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Writer uses KU library to criticize Ron Paul

January 11, 2008


Ron Paul's boogeyman may have been hiding in a Kansas University library all these years.

An article in the national magazine The New Republic is citing documents from Kansas University's Spencer Research Library that suggest the Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate has supported bigoted causes against blacks, Jews and gays.

In compiling his article - "Angry White Man: The bigoted past of Ron Paul" - author James Kirchick believes he found his smoking gun in the form of old Ron Paul newsletters that had been archived by the Spencer Research Library.

"What they reveal are decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews and gays," Kirchick wrote of the newsletters that he found at Spencer and at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

"I think Kirchick was a bit surprised to find them here," said Rebecca Schulte, the university archivist for KU.

He shouldn't have been. The newsletters are part of the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, a collection of nearly 10,000 books, and more than 100,000 fliers, brochures, bumper stickers and other items related to "fringe" political movements or candidates.

"I would definitely say it is one of the largest and most-used collections of its kind in the entire country," said Rebecca Smith, director of public relations for KU Libraries. "Just the sheer volume alone probably makes it one of a kind."

Schulte, who also serves as curator for the collection, said Kirchick found the newsletters by using the library's online catalog. She said that Spencer had been collecting materials on Paul since the 1980s and increased the collection when Paul ran for president under the Libertarian Party banner in 1988.

"The collection isn't about the mainstream political groups," Schulte said. "We're out to capture the left and the right wing. We're out to capture those people on the fringes of politics."

That has meant staff members at Spencer have worked hard to get the library on the mailing lists of a multitude of political organizations. The pamphlets, direct mailings and other pieces of information are what librarians are looking to add to the collection.

"We're talking about pieces of information that people a lot of times receive and then throw away," Schulte said. "That's what we're trying to save."

The collection - which includes holdings from the 1940s to the present day - was established in 1965 when the university purchased KU student Laird Wilcox's collection of political materials.

Wilcox, an Olathe resident, continues to contribute "boxes of information" to the collection on a regular basis. Schulte also seeks to purchase items from other collectors.

As for the allegations made against Paul, the Texas Congressman said the writings do not represent his views. He said that although the articles went out as part of a newsletter with his name on it, he said he was not the author of the articles.

"I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts," Paul said in a written response on his Web site.

Paul said that the newsletters were put out under his name and that he did not edit the publications.

"For over a decade, I have publicly taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name," he said in the statement.


The_Voice_of_Reason 10 years, 2 months ago

Hey Swan diver... do you know what a Libertarian is???? Cause you sound like what you refer to as an "ignorant fool" with that post...

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 2 months ago

6 years ago Ron Paul wasn't running for president...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 2 months ago

I heard an interview with Kirchick yesterday, and he pointed out that this is material that Paul has never previously been confronted with, so it's not old news.

But even if he doesn't hold these views, you have to wonder if we'd want someone that incapable of running something as simple as a newsletter running the country.

toefungus 10 years, 2 months ago

Actually, KU is a democratic strong hold that uses public tax support to pursue left wing agendas.

Adrienne Sanders 10 years, 2 months ago

Well put, bennyoates. The "rest of the picture" gives me the willies.

white_mountain 10 years, 2 months ago

Action speaks louder than words. Ron Paul has more black support than any other Republican. One reason is that black people are disproportionally harmed by the "war on drugs" which Ron Paul will end. He will pardon all non-violent drug offenders. Black people commit 14% of crimes involving drugs, yet make up 66% of those incarcerated in prison for those crimes! Which other candidate besides Ron Paul is even bringing this up as an issue and saying that the judicial system is racist??

Drug laws treat a medical problem as a criminal problem. He will end this discrimination. Any one who reads his platform knows that individual liberty is the opposite of racism. This was a deliberate attempt to smear one of the most honorable men in Washington.

They can't attack him on his record, so they take the low road and try to smear him. It wasn't a coincidence that the newsletter story was released on the day of the New Hampshire primary, in order to inflict maximum damage on Ron Paul and not allow him a chance to respond in time for the vote.

This is dirty politics. Same thing we've been seeing for years and years in Washington. It's exactly the reason people are joining Paul's campaign in the first place: to get rid of this garbage.

white_mountain 10 years, 2 months ago

Please educate yourselves and watch this very intelligent man's videos:

Keith 10 years, 2 months ago

"They can't attack him on his record,"

Are you dense? This is part of his record. It was sent out under his name. No matter how he denies it now, he either looks like a racist for holding those ideas, or a fool for letting others use his name to spread them.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 2 months ago

in that national review article you'll find a link to quotes direct from Ron Paul's mouth...also worth reading.
few days ago this nutbag said Lincoln was a war criminal and the civil war didn't have to be fought, etc. he has also uttered antichristian biggoted statements.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 2 months ago

in my tenure posting on here, I have received two private messages which were threats. one of those was from a crazed RonPauliac. 'course, they're all crazed so sorry for the repetition.

BigDog 10 years, 2 months ago

Hard to dispute written documents that were sent out in your own political newsletter. It isn't like a newspaper misquoted him or took things out of context. He sent them out ..... the Ron Paul Political Newsletter

Paul R Getto 10 years, 2 months ago

I don't see how he can separate himself from these comments.

gogoplata 10 years, 2 months ago

Nothing the man has personally done or said would lead any reasonable person to conclude that he is a bigot. This is a guy that has devoted his entire political career for the cause of individual liberty. He sees each individual American as one whose rights should be protected by the government. The guy clearly does not care what your race, gender or sexual orientation is. He believes in your rights and will follow through on doing all he can to protect them. Every president takes an oath to uphold the constitution. Look at Ron Pauls voting record, he is the only one on the republican side that would honor the oath. I'm voting for a man who will keep his word.

The_Voice_of_Reason 10 years, 2 months ago

If you listen to what Dr. Paul has to say and actually come at his views with an open mind I think most people would agree with his platform. I'm not what you call a "Paul nut" but someone who wants government out of people's lives, my vote and my dollar to be worth something, and my country I love to get real respect (not fear respect) around the world. Ron Paul is the only person I think that can do that and the only one who I think is 100% honest. The rest of them including Obama; who I also like, sound like their robots. Everything perfectly prepared everything written down and put together so as to get elected. Well I don't want a robot for president... that's why Dr. Paul gets my vote.

Marcus DeMond 10 years, 2 months ago

I support Ron Paul too. He is the only one that has a plan to "change" the fact that our government owes over 9 Trillion dollars.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 2 months ago

error, should have said article in new republic...trouble using gnemonics from first letters!

if logie is for him...then QED Paul is a nutbag. he made comments the other day making it clear he is biggoted against conservative Christians.

anyone who supports him really needs to read the magazine article (linked above) and also take that link to quotes from RonPaul's own mouth.

that we were to blame for 9-11 and shouldn't support israel is basicly antisemitism dressed up in pretty clothes the way he presents it. further, note he has allied with the so-called 9-11 truther people who really are crazed nutbags believing that 9-11 was an inside job.

and to say that instead of the civil war the federal government should've incurred massive huge debt and bought all of the slaves to free them, thus enriching the slave owners in the process...ronpaul said that too. and that lincoln was a war criminal for the 50K civilians killed in the civil war and the 600k american soldiers (north and south) didn't have to die.

Arelius111 10 years, 2 months ago

I still support Ron Paul. From what I've seen of him, those arent his words. I will say, if I owned a magazine and had my name it and trusted the people writing for me, I wouldnt double check each and every story, thats what editors are for. So its possible a person or two back in the day were out to discredit Dr. Ron Paul as a politician and doctor. From what I've seen of the media, there's a good possibilty of that. Ron Paul has defended against this in the past and will do so again, probably with flying colors are he is the most intelligent and honorable presidential candidate there is.

NitsiTak 10 years, 2 months ago


Ragingbear (Anonymous) says: "This was old news 6 years ago."

stuckinthemiddle (Anonymous) says: "6 years ago Ron Paul wasn't running for president:"

StuckInTheMiddle is right, Paul was running for President 20 years ago, and for Congress 10 times since. It was old and discredited news in those 11 campaigns too. Do your homework.

white_mountain 10 years, 2 months ago

What's "nutty" is supporting an unconstitutional and immoral invasion of another country based on false pretenses.. spending a TRILLION dollars in the process and taking thousands of our soldiers' lives.. and passing that debt onto our children and grand-children and thinking that's "okay".

For those of who support this pro-war invasion policy that we can't even afford: which countries would you recommend we should invade next? Iran? Saudi Arabia? Syria? North Korea? Pakistan? Somalia?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 2 months ago

Those who think this has been "discredited" have a bad case of hero worship. If he allowed those newsletters to go out in his name, he's got no business being president.

Not that whoever is (s)elected will deserve to be there either.

Keith 10 years, 2 months ago

"he's got no business being president."

I'm not too worried he will become president.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 2 months ago

and, whitemountain is guilty of a quiddity attempted when he/she was losing the argument. Paul's own quotes, note above.

gogoplata 10 years, 2 months ago

This attempt to discredit Ron Paul is a silly distraction from important issues like economics and foreign policy.

No one running for president in 08 has more command of these two issues than Ron Paul.

If you really want positive change in this country you should vote for Ron Paul.

Mkh 10 years, 2 months ago

"Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals . . . By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racists . . . we should understand that racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty."

--- Ron Paul

tokenshi 10 years, 2 months ago

"The rest of them including Obama; who I also like, sound like their robots."

They have robots? If you're going to try and argue Ron Paul's intelligence, check your grammar fool. "They're" not "Their."

Its interesting that people say Ron Paul is for individual liberty, yet consistently votes against Pro-Choice legislation. He's against the War on Iraq, so presumably values life, yet wants to repeal Automatic Weapon Bans... Food for thought.

Mkh 10 years, 2 months ago

Well I see that the LJW "liberals" and the "neo-cons" have joined forces in this attempted hit on Dr. Paul. Somehow I'm not suprised, both camps are continually full of BS, why should things change now?

This issue is old news. He has apologized for this repeatively. But he didn't write those statements. In fact, he wasn't even in politics at the time. Is it unfortunate that a staff member took advantage of Dr. Paul and published this under his name? Yes. Is it ridiculous that Paul wouldn't review his newletter before it was published? Yes. But personally if I was a patient of his I'd rather he be focused on delivering my child and not his newsletter at that time. But in hindsight one can understand the problem with having someone else publish material in your name.

But look at Dr. Paul himself, what he practices and believes. No one in their right mind could contend that Dr. Paul is a racist. In fact, I would argue he is the least racist of any Presidential candidate due to his Libertarian ideology. Libertarians do not believe in collectivism, which breeds racism. They believe in individual liberty for all, and feel that people should not be divided into special groups based on race, sexual orientation, gender, etc.

Mkh 10 years, 2 months ago

Bozo: "If he allowed those newsletters to go out in his name, he's got no business being president."

Would you prefer he have the credentials of a Clinton and get a few murders under his belt? Or what about Mafia connections like Goulani?

Do you have any idea how many Presidential candidates have aides publish things in thier names for them? All of them. Have you ever written your Congressman before?

Your logic is weak.

gogoplata 10 years, 2 months ago

Its interesting that people say Ron Paul is for individual liberty, yet consistently votes against Pro-Choice legislation

The guy has delivered over 4000 babies. He knows that life begins at conception. His stance on abortion is very consistant with individual liberty. The unborn baby (an individual) has rights that should be protected.

Mkh 10 years, 2 months ago

Exactly gogoplata, as an OBGYN PAul is responsible for a life from conception under the eyes of the law. For him to make laws in Congress to the contrary would contradict himself and his profession.

Agnostick, I think the answer to your question is that we need to rally Ron Paul supporters to get involved with local elections and get like minded folks to run for Congress, as well as state and local positions.

I think the vast majority of us would like to see Paul run as a 3rd Party candidate, and he probably knows that. But ultimately that decision is going have to be made by Paul himself. And I think it's highly unlikely to occur.

But the message as been getting out there and we need to run with that despite the sabotage the GOP and media are pulling against Paul's campaign.

Who knows, Rand Paul (Ron's son) in 2012?

Mkh 10 years, 2 months ago

"Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder, who has known Ron Paul for 20 years, unequivocally dismissed charges that the Congressman was a racist in light of recent smear attempts, and said the reason for him being attacked was that he was a threat to the establishment.

Linder joined Alex Jones for two segments on his KLBJ Sunday show this evening, during which he commented on the controversy created by media hit pieces that attempted to tarnish Paul as a racist by making him culpable for decades old newsletter articles written by other people.

"Knowing Ron Paul's intent, I think he is trying to improve this country but I think also, when you talk about the Constitution and you constantly criticize the federal government versus state I think a lot of folks are going to misconstrue I think it's very easy for folks who want to to take his position out of context and that's what I'm hearing," said Linder.

"Knowing Ron Paul and having talked to him, I think he's a very fair guy I just think that a lot of folks do not understand the Libertarian platform," he added.

Asked directly if Ron Paul was a racist, Linder responded "No I don't," adding that he had heard Ron Paul speak out about police repression of black communities and mandatory minimum sentences on many occasions.

Dr. Paul has also publicly praised Martin Luther King as his hero on many occasions spanning back 20 years.

"I've read Ron Paul's whole philosophy, I also understand what he's saying from a political standpoint and why people are attacking him," said Linder.

"If you scare the folks that have the money, they're going to attack you and they're going to take it out of context," he added.

"What he's saying is really really threatening the powers that be and that's what they fear," concluded the NAACP President."

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