Ron Paul’s greatest hits

[Obligatory declaration of intent to keep politics out of this blog elided.]

One of the more remarkable aspects of the current American political silly season is the surge of popularity of Ron Paul among some sectors of young people, free thinkers, and Internet users.

Now, granted, some of this has to do with real or perceived issues with the theoretically mainstream candidates. And, Paul does occasionally speak truth to power on important topics such as why Islamic religious fundamentalists may have issues with us beyond simply “hating freedom”.

On the other hand, you have to admit he does tend to take trips to crazytown on a disturbingly frequent basis, whether he is declaring his intent to return us to the gold standard, or taking a firm stance against the Civil War a hundred and forty years after the fact.

So this may lead one to wonder, who is Ron Paul? Who are we really dealing with?

Luckily, Paul has been politically active for decades, and in fact has published his own political newsletters — Ron Paul’s Freedom ReportRon Paul Political Report,The Ron Paul Survival Report, etc. — since 1978. And we are fortunate that James Kirchick of the New Republic has recently unearthed many issues of Paul’s newsletters via excursions to the University of Kansas and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Kirchick points out that Paul’s newsletters have few bylines and it is difficult to know who wrote what within them over the years. On the other hand, they all carried Paul’s name front and center, “some of the earlier newsletters are signed by him”, “many of the unbylined newsletters were written in the first person, implying that Paul was the author”, “the articles seem designed to create the impression that they were written by him”, and he made money from all of them.

And so, courtesy of Kirchick and the New Republic, Ron Paul’s greatest hits:

Opinion polls consistently show only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions…

If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be…

Order was only restored in LA [after the 1992 riots] when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began…

[In those riots, Koreans in LA were] the only people to act like real Americans, mainly because they have not yet been assimilated into our rotten liberal culture, which admonishes whites faced by raging blacks to lie back and think of England.

Jury verdicts, basketball games, and even music are enough to set off black rage, it seems.

If you live in a major city, and can leave, do so. If not, but you can have a rural retreat, for investment and refuge, buy it.

I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming.

[In 1990, re Martin Luther King Day:] What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.

[Martin Luther King was] the man who replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.

[In 1991:] Our priority should be to take the anti-government, anti-tax, anti-crime, anti-welfare loafers, anti-race privilege, anti-foreign meddling message of [former KKK Imperial Wizard David] Duke, and enclose it in a more consistent package of freedom.

[South Africa’s transition to multiracial democracy represents a] destruction of civilization… the most tragic [to] ever occur on that continent, at least below the Sahara.

The right of secession should be ingrained in a free society… there is nothing wrong with loosely banding together small units of government. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, we too should consider it.

[Praising Representative William Dannemeyer, who advocated quarantining people with AIDS:] [He] speaks out fearlessly despite the organized power of the gay lobby.

Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.

I miss the closet.

Gays in San Francisco do not obey the dictates of good sense… these men don’t really see a reason to live past their fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives are centered on new sexual partners… they enjoy the attention and pity that comes with being sick.

Whether [the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.

[T]he 1,500 local militias now training to defend liberty [are] one of the most encouraging developments in America…

[Advice to local militias:] 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. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.

[Promoting a video that claims that Waco was a conspiracy to kill ATF agents who had previously worked for President Clinton as bodyguards:] I can’t vouch for every single judgment by the narrator, but the film does show the depths of government perfidy, and the national police’s tricks and crimes… Send your check for $24.95 to our Houston office, or charge the tape to your credit card at 1-800-RON-PAUL.