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Dec. 14th, 2007

03:21 pm - Join the Tea Party this Sunday!

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On December 16th, 1773, American colonists dumped tea into the Boston Harbor to protest an oppressive tax.

This Sunday is the anniversary of that event, and in celebration, I’m going to be donating $100 to the Ron Paul presidential campaign.

In my opinion, Paul is the most pro-liberty major-party candidate for President in at least a 100 years. I support him for a variety of reasons, but among others:

* He opposed the war in Iraq from the very beginning, even when it was extremely unpopular to do so.
* He’s opposed regulations requiring Wifi providers to snitch on their users, even when he was one of only two representatives to do so.
* He’s supports your freedom to gamble online.
* He opposes the BATF’s restrictions on your right to defend yourself with firearms
* He opposes the DEA’s restrictions on your right to take recreational drugs.
* He opposes the FDA’s restrictions on the medicines you can take.
* He opposes the FEC’s restrictions on your political speech.
* He opposes the USDA’s restrictions on the food you eat.
* He opposed the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions act (acts which weaken your habeus corpus protections, and allow for torture and warrantless wiretapping).
* He opposed the Real-ID national ID card/citizen tracking system.
* He supported using Letters of Marque and Reprisal against terrorist organizations.
* He opposes the Treasury’s monopoly on our money supply.
* He opposes the Federal Reserve’s inflation of our money supply.
* He opposes the IRS’s claims to the money you earn.

Put positively, he supports your freedom to do as you wish, provided that you don’t infringe on the rights of others, or expect them to pay for your mistakes.

For these reasons, among many others, I support his candidacy. (He’s not perfect of course — I disagree with him on abortion and immigration — but taken as a whole, he’s better than any other candidate we’re likely to see any time soon.)

Our last fundraiser — the November the 5th “money bomb” — raised $4.2 million, the largest amount ever raised online on a single day in a Presidential campaign. Prior to that fundraiser, Ron Paul was largely ignored by the mainstream media.

After that event, he received large amounts of publicity in the mainstream media, which continues to this day. For example:

This Sunday’s fundraiser promises to raise even more money than the last one. If we can raise more than $6.2 million, we’ll beat Hillary Clinton for the largest single fundraising day ever, online or off, which will likely result in even more publicity for Paul.

In addition, if we can raise $18 million or more for the quarter, it will likely make Paul the largest Republican fund raiser for the fourth quarter. This money will allow him to make large ad buys leading up to Super Tuesday (the day on which the parties in most states nominate their Presidential candidates).

Therefore, if you support Paul, I hope you will join me on Sunday and donate to his campaign.

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From:girlvinyl
Date:December 14th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I am ready!

I am also really forgetful and distracted, especially on weekends. Make sure to remind me sunday too. I hope we can really beat some records here and benefit the campaign even more than nov 5th. Which was the first time I ever gave money to a political candidate in my life. I'll be urging my FL to donate as well.
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From:crasch
Date:December 14th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! I'll remind you.
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From:lucystag
Date:December 15th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
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Ditto on the disagreement on immigration and abortion, but yes, there comes a time when compromise is actually a good thing, and not just all those liberal friends of mine who voted for Kerry -- I mean, against Bush. Paul isn't perfect, but what a compromise. I'll take it, thanks.

I really wish I had any money. When Badnarik was running, I had a job and could impulsively donate 50 bucks. Now, when gaining real ground is much more possible, I am an utterly broke student.

Well, I'll at least urge my parents to donate. Paul's got their vote, no question.
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From:pasquin
Date:December 15th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
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A pity about the Nor'easter that's going to hit Sunday. Think a hurricane with snow.
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From:gentlemaitresse
Date:December 15th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for reminding me. I'm sure the local meetup group would have reminded me, too, since we are getting together tomorrow, but I signed up at that link now. It looks like we only have about a third of the number they wanted to get, so maybe I'll have to donate twice as much.

Do you mind if I copy this post to my own LJ, with credit to you? I think it would be more effective to do that than to simply point people here, but if you'd rather I simply link to you, I'll do that instead.

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From:crasch
Date:December 15th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Feel free to copy at will!
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From:mindwalker
Date:December 15th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
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I will join you in donating. I recommend donating in the morning, so that press coverage of donations will encourage others to donate in the afternoon (and yeah, I also disagree with him on those same relatively few issues you do).
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From:lds
Date:December 16th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
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I've ordered a few bumper stickers for the vehicles my girl and I drive most often. I'm not able to contribute much more than that these days, but we'll do what we can.
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