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Tom Woods clears the air on Jesse Benton

Tom Woods: Ron Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton is going to head up the campaign of Mitch McConnell. Gee, now why did those incorrigible naysayers have so many unkind words for him?

People who said Benton was positioning himself all along for bigger things in the GOP were scoffed at. Why, Jesse has a secret plan to get Ron Paul the nomination at the last minute!

Well, now we know the real secret plan.

Ask yourself this: how much money would you have to be paid to work for an enemy of the things you’re supposed to stand for? Maybe now people will understand why Jesse would fly into a tirade after some of Ron’s most heroic moments, when the rest of us were cheering.

I could go through a lengthy catalogue of problems with Benton. The grassroots folks already know a lot of them, so there’s probably no need. What’s done is done.

Not that the world revolves around me, but just a word about how I was treated.


Video: Tom Woods Unloads on Jesse Benton and John Tate
Interviewed by Mark Edge of Free Talk Live.


Published on Sep 13, 2012 by LibertyEvolution

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Thank you...

for not selling out Tom. My love and admiration for you, will last forever. You are a true brother of liberty... Together we will keep it alive.

This whole situation is

This whole situation is really unfortunate. I can't see it ending in a way at all favorable to us. Ron is caught between family and the movement. I would bet my gold and silver holdings Ron would never throw his granddaughter's husband under the bus. And for his never ending loyalty Ron Paul is to be admired, I expect nothing less from our last Statesman. However, I fear this will create a rift between the movement and the Paul family.

But I agree with Woods, sometimes you have to do what is right regardless of the consequences. Benton is not to be trusted. I am heeding Woods' advice on donating to any causes attached to Benton. Let's continue voting with our dollars, everyday. But I will not hold it against Ron Paul if he defends Benton's move, religion and family always come first.

Tom Woods

is a good guy. Its funny to see the truth come to light and think back to all the "In the know" Pro Benton excuse makers who crucified anybody that said anything bad about Benton and then went on a mindless rampage to destroy Adam Kokesh for simply telling the truth about the Hack....i even saw folks going after Tom on occasion and Ive been listening to Tom long enough to know he is one of the good guys. Don't see many of those folks around nowadays...makes one wonder what they were/are here for....

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I'm always glad when the

I'm always glad when the truth is outed, and in this case it appears it needed to be done.

I'm inclined to take Tom's word on this kind of thing, given the way he's conducted himself in the past and the way he contributes to the liberty movement.

Even without Tom's comments, Jesse choosing to work for Mitch McConnell speaks for itself.

That having been said, I'd love to see the movement cease wasting energy and grief on the past. We can move forward, knowing we're in a much better position without a key element of compromised leadership. Let's get on with changing the country for the better.

I know Rand's wife was

I know Rand's wife was helping out Bachman's campaign back in the early stages of the primary, but it was (oddly enough) legit business. I'm not trying to accuse Rand's wife of anything, but I think we all came to the conclusion that her helping Bachman wasn't devious. So maybe since the campaign is over and Rand is the other Senator from KY, he may have put in a word to McConnell to hire Jesse as a consultant for non-devious reasons? Either way, Tom's post is rather damning, so if Jesse doesn't at least release a statement, he should stay far away from Rand's campign IF he runs in 2016. People will remember this sh** Jesse, so explain yourself.

Rand = Benton

Rand has been pumping McConnell, and Benton is working for McConnell. Benton and Trygve Olsen went from running Rand's campaign to sabotaging Ron's. Even if Rand gets his shot in 2016, I am writing him off. He can keep sucking up to Hannity and hope that wins him votes and donations.

I hate politics and politicians are embarrassing, degraded sleazeballs. Ron Paul is the exception that proves the rule. Rand Paul is not an exception. Lightning did not strike twice.

The only problem with that is

The only problem with that is that you will continue to be a little kid in the corner pissing and moaning while 90% of the country doesn't listen. Be an "outsider" a "joke", etc. Rand working with the "in crowd" gets us in the REAL GAME, not just sitting on the sidelines with our "ideas".

The "REAL GAME," eh? You mean

The "REAL GAME," eh? You mean a cut of the loot? Or do you really think the Republican establishment is going to let you derail its gravy train if only you play nice and publicly claim to believe things you know to be false?

As best I can tell, Rand working with the "in crowd" has made him more and more like them, not the other way around. It was RON's success that forced the Republicans to play lip service to a few of our ideas. You know, RON, that guy who's been doing it all wrong?

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"Be an outsider.." Do you mean an outsider like Ron Paul?

Is an outsider who is right still an outsider, or just telling the truth?

The Judge came out in defense

The Judge came out in defense of Rand here:

You cannot equate Benton and Rand. Rand is guilty of playing politics but Jesse may be guilty of sabotaging Ron's campaign, which in turn led to Rand endorsing Romney in the first place.

I'll defend Rand when he

I'll defend Rand when he votes the right way and gets attacked for it. He's better than the rest of the Senate in that regard, for sure. But a lot of people here are choosing to rally around Rand simply because his last name is Paul. I'm saying that Rand and Benton are quite similar in how they "play politics." I don't think it works, honestly. Name one person who tried playing the game and actually succeeded in affecting positive change. We're chatting here on the Daily PAUL because of the one man who didn't play the game. The Randians and Bentonites keep inferring that he (meaning RON, the one that brought us here) didn't do it right, and they have a better way.

If Ron had traded votes -- say, by supporting a tax increase or economic embargo in exchange for help in passing a pro-gun rights bill -- this site wouldn't exist, Rand wouldn't have a political career and Benton would be flipping burgers. People flocked to Ron because he was clearly different.

Bernie Sanders. Jim Demint.

Bernie Sanders. Jim Demint. To get the Federal Reserve audit through the Senate, they agreed to limit the audit to 2008 to 2011 IIRC. It was either that, or nothing.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

Two points. One: That doesn't

Two points.

One: That doesn't strike me as "playing politics" in the sense of sacrificing one's principles by voting for bad laws. Getting an audit for a few years is clearly better than no audit at all. So, to the extent that this was a positive change, it wasn't accomplished by acting contrary to Ron Paul's principles.

Two: Neither Bernie Sanders nor Jim Demint is the reason the Federal Reserve has become a hot topic. Ron Paul made it so.

Republicans have been in full control of the congress and presidency many times over the past several decades. They never shrink the government. Spending ALWAYS increases. No small victory undoes that. What's needed is a philosophical sea change on the part of the public. That was Ron Paul's mission.

I actually credit Alan

I actually credit Alan Grayson a lot for that audit. It wasn't until he came on the scene, with his scathing rhetoric, the videos of him laughing at Berneke, etc. that the audit passed. Ron Paul may have made the notion more popular among the average person (educating the populace). But Grayson IMO was more instrumental in getting the actual audit across the proverbial goal line.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

The only good thing we can take away from this...

... is that now, Mitch McConnel is that much closer to losing his seat. Everyone on the grass roots side will know the story and never back him up. So Jesse won't be an inclusive guy bringing over the Tea Party vote at all, but could actually turn into being an albatross.

I Like that DukeLeto2

This was running through my mind too, McConnel is at risk of loosing his seat and wanted to capitalize on the success of Ron Pauls campaign by hiring his campaign manager. Trouble for Mitch and Jesse is, the success RP had with his campaign had little to do with Benton and everything to do with the message RP was carrying. McConnel is garbage with no message, Paul is a still a hero and has a rock solid message - Liberty

Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy

Remember This Name: Trygve Olsen...(Jesse Bentons Brains)

Do your own research into this guy & you will understand why the campaign stopped all momentum during its peak. I saw Jesse Benton at the party in Tampa Fl before the convention. Someone walked by him & said out loud, squarely at him... "Trygve Olsen" ..to which Jesse Benton quickly lifted his head & stared at the man who said it. I saw Bentons face squarely & I will tell you that he looked very, very defensive. The ONLY reason I have not commented about Jesse Benton is out of respect for Ron Paul. But there is a time when we must address foolishness no matter who it offends. Jesse Bentons actions in the campaign are offensive to me & many others. Why did the campaign, while enjoying 11,000 person rallies, and a groundswell of support, drop the ball? Benton made $500,000.00 for his "efforts"?? This scenario reminds me of exactly what we are standing against, opportunistic politicians (and benton is an opportunist)saying & doing stupid things, taking detrimental actions that quell grassroots support, & getting paid a whole lot of money from the grassroots supporters they are suppressing. If Benton cant be trusted with little things, then why would anyone (including Ron Paul) trust him with very big things (like running a campaign)? The truth is that Trygve Olsen is the brains behind Benton. Benton's head as swollen. He is the blind leading the blind (those few in the grassroots who will follow his foolish behavior). I am loyal to the ideas, (& yes I understand that politics is complicated & messy & not everything is as it seems)but, I am loyal to the ideas over any person or set of people. I wish it were different, but it is not. Benton has done nearly everything possible-wrong in the campaign. If he is playing a game to get on the inside of the GOP, it is a very dangerous game of compromise & deceit, & it usually doesn't end well for liberty. Benton has compromised his way to better wealth & perhaps power, but it is fleeting. "You can fool some people sometimes, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time". Trygve Olsen & Jesse Benton For President...downward to entropy...(sarcasm added)

Benton should be SUED for FRAUD

Asking people to donate while pocketing money and working for someone else sounds like CORRUPTION

Sure explains how neocon

Sure explains how neocon McConnell ended up in the Ron Paul tribute video at the RNC.

Blessings )o(

yes! I was wondering why he was even in that video

good point.

Good catch!

I was wondering that myself.

There are few in the movement

There are few in the movement I respect as much as I respect Tom Woods, and for a real Christian gentleman like him to speak out like this, it actually speaks many more volumes than what he has explicitly revealed.

Like others, I hoped the whole Benton drama wasn't as bad as many suspected, but the McConnell thing plus Woods's testimony should stand as condemnation of this guy's actions and character.

Too bad for the liberty movement that Ron Paul's own family members have learned nothing from the man's life and career and Dr. Paul himself allowed them to squander and torpedo the sincere efforts of so many who have.

Money, money, money...

...can be funny, in a rich mans world

Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy

Thanks, Tom

Thanks for the explanation, Tom. It filled in a lot of blanks. Imagine Ron hiring someone so base as to use the C-S word in public-in front of a Christian you’re trying to win over no less. What a low life. It confirms my long held suspicion that Ron, bless his heart, had no intention of winning. My guess is that he didn’t want to preside over the inevitable crash and that he feared getting grassy knolled if he got close. Benton was his insurance policy. He was in it to educate and change the political paradigm and he succeeded. Mimic Ron’s grass roots appeal for Mitchie? Hilarious. So all of you who were about to pour tons of dough on Benton can now spend it on Tom’s Liberty Classroom.

Then could you sue Ron Paul?

Then could you sue Ron Paul? If he had no intention of winnings, he falsely presented himself in order to get campaign contributions.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

failures and all...

I'm a huge fan of Tom Woods, but I have to question throwing the gauntlet down on donations to Ron Paul in the future and even C4L, warts and all.

I, for one, had no illusions that my donated money was causing Ron Paul to physically win an election. Most of all, I gave money because Ron Paul having money was a news story in and of itself--the money-bomb media stories were worth more money than the actual fiat dollars!

It's not exactly a news flash that Jesse Benton is an A$$. If you work in any large organization--you kinda need to get used to working with people like that. Campaigns are like governments, aren't they? They are huge bureaucracies and they even have touches of nepotism. I applaud Tom Woods' work and I believe he was better served in the long run by staying outside of the campaign.

Ending the Fed and auditing the Fed is now a concept known by the average news watching human being--world wide. Ending foreign aid is now ripe for snowballing as an issue with recent developments in the Middle East. These are huge changes in the political landscape, not to mention a few more liberty oriented candidates. What do you think the budget was for marketing the latest Hollywood blockbuster? (it can be around $100 million)--it was much more than the campaign raised!

Giving money to any organization involves an analysis of cost and benefits. I still say the benefits far exceed the costs involved in donating to Ron Paul's campaign--failures and all.

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"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

While I agree that Tom is

While I agree that Tom is probably right and probably being honest, I do kind of think "what is the point?"

If you really thought Benton was a liability, and you really wanted Ron Paul to win, you would have brought this issue up months ago when Ron Paul actually had a shot at winning it all.

Like others have said, Ron Paul bears some responsibility because he is the head honcho. But I think that Tom Wood's inaction is itself an action that he should take responsibility for.

That is what I find a little incredulous. Many people in RP's campaign have called out Benton. Why did they never take their concerns to Paul? I say they never did, because I would have to imagine that Ron, or any rational person, would have considered letting Benton go if so many people complained about him...

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

Benton is a snake

And probably played Ron Paul to gain his trust

And it's not like many people in the campaign had Ron Paul's cell number, or direct access to him. Only a select few... I mean think about it, I'm sure there were THOUSANDS of people who wanted to get in contact with Ron Paul on a daily basis. Someone has to filter all those messages and only relay to Ron Paul the important ones (queue Jesse Benton)

As for Tom Wood's inaction, he stated in his article:

"Early on in the campaign I posted a note that under the circumstances I thought was astonishingly restrained."

"Naively, I assumed another top person, whom I will not name, would be as appalled at Jesse’s behavior toward a longtime supporter as I was. So I (gleefully) forwarded the correspondence to him, only to be told that Jesse’s conduct was not unprofessional at all"

... he blogged about it (exposed to his fanbase of thousands), and attempted to contact the campaign. There's really not much else you can do.

Benton is in Ron Paul's family

He must have no soul to sell out Ron like this. Please vote on the polls I created in this thread:


With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

Not too surprising, as his relationship isn't by blood

He married into the family, he's a grandson-in-law