There was always something not right about Ron Paul; his seemingly progressive opposition certain policies – U.S. Support for Israel, the American occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Patriot Act, the War on Drugs, etc. – were overshadowed by his incredibly reactionary positions. One such proposal was the elimination of the Civil Rights Act … on purely libertarian grounds, naturally.
The historic Act – which outlawed segregation and struck a blow against southern white supremacy, AKA “Jim Crow” – is an affront to liberty, privacy and personal property, according to the staunch libertarian and licensed MD.
“If you try to improve relationships by forcing and telling people what they can’t do, and you ignore and undermine the principles of liberty, then the government can come into our bedrooms,” Paul told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And that’s exactly what has happened. Look at what’s happened with the PATRIOT Act. They can come into our houses, our bedrooms our businesses … And it was started back then.”
Comparing equality under the law with repressive and anti-democratic legislation enacted under the Bush administration is so utterly absurd that it’s irrational. Irrationality – whether simulated for political gain or real – is useful in justifying positions that attack the very foundations of democracy – equality – in the name of freedom.
That’s what right-wing politics is all about, and in this Ron Paul differs little from the other Republican candidates when he campaigns on other, equally absurd positions like a free market solution to the current recession or militarize the border to keep immigrants out. But it’s Paul’s opposition to the CRA that sets him apart, even from overtly racist candidates like Newt Gingrich, and place him firmly in the camp of neo-nazis.
It appears now – thanks to Anonymous, the hacker group that’s terrorized corporations and governments alike – that Paul’s commonality with white supremacists are more than figurative … he literally is working with them, specifically American Third Position, or A3P. As AddictingInfo reported:
“In addition to finding the usual racist rants and interactions with other white power groups, we also found a disturbingly high amount of members who are also involved in campaigning for Ron Paul. According to these messages, Ron Paul has regularly met with many A3P members, even engaging in conference calls with their board of directors. Ron Paul’s racist politics and affiliations are already well known, being viciously anti-immigrant, anti-abortion and against gay marriage — not to mention having authored the racist “Ron Paul Papers” and receiving financial support from other white power groups (pictured with Don Black from stormfront.org). Hard to believe Ron Paul draws some support from the left and the occupation movements, especially now that it is confirmed Ron Paul hangs out with straight up racist hate groups.”
Thanks to Paul’s white nationalist associations, the pro-Israel machine will probably use his them to smear the broader Palestine Solidarity movement as antisemitic – because of pro-Palestine and progressive elements that support him – slander that’s already in full swing against the BDS conference soon to be underway at University of Pennsylvania.