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August 15, 2006

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Ezzie

To top it off, her handlers made numerous anti-Semitic statements and threatened reporters reporting on her loss. McKinney is sick.

Dan Sieradski

While I agree that "accusing Jews of being disloyal to their country recalls the most vile anti-Semitic canards that have been invoked against Jews throughout the ages," I do not agree that the state of Israel is a "central aspect of our faith." In fact, it took many rabbis writing many teshuvot to legitimize the existence of a Jewish state, which most religious Jews beore the Shoah viewed as assur (forbidden) by the Torah. The Jewish state that we have today also embodies many characteristics which are considered incompatible with out faith, which is why there is such a stark religious movement in Israel itself opposing the actions of the state. It would be far more accurate to say that for many Jews, Israel is an important part of Jewish identity and the relationship of American Jews with the larger, global Jewish community. To say it is central to our faith, however, is entirely misleading.

Further, while I have little respect for Republicans, Ron Paul is one of the finest Republicans serving in office today. He, unlike most spineless and now-backtracking Democrats, opposed the war in Iraq as well as the Patriot Act from the very beginning. Indeed, Mr. Paul is one of the staunchest defenders of civil liberties and advocates of responsible foreign policy in the American government today, and I for one wish we had more politicians like him in office.

With regards to his statements on the Israel-Lebanon conflict, as an American resident of Israel working with various social justice organizations, I am compelled to agree with Mr. Paul that the United States is ultimately more effective as a netural broker between Israel and its neighbors.

It is wholly irresponsible of Jewish Democrats to be endorsing right-wing Zionist and neoconservative perspectives, as they are an extension of the very same 'forcible regime change' policy that created our current debacle in Iraq. It takes balls to stand up and say 'no' to the pro-Israel lobby, and I for one applaud Mr. Paul's efforts to speak truth to power, even when it's abundantly clear that no one is listening.

Evan Mattew Daniel

The above comments are emblematic of a disturbing but predictable political phenomena, the convergence of the far left and far right. Disturbing because both display elements of what intellectual Richard Hofstadter termed “the paranoid style in American politics” but predictable given the weakness and marginalization of the political extremes in the United States.

Mr. Sieradski, who runs the progressive blog “Jewschool” states that Paul is “one of the finest Republicans serving in office today.” From a progressive perspective, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Paul is a reactionary bible-belt populist who believes we are controlled by the “one world government”:

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Congressman Ron Paul Admits Conspiracy to Create World Government
911Exposed.com

Congressman Paul: " He asked if there was an international conspiracy to overthrow our government. The answer is "Yes". I think there are 25,000 individuals that have used offices of powers, and they are in our Universities and they are in our Congresses, and they believe in One World Government. And if you believe in One World Government, then you are talking about undermining National Sovereignty and you are talking about setting up something that you could well call a Dictatorship - and those plans are there!..."
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Plus he’s explicitly anti-Israel, saying nonsense like “Israel is not an ally of the United States” and "By far the most powerful in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government and that the goal of the Zionist movement is to stifle criticism."

He’s also a contributor to anti-Semitic left rags like “Counterpunch,” and highly lauded at the most vile anti-Semitic right-wing websites such as the fascist “National Vanguard.”

Other aspects of Paul that should raise the ire of genuine progressives: he was an anti-choice OB/GYN before getting into politics, is against immigration and immigrants’ rights and he has a very poor record on labor issues.

He’s also a bigot.

Back in 1992 during the Los Angeles riots, his “Ron Paul Survival Report” newsletter, had an article titled “Los Angeles Racial Terrorism.” In it, Paul described African-Americans as "barbarians" and called the rioters "thugs and revolutionaries who hate Euro-American civilization". In another article he wrote, “I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city [Washington D.C.] are semi- criminal or entirely criminal.” The same article blames “liberals” and “the welfare state for telling African-Americans that they ‘are entitled to something for nothing.’”

Here are some choice quotes from Paul’s “Freedom Watch” newsletter. I guess he changed the name from the “Survival Report” when it was no longer hip to be a survivalist on the loony right:

"If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be."

"Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e., support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action."

"We don't think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That's true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such."

That Mr. Sieradski supports this man is indicative of a political shift on the left. He writes of the "irresponsibility" of Democrats who "endorese right-wing Zionists" but his position is not only irresponsible, it is a betrayal of progressive values and progressive politics.

Irene Solnik

I cannot stand Ron Paul. That Mckinney is anti-Semite is old news. However
1. Larry Darby, (Democrat) Holocaust denier is running for AG in Alabama, he promotes 'white awareness' I have not heard ANYONE in the party denounce him
2. CNN and MSNBC and of course FOX have reported on the "the war on Christians" Where is the official Democratic response
3. KOS. MOVE ON.ORG.,Democratic Underground, Truth Out, Alterman Report, all anti-Semitic or at best anti-Jewish/Israel I am waiting in vain for a formal denouncement of these groups by what I once proudly called my party.
4. Seattle Muslim commits murder in the Jewish community Center ... alls quiet
5. Cindy Sheehan (she may not speak for the party, but the party has not disavowed her anti-Semitism

DAYENU...enough already. I am not the only Jew who has noticed our abandonment by our party. I wrote Howard Dean, silence, I will be shocked if you respond. That is my party now...the three monkeys "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil." I see evil and it is the silence of the Democrats. This is not a pro-Republican rant, I can't stand them. I have no one.

mobius1ski

i was going on paul's record on the iraq war and civil liberties. i had no idea about that other stuff and would never endorse those views nor a person who espouses them.

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