Subject: Damning Ron Paul for his supporters' beliefs
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:54:53 -0500
Re: "Courting the Cranks", by Kevin D. Williamson
Kevin D. Williamson unfairly tars Dr. Ron Paul for the opinions of some of his followers. In "Courting the Cranks"--an assessment of Murray N. Rothbard, an anarcho-libertarian who has been dead for twenty years--Mr. Williamson somehow gets around to attacking Dr. Paul, apparently because both Rothbard and Paul adhered to the Austrian School of Economics, which advocates a return to the principles of our Founding Fathers. Mr. Williamson admits that "Ron Paul promises to restore the American constitutional order". Yet in the same sentence he blames Dr. Paul for what he claims are the unconstitutional beliefs of his "most energetic partisans". How many, Mr. Williamson? Have you conducted a professional survey? Are any on his personal staff? I am a partisan, yet I do not hold unconstitutional beliefs. And, even if I did, how in the world can my thoughts be blamed on Dr. Paul? Further in his essay Mr. Williamson recounts the discovery of decades' old racist pamphlets that were disseminated under Dr. Paul's name and claims that they were written by Lew Rockwell, founder of the highly regarded Ludwig von Mises Institute. Dr. Paul disowns any knowledge of these pamphlets, and Mr. Rockwell denies writing them, yet both are condemned as guilty by Mr. Williamson. How can either man prove a negative? This is highly unfair.