The Definition of Libertarian: What Is Libertarian?
Reade This Landmark Book, A Most Comprehensive Survey of a Divers and Formidable Moovement in Politikal and Philosophical Thought:
The Ron Paul Revolution in Retrospect
The Rand Paul Revolution?
The Tea Party Movement
The Libertarian Party
The Free State Project
The Seasteading Movement
The Austrian Economists
The Voluntaryists: Stefan Molyneux and Peaceful Parenting
The Agorists: Market Alternatives as Subversion
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
The Ronald Reagan Revolution
The Crypto-Anarchists: Digital Currency and 3D Printed Guns
WikiLeaks and the Power of Disclosures
The Beltway Libertarians: Think Tanks
State Sovereignty Libertarians
The Psychological Libertarians
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Legislative Plaza, Downtown Nashville at 12:00 pm CDT
Legislative Plaza, Downtown Nashville at 12:36 pm CDT
I stopped by Congressman Jim Cooper's Nashville office (just a block from Legislative plaza) before the rally to let him know that if he continues to pursue a policy of reckless spending, that his incumbency would be endangered.
I stressed to the man I spoke to that this is not a partisan issue and that Bill Clinton balanced the budget and ran surpluses. I urged him to encourage Rep. Cooper to legislate more responsibly.
They had a very, very long petition against cap and trade that hundreds of people signed.
A Pro-Life sign: There is NO Liberty or Property without LIFE!
The original Sons of Liberty who marched into Boston Harbor and dumped British tea in defiance of the Tea Act (a bailout of the East India Trading company because it was too big to fail) wore the garb of Native Americans to disguise themselves and avoid execution for their act of treason.
If we would only have the fortitude of heart that those men had -perhaps America would not be headed in such an ominous direction. As a throwback to the original party and an admonishment to take courage, I dressed as a Native American.
Cap and Trade was a BIG issue today.
Flying the American flag upside down is the standard distress signal for an emergency. I tell you, there is not a better time to fly an emergency signal.
This grandmother was very nice and told me that she was out here for her grand kids. She doesn't want their future to be ruined by our current leaders' recklessness.
Phil Valentine spoke and said euphemistically that Cap and Trade is a bunch of "bovine scatology."
A patriot flying the flag before the Tennessee Legislative Assembly
End the Fed! The Federal Reserve Bank is one of the chief ills of our modern civil order. It helps to fuel the problem of runaway government spending.
Cap and Trade is pretty ridiculous.
That's the idea.
Family staying cool in the fountain pool.
Another family staying cool in the shade.
These people braved some pretty hot weather to challenge their government.
More people staying cool.
And don't forget. Don't ever, ever forget- all this debt our nation's leaders are racking up will fall on the heads of our young people. It is their future that the Obama Administration and Pelosi Congress are mortgaging.
I took a lot more pictures and didn't have time to get them all posted up here! Thanks so much to all the kind Nashville Tea Partiers who let me take their picture.
Rand Paul's June 29th Moneybomb got off to a great start this morning. Just before 10:00 am EDT, he's raised over $1,300 to put him on the verge of breaking $80,000 for his campaign total. I certainly hope we can push him past $100K and I am prepared to do my little part to make that happen.
I will be keeping you posted throughout the day about the moneybomb via Twitter, as well as about the June 29th Nashville Tea Party (apparently we're having three Tea Parties! -the more the merrier), which I will be attending very shortly.
PS: Donate here.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
1. A Strategy to Trend on Twitter
The Cap and Trade bill that recently passed the House by a narrow margin, is a true crisis for freedom in America and the world. We have got to make sure it dominates every form of media as the key issue at hand until it is soundly defeated!
The election in Iran and the subsequent Mousavi protests made for three of the trending topics on Twitter at any given moment for several days- forcing the mainstream media to increase its coverage, as Twitter is an excellent gauge of the public consciousness and interest.
Until we can break through to at least one trending topic with the Cap and Trade issue, the media will continue to ignore the magnitude of this national crisis. In order to do so, we must settle on one "hashtag" for now and we must Tweet it often!
I nominate #C&T because it is the shortest- leaving room for more commentary and links (which is crucial in Twitter's 140 character format), it is unique, and it neatly sums up and alludes to the words "Cap and Trade."
It is also editorially neutral- which will invite "progressives" to use it as well when referring to Cap and Trade. It invites everyone to the conversation- a conversation we desperately need to have before our freedoms evaporate.
We have got to Tweet and ReTweet frequently about #C&T and use the hashtag.
2. Call The "RINO Tr8ters"!
And let them know you will be supporting whichever real conservative decides to challenge them in a Republican primary for 2010.
Bono Mack (CA) 202-225-5330
Castle (DE) 202-225-4165
Kirk (IL) 202-225-4835
Lance (NJ) 202-225-5361
Lobiondo (NJ) 202-225-6572
McHugh (NY) 202-225-4611
Reichart (WA) 202-225-7761
Chris Smith (NJ) 202-225-3765
3. Start calling your Senators now!
Call early and call often.
We have to aggressively kill this bill right now!
The passing of any human being is a sad event, and when it happens to a notable cultural icon, an entire community of people- who share in common the same cultural impact of the icon's work- feel affected as a group and mourn together collectively. This phenomenon in itself is not intrinsically unhealthy or out of sorts.
It is certainly worth noting that four cultural icons who ascended to the top of their respective fields and careers have died within the space of one week. Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest late last week on the 25th. That same day, Farrah Fawcett reposed after a long battle with anal cancer. Both deaths occurred only two days after television personality Ed McMahon passed away on June 23rd. Then America learned today that TV salesmen Billy Mays was found dead this morning- June 28th.
I certainly have the very best wishes for these people's grieving families and an abiding hope for the safe and happy repose of their departed souls.
A Word for the Media:
As for the mainstream news outlets, I have to say that your coverage of these celebrity deaths is far and away, entirely disproportionate to their significance and impact on our lives, especially as juxtaposed with your coverage of the Cap and Trade bill in Congress: "HR 2454 - The American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009."
The magnitude of its impact on our lives can hardly be overstated, and it may represent one of the most significant thresholds in the expansion of U.S. Federal power and taxation in nearly a century. Michael Jackson's life and impact will be a footnote in the American history books. The period of government expansion culminating in the potential passage of HR 2454 will be an entire lesson of American history in its own right.
Your unquestioning, uncritical, disengaged approach to this issue, especially as compared to your unnecessarily flamboyant coverage of these recent celebrity deaths, represents in my opinion, a dereliction of your duty as the watchdog of this nation, as an information broker who keeps Americans informed and cognizant of what is happening in their society and how it will affect their lives.
It is my sincere hope that you will awake from and shake off your apathy- or worse, your complicity- regarding the drastic, chilling, and unprecedented changes that have been happening in our country over the last decade. Four celebrities died this week. If America remains ignorant of their leaders' activity in Washington and its potential impact, the American dream and way of life may die. It's up to you to decide which seems more newsworthy.
If you subscribed to this blog during the contest period, be sure to check your inbox and spam box (I imagine anything with "contest" in its subject line or body might be fair game for the spam box) to see if you have received an e-mail from me announcing that you have won.
It should be from: email@example.com
If that is the case, please respond to me as soon as possible with your mailing address (as per the instructions in the e-mail) because I'd love to get you this stuff by Saturday so you can wear it out to your local Tea Party protest or to see fireworks and celebrate our nation's independence.
PS: Again, I was surprised by the low number of entries. If you have any feedback on the prizes, contest requirements, or anything else about the contest that will help me to build a better one in the future- please share them in the comments here or send me an e-mail!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Our story begins with an ambitious lawyer from California who became a successful politician in Washington. He was the sort of man who believed fervently (or at least said he did) in the ideas of a certain early 19th century English economist, who taught that human population growth would eventually outstrip the world of its resources and destroy the planet.
I suppose it is with this economist that our story really begins. His solution to the alleged problem of human overpopulation included "positive checks" which raise the death rate, and "negative checks" which lower the birth rate of the human population. He would be a great influence on the mind of a young English naturalist- who taught that those unfit to survive, will naturally perish.
The ideas of both the economist and the naturalist spread like a fire throughout England, Europe, and the world- particularly charming and captivating the minds of the elite and "forward-thinking" -those who fancied themselves to be the vanguard of the intelligentsia. Their writings and activities, coupled with the interests of the aristocratic power-brokers who thirsted for ever more power, thrust the world into the scourge of war, pestilence and famine- "positive checks" on the fecundity of we the peasants.
This is why no century in human history compares to the 20th for wars fought, blood shed, and famines endured. And standing atop the new order, his mouth twisted into a blasphemous smile as he fancied the world and its people his footstool, was the new kind of man whose arrival a 19th century German philosopher had prophesied. He was a post-modern, post-moral, even post-human kind of man. His name was Legion, for he was many.
Now enters our lawyer from California who became a successful politician in Washington. He believed in the new ideas and the new narrative. He was impressed by their slogans and rhetoric, or at least by the power their rhetoric could conjure. Man was outstripping the world of its resources he said. Man was turning the planet into a ruin he said. Something had to be done about it he said! Something had to be done about Man and right away!
In closed-door meetings and back rooms, out of the way of questioning eyes, off the camera and off the record, they made deals and offered bribes. They put together a bear of a bill that no one would read and no one would understand. And amid all those glittering prizes and endless compromises, enough votes were garnered in Washington to pass that bill. Then a young President from Chicago who promised to change Washington's underhanded ways, signed the malicious bill, which had been passed in a most underhanded and quite secretive way.
Suddenly things began to change. The price of energy soared because of the new requirements and taxes in the bill. Winter hit the United States particularly hard that year. Despite the never-ending claims of global warming, atmospheric temperatures had been cooling for a decade by then. Poor families in the Northern states had their power turned off because they couldn't afford the extravagant bill. Some huddled for warmth in churches, and shelters, and with friends. Others froze to death, especially the elderly.
As Winter came to a close, America learned the true meaning of a Silent Spring. Thousands had died, businesses closed, there were fewer cars on the road, and the recession had deepened into a full-blown Depression. Farmers that couldn't afford the energy it required to till, plant, harvest, store, and ship their produce went out of business, shrinking the food supply and driving up grocery prices. The farmers that stayed in business had to raise their prices, making groceries yet more expensive. The middle class became poor. The poor became desperately poor. The desperately poor starved to death.
Whether or not wealth trickles down, we can be sure that costs trickle down. They trickled down and drowned the people at the bottom. When Summer came, the people of the Southern states who couldn't afford air conditioning languished in the sweltering heat. Crime rates skyrocketed. Some of the crimes were fueled by desperation and need. Many of them were senseless. By then the U.S. Attorney General had convinced Congress to tighten Federal gun laws. People couldn't keep the heat or the crime out of their homes.
The news media avoided extensive coverage of the deaths to heat and cold. They swamped the public with reports of H1N1 "swine flu" outbreaks. They plastered images everywhere of a celebrity who had recently been the subject of a scandal. They covered the allegedly sharp rise in mosquito bites and poison ivy reactions, attributing them to global warming. When they did mention crime rates, they called for stricter gun laws, and when they mentioned starvation, they called for higher taxes on the middle and upper classes to expand government welfare programs.
All the while, the lawyer-turned-politician from California had plenty of heat and air-conditioning to get through the seasons, plenty to eat, and plenty of light to live by at night when the Sun had set. The young President from Chicago- who hated cold- kept his thermostat turned up as he ate lavish meals in the White House. Our two scholars, the English economist and the English naturalist rested easy in their graves while America's living poor despaired. Their intellectual heirs in the universities preached the absurdity of life and the relativity of truth and morality.
"Everyone must be willing to make sacrifices in these difficult times." "As I see it- the poor suffer because the greedy haven't given enough to them! It's these rich businessmen hoarding their wealth who are responsible." "Starvation isn't pretty, but the world is far too overpopulated. Serves them right for bringing more children into the world." "It's not this administration's fault that it inherited a bad economy and a steep deficit. We must keep spending your money on our stimulus programs if you are to ever become affluent and prosperous again."
Dear readers, the greater part of this story which you have read has already come to pass. Though some of it remains in the future and is yet to be determined. All the characters in it are real, particular people- and their role in the world's chaos and misery is inestimable. It is up to you to avert the coming disaster by rewriting the ending to this story. I have considered supplying an alternate and much happier ending, but have decided to leave it up to you to write that ending for yourself, to inscribe it in your very actions and to make it a living history for us.
Please share this story far and wide. E-mail it. Blog it. Link to it. Twitter it. My only request is that you attribute W. E. Messamore, who blogs daily at HumbleLibertarian.com. Only by understanding our past and being cognizant of our present can we take hold of our future. We must make our stand now before the lights go out on the American dream for good.
Call both your Senators right away and demand that they vote "No" when HR2454 goes to the Senate. Tell them that you will not vote for any politician that votes for the Cap and Trade bill. Follow through in 2010. Thanks for listening to my story and for taking action to rewrite history.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The House of Representatives has passed the so-titled "American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009" by a narrow margin of 7 votes (219 - 212). The House Clerk has posted the results of the roll call vote and you can view them below.
Which Republicans Voted For HR 2454?
But first, here are the names and numbers of the 8 Republican traitors who voted for the Cap and Trade bill today:
LoBiondo | McHugh | Reichert | Smith (NJ)
Call them and tell them to kiss their
House seats goodbye in 2010:
Bono Mack (CA) 202-225-5330
Castle (DE) 202-225-4165
Kirk (IL) 202-225-4835
Lance (NJ) 202-225-5361
Lobiondo (NJ) 202-225-6572
McHugh (NY) 202-225-4611
Reichart (WA) 202-225-7761
Chris Smith (NJ) 202-225-3765
Roll Call Vote Results on Cap and Trade Bill:
H R 2454 RECORDED VOTE 26-Jun-2009 7:17 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: American Clean Energy and Security Act
—- AYES 219 —
Johnson, E. B.
Sánchez, Linda T.
—- NOES 212 —
Lungren, Daniel E.
—- NOT VOTING 3 —
Because of the very low number of entrants, I'm extending the deadline for the Tea Party Merchandise contest until the end of the day on Saturday (which means if I e-mail you to let you know that you've won, you need to get back in touch with me immediately so I can get you your stuff in time for the Tea Party!).
Click here for details.
In the meantime, I am curious as to the especially low number of entrants this time arond. I didn't get nearly the same result as I did with the last contest back in March. I would absolutely love your feedback (just leave me a comment here) so that I can make a better contest next time around.
Were you not interested in the prizes? Did the requirements for entry seem like too much trouble? Whatever kept you from entering (and what you'd like to see in a future contest)- I would love to know! Thanks. Peace.
Below this sample of what to say, I have a list of representatives and how they're leaning on the Cap and Trade bill at present, as well as a link to find your own representative's phone number by simply entering your zip code.
When you call, politely, but firmly say:
I am calling to urge Rep __________ to vote “NO” on HR 2454- the Cap & Trade bill.
This is an outrageous grab for power that will drastically increase the tax burden and cost of living for hard working Americans.
No Representative who votes for this bill will be getting my vote in 2010.
Thank you and have a great day!
Click here to find your representative's contact information. Courtesy of Americans for Prosperity, the following is a list of representatives and how they're leaning on the Cap and Trade bill:
Republican List (Unlisted are solid no)
Bono, Mary California
Castle, Michael Delaware
Ehlers, Vernon Michigan
Lance, Leonard New Jersey
Lobiondo, Frank New Jersey
McHugh, John New York
Reichert, Dave Washington
Smith, Chris New Jersey
Buchanan, Vern Florida
Kirk, Mark Illinois
Petri, Thomas Wisconsin
Fortenberry, Jeffrey Nebraska
Frelinghuysen, Rod New Jersey
Gerlach, Jim Pennsylvania
Democratic List (Unlisted are solid yes)
Boswell, Leonard Iowa
Etheridge, Bob North Carolina
Halvorson, Debbie Illinois
Hinojosa, Ruben Texas
Kaptur, Marcy Ohio
Marshall, Jim Georgia
Massa, Eric New York
Salazar, John Colorado
Thompson, Bennie Mississippi
Arcuri, Michael New York
Bishop, Sanford Georgia
Boccieri, John Ohio
Boyd, Allen Florida
Brown, Corrine Florida
Carney, Chris Pennsylvania
Dicks, Norm Washington
Donnelly, Joe Indiana
Foster, Bill Illinois
Green, Al Texas
Jackson Lee, Sheila Texas
Kind, Ronald Wisconsin
Kirkpatrick, Ann Arizona
Space, Zach Ohio (voted yes in committee)
Teague, Harry New Mexico
Tonko, Paul New York
Abercrombie, Neil Hawaii
Adler, John New Jersey
Baca, Joe California
Bean, Melissa Illinois
Cardoza, Dennis California
Clay, William Missouri
Costa, Jim California
Driehaus, Steve Ohio
Fudge, Marcia Ohio
Grayson, Alan Florida
Green, Gene Texas
Himes, Jim Connecticut
Kagan, Steve Wisconsin
Kildee, Dale Michigan
Kosmas, Suzanne Florida
Kratovil, Frank Maryland
Maffei, Dan New York
Mary Jo Kilroy Ohio
McMahon, Michael New York
Meek, Kendrick Florida
Meeks, Gregory New York
Mitchell, Harry Arizona
Murphy, Scott New York
Nye, Glenn Virginia
Peters, Gary Michigan
Rodriguez, Ciro Texas
Schauer, Mark Michigan
Shuler, Heath North Carolina
Skelton, Ike Missouri
Solid No - Call to confirm/thank/support!
Altmire, Jason Pennsylvania
Barrow, John Georgia
Berry, Marion Arkansas
Boren, Dan Oklahoma
Bright, Bobby Alabama
Childers, Travis Mississippi
Costello, Jerry Illinois
Cuellar, Henry Texas
Dahlkemper, Kathy Pennsylvania
Davis, Artur Alabama
Davis, Lincoln Tennessee
Defazio, Peter Oregon
Doggett, Lloyd Texas
Edwards, Chat Texas (No "in current form")
Ellsworth, Brad Indiana
Griffith, Parker Alabama
Herseth, Stephanie South Dakota
Holden, Tim Pennsylvania
Kissell, Larry North Carolina
Kucinich, Dennis Ohio
Matheson, Jim Utah
McIntyre, Mike North Carolina
Melancon, Charlie Louisiana
Minnick, Walt Idaho
Mollohan, Alan West Virginia
Ortiz, Solomon Texas
Pomeroy, Earl North Dakota
Rahall, Nick West Virginia
Ross, Mike Arkansas
Scott, David Georgia
Tanner, John Tennessee
Taylor, Gene Mississippi
Wilson, Charlie Ohio
Thursday, June 25, 2009
About the June 29th MoneyBomb!
Readers: people have taken notice of your generous support, which made Rand's June 1stMoneyBomb a great success. Without any direct support from Rand Paul's exploratory committee, grassroots supporters raised $25,000 in a single day.
Now Rand Paul himself is asking for your help this Monday, June 29th for a second moneybomb! That is a huge step forward and shows more active engagement and commitment on Rand Paul's part. It's the first time he's actively sought our help and asked for fundraising. We would be sorely amiss not to meet his challenge.
Rand Paul Is Asking For Your Support!
From a Rand Paul U.S. Senate Exploratory Committee e-mail dated June 25th (visit Rand's website to subscribe to his e-mail updates):
Thank you for supporting my Exploratory Committee for the United States Senate. Your generosity has given me the resources to travel the state speaking with Kentuckians about what is important to them, and spread the message of liberty.
This last weekend Kelley and I and the kids travelled to Northern Kentucky and met with conservative business leaders and got a good write-up in the major daily newspaper. On Sunday, I spoke at an Anti-Tax rally.
We are making inroads every day.
Kentucky has a fairly small primary, and with several potential candidates to split the vote, victory is definitely achievable. We are preparing every means of getting our message out, combining direct mail, TV, radio and billboards.
When we combine this effort with the active grassroots support that characterized my father's campaign, we will be a force to be reckoned with.
My most likely opponent is a career politician, a former Democrat whose family still supports Democrats for office. Several political heavyweights and party leaders have already been fundraising for him, and he is expected to post some impressive fundraising numbers by July in an attempt to overwhelm his opponents.
In order to emerge from this onslaught unscathed and maintain our favorable position with the media, I believe we will need to reach at least $100,000 raised by the end of June.
Grassroots supporters are organizing a money blast for June 29th. Can I count on you to once again donate $1,000, $500, $100 or even $25 to keep us competitive and pave the way for a successful campaign?
Government continues to destabilize our economy and confiscate our wealth. Times are difficult for many of us. But this is precisely why we can't afford to send more of the same to Washington. To begin restoring prosperity and freedom to our country, we need to elect people who will defend the Constitution against any kind of political pressure. It would be my honor to represent you in the United States Senate. This is a victory we can achieve together for the liberty movement.
This is a race we can win, and I mean to win it!
Thank you for your support,
Rand Paul for US Senate Exploratory Committee
Wow! Rand is saying he wants to make this happen, and if we help him, he will rise to the challenge and win this thing!
And on his website, Rand said:
"Raising money in politics has two purposes: the most obvious is you need the money to campaign but the second, sometimes less obvious reason, is to send a message. If we can get to $100,000 by June 30th, that sends a louder message."
The last moneybomb for Rand Paul on June 1st was launched right here at The Humble Libertarian, after I noticed that June 1st was the day Kentucky was admitted to the union while doing research for an article I contributed to Rand's website entitled, "The Case for Rand Paul."
Likewise, the June 29th Rand Paul MoneyBomb was conceived of by a grassroots patriot by the name of Chris Southworth, who wanted to get Rand Paul above $100,000 by an important June 30th FEC reporting deadline.
That's when the various contenders in Kentucky's 2010 U.S. Senate race will have to show their hand. The better Rand Paul's fundraising compares to theirs, the more momentum we will build for his campaign. Great idea, Chris!
Let's make the June 29th MoneyBomb a success!
Dr. Paul is already at nearly $80,000 in total as of this writing- so if we can simply duplicate the success of the last moneybomb on June 1st, we will easily push him past $100,000- but it will take action on your part to give and to promote this moneybomb to others!
It's almost poetic. We started off the month of June with a moneybomb, and now we're going to end it with one, just ahead of the massive Tea Party protests happening early next month. Let's make sure this month goes down in American history as the spark that started the explosion of liberty, which will be the career of U.S. Senator Rand Paul.
PS: I've been talking to some key grassroots players in the Rand Paul and Ron Paul movements, and we are getting together "the big one" for later this summer- a really big moneybomb that will propel Rand to Washington where we need him!
Stay subscribed to this blog and I will keep you updated. But to make sure Rand stays in the game long enough for "the big one" to drop, we have to see him through this reporting deadline by making the June 29th mini-MoneyBomb a success!
Start spreading the word!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The deadline for the Tea Party Merchandise contest is tomorrow, June 25th. There have been very few entrants so far, so your chances of winning a prize are really good, especially if you make several entries.
Click here for details.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Like this message?
E-mail the link below to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Here's the script I generally followed for the video above:
This is a message for the leaders of the Republican Party.
If what you're seeing now is what you picture when you think of the typical person who supported the candidacy of Ron Paul in the 2008 Republican Primary- you are missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime. My name is Wes Messamore. I'm 22 years old & during the 2008 Republican Primary I supported the candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul.
No I don't sit around and blog with a tin-foil hat on so the government can't read my thoughts, no I do not believe incoherent theories about the 9-11 terrorist attacks, and no I am not simply obsessed with politics.... yeah, maybe I am. But you see that's a good thing. I represent a key demographic, a demographic that helped sweep President Obama to victory in 2008. I represent young, passionate, web-savvy, hard-working Americans who crave change because we are skeptical of the Washington establishment.
The Ron Paul Movement Is About Conservative Values
If you want to capture seats in 2010 and the Oval Office in 2012, you must get us to embrace the GOP. The cool thing is that you don't even have to compromise any of your core principles to do so. In fact, what you absolutely must do is return to them. The Republican leadership must return to the traditional Republican values that united a broad coalition in 1984 and swept the GOP to a landslide victory. Those values are the values of our Founding Fathers- limited government, strict Constitutionalism, and emphasis on individual liberty.
Which brings us full circle to the point I began to make at the beginning of this video. The movement that coalesced around Ron Paul in 2008 is not a group of batty nut-jobs wearing tin-foil hats. Listen to them. Read their blogs. Read their signs. Read their bumper stickers. This is a group that believes in the traditional, conservative values of limited government, strict Constitutionalism, and individual liberty.
Ron Paul's supporters are an invaluable asset
We are energetic and hardworking, willing to volunteer our time and money, and we are able to mobilize and take action at the drop of a hat, without any central organization or leadership. We love America and we want her to be free and prosperous. We love the values that made her great and if the GOP embraces those values, we will embrace the GOP.
I know that the Republican leadership yearns for the days of Ronald Reagan, and though I will be the first to agree that there was something magical about Reagan, we must remember or even learn to begin with that it was not a man of flesh and blood who won in 1984, it was an idea. As Ronald Reagan himself put it, "Man is not free unless government is limited."
Reagan Quote on Conservatism & Libertarianism
If the GOP plans to win in 2010 and 2012 without its principles, then the GOP plans to lose. And even if it does win a few electoral battles, I ask how shall it profit the Republican Party to gain the whole country and lose its own soul? If the Republican leadership yearns for Reagan, but continues to ignore the Ron Paul faction of its party, let me please remind you of Ronald Reagan's own words in 1975. He said: "The very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism."
Monday, June 22, 2009
Like many, I feel quite swept away by the magnitude of what is happening in Iran, and cannot help but swell with hope, respect, and good will for the people of Iran who are suffering for the sake of their freedom.
Here's the video:
Here's the original as a point of reference:
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Earlier this week, I had the exciting privilege of getting invited to speak at a meeting of the Center Right Coalition in Lexington, Kentucky on the same night that Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul was speaking to defend limited and constitutional government, while promoting his candidacy for U.S. Senate.
One of the most exciting perks was getting to carpool with Dr. Paul and his Exploratory Committee Treasurer from Bowling Green to Lexington for a couple hours both ways. I had the idea- and Rand gave me permission- to conduct a Twitter interview with him by letting my followers know that I was in the car with him and if they Tweeted me their questions for Rand, I could Tweet back his answers.
It was thanks to Shelly Roche with her 11,000+ followers that the interview got off the ground. After she alerted her followers that I was conducting a Twitter interview with Rand Paul, the questions started to roll in. For your convenience here are all the questions and their respective answers from Rand Paul in one neat interview:
RAND PAUL ON OBAMA
Q: @walker_of_crags (DM to @thehuli): Give RP this statement: The US is the Titanic and Obama is the captain who is destroying the lifeboats before we hit the iceberg. Whatsayou?
A: @thehuli (Tweet): @walker_of_crags Great analogy!
OTHER "AUSTRIAN" SENATE CANDIDATES?
Q: @fahu23 (DM to @thehuli): Besides Dr Paul & Peter Schiff does he know of any other Austrian Economics supporters running for Senate?
A: @thehuli (Tweet): @fahu23 not other than schiff
THE 2010 & 2012 ELECTIONS
Q: @CameraFraudAz (Tweet): @thehuli How does Dr. Paul see the Liberty Movement affecting the 2010 and 2012 elections?
A: @thehuli (Tweet): @CameraFraudAz Dr. Paul sees it as being a big and growing part- he certainly hopes it has a tremendous impact!
CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL ON SECESSION
Q: @viridari (Tweet): @thehuli a number of people who will be @ NC Tea Party are talking secession. Could the Congressman from TX follow Jefferson Davis?
A: @thehuli (Tweet): @viridari Ron understands the Founding Fathers to accept secession as a legitimate act, but he isn't at the point of open support of that.
YOUTH COORDINATOR FOR RAND 2010?
Q: @AndrewWSharp (Tweet): @thehuli do they have a youth coordinator yet? or plans for a students for Rand Paul website etc.?
A: @thehuli (Tweet): @AndrewWSharp Rand doesn't have a youth coordinator presently, but you are welcome to get involved on a grassroots level to spread the word!
MOST CRUCIAL ISSUE FACING U.S.
Q: @pepeledog (Tweet): @thehuli For Rand Paul-What is the single most crucial issue facing the U.S. today?
A: @thehuli (Tweet): @pepeledog Monetary policy- the out-of-control spending in Washington that is bankrupting our nation.
U.S. CENSUS & GPS TECHNOLOGY
Q: @GlenBradley (Tweet): @thehuli Dr. Rand Paul, THANK YOU, your thoughts on census collecting GPS on every front door in US? #revolution
A @thehuli (Tweet): @GlenBradley Census = Constitutional, though the GPS thing is troubling- but shows the rise of technology good or bad.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RAND & RON
Q: @Stephen_Douglas (Tweet): @thehuli We all want to know: what's the biggest policy difference between Rand and Ron? Does he flat out disagree with him on anything?
A: @thehuli (Tweet): @Stephen_Douglas We're very similar, but in my approach 2 defense, I frame the issue differently.
GOODWILL FOR RAND
Q: @joepete6018 (Tweet): @thehuli Wish him luck. We are with him.
A: @thehuli (Tweet): @joepete6018 Thanks!
Editor's Note: This article is double posted at BreakTheMatrix.com. You can read more about my trip to Lexington, meeting with the Center Right Coalition, and time with Rand Paul here.