The news, as interpreted by Ron Paul

Here’s what the chatter will be when Ron Paul becomes the next “Not Romney.” (Everyone else has had a chance, right?) From the Weekly Standard:

Though particular articles rarely carried a byline, the vast majority were written in the first person, while the title of the newsletter, in its various iterations, always featured Paul’s name: Ron Paul’s Freedom Report, the Ron Paul Political Report, the Ron Paul Survival Report, and the Ron Paul Investment Letter. What I found was unpleasant.

“Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks,” read a typical article from the June 1992 “Special Issue on Racial Terrorism,” a supplement to the Ron Paul Political Report. Racial apocalypse was the most persistent theme of the newsletters; a 1990 issue warned of “The Coming Race War,” and an article the following year about disturbances in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., was entitled “Animals Take Over the D.C. Zoo.” Paul alleged that Martin Luther King Jr., “the world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours,” had also “seduced underage girls and boys.” The man who would later proclaim King a “hero” attacked Ronald Reagan for signing legislation creating the federal holiday in his name, complaining, “We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.”

That’s just a sample. Take a look at the Weekly Standard article for the AIDS conspiracy theories and the shots at Israelis and Jews in the newsletters from which Ron Paul made a least a million dollars.

Ron Paul & Associates, the defunct company that published the newsletters and which counted Paul and his wife as officers, reported an income of nearly $1 million in 1993 alone. If this figure is reliable, Paul must have earned multiple millions of dollars over the two decades plus of the newsletters’ existence. It is incredible that he had less than an active interest in what was being printed as part of a subscription newsletter enterprise that earned him and his family millions of dollars. Ed Crane, the president of the Cato Institute, said Paul told him that “his best source of congressional campaign donations was the mailing list for the Spotlight, the conspiracy-mongering, anti-Semitic tabloid run by the Holocaust denier Willis Carto.”

There’s a reason why he didn’t get invited to the Republican Jewish Coalition this month, while other GOP candidates with crazy ideas did.


Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial opened this week in Washington, D.C., and — weather permitting — there is a dedication scheduled on Sunday. Jerry Bembry, with Baltimore public radio station WYPR, visited the national mall to get people’s reaction to the memorial, and to see how the public felt about Dr. King’s dream.