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article imageOp-Ed: Is Ron Paul a racist? No, because Libertarians can't be

By Andrew Moran     Dec 24, 2011 in Politics
Des Moines - For a while now, pundits and reporters have attempted to imply that Texas libertarian-leaning Republican Representative Ron Paul is racist. But can a person, who adheres to libertarian principles, even be a racist?
During the 2008 presidential campaign, the mainstream media brought out something from Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul’s past. Throughout the early 1990s, Dr. Paul published a series of newsletters that talked about the government, economics, foreign policy and other issues facing the United States.
In several newsletters, though, there were controversial remarks that were labelled as “racist,” “homophobic” and “anti-semitic” by many.
The libertarian-leaning Republican defended himself on CNN with longtime anchor Wolf Blitzer. In the interview, the presidential candidate explained that libertarians cannot be racist because they don’t view people in collective groups, stated that some of his heroes are Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks because they practiced civil disobedience and condemned the articles.
It was thought that it was put to rest, but since the bestselling author has become a frontrunner in the Republican race, the mainstream media, not his opponents, brought forth the issue yet again, ad nauseam.
Since it was announced that Paul has the potential to win the state of Iowa in January – although the media is dismissing such a possibility because we should supposedly look at second and third place – reporters and pundits have been hounding Paul with questions regarding the newsletters, sometimes repeatedly in the same interview.
For the past week, Paul has responded to the question over and over again (I’m surprised he hasn’t exploded yet). In what has drawn many YouTube views, Paul was part of an interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger. During the one-on-one segment, Berger asked the same question several times, even though her colleague asked him those very same questions the day prior.
When Paul noted that it has already been asked on numerous occasions, Borger asked if it was a legitimate question. Indeed, it is a legitimate question and should be asked, but the former Libertarian presidential candidate has responded to it quite a number of times and on the same network as well.
Implying that Paul is a racist in the question is just as irritating as the news outlets asking if he’ll run as a third-party candidate if he doesn’t garner the Republican nomination.
It has also become as irritating as the many reports that completely distort Paul’s stances on many issues.
For example, last week, a news network ran a brief video clip of Paul and in the report the narrator started with, “Ron Paul is 76 years old, thinks the Civil War was a mistake…” Is that a campaign issue he is running on? You be the judge of that.
This week, MSNBC, Fox, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and online news publications have had their experts pontificate on the issue and have not only dwelled on the newsletters but have rejected a Paul win. So much so that it has become absurd.
The key question is now: is Ron Paul a racist? The answer is an unequivocal no.
What the mainstream media, and to a certain extent the general public, have to realize is that genuine libertarians cannot be racist. Nevermind what Paul has stated in books, documentaries, speeches and interviews for the past 30 years.
As Paul elucidated nearly four years ago, libertarians do not see people as groups. Everyone has the same rights and no one should receive special treatment. This means that a homosexual person has just as much equal rights as a black person. A religious individual has the same rights as an atheist.
Of course, we’re not talking about a right to a house, a right to health care or a right to someone else’s property. A person has the right to liberty, freedom and their own property.
If a libertarian is racist then it completely negates their own message. I generally don’t maintain a lot of enemies or abhor individuals – I’m basically a recluse and just write.
As a libertarian, though, if I dislike a person it would be because of their moral character not because of their skin color, religious affiliation or sexual orientation. Genuine libertarians would not detest an individual because they’re black or a Mormon.
In the end, we are all human beings and we should all be equally treated. If the establishment wants to discuss racism and discrimination, it should look in the mirror. No one is more discriminatory than the government.
We won’t go down that road, though, because as the possible Republican winner has stated in the past: “Truth is treason in the empire of lies.”
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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