44 votes

Ron Paul's Surge prompting a New Look from GOP voters

By The Associated Press

Ron Paul wants to legalize pot and shut down the Federal Reserve. He thinks the federal government has no authority to outlaw abortion, no business bombing Iran to keep it from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and no justification to print money unless it's backed up by gold bars.

And he might win the Iowa caucuses.

The closer the first votes of the 2012 presidential campaign get, the more competitive the Texas congressman has become. It's a moment his famously fervent supporters have longed for. Plenty of others are asking: What's Ron Paul about, again?

http://nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/28/9764996-pa...

100 votes

Fabulous Article fromt the Des Moines Register: Ron Paul’s policy vision is consistent, clear

One of the best articles on Ron Paul I have ever read from a traditional media outlet. Perfect for sharing with new friends of Ron Paul.

No matter how he packages his message, the key tenets of Ron Paul’s political philosophy have remained unchanged for more than 40 years.

He believes in free trade and private property rights. He opposes government regulation, involvement overseas and deficit spending.

Paul also advocates withdrawal from the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, saying the organizations undermine national sovereignty.

“He doesn’t evolve his positions; his positions evolve from his views,” said Peter Schliff, who served as the congressman’s economic adviser in 2008. “Ron Paul supports what he supports, regardless of whether or not it’s going to get him votes.”

Paul has never voted for tax hikes, an unbalanced budget or a congressional pay raise — actions that have helped earn him an “A” grade annually since 1997 from the nonpartisan National Taxpayers Union.

http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/12/27/ron-pauls-p...

143 votes

Iowa GOP Moving Vote-Count to Secret Location

Iowa GOP moving vote-count to 'undisclosed location'

The state party has not yet told the campaigns exactly where the returns will be added up, only that it will be off-site from the Iowa GOP's Des Moines headquarters.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2011/12/iowa-go...

61 votes

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35 votes

TIME: Ron Paul’s Novel Coalition Faces Its Major Moment in Iowa

Go to any Ron Paul event and the audience is part of the tale. They’re younger, rowdier, more socially diverse than Republican rally regulars. Any one of them might have driven across the state to see Paul speak or be able to riff at length about Austrian economic theory. Any one of them also might be a Democrat or an independent, a fact that’s poised to play a big role in Paul’s story in 2012.

The partisan breakdown of Paul’s current coalition is striking. Byron York writes:

In a hotly-contested Republican race, it appears that only about half of Paul’s supporters are Republicans. In Iowa, according to Rasmussen, just 51 percent of Paul supporters consider themselves Republicans. In New Hampshire, the number is 56 percent, according to Andrew Smith, head of the University of New Hampshire poll.

The same New Hampshire survey found that 87 percent of the people who support Romney consider themselves Republicans. For Newt Gingrich, it’s 85 percent.

The fact that roughly half of Paul’s primary supporters are Democrats or independents is probably an asset in selling his general election viability, which his fellow Republicans have frequently called into question.

Continue:
http://swampland.time.com/2011/12/27/ron-pauls-novel-coaliti...

115 votes

My Journey to Ron Paul, from a former Neocon.

I've been reading DP for the last few months and finally decided to join. Ironically, I credit that of Fox News and, specifically, the departure of Glenn Beck for helping to wake me up to Dr. Paul. Beck was the only personality at Fox that I could stand as he seemed to buck the establishment and stand for principles which led me toward libertarianism. Unfortunately, while I like Beck, I found through my own research that he still was a party line guy on foreign policy. I've been supporting Dr. Paul for a few months now but have recently become more vocal about it. What set me off was numerous friends that either had voted for Obama in 2008 or never had an interest in politics and this led me to send out an email to every family member and friend, most of which who religiously listen to talk radio and Fox News. The following is the email I sent to them:

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone got to spend time with their families and friends. I'm not a big fan of email chain letters and the like, and although this one was written purely by me from the heart, I understand if you do not wish to read it. Please, however, watch the YouTube video here instead (or in addition to) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=I8NhR...

Many of you are aware of how politically active (and potentially annoying) I am if you have me on Facebook. Before I was old enough to vote in 2000 I worked on the election campaign for George W. Bush. I was always given puzzled glances as someone in my late teens and early twenties that listened religiously to talk radio personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Michael Medved. In 2004 it came as no surprise that I supported the reelection of George W. Bush. When my wife and I were married in 2006 I even had Republican logo cufflinks. There was no disputing where my allegiance was.

Fast forward to 2008 and the guy I liked in the Republican primary was Mitt Romney. With the economic storm in the air, he had the best chance in my mind to help fix the economy. But I didn't vote for him...no, rather than voting on my principles, I was enamored by a dashing young candidate named John McCain and while I didn't agree with many of his views, felt he was the guy that had the best chance to keep the presidency with team GOP.

72 votes

Great Interview With Two Ron Paul Supporters From Iowa!

This video is excellent!

The first interview is the strong voice of an Army and Iraq War Veteran who eloquently makes the case for Ron Paul's Foreign Policy. Can Dick Morris stand Toe-to-Toe with this Soldier and tell him that "NO TRUE PATRIOT COULD BE FOR RON PAUL?" I'd like to see it!

The second interview is with a woman who expressed concerns that many average Americans will have with Ron Paul, but as long as all of us can articulate the message that only through freedom that we can make a healthy and prosperous world! Just look at the actions of Dr. Paul as a Physician, a man who would never accept Medicaid and treat those in need for free.

More projects and info. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/Vgxgn4OO4J0

38 votes

Boston Herald: Ron Paul Among Top Choices for Undecided N.H. Family

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/2011_1227p...

PORTSMOUTH N.H. — Undecided New Hampshire voters Deborah and Ken Smith said Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is on their list of top three GOP Oval Office hopefuls, in yet another sign of the Texas congressman’s growing Granite State popularity.

“He would make good -decisions under pressure,” said Deborah Bouchard-Smith, who narrowed her top three to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich and Paul.

The Herald is following the undecided Smith family in a running feature called Kitchen Politics as they help pick a Republican nominee in the Granite State’s Jan. 10 first-in-the nation primary. Bouchard-Smith’s husband, Ken, also has narrowed his list down to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Romney and Paul.

Read the rest at link:

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/2011_1227p...

56 votes

Why the establishment really fears Ron Paul - Article by Jack Hunter

"As Ron Paul has risen in the polls, so has the frequency of attacks against him. “Any stick will do to beat a dog” goes the old saying, and the whacks against Paul range from reasonable to ridiculous. Expect the attacks to continue. Expect them to get more ridiculous."

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/27/why-the-establishment-real...

110 votes

Rick Steves on Iran: Americans NEED to see this video

There's a quote attributed to Mark Twain that goes like this: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."

In this lecture Rick Steves proves that he is more than a travel writer. He has had the courage to vindicate Twain's statement. He has very much proven himself to be a true patriot and gentleman.

http://youtu.be/rtELk8S3dhU

52 votes

SFGate: Ron Paul Rides Grassroots Zeal to Surge in Polls

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is barreling into Iowa and New Hampshire with surprising strength as the first 2012 presidential contests approach - a position that comes, in part, from the unconventional ground games and fundraising strategies being waged by impassioned supporters like Alex Beltramo.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/26/...

176 votes

To the GOP Establishment: Insult Ron Paul Supporters at Your Own Risk

-A Letter of Warning to our Party "Leaders"

12/30/11

"Don’t tread on me.”

Recently, something’s been amiss in the Mainstream Media when discussing the topic of Ron Paul’s candidacy. As the Texas congressman’s support has surged to 15% nationally in the latest Washington Post poll, the Very Serious Republicans who write Very Serious Columns and give their opinions on Very Serious Shows have changed their tune. They aren’t as confident, as cocky, or as arrogant as they used to be when predicting the 2012 presidential election.
 

98 votes

Refocus People... Mitt Romney Is The Only Serious Credible Threat To Ron Paul.

Santorum has no money.

Bachmann has no money.

Gingrich has no money.

Neither Gingrich or Perry have any real organization and are not even on the ballot in VA.

AND THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA STILL HAS US CHASING THESE DISTRACTIONS.

We need to spend 100% of our available time and resources campaigning AGAINST Mitt Flip Flopp'n Romney and FOR Ron Paul.

52 votes

China and Japan Agree to Sidestep US Dollar

The attached article from Bloomberg says China and Japan are the second and third largest economies in the world. Maybe we should invade these two nations next.

China, Japan to Back Direct Trade of Currencies

Japan and China will promote direct trading of the yen and yuan without using dollars and will encourage the development of a market for companies involved in the exchanges, the Japanese government said.

Japan will also apply to buy Chinese bonds next year, allowing the investment of renminbi that leaves China during the transactions, the Japanese government said in a statement after a meeting between Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing yesterday. Encouraging direct yen- yuan settlement should reduce currency risks and trading costs, the Japanese and Chinese governments said.

China is Japan’s biggest trading partner with 26.5 trillion yen ($340 billion) in two-way transactions last year, from 9.2 trillion yen a decade earlier. The pacts between the world’s second- and third-largest economies mirror attempts by fund managers to diversify as the two-year-old European debt crisis keeps global financial markets volatile.

Continue:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-25/china-japan-to-prom...

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