Endorsement for Ron Paul
I see a serious situation happening here in our country and I can no longer remain silent.
I am a person that works hard for others, I find value in the sense of community, I feel passionately about health freedom, I am a strong advocate for peace, I take our constitution very seriously and I am saddened by the violations that I see taking place. I cannot stand by, powerless, and allow corporate and corrupt government politicians rape the freedoms that we hold dear. I strongly believe that this is our last chance to take action. We are heading down a path that I cannot imagine will turn out victorious unless we completely change the way we think, act, do business, and vote. Yes, VOTE. I am a diligent researcher and I read many books and journals in the fields of health care, politics, spiritual science, education and relationships. I am not a perfect person, but I do have a strong sense of what is right. And right now, I am afraid to say that our country is not currently aligned with that ideal.
Yesterday, a miracle occurred. Over 35,000 people agreed with me and offered a small token to a campaign for a man who is not necessarily photogenic. He is not a media groomed politician, he is not backed by the big companies, unions, and special interests of our American power brokerage. But he is a man with principles. He is the real deal. His campaign is not about him, it is about America. It is not about power and control, it is about returning that power to us, the people.
I have heard some say that he cannot win, he is not leading in the media controlled polls, he will split the vote. Well, yesterday he did something phenomenal. 35,000 other Americans from all walks of life agreed with me and offered a donation to this campaign that set a record. Ron Paul is now the one conservative candidate who has received the largest single day of donations during this campaign for the presidency of 2008. That is over 4 million dollars. Even if you don’t think you could support a Republican. Even if you think you want to vote for the pretty guy, or the black guy or the first woman, or the ex-POW or the 9/11 symbol, please, take a minute to study the options before you make a decision this time around, because this may be the last time we do this thing called a presidential election. Make your choice wisely. Stay informed and be careful what you see on TV.
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Ellyn - I am a Republican and I respect and in a way 'like' Ron Paul. That said, he leans more towards the libertarian side of things - which isn't bad, just not practical in today's world. He is also (IMO) an isolationist and does not want to accept that the USA is the lone superpower that actually has any roots in democratic rule and liberty for all. That role in the world carries immense responsibilities and I just don't think Ron Paul 'gets it'.Posted by Michael on November 10, 2007 03:05 PM
Put Impeachment ON The Table of the House Judiciary Committee
This week Dennis Kucinich led an heroic effort to put the impeachment of Dick Cheney ON the table by requesting a floor vote on H.Res. 333. As expected, BushDemocrat Steny Hoyer moved to table the bill. And then all hell broke loose as 165 Republicans voted with Kucinich and 85 brave Democrats to force a debate on impeachment over the objections of Nancy Pelosi. To block that debate, Hoyer moved to send H.Res. 333 back to the Judiciary Committee, and this motion passed. Watch David Swanson explain the events to Paul Jay of The Real News .
So what do we do next to move impeachment forward?
1. Email all of the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee:
and call them:
JVB, This letter writer is talking about Ron Paul, not ranting about an impeachment that will never occur. Are you incompentent or just plain stupid? Stick to the topic or find another forum.Posted by on November 10, 2007 05:58 PM
Two responses.One unrelated to Ron and the Libertarians,the other a polite but somewhat canned rehash of the major parties' position on the Libertarian view .The Republicans and the Democrats are united in viewing the citizen as the property of and subservient to government, and differ from each other only on methodology of property management. The major parties and the government they take turns running all consider their greatest threat the citizen who says "no".The Libertarians consider that citizen democracy's very best friend.Posted by Jimminy on November 10, 2007 06:08 PM
I disagree with Michael in the sense that Paul is hardly an isolationist in the true sense of the word. I think Ron Paul really feels that the current administration and it's cavalier, cowboy foreign policy is part of the problem and not the solution. Furthermore, the administration of George Bush has hardly responsibly carried out our responsibilities as a superpower that espouses freedom and liberty for all. I'd say neither Iraq nor Afghanistan has either.
I agree with Jimminy. I think that the two major parties can't handle it when their policies and dogma are exposed by someone with the integrity of Ron Paul... integrity that both the Dumbos and Repugnants are sorely lacking.Posted by Gandalf on November 10, 2007 07:54 PM
I don't know that there really are two parties anymore. Both think the same, both have the same agenda, both will do anything to win, no matter how nasty they have to get.
My advice: vote American..forget either party, they had their chance !
Ellyn Hilliard of Boulder,
An endorsement for a presidential candidate from a person from Boulder is a sure kiss of death. You go girl!!Posted by on November 10, 2007 11:02 PM
I am always intrigued and surprised whenever anyone uses the term "cowboy" in a negative manner to describe someone's behavior or a as a wide sweeping generalization applying to how a POTUS (usually GOP) manages US foreign policy. I have seen this under President Reagan and now also under President Bush.
One of the most respected and honored American icons is the cowboy - loyal, brave, defender of ther weak, always ready to ride over the hill to save the town or the damsel in distress. Where does this use of the term "cowboy' come from (mainly from the left) that makes us want to classify those attributes as a negative? I am proud when our POTUS behaves like a "cowboy". I prefer that to the constant talking and blathering that is so much preferred as a method of solving problems by the French, the UN, the liberal Democrats, and most of the world for that matter. I'll take the cowboy over them anyday when I need something done or if I need to be rescued.
Michael,you must remember there is a reason that the Democrats hate "cowboys".First they had the courage to carry a gun for self defense.They were willing to fight if they were attacked.They were independent and did not have to depend on the government.They believed in being free.These are all the things that Democrats are not.The Democrats have to make the "cowboy" look bad so people will not notice what cowards Democrats really are.Take it as a compliment when the Democrats say bad things about the cowboy.Remember the Democrats want us to look up to the "gay male" which is just a "Democrat Male".Posted by An American on November 11, 2007 08:53 AM
The Cowboy Code By Gene Autry
1. The cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. He must always tell the truth.
4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6. He must help people in distress.
7. He must be a good worker.
8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation's laws.
10. The Cowboy is a patriot.Posted by Holy Reality on November 11, 2007 09:20 AM
Cowboys are some of the best people I've ever met. But then, they're real cowboys.Posted by b on November 11, 2007 09:20 AM
ELLYN,I have have a question for you.Why don't you idiots ever find out the facts before you make a dumb-ass stupid post?Posted by Keith on November 11, 2007 09:25 AM
Keith, maybe because you've got them all locked up. The deity or something apparently gave you, and you alone, access to all the "facts". It just forgot to send the memo informing the rest of us of that "fact" Other than that the only "facts" I think one needs acquainted with is that generally folks like yourself are meglomaniacal, self-centered,self-absorbed, self-righteous,and sanctimonious to a fault and just generally all around boors. There's some "facts" for you.Posted by davis X. Machina on November 11, 2007 09:42 AM
I don't think Ron is realistic in his view of world economy; we can't just stop all of the agreements we have made. I can imagine how other countries would look at that as a "foreign policy" . Overall I can agree with Ron on most issues but so far the reality is he will not get the nomination. Also his stand on abortion will not get most swing votes which in my opinion is what will win this election.Posted by brain on November 11, 2007 09:57 AM
I'm waiting to see who'll run as an independant. So far none of the contenders seem the right choice for POTUS.Posted by KW on November 11, 2007 12:25 PM
I'm surprised that one of the other Republican nominees doesn't adopt Ron's position on the war. This is the secret to Ron's success....not his libertarian stances. I guess it just goes to show you that the mainstream republican candidates STILL don't get it. Either start representing the vast majority of the American people or the beatings will continue.Posted by jay on November 11, 2007 01:43 PM
Up front: This post is not about Ron Paul but about "cowboys".
I think when the term "cowboy" is used in a negative way, it generally means acting independently without the interests of the world being of any concern. It is not about the lanky,steer riding hero of the Gene Autry days! More so, people worry that the nation today feels it has a manifest destiny to order the world according to our notions of right and wrong. The current "cowboy" thinking goes that we have left everyone else behind in the dust morally,and now have a priviledged relationship with God, where it is his pleasure to have America spread the correct way of life throughout his domain. To the world at large, it must seem we are real cowboys when, for example, we are the only nation at the olympic games to not lower our flag to the host country's dignitaries (old glory dips to noone). We are the only nation in the world to not allow its troops to be commanded by foreign leaders. We can break out of signed agreements arbitrarily (ARM)if the current administration decides they are bad for this nation and not enter others that might save the planet(Kyoto) because it is bad for our economy and the Chinese haven't signed (by God, we'll all go down together rather than give them an edge). We don't feel we have to conform to world court rulings not in our favor. The neocons may think that is okay, but I ask you, what would you say if every other nation acted that way? what world order would exist then? Does might then make right? should everyone try for the bomb?
make fun of the French, make fun of the Germans, make fun of the Canadians, but they are now the glue that holds the world together after this adminstration has made us the most irrelevant (except for our bombs) nation in the world because of its "cowboy approach to international relations!
All this rambling about cowboys, left and right wingnuts and what each are and are not is just, for the most part, a juvenile, school yard pisssing contest. The real issue is the changes needed in how our elected representatives represent us. And, one or two comments agree, the only way to take back government of the people, for the people and by the people, is to get rid of the corruption and vote in people who understand they work for us, are payed by us and are responsible to only us, not any form of special interests and certainly having nothing to do with the lame ass excuse of political expediency which hides the legislative corruption by special interests.
Ron Paul would be a breath of fresh air and I don't care if he doesn't know everything, at least I believe he's smart enough to surround himself with people who, collectively, do know just about everything, unlike most of the Presidents since John Keneddy who have surrounded themselves with yes men.
Radical problems can only be solved by redical solutions. And just for the idiots who think radical means bad: Radical, adj, definition; of or from the root or roots; going to the foundation or source of something; fundamental; basic.
Is that not what we should be doing, getting back to the foundation, the fundamental bedrock of the Constitution of these United States of America and the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments, it contains, unmessed up by zealots and fanantics, which guaranties the cherished Freedom, Justice and Liberty we used to enjoy to the fullest degree before the politicians got to screwing with it.Posted by Allen Campbell on November 12, 2007 06:31 AM
I'll take the cowboy over them anyday when I need something done or if I need to be rescued.
Posted by Michael
Don't suppose you will be signing up? Nope didn't think so, there is something about the hardcore right wingers that feel others should do the service. I think it is a false sense of entitlement. And the "cowboy" as you name him is really nothing more than a "monument to priviledge". He is stubborn allright but only when other people are actually risking anything.Posted by Obvious on November 12, 2007 07:23 AM
Ron Paul for dogcatcherPosted by ad hominem on November 12, 2007 07:26 AM
Why are we talking about Ron Paul.He has 0% chance of being president.I think Obvious would look up to the "gay male".Posted by An American on November 12, 2007 07:56 AM
And ad hominen for Dictator? Juvenile comment at best.Posted by Allen Campbell on November 12, 2007 08:00 AM
Allen I like what you said that you support the first ten Amendments of the Constitution.Have you joined the NRA to support the Second Amendment yet?Posted by An American on November 12, 2007 08:05 AM
I meant nem, typo. But doesn't ad hominem mean you don't consider any opinion but your own, ergo; a zealot, fanantic and brain dead fool who would follow his own thinking over the edge of a cliff into the fetid swamp of unreasonable thought and tyrannical rule.Posted by Allen Campbell on November 12, 2007 08:10 AM
A Cowboy is not a "monument to priviledge" as you say - quite the opposite - a cowboy is a monument to personal responsibility, loyalty to your family, loyalty to your country, loyal to your beliefs and religion, and loyal to your duty on the job. All traditional American values.
I think you have a cowboy confused with a hard core left winger who believes it is a collective social responsibility for himself and his own well being and personal responsibility is not in the vocabulary.
Do you have any values obvious, other than loyalty to the Democratic party and the UN?
I'm not to worried about the second amendment. I worried about the corruption of our legislators who, if they could get away with it, would dilute or do away with All our rights, and over zealousness is unjustifiable in any cause.Posted by Allen Campbell on November 12, 2007 08:17 AM
From the debates:
"Those 18 guys who flew into the WTC where just a bunch of thugs."
That's pretty close to Paul's exact words--and all you need to know--he thinks that "they were just thugs"--not to trust this guy with protecting America and securing our safety.Posted by Hank on November 12, 2007 08:19 AM
I was speaking to Cowboys in general, not to your derangement issues with President Bush. Next time I suppose I'll read your post a little more carefully - I expect the same from you.
Besides, He is not my hero nor do I agree with everything he has done. I guess if he was a "C" average where does that put your master John Kerry?
Anyway, Put the subject where you will, but my description of cowboy was a generalization - do I need to put disclaimers on everyhting to keep dense people like you in line?
No I respect "cowboys" Jack, but only real ones. Bush is a phoney.Posted by Obvious on November 12, 2007 08:40 AM
05:58: When you learn how to spell incompetent I will stop acting stupid.Posted by JVB on November 12, 2007 09:16 AM
A real cowboy, which I was at one time, would not be part of any political ideological beliefs touted today by either the republican or democrat party because both of these major parties are intent on usurping our freedoms, in one way or the other, and freedom was and is the most important part of a cowboy's belief system, and although most do not think of it that way, they sure as hell they live it that way.
Complication is another thing they don't like much because that can get you hurt or even killed. Think before you act to find the most simple way of doing something that covers all the factors of what you are doing, then do it.
And they never talk about the past except in remembrance of the leasons it can teach or in fondness for loved ones. Arguements and fights are forgotten once they are resolved because they know the fortunes of the day are more than sufficient enough to be dealt with.
They don't carry unnecessary baggage, either physical or emotional, with them because it slows them down and gets in the way when things need doing.
And they would rather be alone than surrounded by impracticable, foolish and arrogant people and that, above all else, keeps them from enjoying the company of politics and politicians, by and large.Posted by Allen Campbell on November 12, 2007 09:35 AM
Calling W a cowboy is an insult to cowboys.
Keith seriously needs rabies shots.
If you believe in the Bill of Rights, as part of the Constitution, you should vote for Ron Paul
If you like what the UN has done in Darfur or Kosovo, vote for someone else. The powers that be will soon mandate that we give up our national sovereignty to the UN.
Two Elks is right, it doesn't matter if we vote in a Republican or Democrat, none of the big issues ever change, they only get worse. So vote for someone else.
And who here wants to cozy up with the IRS?
Ron Paul would work to replace them with a tax system that is fair, and understandable.
How about the Federal Reserve, the group of private bankers getting rich by charging us a fee to print up our nations currency?
An ultra-rich group whose biggest thrills is taking from the poor to give to the rich.
If they were telling the truth right now we would all be aware of inflation at about 10-12%, not the 2-3% they continually lie to us about. Ron Paul wants to do away with the FED as they are here to enrich themselves, at the expense of the citizens of the USA.
Observer sounds like he/she is ready to bend over and hand our national sovereignty, among other things to the UN.
Even if you don't think Ron Paul has a snowballs chance in Tijuanna, vote for him.
This coming from someone who has almost always voted republican. Ellyn is probably right, this may be the last chance we have to keep this a nation of laws, not a nation of corporate rulers.
Vote for integrity, honest words, no double-speak. Vote for reducing the size and control of the Federal government, and for the preservation of the Constitution. Vote to retain your liberty, and for the future you will leave your children and grand children. Don't vote for anyone who will continue with more of the same. Don't vote for those who have sold their sole to multinational corporations for campaign contributions. Don't vote for those silver-spoon freaks that we have been forced to choose from for so long.
Go to YOUTUBE and search Ron Paul speeches, and learn who he is.
Allen Campbell on another posting was ,as he said ,a "hero".Now he was a "cowboy".Tomorrow he my be a"Drag Queen".Stay tuned for the Campbell adventures.Posted by An American on November 12, 2007 03:17 PM
I think some people posting here do not understand the importance of the Second Amendment.It is the only right that in the final analysis can stop the government from taking the rest of your rights.When the government moves on that right you know they intend you harm.The Democrats have started that move some time ago.The tyrants throughout history have wanted to disarm the citizen.The best chance we have of stopping them is to be armed.Not that we have to use the arms but just the presence of them everywhere deters evil.We can talk about rights we think we may be losing that could be open to speculation.There is no guessing when it comes to the Second Amendment.It is clear and clearly in danger from the Democrat party.Posted by An American on November 12, 2007 03:34 PM
That's pretty close to Paul's exact words--and all you need to know--he thinks that "they were just thugs"--not to trust this guy with protecting America and securing our safety."
You don't think they were thugs? Do you hold them in higher esteem? What is your point?Posted by Charles B on November 12, 2007 06:01 PM
Great letter. Ron Paul raised $4.2 million last Monday and the Rocky didn't say a word about this most major event. Ron Paul is no longer just a "curiosity candidate". He is a force to be reckoned with. www.ronpaul2008.comPosted by Doug Newman on November 12, 2007 09:50 PM
Just to piss off both hardcore party affiliates, everyone should vote for Ron Paul.
We'll see if the electronic ballots are for real or just for show.
As always An American embarasses himself and those who line up on his side. The man is a total hypocritical COWARD. A chickenshawk who loves guns but is too afraid to fight in the war and use them! What a worthless unpatriotic piece of sh*t he is. A cowardly traitior who refuses to serve his country and hides because those who do. Why is he such a coward? Why wont he enlist and fight in the war? Why has he never served in the military? I think he is either a coward or a terrorist traitor sent here to create discord.Posted by htieK on November 13, 2007 03:10 PM