Ron Paul changes his newsletter story again

Ron Paul: Newsletters? What newsletters? (AP Photo)

Texas Congressman and perennial Presidential contender Ron Paul changed his story again on his involvement with the controversial newsletters bearing his name published in the 1980s and 90s, telling a radio caller Thursday that, yes, he did write a “certain portion” of the material.

After claiming he “didn’t write them” and “didn’t see them” before walking off a CNN interview a week ago, Paul took another turn in his history of changing stories and told a caller on WHO-AM radio in Iowa:

Well, the newsletters were written, you know, a long time ago. And I wrote a certain portion of them. I would write the economics. So a lot of what you just mentioned… this would be material that I would turn in, and it would become part of the letter. But there were many times when I didn’t edit the whole letter, and things got put in. And I didn’t even really become aware of the details of that until many years later when somebody else called and said, you know what was in it? But these were sentences that were put in, a total of eight or ten sentences, and it was bad stuff. It wasn’t a reflection of my views at all. So it got in the letter, I thought it was terrible, it was tragic, you know and I had some responsibility for it, because my name went on the letter. But I was not an editor. I’m like a publisher.

Let’s take a closer look at Paul’s non-denial denial.  A week ago, he acted like he had absolutely nothing to do with the newsletters even though he defended the comments back in 1996 when questioned by the Dallas Morning News .  He claimed in 1996 that the racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks were “taken out of context.”

In the 2008 Presidential campaign, when Capitol Hill Blue questioned him about the newsletter, he claimed he had “little to do” with writing or producing them.  Last week, he said “I didn’t write them, I didn’t read them and I disavow them.” Was he talking about the entire content of newsletters or just the questionable parts?  He didn’t make a distinction last week.  It appeared he was trying to disassociate himself from the newsletters altogether.

Now, once again, he’s admitting he wrote “a certain portion” and that “I didn’t edit the whole letters,” which suggests he edited at least some of them. He also says he has “some responsibility” for what appeared under his name.

Some responsibility? This from a small-time on-again, off-again Texas Congressman who claims he didn’t know what was being published and distributed under his name for 20 years and who now wants us to think he can run a country?

On the radio show, Paul says it wasn’t until “many years later” that “somebody else called” and told him about the racist comment and other slurs in the newsletters.

That is a lie.  The “somebody else” who called was Catalina Camia of the Dallas Morning News Washington bureau.  She called him in 1996 about the content of the newsletters after questions were raised by Paul’s opponent in his race to return to Congress after a 10-year absence.  The opponent found some of the racist comments in a 1992 edition of the Ron Paul political report but a review of several years of the newsletters by Capitol Hill Blue found some of the comments raised as a campaign issue were also printed in editions less a year earlier.  At the time, Paul didn’t deny writing the words, he just said they were “taken out of context.”

Wrote Camia on May 22, 1996: “Dr. Paul denied suggestions that he was a racist and said he was not evoking stereotypes when he wrote the columns. He said they should be read and quoted in their entirety to avoid misrepresentation.”

Key words here.  Camia wrote “he wrote the columns.”  Did Paul call up the Dallas Morning News and claim she misquoted or misrepresented his comments about writing the columns?  He did not. Did he or his campaign then say he “didn’t write the columns?”  They did not.  Paul did not start claiming he didn’t write the stuff until five years later.

Paul also claimed in a radio interview in Dallas that his newsletters had nothing to do with his campaign to return to Congress in 1996.

Carmia found otherwise. She wrote on May 22, 1996: “A phone call to the newsletter’s toll-free number was answered by his campaign staff.”

Another lie by Paul.

Paul continued to publish the newsletters for another 10 years and a review of issues published since they became a campaign issue in 1996 shows far more than “eight or 10 sentences” that contain homophobia and antisemitism.

Paul claims he isn’t a racist and close friends say they’ve never heard him utter a racial slur but he has no qualms about benefiting from the company of racists or anti-Semites.  He bragged to Ed Crane, president of the CATO institute that his “best source for congressional campaign donations was the mailing list for the Spotlight,” a racist, anti-Semitic tabloid published by Willis Carto, who claims the Holocaust never happened.

James Kirchick, a fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a contributing editor for New Republic, notes that Paul pals around with conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones and continues to hold extremist views that are far outside the mainstream.

Noting that the Republican Jewish Coalition did not invite Paul to its Republican Presidential candidates forum, Kirchick writes in the conservative Weekly Standard:

While Paul’s views on Israel certainly place him outside the American, never mind Republican, mainstream, there is an even more elementary reason the RJC was right to exclude him from its event. It is Paul’s lucrative and decades-long promotion of bigotry and conspiracy theories, for which he has yet to account fully, and his continuing espousal of extremist views, that should make him unwelcome at any respectable forum, not only those hosted by Jewish organizations.

Kirchick adds:

No conspiracy theory was too outlandish for Paul’s endorsement. One newsletter reported on the heretofore unknown phenomenon of “Needlin’,” in which “gangs of black girls between the ages of 12 and 14” roamed the streets of New York and injected white women with possibly HIV-infected syringes. Another newsletter warned that “the AIDS patient” should not be allowed to eat in restaurants because “AIDS can be transmitted by saliva,” a strange claim for a physician to make.

Paul gave credence to the theory, later shown to have been the product of a Soviet disinformation effort, that AIDS had been created in a U.S. government laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Three months before far-right extremists killed 168 Americans in Oklahoma City, Paul’s newsletter praised the “1,500 local militias now training to defend liberty” as “one of the most encouraging developments in America.” And he offered specific advice to antigovernment militia members, such as, “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.”

And continues:

Paul has gone right on appearing regularly on the radio program of Alex Jones, the most popular conspiracy theorist in America (unless that distinction belongs to Paul himself). To understand Jones’s paranoid worldview, it helps to watch a recent documentary he produced, Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement, which reveals the secret plot of George Pataki, David Rockefeller, and Queen Beatrix, among other luminaries, to exterminate humanity and transform themselves into “superhuman” computer hybrids able to “travel throughout the cosmos.” There is nothing Jones believes the American government isn’t capable of, from “[encouraging] homosexuality with chemicals so that people don’t have children” to blowing up the Space Shuttle Columbia, a “textbook psychological warfare operation.”

When questioned about the content of the newsletters again by Texas Monthly in 2001, Paul — for the first time — claimed the words weren’t his and tried to distance himself from some of the more inflammatory statements.

So Paul’s newest story is that he didn’t write or see “eight or 10 sentences” of the newsletter.

What about the many conspiracies touted in the newsletters, including warnings of a Jewish takeover of the United States, claims about AK-47 wielding IRS against breaking down doors and charges that the United States would force Americans to “turn in all their money” so it could be replaced with pink currency embedded with electronic tracking capabilities?

“The money is now pink you know,” Paul said in the Thursday radio interview.

Hmmmm.

Former Paul senior aide Eric Dondero says Paul personally read and approved all the newsletters.

Paul’s campaign claims Dondero is a disgruntled ex-employee who has an ax to grind because he was fired.

Capitol Hill Blue has interviewed a number of former Paul aides who back Dondero’s story but he is — so far — the only one willing to go public.

So who can we believe?  Good question but after examining Paul’s ever-changing story on the newsletters as well as his continued alliance with fanatical conspiracy theorists and statements that suggest homophobia and anti-Semitism it is becoming more and more obvious that one person we cannot believe or trust is Ron Paul himself.

(Updated with additional material)

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66 Responses to "Ron Paul changes his newsletter story again"

  1. Bruce  December 31, 2011 at 9:45 am

    LMAO!! You call this journalism? Wow, I cannot believe that you of all people wrote this story!! You have just lost a life-long fan forever. You have changed for the darkest worse, Capitol Hill Blue. Good luck with your ignorant propaganda in the future.

  2. RufusJunior  December 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Tempest in a teapot.

  3. Brian Roets  December 31, 2011 at 9:51 am

    This is old news. No one beleives Ron Paul is racist. How about you talk about real issues. Walter Williams fill in host for Rush and Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder both of whom have known Dr. Paul for many years, have come out in defence of Ron Paul. How much do they pay you to write this crap? What is your price to sell out and aid in the desctuction of America and our liberty? If we keep electing these same tyrants over and over it will only be a matter of time until you are detained and tortured for something you have written. Do your self a favor and stand up for liberty.

    • Al West  December 31, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Nobody believes Ron Paul is racist? Passive racism is still racism. Allowing racism to be published under his name is still racism. Oh, I forgot. He didn’t know. What a crock. If he didn’t know then he’s not qualified to be President.

  4. Evan  December 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

    What junk. Another yellow journalism hit piece. Getting scared of a Paul upset in Iowa? Paul is squeaky clean and you know it.

  5. Chris Kachouroff  December 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Doug,

    Your hit piece is weak, and you lack integrity or honor. Paul has never changed his story and what you’ve just written is a lie and you know it. The other Marxist site, “THINKPROGRESS” tried to run a hit on him too. Here’s what they used as an example of Paul’s alleged racism:

    “In 1996, Ron Paul’s campaign defended his statements about the rationality of fearing black men. (“[W]e are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational.”) The Houston Chronicle reports, “A campaign spokesman for Paul said statements about the fear of black males mirror pronouncements by black leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson.” [Houston Chronicle, 5/23/96]“

    So is Ron being racist here? Let us look at what Jesse Jackson said in 1993:

    “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery and then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

    On this very quote, Juan Williams, a liberal black reporter says the following in his 2006 book:

    “That quote from Mr. Black America stripped naked the torment in the black community over black-on-black crmie. It was a shock that Jackson was so honest and for people outside the black community it was also proof that, even the celebrated jesse Jackson lived in fear of being a crime victim at the hands of black people.

    The white racist stereotype of all blacks as criminals is nothing compared to black people living with a sense of an enemy within. that enemy is a neighbor, a friend, possibly a child, any of whom is capable of robbing and assaulting. . . .”

    BOOK SOURCE: Juan Williams, Enough: the phony leaders, dead-end movements, and culture of failure that undermine Black America, p.110 (2006)
    So maybe Jesse Jackson and Juan Williams are racist too according to Capital Blue???? Really??

  6. Brent Shirey  December 31, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Here’s a newsflash for you, “His Report Confirms that Doug Thompson is a Complete Idiot!” The “thems” that Ron Paul referred to when he said he “didn’t write them” and “didn’t see them” are the racist, bigoted articles that made it into his newsletters. I’m thankful Doug is responsible (sic) for covering American politics rather than some foreign policy assignment where his shallow interpretations or intentional misrepresentations could do some real damage…

  7. Steve Wilson  December 31, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Are you kidding me? He never denied having anything to do the newsletter. I thought it was just assumed that he wrote a lot of the stuff about gold and monetary policy. He is saying that he didn’t regularly read the newsletters every month. He had a staff of 11 people putting the newsletter out and an editor. Eric Dondero worked for Paul on a day to day basis from 96-03, while Paul was back in Congress. The offensive newsletters were written in ’89-’94, while Paul was in private practice. So I’m not sure how Eric Dondero knows.

    Regardless, who cares if he oversaw the newsletters. He has a 30 year voting record of being impeccable on civil rights. He has done hundreds if not thousands of interviews and speeches that no one has ever heard him utter a word of racism. Literally NO ONE who has had repeated contact with Ron Paul has said that he is racist publicly. In fact, anyone who come out publicly has said that he is not.

    • Doug Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Dondero worked for Ron Paul on his Libertarian presidential campaign in 1987-88 as a travel aide and personal assistant, which meant he was with him on a day-to-day basis. He was a national organizer in 1991-92 and often traveled with the Congressman and campaign coordinator in 1995-96 — again traveling with the Congressman in his campaign to return to Congress. He then worked in Paul’s congressional office from 1997-2003.

      • Steve Wilson  December 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

        I’m not sure his work with Paul in ’91-’92 would qualify him to say that Paul read every newsletter. Ron Paul had a private medical practice, had a ownership stake in a coin shop, had some real estate, and gave speeches. I’m also not sure being a campaign coordinator for a non-existent campaign means that he is with Ron Paul often enough to know if he is reading every newsletter. Dondero said that Ron Paul would get this MONTHLY newsletter faxed to him after it was ghostwritten and Ron Paul would sign off on it.

        But again, in the grand scheme of things even if read every newsletter, is that a really so horrible? His voting record, his personal associations with minorities, and his record of helping poor people as doctor indicate that he would be a better candidate for minorities than all the candidates, including our current President.

        And speaking of President Obama, when are you going to pen a piece about the President LYING about getting us out Iraq when he took office. He said I could take it to the bank that we would be out during his campaign. His explanation about why we didn’t get out was a complete non-answer and he showed no remorse for being falsely elected on this campaign promise. The almost trillion dollars that has been spent in Iraq since he has taken office and the 1400 troops that have died in Iraq and 1200 who have committed suicide (the untold story) since he
        has taken office for some reason don’t get reported on.

        • Doug Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 12:17 pm

          I’ve written many stories about Obama’s lies…and Newt Gingrich’s lies…and George W. Bush’s lies…and Herman Cain’s lies…and so on.

          Why don’t you spend a little time reading out archives?

        • frank verismo  December 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm

          His voting record, his personal associations with minorities, and his record of helping poor people as doctor indicate that he would be a better candidate for minorities than all the candidates, including our current President.

          Which pretty much says it all. Thanks to the internet it’s actually easier for any interested party to examine Ron Paul’s voting record, House statements, public addresses etc to see if they can find any evidence that backs up these stories. What do they find? A big plate of nada, with a glass of zip and a side of zilch.

          As to the current president, KRS1 summed it up most succinctly, shortly after the inauguration:
          “They just put a black face on the New World Order”.

          Now there’s an uncomfortable truth.

  8. jim  December 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Instead of saying it was more then 8-10 lines why don’t you give us a example or two or even a reference. This is a serious issue and I would like to know the truth instead of your opinion.

    • Doug Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

      The offensive comments have been printed several times all over the web and can be found in the links below the story. Frankly, I have no desire to keep seeing such offensive trash here. My choice and I stand by it.

      • jim  December 31, 2011 at 11:02 am

        How did I offend you I asked you for references and they are the same 8-10 lines. I wish you would choose to report on Mitt Romney flip flopping on very serious issues or Newt Gingrich being a dirty Washington/Freddy Mac insider. You obama sheep are scared of Ron Paul .You know he is the only one that can get enough votes from the independendents and some dems.

        • Doug Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 11:51 am

          I didn’t say you offended me. I said the statements in the newsletters are so offensive that I don’t like reprinting them here. The article above does contain additional citations from James Kirchick which — in our opinion — shows a continuing pattern of the offensive behavior by Paul.

          Regular readers of CHB know that I — and other members of the staff — have written many articles about the lies and shortcomings of Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, et. al

          Try reading our archives. It might be educational :)

  9. Kel Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Doug, Naturally you’re rehashing this. His story really isn’t changing, it’s just he read, edited and wrote parts or the newsletter, while editors and freelancers also read, edited and wrote parts of it. When he says he didn’t read ‘them’, he is talking about the comments in question or the newsletters in question. And any recent remarks an attempt to clarify for biased reporters, like yourself, who are taking things that he said out of context. It’s all good, those of us who have had the misfortune of reading your juvenile rants have come to expect such nonsense. It’s hard to respect anyone that seemingly equally hates all candidates. But, hey, whatever, that’s how you roll! Keep up the bad work!

    • Doug Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Kel, the advantage I have in using the same microscope in examining all candidates is that I’m not blinded by partisanship. You obviously are. I see it not only in Ron Paul supporters but also in the fanatics on the Democratic side who back Dennis Kucinich. It’s a moot point really because neither Paul nor Kucinich will ever be President and all you zealots will have to find a new messiah in another four years. Fringe candidates always attract a small band of vocal extremists. Paul might do well in Iowa where the outcome is decided by those who are best at stuffing the ballot boxes but when the real voting starts he will fade back into the shadows. Come back in a couple of months and see if you can prove me wrong.

  10. Bill Cravener  December 31, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Doug you’ve got to stop telling these truths about RP’s bigotry and his delusional beliefs in conspiracies. No sir, Ron Paul partisans can not tolerate the truth, they swallow his bull as if it were coming from a divine messenger who has come to save us all.

    LOL!!

  11. Sandune  December 31, 2011 at 10:43 am

    My very first on line forum was with the Dallas Morning News group and they detested Ron Paul. I didn’t last long there and wandered over to Capitol Hill Blue. It was at a time when Doug was on sick leave and the forum filled with angry bigoted members of the religious right. I had fought off the Birch Society for years but without Doug at the helm, Reader Rant was in trouble. I wandered over to Etherzone that also went into a religious mania. I wrote for Etherzone and every word was trashed. It became a bed of conspiracy threats and my being a Secular Humanist tried to ignore their ignorance but finally gave up and stopped writing on their home page.

    Ron Paul has been the target for some of ugliest words ever printed on line. Doug gives us the information that may not play in our favor but he does it honestly and accurately from what passes his desk.

    Doug writes opinions but has links at the end of his commentaries. American politics has become a quick and fast element of trashy responses to the opinions of others. If you don’t like his style, why read his words. If you are a Republican show me a single candidate worth heading to the ballot boxes for.

    The Candidates continue to destroy themselves. The honest truth is that the GOP is filled with racists, anti-Semites and homophobes and in order to win the voters those Newsletters were written and read for the benefit of getting the candidate elected. If you don’t like the truth, run for office and change the damn agenda to suit your policies.

    I, for one, am damn glad to finally see the truth behind the agenda of the Republican National Committee and their desire for a one world order based on a Christian world. I am hoping there will be a third party grow to replace the insulting and unethical group called the Conservative Party. My only fear is that the Religious Right will win the battle and America will be a one world empire based on Jesus Christ.

    The White House is only one part of the government and Ron Paul would be far more dangerous if he had a Congress behind him. That will never happen.

    The best way to change an agenda is to work from the ground up and start electing House and Senate members to develop a strong agenda and then run a leader for the White House. America wants quick fixes and guarantees that nothing is fixed.

    Why not open your own site and start your own forum and see if you can last as long as Doug Thompson. His people here deeply respect his opinions and it matters not if we agree with them.

    To be honest with you, he has thrown me out of here so many times I often forget how to log in. But I do come back because I am a dedicated reader of the site.

  12. Peter  December 31, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Doug,

    I think you are correct and Ron Paul is correct. These newsletters were obvious a political operation he concocted with his trusted political friends and original aides (Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard e.a.) to propel their brand of paleo-libertarianism forward.

    You do not need to look much further than Lewrockwell.com to find similar material, with a regular aggressive tone. That’s the Hard Right or as they call it, anarcho-capitalism, voluntaryism, constitutionalism or paleo-libertarianism.

    Some recently called it neo-confederate thinking. An epithet that I think is appropriate.

    Ron Paul is obviously honest that he send in the stuff on economics / gold standard / pink money etc. for his Newsletters. Editing as a day-to-day task was done by Rockwell (there also was a Rockwell-Rothbard report).

    It is obvious that somewhere during Paul’s 1988 Libertarian run and the fall of the Berlin Wall, they discovered that militia types were avid subscribers. Hence they created aside from his “Investment” newsletter, that dealt more with his planks on the gold standard / sound money / end the Fed ideas the “Survival Report” to cater to that group of readers.

    Who put in the sentence is less relevant. It is just necessary to call out Lew Rockwell and his website, who today operates a flourishing internet operation as Paul’s intellectual idea machine and political faction. He will never distance himself from them, because it is his political base.

    Where do you think Ron Paul’s fanatical support have their political information watering hole and they drink in the policy Kool-Aid?

    In the 1970s till the end of the 1990s the Newsletters were the prime vehicle. When the operation moved to the Internet with websites, they were of no use anymore to them as operating websites removes the huge expenses in newsletter distribution costs, while dramatically broadening the reach.

    It is a proven fact that when Ron Paul did ran again for Congress in 1996, he upset the Republican establishment candidate by being able to receive massive swaths of money from paleo-libertarian supporters outside his district. That money was called for by sending out donation requests to the addressees of his political newsletters.

    It is no more or less than just that. A four decades old Paleo-Libertarian Political Machine, who’s ideas on personal responsibility and cutting down a lot of governmental institutions tend to attract anarchists and anti-government types of the more extreme brand.

    The real story is that with dwindling funding after 1989, when the “anti-communist money” evaporated on the “End of History”, they opted for milking the willingness to read this kind of stuff among extremist groups.

    That was obvious a lapse of judgement, which is now returning on them as a boomerang.

    What does matter is the lapse of judgement of Paul-Rockwell-Rothbard after their failed 1988 Libertarian Party campaign to choose to keep their political operation afloat by catering their stuff to racists, militia types, survivalists etc. and then start to pander to those readers instincts now and then to keep a funding constituency, until they didn’t need them anymore (effectively after 2000).

  13. Gerald  December 31, 2011 at 11:02 am

    What junk! Ron Paul is the only candidate who opposes undeclared wars on 3rd world countries, the War on Drugs, banker bailouts, and indefinite detention of foreign citizens via the Patriot Act. What’s doing real harm to minority communities in America is the media’s failure to report on these issues.

  14. Beverly Grant  December 31, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Where is it written that Ron Paul should not be held accountable for his words, his deeds and his actions? I once supported him but after reading recent revelations not only about his newsletters but also about his pandering to extremist groups I will not support, work for or vote for him. He is a fraud.

  15. danR  December 31, 2011 at 11:43 am

     I note, as I have with Weigel, Kircher, et al, you fail to address the people with the most to lose from a purported Ron Paul racist, tin-hat, future agenda; and although you’ve answered some comments (so we all know that you actually read them, and cannot claim later you were not aware of them), you avoid Austin’s NAACP Nelson Linder.

      Has Paul changed his story? Or rather, has he attempted to address the shifting contextual goalposts that multiple claimants are rapidly moving thither and yon. That’s like being attacked on the witness stand by a platoon of prosecutors, who, when it’s not their turn, stand around and laugh and point.

      Keep in mind that Obama never substantively changed his Rev. Wright story: the incendiary drivel-preaching went in one ear and out the other, we are supposed to believe. Not that that almost extraordinarily–possibly mendaciously–bizarre claim disqualified him from the White House, but I could multiply the example and parallels 10-fold. I’ve already attempted to do so in the Slate comments running debate, to no avail.

    • Doug Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 11:49 am

      No sir, I have not avoided Linder’s comments. I’ve watched the YouTube video and I addressed it in a thread on another article.

      Linder simply proves that gullibility is not race-specific. You don’t have to be white to buy into the Ron Paul con.

      • Kel Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm

        How is it a con, you really think he is a con artist? In what sense? I honestly believe he’d just assume not be president. I know, you’ll likely say this is his ‘con’…somehow? Paul would take a presidential salary of $39,336. Who is he conning himself? Meanwhile your propaganda (and the many like you) and bias continues to improperly influence would be Ron Paul supporters to question their stance. What is your obligation to do this…? oh I remember, to sell advertising, that’s it.

        • Doug Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

          That’s the beauty of a con. When the victim never catches on it allows the con to continue. It worked twice before and it’s working again.

          Let’s look at the various Ron Paul newsletters. Putting the politics aside, the other publications offer investment and economic advice. And what advice did Paul give? Capitalize on chaos, get rich from the misfortune of others, bet against America. Who got rich? Ron Paul, of course.

          Ron Paul is many questionable things but he is not stupid. He knows he’ll never be President but he also knows that each time he runs he has millions left over that he uses to start another not-for-profit foundation that employs his relatives and cronies. He knows he can divert money from those foundations for other personal uses without having to disclose. It’s an old con used by other politicians. The funniest part is that the Ron Paul faithful defend the practice say “others do it too.” But the others are the ones you Paulites claim are crooks.

          If Ron Paul is the honest political messiah that so many of you claim, why doesn’t he open up his books to show where the money from his newsletters went or how his foundations spend their funds? Why doesn’t he publicly identify and disassociate himself from those he said wrote those “eight or 10 sentences” that he now claims are so despicable?

          Does a man who brags about using a white supremacist mailing list to raise money deserve to be president? I think not.

          What about the militia groups that endorse him and give money? According to his FEC reports, he accepts funds from known bigots, racists, anti-Semites and hatemongers. Is this the act of an honorable and decent man?

          Not long ago, the Ron Paul campaign posted a notice on its web site praising an endorsement from the Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, pastor of the Old Dominion Covenant Church in Nebraska. Kayser advocates executing gays because he claims homosexuality is a violation of Biblical law. When this became know, Paul’s campaign later yanked the article from its web site but Paul never publicly distanced himself from the homophobic Kayser.

          Instead, Drew Ivers, Paul’s Iowa campaign chairman praised Kayser for the “enlightening statements he makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Christian beliefs.” I guess Christians beliefs like killing gays is all right with Ron Paul.

          But Paul won’t disown Kayser because the endorsement helps him with Iowa’s strong anti-gay community. A good con man never lets personal integrity get in the way of expedience.

          At least once a day I get an email from some Ron Paul supporter who saying they have asked the Paul camp to sue me and this web site for libel and/or slander. Other media outlets get the same emails. Yet Ron Paul has never filed suit against a news organization. Why? Because doing so would require him to open up his books as part of discovery and that’s the last thing he wants.

          It’s all a con. I started covering politics when Ron Paul was still yanking babies out of female wombs and long before he learned that Congress was more lucrative. I spent five years as a press secretary and chief of staff on Capitol Hill and another five running the largest political action operation in Washington for the National Association of Realtors. I know Ron Paul and those who worked for him. I wouldn’t trust any of them with my daughter.

          Keep on supporting him, Kel, and keep sending him money. That helps keep the con alive. Someday, you and the others may realize you’ve been had but I doubt it. Marks seldom do.

          • Carl Nemo **==  December 31, 2011 at 8:13 pm

            “It’s all a con. I’ve been covering politics since before Ron Paul was in medical school learning how to yank babies out of female wombs.” ….extract from post
            I’m 67 in January 2012, born in 1945 I believe you turned 64 this December 17th Doug, you being born in 1947. Ron Paul was born in 1935. He finished medical school in 1961. So you would have been fourteen (14) years old when Paul graduated from med school and about (16) when he entered the U.S. Air Force as a physician in 1963-68. You must have been covering politics by listening to the AM radio or having flights of fancy concerning the covering of such while working on your tenth grade political science studies if they even taught such in those days…no? / : |
            Btw, I respect your credentials and have researched your bonafides, but this is a bit over the top good buddy in order to give these Ron Paul rants some gravitas on your behalf. Before long you’ll be telling us you were shoulder to shoulder with Ben Franklin on one of his early newspaper ventures.
            Re: Paul bio
            “In his last year of college, Ron Paul married Carol. After he graduated in 1957, the couple moved to Durham, North Carolina, where Ron attended the Duke University School of Medicine. Finishing his degree in 1961, he and his young family then moved to Detroit, Michigan. There Paul did his internship and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Serving his country, he was as a doctor in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and then with the United States Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968.” …extract from Ron Paul biography
            Carl Nemo **==

            • Carl Nemo **==  December 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm

              A great expose’ of our dystopian AmeriKa on the eve of ushering in 2012, quite possibly our last year prior to the unraveling of the very fabric of our society Griff.

              For better or worse here’s wishing you a Happy and Successful New Year 2012 Griff along with our site host Doug Thompson and my fellow contributors to CHB.

              Carl Nemo **==

              • griff  January 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

                And a Happy and Successful New Year to you, Carl.

                They should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when corruption in this as in the country from which we derive our origin, will have seized the heads of government, and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people and make them pay the price. Human nature is the same on each side of the Atlantic, and will be alike influenced by the same causes. The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered. – Thomas Jefferson

            • Doug Thompson  January 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

              Sorry about that. I was on a roll. Thanks for the heads up. I fixed it. :(

  16. griff  December 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    What a sad, sad commentary on the intellectual capacity of American politics, circa 2011. And an even sadder commentary on what we “freedom-loving” imperial enablers consider important when selecting a candidate for president.

    Peace? Prosperity? Liberty? Extremist, indeed!

    War! Death! Slavery! We want more! More! More!

    Office chair heroes, pulling triggers from the safety of darkened bunkers thousands of miles from the action, paving the way for “Democracy” and “Social Justice,” American Exceptionalism running rampant, destroying!

    We love destruction. We’re destroying ourselves. Wreck the world, bomb! bomb! bomb! every one.

    The system is rotten, rotting humanity. Don’t change it, vote for more of it! It’s your duty as an engineered automaton. Vote! Vote! Vote!

    Turn on the television. Glue your eyes to it, and turn off your brain.

    So pretty…The glow.

    So soothing…The lies.

    They calm me, reassure me.

    Freedom…So scary!

    Guide me, O omnipotent bureaucrat! Tell me how to live, and I will shower you with the fruits of my labor so that you may lord over me eternally.

    Allow me, dear bureaucrat, to slave and toil so that you may live in splendor and comfort. O how glorious, my slavery! Please, please might I feast on the scraps from your banquest, so I might have the smallest amount of energy to do your bidding?

    He can’t win.

    He can’t win.

    He can’t win.

    America can’t win.

    Every thing is fine.

    Government loves me.

    And I love it.

    • Gregg  January 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Double Ditto Griff…..

    • woody188  January 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Where can I sign up for the Party? :wink:

      Great post griff!

  17. Joe Keegan  December 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Doug, Correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t you you say that a black person would never be elected US President? A lot of Americans could care less was the color of the president, as long as they did a good job. What’s wrong with Paul’s policies of not blowing the sh*t out of the rest of world, and concentrating on America, instead?

    • Doug Thompson  December 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Don’t recall saying that. I do recall saying during the 2008 primary season that a black man had a better chance of becoming President than a white (or black) woman.

  18. Senegoid  December 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    THE HOLLOW MEN

    Mistah Kurtz—he dead.

    A penny for the Old Guy

    We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats’ feet over broken glass
    In our dry cellar

    Shape without form, shade without colour,
    Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

    Those who have crossed
    With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
    Remember us—if at all—not as lost
    Violent souls, but only
    As the hollow men
    The stuffed men.

    http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/784/

    I think it was Chalmers Johnson who said words to the effect: Either abolish empire, or live under it.

    Looks like it’s Empire; an Empire of Hollow Men.

    • Almandine  December 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      The problem, of course, is that all the actually hollow men don’t even know it…

  19. Hal Brown  January 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I just had to source this out:

    What about the many conspiracies touted in the newsletters, including warnings of a Jewish takeover of the United States, claims about AK-47 wielding IRS against breaking down doors and charges that the United States would force Americans to “turn in all their money” so it could be replaced with pink currency embedded with electronic tracking capabilities?

    Even Michelle Bachman must know that the IRS would never “wield” Soviet and Warsaw Pact Kalashnikovs, otherwise known at AK-47s. Michelle herself favors the civilian version of the American military and law enforcement M-16, the AR-15.

    Here’s the actual paragraph

    We’ve seen a lot of financial tyrannies in this century. This one could take the cake. And popping out of the cake with a big Surprise!, will be an IRS agent with an AK-47.

    There’s more, a lot more, including mention of the “federal-homosexual cover-up of AIDS”, in this eight page letter. Read it and, for sensible people, I think it will confirm at Ron Paul is an unhinged paranoid who happens to have hit on a way to cash in on many like minded citizens fears.

    Undated PDF of letter claimed to be from Ron Paul

    • Almandine  January 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Sounds like poetic license to me…

      the vision of an AK being much more politically reprehensible than M-16.

  20. Joe Keegan  January 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Uncut Ron Paul Interview – CNN Gloria Borger

  21. Hal Brown  January 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Hindsight:

    Well, Ron Paul, it turns out that we do have new money after all, although it isn’t pink. See official new money website. And guess what? You and others who want to hoard cash (and maybe avoid paying tax on it) can still keep their old greenbacks in a shoebox under their bed.

    No IRS armed agents with “dead mako shark eyes” were dispatched to knock down doors. The only doors that were knocked down were by drug task force officers and DEA agents and they were armed to the teeth for a good reason.

    Of course, if you want to deposit $10,000 or more in cash or coins in a bank, ill begotten or not, you’ll still have to fill out an 8300 IRS form. Another official link.

    If I were a suspicious sort, I’d read more into Ron Paul’s letter (by the way, apparently it was written in 1993). I’d think he was lamenting the possibility that it would be more difficult for people to avoid, no, make that “evade” paying taxes by not reporting under-the-table tax earnings.

  22. Bill Cravener  January 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Though I agree Jefferson’s visions were an accurate picture of the United States in the early years of the republic where land was plentiful and labor scarce, where the majority of white men were farmers and most of them owned the land they farmed. But it is now the year 2012 not 1776, land is not plentiful nor is labor scarce, we do not live in a rustic egalitarian utopia any longer. We are not a rural nation, our citizens are no longer isolated, our lives are more interconnected with the world and our economy more global then the founders could have ever imagined.

    • griff  January 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      I don’t see that there’s much difference between then and now. Back in the 1700′s there was global trade. And a voracious empire hell-bent on dominating and enslaving the world, forcing their own “values” and way of life on the rest of the planet.

      The point of Jefferson’s quote is that neither human nature nor the nature of government changes much over time, as history has proven through the ages.

      The tyranny we fought to be free of is the very same tyranny we now condone and rationalize. We make excuses for our own acceptance of it, explain it away.

      The Founders were students of history and far more intellectual than the average American today. We thrive on emotion and propaganda, not logic and facts. Truth is a punchline to a sick joke. We’re too good for history.

      So what has really changed? The British Empire is now the Anglo-American Empire. Slavery wasn’t abolished, it was just off-shored to the thrid world, where we entitled Americans don’t have to witness its brutality every day.

      Where are the jobs for this huge labor force of ours? China? Indonesia? India?

      What good has come of globalism? Has it made America better? Ask a slave in a Nike factory in Indonesia. Ask a slave in a FoxConn factory in China. Ask one of the millions of newly unemployed Americans what globalism has done for them. Ask the millions of impoverished kids in this very “land of plenty” what globalism has done for them.

      Global trade is one thing, global domination for the benefit of the banks and corporations is yet another.

  23. Hal Brown  January 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Why is my previous comment still awaiting moderation?

    • Doug Thompson  January 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Post with multiple links go into moderation. I gave everybody the day off and spent New Year’s Day riding my Harley. :)

  24. Hal Brown  January 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I’ll post it again without the active links:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Hindsight:

    Well, Ron Paul, it turns out that we do have new money after all, although it isn’t pink. See official new money website. And guess what? You and others who want to hoard cash (and maybe avoid paying tax on it) can still keep their old greenbacks in a shoebox under their bed.

    No IRS armed agents with “dead mako shark eyes” were dispatched to knock down doors. The only doors that were knocked down were by drug task force officers and DEA agents and they were armed to the teeth for a good reason.
    Of course, if you want to deposit $10,000 or more in cash or coins in a bank, ill begotten or not, you’ll still have to fill out an 8300 IRS form. Another official link.

    If I were a suspicious sort, I’d read more into Ron Paul’s letter (by the way, apparently it was written in 1993). I’d think he was lamenting the possibility that it would be more difficult for people to avoid, no, make that “evade” paying taxes by not reporting under-the-table tax earnings.

    • Bill Cravener  January 1, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Odd too Hal is your post and mine are listed before Carl’s which he posted yesterday. My last post was in reference to griff’s Jefferson post to Carl .

      • Hal Brown  January 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        Bill,

        ODD, as in obsessively delusional disorder? It is fitting to have some weird posting glitches what with all these comments being on Doug’s column about the weirdest candidate of the Republican field, a tough call for that distinction considering we had Herman Cain and Donald Trump in the running.

        I mean you couldn’t make up stuff weirder than some of this.

        Is this Capitol Hill Blue or The Onion?

        From 2008

        WASHINGTON—After piling the last of his Campaign for Liberty signs in the back of a beat-up Ford truck Thursday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) once again abandoned his candidacy for president and rode on out toward the low western sun, but not before vowing to come back to Washington “when [the country] is ready.” “When the river swirls and the wind blows, and when uncontrollable inflation forces us to revert to the gold standard, and the Federal Reserve bank is exposed as the unconstitutional, neofascist cabal it really is, you’ll see me coming over that hill,” said Paul, leaving a dusty cowboy hat and a stack of “no” votes on his seat in the House of Representatives. “But don’t you fret, America. If you ever feel like your government is getting too big or too intrusive, just give a little whistle, and there I’ll be. I’ll be there quicker’n you can spit.” Although no one has seen or heard from the Texas congressman since Thursday, sources report the Ron Paul for President campaign has gained an additional $2.3 million in contributions since his disappearance.

        Ron Paul promises to return when country needs him the most, in The Onion

      • Carl Nemo **==  January 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        Hi Bill…

        My post was deleted per Doug Thompson via an email this date. My timeline was correct concerning his age vs. when Ron Paul graduated from medical school.
        He made an error as to what year Paul graduated.

        Doug amended his post that claimed he was covering politics prior to Dr. Paul graduating from medical school. I challenged the post. The amended post is 14 back from this one, second from last paragraph.

        It now reads:

        “It’s all a con. I’ve been covering politics since Ron Paul yanking babies out of female wombs and long before he learned that Congress was more lucrative.” …extract from amended post

        Carl Nemo **==

        • Doug Thompson  January 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm

          That’s what I get for posting before my second pot of coffee :(

          • griff  January 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

            That’s a nice excuse. Maybe the good doctor can use that excuse?

  25. Sandune  January 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    This is much of the same stuff I read back in 1998.I really wanted a Republican Candidate and was invited to a formation of a new political group meeting in Atlanta Georgia called Republican Liberty Caucus.

    I attended and met up with Lew Rockwell, Ron Paul, several members from CATO and Bob Barr along with several hundred others. It would develop a new arm of the GOP to include much of the LP freedoms missing with the Gingrich group from Congress under Clinton.

    I jumped on and wrote up the new agenda here and on other sites. I could not pin any of them down on freedoms for women or gays but figured that it would come later. Individual freedoms were not within the new agenda so I wandered away. What is so obnoxious about individual freedoms? I know now this is not an official agenda of the religious members of the GOP.

    Every time I read something from the GOP or even the LP the social issues are still part of their agenda and I am forced to remove my final bumper sticker from the LP that says “I’m Pro-choice on Everything.”

    I realize our government is set in corruption and will never shake loose and the GOP is up to their arse in Christian prohibitions so all that is left is the Democratic Party as they do not seem to fear individual freedoms.

    Some day a clean and unencumbered Republican Party will return but I’m too old to be patient.

  26. Rick  January 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    The real truth is that I have a better chance at age 67 of beating out Tom Brady for QB of the Patriots next season that Paul has of being president. He has no shot and any political realist knows that. Has zero to do with philosophy all all to do with electability.

  27. Almandine  January 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Political lies and cons, and much worse…

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/presenting-exchange-stabilization-fund-5-parts-real-plunge-protection-team

    …the systemic collusion of our Fourth Estate, driven by lust for power at the top and arrogant mediocrity in the general press corps, not to mention sell-out.

    what else do you need except the power to coin money?

    • Carl Nemo **==  January 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Almandine for ESF (Exchange Stabilization Fund) info along with the fascinating links.

      Although Lord Keynes is linked to many our modern era financial ills, I must give him credit for nailing down the order of the day when it comes to capitalism especially in these times of ‘pirate capitalism’ run amok.

      *****

      “Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.” …John Maynard Keynes

      *****

      Carl Nemo **==

      • Almandine  January 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

        Keynes was a Utopian… socialist scum. See how far his ideals have gotten us?

        • Carl Nemo **==  January 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

          I agree Almandine relative to our current financial perils, but there’s a bit of good in the worst of men as well as a bit of bad in the best.

          The quote seems spot-on describing what unfettered greed facilitated by men and women of little to no principles or honor for which we now suffer as nation, so too the world. Politics, banking, brokerage, justice or the lack thereof all fall within this continuum of modern era corruption.

          It’s metastasized into a deadly national/global tumor.

          The question is: what’s the regimen to possibly precipitate a cure and that’s why I feel Dr. Paul’s Rx is the best at this time in relation to the extreme challenges that face this nation.

          We don’t need no stinkin’ Hollywood type political personalities, like Obama, Mitt, Newt, Rick et al.; but just a very bright, principled man in the twilight years of his life at the helm to possibly save this nation from a terminal encounter with a financial iceberg. Believe it…!

          Carl Nemo **==

  28. Sandune  January 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    So many replies are simply stating that Paul will never win. Does this mean that everyone here must vote for the winner? Is it a sense of pride claiming you voted for the winner?

    I went through this with Goldwater and again with Perot and I refused to stay within the safe part of the elections because they could not win.

    This means that the words above and the commentaries on CHB are worthless because the odds are they cannot win. You all must be very satisfied with what is running. I am not!

    The same old, same old itshay get elected every time we have an election and I’m sick of it. I have never backed a sure thing and it is not you people who are wasting your time; it is me.

    I want better for America than what is listed as candidates and I guess I will have to search some place else.

    Fifty plus pages of replies and not a single positive statement….no wonder America is in deep trouble.

    • Carl Nemo **==  January 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      It’s not as grim as you describe Ms. Price. All we have here are shared opinions.

      Kinda visualize we’re all sitting around the pot belly, coal fired stove in the local hardware store all sharing thoughts and yarns as to whom we think is the best man/woman for the job;I.E., our highest office.

      Just as the stove many of us have ‘fire in the belly’ concerning our opinions, but in the end hopefully we are still friends in thought, still loyal Americans to the core regardless of the stormy seas we are now enduring as a nation. “WE the People” shall prevail…believe it!

      Happy New Year 2012 to you and yours dear lady. : )

      Carl Nemo **==

      • Almandine  January 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm

        Yep… just sittin’ around having the best of what life offers…

        • Carl Nemo **==  January 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

          Thanks Almandine for reposting this great vidclip showing a bit of which makes America great.

          Sometime back you posted it and it was a ‘keeper’. : )

          Great bluegrass music, along with the ambience of the river…ain’t it great! :D

          The shufflebutt, pencil-necked, ever-scheming usurpers along the Boston~New York~D.C.~Tel Aviv axis of financial and political evil best take note as to how Americans ‘tick’. In the final analysis we don’t take sh*t off nobody. We’re an independent, enterprising people. Don’t tread on us or pay the consequences to such…!

          Carl Nemo **==

  29. Hal Brown  January 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

    As Doug has been pointing out, Ron Paul’s con, really his long con, rivals that of Paul Newman and Robert Redford in “The Sting”.

    The best con man is one who can use similar versions of the same con again and again with the same mark. I have a new name for this political season: the year of the mark.

    Paul’s con has worked because of the his supporters naïveté, credulity, and in some people, bigotry. I would venture to say many or even most of them don’t care about the plight of the less fortunate. I doubt the majority of his supporters are informed libertarians. My hunch however is that they agree whole heartedly with the first paragraph of the Libertarian Party platform

    As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

    and don’t consider or don’t care about he consequences to society at large.

    The use of the words “forced”, “sacrifice” and “values” are crucial and deliberately meant to be loaded here. How different they are from the words in the Preamble to The Constitution.

    I believe an advanced society must force (when necessary) the “making” of sacrifices for the benefits of others. This includes the regulation of both individual and corporate behavior.

    I value my rights and I value the rights of others. Put another way, I value
    justice for all, domestic tranquility, promoting the general welfare, and securing the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…

  30. woody188  January 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

    It’s too bad no one will challenge Kirchick to name the militia involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, as that is his insinuation.

    I’ve seen his writing described as a “toxic mix of ignorance and callousness” particularly on his predictions for Iraq and Mauritania.

    You may know Kirchick more from the people he works for at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies:

    James Woolsey
    Clifford May
    Paula Dobriansky
    Steve Forbes
    Max Kampelman
    Bill Kristol
    Senator Joseph Lieberman
    Richard Perle
    Eric Cantor
    Gary Bauer
    Charles Krauthammer

    It’s a veritable who’s who of those that wanted to attack Iraq in the Junior Bush administration. You know, those guys that called for “another Pearl Harbor event to galvanize Americans and propel them to support another war” while working at another think tank called under the Project for a New American Century.

    Another sad fact is this “foundation” is “a tax-exempt, non-profit and non-partisan institution” that claims to not seek to advance any political party or views. They also receive partial funding from the US State Department. Your tax dollars at work.

    It’s just a coincidence that this group is dominated entirely by Neo-conservative war hawks and spout war propaganda and foreign policy positions based on conjecture and flawed logic. And it’s just coincidence that it’s members would like to see Ron Paul knocked out of the running for President.

    • woody188  January 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      For those challenged to connect the dots, Ron Paul does so for you in this speech and a short video put together by a supporter.

      • Carl Nemo **==  January 2, 2012 at 11:58 pm

        Thanks Woody188 for posting an indictment list of of those that would crater this nation in the interest of serving their sinister ideals which are a hybrid merger of communism and fascism hatched in hell itself.

        Truly a suberb link presentation that shines a mighty spotlight on these traitorous PNAC ‘rats’ that would sell us all out of few dollars, euros, shekels or yuan more; but, Ron Paul is a con artist, crook, a little old man and whatever else the naysayers may charge. Evidently they like their HDTV entertained, velveteen lined, shop until you drop, junk food paradigm, that’s posturing as freedom and justice for all under the law. Without a seachange provided by Ron Paul, these lazy-thoughted, less than discerning swine will get the government they deserve in spades.

        Damn, these PNAC characters all look so evil, corrupt and burnt out on their drug of choice;I.E., absolute power which corrupts absolutely, with the look of escapees from the crypt. Yikes…!

        Carl Nemo **==

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