if this man is not a racist as the Paulbots are saying, why was he involved in publishing racist newsletters?
Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has consistently denied
having written — or even read — the inflammatory racist and anti-gay
remarks that went out under his name in newsletters he published in the
early 1990s. Although numerous associates agree that Paul does not hold
racist views, however, it appears that he may have known more about the
racist articles than he has been willing to admit.
The Washington Post reported
on Friday that three people with first-hand knowledge of Paul’s
operations say “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,’’ former company
secretary Renae Hathway told the Post.
According to these sources, the main author of the racist passages
was Lew Rockwell, who was then the vice president of Paul’s company.
The Post also details how closely entangled Paul’s political
career, his business ventures, and members of his own family were during
those years. According to one source, who chose to remain anonymous,
Paul and his associates made a deliberate choice in the late 1980s to
increase sales of the newsletter by making it more provocative.
“It was playing on a growing racial tension, economic tension, fear
of government,’’ the source stated “I’m not saying Ron believed this
stuff. It was good copy. Ron Paul is a shrewd businessman.’’
Cato Institute President Ed Crane, who frequently lunched with Paul
during this period, similarly told the paper that when the two of them
discussed how to increase the circulation of Paul’s newsletters, they
agreed that “people who have extreme views” were most likely to respond.
Paul told Crane his best response had come when he used a mailing list
from the racist and anti-Semitic newspaper, Spotlight.
If that was the strategy, it apparently worked. According to the Post,
political disclosure forms show that between 1984 and 1995, Paul went
from being up to $765,000 in debt to having a net worth of up to $3.3
A Paul spokesperson contacted by the Post for comment expressed doubt about the assertions made by Crane and the other sources.