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  • The Ron Paul Phenomenon

    01/03/2012 6:52:23 PM PST · by stolinsky · 28 replies ^ | 01-04-12 | stolinsky
      The Ron Paul Phenomenon David C. Stolinsky Jan. 4, 2012 The strong showing of presidential hopeful Ron Paul is surprising many conservatives, who find his rigid view of the role of government to be narrow, even extreme. They find his former statements and associates to be questionable if not objectionable. They find his plan to cut the military drastically to be reckless. They find his notion that these cuts be executed by associates of George Soros to be dangerous. What next − Jane Fonda as secretary of Defense? Why not? Where, exactly, does Paul’s foreign policy of “blame...
  • Ron Paul, big-government libertarian

    01/03/2012 11:02:47 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01/03/2011 | Marc A. Thiessen
    In a recent column, The Washington Posts Fact Checker declared Rep. Ron Paul a consistent champion of smaller government who votes against virtually every piece of legislation that could be interpreted as government overreach or interference with the free market. There one small problem with the analysis: It ignores the fact that Paul is one of the biggest pork-barrel earmarkers on Capitol Hill. The Texas Republican defends his record, telling Fox Newss Neil Cavuto in a 2009 interview that earmarks is the responsibility of the Congress. We should earmark even more. And besides, he explained, he votes no on all...
  • Get Clean for Ron

    01/03/2012 7:14:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 3, 2012 | W. James Antle, III
    The young Paulistas gathered to receive their marching orders. Get a haircut. Wear a tie. Be polite. Don't gratuitously annoy mainline Republicans. Leave the discussion of political philosophy to the candidate. Your job, they were instructed, is to win votes for Ron Paul. That was the scene as described to me in New York City this summer. Since then, it has become standard operating procedure for the activists once dismissed as the "Ron Paul kids" during their long march through the GOP. "No tats," one young Paul volunteer told the New York Times he was advised. No "fraternizing in the...
  • What Does Christian Libertarianism Look Like?

    01/01/2012 6:20:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12/31/2011 | By Amanda Winkler
    Stereotypes and broad brush labels are common in the current political climate. If someone says they believe homosexuality is a sin and that drugs ignite societal problems, they would almost immediately be placed in the Christian right-wing category. If another person says that the government should not be in the marriage business and that drugs should be decriminalized, then that person would likely be labeled a liberal. But what if a person believes both sides of the argument? Enter the Christian libertarian. A Christian libertarian is generally aligned with the core moral beliefs of Christian conservatives but emphasizes free will...
  • Ron Paul Is a Libertarian Double Agent for the Democratic Party

    12/30/2011 11:51:01 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 18 replies
    Indecision Forever Blog ^ | 12/29/2011 | Dennis DiClaudio
    Highly-conservative former U.S. Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt has done the leg work. He's connected the dots. He's put two and two together. He's milked the monkey for its simian wisdom. And he's finally willing to make public his shocking discovery: The Ron Paul campaign is little more than an insidious conspiracy between the libertarians and Democrats who, as everybody knows, love each other to take over the Republican Party "In Iowa, the only reason Ron Paul is polling so high is because hes getting crossover votes from the left-wing. And there are people who are trying to sabotage...
  • To Get Ron Paul's Insanity, You Have To Understand Libertarianism

    12/30/2011 8:49:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/30/2011 | Don Feder
    To "get" Ron Paul you have to understand libertarianism -- an ism every bit as delusional as Marxism. The National Libertarian Party, which first ran a presidential candidate in 1972, hasn't had many wins -- electing 4 state legislators in as many decades, as well as a planning commissioner here and an alderman there. Ron Paul is its greatest success. The Texas congressman is far and away the most prominent proponent of what I like to call rightwing utopianism. Libertarianism is to authentic conservatism what Barack Obama is to 19th century liberalism. Inspired by Ayn Rand (Ron named his son,...
  • A Libertarian Year Ahead?

    12/28/2011 6:25:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 28, 2011 | John Stossel
    As 2011 draws to a close, I wonder: Is freedom winning? Did America become freer this year? Less free? How about the rest of the world? I'm a pessimist. I fear Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." That's what's happened. Bush and Obama doubled spending and increased regulation. Government's intrusiveness is always more, never less. The state grows, and freedom declines. But there were bright spots. We don't yet know what will become of what people call the Arab Spring. But this year, for...
  • Ron Pauls Novel Coalition Faces Its Major Moment in Iowa

    12/27/2011 11:35:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Time ^ | December 27, 2011 | Adam Sorensen
    Go to any Ron Paul event and the audience is part of the tale. Theyre younger, rowdier, more socially diverse than Republican rally regulars. Any one of them might have driven across the state to see Paul speak or be able to riff at length about Austrian economic theory. Any one of them also might be a Democrat or an independent, a fact thats poised to play a big role in Pauls story in 2012. ...The fact that roughly half of Pauls primary supporters are Democrats or independents is probably an asset in selling his general election viability, which his...
  • Ex-Aide Says Ron Paul Is a 9/11 Truther & Isolationist Who Thinks U.S. Shouldn't Have Fought Hitler

    12/26/2011 10:06:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 26, 2011 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    A former Ron Paul staffer named Eric Dondero, who worked closely with the Texas congressman and presidential candidate over the course of 15 years, has issued a statement in which he both defends his old boss from charges of racism and anti-Semitism and reveals damning new details about about the "sheer lunacy of [Paul's] foreign policy views". First, Dondero claims that his old boss is such an extreme isolationist that "he strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that 'saving the Jews,' was absolutely...
  • Goldwater Institute an Aggressive Conservative Watchdog

    12/26/2011 9:41:02 AM PST · by inkling · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec. 25, 2011 | Marc Lacey
    Clint Bolick looks like any other high-powered lawyer, for the most part. But glance down at his index finger, which sports a scorpion tattoo, for first-hand evidence of his unconventional streak.Mr. Bolick has fought for the right of Arizonans to have their toes nibbled. After successfully defending a tattoo artist, he celebrated by having himself inked. From his perch here at the Goldwater Institute, a high-powered libertarian think tank, Mr. Bolick has even picked a fight with an entire professional hockey team.From a conservative point of view, there is no end to the government interference in individual liberties going on...
  • Left for Hillsdale College as conservative, returned Paulie. (vanity)

    12/24/2011 12:55:37 PM PST · by carjic · 126 replies · 1+ views
    Sorry for the vanity. My son has returned from Left for Hillsdale College 1 1/2 years ago as a conservative and returned as a rabid Paul Supporter. (vanity)I am despondent after debating with him. He is lost.
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Vote for my dad ("He won't falter, he won't bend"). Watch Video

    12/23/2011 7:11:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/23/2011 | Allahpundit
    Effective. A filial endorsement is endearing, if predictable, and Rand’s already prominent enough as a national figure that his stamp of approval qualifies as a rare “mainstream” thumbs up for his pop. The message is smart, too: No policy specifics, just a promise that Ron will stick to his principles because that’s what he’s been doing for 50 years. True enough; whatever his other faults, the fear that President Paul would “evolve” in office is absolute zero. Quite a contrast with the likely nominee.They’re going for the Iowa tea-party vote here, I take it, but I don’t know how helpful...
  • Is Ron Paul A Republican or a Libertarian?

    12/22/2011 12:33:42 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 31 replies
    WeArePolitics ^ | 12/21/2011 | Bill Knowles
    Thanks to glowing commentary from Ron Paul suppporters I have been called a coward, a traitor, a neocon, a nazi, that I'm sick and a 'demeanor' of the modern day Thomas Jefferson all because I said what a lot of Republicans are thinking but won't say: Ron Paul is a Libertarian and not a Republican. (For the record, with due respect to the Congressman, Ron Paul couldn't hold Thomas Jefferson's quill pen.) Congressman Paul turned his back on the GOP in 1987 and resigned. Instead of trying to fix the problems that he cites in his resignation, he bolts and...
  • The Ideal Republican Candidate

    12/18/2011 7:02:37 PM PST · by stolinsky · 11 replies ^ | 12-19-11 | stolinsky
      The Ideal Republican Candidate David C. Stolinsky Dec. 19, 2011 Many people are arguing about which of the current Republican candidates is preferable. But the bottom line is that none of them is ideal. If one were ideal, there would be a lot less arguing. So the first thing to do is to determine what is the ideal. If we can agree on that, we will be able to tell which candidate comes closest. The ideal candidate is a conservative. Yes, but what is conservative? To me, a conservative is one who is firmly grounded in Judeo-Christian and...
  • Ron Paul Takes Swipes at GOP Rivals, Says Michele Bachmann Hates Muslims

    12/18/2011 1:16:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    ABC ^ | December 17, 2011 | Jason M. Volack
    Ron Paul has gone Hollywood. Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday, the presidential hopeful took a swipe at his GOP rivals telling the crowd that Michele Bachmann hates Muslims. When asked by host Jay Leno what he thought of his rivals, Paul shook his head, slowed his voice and said, she doesnt like Muslims, she hates them, she wants to go get em in reference to the comments Bachmann has made on the campaign trail over her willingness to attack Iran over its suspected nuclear program. Bachmann, who is campaigning today in Iowa, rejected Pauls comments....
  • Ron Paul: All We Are Doing Is Promoting Iran's Desire To Have a Nuclear Weapon

    12/16/2011 3:04:45 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 31 replies
    HotAirPundit ^ | DECEMBER 16, 2011 | HotAirPundit
    This man is a rambling fool. Ron Paul's answer on the question of Iran is so far removed from common sense it isn't even funny. Bret Baier points out that his position is to the left of Barack Obama. Take a look at this video and keep in mind, Glenn Beck would consider voting for this clown over Newt Gingrich. Here's the video : Ron Paul Republican Iowa Debate on Iran
  • 3 Impolite Facts About Ron Paul I Hope Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter Mention Next Time

    12/16/2011 10:18:39 AM PST · by mnehring · 46 replies · 1+ views
    1. Pauls intellectual mentor Murray Rothbard was the founder of anarcho-capitalism and opposed the legitimacy of all nation-states, including ours. 2. Paul openly proclaims himself a revival of the Old Right, the movement which opposed our entry in World War II. He and his followers proudly reject the New Right tradition established by William F. Buckley Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Barry Goldwater. When I was deciding whether or not to run for President as a Republican, I re-read Justin RaimondosReclaiming the American Rightand it gave me hopethat the anti-interventionist, pro-liberty Old Right, which had once dominated the party, could and...
  • Gary Johnson to Announce Libertarian Switch Tomorrow

    12/14/2011 2:37:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Johnson has told a reporter that this is something hes looking at and that he will be in New York tomorrow to do as many media appearances as they can wind me up and send me in that direction. But he said he wasnt announcing the switch tomorrow. Stephen Gordon, who identifies himself as the Southern Regional Director of the Gary Johnson 2012 campaign, told me: I personally spoke with Governor Johnson a couple of days ago and outlined many of the pros and cons of running for the LPs presidential nomination. Its my opinion that certain senior leaders within...
  • Ron Paul: Legalizing Marijuana Is a State's Constitutional Right

    12/14/2011 3:36:46 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 173 replies · 2+ views ^ | May 19, 2009 | Dennis DiClaudio
    Ron Paul: Legalizing Marijuana Is a State's Constitutional Right Ron Paul recently told all 23 members of Air America's listening audience that he is strongly in support of state sovereignty concerning the legalization of the sticky icky pot weed… He said that he believes that the U.S. Constitution gives the fifty states the right to legalize hemp production or marijuana. He said the issue was a matter of personal liberty but added that drug users should not be entitled to government-funded treatment if they abuse legalized drugs. Not in a free market America, they shouldn't. That would make them...
  • Paul Could Lead From Behind

    12/13/2011 1:53:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 13, 2011 | GERALD F. SEIB
    Ron Paul is the wild card in the Republican presidential deckand that makes him one of the most important cards of all right now. ....If Mr. Paul does well in Iowa, he could so muddy the waters that there is no clear winner. An inconclusive outcome would be a boon for Mr. Romney, who hasn't done all that well in Iowa, and who is counting much more heavily on winning the New Hampshire primary a week later. A murky Iowa result would reduce any momentum the upstart Mr. Gingrich might enjoy heading into New Hampshire. New Hampshire, in turn, is...