Mike Miller and I (Marc Gallagher) are attending CPAC over the next few days. This is our first update from the conference. It’s difficult making your way through throngs of people wanting to hand you literature that completely goes against the philosophy of liberty. The Campaign For Liberty row in the Exhibit Hall is an oasis.
We arrived at the hotel around 11am, checked in and headed to the C4L booth to pick up our “credentials”. We then wandered around aimlessly for a bit looking for the “XPAC Lounge” to get good seats for the live Freedom Watch show set for 12:30pm.
Last week there was a big stink made about some comments Ron Paul made to supporters at a Campaign For Liberty conference regarding the CIA. Glenn Beck decided he wanted to understand more about those comments so he had Ron Paul on to discuss them this morning.
You can hear the discussion below. I think this discussion shows that Ron Paul tends to use hyperbole (as many politicians do) when talking to a friendly crowd because at the end of this discussion it appears that Beck and Paul are closer together than they are far apart. Interesting listen…
Senators Judd Gregg and Chris Dodd have announced they are retiring from the Senate at the end of 2010 when both of their terms end. Previously, Gregg said he’d do anything he could to stop Ron Paul’s HR.1207 Fed Audit from passing in the Senate (The Senate version is S.604). Now that Dodd is retiring it appears he can safely join his lame duck peer in this effort to protect the central “banksters”.
A House-passed provision to open up the Federal Reserve to an audit by the Government Accountability Office is unlikely to be included in the Senate reform package, Barney Frank told a meeting of House Financial Services Committee members Wednesday, according to people in the room.
Frank, chairman of the committee, told the members that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) told him that he had assured Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) that it wouldn’t be a part of the bill. Gregg has been a strident opponent of the effort to open the Fed to an audit.
It’s time for us Fed audit supporters to wake up again out of our slumber and do what needs to be done to get this audit done. The news Dodd is blocking it is both good and bad. The good is that the amendment was tacked on to a horrible financial regulatory overhaul bill and getting it removed from that bill isn’t such a bad thing.
The bad is that now HR.1207 in the House and S.604 in the Senate needs to be brought to the floor as a standalone bill for a vote. Given the number of non-lame(duck) lawmakers that support the audit, the powers against the audit will do everything to make that vote never happen. John Tate of the Campaign for Liberty gives us something we can do to fight against these powers in the Senate by urging our Senators to block a vote on Ben Bernanke’s re-confirmation until the Fed Audit bill is brought to the Senate floor for a vote. It’s once again time to fight fire with fire.
Ron Paul is coming out swinging again following his “dust up” on Larry King last week when he was accused of making anti-semitic remarks by Ben Stein. In a newly released video from the Campaign For Liberty Paul speaks a bit about the altercation and ends by officially challenging Ben Stein to a debate on foreign policy.
It’s obvious Paul is trying to get his foreign policy argument back in the public eye after Obama seems to be following the Bush doctrine in Afghanistan. The question now becomes: Will Ben Stein agree to a moderated debate on foreign policy with Ron Paul? I’d love to see it. If you’d like to see it too then feel free to use the contact information for his agent on his site to make a request.
Incidentally, I do wish Paul would pronounce Yemen correctly. He says YAY-men. It should be YEH-men. Then again I don’t support him for his speaking ability, I support him because he fights for liberty.
By now you’ve seen Ron Paul’s response to Lindsay Graham’s flippant response at a town hall meeting when Graham blurted out that he wouldn’t let Ron Paul “hijack the Republican Party”. Graham also said the GOP will not be “the party of angry white guys”.
He said he was going to “grow the party” yet he finished his comments with “if you don’t like it you can leave!” Yeah, that seems like a good way to grow the party Lindsey.
Paul is going about his business defending the Constitution and bringing the GOP to young American patriots through the Campaign For Liberty. Paul educates with his books like his most recent “End the Fed” and last year’s “The Revolution: A Manifesto“. Meanwhile neo-conservatives and strangers to logic like Graham attempt to grow the party by shouting down those that would support them if they had any principles at all.
It is this lack of integrity and principle on display right now. Graham is the worst of the lot. Integrity, honesty, and principle are the ideological fuel to grow the Republican Party. That is the fuel of Ron Paul. Utilizing the Lindsey Graham infested fuel has already been attempted and failed.
Last time I checked John McCain wasn’t the President of the U.S. Although he could certainly be described as an angry white guy. Hmmm… maybe that’s who Graham was talking about after all.
Daniel Hannan was one of the guest speakers at the Ron Paul sponsored Campaign For Liberty regional conference in Philadelphia over the weekend. In light of that it appears that Daniel Hannan has Ron Paul on his mind. Hannan wrote a piece profiling Ron Paul on his Telegraph UK blog yesterday.
Ron Paul is an unusual phenomenon: a politician who always answers questions fully and honestly. This tendency often gets him into trouble: although people say they want straight-talking representatives, they often react with horror when they get one.
Dr Paul’s ruthless application of his convictions – minimal government, localism, personal freedom and adherence to the letter of the US Constitution – alienates many of the conservatives who might have been expected to back him.
For example, although he doesn’t agree with abortion – as a GP, he says, he delivered thousands of babies, and never came across a case where a termination was necessary for the mother’s physical or psychological well-being – he insists that abortion law ought not to be a federal prerogative and, during his 2008 presidential bid, resolutely refused to give the Pro-Lifers the assurances they wanted.
Similarly, when almost every conservative legislator, including a great many Democrats, supported a law to prevent gun-shops being sued for crimes committed with weapons they had sold legally, he voted against the measure on grounds that it represented a usurpation of jurisdiction from the 50 states
You can read the rest of it here. I don’t think many can argue with Hannan’s assertions about Dr. Paul in the piece. While there is some obvious disagreement on specific issues Hannan is obviously a Ron Paul fan.
According to Matt Hawes at the Campaign For Liberty Ron Paul’s HR1207 to audit the Federal Reserve now has 207 cosponsors, including House Minority leader John Boehner!
One has to believe at this point that HR1207, in some form, will be passed by the House of Representatives. This is one bipartisan regulatory bill we can fully get behind.
I have serious reservations about the efficacy of HR1207, but as I’ve stated in the past it is a good start down the road of transparency that we truly need. We can only hope that such transparency, if passed, forces the Federal Reserve into a position of making very careful choices about how it conducts its business.