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When Esquire magazine has you as a profile, you have arrived.  When the title is:  Ron Paul:  The Founding Father, you know the campaign is serious.  Paul is a mainstream candidate now.  The Tea Party saw to that.  Maybe the election of President Obama, as bad as it is, was what was necessary to show the people the threat to liberty we have today.  The introduction of the article starts like this:

Ron Paul is the most important politician in America today because he’s the rare politician — maybe the only politician — who always says exactly what he really believes. Unlike Paul Ryan, Hayley Barbour, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, and Mike Huckabee, who all raised taxes while calling for lower taxes, Ron Paul gives us a chance to examine the ideas currently driving the conservative movement in their pure form.

It’s been a long time coming; Cong. Paul was a leader of the Texas delegation for Reagan in 1976 (1976!) and was elected for three sets of terms:  1976-1977, 1979-1985 and 1997 to present.  Paul was also the 1988 Libertarian Presidential candidate and ran for President in 2008.  I remember when I ran into Cong. Paul’s positions after the Kosovo war (he like I am against it) and said this guy is smart – he ought to run for President.  In January 2007, I had JUST sent my resume to former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore’s law firm to see if he needed me on his Presidential campaign – support the local guy and Gilmore is an expert on three items relevant to the 2007-08 debate:  Taxes, Terrorism and Technology.  I read the scroll at the bottom of Fox News or CNN saying that Ron Paul was establishing a exploratory committee for President.  I was excited; my resume may have ended up in Gilmore’s spam box and I went over to the Ron Paul movement.  My letter to the editor to the local paper led to an article on Ron Paul.  But I digress…

Esquire had a great article recommended for reading.  Here’s one highlight:

Paul chose to use the new Congress’s ceremonial reading of the Constitution — a tribute to him — to chastise his colleagues for the hollowness of the stunt. “Will there be no more wars without an actual congressional declaration?” he asked. “Will the Federal Reserve Act be repealed? Will only gold and silver be called legal tender? Will we end all the unconstitutional federal departments, including the Departments of Energy, Education, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Labor? Will the Patriot Act be repealed and all the warrantless searches stopped? Will the TSA be restrained or abolished? Will the IRS’s unconstitutional collection powers end? Will executive and judicial quasilegislative powers be ended? Will we end the federal war on drugs? Would we end the federal government’s involvement in medical care? Will we end all the federal government’s illusionary insurance programs? Will we ban secret prisons, trials without due process, and assassinations? Will we end our foreign policy of invasion and occupations?”

Hmmm.  The polls are showing some support; the internet following is still there, the money can be raised (I still think November 5 and December 16 are on the calendar!) and Paul is ready.  No reason not to announce.  What we need to do in VA is be ready to collect the 10,000 signatures (1000 from each congressional district) to get Paul on the ballot.  (Best time is the 2011 general election – everybody going to the polls is a registered voter and most will sign for a candidate to get on the ballot.)  Liberty activists can run for delegate and alternative at the congressional district and the state conventions (That is another reason for liberty activists to run for soil and water commissioner – be an elected official and you will increase your chance to be a delegate!) and we can influence the vote!

The next event is the Presidential Debate on May 5 in Greenville, SC.  (There is a Tea Party rally – I’ll have more info on this event – try to go if you can!  Governor Haley and the Southern Avenger – Jack Hunter headline the confirmed speakers!)  Go and root for Ron Paul!




About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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