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As I mentioned to one blogger recently, if you have topics that are not directly related to local issues, and may relate to a particular political ideology, instead of inundating the SAC blogs with blog posts on those topics, why not combine them into one substantive post every now and then instead of providing for “blam” - blog spam?

Well, that’s exactly what I am doing with this blog post. I’m providing an update on the only two members of the Gang of 535 on Capitol Hill I strongly support (there are a few members of the House I also like).

Rand Paul has just completed his first month as a U.S. Senator.

It certainly is refreshing to see a member of the Senate who has never run for political office before or been involved in establishment politics in any way, shape or form.

The first big issue Rand got to speak about on the floor was the failed Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare.

What I like about what Rand had to say here is not so much about whether Obamacare is a good thing or a bad thing, but how Rand spoke about the Constitution and what the role of government should be.

I liked Rand’s points on how the Commerce Clause and the General Welfare Clause do not mean the U.S. government can do anything it wants to.

SAC blogger outtathere has this post at the end of each post he makes:

"The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference." - Ralph Nader

I found This Opinion Piece comparing Ralph Nader to Ron Paul (Rand’s father who is member of the U.S. House of Representatives) in reference to corporatism most interesting.

Nader and Ron Paul are on the opposite ends of the spectrum on many issues, but one thing you can’t say about either of them is that they are members of the establishment political elite, and I find it interesting in regards to how much common ground these two individuals have. Traditional liberals and traditional conservatives have far more in common than people would think. Establishment Republicans and Democrats just pretend to be different. Their ideology is the same, which is self-preservation and catering to special interests and the status quo.

From the above linked article:

What is American politics coming to? I just watched a joint interview with Ralph Nader and Rep. Ron Paul -- and they were mostly on the same side!
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And yet it makes total sense. What's so exciting is that their common cause shines the spotlight right where it's needed: on corporatism -- the constellation of government policies that primarily benefit wealthy and well-connected business and banking interests at the expense of the rest of us. While much of the Right Wing sees the danger of the Obama administration in Marxism and state socialism, Paul and Nader realize that that makes no sense. Bill Daley, Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, Paul Volcker, and Jeff Immelt are not the men a Marxist would pick as advisors. But they are the picks of a president who believes that economic stability can exist only if government and major businesses manage the economy together. Corporatism is the opposite of free markets, competition, and full individual liberty.

In reference to Big Government at home, I can’t help but think of Big Government abroad with Egypt.

Yet another country gone haywire as its people revolt against a bought-and-paid for U.S. dictator.

If the people of countries like Iran and Pakistan with previous rulers and now Egypt despise the puppets who rule them, is it any wonder why they do not like the U.S. when the U.S. government is the puppet-master pulling the strings?

I found Rand Paul’s inaugural speech most interesting.

Establishment Democrats in Kentucky, across the country and in the media did their best at playing their typical card in trying to paint Rand Paul as a racist, and I like how Rand not so subtly addressed that.

Former Kentucky Senator Henry Clay was known as the "Great Compromiser", but Rand Paul makes the point that there are some things you just don’t compromise on - like slavery.

Unlike just about everybody who ends up in Congress, I don’t expect Rand Paul to compromise his principles.

I like how Rand references abolitionists Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, amongst others.

Douglass and Garrison were on Nantucket for a week in August of 1842 for an anti-slavery convention where women‘s rights supporter and abolitionist Stephen S. Foster denounced churches, and particularly those in the south, as the "Bulwark of Slavery," its clergy "a designing priesthood," and its membership a "Brotherhood of Thieves", in turn causing the Riot of 1842 on the island of Nantucket.

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Ron Paul on Fox News Sunday

Fox has RP on its Sunday news show after pressure for not covering him.

Chris Wallace asks tough, but fair, questions on RP’s opposition to FEMA, Libya, and even a question about the Austrian School and the Fed.

Note Perry will drop (or Romney and Paul will rise) in the most recent poll Wallace mentions as that is Perry’s announcement bounce, but I consider Perry the top contender in the GOP race (for now at least).

The Hill has an interesting piece titled Ron Paul should take Rick Perry to the woodshed in referencing Perry and Paul.

The Fox News Sunday interview of Paul:

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Calling All Americans

The Ron Paul grassroots and the Revolution PAC announce a Ron Paul SuperPAC money bomb (there are several mini-money bombs directly donated to the campaign planned before September 19th) in a a super bomb that goes directly to the Revolution PAC as opposed to the usual grassroots money bombs that go directly to RP's campaign.

$2 million was raised for RP's campaign coffers in one day on August 20th for RP’s birthday and it’s time to ratchet it up.

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Be a Part of It

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New Campaign Ad

Ron Paul goes after Rick Perry.

Politico reports on the ad and says RP will even try and run it during Wednesday’s MSNBC GOP debate nationwide.

Perry decided in a sneaky manner to try and steal the thunder of the Iowa Straw Poll results by announcing his candidacy the same day, so RP intends to steal the thunder of Perry’s first national debate appearance.

Gentleman Ron Paul has taken the gloves off, and the grassroots is loving it.

The RP grassroots has been busy, as you can see if you Google Liberal Rick Perry.

Note the cheerleader reference in the campaign ad and in the top Google result (the second Wordpress result is also done by a Ron Paul supporter).

Do we really need another male cheerleader from Texas as president?

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Perry Responds to Paul

Rick Perry posted Ron Paul’s resignation from the GOP letter back in 1988 for one year to run for president for the Libertarian Party on his campaign website. RP promptly returned to being a Republican the next year after he realized he needed to be in a major party to truly spread his message and invoke change. The Perry campaign posting this letter on their campaign website is beyond ironic (and stupid) because if you read the letter, it shows RP has a decades long record of unwavering, principled consistency while Perry has flip-flopped all over the place – and still supports Big Government and the establishment, though his rhetoric says otherwise.

Don't see how Perry's Campaign response is even remotely adequate. One main point of the above ad (outside of Perry’s flip-flopping) is to show that there were an incredibly small number of Republicans who supported the true conservative ideals Reagan used on the campaign trail, much like RP today. The fact that Reagan failed to live up to his promises throughout his term does not mean that RP abandoned those ideals; rather he stood by candidate Reagan even when President Reagan could not (ironically, many progressives still stand by President Obama in spite of all the broken campaign promises of candidate Obama on wars, torture, secret prisons, assassinating U.S. citizens, civil liberties, etc.)

Most important, in my view, is that Perry’s response just put up something that absolutely confirms RP’s beliefs in Reagan’s ideals and principles (as a candidate) and RP’s belief in ideas and the People over party. His resignation letter (for one year) could be read at any Tea Party rally today, and you could insert Bush, Geithner, Bernanke and Obama’s names in there and the speech would be pretty much the same as RP’s stump speeches and the educated portions of the Tea Party’s feelings about the Republican Party and government in general right now. RP was just 22 years ahead of the game.

RP’s campaign responds to Perry’s response by bringing the argument back to present day, which is a brilliant strategy as they knew Perry would go after RP leaving the GOP for one-year, so let’s look at the current records of each.

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s campaign continues to challenge Rick Perry in the lead up to tonight’s Republican presidential debate. Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton released an open letter to Gov. Perry focusing on his record as Texas head of state, pointing out inconsistencies with his new Tea Party rhetoric. See text of letter below.

Subject: Rick Perry Can't Handle the Truth

An open letter from Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton

Dear Governor Perry,

After our campaign’s first ad highlighting your Big Government record and support for liberal Al Gore, your campaign is attacking Dr. Paul - missing the point of why your past is important.

We don’t think the fact that you used to be a Democrat is the big problem here. The real problem is that, too often, you still act like one. Even you yourself, Governor Perry, said of your party switch, “I will still vote the same principles, only with an R after my name.”

That's the kind of thinking that has our country teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. We cannot afford to nominate someone who thinks the letter next to their name is more important than what they believe.

Governor Perry, let me be clear: It is not that you supported Al Gore that worries us.

It is that you supported Hillary Clinton's health care plan.

You pushed for federal bailout and stimulus funds.

You support welfare for illegal immigrants.

You tried to forcibly vaccinate12-year-old girls against sexually transmitted diseases by executive order.

You raised taxes twice.

And, state debt has more than doubled in your tenure as governor, pushing Texas to the brink of our constitutional debt limit.

It's that you supported ALL of these bad ideas that are inconsistent with how most Republicans understand conservatism, yet you now try to swagger your way into the Tea Party.

Governor Perry, with all due respect, you have used great rhetoric. But you will have to answer to the voters of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and across the country as to why that rhetoric does not match your record.

Jesse Benton
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Ron Paul 2012

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Are you saying the Texas state government grew bigger under Perry? Evil

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Just look at Perry's record.

Some people may think that is a good thing.

Educated Republican primary voters won't, but dumbed-down GOP voters may not figure it out.

Thus the campaign ad and the effort to expose the record.

This is also a further reason the ad is brilliant. Most Republicans look back to Reagan as a paragon of conservative values and forget he raised taxes and increased the deficit, so uneducated GOP voters (on history who blindly support Reagan) see RP as a supporter of Reagan and Perry as a liberal in the ad.

Educated voters can figure out RP supported the principles of candidate Reagan and this is why he was one of only 4 GOP members of Congress to endorse radical and extreme Reagan in 1976 - who went on to be one of the most beloved president's in modern history - like his policies or not.

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How Ron Paul won the recent GOP debate

So says Politico.

While the media is focusing on Romney and Perry, don’t count a crafty Ron Paul out just yet – As Poltico Explains.

Look at my above posts before the debate, and note Perry fell hook, line and sinker.

Rick Perry showed his true colors, and it is not pretty.

Pictures from two different commercial breaks during the debate.

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Whoa! What's going on there?

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Latest Revolution SuperPAC ad:

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It’s Still Very Early

From the last presidential election at this time:

CNN GOP poll (9/9/07)

Giuliani 28%
Thompson 27%
McCain 15%
Romney 11%
Huckabee 5%
Brownback 2%
Tancredo 2%
Ron Paul 1%

McCain was polling at 15% and not only won the nomination, but Giuliani and Thompson disappeared with Romney, Huckabee and Paul finishing behind McCain.

Giuliani and Thompson peaked too early.

CNN/ORC poll (9/12/11)

Perry 32%
Romney 21%
Paul 13%
Bachmann 7%
Gingrich 7%
Cain 6%
Huntsman 2%
Santorum 2%
Someone else (vol.) 2%
None/ No one (vol.) 4%
No opinion 3%

Bachmann is fading fast. I don’t expect Perry or Romney to disappear. Romney has already lost ground and Perry is still living off his announcement bounce honeymoon.

Ron Paul has an entrenched base at 10% and is creeping up. 13% nationally is well positioned at this time without peaking too early, and RP is already polling in the higher teens in the first two states to vote – IA and NH.

If Romney keeps slipping and Paul gets in second place in the polling, the media can’t ignore him anymore – or can they?

Ron Paul supporters will just keep up their tremendous grassroots efforts without the media regardless.

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Ron Paul Was Right

Ron Paul predicting terrorism against the U.S. due to U.S. intervention in the Middle East (particularly the sanctions against Iraq that killed half-a-million children) back in 1998 (3 years before 9/11):

Ron Paul predicting everything everywhere back in 2002/2003 regarding the real estate bubble/financial crises, Iraq invasion and the chaos it will create, Arab allies being overthrown by fundamentalists, exploding deficits and uncontrolled spending, massive credit expansion by the Federal Reserve, gold becoming an alternative to the dollar, erosion of civil liberties, expansion of size and scope of federal government, growing military and police powers, endorsement of military expansion overseas, the Constitution being steadily undermined, Americans becoming poorer and less free, and class warfare dividing us while lobbyists thrive:

Isn’t time for a president who understands the repercussions of bad policy, as opposed to establishment presidents who keep repeating the same mistakes over and over?

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Black This Out!

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New Campaign Ad

As Politico States, Ron Paul is making a $1 million ad buy in early voting states to coincide with direct mail and internet advertising by the campaign, to be complimented by TV, print, and door-to-door efforts by the grassroots and the Revolution SuperPAC.

Here is the first ad that will run of several new ones that have been produced for this media blitz:

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Now that Rick Perry has been exposed and his campaign is imploding, it’s time to go after Mitt Romney.

The Ron Paul grassroots presents as an appetizer, Multiple Choice Mitt, which will be massively promoted via social media, while flyers and mailers are used to promote the site and expose Romney. This is the first of several planned grassroots efforts to expose Romney in early primary states, and especially NH.

Promotion for the first major grassroots money bomb of the campaign cycle (as opposed to the multiple money bombs that have just raised $1-2 million in a day so far) continues for “Black THIS Out!”.


Meanwhile, in the first state to vote, The Iowa Republican asks: Is Ron Paul the New Iowa Frontrunner?

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PPP Poll for Florida, 9/22-9/25, +/- 4.5%

This is an interesting poll because FL is not considered a strong state for Ron Paul.

RP is just one point below Obama and tied with Romney for top matchup with Obama in the general election.

What is even more interesting is how RP crushes it with independents. This bodes very well for RP in states with open primaries as RP biggest problem is not the general election, but winning the GOP nomination given all the warmongering neocons in the base.

General Election Matchups:

Paul brings Obama to the lowest support level at 45%

• Obama 45%
• Paul 44%

• Obama 46%
• Romney 45%

• Obama 49%
• Bachmann 44%

• Obama 50%
• Perry 43%

• Obama 50%
• Gingrich 42%

Independents:

Paul crushes amongst the swing voters.

• Paul 52%
• Obama 37%

• Obama 45%
• Romney 42%

• Obama 47%
• Bachmann 43%

• Obama 47%
• Gingrich 38%

• Obama 53%
• Perry 40%

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Paul Campaign Raises $8 million in 3Q from over 100,000 Donors

Posted on Wed, Oct. 5, 2011
Paul Raises $8 Million From More Than 100,000 Donors
By Michael D. Shear
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Mr. Paul’s campaign said he received money from more than 100,000 people, almost five times the number who have contributed $17 million to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas since his entrance into the race.

Money has never been a problem for Mr. Paul, who is running his third campaign for the presidency. He does not raise a lot of cash from wealthy donors, but his supporters — many of them college students — contribute in droves.

In 2007, Mr. Paul raised $6 million in a one-day “money bomb” right before the Iowa caucuses. And in the second quarter of this year, Mr. Paul’s campaign brought in $4.5 million.

The funds go particularly far for Mr. Paul, whose campaign does not spend money on fancy buses, campaign consultants or elaborate headquarters. He also does run television commercials and must pay for travel across the early primary states.

“The amount and nature of donations to Ron Paul proves his fund-raising prowess and also demonstrates in real numbers the grass-roots support Dr. Paul receives from average Americans,” his campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, said in a statement.

No GOP candidate came close to Ron Paul in the number of donors.

Problem is, the deep pockets and the media prefer establishment candidate Romney, and the mainstream media is where most voters get the message the ruling class wants them to hear – and that message is not one that would keep the ruling class from controlling Washington D.C., which is Ron Paul’s message.

So, the grassroots will just keep hammering away…

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Latest RP campaign ad for early states:

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Occupy DC protestors support Ron Paul

The right hijacked the Tea Party movement from RP supporters, and now it looks like the left is trying to hijack these most recent anti-corporatism protests from RP supporters.

The RP grassroots has been very savvy about the various ‘Occupy” protests around the country (as with their previous End the Fed protests). The grassroots does not make these protests a blatant Ron Paul promotion tool, but rather we promote a Ron Paul message and subtly promote him at the events, but it looks like the establishment left is seeking to hijack a movement they did not start just like the establishment right did with the Tea Party movement.

Establishment political groups jumping on someone else’s ides like leeches and tics. Any surprise?

It’s politics, broken down to poli-tics, with the Latin “poli” being “many”, and tics being blood sucking parasites.

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Ron Paul Wins Social Conservative Value Voters Straw Poll

Surging Herman Cain comes in second.

Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann, running on socially conservative platforms that cater to evangelical Christians, finished down the pack.

Last election, libertarian leaning Ron Paul barely registered in this Important Straw Poll for social conservatives.

As Ron Paul told those at the Value Voters straw poll:

As ABC News’ Jason Volack reported, Rep. Paul spoke to the audience of hundreds of social conservatives in Washington earlier today, telling them that war was the greatest threat to the modern family.

The results:

Ron Paul – 37 percent
Herman Cain – 23 percent
Rick Santorum – 16 percent
Rick Perry – 8 percent
Michele Bachmann – 8 percent
Mitt Romney – 4 percent
Newt Gingrich – 3 percent
Jon Huntsman – 0 percent
Undecided – 1 percent

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WOW!  Ron Paul won the Conservative Values straw poll on an anti-war message? Now that's some conservative values I can get behind.

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The Ron Paul grassroots personally thanks the mainstream media for ignoring Ron Paul.

Why?

Because it's a great fundraising tool!

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Fox News Sunday had an interesting take on the state of the GOP race.

Romney is the sole frontrunner, but only 25% of Republicans support him, so it is still wide open.

They give a rundown of all the top candidates.

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Three days to go for the first major Ron Paul grassroots money bomb of this election cycle – Black THIS Out!

The push is on for 20,000 FaceBook “Likes” for Black THIS Out!

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Technical note: I'm interested to keep reading the new posts on this thread, but all those videos above take for ever to queue, and it's making this page impossible for me to scroll through easily. Doug, is there any way for me to turn off the embedded video queuing?  I only want to zoom down to the bottom to see the new post, not rewatch all those youtube videos.

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Ron Paul outlines his budget plan, proposes $1 trillion in cuts and a balanced budget by his third year in office.

Politico has the details.

I particularly like that Ron Paul will only take a $39,336 salary as president – the measly median income of the average American.

Many of the ideas are familiar from Paul’s staunch libertarianism, as well as tea party favorites like eliminating the departments of education and energy. But Paul goes further: he’ll propose immediately freezing spending by numerous government agencies at 2006 levels, the last time Republicans had complete control of the federal budget, and drastically reducing spending elsewhere. The EPA would see a 30 percent cut, the Food and Drug Administration would see one of 40 percent and foreign aid would be zeroed out immediately. He’d also take an ax to Pentagon funding for wars.

Medicaid, the children’s health insurance program, food stamps, family support programs and the children’s nutrition program would all be block-granted to the states and removed from the mandatory spending column of the federal budget. Some functions of eliminated departments, such as Pell Grants, would be continued elsewhere in the federal bureaucracy.

And in a noticeable nod to seniors during an election year when Social Security’s become an issue within the Republican primary, the campaign says that plan “honors our promise to our seniors and veterans, while allowing young workers to opt out.”

The federal workforce would be reduced by 10 percent, and the president’s pay would be cut to $39,336 — a level that the Paul document notes is “approximately equal to the median personal income of the American worker.”

Paul would also make far-reaching changes to federal tax policy, reducing the top corporate income tax rate to 15 percent, eliminating capital gains and dividends taxes, and allowing for repatriation of overseas capital without tax penalties. All Bush-era tax cuts would be extended.

EDIT: The entire plan by line item has Just Been Released.

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Saturday Night Live - Ron Paul not going away, ideologically pure, and tough as nails



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good  Ron Paul adds a lot to the debate. and he is a patriot. Only Ron Paul and Rick Perry served our country in uniform.

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Two New Campaign Ads

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Greece and Europe are our future. We are getting away with a lot because we are so big and so wealthy but billionaires have gone banrupt. We cannot continue to debase the currency without serious repercussions.

 Ron Paul has a point.

Meanwhile, none of this seems to be penetrating to Lower Merion or eastern Montgomery County. 8 November will tell us if the voters heard Ron Paul's message. I hope so.

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Hilarious breakdown of the GOP debate by Jon Stewart:

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Ron Paul highlights from the debate:

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Ron Paul Sums it all up on Meet the Press

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Who’s Ahead in Iowa?

The first votes get cast in the first state to vote on January 3rd.

From IowaCaucus.com:

Texas Rep. Ron Paul is the one candidate who consistently polls in double-digits in Iowa, has received more itemized individual contributions from Iowans than any other candidate in the field, and has more endorsements from the state’s GOP central committee than any other candidate in the race, according to none other than Gov. Terry Branstad.
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Paul also is the favorite to win the Jan. 3 Iowa precinct caucuses, according to The Iowa Independent’s panel of comprised of grassroots activists, state political reporters, consultants, academics and strategists.

One panelist said Paul is “the only candidate with an excited base and an excellent organization.” The challenge for Paul will to make sure all those enthusiastic college students come back from Christmas break in time to participate in the caucuses.

Questions persist about the depth of Paul’s support, but given the fractured nature of the GOP base, enthusiasm and organization could win the night come Jan. 3.

One thing is clear, Paul, who narrowly lost the Iowa Straw Poll two months ago, is getting more financial support from Iowans than any of his rivals. Granted, we’re not talking big bucks in terms of presidential campaigns, but Paul has received more money in itemized individual contributions from Iowa residents than his next closest competitor, Mitt Romney.

A Smart Politics analysis found that the Texas congressman has received $77,445 in itemized contributions from Iowa residents through the end of September. That’s 15 percent more than Romney’s $67,070 and the $31,038 Iowa native Michele Bachmann has collected from Iowans.

In fact, Smart Politics found Paul has netted more large-donor money from Iowans than Rick Perry, Cain, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, and Gary Johnson combined.

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Compare and contrast the behaviour and tactics of Ron Paul and Tea Party with the OWSers.

Ron Paul articulates a coherent position in a polite and respectful way as do his supporters; they don't insult, they don't trespass or make a mess or annoy people with relentless drumming and draw much bigger crowds.

Likewise the Tea Party which is respectful and articulate, does not trespass and which cleans up after itself.

Both Tea Party and Ron Paul respect the political process, both are authentic and sincere.

Howard Stern is devastating   http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/312960

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Ron Paul on Hannity This Evening

I’m not a fan of Hannity, but he was respectful to RP.

RP talks about budget cuts, student loans, national debt, another national credit downgrade, worldwide sovereign debt crises, other candidates offering no budget cuts, discussion of RP calling Hannity and Limbaugh statists because they are not leading the charge on budget cuts (Hannity disagrees), Hannity wants to be proactive in going after Muslim extremists and RP disagrees…

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"Oh my gosh. Ron Paul is making sense"

CNN guest says he was making sense at the last debate, has it right on student loans, could win Iowa, etc.

Will Rick Perry just stop doing debates?

Does a presidential race between Cain and Obama mean racism is over in America?

As discussed on CNN…

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This YouTube sums up why I support Ron Paul and can’t support any other GOP candidate.

Why is it that only one GOP candidate is calling for massive cuts in in the size and scope of government – including five cabinet level departments and $1 trillion in spending cuts his first year in office? Why are no other GOP candidates calling for substantial spending cuts? How can they call themselves “conservatives”?

Outside of Ron Paul, I see very difference between Obama and the GOP candidates. The GOP candidates who are most different from Obama are the ones doing the worst in the polls. Front runners Cain and Romney are hardly different from Obama or Bush or Clinton or the first Bush, yet they are leading the GOP pack for the moment.

Same foreign policy… same fiscal policy… same monetary policy… same size of government… same role of government.

Minor disagreements on who and what to tax, but that’s about it.

Quite simply, the establishment = the establishment, and regardless of party.

Odds are (though I can still hope) it will be Obama v. Romney, and no doubt Obama = Romney.

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Didn't Rick Perry call for the abolition of three cabinet level departments:  Education, Commerce, and Something-or-Other?

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Yeah, what was that third agency to cut?

The third agency Perry forgot from his “plan” is the Dept. of Energy.

When Perry could not think of it, Ron Paul suggested five like from his plan, and then someone offered up the EPA to “help” Perry and Perry accepted that until he was questioned on it.

The EPA is not one of the five agencies Ron Paul wants to cut, and Perry took the bait on the suggestion of the EPA – which would be a very politically unpopular cut.

Ooops…

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Ron Paul highlights from GOP debate last night.

Straight from the Austrian school of economics (which is ignored by the powers that be because our current Keynesian economic system benefits government, the wealthy, Wall street and Big Business at the expense of average Americans), and it was the Austrian business cycle theory (which is rejected by Big Government/crony capitalism Keynesians) which in turn allowed RP to predict the housing bubble and how it would play out and burst and why he stated back in 2003 the Damage Would Be Catastrophic – and it is primarily due to artificially low interest rates and easy credit by the Federal Reserve bank and government intervention/guarantees by the likes of Fannie and Freddie..

Yes, we can thank our government (in cahoots with Wall Street and Big Business) for the current economic catastrophe, and Europe can only blame their governments and Keynesian economic thinking for their sovereign debt crisis - which may make the crisis in the U.S. look like a walk in the park.

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Four way dead heat in the first-in-the-nation to vote Iowa per Bloomberg poll (+/- 4.4%).

Cain is dropping and his supporters are going to Newt, but that won’t last.

Iowa is wide open, and if RP were to win Iowa, it may open the door for an American Upset:

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Bloomberg Poll: Ron Paul in Solid 2nd Place in New Hampshire

Per a Bloomberg Poll yesterday, Ron Paul is solidly positioned in New Hampshire, which has its primary second after Iowa (see above post for latest Iowa polling results).

For NH Bloomberg has Romney a lock at 40%, Ron Paul at 17% and Newt Gingrich at 11%.

A Paul win in Iowa with Romney 2nd and a Romney win in NH with Paul 2nd makes it a two person race going into SC and NV.

SC is not fond of Romney or Paul. I could see Gingrich or Perry taking SC, unless Romney or Paul really catch their interest.

NV will be all over Ron Paul.

Then Super Tuesday, and it could be a two person race with corporatist, establishment candidate Romney against the only true anti-establishment candidate – Ron Paul.

Could the Consistent Candidate win?

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Wow! Excellent commentary. This is on Fox News? What a pleasant surprise!

Can we please end this thread and start a new one? It is a million miles long and it takes my computer about 15 minutes to queue up 100 Youtube videos before I can scroll down.

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Appreciate the input, but I put this thread together so I would not spam with new threads on the same topic and while I am a Ron Paul supporter, others may not be.

Those who don’t support Ron Paul and have seen what this thread is about (as well as those who have computers/internet access with slow loading pages) can just choose not to click on this blog thread when a new post is made.

I find this page loads a little slower than others with all the YouTube’s, but it’s not a terrible wait.

Since it really seems to bother you, just ignore the thread.

Also, my favorite highlights from the last NH debate. Thankfully, we won’t have to worry chickenhawk Newt Gingrich bombing the entire world or Rick Santorum banning contraception and eliminating our privacy rights as provided by the Fourth Amendment.

It’s a two person race between Paul and Romney as only RP has the support, organization, ground game and money to take this to the end outside of Mittens. This will go on for the next ten months and Romney will look worse and worse as he and RP become the focus in the debates as other candidates drop out – as most, if not all others will over the next two primaries by month’s end.

Romney is the “presumptive” nominee and the establishment choice and while you never know, he should get the nomination.

However, RP will have a LOT of delegates at the Republican National Convention.

He will be the spoiler, or the “kingmaker” if you will (all presidents act as if they are kings with their executive orders – another reason to like RP as the executive orders we see are mostly an unconstitutional usurpation of presidential authority – like those that start these undeclared, unconstitutional wars).

RP does not even have to run 3rd party. If the GOP does not start treating RP well and adopting some of his views, I and a LOT of RP supporters will sit out the general election and Obama will win. The mantra in the RP grassroots is “No One But Paul”.

Outside of a few issues, I see no difference between Mitt Obama on foreign policy, monetary policy, fiscal policy, spending, debt, deficit spending, bailouts, catering to lobbyists, catering to Wall Street, etc., etc. They are establishment hacks who sell average Americans down the river to Wall Street, large corporations, the military industrial complex, etc., etc. for power and political gain.

I could never cast a vote for either in good conscience.

Last election I refused to vote for Obama or McCain, though I always go to the polls on election day and vote holding my nose for some while casting protest votes for many - and that's what the young people who have caught on to RP are doing.

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I'd like to go on reading because I'm interested. My computer is probably a lot older than yours. Anyway, I found a setting for the browser to turn off the Youtube vids and just show me text so all's well.

Still , for the number of Rick Perry threads we get around here I'm sure we could afford a few more Ron Paul threads.

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Ron Paul Surging in South Carolina

Last week RP was at 9% in SC, and this week he is at 20%, per The ARG Poll - which has been quite accurate.

Gingrich and Romney have remained steady at 25% and 29% respectively, but RP is within striking distance and another week like last week makes it a down-to-the-wire race as only RP is gaining ground with the electorate.

I expect RP to finish near the top and continue the two person race with Romney all the way to the end (a win, place or show makes RP the only candidate to do so besides Romney in the first three states). RP wants to win, but it is otherwise about delegates and perhaps even forcing a brokered convention – which is the last thing the GOP wants (tough cookies to the establishment).

A second RP SuperPAC (the Revolution SuperPAC is the big one – all funded by average Americans and not millionaires) has this ad running in SC, which has a huge current and former military population.

RP has also stated he will forgo the $400,000 annual presidential pay and take a salary of $39,000 on par with average Americans.

Why can’t all these multi-millionaire candidates afford to do this?

CNN breakdown on the homes of the candidates:

Romney: Has 6 homes. The one featured is his main home valued at $10 million.
Paul: Has a large rancher valued at $325K
Huntsman: A 12 bedroom, 16 bath home valued at $50 million
Newt: Lives in a VA area where all the power brokers live, valued at $995K
Santorum: Lives in the most affluent town in America. Home valued at $2 million
Perry: Is renting a home while the governor's mansion is being renovated. Monthly rent: $9900

Edit: Latest RevolutionPAC ad for SC and its large military population:

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Ron Paul on the House Floor Today Regarding the Odious and Unconstitutional NDAA

I thought Obama and the Democrats were supposed to be the party of civil liberties?

Oh, that’s right. There is no difference between the two political parties that seek power and control over citizens for their own personal, political and financial gain.

The YouTube is only 3 minutes 37 seconds. The rest is blank, so it is not that long:

On a side note, many in the NFL support Ron Paul!

Here is all-pro Houston Texans running back Arian Foster speaking to his support of RP during a playoff game the other week (may need to turn up volume):

Here all-pro Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis shows his colors:

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Nobody in Power in Government Wants Change

Why? It scares them to death because they would lose their power and control over us.

At the same time, too many citizens are afraid to rock the boat. They either fear change themselves, they fear not “fitting in” as part of the status quo, or they fear being smeared and attacked for standing up to the establishment powers that be.

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