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Ron Paul Predicted "Race War"

Tracy Bloom |
December 23, 2011 | 3:37 p.m. PST

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With his campaign gaining traction in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is now facing increased scrutiny stemming from a group of controversial political and investment newsletters he released two decades ago. The latest controversy involves a direct-mail solicitation for Paul's newsletters that forecast a "coming race war in our big cities" and also warned that the government was engaged in a "federal-homosexual cover up" over AIDS.

Paul was also concerned that the U.S. government was using the newly redesigned federal currency to track Americans, and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would try to suspend the Constitution during a falsely declared national emergency. 

The eight-page letter was written around 1993. It makes all kinds of dire predictions, including the bleak warning at the very beginning that wants the reader to know "you may not have much time left."

The letter urges readers to subscribe to his monthly newsletters, "Surviving the New Money," the "Ron Paul Investment Letter" and the "Ron Paul Political Report," so Paul could "tell you how you can save yourself and your family"  It was written in the first-person and has what appears to be the Texas congressman's signature at the bottom. (You can read the entire eight-page letter here.) 

Paul's campaign fired back, saying that the GOP presidential candidate did not write the advertising letter. Jesse Benton, Paul's campaign chairman, said in an email: "He did not write this item and they are not his thoughts."

However, Drew Ivers, Paul's Iowa chair, told Reuters earlier that the congressman took responsibility for the letter but did not likely "embrace" the letter's more extreme content. Benton later said that Ivers was not in a position to comment about the letters. "Drew Ivers is a great guy and leader, but he was not speaking on behalf of the campaign and is not acquainted enough with the issue to have the facts," Benton said.  

The revelation of the letter comes at a time when Paul is under fire for reports that his newsletters contained rants that were racist, anti-gay and anti-Israel. Paul has said that he disavows those writing, and that he didn't vet everything that was published in his newsletters. 

Paul reiterated that on  Fox News late Friday afternoon, telling Neil Cavuto: "I don't think anybody calls me racist. I think the charge, which could be a correct charge, is that I was pretty negligent as a publisher." 

The latest Iowa poll shows Paul narrowly leading Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

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jf (not verified) on December 25, 2011 7:35 AM

Anyone who has studied this matter a bit know that Lew Rockwell became the editor of the newsletters in May 1988 and although the newsletters didn't turn "racist" entirelly, some attacks on blacks or black leaders, plus 2 or 3 truelly racist statements appeared during the period 1989-1993. It all disappeared after 1993. So no, Ron Paul didn't write those statements, and he was probably aware of them when they were made. The fact that he signed an ad that adopt a sensationalist tone to attract the gullible and promote the newsletter just showed it. RP didn't care too much if someone else was using controversial statements, he had no problem to lead his subscribers to believe wrongly that he was backing those claims as long that it was bringing money.

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Anonymous (not verified) on December 23, 2011 7:50 PM

This is simply a hit job against Dr. Paul. It's despicable when the racists who support mass arrest accuse Dr. Paul of being a racist.

fred shelds (not verified) on December 23, 2011 7:06 PM

OBAMA is a commie.

Anonymous (not verified) on December 24, 2011 12:07 PM

According to the president of the Austin NAACP these charges against Ron Paul are complete crap.

Anonymous (not verified) on December 23, 2011 6:37 PM

What a nutter and a dork Paul is. Go ahead, read his newsletter. It's a hoot.

Anonymous (not verified) on December 23, 2011 6:33 PM

They're only doing this because he's pulled ahead in the poles. They'll dig up any old garbage and put it out there. In 1993, everyone thought there might be a race war, what with rodney king and the la riots. I was freakin 10 years old and I remember thinking the end was near. The simple fact is, the government DID make the hiv/aids virus and it is a cover up. How does a "new" virus just appear out of nowhere and start infecting mostly homosexual and bisexual men? Wake the hell up people, your government is responsible for the deaths of millions, and its still stacking up bodies. New viruses don't go from discovery to pandemic in one motion, and aids is definitely a pandemic level threat, it just kills slower than most. He just spoke the truth, and from what I've read about his campaign he is still doing that. Ron paul has always been a whisleblower and he always will be, we NEED this man to be our president. He's got my vote, don't believe the mass media, they really are trying to pull the wool over your eyes so you won't see them fleecing your ass.

R (not verified) on December 23, 2011 6:25 PM

Them media will tell us who to vote for (and not). Thinking is not required. Just read the headlines. Follow our spin -- we will show you the way. Maybe once upon a time this was remotely similar to the 'truth' but it certainly is no longer. The news is no longer. The news filters and distorts the world to our dismay. When you turn on the TV all you can EXPECT is entertainment. Treat it as such until verified.

Anonymous (not verified) on December 23, 2011 6:11 PM

Another one bites the dust.


crumb (not verified) on December 23, 2011 6:29 PM

lovely refutation