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RSDavis
02-28-2008, 04:49 PM
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Ron Paul Roundup (02-28-08)
by RS Davis (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=362348281&Mytoken=C115DAA3-2A4E-42F6-A73CA91FFBAC85FA45092618)


Hello Freedomphiles! Well, I've been holding off on posting this because I have been waiting for an email from my contact in the campaign to clarify something from one of the stories I wanted to post today. He hasn't gotten back to me, so I'll have to do that one tomorrow, I guess.

Let's start today's Roundup with more on the race for Texas-14. CQPolitics reports (http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000002677755):

This is the second consecutive election, and the second election ever, in which Paul has been challenged for renomination in the Republican primary. He easily rebuffed the challenge, defeating lawyer Cynthia Sinatra by 78 percent to 22 percent en route to winning a 9th full House term spread over three separate tenures (1976-77, 1979-85, 1997-present).

But Paul's high visibility in his quixotic run for president has elevated the unorthodox elements of his political agenda, which he had earlier honed as the Libertarian Party nominee for president in 1988. He has called for reductions in the size and scope of government that go well beyond those advocated even by others in the conservative-leaning Republican presidential field. Perhaps most controversially within Republican ranks, he has described the Iraq War as the type of foreign entanglement that the United States needs to avoid and has called for a rapid disengagement of American troops from that conflict.

There is some irony in the fact that Paul won his race for a House comeback in 1996 after winning a primary in which he portrayed incumbent Greg Laughlin then a recent convert to the Republican Party after long serving as a conservative Democrat as too liberal. Now Peden is trying to portray Paul as insufficiently conservative, pointing to Paul's contrarian voting record. Peden's campaign Web site has prepared a chart that compares his views to the congressman's and which says Paul "votes against our conservative values" and is a "liberal in disguise."

Some bitch named Denise Williams wrote (http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/02/27/ron-paul-for-congress/) about an interview with Paul's opponent:

Our pals over at Wonkette had, by some strange chance (they must have been in a bar in Galveston), the opportunity to interview Paul's challenger, Galveston City Councilman Chris Peden. Peden thinks that he has a golden opportunity to steal this away from Dr. Paul, and says that their constituents want somebody around to attend ribbon cuttings and barbeques - something Paul is too high and mighty to do anymore - what with his $5 million and 21 delegates. Bastard!

Here's some excerpts from Wonkette's WORLD EXCLUSIVE, GROUNDBREAKING "interview with Texas Congressional District 14's last best hope for vanquishing the Paultards now and forever".

All of this is for naught, though, seriously, because Peden is to District 14 as Paul is to the Republican primary. reason reports (http://reason.com/blog/show/125234.html):

- Overall, Paul leads Peden 63-30 percent. Paul leads by 37 points with women and 29 points with men.

- Paul does best with voters under 30, winning them by 64 points. He does worst with voters between 30 and 45, winning by only 19 points.

- Paul easily wins voters whose top concerns are the economy (70-26 Paul over Peden), taxes (65-24), "moral and family values" (65-28), Iraq (64-27), immigration (59-33), and health care (52-36) The only group Peden wins is voters concerned with education: They go for him by 14 points.

- Newsletters be damned: Paul does best with non-white voters, leading among Hispanics by 45 points and other minorities by 59 points. (The district is 25 percent Hispanic, 10 percent black, and 2 percent Asian, although obviously the GOP primary vote is heavily white.)

(...)

I've called the Peden campaign to ask about this, since they've been telling national political writers that an upset was brewing. But Peden has suggested he might run in 2010, which hints that 1)he doesn't expect to win at all and 2)he thinks he's getting set up for the eventual battle to replace Paul when he's ready to retire.

Right-libertarian Jake Morphonios writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article2938.html) on The Nolan Chart that Obama (who I personally like, if not his policies) pulled out the Ron Paul playbook on McCain:

John McCain loves to mock other people - especially those who oppose the war in Iraq. Barack Obama recently said that he would take action "if al-Qaeda is forming a base in Iraq." McCain tried to jump on Obama's statement by quipping:

"When you examine that statement, it's pretty remarkable. I have some news. Al-Qaida is in Iraq."

Naturally, McCentury supporters laughed it up. But then came Obama's response:

"I do know that al-Qaida is in Iraq. So I have some news for John McCain. There was no al-Qaida presence in Iraq until President Bush invaded the country."

Obama wasn't through. McCain loves to tell crowds that he would follow Osama bin Laden to the "gates of hell" to catch him. So Obama continued,

"All McCain has done is to follow George Bush into a misguided war in Iraq."

Wanna know how the rEVOLution will continue? Where it started. CQPolitics reports:

Ron Paul is starting to give like-minded candidates a taste of the political gold he discovered on the Internet by lending his endorsement and renting out his donor list.

A previously little-known Texas congressman with a libertarian bent, Paul had raised $32 million for his quixotic bid for the Republican presidential nomination through the end of January, a figure that dwarfed the totals of several Democratic and Republican candidates who began the race with much higher profiles...

...But Paul's imprimatur was not limited to the list itself: He sent out an e-mail soliciting help for Jones last week.

Jones said he already has raised about $5,000 from Paul supporters, which is not an insubstantial figure in a relatively inexpensive market. Jones had raised $192,185 through the end of December, and his rival for the GOP nomination, Joe McLaughlin, had collected $78,278.

Paul says lending a hand to his friends is old hat but acknowledges it's a bigger hat these days.

"I've been helping people for a long time. Nothing new about it," he said during a brief interview in the Capitol on Tuesday. "The degree might be different but the principle's the same."

Paul's presidential spokesman said the campaign is still in the process of figuring out how best to make full use of its massive list of campaign donors...

...One way to do that is to aid the campaigns of colleagues and congressional challengers who share his outlook on politics.

"We put together a movement and that movement is going to continue," Benton said.

Right-libertarian Gary Wood writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article2947.html) on The Nolan Chart that it is important to know who you are voting for if you want this rEVOLution to continue:

Knowing which candidates will earn your vote is important. This year is especially critical if you are among those in the United States growing concerned we are heading in a dangerous direction away from the Constitutional foundation that created our Federalist Republic. During the past year Ron Paul has been a lighting rod for the message of liberty and its requirement for greater personal responsibility and less federal government interference. At the same time Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are fighting over the millions attracted by the opposite message of greater federal government and less personal responsibility.

The Democratic National Committee is committed to increasing the number of party members in both the Senate and the House to help push their agenda into law. The Legislative Branch, the people's branch, is the most critical fight freedom minded voters can tackle. We must do all we can to send as many people to Congress this year and every year moving forward who share core beliefs of liberty and freedom. The party these people belong to is not as important as the core beliefs they represent. To properly represent you they must share your core beliefs.

Top-diamond libertarian Beatnik writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article2933.html) over at The Nolan Chart about Authoritarianism, Ron Paul, and the Rule of Law:

Paul does not use the phrase explicitly. This is a shame, since the Rule of Law is likely the single concept which binds diverse people from all political parties to Dr. Paul. Practically every sentence in his speeches associates some national problem with our nonadherence to the supreme law of the land, so we inductively reason that he is in favor of the Rule of Law.

Authoritarianism is a definite problem in the US. We are definitely slipping more into authoritarianism no matter which candidate ends up winning (excepting a divine intervention which places Paul on top). But consider that authoritarians in the US are not working within the law: they take it upon themselves to make decisions based on factors other than the law.

The abusive cop, the power-tripping bureaucrat, and the general who administers marshall law are not making up new laws. They are all disregarding established law. The predominance of regular law, applicable to both king and commoner, is abandoned in favor of arbitrary power.

The supreme law of the land - the Constitution of the United States - doesn't call for authoritarianism, and likewise does not call for anarchy. The law calls for limited federal government, some basic ground rules, some guaranteed rights, and everything else to be decided by the states or the people.

Paul differs sharply from the other candidates in that the Rule of Law is the authority to which he appeals. He is not styling himself the candidate most fit to rule. He is offering himself as a loyal servant of the Rule of Law, and the candidate who will invariably turn to that authority only. That authority just happens to be manifest in the Constitution.

See ya tomorrow, and hopefully I'll have some info on that story!

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Larry Lee
02-28-2008, 11:44 PM
Thank you so much for that last item from the Nolan Chart re: Rule of Law. That was the best one today. Your Roundup is absolutely wonderful. Thanks again.

RSDavis
02-29-2008, 07:01 PM
Sorry no Roundup today. I have no excuse other than I dicked around and ran out of time. Double issue on Saturday!