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The Thorn in McCain’s Side

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Posted on May 12, 2008
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Ron Paul has framed his campaign as a long-term fight for the soul of his party. To that end, Paul has continued to campaign against John McCain, even though he has no shot at the nomination, and his supporters are planning to publicly upstage the nominee at the Republican convention in September.

(h/t: Political Wire)


Los Angeles Times / Top of the Ticket:

Virtually all the nation’s political attention in recent weeks has focused on the compelling state-by-state presidential nomination struggle between two Democrats and the potential for party-splitting strife over there.

But in the meantime, quietly, largely under the radar of most people, the forces of Rep. Ron Paul have been organizing across the country to stage an embarrassing public revolt against Sen. John McCain when Republicans gather for their national convention in Minnesota at the beginning of September.

[...] They hope to demonstrate their disagreements with McCain vocally at the convention through platform fights and an attempt to get Paul a prominent speaking slot. Paul, who’s running unopposed in his home Texas district for an 11th House term, still has some $5 million in war funds and has instructed his followers that their struggle is not about a single election, but a long-term revolution for control of the Republican Party.

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By BlueEagle, May 13, 2008 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

Ron Paul is not only about this election cycle. The movement is about taking our country back from the “controllers”. It’s about abolishing the Fed and returning to sound money. Being a RonPaulblican is about restoring the constitution. It’s about understanding that we must win the War on Terror and the realization that the terrorists are in the White House, CIA and Pentagon.

The party system is done. There is very little difference anymore. It’s time for people to start identifying themselves as independents (not Democrat or Republican, left or right), with independent minds. The collectivist mentality will only push our country further down the road to destruction.

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By DennisD, May 13, 2008 at 6:47 am Link to this comment
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Ron Paul is a thorn in both corporate parties sides because he would actually make the “changes” other candidates like to talk about but have no intention of doing.

I’m sure the vast majority of voters will continue to vote for the slogan and have voters remorse not long afterward. The herd mentality being what it is.

It used to be funny and now it’s just sad to watch this countries voters confirm the definition of insanity every election.

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By Paolo, May 12, 2008 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment

Ron Paul is a fine human being and a true believer in limited government. I just can’t figure out what he’s doing in the Republican Party.

Historically, Democrats have a somewhat better record than Republicans at keeping government under control. I’m amazed how infrequently Democrats state this obvious fact. If Libertarians like Ron Paul are to make progress in the existing two parties (a dubious quest at any rate), then they should choose the Democratic, rather than the Republican, party.

Spending was much more under control during the Clinton years than under the ensuing Bush junior years, or the preceding Bush/Reagan years.

The Democrats used to have a proud tradition of less power to Washington, and more power to the states. And no, “states rights” is a lot more than just an excuse to make Jim Crow laws.

The Republicans have ALWAYS been the party of big, centralized, intrusive government, going all the way back to Lincoln. For the last fifty years, Republicans have mouthed Libertarian-sounding rhetoric in order to get elected, but have never—repeat, NEVER—followed through on any of that rhetoric. In this regard, Reagan was the ultimate phony—he never intended to actually propose (let alone pass) a balanced budget.

The Democrats have, since Wilson, “me-too’ed” the Republicans. Still, they have a slightly better record at keeping government under control.

I applaud Ron Paul for his efforts, but he is barking up the wrong tree. There are many, many good Democrats who agree that we need to decentralize government power, lest we continue on the road to empire that G W Bush so obviously longs for.

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By jbart, May 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment
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I “enthusiastically” applaud the Ron Paul supporters. Especially Jones, who has spent many a painful time “exposing” the truth. Though I don’t “totally” agree with all of Dr. Paul’s positions, I agree with enough of them to be willing to support his efforts. Unfortunately, the “best” left to choose from(due to his shortfall in support) is Obama. My heart still says Kucinich, or Gravel, but Dr. Paul also falls into the “un-electable” category with those fine Americans. They all represent CHANGE folks.  Change is imperative to all of us if we are to survive as a viable democratic republic, and to do THAT requires restoration of our values, goals and the return of our historical Gov’t. We need to restore our common goals and to return to what we are, and what we represent. That is to both ourselves, and to the world at large. Come November; remember to VOTE and VOTE SMART. Let’s, all of us, make a simple statement. This is OUR country, not yours, and we’re taking it back !!  We’ll fix what you bastards fucked up. It will be difficult, but it’s worth the effort. WE will not let US down.  Because WE care about US, and ours. YOU cannot stop the momentum.

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By Aegrus, May 12, 2008 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment

This is so hilarious. I can’t wait to see the video of Ron Paul supporters causing havoc at the Republican National Convention. Oh, my goodness. Anticipation!

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By Purple Girl, May 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

I have not only come to Hate Hillary- She terrifies Me. McCain is no better.Both hail from the same party- Neo CONS with a Good dose of Religious Extremism to Boot. It’s time both the Ol School Republicans and Democrats kick these Posers (contaminates ) Out of Both OUR PARTY’s. They’ve been undermining our nation for Over 20 yrs. ‘Moral majority’ and theDLC are just Fronts for their Corp Doctrine & allegiences.That’s criminals enough but both Mac & Hillary also appear to be followers of the Sociopathic, Delusions of Granduer (Rapture)Religious Agenda.
If Obama is Undermined by the Blue arm of th eNeo Cons- I’m voting for Paul and will never vote for another Dem regardless of their purported Position on issues. I will vote agaisnt them in th esame manner I have spent 26 yrs years voting for them. I will be as Loyal and Dedicated to voting them OUTof Power as I have been towards the Republicans all my life!
Otherwise If push coems to shove I’ll vote for a Piece of Dog Crap before I will ever vote for mac or Hillary- Criminals who should be standing trial for at least ‘Derelicition of Duty’/Reckelsss Endangerment, while on the Armed Services Com (Con)!!!

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