On Wednesday, Ron Paul continued his push against immigration reform with an email promoting a conspiratorial video released in May by the Campaign for Liberty, the former Texas congressman’s 501(c)(4) nonprofit. In the video, Paul warns, without evidence, that “it’s only a matter of time before ‘ID scans’ will be required to travel, attend public events, or even make routine purchases.” Paul also claims that the Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Eight immigration bill is a sneaky collaboration with President Barack Obama to create “by far the worst national ID scheme the statists have come up with yet.”
The video was first posted to YouTube in May, and Paul’s anti-immigration views are no secret. But the new email is notable given that Ron Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has said he could support the Senate bill if it includes an amendment addressing Republican concerns about border security. Rand Paul has said repeatedly that he supports immigration reform, but he has expressed concerns about a national ID system and wants the bill to include triggers that would restrict immigrants’ path to citizenship if certain border security goals aren’t met. But he hasn’t echoed his father’s most conspiratorial claims.
“Not only does this bill increase federal spending,” the elder Paul says in the video, “it mandates every American carry a national ID card with their photo and creates a new federal database containing biometric information on every American, such as fingerprints and retinal scans. The card would be required for all US workers regardless of place of birth, making it illegal for anyone to hold a job in the United States who doesn’t obtain an ID card.”
The past week for Mark Sanford…it hasn’t been good.
He’s down nine points in the reliably Republican South Carolina 1st District to his Democratic competitor, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. He’s had his cell phone deluged with calls from Democrats after inexplicably putting his phone number in a full-page ad in the Charleston Post and Courier. And for some reason, Sanford thought that performing a strange “debate” with a cardboard version of Nancy Pelosi was a good idea. All in all, the Sanford (R) campaign has been vastly more ridiculous than it’s been sublime, since he won the GOP nomination in a primary run-off.
But according to The Washington Post, [DRUM ROLL] there’s a game-changer:
Mark Sanford’s special election campaign announced Thursday that it has earned the endorsement of Sanford’s former House colleague, Ron Paul.
“Mark Sanford has always been a strong ally of the Liberty Movement. Help him get to Congress. Donate today!” Paul wrote in a fundraising appeal for Sanford.
That meeting was held at a site away from the darkened state party headquarters in midtown Anchorage, which on Brown’s orders had notices posted outside, still there on Friday, advising that access to the building had been rescinded as of April 4.
The leadership upheaval followed months of infighting pitting longtime party leaders against activists including supporters of former Governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, and libertarian-minded supporters of Ron Paul, the former candidate for the Republican presidential nominaion.
But national politics have little to do with the turmoil among Alaska Republicans.
“This is much more specific to Alaska than it is a reflection of the national issues,” said Gerald McBeath, a political science professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Brown has found herself at a national Republican meeting in Los Angeles this week alongside her appointed successor, Goldberg, with both identifying themselves as head of the state party - and both denied that title at the meeting, she said in a text message to Reuters on Friday signed “Debra Holle Brown, Chairman, Alaska Republican Party.”
The national Republican leadership “decided the best solution, for all parties, was to deny Alaska a Chairman’s seat,” she wrote.
Look, coming in 2013 a Ron Paul vs Paulbots cagematch!
Ron Paul is feuding with his rabid fan own rabid fan base over the ownership of RonPaul.com. Paul wants it, but his fans own it. They’re willing to sell it to him… for a price Paul doesn’t agree with. So now he’s taken the dispute all the way to the United Nations.
Paul was interviewed by Conservative radio show host Alex Jones at the beginning of January and said he wished he had control of RonPaul.com. It’s not an uncommon wish. Everyone wants to own theirname.com. The site was registered by his fans years ago, though it’s unclear who exactly owns the domain. Ownership have protected their identity from public searches. Regardless, Paul supporters have used the site as an organizational tool to help the popular libertarian since.
The proprietors of RonPaul.com say they reached out to the retired politicain and offered him RonPaul.org as a free gift, but if he “insisted” on owning RonPaul.com then they would sell it to him. There was a catch, though. It would be part of a “liberty package” with the site’s 170,000 person mailing list for… wait for it… $250,000.
After declining the Paulbots offer he’s going straight to the UN.
…But Paul did not respond to their generous offer. Instead, he went to the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization to file a 13 page complaint asking for control of both domains. Oops! Paul’s opting for legal action is notable because he’s spoken out against the U.N. in the past. They generally aren’t very popular among libertarians. They aren’t so bad now that he wants control of his own name’s website.
And now his fans are pissed…
(CNN) - Former Rep. Ron Paul, normally known for his online popularity, drew criticism Monday for asserting a political opinion in a tweet about the Navy SEAL who was killed at a gun range this weekend.
The three-time presidential candidate and longtime congressman from Texas is known for his staunch opposition to U.S. military involvement. While he doesn’t describe himself as an “isolationist,” he has won favor among libertarians for opposing military intervention in other countries.
Kyle, 38, had claimed a record number of sniper killings in Iraq and said in an interview that he had no regrets about the 160 people he shot during his five combat tours in Iraq.
The former SEAL with two silver stars was an outspoken defender of Second Amendment rights and also helped form a foundation that assisted military veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Kyle was killed along with another veteran, Chad Littlefield. The two had arrived at the shooting range together Saturday with the suspect, Eddie Ray Routh.
In a post to Facebook Monday night, Paul elaborated more on his comment.
“As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend’s violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle’s family,” the post stated. “Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies. -
While Paul has also been known as an advocate for gun rights, his comment earlier on Twitter quickly drew fire for going over the line.
Paul supporter “Bill Hicks” put it more succinctly in the comments:
Ron Paul is on the money, and has the guts to say the truth.
War hero? No. A war thug, nothing more. Just like that vet who’s on trial for murdering civilians, Chris Kyle was nothing more than a murdering thug. He was part of an illegal invasion of a sovereign country based upon lies (where are those WMDs Dubya)? He was assassinating citizens trying to protect their country, nothing more. In short, a murderer.
I am glad this filth met the fate he deserved, a fate ordained by the Christian God these types pray to. Live by the gun, die by the gun.
This man did NOT protect my freedoms. In fact, he made me LESS safe in the world today. I have no sympathy for him, for his family, or his degenerate conservative minions. Rot in Hades pal - you’ve earned it.
Daniel Johnson, Michigan Congressional Candidate, Promotes White Supremacism, Environmental Protection
Daniel Johnson, a white supremacist with ties to Rep. Ron Paul, is running for an open congressional seat in Michigan as the candidate of a minor political party.
Johnson, the nominee of the Natural Law Party, is running on a platform stressing white supremacy and environmental protection, highlighting both in a message that greets callers to his campaign phone. Johnson, who has proposed a constitutional amendment that would only allow whites to be U.S. citizens, is one of five candidates seeking the seat of former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R) in the Detroit suburbs. Johnson is also known, and has run for office, under the name of William Daniel Johnson.
Johnson’s website and campaign phone promote his white supremacist views. Callers have the option of either listening to Johnson’s views on “race and European Americans,” the environment or to say why they oppose Johnson’s opinions on race or the environment. Johnson’s full racial platform can be heard here.
First there was “Demon Sheep” now this. Dennis is just another sacrificial lamb to the wingnut kookspiracies of the Ron Paul faction. If he wants to get elected he needs to smarten up and to move to a district where the populace is a lot less educated - like backwoods Texas, or Rural Kentucky.
The ad is obviously meant to get Dennis, co-founder of the ergonomics design firm Humanscale, some attention. And the fact that I’ve written this post proves his strategy is working.
This isn’t Dennis’ first weird campaign TV ad rodeo. In 2010, he had an ad that depicted Pelosi as the Wizard of Oz’s wicked witch.
If the ad gives you the sense that Dennis is not your typical Republican House candidate, you’d be right. He’s an anti-war libertarian who supports Texas Rep. Ron Paul, gay marriage and medical marijuana.
Also, if the ad triggers memories of another political ad out of California, maybe it’s the “demon sheep” ad run by U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina in the 2010 Republican primary against former GOP congressman Tom Campbell. She lost to Sen. Barbara Boxer.
A minor revolt broke out on the floor of the Republican Party’s presidential convention Tuesday afternoon and evening. Ron Paul delegates from several states erupted into protest over a controversial change to the party’s rules to block future insurgencies mounted by outside candidates like their hero. Paul supporters also freaked out over the convention’s refusal to recognize about two dozen Paul delegates and for refusing to treat Paul like a serious candidate for the nomination.
During the roll call of the states, the Paulites were irate, screaming at the podium, as convention secretary Kim Reynolds declined to read out the delegate votes for any candidate other than Romney. “The Republican Party is so afraid of Ron Paul that they won’t repeat his name,” shouted Jim Ayala, a Nevada delegate and Paul supporter wearing an Oath Keepers t-shirt.
Minutes earlier, the Paulites were enraged when the convention adopted the new set of rules on a voice vote during which the Paul backers out-shouted the other delegates. One Nevada delegate and Paul supporter, Mark Carducci, thrust two middle fingers into the air toward RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), screaming “Fuck you, tyrants!” (That’s him in the above picture.)
“The bottom line is that the guys who are Ron Paul supporters are free-thinkers,” said Doerges. “They’re more literate. They’re able to actually look at data, and make decisions about it. That’s sort of the keynote of Scientology — it literally means ‘the study of knowledge.’ The think on it, as we decided to do the both, was: Look, you’ve already got guys here who actually know that the mainstream media is full of crap. They actually know that there’s more out there than what you’re being fed. Let’s get in front of some of those people, get in front of some of the false data they have on the subject, get them interested in something that actually helps able people become more able.”
Doerges said that a fellow believer had turned him onto Paul. “From being a Scientologist, and knowing Scientologists, a lot of Scientologists support Ron Paul,” he said. “A lot of them look at it and go: Look, the bottom line is the system we are in right now in supressive. It actually rewards non-production and punishes production. And so you have an economic crisis — like, go figure! If you reward non-production, you’re going to get non-production. Scientologists realize that. They tend to be independent thinkers.”
Doerges’s companion interjected: We were hearing one man’s personal beliefs, not any statement from the church. As Doerges described how he got turned onto Paul, though, he kept mentioning libertarian stances that would be good for new-ish religions that want as much protection as possible.