Posts Tagged ‘ Ron Paul ’

The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/04/16

October 5, 2016
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The Jason Stapleton Program The Jason Stapleton Program
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"One thing that has always amazed me about libertarians is now we can claim the banner of individualism and free thought, laugh at the Trump supporters for their blind faith in a candidate while holding on to our own idolatry. I think Austin did a great job of pointing this out without being judgmental or rude. His calm and well-defended argument did not escape the rebuke of many who cannot see past the immortalized figure that is Ron Paul, but I think we would all do well to at least consider the merits of his argument." [various formats] (10/04/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/austin-petersen-spot-on-with-his-analysis-of-ron-paul/  

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Top Ron Paul aides avoid prison in campaign bribery case

September 21, 2016
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Louisville Courier-Journal    

"Former Ron Paul campaign aides Jesse Benton and John Tate were both sentenced to two years probation Tuesday afternoon in a federal courthouse in Des Moines. They are two of the three former campaign workers convicted in a plot to make hidden payments to an Iowa state senator to secure his endorsement for Paul during the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Benton was Paul's campaign chairman in 2012. Tate was the campaign manager. The two men will each pay a $10,000 fine and serve six months home confinement. Prosecutors had sought 27 months in federal prison." (09/20/16)

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/20/ron-paul-aides-facing-prison-time/90734522/  

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Orlando shooter’s statements vindicate Ron Paul

July 20, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Alan Pyeatt  

"So, there it is in the shooter's own words: he committed his despicable act to stop America from 'bombing Syria and Iraq.' If the anti-gay sentiment entered into Mateen's planning at all, it was not important enough to mention to the 911 receptionists or the Orlando crisis negotiators. More significantly, it wasn't important enough to mention to the Pulse patrons whose behavior he would presumably have been trying to change." (07/20/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/alan_pyeatt/2016/07/19/orlando-shooters-statements-vindicate-ron-paul/  

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Former Ron Paul aides convicted in payment scandal

May 5, 2016
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Des Moines Register    

"Federal jurors have returned guilty verdicts in a host of public corruption charges brought against three former Ron Paul presidential campaign aides [Jesse Benton, John Tate and Dimitri Kesari] accused of a secret plot to pay an Iowa state senator $73,000 for his endorsement. Prosecutors in November filed an indictment against the three 2012 operatives stemming from payments the campaign made to former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who dramatically switched his support from the campaign of then-U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to Paul just days ahead of the Iowa caucus. The Republican operatives allegedly broke campaign expenditure reporting laws by paying Sorenson through a third-party video production in an effort to make the money untraceable in public reports filed with the Federal Election Commission." [hat tip: Charlotte Corday] (05/05/16)

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2016/05/05/former-ron-paul-aides-guilty-payment-scandal-kent-sorenson-michele-bachmann-jesse-benton-dimitri-kesari-john-tate/83968234/  

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IA: Top Paul aide acquitted in corruption trial

October 23, 2015
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"An Iowa grand jury acquitted Jesse Benton Thursday on charges of lying to the FBI during an investigation into a pay-for-play scandal involving a former Iowa Senator and his endorsement. Benton has been a longtime aide of Ron Paul and his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. As the Washington Post notes, the decision essentially means two key aides to the Paul family have now been cleared in a case in which they were accused of paying former Sen. Kent Sorenson for his endorsement of Ron Paul in December of 2011." (10/22/15)

http://national.suntimes.com/national-world-news/7/72/1980246/top-ron-rand-paul-aide-acquitted-corruption-trial  

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IA: Trial begins for veterans of 2012 Ron Paul campaign

October 13, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Three figures in the 'liberty movement' built by former representative Ron Paul of Texas will finally go on trial today, nearly four years after an alleged scheme to bribe an Iowa state senator into switching his presidential campaign endorsement. According to the federal indictment, which a grand jury handed down shortly before the first 2016 Republican presidential debate, three figures at the heights of Paul's campaign approached then-State Sen. Kent Sorenson about leaving the campaign of then-Rep. Michele Bachmann. Two of the defendants, Jesse Benton and John Tate, had to step away from the super PAC of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the wake of the indictment. A third defendant, Dimitri Kesari, is simultaneously a suspect in a 2014 burglary at the home of a deceased Ron Paul campaign worker." (10/13/15)

http://wapo.st/1hCpyzN  

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The GOP vs. libertarianism: How the party jettisoned Ayn Rand for corporate fascism

August 28, 2015
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Salon
by Conor Lynch  

"Not too long ago, it seemed like the Grand Old Party was set to become an increasingly welcome place for libertarianism. After years of enthusiastic Ron Paul presidential campaigns, his son Rand, a bit less hardline than his father, was for many people the most exciting candidate of 2016. For hopeful libertarians, the GOP was a pathway to the mainstream, and the success of the Kentucky Senator would determine how ready the party was to embrace the fringe ideology. If I were a libertarian today, I would be seriously questioning that earlier optimism. Rand Paul's sinking poll numbers have been well documented, and currently, he barely registers in the top ten. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who is way ahead of everyone, is quite possibly the least libertarian of all the GOP candidates (except maybe Chris Christie, who called the bill of rights 'hot air')." (08/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odcnr2c  

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Heads of pro-Rand Paul “super PAC” charged with 2012 campaign violations

August 6, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"In a further blow to the fundraising efforts of GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the Justice Department on Wednesday indicted two leaders of his main 'super PAC' on charges stemming from the 2012 campaign of Paul's father, Ron Paul. Jesse R. Benton of Louisville, Ky., and John M. Tate of Virginia were charged with covering up campaign payments to an Iowa state senator to persuade him to abandon his support for then-Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign and instead endorse Ron Paul. Benton was also charged with lying about it to the FBI. They are the key people behind America's Liberty Pac, the largest of the outside PACs supporting the Rand Paul 2016 campaign." (08/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/net5ecw  

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The Ron Paul un-revolution

July 2, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jayant Bhandari  

"Politics is a virus that implants in the brain the top-down approach to social change. A real change can only happen from the bottom up. The thinking of the politically minded is not based on principles but on political organization. It is doomed to fail. Did Ron not see this?" (07/01/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1430  

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Ron Paul, Bill Clinton, and dynastic dilemmas

April 8, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David A Graham  

"Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton don't have a lot in common, and what they do have, both sides might like to downplay. But the wrangling ahead of Paul's formal declaration that he's running for president shows one interesting parallel between the two -- the way they're handling their respective eminences grises, Bill Clinton and Ron Paul. Both men are being treated a little like crazy uncles in the attic -- the type everyone knows about but doesn't acknowledge -- and a little like wise gurus essential to victory." (04/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n928zb7  

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Rand Paul not Ron Paul, for better or worse

April 7, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor
by Linda Feldmann  

"Ron Paul, father of Rand Paul, has always been an original thinker. As a longtime member of Congress from Texas, on paper a Republican but in posture a Libertarian, Congressman Paul rarely met a spending bill he could like. He was an avowed isolationist and civil libertarian, voting against the Iraq War and the USA Patriot Act. His nickname on Capitol Hill was 'Dr. No.' Paul was, and still is, the hero of the 'liberty' movement. His three presidential campaigns (once as the Libertarian Party nominee and twice as a Republican) were a testament to his devotion to the cause. And his voters were devoted to him like no other candidate’s supporters." (04/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5h372k  

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The problem of the imperfect Pauls

March 2, 2015
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Avens O'Brien The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O'Brien  

"Rand Paul is not his father. There are some things he's better on, there are some things he may be worse on. Of course, it depends on your perspective. Rand has said he's not a Libertarian, and he's catered to the far right more than I am generally comfortable with. I realize he's not perfect. I understand also that politics is a game, and that he's got to play within the rules to win his party's nomination. I do want that. As much as I've called him out for various ideological differences, I still think the country is benefitted greatly by his voice being amplified, even elected. Within libertarian circles, the opinions are mixed, but they're often tremendously black-or-white. You apparently cannot have a middle-ground opinion on either man." (03/02/15)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/problem-imperfect-pauls/  

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Paul: Congressional Black Caucus against war because they want the money for food stamps

February 24, 2015
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Buzzfeed    

"Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul and a former presidential candidate himself, said the Congressional Black Caucus does not support war because they want that money for food stamps. 'I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not -- they are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here,' Ron Paul told Lew Rockwell in early February during a discussion on sanctions. 'But when it came to sanctions they just could never vote against sanctions that would prevent war and they wanted to look tough and they would go on with the sanctions but never get the results that they thought there were going to get." (02/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mafz72c  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 01/26/15

January 26, 2015
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The Libertarian Republic
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"A new Washington Post article carried the provocative title, 'Daddy Issues: Are Ron Paul's hardcore stands a problem for son's presidential bid.' Our podcast today analyzes the piece, which focuses on comments the elder Paul made regarding secession." [Flash audio or MP3] (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3c9e7y  

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What both Pauls got wrong about the Charlie Hebdo massacre

January 21, 2015
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Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Ron Paul's blowback didn't cause the attack and Rand Paul's war on immigration won't cure it." (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mavnnts  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 10/09/14

October 12, 2014
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
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"Will Rand Paul have to denounce Ron Paul to win the GOP nod?" [Flash audio or MP3] (10/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojfgbzj  

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IA: Pol admits Paul campaign bribed him

August 28, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"A former Iowa state senator who abandoned then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to endorse Ron Paul a week before the 2012 Iowa caucuses has pleaded guilty to 'concealing payments' from Paul’s campaign in exchange for his support, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. In December 2011, state senator Kent Sorenson, then the Iowa chairman for Bachmann’s campaign, made a surprise announcement that he had switched his endorsement to Paul. At the time, Sorenson said he made the decision based on his support for Paul’s policies, but this week he admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars from the Paul campaign as part of the deal. According to a DOJ release, 'from October to December 2011, he met and secretly negotiated with a second political campaign to switch his support to that second campaign in exchange for concealed payments that amounted to $73,000.'" (08/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q4ho2gh  

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The steel curtain: The Pauls’ attack on the Libertarian Party

March 25, 2013
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Russel Hasan  

"Things were simpler when the GOP was for conservatives and the Libertarian Party was for libertarians. If, now, the GOP steals a large number of libertarians away from the LP, the LP will be doomed. Worse, Ron Paul's efforts have made mainstream America think of libertarianism as a right-wing political philosophy, more extremely to the right than conservatism." (03/24/13)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1025  

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Ron Paul asks UN to confiscate his supporters’ domain names

February 10, 2013
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RonPaul.com    

"Earlier today, Ron Paul filed an international UDRP complaint against RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org with WIPO, a global governing body that is an agency of the United Nations. The complaint calls on the agency to expropriate the two domain names from his supporters without compensation and hand them over to Ron Paul." (02/08/13)

http://www.ronpaul.com/2013-02-08/ron-paul-vs-ronpaul-com/  

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Review: Ron Paul’s Revolution

May 22, 2012
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EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Ron Paul's Revolution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired is the latest book by historian and journalist Brian Doherty. Like his magisterial Radicals for Capitalism, Ron Paul's Revolution is first and foremost an oral history. Doherty lays out all the main facts, writes engagingly, and has a great sense of humor. But his book stands out because he interweaves the public record with hundreds of interviews." (05/22/12)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/05/ron_pauls_revol.html  

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What does Ron Paul want?

May 20, 2012
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"This is the question puzzling Paul’s friends, as well as his enemies." (05/18/12)

http://bit.ly/LjmgKg  

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The rEVOLution after Paul

May 20, 2012
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The Liberty Papers
by Stephen Littau  

"With Congressman Ron Paul’s third presidential run and career coming to an end, what will become of his rEVOLution he inspired? Prior to the 2012 campaign, some suggested that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson would be the 'next' Ron Paul but with Johnson running as the Libertarian Party nominee after being mistreated by the GOP establishment in the primaries, it appears to me that that bridge has been burned and will likely never be rebuilt. Johnson’s activities in furthering the liberty movement will be done outside the Republican Party. The new heir apparent to lead the rEVOLution appears to be the congressman’s son Sen. Rand Paul." (05/19/12)

http://bit.ly/LjluwQ  

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Ron Paul and the future

May 20, 2012
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Bruce Ramsey  

"What was the point of the Paul campaign? To put Ron Paul in the White House? That was never possible. In public, Paul had to pretend that it was, because those are the American rules, and his supporters have been pretending it even harder. But it was a fairy tale. Ron Paul’s purpose has been to advance the cause of liberty, sound money, and a non-imperial foreign policy." (05/17/12)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/808  

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Ron Paul, the paleo fusion, and partisan bias at The American Conservative

May 16, 2012
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Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"[I]n the end, which side got the better of the paleo 'fusion,' libertarians or conservatives? What attracted young people to Paul, his anti-war, pro-liberty message, or his anti-abortion, states rights views? Did those who knew nothing about politics become more libertarian after listening to Paul, or more conservative? Was it more likely that Paul's campaign led hard-core libertarians to become more conservative, or hard-core paleo-conservatives to become more libertarian?" (05/15/12)

http://bit.ly/K8ftUH  

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Some historical perspective for Ron Paul activists

May 16, 2012
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LewRockwell.com
by Ryan McMaken  

"I've been somewhat surprised by the absolutely hysterical reaction among some RP activists to Ron Paul's announcement that he's shifting resources toward winning more delegates instead of blowing it on straw polls in new primaries. In some of the forums, alleged 'supporters' are hurling insults at both Ron and his staffers." (05/16/12)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/mcmaken/mcmaken140.html  

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