This is my favorite and perhaps the best youtube video ever! I can’t believe I’ve never shared it here before! This educational video eloquently defines what “Liberty” is in the political sense in a principled way that is so easy to comprehend that I think every child above 1st grade should see it. =) Hopefully this video gets you thinking and provides some principled stability to your reasoning on politics and justice. If you have any further insights and thoughts on it, please share. I hope you enjoy, and remember… love thy neighbor!
I just found from52to48withlove on del.icio.us, which visually speaks the message of unity in our country across political lines. We all make different judgments and have our opinions on what the most important problems are, how they should be addressed, and which candidate is best suited for the job. We have our differences, but we also have so much in common – love of our country.
The site talks mentions Red (Republican) and Blue (Democrat) states or voters, but I think left out us White (Libertarian, 3rd parties, independent…) voters! Oh well, in time they’ll see we really are in that “middle ground” and can truly bridge the polar opposites the Republicans and Democrats have come to represent. Candidates like Ron Paul attracted so many supporters from the across the entire spectrum of political affiliations, and I think, in time, the American people will get there too.
This is my favorite image, so cute, so beautiful and to the point!
Here are the Official MD 2008 Election Results. I was surprised to see that McCain beat Obama 2-1 in my own precinct, and beat Obama by 2.2% in my county of Anne Arundel. State-wide however, Obama won 61.1% to McCain’s 37.3%. Bob Barr turned up 0.4% in both Anne Arundel and on the whole state-wide.
The campaign for liberty is already looking ahead to the next election and trying to recruit precint leaders for as many areas as possible. Sign up at campaignforliberty.com.
This is a fairly late announcement I know, but after Ron Paul dropped out of the race months ago… I was just too distraught to look at the other 3rd party candidates much. I’ve finally been hearing more and more about Bob Barr though, and I think the guy he says he is “now” is pretty good… good enough to be President… and a much better pick than the offerings from the two main parties!
In general, he doesn’t have quite the impeccable voting track record or moral compass in his personal life as Ron Paul, but Bob Barr was a Republican Congressman who saw how bad the party had become after 9/11 with the big government neo-conservatives (thoughtlessly sacrificing liberty for the perception of safety and more government) and so he got out… and joined the Libertarian party in 2006. He is pro-life, pro-marriage, anti-war, wants to maximize civil liberty & states rights, minimize the federal government, knows a thing or two about international affairs and defense, and so all of these things sound like are a great mix for me.
The sad thing is, he’s just now recently come to a very stunning 180-degree turn around on some issues he’s held in the past (drug war, abortion, personal/religious restrictions, others)… and has historically dramatically shifted his views. =( However, now he is very much in favor of considering the harm reduction principle and leaving many of these failed policy decisions to the states, avoiding a “one-size-fits-all” federal solution.
Quick facts: He’s 59, born in Iowa, traveled the world with military father who was trained in engineering, attended high school in Tehran Iran, worked at the CIA as an analyst for 8 years, started a law practice in Georgia, has degree in International Affairs, is married to his 3rd wife, regrets voting for the Patriot Act and voting to authorize the Iraq War.
Ultimately, this vote is about CHANGE, about CHANGING the TWO PARTY system we have, and restoring the conservative platform to the Republican party which the NeoCons have stolen! This vote is a vote for our CONSTITUTION, for limited government, for LIBERTY… or in the words of William Wallace (Braveheart) “FREEEEEEDDOOOOMMM!”.
After all of the “Ron Paul” posts I’ve made to this blog in recent months, I think it’s only fitting that I provide some closure and a “final tribute” to the Ron Paul campaign for president. Many, including myself, say: Dr. Ron Paul certainly “cured my apathy” for politics. He sparked a deep passion in not only me, but many Americans across the country who valued his well reasoned arguments, and the principles of liberty, freedom and justice to guide our country to prosperity, peace and respect in the world. I feel Ron Paul was the best candidate for the 2008 election and hope for our country, but the R[evol]ution he ignited still burns on… Read the rest of this entry »
Though the Maryland election has passed, and McCain has won the republican ticket, I am still a part of the Revolution for change in our country – “Ron Paul” style. Just yesterday I read a fairly recent article, A Word from Ron Paul on Forbes.com (March 4, 2008) and his message on how to fix our monetary system policy was reinvigorating for me, especially after not hearing much about him in the news for weeks. Sure enough, he was the first to respond with a short essay to Forbes on what he feels are the most important issues “facing the nation at this moment in time”. Some quotes I love to take from it are:
This is the first time in over 100 years that monetary policy is being discussed in earnest during a presidential campaign… For over 30 years, I have been urging all Americans to educate themselves about monetary policy in order to better understand how… the Fed and the Treasury Department wield tremendous power over our lives.
The key to tax reform lies in spending reform… Lower taxes and less government spending will put more money in your pocket. A sound monetary policy will increase the value of that money and drive down the costs of living.
According to David Walker, former head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, “We are mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren at record rates, and that is not only an issue of fiscal irresponsibility, it’s an issue of immorality.”
Now if you think that “Mitt Romney” would be the best candidate to “fix the economy” due to his success in business, I have to remind you that his success to turn businesses around depended upon the success of the economy. Ron Paul has been studying economics for decades and has served since 1997 on the House Financial Services committee and the Joint Economic Committee. Paul has the experience and wisdom to fix the economy, he’s had it for over 30 years!
Here’s a popular YouTube clip of Ron Paul on the economy… which is merely “A House of Cards ” waiting to tumble as we’ve become a nation funding a war on “terrorism” in two countries and artificially stimulating our own weak economy by ‘charging a credit card’ to China and other nations to hold our debt.
There are perhaps a few of you “tech geeks” out there reading this blog, but do you know who would be the most “tech friendly” candidate for President?! Based on this survey on news.com, it appears to be Ron Paul or Barack Obama. Actually, “Only Barack Obama and Ron Paul gave us forthright replies, and they deserve credit for their directness.” Both candidates gave nearly identical responses, however a few of Paul’s were emphasized as “strong no”! (I like his style!) The only question with notable differences, would be the net neutrality issue – and I feel that has solely to do with the format of the question. Ron Paul is the most “Net neutral” candidate because he wants the government to “keep their hands off” of it. As the question was posed:
Q: Congress has considered Net neutrality legislation, but it never became law. Do you support the legislation that was re-introduced in 2007 (S 215), which gives the FCC the power to punish “discriminatory” conduct by broadband providers?
This makes the question murky, because it’s questioning “Net neutrality” and then adding in that the FCC should decide if neutrality was achieved or not – instead of the courts! So I see that as a problem question. In the end, the Net should stay as neutral as possible to prevent creating “classes” of users and traffic, which is simply another tool for the telecoms to use to charge you more money. Read more for a brief background on Net neutrality. Read the rest of this entry »
On February 1st, Dr. Ron and Carol Paul will celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary! As a wedding gift, why don’t you contribute to the “51 Years” money bomb for the Ron Paul 2008 campaign! You’d not only be supporting the best candidate to be President of the United States, you’d also be supporting THE candidate that stands for family values, moral principles, and of course – liberty!
Today is the March for Life in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.! Last year I joined the March for Life in San Francisco, and after today I will have marched for life on both coasts! There is no issue more important to me than the preservation of Life – and this falls into politics as well with abortion and war (see entry below) – which is why I encourage you all to vote “Dr. Ron Paul for Life”.
When it comes to the other candidates, all of the Democrats are for abortion and of the republicans – both Guiliani and Romney have been vocal and resolute for abortion “rights”. McCain while opposing abortion as birth control (but not incest/rape) he is adamant on federal funds for embryonic stem cell research in this EWTN video however EWTN says Ron Paul is a great Right-to-Life candidate. The problem with abortion “rights” is that no one has the “right” to murder. No one has the right to take your life and you have no right to take another’s. This stems from the very Philosophy of Liberty. Also, no other candidate promotes all “Pro-Life” issues like Ron Paul, who by principle is against: abortion, the death penalty, federally subsidizing embryonic stem cell research and unjust war (following the Christian “Just War Theory”). See just how compatible Dr. Ron Paul and Pope John Paul II are on Pro-Life issues!
Abortion is a matter of “principle”, not “privacy”. Dr. Ron Paul (OBGYN) is “the man of principle” and the ONLY Pro-Life and Pro-Peace candidate running for the Presidency. The Philosophy of Liberty is to protect both Life and Liberty – you cannot protect Liberty without protecting Life! (the ultimate liberty).
Ron Paul is the ONLY ONE who opposes PREEMPTIVE WAR. He follows the “Just War Theory” and is the only true practicing Christian that I see running for the presidency. Please consider the ideology of Preemptive Nuclear War & Christianity… blessed be the peacemakers, blessed be Dr. Ron Paul.
Not only was invading Iraq a SERIOUS mistake (preemptively attacking a country that did not even threaten us and effectively did not even have the capability to threaten us or its neighbors) that precipitated over 650,000 civilian deaths and over 1.2 million displaced people… only Ron Paul has LEARNED FROM THIS MISTAKE and would not repeat the same mistake with Iran or any other country. You need to know that: Ron Paul Reads the Frickin’ Constitution
Thank God that Ron Paul places diplomacy over war with regards to the Iranian threat or any other “nation that threatens the U.S.A.”
update 20071215: All of the republican candidates, other than Dr. Ron Paul, look like (and in my humble opinion simply are) idiots when it comes to foreign policy, intelligence, and war. The December 2007 NIE “Iran: Nuclear Intentions & Capabilities” (pdf) clearly points this out. As President, I want a leader who can rationalize and think on his own two feet about threats to our nation, and not simply be another sheep from the fold who panders to whichever direction the popular rhetoric takes them… especially when it leads to war and further opportunities for the executive branch to abuse the Constitution of the United States and trample liberties, let alone leave our nation at greater risk and increased hatred around the world. Dear Lord help us!
The Ron Paul Blimp fund raiser has succeeded, and now Ron Paul will become the first presidential candidate to have his own blimp! This is a message from the “people”, not the mainstream media, so listen up and be a part of it – the Ron Paul Love Revolution – or live with the consequences. Read the writings on the walls, Ron Paul supporters are everywhere around you, listen to their voices via the Internet!
Ron Paul subscribes to the “Original Foreign Policy” of the founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson (â€œPeace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations- entangling alliances with none.â€) and George Washington (â€œAct for ourselves and not for others,â€ by forming an â€œAmerican character wholly free of foreign attachments.â€).
Noninterventionism is not isolationism. Nonintervention simply means America does not interfere militarily, financially, or covertly in the internal affairs of other nations. It does not mean we that we isolate ourselves; on the contrary, our founders advocated open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.
Ron Paul shares that he feels our current interventionist “foreign policy” in the middle east is more of a threat than the risk of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon in the following Face the Nation interview from 11/11/2007. (The whole interview is great, but the foreign policy starts at 1:45)
Update: â€œSetting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.â€ – Ron Paul
Buy the Book Congressman Paul has been speaking out against a foreign policy of interventionism since he first entered Congress in 1976. A Foreign Policy of Freedom features speeches and writings beginning with Dr. Paulâ€™s first term in Congress and continuing through the present day.
I love my country, I fear my government. I honor my grandfather and his brothers who fought in WWII, my father (uncle & aunt also) who served in the armed forces, and especially my brother and friends who have gone off to fight in Iraq. They’ve all sacrificed for our country, thank God they are all still alive, but every veterans day I’m also haunted by the reasons our country has gone to war since WWII…
Being a veteran, I can’t help but feel a certain remorse every year on Veterans Day because I know that all those who have died in combat since World War II died for nothing. I know that they were wounded for nothing and that they have suffered for nothing.
Except for World War II, there has not been a single American soldier that died defending our liberties. Not one has been wounded in defense of our country. Not one has suffered in order that we might live free
Our soldiers are not used to defend our liberties. They are just used. They are used to pacify the ego and carry out the policy of the American president and his main thinkers.
It’s not that we shouldn’t honor our veterans. Of course we should. But we should honor them with the truth. They sacrifice their lives and take the bullets and do the killing and endure the suffering in order to pacify the ego of the American president and to carry out his policies. Not since World War II, has it had anything to do with defending our liberties and way of life.
Since wars have been started politically, it only makes sense for me to address the note that Ron Paul will not lead us into any more unjust wars – and will always follow the Constitution that wars are not started by a president, but “declared by Congress”, (edit) in order to defend the liberties of our country. Here’s a solemn video reminder of the effects of our war in Iraq, our economy, and why we need a Tea Party in 2007:
While the November 5thmoneybomb was good ron Ron Paul, racking in over $4.3 million… and there was perhaps some moderate fund raising success on Veterans Day November 11th… however the Big Stand for Freedom is scheduled to take place on this December 16th in commemoration of the Boston Tea Party – the date in history when Americans finally said “Enough is enough!” and so began our original revolution against an unjust government in order to create a republic based on democracy, with a limited role of government, in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness for all!
How better to commemorate this day — a day in our nation’s history when “we the people” took that first great stand for freedom — than to show your support for our Country and our Constitution by contributing $100 or more to the Ron Paul campaign in order to spread this “freedom message” to all!
Please see this great video below, and believe that “we” can make a difference. The time is now to donate and educate for the primaries!
You can also lend your support in spreading Ron Paul’s message during the nation-wide sign wave on Dec 1st and 2nd. Please see the How To Sign Wave Video on youtube for ideas and suggestions on how you can help!
In the 24 hours of the This November 5th campaign, over $4.3 million was donated by over 35,000 grassroot supporters to the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign! While this is not quite half of the $10 million goal, it was still a very impressive amount for a single day of contributions for any candidate. This success was covered by ABC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. I’m proud to say that I contributed to this success with $200 of my own very limited funds. It was a challenge and sacrifice for me to do this, but I also know that I would sincerely regret _not_ donating to such a cause so important in our time as that of saving our country and our constitution! Ron Paul is the only person we can count on to do this!