Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Modern Conservative Movement

80% paranoid imbeciles squatting in the rubble of the Space Age raging about Negroes and socialism.

20% hucksters turning a buck by pandering to the rage and paranoia of rubble-squatting morons.

From the Washington Post:
Paul pursued strategy of publishing controversial newsletters, associates say

By Jerry Markon and Alice Crites, Published: January 27

Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian , has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas, said three people with direct knowledge of Paul’s businesses.

The Republican presidential candidate has denied writing inflammatory passages in the pamphlets from the 1990s and said recently that he did not read them at the time or for years afterward. Numerous colleagues said he does not hold racist views.

But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day.

“It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product. . . . He would proof it,’’ said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company and a supporter of the Texas congressman’s.

The newsletters point to a rarely seen and somewhat opaque side of Paul, who has surprised the political community by becoming an important factor in the Republican race. The candidate, who has presented himself as a kindly doctor and political truth teller, declined in a recent debate to release his tax returns, joking that he would be “embarrassed” about his income compared with that of his richer GOP rivals.

Yet a review of his enterprises reveals a sharp-eyed businessman who for nearly two decades oversaw the company and a nonprofit foundation, intertwining them with his political career. The newsletters, which were launched in the mid-1980s and bore such names as the Ron Paul Survival Report, were produced by a company Paul dissolved in 2001.

The company shared offices with his campaigns and foundation at various points, said those familiar with the operation. Public records show Paul’s wife and daughter were officers of the newsletter company and foundation; his daughter also served as his campaign treasurer.

Jesse Benton, a presidential campaign spokesman, said that the accounts of Paul’s involvement were untrue and that Paul was practicing medicine full time when “the offensive material appeared under his name.” Paul “abhors it, rejects it and has taken responsibility for it as he should have better policed the work being done under his masthead,” Benton said. He did not comment on Paul’s business strategy.

‘I’ve never read that stuff’

Mark Elam, a longtime Paul associate whose company printed the newsletters, said Paul “was a busy man” at the time. “He was in demand as a speaker; he was traveling around the country,’’ Elam said in an interview coordinated by Paul’s campaign. “I just do not believe he was either writing or regularly editing this stuff.’’ In the past, Paul has taken responsibility for the passages because they were published under his name. But last month, he told CNN that he was unaware at the time of the controversial passages. “I’ve never read that stuff. I’ve never read — I came — was probably aware of it 10 years after it was written,’’ Paul said.

A person involved in Paul’s businesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid criticizing a former employer, said Paul and his associates decided in the late 1980s to try to increase sales by making the newsletters more provocative. They discussed adding controversial material, including racial statements, to help the business, the person said.

“It was playing on a growing racial tension, economic tension, fear of government,’’ said the person, who supports Paul’s economic policies but is not backing him for president. “I’m not saying Ron believed this stuff. It was good copy. Ron Paul is a shrewd businessman.’’

The articles included racial, anti-Semitic and anti-gay content. They claimed, for example, that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “seduced underage girls and boys’’; they ridiculed black activists by suggesting that New York be named “Zooville” or “Lazyopolis”; and they said the 1992 Los Angeles riots ended “when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.’’ The June 1990 edition of the Ron Paul Political Report included the statement: “Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”

It is unclear precisely how much money Paul made from his newsletters, but during the years he was publishing them, he reduced his debts and substantially increased his net worth, according to his congressional and presidential disclosure reports.

In 1984, he reported debt of up to $765,000, most of which was gone by 1995, when he reported a net worth of up to $3.3 million. Last year, he reported a net worth of up to $5.2 million.

The idea that Ron Paul would neither know nor care nor ever hear even a single word of feedback about what was was going on with his cash cow was always ludicrous.

And anyway, I don't know what the big surprise is: the is exactly the same strategy Fox News, Hate Radio, Regnery Press, etc. uses to reliably rake in billions of dollars and millions of votes year after years after year.


D. said...

Has "youthful indiscretion" been trotted out yet?

Fifty-ish is late middle age to the rest of us, but perhaps he skipped his twenties, thirties, and forties.

(Not impressed by the Pauls, father or son.)

Justin said...

Here is what I don't get about Paul. As far as I know, he has not said word 1 about racial based policies or ideas in his national campaign. He has said plenty of words about ending several wars which indiscrimanantely and disproportionately affected darker skinned people; whether it be the war on drugs or a war on terror.

Every other candidate is committed full stop to perpetuating those very racist, classist and imperialist policies.

How is he the racist?

If we are to assume a hidden agenda, why not assume that Paul didn't say whatever he had to say to mouth breathers on his way up to get into a position to end things he thought were wrong? Maybe the guys who want to hang black people from trees were the ones duped by Paul's hidden anti-imperialist agenda?

You can speculate all day and fashion whatever narrative makes you most comfortable, but the reality is that he is the only candidate running an almost explicitly anti-racist platform.

Anonymous said...

Some liberals attacked me a couple of months ago when I told them that Ron Paul was to the far right of Strom Thurmond.

I read that swill. I'm a bigoted, racist misogynist and I couldn't swallow the filth that Ron Paul fed to the hogs.

steeve said...

"20% hucksters turning a buck by pandering to the rage and paranoia of rubble-squatting morons"

I'd say 100% of republicans are duped. Even if you're super rich wanting nothing more than to be super-richer, you'd want the middle class to survive so they could keep buying your stuff.

The rich do better under democrats than republicans, after taxes.

stickler said...

Your time and mine could have better been spent on almost anything than writing and reading about Ron Paul.

Anonymous said...

As far as I know, he has not said word 1 about racial based policies or ideas in his national campaign.

Then you must have missed the most recent GOP debate, where he trotted out the long ago debunked myth about the CRA causing the housing crash. That's a racist right wing talking point, and he went so far as to call it "affirmative action" in order to really work the dogwhistle.

And then there's his newsletters, and the fact that his chosen political party and chosen ideology have a long history of racist beliefs and policy prescriptions.

But besides all that, I agree that race hasn't really come up.

antonello said...

I don't doubt that Paul is being disingenuous, although I have to wonder at the article's description of one of the sources: "a person involved in Paul’s businesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid criticizing a former employer."
How is this person not critical by being anonymous? It's as if someone were to write to me: "I think you're scum, but I won't tell you my name because I wouldn't want to be insulting."

Suzan said...

Any word on Jeb jumping into the swill yet?

It's coming.

blackdogg said...

Oh no!! There you go "bad mouthing Macgyver" again...
I guess it shouldn't be surprising that so many people are willing to ignore what Mr. Paul really stands for, when he is the only candidate of either party advocating withdrawing our military forces from virtually everywhere (why is it that there are no dems talking about getting out of Korea or Germany, how many 60 year old wars should we be fighting at any given time?) or legalizing weed. Chalk it up to lack of exposure to the actual political process in this country: The one where the corporatocracy (Ike's military industrial conplex) determines the true military budget, and big pharma controls which drugs are legal and which ones aren't.
When you get down this low, promising to make the trains run on time must start to look pretty good....but you cant ignore Mein Kamph to get there...

blogenfreude said...

How many times have you said it? How many times have I said it? Thurston Howell III + sociopaths and bigots = WINNING.

Grung_e_Gene said...

The Plutocracy has created an Alternate Reality and the tea bagging conservative rubes have swallowed it whole hog.

Drifty, you've written thousands of posts about the alternate reality which need not be rehashed in this short comment.

All that needs saying is when such a system reaches it climax and the walls of tissue paper which hold aloft this right-wing house of cards fall when Obama is re-elected, those whose mental constructs are destroyed aren't going to react calmly.

Jerry McBride said...

She turned me into a Newt!

jim said...


The man whose original base of support was the Aryan Nation/NAAWP/KKK crowd (which still adores him to this day) actually wrote racist stuff in his newsletter?


blondie said...

Okay, the title, photo and first two lines were "Gold. That's gold, Jerry!"

Ormond Otvos said...

I painfully read through that swill he published, all of it that's available.

If he knew, he's a swine.

If he didn't know, he's a fool.

But he's raising the question of withdrawal as global cop, and against drug prohibition.

So he's not all bad. But he's Plenty Bad...

Mister Roboto said...

Ouch! "Anonymous" strikes again.