Ron Paul is no ordinary congressman, as this collection of Paul statements on the floor of the House of Representatives proves.His statements are lessons in the Constitution,in history, economics, foreign affairs and other important topics of the day.It is quite fascinating to watch, through these statements, this man of principle deal with a Congress that on a daily basis ignores the Constitution. In these statements, Ron Paul speaks clearly and truthfully about the important issues of the day. If you are following the career of Congressman Paul, you need this book as your guidebook to his thinking.
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As recently as two years ago, Congressman Ron Paul introduced a bill to audit the Federal Reserve Bank that headed to oblivion. Year after year â beginning in 1983 â the bill never even won a committee hearing. Dr. Paul was ignored in Washington, and was a lonely voice for freedom back in his Texas congressional district.
Times have changed. Ron Paul is on a political roll. The bill Dr. Paul introduced in the current Congress to audit the Federal Reserve Bank (H.R. 1207) has more than 300 cosponsors â including every House Republican and more than 100 Democrats â and the backing of House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank. Frank has promised a committee vote, and it has a better-than-average chance of House passage this year. Dr. Paulâs new book End the Fed sailed into the top twenty of Amazon.comâs sales figures more than a month before it was available. It debuted on both Amazon.com and New York Times bestseller lists, and sales remain strong even today. His old presidential campaign has rolled over into a âCampaign for Libertyâ that has raised more than $4 million since its founding in February of this year.
More importantly, his presidential campaign evidently inspired dozens of candidates for congressional office across the nation who seek to reform Congress from a constitutionalist perspective. And several of them are both well funded and being taken seriously by the political establishment.
Rand PaulPrime among these constitutionalist âRon Paulâ candidates is the Congressmanâs third child, Dr. Rand Paul. While the elder Dr. Paul was an obstetrician by trade before being elected to Congress, Dr. Rand Paul is an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist). The 46-year-old Dr. Rand Paul announced his candidacy for the open U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky in August. Days before Dr. Paulâs announcement, incumbent Republican Jim Bunning had bowed out of a reelection contest after Kentuckyâs establishment Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (who is also the Senate Minority Leader) had made fundraising in Washington difficult for Bunning. âOver the past year,â Bunning said, âsome of the leaders of the Republican Party in the Senate have done everything in their power to dry up my fundraising. The simple fact is that I have not raised the funds necessary to run an effective campaign for the U.S. Senate.â Time magazine on July 29 explained that the âsome leadersâ Bunning was talking about was his fellow Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell: âHe quietly signaled to Republican moneymen that they ought to wait Bunning out. Party leaders in Washington met with a potential primary opponent…. McConnellâs strategy ultimately worked.â
Dr. Rand Paul is the founder of the conservative Kentucky Taxpayers United and has also campaigned for his father, so he isnât a stranger to politics. But he hasnât seen McConnell open the monetary floodgates from Washington on his behalf either. Politico.com has noted that âthe GOP establishment has lined up behind Secretary of State Trey Grayson.â Perhaps Grayson is favored by the Washington Republican establishment because Graysonâs campaign website is bereft of mention of bringing the federal government back within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution. By way of contrast, Rand Paul has made the Constitution a centerpiece of his campaign. âThe Federal Government must return to its constitutionally enumerated powers and restore our inalienable rights,â the younger Dr. Paul says on his campaign website, in an echo of his fatherâs principles. âAmerica can prosper, preserve personal liberty, and repel national security threats without intruding into the personal lives of its citizens.â
The fact that the establishment isnât behind him hasnât hurt Rand Paul in the crucial fundraising part of the race; he raised more than $1.1 million by the end of the third quarter of this year. Graysonâs Washington fundraising, which included a $500 per plate fundraiser hosted by McConnell on September 23, has been matched by Dr. Paulâs vibrant Internet strategy dollar-for-dollar thus far. âWe actually outraised both Democrats and our primary opponents this past quarter,â Dr. Paul told The New American.
Rand Paul is quick to say that his first problem was âname recognition,â though he told The New American âwe are now probably very close to being on a par with our primary opponent now.â Of the two, Grayson has been far better known in Kentucky; heâs been the Secretary of State for five years. Therefore, even though Graysonâs polling numbers were stronger back in August, 40 percent to Dr. Paulâs 25 percent according to an August poll, Rand Paul is being given a good chance of prevailing by professional political observers. Dr. Paul has numbers to back up his statement that heâs pulled up to a par with Grayson. An October Rasmussen poll put Paulâs and Graysonâs âfavorabilityâ percentages within the pollâs margin of error, and a November WHAS11/Survey USA poll put Paul ahead at 35 to 32 percent.
If the younger Dr. Paul survives the Republican primary, he has a better-than-even chance of winning the GOP-leaning Kentucky general election. Democrats who face a Republican candidacy of Rand Paul would not only face a united conservative base but also significant crossover from some traditionally Democratic voting groups, especially those opposing unnecessary wars and assaults on civil liberties under the guise of the âwar on terror.â Dr. Paul told The New American that he maintains a bipartisan appeal that criticizes both parties when they are at fault, âOn the stump I promise that I will vote against any budget that is not balanced, either Republican or Democrat.â The crossover phenomenon may even impact the primaries, as many have changed from independents or Democratic registration to vote for him in the primary. âWe re-register people a lot of the time, and there is a lot of crossover.â
Peter SchiffAnother well-funded Ron Paul presidential campaign supporter is Connecticut-based Peter Schiff, who had been an economic adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign. Schiff has become an Internet sensation on his own as president of Euro-Pacific Capital, largely because he accurately predicted the current economic recession with astonishing precision on a variety of financial television talk shows. He not only predicted the current recession in 2006 and 2007, he also explained why it would happen to pundits who often laughed at him for predicting the housing boom would go bust. In 2008, some of his friends put together a montage of his television clips called âPeter Schiff Was Rightâ and posted it on YouTube. The clips received several million views and dramatically increased demand for Schiffâs guest appearances on national television shows.
Schiff is an acolyte of the free-market âAustrian Schoolâ of economics, is for ending Americaâs military interventions abroad, and is emphatic about returning the federal government to the limits of the U.S. Constitutionâs delegated powers.
Schiff announced in September that he would run for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut against longtime incumbent Christopher Dodd. Dodd would ordinarily be considered a safe incumbent. On paper, Dodd is an entrenched Democrat in a Democratic-leaning state, but the 28-year incumbent is considered highly vulnerable this time around. As chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, he was the Senator who could have â and should have â raised the alarm about the housing bubble. But instead, Dodd built a cozy relationship with sub-prime lender Countrywide. Although technically cleared of ethics violations in a recent investigation concluded August 7, the Senate inquiry criticized Doddâs efforts as less than cautious. âThe committee does believe that you should have exercised more vigilance in your dealings with Countrywide in order to avoid the appearance that you were receiving preferential treatment based on your status as a senator,â the Senate Ethics Committee concluded. Dodd also has personal health issues to deal with this time around. Last summer he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, so he may not be able to wage as vigorous a campaign as in the past.
As a result of Doddâs recent missteps, Schiff will have to get in line to have a crack at him. The Republican Party smells blood, and a number of other Republicans have declared their candidacies as well. Among the better known are World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon and former Congressman Rob Simmons, who appears to be the early front-runner. Schiffâs greatest challenge may be winning the Republican primary. With his financial background and his accurate economic predictions, heâs the perfect constitutionalist foil for the leftist Dodd in a general election. But despite already having raised more than $1.1 million in Internet donations for his campaign, he barely registers in polling data. Thatâs perhaps expected, since heâs a political novice in the Republican Party and outside his coterie of YouTube followers heâs virtually unknown in Connecticut.
Schiff will definitely need that impressive $1.1 million heâs already raised, and more, in order to introduce himself to more Connecticut primary voters if he wants to win. Heâll also have to mobilize a local army of volunteers in Connecticut. If he can do that, Schiff could become the next Senator from Connecticut.
Adam KokeshAdam Kokesh is best known as an Iraq War veteran who returned opposed to the war and was a keynote speaker at Ron Paulâs âRally for the Republicâ that competed with the Republican National Convention in the summer of 2008. He volunteered for service in Iraq, where he witnessed the bureaucracy, waste, and corruption in the U.S. reconstruction of that country. According to his campaign website, he emerged from the military a strict noninterventionist in foreign policy and defender of Congressâ constitutional authority to declare war:
Inherent with the right to self-defense is the right to collective self-defense, and in the world that we live in, this is the most important function of the federal government. To ensure that this power is used responsibly, Congress, as the best representation of the people, was given the exclusive power to declare war…. The executive branch has set a dangerous precedent by taking powers that are supposed to be vested in the Congress. By not abiding by the Constitution and using the collective wisdom of the Congress to ensure judicious use of force, we find ourselves spending hundreds of billions more than is necessary for legitimate defense.
Kokesh has echoed Rep. Paulâs position on the Federal Reserve Bank, called for a smaller government role in the management of healthcare, and pronounced a nuanced view about the immigration issue.
Kokesh has an uphill battle as a Republican in New Mexicoâs heavily Democratic Third District against freshman Democrat Ben R. LujÃ¡n. LujÃ¡n hasnât had much time to dig in as an incumbent, but his northern New Mexico district hasnât been won by a Republican since 1996. Kokesh, in his favor, was able to tell The New American that he has raised over $100,000 in donations in the first few months of his candidacy. âWhat was shocking for me was that for the third quarter we actually beat LujÃ¡n,â he told The New American. That goes a long way toward making up for the $100,000 Washington, D.C., fundraiser Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer hosted earlier this year for LujÃ¡n. Neither candidate is even close to the $1 million or so theyâll have to raise to wage winning a House campaign, but Kokeshâs early fundraising numbers suggest that he wonât be at a financial disadvantage on this front.
Kokesh told The New American that the traditional political wisdom in New Mexico is that âif you want to play and you want to win, youâre going to run as a Democrat.â Yet, the state has elected conservative Republicans occasionally because âa lot of those people would be Republicans anywhere else.â Kokesh notes that the local Democratic Party still postures as pro-gun and as socially conservative, and he sees a âgreat potential for a crossover vote, just because of those Democratic voters that have been sucked into the machine.â
And Kokeshâs anti-war, noninterventionist foreign policy, and pro-civil liberties positions just may have the decisive bipartisan appeal heâll need. âPeople [are] calling to say they are changing their party registration so they can vote in the primaryâ for him, he told The New American. But if people can see through to the principles of the Constitution, the liberal media is still seeing things in terms of the phony left-right spectrum. The local weekly news magazine Santa Fe Reporter published an article on congressional candidates called âThe Early Birdsâ on July 29, labeling Kokesh a right-winger. âThey gave me a 4.2 out of 5 for being true conservative,â Kokesh said, âthen two or three months later, they wrote about how I had all of these liberal ideologies.â The Marine Corps veteran says, âTo me â¦ one of the biggest frustrations and also one of the most rewarding things about this race is taking on the left-right spectrum.â
Also in Kokeshâs favor is the expectation that most analysts believe 2010 will be a Republican year, just as 1994 and 1996 were. Count Kokesh as an underdog, but he may have a shot.
R.J. HarrisThese are only three of the better known among more than a dozen candidates nationwide who have been inspired by Ron Paulâs 2008 candidacy to run for the House or Senate. It has almost taken on the form of a slate in some quarters, as Internet fundraisers like ThisNovember5th.com are seeking to raise funds for more than a dozen candidates on the same day as Ron Paulâs 2007 âmoney bombâ when he raised a then-record $4 million in a single day. The idea of Internet âmoney bombsâ has proliferated among the constitutionalist movement, often resulting in more frequent but smaller one-day fundraising numbers for candidates. This yearâs money bomblets have netted from tens of thousands to several hundred thousand dollars on a single day for the better-known candidates. And while this article will be at press on November 5, tens of thousand dollars were pledged two weeks in advance of the day. But ThisNovember5th.com is only one of many independent efforts to raise funds for constitutionalist candidates and enable them to become independent of the Washington, D.C., fundraisers and not beholden to power-brokers in the same quarters.
Among the ThisNovember5th.com candidates is Marine Corps veteran David W. Hedrick, who is running against five-term liberal Democratic Congressman Brian Baird of Washingtonâs Third Congressional District. Before announcing his candidacy, Hedrick confronted Baird at an August 18 town hall, telling him: âI also heard you say that you were going to let us keep our health insurance. Well thank you! Itâs not your right to decide whether I keep my current plan or not. Thatâs my decision.â But thatâs not all. Directly confronting the claim made by some leading Democrats that attempts to âdisruptâ town hall meetings display a fascist tendency, he also told Baird:
A little history lesson. The Nazis were the National Socialist Party. They were leftists. They took over finance. They took over the car industry. They took over the health care in that country. If Nancy Pelosi wants to find a swastika, maybe the first place she should look is the sleeve of her own arm.
Meanwhile, R.J. Harris is opposing three-term incumbent Republican Tom Cole in Oklahomaâs Fourth Congressional District. A veteran commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitanoâs Freedom Watch Internet show on Fox Newsâ website, Harris encapsulates his decision to run against a fellow Republican in a video advertisement: âHow can we Republicans demand to replace the Democrat bailout voters without doing anything about our own? If we donât clean our own house, we can expect the Democrats to do it for us.â Cole voted for the Bush bailout bill, the TARP legislation. Harris calls himself a âconstitutional conservative Republicanâ and says, âI will never vote for bailouts, required servitude, taxation without representation or give your money to foreign governments. However, Tom Cole has voted for all of these things.â
Jake TowneJake Towne of Pennsylvaniaâs 15th District will also try to make Republicans honest by running against liberal Republican incumbent Charlie Dent (The New Americanâs Freedom Index rating: 40 percent).
Minuteman founder Chris Simcox, though not a newcomer to politics as a result of the Ron Paul 2008 presidential bid, has announced a challenge against John McCainâs Senate seat in Arizona and has been put on the ThisNovember5th.com fundraising list.
Dr. Mike Vasovski in South Carolinaâs Third District will run in a crowded Republican primary for an open congression-al seat.
Other House of Representatives candidates ThisNovemer5th.com will be raising funds for include John Dennis (California), Jaynee Germond (Oregon), David Ratowitz (Illinois), Bob Parker (Missouri), and both Collins Baily and Robert Broadus of Maryland.
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Ron Paul and his dedicated followers were the tail of the GOP dog during the 2008 campaign, but a proliferation of âPauliteâ constitutional candidates in 2010 may find the tail wagging the dog.
08/02/2010 – www.RonPaul.com by Ron Paul Our foreign policy was in the spotlight last week, which is exactly where it should be. Almost two years ago, many voters elected someone they thought would lead us to a more peaceful, rational coexistence with other countries. However, while attention has been focused on the administration’s disastrous economic policies, its equally disastrous foreign policies have exacerbated our problems overseas. Especially in times of economic crises we cannot afford to ignore costly foreign policy mistakes. That’s why it’s important that US foreign policy receive some much-needed attention in the media, as it did last week with the leaked documents scandal. Many are saying that the Wikileaks documents tell us nothing new. In some ways that is true. Most Americans knew that we have been fighting losing battles; these documents show just how bad it really is. The revelation that Pakistani intelligence is assisting the people we are bombing in Afghanistan shows the quality of friends we are making with our foreign policy. This kind of thing supports points that Rep. Dennis Kucinich and I tried to make on the House floor last week with a privileged resolution that would have directed the administration to remove troops from Pakistan pursuant to the War Powers Resolution. We are not at war with Pakistan. Congress has made no declaration of war. Actually, we made no declaration of war on Afghanistan or Iraq either, but that is another matter. Yet …