Marijuana | Barack Obama | Obama’s foolish war on marijuana | The Daily Caller

If the Obama administration recognizes arrests are not going to solve the problem, then why are we spending $14 billion a year on marijuana-related arrests? Why are people being sentenced to life in prison for marijuana-related crimes? And more importantly, why did Obama direct the Justice Department to target dispensaries a week after these petitions received the minimum amount of signatures necessary to receive a response?

The fact is, marijuana is less deleterious to the human body than alcohol. In fact, there are no scientific studies that conclusively prove that marijuana poses real health risks to humans. To the contrary, 16 states have recognized its medical benefits and legalized it for medicinal use. By hiding behind the “science” that doesn’t exist, the Obama administration is trying to brush off the 74,000 Americans who signed the petition to legalize marijuana and the 70% of voters who would like to see medicinal marijuana legalized. This administration’s marijuana stance makes neither scientific nor political sense.

Marijuana | Barack Obama | Obama’s foolish war on marijuana | The Daily Caller

Which Republican [Presidential] Candidate Is More Conservative?

“The problem with American conservatism, as Lew Rockwell of the Ludwig von Mises Institute has explained, is that it hates the left more than the state, loves the past more than liberty, feels a greater attachment to nationalism than to the idea of self-determination, believes brute force is the answer to all social problems, and thinks it is better to impose truth rather than risk losing one soul to heresy. It has never understood the idea of freedom as a self-ordering principle of society. It has never seen the state as the enemy of what conservatives purport to favor. It has always looked to presidential power as the saving grace of what is right and true about America. Ronald Reagan’s claim that “the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism” is bogus. The two ideologies are poles apart. It would be more accurate to say that the very heart and soul of conservatism — given conservatives’ support for the welfare state, the regulatory state, the nanny state, the police state, and the warfare state — is not discernibly different from that of modern-day liberalism. Which Republican [Presidential] candidate is more conservative? When it comes to the key issues of liberty, property, and peace, they (except, of course, for Ron Paul) are all statist and interventionist to the core. Click here to read the commentary.

GOP Straw Poll and Party Platform | Fox & Hounds Daily

A more moderate platform than the 2008 version was introduced at the convention by a drafting committee and caused much heated discussion before it was derailed temporarily in committee. The vote was close: 60-55. The battle on the platform is not over. The platform will be finalized next year…” (I disagree with the author that the straw poll which Ron Paul won will soon be forgotten. I do agree with Joel Fox, the author, that that is what supporters of a candidate who scored way behind in such poll would say.)
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He’ll get attention in CA: Ron Paul to join Michele Bachman at GOP state convention in September : Politics Blog

The Spin Cycle with Carla Marinucci, SF Chronicle: It’s going to get hotter in Los Angeles next month now that Republican Rep. Ron Paul will be joining Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at the upcoming gathering of the nation’s largest Republican Party — the California state GOP convention in Los Angeles starting Sept. 18.

The campaign of the Texas Congressman, who came in a close second to Bachmann in the recent Iowa straw poll, confirmed to us today he’s hitting California to address the convention on Saturday. Paul is planning to be present all day at the gathering — expected to draw at least 1,000 GOP enthusiasts to the JW Marriott at LA Live.

As we reported this week, more GOP candidates might be showing up to the blue state convention now that Bachmann is the Friday keynote speaker — and the party has decided to hold a straw poll that could juice up interest and passions among grassroots activists and the media in the nation’s most populous state.

OH, this just perked up my whole disposition about the upcoming CA GOP Convention in L.A. in September. Suddenly I am excited about it, for more than the pleasure to see kindred spirits whom I’ve met years past. Since 1999, I would never miss a convention in CA, until a year ago. Then, disenchanted, I surmised that the CA GOP Party Leadership did not stand with principles of liberty but in spurts, and whim.

Too many jockeyed for power opposite Democrats and both Parties’ Leaders divvied the goods over which they had control. Both Parties curry favor to secure the endorsements of the public Employee Unions–CTA, AFT, SEIU, Prison Guards Union and bow to them before the public whom votes for them into office. Many, not all, county and city law enforcement agencies, and Redevelopment Big Developers and their League of Cities minions on City Councils across the land of CA partake in this public orgy of power and money grabbing, the people, entrepreneurs, small business owners all be damned.

There are many who’ve chosen not to flee California, but who want to transform CA to a place where there is more liberty, less tyranny for the people. They believe that Real change is possible. They know there is no guarantee, but we will stand up!

More and more awaken and engage. They speak up against corruption, abuse of power and the public trust. They collaborate and they coalesce. Many of these same inspired and determined activists are also inspired by ideas that Ron Paul articulates consistently.

The most contentious issues that stand between conservatives and libertarians right now, with respect to Ron Paul are all the wars, the war on drugs, and the Federal Reserve. These are substantive issues and he discusses them with moral and ethical authority, reason and integrity. Let both he and Ms Bachman do so in a debate.

I am glad he is coming. I hope that Ms Bachman and he debate. They would sell a lot of tickets. I hope that Ms Bachman is courteous to him and this time that she doesn’t leave the stage while he is speaking, as if he were the intermission. She may believe that it is most wise to ignore him and smirk or wink about him, but those who seek a deeply rooted leader, different from the two sides who’ve governed in CA for decades now are listening and many who’ve left the Parties like what they hear.
He’ll get attention in CA: Ron Paul to join Michele Bachman at GOP state convention in September : Politics Blog Click to read the article

Indecision 2012 – Corn Polled Edition – Ron Paul & the Top Tier – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 08/15/11 – Video Clip | Comedy Central

“The best critique of the MSM’s treatment of Paul came from social critic and comedian Jon Stewart, who absolutely skewered the MSM on his television show. What better way to expose these people than by ridicule? Stewart’s critique has gone viral on the Internet. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the link. You will absolutely die laughing.”–Jacob Hornberger, Aug 17, 2011

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Congressman Ron Paul: Telling it like it is to Bill Maher

Why Ron Paul Makes Sense

Why have I not given much attention to Ron Paul? A friend who I was hoping to interview today on my program had shared with me, his estimation of what was wrong with Ron Paul, but I confessed I never gave him any time or consideration. I didn’t see him as viable. But, he did garner better numbers in the primaries than the weakest of the traditional or “conservative” candidates.
Look at an example of power rankings of Republican candidates for 2010 and the insiders don’t mention him.

Yesterday, I discovered the Daily Conservative blog, while doing a search on Ron Paul. This post I link to on this post happened to be the blog author’s new post. I agree with him, we have more in common than not, even if there are some very big differences. If you are a libertarian conservative, as I am, our take is different than Ron Paul’s on the war against terror, but we agree on a vast majority of matters when it comes to political economic policy. So let’s talk.