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3/23/10 (By Travis)
There is not a good permanent collection out there on Ron Paul refuting the 911 truth movement, so a webpage has been created here with his numerable clear quotes on this subject:
Ron Paul 911 Interviews
2/25/10 (By Travis)
Ron Paul People
A great article
8/22/09 (By Travis)
'Tea Party' Organizers Plan Anti-'Obamacare' Rallies Across the Country
The same groups who made the "tax tea parties" possible in April are planning anti-Obamacar
If Democratic lawmakers thought all the furor over President Obama's health
care plan expressed this month at town hall meetings was dying down, they might
be in for a surprise Saturday.
That's when citizens are planning anti-"Obamacare" rallies across the country Saturday in all 435 congressional districts.
And their message is clear: We will not stand for socialized, government-controlled health care.
A substantial portion, if not a majority, of these protestors are Ron Paul supporters, who have continued their activism since the 2008 election. A small but intensely vocal minority, their numbers are growing and they continue to be responsible for a number of antics and accomplishments.
Posted 6/17/08 ( by Travis)
Ron Paul Candidates on the March in NV
Two weekends ago I attended a fundraiser and volunteer event for Ron Paul republicans here in NV, which I have been meaning to write about. The amazing energy and work of the Ron Paul Republicans (especially our Meetup [over 700 members]) generated a strong second place showing for Ron Paul here in NV, brought hundreds of new, and mostly young, faces into the political arena, shut down the GOP convention in Reno, and heavily influenced the NV GOP party platform, has now translated into candidates running for office. As the saying goes, all politics is local, and indeed, local change will predate national change and lead to lasting political involvement, while national advocacy is more emotionally satisfying, initially, it will not bear as heavy long term fruit like local advocacy.
So, I am proud to announce that Ron Paul candidates are on the march in NV; we are challenging all three congressional seats, and at least 5 state assembly seats (so I've been told). Plus, from appearances of things, we may have a number of other candidates not directly involved in the meetup who at least sympathize with the ideals of human liberty. The 3 Ron Paul candidates who were the beneficiaries of this this particular fundraiser are:
Dyer running for Congressional district 1
Carl Bunce running for Congress, district 3 (running in the primary in my district against pork barreling, big government spending Jon Porter, who last time I checked was on TV was spinning his wheels discussing Darfur instead of battling American socialism.)
David Isbell running for state assembly district 17
I know all three of them quite well and can personally vouch that they are truly in favor of limiting the size and scope of government. Plus, David Isabell has an awesome license plate! :)
LisaMarie Johnson running for state assembly district 6 was also in attendance.
Also, we had two judges present, one current Judge, Cynthia Steel for Family Court, and one judge seeking election, Suzan Baucum for district court judge. I'm not sure if either of them are Ron Paul supporters, but it was certainly nice of them to stop by; I was pleased to have some good discussions with Judge Steel and as an added bonus on her website she has listed the endorsement of Weldon ‘Don’ Havins, M.D., Esq, who taught our class and whose opinion I respect.
Of course, there are other NV Ron Paul candidates who were not at this particular fundraiser, those with websites are:
Andrew Bronsen running for state assembly, district 4
James Smack running for congress, district 2
As political forces grow, this phenomena of politicians recognizing and showing up at events will surely increase. Once it is known that 'liberty' is a popular concept, that Ron Paul candidates are being elected to office, that Ron Paul voters are voting with their ballots, we will attract the attention of 'mainstream' politicians who, flighty with the wind, as they are prone, will soon begin to co-opt our rhetoric and vote and rule respectively. Not to mention, attend out events and give us access to these elected officials. Let us welcome them.
In conclusion, I have the utmost respect for all our candidates, they are taking the necessary steps, fighting our battles for us, putting in the hours, doing the dirty work, while we remain bashfully on the sidelines and cheer. I congratulate them all and wish them the best of luck, they will certainly have my vote and support this November and beyond.
As is said, 'what men can dream, men can achieve', and if this phenomena continues to replicate in states across the country, and from what we hear this is happening; we will truly have a revolution on our hands.
Posted 5/14/08 ( by Travis)
Discrimination: Unfair or Natural?
Time ^ | May. 08, 2008 | MICHAEL KINSLEY
Last week, with little attention or fanfare, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 414 to 1 to outlaw genetic discrimination. The only dissenter was the irascible libertarian Ron Paul.
Freedom to discriminate is amongst our most precious and precarious freedoms. Where in the constitution is congress authorized to pass legislation like this? Surely much unintended harm will result.
Posted 5/14/08 ( by Travis)
crashing our tea party?
Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 11 may 08 | VIN SUPRYNOWICZ
Vin Suprynowicz nails another.
Posted 5/3/08 ( by Travis)
Chaos over Paul Cuts Short Gathering
After a super-majority of Ron Paul supporters captured control of the Republican state convention Saturday, state party officials abruptly canceled the event without electing delegates to the national convention.
But Paul's 10-minute speech drove the crowd of 1,200 delegates into frenzied applause. They interrupted him repeatedly with standing ovations.
This took place last weekend here in NV and from conversations I've had with people in attendance it was an amazing experience. Ron Paul's revolution will continue across the country at the local levels. For example, here in Nevada a group has formed 'the Nevada liberty alliance', dedicated to supporting candidates espousing Ron Paul's message of freedom and liberty.
It will be interesting to see what transpires in Montana in June, Paul is also speaking at this event.
Another example, check out this beaut, the Nevada Republican state party platform, largely influenced by Ron Paul supporters. In fact, it is probably the most liberty advancing state party platform in the entire country:
State Republican Platform 2008 - 2010
We believe that government is instituted solely to secure the life, liberty and property of the citizens of the country, that the Declaration of Independence defines the philosophical foundation of the country, that the Constitution of the United States is the basic law governing the existence and operation of the U.S. Federal Government and the first ten amendments describe its limits, and, as Thomas Jefferson said, that the government that governs least governs best.
Federalism & Limited Government
1. We support less government, less taxes, less regulation and more self determination.
2. All legislation, Federal Agencies, and public servants must adhere to a literal interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and as instructed by the Tenth Amendment, in conjunction with Article I, Section 8.
3. We recognize the importance of the national values expressed by our flag, anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and other patriotic symbols that define us as a nation and we believe that the words, "in GOD we trust," should remain on our currency and the words 'under God' should remain in our Pledge of Allegiance.
Taxes and Government Spending
4. We support reform of Social Security, including establishment of private retirement accounts and prohibiting use of its funds for any other purpose. All citizens shall have the right to opt out of the system, but the government must honor its commitments to those who have paid, are legally in the U.S., and remain in the system. We propose the abolishment of the Windfall Elimination Tax when computing Social Security Benefits. We oppose Nationalization of Healthcare.
5. We urge the Nevada Legislature to cut spending and avoid new taxes to encourage strong economic growth. We support the Nevada Constitutional Requirement of a 2/3 majority legislative vote to raise state taxes. We support balanced state, local and federal budgets. We oppose unfunded mandates, Riders, Ear-marks and Set-asides at both the state and national level. We support the permanent elimination of the Federal Death Tax.
6. We support a strong private minerals industry. We support the Nevada Mining Association endorsed reform of the 1872 mining law and strongly oppose any laws, regulations, ordinances or any other legally binding actions that diminish the ability of the minerals industry to discover and or access minerals and mine them.
7. Fires are increasing because of the lack of livestock grazing. Therefore, livestock grazing shall be increased immediately on Federal Lands.
8. We support a parent's right to choice in education including vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling. We also support the elimination of the U.S. Department of Education. We further oppose requiring licensure for parents who choose to home school. We support the elimination of the No Child Left Behind law and require the State of Nevada to replace the No Child Left Behind concept.
9. We affirm the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of each human being from conception to death and oppose cloning complete human beings. We support the private development of adult stem cell research and we support all efforts to stop human trafficking. We support the definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman.
10. We support initiatives to maximize the development of America's domestic oil, gas, coal, solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear resources, and the development of alternative sources of energy to reduce the nations's dependence on foreign oil. We support granting local government more authority in decision-making regarding water rights within their jurisdiction.
11. We demand the repeal of McCain-Feingold and reaffirm the right of free political speech. We support legislation to require full disclosure of all donations made to political candidates.
12. We support the repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and the return of the power of minting and coining money to the Congress of the United States as so stated in the Constitution. In addition we demand a return to a gold and/or silver backed currency as provided for the U.S. Constitution.
13. We demand that electronic voting only be allowed when uniquely numbered receipts are provided to the voter and results are made publicly available showing simultaneously all votes comprising the total by receipt number.
The Litigation Crisis
14. We believe in informing juries that it is their power and duty to decide on both the law and the facts as they apply to each case so that justice is the main priority. We support the election of judges.
15. We welcome legal immigrants from all nations, cultures and races. We demand strict enforcement of all immigration laws by all levels of government. We demand that the federal government secure our borders. We do not support amnesty, government benefits or other special treatment for aliens who have or will enter the United States illegally. We support English as the official language of the untied States and the printing of government materials in English only.
National Defense and Veteran's Affairs
16. We support all of our men and women in the military who are serving both in the United States and around the world and the missions of all U.S. troops around the world. Be they active duty, National Guard, or reservist, they have our highest admiration and respect. We support honoring veterans with education benefits and we support a strong Veterans Administration subject to strong oversight and audit, to assure veterans and families receive the care and support as promised.
Constitution, Bill of Rights and Protection of Rights
17. We believe that the First Amendment to the Constitution was intended to prevent a state-sponsored religion rather than a separation of God from public life. We affirm that the Second Amendment protects an individual right which should be enforced as strictly as the rights protected by the First Amendment.
18. We support repealing the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act. We support repeal of the federal act requiring a national ID card or other required identity papers providing government with 'big brother' intrusion into constitutional freedoms.
U.S. Sovereignty & Trade
19. We support the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations. We demand that Nevada join Montana, Idaho, Utah and other states in opposing the North American Union (NAU) in withdrawing from the Security & Prosperity Partnership (SPP), withdrawing from North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and that Congress resume their duty of regulating Commerce with Foreign Nations.
20. We oppose Federal legislation regarding public lands including wilderness in Nevada counties unless approved by the county.
Posted 4/21/08 ( by Travis)
Double Trouble of Taxation[Ron Paul]
House.gov ^ | 20 Apr 2008 | Ron Paul (Required Reading)
Reprinted in full:
Taxes were on the forefront of many Americans’ minds this week as they scrambled to meet the April 15th deadline to file their returns. Tax policy in this country hurts taxpayers twice – once when they pay taxes, and then when the government spends the money. Americans are sick and tired of the financial burden and the endless forms to fill out. To add insult to injury, after collecting this money the government does some very detrimental things to the economy.
The burden of complying with the income tax is tremendous. Since its inception in 1913, the tax code has gone from 400 pages to over 67,000. The Tax Foundation estimates that around $265 billion dollars and 6 billion hours are spent just on compliance. That expense amounts to about 22 cents of every dollar the IRS collects. Imagine the boon to the economy if we spent that time and money expanding our businesses and creating jobs!
Aside from the direct loss of money and productivity, the funds from the income tax enable the government to do some very destructive things, such as vastly over-regulating economic activity, making it difficult to earn money in the first place. The federal government funds over 50 agencies, departments and commissions that formulate rules and regulations. These bureaucracies operate with little to no oversight from the people or Congress and generate around 4,000 new rules every year and operate at a cost of about 40 billion dollars. There are some 75,000 pages of regulations in the Federal Register that Americans are expected to know and abide by. Complying with these governmental regulations costs American businesses more than one trillion dollars per year, according to a study by Mark Crain for the Small Business Administration. This complicated system drives production to other countries and shrinks our job market here at home.
Big government is destructive when it takes your money and when it spends it. There is no economic benefit to supporting a government sector as massive as ours. In fact, this country thrived for well over 100 years without an income tax. Today, if you took away the income tax, the government would still have revenue from other sources equal to total government spending in 1990, when government was still too big. $1.2 trillion should be more than enough to fund a government operating within its constitutional confines, and that is exactly what we need to get back to.
I have introduced legislation many times to abolish the IRS and the income tax. It is fundamentally un-American to require taxpayers to testify against themselves and be considered guilty until proven innocent. Abolishing the IRS altogether would trigger an avalanche of real growth in the economy.
With these financial hard times only just beginning, this would be the most efficient and logical way to get our economy growing again, and Americans would need not dread the 15th of April every year.
Posted 2/11/08 (By Travis)
Some Observations on Four Terms in Congress (required reading)
Ron Paul 1984
By clicking on the above link you can read one of the best 'big picture' political commentaries I have ever read. It is lengthy, but even written in 1984 it is still more than relevant today and even prophetic in certain ways. It comes from 'A Foreign Policy of Freedom', a newish book by Ron Paul and was transcribed onto the freerepublic website by your truly. :)
Posted 12/24/07 (By Travis)
Las Vegas Tea Party (you tubes!)
Posted 12/18/07 (By Travis)
Following Ron Paul's record $6
million day money bomb last Sunday, he gave this great interview with Glen Beck tonight. An
amazing articulation of conservatism and libertarian principles, which I cannot believe we are lucky
enough to find stemming from a major candidate for president of the United States. I find it hard to
believe even people opposed to Ron Paul's candidacy could come away not respecting and admiring
Paul's beliefs after seeing this interview.
Complete video HERE.
Posted 12/15/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul Boston Tea Party Money Bomb (Tomorrow!)
On December 16th, 1773, American colonists dumped tea into the Boston Harbor to protest an oppressive tax. This December 16th, American citizens will dump millions of dollars into the Ron Paul presidential campaign to protest the oppressive and unconstitutional inflation tax - and the IRS, which sanctions government theft by proxy ownership on an individual's labor! (my addition) Please join us this December 16th 2007 for the largest one-day political donation event in history. Our goal is to bring together 100,000 people to donate $100 each, creating a one day donation total of $10,000,000.
Imagining a Ron Paul presidency
12/14/07 National Review Online
So a Democratic, or even Republican Congress completes the appropriations process, and sends President Paul the funding bill for, say, the Commerce Department. Ron Paul doesn’t think we should have a Commerce Department, so he vetoes it.
Congress either overrides it, or maybe with enough folks to sustain veto. Suddenly the appropriators of both parties find themselves constantly bumping up against a president who forces them, for the first time in anyone's memory, to justify the existence of this federal department and its attending bureaucracy, much less the size of its budget. In the meantime, Paul may not appoint a Commerce Secretary, since he thinks we don’t need a department. Or any of the undersecretaries. Or Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development…. <.>
But if you think Washington is big and bloated and unresponsive and voracious in its appetite for ever-larger, ever-more intrusive government, Ron Paul is the guy who would throw a monkeywrench into the gears. Official Washington would grind to a halt; it’s hard to imagine any big expansion of government with a president who made Tom Coburn look like Robert Byrd. Four to eight years, of a broken record, “No, I’m vetoing it, it’s not in the Constitution… no, I’m vetoing that too, it’s not in the Constitution.”
You think about that scenario, suddenly every other guy in the race looks like the candidate of the status quo.
Two other good quotes in recent articles:
1) Paul wants the government out of health care, and opposes Medicare, Medicaid, and federally mandated children's health insurance.
2) “If we reduced federal spending to the levels of just a decade ago we could get rid of the income tax and replace it with nothing. There is only one candidate for president, Ron Paul who is committed to ending the income tax.”
Plus, regardless of what the unconstitutional FCC and campaign finance reform laws might say, the Ron Paul blimp is up!
Posted 11/19/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul rally in Las Vegas 11/19/07
Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul rocked Las Vegas today drawing a raucous crowd of 1200-1500 people into UNLV's Ham Hall.
(Read more at above link)
Posted 11/6/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul w/ Tucker 11-6-07
Great Ron Paul interview with Tucker Carlson on the record $4.3 million dollars raised in 24 hours by some 37,000 individuals with an average donation of $103. His present total this quarter (each quarter is 3 months) of almost $7.5 million raised likely puts him in the lead of all Republicans candidates for this quarter.
What a historic day for liberty and limited Government!
"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. ... What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." -Thomas Jefferson
Posted 11/2/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul on Jay Leno
A great video of Ron Paul on Jay Leno.
Also, on November 5th over 15,000 people have signed up to contribute $100 to Ron Paul's presidential campaign in a massive 'money bomb'. Others have not officially 'signed up' but have said they will contribute on that day. It will be interesting to rock the political world and see what news coverage we get from this event, not to mention a massive cash infusion to the campaign.
The reason November 5th was chosen varies depending on who you ask, but is most likely related to the V for Vendetta movie (whom I can thank Dobber for recommending), which is set in a 'big brother' like society, with an all intrusive, powerful, and (of course) corrupt government. Characters with Ayn Rand type personalities outfox and outflank the tyranny, and ordinary citizens come together wearing Guy Fawkes masks on November 5th, Guy Fawkes day in England, to restore their liberty.
One can see why such rich symbolism would appeal to the Ron Paul campaign, pardon me, I mean the individuals supporting Ron Paul, the official 'Ron Paul campaign' does not, after all, control the campaign, a fact most Paul supporters wear as a badge of honor.
Posted 10/29/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul: The Perfect as the Enemy of the Good
10/29/07 The Club For Growth
Wow, a detailed and fair summation of Ron Paul's record in Congress. The Club For Growth nails another one!
When it comes to limited government, there are few champions as steadfast and principled as Representative Ron Paul. In the House of Representatives, he plays a very useful role constantly challenging the status quo and reminding his colleagues, despite their frequent indifference, that our Constitution was meant to limit the power of government. On taxes, regulation, and political free speech his record is outstanding.
This article is great because it illustrates why Paul may not have exemplary ratings from various 'conservative' organizations that people use as benchmarks. He votes against 'conservative' bills because they don't go far enough, or believes that fixing unconstitutional measures with lesser unconstitutional measures doesn't address the root problems.
Paul may, upon occasion, vote with Democrats, but this is mere coincidence; he arrives at his conclusions from the opposite side of the ideological spectrum.
Posted 10/29/07 (By Travis)
Hard Work and Dedication Yield Big Results
10/29/07 freedomsphoenix.com Brock Lorber
There are no boundaries to what a single person or group can do without filling out a single government form.
This past Saturday, some of us put in an 18 hour day to finish 'er up! It's a three story sign clearly visible on the I15 between Vegas and LA. 7 million cars a month pass through here:
A previous group laid the groundwork for this and even got a story in the Washington Times.
On a similar note, a video came out of the Las Vegas Ron Paul meetup vegas strip run!
Posted 10/18/07 (By Travis)
An interview with Ron Paul about his presidential platform on energy and the environment
A great articulation of conservative/libertarian philosophy as it deals with the environment. Property rights (and Federalism, which Paul doesn't mention, but perhaps should have) is a simple and common sense approach to dealing with these issues.
The only possible weakness I can see in this general theory, is that if someone was to pollute your property, say water supply, but then went bankrupt, you’d be stuck with the damages.
I think this is reflective of the need to tighten bankruptcy laws so that people are accountable for their credit and the damage they do to others. Actually ‘tightened’ is a misnomer, the current laws should be repealed to allow contracts to be drawn up between individuals, creditor and lender. Also, people could buy insurance, both the possible polluter and the individual, sort of like uninsured collision insurance for the individual and ‘disaster’ insurance for the possible polluter.
On a different note, here is a great Ron Paul clip from NBC and Joe Scarborough.
Posted 10/15/07 (By Travis)
The Ron Paul Las Vegas Meetup group held two strip drives this weekend, with about 10 cars/trucks and a massive RV as the kingmaker. Blaring horns, big crowds, flag and sign waving, we were a sight to behold!:
Interesting coincidence, we ran across this guy, or he stumbled across us somewhat in his drink, who had never heard of Ron Paul! The one running for president that is... :)
In other news, check out what these folks did over the past weekend. Regardless of one's political persuasion, you gotta give 'em credit, their effort and diligence is truly a sight to behold.
Posted 10/7/07 (By Travis)
The Ron Paul phenomenon
10/7/07 OC Register
The biggest news to come out of the Ron Paul campaign (www.ronpaul2008.com) last week was that the campaign raised $5.08 million during the third quarter of this year. <.>
Ron Paul may be the candidate who breaks through. Whatever happens, his campaign has turned into the most significant pro-freedom mass movement in modern American history, perhaps in all of our history.
However, things aren't all peachy, Ron Paul has admitted to some serious vices, which may make him unfit for higher office. :)
Also, Andrew Roth, over at the Club For Growth has told me (and given permission to announce here) that they are working on a piece, 'Ron Paul's Record on Economics Issues', due out in a few weeks time, joining those already in existence on Thompson, Romney, Giuliani, McCain, Huckbee, and Brownback. These reports offer excellent in depth analysis from, IMO, the most credible freemarket source in existence.
However, it will be interesting to see how they rate Paul, as he is often difficult to pin down by traditional methods. How many Congressmen vote against CAFTA and NAFTA because it is 'government managed trade', not free trade. In other words, if you vote against a 'free trade' bill because it's not free enough are you counted as having an 'anti free trade' record?
We shall see, but I very much look forward to seeing their report. I suspect many of their members would be quite thrilled with a Paul Presidency and are, perhaps, unaware of his exemplary record in Congress. I mean, forget abolishing the 'death tax', a laudable high priority for the Club For Growth, let's abolish the entire IRS! :)
Posted 10/2/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul raised $1.2 million in the last week of this quarter, his campaign will release his total fundraising numbers soon, and those of the other candidates will roll in shortly. However, there's no question he's on a roll.
The odds makers have taken note:
Poses Serious Threat to Hillary Clinton in a General Election Match up
This is an interesting article, as it purports, from a purely political perspective, how Ron Paul's stance on the war and immigration make him the best choice to beat Hillary.
When I first saw this article, I'll have to admit I saw it as an interesting but sort of an unlikely possibility, worthy of nothing more than a abstract intellectual political argument; but now I think present developments merit it more serious consideration.
The GOP also has to consider how the +50,000 passionate Ron Paul meetup members, probably numbering some 75-100k by election day would aid the campaign, plus the piggyback effect on other Republican incumbents. These volunteers will not be there, at least not in these numbers, for a Fred Thompson or a Mitt Romney.
Posted 9/16/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul interview on HealthCare
7/19/07 The Kaiser Foundation
This is a great interview touching on a couple key points:
1) healthcare (along with clothing, housing, jobs etc..) is not a 'right' as to attain these 'rights' you need to violate the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of another
2) getting the government out of healthcare
3) liberalizing practice rights for non physicians
4) explaining how freedom is good for alternative medicine. Actually, this past weekend Ron Paul had an event in Utah:
Saturday evening, he will join a small group of supporters for a $2,000-a-plate dinner where he will address his Health Freedom initiative, which focuses on expanded access to alternative and homeopathic medicine and to information on dietary supplements.
5) illustrating how insurance isn't really insurance, that the Kaiser Foundation's premises about the unaffordability of insurance are skewed because they don't separate the most common ' social planning' type of insurance from true 'medical disaster' insurance.
6) promotion of health savings accounts, decreasing the influence of of 3rd party payers, and the gradual weaning of Americans off the dependency of government programs. Here is a previous article by Dr. Paul on health savings accounts.
Additionally, the above site is a high tech construction marvel, has 'Ron Paul TV' of highlighted Ron Paul videos that play continuously. Here was a funny one I ran across.
Posted 9/9/07 (By Travis)
SIGNING UP FOR A REVOLUTION / Ron Paul supporters going to great lengths to get word out promoting long-shot candidacy of Republican presidential candidate
9/9/07 Las Vegas Review Journal (front page)
The local Las Vegas Ron Paul meetup group generates some pretty good press coverage for Ron Paul, even if parts of the article are a bit bizarre... :)
Posted 9/6/07 (By Travis)
H. R. 1146 To end membership of the United States in the United Nations.
Some much needed legislation introduced by Ron Paul.
Ron Paul Appears on Hannity show After Debate 9-5-07
Abolish the IRS and department of education he says! :)
Hugh Hewitt Interviews Ron Paul supporters 2
There are 5-6 of these segments with various Ron Paul supporters, pretty interesting and passionate group!
Posted 8/30/07 (By Travis)
Bringing Politics Back to the People - The Do it Yourself Campaign of Ron Paul
8/28/07 American Chronicle (Sean Scallon)
Article posted in full:
In 1964, just before the New Hampshire primary, an average Joe named Paul Grindle didn’t particularly care for the choice of candidates running for the Republican nomination for President.
So he decided to run his own candidate for president.
With the help of a few friends and using the most sophisticated marketing techniques at the time, Grindle created a boomlet for Henry Cabot Lodge, former Massachusetts U.S. Senator, 1960 GOP Vice-Presidential candidate and then the U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam. Lodge wasn’t running for anything, his name wasn’t even on the New Hampshire ballot. Grindle and his friends mailed out postcards to New Hampshire Republicans to find out if there was support for Lodge which they found out there was. Then they mailed out fliers for Lodge, letters for Lodge and pamphlets demonstrating how to write Lodge’s name on the ballot. They even opened a headquarters for him in Concord.
All that postage spent for eventually paid off. Lodge won the New Hampshire Primary with a write-in vote, beating out that year’s eventual GOP nominee Barry Goldwater and former Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller despite all their money, all their TV ads and vast campaign apparatuses deployed in the Granite State.
Of course it helped Grindle that so many New Hampshire Republicans wanted someone other than Rockefeller and Goldwater, he just simply provided another candidate. But Grindle’s effort also goes to show that politics does not have to be “game” played only by a few professionals, or the hacks or even the wealthy. Sometimes, even the “average Joe” can play too if they have the knowledge, the gumption and a little luck.
It’s that same “do-it-yourself” spirit that Grindle showed 43 years ago that’s a part of Congressman Ron Paul’s run for the White House today.
Forget the all internet activity, You Tube videos, or Facebook pages for a moment and focus on meat-and-potatoes politicking. Out of all the candidates running for President in 2008, who among them has supporters willing to hang signs on freeway overpasses, to stand with signs outside events whatever the weather, who will volunteer their time to make phone calls or write letters to voters or do lit drops as well? Who among the candidates has supporters willing to pay for advertising in newspapers and radio out of their own pocket or are willing to write scripts for cable TV ads? Who among the candidates has supporters so dedicated that they attend his rallies thousands of miles from home?
The Ron Paul campaign isn’t spending a lot of money right now because they don’t have to. The spending time, money and talent coming from Ron Paul supporters across the country is cash one cannot measure but has become important to the credibility of the campaign. You cannot write off Ron Paul because he has thousands of supporters in all 50 states willing to do things on their own initiative while other campaigns simply spend money on TV ads or give handouts to voters like free bus trips, straw poll tickets and meals. Indeed, former Massachusetts Governor Willard Romney’s campaign has become a literal welfare agency in order to win votes.
Ron Paul supporters don’t need handouts to vote for him at local straw poll. They don’t need orders from the central campaign office either. Much of what is done for Ron Paul by his supporters is done upon their own ideas and their own initiative. For example, two weeks before the Iowa Straw Poll, Ron Paul supporters set up an account through Pay Pal.com to pool their money to buy advertising on Iowa radio stations and newspapers. One person made the ads buys, a few enterprising fellows came up with the idea for the ads (including a beautiful mosaic ad of Ron Paul’s head made up of pictures from thousands of supporters across the country with the Constitution itself as a backdrop.) and before the official campaign came up with their own radio and TV ads, Ron Paul’s message was being heard on the airwaves and in the pages. Plans are afoot to do the same in New Hampshire and Iowa again and to expand to television as well. All on their own they did this. That’s how devoted they are. As Ron Paul himself said. “I didn’t start a campaign, I joined a campaign.” Like the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord of old, Ron Paul supporters do not need “orders” to shoot the Redcoats. All they needed were their rifles.
Candidates for President aren’t elected in vacuums. Powerful cultural forces pull them towards the White House. If Ron Paul wins the GOP nomination, goes on to win the Presidency itself, it will be because American voters begin to admire the plucky resolve and selfless determination of Ron Paul supporters, who created a campaign virtually from scratch of their own time, effort and resources and want to capture that spirit for themselves and recapture it for the nation.
Since 9-11, a whole nation wanted to do something, anything to help with the war efforts. A whole nation wanted some sense of pulling together and working together to help a country in distress. They wanted time to go back to World War II, where food was rationed, gas was rationed, rubber drives organized, scrap drives organized, where people joined the Red Cross or the USO, or civil defense organizations, all of this done to help with the war effort in any way possible. To be a slacker back then - if you weren’t fighting or doing something to help our “boys” overseas – was as bad a form of treason as “loose lips sink ships.” And yet did we go back after 9-11? No. Care packages, yellow ribbons pen pal letters to troops and greeters at the airport are important and nice gestures, but one doesn’t get the sense a whole nation has been mobilized to do so. No, instead, after 9-11, President Bush II told Americans they ought go out and buy more stuff. No calls for sacrifice were made. War wasn’t declared in Congress; just a resolution calling for military action was passed. They also pass resolutions on Capitol Hill to the declare National Pickle Day as well. That’s how much importance they gave to this cause. No draft of any kind was issued, so the many millions who could fight instead stayed at home to watch the war on TV while those who did volunteer fought the war in their stead. Or when things weren’t going well, they could ignore what was happening overseas completely and go back to whatever it was they were doing on Sept. 10, 2001 as if time simply skipped over that day.
People wanted to help. They waited for orders to come from on high and yet such orders never came. Instead all they saw was a war turning sour because of the incompetence of the people in charge. Then they saw a great city destroyed by a natural disaster and saw that same government bumble the aftermath and reconstruction. That made it hard to help those who needed it and only wasted the energy of those who gave of their time and effort to help with the clean-up. So where does all that energy go when its not be used? When it’s being left to dissipate on the sidelines and all that’s left is anger and bitterness at the authorities for their incompetence and their mismanagement? Well some have decided they aren’t going to wait for “orders” anymore. Some have decided on their own that they are going try and elect a man they believe is going to change things for the better. And whether or not Ron Paul could make such changes if he was elected President or get them through Congress really doesn’t matter when you think about it. Just getting to that point will show that the nation has recaptured the do-it-yourself spirit that helped to found the country in the first place.
Many books have been written about how alienated the average voter is from politics with detailed explanations as to why. Yet all of them miss this essential point: People feel alienated to something when they believe that nothing they do concerning it matters because they are removed and remote to it. As politics has become a “game” played by rich people and slick hustlers and where the game board is a television screen, voters just watch it all from a distance. They’re no longer a part of the process, just stage props for photos ops. Once upon a time an “average Joe” could be a precinct captain. He could stuff mailers or put up signs in his neighborhood working for the political machine or his wife could host a coffee klatch or baby-sit at campaign headquarters. Now people are paid to do things like this. Politicians all like to talk about grassroots support but very few campaigns use volunteer labor like they once did. Once upon a time the presidential campaigns of Barry Goldwater and George McGovern and Ronald Reagan were made possible by such grassroots support but in this day and age, only the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone really had an “army” of average people volunteering their time for him with their undying loyalty. If more campaigns were as volunteer orientated as Ron Paul’s, perhaps voters would feel that connection with politics again and would use that untapped energy for a cause they believed in and one they didn’t need to be “directed” at. And if all that happened in the future, then Ron Paul’s campaign will be a success well past 2008.
For some examples of this:
Ron Paul Revolution, Memphis Style
Jacksonville Paint the Town Ron
In the above videos, 15-30 meetup members worked to cover their respective towns in Ron Paul signs and both got good local news coverage for it.
These volunteers are growing exponentially at a rate far surpassing the other campaigns:
8/2/07 (By Travis)
Some Ron Paul pictures to be added to 'Ron Paul 2008'. Some of these are real hoots:
Ron Paul Blimp
Nevada Activism (Nevada Ron Paul Meetup)
Posted 7/14/07 (By Travis)
He Has Crowd Appeal
7/15/07 Las Vegas Sun (Front Page!)
Nice long article on Ron Paul by the Las Vegas Sun. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend this rally.
"Nevada is now high on our list. It's a great state. People in Nevada aren't that anxious to have the government bearing down on them."
Posted 7/8/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul tops McCain with Cash on Hand
7/6/07 ABC news
Though often regarded as a longshot candidate for president, Republican Ron Paul tells ABC News that he has an impressive $2.4 million in cash on hand after raising an equal amount during the second quarter, putting him ahead of one-time Republican frontrunner John McCain, who reported this week he has only $2 million in the bank. <.>
"I think people have underestimated the number of people in this country who are interested in a freedom message," says the Republican congressman from Texas, who has strong libertarian leanings.
Here is a site where you can get free Ron Paul bumper stickers.
Posted 6/24/07 (By Travis)
6/18/07 The American Conservative
His philosophy is simple: “no government intervention, not in personal life, not in economic life, not in affairs of other nations.”
Free Is A Relative Term In America - Freedom At Issue
6/24/07 Ocean County Register
Are we really 'free'? Steven Greenhut has a succinct answer.
Posted 6/14/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul on Colbert Report 6/13/07
Lol, the best is when he talks about what programs he'd abolish and talks about the governments' 'war' on X, Y, and Z. Apparently UNICF abolition isn't a top priority, hmmmm.. lol.
Posted 6/16/07 (By Travis)
Political Positions of Ron Paul
Wikipedia.org Some people put together a nice little Wiki here... :) It's the best I've seen of where Ron Paul stands on the issues.
An Also Ran in the Polls, Ron Paul is Huge on the Web
6/16/07 Washington Post
"I'm for the individual," Paul said. "I'm not for the government."
Posted 6/7/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul on John Stewart's Daily Show 6-4-07
6/4/07 Daily Show
Short, but sweet.
Posted 5/19/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul Builds Campaign on the Web
This article further describes Ron Paul's passionate and internet savvy supporters and the growing momentum of his campaign.
The past presidential debate was quite interesting, highlighted by an exchange between Paul and Guliani over the war in Iraq. I'd have to say, Rep Paul made some good points, even if he was somewhat inarticulate in focus. He came in second place via a text message vote count of over 40,000.
A while back I read ‘The Illusion of Victory', recommended by Pat Buchannon, whom I not a fan of by the way, but it was still interesting as it purports that we are all worse off for going into World War I and that we had no business going over there. I wasn’t a die hard convert after reading it, although I respected the mans opinion, but parts of it are increasingly making retroactive sense.
The following was the best piece I could find summing up this part of debate:
It's Ok if Ron Paul was Right
5/8/07 TSC daily
Posted 5/9/07 (By Travis)
Williams can't duck campaign pushes
2/9/07 Washington Times
Mr. Williams' own '08 favorite is Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican and a 1988 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, who last month announced the formation of an exploratory committee.
Besides endorsing Paul, Williams gives us this gem:
"I personally think that if we chose the president of the United States at random, we'd get a better president than any president since Ronald Reagan," said Mr. Williams.
Which mirrors one of my favorite quotes of all time from William Buckely:
"I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University."
Posted 5/9/07 (By Travis)
ABC News: The Ron Paul Effect - Boomlet or Savvy Supporters?
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who barely registers in public opinion polls of the Republican presidential field, won last Thursday night's debate.
That was the unmistakable conclusion of the online poll posted by debate sponsor MSNBC, which registered Paul with higher positive ratings and lower negative numbers than any of the other nine candidates on the stage.
So are the polls missing a Paul boomlet? Is the famously contrarian ob-gyn -- a libertarian nicknamed "Dr. No" because of his propensity to vote against anything he believes contradicts the Constitution's original intent -- poised to surge into contention in the GOP field?
Not likely. What's more likely, based on Web traffic over the past week, is that Paul supporters have mastered the art of "viral marketing," using Internet savvy and blog postings to create at least the perception of momentum for his long-shot presidential bid.
After Thursday night's debate, the comment sections of several major news organizations -- including ABC's -- were inundated with pro-Paul messages.
I think we can safely discount any tomfoolery here. Ron Paul doesn't have the support of any national party, deep pocketed special interest group, or any significant reserves of cash or contributions himself. It appears his support truly stems from a relatively small group of uncoordinated liberty loving persons acting individually. It has always been my cautious observation that libertarian leaning folks tend to be more active, passionate, and politically active than your average Liberal or Conservative. If true, there are many interesting theories that can be constructed as to why this might be so.
Posted 4/30/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul Interview in a Dorm Room
Talk about grassroots! It doesn't get more grassroots than this!
Posted 3/12/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul Formally Announces White House Candidacy
Political maverick and Texas House member Ron Paul formally announced his candidacy for the president of the United States this morning during the “Washington Journal” call-in program on C-SPAN.
Paul stands as one of the last remaining believers in strict enforcement of the Constitution and a limited federal government in Washington D.C. Paul ran unsuccessfully for the White House in 1988 under the Libertarian ticket, but now caucuses with the Republican Party. His political platform includes low taxes, individual liberties and a principled belief in the right to life.
His presidential exploratory committee formed earlier this year stirred up his enormous grassroots support from heartland voters, small government believers and fed-up Republicans who believe current GOP candidates offer no real solutions to an expanding federal government and refuse to tackle America's important issues, such as illegal immigration and an erosion of American's civil liberties.
The video can be viewed at C-SPAN.org, under 'recent programs'.
Posted 2/25/07 (By Travis)
A Cheerful Anachronism
2/26/07 George Will (Newsweek)
Ron Paul Presidential Exploratory Committee Video
Posted 2/21/07 (By Travis)
Ron Paul, The Real Republican
An excellent summary of Ron Paul's leadership in Congress. In other news, a sort of eccentric ad hoc poll of myspace users finds Ron Paul with the lead for the Republican nomination! Don't read into this too much...
Posted 2/5/07 (By Travis)
Political Power and the Rule of Law (Required Reading)
2/5/07 Ron Paul
Articles By Ron Paul
Press Releases by Ron Paul
Ron Paul's Great Question
Ron Paul's announcement has generated over 800 comments and over 8000 viewings on these two threads on freerepublic.com, thread 1, thread 2.
To search freerepublic stories on Ron Paul click here.
To search google news for stories on Ron Paul click here.
To search digg.com for stories on Ron Paul click here.
Posted 1/11/07 (By Travis)
(New Perm link: Ron Paul 2008)
Texas Congressmen Ron Paul Files for GOP Presidential Bid
Rep Ron Paul, the iconoclastic, nine-term lawmaker from southeast Texas, took the first step Thursday toward a second, quixotic presidential bid - this time as a Republican.
Paul filed papers in Texas to create a presidential exploratory committee that will allow him to raise money. In 1988, Paul was the Libertarian nominee for president and received more than 400,000 votes.
Paul, of Lake Jackson, acknowledges that the national GOP has never fully embraced him despite his nine terms in office under its banner. He gets little money from the GOP's large traditional donors, but benefits from individual conservative and Libertarian donors outside Texas. He bills himself as "The Taxpayers' Best Friend," and is routinely ranked either first or second in the House of Representatives by the National Taxpayers Union, a national group advocating low taxes and limited government.
He describes himself as a lifelong Libertarian running as a Republican.
Paul limits his view of the role of the federal government to those duties laid out in the Constitution.
Doesn't the Constitution define, by definition, the role of the Federal Government? Isn't that the whole purpose of it? Why even bother with a constitution if it doesn't stop government from doing willy-nilly whatever it wants?
Here is a list of articles by Ron Paul, including my personal favorite:
Scandals are a Symptom, Not a Cause
1/9/06 (R) TX Rep. Ron Paul
So, for these reasons, we at Neoperspectives.com are (drum roll) officially endorsing Rep. Ron Paul for President. We may be jumping the gun on this, as this current press release is merely announcing the creation of an 'exploratory committee' to examine the feasibility of a presidential run, but this is going to take a true 'grassroots' effort, so why not strike while the iron is hot?
While it may be the case that Rep Paul will start as a long shot underdog, a platform on which to espouse the virtues of limited government will still be beneficial and necessitate the shifting of the winning candidate(s) to accommodate libertarian minded voters. With 10-40% of the electorate classifying as some form of libertarian, there is certainly a possibility for a significant upswelling and consolidation of a powerful voting block.
The only objection some might raise to Dr Paul's nomination is his national security stance, which might, perhaps, divide even the board members here at Neoperspectives.com.
Despite my personal wariness on his foreign policy views, as well as some aspects of monetary policy, a quick assessment and prioritization leaves little doubt that this man offers the best chance to repeal socialism, end economic slavery, and expand freedom, thus, IMHO, enhance morality and expand happiness in the United States and throughout the world. :) And, let's be frank, isn't that really the goal of this all anyway? :)
I happen to think the greatest threat facing us stems from the advancing aforementioned slavery within, not from Islamic terrorists, and even so, some of Paul's arguments ring true; there are aspects of US foreign policy which have certainly done more harm than good over the years.
Regardless, a few third world thugs we can send back to the stone age, if they aren't there already, any day. I'd rather protect our freedoms now, here at home first. :) I'd hardly say this is an extreme position and by the same token, I'd hardly say it is extreme to support and endorse Ron Paul for President of the United States... even if he hasn't yet announced his candidacy. :)
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This was when he ran as a libertarian in 88, receiving over 400k votes.
See also, 'The Founding of the United States and the Constitutionality of Charity'
See also, 'Optimism on Nov 8th'
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