Arab Americans, Muslim Americans Dig Ron Paul!

From the invaluable campaign reporting of Yahoo's Chris Moody comes this tale of Republican triumph for Ron Paul. Even though his campaign is not doing any specific outreach on this score, Muslim Americans and Arab Americans are saying yes to Dr. No:

"[Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have] come out against practically every position that the Arabs in the community support," said Nasser Beydoun, the former head of American Arab Chamber of Commerce in Dearborn. "I don't think Republicans are focused on immigrants in general or Arab Americans. They're too busy catering to the fringes of the party."

Yahya Basha, a medical doctor in Royal Oak, Mich., and a board member of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, told Yahoo News he was frustrated with the lack of outreach from the presidential campaigns, and although he is committed to supporting former Mitt Romney, he expects a sizable number of his fellow Muslim and Arab Republicans in Michigan to cast a vote for Paul on Tuesday.

"As a group, we like Ron Paul," he said.

Moody charts the decline in warm relations between Muslims and the Party of Lincoln:

...76 percent of [Muslims] approve of President Barack Obama's job performance, according to an August 2011 Pew survey. Almost half of the Muslims surveyed in the poll said they found Republicans to be "unfriendly" to the faith.

The relationship between followers of Islam and the Republican Party was not always so contentious. In the 2000 presidential election, before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the civil liberties crackdown and wars that followed, 7 in 10 Muslims supported the candidacy of former President George W. Bush, according to a poll at the time taken by the Council on American-Islamic Relations....

"One side may be disappointing," [James Zogby of the American Arab Institute] said, "but the other side is scaring the hell out of you."

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  • ||

    I don't read Arabic. Anyone know what all that says?

  • Almanian||

    "Derka derka!
    Muhammed Jihad!"

    Roughly...

  • ||

    That's what I figured.

  • HeroicMulatto||

    *sigh*

    2004 (when that joke was last funny) is that way ------>

  • A Serious Man||

    I was only a child when the infidel came to my village in their Blackhawk helicopters. They fired at the oil wells and they lit up like the eyes of Allah.

  • ||

    Was there any reference to "Yankee pig-dogs"?

  • us||

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  • Eduard van Haalen||

    You're right that's exactly what the poster says!

    But it added something about "a sheep under one arm and a goat under the other." Don't know what that was about.

  • ||

    Something about "fleet-footed black youth" and "Jewish money people" but I'm having trouble making it out.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I hope that's not an Arab translation of any newsletter.

  • ||

    Maybe it's a fatwah against fiat currencies.

  • Suki||

    I hope that's not an Arab translation of any newsletter.
    Just RP's stuff about Jews. Making more sense now?

  • ||

    "Like all real Americans..."
    That sound you heard was Gillespie just crawling up his own asshole. By the way Nick, no real Libertarian would ever have the presumption that their ideas are the only "real" anything.

  • Almanian||

    But what would a Real Scotsman do?

  • ||

    Drink.

  • rather||

    I'm not sure either but those flyers usually end with: "kill all the joos"

  • Oscar the Grouch||

    Just the joos who refuse to convert to the one true religion. It's not like they don't have a choice. Sheesh.

  • An unnamed source||

    We wouldn't have had 9/11 and all the aftermath if we hadn't have allowed Mid-Eastern 3rd world savages into the country. Diversity kills. It kills individuals and it kills nations.

  • WWNGD?||

    Yea... but inbreeding is no picnic either.

  • Hugh Akston||

    As if we needed any more evidence that Ron Paul supporters are just home-grown sleeper cell terrorists.

  • Gojira||

    Wonder how much they'll love him if he condemns that judge in Penn. that just let the Muslim off the hook for beating up a guy.

  • ||

    Fact: There are more Arabic people in SE Michigan than anywhere else in the world outside of their respective lands.

  • Tonio||

    And many (but not a majority) are Christians since Christian Arabs are not well-treated in their homelands.

  • BakedPenguin||

    DROOOZ!!!

  • ||

    Bra-vo, sir.

  • ||

    "[Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have] come out against practically every position that the Arabs in the community support,"

    Really? Such as? We really want Israel driven into the sea, but these Republican jerks won't agree! Obama understands us.

  • ||

    Of course the Aye-rabs like Ron Paul, he hates them thar jews as much as they do.

  • What The||

    Muslim Americans Dig Ron Paul!

    Hooray identity politics? Nice.

  • ||

    "I don't think Republicans are focused on immigrants in general or Arab Americans. They're too busy catering to the fringes of the party."

    You know, uh... wouldn't both of those groups but most especially the latter also be fringes?

    A Republican party that "focused on Arab Americans" would be pretty weird - just as one that focused on any ethnic group would be.

    And while I applaud people desiring better representation, isn't it odd to complain that Party X "isn't focused on" your immigrant group and then focus on libertarians, who if anything are more likely to tell you to shove your special-interest pandering desires?

    (Or I'm just reading too much into it, just as a soundbite. Hopefully.)

  • The Individual||

    What about me, Reason?

    Hello?

    [tap tap]

    Is this thing on?

  • MlR||

    Good luck. Gramsci won.

  • Juice||

    Just don't read the comments section of the Yahoo article.

  • ||

    Frankly, I don't think it's much worse than this here comment section..

  • ||

    Even though Ron Paul hasn't really actively courted the Muslim vote, I'm not surprised by the support he's been getting from them. Obama ignores them (except on election years) and Romney, Santorum & Gingrich want to actively persecute them.

  • MlR||

    I hate to brake it to you yokels, but that's farsi, not arabic.

  • ||

    That's even more sinistar.

  • Max||

    Ron Paul hasn't made any racist slurs again arabs--yet. Maybe they will buy into his nonsense about a war on Christmas. Maybe his fake eyebrows are made from arabian horse hair. Maybe they dig his Nazi connections.

  • Dude!||

    Time for a thought experiment:
    AGW causes unliveable temperatures in primarily Muslim countries.

  • Dude!||

    Do Muslims flee to more temparate climes, therefore spreading Islam or does increased agricultural production in areas not heretofore dominated by Muslims increase birthrates by non-Muslims, therefore diminishing the growth of Islam? Is it more likely a combination of both, whereby Islam is neither diminished nor increased as a percentage of world population.

  • ||

    Dude that jsut looks like its gonna be good. Wow.

    www.Gone-Anon.tk

  • Robert||

    Ha! This should show up those who complain about Dr. Paul's Near East policy. Look, he's beloved by the...uh...oh, never mind.

  • Ring||

    Open borders and a weak blame America first foreign policy, whats not to like for them? Oddly enough, these are the 2 biggest reasons he fails with Republican voters. That and wanting to legalize crack.

  • jt||

    more need-a-life commentation

  • Adam||

    I happen to read Arabic, and it says, "
    The Primary Elections 28, February 2012. Ron Paul's plan to provide what the country needs in these difficult days.
    Doctor Ron Paul wants to discuss a three year budget. Doctor Ron Paul is the only candidate (letters not quite clear) discuss government (lit. state) spending.

    Spending

    Ron Paul wants to lower spending in the first year. Doctor Ron Paul wants to decrease foreign aid as well as foreign wars, including aid to Israel.

    Subduing the influence of the Government (possibly decreasing government corruption)

    President Ron Paul promises to not receive more than a $40,000 annual salary. Doctor Ron Paul promises to take steps towards a complete audit into the Federal Reserve Board (lit. United Reserve Council/Board) and to entrust the currency to us supported by gold."

    There you go.

  • Adam||

    I happen to read Arabic, and it says, "
    The Primary Elections 28, February 2012. Ron Paul's plan to provide what the country needs in these difficult days.
    Doctor Ron Paul wants to discuss a three year budget. Doctor Ron Paul is the only candidate (letters not quite clear) discuss government (lit. state) spending.

    Spending

    Ron Paul wants to lower spending in the first year. Doctor Ron Paul wants to decrease foreign aid as well as foreign wars, including aid to Israel.

    Subduing the influence of the Government (possibly decreasing government corruption)

    President Ron Paul promises to not receive more than a $40,000 annual salary. Doctor Ron Paul promises to take steps towards a complete audit into the Federal Reserve Board (lit. United Reserve Council/Board) and to entrust the currency to us supported by gold."

    There you go.

  • Southerner||

    Surprise: the highly anti-Semitic Muslims like their fellow America-bashing terrorist-supporting Iran-coddling Stormfronter Crazy Ronnie the Unelectable! I bet you never saw that coming. In other news you'll never see coming, those peace-loving homo-torturing Christian-beheading Iranians that your resident idiot Chapman believes are "no threat" will soon be revealed to be building nukes to use on Israel and then America. I'm also going to go out on a limb here to predict there will be strife and sandstorms in the Middle East.

  • jacob||

    Iranians .. will soon be revealed to be building nukes

    Why would they do that? Why not just use all the nuclear warheads that Saddam had and opted not to use against us so he could make rightwingers look bad?

  • Adam||

    +1

  • ||

    Does Gillespie really think this is a good thing for Ron Paul?

  • Adam||

    Why does he need to "really think" anything in particular? Isn't it ok to just post it and not really see it as good or bad?

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