Ron Paul

Following Shooting in Afghanistan, Overall Question is Whether the Mission is Doable

March 12, 2012 by

The shooting of 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday by a U.S. soldier and the Koran burning on the Bagram air base several weeks ago have American officials questioning whether these two events will make it next to impossible for coalition forces to carry through with the mission as planned until 2014, when the U.S. is expected to leave Afghanistan.

South Carolina primary: can a divided Republican house unite around Romney?

January 19, 2012 by

By rights, Mitt Romney should be on the ropes. In the years leading up to the Republican presidential primaries, he supported small-l liberal positions on anything from abortion and gun control to climate mitigation and big spending stimulus packages. When he was governor of Massachusetts, he signed into law a healthcare plan not dissimilar to what Tea Partiers call “Obamacare.” He once even distanced himself from Ronald Reagan, something that amounts to heresy in conservative circles.

Ron Paul on the campaign trail

January 7, 2012 by

Despite coming in third in the Iowa caucuses last Tuesday, behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Ron Paul is polling at second place at 18 percent behind the former governor of Massachusetts. Romney is currently polling at 40 percent, with former Senator Rick Santorum polling a distant third at 11 percent, according to a Suffolk University/7 News two-day tracking poll of likely voters in New Hampshire.

America enters referendum year on Obama

January 5, 2012 by

America has finally set out on the long journey that will culminate with the presidential election on November 6 of this year. Everything that has come before – the registration of candidates, television debates – have all been preludes, a warm-up for the main event. Things began in earnest in the state of Iowa, where on January 3, 2012, Mitt Romney managed to eke out a win in the Republican primary.

Running on Anger

January 2, 2012 by

It is assumed that Ron Paul cannot win the presidency, and this may not necessarily be his ultimate goal. Paul’s message, during floor speeches in the well of the U.S. House of Representatives, on his many Sunday morning talk show appearances, in his newsletters and books, or through Paul’s previous two presidential campaigns, has been to inject his worldview on Americans and into the political discourse.

Gingrich, The Times & Doomsday

December 13, 2011 by

In a recent New York Times article the newspaper’s senior science writer, William J. Broad, takes a dig at Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s obsession with the possibility of a “nightmarish of doomsday scenarios: a nuclear blast high above the United States that would instantly throw the United States in a dark age.”

New Republican Front-runner Roils Mideast Waters

December 13, 2011 by

Newt Gingrich has a well-documented reputation for bomb throwing, but his latest assertions about Palestinians threaten to blow at least two decades of U.S. Middle East diplomacy to pieces. In a pre-recorded interview with the Jewish Channel made public Friday, the former speaker of the House of Representatives and the latest front-runner in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination called the Palestinians an “invented…people”.

The World According to Ron Paul

May 19, 2011 by

Of the declared or potential Republican candidates seeking the nomination for president in 2012, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) strays the least from his core principles. Paul, to either his benefit or detriment, has developed very clear and concise foreign policy positions, which have engendered a dedicated fan base specifically because of his core assumptions about foreign affairs.

Foreign Aid on the Budget Chopping Block

February 15, 2011 by

In the past month there have been revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, unrest in Yemen, Bahrain and Iran and historic elections have been held in the Sudan. Despite these seismic positive global shifts policymakers on Capitol Hill are calling into question the necessity of foreign aid. Contrary to conservative claims and popular perception foreign aid constitutes less than 1% of the federal budget. Yet policymakers argue that foreign aid and discretionary spending lies at the heart of the current and long-term fiscal health of the United States.

CPAC and Egypt: A Missed Opportunity

February 12, 2011 by

Ambassador John Bolton was one of two speaker at this years CPAC meeting to offer any substantative details on Egypt. His speech largely reflected the typical line of attack on President Obama and his administrations foreign policy. Bolton suggested that Mr. Obama is ignoring the dangers posed by a Muslim Brotherhood should they be included in any future Egyptian government. Bolton has essentially ignored the reality that the Muslim Brotherhood will be a part of any future government.

The Tea Party and 2012 Republican Primaries

February 11, 2011 by

The record of Tea Party backed candidates unseating establishment incumbent Republican Senators has been mixed. Mike Lee (R-UT) was the only successful Tea Party backed candidate to do so by defeating Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) during that state’s convention.

The Presidential Hopes of the GOP

February 11, 2011 by

The Republican Party was highly successful during the 2010 midterm elections. What is less certain is whether the GOP can replicate their successes and defeat Obama, retake the Senate and hold onto the House of Representatives in 2012. On the presidential level, at present, this scenario seems unlikely.