The Ron Paul Dilemma

19 07 2008

I think that most of us are glad that Ron Paul failed to secure any Presidential nomination whatsoever. His “R[EVOL]UTION” (an ironic name, if you think about it) failed spectacularly, complete with crashing blimps. Unfortunately, he still has ardent supporters, a disappointing state of affairs, especially since most of them do not seem to be raging racists. You would think that after years of sending out material like “blacks poured into the streets of Chicago in celebration. How to celebrate? How else? They broke the windows of stores to loot“, people would have caught on, but eh. Most of them are apparently credulous enough to take his pronunciations that Martin Luther King is one of his heroes, and his claim that, because racism is somehow fundamentally opposed to libertarian ideology, he cannot possibly be a racist, apparently because he’s libertarianism incarnate, as unequivocal proof that he is, indeed, not a racist. Ron Paul also claims that he was not responsible for, and had no knowledge of, the horrifyingly casual racism being consistently spewed in his newsletter for twenty years. This brings us to the eponymous dilemma: if Ron Paul is telling the truth, and had no knowledge of the content of his own newsletter for twenty years, then he is stunningly inept. If he is not, then he is a racist. Therefore, the dilemma:

If Ron Paul had no knowledge of the content of his newsletter, then he is inept; and if he did, then he is a racist.

Ron Paul either had or did not have knowledge of the content of his newsletter.

Therefore, he is either inept or a racist.

In neither of which cases he should have any shot at the Presidency, or any other public office, in my opinion.




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