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Ron Paul Coming to SoCal Next Month

Tea Party favorite Rep. Ron Paul is making his way tot he California Republican Convention next month at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles (nice of Dr. Paul and the Republicans to be holding this function in a UNION hotel).  OC Register opinion writers regularly make claims abotu how much strong appeal Ron Paul has with Democrats due to his anti-war positions, and they’d be wrong about that (are they ever right about Democrats ever?).  While many of us might agree with Dr. Paul on Bush’s war in Iraq, there is so much about Dr. Paul’s position on issues that we don’t like and couldn’t support should we be the unlikely Republican nominee for President (my prediction is he won’t win a single state or a single delegate).

The Daily Kos had a lengthy dossier on Dr. Paul and you can read it here.  Paul’s followers are near fanatical about his candidacy but have the audacity to accuse liberals of indoctrination by President Obama. This calendar graphic below is an example of how Paul’s ideas are being marketed.

Some highlights of Dr. Paul’s stance on issues:


He is anti-Choice…

He is against antitrust laws…

He is anti OSHA…

He is anti-minimum wage…

He is anti-organized labor…

He is anti-mandatory Social Security contributions…

He is anti any voting rights legislation…

He is anti any legislation prohibiting discrimination…

He is anti environmental protection…

He wants to eliminate the Department of Agriculture

He wants to eliminate the Department of Education

He wants to eliminate the Department of Energy

He wants to eliminate the Department of Commerce

He wants to eliminate the Department of Health and Human Services

He wants to eliminate the Department of Labor

He wants to eliminate the Interstate Commerce Commission

He wants to eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

He wants to eliminate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

He wants to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency

He wants to eliminate the Health Care Initiative

He wants to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service

He wants to eliminate the Transportation Safety Administration


— He opposes the right of women to be free to control their own bodies if they happen to live in particular states or other countries, or if they work for the Peace Corps.

H.R.1095. H.R.777, H.R.1548:
To prohibit any Federal official from expending any Federal funds for any population control or population planning program or any family planning activity.


— He wants to erase the distinction in U.S. law between a zygote and a person

To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.


— He would deny the use of the Federal courts to people discriminated against because of their religious beliefs or sexual orientation. This would also limit the cross-state recognition of same-sex marriages. He cynically calls this the “We the People Act”.

To limit the jurisdiction of the Federal courts, and for other purposes.


— Even though he claims to be a “libertarian”, he opposes people’s freedom to burn or destroy their own copies of the design of the U.S. flag.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the States to prohibit the physical destruction of the flag of the United States and authorizing Congress to prohibit destruction of federally owned flags.

— He has tried to repeal the Occupational Safety and Health Act:

A bill to repeal the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.


— He would like to make it much easier to decertify labor unions:

To amend the National Labor Relations Act to permit elections to decertify representation by a labor organization.


— He opposes the Minimum Wage:

A bill to repeal all authority of the Federal Government to regulate wages in private employment.


— He would deny the prevailing wage to employees of federal contractors, and remove prohibition on kickbacks in Federal projects:

To repeal the Davis-Bacon Act and the Copeland Act.


— He wants to severely weaken Social Security:

A bill to amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to make social security coverage completely optional for both present and future workers, to freeze benefit levels, to provide for the partial financing of future benefits from general revenues subject to specified conditions, to eliminate the earnings test, to make changes in the tax treatment of IRA accounts, and for other purposes.


— He wants to repeal the “Motor Voter” Act, which has made it easier for people to register to vote.

H.R.2139: To repeal the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.


— He would repeal significant portions of antitrust law, including the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, and others.

To ensure and foster continued patient safety and quality of care by exempting health care professionals from the Federal antitrust laws in their negotiations with health plans and health insurance issuers.

To restore the inherent benefits of the market economy by repealing the Federal body of statutory law commonly referred to as “antitrust law”, and for other purposes.


— He has tried to make it easier for racial and ethnic discrimination in our society:

A bill to provide that the Internal Revenue Service may not implement certain proposed rules relating to the determination of whether private schools have discriminatory policies.

A bill to make all Iranian Students in the United States ineligible for any form of federal aid.

— He would propose an amendment to the Constitution to gut the Fourteenth Amendment by denying citizenship to people born here whose parents aren’t already citizens “nor persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States”. That latter part could produce some serious political discrimination, especially if radicals can have their citizenship revoked:

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to deny United States citizenship to individuals born in the United States to parents who are neither United States citizens nor persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to deny United States citizenship to individuals born in the United States to parents who are neither United States citizens nor persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States.


— He would limit or try to repeal various environmental protection laws and regulations, including the Clean Air Act, the Soil and Water Conservation Act, and the use of devices that protect the “bycatch” of sea life:

To disapprove a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to proposed revisions to the national pollutant discharge elimination system program and Federal antidegradation policy and the proposed revisions to the water quality planning and management regulations concerning total maximum daily load.

A bill to repeal the Soil and Water Conservation Act of 1977.


Oh, and his son, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, is not much better.



  1. Robert Lauten Robert Lauten August 18, 2011

    Those that disapprove of Ron Paul’s list of cuts should get after their Congress-member and demand that they cosponsor H.R. 1489 to reinstate Glass-Steagall, which is the first step in rebuilding our economy. The other steps are explained in the video below. (“Glass-Steagall Is Only the Beginning” ).

    An editorial from “The Liberal OC” will have a significant effect on Rep. Loretta Sanchez to cosponsor. Remember, – she voted to kill Glass-Steagall in 1999.

    Absent Glass-Steagall we are all at the mercy of Obama’s ‘Super-Congress’. Approximately half of the House Democrats, Including Loretta Sanchez voted for the “Budget Control Act of 2011” which established the “Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reductions”, which will in November 2011 present their recommendations to Congress. If the Select Committee fails to agree on a plan, or if Congress rejects their plan, or if Congress refuses to vote on the plan by December 23, 2011, then $1.5 Trillion in deficit reductions will be evenly divided between Defense and Entitlement spending. YES that’s exactly what happen, – Congress voted to make themselves irrelevant.

    Please print Ron Paul’s list of cuts. Put the list on your December 2011 calendar. Some of Ron Paul’s cut might appeal to the “Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reductions”.

    It’s either 218 cosponsors for Glass-Steagall, H.R. 1489, or CUT, Cut, cut, – TAX & CUT, Tax & Cut, tax & cut, until our ‘Casino’ economy collapses.

  2. Kate Donnell Kate Donnell August 19, 2011

    Woooooo! Go Ron Paul! Lists are highly overrated. Articles as well. I believe the best way is to do your own non-biased (important!! I believe I you, you can do it!) research before taking someone else opinion as truth. Maybe look ay this list and ask, why would someone vote for this? Do your own research about Ron Paul. Maybe what seems crazy makes sense. Don’t judge before you’ve looked at the evidence.

    • Robert Lauten Robert Lauten August 19, 2011

      Thank You, I did my own research and found that Ron Paul is known for his “End the FED’ campaign and his audit the FED legislation (Federal Reserve System).

      End the Fed – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Cached
      End the Fed is a 2009 book by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. The book debuted at number six on the New York Times Best Seller list and advocates the …

      His 2009 book “End the FED” debuted at number six on the New York Best Seller list, a fact the “The Daily Klos” failed to mention. Does this make “The Daily Klos” a Wall Street tool; do they intentionally want to deceive by omission? Readers, – you decide.

      Under Glass-Steagall the privately held “Federal” “Reserve” (there are no reserves) banks would go through a bankruptcy reorganization and then be placed under the US Treasury Department. Under Glass-Steagall there would not have been a QE1, or QE2, (Quantitative Easing).

      QE3 & The Fate Of Mankind

  3. John John August 19, 2011

    Why did you put “libertarian” in quotes, as if those positions are not libertarian? That all sounds libertarian to me.

    Are you suggesting that libertarians are in favor of bloated bureaucracies and redistribution of wealth? I don’t understand the quotes.

    • Vern Nelson Vern Nelson August 21, 2011

      Simply to show more scorn, I’m thinking.

  4. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | August 23, 2011

    Actually, the quotes were from the Daily Kos cut and paste. Ron Paul is only libertarian where it didn’t affect his personal business interests.

    Nemeses, Vern? Lame? Yet you obviously mis-read the post or perhaps blogged under the influence again…

  5. Vern Nelson Vern Nelson August 23, 2011

    And as I predicted you totally missed my point. That’s okay though, other people have read it and understood.

  6. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | August 23, 2011

    I suspect more people have trouble getting your point than mine Vern.

  7. Vern Nelson Vern Nelson August 23, 2011

    My point, in simple words just for you, Dan, is that it’s a great thing that many Republicans are becoming receptive to an anti-war, pro-civil-liberties message. Let me know if I have to make that even simpler for you.

  8. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski August 23, 2011

    Vern —
    you have missed the point; they flock to Ron Paul for the anti-tax/no spending mantra, not pro-ciovil liberties/anti-war. Your perception is exactly the sort of thing the opinion writers at the Register point to when they say Ron Paul reasonates with lefties, when 95 percent of what he stands for is abhorent to us. Let me know if I need to spell it out for you (oh wait, it’s after six p.m. as I write this…another glass of cheap whine for you Mr. Nelson?)

    • Vern Nelson Vern Nelson August 23, 2011

      1. This is not true for the Paulites I’m familiar with;

      2. They could get that anti-tax/no spending mantra from ANY damn Republican these days;

      3. I’d say it’s more like about FIFTY percent of what he stands for that’s abhorrent, NOT 95% (you and your Kos guy just know how to drag the list out laboriously)

      4. I believe your lap band is on too tight, Mr. Chmielewski.

      • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski August 26, 2011

        Gastric bypass and lapband are two different things; both require tremendous discipline

        • Kathy Findley Kathy Findley September 11, 2011

          I don’t see how you having any kind of Bariatric surgery to improve your health has anything to do with anything you write on this blog. I congratulate you. And Vern, I have seen your picture and buddy, you have got nothing to feel superior about. I mean, who of us does???

  9. Tom Tom September 11, 2011

    If you need to list all that to try to paint a picture of Ron Paul’s positions you CLEARLY don’t understand them. First, he is a strict Constitutionalist, he doesn’t believe that the FEDERAL Government should do anything that isn’t expressly mentioned in the Constitution. This does NOT mean that he would say a State doesn’t have the right to do mostly what they want. I will try to simply explain Ron Paul’s views in a way that can be understood beyond the semantics you’ve listed.

    You own your Life, and from this principle you have Liberty. This right to your life was given by your Creator, it’s not allowed by Government, it is an inherent law of nature. Property you accumulate as a result of fair transactions you make is yours, laws can not be passed take your property and give it specifically to someone else. Basically, no law can be passed to infringe on the life, liberty or property of others, and no person may infringe on the life, liberty, or property of another person. Sound’s simple, right? Well there are laws all over the place that make exceptions to peoples rights, even their right to life if the Government thinks they could be a threat (the federal government has recently asserted its authority to eliminate suspected terrorists without a trial, even if they are American citizens). Ron Paul believes that it should take nothing short of an act of Congress for our military, even in the smallest capacity to go into another sovereign nation and take lives. Ron Paul believes people should be able to govern themselves. Ron Paul opposes a lot, but it’s always because something about a bill contradicts with these core principles. Ron Paul does not believe people, corporations, and government agencies should all be held to different sets of standards. Ron Paul does not support circumvention of the Constitution, many of the agencies listed by their very nature are unconstitutional, and could effectively be replaced with good property rights and liability laws. Please do yourself a favor and take the time to read and understand his writing, his positions are the most intellectually sound out there, and keep in mind he is one of the few M.D.’s in Congress, his professional background gives him unique DIAGNOSTIC and critical thinking skills. It takes at least an hour of solid research to REALLY understand how all of his views interconnect to a simple philosophy centered around the protection of Life and Liberty, I hope you take the time to get it. While you’re at it, look back for the past 30 years he’s been in Congress and try to find inconsistencies, while you’re looking you’ll see that he predicted the stock bubble, housing bubble, the education bubble, the credit crisis, 9/11, and hyperinflation. How many times does he have to be right about things while everyone else is wrong before people start giving this guy the credibility he deserves?

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