My short take on Ron Paul

15. January 2008

I’ve been neglecting my blog for some time, and last week I spent several hours drafting a long, nuanced, examination of Paul’s career, my own history with Paul, and the racists under the bed of the libertarian movement. Then I screwed up and lost the damn thing. Fucking WordPress editor. Which is probably not that great a loss because few people would have the patience to read the whole thing anyway.

So, here’s the short version of my take on Ron Paul.

I don’t think he’s really any more of a racist than any of the other GOP contenders, or for that matter any of the Democrats. Including Obama. He has, however, pandered to racists in the past as a matter of political pragmatism in his South Texas Congressional district, and has racists among his friends and advisors. This is what is biting him in the ass now.

I chuckle at the phrase, “Ron Paul doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.” How can a bone be racist? Only minds can be racist. It would make more sense to say, “Ron Paul doesn’t have a racist neuron in his brain.” Which may be true.

In fairness, I should point out that Ron Paul opposes the drug war, and if he could end that, he’d liberate more black people than any President since Abraham Lincoln. If he could end the Iraq War quickly, he’d save even more black lives.

Is Ron Paul a homophobe? That’s harder to deny, since he did sponsor that bill which would prevent Federal courts from reviewing and possibly nullifying state laws against sodomy. I could write this off as simply pandering. A few years back he did join a gay-bashing Christian church. I don’t really know, and I don’t think anyone else does, either.

Is Ron Paul a libertarian? Wendy McElroy says he’s not, he’s a conservative with libertarian economic views. But what does Ron say about himself?
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