Eric Dondero, a former high-level aide to Ron Paul, has taken a wrecking-ball to Paul’s presidential campaign with accusations that, if true, may leave only Paul and his sycophantic band of anarchists, conspiracy theorists and pacifists left still clinging to the rubble. It should be said at the outset that Dondero challenged Paul for his congressional seat in 2008, so certainly Paul’s side of the story should be given equal play. His campaign said Dondero “has zero credibility and should not be taken seriously.”
Dondero says that Ron Paul is much more isolationist than the candidate has been willing to admit. The staffer also claims that Paul opposed any military response to 9/11, including going after the Taliban in Afghansitan and does hold to the “truther” nonsense that 9/11 was carried out by our own government.
Most damaging is a series of claims that support the concern that many have that Paul is an anti-Semite. Dondero himself denies this, and puts all of the blame on Paul’s isolationist views, instead. Dondero, however admits two damaging things about Paul:
He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs….
He strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that “saving the Jews,” was absolutely none of our business.
In recent days, Paul has had to fight off charges stemming from a series of newsletters which bear his name and from which he profited substantially from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. He denies writing the newletters saying “everybody knows I didn’t write them.” The burden of proof is on Paul that he did not write or approve these stories. He should name the author and editors. Simple denial is not enough.
The primary area of concern to this point has been his over-the-top language in his criticism of welfare and crime among blacks, which some see as racism. Notice this snarky remark on the heels of the Los Angeles riots:
“Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.”
In addition, in what is believed to be a recent video of Paul speaking to a member of a “9/11 truther” group called “We Are Change”, Paul was asked “Why don’t you come out about the truth about 9/11?”
“Because I can’t handle the controversy. I have the IMF the Federal Reserve to deal with, the IRS to deal with because, no, I just have more-too many things on my plate- because I just have too much to do.”
Not, “there is nothing to come out about,” but I “can’t handle the controversy”.
He certainly does have a lot of controversy to deal with.
David is currently an adjunct instructor of Composition and Speech at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. His wife and he have also owned a business selling antique and collectible postcards on eBay since 1999. David was an activist with Operation Rescue in the early 1990s. He is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Reformed Church in Johnston, Iowa.
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