By Javier ManjarresIt’s been well chronicled here at the Shark Tank that we are no fans of Congressman Ron Paul’s views on foreign policy-to all but his die hard fans, such an outlook on today’s geopolitical scene is naive and dangerous. However, we have defended his aggressiveness as it pertains to domestic spending, as he is one of the staunchest fiscal hawks currently in the Congress. But the recent surfacing of Paul’s disturbing newsletters have backed him into a very dark corner, and he is being questioned as to whether or not he is a bigot- and rightfully so.
In the 1990s, he described Dr. King as a “world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours” and “seduced underage girls and boys.” He even claimed – without a hint of proof – that Dr. King “made a pass at” fellow civil rights warrior Ralph Abernathy, who succeeded King as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).-Florida Courier
“What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it!” He added, “We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.”-Ron Paul
Ron Paul has emphatically disavowed these postings in his newsletters throughout the 1980’s and 90’s and stated that he did not know about the content now being called into question, claiming that there were others who wrote material for his newsletters that attributed the work to him. Paul has claimed he did publish the newsletters, and that admission should completely implicate himself- the buck needs to stop at the top.
Here’s a dose of reality for Ron Paul’s stalwart supporters- there is no way on God’s green earth that you can convince me that Ron Paul did not know what was being written in his newsletters. But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt here for a minute. Let’s just say that there were others writing the newsletters alongside him and there was one instance that some racial slur was posted in the newsletter. But what about the other off color remarks about Blacks, Jews and Gays?Here at the Shark Tank, we have guest writers and have allowed Lone Shark to post quite a bit of content, and you better believe that I have read and approved every single blog post. The question then arises as to how trusting was Paul with the people co-writing his newsletters. The writers in Paul’s newsletters also express a disturbing paranoia and conspiracy theories in their writings, so it seems that Paul was approving of those types of sentiments as well- it’s not farfetched to assume that he trusted those writers to express the same views on government that he espoused.
I think it’s safe to speculate that Ron Paul confided in his co-writers because he knew them well and trusted their judgement and character. This trust he placed in them speaks volumes to his potential culpablility or direct involvement in the writing of the bigoted newsletters.
If Ron Paul is so fit to be the Commander-in-Chief of the United States, a position where he is wholly responsible for what happens under his watch, then how can he plausibly claim that he did not know what was being written in the newsletters? After all, he was the “Commander in Chief” as publisher of the the Ron Paul newsletters. Stick a fork in him, his Presidential campaign is over.
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