Lew Rockwell comments on Ron Paul’s performance at Morgan State debate

September 28, 2007

 

Ron Paul at Morgan State

Posted by Lew Rockwell at September 28, 2007 10:35 AM


Was the Tavis Smiley-moderated Republican debate last night the best-run, most interesting one so far? It got off to a slow start, but then it was unfailingly interesting as well as fair and balanced: much better than FOX, CNN, or MSNBC. Benito, Mitt, Fred, and McCain boycotted this African-American oriented forum (which was noted in a far more understated and therefore successful fashion than at the also-boycotted Christian right forum).

But what fun to see Ron Paul get the most applause, again and again, and to see his opponents wrinkle their noses at it. I loved Ron’s attacks on drug prohibition, the criminal injustice system, capital punishment, the war, and the costs of empire, and so did the audience.

Nuke ’em Tancedro had taken a calm pill this time, and was copying Ron’s domestic rhetoric as well. The oily Brownback said he knew what it was like to be poor, since he had once spent a night in jail–as a US senator “to see what it was like.” Sure you know what it’s like, BB. Brownback also claimed-against Ron–that Congress had declared war on Iraq, thereby continuing his lieathon. Duncan Hunter, the national socialist, was more of an authoritarian personality than usual, and less articulate than usual.

BTW, has Alan Keyes always been this much of a gesticulating gas bag? Supposedly his former college roommate, Bill Kristol, had urged him to get into the race to hurt Ron (a typically effective ploy by Kristol Jr.). So Keyes attacks him with every answer. My favorite: we must denounce Ron’s opposition to the death penalty in order to be pro-life.

But for me the most chilling moment, a peek into the cold and creepy heart of a statist, was Huckabee defending the death penalty. He killed more people than any other governor of Arkansas, he boasted, after reading the entire file, including the trial transcript, of each case (sure you did, Huck). But beware of an executioner who is not an extremely good man with a finely formed conscience, like me, he said in his best minister-voice. Clearly, like Bush, Huckabee revels in the power to kill. If he read his victims’ files, it was to salivate over them: the porn of power.

Once again, Ron Paul stands apart in decency and truth as well as political principles.


CNBC/MSNBC/Wall Street Journal Sponsoring Republican Presidential Debate Oct. 9th Focusing On Economic Issues

September 27, 2007

 

CNBC/MSNBC/Wall Street Journal Sponsoring Republican Presidential Debate Oct. 9th Focusing On Economic Issues

 

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sept. 6, 2007—CNBC/MSNBC/The Wall Street Journal announced today that they are jointly sponsoring the first Republican Presidential debate of the 2008 campaign focusing on economic issues. The two-hour debate is scheduled to be held on October 9 in Dearborn, Mich. and will be broadcast live on CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, at 4 PM ET and re-broadcast on MSNBC at 9 PM ET that evening.

The debate will be held at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. The debate format, as well as its moderator, will be determined after further discussions with representatives from the respective campaigns.

“This debate will focus on issues that are at the heart of every Presidential election, namely the economy, taxes, fiscal discipline and government regulation,” said Mark Hoffman, CNBC President. “This will mark the first time in the 2008 presidential campaign that all declared Republican candidates will be asked to provide voters with specific plans for the American economy and American workers in an increasingly global marketplace.”

“The economy is a core area of our broad campaign coverage, so we’re happy to play a part in focusing the campaign debate there,” said Alan Murray, executive editor for online edition of The Wall Street Journal and former Washington bureau chief who also is in charge the Journal’s partnership with CNBC. “Our sponsorship of a similar debate for Democratic presidential candidates in 2004 was instrumental in framing the debate, and we’re happy to be able to play that role again.”

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saulius “Saul” Anuzis said, “This is an opportunity for Michigan to highlight the issues affecting Middle America. Metropolitan Detroit is the home of the Reagan Democrats and this debate on economic issues will give Republican presidential candidates a chance to talk about the issue that affects Michigan families most – jobs.”

Dearborn, Mich. with a population of more than 97,000, borders the City of Detroit and is home of the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company.

For more information about the debate, please visit http://www.cnbc.com


MSM attempts to paint Ron Paul as a racist

September 24, 2007

What a shameful little hit-piece this is.  The author tries real hard to come off as fair, but it doesn’t take much for someone with their brain turned on to see that it’s really just an attempt to smear Ron Paul as a racist before a debate geared towards a largely black constituency.

Anti-war Republican
By Paul West Sun reporter

September 23, 2007

WASHINGTON – No matter who shows up at this week’s Republican presidential debate in Baltimore, it’s a good bet the biggest applause will go to the most conservative man onstage.

He’s Rep. Ron Paul, a perfect protest candidate for 2008. Trained as a physician, he’s “Dr. Paul” to a small but growing base of fervent admirers – more than a few of whom could fairly be called zealots.

Around the Capitol, the Texas congressman is “Dr. No,” for his frequent, and often lonely, insistence on opposing any legislation that, in his view, exceeds the authority explicitly given to Congress by the framers of the Constitution.

Now, at 72, this enemy of central government is finding overnight success in some unusual places, such as college campuses.

His reedy voice and arched eyebrows impart an air of bemusement, which is one element of his appeal. But what makes the oldest man in the Republican field stand out is his determined opposition to the Iraq war.

A debate confrontation with Rudolph W. Giuliani over the war gained him more publicity in “five days than in 30 years. It was unbelievable,” Paul says in an interview. “It was very clear that I was a Republican who had conservative values that spoke and defended a lot of ideas that liberals had.”

Ten times over the past three decades, the Pittsburgh native and Gettysburg College graduate has won election to a House district on the fringes of the Houston metro area. The coordinates of his ideology place him somewhere else: on the far side of American politics, where right and left meet.

Paul is an old-fashioned Republican isolationist whose conservatism has a strong libertarian streak.

In 1988, he ran for president as the Libertarian Party candidate. This year, he has gone viral on the Internet and can be found everywhere from YouTube to white supremacist Web sites.

He has long been an idol of hard-money advocates, drawn to his longtime crusade to abolish the Federal Reserve and return to the gold standard (Paul says “Internet education” is bringing fresh, young recruits to that fight). Now he’s touching a nerve with an electorate fed up over everything that is happening in Washington and, especially, Iraq.

It’s little wonder many liberals think he’s appealing. Paul opposed the Patriot Act and says President Bush has “run wild” in spying on Americans. He would cut defense spending by hundreds of billions of dollars and put part of that money to work at home helping some of society’s most vulnerable members.

A longtime foe of the government’s drug war and of mandatory prison terms for nonviolent crimes, he would permit the use of medical marijuana. Like former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, he talks about decriminalizing drugs.

Paul’s eyes light up at the thought that Schmoke might attend the debate at historically black Morgan State University about issues of particular interest to urban and minority voters .

“Oh, wouldn’t that be neat? I’d love to meet him,” he says.

As liberals applaud his Bush-bashing rhetoric and arguments against U.S. military intervention abroad, the flip side of Paul’s record has gotten much less attention. A few examples:

Three years ago, he was the only member of the House to vote against a resolution honoring the 40th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination by hotels, restaurants and theaters. In a speech explaining his “no” vote, Paul said the 1964 law “did not improve race relations or enhance freedom.” Instead, the “forced integration” it “dictated” infringed on “the rights of private property owners to use their property as they please.”

More recently, he was one of only two House members to vote against a measure calling for the investigation of unsolved civil rights murders that took place before 1970. Paul says he does not believe the federal government should be involved in murder cases. There are no blacks on the staff of his House offices or presidential campaign, but he says he has had black aides in the past.

On immigration, he joins hard-line Republican presidential candidates Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California in demanding an end to “birthright citizenship.” Paul wants to repeal the provision of the 14th Amendment that grants citizenship to immigrants’ children who are born in this country, arguing that it was ratified before there was a “welfare state to exploit and the modern problems associated with immigration could not have been imagined.”

He says he has attracted more donations in the past three months than he did in the previous quarter, when he out-raised the other long shots at this week’s debate. One college student got so enthusiastic about the campaign that he collected about $40,000, according to Paul.

He is realistic about his chances of winning the Republican nomination, and there is already talk about a third-party run in 2008. Paul says he has “no intention” of doing that, which is usually politician-speak for “wait and see.”


All American Presidential Forum on PBS

WHO: Five Republican presidential candidates: Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas Alan L. Keyes Rep. Duncan Hunter of California Rep. Ron Paul of Texas

WHERE: Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University

WHEN: 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27

TV: Maryland Public Television


Christ was a man of peace, and so am I says Ron Paul

September 21, 2007

What Have We Become?

By: Joe Murray, The Bulletin

09/21/2007

Humility has always been the cornerstone of the Christian faith, and Jesus its model. Those who seek to walk in the footsteps of Christ have guarded their values from the temptations of the world, but have also opened their hearts to those walking along side them. Christianity, thus, is a faith where “God resisteth the proud, and giveth his grace to the humble.” (James 4:6).

“(But) take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father,” proclaimed Jesus in Matthew 6:1.

Jesus continued, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them… But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.” (Matthew 2:6).

After watching last week’s Values Voters Debate (VVD) sponsored by the American Family Association, this author’s former employer, as well as other family values groups, one wonders if this Gospel reading got lost in the shuffle.

There can be no mistake that America is lost-culturally, politically and morally. She has deviated from the wisdom of the Founders, lost her certitude in a global marketplace that seeks to exploit her, not embrace her, and has been courted by a number of individuals who seek to place the politics of man before the principles of God. And the VVD is Exhibit “A.”

Equipped with a persecuted mayor (Ft. Lauderdale’s Jim Nagle), a Church of God choir singing “Why Should God Bless America?,” and charges of persecution, the VVD placed the GOP candidates before a fundamentalist firing squad and gave them 3 hours to plead their case as to why the trigger should not be pulled.

As an individual that has worked, and continues to work, in the arena of Christian rights, this author was shocked at the degree of political pandering carrying the banner of religious righteousness. From the very beginning, this debate was more hubris then humility.

Its website is topped with a large banner proclaiming Values Voters as “America’s largest voting bloc” and its organizers, arguing Values Voters wield the power of the GOP nomination, predicted doom for those candidates failing to appear. This behavior has undermined the Christian faith and caused the bride of Christ to weep.

It is not coincidental that the road to Hell is paved with the best of intentions, thus while one hopes that conservative leaders, such as Don Wildmon, began their crusade motivated by morality, it appears that a number of them have been hypnotized by the siren song of the almighty dollar.

Christian activism has become a lucrative business. According to its 990 form, the AFA took in millions. Arguably, such revenue was made possible by sending out “Action Alerts” warning homosexuals will throw Christians in jail under the hate crimes bill. Such rhetoric is misleading a best, dishonest at worse.

How does one protect Christianity? Send money. Call it cash-back Christianity, and the VVD was no different.

The VVD had an opportunity to restore sanity to Christian public activism, but it quickly became a political sideshow to see which candidate was the political Christian of choice.

The result? A conservative carnival.

Alan Keyes channeled his inner Benny Hinn, while John Cox mused about transvestite teachers. Sam Brownback stated that Bush should have the spent the political capital earned in 2004 on the Federal Marriage Amendment, not Social Security Reform, and Mike Huckabee proclaimed that if the U.S. leaves Iraq, it loses.

Gays, once again, became the whipping post of choice, as Free Congress Foundation chairman Paul Weyrich asked the candidates what they would do to “stop the homosexual agenda?” The answers given were dishonorable.

Regardless of one’s position on the topic of gays in the military, America is a nation at war and there are gay soldiers fighting in the Middle East. This is a fact.

In answering Weyrich’s question, Duncan Hunter proclaimed the reason the military is strong is because he worked to ban gays and Brownback praised Gen. Peter Pace who called gay soldiers immoral earlier this year. What message does that send to those fighting in the trenches?

To use these soldiers as political capital in a presidential election is shameful. And the fact that those in the audience applauded after such comments speaks volumes of just how far removed the VVD was from Christian compassion.

The issue of homosexuality is not the only reason to indict the VVD for crimes against Christianity, as the debate championing pro-life values apparently forgot the fact that preemptive war is not a part of the pro-life tradition.

Prior to his papacy, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger made it clear that the “concept of a ‘preventive war’ does not appear in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.” Pope Benedict was merely reaffirming the Christian tradition of the Just War doctrine.

In the desire to defend the President’s political decision to go to war, the VVD, and most of the candidates, praised Iraq and even hinted to war with Iran. Tom Tancredo argued “this is not a war on terror…we are at war with radical Islam” and Brownback predicted “we are going to be fighting this battle as long as we fought communism.”

Only one candidate had the moxie to confront the politicization of Christianity, and that candidate was Ron Paul.

“I get to my God through Christ and Christ to me is a man of peace,” stated Paul. “Christ is for love and forgiveness and turning the other check and for peace and to justify what we do in the name of Christianity is very dangerous and not part of what Christianity is all about.”

Unfortunately, Rep. Paul, it is what Christian politics has become.

Joe Murray can be reached at jmurray@thebulletin.us

©The Evening Bulletin 2007


Ron Paul excluded from debate

September 20, 2007

Ron Paul has been excluded from the Victory 2008 Republican Jewish Coalition Candidates Forum to be held in Washington, DC on October 16th.  In response, the Jews for Ron Paul organization published the following press release today:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jews for Ron Paul 2008
Concord, New Hampshire
Executive Director: Jim C. Perry
Phone 603-671-3219
Email: jperry@jews4ronpaul.org

Jews for Ron Paul Offended by Dr. Paul’s Exclusion From Debate; Calls for Jewish Republicans to Boycott

“Republican Jewish Coalition”CONCORD, NH — Calling on the Republican Jewish Coalition to change its criteria for inclusion in its Victory 2008 Republican Jewish Coalition Candidates Forum, Jews for Ron Paul for President Executive Director Jim C. Perry asked Jewish voters to avoid joining the organization that purports to be representing Jewish Republican voters. “The Republican Jewish Coalition has decided to exclude Dr. Ron Paul from their ‘debate’, not because of any objective criteria, but because they disagree with Dr. Paul on issues of foreign policy,” he said. 

The debate, to occur at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Independence Ballroom in Washington, DC on October 16, will feature Sam Brownback, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson. Although Mike Huckabee was invited, he will not attend the forum. RJC Communications Director Shari Hillman wrote that “due to the limited time available for the event, the RJC could only include the top six candidates currently in the field.”

Yet by all objective criteria, Ron Paul is a top six contender, including:

* First place finishes in the Gaston County, NC, Strafford County, NH, DeKalb County, GA, Allegheny County, PA, and Maryland State Fair Straw Polls;

* Second place finishes in the Values Voters, Utah GOP, Cobb County, GA, Georgtown County, SC, and National Taxpayers Union Straw Polls;

* Third place finishes in the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, Illinois State Fair, and Texas Straw Polls;

* Fourth place finishes in the West Lafayette, IN, Students for Life America, and California Republican Assembly Straw Polls; and

* Fifth place in the Ames, IA Caucus.

“Congressman Paul has proven that he stands up for principle and doesn’t pander to special interest groups. His voice should be heard at any serious Republican Presidential candidates forum,” said Perry. “Hundreds of activists, Jewish and non-Jewish, have called and e-mailed to ask for Dr. Paul’s inclusion in the Victory 2008 debate, but the Republican Jewish Coalition won’t budge,” he continued. “Instead, the RJC is asking those writing in to pay a membership fee, but what incentive is there for Ron Paul supporters to support an organization that is so clearly single-minded? The RJC has proven that they are not a serious organization, and we encourage Jewish voters not to support their Neo-Conservative agenda,” concluded Perry.

# # #

Jews for Ron Paul was formed in the Summer of 2007 to support the Presidential candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. Dr. Paul is a respected fiscal and foreign policy expert and ten-term member of Congress who recently addressed the Johns Hopkins University School of International Affairs on the topic of “A Traditional Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy.”

The Jews for Ron Paul Advisory Board members include: Steven R. Berger (Hingham, MA) of Adamas Partners; Dr. Walter E. Block (New Orleans, LA) of Loyola University; Jennifer R. Coffey (Andover, NH) of the Second Amendment Sisters; Rich Goldman (Baltimore, MD) of the Free State Project; Aaron Zelman (Hartford, WI) of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership; and member emeritas, Aaron Russo (1943-2007), the late prominent Hollywood film producer. Our Web site address is http://www.jews4ronpaul.org/.


Ron Paul’s closing statement @ VV debate

September 19, 2007

Ron Paul attended the Values Voter Debate this past Monday, Sept. 17th.  There is much I have to say about this debate in our next episode, so I won’t say too much in this post other than that I thought he did an excellent job for the most part (I do have some quibbles, but I’ll save those for later).  That said, one of the best parts of the entire debate was Dr. Paul’s closing statement.  I just came across this video clip of it on YouTube and I highly recommend watching if you didn’t see the debates the other night (and hey, even if you did, it’s worth another watch).