Eric Dondero, Now Blasting Ex-Boss Ron Paul, Used to Beat Up the Register's Steven Greenhut

Categories: OC Media, Politics
ron-paul-150.jpg
Ron Paul's former aide Eric Dondero blogged over the holiday weekend that his former boss was anti-Israel, isolationist on foreign policy, uncomfortable around homosexuals and out of touch with black and Hispanic cultures. Naturally, that kicked up a shitstorm as Paul continues to poll well in early primary states for the GOP presidential nomination. It also might have caused a smirk to cross the face of a former Orange County Register op-ed writer who often found himself in Dondero's cross-hairs.

Indeed, the resulting media tsunami (and Paul campaign denials) prompted Dondero to clarify in TV news interviews and on the Right Wing News blog that Paul is not racist, homophobic nor anti-Semitic.

eric-dondero_150.jpg
Eric Dondero
Dondero was just on CNN minutes ago trying to shift the focus away from what he blogged about Paul and gays, blacks, Hispanics and Israelis in favor of what the critic framed as his over-arching point: that the candidate is a flip-flopper, having run in a conservative Texas congressional district as pro-military and a true Libertarian Republican, which is the name of Dondero's website.

He got an up close look at the man, myth and legend as the Texas congressman's travel aide and personal assistant in 1987-88, national organizer of Draft Ron Paul for President in 1991-92, congressional campaign coordination in 1995-95 and senior aide from 1997-2003. Libertarian Republican still includes this endorsement of the publisher from Paul:

Eric, your enthusiasm for liberty is infectious. Stay that way. Your help is deeply appreciated.

-- US Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

At first, while espousing Libertarian beliefs, Paul was also a good Republican soldier, campaigning for the first President Bush, Dondero notes. But, by the time the run up to the Afghanistan War came, "Ron was 'under the spell' of left-anarchist and Lew Rockwell associate Joe Becker at the time, who was our legislative director. Norm Singleton, another Lew Rockwell fanatic agreed with Joe," Dondero writes. Becker, Singleton and Paul leaned toward a no vote on the war resolution, something everyone else in the congressional office believed would put them out of work, according to Dondero.

At the last moment, Paul voted yes but he had tainted his reputation with his aide Dondero, who ultimately cut his ties with the politician after he voted against the Iraq War. The ex-aide then went on to expose readers to various sins of Paul, including his newsletter giving credence to "nutty" 9/11 conspiracy theories and the notion the U.S. should not have entered World War II.

Dondero does not write solely about Paul, taking on several others who the author sees as either rightly/wrongly embracing/shitting on libertarian dogma. Orange County Libertarian Party chairman Bruce Cohen once remarked, "Love him or hate him, you gotta admit, Eric Dondero is the Matt Drudge of Libertarian Politics."

Steven Greenhut
The Libertarian Republican's virtual poison pen has frequently been used against Steven Greenhut, the former Register editorial writer and op-ed columnist who, along with the late Alan Bock, served as a libertarian voice for the newspaper that was libertarian before there even was a Libertarian Party. Dondero bashes Greenhut--who still contributes pieces to the Santa Ana daily although his full-time job is directing the Sacramento and San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute's Journalism Center (www.calwatchdog.com)--for being what he considers a libertarian poser.

When blogger Lady Fingers over at Red County suggesting Greenhut run for Berkeley City Council after the writer called Private Bradley Manning a hero for leaking secret Army cables to Wikileaks, Dondero posted this comment:

Sir, you made an error. Greenhut is no Libertarian. He claims to be one. But that's only because "Libertarian" sounds cooler than America-hating Leftist.

We real Libertarians constantly have to correct on-line publications about the use of our label. We've been infiltrated by a gang of pacifist leftwingers. Greenhut is one of the worst offenders.  We wish he wouldn't use our label. But he does.

Again, Steve Greenhut of the Orange County Register is NO LIBERTARIAN.

Doug Bandow posted on The American Spectator blog about the entire Eritrea soccer team defecting, prompting Dondero to again go to the comments section to go after the author and Greenhut (who had nothing to do with the Bandow post):

Notice everyone, how Bandow has completely ignored one of the biggest stories of the decade on the African continent: the current bill in Uganda to allow for the execution of homosexuals, and jailing of anyone who knows a homosexual and doesn't turn them in. Similar bills have been filed in Nigeria and Ruwanda.

Who is behind this? Radical Muslim clerics, surprise, surprise.

This is why the Leftwing Libertarian like Bandow (Lew Rockwell, Justin Raimondo, Steve Greenhut, Anthony Gregory, et.al.) can't touch the story with a ten foot pole.

Dondero even roasted Greenhut for something the Register's Mark Landsbaum wrote on Orange Punch during the 2008 presidential campaign. (Of course, you can't blame Dondero because all the Reg op-ed scribes at the time--Bock, Greenhut, Landsbaum, Cathy Taylor--looked alike.) After Landsbaum argued that, based on the general election's national security debate, Barack Obama came across as more libertarian than U.S. Senator and hawkish interventionist John McCain, Dondero responded via the comments:

To Readers of Orange Crush:

Please note what Greenhut is describing here is Leftwing libertarian foreign policy. His surrender to Islamo-Fascism views in no way represent the broader libertarian movement.

Eric Dondero
Libertarian Defense Caucus

Dondero quickly followed-up with a correction, although the mea culpa had nothing to do with having cited the wrong author:

Apoligies, obviously, I meant to say "Readers of Orange Punch"

Eric - part-time resident of La Quinta/Indio, CA & full-time reader of Steve Greenhut's non-sensical views on libertarianism.

My Voice Nation Help
42 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
James
James

Kevin Bjornson actually agrees with the OP....LOL. Marque and Reprisal is fine for going after pirates AND terrorists because, yes Kevin, a small highly trained squad of our finest US military men are far more effective than starting a war.

Kevin bjornson
Kevin bjornson

 I'm not sure what James means by "OP".

Marque and Reprisal is indeed fine for going after terrorists and pirates.However terrorists don't exist in a vacuum. If a regime harbors, trains,and/or subsidizes them, like Taliban did for Al Qaeda, we cannot simplytake out the terrorists and not their supporting regime.

We are in a civilizational war, and have been for around 1400 years.This is a war, regardless of whether we recognize it is a war. In such a conflict, one side does not have the power to unilaterallydeclare there is no war.

kevin bjornson
kevin bjornson

Marque and Reprisal is fine for going after a few pirates,but not for deposing threatening tyrants who have theresources of an estatist government. Theoretically afree enterprise military should be employed, but untilone actually exists, we have to use the US military.

Eric Dondero is an activist, not a theoretician, academic,or intellectual. Going to Mexico for prostitutes does not mean,he was embezzling money from Ron Paul to pay for the services.

This critique of Eric is typical of neo-pacifists, who would neuterthe US military, and now apparently, all employees.

Kevin Bjornson
Kevin Bjornson

As co-founder of the Libertarian Defense Caucus, I can tell you that Eric is one of our main honchos. Here is our website: www.defendliberty.net

Eric is right, the word "libertarian" has been debased by those who equate the term with anti-Americanism or anti-interventionism. Liberty simply means, you are free to follow your dreams, so long as you don't aggress on others. Aggression is defined as the initiation of force, or derivatives of force like extreme pollution or fraud.

To "intervene" simply means, getting in between sides in a conflict. For example, a bank guard intervenes between the robber and the bank teller when he catches the robber. In order to prevent a war of all against, we delegate our natural right of self-defense, to government, which is supposed to intervene on citizens' behalf to protect rights to life, liberty, and property.

Murray Rothbard is the godfather of this re-definition of libertarianism. Lew Rockwell is his acolyte, he is also Ron Paul's brain. Rothbard has a very limited education and knowledge outside of Austrian economics. His grand strategy, formulated in the sixties, was to align libertarians with the new left and so-called old right. Due to the shortage of libertairans (which is related to low number of libertarian women and hence a low number of children where both parents are libertarian), Rothbard had the idea to form a coalition with patriots, constitutionalists, and even neo-confederates and neo-racist rednecks.

The Ron Paul newsletters are the outgrowth of this stratgegy, to cynically con rednecks by throwing them enough red meat to get their support, but stop just short of outright totalitarian neo-nazism.

sanddust
sanddust

Youtube these:

The Compassion of Dr. Ron Paul

Black Americans DO NOT think Ron Paul is Racist

Ron Paul: The Color of a Man's Character

Video From 1988 Proves that Ron Paul is not a Racist

sanddust
sanddust

This fired bloated faced, "Let's kill 'em all!" mentality fame seeker has zero credibility. I listened to the interview and have to say it was painfully obvious he had nothing true to add that we don't already know. Ron Paul has said on national television that blowback was a big part of 9/11. What's new? Ron's right, of course, if you don't think so look up Michael Scheuer ex C.I.A. chief of the bin Laden unit on Youtube or read his books.

Lan
Lan

my friendis a 27 years old doctor,mature and beautiful. and now she is seeking a good man who can give her real love, so she got a sername Andromeda2002 on  Agedate.СòM, a nice and free place for younger women and older men,or older women and younger men, to interact with each other.Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

Lan
Lan

my friendis a 27 years old doctor,mature and beautiful. and now she is seeking a good man who can give her real love, so she got a sername Andromeda2002 on  Agedate.СòM, a nice and free place for younger women and older men,or older women and younger men, to interact with each other.Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

Lysander Spooner
Lysander Spooner

The funny thing is that his "no" vote on the Iraq War was right.  We accomplished less than nothing.  What we accomplished was counter-productive.  The war was supposed to be weeks, not months and then years.  It was supposed to pay for itself with Iraqi oil money and cost $20 -50 billion but which experts put all costs, including long-term medical care for vets, at $3 trillion cost to the US.  It expanded Iranian influence.  The US received zero oil contracts as the new government decided to honor Saddam's European contracts. 

It is only a matter of time before the puppet government of Iraq is overthrown.  The Sadrists are establishing an Islamic republic, Jews and Christions had all their churches burnt and have been killed or driven out of Iraq.  The Sunnis are engaging in mass terror bombing and the Shites hare grabbing Sunnis and drilling holes in their knees and heads and then executing them.  So what did we get for our blood and treasure?  Not much! I am a 28-year veteran of the military. We will never see a greater strategic blunder in our lifetime. The war turned our nation into what is increasingly a fascist police state that is getting to the point where it is not worth defending.

PKP
PKP

Ask Eric about what it's like to visit a Mexican whorehouse on the government payroll. Then you'll get the the real reason why he was fired

disdis76
disdis76

Got any proof of this? I learned not to listen to Dondero-Rittberg back in 07'. Or Kirchick.

762mm
762mm

Subject: [RLCTX] Response to Richard on freedom for a woman’s body

Date: 2/28/2007, 7:32 AM

From: Eric Dondero <ericdondero@yahoo.com>

To: Texas RLCRichard,Legalization of Prostitution is one of my top three issues. Not sure where you got the idea that I don’t support legalized prostitution from? I’m an ex-Sailor. I absolutely used the services of Prostitutes overseas in the Phillipines, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, all over the world, when I was a young buck Sailor. And each time was worth every penny.As a matter of fact, it’s an absolutely tragedy that the US Military is not allowing servicemen these days to utilize prostitutes in Iraq. There are severe restrictions on prostitution for Military Personnel nowadays. We Libertarian Republicans need to work to overturn that.As for Rudy, yes, he pretty much sucks on the issue. Though, I hadn’t heard him talk about the issue in over a decade.But then again, come to think of it, all the GOP Presidential candidates pretty much suck on the issue, even Ron Paul.I worked for Ron Paul for 12 years, from 1987 - 2003. The only time I ever heard him address the issue of legalized Prostitution was way, way, back in 1987.At the time the Libertarian Party was ga ga over Norma Jean Almadovar. Do you all remember her? She was the infamous “Cop to Call Girl.” She wrote a best-selling book about how she was a Prostitute while working for the LAPD.Well in 1986, she ran for Lt. Governor of California on the Libertarian ticket. Ron Paul hated her. He even made the statement when asked, “Ron, who would you choose for your VP.” His response, “Anyone but Norma Jean Almadovar.”I think if you pressed Ron Paul today, he’d have the same position; opposition to legalized prostitution.Whose left? McCain? Romney? Not a single GOP candidate for Prez would support legalized prostitution.And that’s our fault. RLC needs to push on this issue much, much harder. We need to call every Presidential candidate, including Rudy Giuliani, on the issue. Let them know it’s a top issue for us, along with property rights, and tax cuts.Let the Libertarian Party be the Pot Party, with Steve Kubby. I’d like to see us use issues like Prostitution and opposition to Seat Belt Laws as our top issues for the civil liberties.</ericdondero@yahoo.com>

Thrasher
Thrasher

I think it is necessary to note that the writer of this article, Matt Cocker, is another one of those anti-Paul leftist.  Be careful reading from these people, they don't give too much truth past the first 1-2 paragraphs.  Some of what he wrote here didn't make sense to me and I've followed RP since '07.

Sadie May
Sadie May

Yeah... I still feel dirty, after bothering to comment on a blog posted by Eric yesterday.

There are definitely some pretty hardcore dopes in those woods.

Reality_Seeker
Reality_Seeker

Photographic proof that Ron Paul is a racist!!!

The presstitute shills and the Neocons are going to pull out all of the stops against RP. And they will come down on him with both feet. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the establishment MSM so scared in my lifetime; It’s because they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

By the way, if you want to see some great pictures of Ron Paul acting like a racist, then check out the following link:

http://www.5k.com/

Please spread these photos around!

mitch young
mitch young

Islamo-fascism is such a bullshit term. Muslims don't have one tenth of the fashion sense of Mussolini, let alone the capacity to come up with any of the following:autobahnenthe volkwagena Kraft durch Freude campaign.

Reader11722
Reader11722

Newt loves illegals (amnesty) more than Americans (Newt wants to bring back child labor for US kids). Mitt thinks corporations are people (killing his general election chances). Ron Paul is the only candidate with a plan to end the TSA and end the endless wars for Israel, it all started a decade ago after a false flag attack.9/11, US and Israel:http://www.amazon.com/America-...

Chad Yost
Chad Yost

This Eric Dondero guy is a joke. His website has next to no traffic or credibility. I think its pretty cute that you bothered listening to this guy. The link to his own web statistics tells the whole story. Today he only received 3300 page views (arguably mostly from this article and others re-posting it). Only half of those are from unique ips (one computer accessing the website multiple times) and less then half of the page views are from regular customers (people that frequent the site at least twice in a websites life time). This guy gets less traffic than most about.com articles. 

Scott
Scott

The real deal is if our Government did start the Drama and over take there land and gave weapons to start A War for thats how our Government thinks economy levels out { NOT } .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...  You Blogs and he said she said will not Stop the Revolution ! But Go back and Tell the ! % there will be a new Comander & chief .And Start Digging there money out of Hiding cause the FEDS are going Down !

JordanViray
JordanViray

"Dondero, who ultimately cut his ties with the politician after he voted against the Iraq War."

No doubt Dondero's departure from Paul's campaign to the GOP war campaign has raised the IQ of both groups.

PK
PK

I am curious exactly what Dondero did for Ron Paul.  My understanding is during the '88 campaign he basically drove him around. (So did I for that matter).  Second, as I recall the "draft Ron Paul" effort was unauthorized by Ron and went nowhere.  Further, I am reliably told that his "staffer" duties were at the local Texas office.  What did he do there? Open the mail?  If it was much more, I am alarmed at Ron's lack of judgment in employing, much less listening to him.

What I did find interesting was his relation of the Nadia Hayes story.  I have a lot of unanswered questions about that.

How anyone can find him credible is beyond me.  More commentary on the low standards of so-called journalism.

DioCrash
DioCrash

He wrote racist newsletters for him!

DaddyLS
DaddyLS

You know, Dondero has given 3 separate accounts of Paul's contact with the newsletters.  First he said that when they were travelling somewhere Paul would write on yellow tablets, give it to Dondero who would then give it to one of two people to be transcribed, then typed, laid out, sent to printers, and mailed.  That was it. Then he said Paul wrote and knew about the final product.  Finally he said that Paul didn't write anything but read the final pieces.  I wish he'd get his story straight.

Jake Boone
Jake Boone

"At the last moment, Paul voted yes but he had tainted his reputation with his aide Dondero, who ultimately cut his ties with the politician after he voted against the Iraq War."

I seem to remember reading somewhere that Dondero was fired, rather than "cut his ties".  Can anyone confirm or debunk this?

Also, Dondero is recognized as any sort of authority on libertarianism by precisely two groups of people:

The first group is made of of people who've never spoken to anyone except Eric Dondero about libertarianism, so don't know any better.

The second group consists entirely of Eric Dondero.

PKP
PKP

He was fired for taking a trip down to Mexico to hook up with prostitutes while on the payroll. Ask him about it.

Michael Matalucci
Michael Matalucci

Dondero was also fired from Reason Magazine for his extreme pro-war views.

Hacksawl rows
Hacksawl rows

"Out of touch with black and hispanic cultures"?  So he doesn't slap his hos or impregnate teenagers?

sailing
sailing

Ron Paul proposed letters of marque to go after those responsible for 9/11 within a couple of weeks of 9/11.  It would have sent a small elite band, flexible to track those responsible, rather than warring on an entire nation.  He also proposed a declaration of war, to have going in be constitutional.  Since he favored those methods, I guess you could say he didn't like the 'authorization of force' which unconstitutionally would let the president go in under a UN resolution.  It wasn't going after OBL that was the issue, however.

paltro56
paltro56

Works for me.  I'd have kicked in for a reward.  AND it would have been a lot cheaper and more effective than endless wars and  piles of innocent dead.  Over MUCH sooner too,

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Fashion

Loading...