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Do GOP Base Voters See Ron Paul’s Racism As A Bad Thing? Probably Not.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 29, 2011

If you’re part of the reality-based community and you’ve been following politics in America for the last decade or so, then you likely knew about the Ron Paul newsletters — and their bigoted contents — well before establishment Republican media outlets dredged them up again to lob at him. (The first time they were dredged up, it was lefties who did the dredging.)

You will notice that while the establishment GOP’s favorite mouthpieces and megaphones have been taking about the newsletters to anyone who will listen, Ron Paul’s Republican rivals generally aren’t touching them. (Bachmann’s the only one to actually do so; Romney, on the other hand, would not even when a reporter offered him the opportunity.) Instead, they’re largely attacking him as being “dangerous” on foreign policy (which is their way of saying he’s against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars).

In other words, most of the other Republican candidates know full well that racism is not considered a bad thing by most GOP base voters. After nearly half a century of the corporate-bigot alliance that is the GOP’s Southern Strategy, the Republican base sees bigotry not as a bug, but a feature.

8 Responses to “Do GOP Base Voters See Ron Paul’s Racism As A Bad Thing? Probably Not.”

  1. Mark Gisleson said

    Frankly, they’re all racists. Paul is simply more easily identified as such.

    Ron Paul would make a horrible president, but I am seriously thinking about voting for him.

    I really cannot stand another term of a “Democratic” president who uses drones to assassinate Americans on foreign soil, sides with Wall Street over Main Street, and enforces drug laws even more strenuously than Bush did.

    So long as the left has nowhere to go, Obama will continue to be a dick. The left needs to start talking about Ron Paul or by election day Obama will be running to the right of Newt.

    • Charles II said

      Even if it were possible to get everyone on the left to start boosting Ron Paul, one can predict that Obama would just move to the right to follow the votes.

      Just as people who watch no news at all are better informed than FOX News viewers, people in Washington seem to know less about reality than the average, ignorant American. As Mark Twain is supposed to have said, “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” People in Washington know a lot for sure.

      • Mark Gisleson said

        #$%@ it!

        What are we going to do? Four more years of Obama (and six more years of Amy Klobuchar) has me seriously looking at emigrating. The only problem is that the USA runs the world right now, so there’s really no escaping Wall Street’s clutches.

      • Charles II said

        Practicing up on swearing is probably a good first step, Mark.

        What I am doing is supporting candidates I like (which lets Barack Obama and Amy Klobuchar out), voting for candidates that are better than the alternative (probably including Obama and Klobuchar), and continuing to put my main efforts toward alternative media, legal organizations that support civil liberties, and ameliorating hunger and hopelessness.

        We get dealt the cards we get dealt, we play the best we can, and the only way out of the game is in an urn or a box. Winning is measured by how we make do with what we have in the time we have.

      • Mark Gisleson said

        Charles, that’s pretty much what I do every year, but usually not until after the primaries when I’m forced to take a hard look at the remaining turkeys.

        But I’ve already gotten the Ron Paul trolling out of my system. Got into a knock down drag out in the comments at City Pages and then finally twigged to the fact that I was debating with a Ron Paul supporter. (The clue that gave it away was when he said he was “pro-choice, pro-gay, pro-drug, anti-religion and anti-war,” yet couldn’t see anything wrong with Mike Osskopp yelling about “Jap” cars.

        Libertarians: they get offended when you call them Republicans, but when all is said and done, that’s who they vote for. Just like you and me voting for Obama.

      • Charles II said

        Hm. If Obama went anti-choice, anti-gay, pro-theocracy, and stayed pro-war, I don’t think I’d vote for him, Mark.

        But I take your point.

      • Mark Gisleson said

        Agree with you on all points but the last. If using drones to assassinate Americans on foreign shores doesn’t count as an act of war, it should. Oh, and if he ever returned to Rev. Wright’s liberation theology, I wouldn’t complain.

      • Charles II said

        I probably wasn’t clear, Mark. I count Obama as pro-war. American combat troops are scattered through Africa, the Americas, and Central Asia in countless below-the-radar scuffles. But out of the things you mentioned, he’s only one-for-four in the wrong column.

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