Friday, January 11, 2008

Is Congressman Ron Paul a Racist?

A story broke recently - well, it's actually a story that broke 10 years ago, was handled back then and put to rest, but is being conveniently dredged up today given the upcoming Presidential primaries. In this story, it is alleged that Congressman Paul published some pretty shocking statements regarding African Americans in this country. As it turns out, these statements were not written by Congressman Paul nor were they approved by Congressman Paul; they were written by someone else and published under his name without his permission. Congressman Paul took full responsibilty for not keeping closer tabs on what was being published in his name 10 years ago when this first came up. That it is being plastered all over the news today is nothing more than an attempt to undermine Congressman Paul by those who oppose him. First he was excluded from the Fox News debate the night before the New Hampshire Primary. Now, on the eve of the Michigan and South Carolina Primaries, we have this latest attempt to try to harm Congressman Paul's bid for President.

Back on Nov. 21, 2007, I published a post that laid out where Congressman Paul stood on the issue of race relations. I am republishing that post now so that you can see for yourself what the actual truth is with regard to where Congressman Paul stands on this very important issue. I hope you will take the time to read this post in its entirety.

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves." Those words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln, helped free thousands of people from the chains of slavery. It is collectivism (the political principle of centralized social and economic control, esp. of all means of production) that helps the seeds of racism take hold and grow.

Congressman Ron Paul is strongly opposed to collectivism and believes that the government is ill-suited to combat racism and bigotry. Here's more:

"A nation that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.

The collectivist mindset is at the heart of racism.

Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry. Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations.

It is the federal government that most divides us by race, class, religion, and gender. Through its taxes, restrictive regulations, corporate subsidies, racial set-asides, and welfare programs, government plays far too large a role in determining who succeeds and who fails. Government "benevolence" crowds out genuine goodwill by institutionalizing group thinking, thus making each group suspicious that others are receiving more of the government loot. This leads to resentment and hostility among us.

Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than as individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence - not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

In a free society, every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty."

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