Ron Paul promises change

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Is he electable? That’s the question I hear when speaking about the GOP presidential campaign.

People want a candidate that is electable. My question is: Why vote for someone who will keep us on the same course we have been on for years? Past GOP presidents may not have pushed us down the road toward socialism as fast as our current president has, but they have pushed us still.

All the current candidates are big-government, big-spending Republicans who may slow down the rate but still expand the government’s role in our lives.

With one exception – Ron Paul. Ron Paul has a serious desire to reduce the government’s size and effect on our lives. His past record is evidence of his position.

The common complaint is that he wants to bring our troops home, and people feel that would weaken our power. We are borrowing money from our biggest enemy to defend ourselves against them. We need to concentrate our efforts both fiscally and militarily at home and rebuild here.

We should stay out of other countries and let them have the governments they want. In the past we have set up new leaders and governments, only to have to fight them in a few years. Our foreign policy has been defective for many years, and we are reaping the problems we created. We must leave others alone (remember “do unto others”?).

We have, in the past, voted for the lesser of two evils – which still gives us evil. We must elect someone who will change the status quo. Ron Paul is the change we want and need.

David Densmore

North Augusta, S.C.

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Mary1 01/26/12 - 12:36 am
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You can send the strongest

You can send the strongest message of this election to Obama, Romney, and Gingrich by giving Ron Paul your vote! A vote for Ron Paul in your primary says "Enough! We don't want four more years of government-financed boondoggles or bank bailouts, we want our troops HOME" to Obama. A vote for Paul says "Gingrich, we know you for a fraud! You don't get to make a fortune from Freddie Mac (taxpayer money) and influence government policies in FM's favor! We call that lobbying, and it's the cancer that is killing our nation!" A vote for Paul says "Romney, we don't care that you're rich by raiding and leveraging companies (well, we do, actually), but do you REALLY have to stash your money offshore in an obvious wait-for-the-collapse before coming back to raid America AGAIN? WHY don't you invest in startups in the U.S. with that money, Romney? Employ some Americans, or go back to Wall Street where you belong."

We are faced today with the very real threat of losing our Constitutional rights (NDAA, Patriot Act, executive orders), the prospect of endless wars (for what, exactly? not the protection of America but nation-building?), the destruction of our currency through the Federal Reserve,and the impoverishment of our middle class (which was the engine for worldwide growth for the last 30 years). Can't we the people make a stand here and say, NO MORE. We Want Our Country Back!!!

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TParty 01/26/12 - 09:37 am
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Well said everyone, well

Well said everyone, well said.

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faithson 01/26/12 - 09:56 am
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You want your country back ?

You want your country back ? Campaign finance reform. Use the people's money to finance elections, not the corporations money. Until WE get our election process in order AND get control over lobbyists, all is for naught.

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Little Lamb 01/26/12 - 10:00 am
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Sorry, faithson, a little

Sorry, faithson, a little technicality called "freedom of speech" would get in the way of your idea.

TParty
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TParty 01/26/12 - 10:11 am
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Little Lamb- Do you think

Little Lamb-

Do you think it's fair George Soros has more influence with politicians than you and I combined just because he has more money?

TParty
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TParty 01/26/12 - 10:19 am
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Santorum put all his money in

Santorum put all his money in Iowa, turns out he won, but he has been struggling ever since. Huntsman put all his money in NH, and did well in that state, and no others. Gingrich did well in SC, only after a super pac gave him $5 million. Depending on how much money is spent in FL, will depend on who will win.

90% of the time, the person with the most money wins. A lot of people are saying Obama will raise $1 billion dollars for this campaign. $1 billion. People are winning elections based on money. Corporate money into candidates is dangerous, and it will be the reason why Obama will win again. Go look a how much he outspent McCain.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/26/12 - 10:37 am
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The word "fair" is so

The word "fair" is so misused. You cannot combine "fairness" and "political influence" in any meaningful way.

George Soros may have influence. I may not. But that's not unfair.

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wtinney 01/26/12 - 10:41 am
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I just have one thing to say

I just have one thing to say about Dr. Ron Paul at this moment. "Not a chance, folks, not a chance".

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moi 01/26/12 - 10:47 am
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David, you wrote: "In the

David, you wrote: "In the past we have set up new leaders and governments, only to have to fight them in a few years." After World War II, the U.S. helped ensure that democratic governments existed in almost every country in western Europe - France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Norway. All those countries were combatants in World War II. We have not gone to war with any of those countries. Western Europe has enjoyed the longest period of peace it has known since the fall of the Roman Empire thanks to the U.S. military forces stationed there and the NATO alliance.
We also set up a democracy in Japan. Since August 1945 that country has been at peace. After the cease fire in the Korean War, we encouraged the formation of a democracy in South Korea. We invaded Grenada in 1983, and that country is a democracy today. Panama, which we invaded in 1989, is also now a democracy.
Our foreign policy is hardly defective. Ron Paul wishes for a return to isolationism, that would ultimately be far more destructive for the world than our current policies.

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TParty 01/26/12 - 11:44 am
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Little Lamb- Do you believe

Little Lamb-

Do you believe that it is right that the very wealthy liberal Hollywood can donate large sums of money to politicians to get elected, then pay more in lobbying to write bills? Bills like SOPA which could put you in jail for sharing a Micheal Jackson song on facebook or something for five years (The doctor that killed Jackson got only 4 years)? You're not concerned politicians that were put in office with money will continue to look for more money, or have to figure out how to pay it back?

Obama is going to raise $1 billion dollars. Are you not worried where that money will come from, and what Obama will do as a thank you for that money?

Are we no longer a government of the people, by the people, for the people?

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Bruno 01/26/12 - 12:50 pm
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Why vote for someone who is

Why vote for someone who is unelectable? The best bet we have is to vote for someone who shares an majority of your views and that stands a snowball's chance. Ron Paul doesn't stand a snowball's chance. Even if Hades did freeze over and he got elected, he would be a completely ineffectual President which would do more damage to the US which is already in dire straights.

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TParty 01/26/12 - 01:42 pm
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Why vote for someone who does

Why vote for someone who does not represent you? Someone who does not have your confidence? Because they are they lesser evil to someone else? No thanks. Ron Paul will probably not get the nomination, but I'll still vote for him. I don't want Obama or Gingrich thanking me for their vote. Jury is still out on Romney, because I still think he's a democrat from his time as Governor...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/26/12 - 01:50 pm
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You are exactly right,

You are exactly right, TParty. A person should vote for the candidate that most closely matches that person's own political philosophy. Unfortunately, we see that many, many, many people vote for the frontrunner, no matter what the philosophy is, because those people have a herd mentality. They can feel good about themselves only when they have voted for "the winner."

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Chillen 01/26/12 - 02:17 pm
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Ron Paul would definitely

Ron Paul would definitely bring us some well deserved and needed change - the people in charge have darn near ruined the economy and the country.

Problem is, most American's are stuck in the R & the D rut and will not vote for him - even though most of his views line up with 70-80% of Americans.

And, come January 2013, it will business as usual. If it's obama, we'll continue along at warp speed. If it's a Republican, we'll continue along at walking speed. But either way, WE CONTINUE ON down the path of destruction.

Wake up America.

Bruno
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Bruno 01/26/12 - 03:00 pm
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Paul wouldn't bring any

Paul wouldn't bring any change as he would be fighting both sides for little gain. BTW, Chillen Paul has an R beside his name. He wouldn't get elected even if he got the nomination for a few reasons. His foreign policy is naive and short sighted and his racist past would knock him out of the pick for the majority of the population. Also, with statements such as "The regulations are much tougher in a free market, because you cannot commit fraud, you cannot steal, you cannot hurt people, and the failure has come that government wouldn't enforce this. In the Industrial Revolution there was a collusion and you could pollute and they got away with it. But in a true free market in a libertarian society you can't do that. You have to be responsible. So the regulations would be tougher." Any thinking person will be able to see just how misguided he is.

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Bizkit 01/26/12 - 03:15 pm
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While I agree we need a Paul

While I agree we need a Paul to shake things up, I also agree with Bruno because "it ain't a gonna happen". Congress has a monopoly and neither side wants to lose the power. My bet it is like wrestling as they stage fights then behind closed doors they give each other the high five. My hope is that Obama will either decrease the wealth or drive off all the rich and the lack of income will starve the government into a smaller size.

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TParty 01/26/12 - 03:20 pm
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Paul could being a lot of

Paul could being a lot of change by use of veto. And he could bring lots of change by sending troops to place without congressional support. He can use the bully pulpit for change. Just because the established democrats and republicans will buck, doesn't mean Ron Paul can't do anything.

His foreign policy is spot on. It's probably the reason why more service members donate to Ron Paul compared to all the other candidates combined. Being overseas for so long in war, and other countries like Germany, Korea, etc... we have a pretty good experience and ideas what would benefit the country.

Besides, it's not like Ron Paul is saying crazy things like we need moon bases- which can only happen with government spending by the way Newt.

Oh, and his racism will bite him? He is the only GOP person trying to make it fair for minorities in this country- you should see how disproportionate they are punished in this country for non-violent crimes. It's not like he saying black people should want paychecks and not food stamps, even though more white people are poor and use food stamps.

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stillamazed 01/26/12 - 03:25 pm
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A lot of people don't know

A lot of people don't know much about Ron Paul because the liberal media does not say much about him. I have said on here before that I like him, I like his ideas and I think he would make a good president. Maybe there is a reason why the liberal media doesn't say much about him, maybe it is a sign that they are afraid what might happen if people really get to know about him and his plans for American. Ron Paul for President!!!!!!

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Chillen 01/26/12 - 03:53 pm
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stillamazed. It's not just

stillamazed. It's not just the liberal media ignoring him, the conservative media is too. How many editorials have been done in this paper talking about Paul's good points? How many times has Fox News had him on compared to the other candidates? Routinely Fox will have talking heads on to discuss debates and they will ONLY talk about the 3 candidates, barely mentioning Paul. He is being IGNORED. On purpose. The R and the D establishments are deathly afraid of him because he represents a change in the corruption of politics - the way they earn their money.

Bruno, I believe I'm bright enough to know that Paul has an R by his name but we all know he's a Libertarian. He's trying to get the Republican nomination so that he doesn't have to run as a third party, thus ensuring us four more tortuous years of the community organizer.

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Darby 01/26/12 - 04:18 pm
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"He's trying to get the

"He's trying to get the Republican nomination so that he doesn't have to run as a third party, thus ensuring us four more tortuous years of the community organizer."
Not so.... he's running as a Republican because there are no debates scheduled for Libertarian candidates. Paul's ego is large enough to deserve its own zip code. It's attention he craves, knowing full well he will never get anywhere near the nomination.

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Chillen 01/26/12 - 04:45 pm
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Ego? Newsflash. You've got

Ego? Newsflash. You've got to have one to be in politics. However, Paul has the smallest ego of the four candidates left in my opinion.

Also, he's receiving double the votes he was just 4 years ago. THAT says something about the change in political direction that Americans want. Fiscal Conservatism and a desire for Freedom is returning.

I'm not saying he will win. But he should win. America desperately needs some libertarian leadership. The others just want massive govt & massive rules (Dems WAY more than Repub's).

The Republican candidates "say" otherwise because that's what they need to do to get elected this year (because of the Tea Party). However, their future actions will not fulfill their promises and many of their past actions do not mirror their words.

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supercub88 01/26/12 - 05:46 pm
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Ron Paul will draw

Ron Paul will draw dissatisfied obama voters and independents. This equates to a win over obama !! Integrity ( it does matter ), Military experience ( not a draft dodger ), breadth of knowledge We should absolutely be embracing this rare, uncompromising, statesman.

With Florida coming, Newt talking about colony on the moon - So transparent !! Ethics violations, Multiple wives ( Calista is a co-conspiritor in her quest to be First Lady ), Professional lobbyist.
Newt draws people in by acting like a child..Best defense is a strong offense. His " modus operandi " is to try to look brilliant by seemingly taking a different approach - very immature and easy to see through.

In addition Newt and Romney are "not likable ". No way they will beat obama.

Ron Paul:
constitutionalist, strong on defense, diplomacy, personal liberty ( get Government out of our business ).
It is time to try a new approach !!

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socks99 01/26/12 - 07:47 pm
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Paul remains, ironically, the

Paul remains, ironically, the most conservative candidate in the race, and probably has more appreciation for both the concept of separation of powers and limited government than every American President for the last 50 years.

Of course, its unlikely a single man could get the U.S. back on a stable course; much of the 'work' necessary to get voters and citizens to appreciate, again, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, is apt to be accomplished, free-of-charge, by Mr. Market and the national economy. We, one and all, might well get to see the actual results of huge government borrowing, government default, and the almost total destruction of America's manufacturing base.

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ken8375309 01/26/12 - 09:57 pm
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"stillamazed. It's not just

"stillamazed. It's not just the liberal media ignoring him, the conservative media is too. How many editorials have been done in this paper talking about Paul's good points? How many times has Fox News had him on compared to the other candidates? Routinely Fox will have talking heads on to discuss debates and they will ONLY talk about the 3 candidates, barely mentioning Paul. He is being IGNORED. On purpose. The R and the D establishments are deathly afraid of him because he represents a change in the corruption of politics - the way they earn their money. "

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Chillen pretty much sums it up.. Paul is a threat to the establishment, and the corruption on both sides in Washington.. Dr Paul's platform represents essentially needed change for our country's survival that will inevitably come with or without his success in the elections...

Better stock up on those canned goods...

ken8375309
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ken8375309 01/26/12 - 11:12 pm
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The so called 'unelectable"

The so called 'unelectable" Paul was the clear winner in tonight's debate..

Chillen
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Chillen 01/27/12 - 10:37 am
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"Better stock up on those

"Better stock up on those canned goods..."

You got that right ken! Anyone who doesn't is just out of it.

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Darby 01/27/12 - 12:42 pm
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A free society needs dreamers

A free society needs dreamers but Ron Paul in doesn't dream but rather fanticizes. He's no threat to win any Republican nomination or even a primary but like Ross Perot he can certainly damage the effort to elect someone who can.

Please don't patronize. When I spoke of his ego, I was speaking comparatively. A politician without a huge ego is a non-entity. Anyone politically aware knows this. I shouldn't need to preface my post with the disclaimer, "All politicians have large egos, but...."

On the other hand, given his lack of accomplishment and his weak potential, Paul's ego is right up therewith Obama and Napoleon. He is Ron PAUL, not PAUL Revere. Imagine Revere shouting, "The British are coming, the British are coming, but we brought it upon ourselves!" Not all that inspiring is it?

What Ron Paul lacks in numbers he certainly makes up for in the almost fanatical devotion and loyalty of his small cadre of supporters.

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