In the Republican presidential candidates’ debate on January 7, Congressman Ron Paul said: “I’m the only one up here . . . that understands true racism in this country is in the judicial system.”
He said this racism has to do with “enforcing the drug laws,”and then added: “They [blacks] get the death penalty way disproportionately.”
Two groups immediately defended Paul – his supporters, and commentators on the Left. The former support anything Paul says; and the Left supports anything that Paul says that portrays America as ugly (see, for example, the defense of Paul by Left-wing USAToday columnist Dwayne Wickham, whose columns are regularly devoted to how much blacks suffer from American racism).
Just last month,Paul was asked by a representative of an organization (WeAreChange) that holds the government responsible for 9-11, “Why won’t you come out about the truth about 9/11?”
Paul’s response: “Because I can’t handle the controversy: I have the IMF, the Federal Reserve to deal with, the IRS to deal with.Because I just have more-too many things on my plate. Because I just have too much to do.” It is readily available on YouTube.
Whatever the implication of his cryptic response, when Paul is confronted by the mainstream media he denies that he believes the American government was involved in the 9-11 attacks. But what is undeniable is that Paul, like much of the Left, holds America largely responsible for 9-11 because of its foreign policy: its “occupying” countries all over the world, the sanctions on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq which Paul and the Left claim killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, the injustices against Palestinians that America has supported (through its support of Israel), etc.
He mocks the idea that the primary reason for 9-11 was that people of great evil attacked a very good country – because this is what the evil do, just as they did on the December 7, 1941 when the Japanese regime attacked Pearl Harbor.
It does seem that the Texas congressman’s description of the American justice system as racist is part of Paul’s generally dark view of America.
The claim that America disproportionately executes blacks is a falsehood, disseminated on virtually every Left-wing website from the ACLU to all the anti-death penalty sites. The only way it can be regarded as true is if the disproportion is in relation to the entire population of the country: Blacks make up about 12% of the population and since 1976 have been about 35% of those executed for murder. But this is a statistic that tells no truth because it is meaningless in terms of determining alleged racial bias.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”