ASR (American Socialism for the Rich) recently interviewed Neil Randall, Libertarian-Republican, Vermont former Representative ’98-’02.
During the interview they covered topics such as GM Bailout, Vermont Budget Passes, Libertarianism and the party in Vermont, Dairy Industry/Government, Campaign Finance Reform (Act 64), education, Ron Paul and more.
Watch the whole interview below…
Ron Paul’s latest blog entry Personal Freedoms and the Internet addresses the concerns he, as well as most libertarians, have regarding legislation like the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Paul argues that this will lead to much more government regulation of the internet which would be bad for the internet. Paul states “The internet must remain a government-free zone to maintain its integrity and usefulness to modern society”.
Paul goes on the argue that on a larger scale if we as Americans are not free to make mistakes, we are not really free. The full quote is below…
“The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free.”
Of course, excessive online gambling (or state lotteries for that matter) is a problem, just like many other things can be considered irresponsible or not in a person’s best interest, but if someone is doing something that doesn’t hurt or defraud others, how is it that anyone has the right to get in their way? How can you say that you are truely free if you are not able to make those decisions for yourself?
The best way to help people overcome bad habits is through education, which unfortunately I believe is lacking in this country, particularly with in the financial area.
We could solve a lot of financial based problems we face as a country if people were better educated in personal finance before going out on their own. This could be helped dramatically if we had more competition in education instead of the public school monopolies that most communities are stuck with.
This could be achieved by a variety of ways such as school vouchers or a dollar for dollar tax credit for education expenses. Even with our current public school system, if a parent could at least decide to shift their funds to any school in the state, this should help foster changes as at least it would force the existing public schools to have accountability to the parents as the parents would be able to move their children to other schools that better serve their needs.
It appears that Ron Paul is winding down is campaign and does not intend to run as an independent or Libertarian if not nominated by the GOP.
Therefore, Ron Paul supporters should be looking for another liberty oriented candidate and I believe the next best choice may be Wayne Allyn Root, who is currently seeking the nomination of the Libertarian Party.
Below is a blog post by Root regarding Ron Paul scaling down his campaign…
Ron Paul all but bowed out honorably a few days ago- not only as a GOP Presidential candidate (announcing he is now focusing his energies on retaining his Congressional seat), but as a third party candidate as well. That shocked and saddened his supporters- many of whom are dedicated Libertarians.
But I say BRAVO! Doctor Paul waged a long and courageous battle – raising more money; generating more media attention; attracting more committed and passionate supporters; and attracting more voters than any political expert or Beltway insider ever imagined possible.
Ron Paul certainly created more energy, enthusiasm and passion than any 72 year old in American political history! And, more than any Libertarian ever.
God bless him.
He’s quite a hero. But now the onus falls on the Libertarian Party and its Presidential candidate to pick up the ball and cross the goal line. This is no time for a fumble. This is no time for indecision. This is no time to concede defeat. Ron Paul was the starting quarterback. He got the ball past midfield.
Now that he’s out of the game, it’s up to all of us to push the ball over the goal line for a touchdown. We must work together to do so.
Our goal must be success- not just gaining small amounts of progress, but to carry on the Ron Paul Revolution.
Burlington Libertarian, Ben Mayer, of the Vermont Ron Paul group is asking for your help in getting a total of 1,000 signatures by Christmas in order to get Ron Paul on the ballot here in Vermont as a Republican candidate to win the March 4th primary.
The Vermont Ron Paul group has achieved 700 signatures so far, which leaves 300 left. However, they are shooting for 400 to be safe.
If interested in helping out, please contact Ben Mayer at 845-399-0201 or by email at [email protected] with “Ron Paul Petition” in the subject line.
You may also find out more about the Vermont Ron Paul group at the following links:
I recently read an interesting story on FreeMarketNews.com regarding the GOP attempting to defeat Ron Paul in the upcoming primaries by closing access to their state primaries so that Independents or Democrats cannot vote for Ron Paul.
For example, New Hampshire decided a week ago that you must change your party affiliation by October 12, 2007. New Hampshire also has a closed primary and only Republicans and possibly Independents will be allowed to vote for Ron Paul.
It would appear that the Republican party may fear the possibility of Ron Paul actually doing well in the primary… enough so that they are not willing to take the chance as it’s widely known that Ron Paul appeals to people from all areas of political background.
Ron Paul has support from independents, democrats, republicans, libertarians, greens and even some socialists and does have the possibility of bringing in a lot of people into the Republican party that would have traditionally never considered themselves as Republicans.
I would think that the party might want to embrace this trend rather than fight it. Paul stands to be a real “uniter not a divider” that the party needs.
You can currently view the status for each state by going to Ron Paul’s Primary and Caucus Information page.
It seems that the $124 billion emergency supplemental spending bill for the War in Iraq has been unpopular with both Republicans and some strong anti-war protesters.
Sanders office has stated that he supports it because of the war timeline that’s included. However, I don’t believe that’s the whole story. First, it doesn’t make sense to give more money to something that you don’t support.
Congressman Ron Paul, who does oppose the war, did not support the bill for various reasons…
It appears to me that the democrats are not really different from most other republicans in that they both see great opportunities to get their pet projects funded by war. In reality, I don’t believe that the democrats (Sanders and Welch included) really want the war to end, as long as they continue to get huge subsidies for all their pet projects and donors to their campaigns.
For example, Sanders received much support from different farming interests here in Vermont according to his campaign commericals. I think that the $200 million included in the war spending bill will go a long way in paying them back for their support and assuring continued support.
Also, last year we had a ballot item here to urge Burlington to discontinue support for Air Guard usage of our airport. Cutting support would have definately made a statement regarding not supporting the war, but both democrats and republicans were strongly against this, most likely for the potential loss of millions of dollars in free money from the fed!
With Ron Paul, you get what you see. He is always quite clear about what he believes when he campaigns and it is very easy to figure out how he will vote on most issues as he adheres to a very well defined set of principles, which makes him one of the most trustworthy congressmen in congress.
It’s official, Ron Paul is now running for president…
Segment from article on SmallGovTimes.com…
SOUTHERN ARIZONA (SGT NEWS) – Political maverick and Texas House member Ron Paul formally announced his candidacy for the president of the United States this morning during the “Washington Journal” call-in program on C-SPAN.
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