Rand Paul’s Antisemitic Dog Whistles

Powerline:

I am not sure why Paul thought that Waters or Pink Floyd, a band of the 1970s, would have resonance for the youthful CPAC crowd. But while Pink Floyd is long gone, Roger Waters is still around. He is known, these days, primarily as an anti-Semite. More here. To me, it seems extremely odd that Rand Paul would single out a Roger Waters lyric from the 1970s in a speech that otherwise quoted classic American heroes. Was Paul’s admiring reference to Waters intended as a proverbial dog whistle to let listeners know that he hasn’t diverged too far from his father’s foreign policy views? Or was his decision to highlight Waters simply a random (albeit odd) choice made by a politician who is unaware that Waters, in recent years, has come to stand for an obsessive hatred of Israel?

Washington Free Beacon:

Paul has also endorsed “One World Government” conspiracy theories, including theories about the Bilderberg Group, a closed-door annual conference that brings together influential political and financial leaders from around the world.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Bilderberg Group is a popular target of extremists and conspiracy theorists who claim it “is a shadowy force seeking to control world events, exerting allegedly dominating powers of international influence to promote a ‘new world order’ under their control.”

In one 2010 interview, anti-Bilderberg activist and independent journalist Luke Rudkowski asked Paul what he knew about the Bilderberg Group.

“Only what I’ve learned from Alex Jones,” said Paul. “I’m not probably the world expert on it, but I think it’s people who get together, who are very wealthy people, who I think manipulate and use government to their own personal advantage.”…

Last August, Rep. Paul spoke at a conference hosted by a defrocked Catholic leader who denied the Holocaust in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon. Rep. Paul is also a supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for handing over hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Assange.

BuzzFeed:

“I think some within the Christian community are such great defenders of the promised land and the chosen people that they think war is always the answer, maybe even preemptive war. And I think it’s hard to square the idea of a preemptive war and, to me, that overeagerness [to go to] war, with Christianity.”

New York Magazine:

Paul has approached American politics from the diametric pole. In 2009, Alex Jones, asked him, “You’re basically what I would call a chip off the old block. Your policies are basically identical to your father, correct?” To which Paul replied, “I’d say we’d be very very similar. We might present the message sometimes differently … I think in some ways the message has to be broadened and made more appealing to the entire Republican electorate because you have to win a primary.”

Two things stand out about this exchange. The first is that Paul was talking to Alex Jones at all. Jones is a full-out conspiracy theorist — including, but by no means limited to, being a 9/11 Truther. (The full derangement of Jones’s worldview is difficult to summarize; Michelle Goldberg’s 2009 profile captures it.) Paul has actually continued to speak with Jones congenially.

The second noteworthy thing about this exchange was that Paul was openly describing his own infiltration plot. Paul has since worked to carefully distance himself from his father, delivering speeches at comfortably orthodox Republican venues like the Heritage Foundation, where he represented his thinking as just a slight tweak on the good old Republican line. “I am a realist, not a neoconservative, nor an isolationist,” he declared. “Reagan’s foreign policy was much closer to what I am advocating than what we have today.” Why would anybody believe him when he had already told Jones, in a you-do-know-people-can-hear-the-radio moment, that he did subscribe to his father’s views but planned to smuggle them into the Party under a more appealing package?

Speaking of dear old dad, PJ Media:

A few months ago Ron Paul touched off a media flap by agreeing to give the keynote address, on September 11, to a conference of the Fatima Center in Niagara Falls, Canada. The American Jewish Committee said it was “appalled” and “dismayed” and called on Paul to reconsider. Of course, he did not take the advice.

The Fatima Center is a Catholic fringe group whose leader, Father Nicholas Gruner, was suspended by the Vatican in 1996. As a Huffington Post blogger noted at the time, the center,

has in the past published writing suggesting that Jews should be stripped of certain civil rights…. Gruner [and other leaders] have for over two decades promoted claims that a global conspiracy of wealthy “apostate Jews” and Freemasons—who are alleged to have financed Hitler and the Nazis and hold a “Hitler-like doctrine of exterminating the gentile races and repopulating the Earth with their own kind”—is plotting to institute a “New World Order” global government under the command of the anti-Christ.

…Also…at the event will be speakers who have promoted Holocaust denial and portrayed global warming as a hoax that will be used to justify a Jewish and Israeli-led genocide of most of the Earth’s population, and who reject the long-established scientific fact that the Earth orbits the Sun.

Gruner himself is a blatant Holocaust denier, and the Southern Poverty Law Center has called the Fatima Center “perhaps the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America.”

What, then, was the longtime congressman and three-time presidential aspirant doing—on September 11, of all days—addressing such a gathering?

The answer is that he fit right in.

(And no, I am not at all a fan of SPLC. I left that part in for completeness.)

Oh, there’s more. These are just a few lowlights.

 

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