Originally Posted by SNR
Is that last part of the quote that isn't even in the book distinctly what Reagan said or Ron Paul said? To me it might be confused, the way his speech is written, that Lew Rockwell would have assumed Ron Paul was quoting Reagan when in fact, he had ended the quote early and was reflecting on the situation himself?
That's my theory. But the article on Lew Rockwell carry's Ron Paul's name as the author so even if it's just a matter of someone at the website mistakenly moving some of Paul's commentary inside the quotation marks, it's still a bit of a stain on Paul's reputation in my book. If this were a transcription of an audio speech by someone unrelated to the speaker, it would be a more understandable mistake.
In any event, we still have the issue of sentences from different parts of the book being strung together without any indication that they are distinct statements. And more importantly, if you strip away the last part (that wasn't Reagan) from the quote, it really strips away most of the impact of the quote in terms of how close Reagan's views may or may not have been to the current Ron Paul philosophy.