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PM 12/26/ | World Ron Paul writes that the presidential candidate “ was opposed to the war in Afghanistan, and to any military reaction to the attacks of 9/11,” but ultimately voted “Yay” [sic] in the face of a threatened staff rebellion “literally was put out” during a “Meet the Press” interview with Tim Russert. You know, if you're rich, you usually don't meet the death penalty. . Ron Paul: What we give up on is a tyrannical approach to solving a social and medical problem, and . No one in the media questions our aggression against Iraq for the past 12 years by continuous Paper Money and Tyranny, September 5, . Meet the cast and learn more about the stars of of Meet the Press with Paul Ryan 12 Episodes () 11 Episodes () .. Ron Johnson.
But there are some abortionists that it wouldn't be very hard to give them a pretty harsh punishment, because, you know, nothing annoys me more than the fact that an abortionist can make money killing a live viable fetus, in the 3rd trimester, and they think nothing about it, and they make a living doing this.
Any yet, one minute after birth, that same mother, who might throw the child away, rightfully is called to task, and actually charged with murder. So that inconsistency has to be resolved. The right to your own body, as a woman, do you not have the right to put in or take out of that body what you want? You have responsibilities, with the exception of rape, of the consequences of having intercourse. But if you carry that argument to its logical conclusion, I also think you have your right to your property, your home is your castle, I don't want any cameras, nothing in there.
But some parents might kill their children, we don't put cameras and we don't take away rights of parents because one out of 14 million might kill their child. But, if we know there's some parents in their home just murdering their children, all of the sudden this becomes very important.
So the sanctity of the home does not permit the killing of the children. And one time there was a case where the abortionist did the abortion, but the baby was born alive, so he drowned the baby.
I think he was convicted of a crime, but if he could have only killed the baby sooner That's why this partial birth abortion developed, because you didn't ever want the baby to be born alive. Interview by Adam CurryOctober 24,  Question: As a doctor, is it meaningful to you when somebody say that healthcare is a right, or that people have a right to good medical care?
That's incorrect, because you don't have a right to the fruits of somebody else's labor. You don't have a right to a house, you don't have a right to a job, you don't have a right to medical care. You have a right to your life, you have your right to your liberty, you have a right to keep what your earn. And that's what produces prosperity.
So you want equal justice. And this is not hard for me to argue, because if you really are compassionate and you care about people, the freer the society the more prosperous it is, and more likely that you are going to have medical care When you turn it over to central economic planning, they're bound to make mistake. The bureaucrats and the special interests and the Halliburtons are gonna make the money. Whether it's war, or Katrina, these noncompetitive contracts, the bureaucrats make a lot of money and you end up with inefficiency.
Your party created a prescription drug program, you voted against it. Don't elderly people need these drugs? Yeah, that's why I voted against it, because these government programs failed to work. A lot of elderly were, and still are furious over that program, because it's so complex and difficult.
But a lot of people like it, hey, I'm getting my drugs paid for, they're free. You know who else likes it? They spent quite a few millions of dollars, they did the highest lobbying, the profiteers were the ones who really pushed that program. But the assumption shouldn't be made that if you didn't have it, people wouldn't get their drugs.
The market is designed to lower prices, not raise prices. The real isolationists are those who impose sanctions and embargoes on countries and peoples across the globe because they disagree with the internal and foreign policies of their leaders.
The real isolationists are those who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seek change through diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example. I think medically it has a great future. I think that the answers aren't in yet. Some people say it's absolutely the answer, and others say it's no good and don't do it. It's not known yet, and I'll tell you what: It should be determined in the marketplace. In Washington so far we only had two choices, either prohibit it or subsidize it.
My position is that we shouldn't do either. It should be in the states to devise the rules and laws on what you can do and can't do. Though I'm very strong pro-life and the worst thing I can conceive of is manufacturing babies to be used for research, but as an obstetrician I've had on quite a few occasions to do a surgery on a woman with a pregnancy in the Fallopian tube. And, the fetus is small, and alive, and the heart is beating, but if you don't operate on him, the fetus dies and the patient dies, because a hemorrhage is a very very critical time for ectopic pregnancy.
I don't see any reason why you can't use that fetal tissue for research. It was almost pages long, and became available less than an hour before it was debated on the House floor The congressmembers were intimidated, "if I do nothing, my people gonna be mad, because they want us to do something". And the people are frightened.
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When they are frightened, they are much more willing to give us their liberties. But giving up their liberties won't make them safer, that's the real sad part of it. Interview by Laura Knoy on NHPRJune 5,  This essential principle of our Constitutional Republic is being ridden roughshod over by imperial Washington, which bullies local governments into accepting its illegal and unconstitutional policies. As a matter of fact, Rosa Parks is one of my heroes, Martin Luther King is a hero — because they practiced the libertarian principle of civil disobedience, nonviolence.
Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivismthe mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist. The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims.
Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity. Government and Racism 16 April I would like to believe that if we had a freer society, it would take care of blacks and whites and everybody equally because we're all individuals. To me, that is so important. But if we had equal justice under the law, I think it would be a big improvement.
If we had probably a repeal of most of the federal laws on drugs and the unfairness on how blacks are treated with these drugs laws, it would be a tremendous improvement. Your Legacy on RaceRepublican Candidates "All-American Presidential Forum" A system designed to protect individual liberty will have no punishments for any group and no privileges. Today, I think inner-city folks and minorities are punished unfairly in the war on drugs.
This has to change. We need to repeal the whole war on drugs.
So we need to come to our senses. This is a disease, and we should orient ourselves to this. That is one way you could have equal justice under the law. GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State UniversitySeptember 27, Some of the strongest supporters of the war declare that we are a Christian nation, yet use their religious beliefs to justify the war. They claim it is our Christian duty to remake the Middle East and attack the Muslim infidels. Evidently I have been reading from a different Bible.
The war in Iraq fails to meet almost all of these requirements. This discrepancy has generated anger and division within the Christian community. Some are angry because the war is being fought out of Christian duty, yet does not have uniform support from all Christians. Others are angry because they see Christianity as a religion as peace and forgiveness, not war and annihilation of enemies.
Why Are Americans So Angry? It just means more government and more attack on individual sovereignty, which is the real issue.
TV Special for Iowa, December  We go about the world, fighting to spread democracy and tell them how to live, but we really don't have a democratic system The laws have been made to make it very difficult, because the Republicans and the Democrats aren't looking for the competition, they want to monopolize it. So in many ways, we are less democratic than some other systems, where they have multiple parties, and more people represented than they're able to be represented here.
When we have a carrier strike group into the gulfor provide PAC-3which is a defensive system, it's simply to demonstrate that the United States remains determined to defend its interests in the gulf, and the interests of its allies. And that, congressman, is a position that has been held by American presidents going back for nearly 60 years.
I would just note that these are discrete responses to Iranian activities that are really deeply concerning, not just for us, but for the rest of the world as well. Now as to Tehran, and whether we can talk to them. However, at that early stage in the presidential campaign, the newsletters controversy attracted little attention.
That changed on January 8,the day of the New Hampshire primarywhen The New Republic published a story by James Kirchick filled with quotes from the newsletters. An article entitled "The Pink House" said that "homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts.
He also dismissed the attack as an attempt to accuse him of racism by proxy, claiming that he had collected more money among African Americans than any other Republican candidate. He campaigned through Pennsylvania in anticipation of the April 22 primary, including two stops in his birthplace of Pittsburghat Indiana University of Pennsylvania and at the University of Pittsburgh.
Paul was expected to capture most or all of Nevada's 31 delegates to the RNC as a result. That led to accusations of procedural violations on the part of state GOP leaders by Republican voters.
If you're not a patriot But let me go back to this ad. You do not believe that Mike Huckabee, that ad commercial represents the potential of fascism in the form of a cross. But I think this country, a movement in the last years, is moving toward fascism.
Fascism today, the softer term, because people have different definition of fascism, is corporatism when the military industrial complex runs the show, when the--in the name of security pay--pass the Patriot Act. You don't vote for it, you know, you're not patriotic America. If you don't support the troops and you don't support--if you don't support the war you don't support the troops.
It's that kind of antagonism. But we have more corporatism and more abuse of our civil liberties, more loss of our privacy, national ID cards, all this stuff coming has a fascist tone to it. And the country's moving in that direction. That's what I'm thinking about. This was not personalized. I never even used my opponents names if you, if you notice. So you think we're close to fascism? I think we're approaching it very close. One--there's one, there's one documentary that's been put out recently that has generated a lot of interest called "Freedom to Fascism.
Were not moving toward Hitler-type fascism, but we're moving toward a softer fascism. Loss of civil liberties, corporations running the show, big government in bed with big business.Meet the Press (10/23/11): Ron Paul
So you have the military industrial complex, you have the medical industrial complex, you have the financial industry, you have the communications industry. They go to Washington and spend hundreds of millions of dollars. That's where the control is. I call that a soft form of fascism, something that is very dangerous. For the record, the Sinclair Lewis Society said that Mr. Lewis never uttered that quote. But others refuted that and put them down and said that--and they found the exact quote where it came from.
Ron Paul, be safe on the campaign trail. Thanks for sharing your views. Nice to be here. As part of our Meet the Candidates series, we've invited candidates for president to appear here for in-depth interviews. In addition, Democratic candidate, Senator Barack Obama, he'll be right here to talk about his campaign. We're also archiving the transcripts and videos of the entire series on our Web site, mtp. Coming next, the very latest polls, strategies and commercials.
We have just 11 days to go to the Iowa caucuses on January 3rd, 16 days to New Hampshire primary on January 8th. The very latest from Iowa and New Hampshire.
Our political roundtable--John Harwood, Chuck Todd--after this station break. Let's go right to the polling numbers. The national numbers, look at that. Rudy Giuliani is now at 20, down 13 points in a month. Giuliani, what caused the decline? But let's go to the states, because this is what really counts.
Huckabee is ahead in both polls, 33 to 25 over Romney, 35 to 27 in other, the rest of the lineup there. Let's go to New Hampshire, some new numbers out today. Three points between McCain and Romney.
An earlier poll had it a 7 point race. Chuck Todd, what does it all tell you? Well, there's no Republican front-runner, and until we find out how badly Mitt Romney wins--loses Iowa, and I think that that's the assumption they're under at this point, that, that they're You called it already?
They know that--they're worried they're going to lose Iowa, but they're trying to close the gap. They're trying to close this gap so that they look like they at least have a running start to salvage New Hampshire. Because their bigger fear right now, the Romney people are absolutely petrified of John McCain. He is on the rise. He's done if he loses both of those.
What they're hoping, as Chuck said, is that they either win--and I wouldn't, given how unpredictable this race is, I wouldn't rule out Romney and his organization pulling out a victory, but if he doesn't win, he needs to be strong in New Hampshire. If he loses both of those back to back to Huckabee and McCain, he's got big problems. A--what Mitt Romney--there're several articles written about his talking about seeing his father marching with Martin Luther King in, in the '60s.
Let's watch what he said earlier this month. Videotape, December 8, MR. I saw my father march with Martin Luther King. End videotape Videotape, last Sunday MR. But you can see what I believed and what my family believed by looking at our, at our lives.
My dad marched with Martin Luther King. And then on Thursday, he sought to clarify what he really intended to say.
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Advertise Videotape, Thursday MR. If you look at the literature or look at the dictionary, the term 'saw' includes 'being aware of' in the sense I've described. It's a figure of speech and very familiar, and it's very common.
I did not see with my own eyes, but I saw him in the sense of being aware of his participation in the great effort. Tim, I think, if you look at the way Mitt Romney's run his campaign, there's plenty to criticize. Those of us old enough to remember "Leave It to Beaver" sometimes see Eddie Haskell in Mitt Romney going to every constituency group and saying, "You look so lovely, Mrs. I don't think it's a big deal.
I actually think this has turned into a little bit of a big deal. The blogs are nuts on it, the conservative blogs, because it's not that this is the first time he's done something like this. The problem is, is that it feeds into this idea that he will say and--say anything it takes to win over a constituency group. The Eddie Haskell thing, that's a--that, that cracked me up because you do have that feeling. He will say anything it takes to be liked, and that Martin Luther King thing.
And the fact is, it's been a real distraction. Before it, you know, midweek last week, he stopped the bleeding in Iowa, he's being, you know, looked like he was finally starting, you know, Huckabee was getting on the defensive, and then he had to spend 48 hours dealing with this story.
Luckily for him, there's so many other things distracting all the political press, but this was one of those things, I don't know if it goes away. Ask Al Gore what it's like when suddenly every word, it happens to get parsed. Mitt Romney is not been good when the pressure's been on and the spotlight's been on. And that's one of those moments. I agree it's become a political problem. My point is on the substance, when he says "What I meant was, I was aware of it," that doesn't seem to me to be an unreasonable explanation.
I mean, that was the problem is that there are many issues with it. It may be that his father never even marched with him. But he was a crusader. Absolutely, and nobody wants to take that away from his father.
But I will say, Tim, you got to wonder how George Romney would feel about watching Mitt Romney in one of those debates a few days ago, criticizing Rudy Giuliani for saying that New York City was welcoming to illegal immigrants. Mitt Romney, for the reason that Chuck mentioned, is sort of taken and run with that immigration issue. George Romney might not like it. So all those independents in New Hampshire five days later would say, "You know what?
I'm not going to play the Democratic primary, let me go in the Republican primary and find John McCain. Here's the latest national poll. Shows Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead 45, 23, But when you go to the states it's a much different story. One, Clinton is up 30, 28, 26; the other it's Obama, 33; Clinton, 29; Edwards is at But the Gallup poll had it tied 32, 32, Edwards, South Carolina, this is the poll. Obama, 35; Clinton, 35; Edwards, And look at the breakdown now.
Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead with whites, Obama's third. Blacks, who make up half the South Carolina Democratic primary, vote he's now comfortably ahead. What does that tell you, Chuck Todd? The Obama folks, and the Clinton folks right now will tell you that the one candidate they're worried about is John Edwards in Iowa as far as this point.
And I think it's interesting that when you have both camps saying they're both worried about this same guy, it tells you something's going on. And this is what's so wild about Iowa compared to the other two states. The other two states are two-person races. It's a true three-way. If anything, you get the sense that actually Obama and Edwards are now suddenly fighting it out for first and second, and Clinton is almost standing back saying, "OK, I'm going to go on this, I'm going to go on this final tour of Iowa and say it's time to choose a president.
Let them fight it out. And, and by the way, she also doesn't want to lose to Obama. I mean, one of the things that--they don't mind second place, but they certainly--you know, it's sort of like option one is winning. Option two is fin Does he have the resources?
I think--I don't know if he has the resources after South Carolina.
I think the fact is he's not--he's not as far back in New Hampshire as he was four years ago when he couldn't get the bounce. I think he can do, do the bounce. But the problem they've got is, if it's a three-way--what if it's ?
And, and Clinton's a 30 and, and Edwards is a Is that a victory? It's probably not a victory at that point, and then you sort of move on and that's where Edwards could get lost. I think he--if he wins Iowa, he needs a little bit of pad between first and second. If Obama wins Iowa, John Harwood, what happens? Well, if Obama wins Iowa, he's got a rocket going in to New Hampshire, and we've seen from this Globe poll that he's in a very strong position.