LIE:

Ron Paul is a racist.

 

TRUTH:

Ron Paul is absolutely not a racist, and has spoken out against racism.

 

The bulk of these allegations come from a publication printed under his name, with words written by someone else, which unfortunately have attempted to resurface as of late. During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, a newsletter called the “Ron Paul Political Report” was published with Dr. Paul’s permission via his campaign. It surprisingly contained statistics and characterizations with a rather racially charged slant. The Houston Chronicle (registration required) back in 1996 ran a piece on this.

 

As detailed in that article, comments included the following:

 

“Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action.”

 

“Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,' I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

 

“We don't think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That's true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.”

 

“By far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government…”

 

There is one very significant problem with all of this: Ron Paul never said any of these statements. They were instead ghostwritten by someone in his campaign, who he would go on to fire because of it. Ron Paul later told Texas Monthly magazine in 2001, “I could never say this in the campaign, but those words weren't really written by me. ... It wasn't my language at all.” (A direct link to words contained in the Texas Monthly article is unavailable online without a subscription, but they are cited on USA Today’s political blog.) At the time though, he was advised not to go into that level of detail, as it would be too confusing, and he felt morally responsible for the words because they came from his campaign, regardless of whether he actually wrote them, so instead he flatly denied the statements as untrue. Which technically, they were.

 

Several sources, including two blogs have come out reporting this story. The first was the left-leaning blog Daily Kos. Following that was the right-leaning blog Flopping Aces. Following that was The New York Sun, which then lead to a piece by USA Today. But again, the fact that these blogs and articles have been posted at all is completely without merit. Dr. Paul has served 10 terms as a congressman, taking a break in that stretch to return to his medical practice (Dr. Paul is a licensed obstetrician and gynecologist). He writes a weekly column on his congressional website, and made countless speeches, often discussing on individual liberties and rights. In all his years of public service, he has never once made any remarks remotely racist. Instead his detractors have had to stoop to digging up an obscure publication from the late 1980’s to early 1990’s, that has long been discredited, because it wasn’t written by him. Congressman Paul’s own views on racism are quite different than the publication cited:

 

Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.

 

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

 

More importantly, in a free society every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Rather than looking to government to correct our sins, we should understand that racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty.

 

Ron Paul believes in individual rights given by our Creator. That all people are equal in the eyes of their Creator. This view of people as individuals is diametrically opposed to racism.

 

 

 

In addition to allegations of racism against African Americans, Ron Paul has also been accused of being anti-Semitic. The allegations don’t only come from statements in the already-cited “Ron Paul Political Report”, but because Dr. Paul has been critical of our government being lobbied  by the Israeli-governmental interests, namely through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). This however has nothing to do with any resentment towards Jewish people, or the right of Israel to exist as a nation. Ron Paul believes in a non-interventionist foreign policy. Our government being lobbied by a group like the AIPAC violates this philosophy, by making us unconstitutionally entangled with the interests of the nation of Israel. Dr. Paul feels that, rather than choosing sides, like all countries, we should remain neutral with Israel, trading with her and other countries in the region, but with out preferential treatment. Currently, our government provides weapons and funding to the Israeli government, which is a contributing factor for resentment against the United States by other nations in the region. Ron Paul opposes this. This does not fairly translate to him being anti-Semitic or even more specifically, anti-Jewish. It is just another example of being a non-interventionist.