BREAKING: Ron Paul –Hear Him On Camera and In Writing, Fighting DiscriminationSubmitted by Revolution News... on Tue, 12/27/2011 - 05:54
Here are 21 exhibits that can be used by anyone, including journalists, to build an overwhelming case that what Ron Paul actually believes about discrimination is not what the latest headlines are alleging.
In the list below, he’s on tape speaking his beliefs word for word at debates or during speeches, and speaking them it into the Congressional Record (sometimes C-SPAN records it), or writing about it in his books with his name right on the cover, where thousands have actually seen him publicly sign his name to them, and heard plugged on TV over the many months without any denials that Ron Paul actually wrote them. For example, in one instance we quote a Ron Paul book from 1987 makes it plain that he disapproves of discrimination of any kind anywhere.
It seems odd, therefore, or perhaps deliberate that the same material below, some of it produced to high journalistic or professional standards when they were originally created for broadcast and dissemination, were considered good enough to accurately record and share his views, but are now suddenly now not good enough to exonerate him of the allegations against him.
As you read this, you see, hear, and actually feel his convictions on race, ethnicity, and discrimination. You notice why he feels so strongly about it. You can see right into his mind and heart that he really is a Libertarian and that he literally bleeds individual liberty with every word and deed. You’d also know that if you perused not just his voting record in Congress, but the legislation he’s introduced over two decades and the speeches accompanying them. He wears it on his sleeve.
You realize that to call a Libertarian a racist, is akin to saying that an atheist believes in God. They are the on identical scale of impossibility.
It’s therefore worth repeating. It should be glaring to everyone that if the material we list was in fact produced to high journalistic, academic, professional or legislative standards in order to record his views in the first instance, why isn't this same material suddenly good enough to exonerate him ?
Good enough when they were produced, but worthless in his defense? Please.
Moreover, the words attributed to him in those nearly 30 year old newsletters clash violently with a lifetime of his philosophy, belief system and his deeds. You’ll even notice it when comparing it to his 1987 book that predates the newsletters by several years.
We present now, the real Ron Paul:
Exhibit A: His Beliefs Demand an Anti-Racist Agenda
At 14 minutes, 50 seconds.
"Libertarianism is the enemy of all racism, because racism is a collectivist idea that you put people in categories. You say, well blacks belong here, and whites here, and women here and we don't see people in forms..or gays. You don't have rights because your gays, or women or minorities, you have rights because you’re an individual. So we see people strictly as individuals. We get these individuals in a natural way. So it's exactly opposite of all collectivism and it's absolutely anti-racism because we don't see it in those terms. "
-Ron Paul on Bill Moyers Journal, January 4, 2008
Exhibit B: Insists that Courts and The Death Penalty are Racist
At 75 minutes, 37 seconds
“That’s a pretty good question. Because people, somebody asked me yesterday, "When was the last time you ever changed your opinion? And I said well, it's been a while since I've had a major change of opinion, but I try to understand and study and figure out how things work you know and become better at economics and all.
But on that issue (the death penalty), I did have a change of opinion. And I stated this in the debates last go around, they asked…they asked a similar question, ‘when did you change your opinion last?’ And uh, and it, that was just not overnight, but I, my position now is, that since I'm a federal official and I would be a U.S. president, is I do not believe in the federal death penalty and in my book “Liberty Defined”, I explain in it more detail , but basically I make the argument for, uh, against the death penalty but I would not come and say the federal government and the federal courts should tell the states they can't have the death penalty anymore. I don’t go that far.
But no, I just don't think the uh ..with the scientific evidence now- I think I read an article yesterday on the death penalty, and 68 percent of the time they make mistakes. And it’s so racist, too. I think more than half the people getting the death penalty are poor blacks. This is the one place, the one remnant of racism in our country is in the court system, enforcing the drug laws and enforcing the death penalty. I don’t even know, but I wonder how many of those, how many have been executed? Over 200, I wonder how many were minorities? You know, if you're rich, you usually don't meet the death penalty.”
-Ron Paul, Interview with the Concord Monitor Editorial Board, August 18, 2011
Exhibit C: Speaks Out Against Government Legalized Racism as Cruel and Unjust
“No form of political organization, therefore, is immune to cruel abuses like the Jim Crow laws, whereby government sets out to legislate on how groups of human beings are allowed to interact with one another.
Peaceful civil disobedience to unjust laws, which I support with every fiber of my being, can sometimes be necessary at any level of government. It falls upon the people, in the last resort, to stand against injustice no matter where it occurs.
In the long run, the only way racism can be overcome is through the philosophy of individualism, which I have promoted throughout my life. Our rights come to us not because we belong to some group, but our rights come to us as individuals. And it is as individuals that we should judge one another.
Racism is a particularly odious form of collectivism whereby individuals are treated not on their merits but on the basis of group identity. Nothing in my political philosophy, which is the exact opposite of the racial totalitarianism of the twentieth century, gives aid or comfort to such thinking. To the contrary, my philosophy of individualism is the most radical intellectual challenge to racism ever posed.
Government exacerbates racial thinking and undermines individualism because its very existence encourages people to organize along racial lines in order to lobby for benefits for their group. That lobbying, in turn, creates animosity and suspicion among all groups, each of which believes that it is getting less of its fair share than the others.
Instead, we should quit thinking in terms of race—yes, in 2008 it is still necessary to say that we should Stop thinking in terms of race—and recognize that freedom and prosperity benefit all Americans.”
-Ron Paul, ‘The Revolution: A Manifesto”, 2008
Exhibit D: Exposes that Courts Discriminate Against Minorities
“But in order to attract Latino votes, I think, you know, too long this country has always put people in groups. They penalize people because they’re in groups, and then they reward people because they’re in groups.
But following up on what Newt was saying, we need a healthy economy, we wouldn’t be talking about this. We need to see everybody as an individual. And to me, seeing everybody as an individual means their liberties are protected as individuals and they’re treated that way and they’re never penalized that way.
So if you have a free and prosperous society, all of a sudden this group mentality melts away. As long as there’s no abuse — one place where there’s still a lot of discrimination in this country is in our court systems. And I think the minorities come up with a short hand in our court system."
-Ron Paul, CNN Western Republican Debate, October 18, 2011
Exhibit E: Refuses to Back the Unfair Punishment of Minorities
"A system designed to protect individual liberty will have no punishments for any group and no privileges.
Today, I think inner-city folks and minorities are punished unfairly in the war on drugs.
For instance, Blacks make up 14% of those who use drugs, yet 36 percent of those arrested are Blacks and it ends up that 63% of those who finally end up in prison are Blacks. This has to change.
We don’t have to have more courts and more prisons. We need to repeal the whole war on drugs. It isn’t working. We have already spent over $400 billion since the early 1970s, and it is wasted money. Prohibition didn’t work. Prohibition on drugs doesn’t work. So we need to come to our senses. And, absolutely, it’s a disease. We don’t treat alcoholics like this. This is a disease, and we should orient ourselves to this. That is one way you could have equal justice under the law."
-Ron Paul, 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University, September 27, 2007
Exhibit F: Insists that Drug Wars Harms Blacks and Other Minorities Disproportionately
“…the federal war on drugs has wrought disproportionate harm on minority communities.
Allowing for states’ rights here would surely be an improvement, for the states could certainly do a better and more sensible job than the federal government has been doing if they were free to decide the issue for themselves. And although people studying my record will discover how consistent I have been over the years, they will uncover one major shift: in recent years I have dropped my support for the federal death penalty.
It is a dangerous power for the federal government to have, and it is exercised in a discriminatory way: if you are poor and black, you are much more likely to receive this punishment.
We should not think in terms of whites, blacks, Hispanics, and other such groups. That kind of thinking only divides us. The only us-versus-them thinking in which we might indulge is the people—all the people— versus the government, which loots and lies to us all, threatens our liberties, and shreds our Constitution.
That’s not a white or black issue. That’s an American issue, and it’s one on which Americans of all races can unite in a spirit of goodwill. That may be why polls in 2007 found ours the most popular Republican campaign among black voters.”
-Ron Paul, “The Revolution: A Manifesto”, 2008
Exhibit G: Openly Admits That Skin Color should be Irrelevant in Society. That Racism is a Sin.
“Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as 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 intense focus on race is inherently racist, because it views individuals only as members of racial groups.
Conservatives and libertarians should fight back and challenge the myth that collectivist liberals care more about racism. Modern liberalism, however, well-intentioned, is a byproduct of the same collectivist thinking that characterizes racism. The continued insistence on group thinking only inflames racial tensions.
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. In a free market, businesses that discriminate lose customers, goodwill, and valuable employees- while rational businesses flourish by choosing the most qualified employees and selling to all willing buyers. 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 what is essentially a sin of the heart, we should understand that reducing racism requires a shift from group thinking to an emphasis on individualism.”
-Ron Paul, “What Really Divides Us”, December 23, 2002
Exhibit H: Exposes Political and Media Code Words for Racism.
“Worst of all, the left has gotten away with using “extreme” as a code word for “racist.” The exceedingly thin “evidence” given for the racism allegation is that Ashcroft once voted against the nomination of a federal judge who happened to be black. Never mind that more than 50 other Senators voted with Ashcroft; the left is all to eager to assure us that the only conceivable rationale is that Ashcroft is a racist. This type of smearing, aided and abetted by a complicit media, is at the heart of the left’s efforts to demonize conservatives who dare oppose their unconstitutional agenda.”
– Ron Paul, “The Ashcroft Controversy Exposes Disdain for Conservative Principles”, January 22, 2001
Exhibit I: Speaks Out Racist Government Stereotyping of Wants and Needs
“One of the worst aspects of the census is its focus on classifying people by race. When government tells us it wants information to help any given group, it assumes every individual who shares certain physical characteristics has the same interests, or wants the same things from government. This is an inherently racist and offensive assumption. The census, like so many federal policies and programs, inflames racism by encouraging Americans to see themselves as members of racial groups fighting each other for a share of the federal pie.”
-Ron Paul, “None of Your Business”, July 12, 2004
Exhibit J: Speaks Out Against Racist and Xenophobic Government Profiling
“We can think back no further than July of 1996, when a plane carrying several hundred people suddenly and mysteriously crashed off the coast of Long Island. Within days, Congress had passed emergency legislation calling for costly new security measures, including a controversial “screening” method which calls for airlines to arbitrarily detain passengers just because the person meets certain criteria which border on racist and xenophobic.”
-Ron Paul, “Emotion Should Never Dictate Policy”, January 12, 1998
Exhibit K and L: Stands Against Racist Laws that Intends to Harm What others Called “Cheap Colored Labor”
“The racist effects of Davis-Bacon are no mere coincidence. In fact, many original supporters of Davis-Bacon, such as Representative Clayton Allgood, bragged about supporting Davis-Bacon as a means of keeping cheap colored labor out of the construction industry.”
-Ron Paul, “Repeal of the Davis-Bacon Law”, October 23, 1997, Before the House of Representatives
“The racist effects of Davis-Bacon are no mere coincidence. In fact, many original supporters of Davis-Bacon, such as Representative Clayton Allgood, bragged about supporting Davis-Bacon as a means of keeping `cheap colored labor’ out of the construction industry.”
-Ron Paul, “Introducing the Davis-Bacon Repeal Act”, February 11, 1999, Before the House of Representatives http://www.ronpaularchive.com/1999/02/introducing-the-davis-...
Exhibit M: Won’t Support Foreign Aid to African Dictators Who Turn Aid into a “Power to Impoverish” their People
"African poverty is rooted in government corruption, corruption that actually is fostered by western aid. We should ask ourselves a simple question: Why is private capital so scarce in Africa? The obvious answer is that many African nations are ruled by terrible men who pursue disastrous economic policies. As a result, American aid simply enriches dictators, distorts economies, and props up bad governments. We could send Africa $1 trillion, and the continent still would remain mired in poverty simply because so many of its nations reject property rights, free markets, and the rule of law. As commentator Joseph Potts explains, western money enables dictators like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe to gain and hold power without the support of his nation’s people. African rulers learn to manipulate foreign governments and obtain an independent source of income, which makes them far richer and more powerful than any of their political rivals. Once comfortably in power, and much to the horror of the western governments that funded them, African dictators find their subjects quite helpless and dependent. Potts describes this process as giving African politicians the “power to impoverish.”
-Ron Paul, “What Should Americans do for Africa?”, July 11, 2005, Before the House of Representatives
Exhibit N: Insists on Congratulating our First African-American President. MLK “Would be Proud”
“With the election behind us, our country turns hopeful eyes to the future. I have a few hopes of my own. I congratulate our first African-American president-elect. Martin Luther King, Jr. certainly would be proud to see this day. We are stronger for embracing diversity, and I am hopeful that we can continue working through the tensions and wrongs of the past and become a more just and colorblind society. I hope this new administration will help bring us together, and not further divide us. I have always found that freedom is the best way to break down barriers. A free society emphasizes the importance of individuals, and not because they are part of a certain group. That’s the only way equal justice can be achieved.”
-Ron Paul, “Hope for the Future”, November 9, 2008
"Exhibit O: Disapproves of Racial and Ethnic Stereotyping by Self Serving Politicians"
“After 200 years, the constitutional protection of the right of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is virtually gone. Today’s current terminology describing rights reflects this sad change. It is commonplace for politicians and those desiring special privileges to refer to: black rights, Hispanic rights, handicap rights, employee rights, student rights, minority rights, women’s rights, gay rights, children’s rights, student rights, Asian-American rights, Jewish rights, AIDS victims’ rights, poverty rights, homeless rights, etc. Unless all the terms are dropped & we recognize that only an individual has rights, the solution to the mess in which we find ourselves will not be found. The longer we lack of definition of rights, the worse the economic and social problems will be.”
-Ron Paul, “Freedom Under Siege”, by Ron Paul, p. 14-15 Dec 31, 1987
Exhibit P: Insisted on Voting for Martin Luther King Day When in Congress in 1979
(Note: Newt Gingrich voted against)
Exhibit Q: Published Investment Newsletter Where Race Is Irrelevant. Further Refuses to Stereotype."
"I also put out an investment type of letter because I’ve always been fascinated by the hard money school and been interested in the gold standard so I put out an investment letter along those lines."
C-SPAN interview on May 29, 1987
Exhibit R: Voting Record Earns Moderate to High Marks with the ACLU
ACLU Voting Record for Ron Paul:
Lifetime score: 57%.
Score for 112th Congress: 80%
02/18/2011 Amendment to Defund Planned Parenthood - Voted wrong way (Yea)
02/18/2011 Amendment to Limit Suspicionless Patriot Act Searches -Voted right way (Yea)
03/30/2011 Federally-Funded Private and Religious School Vouchers - Voted right way (Nay)
02/08/2011 Patriot Act Extension - House Vote #1 - Voted right way (Nay)
02/14/2011 Patriot Act Extension - House Vote #2 Voted right way (Nay)
Exhibit S: Insists the Federal Death Penalty Treats the Poor and Those in the Inner City Unjustly
At 4 minutes, 40 seconds.
“You know over the years, I’ve held pretty rigid to all my beliefs but I’ve changed my opinion about the death penalty. For federal purposes, I no longer believe in the death penalty. I believed it has been issued unjustly. If you are rich you get away with it. If you’re poor and you’re from the inner city, you’re more likely to be prosecuted and convicted. And today, with the DNA evidences there’s been too many mistakes, so I am now opposed to the federal death penalty.”
-Ron Paul, 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University, September 27, 2007
Exhibit T: Awarding Congressional Gold Medals to Anyone is Not Authorized in the Constitution.
Through 2003, had already voted alone, 28 times, against awarding gold medals to anyone .
At 1 minute, 18 seconds
“It goes back to the same philosophy that gold medals weren’t authorized in the Constitution. These medals don’t cost a lot. They cost $36.000. But my argument on the House floor has been that if we feel that it’s important to honor people, why don’t we donate the money ourselves. And there argument is well it would cost too much but we should use the taxpayer’s money. So my point there is that if you’re willing to bend the rules for seemingly unimportant issues and small amounts of money, you’ll do it for the big issues such as war.”
-Ron Paul, C-SPAN Washington Journal, February 6, 2003
(No gold medals therefore, for Rosa Parks, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, the Dalai Lama, Cardinal O’Conner, Mother Theresa or Tony Blair, among many others
Exhibit U: Denounces Two Wars Hurting Blacks and Minorities. The Wars Overseas and The War On Drugs”
At 1 minute, 39 seconds
“The point is, when you bring this question up, you're really saying 'you're a racist, or are you a racist?' The answer is no, I'm not a racist.
As a matter of fact, Rosa Parks is one of my heroes, Martin Luther King is a hero, because they practiced the libertarian principle of civil disobedience and nonviolence. Libertarians are incapable of being a racist because racism is a collectivist idea: you see people in groups. A civil libertarian as myself sees everyone as an important individual.
Libertarians are incapable of being a racist because racism is a collectivist idea. You see people in group. A civil libertarian like myself see everybody as an important individual. It's not the color of their skin that is important. As Martin Luther King said. What is important is the character of the people. What's really interesting, though, and this might be behind it because as a Republican candidate I'm getting the most support from black voters and now that has to be undermined.
And I do this because I attack two wars that blacks are suffering from. One, the war overseas. And in all wars minorities suffer the most. So they join me in this position I have against the war in Iraq. And what about the war on drugs? What other candidates will stand up and say I will pardon all blacks, all whites, everybody who were convicted for non-violent drug acts and drug crimes.
And this is where the real discrimination is. Let me finish this. Because I've got to get my message back because you put the other message out. I got to get my message back. Now, if you want to look for discrimination, it's the judicial system. Fourteen percent of the inner city blacks commit drug crime. Sixty seven percent of blacks are in prison. That's discrimination. That's the judicial code that I'm attacking. That's not racism.
What I defend the principle of libertarianism where we never see people who belong to a group, and every individual is defended and protected because they're important as an individual, not because of the color of their skin, but because of their character. So I am the anti-racist because I am the only candidate, Republican or Democrat who were protect the minority against these vicious drug laws.”
-Ron Paul, CNN Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, January 10, 2008