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December 24, 2011

Ron Paul: more racist or anti-gay bigot?

The New Republic has unearthered a collection of Ron Paul's early newsletters and published an article with the most incendiary quotations.  This has raised the question:  Is he more of a racist or an anti-gay bigot?  Read the full article before deciding, but here are a few selections to ponder:

On race:

An October 1990 edition of the Political Report ridicules black activists, led by Al Sharpton, for demonstrating at the Statue of Liberty in favor of renaming New York City after Martin Luther King. The newsletter suggests that  “Welfaria,”  “Zooville,” “Rapetown,” “Dirtburg,”and “Lazyopolis ” would be better alternatives—and says,  “Next time, hold that demonstration at a food stamp bureau or a crack house.”

On gay issues:

The June 1990 issue of the Political Report says: “I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”

There are people wondering if Andrew Sullivan may want to rethink this.  Considering the fact that the Repulican presidential candidates have been having a contest to see who could be the most anti-gay it is the racial views that will be most damaging.  But will this hurt him in Iowa?

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