Posted on October 18, 2011 by bandito707
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.
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Posted on September 24, 2011 by bandito707
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
|% of Total Talk Time
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.
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Posted on August 16, 2011 by bandito707
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):
Ron Paul Remains Media Poison (Politico)
Ron Paul Shines in Iowa; Major Media Cheats Him (The Hill)
Ron Paul Deserves More Respect (AntiWar)
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Posted on July 21, 2011 by bandito707
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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Posted on June 3, 2011 by bandito707
I just finished watching an awesome documentary called For Liberty which details the surge of the Ron Paul Revolution back in 2007/2008. It brought back many great memories and made me psyched about the upcoming 2012 election cycle. The documentary starts with the early 2007 GOP presidential debates in which Ron Paul made a name for himself and then culminates in his giant Rally for the Republic counter-convention in St. Paul, Minnesota which gathered more than 15,000 supporters in August, 2008.
My 1 second of fame in the documentary. If you notice, immediately to my left was the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, Bob Barr. He was a douchebag who tried to ride Ron Paul's cottails and attract his supporters.
Coincidentally, I noticed that my wife and I had a brief cameo in the film because we traveled to Minnesota for the Rally for the Republic and we were right outside the Target Center when the Freedom Walkers arrived. I posted a screen capture from the documentary pointing myself out at the 1:45:52 mark. My one second of fame! FYI, I was wearing my “Legalize the Constitution, Ron Paul 2008” t-shirt.
For those who supported Ron Paul in the past, this is a definite must see as it will reignite the passion that you experienced in 2008 and get your adrenaline pumping to go out and all do it again this next election cycle. Those who don’t support Ron Paul or don’t know who he is, this is a great primer to see what the revolution is all about and how it is unlike any other phenomenon tapped by a presidential candidate in the past. Some may wonder or question how such a revolution began, and this video will show them. There was a passion for liberty in each one of us, and Ron Paul was just the messenger that set it on fire and brought it out. As such, it is not centered around one man, nor will it end after Ron Paul’s campaigns end. It’s a spontaneous and decentralized force that will continue to burn until the country is set free. Let’s go out and continue the revolution and keep fighting to get Ron Paul and many other liberty candidates elected in 2012!
Filed under: 2012 election, Politics | Tagged: documentary, For Liberty, For Liberty: How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty, ron paul | 3 Comments »
Posted on April 26, 2011 by bandito707
Today while on a visit to Iowa, Ron Paul officially announced that he’ll be looking into another presidential run for 2012. Paul also setup a team for his Iowa campaign, which was a strong state for him last election in 2008. With a lot of the same Rino’s running again, I’m really hoping that Paul can finish what he started in 2008 and become the official GOP nominee. There has definitely been a lot of growth in the Freedom Movement since his 2008 election and now we can start with a pre-existing mainframe instead of having to start anew from scratch. There is now the Campaign for Liberty and the Young Americans For Liberty, two organizations spawned by Paul’s 2008 campaign which continue to grow and reach new successes 3 years later. Thus, his message hasn’t faded away like the GOP establishment hoped for. It’s stronger than ever, and we’re more organized and experienced than ever. We’re in it to win it this time.
For those interested in reading more, here’s an article from Politico talking about the news: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53753.html.
And while you’re at it, please consider signing this petition to influence Ron Paul to officially run: http://ronpaul2012.net.
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Posted on March 20, 2009 by bandito707
Brought to you by Reason Magazine Online here:
In the Washington Post today, former director of the Congressional Budget Office Douglas Holtz-Eakin pretty much says it all about the AIG dust-up and much else:
The … lesson is that no matter how bad you think market capitalism is, the federal government has proved it is worse. Congress originally banned these very bonuses, then stripped the ban out of the stimulus bill and is now threatening confiscatory taxes on the lawful recipients. The Treasury knew about the bonuses and vouched for their legality but now wants double the money back somehow. How, exactly, the Treasury expects any straight-thinking financial entity to enter into a voluntary public-private “partnership” to solve the financial crisis given this track record is a mystery to me.
Part of the fun in reading these ridiculous quotes is reading some of hilarious user submitted comments. Here are some of the best and most appropriate ones that echo my same sentiments:
“AIG bonuses = kind of bad.
Grandstanding about AIG bonuses when you signed and approved the bill knowing full-fucking-well that they were going to get paid = galling hypocrisy of the first order.”
“Right. The bonuses are bad… but they were enabled by the bailout, which was/is also bad. More than bad. It’s the goddamn problem. But, then, the government is also bad: maybe 95% of the people who make it up are stupid and the other 5% are actually evil.”
“How about taking back 100% of Congress’ pay?
Good start. I’d also reduce the session to no more than thirty days in a year. Serving in the legislature needs to be like serving on a Jury. It should NEVER be a way to make a living.”
And here’s Ron Paul’s views on this whole mess:
“..Quit Bankrupting this Country, Quit Destroying The Dollar”
Talking about AIG Bonuses on CNN American Morning
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