There’s a non-zero chance that everything Rand Paul injects himself into will get worse; insert “race” or “poverty” in the subject line and that skyrockets north of 99%. For instance, earlier this week, Rand Paul gave his reaction to the riots in Baltimore — blaming the unrest on black culture and “breakdown of the family structure.”
Paul also blamed it on the “lack of a father” — basically, every racist dog whistle that you’ve ever heard — and said that he’s “sympathetic” to the police. Bad as he is, he’s got nothing on his old man, Ron Paul, who released a special newsletter on “racial terrorism” shortly after the LA Riots.
Ron Paul is the original Libertarian Messiah. It used to be a popular joke that his minions would invade forums and post various memes about a “Ron Paul Revolution.” Paul is also connected to Gary North, the son-in-law of R.J. Rushdooney. Rushdooney, for those who don’t know, advocated “theocratic libertarianism,” which is summed up as, “hamstring the federal government; replace state governments with the church.”
Paul is not a good human. And the further you dig, the worse it gets: for instance, his “Special Issue on Racial Terrorism”:
In 1992, the most famous libertarian of all, Ron Paul, was still between Congressional stints when Los Angeles erupted, but he did run a profitable libertarian newsletter, “The Ron Paul Political Report,” to keep his ideas alive. Shortly after the LA riots, Ron Paul put out a“Special Issue on Racial Terrorism” offering his libertarian analysis of what he termed black “terrorism”
The newsletter, which was bylined by Paul himself, would go on to call black people “terrorists,” and estimate that “95% of the black males” in large cities were “semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”
I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in [major U.S. cities] are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.
Oh, but it gets better! A few months after this news letter, Paul distributed another newsletter that explained how you can get away with shooting black teenagers (I’m sure George Zimmerman read that one):
“What can you do? More and more Americans are carrying a gun in the car. An ex-cop I know advises that if you have to use a gun on a youth, you should leave the scene immediately, disposing of the wiped off gun as soon as possible. Such a gun cannot, of course, be registered to you, but one bought privately (through the classifieds, for example.).
“I frankly don’t know what to make of such advice; but even in my little town of Lake Jackson, Texas, I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming.”
Ron Paul will disavow the newsletters today, claiming that they were the work of an “authorized ghostwriter.” Because that makes the racism completely okay.
It’s worth noting that, authorized ghostwriter or not, the letters were still published by his political group and were purportedly written by Paul himself under his own name. Back in the 1990s, Paul repeatedly defended the racist newsletters. His tune didn’t change until he managed to win over some delusional liberals during the Bush administration.
For the record, his son, Rand, is following in his father’s footsteps — his ghostwriter, Jack Hunter, is a neo-Confederate extremist who wrote “John Wilkes Booth Was Right.”
You can read the entire newsletter below, including the page where Paul gives instructions on how to kill a black teenager and get away with it:
[h/t Pando Daily]