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Ron Paul's Newsletters, Tweeted


A new Twitter account is tweeting bits of Ron Paul's newsletters, one quote at a time.

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  1. he's right about gay men stopping the practice of safe sex and that HIV infection rates are on the rise again.

    Posted by: UWSGUY | Dec 27, 2011 11:21:11 AM

  2. I'm trying to respond to this post as if it were the late 80's or early 90's (since that's where the post seems to come from), but I've evolved so much since then I can't relate to that person I was anymore.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Dec 27, 2011 11:36:56 AM

  3. Absolutely disgusting.
    Sure, gays don't protect themselves enough, but if RP is worried, there are other ways to express his concern.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 27, 2011 11:39:31 AM

  4. Ron Paul has always called it how he saw it. I don't agree with every one of these statements, but I certainly see where they're coming from, and I think they are more insightful than just brushing them off as bigotry (which they are also) might indicate

    Posted by: Mike C. | Dec 27, 2011 11:40:21 AM

  5. i am glad this is coming out because everyone thinks he is so progressive!! the truth eventually comes out.

    The previous comment about gay men taking chances while infection rates are so high is out of line. You cannot blame a society who values sex and now that HIV is under control, since you are not seeing the devastation of the disease, of course people are not going to be as safe as they were, especially a group that did not experience that devistation.

    we know how behaviors or influenced by pop culture...this is why abstinence only programs cannot work...when everyone is exhibting the pleasures of sex. and peer pressure forces you to do it.

    I am just glad this side is coming out...becuause if we elect an official who wants to roll back the clock on us...it is going to be horrible!!

    Posted by: tommyboy10 | Dec 27, 2011 11:40:24 AM

  6. and of course RP did not indicate that societal homophobia contributes to alot of the wrongs....IF Gays/lesbians were treated equally to begin with - this all would be a NON-ISSUE!

    Posted by: Gay American | Dec 27, 2011 11:56:19 AM

  7. These newsletters are 20 years old so I guess that we are saying people not change the way they think about things.It's remarkable that now with his 3rd pres run they come out why did'nt they come out the first 2 times.In fact I would'nt be surprised if it was'nt a GOP that pointed others to thses newsletters just to start this up and get in his way to get the nom.And/or it could be a Dem that is afraid that his views on somethings might pull some support from Persident Obama's relection.

    Posted by: Vishar66 | Dec 27, 2011 12:00:55 PM

  8. What about heterosexual people having unprotected sex? AIDS is not a gay disease, it is a pan-human disease. And what person would want to get horribly sick just to have sympathy? This is prejudice rearing its ugly head, Ron Paul.

    Posted by: trees | Dec 27, 2011 12:01:29 PM

  9. "If you heard a certain behavior of yours caused a deadly disease..."

    Ron Paul is supposed to be a Doctor and he says something this stupid... Immediately, Smoking and Cancer came to my mind... Then you think about it for a minute and dozens of others come to mind... This guy just comes off badly to me...

    Yes, everyone should practice safe sex, but then again, everyone should stop smoking, too!

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 27, 2011 12:07:02 PM

  10. HIV infection and unprotected sex IS on the rise in the gay community whether it's seen as a gay disease or not--or whether Ron Paul says it or not. That reality is what we need to deal with.

    It is sad since yet another generation of gay men will die prematurely and unnecessarily. It's too bad we don't have more leaders in our community willing to address this. Unfortunately we lost so many of the strong gay men who fought hard for our rights to this dreaded disease in the 80s and 90s. Perhaps if they were still around we'd have gay elders willing to stand up and speak out against this self-destructive crisis that currently exists in our community.

    Posted by: Jason | Dec 27, 2011 12:13:06 PM

  11. Doesn't anybody on this site realize that Ron Paul never wrote or said these things? They were printed in a newsletter that had his name attached, and now people are trying to use them as a smear campaign. Shady and disgusting. Towleroad should know better than to post misinformation like this, and you people should know better than to accept it hook, line, and sinker.

    Posted by: OMNOMNOM | Dec 27, 2011 12:23:17 PM

  12. Ron Paul who never had a snowball's chance in hell of being elected now has even less of a chance. His "states rights" policies are bad for minorities. Period. His history of bigoted anti-gay remarks and actions are only sealing his doom.

    What are all these bigots going to do when the HIV vaccine becomes a reality?

    Posted by: candide001 | Dec 27, 2011 12:33:32 PM

  13. His views, not surprisingly, are as antiquated as he is. The Ron Paul trolls keep trying to see Paul as a libertarian, but he's clearly a social conservative (i.e. bigoted homophobe) under his faux-libertarian robe. He bashes gay people for not having the family life he has, yet he believes we should have no right to marry. He claims to want the federal government out of marriage, yet he's had no problem having the government involved in his own marriage for over half a century. The weird thing is that some gay people actually buy into this doddering old fool's nonsense. Fortunately, he and his views will soon be put out to pasture, and he'll be a footnote. I'd love it if he wins a few primaries just keep the Republican primary circus of self-destruction spinning along . . .

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 27, 2011 12:56:41 PM

  14. More insightful, Mike? What an insult. Insightful? No, it's heterosexist homophobia at it's worst.

    And, of course, we have Jason standing up yet again for any right-wing shrill who attacks the gay community.

    Ron Paul's newspaper? It's his responsibility what's printed inside of it. And since there is nothing to suggest that this *isn't* truly how he feels, I think more than anything the cat has simply been let out of the bag.

    I should be upset, but I couldn't care less. He's just like the rest of them, and ultimately, irrelevant.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 27, 2011 1:23:49 PM

  15. He's shallow and small minded, but being a doctor he thinks he's smart enough to publish his opinions for the unwashed masses.

    Can they revoke a medical degree? He should worry about that.

    Posted by: Don't take it personally | Dec 27, 2011 1:47:59 PM

  16. *Looks at pregnancy rates, millions of abortions, and millions more unwanted children put up for adoption*

    Yeah.. unprotected sex is a gay thing. *rolls eyes*

    And if what he said about gay men not wanting to live past their 50s was true, there'd be a higher suicide rate among gay seniors and a lower one among gay teens.

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 27, 2011 1:50:24 PM

  17. ever notice how the cowards who defend Ron Paul's words can't put a face and name to their own comments?

    there's a reason for it, folks. pity the ron paul supporters. they're still desperate for daddy's approval.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 27, 2011 1:54:51 PM

  18. I hate to say it, but anybody who's read "And the Band Played On" or any record of the early days of HIV know that gay leaders and gay men were criminally irresponsible in their early AIDS denial-ism. A toxic mix of hedonism, entitlement, identity politics, and plain old obstinacy killed a LOT of us.

    Posted by: SeeingI | Dec 27, 2011 1:59:37 PM

  19. While he accurately cites that AIDS is on the rise again, how can he possibly assume that he understands "the gay point of view"? The more I see of this, the more I must assume that he's a bigot, pure and simple-minded.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Dec 27, 2011 1:59:51 PM

  20. He's being unfair and making very broad generalizations...but unfortunately key parts of what he says are true. Unsafe sex is on the rise, and if we haven't learned a lesson from the past 30 years of AIDS, then we really have no excuse. Especially with other bugs, like staph infections and (the warnings of) the coming wave of un-treatable gonnorhea and other STD's...if we just keep hooking up casually w/guys on grindr, online, and other ways (with those guys in turn hooking up with other guys, who are hooking up with still more guys) we have no one to blame but ourselves. We are too focused on sex, and we need to be more focused on relationships. (Not to say straights aren't also but our infection rate is still far higher than theirs - although theirs is growing and too high also.) Ron Paul is a homophobe, but in parts of his hate speech he's unfortunately right.

    Posted by: Hank | Dec 27, 2011 2:16:22 PM

  21. Did my comment get deleted? Really?

    Posted by: Jeremy | Dec 27, 2011 2:40:52 PM

  22. Thank you, Towleroad, for keeping it classy and leading some of the commenters and readers on here to believe that these were documented "current" views of "Ron Paul" as evidenced by Chuck Mielke's response (i.e. his use of "again"), among others.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Dec 27, 2011 3:03:49 PM

  23. Old creepy and homophobic- we got a winner!

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 27, 2011 5:35:41 PM

  24. @Hank: it's not on-line or Grindr hook-ups in and of themselves that are a problem. It's what SOME of those people choose to do within that context that results in STD's.
    I haven't been on the dating scene ever since I met my guy years ago. But for those who are, it is certainly possible to "hook up" with 365 guys a year and still be at zero risk. To stay safe virus-wise, you just have to know what is risky and choose to say no to anything on the "risky" list.

    Too many people, when presented with a potential sexual partner's risky expectations, don't put their foot down to stay safe. That's how straight women get pregnant and all kinds of people get HIV.

    Posted by: Gregv | Dec 27, 2011 6:01:12 PM

  25. I know it's not Grindr or online per se that's the problem, but having sex so readily available, 24/7, with so many different potential partners, who in turn have the same thing. The risk of infection increases exponentially. (Many don't always play safe - yet even with safe sex you can still get a practically incurable staph infection, not to mention a host of other infections, from herpes down to the common cold. Also, there could be many other terrible, virulent new bugs out there, just waiting to be discovered and spread throughout an obliging population. And unfortunately, we're one of the most accommodating.)

    Posted by: Hank | Dec 27, 2011 8:29:26 PM

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