First off, I know a lot of you Paulites have told me you’ve read what was printed in the newsletters and you don’t think it was all that bad. Well, fair enough. That’s your opinion and I respect your right to make it. Of course I completely disagree, but that’s neither here or there at this point because that’s not the issue that matters in all of this.
The important point is that Ron Paul has told all of you that some crazy staffer wrote it and was then dismissed after he found out. But how can that be when it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Lew Rockwell, long time business associate, friend and supporter, wrote the newsletters?
Last week, a statement was prepared by Ron Paul’s press secretary Jesse Benton, and approved by Ron Paul, acknowledging Lew Rockwell as having a role in the newsletters. The statement was squashed by campaign chairman Kent Snyder.
When this means, in short, is that Ron Paul is lying to you. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. He is lying to you.
Here’s what we now know:
- He and the author (Lew Rockwell) have been friends for years. In fact, Paul lists Rockwell on his endorsement page.
- Paul and his family received compensation for years from the subscriptions to the newsletters. Tax records prove this.
- When originally confronted about the newsletters, he did not disavow them nor did he say he didn’t write them. It was only later that he said they had been ghost written.
Again, the conclusion is simple. The person who wrote these newsletters was not some insane staff member. It was Lew Rockwell. And if the Reason story I’ve linked to is to be believed, and there’s no reason not to, it appears as if the Paul campaign was about to confirm exactly that. But you know what happened then? Kent Snyder realized what that admission would do to Ron Paul’s credibility, given the many pieces of evidence I’ve cited here, and he backed off. It’s an understandable move, but woefully transparent.
Folks, this is a guy who has built his campaign and support around the idea of speaking truth to power. And yet it’s becoming apparent that his way to speak truth to power back in the 90s was by appealing to our society’s racist, bigoted tendencies. And by the way, I don’t care that the President of the Austin chapter of the NAACP said he didn’t think Paul was a racist. Again, whether or not he is racist isn’t the point. Paul profited from the publication of those newsletters and then lied about it. That’s inexcusable.
Again, to all his supporters, keep Paul’s message of freedom, but ditch Paul the messenger. In fact, you should disavow him immediately. Otherwise you’ll never gain political traction because your credibility will be as suspect as his.
I notice, yet again, that most of the comments here are saying, “This is old news,” and “Move on.” But if this is such old news, then why won’t Paul tell anybody who wrote them? It’s blatantly obvious he knows. And if Lew Rockwell did indeed write them, none of you mind that he lied about it being written by some crazy staffer? This doesn’t bother anybody?
Some of you also think I’m scared of Ron Paul and your campaign to change the country. Okay, yeah, sure…I’m not trying to HELP you all by pointing out some pretty glaring flaws in the man’s story that could end up destroying your movement. No, not at all. I’m just SCARED.
And you’re really surprised when people dismiss you so quickly?
ONE LAST THING:
I see a lot of comments below talking about “standing up for freedom.” Well, one of the most important ways you stand up for freedom is by holding people accountable. And if you don’t hold Paul to the same standards you’re holding everybody else to, you’re not only doing yourself a disservice, but you’re also knocking the legs out from under the freedom movement you’ve worked so hard to build.
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