Friday, September 28, 2007

Ron Paul Calls for an End to the 'War on Drugs'

Aaron Dykes / September 28, 2007

Congressman Ron Paul called for an end to the Drug War and a repeal of "most" Federal drug laws last night during the PBS Republican Presidential Debates hosted by Tavis Smiley.

"We have already spent over $400 billion since the early 70s and it's wasted money. Prohibition didn't work; prohibition on drugs doesn't work."

Ron Paul cited the unfair disparity between the relative percentage of black drug users and blacks imprisoned for drug use. He called for equal justice under the law, giving example to the system's race-based "punishments."

"Blacks make up 14% of those who use drugs, yet 36% of those arrested are blacks and it ends up that 63% of those who finally end up in prison are blacks. This has to change. We don't have to have more courts and more prisons, we have to repeal the whole 'War on Drugs'-- it isn't working," Paul said.

While many other candidates admirably agreed that blacks were treated unfairly under existing drug laws, many of their solutions included suggestions for new courts, arbitration and rehab programs, not a scaling-back of the failed and hypocritical 'War on Drugs' or a repeal of drug laws.

"So we need to come to our's a disease. We don't treat alcoholics like this. This is a disease and we should orient ourselves to this," said Ron Paul.

Paul was also asked about his support for the death penalty in regards to waning public opinion. He again cited unfair prosecution in the justice system.

"You know, over the years, I've held pretty rigid all my beliefs, but I've changed my opinion about the death penalty. For federal purposes, I no longer believe in the death penalty. I believe it has been issued unjustly. If you're rich, you get away with it; if you're poor and from the inner city, you're more likely to be prosecuted and convicted. And today, with the DNA evidence, there's been too many mistakes, so I am now opposed to the federal death penalty"

Friday, September 21, 2007

Ron Paul Slams Bernanke For Dollar Meltdown

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ron Paul has slammed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for deliberately depreciating the value of the dollar to artificially bail out Wall Street while poor and middle class people lose their homes and have their living standards lowered.

During a Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill today, the Texas Congressman confronted Bernanke and accused the Fed of trying to solve the problem of inflation with more inflation by creating artificially low interest rates that have no effect because of the dollar's weakness.

Watch the video.

Paul questioned how it could ever be morally justifiable to deliberately depreciate the dollar and pointed out the fact that the dollar collapse was a deliberate policy on behalf of the Fed.

Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Alan Greenspan have all been busy bad-mouthing the dollar over the past few weeks even as major players like China and Saudi Arabia consider dumping US treasuries, a move that would immediately trigger a dollar meltdown.

Ron Paul identifies the true culprits of the planned economic implosion while the establishment media and the yuppies celebrate the hollow "solution" of an interest rate cut that has no substantive benefit and only increases the risk of another depression by sinking the dollar to historic lows and ensuring foreign holders of US debt run for the door at breakneck speed.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007's Joel Connelly: GOP's Ron Paul Wants All Troops Home

by Joel Connelly

Amid a lineup of what ought to be called "big government conservatives," Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul stands out like the Lonesome End on Army's 1950s football teams.

Asked his policy on U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, the Texas congressman, now serving his 10th term, replies: "I would get them home as soon as possible."
And U.S. troops in Europe?

"I would get them home," Paul said in an interview Tuesday. "Having them stationed abroad doesn't serve our national interest, and that goes for forces in Japan and Korea.

"We should only send U.S. forces abroad when our security is directly threatened. Right now, nobody threatens our national security."

Such sentiments make Paul the odd man out in GOP debates. Other candidates have been seen smirking as he speaks.

Although described as a libertarian, the physician-politician is a throwback on stands that used to define "conservative" in America -- defense of individual liberties, a minimalist federal government and freedom from foreign entanglements.

"I call it a non-interventionist, constitutional foreign policy," he said Tuesday. "We should have a strong national defense. But we should stay out of other countries' internal affairs. Our role is not nation building, and not to be world policeman."

In Paul's view, the U.S. invasion of Iraq worked to encourage al-Qaida. "The motivation by suicide terrorists is that we have invaded territory that is not ours," he argued.
Paul will spend a hectic Friday in Seattle this week.

The events on his schedule range from a public lecture on the U.S. Constitution, set for 1:30 p.m. Friday at Seattle University's Campion Tower Ballroom, to a $2,000 private briefing scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the College Club. Then a $1,000-per-person reception at the Westin reception will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. rally in the Grand Ballroom.

If you missed the movie "Twister," the Republicans' 2008 field offers lots of blustery, changing winds. Mitt Romney has reversed past stands on abortion and gay rights. Fred Thompson is trying to explain how he gave legal advice to a pro-choice feminist group. The thrice-married Rudy Giuliani is seeking to court the religious right.

Paul is not a man for campaign conversions -- even on a week that takes him to three liberal West Coast cities.

"My message is exactly the same wherever I go," he said. "If it is a liberal city where I am speaking, I try to teach them the virtue of economic liberties. If it is a conservative religious town, I try to stress why individual liberties are important."

Paul was a lonely Republican vote against passage and reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act. He feels the landmark post-9/11 law violated the Fourth Amendment, which provides Americans with guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure of their property.

If elected, said Paul, "I would do everything I can to repeal it. ... We do not need to spy on the American people to provide for our national security."

Born in Pennsylvania, Paul served in the Air Force as a flight surgeon, and moved to Texas to practice obstetrics and gynecology near Houston. He was drawn to politics when President Nixon severed the connection between the dollar and gold in 1971.

He would radically downsize the federal government. "I don't think there is any need for the Department of Education, the Department of Energy or particularly the monstrous Department of Homeland Security," he said Tuesday.

Asked what role he sees for the federal government in education, Paul replied: "None. Nothing in the Constitution provides for a federal role."

Paul would seek to divest the federal government of its vast landholdings in the West. "I would always move in the direction of moving those lands to the states, except in special circumstances such as national parks."

The Paul campaign has taken in about $3 million as of midyear, a fraction of money raised by the Romney ($43.5 million) and Giuliani ($35.4 million) juggernauts. In the West, Paul registers among donation leaders only in Montana and Wyoming.

Yet, the physician-politician has become a hit on the Internet. He is the candidate of voters, left and right, who would otherwise fill in "None of the Above" on pollsters' questionnaires.

Paul relishes being apart from the field, especially in talking about two favorite subjects -- Iraq and individual liberties. Of Democrats, he said: "They were elected to do something last fall, and they've done nothing. They've identified themselves as the party of civil liberties, and done nothing."

Nor does Paul have any sympathy for Republican "conservatives" who stress economic liberty but see nothing wrong with a government that pushes around its citizens. "You cannot have a Supreme Court that protects economic liberties and not individual liberties," he said.

On assisted suicide, talking as a physician, Paul said: "Taking someone's life is not something I want to get involved in." Yet, he describes legalization as "a state issue."

"I don't support abortion, but I don't want to pass any federal law to regulate it," he added.

In Texas, it is possible to run simultaneously for Congress and president. Paul intends to file for re-election to his House seat.

Has he seen any other Republican candidate he could support for the White House? "So far, nobody," he replied.

P-I columnist Joel Connelly can be reached at 206-448-8160 or Follow his political blog at's Mike Warner: Will Ron Paul or Tyranny Prevail?

by Mike Warner

Ron Paul has emerged as the lone wolf of the Republican Party, speaking out against the war in Iraq. Standing up for the constitution, he is dismissed by the rest of the Republicans running for President in 2008 as nothing more than a crack pot. In a speech given at the Reagan Library (posted on my site), Dr Paul clearly lays out how the American peoples wallets and bank accounts are being raped by our own government. Yet, do Americans pay any attention to the Ron Paul message?

A large percentage of Americans no longer even vote. A right our forefathers fought and died for. Many Americans are dissatisfied, feeling that it no longer matters who gets voted into office. I have talked to many citizens of this great country and have been told many times, "it does not matter who gets into office, they are all crooks." When we look at the corruption and ineptitude of the last seven presidencies, one must wonder. It is said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts, absolutely. Nothing from those seven presidencies indicates otherwise.

In the upcoming elections, every candidate with the exception of one, has flip flopped on major issues, been involved with corruption, pandered to special interest groups and, or sold their votes to the highest bidder. Not willing to run with the rest of the pact and wallow in their corruption, Ron Paul stands as a lone wolf. With support ranging across all party lines from Democrats to Republicans to Libertarians to Independents, the dedicated supporters cheer the good doctor on. They spread the word that an honest man, a man with integrity, a man who believes in the ideals that America was founded on, is willing to lead our country.

Will Americans recognize and become invigorated by this honest man? Will America enter into a new age of peace, and prosperity as intended by our founding fathers? OR Will the Neo-cons be enabled to continue their quest for empire building and world domination? Or will the lefts socialist agenda move forward?

One thing for certain, the next year will be an exciting one in the world of politics. The future of world wide power hinges on the United States Presidential Election of 2008. Americans must be awakened to this realization and be encouraged to once again, participate in the election process.

Thomas Jefferson said, "When the Government fears the people, we have Liberty...when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny!" Will we live in tyranny and by virtue of complacency force that tyranny on the rest of the world?

Mike Warner attended the University of Maryland and Central Texas College. He's a combat veteran of Desert Storm, with the U.S. Army. A former construction company owner. A father and husband. The owner of The Political Coffeehouse.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Faux News (Fox News) Republican Debate: Completely Unbalanced

Last night at the Republican debate it was very clear the good people behind Fox News (ie-The Neo-Cons) were out to destroy Ron Paul. Not only did resident slime-ball Chris Wallace throw loaded questions at Dr. Paul, but they left Rudy Giulani's microphone on during Ron Paul's answers; Giuliani openly laughed out loud (you can tell it was him, as even his laugh has a speech impediment) like the disrespectful punk that he is.

Ron Paul footage from the debate:

And, the best part, the results of the Fox News poll "who won the debate"? I think we all know who won the debate (note Hannity in the backround in obvious pain, like a wounded little girl).

Related Story: Hannity Lies To Discredit Ron Paul After Debate: Claims "Paulites" flood voted to skew text poll, yet only one vote per phone number was allowed. Click here for more.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Tyranny at the Texas Straw Poll (Video - September 1st)

Yesterday at the Texas Straw Poll the GOP prevented Texas delegates who paid their fee to vote and obtain "credentials" were blocked from entering the building to cast their votes. Conservative estimates show that 250 Ron Paul delegates may have been forbidden from entering the building and casting their vote.

Ron Paul ended up coming in 3rd place with 217 votes (17%) behind Fred Thompson with 266 votes (21%) and Duncan Hunter who won the straw poll with 534 votes (41%).

This has rightfully infuriated Texan Ron Paul supporters, taking to the internet to voice their disgust.

Let Freedom Ring: Texas Straw Poll (Video - September 1st)