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Going Before The Fall: The Pride (Hubris) That Was Ron Paul, Including A Newsletter Timeline

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Honestly, some libertarians think they can get away with anything! Maybe it's because they think of themselves closer to anarchists than Republicans - hoping to spark a revolution that will abolish government all together. The problem with such hubris is that it blinds libertarians like Paul to his own reality: he has been a racist, a homophobe and all around bigot and he has very little means of proving that he isn't now. 

And forget the Rosa Parks speech crap. Stuff and fluff.

So now, say his supporters, the Ron Paul slander wagon is going at full speed with some very old news. He doesn't deserve it, does he? To date, however, his culpability has had too many permutations not to accept it for what it is: total. What's different this time is the attitude taken by the Paul campaign: more flustered, more confusing, as if this episode in Paul's career has come up for the first time. 

Huh? Let's see... maybe a Ron Paul newsletter timeline might help clear things up:

1976  - Ron Paul is elected to the House of Representatives in a special election for Texas' District 22. 

         - Founds a "think tank" - Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE)

         - Paul's foundation produces a newsletter, Dr. Ron Paul's Freedom Report

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1978 - Llewellyn Rockwell, political commentator, becomes Ron Paul's congressional chief of staff. Rockwell is first charged with writing the racially charged newsletters - a charge that Rockwell has flatly denied.

1984 - The Formation of Ron Paul & Associates. 

1985 - RP&A begins publishing the Ron Paul Investment Letter and the Ron Paul Survival Report.

1987 - RP&A begins publishing the Ron Paul Political Report

1996 - Paul's first response to criticism of the newsletters is to the Dallas Morning News citing "out-of-context" attacks even though the newsletters WERE ACCURATE.

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1996 - Paul's opponent in his bid for re-election, Charles "Lefty" Morris, cited the offending newsletter. Again the out-of-context defense was made, but along with another position: "that voters might not understand the "tongue-in-cheek, academic" quotes out of context" (wikipedia). At this time, Paul admitted to writing the letters:

From the Houston Chronicle:

Small wonder, Morris said, that Paul's political newsletter, the ""Ron Paul Political Report," has ended up on a reading list recommended by the Heritage Front, which Morris said was a neo-Nazi group based in Canada.
Paul, who earlier this week said he still wrote the newsletter for subscribers, was unavailable for comment Thursday. But his spokesman, Michael Quinn Sullivan, accused Morris of ""gutter-level politics."
Later on, Morris demanded disclosure of back issues of the newsletters, whereupon Paul's campaign refused.

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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books €" Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...)

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It may be a long, painful death: Paul shows no sig... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 6:59:45 AM
This newsletter controversy is serious - too bad s... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 11:22:04 AM
First is check out the Texas director of the NAACP... by Robert Tracey on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 1:19:43 PM
I think is: he lied about knowing what was in the ... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 2:35:52 PM
The last president who had a straight story was Ke... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 3:24:36 PM
So many - mostly black people - tell us that the e... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 2:21:15 PM
I think the timeline says it all: pointing out the... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 2:47:56 PM
If lawsuits were that necessary, then why did they... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 3:22:36 PM
The racist bit is funny. After all, if we're hone... by Michael Dewey on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 2:58:33 PM
BREAKING:CNN EDITED #RON PAUL INTERVIEW TO MAKE HI... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 3:44:55 PM
The line "I never read them" is totally disingenuo... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 4:48:19 PM
Everyone else is for the status quo, empire buildi... by Robert Tracey on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 4:55:41 PM
Let's face it, politics is one big "GOTCHA!" Like ... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 6:06:59 PM
I'd like to hear Paul talk of the North Dakota Sta... by Michael Dewey on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 4:23:43 PM
R.Paul's respect, nay, love for the US Constitutio... by madranger on Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 10:24:28 AM