Nicknamed "Dr. No" for his beliefs that legislation beyond the U.S. Constitution is wrong, the most controversial Ron Paul quotes go well beyond his desire for a smaller government into highly debated topics like racism, foreign policy and equal rights.Like many other presidential hopefuls such as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, Paul has been caught more than once giving controversial quotes. Perhaps most notably, the most controversial Ron Paul quotes came from his series of newsletters in the 1980s and 1990s. Though reportedly ghostwritten, the published letters provided plenty of fodder for those who claim Paul is a bigot against African Americans, gays and Martin Luther King.
Osama Bin Laden Was Our Good Friend
"Osama Bin Laden was our good friend because he was a freedom fighter in Afghanistan and we gave him our weapons and supported him."Speaking in 1999, well before the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the congressman expressed his disagreement with military intervention in any case by noting that Osama Bin Laden, who we'd later learn was the leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda, was "out good friend." Though the quote taken out of context make it sound like he's praising Bin Laden, Paul went on to state "But then we found out he was not quite so friendly, so we captured a few of his men and he retaliated by bombing our embassies. Of course, we retaliated by bombing innocent chemical plants as well as people in Afghanistan that had nothing to do with it."
Let's Get Rid of All the Drug Laws
"You want to get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let's just get rid of all the drug laws."Similar to when he suggested that heroin and prostitution should be legal, Ron Paul argued at the June 2011 GOP debate in New Hampshire that the solution to ending drug crime is to legalize all drugs. While he has a point that without laws against illegal drugs, no one can be charged with drug crimes, effectively lowering the crime rate to zero, he fails to mention if the actions related to those crimes would still occur.
We Can Thank [Martin Luther King] for Our Annual Hate Whitey Day.
"Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day."Though he's described himself as "anti-racist," another controversial Ron Paul quote came from his infamous newsletters, this time, talking about Martin Luther King. In addition to accusing the civil rights leader of being a "world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours," "seduced underage girls and boys" and "made a pass at" Ralph Abernathy, the newsletters criticized President Reagan for allowing King to receive a national holiday. On the record, Paul has gone as far as to tell CNN about his plans for fundraising events on Martin Luther King Day to show his disapproval of the holiday.
[When Blacks Went] to Pick Up Their Welfare Checks
[Order was restored to Los Angeles after the 1992 riots when blacks went] "to pick up their welfare checks."
"The criminals who terrorize our cities -- in riots and on every non-riot day -- are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are. As children, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white oppression is responsible for all black ills, to 'fight the power,' to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible."Though not specifically attributed to Ron Paul, back in the 1980s and 1990s a series of newsletters circulated in Paul's name, including one with seemingly racist comments about African Americans. Paul later stated that he was not a racist person and had never seen the comments in the newsletters, even going as far as stating "Libertarians are incapable of being a racist, because racism is a collectivist idea." The quotes however remain associated with his name.