Archive for February, 2007

Why Ron Paul Can Win

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Over at Lew Rockwell Blog, James Ostrowski makes the case for why Ron Paul Can win:

I said “can.” It’s too soon to say “will.”

First, because all the major candidates are deeply flawed.

Second, there are no good Republican candidates other than Ron Paul.

Third, he would be running against Hillary, which means he starts with an automatic 45 percent of the vote. You only need 49 as Bill taught us.

Fourth, he picks up those extra four points by outflanking Hillary on the war and on other issues that appeal to the left (drug war, financial populism, etc.).

Fifth, the internet will play its biggest role ever in a national election and Ron is strong on the web.

Sixth, any joint appearance will reveal a man of substance versus a number of shallow sloganeers. (I think Obama would be the only other candidate who would even understand what Ron is saying, not because he is obtuse but because he’s not!)

Sixth, contrary to what Rothbard called the Whig theory of history, things aren’t always steadily improving. Sometimes, often, history regresses sharply, and then suddenly rebounds to a sane state of affairs. We’ve been on this imperial, welfare-warfare, corporate state road now for 110 years. It’s time for a very sharp correction.

Okay, I thought of two more.

Seventh, he will be the only libertarian in a crowded field in New Hampshire, the most libertarian state in the Northeast.

Eighth, many of the coastal pundits who will dismiss him are out of touch with the heartland. Even in Buffalo, a capital of big government liberalism, Ron will have lots of support. It’s the site of an ongoing, libertarian-inpired tax revolt.

In my opinion number six is the best reason: Sixth, any joint appearance will reveal a man of substance versus a number of shallow sloganeers.

People are tired of having every word that comes out of our politicians’ mouths sound like it went through a focus group. Ron Paul’s sincerity and well-defined values give him an edge over every other candidate.

Ron Paul on Lou Dobbs

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Finally, a cable news station has taken note of Ron Paul:

Over at Reason Magazine, David Weigel notes: “It’s odd to see Paul in this format. He really doesn’t get the language of these cable appearences; he couldn’t dodge a question if it was tossed 100 feet over his head.”

And he’s right. Paul’s candor comes across to viewers when he is on TV. And while it is certainly unusual for a politician, it is also quite refreshing.

Ron Paul in NH

Monday, February 26th, 2007

It’s good to see that the Boston Globe and Manchester Union Leader both have stories about Ron Paul’s visit to New Hampshire. This acount is from the Union Leader:

Paul - who had been in New Hampshire since Thursday - found himself treated like a rock star at yesterday’s event, and a couple of hundred people were on hand to hear him speak at the Free State Project’s New Hampshire Liberty Forum. About half the 350 people who attended the days-long conference, at the Holiday Inn on North Main Street, were from New Hampshire, organizers said.

Paul, who received a standing ovation before and after his remarks, touched on many points during his address. For instance, he noted his long-standing opposition to the war in Iraq, which he said stemmed from his belief there was no security threat to America and the vote authorizing the war represented an illegal transfer of power to the president. He also called for the United States to withdraw from Iraq.

“The worst thing that could happen to al-Qaeda is for that war to end,” Paul said.

Among other issues, Paul also voiced support for abandoning the war on drugs, allowing gold and silver to serve as legal tender, repealing the Seventeenth Amendment €” which lets voters directly elect U.S. Senators €” and ending the practice of withholding taxes from one’s pay. Instead, taxpayers would have to actually write checks to pay their taxes, a move Paul figured would soon end what he called the present tax-and-spend philosophy of government.

Yesterday, Paul said he planned to take part in a debate among Republican presidential candidates scheduled for Apr. 4. However, he said he was still unsure about whether he would actually throw his hat into the ring.

“If this exploratory committee doesn’t go well, maybe I ought to consider moving here and running (in) a statewide race,” Paul said, to cheers.

Radley Balko Fox News Column

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Ron Paul, the Real Republican? - Fox News

Floor Statement on Iraq

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Floor statement on Iraq Spending Bill

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