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  Angry White Man: The bigoted past of Ron Paul
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MediaWeekly News Magazine - New Republic, The
News DateFriday, January 11, 2008 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIf you are a critic of the Bush administration, chances are that, at some point over the past six months, Ron Paul has said something that appealed to you. Paul describes himself as a libertarian, but, since his presidential campaign took off earlier this year, the Republican congressman has attracted donations and plaudits from across the ideological spectrum. Antiwar conservatives, disaffected centrists, even young liberal activists have all flocked to Paul, hailing him as a throwback to an earlier age, when politicians were less mealy-mouthed and American government was more modest in its ambitions, both at home and abroad. In The New York Times Magazine, conservative writer Christopher Caldwell gushed that Paul is a "formidable stander on constitutional principle," while The Nation wrote of "his full-throated rejection of the imperial project in Iraq." Former TNR editor Andrew Sullivan endorsed Paul for the GOP nomination, and ABC's Jake Tapper described the candidate as "the one true straight-talker in this race." Even The Wall Street Journal, the newspaper of the elite bankers whom Paul detests, recently advised other Republican presidential contenders not to "dismiss the passion he's tapped."

Most voters had never heard of Paul before he launched his quixotic bid for the Republican nomination. But the Texan has been active in politics for decades. And, long before he was the darling of antiwar activists on the left and right, Paul was in the newsletter business. In the age before blogs, newsletters occupied a prominent place in right-wing political discourse. With the pages of mainstream political magazines typically off-limits to their views (National Review editor William F. Buckley having famously denounced the John Birch Society), hardline conservatives resorted to putting out their own, less glossy publications. These were often paranoid and rambling--dominated by talk of international banking conspiracies, the Trilateral Commission's plans for world
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D:1733The Return of Soybomb ( 490.9855 points)
Sun, April 27, 2008 05:12:26 PM UTC0:00
Why people ever fell for this guy is a mystery. He is a right-wing Libertarian nut job, and always has been.

 
IND:1196Monsieur ( 5890.8623 points)
Sun, April 27, 2008 06:36:20 PM UTC0:00
I agree, The Return of Soybomb.

 
R:549kal ( -57.2262 points)
Mon, April 28, 2008 01:13:08 AM UTC0:00
Is the New Republic a right wing or left wing rag?

 
MFL:882The Oncoming Storm ( 344.8853 points)
Mon, April 28, 2008 02:03:17 AM UTC0:00
Neither.

 
MFL:882The Oncoming Storm ( 344.8853 points)
Mon, April 28, 2008 06:14:26 AM UTC0:00
It's conservative when compared with the Nation.

 
R:373... ( 421.7247 points)
Wed, April 30, 2008 02:27:03 AM UTC0:00
He's a conflicting guy, Ron Paul.

On the one hand, I give him props for standing up to black politicians and not taking krap from them, but he's also as anti-Israel as any major Presidential candidate.

Which actually brings me to an anecdote earlier this year. A bunch of people who were previously Ron Paul supporters got barred from a local party convention because it was revealed that they were lying about being McCain supporters.

As shady as Ron Paul is, his actual supporters are also dirty.

 
D:2109Andy ( 4160.6357 points)
Wed, April 30, 2008 02:36:12 AM UTC0:00
...: krap

Don't make me use Iggy.

 
R:373... ( 421.7247 points)
Wed, April 30, 2008 02:47:41 AM UTC0:00
Dude, change your avatar.

That was a bad movie.

 
D:2109Andy ( 4160.6357 points)
Wed, April 30, 2008 02:58:37 AM UTC0:00
Dude, I've got this avatar because it's Ellen Page. Doesn't matter what movie.

 
R:6427Ferriswh.googlepages.com ( -39.6984 points)
Wed, April 30, 2008 05:31:34 AM UTC0:00
Dude, it's a blood queer avatar.