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What Would Ron Paul Do?

"Congress should dramatically reduce its overseas commitments, as well as spending in areas like corporate welfare, and devote one-half of the savings to debt reduction and the other half to transitioning to a market system of retirement security and health care. This action will allow the government to meet its obligation to those relying on Social Security and Medicare while allowing younger people to escape the mountains of debt we are leaving -- $60 trillion of liabilities."
-- Dr. Ron Paul on Forbes.com, October 2 2007

I wonder, what would his "market system of retirement security and health care" look like?


Ron Paul's Fundraising Increases 114% in the 3rd Quarter, October 3rd
http://mediamonarchy.blogspot.com/2007/10/ron-paul-fundraising-increases-114-in.html

"The Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign raised $5,080,000 during the third quarter of 2007. That is an impressive 114 percent increase from the second quarter."

"Ron Paul's 114 percent increase is in stark contrast to the decrease suffered by Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain. Romney's fundraising was down 29 percent. Giuliani was down 40 percent. McCain was down 55 percent."

Ron Paul wins Oregon GOP Straw Poll, October 6th
His fourth consecutive straw-poll victory -- see:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/015925.html
http://www.ronpaul2008.com/straw-poll-results/


ABC News on Ron Paul's 'Surprising' 3rd Quarter Fundraising, October 3rd

Thought I'd never see the day when Ron Paul was the subject of a positive piece on a network news broadcast -- but here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Udh66DGpRTI


The Ron Paul Breakthrough, by Justin Raimondo, October 8th
http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=11723

"By means of a simple process of elimination, Republicans are left with Ron Paul as the only alternative to ideological bankruptcy and looming political disaster."

"The same 'Ron is nuts' meme being spread by neocon snarkers on the right side of the blogosphere is being echoed by the 'center' liberal-left. You see, anyone who opposes the system that makes imperialism possible – the mercantilist, state-capitalist system of corruption that enriches the few at the expense of the many – is 'crazy.'"

"Ron Paul has an answer quite different from the one usually given – or, I should say, the one allowed – by the self-appointed arbiters of political correctness: the debate 'moderators,' the pundits and television talkers, the 'analysts' and 'experts' who, like ancient seers examining the entrails of goats, interpret the meaning of political actors and events for us. We have, however, outgrown such superstitions and no longer need or want the guidance of the gatekeepers, who have traditionally guarded the door to social and political 'legitimacy' with jealous vigor. All their vigor and jealousy failed against a technology [the Internet] that simply outflanked them, took them by surprise, and laid siege to their journalistic fortress."

I advocate the same foreign policy the Founding Fathers would, by Rep. Ron Paul, October 8th

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Rep.+Ron+Paul%3a+I+advocate+the+same+foreign+policy+the+Founding+Fathers+would&articleId=cc287b0f-941c-4b07-88e9-9e992810f700

"A non-interventionist foreign policy is not an isolationist foreign policy. It is quite the opposite."

"The hostility toward American citizens overseas in the wake of our current foreign policy has actually made it difficult if not dangerous for Americans to travel abroad. Is this not an isolationist consequence from a policy of aggressive foreign interventionism?"

"A Paul administration would see Americans engaged overseas like never before, in business and cultural activities. But a Paul administration would never attempt to export democracy or other values at the barrel of a gun, as we have seen over and over again that this is a counterproductive approach that actually leads the United States to be resented and more isolated in the world."

Ain't No Stopping Us Now, October 8th, by James Ostrowski
http://www.lewrockwell.com/ostrowski/ostrowski86.html

"The MSM actually understated the significance of [Ron Paul's 3rd quarter fundraising success]. First, the money was raised by a candidate the MSM had given no chance to win and little coverage. [And m]uch of that coverage was derisive or dismissive."

"Third, it's a mistake to compare contributions to Ron Paul with contributions to Rudy. Rudy collects large donations from the usual suspects, the corporate state elite, rich people who wish to buy political influence. They want something specific and tangible for their money: a judgeship, a subsidy, a pardon, an ambassadorship."

"Those who give to Ron Paul do so mainly out of pure principle. While his supporters expect to benefit from his election, it’s not a specific tangible benefit at the expense of others. On the contrary, they expect an improvement in the general welfare of which they will partake ... Ron Paul is defying a law of politics known as rational apathy."

Why the GOP Must Nominate Ron Paul, by Joe Dumas, October 2nd
http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_114454.asp

"It should come as no big revelation to anyone inside or outside of the Republican Party that the GOP has lost touch with its conservative roots. Massive deficit spending that would make Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter blush; foreign adventurism beyond the wildest dreams of Woodrow Wilson or Teddy Roosevelt; more big government programs than FDR or LBJ (Google 'Medicare expansion' for a massive example) ... the Republican Party of the early 21st century is clearly not your father's or grandfather's GOP."

"Only Ron Paul can outflank Hillary Clinton both to the left on the war, and to the right on everything else ... which is the only winning strategy the Republicans can plausibly employ in 2008."

Chemo for the GOP: President Hillary, by Steven Greenhut, October 8th
http://www.ocregister.com/column/party-giuliani-republican-1881369-clinton-gop

"All the candidates, except for Paul, stand up for this foolish, unconstitutional, nearly genocidal war (1.2 million Iraqis have been killed since its start), and they continue to stand up for the police-state policies that have become the hallmark of the federal security state since the 9/11 attacks."

"Sure, Democrats want to turn the health care system over to the equivalent of a federal Department of Motor Vehicles, and their overriding concern is how to regulate more and get more taxes out of society's productive members. But monitoring the populace and waging war are equally destructive of the nation's founding principles. ... Throw in the Republican support for lighter versions of Democratic socialism – e.g., Bush's Medicare prescription drug program, Romney's government-heavy health care, Giuliani's support for gun bans – and what's the point [of supporting Republicans other than Ron Paul]?"

The Ron Paul Nation, by Jay Roberts, October 2nd
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/roberts-j1.html

"So the big question in this story is not why Ron Paul is gaining traction – his ideas have been out there for decades – but rather why now and not ten or fifty years ago. The answer is simply that the technology just now exists for like-minded individuals to form geography independent groupings that are capable of effective action at very low overhead and that do not rely upon any of the state or establishment apparatus."

"So while the campaign and message are important news and should not be ignored, another big story is that the workings of the Ron Paul campaign is the first demonstration of a viable digital nation taking effective action, what social organization is going to look like in the future, and all the negative implications this holds for traditional governmental entities. In this story, Ron Paul has already won, in a very real sense."

It's Not Just Wishful Thinking, by Rick Fisk, October 8th
Ron Paul can win.
http://www.lewrockwell.com/fisk/fisk20.html

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