Regarding Ron Paul and the racist comments that appeared in the Ron Paul newsletter, I do not believe that Paul has a racist bone in his body, but I do believe he should apologize for what was written in a newsletter bearing his name and advancing his interests.
I believe that every word Ron Paul has said about this matter is true but he should apologize for what happened. Ron Paul believes at the core of his philosophy in accountability and taking personal responsibility. It is not enough for Paul to only say he did not write, read or know what was written in a newsletter bearing his name and that he did take the time to find out, and remove, whoever wrote those racist words in the Ron Paul newsletter.
This is my problem with this Ayn Rand notion that government should be destroyed as a referee that protects people from abuse, that free enterprise should rule alone, and that private citizens should take responsibility for their actions.
If Ron Paul wants others to take responsibility for their actions, he should take responsibility for his. Otherwise his credo is the same serial hypocrisy he correctly accuses Newt Gingrich of. If materials go out under Ron Paul’s name, advancing Ron Paul’s interest, it is not enough to say, in effect, I did not know, I never knew, don’t blame me.
I believe if Ron Paul did take personal responsibility it would help his campaign, but in any event, he should hold himself to the same standards he applies to everyone else.
As for the failed, embarrassing and shameful campaign of Rick Perry and his ads misusing Christianity in a partisan attack on opponents, he should apologize.
I do not need lessons from Rick Perry about my faith. The Jesus I know and believe in teaches helping the poor, feeding the hungry, clothing the needy and lifting the impoverished. I cannot not find the book in the Bible that teaches that Jesus favors Rick Perry’s crony capitalism, his misusing retirement laws to enhance his personal wealth or his smearing political opponents with untruths cloaked in false advertisements masquerading as faith.
I could write much more about Rick Perry, but: We should just let him quit his failed campaign with his tail between his legs while the rest of us render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s, and no longer worry about what Rick Perry believes is Rick Perry’s.
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