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Ron Paul har latt seg friste av støtten han får i miljøer som er politisk tvilsomme, og denne flørten koster ham nå negativ oppmerksomhet.

I USA har man neo-konservative, men man har også paleokonservative – som er sosialt konservative i verdispørsmål, og isolasjonistiske i utenrikspolitikken, og anti-israelske tenderende mot antisemittiske. Særlig det siste trekket koster i USA.

Ron Paul har latt seg friste til å søke støtte i dette miljøet som heller ikke har noen brannmur mot David Duke og hans supremasistiske og revisjonistiske gruppering. Her finner man både tanker om hvitt overherredømme og antisemittisme. En giftig cocktail. Å bli hyllet fra slike er politisk kostbart.

Problemet for Ron Paul er at han er svak for ros. Han har vanskelig for å si nei og støte noen fra seg.

Nå hylles han av bla. grupperingen Stormfront, som bla. Anders Behring Breivik var i kontakt med.

The American Free Press, which markets books like “The Invention of the Jewish People” and “March of the Titans: A History of the White Race,” is urging its subscribers to help it send hundreds of copies of Ron Paul’s collected speeches to voters in New Hampshire. The book, it promises, will “Help Dr. Ron Paul Win the G.O.P. Nomination in 2012!”

Don Black, director of the white nationalist Web site Stormfront, said in an interview that several dozen of his members were volunteering for Mr. Paul’s presidential campaign, and a site forum titled “Why is Ron Paul such a favorite here?” has no fewer than 24 pages of comments. “I understand he wins many fans because his monetary policy would hurt Jews,” read one.

Far-right groups like the Militia of Montana say they are rooting for Mr. Paul as a stalwart against government tyranny.

Spørsmålet blir hvem som bruker hvem: hvis en populær politiker bruker argumenter som appellerer til det ekstreme høyre, så vil disse vite å bruke en mer sentristisk posisjon til sin fordel. De bruker Ron Paul som springbrett.

Paul har problemer med å forstå det.

The white supremacists, survivalists and anti-Zionists who have rallied behind his candidacy have not exactly been warmly welcomed. “I wouldn’t be happy with that,” Mr. Paul said in an interview Friday when asked about getting help from volunteers with anti-Jewish or antiblack views.

But he did not disavow their support. “If they want to endorse me, they’re endorsing what I do or say — it has nothing to do with endorsing what they say,” said Mr. Paul, who is now running strong in Iowa for the Republican nomination.

Støtten fra ytre høyre helt «ufortjent». Han har synspunkt man må sies å være «langt ute», og da snakker vi ikke om news letters for tyve år siden, men uttalelser så sent som i mai. Da sa han til MSNBC at han ikke ville stemt for Civil Rigths Act fra 1964, som avskaffet segregeringen, fordi det brøt med en eiendomsbesitters rett til å bestemme over sin eiendom bla.

Slike uttalelser virker som fluepapir på supremasister, som mener den hvite rase er overlegen.

Mr. Black of Stormfront said the newsletters helped make him a Ron Paul supporter. “That was a big part of his constituency, the paleoconservatives who think there are race problems in this country,” Mr. Black said.

“We understand that Paul is not a white nationalist, but most of our people support him because of his stand on issues,” Mr. Black said. “We think our race is being threatened through a form of genocide by assimilation, meaning the allowing in of third-world immigrants into the United States.”

Mr. Black said Mr. Paul was attractive because of his “aggressive position on securing our borders,” his criticism of affirmative action and his goal of eliminating the Federal Reserve, which the Stormfront board considers to be essentially a private bank with no government oversight. “Also, our board recognizes that most of the leaders involved in the Fed and the international banking system are Jews.”

Retten til å være bevæpnet står sterkt i USA, men Ron Pauls nyhetsbrev gikk lenger. Her oppfordret man til motstand mot føderale representanter. De skulle kjeppjages.

In the mid-1990s, between his two stints as a Texas congressman, Mr. Paul produced a newsletter called The Ron Paul Survival Report, which only months before the Oklahoma City bombings encouraged militias to seek out and expel federal agents in their midst. That edition was titled “Why Militias Scare the Striped Pants Off Big Government.”

An earlier edition of another newsletter he produced, The Ron Paul Political Report, concluded that the need for citizens to arm themselves was only natural, given carjackings by “urban youth who play whites like pianos.” The report, with no byline but written in the first person, said: “I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self-defense. For the animals are coming.”

Det går en linje i libertarianisme mellom frihetslengsel og individualisme og et opprør som vipper over i noe subversivt, som hat mot myndigheter per definisjon og lefling med konspirasjonsteorier. Ran Paul ser ikke ut til å ha denne grensen klart for seg, og har dermed ikke sett behovet for en grensemarkering og brannmur.

Det betaler han nå for.

Paul Disowns Extremists’ Views but Doesn’t Disavow the Support