone I knew was either for Obama or Ron Paul. I’m not saying Obama should have been the only choice (I also really liked Hillary, and grieved voting against her) but c’mon! Ron Paul? Is libertarianism so compelling that you’ll vote for a documented racist, to support it? And I get libertarianism. I get why it’s attractive, and even compelling. But voting for a man like Paul seems indefensible. You don’t get out of this sort of thing by saying, “I didn’t write it.”
It strikes me that many outraged whites were saying the same thing about Obama, regarding his affiliation with Reverend Wright. Well, most of you know how I feel about race issues in America. “God damn America” for the rape, torture and genocide of native peoples? Of course. America is not beyond our moral condemnation. "God damn America" for the rape, enslavement, exploitation and oppression of Africans? Really? You don't think our history is damning? Why in the world should we get a free pass? Numbers 14:18 reads, “The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” Do I believe God is really a vengeful God? Not really. But I do believe that every deed bears fruit, good or bad. Systemically, whites have not yet tasted the bitter fruit resulting from slavery, despite black Americans’ continued disparity and marginalization in the United States.
But now I’m getting off track. Here’s more on our friend Rand Paul:
(CNN) - Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway is putting the heat on GOP rival Rand Paul over Paul's recent comments regarding the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Paul - the Tea Party favorite who easily beat Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the state's May 18 Senate primary - repeatedly dodged questions in recent media interviews about whether he thinks parts of the landmark legislation amount to a constitutional overreach.
An interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal last month highlighted Paul's controversial views during which he said: "I don't like the idea of telling private business owners-I abhor racism-I think it's a bad business decision to ever exclude anybody from your restaurant. But at the same time I do believe in private ownership. But I think there should be absolutely no discrimination on anything that gets any public funding and that's most of what the Civil Rights Act was about to my mind."
Following his primary victory on Tuesday, Paul was again questioned over his views regarding the legislation on National Public Radio and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. In response to questions, Paul said he supports the 46-year old measure except for the provisions that outlaw private businesses from discriminating on the basis of race.
Jesus said, “every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” (Matthew 7:17)
Ron’s and Rand’s fruit tastes bad.