Ron Paul Calls Southern Secessionist as Lead Witness at Fed Hearing

If Rep. Ron Paul wants to be taken more seriously for the 2012 election, this is not the way to go about it. Dana Milbank reports that at a hearing on the Federal Reserve yesterday, Paul called as his main witness Thomas DiLorenzo, a Southern secessionist who has compared Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler:

DiLorenzo, the congressman told the committee, had called Lincoln “the first dictator” and a “mass murderer” and decreed that “Hitler was a Lincolnite.” Worse, Clay charged, “you worked for a Southern nationalist organization.” “The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second southern secession and a society dominated by European Americans.”

Milbank approached DiLorenzo after the hearing and asked him about the allegations. The witness responded: “I gave a couple of a lectures to a group of college students 15 years ago that are associated with this thing called League of the South.”