Whatever

Frankly, this is hardly a newsworth event. But I like the attitude of the campaign:

“‘Dr. Paul stands for freedom, peace, prosperity and inalienable rights. If someone with small ideologies happens to contribute money to Ron, thinking he can influence Ron in any way, he’s wasted his money,’ Paul spokesman Jesse Benton said. “Ron is going to take the money and try to spread the message of freedom.”

‘And that’s $500 less that this guy has to do whatever it is that he does,” Benton added.”

Excellent. This is the kind of honesty that sets Ron Paul apart from every single other candidate in this race. The others would have scrambled to return the money and then made a lot of unnecessary comments about why white supremacy is bad. Certainly, even if they are racists, they aren’t going to express it openly. Paul’s move demonstrates confidence in his position.

Secondly, it opposes this nonsensical media assumption that candidates are defined by their donors. It’s very clear by reading or listening to any of Paul’s positions that racism plays no part in his politics. Unfotunately, the news media in this country are constantly striving to define individuals based on what is most “compelling” to read or whatever sells more newspapers vs. what the candidate actually believes. Hence, the hand wringing about this ridiculous donation. It’s refreshing to see someone standing up to this particular brand of inane reasoning. Good for Ron Paul.