Thursday, January 17, 2008
Still Doubtful About Ron Paul...
Still Doubtful About Ron Paul…
Well…the news just keeps coming and coming, doesn’t it. In the wake of James Kirchick of The New Republic reporting on the now infamous newsletters bearing Ron Paul’s name and, in some cases, signature, it seems that researchers and bloggers are unearthing even more information lending more and more credibility to the ties that bind Dr. Paul to extremists around the country.
Dave Neiwert has the latest:
The clearing view of Ron Paul
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
– by Dave
Well, we’ve been saying all along that Ron Paul’s presidential campaign — which is charged up enough with very public xenophobia as it is — is attracting white supremacists and other extremists in large droves because, largely, that’s who Ron Paul is.
Clearly, more people are coming to realize this, thanks in no small part to Jamie Kirchick’s superb reporting in The New Republic last week on Paul’s long history of publishing newletters riddled with racism, homophobia, and conspiracy-mongering. Kirchick has a follow-up this week with even more newsletters, and as he observes at the TNR blog:
At this point, it seems that the only people still defending Ron Paul are the openly bigoted or the comically credulous. For the former, the revelation that Paul had (at best, negligent at worst, complicit) involvement in the publishing of and profiting from paranoid and bigoted newsletters for over two decades neatly confirms the reasons why they had chosen to support the Texas Congressman presidential campaign in the first place. For the latter, no amount of evidence will ever convince them that “Dr. No” is anything less than some saintly, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” caricature.
Now comes the revelation that one of Paul’s organizers in Michigan — a man he’s seen posing with in the photo below, located on the michigan4ronpaul.com site — is also a notorious neo-Nazi and Klan organizer in that neck of the woods.
Phenry at DailyKos (who has been doing a bang-up job tracking Paul all along) has the details:
As voters in Michigan go to the polls to vote in today’s primary, volunteer coordinators for the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are working hard across the state. One of these is Randy Gray, a 29-year-old resident of Midland, Michigan whom the Ron Paul 2008 Michigan Campaign Web site lists as the Midland County coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign. Gray’s campaign profile page, a cached version of which can be seen here, doesn’t go into much detail; there’s a picture of Gray with the candidate, along with Gray’s statement that “I support Ron Paul because he is in the fight for freedom.” The page contains no mention of one of Gray’s other roles: organizer with the Knight’s Party faction of the Ku Klux Klan.
Modest Mouse goes on to detail this:
Randy Gray is referenced in our Far Right in West Michigan Database due to a speech he delivered at the fiftieth anniversary of the Knight’s Party faction of the Ku Klux Klan…. Since 2005, Gray has filed the paperwork necessary to air the program “This is the Klan” on Midland Community Television. The program, hosted by Thomas Robb and Rachel Pendergraft, is a thirty minute program designed primarily for viewing on the Internet….
Gray has attended various racist events with and without the Ku Klux Klan in recent years as well. He is quoted in a May 2004 article in the Tennessean in which the Ku Klux Klan planned a rally against a “Gay Day” event at the “Dollywood” theme park…. Gray was twice (1, 2) kicked out of city council meetings for protesting the city’s permitting process in relation to a Klan protest against the Martin Luther King holiday.
There’s also a video of Gray speaking at that white-power rally in Tennessee:
… [S]o many of these savages, according to our statistics, they’re murdering our people, on a daily basis, and there’s nobody in our legal system that would dare say, “Bring back the rope! Bring back the electric chair!” Instead, they take our tax dollars and they feed these animals at the cost of our race!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you have been lied to about diversity and multiculturalism. The immigration crisis that’s being pushed upon us by the race traitors of Washington, D.C. — they don’t care about our people, they’re too concerned about the homosexual rights! They’re too worred about protecting the rights of the Highlander communist school in New Market, Tennessee, that pushes this immigration, this race problem in our nation today — comes right out of the communist school. It was closed down originally in 1960 by the state of Tennessee, but they are in New Market, Tennessee, and we were up there yesterday taking photo pictures…
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