As I attempted to log into my hotmail account I didn’t even make it past the home page. You can tell it is an election year. Just yesterday it was announced that the state of North Carolina will ban gay marriage and civil unions. This has gained the attention of activists across the nation and apparently the POTUS as well.
As election time draws near both Democrats and Republican leaders seem to be reaching for votes. MSNBC reports that today President Obama has announced that he believes that same sex couples should be allowed to get married. In the past President Obama has endorsed “civil unions” as an alternative to gay marriage. The “civil union” stance on gay marriage was typical of Obama’s middle of the road campaign style. He’s the “compromise” President trying hard to keep everyone happy. It’s been suggested that pressure from the “left” has prompted Obama to update his stance on gay marriage. That being said, Obama is also reported as saying that he believes marriage legislation should be left up to the individual states. Really? Are you paying attention? (continue…)
You’ve probably seen a news clip or heard a soundbyte from the past week of a commentator mentioning Ron Paul’s infamous newsletters.
Ron Paul has recently gained alot of media attention after it was announced that he was the current front runner in the Iowa caucuses. The Grio has sounded off on the issue. The publication stopped short of calling Dr. Paul a racist but claims at the very least that the letters were “racially insensitive”. Read what The Griot wrote here.
Is Ron Paul Afraid of His Past??
I first heard of Ron Paul in 2007. There was a big push for more information on income tax law and the Federal Reserve. At the same time the 911 Commission Report was under great scrutiny.
Along with this wave of information and newly found enlightenment came an enthusiastic push for presidential candidate named Ron Paul.
I personally found Ron Paul to be knowledgeable, even tempered and articulate. With his fiscally conservative views, knowledge of government and moderate foreign relations policies Paul seemed to be the perfect candidate for newly rejuvenated online revolutionaries. Many frustrated Americans felt bamboozled by the whole income tax debacle and false flag propaganda that had been peddled as truth. Paul was the straight shooter or so we thought.
There has consistently been one major chink in Pauls armor, i.e. the rumor that RP was/is a racist and a closeted white supremacist. Among the accusations of Paul’s racist past was a rumored vote against the effort to honor Rosa Parks in the senate. I was pleased to look into it and find this:
I like Ron Paul. I’ve said it before. My issue with RP is that he treats his past as if he is scared to talk about it. Talking around a subject has not been his style. He normally tackles an issue head on. It has become his signature and the thing that I think people respect most about him. RP gives very vague answers in regards to his newsletters but is extremely detailed when discussing any other issue. I believe that in order to be a good leader he would have to tackle this head on and answer all questions with great detail. Not doing so leaves room for distraction and a valid reason for voters to be leary.
The video was posted on a youtuber’s called decalos99‘s channel. The text in the vlog reads:
Presidential candidate Ron Paul was defensive Wednesday when pressed about controversial newsletters in the 1980s and 1990s that were in his name.
When asked during an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger whether he looked at them when they were published and decided they did not represent him accurately, he said “not all the time.” Pressed on whether he read them he said, “Not all the time. Well, on occasion, yes.”
Paul, who had left Congress at the time and was practicing medicine, has repeatedly disavowed the controversial remarks in the newsletters.
“I’ve never read that stuff. I’ve never read – I came – I was probably aware of it 10 years after it was written and it’s been going on 20 years that people have pestered me about this and CNN does it every single time,” he said.
Among the racially charged comments contained in the publications was this one from 1992: “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.” They also contained some conspiracy theories.
When Borger asked him if this was a legitimate topic, he became testy saying “Yeah and when you get the answer, it’s legitimate that you sort of take the answers I gave. You know what the answer is? I didn’t write them, didn’t read them at the time, and I disavow them. This is the answer.”
Existence of the controversial newsletters, which listed Paul as publisher and carried such names as “Ron Paul’s Freedom Project,” the “Ron Paul Political Report,” the “Ron Paul Survival Report” and the “Ron Paul Investment Letter,” was first reported in 2008 in the New Republic. The Weekly Standard followed up this week.
Paul can expect more scrutiny with the news he is at the top of some polls in Iowa, less than two weeks before the Jan. 3 caucuses.
During a swing Wednesday, he drew large crowds and enthusiastic responses to his anti-establishment message and calls for fiscal restraint.
Paul’s campaign has hit Newt Gingrich hard in campaign commercials accusing him of “serial hypocrisy” for changing positions and using his influence to help build his consulting business.
When CNN asked him whether he would be willing to take down these ads because many Iowans have voiced displeasure with the negative nature of this year’s campaign he said he would not.
“I don’t consider them attacking him unfairly. I mean, it just points out the position he’s been on. That’s my job, to show what my opponents do. They flip-flop around and they change positions, and if the media won’t do it, I should do it,” he said in the interview.
— –Kevin Bohn, CNN
The more I watch this presidential hopeful’s politics the more concerned I become. Is this really one of the best candidates that the U.S. has to offer?
Michele Bachmann came under fire recently for invoking God into politics and then backing away from the comment via a spokesperson. Bachmann is reported as linking the Hurricane Irene and the eastcoast earthquake with God’s dissatisfaction with the country. Believe it or not, I don’t have a problem with someone speaking up for their religious beliefs. No, I don’t have a problem with that at all. The problem I have is with a short sighted individual who thinks that they are capable of solving long term problems.
If Michele Bachmann did not have enough foresight to see the backlash that would come from her Hurricane Irene comment then she is no better than a Sarah Palin. Why backpedal? Didn’t you say what you mean and mean what you say? Stand on it! This retraction leads me to believe that Michele Bachmann doesn’t have the foresight to run a McDonald’s restaurant let alone the biggest economy in the world.
There are reports running going around that Michele Bachmann said that it won’t take long to fix the U.S. economy. I initially dismissed those reports as more than likely an exaggeration from the left. I now seriously doubt that it was an exaggeration. Bachmann’s track record thus far is leading me to believe that the Republican Party doesn’t even want to win in 2012.
The 2012 Presidential Election is already heating up. Spotted this article over at Blackplanet. Props to NEWSONE. Gingrich blasted Obama as “the most successful food stamp president in modern American history.”
Republican Newt Gingrich told a Georgia audience on Friday evening that the 2012 presidential election is the most consequential since the 1860 race that elected Abraham Lincoln to the White House and was soon followed by the Civil War.
Addressing the Georgia Republican Party’s convention, Gingrich said the nation is at a crossroads and that the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama would lead to four more years of “radical left-wing values” that would drive the nation to ruin.
Read the article