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Ron Paul and Republicans: It’s Decision Time

Dr. Ron Paul
(image credit: paul.house.gov)There’s been a lot of chatter in the blogosphere and the news lately about whether Ron Paul may abandon the Republican Party and choose to run for President on a third party ticket.

It’s Time for "Indiana Week in Review" to Add a Libertarian to the Panel

Indiana Week in Review has had a wonderful discussion on

Bill Levin Puts Out Straight Forward Commercial

At-Large City-County Council candidate Bill Levin (L) has a new commercial hitting th airwaves. A link to it has been making its way around Facebook.

In it, Levin takes a simple and straightforward approach. Tired of the way the Republicans and Democrats are acting? Tired of crime? Vote for me.

Levin is a well-known and popular person around town. Between his higher profile and commercials like these, he’s bound to really shake up the Council race next month.

Check out the commercial here

Coleman Goes Prime-Time

City-Councillor Ed Coleman, seeking re-election in the Southside’s 24th District, has released a couple of commercials.

Former Indiana Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Horning Annouces Bid for U.S. Senate

Andrew HorningAndrew Horning, the 2008 Libertarian Party Candidate for Indiana Governor, issued a press release today announcing his candidacy for United States Senate in 2012. Horning received 2.1% of the votes in his 2008 campaign.

His press release, as published by the Libertarian Party of Indiana:

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andrew Horning

Andrew Horning, Candidate for Indiana U.S.A. SenateConstitution Day, September 16, 2011
The Freedom Farm, Freedom, Indiana
We The People have exactly and only what We The People have chosen. It should now be apparent that We The People have chosen badly for a very long time.
We The People have nobody else to blame for the endless wars, rising debts, rising crime, dropping wealth and standard of living…we have chosen every injustice, every lawless law, every bit of our ungoverned government.
The good news is that we should no longer worry about the catastrophe that’s about to engulf us, because it’s now too late to stop it. More good news is that we’ll soon be free of the ease that clouded our perceptions and retarded our actions.
Even more good news is that it is never too late to decide how We The People are to create and maintain a society by which we can live together in relative peace, prosperity and safety.
Today, the Cassandra-like Libertarians must avoid the temptation to say “I told you so,” and instead keep on working for what’s true, and what works. Libertarians and other forward-thinking people should be on hand to rebuild what generations of bad choices and the entrenched abstractions of our so-called and unconstitutional “Two Party System” have destroyed: Law and Order, Liberty and Justice for All.
Today, Libertarians need not explain why they dare oppose the so-called “Two Party System.” Today, anybody who would vote for any Democratic or Republican Party candidate has, in the words of Desi Arnaz, “got some e’splainin’ to do!”
So today, in the interest of having the right people in the right places in the event that We The People decide that this is the right time to stop the madness, I am announcing my candidacy for the office of U.S.A. Senator for the State of Indiana.
The addition of Horning to the 2012 Indiana Senate race could very well prove an interesting one.

Coleman Raises $65K in One Weekend

Indianapolis City-County Councillor Ed Coleman has had a great couple of days. This weekend, between a large donation from the Libertarian National Committee and donations from several other donors, Ed was able to raise approximately $65,000.

Ed is currently an At-Large councillor for Indianapolis who was elected as a Republican, but switched to the Libertarian Party after becoming disgusted with the internal workings of the local Republican leadership. He is running as a District 24 candidate this year.

From the Libertarian Party of Indiana’s release in the subject’s

–>>This is not just a game-changer for my race, but also for the entire Libertarian Party,” said Councilor Ed Coleman. “We hope this serves as a signal to all elected Republicans and Democrats that standing on principle doesn’t mean campaigning alone. The party of principle will work to help elect and re-elect Libertarians to make true change in the political arena. I would like to thank the LNC for recognizing this opportunity, and stepping up to keep the libertarian message moving forward.”<<--

The donations obviously springboard Coleman into the realm of money that the two major parties may deal with regularly, but is uncommon among local third-party candidates. Even among the major parties, this kind of funding is uncommon in district council races, where $10-15 thousand is more the norm. His opponent, for example, most recently reported $4,000 raised, with $1,000 in debt.

If Coleman can use the

Ron Paul’s Website Attacked During Online Fundraiser

Libertarian-leaning presidential contender and congressman Dr. Ron Paul (R-TX) turned 76 years old yesterday. As part of his birthday celebration, Dr. Paul and his campaign team decided to hold a “money-bomb,” or day-long online fundraising push.

The congressman has had extraordinary success with money-bombs in the past, and has them regularly. He was the first candidate in U.S. history to raise one million dollars in a day via the internet.

His goal for yesterday’s birthday money-bomb was an aggressive $1.5 million. Not surprisingly, he was making great strides towards that goal as the day progressed.

Then came the devastating news from Paul’s campaign. At approximately 10:40pm Eastern, the Ron Paul Facebook page posted the following status update:

“The ronpaul2012.com website is under cyber attack. Our team is working to fix this as we speak. So sorry to all who have tried to make donations and could not. We’ll have more info ASAP.”

Speculation as to the cause and source if the web failure began quickly circulating the internet. Some were saying that the website’s servers simply couldn’t handle the traffic (something this author doubts do to the large number of successful money-bombs Paul has had in the past). Others speculated that the attacker was some Republican that wanted to slow Paul’s recent successes. (A little more reasonable of a theory, since Paul is often considered a radical to ignore within his own party, but has had many recent positive movements in his campaign.)

The truths is, it doesn’t matter who the attacker is. It could be someone just out to make a name for themselves in the hacker world. Or, as earlier stated, there may be no attacker at all.

The site was finally up and going before midnight, and the site announced they were extending the money-bomb until noon today to allow a chance to donate to those that could not.

By the time midnight struck, the money-bomb had raised $1.49 million of their $1.5 million goal. Because there’s some extra time on the clock now, the campaign has increased the goal to $1.75 million.

This Is Why It’s Important to Field Candidates

Well-known Indy blogger Paul Ogden throws out a great point tonight while discussing this private investigator debaucle in Carmel.

Rutherford’s Atlas Liberty PAC

After the 2006 Libertarian Party national convention, I founded Atlas Liberty PAC along with several friends. It formally started in September 2006.

Its mission is to provide Libertarian candidates (and parties) at all levels the practical, nuts-and-bolts support necessary to become an effective force in local politics. This is because Atlas Liberty is not a think tank, for its focus transcends ideology, positions and principles to focus on the mechanics and hard work of real politics providing the knowledge and resources our affiliates need to win elections.

In November 2010, Atlas Liberty PAC took a big step by naming Evan McMahon to be its Executive Director. Evan has already provided support to several candidates in Nebraska and Indiana, and has worked with volunteers in Ohio.

In the past, Atlas Liberty PAC has provided scholarships for libertarians to attend campaign training programs in Ohio and Washington, D.C. and provided financial support to candidates in Arizona, Texas and Indiana.

You can help by making a contribution to Atlas Liberty by clicking here to help us raise $100,000 in 2011.

Please also take a look at Atlas Liberty PAC on Facebook. Click here to link to Atlas Liberty’s Facebook page.

Ron Paul Prepares To Enter 2012 Presidential Race

As the liberty rumor mill heats up this evening over the prospect that Texas Congressman Ron Paul is preparing to announce the formation of his 2012 presidential exploratory committee the headline on Drudge seeming to indicate the eve of welcome news.

In 2008 Ron Paul, who had difficulty getting respect from the mainstream political and media establishments as well as traction in his campaign, tried desperately to educate and warn the country about the dangers of loose monetary policy and expensive, budget-busting overseas militarism. The establishment “know-it-alls” and the conservative talking head puppets that everyone likes to just parrot instead of thinking for themselves tried the damndest to discredit him; but, increasingly Ron’s predictions and warnings turned out to be spot on.

Ron tried to tell us that we could face a future monetary crisis, a devaluation of the dollar and a loss of credibility worldwide for not only the United States itself, but for what has been until recently the undisputed reserve currency of the world. Ron has railed against the growing nanny and police state. Ron had predicted the challenges that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would face and tried to get the attention of Congress on the likely failure of those government sponsored entities. He told us gold and silver, now at or near all-time highs, were good stores of value and that we faced a massive rise in inflation and commodity prices as a result of Federal Reserve Policy.

Even Ron’s economic advisor in 2008, Peter Schiff had been laughed off of television shows when he had previously predicted the collapse of the mortgage market. I think only Ben Stein has since apologized to Peter, who is now much more respected than he was in 2007 or 2008 and even made a run for the Connecticut Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010. To illustrate the problem people with a clue have in getting elected, Schiff, who saw our entire mess coming, tried to warn us and who has strong free market, pro-freedom credibility couldn’t get the Republican Party’s nomination. That doesn’t give me much confidence in the Republican Party’s ability to save our country; but, how the party faithful react to people like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in 2011 and 2012 will tell us a lot about whether we can have hope or not.

So, how fitting is it that as the Drudge Report headline of “Ron Paul: He’s In!” hit the Internet this evening that the surrounding headlines read, at least momentarily…

“Dollar’s Decline Speeds Up”

“China planning to cut U.S. Reserves by two-thirds?”

“Gold and silver continue to surge. . .”

“Military patrols start in downtown Columbus, GA. . .”

“IMF: Age of America Nears End. . .”

“Gas prices rise for 34th straight day…”

Add to those headlines that despite all of the talk of “Hope and Change” in 2008 we still have troops in Afghanistan, we’re still sending drones into Pakistan, still have special units and contractors in Iraq, but now we’ve added Libya to the mix of countries we’re overtly bombing or meddling in.

As I’ve written before, Conservatives like to talk a big game about the government staying out of people’s lives and wallets. Does it ever occur to them that people in foreign nations want the U.S. Government out of their lives and wallets too? And always remember that it is perfectly okay to love your country and hate your government. Those two things are not mutually exclusive, especially when the government is doing its most incompetent and oppressive best to undermine the country, your countrymen and the high standing we once held in the world.

So, now is the time to lay down the gauntlet. To look every Republican voter right square in the eyes and tell them, “You say you’re for small Constitutional government, low or no taxes, personal responsibility, individual freedom and a government that minds its own business and protects your privacy. You say you want honest, trustworthy politicians.”

“PROVE IT. Support Ron Paul for President in 2012.”

And if they give you some lame excuse about why they can’t. Please ask them to get the hell out of the way because there are some of us out there who really do desire to live free, amongst free people in a free country. The way it is supposed to be. I have my own “contract with America” called The Constitution that says so.

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