Skip to comments.Paul backers make their presence known (Disingenuous supporters crash Hunter rally)
Posted on 09/01/2007 12:48:20 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
FORT WORTH -- Rep. Ron Paul wasn't there for most of the first day of the Republican straw poll Friday, but his presence was felt everywhere.
In the "Ron Paul" placards people carried throughout downtown.
In the T-shirt likeness of him that supporters wore around the Fort Worth Convention Center.
In the signs posted in front of the convention center, on vehicles parked there and on some downtown businesses such as Four Star Coffee Bar.
Paul, of Surfside, didn't make it into Fort Worth until his night rally downtown. Nonetheless, he was a candidate who was impossible to ignore.
"We're going to surround the area as more people come," said Paul supporter Christopher Laskoski of Fort Worth. "You will see more ground support for Ron Paul than any other candidate."
Paul supporters are typically proud of their outsider status, but they yearn for mainstream media attention for him as a top contender for the GOP presidential nomination. Several, including Paul's son, Benbrook doctor Robert Paul, believe that their candidate would be one of the front-runners if the media gave Paul, a Texas congressman and former Libertarian presidential nominee, the attention they think he deserves.
Some Paul volunteers have complained about who can vote in today's poll.
The rules require straw poll delegates to have been a delegate or alternate to a recent GOP convention. But delegates can bring guests, and Paul supporters are trying to persuade delegates to take Paul supporters in with them to the candidate speeches that begin this morning.
"While we may not win the actual straw poll vote, we want to outnumber any of the other candidates' support to show that he has a strong chance in the actual primary, where all of the people in attendance will be able to vote," volunteer Clayton Slade of Richardson said.
They were outside the convention center Friday, many decked out in orange T-shirts with Paul's likeness saying: "Who is this man? And why is he going to win the Texas Straw Poll?"
In the afternoon, about 30 supporters crashed a rally that Rep. Duncan Hunter, a presidential hopeful from California, held outside the Water Gardens. As Hunter spoke to 50 Republicans about supporting the troops, Paul supporters stood just feet away, holding up Ron Paul signs.
"We're not necessarily against Duncan Hunter. We're just here to support Ron Paul," said Robert Brushaber of Austin.
Why are they using leftist-style tactics?
As I’ve said all along. I personally like Ron Paul a great deal (I still disagree about the war) but some of the people who support him are only harming him.
Paul himself is a good man.
All I will say is that it would be best to let every candidate be heard. Then let their arguements rise or fall on their own merrits.
There will be time to challenge what others have said. I don’t think raising an opponents signs in the midst of the supporters of another candidate is going to win friends.
yuck... The nail just drives a little deeper.
>Why are they using leftist-style tactics?<
Let’s see. George Soros’s MoveOn Org.?
The headline in parentheses is misleading. "Crashing" the rally would mean going into an area reserved for the rally. It's my understanding this was an open-air affair in a public garden.
Paul supporters stood just feet away, holding up Ron Paul signs.
At least they were in a public area and apparently didn't disrupt the Hunter rally by saying anything.
Very disgraceful on their part.
I agree. Their actions were in very poor taste.
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: Speech highlights
The candidates have spoken. Now its up to the delegates. Here's a look at what some of the contenders said.
"Right now, Texas, the eyes of the United States are on you," he said. "Do you want to send a message to politiicans, to Americans ... that we are so fed up that we want to send a guy who wants to work for a living there to Washington?"
"We can bring real ideas...back to the Republican Party," he said. "We want solutins, no celebrities. We want results, not rhetoric ... So I'm asking for your support today."
"I'm a strong defender of individual liberty," Paul said. "Personal choices means tolerance against other people as long as theyre not hurting us.
"I am a strong defender of the right to life of all living human beings," he said, adding that a vote for him is a "vote for the constitution, a vote for limited government."
"Until 9/11, I was just a happy psychiatrist and when 9/11 happened, it horrified me and all of us," Cort said.
Citing different sources, Cort said with certainty that Osama Bin Laden has snuck "suitcase nukes" into the U.S.
"He wants to blow up ten American cities with nuclear devices like we blew up Hiroshima," Cort said.
Cort received a mix of cheers and boos when he called for bombing Iran but made it up to the crowd when he promised his first acts as president would be to ban abortion and homosexual marriage.
He said he wants U.S. troops to leave Iraq the "right way" and he promised to build the entire 864-mile border fence in his first six months in office.
Hunter told the crowd that his grandson, also named Duncan, is even helping him campaign, telling people "my grandpa is going to be president. Now, can I count on your vote?"
-- Anna M. Tinsley and Aman
9:08 a.m.: Monkeys for Ron Paul
With two police escorts on bicycles, Ron Paul's supporters finished their march to the Convention Center and are now rallying outside the delegates' entrance. Several buses and RVs passed by covered in Ron Paul signs.
According to one of our correspondents, a live monkey could clearly be seen in the window of one of the Ron Paul RVs.
-- Aman Batheja
“Paul himself is a good man.”
Then he seriously and firmly and PUBLICLY need to distance himself from the loonies and instruct his supporters to act in a seemly fashion.
If FRudy McRomneyson represents the Kennedy wing of the Republican party, Ron Paul represents the Andrew Jackson wing.
Thanks for the report.
I am not convinced I’d be in favor of a psychologist for president. Jimmy Carter’s fireside chat was about as close as I ever want to get.
As a Hunter supporter I agree.
Who’s the psychologist? Ron Paul is an obstetrician, but I am not aware of any candidate who is a psychologist. Please enlighten me.
See Hugh Cort post #11....
>>>Very disgraceful on their part.
Hey, they got Duncan Hunter and Ron Paul in some more google hits.
And to coin Robert Brushaber of Austin:
“I’m not necessarily against Ron Paul. I’m just for Duncan Hunter”
Bump for Duncan Hunter worthy.
No one trashing anyone one and more text to feed the search engines.
Not just kooks, but jerks, too.
“We’re not necessarily against Duncan Hunter. We’re just here to support Ron Paul,” said Robert Brushaber of Austin.”
Then support Ron Paul at a Ron Paul function. Mail him some money. Leave our threads and rallies alone, please.
Who are you talking about?
The single most-successful fundraiser of the Ron Paul 2008 campaign took place last night in Highland Park, Texas (Dallas). The event was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Huffines.
The Huffines family opened their beautiful home and graciously hosted many supporters of Dr. Paul's. The evening ended with $102,000 donated to Dr. Paul's presidential campaign!
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.ronpaul2008.com ...
>>>Then support Ron Paul at a Ron Paul function.
Psst. It got press coverage ;)
“Psst. It got press coverage ;)”
Thanks. You & Sun are always pointing out the silver lining I miss. : )
“”Some on DU like him. Some don’t.
The times that I have heard him on Air America the enthusiasm for him is almost 100%.
Here at FR he pulls 6.5% among members, have you seen any poll numbers for him at DemocratUnderground, I would assume his support there might be higher.
“...30 supporters crashed a rally that Rep. Duncan Hunter, a presidential hopeful from California, held outside the Water Gardens. As Hunter spoke to 50 Republicans about supporting the troops, Paul supporters stood just feet away, holding up Ron Paul signs. We’re not necessarily against Duncan Hunter. We’re just here to support Ron Paul,” said Robert Brushaber of Austin. To further cement their friendliness, as Hunter led his audience in a rendition of God Bless America, Paul supporters quickly joined in.” - article
What exactly is the objection here? That Paul supporters with placards appeared at a Hunter rally? IF holding signs in proximity to political opponents is unfair, there are many hundreds of FreeRepublic posts praising and even coordinating “unfair” activities.
My first hand experience with Paul backers is that:
a) most are not republicans
b) most are not conservatives
Paulestinians are as disgusting as their leader.
“We’re not necessarily against Duncan Hunter. We’re just here to support Ron Paul,” said Robert Brushaber of Austin.
Then throw your own freakin party you cheap bastards!
Only one monkey? I guess it was better than a dead monkey. Texas heat can't be too good for an animal locked up in an RV with no A/C running.
2004 - Log Cabin Congratulates Our Victorious Candidates (2004)
So he is absolutely no conservative.
I looked further into his endorsements and found he is also backed by the VelvetRevolution.us
Soros has made grants available for Velvet Revolutions oversees and here.
THEY are pretty scary.
41.1% Duncan Hunter (534 votes)
20.5% Fred Thompson (266 votes)
16.17% Ron Paul (217 votes)
6.4% Mike Huckabee (83 votes)
6% Rudy Giuliani (78 votes)
4.7% Mitt Romney (61 votes)
2.2% Ray McKinney (28 votes)
.77% John Cox (10 votes)
.62% John McCain (8 votes)
.46% Sam Brownback (6 votes)
.46% Tom Tancredo (6 votes)
.23% Hugh Cort (3 votes)
Here you go:
George Soros and America’s
Coming Election Crisis
Part 1: Velvet Revolution, USA By Richard Poe
Wikipedia has some pretty accurate info on the Velvet Revolutions overseas too.
Follow the money.
Who gives a fart about you? Where's Ron Paul's condemnation of these scumbags? Your schizoid dorky hero better get control of his campaign. When you court moonbats you have to be answerable for the consequences.
By J B Williams:
Despite the fact that presidential candidate Ron Paul can not score better than 3% in any legitimate national poll, his supporters claim he is the conservative candidate to beat in the 2008 Republican race for the White House. Despite his less than conservative voting record in congress and his Teddy Kennedy like position on the war on terror in Iraq, his supporters think he is the most conservative candidate in the race. How?
On the Issues - Not strong on life -
Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
Not strong on traditional Marriage
Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Jul 2006)
Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
Not strong on crime and punishment
Opposes the death penalty. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
Not strong on fighting the drug problem
Legalize industrial hemp. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
Not strong on free religious speech or private schooling options
Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
Not strong on national security and sovereignty
Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
Military aggressiveness weakens our national defense. (May 2007)
Criticizes use of war on terror to curtail civil liberties. (Jan 2007)
Opposes Patriot Act & Iraq War. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
Not strong on government reform and campaign transparency
Voted NO on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Not strong on Second Amendment Rights
Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
Voted NO on prohibiting suing gun makers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
Not strong in the war on terror
We’re more threatened now by staying in Iraq. (Jun 2007)
We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all. (May 2007)
Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon. (May 2007)
Intervention abroad incites hatred & attacks like 9/11. (May 2007)
When we go to war carelessly, the wars don’t end. (May 2007)
Voted against war because Iraq was not a national threat. (May 2007)
Opposes Iraq war and opposes path toward Iran war. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
Voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
I can keep going, but you can go look for yourself if you need more information. I think this is more than enough to explain why liberal Democrats are supporting Ron Paul for President. Hes better aligned with their thinking than either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
The question is - why are some self-styled Republicans supporting him and why are they willing to adopt the liberal practice of manipulating on-line polls and trashing other conservative candidates in order to promote what is clearly not a conservative candidate?
In 1992, a similar set of events were underway, both liberal-tarian Republicans with an isolationist national security outlook and a desire to end all federal spending not aimed at benefiting them personally, worked together with liberal Democrats who shared those same all about me values to promote a third party candidate named Ross Perot. Together, they seated President Bill Clinton with less than 47% of the popular vote, against the will of more than 53% of voters.
A friend and fellow writer recently pointed out that libertarians are actually just social liberals who dont want any of their money used to fund the natural consequences of a socially liberal society. They pretend to be conservatives, when all they really are is money conscious liberals with an isolationist view of the world they live in.
Ron Paul provides a perfect example. Like Ross Perot, the notion of ending all unconstitutional international spending and reducing taxes is appealing to both liberals and libertarians. Withdrawing from the world for monetary reasons might prove to be deadly, but it will result in temporary reduced spending and eventually lower taxes and that is the real goal.
Ron Paul claims to be Americas constitutionalist. Im a constitutionalist, a strong supporter of the American ideals so carefully crafted by our founders more than 200 years ago. So, why am I at odds with Ron Paul?
First, hes not a constitutionalist, except when it serves his political agenda which is that of an isolationist liberal-tarian, not a conservative. When he is playing constitutionalist, as in the case of the war on terror (specifically in Iraq), he is a foolish constitutionalist. He claims that the constitution somehow prevents us from protecting our national security interests abroad. He also fails to recognize that the national security threats are much different today, as compared to those present in 1776.
He has recently stated that America should have declared war before going into Iraq, and I agree. But in October of 2002, March of 2004 and June of 2006, he voted against such a notion. He has claimed that the Hussein regime posed no national security threat to America, despite the many efforts by the Hussein regime to specifically threaten America over the years. He also ignores the fact that congress has failed to declare war in ever military action since WWII, though they authorized military action in every case except Kosovo under Clinton.
Ron Paul uses the pieces of the constitution that serve his political agenda, while overlooking the fundamental concepts throughout our founding documents, a right to Life, Liberty, pursuit of Happiness, security, sovereignty, morality, public decency and personal freedom.
So again, why are some Republicans willing to use extreme tactics like poll manipulation and fellow conservative candidate bashing in order to promote such a liberal candidate?
Its easy to figure out why liberal Democrats are supporting Ron Paul. Hes anti-war, pro- marijuana, pro- gay rights and abortion under the guise of privacy, pro- gun control, anti-trade and an isolationist who believes that America is the bad guy around the globe, rather than the generous beacon of freedom that has liberated more people than all other nations combined. He is a liberal of the blame America first, last and often sort. He is perfect for liberals who believe in all the same things
Now try explaining why any Republicans support him? When you are through studying the views of his supporters, you will find that they have two common values, a strong anti-war isolationist view of world events and a deep love of their money.
At the end of the day, Ron Paul supporters on both sides of the political aisle are driven by only two beliefs and one motivating factor. They are anti-war because they are anti-tax. They do not look beyond the agenda to reduce or eliminate taxes to see the consequences of the decisions they make. They would bring the war on terror abroad right to our own doorstep to save a few tax dollars and that allows Ron Paul to appeal to anti-war voters from the far left and the far right.
Thankfully, he has never appealed to more than 3% in any legitimate national poll. Sadly, his supporters will continue attacking all real conservatives and manipulating all on-line polls to cause further confusion and divisions among conservative voters.
The DNC is working behind the scenes to make him the Ross Perot of 2008, because no Democrat candidate can win unless the conservative vote is divided. Hillary Clinton can not get 50% of the vote in a general election and Barack Obama can not get even 40%. Republicans must be divided for Democrats to win.
Thats what the Ron Paul campaign is all about
Check out the fourth candidate in this offering...
BTW, he’s a psychiatrist not a psycologist (my mistake).
Please see post 11 this thread. BTW, it was a psychiatrist, not a psycologist (my mistake).
Thats what the Ron Paul campaign is all about
Unfortunately, I think you are right.
Pauls a liar and a traitor, IMHO.
I haven't checked. I've just noticed that he has support on DU. Scary.
Oh Hugh Cort! I thought you were speaking about Ron Paul.
I honestly never heard of Hugh Cort before today’s straw poll. And I’m a news junky :)
You would think they are democrats or atleast using the democratic playbook.