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The Real Ron Paul (Updated)

John on January 8, 2008 at 2:24 pm

I’ve taken some heat for getting down on the Ron Paul, so of course I’m going to go a step further. The New Republic has excerpts from Ron Paul’s newsletters that leave little doubt he’s not playing with a full deck:

In an undated solicitation letter for The Ron Paul Investment Letter and the Ron Paul Political Report, Paul writes: “I’ve been told not to talk, but these stooges don’t scare me. Threats or no threats, I’ve laid bare the coming race war in our big cities. The federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS (my training as a physician helps me see through this one.) The Bohemian Grove–perverted, pagan playground of the powerful. Skull & Bones: the demonic fraternity that includes George Bush and leftist Senator John Kerry, Congress’s Mr. New Money. The Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica.”

So I guess Huckabee’s Christmas ad isn’t the first time he’s seen fascism coming. He’s been seeing it for a long time now.

Update: Bryan at Hot Air has a post worth reading on the controversy. This paragraph sums up my own thoughts on the newsletters:

Let’s take Paul’s latest defense at face value for a second. The best that can be said about it is that he mismanaged a newsletter and turned it over to cranks who don’t represent his views. Set aside that there’s a remarkable consistency between the views expressed in the newsletters and the views many of his supporters hold now. If Paul really didn’t write the most risible material in that newsletter, and if the ghostwriters really don’t represent his views, then he isn’t even competent enough to manage a newsletter in a way that keeps out the riffraff and represents his own thinking. Paul supporters still want to turn the executive branch of the government over to someone who exhibits this level of incompetence across a stretch of years?

Exactly. Either he’s a conspiracy nut. Or he’s an incompetent manager. Personally, I tend to favor answer c)…all of the above.

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