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More Anti-Gay Propaganda Rises Out Of Ron Paul’s “Political and Survival Report”

Yesterday we posted about a 1993 – 8 page newsletter  by Ron Paul has in which Paul warned America of  a “federal-homosexual cover-up” to play down the impact of AIDS and ”coming race wars in our big cities”  reminiscent of the one dreamt up for “Helter Skelter” by Charles Manson the 1970′s.
 
Well The New Republic has done some digging through the Ron Paul newlsetters of the past and have come up with further anti-gay propaganda that Paul has published throughout the years.
*  The December 1989 Ron Paul Political Report contains entries on a “new form of racial terrorism,” cites former Congressman Bill Dannemeyer’s claim that “the average homosexual has 1,000 or more partners in a lifetime,” and quotes Lew Rockwell, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, in the third person.
*  In January 1990, the Ron Paul Political Report cites “a well-known libertarian editor” who “told me: ‘The ACT-UP slogan on stickers plastered all over Manhattan is ‘Silence=Death.’ But shouldn’t it be Sodomy = Death’?”
*  The September 1994 issue of the Ron Paul Survival Report states that “those who don’t commit sodomy, who don’t get blood a transfusion, and who don’t swap needles, are virtually assured of not getting AIDS unless they are deliberately infected by a malicious gay.”
*  The June 1990 issue of the Political Report says: “I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”
*  A January 1994 edition of the Survival Report states that “gays in San Francisco do not obey the dictates of good sense,” adding: “[T]hese men don’t really see a reason to live past their fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives are centered on new sexual partners.” Also, “they enjoy the attention and pity that comes with being sick.”
It turns out that this really is NOT a new story though.  The same reports about his “newsletter” being homophobic and racist were exposed back in January 8, 2008, the day of the New Hampshire primary and responding to the charges in a CNN interview, Paul denied any involvement in authoring the passages. Additionally, Paul’s campaign claimed through a press release that the quotations had come from an unnamed ghostwriter and without Paul’s consent.
 
Even if this is true and not just an excuse Ron Paul’s name was on these newsletters, he published them and had a responsibility to know what was in them before they went to Press.   
 
Paul also profited from these newsletters and the newsletter aggressively pursued the yellow jounalism strategy for financial gain.  Some estomates claim that Paul made over 1 Million dollars from the newsletters in the 1990’s alone.
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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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