Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Ron Paul made a speech recently to the U.S. House of Representatives.

I think it was a very good speech.

Here's the text:

Before the U.S. House of Representatives February 6, 2007

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?

February 14, 2007

Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.


Blogger garrett said...

Chris - sorry I had posted this entry twice and accidentally deleted the version where you had left your comment. Can you leave your comment again?

The answer to your question is I don't know. It'll be fascinating to see what happens. My guess is the answer to your question is no, there is too large a segment of the population in too influential of positions that is too in bed with the government and too dependent on the governmental gravy train/trough for it to happen.

It's too easy to describe Ron Paul's politics as contrary to individual's self-interest, I think, and so since people are self-interested (especially in a country like ours where people appear to have figured out -- as Benjamin Franklin predicted they would eventually -- that they can vote themselves money), that's what will happen to him, I suspect.

I haven't heard any major news media discuss his candidacy, for example. Of course I don't monitor major news media either.

How did you hear about it?


2:19 PM, February 21, 2007  
Blogger garrett said...

ABC News on-line did mention his candidacy. Here's what they said:


Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, filed papers Paul on Thursday with the Texas Secretary of State's office to set up the "Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Exploratory Committee," a non-profit group.

Paul is considered fairly fringe by Republican leaders, and is called "Dr. No" by his colleagues for voting against everything from the No Child Left Behind Act to CAFTA to the war in Iraq to the PATRIOT Act -- in both 2001 and 2005. He has voted against giving the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor to Pope John Paul II and Mother Theresa, asking his colleagues to chip in $100 apiece to mint the medal if they feel so strongly.

One of his trademark issues is calling for a re-introduction of the gold standard.

He has served in Congress on-and-off for roughly 17 years. He has run for president before, in 1988 as the Libertarian Party nominee, where he attracted the interest of one of my college roommates for advocating the legalization of marijuana.

Paul has a cult following among die-hard conservatives, but Paul would face a real challenge getting any serious voter or media attention in a GOP race featuring superstar candidates such as Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Mass. Gov Mitt Romney, former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

- jt

2:23 PM, February 21, 2007  
Blogger Chris said...

Rep Paul announced about a month ago, IIRC. I thought I asked what you thought, but perhaps not.

He'll find it tough swimming in the GOP primary, simply because he won't be able to establish the organization and funds necessary to get his message out. If he's serious, he need to start spending all of his free time in IA, NH and SC. Policy statements aren't enough.

I'm glad he is running. I've already made my official endorsement (yes, it's early), but I think Rep. Paul brings value to the debate. I would like to see him succeed enough to move the political needle a bit.

I'm also glad he's running as a Republican. Among the two major parties, the most natural home for Libertarianism is the GOP. Despite the recent GOP spending spree (which is contrary to conservative pricipals), we have much common ground. I think this campaign will be much more successful at contributing to the national debate from within a major party.

11:36 AM, February 22, 2007  
Blogger Dupa Jasia said...

It's all dark there, and there's no vatican_bu preparations...

8:22 AM, April 02, 2007  
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