January 12th, 2007

Ron Paul is Runnin’

Congressman Ron Paul

I’m excited to pass on word that Congressman Ron Paul has announced he’ll be running for President in 2008.

Ron Paul, the iconoclastic nine-term congressman from southeast Texas, took the first step Thursday toward launching a second presidential bid in 2008, this time as a Republican.

Paul filed incorporation papers in Texas on Thursday to create a presidential exploratory committee that allows him and his supporters to collect money on behalf of his bid. This will be Paul’s second try for the White House; he was the Libertarian nominee for president in 1988.

But he said the campaign will test its ability to attract financial and political support before deciding whether to launch a full-fledged campaign. Snyder said Paul is not running just to make a point or to try to ensure that his issues are addressed, but to win.

Paul is expected to formally announce his bid in the next week or two, Snyder said.

Snyder said Paul and his supporters are not intimidated by the presence of nationally known and better-financed candidates such as Sen. John McCain of Arizona or former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

“This is going to be a grassroots American campaign,” he said. “For us, it’s either going to happen at the grassroots level or it’s not.”

Paul limits his view of the role of the federal government to those duties laid out in the U.S. Constitution. As a result, he sometimes casts votes that appear at odds with his constituents and other Republicans. He was the only Republican congressman to vote against Department of Defense appropriations for fiscal year 2007.

The vote against the defense appropriations bill, he said, was because of his opposition to the war in Iraq, which he said was “not necessary for our actual security.”

Congressman Paul is one of the (very) few politicians I wholly support and trust. I’ve watched Paul for some time now, impressed with this knowledge of things “as they really are”. He doesn’t tow any party line, and he doesn’t politic for the sake of looking good, hoarding power, and winning battles. He fights the good fight as one who understands the proper role of government.

To learn more about Paul’s stance on the issues, you can read his articles, visit his official website, or watch him in Freedom to Fascism or Fiat Empire.

Running as a Republican, I realize that he doesn’t stand too much of a chance of getting past the primaries. Nevertheless, I feel that Congressman Paul is one of the very few in our government who still supports the Constitution and fights for its principles.

12 Responses to “Ron Paul is Runnin’”

  1. Kelly Winterton
    January 12, 2007 at 6:44 pm #

    I first heard of Paul in the DVD Freedom to Fascism. I would suggest everyone become better aquainted with him. You can even look for the DVD and watch it and become educated!

  2. Connor
    January 12, 2007 at 6:50 pm #


    Aaron Russo approved the distribution of “Freedom to Fascism” on Google Video, so I linked to it in the post (in case you didn’t see). A great move on his part, I think, so that it can get into the hands (or before the eyes) of tons more people who would have otherwise not seen it.

  3. Michael L. Mc Kee
    January 13, 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    If the people of the United States who are charged with choosing wise, and principled men to represent them would seek out and find those with the unimpeachable character, and knowledge of our founding principles of government as is evident in that demonstrated by Congressman Paul, we would once again find reason to embrace the worthy heritage given us by those of like statesmanship abilities who preceded him.

    While he is not my first presidential choice, I would certainly support him in any other capacity within the administration including the Vice Presidency. In fact, although conventional wisdom would cringe at the thought, he would be able to help restore the proper functioning within the Supreme Court.

  4. Connor
    January 13, 2007 at 6:59 pm #


    Out of curiosity, who is your first choice for President in 2008?

  5. Michael L. Mc Kee
    January 13, 2007 at 8:52 pm #


    Let me just say at this point that I fully understand the true meaning of the separation clause, and I do subscribe to, and support the principled reasoning contained therein. However, I must admit that it would be a blessing, I believe, to have a worthy recipient of the gift of the Holy Ghost installed as the leader of the free people of the United States of America. In fact, having a worthy holder of the Melchizedec Priesthood leading the country whose God is the Lord Jesus Christ would, in my estimation, be preferable. There is absolutely nothing to preclude a person who holds the Priesthood of God from also holding the office of President of the United States of America.

    It is important to keep in mind that while the Lord will be establishing His headquarters in the United States of America, He will not do so by force or by demanding the people accept His rule. It is my sincere belief that the Lord is moving throughout all His kingdom to prepare His people to make ready His abode. It will be so.

    I am certain you are aware of whom I speak. I made a decision to go all the way with this choice, and I cannot be moved from my position unless, of course, he should fall spiritually, and relinquish those sacred pronouncements I alluded to previously. I sincerely do not believe he will do that so I will continue to lend him my total support, and loyalty while the elective process runs its’ course.

    I am also aware that he possesses natural leadership qualities, and a profound degree of organizational, and business skills. His character is likewise unimpeachable, and his moral code is fully acceptable, I believe, to the vast majority of the American people. He has been exposed to politics for many years by association, and a thorough investigation of his record in Massachusetts has indicated to me that there is very little substantive, or relevant information offered by his detractors.

    There is, in my estimation, an obvious sense of discomfort demonstrated by the New World Order ilk, and the America haters that he may be able to unite people, and restore the sense of values we possessed in years past. While these forces may combine themselves against him, I believe he will be able to withstand the onslaught as they will only be able to resort to lies, and false representations which will be exposed by forces which cannot be comprehended by them sufficient to overcome his momentum. In the end, I believe the good which still prevails in this country will once again triumph over evil.

    It is getting close to the time of day when I lose most of my steam so I’ll retire for the evening, and return tomorrow afternoon.

    I hope we will all be the beneficiaries of a bountiful helping of spiritual rejuvenation tomorrow. Good night.

  6. Connor
    January 17, 2007 at 11:02 am #

    This article discusses some possible circumstances of a Ron Paul vs. Hillary Clinton (ew!) presidential campaign…

    I agree with the author in that Clinton (or anybody else) doesn’t have a playbook on Paul. I’m sure career politicians are scared to death of him. He actually fights unconstitutional policies and says what nobody else will. The doublethink that others entrench themselves in is brought to light by this good man, and they for sure grow uneasy when somebody so clearly calls them out on their erroneous actions.

    I look forward to the coming months and the pathetic political battle that will be fought.

  7. fontor
    January 18, 2007 at 7:24 pm #

    From a Daily Kos post tracking the Republican candidates:

    “Hunter and Paul aren’t going anywhere, though Paul at least is offering libertarians and anti-war Republicans (all 6 of them) a protest choice.”

  8. Kelly Winterton
    January 19, 2007 at 4:52 pm #

    I just found the following about Ron Paul on the Internet, pasted in below:

    Dr. Ron Paul, Texas Congressman exploring a run for President, appeared on the Alex Jones show Wednesday [ MP3 link] and had the following to say about 9/11:
    “Caller: I want a complete, impartial, and totally independent investigation of the events of September 11, 2001 . I’m tired of this bogus garbage about terrorism. Ask Michael Meacher about how he feels about this bogus war on terrorism. Can you comment on that please?

    Dr. Ron Paul: Well, that would be nice to have. Unfortunately, we don’t have that in place. It will be a little bit better now with the Democrats now in charge of oversight. But you know, for top level policy there’s not a whole lot of difference between the two policies so a real investigation isn’t going to happen. But I think we have to keep pushing for it. And like you and others, we see the investigations that have been done so far as more or less cover-up and no real explanation of what went on.

    JACK BLOOD, GUEST HOST: I think it’s fair to say that of all the candidates out there, the one most interested in repopening the investigation and clearing the questions is Dr. Paul; and you should be commended for that.

  9. Curtis
    February 15, 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    Here’s something Paul and I definately agree on. This is a great statement he made 2/6/07 before the House of Representatives. He said:

    It’s a bad idea.
    There’s no need for it.
    There’s great danger in doing it.
    America is against it, and Congress should be.
    The United Nations is against it.
    The Russians, the Chinese, the Indians, and the Pakistanis are against it.
    The whole world is against it.
    Our allies are against it.
    Our enemies are against it.
    The Arabs are against it.
    The Europeans are against it.
    The Muslims are against it.
    We don’t need to do this.
    The threat is overblown.
    The plan is an hysterical reaction to a problem that does not yet exist.
    Hysteria is never a good basis for foreign policy.
    Don’t we ever learn?
    Have we already forgotten Iraq?
    The plan defies common sense.
    If it’s carried out, the Middle East, and possibly the world, will explode.
    Oil will soar to over $100 a barrel, and gasoline will be over $5 a gallon.
    Despite what some think, it won’t serve the interests of Israel.
    Besides– it’s illegal.
    It’s unconstitutional.
    And you have no moral authority to do it.
    We don’t need it.
    We don’t want it.
    So, Mr. President, don’t do it.
    Don’t bomb Iran!
    The moral of the story, Mr. Speaker, is this: if you don’t have a nuke, we’ll threaten to attack you. If you do have a nuke, we’ll leave you alone. In fact, we’ll probably subsidize you. What makes us think Iran does not understand this?


  10. Alan
    July 25, 2007 at 9:03 am #

    It has long been said that the Constitution will on day hang by a thread. If we have not reached that point, it surely is right around the corner.
    There is only one candidate who would work with us to redeem this inspired law. No other candidate comes close to having insight to make it happen.
    I have worked with Dr. Paul one on one. He is 100% the real deal. And the only candidate I feel represents my LDS values.

  11. Kelly Winterton
    July 25, 2007 at 2:44 pm #

    Alan, and that hang by a thread prophecy has been expounded upon by other latter-day prophets. Those prophets said something like “good people of the church will save it.” I think most LDS are in a state of denial, thinking that the Prophet will give the word when the Constitution hangs, but until then “all is well in Zion.”

    I think the Prophet will continue with the official church policy of political neutrality, and it will indeed be the good people of the church, not the prophet, who will need to step forward to save the Constitution. I believe you’re right when you say that point is right around the corner. All it will take is one false flag terrorist strike and Bush can declare Martial Law. At that point it will be too late, and the rest of the hang by thread prophecy will fulfill itself, wherein it says: “IF THE CONSTITUTION IS TO BE SAVED AT ALL, it will be saved by good people……”

    This means to me that we people need to be stepping forward RIGHT NOW to get those “good people” aware. One good way is to help publicize Ron Paul.

  12. Samuel Hennis
    July 27, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    Amen, Kelly. I would recommend going to http://www.libertycard.org and purchase some Ron Paul cards to give to everyone you come into contact with. I bought 250 cards for a mere 15 dollars. It’s a small price to pay to help fight for the cause of freedom!!!

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