Ron Paul has been getting positive press in the news lately. Recently, he won the 2010 CPAC straw poll and came in second at the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
Recently, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey have revealed some surprising and yet disappointing facts about how the American people view Ron Paul. Among the many things that the survey found was that:
"thirty-nine percent (39%) of all voters have a favorable opinion of Paul, while 30% view him unfavorably. This includes 10% with a very favorable opinion and 12% with a very unfavorable one. But nearly one-out-of-three voters (32%) are not sure what they think of Paul."
Perhaps the most disturbing part of this survey is that:
"just 42% of Republican voters have a favorable view of him, including eight percent (8%) with a very favorable opinion. By comparison, 42% of unaffiliated voters regard him favorably, with 15% very favorable toward him.Twenty-six percent (26%) of GOP voters think Paul shares the values of most Republican voters throughout the nation, but 25% disagree. Forty-nine percent (49%) are not sure.Similarly, 27% of Republicans see Paul as a divisive force in the party, while 30% view him as a new direction for the GOP. Forty-two percent (42%) aren’t sure.Among all voters, 19% say Paul shares the values of most Republican voters, and 27% disagree. Fifty-four percent (54%) are undecided."
As a conservative myself, I find this study to be troubling.
I'm not sure the American public really knows who who this man is.
Their positive opinions about him would change if they knew about Ron Paul's dangerous flirtation, if not outright alliance, with white supremacists and other fringe groups. This fact is well documented to the point that it is undeniable.
I'm sure people's opinon would change if they saw pictures of Ron Paul standing next to a well known member of the white supremacist movement. In fact, here's a picture of Ron Paul with Don Black, and his son:
If you don't know who Don Black is, you should. He's the founder of the white supremacist website stormfront.org.
Ron Paul sees no problem with having a photo taken with a well known racist and has never returned a $500 campaign donation given to him by Don Black. When this issue was raised, Ron Paul tried to act like the issue was no big deal.
Moreover, during the 2008 election, it came to the attention of the media that Ron Paul had a newsletter in his name that contained a lot of hateful language towards homosexuals and African Americans.
Ron Paul denies that he didn't write these racist stuff but as one blogger points out:
"Rep. Paul is trying to say that the words above weren’t written by him (but rather someone else helping him with his newsletter), but c’mon. Let’s be serious. If they appeared in his newsletter attributed to him then he’s responsible."
If that isn't enough to convince people about who Ron Paul really is, maybe they would stop supporting him once they see this open letter from another well known white Supremacist, Bill White. Here's what he had to say about Ron Paul:
Who is Ron Paul? He's one scary dude.Comrades:I have kept quiet about the Ron Paul campaign for a while, because I didn't see any need to say anything that would cause any trouble. However, reading the latest release from his campaign spokesman, I am compelled to tell the truth about Ron Paul's extensive involvement in white nationalism.Both Congressman Paul and his aides regularly meet with members of the Stormfront set, American Renaissance, the Institute for Historic Review, and others at the Tara Thai restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, usually on Wednesdays. This is part of a dinner that was originally organized by Pat Buchanan, Sam Francis and Joe Sobran, and has since been mostly taken over by the Council of Conservative Citizens.I have attended these dinners, seen Paul and his aides there, and been invited to his offices in Washington to discuss policy.For his spokesman to call white racialism a "small ideology" and claim white activists are "wasting their money" trying to influence Paul is ridiculous. Paul is a white nationalist of the Stormfront type who has always kept his racial views and his views about world Judaism quiet because of his political position.I don't know that it is necessarily good for Paul to "expose" this. However, he really is someone with extensive ties to white nationalism and for him to deny that in the belief he will be more respectable by denying it is outrageous -- and I hate seeing people in the press who denounce racialism merely because they think it is not fashionable.Bill White, CommanderAmerican National Socialist Workers Party