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Do We Need More Political Parties?
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WASHINGTON DC | Possible presidential candidate Rand Paul can’t seem to stay out of the news lately. The Kentucky senator’s latest issue is that he sees a gloomy future for the Republican Party. In a recent interview with neo-conservative radio host Glen Beck, Paul went so far as to say that the Republican Party may never again win a presidential election if it doesn’t broaden its appeal.
That curious statement comes when many of the Republican Party’s most conservative critics have been saying for years that the GOP’s “big tent” is already too big.
These critics have pointed to the gay GOP faction known as Log Cabin Republicans and other realities to underscore their belief that the Republican Party already tolerates so much variety that clearly defining the GOP’s mission is nearly impossible.
However, Paul has a different take on the matter. As we reported in today’s newscast, Paul believes NSA surveillance abuse can help the GOP reach out to young voters who might otherwise side with Democrats. But even so, there is a split in the GOP on that issue, as some Republicans are fine with increased NSA spying in the war on terror.
But looking at the big picture, could it be that America needs more viable political parties? Wouldn’t that be better than stretching the mission of existing parties to the point where their identities collapse?
Switzerland, for example, has at least 12 fully viable political parties. Four or five of those parties are represented in the Federal Council. That executive body has seven members from which a president is annually chosen by the parliament to serve a one-year term. There is no presidential cult of personality and the people settle in whatever party best suits their beliefs.
On the other hand, on President’s Day today, let’s recall the George Washington preferred there’d be no political parties. He felt that voting on principle, on a constitutional basis, was the ideal for America to pursue. But due in part to human nature, political parties took root and have become a force unto themselves. The way money is allowed to oil the political machine is another major reason parties have prevailed over principle.
In the fall of 2012, the new group Free and Equal Elections organized the first-ever nationally televised debate featuring optional presidential candidates from the Green Party, the Constitution Party and other parties. National TV personality Larry King hosted the debate in Chicago.
The debate indicates that a desire exists to break the two-party duopoly. Refocusing the Republican Party’s mission to attract more young people may sound like a worthwhile goal. But perhaps it’s time to exit the two-party box and get more enticing options on the ballot for the voting public.
To keep choosing between Democrats and Republicans may keep the nation captive to entrenched party interests that don’t want real changes for the better.
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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Benton Slams McConnell & Reveals Political Agenda
Former Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Chairman and Rand Paul Campaign Chair Jesse Benton is back in the headlines!
The latest in a volley of phone recordings of the former Paul Chairman slammed Mitch McConnell and revealed his long term Rand Paul 2016 plan.
During the recording, obtained by the Economic Policy Journal, Benton confirmed Rand Paul is running for president in 2016 then expressed his thoughts about Mitch McConnell’s campaign in his own words by stating that he’s “holding his nose” while he serves as the Kentucky senior senator’s Campaign Chairman.
The recording that surfaced was an exchange between Ron Paul’s 2008 National Field Director Dennis Fusaro and Jesse Benton on January 9, 2013.
The content of the audio recording features Benton speaking out about his long term plans in politics. While currently acting as Mitch McConnell’s Campaign manager for his 2014 Senate run, Benton has bigger arrangements for the 2016 Presidential election. Regarding his position on the McConnell campaign, quote, “what we are doing here is going to be a big benefit for Rand in 2016.”
It’s worth mentioning that Fusaro appeared on a previous phone recording that he likewise released to “The Iowa Republican” featuring Kent Sorenson, which disclosed a 200 thousand plus dollar payoff dealing between the Paul camp and Iowa State Senator Sorenson during the Iowa caucuses.
That recording vindicated claims from the Bachmann Camp of the alleged payoff and confirmed that Benton was lying to the press when he denied the payoffs occurred.
This latest Benton Phone Recording may just cost Benton his career in politics and delight Benton’s critics who say he was a “Cancer to Ron Paul’s Campaigns.”
No word yet if Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have plans to distance themselves from Jesse Benton.
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Benton Bribery Scandal Compromises Rand Paul 2016?
This just in, Jesse Benton, former Chairman of the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign has found himself mired in an alleged bribery scandal stemming from claims he initiated payoffs to structure the resignation of Bachmann Campaign Chairman Kent Sorenson during the 2012 election.
On December 28, 2011, the tides in the presidential election seemed to shift when Iowa State Senator and Campaign Chairman for Michele Bachmann for President, Kent Sorenson resigned from Bachmann’s campaign during the 2012 Iowa Caucuses and endorsed 12-term congressman Ron Paul, instead.
While this event did not significantly affect the outcome of the election, Sorenson’s endorsement of Congressman Paul is now drawing heavy scrutiny after e-mail conversations and memos were released exposing a financial proposal of over $200,000 for Sorenson’s defection from the Bachman campaign.
This newly developing bribery scandal included exchanges between Senator Kent Sorenson, Ron Paul’s Campaign Chairman, Jesse Benton, President of the Campaign for Liberty, John Tate, Sorenson’s legislative clerk, Chris Dorr, and a few others.
Jesse Benton, who was also the Campaign Manager for Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate-run, reportedly initiated the Bachmann Defection plan in November of 2011 by contacting Sorenson’s conduit to the Paul campaign. It’s also been alleged by Opensecrets.org, a nonpartisan election guide for financial contributions, that Benton has his own controversy regarding money earned from running a political campaign, which amounts to a much larger payoff of about $1.1 million through various Paul campaign entities. As of this report little has been done to slow Benton’s push deeper into corrupt Washington dealings.
Benton is no stranger to dirty tricks. In April a secretly recorded audio file was leaked to Mother Jones detailing how the McConnell Senate Re-election Efforts, whom Benton is campaign Manager, would include targeting his proposed opponent Ashley Judd by focusing on her mental health and religion.
In the Benton initiated plan, Sorenson demanded $88,000 for himself, $20,000 for his accomplice Chris Dorr, and $100,000 for his newly created state Political Action Committee, or PAC.
This information was disclosed to TheIowaRepublican.com by Dennis Fusaro, a field director for Ron Paul’s campaign in 2008, who had a close relationship with Senator Sorenson through his work as Executive Director of the National Right to Work Committee.
Sorenson is now under investigation by the Federal Election Commission and Iowa Senate Ethics Committee for violating state senate rules which prohibit senators from receiving direct and indirect financial contributions from political campaigns.
This could have drastic effects on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s Presidential aspirations due to Benton’s relationship with Kentucky’s other Senator Mitch McConnell. These new revelations of alleged payoffs and dirty tricks could now call to question Rand Paul’s entire Senate win.
Rand Paul has made measured steps to clear his path to the White House in 2016 by courting both Neo-con incumbents of the Republican Elite while also pandering to the Tea Party.
Calls to Rand’s office were not returned and there is no word yet if Rand Paul will be distancing him from Benton in light of this scandal.
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Posted by Judy Morris
Sen. Rand Paul’s Medicare Reform Bill: $1 Trillion in Savings in 10 Years
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation on August 1 that would change the cost and the function of Medicare.
Paul, a medical doctor, claims that his Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act (CHCSA) would “fix the Medicare system in its entirety,” and save taxpayers $1 trillion in the first decade after its enactment.
“As a doctor, I have had firsthand experience with the vast problems facing health care in the United States. Medicare, as we know it, is broken and in desperate need of reform. It is indefinitely $43 trillion short and must be reformed now before it’s too late. My plan fixes the Medicare system, and gives seniors access to the best health care plans enjoyed currently by Members of Congress and does so without breaking the bank,” Dr. Paul said. “Seniors deserve to have a world-class health care system, and U.S. taxpayers deserve to have their hard-earned dollars put to better use, in a system that will not eventually bankrupt this country.”
In its analysis of Paul’s proposal, United Liberty reports:
Seniors would have access to a marketplace of various insurance plans that cannot deny coverage to anyone for any reason. While the government still pitches in with about three-quarters of the total costs, the open market makes it fairly less complicated for the senior to find a more inexpensive option, since companies will have to compete to meet the needs of growing numbers of customers. The Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act assures that there’s a gradual raise in the Medicare retirement age, which would go from 65 to 70 over a generation, leading to a major cut in overall costs.
It is undeniable that Medicare pays out more in benefits than it takes in through payroll tax.
According to a report in Forbes published in May:
The trustees of Medicare have stated that the promises they have made exceed their projected revenues by tens of trillions of dollars. Senator Tom Coburn (a physician in private life) has estimated that the average American couple contributes approximately $110,000 to Medicare over their working careers and receives over $330,000 of Medicare benefits. On Feb. 20,USA Today cited Urban Institute data pegging those same figures at $88,000 and $387,000, respectively.
Read the rest at The New American, here.
Posted by Judy Morris
The Crazy Neocon Newtster is Channeling Ron and Rand Paul on Foreign Policy
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a leading neoconservative hawk and staunch supporter of Israel, says the U.S. military interventions he has long supported to promote democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere have backfired and need to be re-evaluated.
“I am a neoconservative. But at some point, even if you are a neoconservative, you need to take a deep breath to ask if our strategies in the Middle East have succeeded,” the 2012 Republican presidential hopeful said in an interview.
Mr. Gingrich supported the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, but he said he has increasingly doubted the strategy of attempting to export democracy by force to countries where the religion and culture are not hospitable to Western values.
“It may be that our capacity to export democracy is a lot more limited than we thought,” he said.
Mr. Gingrich at times has expressed doubts about the U.S. capacity for nation-building, but he said he now has formed his own conclusions about their failures in light of the experiences of the past decade.
“My worry about all this is not new,” Mr. Gingrich said. “But my willingness to reach a conclusion is new.”
Mr. Gingrich said it is time for Republicans to heed some of the anti-interventionist ideas offered by the libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, and Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, tea party favorite and foreign policy skeptic.
“I don’t mind spying on terrorists, I just don’t like spying on all Americans.” – Rand Paul
By 2016 we will have had 16 years of cluelessness. We’ve used up our margin. We don’t have the luxury of having a guy as president who doesn’t understand where the country is going. We need an adult in the White House, and the neocon nonsense has got to stop. Otherwise, I don’t even want to say.
Paul said the issue resonates particularly with young people, a key demographic Republicans need to attract in order to succeed in national elections.
“If you talk about some privacy issues like that, I think you will find youth coming to you,” said Paul, who said his own decision on whether to run for president won’t come until next year.
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Posted by Judy Morris
Rep. Peter King Blasts Rand Paul For ‘Apologizing For America’: ‘Fringes’ Will ‘Destroy’ GOP
Congressman Peter King appeared on CNN’sState of the Union on Sunday morning and warned that Senator Rand Paul’s “isolationist streak” will destroy the GOP in much the same way the anti-war movement crippled the Democrats in the 1970s and 80s.
“To me the overriding concern here has to be national defense, national security, and not be apologizing for America,” King said. “When you have Rand Paul actually comparing [Edward] Snowden to Martin Luther King, Jr., or Henry David Thoreau, this is madness. This is the anti-war left wing Democrats of the 1960s that nominated George McGovern and destroyed their party for almost twenty years. I don’t want that happening to our party.”
King, a vocal proponent of robust national security measures, was revved up over this week’s vote on an amendment to defund the NSA surveillance program.
“I thought it was absolutely disgraceful that so many Republicans voted to defund the NSA program, which has done so much to protect our country,” King said. “This is an isolationist streak that is in our party. It goes totally against the party of Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush. We are party of national defense, we’re a party who did so much to protect the country over the last few years.”
Host Candy Crowley asked King if he thought the divide between the neo-conservatives and the newly-resurgent libertarian wing led by Paul signalled a serious schism in the GOP.
“I want the Republican Party to be the party of strong national defense, and a party, for instance, which can reach out to labor unions, such as construction unions, police officers, firefighters,” King said. “These are people who are socially conservative and want to agree with us, and too many people in our party drive them away.”
Read the rest at Mediaite, here.
Posted by Robert Wenzel
Is Jesse Benton Warming Up To Lead the Rand Paul 2016 Presidential Campaign?
Now that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) has announced she will run for the US Senate held by Mitch McConnell, it’s time for McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton to take center stage.
This bizarre anti-Lundergan video is Benton’s first piece of work since her announcement:
Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign impressed some, offended others and befuddled many more when it released Tuesday afternoon a cartoonish Auto-Tuned attack video taunting Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who announced that she’ll challenge the Senator minority leader[...].
Whether it will be successful or not remains to be seen, but it probably can’t hurt considering how loathed McConnell is. As for Benton, this is his first major foray outside of Paul World. He’s had a rocky relationship with Paul’s base at times, criticized for skimming too much money off the Paul network for himself, among other things. Last year, Anonymous released a video saying it had a “leak that exposes Jesse Benton['s]…sabotage of the Ron Paul’s campaign during the Republican National Convention (RNC). Speculation Suggest that Jesse Benton was paid off handsomely for his services to sabotage the Ron Paul movement.” On a popular Ron Paul message board, one user responded to the video by saying it was old news: “I know everyone is sick to death about Jesse Benton’s betrayal of of Dr. Paul [sic].
Which all raises the question of whether this is really just a warmup for Benton to work on Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign, should such a campaign exist.
Nice campaign video Jesse, the grade school students in the Kentucky public education system will love it.
Ron Paul Would Like to See Glenn Jacobs (aka Wrestler “Kane”) Enter the GOP Senate Race in Tennessee0
Posted by Judy Morris
Ron Paul Would Like to See Glenn Jacobs (aka Wrestler “Kane”) Enter the GOP Senate Race in Tennessee
Received this statement today from former Ron Paul 2012 campaign staffer Matt Collins, who is interested in seeing Glenn Jacobs–who is also the wrestler known as “Kane”–enter the GOP Senate primary from Tennessee next year (where he’d be up against incumbent Lamar Alexander).
Background on Collins, in his own words:
I served on Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Campaign as his New Media Manager, and also as a strategic political operative in Minnesota. I am currently working with the Campaign for Liberty to fight the national Internet sales tax mandate.
His statement about Jacobs potential candidacy and Ron Paul:
As an activist for the cause in Nashville in 2009 I helped launch Rand Paul’s Campaign for US Senate. Rand called me in Feb of that year and wanted my help to get him elected. I am hoping we can do the same for Glenn Jacobs against Senator Lamar Alexander in 2014.
Former Congressman Ron Paul and I have emailed back and forth on this topic quite a bit and he has told me repeatedly “keep telling Glenn we need him to do it. It’s important, he’s exactly the kind of candidate we need.” When Dr. Paul spoke at the Knoxville GOP dinner in April I arranged a private 30-minute meeting with Dr. Paul and Glenn in which the potential candidacy for Senate was discussed.
Although Glenn has been hesitant to jump in the race, thus far, some tea party leaders in Tennessee have already voiced private support for Glenn against Senator Alexander.
Read the rest at Reason.com, here.