Last week, the Internet activist group known as Anonymous announced they had hacked the email accounts of the white supremacist group American Third Position.
In those email accounts, Anonymous said they discovered that A3P leaders had not only been directing their organization to support the candidacy of Ron Paul, but they had also personally met with the candidate in addition to frequent conference calls and alleged discourse regarding a “white uprising,” according to Anonymous.
With the revelation that Ron Paul might have such intimate links with a white supremacist group, the time has finally come to unequivocally end all support for his candidacy.
Our outrage is heightened by the fact that this revelation came at the beginning of Black History Month, a time to remember the history of racism and violence that has marred our nation.
The revelation that a serious contender for the presidency in 2012 has ties to a racist hate group is shocking and shows that we are still a long way from a post-racial society.
Of course, this is not the first time Paul has been linked to racism. Earlier in the campaign season, a great deal of attention was paid to a series of newsletters approved by Paul in the 1980s and 1990s.
The newsletters were laced with racist language and talking points.
The letters declared it “hardly irrational” to be afraid of black men and joked that the Los Angeles riots of the early ’90s only ended “when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.”
The newsletters were questioned in both 1996 and 2008.
In 1996, Paul assumed responsibility but claimed certain passages were taken “out of context.”
Yet during the 2008 campaign, he claimed that he had not written the newsletters, despite his name being attached to them.
Regardless of who wrote the letters, we now have proof that Ron Paul is linked to white supremacist hate groups.
Before, Paul could save his campaign by vaguely distancing himself from the letters and their blatantly racist content. That strategy will no longer work.
Ron Paul has campaigned on promises to radically alter United States policy by slashing the federal government and ending U.S. military activity abroad.
These stances, combined with firm devotion and ideological clarity, have made Paul popular among young voters.
But young voters deserve better than an angry racist, no matter what his position is on the Federal Reserve, the war in Afghanistan or the legalization of marijuana.
Ron Paul’s time is finished.
Libertarians and open-minded liberals alike will have to wait for a new savior to enter the political scene, rather than rationalize voting for a white supremacist for the sake of their weed.