I admit it: Ron Paul has become such a docile figure in the 2012 Republican campaign that I kind of stopped paying attention to him for a while there. When he announced he was only going to focus on caucus states, that was pretty much the end of his national relevance. But luckily, Slog tipper David has been keeping tabs on Ron Paul for us, because shit just got incredibly interesting. Daily Kos just linked to a NewsOne story about how....oh, man, this is just too good...Ron Paul was tied to a group of white supremacists who wanted to violently overthrow a small Caribbean nation so that they could create a libertarian white supremacist island paradise:
In 1981, a lawyer tried to subpoena Ron Paul to testify in the trial of Don Black, a Grand Wizard for the Ku Klux Klan who would later go on to found the white supremacist, neo-Nazi website, Stormfront. Black was charged along with two other Klansmen with planning to violently overthrow the small Caribbean country of Dominica in what they called “Operation Red Dog.”...In 1981 a group of American and Canadian white supremacists lead by Klansman and mercenary, Michael (Mike) Perdue planned on taking over a small West Indian country called Dominica by overthrowing the government and Prime Minister Eugenia Charles and restoring its previous prime minister, Patrick Johns into power. The group planned to create an Aryan paradise in Dominica and make money through casinos, cocaine and brothels.
Possibly even better than this story? Hacking group Anonymous has announced that they have uncovered close recent ties between Ron Paul's presidential campaign and a white supremacist group called American Third Position:
Fellow anons: we are pleased to bring you the dismantling of a major US-based white supremacist network known as the “American Third Position”(A3P). These racist losers have chapters across the US, operate several white power websites, forums and online stores, and are even running a candidate in the 2012 elections…In addition to finding the usual racist rants and interactions with other white power groups, we also found a disturbingly high amount of members who are also involved in campaigning for Ron Paul. According to these messages, Ron Paul has regularly met with many A3P members, even engaging in conference calls with their board of directors.
Go read Anonymous's announcement; it includes more information about A3P ties to neo-Nazi groups, Scientology, and much more. And don't forget to ask the ardent Ron Paul supporter in your life about these stories! We should build an online database of lame Ron Paul supporter excuses for Ron Paul's obvious white supremacist ties. It would be a world-class monument to delusion.