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Friday, December 23, 2011
Letter to Gary Howard and Jesse Benton Regarding Ron Paul's News Letters
Gary and Jesse,
I am the writer of http://progressivesforronpaul.blogspot.com/. I intend to continue supporting Ron Paul for the nomination and for his election to the office of President. I do not believe that Ron Paul intends to be a racist president in any manner. I think that is clear to all who support him. However, he is guilty at least of gross negligence in not overseeing those news letters. I understand that he was focused on family and business and could have easily overlooked the racist statements, but this is still not an excuse. It was his publication, using his name.
I understand his following some poor advise not to admit that the comments he knew of were racist regardless of the context. I understand that he has taken moral responsibility by stating that he bears the responsibility of negligence. I understand that he is frustrated by all the redundant questioning over this issue. I understand that his public words in books and speeches have been totally devoid of racism and anti-racist in intent based on his Christian faith and libertarian philosophical views.
What I do not understand is your failure thus far to prepare him to meet these accusations head on in an effective way. I sincerely and deeply hope that you will help him to prepare a speech on racial equality which addresses exactly what he knew and when he knew it, apologizes genuinely for his negligence/and or involvement, gives clear heart-felt reasons why he opposes racism, acknowledging that it continues to be a major moral problem in our culture, and illustrates in detail how his policy proposals will address issues of race and discrimination.
He needs to do this speech in a setting that involves racial minorities. He needs to show some penitence by donating the amount of funds his newsletters raised to the cause of racial justice and equality through broadly accepted channels such as the NAACP, the Urban League, the United Negro College Foundation, etc. He needs to reach out to minorities within the congress and hope that some of them ask to stand with him on stage as he delivers this speech.
Now is a pivotal moment in our nation's history. The truth is needed in full contrition and just defense. This speech needs to tell the truth about Ron Paul and about why he never got to the bottom of who wrote these racist statements. If the truth is not told in all its embarrassing detail, his campaign is finished and his followers are left distraught, their cause set back for years to come. I suggest you go back and read President Obama's "More Perfect Union" of March 18, 2008. If you cannot see and feel the power of this very unique speech, you need to find someone else to write Dr. Paul's speech.
If you fail to do this, it will constitute one of the most egregious moral and political failures in our nation's history. Please!!! For the sake of our nation's future and the future of liberty, do the right thing and take care of this matter promptly.
Cornelius F. Brantley, Jr.
Posted by Cornelius at 6:25 AM