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Ron Paul Roundup (03-14-08)
by RS Davis
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Hello Freedomphiles! Todayís Roundup brings the awaited interview with rEVOLution candidate Daniel Brackins, but first, the news.

Mark Anderson of American Free Press writes (http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/ron_paul_survives129.html) about the MSM and how they keep saying Ron Paul has dropped out of the presidential race:

The mainstream media sees Paul as numerically out of the running in terms of delegates. But Paul confirmed heís still in the race to keep his ideas in the arena (and to be there if McCain falls from grace or if delegates are not bound to McCain in September at the Republican National Convention).

Reporters and editors in the mainstream media want to spin their stories, instead of reporting actual statements and events as they unfold without prejudice. The result is that not enough Americans know about "the other guy" still standing in the GOP field. This deceives the electorate when the nation is in dire straitsóand when many who donít want to vote Democratic also donít like McCain but generally are not aware there is another choice.

Speaking of McCain, Right-libertarian rtbohan writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article3184.html) on The Nolan Chart that in an interview with the Republican frontrunner on Fox News, McCain casually dismissed all of the Ron Paul supporters out there:

He then went on to say that all of the other Republican candiates, Huckabee, Romney, Thompson, Giuliani, had not ony withdrawn but endoresed him. He did not mention Ron Paul, which is little disingenuous, but understandable. Ron Paul has not officially ended his campaign for the presidential nomination (although he admits he will not win the nomination) but has indicated that he will not endorse McCain unless he makes significant changes in his policies.

Senator McCain in his optimism is disregarding several factors. First of all, by refusing even to admit the existence of Represntative Paul, he has lost any small support he might have recived from the Republican Paul supporters. He probably knows this, but considers the group small enough that he can afford to do so. The lack of support from this groups, however, could be critical in a close election.

Secondly. he assumes that the Paul campaign was a personality based movement. This is not true. A number of the voters who turned out to support Representative Paul in the primaries and caucuses were motivated primarily by the fact that he was the one candidate who took a clear stand against the war. Senator McCain says that all Republicans and all conservatives support the war in Iraq, but the polls show that this is not true, and that the anti-war feeling in the Republican Party extends beyond the Paul movement.

Indeed. Excellent observations, sir! In Wenatchee, a man shot at a Ron Paul sign, and like Chris Peden, realized (http://wenatcheeworld.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080313/NEWS04/669206757/1001) the folly of taking on Ron Paul:

A Wenatchee man who fired a shotgun at a Ron Paul presidential campaign sign in the yard of a Ninth Street residence has been sentenced to 10 months in jail.

Michael A. Henken fired a shotgun at the sign while riding as a passenger in a truck in December.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and aiming or discharging a firearm and was sentenced in Chelan County Superior Court on Feb. 20.

Henken, 23, fired the gun, which was loaded with buckshot, after he and his girlfriend got into a fight, according to an affidavit of probable cause written by Wenatchee police Detective Terry Adcock.

reasonís David Weigel writes (http://www.reason.com/blog/show/125483.html) about voters, Paul, and the true intent of the rEVOLution:

The Paul campaign seemed to fall under its own spell: its candidate was so obviously honest, and had been talking about this stuff for so long, that surely the voters would realize this and spot him in a sea of phonies. But that isnít how campaigns work.

Two, restrictionist voters and anti-war/Bush voters in the GOP primary expected different results from their votes. Restrictionist voters wanted to elect a president who would close the border. They wouldnít take a dive for another Jorge Bush. Tancredo, remember, quit the race and endorsed Romney because he wanted to beat McCain. Anti-war/Bush voters, though, realized they would not elect an anti-war candidate. Paul didnít even think heíd win. He, and his voters, wanted to make a huge, un-ignorable statement, grab delegates, shift the party their way so that the inevitable terrible nominee was at least looking over his shoulder at them.

We may yet accomplish that. But I beg to differ in one regard - our intention is not necessarily to get Paul elected or shift the party - we want to shift the country. We want to elect pro-liberty candidates of every stripe and restore this Republic to greatness.

Top-diamond libertarian Greg Eberhardt writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article3177.html) on The Nolan Chart that maybe the MSM would pay attention if Ron Paul became Britney Spearsí gal-pal:

TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, you know...what America watches each night for an hour, along with the regular mediaís consistent reporting, would give Ron Paul all the coverage he needs between now and November.

Seriously, what do you think would happen? The media canít get enough of Britney Spears! Ron Paul would finally get some coverage!....except on Fox News of course...but only war loving neocons watch that channel anyway....

Imagine that...Britney Spears would become an American Hero! The headlines would be; "Britney Spears Helps Save America!" or "Britney Spears Helps Save the Dollar!" But the best aspect to it all is Ron Paul would finally get the media coverage that is coming to him. As a matter of fact, it would make up for all the media coverage he HASNíT received over the last year! His "message" would finally get through to the masses!

Take that biased MSM!

That all great, until Ron gets a pantiless upskirt photo snapped of him while heís whoring all around LA. I, for one, donít need to see his appen..omy scar.

Right-libertarian Jahfre Fire Eater writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article3183.html) on The Nolan Chart about the future of the rEVOLution:

This is where we are starting from yet we know we will prevail. You see, we stand on principles...only the lack of standing at all could thwart our efforts. We are demanding "trickle-up-integrity" from the county party officials, to the county elected officials and then on up the ladder to the top of the heap. Iíd like to see 3 candidates in the next GOP nomination race that refuse to sit down when winning ceases to be the primary goal. Iíd like to see at least 3 in every election cycle. The free market of ideas has been short-circuited by Ronald Reaganís 11th commandment and the GOP has atrophied as a result. The ability for Republican neighbors to discuss tendentious issues civilly and come to a consensus has withered on the vine in our community. Donít even mention a conversation with a Democrat or the local GOP will brand you as a traitor to the party. This whole mess stinks. Iím sure our county isnít the only one that is in such sad shape politically. I sure hope yours is better than ours though.

The point of this article is to bolster our resolve to influence the discussion within the party and to influence the direction of the party by grooming appropriate candidates with our direct participation. If things are rough in your area or even if they are as repulsive as what is going on in our community, take heart, your efforts are effective if you stand on principle like Dr. Paul. Just stand. A gardener who is shaping a banzai plant doesnít go out every couple years, chant slogans at it, wave signs at it and go away. No, it takes consistent effort to create the desired result over a period of time. Shaping candidates, shaping a local party and continuing in the face of people offering an easier, more fun alternative such as a third party takes principle. It takes determination. It takes a belief that what you stand for will carry the day because of your efforts and your choice of tools and tactics. I believe and I thank all of you who do too.

Fight on, exercise liberty daily, voice your opinions regularly and effectively at GOP functions. Iíll see you there. Who will follow Ron Paulís example. Only candidates we create by our participation.

Indeed! And that brings us to the grand finale, my interview with Hawaiian candidate Daniel Brackins.

Daniel Brackins is an Army Brat, the globetrotting son of a soldier who got to experience first-hand the diversity of cultures in this country and in our world.

Unmarried but in a long-term relationship with a supportive woman named Julie Chang, Brackins recieved a B.A. in political science from Temple University, and in true libertarian ever-learning fashion, is currently working on his MBA in economics from Hawaii Pacific University.

He is the Hawaii Assistant State Coordinator for the Ron Paul 2008 campaign, and he is running for Hawaiiís Congressional District 1.

We spent a couple of days talking through email about himself, his background, and the issues. Hereís the skinny:

FF: Well, why donít you just start by just telling me a little bit about yourself, your experience, political education, your qualifications?

Brackins: My background is very eclectic. Since my father is in the U.S. Army I was able to travel throughout the world and experience various cultures not only abroad but within the United States. I have lectured throughout the U.S. and Japan on the ideals of the free market. I have also worked on two other campaigns before on both sides of the aisle while I was an undergraduate. When people speak of experience I must point out that political experience isnít the only kind of experience. Including my political experience, my experiences are the same as the ones most Americans are facing: rising inflation, higher cost of living, and greater government intrusion in our personal lives.

FF: Can you elaborate on your lectures, a little? Who sponsored you? How did you get involved?

Brackins: I have lectured at various universities including Temple University, University of Madison-Wisconsin, and the University of Texas. My primary focus during these lectures was to address how the introduction of the free market increases personal liberty in socialist and communist countries. I was sponsored my Temple University during these lectures. I got involved because I wanted to share my knowledge of free markets with students of universities who usually arenít taught anything in regards to this subject.

FF: No doubt. So, economically, are you an Austrian (Ron Paul, Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises), or more Chicago School (Milton Friedman, The Cato Institute)?

Brackins: I am an Austrian economist, and I am a member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. While I do support much of the work that the Chicago School has done, their failure to address the Federal Reserve issue has caused me to question some of their philosophy.

FF: And what is your general view of good government?

Brackins: In the words of Thomas Jefferson, "The government is best which governs least." It would be great to see a government whose officials actually follow the Constitution. I would like to see government officials held accountable for their decisions along with greater transparency.

FF: Sounds good to me. Is this your first time running for office? If so, why now?

Brackins: This is my first time running for office. I have always considered myself a "behind the scenes" guy until my work with the Ron Paul campaign. With increasing instances of our government limiting peace, prosperity, and liberty the one thing that must be limited is the government itself. I am concerned with the problems Americaís economy is facing and our governing officialsí failure to support and defend the Constitution. We wouldnít have many of the problems we are facing today if these officials simply followed the words of the Founding Fathers.

FF: That is so true. Are you running as a Republican, like Paul?

Brackins: Yes. Many have asked me why I am not running as a Libertarian. Well, although I was a member of the Libertarian Party in the past, I feel that the most effective changes we can make are within the already established parties. We must elect officials within these parties that are liberty minded and will then ultimately be able to create greater ballot access to third parties and independents. The Republican Party once held the ideals of liberty, but has fallen away from this. This is a great opportunity to restore the GOP.

FF: That seems to be Ron Paulís motivation, as well. On that note, how would you say you are most like Ron Paul? How are you different?

Brackins: Well besides his age, Ron Paul and I are similar in most regards. I am actually running on his platform because there is no need to fix what isnít broken. Therefore, you can imagine how happy I was to support a presidential candidate who shared my views nearly 100%.

FF: The Freedomphiles are certainly going to like the sound of that. Now, onto the issues. What would you say are the three most important issues on which you are running?

Brackins: The first issue is the economy. Many people are leaving the island to work on the mainland where the cost of living is cheaper. With this these "economic refugees" are taking all of their skills and talents. Living in Hawaii means the cost of living will always be higher than in most other parts of the nation. With gas already approaching $4 per gallon, and milk costing $6 per gallon you can see how a sound economic policy can benefit not only the rest of the country but Hawaii as well. Many of these issues stem from the problems of the Federal Reserve System and our failed foreign policy.

FF: How do you plan ..ping the migration of workers and business from Hawaii?

Brackins: One of the first things we can do is give freedom to small businesses in order to compete with many of the subsidized industries in Hawaii. We must also lower taxes for these businesses so they may invest more in their industry and thus are able to expand by hiring more workers at a higher salary. Another thing that must be done is decrease taxes not only for individuals. Many families are forced to work multiple jobs in order to keep up with the rising cost of living. With more money in their pockets to spend the economy will be stimulated. Ultimately by increasing economic freedom more people will be willing to work and spend their money in Hawaii.

FF: Freedom and prosperity do seem to go hand in hand, donít they? Whatís the second issue?

Brackins: The second issue is health freedom. Along with the rising cost of living, health care costs have also risen. These costs force many families to choose between buying necessities such as food or paying for health insurance. Ultimately one has to provide for his family by purchasing basic necessities. By allowing for health freedom and deregulating the health care industry families would be able to afford health care.

FF: What are the best first steps for increasing health freedom and lowering costs? Are you for removing the tax breaks companies get for "providing" health insurance to employees. It seems the best system would be pay-as-you-go with supplemental catastrophic/hospitalization health insurance. Do you agree? If so, how do we get there?

Brackins: I think the first step is allowing all Americans to have access to a Health Savings Account, without the requirement of a high insurance deductible. This will provide tax breaks for those companies that help pay into the savings account as incentive to support the HSA. It will also provide tax breaks for employees on the money they have contributed.

Health care should not be left up to HMOs and big drug companies, who are in bed with government bureaucrats. We must make all medical expenses tax deductible, give freedom to small business by removing regulations that limit the coverage they can provide, give doctors the freedom to negotiate with insurance companies to reduce the cost of care, and also we should reform licensing requirements so that pharmacists and nurses can perform some basic functions to increase access to care and lower costs.

Ultimately it would be great to see a 100% consumer driven health care system. The quality would be outstanding and the price lower than we could imagine.

FF: Indeed. And whatís the third issue for you?

Brackins: Definitely education. Hawaiiís rank is one of the worst in the nation. The state tends to fluctuate between 46th and 49th in the nation. Education should be in the hands of the state and not the federal government. The Department of Education cannot possibly understand the varied local issues concerning education. Along with this must be the support of non-public education and opportunity scholarships for children. This way the parents hold the power and not the government monopoly. This will undoubtedly increase the quality of education and lower the price at the same time.

FF: When you say, "opportunity scholarships," are you talking about vouchers? If you approve of vouchers, what is the best way to implement them? Should it be for kids in failing schools? Minorities? Or should they just give vouchers to everyone, and let them decide where to send their kids?

Brackins: Voucher is a bad word these days in many political circles, opportunity scholarships is a much more acceptable term. The best way to implement educational freedom is to give the scholarships to the parents of the students no matter the race, gender, religion, etc. This will create a competitive environment among schools similar to the way nonpublic colleges and universities are run. Failing schools will then be forced to improve their quality or suffer the consequences, as parents will not send their children to subpar schools. Giving failing schools more money only rewards them for their shortfalls.

FF: Letís just hit some hot-button issues, here. Federal Reserve. Keep it or lose it?

Brackins: Lose it! The Fed is the greatest theft in American history, and I will fight tirelessly to abolish it. We must return to Constitutional sound currency and restore the power to the Congress and not the private bankers.

FF: Is it your opinion that just abolishing the Federal Reserve and going to commodity-based currency the best plan, or do you prefer the Paulian approach of just allowing a competing currency and letting the market make the fiat currency "whither on the vine," as Newt once said.

Brackins: Congress introducing a competing currency would be the best way of transitioning from fiat currency to sound money. This way would avoid any market problems that could arise by simply abolishing the Fed with no other money for people to use. The transition would be smooth since the Federal Reserve note could never compete against sound money.

I urge everyone to write their congressman to support H.R. 2755, introduced by Ron Paul, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act.

FF: How about gay marriage? Federal or state issue? For or against?

Brackins: The Declaration of Independence says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." The Bill of Rights also reasserts these. Since a right is not a privilege the government has no authority to grant or take them away.

Marriage, in whatever capacity, is a deeply personal issue and it is my belief that this issue should not even be discussed by the government. It is definitely not a federal issue.

FF: Drug War. Fight it or surrender?

Brackins: Surrender is not what we should call it. I would rather just call it being smart. Americaís elected officials havenít learned from the impact of the prohibition of alcohol. The laws that the U.S. has passed against drugs has created most of the problems that they are now trying to avert. In economics it is called the law of unintended consequences. The large profits that the drug business receives from the markup of the drugs, because of its illegality, support the business that the drug war was meant to stop.

FF: Last question. What is your plan for getting elected? Where can people go to help you? What can people do to help you?

Brackins: Well, I canít give away the details of my plan, but we do have a strategy. The current phase of my campaign is primarily fund raising and getting volunteers to help with whatever they can. There are so many people with varied skils out there that our campaign will be happy to utilize.

The biggest help now is donations. The special interest groups that are donating to Neil Abercrombie donít favor a candidate like myself, because I will actually vote in accordance with the Constitution. Neil Abercrombie has become a puppet for the special interest groups and lobbyists who care more about their own profit than the Constitution. These groups reward Abercrombie with plenty of money to fill his coffers. No donation is too big or too small. I will fight for every penny I receive. Each penny represents a voice that needs to be heard.

FF: Weíll definitely do what we can to help. Thank you for your time, Mr Brackins, and good luck in the election! If you need anything, or have any news you want to get out to the rEVOLution, donít hesitate to drop me a line, and Iíll put it in the Roundup.

Brackins: Thanks a lot for taking the time to put together these questions and spread the message. We need more people like you.

FF: I think the same could more accurately be said about you, sir.

If youíd like to get involved in or donate to the Brackin campaign, please visit his campaign website (http://www.danielbrackins2008.com/), and to find out who else may be running in your neck of the woods, visit PaulCongress.com. (http://www.paulcongress.com/)

See you on Monday, Freedomphiles!

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Larry Lee
03-15-2008, 12:05 AM
A fantastic first for Ron Paul Roundup and as far as I know also for Ron Paul Forums! Great job! Well done! Thanks to RSDavis for getting the word out to us. Daniel Brackens is now in my favorites list under Websites for Freedom.

molly_pitcher
03-15-2008, 03:37 PM
love

randolphfuller
03-16-2008, 08:21 PM
It is highly noticeable that this candidate failed to discuss his position on the Ear in Iraq or even to mention that there is such a place or such a war. Lokewise, although runnning for under the banner of a party now led by George Bush and John McCain, from his interview you wouod never know that such men even existed. This is the most dangerous type of candidate and no support of Ron Paul should agree to give him any support or assistance.

RSDavis
03-17-2008, 08:00 AM
It is highly noticeable that this candidate failed to discuss his position on the Ear in Iraq or even to mention that there is such a place or such a war. Lokewise, although runnning for under the banner of a party now led by George Bush and John McCain, from his interview you wouod never know that such men even existed. This is the most dangerous type of candidate and no support of Ron Paul should agree to give him any support or assistance.

I didn't ask him about the war.

randolphfuller
03-19-2008, 01:45 AM
You asked him whcich issues he considred most important and he rattled on about schools, health care, and people leaving Hawaii. There was plenty of opportunity to mention the War! How ould his answer have differed from a form letter by the Republican National Committee?

RSDavis
03-19-2008, 07:28 AM
You asked him whcich issues he considred most important and he rattled on about schools, health care, and people leaving Hawaii. There was plenty of opportunity to mention the War! How ould his answer have differed from a form letter by the Republican National Committee?

Well, I guess there was, but at the same time, he knew his audience would be you guys, so maybe he didn't want to waste time preaching to the choir. I dunno - he's definitely anti-war, though. Check out the link at the bottom of the Roundup, and you can read his positions on a variety of issues that didn't come up in the interview.

- R