Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
-- DEATH BY MODERN MEDICINE --
I may as well add a quote for the day: a quote from Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence:
Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an underground dictatorship… To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic… The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
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Thursday, November 15, 2007
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Monday, November 12, 2007
RON PAUL BRINGS PEOPLE OF ALL COLOR/BACKGROUNDS TOGETHER!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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Friday, November 2, 2007
From: DRUMS of WAR
Date: Nov 2, 2007 2:10 AM
Does anyone have the east coast version of the Craig Ferguson show from November first (Thursday night)?
Craig was interviewing Johhny Rotten, and Rotten started talking about his appearance the night before on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Rotten began making hand-gestured Hitler impersonations saying (mocking NBC execs) "Don't talk about the war."
Rotten then began to talk about "Ron Paul, a Republican running for President who has the gall to enjoy "Anarchy in the U.K." Rotten then raised his fist in an apparent salute to Ron Paul and stated "You have an election coming up in 2008 ... it's going to get exciting."
Then, there is a big edit. What's missing?
It jumps from a jubilant Rotten appearing about to speak more about Ron Paul, to a clearly dejected Rotten sitting quietly for Craig's next question... which Rotten jokingly pretends not to hear.
Apparently they had time to kill at the end of the show, as they ran the enitre credits, full-screen at slow speed. I've never seen this on his show. Was it because they had to cut so much of what Rotten said?
And, Ferguson's closing comments indicated he "tried" to interview the Sex Pistols... as if something extraordinary had happened. Nothing extraordinary happened on the west coast fee.
What did Johnny say?
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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
pt. 1 - Ron Paul
Johhny Rotten gives a shout out to Ron during Anarchy in the U.K....
...and according to Lew Rockwell hails Ron as “President Paul”!
pt. 2 - The Sex Pistols
The Ron Paul Rocker Report informs us that “(Lydon) professed his respect for the Dr. on [the] next night's Craig Ferguson [CBS’ Late Late] show” and Clint Barker via MySpace (myspace.com/bassickinstinct) added that Lydon, "made an honorable mention of Ron Paul!!"
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Monday, October 29, 2007
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
When health freedom advocates need a congressman to fight against attempts to restrict access to dietary supplements, they turn to Dr. Ron Paul. Dr. Paul is the leader in Washington who is not afraid to fight the powerful special interests that want to limit access to dietary supplements.
When Dr. Paul learned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was trying to censor truthful health claims by supplement manufacturers, he introduced the Health Freedom Protection Act (H.R. 2117).
"The Health Freedom Protection Act will force the FDA to at last comply with the commands of Congress, the First Amendment, and the American people by codifying the First Amendment standards adopted by the federal courts. Specifically, the Health Freedom Protection Act stops the FDA from censoring truthful claims about the curative, mitigate, or preventative effects of dietary supplements, and adopts the federal court's suggested use of disclaimers as an alternative to censorship. The Health Freedom Protection Act also stops the FDA from prohibiting the distribution of scientific articles and publications regarding the role of nutrients in protecting against disease," Dr. Paul explained.
Our health freedom is also threatened by attempts to "harmonize" American laws with those of other countries, thus forcing Americans to live under European-style restrictions of dietary supplements. Dr. Paul worked to add language to the 1997 FDA Modernization Act forbidding the FDA from harmonizing our rules with those of any other nation.
The primary instrument of "harmonization" is the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a group of international bureaucrats who are developing "health care standards" for the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. The FDA is an enthusiastic participant in the Codex process.
When Dr. Paul learned the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) contained language that might facilitate the imposition of Codex's restrictive standards on American consumers, he informed his congressional colleagues of this danger with a series of letters. In addition, Dr. Paul sponsored several briefings on the issue.
More recently, Dr. Paul has shown how the FDA is working with its counterparts in Canada and Mexico on a Trilateral Cooperation charter that could "harmonize" regulation of dietary supplements among the three countries. Dr. Paul led a congressional inquiry into the Trilateral Cooperation, forcing the FDA to go on record about its involvement in the Trilateral charter.
As a congressman for 10 terms, Dr. Ron Paul has fought to protect your health freedom. Imagine what he will do as president.
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Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Hispanics for Ron Paul has posted the following:
Government and Racism
by Ron Paul
April 18, 2007
Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.
The controversy surrounding remarks by talk show host Don Imus shows that the nation remains incredibly sensitive about matters of race, despite the outward progress of the last 40 years. A nation that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.
The young women on the basketball team Mr. Imus insulted are over 18 and can speak for themselves. It's disconcerting to see third parties become involved and presume to speak collectively for minority groups. It is precisely this collectivist mindset that is at the heart of racism.
It's also disconcerting to hear the subtle or not-so-subtle threats against free speech. Since the FCC regulates airwaves and grants broadcast licenses, we're told it's proper for government to forbid certain kinds of insulting or offensive speech in the name of racial and social tolerance. Never mind the 1st Amendment, which states unequivocally that, "Congress shall make NO law."
Let's be perfectly clear: the federal government has no business regulating speech in any way. Furthermore, government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combating bigotry in our society. Bigotry at its essence is a sin of the heart, and we can't change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations.
In fact it is the federal government more than anything else that divides us along race, class, religion, and gender lines. Government, through its taxes, restrictive regulations, corporate subsidies, racial set-asides, and welfare programs, plays far too large a role in determining who succeeds and who fails in our society. This government "benevolence" crowds out genuine goodwill between men by institutionalizing group thinking, thus making each group suspicious that others are receiving more of the government loot. This leads to resentment and hostility between us.
The political left argues that stringent federal laws are needed to combat racism, even as they advocate incredibly divisive collectivist policies.
Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.
The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.
More importantly, in a free society every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Rather than looking to government to correct our sins, we should understand that racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty.
Friday, October 19, 2007
When Ron is on Tuesday, October 30th with Jay Leno, his fellow guests will be Tom Cruise and the Sex Pistols.
UPDATE Thank to John Delano for reminding me that Johnny Rotten, former lead singer of the Sex Pistols, is a libertarian, and met Harry Browne at an LP convention. Many Scientologists like Ron too. Hmmm.
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Thursday, October 18, 2007
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Ron Paul has Mandate for Equal Time During Fox News Debate
Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul has broken through to the top tier of Republican candidates running for president. He knows it, GOP voters know it, and as previously reported; media outlets are grudgingly admitting it.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who has this many bands writing songs for him!!! This is only a few of my favorite songs, but there's a lot more!
Here are my favorite HIP-HOP, REGGAE, SURF ROCK, INDY, PUNK, (and more) songs for Ron Paul:
NOW UPDATED w/ the RON PAUL PIZZA RAP:
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HERE IS the BANDS 4 RON PAUL website: http://www.myspace.com/bands4ronpaul
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Read it and weep Establishment stooges, sheep & whipping-boys: Ron Paul redefines grass roots activism as the Media Establishment charges his campaign success is a conspiracy.
Read proof here: In national "Straw Polls", Ron Paul has placed 1st place in 16 of 35 total Straw Polls + as of today, Ron is pushing towards dominating nearly 1/3 of the entire Meetup.com "Politics & Activism" spectrum, with nearly 4 times the amount of groups of all other candidates combined + more breaking news / stats!
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Date: 15 Oct 2007, 10:50 PM
For those who were born in the late 1960's and early 1970's, here's a blast from the past....
Can you see a children's cartoon describing a father and their kid taking up their (privately owned) guns against the government today? Maybe Barney's up to it...but I doubt it. Man, we've changed alot in a short time.
Thanks: Punks 4 Ron Paul
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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. -Thomas Jefferson
Alot has changed in a single generation. I remember when children's cartoons echoed the Founders' sentiment that it is sometimes one's civic duty to kill those tyrants who would rob us of our liberties:
Wow, they even taught us about the Constitution:
And the proper function of the 3 branches of government:
What's the current generation of kids getting up to? Hmm, let's look:
It's up to us, lads. If something doesn't turn around in this country RIGHT NOW, we are doomed within 20 years. The "soldier boys" with the pastel popped collars aren't going to be much of a match for THESE soldier boys:
Monday, October 15, 2007
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Thursday, October 11, 2007
http://www.ronpaul2008.comRON PAUL - PRESIDENT 2008Congressman Ron Paul is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation's capital. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. He is known among his con...
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Monday, October 8, 2007
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Thursday, October 4, 2007
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Friday, September 21, 2007
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Democrats and Republicans are not liberals or conservatives, they are Council-on-Foreign-Relations-controlled globalists working for the same agenda!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Date: Sep 19, 2007 9:45 PM
“An anti-something movement displays a purely negative attitude. It has no chance whatever to succeed. Its passionate diatribes virtually advertise the program they attack. People must fight for something that they want to achieve, not simply reject an evil, however bad it may be.”
The Mises Institute is an outstanding website, worth exploring. Some obscure but powerful content, and a lot of clear, honest economic explanations, too. I especially recommend "The Fed Bought What?," which appears to be the only detailed, non-bullshit article in existence on the topic of recent actions by the Federal Reserve.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Bryan interviews the OUTRIGHT LIBERTARIANS
Description: my interview with some progressive libertarians at this year's pride; unfortunately, they got it wrong about ron paul...he voted *against* the federal marriage amendment act (because the federal government should stay out of issues like this altogether). but voted for the federal defense of marriage act so that, again, the supreme court would not be able to enforce a national mandate on the individual states, whether it be for or against gay marriage...as for the rest, they are right on track.
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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
RE: A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF LIBERTARIANISM IN ACTION!
You've received this from the best source. David Korten is the co-chair of YES! magazine. I was able to see him speak at BIONEERS. He is the author of "When Corporations Rule the World," which I've always wanted to read (but I used to keep on hand a good article he's once written). Great post, I'll BLOG it.
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Date: Sep 9, 2007 5:58 PM
as far as i have researched, most libertarians believe "corporate personhood" is another example of big government largesse, making the business practices of individuals in a company virtually unaccountable in the court of law, and i know that paul, for example, would work to "revisit" the fourteenth amendment that has been used to justify this madness.
regardless, this is an example of the kind of community autonomy i would like to see more of, and which would be the norm under a libertarian administration that gives more power and sovereignty (and money) back to the states and the communities.
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From: The Man Common
Date: Sep 9, 2007 1:45 PM
Challenging Corporate Power: California Community Says Companies Are Not People; Bans Campaign Donations
By Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, YES! Magazine
Posted on September 5, 2007, Printed on September 9, 2007
In 2006, Humboldt County, California, became the latest, and largest, jurisdiction to abolish the legal doctrine known as "corporate personhood."
Measure T was successful because our all-volunteer campaign came together to pass a law that bans non-local corporations from participating in Humboldt elections. The referendum, which passed with 55 percent of the vote, also asserts that corporations cannot claim the First Amendment right to free speech.
By enacting Measure T, Humboldt County has committed an act of "municipal civil disobedience," intentionally challenging "settled law." But voters also recognize that Measure T is an act of common sense. We polled our community and found that 78 percent believe corruption is more likely if corporations participate in politics.
The Measure T campaign was led by women and young people, with critical support from elders and feminist men. This diverse leadership created a culture of cooperation and collaboration that permeated the campaign, and made it as much about community as about a win on election day. For example, the law itself was written using a consensus process, the advice of volunteers was valued just as highly as input from experts and consultants, and we organized numerous parties and social events to help spread the word.
The local Democratic and Green Parties formally endorsed the effort, and leaders of both worked arm-in-arm during the campaign. They were joined by organized labor and every peace, justice, and environmental protection group in the community. Humboldt County modeled a campaign carried out with respectful unity.
This effort did not spring up out of thin air. It was the result of years of old-fashioned community organizing by Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County that included workshops and educational programs explaining how corporations have acquired more rights under the law than people have.
We designed the campaign with "big picture" goals in mind from the beginning. We knew we wanted to claim for our campaign the best and most noble ideals of American history--especially self-governance and protecting people's rights against abusive power. We realize that the founding of this country is deeply flawed, but we used the national creation story to put Measure T on the side of truth and justice.
To that end, our PAC was named the Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights, and our website was VoteLocalControl.org. Our primary outreach tool was a tea bag that reminded voters of the proud history of the Boston Tea Party as an act of rebellion against the most powerful corporation of the day, and called for a modern-day T(ea) Party of our own.
Like the populists of the 19th-century agrarian movement, we believe that genuine change cannot be imposed from the top down. It must proceed from the ground up, and the battles must be waged in local communities.
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap is director of Democracy Unlimited, a fellow for Liberty Tree: Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and a principal with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. She was spokesperson and campaign co-manager for Measure T.
Friday, September 7, 2007
(Like welfare moms who would rather sell cookies or create a cottage industry (a home-based business) so she can stay at home and raise her children herself - CLICK HERE for MORE on that
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The author at Cody's Books in Berkeley
Thursday, September 6, 2007
5 min. after-party: Paul slams ninnying neo-cons!
Ron WINS debate / text message poll!
Included are interviews with members from the San Francisco and Sacramento meetup groups and information on topics ranging from abortion and the war on drugs to the federal reserve and community autonomy, including special guest appearances by the Ron Paul Liberty Van and libertarian activist StarChild.
Follow the Peace Train to the end of the video, deeper into the heart of the Summer of Love!
Ron Paul r-LOVE-ution van! FRONT 30 sec.
Ron Paul r-LOVE-ution van! BACK 1 min.
Punks for Ron Paul's (myspace.com/punks4ronpaul) Bethany Magdalene & friends, 1 min.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
The Cat Is Out Of the Bag: Ron Paul Is a Top Tier Candidate
USA Daily Staff
Published 08/31/2007 - 4:25 p.m.
The media monopolies seem to be only fooling themselves; the cat is out of the bag, Ron Paul is a top tier candidate. Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul is a force to be reckoned with within the GOP.
According to the last quarter filings he has more money in the bank than John McCain and sources tell USA Daily that Paul’s next quarter numbers will surpass expectations. Fund raising ability is as much an indicator of a campaign’s popularity as are poll numbers. Whether you agree with Paul or not on the issues, his campaign is serious and has national support despite media censorship.
Paul’s campaign is a coalition of Libertarians, Traditional Conservatives, Constitutionalists, Independents, Anti-war voters, and those opposed to establishing what they perceive as a global tyranny via an unelected world government or precursors like the North American Union. It is even attracting some traditional Liberals opposed to the Iraq war that like his support for the Constitution.
Whether this translates into a majority of voters or not remains to be seen but Paul has demonstrated fund raising ability, organization, and the ability to build a coalition. His volunteers go beyond just the internet. Home made signs and other forms of promotion are popping up all across America in support of Ron Paul. Often with a creativity that reflects the wide range of the type of supporters he attracts.
Paul has bold positions including opposition to income taxes, the Patriot Act, the Iraq war, and the Federal Reserve. His call to abolish the Federal Reserve may play well with voters as the mortgage crises deepens if he can frame the issue to point to the soft money policies of the Federal Reserve as the contributing factor to the crises.
While FCC laws exempt debates from the equal time requirement, the modern notion of fairness in a free society would suggest that broadcast networks provide candidates with equal time during the debates.
The 2008 campaign is different from previous elections. In the past third party candidates have been censored from debates but candidates involved in the actual major party debates were usually given a fairer distribution of time. Major media attempts at manipulating this election are more blatant than in the past
It remains to be seen whether the upcoming Fox News Republican debate will break that trend. With many states moving their primaries up there are likely to be many more debates in various states that are now more involved with the election process which may help media non preferred candidates get the message out.
Paul’s campaign will likely win his home state, delegate rich Texas, one of the many states up for grabs on February 5th. That prospect will likely keep his campaign viable until the Texas primary even if he doesn’t win any of the early primary elections.
Chances are the February 5th election will not have a decisive winner in all 23 states up for grabs.
Tancredo’s campaign is also likely to remain viable until February 5th when his home state of Colorado and other western states are up for grabs where his signature issue of immigration reform will play well as will Paul’s message.
Giuliani’s home state of New York and other states in the north east will also be decided that day. As will Fred Thompson’s home state of Tennessee and Mike Huckabee’s home state of Arkansas.
The unpredictability of having so many states that in the past voted in the primary only when the nominee was already a forgone conclusion, now having a real input and influence over the election, may make this presidential contest a free for all.
There are demographics and regional influences that never really had a chance to participate in the presidential primary election that may turn out to be the king makers.
A look at the primary calendar, competing ideologies, and regional factors, point to a slight chance that the GOP nominee will be decided at the convention.
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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
Not all the media are biased. A local newspaper in New Hampshire reported on an annual GOP bbq in the town of Hollis. It could be called "the Ron Paul show," they said, since the far bigger crowd that usual consisted mostly of our supporters. One volunteer even rented an airplane and flew a wonderful sign around the sky. What great, creative, self-starting people I'm meeting, at every stop, all of them united by a love of America and American freedom.
Politics is usually about division. But this campaign is just the opposite. Not only are our volunteers a bunch of happy warriors, but they also practice the virtues of tolerance and peace, just as they want the nation to do.
The other day, the state chairman of an opposing campaign (not in New Hampshire!), angrily tore a sign out of one of our supporter's hands and trashed it. Different people with different beliefs might have responded differently. But our people, though they'd been standing in the rain all day, applied the Golden Rule. It's because of quiet heroes that I know we can change this country.
A reporter in New Hampshire told me this story about Florida: she had seen the same three supporters working every day passing out our literature, and so decided to interview them. She was startled to discover that one was a Republican, one was a Democrat, and one was an Independent. But I wasn't.
Freedom brings us all together. We can all agree on leaving people alone to plan and live their own lives, rather than trying to force them to obey at the point of a gun, as runaway government does. Instead of clawing at each other via the warfare-welfare state, people under liberty can cooperate in a unity of diversity.
There is no need to use government to threaten others who have different standards, or to be threatened by them. Looking to our Founders, our traditions, and the Constitution, we can build, in peaceful cooperation, a free and prosperous society.
At a talk show in Nashua, New Hampshire, the host asked me about the fair tax. Well, I agree on getting rid of the IRS, I told her, but I want to replace it with nothing, not another tax. But let's not forget the inflation tax, I said.
This was something she had never considered, but after I talked about the depreciation of our dollar by the Federal Reserve, its creation of artificial booms and busts, and its bailouts of the big banks and Wall Street firms, to the detriment of the average person, she loved it. That is another tax, she agreed, a hidden and particularly vicious tax.
They try to tell us that the money issue is boring or irrelevant. In fact, it is the very pith of our social lives, and morally, Constitutionally, and economically, the central bank is a disaster. Thanks to the work of this movement, Americans are starting to understand what has been hidden from them for so long: that we have a right to sound and honest money, not to a dollar debauched for the special interests.
Unconstitutional government has created a war crisis, a financial crisis, a dollar crisis, and a freedom crisis. But we don't have to take it. We don't have to passively accept more dead soldiers, a lower standard of living, rising prices, a national ID, eavesdropping on our emails and phone calls, and all the rest.
We can return to first principles, and build the brightest, most brilliant future any people on earth has ever aspired to. Help me teach this lesson. Help me campaign all over this country, in cooperation with our huge and growing volunteer army. Help me show that change is not only possible, but also essential. Please, make your most generous contribution (https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/) to this campaign for a Constitutional presidency worthy of our people. Invest in freedom: for yourself, for your family, for your future.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I didn't make it to this event, as I was on a satellite mission to LIBERTATIA
but check it out:
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Date: Aug 20, 2007 9:07 PM
covert operations in the heart of california's capital...thanks to everyone who made this day such a success...i'm sure the residents of our fair city were pleasantly surprised on the morn of our future president's birthday!
Sacramento Ron Paul Supporters have been gathering once a week at the state Capitol to campaign.
A couple of weeks ago, I stood on the sidelines (holding a sign on the street) while my husband and two of our new best friends were approached by state senator, Tom McClintock. He was very interested in what our group was up to and stayed to talk for at least 20-30 minutes! He mentioned his experience with our group when he interviewed Ron Paul on the radio [below]!
I don't catch Jack's radio show everyday, but he must have said something, because the other day, when I was researching an article I'm writing entitled, The Spirituality & Cosmetikos of Punk Rock, I Googled the word PUNK and the 5th result down, punkrock.org, has an ad sponsored by the official Ron Paul campaign, with a pic of Ron that says: PUNK ROCK PRESIDENT (!)
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Question from a Punks 4 Ron Paul reader:
"While I appreciate your viewpoints and support of the only real candidate (as I see it ) on the right, I would like to see how you respond to this opinion that I have on Libertariansim.
Libertarians are so for freedom that they shy away from restricting the free market. Ironically, it is the free market that is the biggest source of our oppression.Unregulated capitalism creates an atmosphere where the rich are free to invest their capital to make even more capital (the poor do not have that option) and have the capability to create infinite wealth if they are wise in their investments. The poor only have the option of working hard and hoping to catch a break somewhere. This is the atmosphere that has created the huge multinational corporations that seem to rule the world and act in the interest of profit before people (and yes, even personal liberty). The free market is what allows military contractors to profit from war, and therefore use their wealth to create it for, in turn, more profit. I don't need to lecture you on all the injustices of the world, I am sure you are well aware of them, but I think libertarians too often place the blame on big government, rather than big money. The problem as I see it is that the government, yes, is too big, but that it represents the interests of the corporations and the wealthy who almost always work against the interests of the people. Our government was set up to represent the people, and if it truly did it would not matter how big the government was because it would always be acting in our interests. Instead, governments from both Republican and Democratic Presidents and congress have bent over backwards to appease their campaign supporters who are, naturally, rich. And we all know who the rich of this country is comprised of.
As a punk rocker and former Anarchist, I was forced to recognize at one point in my life that although the government is the source of our oppression, it was set up to represent us and therfore can be infiltrated by us. It is easier to pass a law, say, telling corporations that they can't put poison in our food, then it is to inform the mass public that there is poison in our food and that they should boycott the producer. Especially when the media also caters to the same money influence as our government. I feel like our best hope is for public financing of elections. Obviously, something that would have to come from taxes which you may or may not (don't want to assume your position) agree with. It is the only way to ensure that the government answers to the people and not the corporations who finance them (currently). We also have to de-privatize our electoral system, another area where I believe that the free market is acting against our interests.
Am I over-looking something?
Have you ever encountered any of these articles? What do you think about the idea that the phrase "free trade" has been hijacked and is used as an Orwellian double-speak, cognitive dissonance sort-of-way?
Check out these links on the difference between what is called "free trade" but is actually "managed trade" and anything but free!
NAFTA, WTO, "FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS" VS. FREE TRADE:
Let me tell you what I think of when I think of “free trade.” I think of my dream cottage industry. I have always wanted to be able to bake cookies from my home and sell them. I am not kidding. I am good at it and I’ve always wanted to be able to do it. I am a mother of one child and I wanted to have a cottage industry so I wouldn’t have to pay someone to care for him 5 days a week. I also wanted to homeschool him, so a cottage industry would be perfect.
When I did the research on what is required to proceed with my plan “legally” I found out that I would need to have access to a “certified kitchen” either my own or someone elses. It costs somewhere around $1000 to do this. There are all kinds of other permits and fees (and multiple agencies) to comply with all these regulations. The start-up cost for this is prohibitive. Going to a bank for a loan (of federal reserve notes, which brings up the question “what is money”) is just another form of indentured servitude. The banks are then in control of my life and the economy, not me or “the people.”
I posted a little about this on my BLOG recently:
If you read the article on my BLOG and one or more of the articles on “free trade” that I’ve posted above, then get back to me if you have any other questions and concerns. I’d love to talk with you.
Thanx 4 the feedback!
One more thing:
You asked: "Am I over-looking something?"
Great question! I love people who can have a conversation!
The question I am starting to ask more and more people (as I have realized it more and more myself) is -
WHAT IS MONEY? I think we all need to be asking ourselves more and more.
I am totally open to all kinds of alternatives. The main point is that we Americans have got to start questioning our very monetary system itself!
I would urge you to watch one or both of these films. I really hope you will:
This Telly Award-winning documentary, which features presidential candidate RON PAUL, was inspired by the book, "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by well-known author, G. EDWARD GRIFFIN.
The MONOPOLY MEN (from the Phenomena Archives - fun show)
Sorry, I'm still processing your question. I'll stop answering after this, unless you want to continue:
"The free market is what allows military contractors to profit from war"
Is this the market/people or the "military [medical] industrial complex" that Eisenhower, himself, as he was leaving office, warned us about?
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Vote in the Iowa GOP straw poll. Join a Ron Paul meetup group at ronpaul.meetup.com Be a part of the revolution!
It’s time to convert our internet energy into real political power.
We need you to be there. We need you to bring your family and friends.
Thousands of Iowans need to vote in the Straw Poll for Dr. Paul. And thousands more need to come from around the country to participate and volunteer at the event.
The straw poll will be held at:
Lincoln Way & Elwood Drive
Ames IA 50011
Date & Time: August 11th, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Ron Paul tent will be at the corner of Lincoln and Beach
Our success in this event will catapult Congressman Paul into the national spotlight.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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Major media outlets have denied fund raising reports, rally attendance, and record breaking internet support as the work of a small secretive group of Ron Paul supporters conspiring to defraud the public. Is it time for them to give up this conspiracy theory before they lose credibility?
Sunday, July 22, 2007
LAS VEGAS -- The punk-band members, with spiked hair, tattooed arms and piercings, stood with a crowd of more than 300 and cheered at the rock star on stage, especially when he called for abolishing the Federal Reserve -- you know, the banking system that for nearly a century has helped stabilize the U.S. economy, give or take a Great Depression.
Presidential candidate Ron Paul didn't stop with the Fed. The devout and suddenly popular libertarian-running-as-a-Republican also wants to repeal the Patriot Act. (More cheering.) And the IRS and NAFTA-like trade deals. (Loud applause.) And bring home American troops, all of them, from Iraq and from every last spot on the globe. (Standing ovation.) And that national ID card, forget about it.
What the crowd heard was the testimony of a carved-in-granite libertarian who disdains the a la carte politics and deal-making of mainstream candidates, a physician whose political beliefs exist at that whiplash point on the political spectrum where the far right meets the far left.
Abolish the IRS, the Fed, the Patriot Act? Is that libertarian or a lefty anarchist?
The crowds he's drawing across the country are often an unusual mix of 20- and 30-something lefties and righties. Some are drawn to his beliefs. But many said that they admire him most for sticking to a clear set of principles, even if they disagree on some issues.
"He's consistent," said Jennifer Reilly, a 23-year-old student at the College of Southern Nevada who attended a recent rally here. "I actually believe everything he says."
Thus Paul has become the early surprise of the 2008 campaign.
Beyond the consistency, he is filling a void in a Republican field dominated by mainstream candidates who are reluctant to break ranks with President Bush. He's the only Republican who opposes the war in Iraq. ("We just marched in. We can just march out.")
Paul describes himself as a strict constitutionalist, but his views can be traced to the late Barry Goldwater, the 1964 GOP presidential nominee and father of the modern conservative movement.
As Paul puts it: "Freedom is popular."
"I agree with his message of freedom and limited government," said Jennifer Terhune, a 22-year-old dental-hygiene student in Reno. "People are dependent on the government for everything, and they need to start standing up for themselves. The country is getting so far away from that."
Paul raised $640,000 in the first quarter of the year, a paltry sum compared with his party's front-runners. But when the second quarter closed last month, Paul had $2.4 million cash on hand, besting Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Hope that something more consequential than a mere change of party will come out of the 2008 elections
July 22, 2007
The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-
Administration, Anti-Medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul
By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
Whipping westward across Manhattan in a limousine sent by Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” Ron Paul, the 10-term Texas congressman and long-shot Republican presidential candidate, is being briefed. Paul has only the most tenuous familiarity with Comedy Central. He has never heard of “The Daily Show.” His press secretary, Jesse Benton, is trying to explain who its host, Jon Stewart, is. “He’s an affable gentleman,” Benton says, “and he’s very smart. What I’m getting from the pre-interview is, he’s sympathetic.”
“GQ wants to profile you on Thursday,” Benton continues. “I think it’s worth doing.”
“GTU?” the candidate replies.
“GQ. It’s a men’s magazine.”
“Don’t know much about that,” Paul says.
Thin to the point of gauntness, polite to the point of daintiness, Ron Paul is a 71-year-old great-grandfather, a small-town doctor, a self-educated policy intellectual and a formidable stander on constitutional principle. In normal times, Paul might be — indeed, has been — the kind of person who is summoned onto cable television around April 15 to ventilate about whether the federal income tax violates the Constitution. But Paul has in recent weeks become a sensation in magazines he doesn’t read, on Web sites he has never visited and on television shows he has never watched.
Alone among Republican candidates for the presidency, Paul has always opposed the Iraq war. He blames “a dozen or two neocons who got control of our foreign policy,” chief among them Vice President Dick Cheney and the former Bush advisers Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle, for the debacle. On the assumption that a bad situation could get worse if the war spreads into Iran, he has a simple plan. It is: “Just leave.” During a May debate in South Carolina, he suggested the 9/11 attacks could be attributed to United States policy. “Have you ever read about the reasons they attacked us?” he asked, referring to one of Osama bin Laden’s communiqués. “They attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years.” Rudolph Giuliani reacted by demanding a retraction, drawing gales of applause from the audience. But the incident helped Paul too. Overnight, he became the country’s most conspicuous antiwar Republican.
Paul’s opposition to the war in Iraq did not come out of nowhere. He was against the first gulf war, the war in Kosovo and the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, which he called a “declaration of virtual war.” Although he voted after Sept. 11 to approve the use of force in Afghanistan and spend $40 billion in emergency appropriations, he has sounded less thrilled with those votes as time has passed. “I voted for the authority and the money,” he now says. “I thought it was misused.”
There is something homespun about Paul, reminiscent of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” He communicates with his constituents through birthday cards, August barbecues and the cookbooks his wife puts together every election season, which mix photos of grandchildren, Gospel passages and neighbors’ recipes for Velveeta cheese fudge and Cherry Coke salad. He is listed in the phone book, and his constituents call him at home. But there is also something cosmopolitan and radical about him; his speeches can bring to mind the World Social Forum or the French international-affairs periodical Le Monde Diplomatique. Paul is surely the only congressman who would cite the assertion of the left-leaning Chennai-based daily The Hindu that “the world is being asked today, in reality, to side with the U.S. as it seeks to strengthen its economic hegemony.” The word “empire” crops up a lot in his speeches.
This side of Paul has made him the candidate of many people, on both the right and the left, who hope that something more consequential than a mere change of party will come out of the 2008 elections. He is particularly popular among the young and the wired. Except for Barack Obama, he is the most-viewed candidate on YouTube. He is the most “friended” Republican on MySpace.com. Paul understands that his chances of winning the presidency are infinitesimally slim. He is simultaneously planning his next Congressional race. But in Paul’s idea of politics, spreading a message has always been just as important as seizing office. “Politicians don’t amount to much,” he says, “but ideas do.” Although he is still in the low single digits in polls, he says he has raised $2.4 million in the second quarter, enough to broaden the four-state campaign he originally planned into a national one.
Paul represents a different Republican Party from the one that Iraq, deficits and corruption have soured the country on. In late June, despite a life of antitax agitation and churchgoing, he was excluded from a Republican forum sponsored by Iowa antitax and Christian groups. His school of Republicanism, which had its last serious national airing in the Goldwater campaign of 1964, stands for a certain idea of the Constitution — the idea that much of the power asserted by modern presidents has been usurped from Congress, and that much of the power asserted by Congress has been usurped from the states. Though Paul acknowledges flaws in both the Constitution (it included slavery) and the Bill of Rights (it doesn’t go far enough), he still thinks a comprehensive array of positions can be drawn from them: Against gun control. For the sovereignty of states. And against foreign-policy adventures. Paul was the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate in 1988. But his is a less exuberant libertarianism than you find, say, in the pages of Reason magazine.
Over the years, this vision has won most favor from those convinced the country is going to hell in a handbasket. The attention Paul has captured tells us a lot about the prevalence of such pessimism today, about the instability of partisan allegiances and about the seldom-avowed common ground between the hard right and the hard left. His message draws on the noblest traditions of American decency and patriotism; it also draws on what the historian Richard Hofstadter called the paranoid style in American politics.
Paul grew up in the western Pennsylvania town of Green Tree. His father, the son of a German immigrant, ran a small dairy company. Sports were big around there — one of the customers on the milk route Paul worked as a teenager was the retired baseball Hall of Famer Honus Wagner — and Paul was a terrific athlete, winning a state track meet in the 220 and excelling at football and baseball. But knee injuries had ended his sports career by the time he went off to Gettysburg College in 1953. After medical school at Duke, Paul joined the Air Force, where he served as a flight surgeon, tending to the ear, nose and throat ailments of pilots, and traveling to Iran, Ethiopia and elsewhere. “I recall doing a lot of physicals on Army warrant officers who wanted to become helicopter pilots and go to Vietnam,” he told me. “They were gung-ho. I’ve often thought about how many of those people never came back.”
Paul is given to mulling things over morally. His family was pious and Lutheran; two of his brothers became ministers. Paul’s five children were baptized in the Episcopal church, but he now attends a Baptist one. He doesn’t travel alone with women and once dressed down an aide for using the expression “red-light district” in front of a female colleague. As a young man, though, he did not protest the Vietnam War, which he now calls “totally unnecessary” and “illegal.” Much later, after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, he began reading St. Augustine. “I was annoyed by the evangelicals’ being so supportive of pre-emptive war, which seems to contradict everything that I was taught as a Christian,” he recalls. “The religion is based on somebody who’s referred to as the Prince of Peace.”
In 1968, Paul settled in southern Texas, where he had been stationed. He recalls that he was for a while the only obstetrician — “a very delightful part of medicine,” he says — in Brazoria County. He was already immersed in reading the economics books that would change his life. Americans know the “Austrian school,” if at all, from the work of Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, two economists who fled the Nazis in the 1930s and whose free-market doctrines helped inspire the conservative movement in the 1950s. The laws of economics don’t admit exceptions, say the Austrians. You cannot fake out markets, no matter how surreptitiously you expand the money supply. Spend more than you earn, and you are on the road to inflation and tyranny.
Such views are not always Republican orthodoxy. Paul is a harsh critic of the Federal Reserve, both for its policies and its unaccountability. “We first bonded,” recalls Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat, “because we were both conspicuous nonworshipers at the Temple of the Fed and of the High Priest Greenspan.” In recent weeks, Paul’s airport reading has been a book called “Financial Armageddon.” He is obsessed with sound money, which he considers — along with the related phenomena of credit excess, bubbles and uncollateralized assets of all kinds — a “sleeper issue.” The United States ought to link its currency to gold or silver again, Paul says. He puts his money where his mouth is. According to Federal Election Commission documents, most of his investments are in gold and silver and are worth between $1.5 and $3.5 million. It’s a modest sum by the standards of major presidential candidates but impressive for someone who put five children through college on a doctor’s (and later a congressman’s) earnings.
For Paul, everything comes back to money, including Iraq. “No matter how much you love the empire,” he says, “it’s unaffordable.” Wars are expensive, and there has been a tendency throughout history to pay for them by borrowing. A day of reckoning always comes, says Paul, and one will come for us. Speaking this spring before the libertarian Future of Freedom Foundation in Reston, Va., he warned of a dollar crisis. “That’s usually the way empires end,” he said. “It wasn’t us forcing the Soviets to build missiles that brought them down. It was the fact that socialism doesn’t work. Our system doesn’t work much better.”
Under the banner of “Freedom, Honesty and Sound Money,” Paul ran for Congress in 1974. He lost — but took the seat in a special election in April 1976. He lost again in November of that year, then won in 1978. On two big issues, he stood on principle and was vindicated: He was one of very few Republicans in Congress to back Ronald Reagan against Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican nomination. He was also one of the representatives who warned against the rewriting of banking rules that laid the groundwork for the savings-and-loan collapse of the 1980s. Paul served three terms before losing to Phil Gramm in the Republican primary for Senate in 1984. Tom DeLay took over his seat.
Paul would not come back to Washington for another dozen years. But in the time he could spare from delivering babies in Brazoria County, he remained a mighty presence in the out-of-the-limelight world of those old-line libertarians who had never made their peace with the steady growth of federal power in the 20th century. Paul got the Libertarian Party nomination for president in 1988, defeating the Indian activist Russell Means in a tough race. He finished third behind Bush and Dukakis, winning nearly half a million votes. He tended his own Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE) and kept up his contacts with other market-oriented organizations. What resulted was a network of true believers who would be his political base in one of the stranger Congressional elections of modern times.
A Lone Wolf
In the first days of 1995, just weeks after the Republican landslide, Paul traveled to Washington and, through DeLay, made contact with the Texas Republican delegation. He told them he could beat the Democratic incumbent Greg Laughlin in the reconfigured Gulf Coast district that now included his home. Republicans had their own ideas. In June 1995, Laughlin announced he would run in the next election as a Republican. Laughlin says he had discussed switching parties with Newt Gingrich, the next speaker, before the Republicans even took power. Paul suspects to this day that the Republicans wooed Laughlin to head off his candidacy. Whatever happened, it didn’t work. Paul challenged Laughlin in the primary.
“At first, we kind of blew him off,” recalls the longtime Texas political consultant Royal Masset. “ ‘Oh, there’s Ron Paul!’ But very quickly, we realized he was getting far more money than anybody.” Much of it came from out of state, from the free-market network Paul built up while far from Congress. His candidacy was a problem not just for Laughlin. It also threatened to halt the stream of prominent Democrats then switching parties — for what sane incumbent would switch if he couldn’t be assured the Republican nomination? The result was a heavily funded effort by the National Republican Congressional Committee to defeat Paul in the primary. The National Rifle Association made an independent expenditure against him. Former President George H.W. Bush, Gov. George W. Bush and both Republican senators endorsed Laughlin. Paul had only two prominent backers: the tax activist Steve Forbes and the pitcher Nolan Ryan, Paul’s constituent and old friend, who cut a number of ads for him. They were enough. Paul edged Laughlin in a runoff and won an equally narrow general election.
Republican opposition may not have made Paul distrust the party, but beating its network with his own homemade one revealed that he didn’t necessarily need the party either. Paul looks back on that race and sees something in common with his quixotic bid for the presidency. “I always think that if I do things like that and get clobbered, I can excuse myself,” he says.
Anyone who is elected to Congress three times as a nonincumbent, as Paul has been, is a politician of prodigious gifts. Especially since Paul has real vulnerabilities in his district. For Eric Dondero, who plans to challenge him in the Republican Congressional primary next fall, foreign policy is Paul’s central failing. Dondero, who is 44, was Paul’s aide and sometime spokesman for more than a decade. According to Dondero, “When 9/11 happened, he just completely changed. One of the first things he said was not how awful the tragedy was . . . it was, ‘Now we’re gonna get big government.’ ”
Dondero claims that Paul’s vote to authorize force in Afghanistan was made only after warnings from a longtime staffer that voting otherwise would cost him Victoria, a pivotal city in his district. (“Completely false,” Paul says.) One day just after the Iraq invasion, when Dondero was driving Paul around the district, the two had words. “He said he did not want to have someone on staff who did not support him 100 percent on foreign policy,” Dondero recalls. Paul says Dondero’s outspoken enthusiasm for the military’s “shock and awe” strategy made him an awkward spokesman for an antiwar congressman. The two parted on bad terms.
A larger vulnerability may be that voters want more pork-barrel spending than Paul is willing to countenance. In a rice-growing, cattle-ranching district, Paul consistently votes against farm subsidies. In the very district where, on the night of Sept. 8, 1900, a storm destroyed the city of Galveston, leaving 6,000 dead, and where repairs from Hurricane Rita and refugees from Hurricane Katrina continue to exact a toll, he votes against FEMA and flood aid. In a district that is home to many employees of the Johnson Space Center, he votes against financing NASA.
The Victoria Advocate, an influential newspaper in the district, has generally opposed Paul for re-election, on the grounds that a “lone wolf” cannot get the highway and homeland-security financing the district needs. So how does he get re-elected? Tim Delaney, the paper’s editorial-page editor, says: “Ron Paul is a very charismatic person. He has charm. He does not alter his position ever. His ideals are high. If a little old man calls up from the farm and says, ‘I need a wheelchair,’ he’ll get the damn wheelchair for him.”
Paul may have refused on principle to accept Medicare when he practiced medicine. He may return a portion of his Congressional office budget every year. But his staff has the reputation of fighting doggedly to collect Social Security checks, passports, military decorations, immigrant-visa extensions and any emolument to which constituents are entitled by law. According to Jackie Gloor, who runs Paul’s Victoria office: “So many times, people say to us, ‘We don’t like his vote.’ But they trust his heart.”
In Congress, Paul is generally admired for his fidelity to principle and lack of ego. “He is one of the easiest people in Congress to work with, because he bases his positions on the merits of issues,” says Barney Frank, who has worked with Paul on efforts to ease the regulation of gambling and medical marijuana. “He is independent but not ornery.” Paul has made a habit of objecting to things that no one else objects to. In October 2001, he was one of three House Republicans to vote against the USA Patriot Act. He was the sole House member of either party to vote against the Financial Antiterrorism Act (final tally: 412-1). In 1999, he was the only naysayer in a 424-1 vote in favor of casting a medal to honor Rosa Parks. Nothing against Rosa Parks: Paul voted against similar medals for Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. He routinely opposes resolutions that presume to advise foreign governments how to run their affairs: He has refused to condemn Robert Mugabe’s violence against Zimbabwean citizens (421-1), to call on Vietnam to release political prisoners (425-1) or to ask the League of Arab States to help stop the killing in Darfur (425-1).
Every Thursday, Paul is the host of a luncheon for a circle of conservative Republicans that he calls the Liberty Caucus. It has become the epicenter of antiwar Republicanism in Washington. One stalwart member is Walter Jones, the North Carolina Republican who during the debate over Iraq suggested renaming French fries “freedom fries” in the House dining room, but who has passed the years since in vocal opposition to the war. Another is John (Jimmy) Duncan of Tennessee, the only Republican besides Paul who voted against the war and remains in the House. Other regulars include Virgil Goode of Virginia, Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland and Scott Garrett of New Jersey. Zach Wamp of Tennessee and Jeff Flake, the Arizonan scourge of pork-barrel spending, visit occasionally. Not all are antiwar, but many of the speakers Paul invites are: the former C.I.A. analyst Michael Scheuer, the intelligence-world journalist James Bamford and such disillusioned United States Army officers as William Odom, Gregory Newbold and Lawrence Wilkerson (Colin Powell’s former chief of staff), among others.
In today’s Washington, Paul’s combination of radical libertarianism and conservatism is unusual. Sometimes the first impulse predominates. He was the only Texas Republican to vote against last year’s Federal Marriage Amendment, meant to stymie gay marriage. He detests the federal war on drugs; the LSD guru Timothy Leary held a fundraiser for him in 1988. Sometimes he is more conservative. He opposed the recent immigration bill on the grounds that it constituted amnesty. At a breakfast for conservative journalists in the offices of Americans for Tax Reform this May, he spoke resentfully of being required to treat penurious immigrants in emergency rooms — “patients who were more likely to sue you than anybody else,” having children “who became automatic citizens the next day.” (Paul champions a constitutional amendment to end birthright citizenship.) While he backs free trade in theory, he opposes many of the institutions and arrangements — from the World Trade Organization to Nafta — that promote it in practice.
Paul also opposes abortion, which he believes should be addressed at the state level, not the national one. He remembers seeing a late abortion performed during his residency, years before Roe v. Wade, and he maintains it left an impression on him. “It was pretty dramatic for me,” he says, “to see a two-and-a-half-pound baby taken out crying and breathing and put in a bucket.”
The Owl-God Moloch
Paul’s message is not new. You could have heard it in 1964 or 1975 or 1991 at the conclaves of those conservatives who were considered outside the mainstream of the Republican Party. Back then, most Republicans appeared reconciled to a strong federal government, if only to do the expensive job of defending the country against Communism. But when the Berlin Wall fell, the dormant institutions and ideologies of pre-cold-war conservatism began to stir. In his 1992 and 1996 campaigns, Pat Buchanan was the first politician to express and exploit this change, breathing life into the motto “America First” (if not the organization of that name, which opposed entry into World War II).
Like Buchanan, Paul draws on forgotten traditions. His top aides are unimpeachably Republican but stand at a distance from the party as it has evolved over the decades. His chief of staff, Tom Lizardo, worked for Pat Robertson and Bill Miller Jr. (the son of Barry Goldwater’s vice-presidential nominee). His national campaign organizer, Lew Moore, worked for the late congressman Jack Metcalf of Washington State, another Goldwaterite. At the grass roots, Paul’s New Hampshire primary campaign stresses gun rights and relies on anti-abortion and tax activists from the organizations of Buchanan and the state’s former maverick senator, Bob Smith.
Paul admires Robert Taft, the isolationist Ohio senator known during the Truman administration as Mr. Republican, who tried to rally Republicans against United States participation in NATO. Taft lost the Republican nomination in 1952 to Dwight Eisenhower and died the following year. “Now, of course,” Paul says, “I quote Eisenhower when he talks about the military-industrial complex. But I quote Taft when he suits my purposes too.” Particularly on NATO, from which Paul, too, would like to withdraw.
The question is whether the old ideologies being resurrected are neglected wisdom or discredited nonsense. In the 1996 general election, Paul’s Democratic opponent Lefty Morris held a press conference to air several shocking quotes from a newsletter that Paul published during his decade away from Washington. Passages described the black male population of Washington as “semi-criminal or entirely criminal” and stated that “by far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government.” Morris noted that a Canadian neo-Nazi Web site had listed Paul’s newsletter as a laudably “racialist” publication.
Paul survived these revelations. He later explained that he had not written the passages himself — quite believably, since the style diverges widely from his own. But his response to the accusations was not transparent. When Morris called on him to release the rest of his newsletters, he would not. He remains touchy about it. “Even the fact that you’re asking this question infers, ‘Oh, you’re an anti-Semite,’ ” he told me in June. Actually, it doesn’t. Paul was in Congress when Israel bombed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear plant in 1981 and — unlike the United Nations and the Reagan administration — defended its right to do so. He says Saudi Arabia has an influence on Washington equal to Israel’s. His votes against support for Israel follow quite naturally from his opposition to all foreign aid. There is no sign that they reflect any special animus against the Jewish state.
What is interesting is Paul’s idea that the identity of the person who did write those lines is “of no importance.” Paul never deals in disavowals or renunciations or distancings, as other politicians do. In his office one afternoon in June, I asked about his connections to the John Birch Society. “Oh, my goodness, the John Birch Society!” he said in mock horror. “Is that bad? I have a lot of friends in the John Birch Society. They’re generally well educated, and they understand the Constitution. I don’t know how many positions they would have that I don’t agree with. Because they’re real strict constitutionalists, they don’t like the war, they’re hard-money people. . . . ”
Paul’s ideological easygoingness is like a black hole that attracts the whole universe of individuals and groups who don’t recognize themselves in the politics they see on TV. To hang around with his impressively large crowd of supporters before and after the CNN debate in Manchester, N.H., in June, was to be showered with privately printed newsletters full of exclamation points and capital letters, scribbled-down U.R.L.’s for Web sites about the Free State Project, which aims to turn New Hampshire into a libertarian enclave, and copies of the cult DVD “America: Freedom to Fascism.”
Victor Carey, a 45-year-old, muscular, mustachioed self-described “patriot” who wears a black baseball cap with a skull and crossbones on it, drove up from Sykesville, Md., to show his support for Paul. He laid out some of his concerns. “The people who own the Federal Reserve own the oil companies, they own the mass media, they own the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, they’re part of the Bilderbergers, and unfortunately their spiritual practices are very wicked and diabolical as well,” Carey said. “They go to a place out in California known as the Bohemian Grove, and there’s been footage obtained by infiltration of what their practices are. And they do mock human sacrifices to an owl-god called Moloch. This is true. Go research it yourself.”
Two grandmothers from North Carolina who painted a Winnebago red, white and blue were traveling around the country, stumping for Ron Paul, defending the Constitution and warning about the new “North American Union.” Asked whether this is something that would arise out of Nafta, Betty Smith of Chapel Hill, N.C., replied: “It’s already arisen. They’re building the highway. Guess what! The Spanish company building the highway — they’re gonna get the tolls. Giuliani’s law firm represents that Spanish company. Giuliani’s been anointed a knight by the Queen. Guess what! Read the Constitution. That’s not allowed!”
Paul is not a conspiracy theorist, but he has a tendency to talk in that idiom. In a floor speech shortly after the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, he mentioned Unocal’s desire to tap the region’s energy and concluded, “We should not be surprised now that many contend that the plan for the U.N. to ‘nation-build’ in Afghanistan is a logical and important consequence of this desire.” But when push comes to shove, Paul is not among the “many” who “contend” this. “I think oil and gas is part of it,” he explains. “But it’s not the issue. If that were the only issue, it wouldn’t have happened. The main reason was to get the Taliban out.”
Last winter at a meet-the-candidate house party in New Hampshire, students representing a group called Student Scholars for 9/11 Truth asked Paul whether he believed the official investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks was credible. “I never automatically trust anything the government does when they do an investigation,” Paul replied, “because too often I think there’s an area that the government covered up, whether it’s the Kennedy assassination or whatever.” The exchange was videotaped and ricocheted around the Internet for a while. But Paul’s patience with the “Truthers,” as they call themselves, does not make him one himself. “Even at the time it happened, I believe the information was fairly clear that Al Qaeda was involved,” he told me.
“Every Wacko Fringe Group In the Country”
One evening in mid-June, 86 members of a newly formed Ron Paul Meetup group gathered in a room in the Pasadena convention center. It was a varied crowd, preoccupied by the war, including many disaffected Democrats. Via video link from Virginia, Paul’s campaign chairman, Kent Snyder, spoke to the group “of a coming-together of the old guard and the new.” Then Connie Ruffley, co-chairwoman of United Republicans of California (UROC), addressed the crowd. UROC was founded during the 1964 presidential campaign to fight off challenges to Goldwater from Rockefeller Republicanism. Since then it has lain dormant but not dead — waiting, like so many other old right-wing groups, for someone or something to kiss it back to life. UROC endorsed Paul at its spring convention.
That night, Ruffley spoke about her past with the John Birch Society and asked how many in the room were members (quite a few, as it turned out). She referred to the California senator Dianne Feinstein as “Fine-Swine,” and got quickly to Israel, raising the Israeli attack on the American Naval signals ship Liberty during the Six-Day War. Some people were pleased. Others walked out. Others sent angry e-mails that night. Several said they would not return. The head of the Pasadena Meetup group, Bill Dumas, sent a desperate letter to Paul headquarters asking for guidance:
“We’re in a difficult position of working on a campaign that draws supporters from laterally opposing points of view, and we have the added bonus of attracting every wacko fringe group in the country. And in a Ron Paul Meetup many people will consider each other ‘wackos’ for their beliefs whether that is simply because they’re liberal, conspiracy theorists, neo-Nazis, evangelical Christian, etc. . . . We absolutely must focus on Ron’s message only and put aside all other agendas, which anyone can save for the next ‘Star Trek’ convention or whatever.”
But what is “Ron’s message”? Whatever the campaign purports to be about, the main thing it has done thus far is to serve as a clearinghouse for voters who feel unrepresented by mainstream Republicans and Democrats. The antigovernment activists of the right and the antiwar activists of the left have many differences, maybe irreconcilable ones. But they have a lot of common beliefs too, and their numbers — and anger — are of a considerable magnitude. Ron Paul will not be the next president of the United States. But his candidacy gives us a good hint about the country the next president is going to have to knit back together.
Christopher Caldwell, a contributing writer, last wrote for the magazine about Turkish immigrants in Germany.