Video Defense of Ron Paul’s Newsletters Falls Flat
A video has just been released offering a defense for the controversial Ron Paul newsletters. In it, the commentator attempts to make the argument that every candidate in the 2012 election has been accused of racism at some point. While this is 100% true, he also makes the following statement:
The talk of racism has become the lowest form of political discourse. But even, even as I just went down that list of candidates, some of you at home thought to yourselves how the candidates you don’t like probably are racists. And when you heard the name of a candidate you support you thought no, that’s ridiculous. See how it works? Anything that can be deemed insensitive these days is called racist. Anyone who stands too close to those who say those things? A racist. Under the examples I just gave you, are they all racist? Maybe none of them are.
How about this year we try to have an election based on substance and on ideas and on political record rather than on name calling.
My issue isn’t that the video is an attempted defense of Ron Paul, or that Ben Swann or those touting the videos are obvious supporters of Ron Paul. It makes total sense to want to defend your candidate. What I do take issue with is the disingenuous way it’s being done here. It’s tough to swallow a lecture by Paul supporters about racism being the lowest form of political discourse and wanting to have a campaign about ideas and political records and not name-calling, when Ron Paul himself has employed the very tactic Swann decries against Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.
Maybe Ben should ‘Reality Check’ himself on how he can decry charges of racism while failing to mention that the candidate he is clearly trying to defend has employed that very same race card in front on millions.