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Ron Paul raises millions in today's Boston Tea Party event ($3.2 million @ 3:00 EST)
Boston Globe ^ | 12/16/07 | Michael Levenson

Posted on 12/16/2007 11:57:44 AM PST by traviskicks

On Nov. 5, supporters of Ron Paul raked in more than $4.2 million in donations in 24 hours, mostly of them collected over the Internet.

Today, they're at it again. Hoping to detonate what they call a "money bomb," the supporters started fundraising at midnight Saturday and have already raised $2 million as of about 10:30 a.m. today, more than at this point on Nov. 5, according to figures they posted online. They hope to collect a total of $10 million by midnight Sunday.

Last time, they tied their fundraising to Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates a British mercenary who tried unsuccesfully to kill King James I on Nov. 5, 1605. This time, they're seizing on the 234th aniversary of the Boston Tea Party and converging on this snowy city to rally.

They plan on gathering on the State House steps at 1 p.m. and parading down to Faneuil Hall, where they will listen to speeches in tune with Paul's libertarian platform. Speakers will include the Republican presidential candidate's son, Dr. Rand Paul, an eye surgeon, and Carla Howell, the libertarian who ran unsuccesfully for governor in 2002.

There are also plans to dump some tea (or at least some boxes labeled tea) into the Harbor, though the details were still sketchy as of this morning.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


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This will be the most raised by any candidate in one day ever. A truly historic day for the American people, the individual, and the cause of liberty. Paul has raised $14.7 million this quarter as of 3:00 EST, which already will be more than any other Republican candidate.
1 posted on 12/16/2007 11:57:46 AM PST by traviskicks
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ...
This will be the most raised by any candidate in one day ever and Paul will have raised more than any other Republican candidate this quarter.



Libertarian ping! To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here.
2 posted on 12/16/2007 11:58:46 AM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: traviskicks

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There are also plans to dump some tea (or at least some boxes labeled tea) into the Harbor, though the details were still sketchy as of this morning.
“”””

I would LOL if he get’s fined.


3 posted on 12/16/2007 12:00:40 PM PST by bahblahbah (conservative confessional reformed evangelical yadda yadda yadda christian against huckamania)
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To: traviskicks

How many $1000 fund raiser lunches has Paul had?


4 posted on 12/16/2007 12:02:09 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: traviskicks

‘presidential candidate’s son, Dr. Rand Paul’

Did not know that. Interesting, from Ayn, correct?


5 posted on 12/16/2007 12:02:50 PM PST by BGHater (If Guns Cause Crime Then Matches Cause Arson?)
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To: traviskicks

My comments are colored by my not supporting Ron Paul, but does it matter how much money he raises?

I wish him luck in one respect; the Republicans and Democrats have become unresponsive to the wishes of their constituents and need a boot in their collective ass’. Maybe Paul can do this.

But does anyone really believe Paul can outright win?


6 posted on 12/16/2007 12:04:20 PM PST by live+let_live
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To: traviskicks

Just curious... What happens to the money he has raised after the primaries are over and Ron Paul is not the candidate?


7 posted on 12/16/2007 12:05:17 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: traviskicks
Ron Paul raked in more than $4.2 million

For what?

8 posted on 12/16/2007 12:05:35 PM PST by jaz.357 (O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!)
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To: George W. Bush
ping

As you know, Ron Paul meetups across the country are throwing 'tea party events' like this one in Boston; our meetup is having a pretty big (few hundred expected) protest here in Las Vegas, outside the IRS building. Of course, we are going to advocate its abolition (FR link) and throw tea bags on the steps, or maybe in the sand, some are going to dress in colonial gear, I think have some flutes and such. :)

Even got some good news coverage:

IRS defense attorney to speak at Ron Paul rally in Las Vegas
9 posted on 12/16/2007 12:06:33 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: live+let_live
No, but the libs love him, because he takes the attention off from the real candidates.. just like McVain and a couple others...
10 posted on 12/16/2007 12:07:07 PM PST by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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To: traviskicks

Damn, those Neo Nazis can raise tons of money. /sarcasm


11 posted on 12/16/2007 12:10:00 PM PST by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: live+let_live
But does anyone really believe Paul can outright win?

No. He should run with Kucinich on the UFO Party platform with a Department of Peace ahd an 1800s style isolationism. I suspect these "money dumps" are being funded by Soros, in the hope that this nut job will be the GOP nominee, thus reducing Republican turnout to the 5 libertarian-contrarians who support him.

12 posted on 12/16/2007 12:10:57 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: traviskicks

Paul is a RINO moonbat and so are his deluded supporters.


13 posted on 12/16/2007 12:15:35 PM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

“Paul is a RINO “

That is funny as hell. Think that one up on your own or steal it from someone else?


14 posted on 12/16/2007 12:17:21 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

My guess is that at least half of them are cut and run Democrats.


15 posted on 12/16/2007 12:19:37 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

It’s called reality. Paul’s foreign policy stances are in tandem with Cindy Sheehan.


16 posted on 12/16/2007 12:19:42 PM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: live+let_live
But does anyone really believe Paul can outright win?

Personally, I think Paul will have a much harder time winning the Republican nomination than the general election. Politically speaking (regardless of how one feels), he is on the right side of the likely two biggest issues in this election, the war in Iraq, and immigration. Republicans will be hurt on the war and Democrats on immigration. He will get more of the black vote, much more, than any Republican, due to his anti police state anti WOD message. This is crucial to winning elections.

Another factor is that he has all these volunteers, over 75,000 meetup members that will work fanatically for him, but not for any other Republican candidate. Many, like myself, will vote for another Republican, but not volunteer for one. This grassroots activism is what wins elections.

The last thing going for him is the $$$ raising; in this election the internet has come alive, it has reached the 'tipping point' where no longer lobbyists and bundlers who want special access and favors control who gets elected, but the message itself becomes ever important, as the people themselves begin to choose the candidate. In a general election Paul's support will continue to grow and his fundraising become more and more prolific, while the lobbyists and special interests gravitate towards Hillary or Obama. This will be the showdown, and I think we will win.

A final point is that freedom and liberty is a message of truth, and it has become cliche, but it really does bring people together, and many Democrats and independents will support Paul, as many do now, and this will take away from the Democratic base. Some Republicans may not like Paul all that much, due to perceived WOT weaknesses but will probably hold their noses and vote d/t the alternative of ever expanding American socialism under the Democrats. And who doesn't want to get rid of the IRS! I think, if packaged right, its a political winner even on the (D) side.
17 posted on 12/16/2007 12:20:35 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: live+let_live

I don’t think he can win (nor would I necessarily want him to), but I’m glad to see him making some waves and demonstrating that there is substantial support among the voting public for actually shrinking government. Helps expose the Big Two parties for what they really are: promoters of more and more government.


18 posted on 12/16/2007 12:22:13 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: CMailBag

The Freepers who support Paul are in the minority. I understand their utter devotion to libertarianism - even if it means supporting a candidate that wants to surrender in Iraq.

But, the majority of Paul’s supporters are not interested in limited government or individualism. They only care for his anti-war, anti-Israel and anti-Bush stances. That is why he is attracting seemingly disparate groups - from neo-Nazis to Buchananites to 9/11 Truthers to Code Pinkers.


19 posted on 12/16/2007 12:24:39 PM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: traviskicks

Regardless of your views on Dr. Paul it is astounding to see a candidate get this much financial support in such a short period of time. All this by people who are genuinely interested and not affialiated with the campaign. Has any other candidate this year accomplished anything close?


20 posted on 12/16/2007 12:26:44 PM PST by JediHal (DON"T PANIC! (from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"))
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To: traviskicks

It sure is easy to suck money out of suckers these days.

Now all “Dr.” (hahahaha) Paul has to do is figure out how to hide it for his golden years, because it sure isn’t going to BUY the presidency for him, otherwise Soros would be president.


21 posted on 12/16/2007 12:33:15 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: West Coast Conservative
"They only care for his anti-war, anti-Israel and anti-Bush stances. That is why he is attracting seemingly disparate groups - from neo-Nazis to Buchananites to 9/11 Truthers to Code Pinkers."

Gee did he also say that Jesus and the devil were brothers?

22 posted on 12/16/2007 12:34:40 PM PST by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
"“Paul is a RINO “

That is funny as hell. Think that one up on your own or steal it from someone else?

HA! but you're not denying that he's a moonbat. Intersesting...

23 posted on 12/16/2007 12:36:57 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: ex-snook
"They only care for his anti-war, anti-Israel and anti-Bush stances. That is why he is attracting seemingly disparate groups - from neo-Nazis to Buchananites to 9/11 Truthers to Code Pinkers."

I don't see how "Jesus and Satan were brothers" fits into that at all.

But as far as RP supporters goes, that pretty much covers them. Except they forgot to add Michal Moore lovers, but that includes all the above anyways.

24 posted on 12/16/2007 12:41:27 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: West Coast Conservative
But, the majority of Paul’s supporters are not interested in limited government or individualism. They only care for his anti-war, anti-Israel and anti-Bush stances. They only care for his anti-war, anti-Israel and anti-Bush stances. That is why he is attracting seemingly disparate groups - from neo-Nazis to Buchananites to 9/11 Truthers to Code Pinkers

Talk about conspiracy theories. You really need to stop watching Fox News and get out a bit.

On second thought, don't. They're all out to get you. Seriously. Heard Sean Hannity say it himself. Stay home on primary day. Some of us (actual Paul supporters, not the ones in your head) will be getting out and vote to return freedom and liberty to this nation

25 posted on 12/16/2007 12:43:37 PM PST by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: hsalaw

P.T. Barnum proven correct once again...SUCKERS!


26 posted on 12/16/2007 12:44:21 PM PST by Sudetenland (Liberals love "McCarthyism," they just believe he was targeting the wrong side.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Actually I suspect that a majority of his support comes from the potheads...you know maaannn! Dude pass that one over here and lets call in a pledge for another $200.00.


27 posted on 12/16/2007 12:47:24 PM PST by Sudetenland (Liberals love "McCarthyism," they just believe he was targeting the wrong side.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Paul is a RINO moonbat and so are his deluded supporters.


I’m a Conservative supporting Fred, and your statement is loonier than the looniest of the Paul supporters.


28 posted on 12/16/2007 12:49:27 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, I won't chip away at them" -Mitt Romney)
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To: traviskicks
Can Ron Paul Win? I don't know; I would like to see him win--especially with such a corrupt system as we have. I am not responsible for his winning or losing--I am responsible for my vote.
Semper Fidelis!

www.spreadtheword2008.com

29 posted on 12/16/2007 12:49:47 PM PST by gunnyg
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To: billbears

Are you denying that the 9/11 Truthers, StormFronters and antiwar.com folks support Paul?

And I don’t watch Fox News or listen to Hannity. But I am curious to why you criticize both? Usually Fox and Hannity are the favorite targets of Democrats and liberals. Are you going to tell me to stop listening to Rush too?


30 posted on 12/16/2007 12:52:40 PM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: traviskicks

anti-war nuts in action.. Round 2?

why don’t they spend their hard-earned dough on their families and give some to their local charities instead of chasing pipe dreams.(maybe it’s what’s in their pipes that contributes to this campaign, I guess)


31 posted on 12/16/2007 12:55:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICEs toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: traviskicks

I guess the weather’ll keep the blimp out of the air. It looks positively miserable in Baaaahston today.

I wish some of the other Republican candidates would think outside the fundraising box the way that the Paulestinians do. I don’t support the guy, and I can’t forgive him for going after Code Pink harder than he’s gone after small-government conservatives, but I’ll say one thing—his supporters are really, really creative, and are showing McPain-Feingold up for the travesty that it really is.

}:-)4


32 posted on 12/16/2007 12:56:39 PM PST by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: Beelzebubba

How is it any more loony than calling Rudy, Huckabee or McCain RINOs?


33 posted on 12/16/2007 12:56:47 PM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
But, the majority of Paul’s supporters are not interested in limited government or individualism. They only care for his anti-war, anti-Israel and anti-Bush stances. That is why he is attracting seemingly disparate groups - from neo-Nazis to Buchananites to 9/11 Truthers to Code Pinkers.

And this, to me, is the saddest thing about a Paul candidacy. He's got some really strong ideas about limiting the scope and power of the government. If he'd pull his head out of the sand and take a look at the threats we're facing around the world, and realize that we CAN'T simply disengage and return to some isolationist fantasy world, I'd be a lot closer to getting behind him.

But his campaign, for whatever reasons, has really been playing up his anti-war stand at the expense of everything else. You can't convince me that moonbats marching in some "impeach Bush" protest in Berkeley while carrying Ron Paul signs really want to abolish the Department of Education? Or reform Social Security? No. They're supporting Paul because (a) he's spoken out more stridently against the war than virtually any of the Rats except maybe Kookcinich; (b) they think they can screw up the Republicans by putting his name in there; (c) it's the "cool" and "rebellious" thing to do. Pick one or more.

}:-)4

34 posted on 12/16/2007 1:03:34 PM PST by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: traviskicks

As of 4:00 PM he’s raised $15 million for the quarter, $3.5 million today with 12,208 new donors.


35 posted on 12/16/2007 1:03:35 PM PST by JediHal (DON"T PANIC! (from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"))
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To: West Coast Conservative
Are you denying that the 9/11 Truthers, StormFronters and antiwar.com folks support Paul

Not at all. However a very small, small portion contrary to what any 'conservative' writer may insinuate. Shall we go through the supporters now of all candidates? Besides it being too easy, it wouldn't be right to go there. Every candidate has a group of crazy followers and except for these 'reports' from Fox et. al., or a few quotes from reporters digging to find the craziest person on the scene, I'm not seeing it. But again so what?

My point is Dr. Paul's stance is he's going to follow the Constitution. If the voters you named want to vote for him, fine let 'em. Many of them will realize they'll have wasted their vote two years from now since if it isn't in the Constitution, he's not going to do it. Republicans have used the Old Right, Classical Liberals and libertarians for years promising something but yet once in office completely ignoring it.

The difference here is Dr. Paul isn't promising them a single thing. Not one iota to forward their agenda. If it's not in the Constitution they're going to be sorely disappointed. And knowing what the man stands for, I know they'll be disappointed

And I don’t watch Fox News or listen to Hannity. But I am curious to why you criticize both? Usually Fox and Hannity are the favorite targets of Democrats and liberals. Are you going to tell me to stop listening to Rush too?

I know this is going to come as a shock to you but many in the Old Right can level just as much fire against the Republican 'mainstream' for their continued ignorance of the Constitution as any liberal or Democrat can.

36 posted on 12/16/2007 1:05:01 PM PST by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: West Coast Conservative
How is it any more loony than calling Rudy, Huckabee or McCain RINOs?

Cuz Ron Paul would abolish at least half if not more of the Federal government, while those other candidate would grow it. I think the fundemental definition of how conservative a candidate is is how much they would reduce the size, scope, and role of the government. Some, it appears, are so focused on Iraq, they discount all else.
37 posted on 12/16/2007 1:08:01 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: Moose4

I agree 100%. What Dr. Paul’s supporters here on FR don’t seem to understand is that Paul is actually harming the cause of small government conservatism and individualism.

Because his candidacy is so intertwined with being anti-war, isolationist, Alex Jones, neo-Nazis, etc., people are going to automatically connect libertarianism and small-government conservatism with those movements as well.

Look at the two lions of individualism of the 20th century: Reagan and Goldwater. Compare both those men’s foreign policy stances with Paul’s.


38 posted on 12/16/2007 1:10:44 PM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: traviskicks

I found an article from George Will on the Heritage Foundation website:

http://www.heritage.org/About/Essay2004.cfm

It’s a quote from Barry Goldwater:

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”

Here are George Will’s comments afterward:

“Here was a vision of government that aimed to restore the ideas of the Founding Fathers and throw out the welfarist plans of the modern liberals. It was what conservatives believed was still possible in America; it was what liberals believed was hopelessly antiquated and even dangerous.”

I contend that the majority of Americans would balk at this minimalist approach to federal government because they would not be able to obtain largesse from the treasury. It’s “show me the money” for far too many...


39 posted on 12/16/2007 1:13:37 PM PST by JediHal (DON"T PANIC! (from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"))
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
How many $1000 fund raiser lunches has Paul had?

I don't know. I can tell you he's had two $500-1000 a plate fundraisers in the Las Vegas area in the past few months, with 50-80 people showing at each. Here are pics of the most recent event if you're interested. Obviously, he's been raising more online than offline. :)
40 posted on 12/16/2007 1:23:49 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: traviskicks

THe keywords added to this thread are repulsive.

Paul is a lot of things. Neo-nazi is not one of them.


41 posted on 12/16/2007 1:27:49 PM PST by GovernmentIsTheProblem (The GOP is "Whig"ing out.)
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To: billbears

More than a few military people donating today...


42 posted on 12/16/2007 1:34:48 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: jaz.357

For clever college-level stunts like throwing stuff to the sea would be my first guess.


43 posted on 12/16/2007 1:39:04 PM PST by Codename - Ron Benjamin (Pre-emptive, multi-tasking, interrupt control)
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To: Moose4
are showing McPain-Feingold up for the travesty that it really is.

Then you will appreciate this story:

Ron Paul Supporters Hack Campaign Finance Law to Send Blimp Aloft

There was another story somewhere that said RP blimp donors were planning to 'drown the FEC in paper', and all fill out lengthy forms that needed processing just to piss them off, or something to that effect.
44 posted on 12/16/2007 1:45:37 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: hsalaw

I’m not a Paul fan either....but after learning that we have troops in 33 countries, 30 of which hate us, I wish him all the best. Not to mention the rest of the world that we continue to lavish funds upon...with little thanksgiving or appreciation received. Isolationism does have it’s perks. We’d have a lot of money to spend on border patrol/fences, alternative energy development,social security, etc.


45 posted on 12/16/2007 1:49:55 PM PST by cowdog77 (" Are there any brave men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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To: traviskicks

It looks like you people are falling far short of the $10 million that you were supposed to raise.


46 posted on 12/16/2007 1:53:36 PM PST by End Times Crusader (!!!!!!!!!ELECT RON PAUL AS PRESIDENT OR THE WORLD WILL END!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Beelzebubba
"I’m a Conservative supporting Fred, and your statement is loonier than the looniest of the Paul supporters."


I am a Fred supporter as well and I also find that a lot of Paul's detractors are more irrational than many of his supporters. I have some reservations about his view on the threat of Islamic radicalism, but find the "Paul Derangement Syndrome" of some of his detractors to be pathological.
47 posted on 12/16/2007 1:56:41 PM PST by rob777 (Personal Responsibility is the Price of Freedom)
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To: traviskicks
"I think the fundemental definition of how conservative a candidate is is how much they would reduce the size, scope, and role of the government."


That used to be the main criteria for being an "American" conservative. The unfortunate problem is that conservatism is being redefined to make it more compatible with big government. I do not believe that Dr. Paul can get elected, but I would like to see his campaign inspire a movement to once again anchor conservatism in the principle of limited government.
48 posted on 12/16/2007 2:04:37 PM PST by rob777 (Personal Responsibility is the Price of Freedom)
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To: Sudetenland

“Dude pass that one over here and lets call in a pledge for another $200.00.”

Unfortunately this is not a PBS fundraiser. Those aren’t pledges, it is real fiat dollars.


49 posted on 12/16/2007 2:04:47 PM PST by lfrancis
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To: traviskicks

Just proves the economy is great shape for people to waste money like this.


50 posted on 12/16/2007 2:06:06 PM PST by A message (Hunter '08)
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