Dear Iggy,

by | Jun 7, 2007 | Stress Blog | 5 comments

Here’s the real deal about the accusations of Ron Paul being a racist:

Some assholes wrote those things under his name long ago and he stupidly didn’t immediately denounce the statements. Then they came up in the race in ’96 and he says his aides said that it would make it worse if he tried to explain that someone else wrote it in his newsletter under his name. Again, a very stupid call.

In 2001 he explained to Texas Monthly that others had written it and that he felt real bad – especially the part about Barbara Jordan since they always had a great relationship.

The most important thing I think to understand about Ron Paul is that he really is an individualist. When we talked about responsibility for 9/11 on my show he talked about the actual 19 who did the deed. I don’t believe for a minute – and I’d be extremely angry and frankly heartbroken if I thought otherwise – that Ron Paul is a bigot in any way at all. One of the people very closest to me in my life is black, and these things about Paul would certainly be deal-breakers to me if I though they were true. Hell, they would be anyway.

The worst thing you could say I think is that he had some real bad PR guys – 10 and 20 years ago.

Please check into his record, his speeches, etc. – and they go Way back – and you will find nothing remotely representing bigotry. Read what he says about the war too, he brings the humanity of the “enemy” into the debate probably more than anyone.

You can read much more about this here:

What made the statements in the publication even more puzzling was that, in four terms as a U. S. congressman and one presidential race, Paul had never uttered anything remotely like this.

“When I ask him why, he pauses for a moment, then says, ‘I could never say this in the campaign, but those words weren’t really written by me. It wasn’t my language at all. Other people help me with my newsletter as I travel around. I think the one on Barbara Jordan was the saddest thing, because Barbara and I served together and actually she was a delightful lady.’ …

“His reasons for keeping this a secret are harder to understand: ‘They were never my words, but I had some moral responsibility for them . . . I actually really wanted to try to explain that it doesn’t come from me directly, but they campaign aides said that’s too confusing. “It appeared in your letter and your name was on that letter and therefore you have to live with it.” ‘ It is a measure of his stubbornness, determination, and ultimately his contrarian nature that, until this surprising volte-face in our interview, he had never shared this secret. It seems, in retrospect, that it would have been far, far easier to have told the truth at the time.”

Also, please read this.

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