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On Progressives Sleeping with Racists: Seeking Common Cause with Ron and Rand Paul

Rand Paul: Some progressives may be willing to ignore his  racist history for a short-term alliance with Paul - Nothing  new there. (Illustration by DonkeyHotey)
Rand Paul: Some progressives may be willing to ignore his
racist history for a short-term alliance with Paul - Nothing
new there. (Illustration by DonkeyHotey)


So-called "’progressive,’ post-racial collaboration with overt and/or covert racists only enables the acceleration of discrimination, exploitation, impoverishment and police state tactics.” This absolutely applies to those “progressives” who seek common cause with Ron and Rand Paul. Rand’s former campaign spokesman used to wish people “Happy Nigger Day” on MLK’s birthday, while father Ron called Dr. King’s holiday “our annual Hate Whitey Day.”

By Vi Ransel

"Philosophy should always know that...indifference is a militant thing. It batters down the walls and murders the women and children amid the flames and the purloining of altar vessels. When it goes away it leaves smoking ruins, where lie citizens bayoneted through the throat. It is not a children's pastime like mere highway robbery." – Stephen Crane

During Ron Paul's run for president, Matt Stannard wrote an article that expressed his shock and dismay over the fact that "progressives" were blowing off Paul's history of, if not racism, then racism enabling...

And the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, since apparently neither Ron nor Rand Paul is aware that a man is known by the company that he keeps.

In July of this year, Rand Paul's media staffer and co-author if his 2011 book, Jack Hunter, AKA the "Southern Avenger," announced he was leaving the senator's staff "to clear his name and avoid dimming Paul's rising star." "Lucky Rand Paul gets to have it both ways. He stood up to those Northern aggressors and refused to fire Hunter, but he will carry less of Hunter's baggage into the 2016 presidential primary than if his neo-Confederate staffer fought on." (16)

Hunter's unpacked baggage includes tracks from a CD he sold on his website during his days as a radio pundit. "He says whites are owed a 'long overdue' thank you from African-Americans for ending slavery. 'If it weren't for white people, who knows how long slavery would have lasted? The very fact that slavery still exists in African countries like Ghana and Sudan really makes one wonder.'" (What? If blacks are not themselves inherently slavers, to blame for their own enslavement, and whites their saviors?) (17)

Hunter produced his radio show 'til 2012 when Rand Paul hired him full-time. And Hunter didn't appear from nowhere. He was the Ron Paul campaign's main blogger.

Rand Paul's campaign spokesman, Chris Hightower, was forced to resign after a blogger discovered he'd kept up a post on his MySpace page from a fan of his heavy metal band, Commander – FOR TWO YEARS – wishing people "HAPPY N***ER DAY" on Martin Luther King Day. The post was accompanied by a photo of a lynching. And Ron Paul, commenting on MLK Day, said "Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day."

There was also Rand Paul's momentary opposition to The Voting Rights Act of 1964. And his demand that Congress apologize to Apple for requesting that the tax-evading corporation pay the billions of dollars it owes the U.S. government.

"...the extreme to which conservatives are now comfortable telling white people they're the new victims, in danger of being unfairly prosecuted like George Zimmerman when they should actually be thanked for ending slavery, is unique and brazen and dangerous." (18)

"What's going on here? Very simple, children, though nobody will say it out loud: There are millions who can't stand the thought that we have a nigger in the White House. Sorry for the shocking word. But that's what they think. I've even heard a very few admit it openly; that's one of the advantages of being an old, white male. That we have a black president drives them crazy, just crazy. The racists know, however, that they can't say that publicly." (19)

But right-libertarians and appeasing liberal-progressives would have us believe that today, old-fashioned racism is passe. In other words, we have racism without racists.

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