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  1. says

    Dr. Paul cured my apathy – he can cure yours too!
    Besides, he’s the only one to oppose the policies that kill millions of innocent people overseas in undeclared wars.
    Think of him as the anti murder vote!

    Vote Vertebrate – Ron Paul 2012!

  2. Susiejoe says

    This is getting so old. Judge Paul on what he says, has said, and has written. He has a number of books, there are tons of videos on youtube. The man is the antithesis of a racist. His views that we need to see each other as individuals with equal rights is what we need to put an end to all this. There is nothing but character assassination going on.

  3. Robin says

    Just for the record there are no more homophobic candidates than Santorum and Bachmann. Do some research for Gods sake !!

    BTW Santorum was named most corrupt politician 2005 & 2006 !

  4. Lymis says

    I haven’t heard him denying his “alleged” anti-gay views. I’ve heard him denying that he’s the one who wrote them, and acknowledging that he didn’t review a newsletter sent out in his name, or ever making a peep about the anti-gay views of his ghost-writer until he got called on them.

    It may not be shocking. It may have been completely common and unremarkable at the time. It doesn’t make him the anti-christ, it sure doesn’t let him off the hook.

  5. candideinnc says

    I will take him at his word. Glenn Greenwald has a terrific article which encourages taking the Rethug party in Paul’s direction. All the other candidates are, as the previous commenter noted, openly homophobic. They are also just as bad as Obama on human rights and civil liberties. They are, along with Obama, perfectly happy with a militaristic state and a phony drug war which leads to the unnecessary incarceration of hundreds of thousands of our citizens. While I oppose Pauls libertarian attitude toward social safety net programs, at least he is right on SOME of the issues, unlike the others spewed from the clown car on the right. He is the best option the Rethugs offer, and could potentially draw Obama closer to progressive values on these important issues.

  6. Clyde says

    why continue to smear the newsletters ..or Ron Paul for that matter. i’ve read alot of PDFs and every “Racist” charge is bs. taking a sentence here and a sentence there to race bait issues. “95% of the black males are criminals” thats some seriously racist stuff right? “What is laughing called the Justice Department has made it so 95% of Black Males in DC are criminals” the War on Drugs is the racist crap. the Justice Department allowing this to go on when every statistic and video tape shows institutional abuse makes Justice a Joke. Ron Paul is attacking the System not Black People.

  7. mike n. says

    Kelly Clarkson, if you somehow haven’t heard by now, has gained immediate and national attention, not to mention cd sales, gor her endorsement for Paul, in part because of his support for individual gay rights.

    Furthermore Dr. Paul delivered countless African-American infants for free back in the 80’s. He also has long been an opponent of the War on Drugs and the death penalty in great part because of its disproportionate application to blacks and other minorities.

  8. Nat says

    I’m not normally this fed up by obvious lunacy, but I really can’t wait for Paul to lose so the Paulbots can go away. It marks a truly annoying turn in the history of the Internet.

  9. Brent says

    I’m not the type to spread political rumors, but I heard that Ron Paul was once friends with someone who attended the homophobic, racist, anti-semitic, and anti-Catholic church of Jeremiah Wright in Chicago. Do we really want someone like that as President?

  10. JJ says

    I’m gonna take some time out from lurking and comment of this.

    Y’all need to stop calling people that see Ron Paul as a legitimate candidate brainwashed or whatever. That’s silly. Even though I may not agree with many of his views, he is the only candidate that refuses to play the ridiculous pandering game that many politicians do.

    Here is a great article written by Glenn Greenwald that everyone should read. Doesn’t matter which party you support. Read it.

    http://www.salon.com/2011/12/31/progressives_and_the_ron_paul_fallacies/

  11. Chuck Mielke says

    @ Brent,

    If you’re “not the type” to spread political rumors, why are you doing so? Or do I see a tongue-shaped bulge in your cheek? Otherwise, really? People are supposed to be responsible for what people, with whom they were once friends, do?

  12. says

    Exactly how do we judge Paul on what he has written since he allows others to write on his behalf, which allows him to disavow anything years later.

    The truth is that Paul’s absurd writings on AIDS were later printed in an ad his campaign ran in the New York Times. So some of the same crap in the newsletter appeared in a campaign ad. Or don’t the campaign ads reflect his views either.

    The author of those newsletter worked closed with Paul. Paul knows that his co-editor (and Paul was listed as editor contrary to his current claims) Lew Rockwell wrote those things. Paul is still closely tied to Rockwell and his bigoted agenda. And Paul’s campaign is Iowa is filled with the most bigoted anti-gay types around.

    He is still running around with the people who love the bigotry in his newsletters. Like most politicians Paul talks out of both sides of his mouth.

  13. Peter says

    Never in the Republican Party’s history has there been a more motley, disgusting group of scumbags running for president.
    “GO OBAMA GO! VOTE FOR OUR MAN OBAMA IN 2012!

  14. Chris says

    Good to see lots of folks sticking-up for Ron Paul!

    Paul’s Libertarian ideals are refreshing, and he panders less than other candidates.

    He needs to soften his ideals just a bit…certain aspects of interventionist foreign policy do make us safer at home – I’d rather see him proffer Reagan-esque “Peace-through-strength”.

    And we are probably wealthy-enough to have some social safety nets.

    Unfortunately, the area where Paul DOES seem willing to compromise his Libertarian ideals is regarding social issues, with less-than-Libertarian stances on abortion (he does NOT think government should stay out of medical decisions) and gay rights (he does NOT seem passionate that government should ensure everyone’s treated fairly/equally).

    And Paul does not stand a chance.

    My predictions:

    1. If Paul has the most delegates going into the Convention, expect a brokered convention, where just about anyone (Romney, Jeb Bush, Christie, or someone else) could get the nod.

    2. Almost regardless who wins the Republican nod, there will be 1-or-more 3rd-party candidates who garner significant support in the general election.

    My PERSONAL FAVORITE, Gary Johnson, already announced his 3rd-party candidacy. Gary Johnson has all the good qualities of Ron Paul, but Johnson is MUCH more mainstream.

  15. netnut says

    Choose one: Fascism (Republican) or Marxism (Democrat). Liberty (Ron Paul).
    All the other’s want to be KING!!!! Ron wants you to be King of your LIFE!;-))

    ;-)) Got My Vote!!! Dr. Paul 2012;-))
    I was a warmonger,voted straight Republican party ticket for 30 yrs! Eyes opened Now!!!!

  16. jaran says

    “It should be clear that racism begins with a denial of individualism.” Liberty Defined by Ron Paul – Chapter on Racism.

    Read it! Open your mind or let the media do your thinking for you.

  17. Chris says

    @ NETNUT, and other Paul supporters:

    Give Gary Johnson a look. He’s a proven leader (great NewMexico governor for 8 years before term limits prevented him from getting re-elected).

    Johnson is all the good parts of Ron Paul, without the bad parts. In a general election, Johnson is more electable than Paul.

  18. Leon says

    Have you gays heard what Ron Paul wants to do? He actually thinks we should Stop the Wars, drastically cut Military Spending, Bring the troops home now, end the empire, and worry about solving America’s problems instead of being the World’s Policeman. What a kook job.

    Not only that, he wants to stop spending Billions in Foreign Aid, including the 7 billion dollars we send to Israel, our greatest ally, every year.

    Gay people would be meshugannah to support this guy.

  19. BobN says

    So, we’re supposed to believe that Ron Paul merely published a newsletter and harbored none of the racist and homophobic sentiments expressed therein. That mean he 1) didn’t review what was headed to the press, 2) never actually read one of his newsletters, 3) never had a single one of the many good people he knows point out one of the bilious articles to him.

    It’s one thing to suggest he didn’t knowingly publish crap. It’s quite another to say he never realized crap had been written. And what would it mean if he had been made aware after the fact and did nothing to keep it from happening again. Oh, and what about retractions?

    God, people really are fools.

  20. Ron Paul Is a Phony says

    This whole mess just shows to go ya that libertarians can be just as lazy thinkers as Democrats and Republicans.

    Libertarianism is a great philosophy. Ron Paul is the wrong candidate.

    Better luck next time, libertarians!

  21. macmantoo says

    I agree Gary Johnson is the best Republican to vote for if you must vote for a Republican. Obama leaves a lot to be desired, but he is way better then the reat of the clowns the Republican are running. When are the Republicans going to stop running a hate machine?

  22. Pat Riot says

    On one hand you have about eight sentences taken out of content of newsletters not written and disavowed many times by Dr. Paul, and on the other hand you have 30 yrs of proven Paul written words and speeches and books that contradict those views in the news letters, lets go with the eight sentences.

  23. Contrarian says

    My oh my, all the Paul robots are out in force. He (and his son the “good” Senator)are wackos who deserve utter condemnation of their paranoid, strange and dangerous views. Those newsletters are closer to the old man’s views than his bots can admit in their willful blindness.

    Oh, and it’s Jake Tapper not Jack, and don’t get me started on that tool. Though not many Towleroad readers “do” C-Span you ought to watch the White house press conferences. Tapper was so eager to leave ABC and get the Murdoch/Ailes W.H. job he became Mr. Grumpypants Obama hater at the pressers. Too bad for him the CNN tool ED whatever his name aced him out for the Faux Noise W.H. job.

  24. Gregoire says

    HELLO I AM RON PAUL AUTOBOT 3000. I AM A LONG TIME READER OF THIS BLOG NOT A PAULTARD WHO SEARCH ENGINED THIS SITE. THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE IS UN-AMERICAN. RON PAUL IS TRUE PATRIOT AMERICAN VALUES CONSTITUTION AMERICA AMERICA DRUGS WARS *fizzles*

  25. mk_ultra_again says

    If you are LGBT and want your employer to have the right to fire you or deny you equal benefits, or your landlord kick you out, or a business refuse you service, all because they “disagree with your””””””lifestyle choice””””””, Then vote for Paul. Those are the “individual freedoms” he believes in. Oh and you can forget about marriage or any other type of equality and legal protection. Remember to Paul “individual freedoms and liberties” means the special right of one American to take rights from another American.

  26. whatdidyousay says

    Jesus Christ, the comment section has been taken over by Paultards. Maybe they should check that this is a blog with gay tendencies as Andy puts it. We’re the last people you want to spread propaganda about a Candidate’s views on equal rights.

  27. says

    It astounds me that this group of Republican candidates, with their bigotry, ethical issues and outright lies, are still in the running. Why is it that issues that would send children to their rooms aren’t considered to be disqualifying for political office? Our children are held to a higher standard than our politicians, adults who should have learned the difference between right and wrong decades earlier.

  28. NY2.0 says

    Ugh, I can’t believe I’m actually going to say this but.

    I can’t wait for Mitt Romney to crush Ron Paul in the primaries so that all these Paul fanatics just go away!

  29. says

    Paulbots out in force! You guys are more prolific than kudzu.

    Here we go again:

    If he didn’t know what was in the newsletters, he should have. If you’re going to put out stuff with your name on it, know what it says. And, apparently, he hasn’t learned much from that experience since his campaign is full of people behind anti-marriage-equality anti-gay campaigns and past cheerleaders for candidates such as the racist Pats (remember them?). If you’re not homophobic or racist, don’t hire such people.

    Since Towleroad is a gay site, let’s once again point out that in the magical world that is a Paul presidency, he would seek to give huge power to the states, and the US is full of states run by religious zealots. (Need we look further than TX and AZ . . . ) He also believes gay people have no right to fight for equality under the Constitution via the federal justice system. DOMA: he supports it but doesn’t support our right to fight it in Court.

    Then the old dream about getting the federal government out of marriage. When he convinces the heterosexuals that it’s a good idea (good luck with that!) and severs their ties to the gov’t gravy train (the one we’re not allowed to board) along with his own (he hasn’t objected to his own gov’t marriage) then we can talk. Till then, gay couples should have the same access to federal marriage benefits and protections that Paul has taken full advantage of for over half a century.

    The fact that Paul isn’t obsessed with gay sex like Frothy and co. are doesn’t mean he’d be good for gay rights. His libertarian and faux-libertarian ideas (the only thing with staying power when he’s put out to pasture) on civil rights are horrendous for the real world.

  30. Ebeneezer says

    If anyone has read Paul’s books in their entirety, his columns, his speeches, watched his interviews, etc., over the years, they’d realize the man is emphatically not a racist. Instead they use newsletters that have been blown way out of proportion and which he did not author.

    Also, I have gone to the source and read about 10 of the “racist” and “homophobic” sentences in context and the meaning totally changed for each of them. Too bad these liberal drones care more about race-baiting than the truth. Even Paul’s book which talks about AIDS patients (and for which he has received criticism) is not allegedly homophobic. Instead, it is Paul making his usual libertarian point that health insurance should be dealt with by the free market and not using the violence of government to force private people to insure the sick one way or the other. It is called insurance for a reason, people.

    The shallow thinking of those who read nothing but newspapers and news sites reminds me of this old quote by Thomas Jefferson: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” That applies to the vast majority of people who will read this post.

  31. Houndentenor says

    So he didn’t write those things himself. He published them in a newsletter with his name on the front cover in big bold letters. He can’t come back decades later and pretend he had no idea what he was publishing. That’s BS.

  32. says

    Well, Ebeneezer, newsletters aside, Paul’s big 2011 hires included anti-gay zealots who led pushes against marriage equality, so his recent history of surrounding himself with homophobes is even less comforting than his past snuggles with racists and homophobes. If he’s that out of touch, he’s the one doing the shallow thinking.

    And, newsletters aside, his ideas on civil rights would suck for gay people.

  33. Brad says

    After having seen the video of Ron Paul in the movie “Bruno”, I certainly wouldn’t blame him if he held bad feelings for the gay community. That was not funny, and IMHO most people deserve more respect than he was given in that charade. Still not voting republican, but just sayin…

  34. MAP says

    Paul’s denials of responsibility for the content of HIS newsletters–and the responses here that swallow that denial whole–are disturbing. He’s unpresidential at best, and a stunning pig-headed, bigoted liar at worst. There are other candidates who will let you smoke weed and ignore the needs of the less fortunate in your communities–this one (and, by the way, his hateful son in Kentucky) is the wrong choice by a landslide.

  35. enemyLister says

    Glenn Greenwald is employed and paid through the Cato Institute which is an invention of the Koch Bros who also fund it.

    Ron Paul’s platform is identical to the Koch Bros positions and activism.

    Follow the money.

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