“I get frustrated when I hear people say they're afraid of Gary Johnson or Libertarians in general because we already suffer from too much capitalism. The managerial state and crony capitalism assumed responsibility years ago in the US for looking after the incomes of the middle class, the energy, health, education and financial sectors, profitability of large corporations and industrial policy. Today's American has less to do with Adam Smith and more to do with Bismarck in the late nineteenth century and Mussolini's Fascist Italy in the twentieth century. Corporate tyranny is all around us right now wholly supported by the Democratic and Republican parties. Mega corporations and mega banks seem to grow as the government grows and strange how all the big corporations support Obama and Romney and ignored Ron Paul. Strange..”
“You obviously have no idea what a Libertarian is or what they or Ron Paul has said in the past decade. Most Libertarians probably hate George Bush more than Barak Obama because of Bush's hypocrisy on spending, overseas warmongering and attack on civil liberties.”
Frog in a pot on Jan 25, 2012 at 14:04:37
“I know they didnt protest.Not once till Obama.
I also know Paul, as good as he is about the wars and the FED...is a neo-confederate whos economic policies would be a disaster.
What do international corporations have to fear from Paul?
Lower Taxes and LESS regulation?”
Jeff1958 on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:22:39
“Yet the tea parties and protests didn't begin until Obama became President. Why is that?”
“What most people don't get is the Ron Paul campaign is not about one 76 yr old doctor with a stilted, sometimes stumbling delivery. It's a movement about an idea. That idea is liberty. Liberty is something both Democrats and Republicans have gradually walked away from in this country.
Liberty means you have a right your life, your body, your privacy, and the fruit of your labor. Liberty means living your life the way you want to as long as you don’t hurt other people. It means setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. It means aspiring towards a more free society, where individual rights are held in the highest esteem and the rejection of the initiation of force. It means profits that are honestly earned through voluntary exchange add value to the world while profits gained by violating the property rights of others through theft, pollution, or government bailouts and subsidies do not. And it means the rejection of wireless wiretaps, indefinite detention of US citizens and assassination of US citizens without due process.
Ron Paul may not win the presidency, but that doesnt mean the quirky, didactic, old man can't have a profound effect on American society when it comes to government debt, fiat currencies, the Drug War, the Federal Reserve, endless overseas wars, civil liberties and the excessive militarization of the US police force.”
GDWhiteman on Jan 18, 2012 at 18:42:35
“Liberty means you have a right your life, your body, your privacy - is that why Ron says it's OK for the status to control uterus's?”
Agentbarto on Jan 18, 2012 at 02:36:12
“True, he's going for the large irate former minority angle.”
“"Freedom ain't free." Wow, where did you learn that tired, bumper sticker cliche, a Michelle Bachmann rally? At $1.5 trillion for both wars with 43% put on a Chinese credit card, it sure ain't free, but the wars sure have nothing to do with freedom. (unless you consider handing Iraq to Iran, the Patriot Act, the TSA, and the NDAA enhancing your freedom) And I'm sure the families of the 2,000 dead soldiers along with the families of the 17,000 injured soldiers from Afghanistan will be relieved to know it was all because of a "minor police action." Maybe you should actually talk to some soldiers about what they think. A 2012 Pew poll taken of soldiers from both wars showed only 50% of veterans said the war in Afghanistan was necessary while only 44% said the same about the Iraq war. Over 65% of the American public want us out of Afghanistan tomorrow. Thank God your opinion is becoming more out of favor each day like the fools who thought the Vietnam War was meant to save us from Communism.”
fredrdr on Sep 15, 2012 at 09:11:51
“With all the actions since Korea, just follow the money. The words of General Smedly Butler are still true.”
“My two favorite American phrases are "We just can't sit back and do nothing" and "The US troops are only being sent in as advisers." Where does one begin? These phrase were used to justify Vietnam, Lebanon, Panama, Iran, Kosovo, Somalia, Iraq and Libya. US military interventions around the world have left a decidedly mixed legacy. Unless Invisible Children is raising money for a mercenary army, they are advocating sending in the Marines to assassinate Kony. Excuse me if I'm skeptical of crowdsourced African foreign policy coated with a thick layer of white man’s burden. While Jason Russell, Bob Geldof and Bono mean well, people like Dambisa Moyo, the Zambian economist suggest foreign aid to African nations, a trillion dollars in the past 60 years, has been a total waste. In her opinion Aid keeps Africans in a sub servant’s role when its governments need to step up and become more self-sufficient. She strongly recommends shutting off all foreign aid especially military aid to African nations within 10 years. Invisible Children is proposing a military solution imposed from the outside to solve the Kony problem. Don't be surprised if we hear "We had to destroy the village in order to save it" once again. If George Bush had proposed this, I suspect this website would be in an uproar. Funny how both sides of the political aisle will justify any reason for America to wage yet another bloody war based on zero knowledge and maximum hysteria.”
smileaway03 on Mar 8, 2012 at 15:32:31
“Foreign Aid?? Keep in mind, the organization that people are talking about, go to these countries and build things like schools and rehabilitation centres. It is something tangible and a lot more important than handing over a cheque. So while I agree with you, there are major issues with governments handing over money to other governments, this is not what Invisible Children is looking to accomplish.
And 'white man's burden'. What is that?! An organization is doing a video like this, because most people don't know who he is, then when people are motivated to join the cause, it is deemed 'white man's burden/white man's guilt/people should mind their own business'. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I would much rather be damned for doing.”
di247 on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:55:23
“why do you have to take this to right or left ie political. Look at the video its a republican senator who's advocating making this one man's actions a global issue. Also notice that it isn't just big bother america leading the charge its multinational leaders.
We are living in a converging society where multiple nations can effect change - as was seen in Libya and is also the reason why we stand back in Syria. The total message is not to kill this man, but to find him and take him to trial, what the ramifications of a guilty charge will be is decided by those who judge him.”
“Because Obama is history making, right? You know the largest recipient of Wall Street cash in US presidential history, the largest deficits in US history, the only President in history to have the US credit rating dropped, the largest amount of food stamp recipients in history, the first president to target and assassinate a US citizen without due process in US history, longest consecutive months of 8% unemployment since the Great Depression, on and on. But he's the grown up, right?”
“If you support more debt, more crony capitalism, more unconstitutional wars, more killing of American citizens without due process, more erosion of civil liberties, you MUST vote for either Obama or Gingrich or Romney because they all represent the status quo. "My country tis of thee, sweet land of subsidy....!"”
“Radical!? He wants to cut a trillion dollars from the Federal budget THIS year. The other Republicans all talk about cuts, but they are just like Democrats; they don't really cut anything. It's called baseline budgeting. All Fed depts have baseline budgets projected out by 5-10 years with a consistent percentage of growth from 6-8%. All other Republicans propose to only decrease the projected increase. (From 8% a year increases to say 6%) And they would only do that 3-5 years in the future! It's all a big DC joke done by both parties. That's why the duopoly that has a vested interest in the status quo hate/fear Ron Paul.”
SiameseTrainer on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:31:21
“If the Multi-Nationals feared him, I might have to look at him again. But I do not think that they do.”
1)New Gallup poll today said an overwhelming 64 percent of people said big government was the biggest threat to the country,
2) A large majority of Americans want us out of Iraq and Afghanistan and out of the Middle East all together.
3) A majority of military vets think our wars in the Middle East have not been worth it
4) A large majority of Americans support a full audit of the Federal Reserve
5) A majority of Americans now support the decriminalization of marijuana
6) Almost half of America now supports the right for states to allow gay marriage
Yeah, I think there's room for Ronulin growth, don't you?”
3dtrix on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:35:02
“How is it that you expect an essentially LIBERAL agenda to be manifested by a CONSERVATIVE?
Congressional approval ratings are under 10% - and yet that's where the seat of power lies (among the bribed.)
There would BE no big government if the people didn't DEMAND it - and I refer you to baggers holding signs saying "Keep your government hands off my medicare"...”
“He's a Republican because everyone knows both parties rigged the system so it's almost impossible to run a viable 3rd party campaign. Electoral rules are designed to keep them out of debates and off the ballots unless you're a billionaire like Perot was. Don't buy into the Duopoly.”
“Ron Paul doesn't need to win the Presidency in order for his ideology of liberty to have a profound effect on American politics on the Right and society in general. Mitt Romney may get the majority vote in 2012, but an irate, tireless minority of Ronulans are setting the brush fires in people's minds. The Law of Diffusion states you need 15-18% share of a market to achieve a tipping point into mainstream success. Ron Paul will achieve that along with his philosophy which includes:
1) Mainstreaming the idea the Federal Reserve is directly responsible for the U.S. debt, the perpetual deficits, the advancement of the welfare/warfare state and every single boom and bust that has occurred in this country since the bank's creation in 1913.
2) NeoCon has become a dirty word and a large majority of people want out of Iraq and Afghanistan (that includes the 17,000 so-called "civilians" Obama is leaving there). Both parties are addicted to Wilsonian military interventions and military Keynesianism.
3) Paul phrases "crony capitalist" and "corporatist" are now used all the time in the media even by the likes of Sara Palin
4) A majority of the American people in a recent poll support the decriminalization of marijuana.
5) More and more states are going their own way and legalizing gay marriage.
6) The vast majority of Ronulans are young and will be a large influnence on the GOP for years to come”
margoharris on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:06:29
“He has some good ideas but then he goes waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy out there. No FDA, EPA, USDA? No Energy department to over see nukes and nuclear waste? No Dept of Education or Public Schools. No laws against discrimination”
“Nine reasons to abolish the Fed:
1. It has caused every single boom and bust that has occurred in this country since the bank's creation in 1913
2. It is directly responsible for the U.S. debt, the perpetual deficits, and the advancement of the welfare/warfare state
3. It is able to collect perpetual interest on money created out of thin air and the government is able to collect a hidden tax from inflation
4. It savages savers and punishing low income people trying to buy food and fuel
5. It subsidizes reckless risk taking on Wall Street and created the monster that is Too Big To Fail
6. The value of the dollar has been falling ever since the creation of the Federal Reserve. An item purchase for $20 in 1913 would cost $458 today. That’s a 2200% rate of inflation change
7. Setting artificially low interest rates are dangerously counterproductive. It encourages people to borrow more, but save less
8. A partial audit of the Federal Reserve, pushed for by Congressman Ron Paul, found that $2 trillion dollars had been sent overseas to bail out banks in Europe
9. A recent GAO report detailed 18 specific conflicts of interest involving top executives of corporations and financial institutions using their influence as Federal Reserve directors to financially benefit their firms”
“You realize of course, all those agencies have rules and regulations that were approved with the help of large corporations just like the insurance and drug companies helped get ObamaCare enacted. The corrupt relationship between the banks, the lobbyists, and the federal government in the guise of protecting people actually channel more regulations and funds towards their friends. Large corporations like regulations because it allows them to clear the field of competitors. They can afford these rules Smaller competitors cannot.”
“Ron Paul will:
1) Fight for a balanced budget amendment and veto any unbalanced budget Congress sent to his desk.
2) Fight to fully audit (and then end) the Federal Reserve System, which has led to a 95% reduction of what our dollar can buy.
3) Fight to legalize sound money, so the government is forced to get serious about the dollar’s value.
4) Fight to end corporatism and the unholy union of big government and big corporations' stranglehold on the White House.
5) Fight to abolish the IRS, the income tax, repeal capital gains taxes and enact a fairer, flat tax.
6) Fight to end long, expensive, unconstitutional overseas wars that bankrupt our country.
7) Fight to bring overseas American troops home from countries that no longer want them or need them
8) Fight to end the multibillion-dollar war on drugs, which no one thinks is winnable.
9) Fight to pardon the thousands of citizens imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana possession.
10) Fight to allow states to make their own decisions about social issues like abortion and gay marriage”
SonOfUgh on Oct 12, 2011 at 13:00:24
“I agree with points 6, 7, 8, and 9 above. The rest I am dubious about. The word limit here at Huff Post precludes a real conversation so I will just make brief notes:
1) In times of economic strife, an unbalanced budget may be a necessity. It is in times of economic health that a positive budget needs to be employed to counter unbalanced budgets.
2) I think central banks are a good thing - most developed countries have them. If it is not working well, fix it - don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. 95% reduction from WHAT, from WHEN?
3) "sound money"? What is this?
4) Paul's un-"fair" tax strategies and de-regulationgive the nation to the corporations - no need for an unholy alliance at that point.
5) Sorry but complete hogwash.
10) Full faith and credit in US Constitution suggests some laws (like who is married and who isn't) cannot be effectively legislated at a state level. Similarly, people should not be held hostage on health issues (like abortion) in those states that have been taken over by social conservatives/”