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Here we go again. If you don't like the message, accuse the messenger of racism. I'm sorry, but your accusations don't hold water. I'm sure you're referring to racist comments that were made over twenty years ago, which were not made by Dr. Paul but in his name. He's apologized, rebuked those that made them and taken full moral responsibility for the comments. If you understood his philosophy at all you would clearly see that he is against all forms of collectivism. Dr. Paul himself even says that racism is an ugly form of collectivism. If you'd actually listened to anything the man has said over the course of his career, you could plainly see for yourself. However, it would appear that like most in the media you would rather skew or completely ignore the facts.

Mike Law

Baltimore, MD

Jun 5 2008 - 12:18pm

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"Then there's their [Paul and his followers'] economic policies, which don't make much sense in light of the current economic crisis."

Let's see: we're watching a Fed-induced bubble burst, leaving countless homeowners in turmoil, and Ron Paul's criticism of the Fed and of federal bailouts for dumb lenders "doesn't make much sense"? Inflation is rearing its ugly head, and Ron Paul's warnings about inflation, every one of which is coming true before our eyes, "doesn't make much sense"? Some $70 trillion in unfunded entitlement liabilities is coming due very soon, and it "doesn't make much sense" for Ron Paul to say that the only remotely plausible way of dealing with it is to cut back on the US government's overseas commitments?

Can I take a wild guess and propose that the writer has never so much as cracked open an economics text, or ever entertained (heaven forbid!) an unconventional thought on the subject?

Robert Helpmann

San Francisco, CA

Jun 5 2008 - 9:06am

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Here is the racist we should be alarmed of!

John McCain's racist remark is very troubling--as reported in the Thursday, March 2, 2000, Post-Intelligencer: "On his campaign bus recently, Sen. John McCain told reporters, 'I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live.' " Although McCain said he was referring only to his prison guards, there are many reasons why his use of the word 'gook' is offensive and alarming. It is offensive because by using a racial epithet that has historically been used to demean all Asians to describe his captors, McCain failed to make a distinction between his torturers and an entire racial group. It is alarming because a major candidate for president publicly used a racial epithet, refused to apologize for doing so and remains a legitimate contender."

Joseph Le

Lake Forest, CA

Jun 5 2008 - 5:57am

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Ron Paul is not racist, and to attribute his association with racism as unequivocal without citing your alleged source is to foster a lie.

Further, in any run for the presidency, the candidate can not help it if a few of their millions of supporters happen to be jerks. There are indeed racists in the camp of every presidential candidate, through no fault of said candidates.

Ron Paul believes in equal Individual Rights for all people. He has never made a racist statement and all the action, spirit, and intent of this man reflects the very opposite attitude!

Check him out for yourself here, and see Ron Paul's own statement on this issue.

Your writer deserves a reprimand.

Evan Cutler

Girdwood, AK

Jun 4 2008 - 8:34pm