Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lawrence Auster Rebutted "Racism" Charges Against Ron Paul in 2007

Lawrence Auster of View From the Right considered and rebutted racism charges against Ron Paul in May of 2007.  Note, Auster does not support Ron Paul politically.  He, like I, simply resent conservatives resorting to leftist arguments to attack another conservative.

Auster wrote:

Now, let's list Bernstein's [Alan Bernstein of the Houston Chronicle] verbatim quotes and partial quotes of Paul purportedly showing that Paul is racist:
  • "If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be." 
  • "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..." 
  • "Paul continued that politically sensible blacks are outnumbered 'as decent people.' Citing reports that 85 percent of all black men in the District of Columbia are arrested..." 
  • "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..." 
  • "Paul also wrote that although 'we are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers.'" 
  • "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." 
Now let's list Bernstein's quotes of Paul purportedly showing that Paul is an anti-Semite:
  • "Stating that lobbying groups who seek special favors and handouts are evil, Paul wrote, 'By far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government' and that the goal of the Zionist movement is to stifle criticism."
Auster's rebuttal of these charges can be read here.  Basically, he says, like I did, that Paul's comments are either true or are not unreasonable, and those who think they are "racist" have adopted the P.C. straitjacket of allowable thought and speech.

I am not planning to vote for Ron Paul, but his above comments have no bearing whatever on my decision.

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