As I expected, there were a large quantity of comments by Ron Paul supporters to my article critiquing his foreign policy. Alas quantity often doesn’t mean quality. There were, of course, exceptions to the rule but they were few and far between.
It is worth noting that I made not a single reference to Israel in the article and yet the commentary by Paul supporters was rife with anti-Israel references. And then there were comments along these lines:
“It would be great if “jews” like Aaron Goldstein would not incite the wars Christians and Muslims die in.”
“Goldstein? That ain’t a Smith or Jones, now is it? I wonder where his slant comes from? We just gotta have a bogey man to chase and fight, don’t we? Ron Paul 2012!”
“Some influential persons in the US have ties to AIPAC, or are Jewish, or even have dual citizenship (US and Israel). Do any of these apply to you?”
“Last name is Goldstein. Well I think that about sums up the bias in this article. Ron Paul 2012!”
Are Ron Paul and his campaign team are proud of these endorsements? How is it that Ron Paul attracts people of such dubious character to support him? Apparently, anti-Semitism is a socially acceptable prejudice amongst his supporters. Mr. Paul would be wise to denounce their behavior in no uncertain terms. But I’m not holding my breath. Why would he alienate his most reliable constituency?
Now I could have deleted those comments but I have chosen not to do so. After all, Ron Paul ought to be judged by the company he keeps.
Yes, my name is Aaron Goldstein, I am an American Jew with dual citizenship (I was born in Canada) and I am pro-Israel. I am proud of it and I will not apologize for it. If Ron Paul supporters don’t like it then too damn bad. That’s their problem, not mine.