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12-12-2007, 01:25 PM

[b]Ron Paul Roundup (12-12-07)
by RS Davis (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=337411808&Mytoken=FF68EF22-1CD3-4465-94B46FCA71A9428034706163)

Hello Freedomphiles! Sorry I was missing yesterday - I was sick as a dog. Did you miss me? Well, that just means that today's Roundup is going to be a double-dose, so let's jump right in!

Color me wrong, because it seems the Ron Paul blimp idea is actually getting some attention in the big MSM outlets. Wired is talking (http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2007/12/paul_blimp)about the brains behind the campaign finance law eluding program:

The Ron Paul blimp's legal strategy is helmed by former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley Smith, an outspoken opponent of campaign-finance reform. Smith has been a long-time advocate of online politicking by grassroots groups, and he helped to prevent, while he was commissioner, the implementation of new rules that could have significantly dampened the activities of internet activists.

Smith is transparent about his goal, which is to lift restrictions on political speech by individuals who band together to give money to candidates.

"What Liberty Political Advertising is doing with its (advertising) time-share concept is providing a service to people of much more limited means," Smith says. "If you were a rich person, you would go hire a company to place the orders for the billboard, and nobody would ever say that that person is violating the law."

And The Washington Times is looking (http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20071210/NATION/112100033/1002)at the mission of the blimp:

The blimp and its messages are intentionally unorthodox.

"We specifically left off any reference to an election, because most people don't care about politics. We want to bring them back into the electoral process," said Trevor Lyman, the organizer of the project...

...Meanwhile, the blimp will assume some campaign duties.

"The blimp is very social. It wants to get its picture taken with every candidate in the race, and will be attending a lot of their functions," said blimp-trip spokesman Bryce Henderson, who hopes to attract a few journalists onboard for a ride.

And Associated Content is examining (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/471976/ron_paul_gets_his_own_blimp.html)the logistics of the whole thing:

Along with two pilots the blimp, one of the biggest aerocraft in the world, comes with a ground crew of between 15 and 20 people who travel with it and assist with the landings and takeoffs. The gondola seats 12 passengers in addition to the pilots. These seats will be made available to supporters, veterans, charities, dignitaries, and members of the media.

Now, the gorgeous and entertaining Liv (also known as the irrepressible Ron Paul Girl) has three new videos out. I am going to put them all in this blog. Here's the first:


Now, all of this blimp stuff is centered around the anniversary of The Boston Tea Party, December 16th - so a natural move now is into the money stuff. I want to start by forwarding some info about a concert and rally on the 15th, set to start the donation drive in New York:

When: Saturday, December 15, 2007, 9:00 PM 2007

Where:NYC Ron Paul HQ

515 W. 29th St.

New York , NY 10003


Description: Join us on December 15 for the Ron Paul Fundraising concert at the RPHQ.

Huge party - expecting 300-400 people

Free admission

CHEAP Drinks

NYC Ron Paul Grassroots HQ

515 W. 29th St.

Countdown to Midnight to celebrate the Tea Party and American Freedom. Morning trip to Boston and/or New Hampshire. Bring all your friends, family, whoever is interested in the restoration of liberty and prosperity of this great nation. Let's make this moneybomb top the last!! Come donate at midnight and see your name on the wall projected showing the spike in donations at midnight.

Gambling911.com is reporting (http://www.gambling911.com/Ron-Paul-121007.html)that now Americans living overseas can donate to the Ron Paul campaign on the 16th:

Good news to Americans living overseas. Up until now, if you did not have an American address you could not donate to the official Ron Paul website online at www.ronpaul2008.com. There was some kind of problem with who knows what, but just in the nick of time the folks at the Ron Paul campaign have ironed out the issues and now overseas Americans can donate to Ron Paul online just like the folks at home.

This is great news coming on the heels of the what hopes to be the biggest single donation day in history, December 16, 2007, the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Think about it, now even Brits can join in the Boston Tea Party! From reports, in some countries it is not as easy as is here to just write a check or send a money order. Many overseas Americans who have every right to donate to the campaign have been having a hard time of it.

It's a good thing, too, because as Product Reviews noted (http://www.product-reviews.net/2007/12/10/overseas-americans-can-donate-to-ron-paul-2008-online/), Ron Paul is very popular around the world:

No other Presidential candidate comes anywhere near the kind of worldwide support Ron Paul is getting, we have heard that Ron Paul currently has over 84,000 Meetup members which has been divided into 1300 groups based over 29 different countries…it does not stop there as Ron Paul apparently has 7,800 people waiting to start more groups.
These stats are simply amazing and they also show that the world wants Ron Paul in 2008.

The Washington Times is talking (http://video1.washingtontimes.com/dinan/2007/12/libertarian_party_prefers_paul.html)about the recent resolution by the Libertarian Party to ask Ron Paul to run as a Libertarian if he fails to gain the Republican nomination:

The Libertarian Party is urging Ron Paul to consider running as their presidential nominee should his Republican bid fail.

The party's national committee unanimously passed a resolution Sunday calling on Paul to seek the nomination in when the Libertarian convention takes place in Denver on Memorial Day weekend.

Ballot Access News is reporting (http://www.ballot-access.org/2007/12/09/libertarian-national-committee-invites-ron-paul-to-seek-lp-nomination/)much the same:

Third Party Watch reports that the Libertarian Party National Committee just unanimously passed a resolution, which reads, in part, "In the event that Republican primary voters select a candidate other than Congressman Paul in February of 2008, the Libertarian National Committee invites Congressman Paul to seek the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, to be decided in Denver, Colorado, during the Memorial Day weekend of 2008."

The Nolan Chart reports (http://blog.myspace.com/%22http://blog.myspace.com/%22http://blog.myspace.com/%22http://blog.myspace.com/%22http://www.nolanchart.com/article435.html%22%22%22%22)that Dr No responded with his favorite word:

Dr. No has said no once again: Ron Paul on Sunday was courted by the Libertarian Party to run on their ticket for president but declined to accept the invitation. Dr. Paul has been saying for weeks that he is not interested in another third-party run, citing ballot access and limited visibility as particular problems in running outside the two major parties. He's won 10 terms on a Republican ticket so far as a congressman from Texas, as he is quick to mention when thrown this inevitable question by reporters who pick up on his cross-party support. "Freedom is popular" is one of his favorite ways of describing the phenomenon of getting Ron Paul Democrats on board, much like a Ron before him.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus said (http://www.currentargus.com/ci_7678906)much the same thing. Here's your second shot of Liv:


Dave Nall over at The Nolan Chart is talking (http://www.nolanchart.com/article464.html)about Ron Paul's base of support, and apparently, he does not approve:

Paul seems willing to take support from wherever he can get it and doesn't seem particularly concerned that socialists may try to influence his campaign or distort the nomination process in the Republican primaries. Although he has promised that if he fails to get the nomination he will not jump parties and run as a Libertarian, he doesn't seem to care that the newly registered pseudo-Republicans he's creating will leave the party the moment the primary is over, even if one of the more moderate somewhat libertarian candidates wins.

In a recent interview with LibertyWatch Paul makes very clear that he's aware of his appeal to the left. He commented that, "Right now, liberals are the most enthusiastic about my campaign. If I get a speech on the House floor on foreign policy, I'll get many hundreds sometimes thousands of comments sent to my office. I would say 90 percent of them are from Democrats."

He doesn't seem particularly concerned, and even accepts the idea that these supporters are 'liberals', even though it's pretty clear that they don't believe in most of the same liberal ideas that Paul or other libertarians in the Republican Party support. Paul even acknowledges this. "[L]iberals are very, very frustrated with their own Democrats. Although they know I have shortcomings from their viewpoint because I'm for free enterprise and free markets they love my position on civil liberties and they love my position on war."

I fail to see the problem, Dave. John Derbyshire writes (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MjRmNDEyYmU5NWZjMWI5OWI2MDcxYmY2NjVhNjkwNjA=) over at National Review Online what kind of a person should give Ron Paul a second look:

As for the notion, which I admit I settled on in my July piece, that there is no way Paul could win: Well, possibly so, but Paul is good enough, and his ideas are good enough — and close enough to Buckley-Goldwater conservatism—that those of us who cleave to that conservatism ought to take the wonderful opportunity offered by a presidential campaign to help promote them to the electorate.

If you think that our efforts against jihadist terrorism constitute World War Four (I don't), you will not want Ron Paul for president. (Jonah Goldberg's article "The Tradition of Ron Paul" in the Dec. 17 issue of National Review is key reading in that context.) If you think there would be a whole world of difference between what Hillary Clinton would accomplish in the Rome-of-the-Borgias down there on the Potomac, by comparison with what Rudy, or Fred, or Mitt would accomplish, you won't be supporting Paul.

If, however, you think that much of the underbrush that has grown up around our national institutions this past 40 years needs to by pulled up by the roots and burned, before it chokes the life out of our Republic, then Paul's your man.

Ron Paul has been talking policy lately, too. As reported (http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/12/09/507132.aspx)over at MSNBC, Paul took unpopular positions at the debate:

Ron Paul just delivered the most passionate moment of the debate thus far, and that's not saying much, when he said that he completely opposes a national ID card.

But, per NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger, Ron Paul got some pretty loud boos when he suggested the U.S. should be negotiating and trading with Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. "We talked to Stalin; we talked to Khrushchev; we talked to Mao," he said. And he only made it worse when he suggested the U.S. should also be talking to Cuba.

I just don't get these neocons. They say they want war as a "last resort," but if they refuse to talk to anyone, what is the first, second, or third resort?

Tim Dickenson over at Rolling Stone loved it (http://www.rollingstone.com/nationalaffairs/index.php/2007/12/10/ron-paul-has-huge-cajones/):

Needless to say he was almost booed out of the building for this Bullworth moment.

The look on John McCain's face during a cut-away — clenching his jaw to fight back the giggles — was absolutely priceless.

Press Media Wire is reporting (http://pressmediawire.com/article.cfm?articleID=4130)that Ron Paul is still taking a stand against the estate tax:

While many members of Congress have wavered on the issue, Ron Paul has always stood firm in advocating the permanent repeal of the unpopular death tax on estates and multi-generational gifts.

In support of repealing the death tax, Dr. Paul stated:

"It is troubling to me that this country is chasing away wealth, while entitlements recklessly grow. The power to tax is the power to destroy, and we are making strides towards destroying prosperity but expanding the welfare state. This is a dangerous and untenable trend."

Ron Paul voted yes on H.R. 8, a bill that would stop the federal government from collecting $185.5 billion in death taxes over 10 years and would fully repeal the so-called "estate tax" by 2011.

To me, this is a no-brainer. The only reason this is an issue is because politicians like to play the class warfare game with us to increase their own power. Since it actually costs the government more to collect the tax than they recieve in revenue from it (http://www.cato.org/pubs/tbb/tbb-0606-36.pdf), it seems an easy choice to eliminate it. But then what would they use to turn us against each other?

CBSNews is reporting (http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/12/10/politics/fromtheroad/entry3597366.shtml)that Paul also disagrees with Rudy on National ID cards:

Texas congressman Ron Paul went after Giuliani for proposing the ID card for illegal immigrants, saying it was a step toward a national identification card for all Americans.

In a post-debate interview, Paul told CBS News "it's the wrong way to go", and questioned how illegal aliens would get the card and if Americans who "looked like illegal immigrants" would need them too.

They're also talking about Dr Paul's new healthcare ads. The Washington Post says (http://blog.washingtonpost.com/channel-08/2007/12/thats_dr_paul_to_you.html):

The ad uses a mix of cartoon images and stock photos, and mentions the Walter Reed scandal as a reason the government should not be trusted to run the nation's health care system.

"Big tug of war going on on health care these days," an actor says.

More: "I say we need Ron Paul for president. One, he's a doctor. Seen it all. Two, he's got the right idea. Take power from big business and the bureaucrats. Give it back to patients and the doctors they choose. Now that's the right medicine."

And USADaily says (http://www.usadaily.com/article.cfm?articleID=193866):

The ad takes a shot at the government and the Iraq war describing government bureaucrats as "the same guys that kept wounded Iraqi war veterans in moldy infested rooms for months."

The ad emphasizes Paul's experience as a doctor and encourages greater control over healthcare by doctors and patients.

And here's the ad:



12-12-2007, 01:43 PM
It's not even the same if you're not on!!:D