January 09, 2008
Too Bad About Poor Old Ron

I agree with most of Ron Paul’s views on foreign policy and national offense (let’s call it what it is). If only the man weren’t, well, batshit crazy.

If you have any doubts of this, dispel them immediately by reading James Kirchick’s investigation of Paul’s dank past. It’s in the current New Republic. A teaser:

…Paul's newsletters didn't just contain bigotry. They also contained paranoia — specifically, the brand of anti-government paranoia that festered among right-wing militia groups during the 1980s and '90s. Indeed, the newsletters seemed to hint that armed revolution against the federal government would be justified.

In January 1995, three months before right-wing militants bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, a newsletter listed "Ten Militia Commandments," describing "the 1,500 local militias now training to defend liberty" as "one of the most encouraging developments in America."

It warned militia members that they were "possibly under BATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms] or other totalitarian federal surveillance" and printed bits of advice from the Sons of Liberty, an anti-government militia based in Alabama — among them, "You can't kill a Hydra by cutting off its head," "Keep the group size down," "Keep quiet and you're harder to find," "Leave no clues," "Avoid the phone as much as possible," and "Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here…"


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 09, 2008 05:47 PM
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Thank you. Orcinus has been all over his freaky right-wing connections but very few others have.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on January 9, 2008 7:45 PM

Orcinus has more freaky Ron Paul stuff today.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on January 11, 2008 1:12 AM

I'm often amazed that some people are so eager to re-publish something without looking in to it further as long as it agrees with their world view. For a different view the link below is to a blogger who did the same thing and included more juicy excerpts from "Ron's" newsletters. But to see what's really behind this, one should read through the comments posted after the blog.

http://blog.synthesis.net/2008/01/08/a-look-into-ron-pauls-well-stocked-skeleton-closet

Posted by: Flick on January 11, 2008 8:44 AM

I don't know, Flick. I followed your link and found this: “When I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publically taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”

Pretty weak stuff. Are you telling me some guy called him up and said how about I put out a newsletter under your name, Doc, and Paul says, "Fine," and then he never bothers to take a look at the thing for years. Gives a whole new meaning to the word absentee landlord.

Posted by: Fast Eddie on January 11, 2008 7:39 PM
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