When Ron Paul decided to run for president a second time in 2007, he said he just wanted to get into one debate so he could be heard. He knew it was a long shot that he would become the nominee but more important for him was making sure that the real issues were being discussed. He had no idea that from that first debate, the ideas of limited government would spread, and that so many would join him in his fight for the principles that the country was founded upon; that he would be the spark that would revive the interest in the federalist system the founding fathers created.
I think the liberty movement that Ron Paul started can be broken up into three phases, each with its own contribution to the ultimate goal. I believe we are well into the third phase and have an opportunity to bring about real changes. Continue reading
A line is being drawn that separates the real fiscal conservatives from the pretenders; those who just enjoy playing the political game and only care about government spending when their opposition is in the white house. Republican speaker of the house, John Boehner, appears to be ready to make a deal with Obama, to raise government revenue, and to continue ignoring the real problem.
John Boehner has a bit of a problem though. He’s having to deal with some annoying congressmen that just refuse to understand how the Republican party works. Julie Borowski from FreedomWorks writes:
In the final days before the start of the new Congress, House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican establishment are quietly purging strong fiscal conservatives from prominent budget and finance committees.
Sources tell FreedomWorks that these fiscal conservatives were removed from their committees because their votes were not in lockstep with House leadership. Reps. Amash, Huelskamp, and Schweikert correctly voted against a handful of House leadership supported big spending bills…
No, I am not being sarcastic. And no, I do not like Mitt Romney or anyone else who supported TARP. But there is a bigger picture here that many Ron/Rand Paul supporters miss. Continue reading
“As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them,” said former senator and current lobbyist, Trent Lott in 2010, referring to the new Tea Party republicans that were about to enter Congress. As Wikipedia says, “a co-option is an act of absorbing or assimilating. It is normally used in the context of a group of persons assimilating a weaker or smaller group, with the intention of neutralizing a threat from the weaker group.” Continue reading
“A brokered convention is now our stated goal, and winning the nomination for Dr. Paul at said convention will require extensive politicking” said Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s campaign chairman. And if Ron Paul can’t get the nomination? “We’re looking potentially for Ron to be the vice presidential nominee” said Benton. A cabinet position or major changes to the party platform are also things the campaign is considering. Continue reading
Ron Paul won the popular vote in the Virgin Islands, but the media is reporting that Romney won. How can this be? In most caucus states, there are two parts to the process. First, the people vote for the candidate of their choice. Then, those who stay for the second part, get to vote for the people that they want to send as delegates, to the convention. Continue reading
Many Ron Paul supporters are feeling discouraged, after what they just witnessed. I am not one of them. I didn’t really expect Paul to win any states on Super Tuesday. Continue reading
“We put a national poll in the field today and [it’s] pretty clear your new leader is Rick Santorum,” said Public Policy Polling on Twitter yesterday. It’s obvious Republicans are still looking for the anti-Romney, or “bizarro” Romney, for the Seinfeld fans. Continue reading
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If you are wondering why it is that Ron Paul is able to energize so many people, and why most of them refuse to go back to voting for the same old politicians, all you have to do is note the difference between Rick Santorum’s speech last night, and Ron Paul’s. Continue reading
I’m writing this right after watching the New England patriots lose to the Giants. I’m not a Football fan at all but I usually catch the Super Bowl game. (The Super Bowl commercials, except for maybe two or three, were awful, by the way)
Anyway, I couldn’t help but think of the similarities between sports fans and people who affiliate themselves with a political party. The reason that people back a particular sports team seems so arbitrary. If you’ve lived in Boston your whole life you’re more likely to be a Patriots fan. If you’re from New York you might be a Giants fan. Other than some irrational loyalty to a geographical region, there really isn’t any philosophical reason why you would back one team over another. Another reason that comes to mind is personality. Yankee fans and players, for example, are sometimes seen as very arrogant, and for that reason, many dislike them. Continue reading