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Ron Paul: digging himself a hole

Ron Paul's campaign has released an official statement on racism.

It completely fails to remove the stench of naive blindness to "nativist" racism emanating from Paul's direction. Paul might not be a racist himself, but he seems incapable of recognizing it when it stares him in the face.

"Liberty! Liberty!" chirps Paul. But his understanding of the word seems to be limited and superficial, in the manner of most reflexive ideologues. Paul's solution to racism? Drum roll, please....

"Cut taxes!"

David Bernstein of the Volokh Conspiracy has the must-read commentary.


The problem is that no two people ever agree on the definition of the word "racism." A person with totally racist tendencies and actions can honestly claim they are not racist simply because they think that "racism" just means swastikas, white hooded robes and burning crosses, and that they truthfully aren't into that kind of stuff.

But to other - usually voiceless - people in this country, "racism" has a much more detailed and less superficial definition.

I trust Libertarian-types even less than Republicans, since the entire Libertarian ideology is based on selfishness. I mean, at least the GOP's Old Boy Network involves some semblance of sharing, right? :)

p.s. Obama rocks! I got to shake his hand back in February.

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