By Nick Ducote, Contributing Writer
It seems like every single member of the Republican primary has taken a turn as front-runner, then received a lot of media attention. Unfortunately, the attention has the tendency to turn up dirty little secrets like Herman Cain’s alleged affairs or Newt’s Fanny and Freddie employment history. Until now, Ron Paul has remained outside of the fray. Throughout his time in the House, Paul has been one of the most consistent and principled politicians in American government. Even as a liberal, I appreciate Paul’s honesty and principle.
However, a recent article in the Weekly Standard has uncovered some publications Paul put out in the 1980s and 90s. The author, James Kirchick, tracked down the originals of many of Paul’s pamphlets, titled Ron Paul’s Freedom Report, the Ron Paul Political Report, the Ron Paul Survival Report, and the Ron Paul Investment Letter. The contents of the pamphlets are shocking. To quote Kirchick’s findings:
“Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks,” read a typical article from the June 1992 “Special Issue on Racial Terrorism,” a supplement to the Ron Paul Political Report. Racial apocalypse was the most persistent theme of the newsletters; a 1990 issue warned of “The Coming Race War,” and an article the following year about disturbances in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., was entitled “Animals Take Over the D.C. Zoo.”
Paul alleged that Martin Luther King Jr., “the world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours,” had also “seduced underage girls and boys.” The man who would later proclaim King a “hero” attacked Ronald Reagan for signing legislation creating the federal holiday in his name, complaining, “We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.”
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.”
When the excerpts first appeared in a 2008 New Republic article by Kirchick, Paul claimed to have no affiliation with the pamphlets or knowledge of their contents before their publishing. However, Ron Paul and his wife, as officers of the publisher Ron Paul & Associates, made millions from the newsletters.
As with any accusation of this nature, Ron Paul will not admit he had knowledge of these rather racist pamphlets. When Senator Barack Obama was linked to the radical preacher Jeremiah Wright, Obama claimed he had never heard Rev. Wright’s radical sermons. If nothing else, a man running for President made millions from a company that published racist pamphlets.
Ron Paul claims he wants to bring accountability and transparency to institutions like the Fed. If he cannot keep track of newsletters for a company he helps run, how we expect Ron Paul to keep track of the United States Federal Government?
Nick is a Masters candidate in history at the Louisiana Tech University and is a contributing writer for GenWhy Press. He can be reached for question or comment at firstname.lastname@example.org.