Ron Paul warned of impending "race wars"

Ron Paul

In 1993, Ron Paul sent a bunch of people letters, warning of impending "race wars" in major cities, gun-toting IRS agents, a federal cover-up of homosexuality, and a plot by the US government to track US citizens by putting chemicals in dollar bills. For the record, we are not speaking of your alcoholic uncle, 'Ol Mad-Eye Paul, but of Representative Paul, who's served twenty-five years in the US Congress and is currently the front-runner to win the Iowa caucus. 

The statements were part of a direct-mailer that Paul sent out urging people to subscribe to his newsletter — which I guess was an acceptable way of politicking in the pre-computer days. The mailer's main focus is new chemicals in paper money, an anti-counterfeiting measure, that according to Paul could function as tracking devices. According to Reuters

The articles [also] called the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. a "world-class philanderer," criticized the U.S. holiday bearing King's name as "Hate Whitey Day," and said that AIDS sufferers "enjoy the attention and pity that comes with being sick."

In the weeks leading up the Iowa caucuses, the Paul campaign is under a high level of scrutiny (since, basically, everyone is totally flabbergasted that he's even in contention) and so the nearly twenty-year-old letters have been getting a bunch of press. Of course Paul's camp, in the grand campaign tradition of "just deny it," is denying the letters came from Paul, despite the fact that they are all clearly signed Ron Paul. 

With the caucus under two weeks away, the latest polls are showing Paul either tied with Romney for first or flat out leading. And fortunately, it's still unlikely that a Paul victory in Iowa would do much more than show that winning Iowa doesn't matter, although it's still alarming that someone like Paul could even have a sliver of mainstream credibility. It's a little more proof that we're in a pretty wacky political place right now. And that everyone really hates Mitt Romney. 

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Commentarium (26 Comments)

Dec 23 11 - 6:18pm

Every article on this site has either to do with gays or republican bashing.

Dec 23 11 - 6:24pm

Boohooohoohoo, my Republican candidate published disgusting shit years ago, it's been known for years, now Nerve talks about it! Can't a racist catch a break? The world is so unfair.

Dec 23 11 - 6:27pm
John Son

The gays. It's always the gays. They're, like, in every Nerve article. When they don't talk about gays or do some republican bashing, they talk about Republican gay-bashing! What is up with this website?

Dec 23 11 - 8:01pm

Your statement is very clearly not true. But so what if it was? Who is making you read the articles here?

Dec 24 11 - 3:08pm

Nothing. What's making you read MSNERVE's post?

Dec 23 11 - 7:30pm

To be fair, at least some of the articles on Nerve are about Republicans bashing gays, so you know - fair is fair. Just like "fair and balanced".
I suspect that at least one or two of the writers - grab your crotch here - ARE gay. These gays, of course, are open and public and sort of opinionated, unlike some other gays that run football programs and hate gays while they fuck little boys in the locker room.

Dec 24 11 - 12:09pm

Gazbo, I think that you are unfairly singling out gays that run football programs and hate gays while they fuck little boys in the locker room. C'mon! There are also a whole host of Catholic gays that run Catholic masses and hate gays while they fuck little boys in the choir. They deserve some credit too!

Dec 24 11 - 1:53pm

Wow, I am honored. To actually be trolled by someone adding a piece of punctuation to my username to try to trick others into thinking their little troll comment is coming from me! I figure I've either deeply impressed or deeply upset Mr. Period-Adder above; either way, I'm deeply amused.

Dec 26 11 - 10:06am

This is your 15 minutes of fame, profrobert. Bask in it.

Dec 23 11 - 7:32pm

Fans of Ron Paul have been ignoring the obvious for a long time

Dec 24 11 - 1:11am

Does anyone notice that its only when a candidate is in the lead that they suddenly become the devil on this site? Dr. Paul is completely a respectable presidential candidate, until he becomes a threat, that is. Not to mention that he has disavowed many on those pieces, even noting that it was irresponsible to lend out his name when he didn't read the offending pieces. Ultimately, Dr. Paul seems like the best candidate for the country in it's current state, his policies would cease the war on drugs, make it impossible for the gov't to make gay marriage illegal, and reduce the deficit through major cuts that would be respected by both the left and right.

Dec 24 11 - 4:51am
non paul

Best candidate? Sure, except for the thing about the gays and the blacks. Newsflash: Dr. Paul didn't "suddenly become the devil," he's clearly had cloven hooves for years.

Dec 24 11 - 6:09pm

What thing about "the gays and the blacks?!" Read his freaking stances on the issue. They're among the more normal of others I've read.

Paul, in general, does a good job of quietly asserting that he maintains his own belief (to which he is entitled, I guess), while keeping the matter of public policy a matter of libertarianism and egalitarianism. Gays in the military is a good example of this.

Dec 24 11 - 6:29pm

Dec 24 11 - 2:16pm

The reason this "sudden devil" phenomenon happens is, of course, that when a candidate's in the lead, they receive intense media scrutiny. It isn't just this publication or this candidate, and it's an important part of the process. Things get dug up.

Dec 24 11 - 4:11pm
John Son

I want a racist libertarian for Christmaaaaaaaaaaaaas!

Dec 26 11 - 10:20am

Would be an interesting juxtaposition to the racist "progressive" currently running the country, wouldn't it?

Dec 26 11 - 4:32pm
John Son

I want a racist homophobe for Christmaaaaaaaaaaaaas!

Dec 26 11 - 10:41am

Has anyone seen the newsletters in question?

The link on the Reuters page doesn't mention AIDS, MLK or race riots. It's a bit over the top, admittedly but hilariously nails Barney Frank and John Kerry a decade before they really wreaked havoc on the economy.

Dec 26 11 - 10:46am
Boson Higgs

Publius: "blah blah blah kthxbai"

Dec 26 11 - 1:42pm

Nothing to add, Boson?

Dec 26 11 - 2:28pm
Boson Higgs

No, I don't have anything to add. I mean do you really expect the stories here to be accurate? So what if Ron Paul didn't warn of Race Wars? He could have and I don't like him so I like that nerve didn't reserch its article.

Dec 26 11 - 3:12pm
John Son

Not everyone can attain your vast literary contributions to Nerve, Publius.

Dec 26 11 - 5:38pm

Sad but true, John Son. You could at least try though.

Dec 26 11 - 6:04pm

I found the "race war" reference. It's a strange, strange solicitation by an equally strange individual.

Dec 26 11 - 6:40pm
John Son

I can hardly mock you if you retreat into superfluous milquetoast comments, Pubs. Gimme something to work with.