Republican Rand Paul calls for gradual cut in aid to Israel

January 7, 2013

If you thought Rand was different then Ron then you need medication. There is no equivalence between countries the U.S. buys allegiance to and countries that fight Islam for us. There is a difference between your friends and your business dealings.

“CHANGE” – U.S. senator calls for gradual cut in aid to Israel.(DS)(Many Faces) By Aron Heller. JERUSALEM (AP) – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Monday called for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid, delivering the message in an unlikely venue – since Israel is among the top recipients of American assistance. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, told reporters that the U.S. can’t afford to keep borrowing money and then handing it out to others, even to allies like Israel. “It will harder to be a friend of Israel if we are out of money. It will be harder to defend Israel if we destroy our country in the process,” he told the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, an Israeli think tank. “I think there will be significant repercussions to running massive deficits … you destroy your currency by spending money you don’t have.” Paul, a longtime opponent of foreign aid, acknowledged he was expressing a “minority opinion” and doubted Congress would end foreign aid in his lifetime. “It’s unlikely anything changes, but I think it is worth discussing,” he said during his first trip to Israel. Israel gets about $3 billion a year in military aid from the U.S. Paul insisted Washington should first cut aid to countries with strained ties to America, such as Pakistan and Egypt, and only later wean Israel off aid. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously stated he was interested in doing that. Paul said the aid, used in large part by Israel and Egypt to buy U.S. weapons, was creating an arms race in the Middle East that could ultimately harm Israel, not help it. “I’m concerned that some of the weaponry that we are currently giving to Egypt may one day be used against Israel,” he said. Most American military assistance to Israel must be spent on U.S.-made equipment, providing a boost to the military industry there. Paul suggested Israel would actually benefit from less aid, saying it would enhance its sovereignty by not having to approach the U.S. “on bended knee” when making its own decisions. “I don’t think you need to call me on the phone to ask permission for what you want to do to stop missiles from raining down on you from Gaza,” he said.Read the full story here.

Did anyone not see this coming?

King County GOP leader boots caucus outside after Ron Paul backers take over

April 25, 2012

(Seattle) Over the weekend, Republicans in the 37th Legislative District gathered to choose delegates to the state GOP convention.
The caucus started out Saturday morning inside Dimmitt Middle School. But it didn’t end inside the building.
After supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul elected one of their own to chair of the meeting, the gathering was booted to an outside basketball court by King County Republican Party Chairman Lori Sotelo.
The move came after attendees irritated Sotelo by rejecting her choice to run the caucus – former King County Councilman David Irons.
Instead, the group voted for Tamara Smilanich, a Paul supporter.
That prompted Sotelo to declare the meeting was no longer a Republican Party event – but a Ron Paul campaign event.
Sotelo says she asked the group to continue its meeting outside because the King County Republican Party — not the Paul campaign — had paid for the facility and for the insurance. She added that Smilanich stopped her from addressing the group.
“I said, ‘I am going to have to step away from responsibility and have to ask you to take your caucus elsewhere,’ ” Sotelo said in an interview.
Sotelo called Smilanich a Paul campaign “operative” who did not have the experience to run the caucus. She said there was no reason for the Paul supporters to “take over” the meeting — they had numbers and were going to elect their favored delegates no matter who chaired the caucus.
“There is no other campaign that feels the need to poke the party in the eye like the Ron Paul campaign,” said Sotelo. “For heaven’s sake stop hitting us with a firehose.”
But Smilanich said she saw nothing wrong with what happened at the caucus.
“There was a vote and the vote went to elect [the chairman] who the body wanted. Everything was legitimate,” Smilanich said.
Even though the GOP had reserved the room until 2 p.m., the meeting was pushed outside to the basketball court at about 12:30 p.m. The caucus finished its business outside in the sun, and elected 11 Ron Paul supporters to the state convention, which begins May 31 in Tacoma.
Despite asserting the caucus had ceased to be a Republican Party function once Smilanich was elected chair, Sotelo said she had no plans to challenge the legitimacy of those delegates.
One caucus attendee, Michael Brubaker, was so upset by Sotelo’s actions he’s suing her in small claims court. That’s because each caucus-goer paid $10 to participate – money Sotelo said was to help pay for the party’s expenses for using the school. But Sotelo refused to refund the money after the group was moved outside.
“She shouldn’t have taken our money and kicked us out,” Brubaker said.
The dust-up is the latest in a series of disputes between Paul supporters and local GOP officials.
Paul’s supporters have repeatedly accused GOP leaders of conspiring against his campaign.
Republican leaders, meanwhile, have been irritated at what they see as rude, disruptive and paranoid behavior by the Paul supporters.
They’re also concerned that many Paul supporters have refused to say they’ll back the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, now all but certain to be Mitt Romney.
Indeed, Smilanich said she would have considered backing Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who recently suspended his presidential campaign.
But, she said, “I don’t care for Mitt Romney.”

ah Seattle… how I don’t miss it.

Ill. GOP Congressman Tim Johnson says he’s dropping 2012 re-election bid, will finish term

April 5, 2012

(Associated Press) URBANA, Ill. — Longtime Illinois U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson cited family obligations as he tearfully dropped his re-election bid on Thursday, leading to a scramble among his fellow Republicans to replace him and fueling Democrats’ hopes of taking the seat to help regain control of the U.S. House.
The six-term congressman, who built a reputation for breaking with his party on some issues, said he plans to retire when his current term ends because he wants to devote more time to his family.

He’s not worth keeping. He’s a RHINO.

Western Black Rhino declared extinct

March 28, 2012

Ron Paul really didn’t do that well in the election… did he?

GENEVA (msnbc) The Western Black Rhino of Africa was declared officially extinct Thursday by a leading conservation group. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said that two other subspecies of rhinoceros were close to meeting the same fate. The Northern White Rhino of central Africa is now “possibly extinct” in the wild and the Javan Rhino “probably extinct” in Vietnam, after poachers killed the last animal there in 2010. A small but declining population survives on the Indonesian island of Java.

The Deal Between Romney and Paul?

February 27, 2012

(American Thinker) It is becoming increasingly obvious that an alliance has formed between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. This alliance probably has been in effect for several months, but only now has it become blatantly obvious. Paul has viciously bombarded virtually the entire Republican field via attack ads with one exception: Mitt Romney. Instead, Paul focuses like a laser on any conservative alternative who moves up the ladder.
At first, I believed this was merely a strategy to politically assassinate the Romney alternative so that Paul himself could fill the void; however, I am thinking there is much more going on behind the scenes than initially meets the eye. Here’s my theory (and it’s just that — a theory): Mitt Romney has informed Ron Paul that he will be selecting his son, Rand Paul, as his VP should he become the nominee.
But wait, you say — Romney is a politician’s politician: he will say and do just about anything to get elected. He’s flip-flopped on every major issue, accused his opponents of such outlandish things as supporting China’s one-child policy, and managed to tick-off and isolate virtually all of his former competitors via his well-coordinated political Death Star smear machine (see Giuliani, Thompson). How, therefore, could Ron Paul trust Romney on this speculative promise?
Easy: Ron Paul has taken out an insurance policy. Mitt Romney has guaranteed Paul Senior that Paul Junior will be his nominee because he knows that if he stabs the Pauls in the back, Ron will simply run third party and torpedo any chance Mitt may have at the White House. This way, Ron is guaranteed that Mitt won’t back down from his promise, and Mitt is guaranteed Ron won’t spin-off and run as an independent. It also gives Ron the only thing he ever really wanted: influence in the party.
Several people–including the Santorum campaign–have suggested that Mitt may have made a deal to make Ron his running mate. There’s about a snowball’s chance in hell that this will happen. Let’s face it: these two men are polar opposites when it comes to policy and their overall worldview. Should Ron Paul sign on with the establishment’s favorite candidate, he will have eliminated his currently impenetrable perception of authenticity among his base of supporters.
Plus, let’s be honest, Ron Paul hasn’t been vetted by the mainstream media. If he were on the ticket, the media would have a field day digging up all his past writings and associations. Hell, the guy warned of a “coming race war” and suggested that the Oklahoma City bombing was an “inside job.” Not to mention the support he’s garnered from individuals such as white separatist David Duke, a man Ron praised back in 1990.
The Paulites can complain all they want about how his old newsletters are just a conspiracy (like everything) against their candidate, but let’s face it: if stories like these were plastered on every news network in America throughout the entire month of October, the campaign would be toast. And they both know it. Ron knows that he doesn’t have a legitimate shot at the White House, and Mitt’s intelligent enough to understand that placing Ron on the bottom of the ticket would be political suicide.
Enter Rand.  The admission by Rand that “it would be an honor to be considered” as Romney’s veep is a bizarre thing to say considering he’s currently campaigning for his father, who is supposedly running against the man.
The junior Paul already is a rising star among Tea Party activists and shares most of the same libertarian-leaning principles of his father. Rand doesn’t have his father’s baggage and is a young and articulate spokesman for limited government. He walks the line between conservatism and libertarianism — often bridging the two philosophies — and is viewed as the more pragmatic and levelheaded of the Pauls by people like, well, me.
This alliance would essentially kill three birds with one stone and guarantee Republican content in November. First, it would give the “establishment” beltway types their guy, pleasing the old bulls in the party and the Karl Roves and Ann Coulters of the world. Second, those conservatives reluctant to support a wishy-washy mush candidate like Mitt, who has thus far successfully managed to divide the party with his bombardment of character assassination attacks on “fellow” limited-government office seekers, will hold their noses and vote for the guy if a “true conservative” like Rand were also on the ticket. Conservatives will believe (wishfully) that Rand will hold Mitt’s feet to the fire when it comes to policy implementation. They will also see this as an opportunity to have a Tea Party member in a position of significant power and influence, a potential launching pad for Rand’s young political career should he pursue the office himself one day.
Lastly, with Rand on the ticket, Ron now has cover to support Mitt — a candidate almost diametrically opposite him — due to his son (a much more moderate libertarian conservative). This brings over not just the Ron Paulites (who, caught up in a cult-like swirl, would never support anybody but Paul or his son no matter who was running) but also independent-minded libertarian voters. I could foresee libertarian publications endorsing the ticket, claiming that their philosophy is on the rise, and with the younger Paul only one step below the presidency.
With moderate Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians united behind a Romney-Paul ticket, the party should have no trouble launching a legitimate shot at the White House come November.

it’s a theory that works… how often did Ron Paul attack Romeny? Not much

#RonPaul booed on foreign policy – CNN Tea Party Debate Tampa Florida

January 27, 2012

Ron Paul representative Michael Scheuer on Judge Napolitano: “Israel’s man power has ever been used to do anything?” “There are no resources?”

Is this the policy of Ron Paul? To belittle Jewish workers? Is this the kind of interview we can expect from Napolitano?

Michael Scheuer depicts bin Laden as a rational actor who is fighting to weaken the United States by weakening its economy, rather than merely combating and killing Americans

In his 22-year career, he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (aka “Alec Station”), from 1996 to 1999, the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center. He then worked again as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.

No wonder we didn’t get Bin Ladin till this guy was gone!

"I thought it was Hitler who caused world war 2, not the American people who opposed going in." -Ron Paul when questioned about his opposition to WW2

January 25, 2012

(Dondero)It’s his foreign policy that’s the problem; not so much some stupid and whacky things on race and gays he may have said or written in the past.Ron Paul is most assuredly an isolationist. He denies this charge vociferously. But I can tell you straight out, I had countless arguments/discussions with him over his personal views. For example, he strenuously does not believe the United States had any b…usiness getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that “saving the Jews,” was absolutely none of our business. When pressed, he often times brings up conspiracy theories like FDR knew about the attacks of Pearl Harbor weeks before hand, or that WWII was just “blowback,” for Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy errors, and such.I would challenge him, like for example, what about the instances of German U-boats attacking U.S. ships, or even landing on the coast of North Carolina or Long Island, NY. He’d finally concede that that and only that was reason enough to counter-attack against the Nazis, not any humanitarian causes like preventing the Holocaust. “He told me numerous times it was not worth it to intervene to save the Jews in World War II,” Dondero said. “I don’t think that’s because he’s an antisemite. It’s because he’s an extreme isolationist and he’s trying to be 100% principled–he doesn’t think there’s any reason to intervene for human rights or any other reason anywhere on the planet.” In 2007, the Congressman actually faulted Abraham Lincoln for using military force to end slavery in the Civil War: “He shouldn’t have gone to war… Slavery was phased out in every other country in the world and the way I’m advising that it should have been done is do like the British Empire did; you buy the slaves and release them.”

note the reason for terrorism is because we have military bases in places where we do business.