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My California General Election Voting Guide

Once again I’ll post my voting guide here for those who are too lazy to do their own research, or if you just want my perspective on different candidates and initiatives.

President of the United States – Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party).  I was fervently involved in the Ron Paul campaign in both 2008 and 2012.  That being said, Ron Paul is no longer running, so I’ll be voting for Gary Johnson who was always a close second for me after Dr. Paul.  Many out there in the liberty movement are split over who to vote for, as some will be writing in Dr. Paul and some will be voting third party for Gary Johnson.  I am in the third party camp because I think it sends a stronger message as a protest vote, and it sows the seeds for a potentially stronger LP in the future to challenge the two party duopoly.  For instance, if Johnson can reach the 5% threshold, then in 2016 the LP can have almost universal ballot access plus access to the war chest that is the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.  For more insight into this, check out this article here: 5% can change the world.

As a preface to this next section of candidates, let me say that I am not a fan of Prop 14 and the top 2 primary system we have today.  As a result we are forced to choose between two terrible candidates in many races and don’t have a better third party option.  That being said, here’s how I am voting for these following offices:

US Senate – Elizabeth Emken.  There were around 14 candidates in the primary for this race, and probably 10-11 of them were better than these two options we are given.  I voted for Rick Williams, the Liberty Republican of the race, but sadly he didn’t make it. That being said, Dianne Feinstein is an entrenched, out of touch, and snobby politician that has been in the Senate for far too long and needs to go.  The damage she has done will take years to reverse.  However, given that are state is heavily democratic and Emken is a political neophyte, this race sadly was lost before it ever started.  I’m not sure when we’ll ever see another non-Democratic Senator in CA again.

US State Representative, 24th District - If the race were going in Capps’ favor, I would choose to sit out of this race.  However, it looks like it’s going to be a tight one that might be going to Maldonado’s favor, and in that case I’m doing the unthinkable and will be voting against Maldonado.  Ironically, this is one of the prime cases where I hate Prop 14, and Maldonado is the author of that very bill and is benefiting from it as a result.  In order to get Prop 14 to pass, Maldonado back-stabbed his party, his constituents, and the taxpayers of CA by voting for the largest tax increase in CA’s history (earning Abel the first ever “Richard Rich Backstabber Award” from the Americans for Tax Reform).  He was the one Republican to break party lines for this vote, and in return he got the liberals endorsement of his pet proposition 14, which ultimately was meant to get more moderate candidates elected (ie Abel Maldonado).   These days Maldonado tries to hide from his past and pretend he is a champion of small businesses and conservative values.  The true Abel is a man without principles, who will do anything to get more power.  Everything he has done in his past has been to set the stage for winning this 24th district race and becoming a Congressman, no matter what costs.  This includes Abel “winning” the SB County GOP’s endorsement through parliamentary trickery even though the vote was clearly not in his favor.  A complaint was then filed to protest this mockery of an endorsement meeting, but it fell on deaf ears.  Thus if Abel is elected, he will likely become another entrenched politician and will work to keep gaining more power, while screwing us at every chance.  He needs to be sent back to his ranch where he can work on sorting out his business’ tax issues with the IRS.  On the other hand, if Capp’s is re-elected, this will likely be her last term since she is 76 years old and her district is now officially competitive once again.  Then in 2014 we can work on getting a true liberty candidate elected.

State Senator, 19th District - Mike Stoker.  Our state is facing a fiscal disaster thanks to politicians like “Taxin’ Jackson.”

State Assembly, 37th District – Rob Walter.  Das Williams is owned by the unions.  Rob Walters is actually a libertarian Republican, and his yard sign motto is “Less Government, More Freedom.”   I can get behind that.

Santa Barbara Unified School District – H. Edward Heron.  Ed is a conservative incumbent, and thus far has seemed to be a good steward of the school district’s money and finances.

City of Goleta – Ed Easton?  Would prefer more candidates here, but sadly only Democrats pulled papers for city council.  Is Goleta really that ultra-liberal?

State Propositions

I agree with the CA-RLC’s endorsements for these initiatives, which can be found here: http://www.rlcca.org/y/2012/files/201209_voter_guide.pdf.  Given that, I will also state my own reasoning for voting the same way.

Prop 30 (7 Year Tax Increase) – No.  I am always against tax increases.  Voluntaryists believe that taxes are theft, no matter who does it and for what purpose.  I am a believer in this libertarian philosophy and the non-aggression principle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voluntaryism).

Prop 31 (State Budget Hodge Podge) – No.  This is one of the most deceptive propositions on the ballot, and even the state GOP mistakenly endorsed it (our SB County GOP, however, did not).  This proposition contains a lot of insidious UN Agenda 21 language written in it, and this must be stopped.  Agenda 21 is a broader topic, so to save myself time writing this I’ll just recommend you research it online if you are not yet familiar with it.  It’s one of those conspiracy theory sounding ideas turned to a reality.

Prop 32 (Paycheck Protection) – Yes.  This prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purpose.  Given that CA is not a Right to Work state, meaning that in order to work for certain jobs or sectors you must join a specific union, this prop is needed.  Ultimately, the best solution to this issue is making CA a Right to Work state, but given that unions control the state and this is not likely to happen for many years, Prop 32 is a step in the right direction.  There are some sections I will admit I’m leery of, such as prohibiting corporation’s contributions to candidates, but overall I think the bill takes us forward.

Prop 33 (Car Insurance Rate Flexibility) – Yes.  Gives insurance companies more freedom about how they can set their prices.  In a free society, insurance companies shouldn’t need to ask permission from the government about how they can set their prices.  Given that we are a so far off from a free market in CA, this prop is a tiny step in that direction.

Prop 34 (Abolish Death Penalty) – Yes.   The RLC voter guide has a good explanation to this that you should read.  I’ll also throw in my two cents by saying that as a libertarian Catholic, I was raised to believe that life should be protected at all levels, be it for the innocent and the guilty.  Thus, I’m pro-life, anti-war, and anti-capital punishment.  In general I distrust the government and find it incompetent at most levels, and in addition to trimming down most of its power, I think it should also be stripped of its ability to kill criminals.  I view capital punishment as an archaic and barbaric practice, and this is one of the few areas where we’re lagging behind most of the civilized countries in the world in terms of human rights.  In a lot of cases where the death penalty is used, victims not only do not feel a sense of closure, but their pain becomes worse (http://ejusa.org/learn/victims).

Prop 35 (Human Trafficking Penalties) – No.  This is already a serious crime and stiffening the penalties will do nothing to further prevent it.  This also creates more invasive government programs.

Prop 36 (Reform Three Strikes) – Yes.  Right now CA’s three strikes law is too harsh, and needs to be returned to it’s original purpose, which is throwing repeat violent offenders in jail for life.  Throwing non-violent repeat offenders into jail for life is pointless.

Prop 37 (GMO Labeling) – No. Even though I am leery of GMO’s, I don’t support using government force to make business’s comply with their own labeling standards.  This is not a voluntary solution, which is already out there in the free market.  Also keep in mind that Obama appointed Monsanto’s VP as Senior Adviser to the FDA, which will likely have a say in how products are labeled.

Prop 38 (12 Year Tax Increase) – No.  Refer to Prop 30 reasoning :-).

Prop 39 (Tax Treatment for Multi-State Business) – No. Refer to Prop 30 reasoning :-).

Prop 40 (Redistricting Referendum) – Yes?  This would approve the new state senate districts, many of which have just been re-gerrymandered.  But overall I think the new lines might be slightly better.

Local Initiatives

Measure A2012 (SB Unified School District) – No.  Refer to Prop 30 reasoning :-).

Measure G2012 (Goleta Agricultural Land Protection Initiative) – No.  Allows the collective of Goleta voters to overturn a decision of a private land owner.  More specifically, if a land owner has a parcel zoned as agriculture wants to change it to something else like commercial, they currently need approval from the city council.  This measure would also require approval from the voters in addition to the city council.  Both instances are socialist ideology.  Owners of private property should have the ultimate say in how their land is used.

Measure H2012 (Goleta Transient Occupancy Tax Measures) – No.  Refer to Prop 30 reasoning :-).  I will also mention that these kinds of transient occupancy taxes are particularly insidious because it doesn’t affect our local constituents directly, but soaks more money from those visiting our city via vacation or work.  Ultimately this will hurt private business as the cost of renting rooms will continue to increase.

Iowa Day 3 (Caucus Night)

Preparation

This was the big day we were all working towards.  I started the morning diligently calling potential stump speakers on our rp2012 lists who I didn’t get to the night before.  After a couple hours of calling people from the laptop in my hotel room, I went over to the campaign office in Coralville to see what work still needed to be done.  There I met Sherry, one of our out-of-state volunteers from Kentucky, who asked me if I wanted to take a precinct they had just found out about in Iowa City the week before. Originally I was planning to fill in as a precinct captain for a location on Jun’s list, but I figured I’d take this one since it was closer and we knew for sure it had no precinct captain. My assignment was for the precinct of Union Township, which encompassed some farmland on the edge of Iowa City. Last caucus they had 33 people show up and this time they were expecting close to 50.  I happily accepted my assignment and was then given a brief training overview about what my responsibilities. I was also given a bag of materials I would need to bring that night such as campaign literature and stickers, voter registration forms, and a vote tally sheet to be used to report to the campaign.

I must be in an alternate reality

After my assignment, I had a quick bite to eat for lunch and then ran back to my hotel to help conduct a caucus training session with our out-of-state volunteers coming in from Illinois that day. There were about 14 people at the meeting, and I essentially passed on the information that I had just learned that morning. Everyone was very eager and excited to participate in the Iowa cuacus and help Ron Paul in any capacity they could.  After I was done talking, Jun Dam arrived with the caucus packages and was able to dole out precinct assignments to the new volunteers.  There were several people who offered to take precincts over in Des Moines despite it being another two hours west because they knew that’s where Ron Paul was going to be throwing his after party and they didn’t want to miss it.  Thus when our meeting ended, those volunteers had to book it in order to make it to their caucuses at a decent time.  I proceeded back up to my hotel room to change into my suit so I’d look all professional and legit.

The Caucus

Tonight was the big night I had prepared for the last couple weeks and I was psyched.  I decided to head over to my precinct location a little early to check things out and mentally prepare.  After fifteen minutes of driving I found myself on a little dirt road out in the middle of nowhere and started questioning the accuracy of my phone’s GPS directions.  It seemed like the only thing in the area were scattered farm houses, but eventually I noticed a little church on top of the hill and the address validated it was the right spot.  Also beside the entrance of the parking lot was a Rick Santorum sign and besides the church doors I noticed another one.  It appeared the Santorum Surge had even reached out to these parts.  I immediately placed my Ron Paul yard signs on opposite sides of the entrances to offset the evilness.

After marking my territory, I decided to wait around a bit until I started seeing the first people trickle in and then I made my entrance.  I proceeded to the main room of the church where the registration table was setup and was greeted by the temporary chair woman, Barbara, as well as her secretary.  I let them know I was a volunteer on behalf of Ron Paul’s campaign and graciously offered to help them in any way I could.  They also asked me if I was from the area, and I came clean and told them that that I was an out-of-stater.  Since it was such a small precinct, I figured there was really no way I could hide the fact I was an outsider so it would be best to be honest.  They were glad to have me as a guest and asked me if I wanted to observe the vote tallies and greet people at the door.  Besides my speech, both of these tasks were exactly in my mission plans for the night, so I was glad Barbara brought it up so I didn’t have to impose.  Feeling like a welcome guest, I then went back to my car and grabbed my bag full of materials and placed the super-brochures, copies of Ron Paul’s Plan to Restore America, slim-jims, and stickers on the table next to the cookies and coffee in the lobby.  I was hoping to be the only one with campaign literature, but soon thereafter I noticed Santorum’s literature popping around my stuff, including some more signs inside the lobby!  I could have busted out my 2×6′ Ron Paul banner from the car to outdo the Santorum supporters, but I figured my time would be better spent talking to people to get a feel for their politics.

As one would expect, the two youngest voters there revealed themselves as Ron Paul supporters and they happily accepted my stickers to wear as a badge of honor.  One of the supporters, Carson, was a nice young man in his mid twenties who was an independent re-registering as a Republican to participate in the caucus.  Coincidentally, he had lived briefly in Lompoc a while back, so this was quite the surprise.  Up until the caucus started, I was able to talk to a good majority of other voters, but had a hard time figuring who they were supporting (unless they had an shirt on saying their candidate’s name on it, which a number of them did). Even though I had arrived an hour and a half early, the time before the start of the caucus flew by and before I knew it they were starting their meeting.  There ended up being 41 total voters who arrived at the caucus, and unfortunately I was only able to identify two Ron Paul supporters.  I had a feeling this might be a rough crowd for my message.

The very beginning of the caucus started with a pledge of the allegiance, and then it went right into the presidential preference poll.  The chair woman said that each candidate could have one person speak up to five minutes on their behalf, which included time for questions.  With the exception of Newt Gingrich, every candidate had someone stand up and speak for them, even Michelle Bachmann (the church’s pastor vouched for her, even though he lived outside the precinct and was just acting as a caucus observer; despite that, no one still voted for her).  When it came to Ron Paul’s turn, I graciously offered to speak on his behalf and no one else seemed to object.  I proceeded to the front of the church and gave my rehearsed two-minute speech without any kinks or stumbles.  I was actually more nervous practicing it than actually giving it, and once I was up in front commanding everyone’s attention, I began to feel somewhat relaxed.  I made sure to keep good eye contact with the crowd and by the end I built up enough confidence that I was eagerly ready to handle any questions they would throw at me.  Ironically, the only question I was given came from the mother of a young woman who was one of the two Ron Paul supporters I identified, and she asked me to clarify Ron Paul’s foreign policy.  I gave a frank answer, stating that Ron Paul believes we are over-extending ourselves around the world militarily, and that our nation’s biggest threat is from our crushing debt.  After the lady’s question, another person raised his hand in the crowd and asked if he could say some words on Ron’s behalf.  I was a bit thrown off because I hadn’t identified or figured him to be a supporter, but unfortunately the chairwoman couldn’t allow him speak to since the rules only called for one speaker per candidate (I felt a little bad for taking his chance, but afterwards when I talked to him I found out he supported both Ron Paul and Rick Santorum so I think it was probably a good thing I spoke for Ron Paul).  Since there were no more questions, they proceeded to the next speaker for Mitt Romney.  After he was finished, I was happy to see Carson ask the man to clarify how exactly Mitt Romney plans to fix the economy, which I thought was a great question myself.  I have never seen any concrete plans from Mitt which explains how he’d cut spending or incentivise business.  The speaker gave a pretty weak explanation stating that because Mitt Romney was a CEO of a couple companies and knows business, he would know how to fix the economy (which never really answered the question).

After everyone spoke for the candidates, then came the moment of truth when all the voting slips were passed out.  I walked back to the lobby to grab my tally sheet, and was met by Barbara and her secretary after they had collected everyone’s votes.  Once the counting began, it became pretty clear that Santorum and Romney were the clear favorites.  I still had hope that Paul could have a respectable finish and garner more than two votes (from my identified supporters).  Halfway through the counting I was vindicated as Ron Paul staged a late surge.  The more times I ticked Paul on my tally sheet, the more I had hope that my message hadn’t fallen on deaf ears.  At the end, the final count was 16 for Santorum, 13 for Romney, 9 for Paul, 2 for Perry, and 1 for Gingrich.  Later on I would find that these results were mirrored those from the overall state.  Given that I had only identified two Ron Paul supporters at the beginning, I was pretty satisfied with Paul’s finish at 22% of the overall vote despite the demographics.  Thus, my trip to the caucus might have had an effect on the undecided voters.

Another great victory from the night was that out of the two delegate spots the precinct was allocated, Carson was elected to one of spots and would be attending the county convention in the spring.  In addition, he also got elected to the county central committee, so that was great to see a young Ron Paul supporter willing to get active and carry the message of liberty.  After the election of delegates and committee members, came the party platform voting and this was an very interesting exercise in democracy.  All sorts of different people ended up submitting planks, which were then argued about and ultimately voted on.  For the most part, the ideas were generally conservative and smart, including support for a balanced budget amendment, term limits, and a sunset clause on regulations.  All of the planks that passed a majority vote would go on to represent the precinct in the county convention in the spring and have the potential to go all the way up to the state level.  Caucuses like this, where a neighborhood takes part in direct democracy, makes me feel like this was what politics used to be like in America back in the days of our Founding Fathers.  Sadly, most states like mine in California now have impersonal primaries, which I feel disenfranchises people more than empowers them.

Concluding the Night

When the caucus had ended, I thanked Barbara once again for her hospitality and I also congratulated Carson for his nominations.  Then I cleaned up my literature and pulled out my signs, and left without any trace.  As I drove back to the campaign office, I couldn’t help but listen to CNN on my rental car’s Sirius/XM radio for live coverage of the results.  It sounded like there was a three way race between Santorum, Romney, and Paul and they were neck to neck.  Once I arrived to the office, I turned in my results to the county coordinator, Randy, and shared my experience.  Most of the other volunteers and precinct captains had already made their way back to report and it seemed like most people’s experiences were somewhat similar to mine.  However, compared to other counties, ours did better than average for Ron Paul and he was in the lead for a good while as the counts were coming in.  Sadly, he was eventually overtaken by Romney by a close margin.  Once all the tally sheets were turned in, we went next door for a celebration party at the Tailgate Bar and Grill with all the volunteers and to watch the final results.  I will be honest and say that there was a general feeling of disappointment in the air as we saw Ron Paul slip further away from the top two lead and settle into third.  However, I could also sense the hope and camaraderie among fellow patriots who had worked and given so much to the cause.  Despite not placing first, Ron Paul did earn a projected 7 delegates (the same as Romney and Santorum), and our local supporters also won many delegate and committee seats in their precincts.  Since the presidential preference poll at the caucuses are non-binding, our organizational efforts to get people elected as delegates was the true victory that night and it will likely go unnoticed until the spring convention.

To conclude, the Santorum Surge was definitely a shocker, but at the same time it also made sense.  Rick campaigned the old fashioned way, by driving around in a pickup truck to every county in Iowa.  He had the most face time with the voters of Iowa than any other  candidate and was the favorite among the social conservative Huckabee supporters from 2008.  However, as Ron Paul stated in his speech the night of the caucus, there are three tickets out of Iowa.  Ron won one of the tickets, and is one of two candidates who can mount a national campaign.  Essentially, Santorum is not going anywhere after Iowa due to his sole focus on the state and his lack of funding.  He is a candidate who is running primarily on social issues, and this will not gain him any traction in New Hampshire which votes next week.  On the flip-side, exit polls from the Iowa caucus showed that Paul won over 41% of the Independent vote and a huge majority of the youth vote.  Thus, he has crossover appeal to voters in all states, and this is one of the reasons Obama was elected in 2008.

I will end by saying that overall I had a great experience in Iowa and it’s something I won’t forget.  I was honored to meet so many other supporters from around the country fighting for what they believed in and doing anything in their power to get Ron Paul elected.    One of these days when liberty finally triumphs over tyranny, I will be proud to say that I was there in Iowa doing my part to fight with the other “winter soldiers.”  Remember the words of Sammuel Adams, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Watching Ron Paul's speech at the after party

Eagerly waiting the results at the Tailgate Bar and Grill. Notice the huge Hawkeye flag in the background. This image is all over Iowa.

Iowa Day 2

All the news today seemed to be about the Santorum surge lately and it seems like a great anomaly to me.  There is no way he will be able to run much of a campaign beyond Iowa due to his lack of money, even if he comes in second or third place in the caucus.  However, Jun and many others in the Paul campaign rightly see this as a potential threat thanks to many Huckabee supporters who are well organized now carrying the Santorum banner.  Thus, a negative robo-call campaign against Santorum was quickly organized to run today and tomorrow in an attempt to deflate his sudden rise in the Iowa polls.

This morning I met two young men and their mom who were other supporters staying at my hotel who had driven up from Kentucky the night before.  Together we headed to the Johnson County campaign office to get brought up to speed about what needed to be done.  However, to get our blood flowing, one of the county coordinators decided it would be great to have a sign bomb down at the intersection and didn’t want to stop until we got 15 honks.  Thus, about 10 volunteers took Ron Paul banners and signs out to the streets in 22 degree weather with a wind chill making it feel like 4 degrees according to my AccuWeather.  It wouldn’t have been so bad if it weren’t for the wind, and after about 20-30 minutes we all couldn’t feel our faces and our fingers started to feel that icy pain that’s a precursor to frostbite.  There’s nothing like suffering for a cause!

Beautiful Iowa scenery heading down 80 east

Entering Davenport

Once we defrosted in the campaign office, I took off with Jun to drive an hour east to Davenport and help do some outreach at the Ron Paul / Rand Paul wistle-stop tour at 1 PM.  It ended up being a great turnout, with about 200 people showing up to the event including dozens of reporters and a CNN news van.  After Ron and Rand spoke, we helped coral all the locals who were planning on caucusing tomorrow into a training session organized by the Story County Ron Paul coordinators.  If all the counties across Iowa are as organized as Story County, Ron Paul is going to have an easy wins hands down but I don’t think we can assume anything.

After a quick bite to eat for lunch, Jun and I met up at the campaign office in Davenport to print some phone-banking lists and then went over to The Lodge hotel in Bettendorf.  Here we met up with Zachariah, the coordinator for Illinois volunteers, as well as many other out of state volunteers staying at he hotel.  By utilizing the multitude of volunteers, we were able to split up the list of likely stump speakers from our rp2012 database and follow up with them with calls to make sure they were ready for the caucus tomorrow.  Almost everyone who I talked to on my phone list was super prepared and positive about participating in the caucus and this gave me a lot of hope.  It was amazing to see how enthusiastic all the out of state volunteers were about supporting Ron Paul, and I think they are going to make a big difference tomorrow.

Standing room only at the Ron Paul whistle-stop

Davenport campaign office

Iowa Day 1

After a relatively smooth flight into Des Moines, I got my rental car and drove 2 hours east to the Clarion Highlander Hotel in Iowa City.  I didn’t get in until about 8 PM, and once I unpacked my stuff I gave my rp2012.org contact, Jun, a call to see if there was anything still going on at the campaign office in Coralville which was just 10 minutes away.  To my surprise, there were many people still at the office so he told me to come on over to get caught up.

Ron Paul's Johnson County campaign office

When I arrived, I finally got to meet some people face-to-face who I had only talked to on the phone or seen online.  The Johnson County coordinator was inside busily working, as well as a girl from the Revolution PAC and a number of other volunteers from various grassroots organizations.  Jun showed me a county map of Iowa that noted how many precinct vacancies each one had and which ones we were concentrating on in the eastern part of the state.  These were in no way concrete numbers, but we estimated there were about 70 precinct vacancies that needed captains (out of 1784 precincts total), so this wasn’t too shabby.  Thus, our next goal is to to fill those precincts with vacancies as well as find backups captains for many others with our stream of volunteers.  I took off a little after 11 and the office still had several people working diligently.

When I woke up next morning to grab some breakfast at my hotel, I couldn’t help but notice the TV commercials playing.  Within the span of my meal, I saw a Newt Gingrich commercial, followed by ones for Rick Perry and then Ron Paul.  The media bombardment was in full effect 48 hours prior to the first caucus!  After eating breakfast, I took a look outside and noticed a small dusting of snow had fallen over night.  Also, another Ron Paul patriot had pulled up next to my car at the hotel!  In addition to helping Jun do some volunteer organizing, I might also do some outreach at Ron Paul’s and Rand Paul’s Whiste-Stop Tour up in Cedar Rapids.  Exciting times await!

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2012, the Year of Ron Paul and my trip to Iowa

Today is the final day of 2011 and I am preparing for my trip out to the most important state of the 2012 election, Iowa.  This will be my fist time visiting the state, and it will be in the dead of winter.  But I am packing plenty of warm clothes, campaign materials, and my personal conviction that I must do anything possible for liberty and to get Ron Paul the victory in the Hawkeye State.  Tomorrow, on New Years Day 2012, I will be flying into Des Moines and then embarking on a mission to Iowa City, approximately 2 hours east.  There I will be meeting up with many other rp0212.org grassroots activists for Ron Paul who are traveling from outside of the state to help the campaign in any capacity they can.  [On a side note, I became a firm believer in the rp2012.org grassroots system after we helped mobilize over 1,500 Ron Paul supporters for the Ames Straw Poll back in August, bringing Dr. Paul a statistical first place victory along with Michelle Bachmann.   By using our advanced phone-banking software to target independents and young voters, I was able to personally get over 150 people to attend the Straw Poll and I felt like I was definitely more effective than if I were working with the official campaign.]

On Monday, I’ll be meeting up with some activists at the campaign headquarters in Iowa City, and we’ll be tasked with contacting all the county coordinators across Iowa to find out which precincts still have vacancies for captains.  Once we find out which holes need to be filled, we will then use our stream of hundreds of volunteers to fill in the gaps.  As a precinct captain, your primary task is to bring as many Ron Paul supporters to the caucus as possible and deliver a stump speech on Dr. Paul’s behalf on the night of the caucus.  I already have my stump speech prepared, so I will be eagerly ready to win some caucuses for Ron Paul on the night of January 3rd.  In addition, I am going to volunteer to watch the vote and will take a picture of the results and send them into an independent source.  There has been a lot of concerns of potential vote tampering by the establishment as a way to discredit Ron Paul’s victory, and I plan to do my part to keep it as open and honest as possible.

More updates to come as my days in Iowa progress.

My Stump Speech for the Iowa Caucus

I’m going to be flying out of California into Des Moines, Iowa on New Years day to help Ron Paul’s campaign leading up to the nation’s first caucus on January 3rd.  I’m among several other rp2012.org grassroots activists who are traveling into Iowa to help fill in any holes in counties that need precinct captains.  Although I can’t technically vote in the Iowa caucus, I can deliver a stump speech on Ron Paul’s behalf.  Here’s the speech I have written up.  It’s supposed to be 2 minutes long.  Let me know what you think, as it’s a work in progress.  Keep in mind, this is geared towards Iowan Republicans who are quite conservative.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen.  I’m here tonight to encourage you to vote for one of our last honest statesmen and the Champion of the Constitution,  Dr. Ron Paul.  Dr. Paul is unlike any other candidate today because he is consistent, principled, and incorruptible.  He is truly a man of the people, fighting to restore our freedoms and prosperity.  Tonight, you have a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Our country is on the brink of economic collapse.  The dollar is on life support.  Your freedoms are being eroded by overly intrusive government.  Fortunately, you have the choice to turn this all around.  You can choose between career politicians representing the status quo, or you can choose to vote for Ron Paul who represents liberty and real change.  The other candidates will tinker with the details of the tax code and offer modest spending cuts.  Ron Paul’s Plan to Restore America will cut $1 trillion in spending his first year in office and balance our budget in three years.

Voting for Ron Paul means not only voting for a person, but a philosophy.  This is a philosophy based on the concept: that which governs least, governs best.  If you believe in personal responsibility, running your life as you see fit, spending your money how you want to spend it, and not telling others how to live, Ron Paul is your candidate.

Ron Paul is a strict adherent to the Constitution, and will never vote for a law that violates it.  Instead of having Government legislate morality, Ron Paul is a firm believer in strong family values.  He has been married for 54 years, and has five children and eighteen grandchildren.  As a former OBGYN, Dr. Paul helped deliver over 4,000 babies and is staunchly pro-life.  As a veteran, Ron Paul believes in a strong national defense and has received more donations from active military than all other candidates combined, including Obama.  He will fight to strengthen our borders at home and won’t waste a penny on nation building or on foreign welfare.  Ron Paul will restore our civil liberties, and prevent any government intrusions on the Bill of Rights such as warrantless searches or restricting your right to bear arms.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in truly unique times.  But we are at a crossroads.  We can choose to go down the path that leads to our ruination.  Or we can choose to elect a serious candidate, Ron Paul, who can restore America now.

Ron Paul’s big week

Black this Out, October 19th

This is going to be a big week for Ron Paul.  Yesterday he just unveiled his new budget proposal, dubbed the “Plan to Restore America,” which will cut $1 trillion in the first year of his presidency, abolish five federal apartments, end the wars, cut taxes, balance the budget in three years and last but not least, reduce the presidential pay from $400K to $39K, which is the median income per worker in America.  For most libertarians, that’s a good start.  Hopefully abolishing the IRS and the income tax will come after that.  But in all seriousness, Paul is one of the only presidential candidates who is taking a critical look at our fiscal situation and has a plan that takes steps to reduce our debt burden immediately.  Most candidates want to tinker with small details (ie. no more earmarks!) or just give empty rhetoric, but Paul has a solid plan to get the economy out of the crapper and restore our freedom.

The other big event this week is Ron Paul’s “Black This Out” money bomb on October 19th, which plans to be the biggest fundraising day for Paul all year.  The name is meant to be a sarcastic reference to the way Ron Paul is being treated by the media, who have been following a golden rule: pretend Ron doesn’t exist.  Many online blogs are promoting this Money Bomb by putting black censors boxes over their avatar’s faces (such as the image above), or striking out Ron Paul’s name in blog or twitter posts.  The grassroots have been sick and tired of the intentional disregard of Paul as a serious candidate, despite him winning most online debate polls and many straw polls such as the California GOP and Value Voter poll in DC.  His coverage out of all candidates has been dead last, despite his polling numbers having him consistently in third place, or second place is certain early primary states.  This new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has vindicated our complaints.

Will Ron Paul Ever Get Respected by the Mainstream Media?

For those of you who have already caught on, this is nothing new.  For those of you who haven’t, I’ll once again show the blatant disregard the mainstream media gives to Ron Paul’s candidacy for president.  This is one of the reasons why the grassroots are so fired up and will stop at nothing to promote Ron Paul any way we can.  We can’t count on the mainstream media to do their job or give Paul a fair shake.  I can bet you that no other candidates besides Paul has supporters organizing grassroots events out here in California such as tables, rallies, canvassing, and sign waving every week.  No other candidates inspire people like Paul does, and if you don’t believe me, check out the hero’s welcome given to Paul at the California Republican Party convention last weekend.  Thus, when I see the mainstream media still treating Ron Paul as a fringe candidate deserving no time, I have to call them out.

A recent example of this was the Fox News debate last week in Florida.  According to recent national polls, Ron Paul has climbed to a solid third place behind Perry and Romney.  One would assume that Ron Paul would get debate time commensurate to his polling strength.  Once again, this wasn’t the case, nor was it even close.  Here was the break down, thanks to HuntingtonNews.net:

Total Talk Time
Romney 12:09
Perry 11:10
Huntsman 07:41
Santorum 07:06
Cain 06:23
Bachmann 06:13
Gingrich 05:44
Ron Paul 04:33
Johnson 04:10
Total 1:05:09
% of Total Talk Time
Romney 18.65%
Perry 17.14%
Huntsman 11.79%
Santorum 10.90%
Cain 9.80%
Bachmann 9.54%
Gingrich 8.80%
Ron Paul 6.98%
Johnson 6.40%

By the numbers one would expect Hunstman or Santorum to be in a solid third place in the national polls, but their numbers are closer to Johnson’s who is around 1%.  In a two hour debate, the lone two libertarian voices, Paul and Johnson, only got four questions a piece and were relegated to the lower tier of attention.  One would think that in order to foster an honest debate, the libertarian perspective would be given more time because it’s uniquely different than all the other neo-conservatives on stage.  But sadly Fox was more interested in having the attention on the two plastic men, Perry and Romney, who bickered about who was more of a flip-flopper.  Those of us in the freedom movement really see no difference between the two and know they both represent the status quo.

To make matters worse, after the debate Fox News engaged in more shenanigans.  Once again they hosted a poll on their website asking viewers who won the debate, and Ron Paul ended up getting 40% of the votes and winning in a landslide.  Next day they pulled their poll, as is typical, but to add injury to insult they ended up posting an article claiming that Mitt Romney won the debate.  This is nothing new and has been going on since 2007 when Ron Paul ran for president.  Those of us in the movement, this is yet another example of why we need to keep working harder to spread the message.  For everyone else, this is why you shouldn’t trust the mainstream media.  If you care at all about truth and honesty, please get your news for alternative sources.

Mainstream Media Blackout of Ron Paul Exposed!

After statistically tying Michelle Bachman in the Ames Straw Poll last weekend (being 152 votes away from first, which was about 0.9% of the overall votes), Ron Paul has been completely shut out in the mainstream media when discussing the “top tier candidates” in the GOP.  Instead, all the news was about Michelle Bachman “stunning” victory in Iowa and Rick Perry entering the race as an instant front runner (after having done virtually no campaigning thus far).  However, after the bias became so obvious and apparent, certain media hosts are starting to call it out.  Here are a number of clips and articles from the past few days that detail the disgraceful nature of the mainstream media regarding Ron Paul (the Jon Stewart clip is my favorite):

 

 

 

Articles:

Ron Paul Remains Media Poison (Politico)

Ron Paul Shines in Iowa; Major Media Cheats Him (The Hill)

Ron Paul Deserves More Respect (AntiWar)

The Military Loves Ron Paul, The Proof is in the Pudding

The candidates’ second quarter donation reports are in, and once again Ron Paul is dominating the rest of the field in donations from active military members, just like he did in 2008.  In fact, Ron Paul got more money in donations from the military than ALL other candidates combined, including Obama! [Source: Ron Paul 2012]

Military Donation Receipts, GOP candidates 2Q 2011

Military Donation Receipts, GOP Field

Military donation receipts, entire field 2Q 2011

Military donation receipts, entire field

Paul raised over $33K from the military, whereas the closest GOP contender, Herman Cain, raised just over $7K.  Obama, the titan fundraiser that he is, only raised about $20K.

These numbers tell a lot about what the military feels should be a proper foreign policy.  They are tired of being forced to police the world and nation build in countries that hate us.  They see first hand how our involvement around the world causes blowback.  They just want to come home safe and alive to their families.  Thus, they are speaking directly with their money by donating to Ron Paul.

If any neo-con tells you that they think Ron Paul is weak on defense or is anti-military, this donation report completely defies their argument.  If they think you’re making this stuff up, please direct them to this page.  You can’t argue with cold hard numbers!

It’s time to change the status quo and return to a humble foreign policy espoused by our founding fathers.  Thomas Jefferson stated that America’s stance should be “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”  Ron Paul is the only candidate who’s consistently preached this philosophy and as president he will have the conviction to follow it.

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