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Ron Paul was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool.
A candidate of the fringe and the Libertarian college-age set in 2008, the 75-year-old representative from Texas announced his second run for the Republican nomination for president during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.
But if Mr. Paul remains the same, blunt-spoken, small-government rabble-rouser that he was four years ago, he and his top aides are betting that the times — and the Republican primary electorate — have changed in the interim.
“Time has come around to where the people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years,” Mr. Paul said on ABC. “The time is right.”
The rise of the Tea Party movement offers Mr. Paul an opportunity to be embraced as a kind of mainstream candidate that he never was while running last time around.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — No serious presidential candidate has been bashing runaway government spending and federal overreach longer than Rep. Ron Paul has. The Texas Republican's nickname on Capitol Hill says it all: "Dr. No."
Now, those positions are popular with GOP voters, and Paul is urging Republicans to say "Yes" as he makes his third attempt at the presidency.
First elected to Congress in 1976, Paul ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988. Three years ago, the former flight surgeon and outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve became an Internet sensation — and a prodigious fundraiser— when he made a spirited but doomed bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Four years ago, Ron Paul was the Chicken Little of the Republican Party.
In 2007, he warned of an impending financial crisis, an imperious Federal Reserve, and a tyrannical federal government. Few voters and virtually no leaders listened to him.
Then the sky fell.
After the crash, Paul's doomsday predictions got a second look. As House Republicans began to side with his beliefs, the libertarian from Texas stopped seeming as out of step with the mainstream of his party. Half of House Republicans voted against the bank bailout in 2008 and all of them voted against the stimulus bill in 2009. By 2010, every single one was ready to sign on to cosponsor a bill Paul introduced to audit the Fed.
For years, Paul also argued that America's wars were ineffective and economically draining. Republicans didn't listen before -- but that was before debt reduction became the cause of the day and Osama bin Laden was killed.
"National building in Afghanistan hardly had anything to do about finding information about where [bin Laden] was being held," Paul said last week's GOP debate, adding it's time to "reassess" getting out.
Leaving Afghanistan would've been heresy to Republicans in 2008. Today, it may sound like common sense -- especially after bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, where America is not formally at war, and where he successfully hid for at least five years.
With the debt and deficit several times larger now than they were in 2008, mainstream Republicans may come around to Paul's positions on Iraq (leave), Libya (shouldn't have gone in), foreign aid (end it), and the defense budget (cut it)...
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Humble Libertarian, who was a big Rand supporter, reports on this opportunity here
And here is the email I got from John Dennis:
Thursday, May. 12, 2011
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2011 -- Senate Bill In Support of Industrial Hemp Farming Expected to Follow
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the fourth time since the federal government outlawed hemp farming in the United States over 50 years ago, a federal bill was introduced on May 11, which if passed, will remove restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis. The chief sponsor, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter last week seeking support for H.R. 1831, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011. H.R. 1831 is almost identical to H.R. 1866, which was introduced in the 111th Congress in 2009.
"We are pleased to see the re-introduction of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in Congress. Vote Hemp is currently working with a Democratic Senator who is preparing to introduce companion legislation in the Senate in support of industrial hemp farming," says Vote Hemp President, Eric Steenstra. "It is due time for the Senate as well as President Obama and the Attorney General to prioritize the crop's benefits to farmers and to take action like Rep. Paul and the cosponsors of H.R. 1831 have done. With the U.S. hemp industry valued at over $400 million in annual retail sales and growing, a change in federal policy to allow hemp farming would mean instant job creation, among many other economic and environmental benefits," adds Steenstra.
Committee on Financial Services
Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy
Hearing on Monetary Policy and the Debt Ceiling: Examining the Relationship between the Federal Reserve and Government Debt
May 11, 2011
Congressman Ron Paul | Statement for the Record
I am very pleased to hold this hearing today. For far too long, monetary policy and fiscal policy have been viewed as completely separate issues. Congress controls fiscal policy, the Federal Reserve controls monetary policy, and never the twain shall meet.
The truth, however, is that fiscal and monetary policy have always been tightly intertwined. In fact, the Federal Reserve has served as the enabler of bad economic policy for many decades. Without the Fed’s relentless expansion of the money supply during both the Greenspan and Bernanke eras, the U.S. Treasury never would have been able to issue the staggering sums of debt that now threaten our economic well being. This Treasury debt is the very lifeblood of deficit spending, permitting one Congress after another to spend far more than the Treasury collects in taxes. It is precisely this unholy alliance between the enabling Fed and a spendthrift Congress that I hope our witnesses will address today.
Until 1971 the United States operated on a gold exchange standard, meaning dollars could be redeemed in gold by foreign governments. The dollar was thought to be “as good as gold” because the U.S. would never renege on its gold exchange commitment. The U.S. had to keep that commitment or risk gold outflows that presumably would keep the government from engaging in loose fiscal and monetary policy.
Very snarky article. Points out the success of the free state folks. They were humble. A good read other than the bias of the article.
The time is now to restore respect for the Constitution. Tell Congress that a blank check on war isn't just unnecessary — it's truly dangerous.
They have to be kidding. Congress is about to vote on worldwide war authority. This was long on the Bush administration's wish list. Now, a few top congressional insiders see an opportunity to sneak it in to a "must pass" piece of legislation: the Defense Authorization bill.
This expanded war authority would give the president — any president — the power to use military force, whenever and however he or she sees fit. It would essentially declare a worldwide war without end.
It is shocking that Congress is entertaining such legislation at a time when many are looking to see an end to escalating conflict and abuses of power in the name of fighting terrorism.
Also, on Salon.com: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/05/10/new_w...
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is expected to make a major announcement in New Hampshire on Friday. Having already started a presidential exploratory committee, opened an office in Iowa and raised more than a million dollars online last week on the day of the first Republican presidential debate, Paul looks well placed to make his final decision and announcement to officially throw his hat in the ring.
His exploratory committee website hints at as much, giving details on his Friday appearance in Exeter, New Hampshire and adding this, "I may have a special announcement."