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Hoisted From the Archives: John Robbins: Open Letter To Lew Rockwell (January 12, 2008)

Ah. I see that George Mason's History News Network http://hnn.us/ is eager to climb into bed with Lew Rockwell http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/124678.html--somebody who has no place in American academic or political discourse:

Here is Ron Paul acolyte John Robbins to explain why:

Open Letter To Lew Rockwell: You have now had three opportunities –1996, 2001, and 2008 — to prove that you are a friend of Ron Paul and freedom, and you have failed to do so each time. This week, for the third time, the puerile, racist, and completely un-Pauline comments that all informed people say you have caused to appear in Ron’s newsletters over the course of several years have become an issue in his campaign. This time the stakes are even higher than before. He is seeking nationwide office, the Republican nomination for President, and his campaign is attracting millions of supporters, not tens of thousands. Three times you have failed to come forward and admit responsibility for and complicity in the scandals. You have allowed Ron to twist slowly in the wind. Because of your silence, Ron has been forced to issue repeated statements of denial, to answer repeated questions in multiple interviews, and to be embarrassed on national television. Your callous disregard for both Ron and his millions of supporters is unconscionable.

If you were Dr. Paul’s friend, or a friend of freedom, as you pretend to be, by now you would have stepped forward, assumed responsibility for those asinine and harmful comments, resigned from any connection to Ron or his campaign, and relieved Ron of the burden of having to repeatedly deny the charges of racism. But you have not done so, and so the scandal continues to detract from Ron’s message. You know as well as I do that Ron does not have a racist bone in his body, yet those racist remarks went out under his name, not yours. Pretty clever. But now it’s time to man up, Lew. Admit your role, and exonerate Ron. You should have done it years ago.

John Robbins, Ph.D. Chief of Staff, Dr. Ron Paul, 1981-1985

Seriously: Just as William F. Buckley decided that it would be a bad mistake for National Review to stay in bed with the John Birch Society or the Ku Klux Klan, Dan Cohen of HNN is making a really bad mistake by allowing C.J. Maloney to post at all, and thus by failing to exercise any quality control here...

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