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The Man Who Should Succeed Ron Paul

by Chuck Baldwin on Thursday, April 26th, 2012

This is article 651 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

Anyone who has been reading my columns for any length time knows that I am a staunch supporter (and, yes, friend) of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. I have written previously on why I believe Dr. Paul is the man that should be elected President of the United States in 2012. I’ve devoted several columns to promoting Ron Paul’s Presidential candidacy. Here was my latest: http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/archives/4769

I am also on record as saying I believe that historians will recognize Ron Paul as being the greatest US Congressman in American history. Rep. Paul has been the voice of constitutional government and liberty on Capitol Hill for nearly two and a half decades. No one in Washington, D.C., has even come close to his leadership and courage.

That said, the disconcerting element of the 2012 elections is that Dr. Paul has already made the announcement that he will not seek reelection to the US House of Representatives. That means, if Ron is not elected President, the American people will not have his voice in Washington, D.C., for the first time in over a generation. That thought is extremely troubling. Who would be the man to whom the mantle of constitutional leadership could be passed? The answer: the man who is running for Dr. Paul’s congressional seat, Steve Stockman. Like Ron Paul, Steve is a personal friend of mine, and, also like Ron Paul, Steve is a solid, courageous champion of constitutional government and liberty. How fitting it would be that a great man such as Steve Stockman would be elected to succeed the greatest congressman in US history.

Steve was first elected to the US House of Representatives back in that great freshman class of 1994 when a host of notable conservatives were swept into Congress, including people such as the late great Helen Chenoweth-Hage, the late Sonny Bono, Steve Largent, Joe Scarborough, Bob Barr, J.C. Watts, et al.

Steve is solidly on the right side of religious liberty issues, Second Amendment issues, life issues, illegal immigration issues, taxes and economics issues, the emerging police state issues, foreign interventionism issues, etc. In short, Steve Stockman is pro-Constitution, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Americanism, and pro-liberty. He is anti-illegal immigration, anti-Big Government, anti-police state, and anti-warfare state. He is solid everywhere that Ron Paul is solid.

With this background, I am honored that Steve would invite me to speak at his “Conservative Action Conference” to be held this Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds just outside Houston, Texas. The rally starts at 9am Central time. I will be joining notable speakers such as Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman Bob McEwen, and several others.

To get more information on this great rally, go to: http://www.facebook.com/events/101330406665549/

If you live within driving distance of the Houston, Texas, area, I invite you to attend this terrific conference. And I also hope that you will come introduce yourself to me while you are there.

As you can imagine, big-government toadies are salivating at the opportunity to put one of their big-government cronies in Ron Paul’s House seat. Dr. Paul has been a thorn in their side for over two decades.

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Hey, GOP, Stop Lacerating Already!

by John Lillpop on Friday, November 18th, 2011

This is article 341 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

Self-mutilation is never a pretty sight, unless it involves a whacked-out liberal offing his or her self, “for the children.” Even then, although the net effect may be overall positive, the individual acts may be unseemly, and not suitable for consumption by family audiences.

Which brings to mind the decimation of the conservative movement by guys and gals who once seemed formidable in their individual quests to replace Barack Hussein Obama.

Silently we on the right have stood by as heroes and heroines of our cause have walked off the plank of presidential candidacy into the dark, cold sea of obscurity.

First it was conservative favorite Tom Pawlenty who decided that he did not have the wherewithal to fight the good fight any longer, which led the former, anti-charismatic Governor from Minnesota to retrieve his hat from the ring.

Disappointed, we were back then, still the problem seemed to be one of an overcrowded field, rather than the opposite.

Besides the announced candidates, the aisles were still cluttered with the likes of Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, Marc Rubio and lord knows how many others, all waiting to be begged to serve by an adoring electorate hungry for the reincarnation of a Republican with Ronald Reagan’s good looks and conservative rigidity.

One by one, those magnificent would-be presidents came forward and tried on the Golden Slipper.

And one by one, each discovered that the slipper simply did not fit, for one reason or another, although in the case of Governor Christie, his foot was just too damn fat!

Thus, emerged the pattern whereby a GOP hopeful bowed out graciously and expressed appreciation for support received, but then announced that he/she would NOT be a candidate for the U.S. Presidency, or what may be left of same at the end of four dreadful years of neglect and malfeasance at the hands of Barack Obama.

With each bowing out, one grew more wary of the declining number of candidates.

Still, the field included such stalwarts as Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, John Huntsman, and newcomer Rick Perry.

And a fellow named Herman Cain.

With that roster of available talent, there was no need to fret about a suitable candidate, right?

Then the Rick Perry shoe dropped, even before the infamous “pause.” Shortly thereafter, Herman Cain started to make headlines with sexual accusations from former female associates, rather than “999.”

To make matters worse, Cain seemed confused about whether or not China has nuclear weapons and did a fantastic impression of the “Perry Pause” which was entertaining, but hardly presidential.

However, the bright light of hope continued to shine brilliantly around the personage of Newt Gingrich, a real conservative, who despite some disturbing personal history, seemed formidable.

Until today, when it was announced that Newt took over a million dollars from Freddie Mac.

Freddie “Freaking” Mac for gosh sake, that gaggle of leftist moon bats who have all but destroyed the American Dream for millions of Americans who live responsibly, just to “include” people who simply cannot afford home ownership!

Said moon bats declaring the loss of billions more of taxpayer money in 2011 and to whom millions were paid in bonuses for “good” performance!

Egad, Newt.

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Note to Post: Cover Katie Perry, not Rick

by Michael R. Shannon on Sunday, August 28th, 2011

This is article 214 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

Republicans won’t know for months how seriously voters in Iowa and New Hampshire will take the presidential candidacy of Gov. Rick Perry (R–TX), but right now the Washington Post takes him very seriously indeed.

The front page of Sunday’s Post marked the beginning of the official media Stop Perry Campaign.

You may recall last week’s column discussing a new rating system for media bias (Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind) but the Post story is so obvious one doesn’t need a climatologist to tell you it stinks.

It’s headlined; “Going to the heart of the ‘Texas miracle’ — Even as public sector jobs surge, Perry dismisses government’s impact.” Followed by: “Government jobs fuel much of Perry’s ‘Texas Miracle.’”

The theme is Rick ‘10th Amendment’ Perry is another Tea Party ignoramus criticizing the benevolent government that’s doing its best to make him look good.

If Perry’s job–creation is simply cashing ‘stimulus’ checks and counting the new feds arriving daily, then he’s a hypocrite at best and a liar at worst. And since he’s a Republican, probably both.

A graph that accompanies the story shows government jobs from December 2000 to June 2011 grew 19 percent, while the private sector — filled with sweatshops, oppression and corporate overseers — only grew a feeble 9 percent. And most of that growth was serfs hired to detail government worker’s cars made dusty by the long drive from DC to Austin.

A reader is left with the impression one can’t turn around in Texas without bumping into a bureaucrat.

But the use of percentages, instead of absolute numbers, proves the truth of Disraeli’s observation: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”

The first problem with the ‘Rick Perry: Government Jobs Parasite’ attack is the facts don’t support it. Perry talks specifically of the growth in private sector jobs and, according to the US Dept. of Labor, from June 2001 until June 2010 Texas added more private sector jobs than the other 49 states combined. Which is miraculous without the inclusion of a single paper–pusher added to Leviathan.

Will Franklin writes New York was the only blue state to add jobs over the past five years and that Texas added 100 times the number of private sector jobs created in the home of The New York Times.

The Post then emphasizes the implied Perry ‘hypocrisy’ by declaring; “The disparity has grown sharper since the national recession hit. Between December 2007 and last June, private-sector employment in Texas declined by 0.6 percent while public-sector jobs increased by 6.4 percent…”

What those percentages conceal is the number of private sector jobs greatly exceeds that of government jobs, consequently a smaller number of government jobs will move the percentages more than the same increase in private sector jobs. When you consider employment in the private sector increased a total of 756,600 jobs, which is triple the number of new government jobs, the Post’s fantasy of government–driven prosperity disappears.

The December 2007 to June 2011 is an interesting use of dates, because taking the numbers from JULY 2007 to JULY 2011, which is both symmetrical and current, we find that total government employment in Texas increased by 120,000, while private sector employment also increased by 81,300 jobs.

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Global Warming: Smearing Rick Perry?

by Stephen Levine on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This is article 19 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

As one who is a great believer in the scientific method, free from politics and corruption, I am somewhat upset at the environmental socialists/communists who are attempting to claim that Texas Governor Rick Perry’s candidacy is in trouble because he is skeptical about man-made global warming.

An example of this type of intellectually dishonest smear campaign can be easily demonstrated by the writings of Richard Cohen.

Consider the following statements …

Climate Change May Be Ruin Of Perry Campaign
“Whatever global warming might or might not have done to polar bears, it has put Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy at risk.”“The Texas governor clings to an ice flow of diminishing credibility, emerging in just about a week’s time as intellectually unqualified to be president. He engaged in a brief dialogue with a child about evolution and came out the loser. Perry said there are some gaps in the theory. If so, he is one.”Perhaps intellectually dishonest – or simply unaware Richard Cohen – does not realize that the authorities are investigating the scientist who put forth the polar bear story for an unspecified issue. That the entire projection was based on 3-4 dead polar bears spotted after a major storm by an aircraft from 1,500 feet while conducting an aerial survey on bowhead whales. While the scientists were mostly up-front about their observations, a linkage was established to potential effects of global warming and the subject took off into the leftist stratosphere. Another example of a conclusion based upon nothing more concrete than speculation and a statistically irrelevant and random sample size.”Maybe more important, Perry waxed wrongly on global warming. He rejected the notion that it is at least partially a product of industrialization, asserting that ‘a substantial number of scientists have manipulated data’ to make it appear that mankind — our cars, trains, automobiles, not to mention China’s belching steel mills — is the culprit.”

There is little or no doubt that a significant group of climate researcher/activists did manipulate both the raw climate data that was input to assumption-flawed and incomplete climate models, but they also attempted to manipulate the peer-review process used by key scientific journals. Such was the subject of the so-called “climategate” scandal.

As for the influence of man’s industrialization on the global mean temperature, there are a number of gross climate drivers that are beyond man’s control. Among them: the Sun’s energy output, our planetary position relative to the Sun, our planet’s rotational dynamics, plate tectonics and vulcanology, deep ocean currents, and the greatest greenhouse gas which dwarfs all others: water vapor. When measured against these major climate drivers, man’s contribution to global warming is lost among the variability of natural climate change and is not definitively measurable.

“He said that an increasing number of scientists have challenged this notion and that, in conclusion, he stood with them — whoever they might be. In Appleton, Wis., Sen. Joe McCarthy’s skeleton rattled a bit.”

“The late and hardly lamented demagogue pioneered the political use of the concocted statistic.

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We Don’t Need Another George W. Bush

by Chuck Baldwin on Thursday, August 11th, 2011

This is article 40 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

Last Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry unofficially launched his 2012 Presidential candidacy in Houston (in my opinion). Speculation is he will officially announce his intentions this weekend in South Carolina. If he does declare his candidacy, many election-watchers say Perry will become the GOP frontrunner, due to an extremely weak field of declared candidates. If Perry does declare his candidacy, everyone will know that the Houston event was staged for the purpose of launching his Presidential bid, rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding.

If Perry declares his candidacy (and I’m confident he will), people should also realize that the Houston event was a precursor to the type of campaign that Perry will use throughout the Republican primary season. As a fellow Texan, it was not lost on Rick Perry how George W. Bush obtained the Republican nomination–and eventually the White House. In short, Rick Perry is going to use the G.W. Bush model to win a Presidential election.

Think about it: G.W. Bush won the White House after an extremely unpopular liberal Democrat had been President. Barack Obama’s popularity is even lower than Bill Clinton’s was–and Clinton was only the second President in US history to ever be impeached! Bush’s campaign boss, Karl Rove, brilliantly painted G.W. Bush as being a wholesome “born again Christian,” which played very well with a Christian electorate that was tired of being embarrassed by a lying, philandering reprobate living in the White House.

In 2012, the American electorate, especially the Christian electorate, is totally fed up with an incumbent President whom everyone knows to be extremely sympathetic to Muslim and Marxist ideologies. Plus, a sizeable percentage of the American people truly suspect that Obama was NOT born in the United States and is, therefore, not even qualified to be President. This is the stage upon which Rick Perry appears. It is a stage very similar to the one George W. Bush stepped onto in 2000. And just as Bush played the “born again Christian” card to the max in the 2000 Presidential campaign, so Rick Perry appears to be ready to do in 2012. That is what the Houston event was all about last Saturday.

Billed as “A Day of Prayer and Fasting,” the event solidified Perry’s preferred status among evangelical Christians. With the help of the American Family Association (which reportedly contributed up to a million dollars to the event), James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, and Cornerstone Church’s (San Antonio) Pastor John Hagee, Perry is all but assured of cornering the “born again” vote, just as G.W. Bush did in 2000.

One would like to think that America’s Christians learned something from the two GWB administrations, but it doesn’t appear that they have. I think it is safe to say that Dobson, Hagee, et al, would endorse ANYONE nominated by the Republican Party. They have already proven that, have they not? James Dobson went so far as to humiliate himself by endorsing big government John McCain in the 2008 general elections, even after vowing publicly that he would “NEVER” support McCain. During the primaries, however, the Republican candidate who can “talk the Bible” the best can expect the support of these clueless evangelical leaders. And this time around, it appears that Rick Perry is that man.

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The Tea Parties Now Have Their Man

by Chuck Baldwin on Thursday, April 28th, 2011

This is article 121 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

After I wrote my last column, several Tea Party activists contacted me to let me know that they had not been “neoconned.” They made it plain in no uncertain terms that they would never support establishment neocon Republicans such as Newt Gingrich for the office of President of the United States. Most assuredly, I was glad to hear from these folks; I only wish my mail box had been swamped with such correspondence–it wasn’t!

See my interview on Neil Cavuto’s show (hosted by Charles Payne) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siN8zB6Y9HE

At this point, it may be helpful if I give a little history lesson. The Tea Party movement began in 2007 as a grassroots effort to support the 2008 Presidential candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. I am proud to say that I was part of that effort. In fact, I actively campaigned for Dr. Paul in at least four states during that election cycle: Alabama, Florida, Iowa, and South Carolina. I was even honored to represent Dr. Paul in a major South Carolina GOP banquet, in which sitting US congressmen and senators were selected from around the country to represent most of the other Republican Presidential candidates. (I wish readers could have been a fly on the wall to witness the goings on at the speaker’s table during the banquet as these GOP congressmen and senators tried to figure out who I was, and what the heck I was doing there. It was quite a sight!) I well remember that, as I came down from the speaker’s platform, one US Senator told me that my promotion of Dr. Paul’s candidacy that night was the best presentation on behalf of the Texas congressman that he had ever heard. Since then, I have spoken at numerous Tea Party events and appeared on both local and national media outlets (and numerous private videos and recordings) discussing the merits of the Tea Party movement and promoting the candidacy of Dr. Paul.

We need to get this straight: the Tea Party movement was never about electing Republicans–especially neocon Republicans! The Tea Party movement began as a grassroots effort to reduce the size and scope of the federal government; to rid America of the oppressive tax burden under which it currently groans; to eliminate the Federal Reserve; to return America to sound money; to stop the federal government’s obsession with foreign entanglements and wars; and to return America to constitutional governance. And there was only one man within the two major parties that was going to bring about those changes in 2008: Congressman Ron Paul, which is why the Tea Party was birthed as a grassroots extension of his campaign.

Since then, however, many GOP shills and toadies have jumped on the Tea Party bandwagon and have attempted to redefine its goals and objectives, including many of the talking heads on FOX News. In truth, many Tea Party activists regularly look to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and other “conservative” celebrities to champion their cause.

Need I remind everyone that Hannity has hardly ever met a Republican that he didn’t gush over. And I couldn’t count how many times we’ve seen Mr. Neocon himself, Newt Gingrich, on Hannity’s show.

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