A Posting from the Frum Forum – In Its Entirety
In the preceding post The Dismal Political Economist admitted to his failing to adequately examine the positions of Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, whose Libertarian philosophy masks his previously published bigotry. Mr. Paul has denied these charges, and claimed that the newsletters published under his name in the 1990’s that espoused such position were not his writings, that he had never seen them and that he disavowed those positions.
This conversion of convenience is not credible. Weighing in on the issue is David Frum, a Republican, a Conservative, a former Bush adviser, a former WSJ Editorial writer and a person whose blog, the Frum Forum is highly respected, as well it should be. Here is his post on the issue of Mr. Paul. It is published here for the reason that when someone else can say and present something better than The Dismal Political Economist can, he thinks he should give them the honor of doing so. Yes, in case you were unsure, the first sentence is sarcasm.
“Here’s another tragic misunderstanding of Ron Paul’s message of human freedom: Paul has just gained David Duke’s endorsement. This week, the former KKK Grand Wizard telephoned into the radio show hosted by Stormfront founder Don Black to announce his support, and the two men had the following conversation.”
Ron Paul was a hot topic this week on the talk radio show hosted by prominent white supremacist Don Black and his son Derek. Mr. Black said he received Mr. Paul’s controversial newsletters when they were first published about two decades ago and described how the publications were perceived by members of the white supremacist movement. Former KKK Grand Wizard and Louisiana Congressman David Duke also phoned in to explain why he’s voting for Mr. Paul.
“Everybody, all of us back in the 80′s and 90′s, felt Ron Paul was, you know, unusual in that he had actually been a Congressman, that he was one of us and now, of course, that he has this broad demographic–broad base of support,” Mr. Black said on his broadcast yesterday.
Mr. Black is a former Klansman and member of the American Nazi Party who founded the “white nationalist” website Stormfront in 1995. He donated to Mr. Paul in 2007 and has beenphotographedwith the candidate. Mr. Paul has vocal supporters in Stormfront’s online forum.
“Black said on air he does not regard Paul as “currently” a white nationalist. To which David Duke answered:”
Again, I go back to that, you know, traditional topic that I always talk about, you know, the powers of international Zionism–a power in banking, a power in media, a power in government influence, in campaign finance–a power that’s, you know, hurting the values of this country on behalf of Israel,” Mr. Duke said. “So, I would vote for Ron Paul at this moment because he’s one of the few candidates who have policies in this regard and this realm that I wholeheartedly support, and that’s why I’d vote for him.”
“A politician isn’t answerable for the antics of every one of his supporters. But there’s surely a reason, isn’t there, that racists, anti-Semites, 9/11 Truthers, and Holocaust deniers are so strongly attracted to the Paul campaign. They hear something. They continue to hear it too, no matter how firmly Ron Paul’s more mainstream supporters clamp their hands over their own ears.”