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BohemiansforStPaul
02-22-2008, 08:36 AM
My college is supposedly a free thinking Christian Liberal Arts College, yet there tend to be a lot of closed minded thinkers writing on college blogs and in the newspapers. In the editorial below a "well regarded" student whom I cannot stand wrote this slanderous and propagated editorial. I need help from my fellow Paulites when putting together an editorial to refute his pathetic claims.
The ignorance on my campus is appalling and it is important to combat the issues and at the sametime present the case in a way that might inspire more to join the ranks of Ron Paul.

"Ron Paul not worth covering

Dear Editor,

I thought it was sobering to see not one but two letters last week praising the candidacy of Ron Paul. At a college like Calvin with such a conservative student body, Paul is especially attractive — a long shot Republican, but with views unorthodox enough to make him “cool.”

However, I find the reflexive support he finds among young people looking for a vaguely anti-establishment, blog-approved candidate to be disturbing.

He has a long history of unapologetic gun-toting racism that has ensured his perpetual re-election in southern Texas, where views are simply mainstream, right-wing ideology taken to a scarily extreme level.

He is the only candidate with an A+ from Gun Owners of America. He once wrote in a newsletter that “Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in Washington, D.C. are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.” When pressed, his only response was that he was “taken out of context.”

(I’m not exactly sure in what context he was thinking, but I would be very interested to know.)

Certainly his fundraising prowess is fascinating, but I think it more shows the gullibility of cause-obsessed college students than any real zeitgeist tapping; that is, unless we’re a bunch of gun-polishing white men with fantastical ideas about taxes that mostly benefit the rich.

Some of his more libertarian views are agreeable, as well as his anti-war stance, but even they are rooted in a noxious bigotry, elitism, xenophobia and unthinking conservatism.

Thus I would say that it’s fine to ignore him and his quixotic, soon-to-be-over run, unless it is to rail against how he is suckering the youth of today into believing that his reactionary stance represents anything good, let alone anything that has led to good in the past.

Even if a few of his ideas would result in something positive, they stem from a kind of intolerant aggression against the very idea of community and responsibility to anyone other than oneself, something that not only is anathema to idea of America, but also something which I find disagreeable in the very character of a person. "


Back in 2004 here at Calvin College many students and faculty refused to attend the commencement because George W. had just pushed our nation into an unjust conflict. Those voices have been drowned out by the neo cons on the right and the Clinton followers on the left. The students don't want to go on a limb. Its frusturating, there are a few of us who continue to speak out, but its hard to get the word out without being falsely labled or laughed at.
Anyway if you could help by giving suggestions for jumpstarting this campus~ that be great!!!!!
The few of us here will hold down the fort and fight for the freedom our nation deserves...
Remember the Alamo

sajorojas
02-22-2008, 08:52 AM
Just out of curiosity, what state are you from?

BohemiansforStPaul
02-22-2008, 10:49 AM
I am a Pennsylvanian attending a school in michigan. I know that Michigan's primary already came and went. However due to the fact that the school is a private school there is a majority of other out of state students enrolled. Many of the states represented here are also having their primaries in the coming months. If we continue to grow we are truly answering the revolutionary calling. So far my fellow Paul supporters have their sights set beyond the whitehouse but are mobilized in hopes of cultivating support Paulite paradigm in regards to all levels of our society. Calvin College has multiple forums and lecture series that Ron Paul could do very well in... I am working for victory, but am also aware that if he doesn't win we need to jumpstart the post election fervor.

I am also asking for help in hopes that students on other campuses around the nation may feel supported and be given an opportunity to discuss options or feel inspired to fight on. My generation is the immediate future and it is a very scary thought

luke-gr
02-22-2008, 11:43 AM
Pick that letter apart piece by piece.

Suckering the youth....blah blah blah......so is Barack Obama

The racism thing has been dealt with. One was a writing in his newsletter that Dr. Paul did not write himself. Not sure about the DC thing, but Ron Paul has often pointed to injustices of the system and the failed war on drugs that puts so many people into the system. The inner cities are tough places. (I hope that is what that was referring to:D)

suckering the youth...blah blah blah.....

I just dont get the "noxious bigotry, elitism, xenophobia and unthinking conservatism." He is going to have to do better than just calling names.

I'll shut up....Im on a high horse today.;)

spacehabitats
02-22-2008, 12:31 PM
Most of this letter boils down to two allegations:
1) Ron Paul is a "gun-toter".
2) Ron Paul is a racist.

The rest is trying to dismiss as irrelevant his stance on issues with which the writer seems to agree such as the war in Iraq. Oh, and there is also the obligatory ad hominem attacks and vaguely negative descriptions of Ron Paul and his supporters.

First of all I would call the writer on his insinuation that Ron Paul supporters are all ignorant dupes. We are not all starry-eyed college students blindly following the Internet crowd. (For example, I happen to be a medical doctor who was campaigning for anti-war candidates like George McGovern years before most current college students were born.)

If by being a "gun-toter" the author means that Dr. Paul supports the 2nd amendment to the constitution, they are absolutely right. As a strict constitutionalist, he supports ALL of the liberties guaranteed by that document, not just the ones that are politically fashionable (or popular on your campus). That does NOT mean that he is in favor of giving guns to criminals or nut-jobs.

Racism is essentially a "thought crime". It is hard to defend oneself, let alone someone else, against the charge of being a "racist". That is precisely why the "race card" is such a potent political weapon.
As to the charge of his being a racist, I think it would be best to quote Ron Paul in his own words:

"It is the federal government that most divides us by race, class, religion, and gender. Through its taxes, restrictive regulations, corporate subsidies, racial set-asides, and welfare programs, government plays far too large a role in determining who succeeds and who fails. Government "benevolence" crowds out genuine goodwill by institutionalizing group thinking, thus making each group suspicious that others are receiving more of the government loot. This leads to resentment and hostility among us.
Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than as individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism."

But the most damning part of this letter is, ironically, the writer's own ignorance (or selective inattention) when it comes to the rest of Ron Paul's message. Ron Paul would deserve extensive media attention if for no other reason than that he raises many unique questions and presents novel solutions for many current social, economic, and political problems. Ron Paul is a very inciteful and erudite statesman. His ideas are not easily compressed into predigested sound bites, mindless slogans, or clever one-liners. Understanding the reasoning behind his passion for liberty and the constitution might even require a little reading, thought, and a knowledge of history. In fact, it is that "flaw" that makes him a fringe candidate; not any lack of truth or power to his message.

What I find sobering is that your fellow students might lend credence to what is, at best, a very shallow and superficially dismissive smear job. I would hope that they would not be satisfied with basing their opinions on what someone thinks about something that someone said that Ron Paul said. I would hope that they would at least have the intellectual integrity to look into Ron Paul's beliefs, his own writings, and decide for themselves.

Good Luck!

StopTheNWO
02-22-2008, 11:28 PM
Christianity is the biggest problem facing our country today. And before you start trying to flame me: I was raised in an evangelical Christian home. My entire extended family are evangelical Christians. Some of them are even missionaries in foreign countries.

They ARE extremely close-minded and self righteous. By normal standards we would call them "good people". The problem is that they can NEVER look at the other side of the coin. Devout Christians are the worst people to have a multi-faceted argument with because they already "know" they have all the "right" answers.

The largest body of "like-minded" voters in this country today are evangelical Christians. That scares me more than McCain for 4 years.

P.S. Our founding Fathers did NOT intend any religion to mingle with government. This "one nation under God" business wasn't introduced until last century.