Sunday, December 30, 2007

More than Just a Band-Aid

Congressman Ron Paul has been an OB/GYN doctor for the last 40 years and has delivered over 4,000 babies. He was also a flight surgeon during the Vietnam war. More than any other candidate running in the 2008 Presidential election, he comes from the most qualified background to truly handle our ailing health care system.

In this two-part video with Julie Judd of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Dr. Paul goes into detail about what he would do to ease the burden of health care for all Americans.

Part I



Part II

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Cutting the Puppet Strings

What would Congressman Ron Paul do to handle the situation in Pakistan if elected President? In this interview on CNN, Congressman Paul discusses this issue with Wolf Blitzer.


Pakistan and the Bhutto Assassination

In this interview on FOX news recently, Congressman Ron Paul discusses the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the U.S. policy on Pakistan.


Friday, December 28, 2007

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

I ran across this video recently on YouTube and I was astounded at how, when all of the data from various news clips, quotes, etc. are compiled in one location, one can really get a clearer picture of a situation as a whole. While I'd seen most of these clips on the news at the time they occurred, viewing them together in this manner was quite interesting.

Part I


Part II

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Remember the Pledge of Allegiance?

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In a December 2000 article that appeared in Congressman Ron Paul's weekly column, Texas Straight Talk, Congressman Paul clarified the difference between a Republic and a Democracy:

"Throughout the presidential election controversy, we have been bombarded with references to our sacred 'democracy.' Television and radio shows have been inundated with politicians worried about the 'will of the people' being thwarted by the courts. Solemn warnings have been issued concerning the legitimacy of the presidency and the effects on our 'democratic system' if the eventual winner did not receive the most popular votes. 'I'm really in love with our democracy,' one presidential candidate gushed to a reporter. Apparently, the United States at some point became a stealth democracy at the behest of news directors and politicians.

The problem, of course, is that our country is not a democracy. Our nation was founded as a constitutionally limited republic, as any grammar school child knew just a few decades ago (remember the Pledge of Allegiance: "and to the Republic for which it stands"...?). The Founding Fathers were concerned with liberty, not democracy. In fact, the word democracy does not appear in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. On the contrary, Article IV, section 4 of the Constitution is quite clear: 'The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican Form of Government' (emphasis added). The emphasis on democracy in our modern political discourse has no historical or constitutional basis.

In fact, the Constitution is replete with undemocratic mechanisms. The electoral college is an obvious example. Small states are represented in national elections with greater electoral power than their populations would warrant in a purely democratic system. Similarly, sparsely populated Wyoming has the same number of senators as heavily populated New York. The result is not democratic, but the Founders knew that smaller states had to be protected against overreaching federal power. The Bill of Rights provides individuals with similar protections against the majority. The First Amendment, for example, is utterly undemocratic. It was designed to protect unpopular speech against democratic fervor. Would the same politicians so enamored with democracy be willing to give up freedom of speech if the majority chose to do so?

Our Founders instituted a republican system to protect individual rights and property rights from tyranny, regardless of whether the tyrant was a king, a monarchy, a congress, or an unelected mob. They believed that a representative government, restrained by the Bill of Rights and divided into three power sharing branches, would balance the competing interests of the population. They also knew that unbridled democracy would lead to the same kind of tyranny suffered by the colonies under King George. In other words, the Founders had no illusions about democracy. Democracy represented unlimited rule by an omnipotent majority, while a constitutionally limited republic was seen as the best system to preserve liberty. Inalienable individual liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights would be threatened by the 'excesses of democracy.'

Last week I introduced a resolution in Congress which reaffirms our nation's republican form of government. H.Con Res 443 serves as a response to recent calls for the abolition of the electoral college. The collectivist liberals want popular national elections (rather than the electoral college system) because they know their constituencies are concentrated in certain heavily populated states. They want to nullify the voting power of the smaller, pro-liberty states. Supporters of my resolution in Congress can send a strong message that every state still matters, and that liberty is more important than shifting majority sentiment."

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Season's Greetings from Ron Paul

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The American Dream by Carol Paul

Mrs. Carol Paul can often be seen out on the campaign trail supporting her husband, Congressman Ron Paul. In this touching story about her husband, she provides insightful information about the man who would be President:

"I've been contacted a few times about writing a personal story of our family, because we have been called “The American Dream” family by people who know us well. In doing this, it would have to start with the man RON PAUL, who saw the American Dream and decided that it could be his - and now he wants it to be yours if you so choose.

Ron's grandfather came from Germany at the age of 14. After being here six months, his father died and he had to make his way in a new country with a new language. He became a truck farmer in a small town in Pennsylvania. He eventually married, and had four sons and one daughter. The second son was Howard Paul, Ron's father.

Howard Paul continued to run the dairy that his father started from the basement garage of their home. They had horse-drawn delivery wagons. Howard was able, with an 8th grade education, to build a dairy with 20 refrigerated trucks and a modern dairy building. Ron's mother kept the books and raised five sons, who were all born within seven years during the 1930's.

Ron was the third son of Howard and Margaret Paul, and was brought up with the work ethic that you worked six days a week and went to church on the seventh. Ron's first job at age 5 was to watch his uncle wash the bottles and put them on a conveyer belt. He got a penny for every dirty bottle that he found. He was serious about his job and was very proud that he could help.

Ron delivered newspapers in grade school early in the morning. You had to put the newspapers inside the screen doors and not just throw them in the yard. And speaking of yards, he mowed a lot of lawns, and he didn't have a self-propelled lawnmower. He paid for his first year of college with newspaper and lawn-mowing money.

During High School, Ron worked in a drug store - his brothers said he worked there so he could eat ice cream when he wanted it - but he learned a lot about business and pharmacy that helped in years to come. He also had a part-time job painting the school in the summer and delivering furniture for a local store. In college, he delivered laundry, and he even delivered mail during the Christmas holidays.

I actually came into the picture about 1952 when Ron was my escort to my 16th birthday party. Don't tell anyone - but I asked him... actually my birthday is February 29th and it was a Sadie Hawkins-type party where the girls asked the boys... and I asked him.

Ron was a track star in high school, winning state as a junior in the 220-yard dash and 2nd in the 440. He ran the 100 in 9.8, and that was pretty fast for the early 1950s. He was also on the wrestling team. He was president of the student council and an honor student while working and participating in sports.

A serious knee injury took him out of major track (he beat one young man that went to the Olympics), but added swimming for therapy and he soon became a member of the college swim team. He was offered a full college scholarship to run track but did not accept it, feeling he might not be able to regain his speed. To this day he exercises with bicycle riding, walking, and swimming, and feels lucky that he can do these sports.

We went away to college (different colleges in different states), but always kept in touch. On February 1, 1957, we married in an all-white wedding with the bridesmaids carrying armloads of red roses. The flower girl wore a white dress and sprinkled rose petals down the aisle. A fraternity brother of Ron's sang “The Wedding Prayer” and the “Lord's Prayer.” Both are very special to us, even today.

We spent his last semester in college married, and living on the third floor of an old home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I worked as secretary to the faculty and attended some evening classes with Ron. For one year Ron was manager of the college coffee shop called “The Bullet Hole.” He worked as steward and house manager for his fraternity, and had a small scholastic scholarship to help finance his way through college.

After college, we headed to Durham, North Carolina, where Ron attended Duke University School of Medicine. I worked as a medical secretary, and our first two children were born at Duke. We had a tiny little blue frame house that my grandmother called the “Doll House.” We thought it was wonderful.

We were able to buy a registered collie for our big backyard, and she helped raise our first two children. Actually, she got us home one Thanksgiving because she had a litter of puppies - and we were able to sell one for $35, which gave us enough money for gas to drive home so the family could see our two beautiful children.

After Medical School, we lived in Detroit, Michigan, where Ron did an internship and one year of an Internal Medicine Residency. I ran a dancing school in the basement of our home and taught ballet and tap dancing and baton twirling. Just to tell you what kind of budget we were on, the dancing school paid for the newspaper and for extra expenses we had when a month had five weeks!

When the Cuban Crisis came, Ron answered his country's call and became a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. We received orders to move to San Antonio, Texas. On our way to Texas, we stopped in Pennsylvania long enough to have our third child delivered. Then we gathered up our kids and dogs and took off for Texas.

Arriving with three children from ages 4 to 3 weeks old, we loved Texas immediately. Finding out we didn't have to bother with snowsuits, mittens, and boots was an extra gift.

Even when Ron was in the military, we kept working. I learned to cake decorate, which I have put to good use over the past years. And Ron learned to fly a plane, and he worked extra emergency-room duty. They were fun-filled years.

We spent Ron's tour of duty in San Antonio. When his tour was up, he completed his OB/GYN medical training, but he did stay in the Air National Guard for several years. He always believed that America should be ready to defend her borders.

Then in 1968, on July 3rd we arrived in Brazoria County, Texas, and that has been our home since that day. Ron has delivered over 4,000 babies, and we have been married for over 50 years. We've raised a family of five children, and they have given us eighteen beautiful grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. We have friends all over the State of Texas as well as friends throughout the United States who believe in limited government. That in itself is a testimony to a great and humble man.

So the American Dream came true for a boy who delivered newspapers, a teen-ager who mowed lawns, delivered milk, delivered furniture, delivered laundry, and delivered mail, and for a man who then delivered babies. Now that dream continues with a man who is trying to deliver the message that freedom works and that patriotism must not grow weak in the hearts of all Americans. And liberty reigns to help us hang on to our Republic for which the Founders gave their last measure of devotion."

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Beyond the Sound Bites

Most of the time, Ron Paul's views are limited to 30 second sound bites gleened from 2 minute interviews with the mainstream media. Last night, however, Glenn Beck spent a full hour interviewing Congressman Paul and allowing him the time to explain his views on the issues that matter most in the upcoming Presidential election.

Here is that interview in its entirety:

Part 2    Part 3    Part 4    Part 5    Part 6

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Record Breaking Day

Congressman Ron Paul has demonstrated, once again, that, despite what the poll numbers say, he garners more support than any other Presidential candidate when it comes to being shown the money. On Sunday, Dec. 16th, in an effort driven solely by his grassroots supporters, Congressman Paul raised over $6 million -- all within a 24-hr. period. This is the most amount raised by any campaign in a single day. The previous record of $5.7 million was held by Senator John Kerry.

After this record breaking day, Congressman Paul sent the following message to his supporters:

"What a day! I am humbled and inspired, grateful and thrilled for this vast outpouring of support.

On just one day, in honor of the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, the new American revolutionaries brought in $6.04 million, another one-day record. The average donation was $102; we had 58,407 individual contributors, of whom an astounding 24,915 were first-time donors. And it was an entirely voluntary, self-organized, decentralized, independent effort on the internet. Must be the "spammers" I keep hearing about!

The establishment is baffled and worried, and well they should be. They keep asking me who runs our internet fundraising and controls our volunteers. To these top-down central planners, a spontaneous order like our movement is science-fiction. But you and I know it's real: as real as the American people's yearning for freedom, peace, and prosperity, as real as all the men and women who have sacrificed for our ideals, in the past and today.

And how neat to see celebrations all across the world, with Tea Parties from France to New Zealand. This is how we can spread the ideals of our country, through voluntary emulation, not bombs and bribes. Of course, there were hundreds in America.

As I dropped in on a cheering, laughing crowd of about 600 near my home in Freeport, Texas, I noted that they call us "angry." Well, we are the happiest, most optimistic "angry" movement ever, and the most diverse. What unites us is a love of liberty, and a determination to fix what is wrong with our country, from the Fed to the IRS, from warfare to welfare. But otherwise we are a big tent.

Said the local newspaper: 'The elderly sat with teens barely old enough to vote. The faces were black, Hispanic, Asian and white. There was no fear in their voices as they spoke boldly with each other about the way the country should be. Held close like a deeply held secret, Paul has brought them out of the disconnect they feel between what they know to be true and where the country has been led.'

Thanks also to the 500 or so who braved the blizzard in Boston to go to Faneuil Hall. My son Rand told me what a great time he had with you.

A few mornings ago on LewRockwell.com, I saw a YouTube of a 14-year-old boy that summed up our whole movement for me. This well-spoken young man, who could have passed in knowledge for a college graduate, told how he heard our ideas being denounced. So he decided to Google. He read some of my speeches, and thought, these make sense. Then he studied US foreign policy of recent years, and came to the conclusion that we are right. So he persuaded his father to drop Rudy Giuliani and join our movement.

All over America, all over the world, we are inspiring real change. With the wars and the spying, the spending and the taxing, the inflation and the credit crisis, our ideas have never been more needed. Please help me spread them https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate in all 50 states. Victory for liberty! That is our goal, and nothing less.

Sincerely,

Ron"

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Boston Tea Party

I posted this video a while back and am posting it here again to remind everyone of the event coming up this Sunday, December 16th to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Be sure to sign up today at http://www.teaparty07.com/ and show your support for Ron Paul.


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Message to Christian Conservatives

According to Dictionary.com, the word "preemptive" (adjective) means: taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared; preventive; deterrent. Nine out of the ten Republican Presidential candidates, including Mike Huckabee, believe in the use of preemptive war against other countries. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, please watch the following video and see if you agree with the majority:


Don't Forget to Leave a Tip

Did you know that the federal government estimates the amount of tips a service-sector worker will earn in a year and taxes them based on this estimate whether they make that much or not? Congressman Ron Paul is determined to right this wrong:

"It is an outrage that waiters, waitresses, and other service-sector employees have to pay taxes on the tips they earn. The IRS makes an estimate of how much service-sector workers will make in tips, and taxes them on it even if the taxpayer did not actually earn as much as the IRS' estimate!

Tips provide a substantial portion of the income of many service-sector employees, many of whom are young people just trying to make a few extra dollars to get through school, or single parents often balancing two jobs while trying to make enough to raise a family. This tax amounts to nothing more than the federal government punishing these employees for working hard and doing their jobs well.

I have introduced H.R. 3664 in Congress to end this problem. The Tax Free Tips Act of 2007 will exempt tips from federal income and payroll taxes. Ending taxes on tips will give workers an immediate pay raise, letting them keep more money to put toward things like a house or car payment, their retirement, or their own and/or their children's education.

When you give someone a tip, you should not have to simultaneously tip the federal government."

Friday, December 7, 2007

What's On Your Holiday Wish List?

Is it any of these things . . .

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Get Your Trash Out of My Yard

Have you ever wished that you could walk up to a company that was dumping toxic waste into your local river or stream and tell them to get their trash out of your back yard? Well, with Ron Paul as President, you may just get your chance. Ron Paul believes that the Federal Government has proven that they cannot be trusted to develop an effective environmental policy. Instead, here's what he would do:

"The federal government has proven itself untrustworthy with environmental policy by facilitating polluters, subsidizing logging in the National Forests, and instituting one-size-fits-all approaches that too often discriminate against those they are intended to help.

The key to sound environmental policy is respect for private property rights. The strict enforcement of property rights corrects environmental wrongs while increasing the cost of polluting.

In a free market, no one is allowed to pollute his neighbor's land, air, or water. If your property is being damaged, you have every right to sue the polluter, and government should protect that right. After paying damages, the polluter's production and sale costs rise, making it unprofitable to continue doing business the same way. Currently, preemptive regulations and pay-to-pollute schemes favor those wealthy enough to perform the regulatory tap dance, while those who own the polluted land rarely receive a quick or just resolution to their problems.

In Congress, I have followed a constitutional approach to environmental action:

  • I consistently vote against using tax dollars to subsidize logging in National Forests.
  • I am a co-sponsor of legislation designed to encourage the development of alternative and sustainable energy. H.R. 550 extends the investment tax credit to solar energy property and qualified fuel cell property, and H.R. 1772 provides tax credits for the installation of wind energy property.
  • Taxpayers for Common Sense named me a "Treasury Guardian" for my work against environmentally-harmful government spending and corporate welfare.
  • I am a member of the Congressional Green Scissors Coalition, a bipartisan caucus devoted to ending taxpayer subsidies of projects that harm the environment for the benefit of special interests.

Individuals, businesses, localities, and states must be free to negotiate environmental standards. Those who depend on the land for their health and livelihood have the greatest incentive to be responsible stewards."

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Would You Help a Little Old Lady Across the Street?

I think most of us would answer a resounding "yes" to this question. Well, what about the politicians in Washington who continue to rob the same little old lady of the benefits that were promised to her through the Social Security system? Ron Paul thinks we ought to keep the promises we've made to our senior citizens while at the same time giving younger people more options for the future:

"Our nation’s promise to its seniors, once considered a sacred trust, has become little more than a tool for politicians to scare retirees while robbing them of their promised benefits. Today, the Social Security system is broke and broken.

Those in the system are seeing their benefits dwindle due to higher taxes, increasing inflation, and irresponsible public spending.

The proposed solutions, ranging from lower benefits to higher taxes to increasing the age of eligibility, are NOT solutions; they are betrayals.

Imposing any tax on Social Security benefits is unfair and illogical. In Congress, I have introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 191), which repeals ALL taxes on Social Security benefits, to eliminate political theft of our seniors’ income and raise their standard of living.

Solvency is the key to keeping our promise to our seniors, and I have introduced the Social Security Preservation Act (H.R. 219) to ensure that money paid into the system is only used for Social Security.

It is fundamentally unfair to give benefits to anyone who has not paid into the system. The Social Security for Americans Only Act (H.R. 190) ends the drain on Social Security caused by illegal aliens seeking the fruits of your labor.

We must also address the desire of younger workers to save and invest on their own. We should cut payroll taxes and give workers the opportunity to seek better returns in the private market.

Excessive government spending has created the insolvency crisis in Social Security. We must significantly reduce spending so that our nation can keep its promise to our seniors."

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Call the Doctor, the Patient is Bleeding to Death

The United States is hemorrhaging money at an incredible rate. According to Ron Paul, "we must borrow $3 billion every day from foreigners to maintain our extravagant spending. Our national debt now is increasing $600 billion per year and, guess what, we print over $600 billion per year to keep the charade going. But there's a limit and I'm fearful we're fast approaching it."

This video gives you a reality check on the current economic condition of our country. Every American needs to watch this video and watch it as many times as you need to to really get it. It's time we called in the doctor -- Dr. Ron Paul -- to stop this bleeding and save the patient that is our country -- before it's too late.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Morning Joe

Ron Paul was on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning where he discussed some of the things that are happening in his campaign for President:


Monday, November 26, 2007

The United States Empire

In an article that appeared in England's The Sunday Times, the archbishop of Canterbury states that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday (http://timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article2937068.ece).

Our founding fathers warned us about entangling ourselves in the affairs of other nations. Today, Ron Paul warns us as well:

"The war in Iraq was sold to us with false information. The area is more dangerous now than when we entered it. We destroyed a regime hated by our direct enemies, the jihadists, and created thousands of new recruits for them. This war has cost more than 3,000 American lives, thousands of seriously wounded, and hundreds of billions of dollars. We must have new leadership in the White House to ensure this never happens again.

Both Jefferson and Washington warned us about entangling ourselves in the affairs of other nations. Today, we have troops in 130 countries. We are spread so thin that we have too few troops defending America. And now, there are new calls for a draft of our young men and women.

We can continue to fund and fight no-win police actions around the globe, or we can refocus on securing America and bring the troops home. No war should ever be fought without a declaration of war voted upon by the Congress, as required by the Constitution.

Under no circumstances should the U.S. again go to war as the result of a resolution that comes from an unelected, foreign body, such as the United Nations.

Too often we give foreign aid and intervene on behalf of governments that are despised. Then, we become despised. Too often we have supported those who turn on us, like the Kosovars who aid Islamic terrorists, or the Afghan jihadists themselves, and their friend Osama bin Laden. We armed and trained them, and now we’re paying the price.

At the same time, we must not isolate ourselves. The generosity of the American people has been felt around the globe. Many have thanked God for it, in many languages. Let us have a strong America, conducting open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations."

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"Those Who Deny Freedom to Others . . .

. . . deserve it not for themselves." Those words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln, helped free thousands of people from the chains of slavery. It is collectivism (the political principle of centralized social and economic control, esp. of all means of production) that helps the seeds of racism take hold and grow.

Congressman Ron Paul is strongly opposed to collectivism and believes that the government is ill-suited to combat racism and bigotry. Here's more:

"A nation that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.

The collectivist mindset is at the heart of racism.

Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry. Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations.

It is the federal government that most divides us by race, class, religion, and gender. Through its taxes, restrictive regulations, corporate subsidies, racial set-asides, and welfare programs, government plays far too large a role in determining who succeeds and who fails. Government "benevolence" crowds out genuine goodwill by institutionalizing group thinking, thus making each group suspicious that others are receiving more of the government loot. This leads to resentment and hostility among us.

Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than as individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence - not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

In a free society, every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty."

Monday, November 19, 2007

This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land

Remember the movie Far and Away? Remember how the most important thing was to own land? If you owned a piece of land you were somebody and it was yours until you sold it or you died. That's not the case today.

If you own land, the government can take that land away from you due to a policy called "eminent domain". Eminent domain used to mean that the government could take your land from you if it was deemed that the land was necessary for the greater good of the American public. Building a freeway is one such example. Sure they usually offer to pay you fair market value for your property, but what if you don't want to sell it? Too bad.

These days, eminent domain also means that the government can take your land away if a commercial entity decides it wants the land in order to put in something like a shopping mall. Ron Paul, however, begs to differ:

"We must stop special interests from violating property rights and literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches.

Today, we face a new threat of widespread eminent domain actions as a result of powerful interests who want to build a NAFTA superhighway through the United States from Mexico to Canada.

We also face another danger in regulatory takings: Through excess regulation, governments deprive property owners of significant value and use of their properties — all without paying 'just compensation.'

Property rights are the foundation of all rights in a free society. Without the right to own a printing press, for example, freedom of the press becomes meaningless. The next president must get federal agencies out of these schemes to deny property owners their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property."

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Land of the Free

America, while still a great country, is not the country she used to be. All you need to do is look around you to see this. Now's your chance to be one of the brave. Help us turn these United States back into the land of the free.


More on Your Money

Congressman Ron Paul was interviewed recently on CNBC's Kudlow and Company. In this interview, Congressman Paul discusses our current monetary policy and what he would do to improve it.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Homeschooling and Education

In this video, Congressman Ron Paul goes into more detail about his views on education:


Education

In an article published recently in USA Today newspaper, U.S. students were found to be in the "middle of the pack" compared with the rest of the world (http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-11-13-student-study_N.htm).

Congressman Ron Paul feels this is the result of our current centralized education system. Here's more of Congressman Paul's viewpoint on educating our children:

"The federal government does not own our children. Yet we act as it if does by letting it decide when, how, and what our children will learn. We have turned their futures over to lobbyists and bureaucrats.

I support giving educational control back to parents, who know their children better than any politician in D.C. ever will.

The federal government has no constitutional authority to fund or control schools. I want to abolish the unconstitutional, wasteful Department of Education and return its functions to the states. By removing the federal subsidies that inflate costs, schools can be funded by local taxes, and parents and teachers can directly decide how best to allocate the resources.

To help parents with the costs of schooling, I have introduced H.R. 1056, the Family Education Freedom Act, in Congress. This bill would allow parents a tax credit of up to $5,000 (adjustable after 2007 for inflation) per student per year for the cost of attendance at an elementary and/or secondary school. This includes private, parochial, religious, and home schools.

Another bill I have sponsored, H.R. 1059, allows full-time elementary and secondary teachers a $3,000 yearly tax credit, thus easing their financial burden and encouraging good teachers to stay in an underpaid profession.

Many parents have already shown their desire to be free of federal control by either enrolling their children in private schools or homeschooling them. And students enrolled in these alternatives have consistently performed better and tested higher than those in state-run schools.

Years of centralized education have produced nothing but failure and frustrated parents. We can resurrect our public school system if we follow the Constitution and end the federal education monopoly."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Your Papers Please

Let's say one day you call up to order a pizza. Because you love meat, you order a pepperoni pizza with sausage. The person taking your order notifies you that, because your records show that at your last visit to the doctor you found out that your cholesterol was high, there will be a surcharge on your pizza due to the added medical risk. The same person taking your order recommends that you order a veggie pizza instead. Think this is a little too Orwellian? It is, but it is a very real possibility if our current government get its way with a new national ID card that contains a computer chip that tracks your every move.

Here's what Congressman Ron Paul thinks about your privacy and personal liberty:

"The biggest threat to your privacy is the government. We must drastically limit the ability of government to collect and store data regarding citizens’ personal matters.

We must stop the move toward a national ID card system. All states are preparing to issue new driver’s licenses embedded with “standard identifier” data — a national ID. A national ID with new tracking technologies means we’re heading into an Orwellian world of no privacy. I voted against the Real ID Act in March of 2005.

To date, the privacy focus has been on identity theft. It was Congress that created this danger by mandating use of the standard identifier (currently your SSN) in the private sector. For example, banks use SSNs as customer account identifiers because the government requires it.

We must also protect medical privacy. Right now, you’re vulnerable. Under so-called “medical privacy protection” rules, insurance companies and other entities have access to your personal medical information.

Financial privacy? Right now depositing $10,000 or more in cash in your local bank account will generate a federally-mandated report to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network at the United States Department of the Treasury.

And then there’s the so-called Patriot Act. As originally proposed, it:

  • Expanded the federal government's ability to use wiretaps without judicial oversight;
  • Allowed nationwide search warrants non-specific to any given location, nor subject to any local judicial oversight;
  • Made it far easier for the government to monitor private internet usage;
  • Authorized “sneak and peek” warrants enabling federal authorities to search a person’s home, office, or personal property without that person’s knowledge; and
  • Required libraries and bookstores to turn over records of books read by their patrons.

I have fought this fight for many years. I sponsored a bill to overturn the Patriot Act and have won some victories, but today the threat to your liberty and privacy is very real. We need leadership at the top that will prevent Washington from centralizing power and private data about our lives."

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

As a doctor, Ron Paul believes all life is precious. Many candidates talk about being pro-life, but Congressman Ron Paul has taken action to preserve the lives of those yet to be born.

"The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideals of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.

In 40 years of medical practice, I never once considered performing an abortion, nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.

In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, HR 1094.

I am also the prime sponsor of HR 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn.

I have also authored HR 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called 'population control.'

Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken direct action to restore protection for the unborn.

As an OB/GYN doctor, I’ve delivered over 4,000 babies. That experience has made me an unshakable foe of abortion. Many of you may have read my book, Challenge To Liberty, which champions the idea that there cannot be liberty in a society unless the rights of all innocents are protected. Much can be understood about the civility of a society in observing its regard for the dignity of human life."

Saturday, November 10, 2007

In Honor of Veteran's Day

Another online fundraiser is set to begin in a few short minutes on Nov. 11th in honor of all those who have risked or given their lives in the pursuit of liberty as part of the Armed Forces. Please go to www.thisnovember11th.com to show your support!

More on Health Care

In this video, Dr. Ron Paul further explains his viewpoint on the issue of health care:


Friday, November 9, 2007

Sorry, But You'll Need a Prescription for That Vitamin C

That's how it will be soon if the UN World Food Code (CODEX), NAFTA, and CAFTA get their way. Congressman (Dr.) Ron Paul believes people should be able to choose what they eat and how they take care of their health. Here's what he says:

"Americans are justifiably concerned over the government’s escalating intervention into their freedom to choose what they eat and how they take care of their health.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in order to comply with standards dictated by supra-national organizations such as the UN‘s World Food Code (CODEX), NAFTA, and CAFTA, has been assuming greater control over nutrients, vitamins and natural health care providers to restrict your right to choose the manner in which you manage your health and nutritional needs.

I have been the national leader in preserving Health Freedom.

I have introduced the Health Freedom Protection Act, HR 2117, to ensure Americans can receive truthful health information about supplements and natural remedies.

I support the Access to Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 2717, which expands the ability of Americans to use alternative medicine and new treatments.

I oppose legislation that increases the FDA‘s legal powers. FDA has consistently failed to protect the public from dangerous drugs, genetically modified foods, dangerous pesticides and other chemicals in the food supply. Meanwhile they waste public funds attacking safe, healthy foods and dietary supplements

I also opposed the Homeland Security Bill, H.R. 5005, which, in section 304, authorizes the forced vaccination of American citizens against small pox. The government should never have the power to require immunizations or vaccinations."

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Whole Enchilada

This interview with the Nashua, NH newspaper's editorial board is the most comprehensive video I've seen on Congressman Ron Paul's views on the issues. Length: approx. 1 hr.

Catch the Next Wave

By now, you've probably heard about the event that happened on Nov. 5th, 2007 where roughly 37,000 Ron Paul supporters from across the country joined together and collectively donated a record $4.3 million within a 24 hour period to the Ron Paul Presidential campaign. If you missed it, here's your chance to be part of the next wave:


Ron Paul on CNN

In this CNN interview on 11-07-2007, Ron Paul discusses his views on things like the war in Iraq and the value of the U.S. dollar.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Debt and Taxes

If you love paying taxes, raise your hand . . . yeah, that's what I thought. Congressman Ron Paul has a very interesting viewpoint on the subjects of debt and taxes:

"Working Americans like lower taxes. So do I. Lower taxes benefit all of us, creating jobs and allowing us to make more decisions for ourselves about our lives.

Whether a tax cut reduces a single mother’s payroll taxes by $40 a month or allows a business owner to save thousands in capital gains taxes and hire more employees, that tax cut is a good thing. Lower taxes allow more spending, saving, and investing which helps the economy — that means all of us.

Real conservatives have always supported low taxes and low spending.

But today, too many politicians and lobbyists are spending America into ruin. We are nine trillion dollars in debt as a nation. Our mounting government debt endangers the financial future of our children and grandchildren. If we don’t cut spending now, higher taxes and economic disaster will be in their future — and yours.

In addition, the Federal Reserve, our central bank, fosters runaway debt by increasing the money supply — making each dollar in your pocket worth less. The Fed is a private bank run by unelected officials who are not required to be open or accountable to “we the people.”

Worse, our economy and our very independence as a nation is increasingly in the hands of foreign governments such as China and Saudi Arabia, because their central banks also finance our runaway spending.

We cannot continue to allow private banks, wasteful agencies, lobbyists, corporations on welfare, and governments collecting foreign aid to dictate the size of our ballooning budget. We need a new method to prioritize our spending. It’s called the Constitution of the United States."

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Money and the Issues

Ron Paul appeared on ABC News today to discuss the November 5th fundraising event as well as his views on some of the issues.

Border Security and Immigration

Immigration reform has been a hot topic -- especially since 9/11. Congressman Paul has a very clear-cut plan for reforming our immigration system and protecting our borders.

"The talk must stop. We must secure our borders now. A nation without secure borders is no nation at all. It makes no sense to fight terrorists abroad when our own front door is left unlocked. This is my six point plan:

  • Physically secure our borders and coastlines. We must do whatever it takes to control entry into our country before we undertake complicated immigration reform proposals.
  • Enforce visa rules. Immigration officials must track visa holders and deport anyone who overstays their visa or otherwise violates U.S. law. This is especially important when we recall that a number of 9/11 terrorists had expired visas.
  • No amnesty. Estimates suggest that 10 to 20 million people are in our country illegally. That’s a lot of people to reward for breaking our laws.
  • No welfare for illegal aliens. Americans have welcomed immigrants who seek opportunity, work hard, and play by the rules. But taxpayers should not pay for illegal immigrants who use hospitals, clinics, schools, roads, and social services.
  • End birthright citizenship. As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be citizens, the incentive to enter the U.S. illegally will remain strong.
  • Pass true immigration reform. The current system is incoherent and unfair. But current reform proposals would allow up to 60 million more immigrants into our country, according to the Heritage Foundation. This is insanity. Legal immigrants from all countries should face the same rules and waiting periods."

This video is a compilation of various video clips on the topic of immigration:


Monday, November 5, 2007

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

The 5th of November is typically known as a day in Great Britain to commemorate the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot on the 5th of November 1605 in which a number of conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

Today, however, it is known as the day when Ron Paul set a record by raising more campaign donations online than any candidate in the history of Presidential fund raising! As of the time of this post, he has also beat Mitt Romney by raising more in one day than any Republican candidate so far in the 2008 election cycle. If you'd like to follow this history in the making as it happens or to make a contribution, go to This November 5th.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

American Independence and Sovereignty

This is the first in a series of issues in question during the upcoming Presidential election.

Below is Congressman Paul's viewpoint on the issue of American independence and sovereignty in his own words:

"So called free trade deals and world governmental organizations like the International Criminal Court (ICC), NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and CAFTA are a threat to our independence as a nation. They transfer power from our government to unelected foreign elites.

The ICC wants to try our soldiers as war criminals. Both the WTO and CAFTA could force Americans to get a doctor’s prescription to take herbs and vitamins. Alternative treatments could be banned.

The WTO has forced Congress to change our laws, yet we still face trade wars. Today, France is threatening to have U.S. goods taxed throughout Europe. If anything, the WTO makes trade relations worse by giving foreign competitors a new way to attack U.S. jobs.

NAFTA’s superhighway is just one part of a plan to erase the borders between the U.S. and Mexico, called the North American Union. This spawn of powerful special interests, would create a single nation out of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, with a new unelected bureaucracy and money system. Forget about controlling immigration under this scheme.

And a free America, with limited, constitutional government, would be gone forever.

Let’s not forget the UN. It wants to impose a direct tax on us. I successfully fought this move in Congress last year, but if we are going to stop ongoing attempts of this world government body to tax us, we will need leadership from the White House.

We must withdraw from any organizations and trade deals that infringe upon the freedom and independence of the United States of America."

Saturday, November 3, 2007

A New Hope

In this video posted on YouTube, you get a good high-level view of what Congressman Ron Paul stands for. In future posts, I plan to provide you with in-depth information on Ron Paul's stance on each of the issues.


How This Started

A good friend of mine asked me one day if I'd heard of Congressman Ron Paul. I hadn't and asked why. She stated that he was running for President of the United States and recommended that I take a look at what he has to say. I told her that I was planning to support Fred Thompson, since he's from my home state and because I agreed with some of the things he had to say. Frankly, I'd been in apathy for quite sometime about our political system. Since I highly respected my friend's opinion, however, I decided to take a look at what this Ron Paul guy was all about. I was very surprised at what I found . . .