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Reality Check: Mass. Corruption as GOP Strip Delegates of Their Credentials
In a recent post at LewRockwell.com, Robert Wenzel offered a “30 day reading list” designed to introduce the basic tenets of libertarianism by offering a daily article to read for a month. For anyone interested in learning a lot more about libertarianism in a short period of time, I highly recommend taking Wenzel’s offer.
And while I am at best a lightweight compared to Wenzel, who runs one of the best read libertarian blogs in the world, I thought I’d do something similar and offer my own introduction to libertarian philosophy.
First of all, I used to be your fairly typical conservative Republican, with some minor libertarian sympathies. I read the writings at Cato and Reason, and while both organizations are loaded with incredibly talented writers and researchers, their utilitarian and at times compromising demeanor turned me off. It wasn’t until I discovered the ethical and philosophical underpinning of libertarianism, through hardcore libertarians like Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises, that really lit that spark and led to me read voraciously, challenge my own thoughts, and slowly become more and more libertarian.
Ron Paul Rally in Austin, Texas April 26, 2012 (Full Video)
2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul attracted an impressive 6,000-plus supporters and undecided voters at his University of Texas at Austin town hall meeting.
Ron Paul’s UTA town hall meeting was held at 7:00 p.m. CT at the university’s LBJ Library Lawn, located at 2313 Red River Street in Austin, TX. At the event, Dr. Paul discussed his platform of constitutionally-limited government, the restoration of economic and civil liberties, and provisions of his path-breaking ‘Plan to Restore America.’
Ron Paul 2012: Restore America Now
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This may be one of the most important videos about election fraud ever.
As reported by Alexandra Moe (@AlexNBCNews) here are the official results.
NFRA Iowa only vote:
Bachmann & Perry 0.5%
Romney & Huntsman 0%
Let’s hear it for Dr. Paul and this landslide Victory!
by Julie Rovner
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul is known for his fervent opposition to armed intervention overseas and the Federal Reserve — and for his equally fervent supporters.
And while those supporters may want him to be the next president for different reasons, they’re all well aware that before entering politics, Paul was a doctor back in the southeast Texas district he represents in the U.S. House.
“I think that by being a doctor he’s able to address the root causes and not just treat the symptoms of these problems that we’re facing as Americans,” says Sean Donovan, a supporter from Boston. “And I think that it is truly admirable, his willingness to go that extra step and have a principled approach, and that he doesn’t pander to his audience.”
Others are simply impressed by his medical resume.
“I think it’s pretty cool that he delivered over 4,000 babies, and I think that gives him a leg up on understanding health care issues,” says Donna Rode, of Halifax, Pa.
And he really did deliver 4,000 babies, says Donna Paul, who worked as Ron Paul’s scrub nurse for 14 years in Lake Jackson, Texas, before marrying one of the doctor’s brothers and becoming his sister-in-law.
“They kind of figured it out; it was like one a day for a long time, and I said, ‘No, it’s more like one a night,’ ” she says.
Indeed, says Donna Paul, when Ron Paul first set up shop in 1968, he was the only obstetrician in town. “So he went for like three years without ever leaving Lake Jackson; 24-7,” she says. “He had no [other doctor] to sign out to.”
Eventually Paul got so busy he took on a partner. Jack Pruett, who was then fresh out of his obstetrics/gynecology residency, says when he first sat down in Paul’s office, he was told there were two stipulations he would have to agree to before joining the practice.
“He said, ‘No. 1 is we will not perform any abortions.’ And I said, ‘That’s fine; I can live with that. What’s No. 2?’ ” he remembers.
No. 2, says Pruett, was that the practice would not participate in any federal health programs, which meant, as Paul described it, “that we will see all Medicare and Medicaid patients free of charge, and they will be treated just like all of our other patients, but we’re not going to charge them and accept federal funds.”
Still in debt from his medical training, Pruett said that was a little harder for him to swallow. “But I liked Ron, so I decided that I would agree to that, too. And in all those 20 years, we never accepted one penny of federal money. We saw all those patients for free, delivered their babies free, did their surgeries free; whatever they needed we did, and we didn’t charge them.”
Of course, Lake Jackson being a small town, occasionally Paul would get paid in other ways.
“Some of the people would bring chickens, or they would bring vegetables from their garden if they couldn’t afford to pay for their obstetrical fee,” recalls Richard Hardoin, a pediatrician who used to care for the babies Paul delivered.
In the mid-1970s, Paul decided to run for Congress to fill an unexpected vacancy — and won. But he didn’t give up his practice, at least not at first.
“Back in those years Congress didn’t work on Friday, and so every Friday he would fly back to Lake Jackson,” says Pruett, “and he would help me then on Friday and Saturday, and oftentimes take call on Sunday, and oftentimes catch the red-eye back to Washington on Monday. And I guess he did that every single week for nine years.”
But he’s never changed any of his long-held views for political gain, say those who knew him then.
Abortion is a good example. Although he ran for president as a libertarian in 1988, Paul breaks with most members of that party (and many in his medical specialty) in that he opposes the procedure.
In a speech before the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa in August, Paul said he turned against abortion during his medical training in the 1960s, when many doctors were doing abortions in violation of the laws at the time.
“One day I walked into an operating room, and they did a hysterotomy, which is a cesarean section, lifted out a baby that was crying and breathing, and put it in a bucket in the corner of the room and let it die, and pretended nobody heard it,” he told the audience.
Meanwhile, just down the hall, he said, a baby about the same size was being born prematurely, he said, “and all of a sudden 20 people, nurses and doctors, all [were] rushing around to save the baby’s life, which seemed very logical.”
Paul said he reached an inescapable conclusion from that event: “We cannot play God and make those decisions; all life is precious.”
But Paul doesn’t toe the anti-abortion line as zealously as some of his fellow GOP candidates. He wouldn’t ban the so-called morning-after pill, for example, which some activists say prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s uterus.
“There are circumstances where doctors in the past have used certain day-after pills for somebody with rape, and quite frankly, if somebody is treated, you don’t even know if a person is pregnant, you don’t even know if there’s a disease; but if it’s 24 hours after rape, I don’t know how you’re going to police it,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense to me in a practical matter.”
One position that probably does satisfy both Republicans and libertarians, however, is that Paul believes that all health insurance should be voluntary.
And if an uninsured 30-year-old needs expensive medical care? That was the hypothetical posed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the debate co-sponsored by the Tea Party Express in September.
Replied Paul: “That’s what freedom is all about; taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody …”
Paul said “no” when Blitzer interrupted to ask if he meant that “society should just let him die?”
But it turns out the case wasn’t so hypothetical. In 2008, 49-year-old Kent Snyder, who ran Paul’s presidential bid that year, was struck by pneumonia. He died a few weeks later — without health insurance — and reportedly with more than $400,000 in unpaid hospital bills.
Even that, however, hasn’t made a dent in Paul’s position.
And as he’s proved over and over again in both his medical and political careers, Paul has satisfied his constituency by taking positions and sticking to them.
Ron Paul, At A Glance
Born: Aug. 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh
Family: Married to Carol Paul since 1957; five children, Ronald, Lori, Rand, Robert and Joy; 18 grandchildren
Education: Gettysburg College, B.S. (1957); Duke University School of Medicine, M.D. (1961)
Career: Flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard; medical doctor in private practice
Elected Office: U.S. House of Representatives (1976-1977; 1979-1985; 1997-present)
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By: Lauren Evans
COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Republicans who participated in a straw poll conducted in Columbus Saturday gave a majority of support to Ron Paul, known for libertarian party leanings.
The event requires participants to pay $25 to participate giving Ohio Republicans a chance to have their voices heard in the early stage of the presidential primary nominating process.
Those who attended got to hear messages from all campaigns and then voted for their preference.
The results from the 428 participants are as follows:
Ron Paul 53.50%
Herman Cain 25.47%
Mitt Romney 8.88%
Newt Gingrich 5.37%
Rick Perry 2.80%
Jon Huntsman 2.10%
Rick Santorum .93%
Michele Bachmann .47%
Franklin County Republican Executive Committee Chair Doug Preisse said “It looks as though the presidential race will be all about Ohio, probably Central Ohio in particular.”
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In the midst of homecoming weekend, 76-year-old congressman manages to draw 1,000 students to campus speech.
IOWA CITY, Iowa—It’s homecoming night at the University of Iowa. The air is thick with excitement as students flee Friday classes and the cars of alumni returning to campus clog the streets. As night falls, a parade winds through the downtown area. But at 8 p.m., more than 1,000 students head to the Iowa Memorial Union building for a presidential candidate’s speech.
Nope. It’s Ron Paul.
The 76-year-old Texas congressman says he’s seeing a difference of “night and day” between the way his run for the Republican presidential nomination is being received this year and the last time he ran, four years ago. What’s particularly striking is the rock star reception he’s getting among younger voters, two-thirds of whom voted for Obama in 2008.
“President Paul,” as students here greeted him with chants, is distinctly lacking in conventional sex appeal. The central tenets of his campaign revolve around wonky issues like monetary policy and a return to the gold standard. Yet his libertarian message of smaller government and reduced federal spending appears to be resonating with the campus set.
When Paul touched on one of his signature issues, calling for a full audit of the Federal Reserve, the crowd roared its approval.
“End the Fed! End the Fed!” they chanted.
“So you knew the next step,” the congressman told the students with a smile. “Very good.”
Paul’s only overt appeal to student voters here was his call for the abolition of any possibility of a military draft.
Requiring young men to register with the Selective Service means that “the government knows that they own you and they’ll take you and put you in the military if they want to,” Paul said. “So in a free society, you not only don’t have registration but you never have a military draft either.”
At his speech here, he forgot to mention the other plank in his platform aimed at younger voters: His proposed Social Security reform, released as part of his economic program earlier this week. It would allow Americans younger than 25 to opt out of the retirement program.
His well-received speech here capped a day of events in the eastern part of the state where the first votes of the 2012 presidential contest are scheduled to be cast Jan. 3. Paul’s schedule Friday also included a closed-door meeting with the American Wind Energy Association and a talk to plant workers at TPI Composites, a manufacturing firm in East Newton. When one of the workers there asked Paul about the increasingly divisive nature of the GOP debates, the congressman said he was “tempted to walk off the stage” during the first half of the last one, a noisy squabble on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
“I thought was disgusting,” Paul said.
Although he believes “there are way too many debates,” Paul also opined that he’s not getting enough speaking time. Even so, he noted that he had seen an uptick in support after each face-off with his Republican rivals, including what he said was a $2.5 million haul from an Internet fundraiser timed to coincide with this week’s debate in Las Vegas.