Thursday, December 20, 2007

Being Libertarian Means Never Having To Return The Money


In comments, Chris Lawton links to a YouTube clip of Paul's appearance on Neil Cavuto last night. Paul does say: "I don't endorse anything that [Don Black] endorses and that [Stormfront] endorses."

That's a positive sign, and one I'm glad to promote here.

But I find his argument that he won't return the money because then it would go to a bad cause incredibly lame and disingenuous.

Ron Paul is keeping the money from white supremacist/Stormfront creep Don Black:
Paul Keeps White Supremacist Donation

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has received a $500 campaign donation from a white supremacist, and the Texas congressman doesn't plan to return it, an aide said Wednesday.

Don Black, of West Palm Beach, recently made the donation, according to campaign filings. He runs a Web site called Stormfront with the motto, "White Pride World Wide." The site welcomes postings to the "Stormfront White Nationalist Community."

"Dr. Paul stands for freedom, peace, prosperity and inalienable rights. If someone with small ideologies happens to contribute money to Ron, thinking he can influence Ron in any way, he's wasted his money," Paul spokesman Jesse Benton said. "Ron is going to take the money and try to spread the message of freedom.

"And that's $500 less that this guy has to do whatever it is that he does," Benton added.

Gee, could the Congressman at least denounce Stormfront’s endorsement? The one heard here? (Lady Celtic, you almost made sense until the “Jew media” part).

So after months of speculation and disavowals from supporters that Ron Paul isn’t a racist, the campaign decides it’s more important to keep $500 from former KKK Grand Wizard Don Black than proving he's not racist by returning white supremacist money.

Geez, and here I thought he was raking in the internet money hand over fist. The campaign must really be hard up for cash.

I agree with Atrios that some of the stupidest “scandals” are the ones involving so-called “dirty donors,” and certainly $500 isn’t going to influence a candidate. But that’s not the point here. Paul has been dogged by allegations he holds racist beliefs for over a decade. He wrote some really nutty things about African Americans back in 1992. So accepting money from an unabashed white supremacist really doesn’t strike the right “big tent” note.

And speaking of big tents, the GOP is ecstatic about this, even touting the news on the wesbite. Ron Paul terrifies the crap out of them. But while they may be comforted to find a candidate that makes the rest of the GOP look positively diverse by comparison, the joke is that for all his Libertarian talk, Ron Paul was and remains ... a Republican.