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RonPaulLibrary
09-12-2007, 02:00 PM
These pages would state Ron Paul's position on each issue, in a short bullet-point format, like this: http://ronpaullibrary.org/issues/iraq.php

Note that this question may not be so simple to answer. There may be strategic reasons for NOT stating a position on some issues. Fred Thompson, for example, did quite well in the polls without stating a formal position on anything.

I am not a campaign strategist, but we should consider the political wisdom of presenting position statements on all issues when voting for or against this proposal.

Purpose
It is my belief that many people, including the press, do not know Ron Paul’s position on many issues. The purpose of this initiative is to create an addition to the Ron Paul Library (http://www.ronpaullibrary.org) that presents Ron Paul’s position on every major issue.

Background
The official Ron Paul 2008 website currently contains discussion on nine issues. In most cases, these are presented as short essays of several paragraphs. The reader must read the entire text and then come to their own conclusion as to Ron Paul’s position on that issue.

The War and Foreign Policy (http://www.ronpaul2008.com/issues/war-and-foreign-policy/) issue, for example, only briefly mentions in paragraph three that Ron Paul wants to withdraw troops from Iraq.

The Health Freedom (http://www.ronpaul2008.com/issues/health-freedom/) issue does not mention the high cost of health care at all. Instead, it discusses freedom to buy vitamin supplements and Ron Paul’s stance against forced vaccinations.

Wikipedia has a page, called “Political Positions of Ron Paul (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Ron_Paul).” However, this is a very long discussion of many issues written by a multitude of people – some apparently not in favor of Ron Paul. I find it very confusing to read.

Objective
To create new “issue pages” within the Ron Paul Library that accurately present Ron Paul’s position on each of the 26 issues currently listed.

Each issue page would begin with a short bulleted list of Ron Paul’s key points on that issue. Following the bullets, a short text dialog would explain the position in more detail.

I feel it’s also important to present Ron Paul’s underlying principles as this creates a consistent foundation to justify his positions. The bottom of each issue page would contain a short bulleted list of Ron Paul’s principles.

Implementation
Ideally, these position statements would come from an official campaign source, or Ron Paul himself. However, I currently do not know of such an official source that addresses all the issues. There may also be federal election rules that prohibit the campaign from working directly with independent supporters, like the Library.

To ensure that we get each issue correct, a special Wiki has been created that will allow members of this forum to freely, and anonymously, edit the content of each issue page. This editing would remain open for one week. After that time, further edits or changes would be suggested via the forum or emails to the Library. The Library has final say over all content (sorry trolls).

By relying upon the experts in this forum, we could hopefully develop position statements that would accurately reflect Ron Paul’s views on all issues. Each issue page would clearly state that the page is unofficial and encourage the reader to contact the campaign for further information.

Here are some examples of a few key issues (these are not final, just examples of the format):
http://ronpaullibrary.org/issues/iraq.php
http://ronpaullibrary.org/issues/taxes.php
http://ronpaullibrary.org/issues/health_care.php

Note: These are temporary pages. Please do not link to them at this time.

The Wiki would look something like this:
http://editthis.info/rpl_issues


Thank you for your help with this initiative, please vote above. This poll will remain open for three days.

Lord Xar
09-12-2007, 02:07 PM
yes.. but I do not think that this should hold up the campaign from using the info there...

RonPaulLibrary
09-12-2007, 05:12 PM
yes.. but I do not think that this should hold up the campaign from using the info there...

Agreed. I would hope the Library would be an asset to the campaign.

jjschless
09-12-2007, 05:15 PM
The summary should be made up of quotes from Dr. Paul. Just so that Dr. Paul has control over his message.

RonPaulLibrary
09-12-2007, 05:30 PM
The summary should be made up of quotes from Dr. Paul. Just so that Dr. Paul has control over his message.

Great point. This is mentioned in the Wiki Guidelines. Most all of the text in the current examples come from Dr. Paul's writings.

RonPaulLibrary
09-13-2007, 09:51 AM
Bump

goldenequity
09-13-2007, 02:11 PM
bump:)