The author writes why Ron Paul will be taken seriously this time around and the "Ron Paul effect:"
Rep. Ron Paul, the 75-year-old stubborn uncle of the Republican Party, is ready to go again, with his third campaign for President of the United States. He announced an exploratory committee Tuesday afternoon in Iowa, with an eye towards kicking off an official 2012 campaign for President in mid-May. Once again, he plans to be on stage at the first GOP primary debate, this year taking place May 5 in South Carolina, to offer rather un-Republican positions on foreign policy, drug legalization and returning the U.S. dollar to the gold standard.
To hear his people tell it, this is Paul’s moment. “Price inflation and the weakening of the dollar is what Ron has been worrying about for the last 40 years of his political life,” says Jesse Benton, who worked as Paul’s press secretary in 2007, married Paul’s granddaughter in 2008, managed Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate campaign, and is in line to chair Ron’s 2012 effort. “Ron Paul is to be taken very seriously this time.” But should he? In short: yes.
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The leader of the International Monetary Fund now embroiled in a criminal assault case in New York City was cleared in 2008 of harassment charges after an affair with an IMF economist.
But it's that kind of behavior that should make the world wonder about trusting the IMF, Rep. Ron Paul said Sunday.
The 2008 Republican presidential candidate told "Fox News Sunday" that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was pulled off an Air France flight moments before take-off from New York Saturday and arrested on charges of a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, said the whole course of events "is a bit ironic."
Ron Paul: Ready to be commander in chief
May 15, 2011
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who is running for the presidency once again at age 75, said on Sunday he's "pretty well equipped" to be commander-in-chief despite what critics might say.
"I don't want to run people's lives around the world, I don't want to run the economy. My qualifications are a little bit different," the libertarian Paul said "Fox News Sunday."
"But compared to others' he went on, "I'm pretty well equipped, I have a fair amount of experience. I've been in the military. I was in the military five years, that gives me a little bit of experience. I would say I'm pretty well equipped. But to brag that I can run things, I don't do that because that's not what a president is supposed to do."
Winning Does Not Happen by Accident: PLANNING for Ron Paul to Win the National Republican NominationSubmitted by First Amendment on Sun, 05/15/2011 - 02:56
They say it is smart to "begin with the end in mind." If the end result we desire is for Ron Paul to win the nomination of the National Republican Party, then, here I suggest some logical steps from what I remember of the 2007 campaign.
We accept that WINNING DOES NOT HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT.
GOAL: Ron Paul wins the nomination of National Republican Party
Term: RRRPS="Republican-Registered Ron Paul Supporter"
I. ENSURING that EACH AND EVERY local precinct has one or more RRRPS. (The more the better, but, NONE HAVING ZERO.)
A. In your local town:
Thanks Joe Plummer for the YouTube.
Dear Liberty Activist,
Yesterday, I stood in the town hall in Exeter, New Hampshire, with a packed house of fellow Liberty Lovers and announced that I am a candidate for President of the United States.
And, let me tell you, the response has been tremendous!
We have been overwhelmed with media attention and interview requests. Just yesterday, I did nine national television interviews, as well as many New Hampshire–based appearances, and I even had to turn down many more. And, on Sunday, I will be the lead guest on Fox News Sunday.
But, more importantly, I have seen an outpouring of support from friends in Iowa, New Hampshire, and all across the country. Thousands of calls and emails have poured in offering support and encouragement.
Our REVOLUTION is now in a new phase. As the numbers build and the polling surges, we stand poised to win major political battles and take our Liberty back.
You and I know that America is the greatest nation in human history. Belief in Liberty, limited government, and sound money made us the freest and most prosperous people in the world.
But we are in danger. Two trillion dollar deficits, soaring inflation, endless foreign wars, and an ever-growing federal government threaten the very fabric of our nation.
All the work we have done together for the past decades has brought us to this place. We are challenging the status quo, and, if we come together now in these crucial times, we can win.
UPDATED June 2, 2011:
Mike Huckabee says he could still run in 2012
Mike Huckabee has joined Donald Trump in the ranks of potential Republican presidential candidates who are suggesting their decisions to forgo 2012 presidential runs are not set in stone.
The Arkansas News Service reports that the former Arkansas governor said today that "everything is still open."
"I haven't closed doors. I found long ago that that's not the smart thing to do," he reportedly said after speaking at the Clinton presidential library.
WASHINGTON – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Saturday he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination, a significant development that removes one of the potential front-runners from contention and brings the slow-moving GOP primary process into sharper focus.
“All the factors say go, but my heart says no and that’s the decision I have made,” Huckabee said at the end of his hour-long weekly television program on Fox News.
""Most Respected, Least Expected" was the caption on a recent YouTube video discussing the 2012 presidential prospects of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Surfside — and that might be true.
Paul has been writing the right prescription for U.S. policy, both foreign and domestic, for nearly 40 years. But we’ve failed to take his advice, so today we find ourselves in the midst of exactly what he has been warning us about for decades: a prolonged recession with rising gas and food prices, unsustainable national debt and an unstable monetary system causing unrest and uncertainty in many of the world’s economies. He has been consistent in his admonition to Congress that failure to rein in debt and spending and adhere to strictly limited constitutional authority would drive the country into bankruptcy. He’s had the wisdom to see the unintended consequences of flawed policy, and while the media has written him off as a fringe figure, we are now living with the consequences he predicted. Once jester, now prophet....."
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Snip from The Street:
When Ron Paul steps up to a podium, there isn't just a campaign behind him, but legions of followers chatting on RonPaulForums.com, sending out fundraising messages on YouTube, keeping up with him on DailyPaul.com and, for a brief while, finding love libertarian style on the now-defunct RonPaulSingles.com. It's a cohesive, committed community and woe to the candidate who underestimates it.
"For many of the Ron Paul supporters, it's like a lifestyle or a calling," [Trey] Grayson says. "I don't want to equate it to a church because that sounds cultlike and that's not fair, but people who believe in Congressman Paul have this sort of bond and kinship that causes them to do other things."
Read the whole thing at The Street.com
My awakening took place in 2007 when this "odd little man" was first brought to my attention by a friend on the internet. From then on I have been sold out to Liberty, much to the chagrin of many of my neo-con family and 'left leaning' friends. They no longer know what to make of me. And I find this strangely consoling. The false Left-Right divide has the same problem trying to figure out Ron Paul - the man who I first described as strange!
It strikes me as odd that when RP is discussed in neo-con haunts - places like the 912 project, fox news blogs and redstate - his Liberty positions in economics are praised, while his foreign policy is described as anything from too simplistic to foolish and dangerous. Yet at the very same time, one can go to the Huffington Post, or some forum run by MSNBC, and find people giving a polite nod to RP's Liberty stance on foreign policy, while decrying Liberty in its domestic forms, describing them as anything from too simplistic to foolish and cruel.
There is only one conclusion I can draw from this duplicity: Perhaps it is Ron Paul who is sane, and all his critics who are mad, in various ways.
I find this strangely comforting as 2012 approaches. I hope you do too.
(CBS/What's Trending) - I guess you could say that Ron Paul was a man ahead of his time. The just-announced potential candidate for the GOP presidential ballot had a die-hard, grassroots following that spread his conservative-libertarian viewpoints like viral wildfire across the interwebs -- back in 2008.