A new Meetup group dedicated to carrying out Ron Paul’s principles apart from the presidential election (and there’s plenty do on other levels and branches of gov’t!) has organized a rally against the REAL ID Act in Pittsburgh:
I at first found Mike Huckabee to be an interesting character, as a possible bright point in the dismal lineup of presidential candidates. Unfortunately, his character did not bear up well when I looked at him further, and I’m sorry to see that some bloggers like Rod Dreher still think he’s a viable politician or sign of a genuine movement. This post is to show evidence that Mr. Huckabee would be a poor president.
Wow. Roughly 34,000 people pledged 100 dollars to today’s Tea Party online fundraiser for Ron Paul, which means $3.4M was pledged for today. It’s 2:30 and over $3M is already donated, with a $122 average donation. This does not include checks that get mailed in. We are well on the way to crushing the $4.2M record for November 5th.
Please give today if you haven’t already to get a true leader, who is not afraid to talk about hard questions to American citizens, rather than like children to pay off with easy promises on what to do with our own tax money and debt. (I should also remind folks that he is a steadfast pro-lifer and an OB-GYN who has delivered thousands of babies, practicing medicine even as a Representative.)
Also check out Catholics for Ron Paul.
I believe that a government founded on subsidiarity, in which matters are handled at the lowest competent level, gives citizens greater power to affect affairs at all levels. The US Constitution provides for a federal government with carefully limited powers, leaving the rest to the states, and Ron Paul has defended those provisions without wavering. The federal government’s powers have grown well beyond those provisions, resulting in unchecked spending, unpopular wars, and infringements of civil and human rights. My vote for Ron Paul will be a vote to cut government waste, stop preemptive “police actions”, defend the Bill of Rights, and return power to those whom governments are supposed to serve, their citizens.
On a personal note, I’ve grown increasingly sick of the stranglehold that the major parties have on the government and the resultant feeling that my interests aren’t represented regardless of who I vote for. I’m an “extreme moderate”, a purple-stater, with enough opinions on both ends of the political spectrum to irritate monochromatic members of either side. Since PA has closed primaries, I change parties as needed in the hope of affecting the outcome of elections that matter to me. Ron Paul isn’t strictly speaking an independent candidate, but he’s the closest I’ve seen any major-party member come to representing the best interests of common Americans without catering to special interests, toeing the party line, or flip-flopping in response to polls. He’s a consistent supporter of citizen’s rights and limited, responsible government. That’s why he has supporters from all over the spectrum, and it’s why he has my support. For the first time since registering to vote, I’m actually excited to support a candidate who has the potential to bring respectability and accountability back to the Washington.
Update:I’ve expanded this post, given it a permanent page, and recorded a video of me reading it.
Join me in supporting the Five for Freedom initiative, headed up by former Google employee and newly-minted American citizen, Vijay Boyapati.