Posts Tagged ‘Ron Paul’

In the same spirit as my Weekly Reads recap, here are some great videos that are worth watching. I pretty much always have two monitors on my desk, so I can watch them while I work, and many of the videos I watch can often be just listened to.

In this post lots of James O’Keefe, one of the reasons I hate the FDA, Rand Paul, school shooting discussion for people who are open minded to have a discussion, Ron Paul explains the Fed, exodus from high tax states, Missouri Senate Candidate Austin Petersen on Glenn Beck, fascinating video on a nuclear fuel that could be important, and a little fun from Tripp and Tyler.

Michelle Malkin: James O’Keefe has Gathered an Incredible Group of Citizen Journalists

Not the best talk I’ve ever heard Michelle Malkin give, but she raises some great points about the value of James O’Keefe’s work. I couldn’t agree more, much less eloquent summary of this video: Screw J-Schools, they’re worthless.

James O’Keefe Talks Journalism With Legendary Undercover Reporter Clarence Jones

Clarence Jones, a legendary undercover reporter, sits with James O’Keefe to discuss the risks and ethics of undercover journalism, and why investigative reporting is necessary.

Great discussion on modern media.

FDA’s Gag Order for Vape Entrepreneurs

I hate the FDA. Hate. It.

Suppression of Conservative Views Panel – James O’Keefe, James Damore – CPAC 2018

James O’Keefe spoke on a panel about the suppression of conservative views in Silicon Valley in the wake of Project Veritas’ latest undercover Twitter investigation at CPAC 2018. In addition to O’Keefe, panelists included “Google memo” author James Damore, free speech attorney Harmeet Dhillon, Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor and tech entrepreneur Marlene Jaeckel.

Sen. Rand Paul Speaks at the 2018 Kentucky Farm Bureau Breakfast in D.C. – Feb. 27, 2018

Not a majorly important speech. Comments on tax reform and potential advantage of the health care reform that allows individuals to purchase health insurance through groups.

How to Respond to School Shootings

This is a podcast I listen to. This is an outstanding episode about the topics of guns.

In the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida, New York Times bestselling novelist and former firearms instructor Larry Correia joins me to respond to the barrage of demonstrations against guns. If you oppose gun control, you value guns more than your own children, they say. That’s the intellectual level of the discussion so far. Larry and I raise it by 50 points in this episode. Subscribe to the Tom Woods Show

The Fed Is At A Crossroads – Crisis Coming

Dr. Ron Paul explains how the Federal Reserve works. It’s one of the most important things you should understand. America is not a true free-market driven nation, it will never be as long as there is a central bank that controls the price of money which in turns manipulates the prices of everything in our society. Sorry your high school history teacher who was busy working on his playbook was probably not smart enough to explain this to you.

And if you think Ron Paul is crazy, that’s okay, I used to, too, until I actually listened and read the man. He’s brilliant.

Exodus From High Tax States Is Pouring Gasoline On Pension Fire

No ink has been spared documenting the looming “pension crisis.” Conservative estimates put the total unfunded pension liabilities of state and local governments at a staggering $2 trillion.

But if you thought it couldn’t get any worse, you’re wrong.

A Conservative/Libertarian Alliance? Austin Petersen on Glenn Beck

I’m supporting Austin Petersen for Missouri Senate. The Missouri GOP has picked an uninspiring, milk-toast candidate in state Attorney General Josh Hawley. I’m about done with the Republican party in every way possible. They’ve basically abandoned every principle I thought they supposedly held; markets, freedom, responsibility. Either change it in the primary or burn it to the ground. And don’t give me the crap about Petersen not being able to win in the general. Hawley can’t take a firm position on anything of substance, hides from the voters, has already stuck his foot in his mouth embarrassingly a couple of times, promised voters just a year ago to not ladder climb and is now ladder climbing, and right now will do no better than Petersen in a potential general election match-up with McCaskill. I suspect he was picked by the Missouri GOP because he was young and checked all the right establishment boxes.

Great interview of Petersen on Glenn Beck’s show.

Thorium: Kirk Sorensen at TEDxYYC

Fascinating science with incredible implications. We should hear more about this stuff.

Kirk Sorensen is founder of Flibe Energy and is an advocate for nuclear energy based on thorium and liquid-fluoride fuels. For five years he has authored the blog “Energy from Thorium” and helped grow an online community of thousands who support a renewed effort to develop thorium as an energy source.

Tripp and Tyler: A Rental Car Success Story

Because sometimes you just need a laugh. If you’ve never seen Tripp and Tyler videos, they’re a lot of fun.


My new column is up over at They have added a way to comment on their website, feel free to join the discussion there.

I am often frustrated by the complete lack of understanding of American politics by the average American. So, I thought with this week’s column, I would delve into an examination of the American political spectrum.

Read the rest (and see my really cool graphic I created, too) by clicking here.

I love politics because it always seems to provide you with new experiences. Today, unfortunately, is a “new experience” I could have gone without having ever experienced. No, honestly, I lost four hours of my life to something I’m not exactly sure how to describe to you.

The bottom line is it will come off looking a bit embarrassing for the Republican party, and judging by reports from across the state, the Clay County Republican caucus was reproduced in some form or another in multiple locations. From what little I have read in some places it was worse. The worst case was probably in St. Charles in which a caucus had to be shut down by police and two Ron Paul supporters were arrested.

And there folks is your problem!

What Mark Levin affectionately terms Ronulans, or Ron Paul supporters. (Sorry, I’m not going to explain the Star Trek reference, just know, it’s appropriate.)

Now, I would like to make a disclaimer here: I don’t want to overgeneralize because I do have some friends that are Ron Paul supporters, and I do respect them. (Know that it is not that many.) I also respect many of the positions that Mr. Paul holds, and I have financially supported his PAC and his campaign in the past. My reasoning for doing so is I do think Mr. Paul’s voice belongs in the Republican party and should be heard. My major qualms with him surround his foreign policy. He’s just wrong, so wrong I can’t support him for the nomination of the Republican party.

The thing about today is there is a wrong way and a right way to participate. Mr. Paul’s supporters put on a clinic today in the wrong way.

First, they tried to nominate a candidate to run the caucus. When the first vote failed they cried establishment takeover (or something to that effect). So, there was another vote. The irony was the recount actually showed less votes in their favor.

The next big fit they threw took place when the delegate slates were proposed. There were two slates for the sixth district: a unity slate proposed by a member of Common Sense for Common People from Kearney and the Ron Paul slate. The sixth district unity slate won. Next, there were two fifth district unity slates proposed, one by Central Committee member Tom Salisbury and the other a Ron Paul slate. Chaos erupted again and people began exiting the caucus in large quantities. The Paul supporters demanded a new quorum count. Sadly, a little over 100 people left.  The Ron Paul slate was defeated in both the fifth and sixth congressional districts.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually think there is a significant point of contention with respect to the unity slate (in reality though I have a point of  contention with the whole process). One of the continual things the Paul supporters screamed were that we didn’t know who the unity slate would vote for. It’s a fair point, and I have a major problem with not being able to cast a vote for the candidate that I think is best to be the nominee. But when you get right down to it, as of right now I think there is no best candidate, but I certainly believe that Ron Paul is not the guy, so in a very convoluted way my voice was sort-of heard.

Anyway, back to our feature presentation. It seemed at this point that the craziness might subside. It was time to amend the Republican party platform. Not to be let down, the Ronulans provided us with more yelling and fireworks when they proposed to dump the entire platform and give us a new one. Oh, but did we get to read the new platform? Nah…. That’s not important. I was amazed at the two-faced nature of what the Paul supporters were proposing here. Some of these people probably screamed loudly at some point in the last couple years about how their representatives should be required to read any legislation passed. But, hey, in this situation, just take our word for it, we’ll give you the Cliff Notes version in a fiery speech. Ummm….thanks, but no thanks.

In fairness, I have to be  a little critical of Clay County Republican party chair Ben Wierzbicki. For the most part, he did a good job in dealing with people that were effectively behaving like overgrown teenagers, wait, that’s too much credit, overgrown five-year-old children. Mr. Wierzbicki should have realized early on that the majority of people in attendance would have stood up to the Paul supporters and that he had the votes to keep them under control. Early on he threatened to have people removed if they would not stop creating a disturbance. As the meeting progressed the Ronulans yelled, booed, called point of order (so many times I think I am going to have nightmares), and sacrificed lambs (oh, wait, that didn’t happen, but it seemed like we could have gotten there). By allowing these individuals to continue to be present and ignoring their persistent calls to be recognized through Robert’s Rules of Order he made the situation a little more chaotic than it needed to be. He should have either accepted their point of order and listened to whatever they had to say. At some point it all would have worked itself out. I really don’t envy what Mr. Wierzbicki had to go through today.

The reality is this must be fixed by our legislators before the next Presidential election. Caucuses are absurd and have no place in our modern political landscape. There is more to the story of why we had a caucus then I am discussing on this post. Let’s just say this mess could have been averted.

For your viewing pleasure, here is a video from today. Sorry if the video appears sideways, it is corrected on the YouTube page.