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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

'Ron Paul wishes Israel didn't exist'

There's only one Republican in the race for whom I cannot vote and it's Ron Paul. Although the Paulbots - including many who claim to be Jews - insist that Paul has nothing against Israel but just opposes foreign aid generally, I have always suspected otherwise. And now my suspicions have been confirmed.

In a posting in Right Wing News, Eric Dondero, who served as a senior aid to the Texas Congressman for 12 years, confirms that Ron Paul wishes Israel did not exist (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
Is Ron Paul a “racist.” In short, No. I worked for the man for 12 years, pretty consistently. I never heard a racist word expressed towards Blacks or Jews come out of his mouth. Not once. And understand, I was his close personal assistant. It’s safe to say that I was with him on the campaign trail more than any other individual, whether it be traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska or Boston, Massachusetts in the presidential race, or across the congressional district to San Antonio or Corpus Christi, Texas.


Is Ron Paul an Anti-Semite? Absolutely No. As a Jew, (half on my mother’s side), I can categorically say that I never heard anything out of his mouth, in hundreds of speeches I listened too over the years, or in my personal presence that could be called, “Anti-Semite.” No slurs. No derogatory remarks.

He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.

Again, American Jews, Ron Paul has no problem with. In fact, there were a few Jews in our congressional district, and Ron befriended them with the specific intent of winning their support for our campaign. (One synagogue in Victoria, and tiny one in Wharton headed by a well-known Jewish lawyer).

On the incident that’s being talked about in some blog media about the campaign manager directing me to a press conference of our opponent Lefty Morris in Victoria to push back on Anti-Jewish charges from the Morris campaign, yes, that did happen. The Victoria Advocate described the press conference very accurately. Yes, I was asked (not forced), to attend the conference dressed in a Jewish yarlmuke, and other Jewish adornments.

There was another incident when Ron finally agreed to a meeting with Houston Jewish Young Republicans at the Freeport office. He berated them, and even shouted at one point, over their un-flinching support for Israel. So, much so, that the 6 of them walked out of the office. I was left chasing them down the hallway apologizing for my boss.
Anyone still want to argue over whether Paul is anti-Israel?

Oh, and just to put the icing on the cake, one of those infamous newsletters you've been reading so much about for the last few days suggested that the Mossad was responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).

So no, I won't be voting for Ron Paul if God forbid he is on the ballot, and you shouldn't vote for him either. Even if it means four more years of Obama.

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At 12:20 AM, Blogger AmPowerBlog said...

He's rabidly anti-Semitic. There's no other conclusion.

Wrote about this myself a little while ago...

At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is that today's GOP is a political party where Ron is competitive. If the GOP now supports with only timid reservations the major leader status of anti-semite some of whose best friends are, we are told, Jewish--and many more of whose best friends are anti-Jewish, white supremacist Stormfront suck-ups--why should Jews support the GOP at all?

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Shimshon said...

Eric Dondero has ZERO credibility. He clearly has a mountain-sized chop on his shoulder. He's the ONLY source who claims firsthand knowledge of ANY incidents where Ron Paul has ever allegedly said anything overtly or even covertly anti-semitic. Get me corroborating testimony from at least TWO of the supposed participants of the Houston meeting. I have never seen a single instance of Ron Paul screaming, even in the face of much harsher charges to his face, so this is WAY out of character.

Also, regarding the newsletters. No one, not a single person, claims he wrote them or even read them at the time. He licensed his name on them, and has said that whatever was said was not him, not his positions, and at worst, he should have been more responsible for monitoring the content. Seems reasonable to me. I sometimes cringe at what my wife or kids say in my name, and I am far more aware of those statements!

Also, if you actually took the time to read those extremely selective excerpts in CONTEXT, the meaning on many (but admittedly not all) of the quotes is completely twisted 180 degrees.

You're pathetic. Go on and rail about the anti-Israel bias in the media. But biased on any other topic? Oh, no, the media reports perfectly and with complete objectivity on every other subject. Yeah, that makes perfect sense.

Look at Ron Paul's voting record over his 12 terms in Congress (spread over 40+ years). Look at his ACTUAL statements on Israel, as opposed to a lone jerk spreading slander on a good man. For crying out loud, he defended Israel's right to bomb Osirak, quite publicly and vociferously, when everyone else, even the most "pro-Israel" politicians, condemned the act? Why on earth would he do that?!

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Funny that you try to claim Paul wasn't connected to the newsletters. He didn't say that.

He didn't say that.

Saying Paul didn't know what was in those newsletters is like saying that Obama didn't know what was in Reverend Wright's sermons. It's bull dung.

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Shimshon said...

Carl, I didn't say that either!

I didn't say he wasn't connected to them. I said he licensed his name to them and he didn't WRITE them. And yes, it is perfectly understandable that he didn't pour over the content with a fine-toothed comb. Maybe it was not the wisest decision, but seriously, is this the best you've got? Do you have kids? Do you check everything they read, listen to, or watch, as responsibly as you should?

The difference between Paul and Obama is that Obama was PRESENT at Wright's sermons! Or does that distinction not even matter to you?

On to the infamous quotes themselves, which is the entire reason these newsletters keep getting dredged up over and over (I was following Paul in 2008, do you think this is the first time this has happened?). However, if you read the quotes in context, and I have, nearly every single one (not 100% to be sure, but pretty close) has its meaning twisted around 180 degrees.

Have you actually read them in context? Or are you just accepting what the media, with an anti-Israel bias but (I guess) pure as the driven snow on ANY OTHER SUBJECT (which you seem to believe), says without actually bothering to check?

I'm just saddened at the instinctive and irrational anti-semite-behind-every-corner gut reaction so many Jews display to a man who, practically alone, supported Israel's right to pursue its own agenda as it saw fit (yes, Osirak again), even though at the time (and until today) Israel was the recipient of a large amount of US aid and he could have just as legitimately said that Israel had no right at all to do what it did, as it used American weapons to do it.

Maybe you're not old enough to remember that event. I am. That's why it sticks out and is, all by itself, sufficient grounds to end this absurd assertion that the man wants to see Israel destroyed (or whatever).

Just keep in mind that you're supporting the continued transfer of many times the aid Israel receives (and doesn't even need) to our enemies. And that doesn't even count other hidden forms of aid like loan subsidies and guarantees. And the continued interference of the US in Israel's exercise of its sovereignty. You're also supporting a massively propped-up price of oil which also vastly enriches America's and Israel's enemies alike. Surprised? The US military, all by itself, would easily be one of the top consumers of oil worldwide, topping many sizable NATIONS. A vastly reduced military focused on defense would see its oil consumption drop so spectacularly that oil would probably fall to its 1999 low ($10, when the talk was of Russia and Saudi Arabia collapsing) or even lower.

At 5:51 AM, Blogger Mattydigs said...

Well .. Israel shouldn't exist. That's not being anti-semetic... that's being fair. So why condemn Paul for saying that?


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