News & Analysis
Ron Paul Is a Change-Maker
... Exclusive: Ron Paul's Agenda To Include Eliminating Five Government Departments And He Will Take $39,336 Presidential Salary ... Ron Paul's detailed agenda for America will be disclosed next week and a senior official with his campaign tells The Brody File that it includes eliminating five governmental departments, cutting one trillion dollars in spending and Dr. Paul would take a presidential salary of just $39, 336, which is the median salary of the American worker (The President's base salary is normally $400,000). – The Brody File
Dominant Social Theme: Who is this guy Ron Paul and why does he keep running when he doesn't have a chance?
Free-Market Analysis: One gets the feeling the Republican Party would rather run a dog for president than Ron Paul (left). And yet ... by almost every reasonable account, the libertarian congressman from Texas is still in contention to win the Republican nomination. He's got popular support, healthy bank balances and a message that resonates.
Whether or not Ron Paul wins, he's already had a significant effect on the US national discourse. His candidacy continues to shatter the command-and-control mechanism of the Republic Party – and that's one reason the bigwigs don't like him. He's a walking repudiation of the Republicans' hitherto hidden agenda.
The Republican Party masqueraded as one that respected private markets and believed in limited government. But Ron Paul's candidacy exposed the fault lines and made it clear to millions that the Republican Party's public face was not its private one.
The central core of the Republican Party's belief structure supports the industrial-military complex and employs a strategy of compromise with the US's Democratic opposition that has led to a country that more closely resembles European socialist nations than the pre-Civil War "exceptionalism."
The Republican leaders have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Ron Paul to try to stop him. They tried to talk Chris Christie, the popular conservative governor of New Jersey, into running and for a while they were focused on Rick Perry – until his big government past came back to haunt him.
Now suddenly Herman Cain is becoming a front-runner, though he was dismissed even in the recent past as an unserious candidate. His "9-9-9" plan has galvanized public attention, perhaps because it is easily assimilated. "Nine percent corporate business flat tax, 9 percent personal income flat tax, and a 9 percent national sales tax," Cain explained.
It sounds reasonable until one realizes that Cain is actually proposing ANOTHER tax. What sane person would believe that the US federal government would be content with these rates for long? Eventually, they would be subject to tax creep; the country would end up with higher rates AND a "national sales tax."
Ron Paul, on the other hand, is about to release a plan of his own that focuses on cutting, not adding. The small-government congressman is also willing to live with a vastly reduced salary if he gets into the White House. Here's more from Brody's "scoop":
The five departments that would be abolished are the Departments of Education, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce and Interior. However, while the departments would be eliminated, the plan would be to roll certain functions into other departments.
For example, the Department of Education would be done away with but pell grant programs would be phased in somewhere else. There's a lot more details to come but those will be unveiled Monday in Las Vegas. The mainstream media wants to continue to discount Ron Paul even though his poll numbers are healthy, his fundraising is strong and his message is resonating.
Now, in this 2012 campaign, he has developed a new wrinkle as he tries to make a concerted pitch to pro-life social conservatives by talking up the value of human life. Ron Paul is not called Dr. Paul for nothing. He's an obstetrician. Coming off his big straw poll victory at the Values Voter Summit, he's now out with an extremely compelling pro-life ad.
Brody, CBN's chief political correspondent, not only has his "scoop," he seems to understand the larger picture – that Ron Paul's bottom-line impact is the way he's changing the national debate, yanking it back toward something resembling free-market "classical" liberalism.
He writes that even if Ron Paul doesn't win the nomination, "his constitutional conservative beliefs have already won him something far more valuable and long lasting: changing the discourse in American politics."
Ron Paul's announcement about cutting executive departments is yet another example of the kind of libertarian solutions that the Republican powers-that-be have trouble dealing with. Every time Ron Paul introduces these sorts of concepts, another public discussion begins about the nature of the US Leviathan and its appropriate role.
Ron Paul's lasting effect may be his singular success in challenging the role of the American empire and its legitimacy. Using the power of the Internet – helping enable what we call the Internet Reformation – Ron Paul will surely be remembered as a significant "change-maker."
Conclusion: We'll end with Brody's last line, which is a good one: "The media scoffed at him in 2008 but who's having the last laugh?"
Posted by Bobby7 on 11/20/11 04:43 PM
Does Ron Paul sound very like Obama before he was elected President of America?
RON PAUL & SECRET SOCIETIES
1. Ron Paul's father was a Freemason and Dr. Paul has said himself many times that he respects the organization and has been to many of the open meetings in his district.
2. His wife, Carol is a member of the Velasco Order of the Eastern Star and maintains her membership in the Freeport area lodge.
3. Their daughters, Lori and Joy, were both Rainbow girls, another organization associated with Freemasonry.
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
Founded in 1909 at Boston University.
Click to view link
20-Aug-1935 Congressman, Texas 14th
James M. Petro
25-Oct-1948 Ohio Attorney General, 2003-07
BEWARE THE SNAKE IN THE GRASS!
Posted by hattye on 10/25/11 09:52 PM
You have hit on the Dr. Paul has so much trouble getting into the primaries. I have every intention of writing his name in--and then again in the biggy if needed.
Posted by hattye on 10/25/11 09:37 PM
Allen if you are implying that Ron Paul is drawing the standard salary for a congress-person of $180,000 yearly, you should know that for the pst 10 years, Ron Paul has returne his salary to the treasury. Moreover, when Congress went on break, he always paid his own way to and from Texas, and while he was on break, he picked up his medical practice. Incidentally, Dr. Paul wouldn't accept Medicaid, but instead of turning a patient away, Paul would defer the charge.
When talking about donations towards his presidential election, he is probably on top of the ladder in financil support. And while we're on that subject, it might interest you to know that the US ilitary men and women have aleady contributed more money towards Dr. Pauls canadidacy than all other candidates combined--including the President Obama (who they were obligated to financially support simply because he is the Commander in Chief.
Posted by Frank on 10/18/11 07:29 AM
"The Republican Party masqueraded as one that respected private markets and believed in limited government. But Ron Paul's candidacy exposed the fault lines and made it clear to millions that the Republican Party's public face was not its private one.
"The central core of the Republican Party's belief structure supports the industrial-military complex and employs a strategy of compromise with the US's Democratic opposition... " - DB
Exactly right! Sadly, I didn't realize that for many years, then I left the Republican Party. But I have returned to it just to be able to vote for Ron Paul in our primary election.
Right now, we have both major parties as "big government" parties, thus not giving many Americans a viable "small government" alternative party to vote for. One of the major parties needs to "morph" into a "small government" party, or go away. If Ron Paul can't help the Republican Party "morph" into a "small government" party, it needs to go into the dustbin of history & be replaced by something else. Of course, the Power Elite are quite content with having two major "big government" parties, and they will fight to keep things the same. Please, wake up America!
Posted by sparky on 10/17/11 08:49 PM
DB: We'll end with Brody's last line, which is a good one: "The media scoffed at him in 2008 but who's having the last laugh?"
There are lots of reasons for the Anglo Elite controlled two party one party flim flam political establishment in the U.S. to loathe Ron Paul and his growing and broadening base of support. However, here are just two of perhaps many. The first and most obvious being that he is taking support from both wings (Republican and Democrat) of this one party bird.
However, here is another that immediately strike me as a possible reason why the Republican establishment in particular loathes this guy. He exposes this "Conservative" party, it's agenda and prospective water carriers for who they trully are. In fact, to refer to the present incarnation of the Republican party as "Conservative" should prompt any reasonable person to ask for a definition of the term. For the life of me unless being militant to pursue the "War on Terror" is the reason then I am unsure what they could be pointing to as "Conservative".
Of course pursuing this "War on Terror" is NOT "Conservative" it is LAWLESS!! Granted Republican legislators have done a relatively good job of holding the line on further Communist(Think Democratic Party)advances toward more gun control. However, any of the gun laws that have been enacted in the last 100 years are all unconstitutional. Thus, from a constitutional prospective these gun laws should ALL be abolished.
As to the "Smaller government" advocates that claim Republicans are advocates and promoters of smaller goverment. I would simply say where is the evidence of the U.S. Government getting smaller under Republican "Leadership". In short, Ron Paul is loathed by the Anglo Elite's (And the glove up their butts puppet like "Republican" "Conservatives") because he is REDEFINING the very term "Conservative" from that of being whatever the AE's and their puppets say it is into a concrete term where Conservative ='s Law Abiding Constitutionalist.
Thus it is no suprise that Ron Paul is drawing support from the total political spectrum... .freedom tends to have that type of appeal to ALOT of people. Thus in closing, we who love Liberty and Freedom might just be the one's to get the last laugh as there is ALOT of water left to go under the proverbial bridge before this fat lady sings.
Posted by David_Robertson on 10/17/11 05:46 PM
Posted by David_Robertson on 10/17/11 05:44 PM
Ron Paul does not participate in the Congressional Pension Plan. He has made this quite clear in a number of public interviews. He will receive no public pension when he retires from public life. He has made his own private arrangements. In any event he is still working for the people and he is well past retirement age.
Posted by David_Robertson on 10/17/11 05:40 PM
Here are the details of the Plan: Click to view link
Posted by rossbcan on 10/17/11 03:47 PM
"(Hint: Ron Paul warned you)"
... and, when the mud really starts slinging, the fact that Ron Paul walked the talk and invested in and profitted from gold will be spun as:
Insider trading, abuse of congressional power to suppress gold so manipulators such as him could profit from their own actions, to the detriment of the public, while employed by the public.
Elites just love to project their crimes on others, in a pointless attempt to deflect blame. What??? The accuser the actual perp? Unthinkable!
You heard it here first.
Posted by flying_pig on 10/17/11 01:45 PM
Hey, did you know that Ron Paul made a killing off gold stocks in the last decade? You poor suckers who don't own any gold and never will just keep on whinging.
You are poor? Partly its your own fault because you are stupid, and cannot see who is really stealing your wealth away from you. (Hint: Ron Paul warned you)
Posted by flying_pig on 10/17/11 01:40 PM
I think the elite prefer war. They are sociopaths and revel in death and destruction. But you already knew that, didn't you?
Posted by josejoe on 10/17/11 01:39 PM
well folks, including the republican hierarchy, can minimize,marginalize and ignore ron paul,but does anyone have a better answer? i sure haven't heard about it. my 25 year old grandson has been an avid and active supporter of ron paul since his first run,and i, like my grandson, believe that a hell of a lot of people are catching on to paul's message. if we don't start somewhere we will wind up nowhere!
Posted by rossbcan on 10/17/11 12:32 PM
It needs to be acknowledged that the "good ole days" were "rule of law" and constitutional adherence days, where everyone bore the same rights and responsibilities, as opposed to "rule of rationalizing man".
And, the entitled need to seriously ponder whether they would prefer a job and economic freedom or, token, unlivable, ravaged by hyperinflation dole.
The choices are stark. Freedom is the only path to collective survival.
Posted by Tucci78 on 10/17/11 11:41 AM
It makes a point, you blithering idiot. Who else in the race for the Red Faction presidential nomination has - or would ever have - made an issue of the fact that the average American citizen is getting squeezed to death in this bankster-raddled, over-regulated, extortionately taxed, "politically correct" abomination of an economy that's been inflicted upon us?
As if Dr. Paul has shown any indication of collecting on that "fabulous pension" you're whining about.
Posted by Alan on 10/17/11 11:27 AM
Sounds wonderful. What a selfless person. Same money as an "median" worker. Who pays the rent, the servants, the car, medical expenses, and I guess the food and booze? That "median" worker really has it made. It is typical. Look I don't want anymore than you get. Shhh... I know I don't have to spend mine and I have made buckets out of politics and have a fabulous pension coming - guaranteed pension - not the risky one those "median" workers are hoping for.
Posted by oldman67 on 10/17/11 11:21 AM
America has been so dumbed down and lost so much freedom and liberties.The truth is America has millions of sheepe and if the government questions their patriotism they have them where they want them. No longer can we claim to be a christian nation.
Posted by jkluttz on 10/17/11 10:53 AM
It will be interesting to see how Dr. Paul proposes to return the US to a constitutional republic and over what time period. Gary Johnson, for example, says if elected he will propose a balanced budget by cutting expenses 43%. This idea at least avoids details which would otherwise show voters whose ox is to be gored. Unfortunately, 43% is not nearly enough to deal with the unfunded liabilities.
Dr. Paul is on thin ice here. Actually moving toward a constitutional republic is very different from saying so. There is clearly no stomach among voters for reducing their own benefits. So far large majorities seem to think their benefits can be saved by taxing the rich and cutting somebody else's benefits. While I fear that his presenting a plan to actually reduce the government will end his popularity, he appears to have no choice. At least then voters will know what is required. Anything short of this will show Dr. Paul to be just another politician who is willing to compromise his principles to get elected, another "trust me" candidate like Ronald Reagan. Dr. Paul's proposal to save Pell grants in order to appeal to his youthful supporters is not a good sign in this regard.
Posted by Saffire29979 on 10/17/11 10:40 AM
Ron Paul is saying things in public that were previously outside the realm of "serious" political discourse, and in doing so he's changing the location of the "goalposts" once set up by the elite.
Legalizing heroin gets cheers in a crowded auditorium in South Carolina, a socially-conservative state. Ending wars gets cheers from a 90% Republican audience.
This must be terrifying for the elite, especially the fact that the youth are latching onto him and learning about Austrian economics... and a few are even learning about voluntaryism.
I attended a large "Students for Liberty" conference the other day, in North Carolina. The first speaker (a professor) was highly entertaining and informative, and at the end someone asked him where he stood politically. He announced that he was a market anarchist, and nobody batted an eyelash.