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Friday, September 14, 2007

Fred Thompson: "a high-paid lobbyist for both foreign and domestic interests"

Fred Thompson was described in a 1996 profile by Washington Monthly as "a high-paid Washington lobbyist for both foreign and domestic interests." This has been his real job for close to 20 years, although he has also appeared in close to 30 movies on the side. Thompson is not very religious. His first wife was pregnant when he married her. He then divorced her and remarried a Republican lawyer 20 some years his junior, younger than some of his children. A Neo-Con and strong supporter of Israel with little or no concern for the rights of Palestinians, Lebanese or Iraqis. He supports a pre-emptive attack on Iran and cuts to Social Security for Americans. Member of one world government organization Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Another chicken hawk similar to George W. Bush and Richard Cheney, he avoided military service in Vietnam even though he fully supported that war. Already a lot of the money that went to George W. Bush is now going to him. Support and vote for this man only if you want US foreign and domestic policy to continue virtually identically as they have been going the last 6 1/2 years. See http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Fred_Thompson

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Message From Ron Paul

Message From Ron Paul

Has this been a hectic and encouraging time! First we got almost 17% in the Texas straw poll, an event set-up to represent the establishment, with very restrictive voting rules. That 17% of the Republican hierarchy would support our views, after a full day of pro-war propaganda, is good news. Then we won the more open Maryland Republican straw poll with 28%. In both cases, as usual, hard-working, well-organized volunteers made all the difference.

The Fox debate was a lot of fun as well. It's true that a few of the network people are not exactly with us on foreign or domestic policy (though one famous guy whispered to me that he is a libertarian), but the audience-with lots of students from the University of New Hampshire-was definitely fair and balanced, as their enthusiastic reaction showed.

My opponents called for more war, more torture, more secret prisons, more eavesdropping, more presidential power. Some seemed to identify the government and the people as if they were one entity. But you and I know that once the government moves beyond its very limited constitutional mandate, it is an opponent of the people, a rip-off operation that takes our money and our freedom and our social peace, and gives us a mess of statist pottage in return.

The government failed miserably on 911 to protect us, despite spending trillions. So the answer was supposed to be the giant, socialist Department of Homeland Security, protecting you and me from taking our toothpaste on the airplane. I was ridiculed for saying that the airlines, which know best how to protect their property, should have been allowed to arm their pilots. But then, you and I really believe in the Second Amendment. It is not just a political slogan for us.

When I discussed the blowback that came from us intervening on the Arabian peninsula, Chris Wallace asked me if I wanted to follow the marching orders of al-Qaeda. I responded that I wanted to follow the marching orders of the Constitution, and not wage undeclared, aggressive wars that cause us only trouble. This is a mystifying to some, of course, but not to more and more Americans.

There was much talk of taxes, and a pledge not to raise rates. But as usual, I was not allowed to discuss my lifelong pledge to abolish the income tax. Just holding the line, when the government takes such vast sums through an illegitimate guilty-until-proven-innocent system, is hardly enough. We need to slash taxes and spending if we are to have a future of prosperity for ourselves and our families.

After the debate, many young people gathered around the stage to discuss our ideas and ask questions about them (and to have me sign their badges). My colleagues got no such response, and after a few moments, "security" ordered me off the stage. Can't have any such demonstration of interest in liberty.

But the young are with us, and so are Americans of every stripe. Even party officials. When one of my opponent said it was OK to lose elections through supporting the Iraq war, that set party people's teeth on edge, and rightly so. The Republican party is shrinking. We need new people. It's either our ideas or President Hillary, and more and more people recognize it.

But the media, and everyone else, will be looking at fundraising totals at the end of this month. They'll judge us by how we do. And we need help to wage what we hope will be a full-scale, 50-state campaign. Please help me head into the next quarter fully armed to do battle for freedom, peace and prosperity. Make your most generous contribution https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/. This Revolution is on the move, but it very much needs your support.



Thursday, September 6, 2007

Ron Paul Wins Maryland Straw Poll

Arizona Sen. John McCain finished fifth in a 2008 presidential straw poll held by the Maryland Republican Party.

Libertarian-leaning, anti-war Texas Congressman Ron Paul was the top candidate in the 11-day straw poll. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was second in the poll, which asked Republicans to name their choice for 2008 presidential nomination. Former Senator and actor Fred Thompson was third and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came in fourth.

McCain picked up 54 votes in the straw poll versus 263 for Paul and 230 for Giuliani.

A number of campaign signs supportive of Paul's underdog effort have popped up in across the Phoenix area.

McCain has seen his poll numbers dip in key states and nationally. The Arizona Republican has run into trouble with moderates over his support for the Iraq War and with conservatives on immigration and campaign finance issues.