Just three weeks after the Republican Jewish Coalition branded Ron Paul "too misguided and extreme" for its debate with other GOP presidential candidates, one of his former top aides is perhaps shedding light on why that may be so.
According to Eric Dondero, who worked for the Texas congressman between 1997 and 2003, Paul is "categorically not an antisemite" but is, however, "most certainly anti-Israel."
He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.
He's apparently also "completely clueless when it comes to Hispanic and Black culture," Dondero adds, and "he is most certainly intolerant of Spanish and those who speak strictly Spanish in his presence."
While the latest revelation isn't exactly surprising considering Paul's belief that the U.S. should end all foreign aid, including that which goes to Israel, he's done little to alleviate numerous accusations of bigotry. In fact, he's legitimized them by not owning up to past associations and by refusing to distance himself from white supremacists and other racists who fervently back his candidacy.
In a New York Times interview published on December 25, Paul said he's "not happy" with such support but refuses to turn it down.
"If they want to endorse me, they’re endorsing what I do or say — it has nothing to do with endorsing what they say," he said.
Hearing such apologetics brings to mind the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
If tolerance is to be found anywhere on Ron Paul's resume, now would be a great time for him to show us where it is.
Jeff Kamen writes for World Jewish Daily.