Ron Paul Says Black Caucus Opposes War Because They Want Money for Food Stamps

ronpaulBack during the 2012 GOP presidential primaries, racially charged letters surfaced from the 80’s that were directly linked to a newsletter Ron Paul was putting out at the time. While these newsletters contained many examples of racism and even homophobia, to this day Paul denies having anything to do with the racially charged rhetoric that was published under his name.

Yeah, anyone who buys that story is either naive or simply a “Paulbot” who refuses to accept that he’s lying. While he might not have written all of these letters (some were written in the first person by Paul), it’s completely absurd to believe that this kind of racist language was being used in a newsletter linked to his company and he had no idea that it was going on – especially with his name being directly tied to all of it.

But be that as it may, Paul cannot deny the recent comments he made where he said that our Congressional Black Caucus opposes war not because they’re morally against violence, but because they want that money to go toward food stamps.

“I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not,” Paul said. “They are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here.”

To say that any group would oppose war simply because they wanted more money for food stamps is ignorant in and of itself. Although I think there’s a case to be made that when we have starving children in this country, our money might best be served nation building here as opposed to in another country.

But for him to single out the Black Caucus specifically is just blatantly racist. I have no idea what the heck he was thinking when he said this. Living in Texas, one of the most openly racist stereotypes that exists among many conservatives I encounter is that “African-Americans are just lazy moochers living off welfare.” But you don’t have to believe me, just ask Republican Mississippi state Rep. Gene Alday who recently said he opposed more funding for elementary schools because in the town where he was from, “all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”

Oh, and let’s not forget House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise’s attendance at a white supremacist event with which the GOP didn’t seem to have any issues.

While Paul’s comments lacked the type of descriptive ignorance that Alday’s exhibited, the message he was perpetuating was more or less exactly the same.

I keep going back to the saying that while not all conservatives are racists, most racists are conservatives. When people within your party continue to defend the Confederate flag; are constantly caught saying overtly racist things; and seem to feel that a president “isn’t one of us” because he just so happens to be half African-American – that’s not all just “random coincidences” coming together. That’s a systemic problem with racism within your party.

So, the GOP can continue to act as if racism isn’t a problem within their party, but by doing so (in the face of the overwhelming evidence proving that it’s still an issue) they’re essentially admitting that they not only support racism, but they embrace it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    The questionable newsletters were written after Paul had left office to return to his OB practice in Texas. Paul never revealed the name of the ghostwriter but took “full responsibility” for offending remarks. The former head of the Austin NAACP knew Paul pretty well and declared that he didn’t think that Paul had a racist bone in his body. However, maybe Mr. Clifton knows him better. YouTube, “The Compassion of Ron Paul” for other insights into his alleged “racist” attitudes.

    It seems there was another issue lurking in Paul’s recent remark that was not acknowledged. His honest but un-PC observation but un-PC at least credited black with being the only block of Democrats who were anti-war. That should be a larger problem among progressives than Paul’s insights. At least the black caucus opposed the wars unlike other Democrats and non-libertarian Republicans. Lucky for progressives though, Hillary, who will be over 72 by the end of her first term, is one of the most prominent hawks in government and in line to assume the Bush/Obama legacy of perpetual wars. KKK Grand Cyclops Senator Byrd was forgiven by Democrats but a different standard is applied to retired Republicans. The important thing though is to keep the focus off of who promotes wars

    • BobJThompson

      Byrd isn’t relevant to Ron Paul. Hillary isn’t relevant to Ron Paul. If I were an nationally prominent politician I would sure as hell make sure I knew what my name, my reputation, my brand, was being attached to.

      And I completely agree with the anti-war party of democrats being entirely too silent. Especially in Washington. It’s another piece of the puzzle of why I will most likely stop supporting them. They are better than Republicans on the issue of war, but just barely and I’m tired of just barely better being my only reason to vote for democrats.

  • Eg Kbbs

    If it had just been the 2008 newsletters, then maybe Paul might have a leg to stand on.

    But this happened after company letters from the 1990s published, under his name, racist tirades. Then there is the reported Anonymous Hack of America Third Position (white supremacist group) finding info that Paul regularly met with their members and had conference calls with their board of directors.

    Just how many pieces of the puzzle do you need ?

  • Lawrence Devine

    Why would anyone prefer war to food stamps?

  • Devin D.

    Well Mr. Clifton, you have strongly asserted (and supported) your points. However, I must disagree in regards to the racism comment.

    The absurd amount of race bating quite simply MUST stop. This is a malicious tool used in propaganda (for both parties) to fuel a malevolent political agenda. Now, I can’t ignorantly state racial profiling doesn’t occur, but to further this to suit the needs of politicians whom know nothing of these struggles is the epitome of bigotry.

    I cannot, and will not continue to advocate for a group that I fail to sympathize with (simply due to the fact I have not experienced the struggles this group), but I will present a very realistic possibility. Perhaps the materialistic struggles of the African American community as a whole should be taken into account, and not simply the events politicians carefully craft to suit their political wants/needs.