The Freeman's Burden:

To defend the principles of human liberty; to educate; to be vigilant against the ever expanding power of the state.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Another great clip video for Ron Paul

Hanoi agrees with Ron Paul

Ron Paul has routinely used the US experience in Vietnam as an example of how ending intervention in a sovereign nation's affairs led to far better results than the intervention itself.

As Paul contends, withdraw from Vietnam while bruising to the national ego, led ultimately to a unified country that today is a trading partner and an attractive potential economy for private investors. Our leaving did not lead to the "falling domino" theory that had communism overtaking the world as some warned.

Occasionally critics will point to the killing fields of Cambodia following the US withdraw suggesting that our leaving was the direct cause and implying therefore that we should not have left.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Why we fight for freedom

Friday, August 24, 2007

After Ron Paul Makes Meteoric Gains, Romney "Borrows" Philosophy

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. On the other hand, it does not show much honesty, integrity, or conviction. The latest test of this principle is to watch “1st tier” presidential candidate Mitt Romney start to emulate the political philosophy of “2nd tier” candidate Ron Paul. Ron Paul has been in favor of small government since he became a Congressman. He has been in Congress for ten terms or twenty years. (Ron Paul is currently listed with 8 to 1 odds of becoming the next US President)

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

News from the Campaign

Sorry I haven't been posting for a bit. I'm back in the office in Arlington Virginia and I didn't figure that everyone wanted to hear about volunteer schedules or debate organizing. Let's face it, office work just isn't that riveting. That said, there has been some good news lately. We had strong finishes in two more straw polls. We won the South Sound (WA state) straw poll and finished with 16% in Minnesota, which is extra cool since it cost $100 to vote. In the next couple of weeks, I will be heading to New Hampshire for the FOX News debate and Florida for the Value Voter's Debate mid-month. Stay tuned for more pics, vids, and news from the road with the Ron Paul campaign.

New Video: Ron Paul Makes Sense

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ron Paul on

Presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul discusses the economic consequences of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the scars of PTSD and the administration’s betrayal of wounded veterans, how nice it would be if the War Party had to clean up the DU, why the U.S. should withdraw from Iraq as soon as physically possible, the role of the Military-Industrial-Complex in determining foreign policy, the likelihood and possible consequences of war with Iran for our troops in Iraq, our economy, and our liberty, why all the tax money spent militarily “securing” recourses is being wasted due to a mistaken and outdated mercantilist understanding of economics, the failure of the Congressional Democrats to check the war powers of the president, why U.S. intervention on behalf of Israel is bad for us, bad for them and bad for their neighbors, America’s deteriorating relationship with Russia and China and why the U.S. government should stay out of Darfur.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Ron Paul wins big in Alabama and New Hampshire Straw Polls

Ron Paul - 216 (81%)
Mitt Romney - 14 (5%)
Duncan Hunter - 10 (4%)
Fred Dalton Thompson - 9 (3%)
Rudy Giuliani - 7 (3%)
Mike Huckabee - 6 (2%)
John McCain - 2 (.75%)
Sam Brownback - 2 (.75%)
Tom Tancredo - 0 (0%)

New Hampshire
Ron Paul: 208 (78%)
Mitt Romney: 26 (9.6%)
Tancredo: 8 (3%)
McCain: 7 (3%)
Cox: 5 (2%)
Hunter: 5 (2%)
Thompson: 5 (2%)
Giuliani: 3 (1.1%)
Brownback: 1 (.4%)

Illinois Straw Poll

by Kent Snyder

Heavy rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of Ron Paul supporters yesterday at the Illinois State Fair. Those supporters canvassed the fairgrounds introducing people to Ron Paul and asking them to vote in the straw poll held by the Illinois Republican Party. Voting started at 11:00 am and ended at 4:00 pm.

Their work paid off! Dr. Paul (18.87%) came in third behind Mitt Romney (40.35%) and Fred Thompson (19.96%). Giuliani (11.61%), McCain (4.12%), Huckabee (3.04%), Brownback (1.08%), Hunter (.65%), and Tancredo (.33%) rounded out the field.

A big "thank you" to the Ron Paul supporters who braved the rain and made yesterday's straw poll a success.

contains adult language

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ron Paul wasn't robbed, campaign pleased with Iowa Results

A lot of blog chatter and e-mail hysteria has occurred over the alleged fraud that occurred at the Iowa Straw Poll.

I work for the Paul campaign, I was in Ames on Saturday and watched the vote and the voters throughout. The "Vote in Sunshine" exit poll is not realistic. The people conducting it were Paul supporters, which I appreciate, but they had to have been very selective about who they interviewed to come to this result.

I saw the Romney army on the ground, there were many more of them then us. I monitored the vote as well as ticket distribution and I, as well as the campaign, are confident that the vote count was reasonably accurate.

Romney bussed in 1000's, we did not. Huckabee had the Fair Tax people, of whom there were hundreds, Brownback also bussed in 100's of supporters and Tancredo brought out 100's of anti-immigration voters.

We did well, in a hostile environment, with little resources and only 8 days of actual time with Dr. Paul in the state. Let's look at the positive, move forward with conviction, and win this thing rather then trying to create imaginary controversies.

Derek asks, "how do you explain Ron Paul getting less than 2000 votes?"

Well, the campaign bought 800 tickets and gave out 600 of them. An independent group had $28,000 to spend on tickets but only bought about 380 and had some of those left as well. So in total, there were about 900 tickets given to Paul supporters. So about 400 people who did not get tickets from us or our supporters also voted for Dr. Paul.

We probably lost a few to Huckabee who is running increasingly as Ron Paul light. The turnout for the event was terrible, it was a miserably hot day and the GOP base is really unmotivated anyway. We had observers watching the credentialing and our attorney was present every time there was an issue. He reported back that they were correctly handled including the re-feeding of the malfunctioning machine.

Based on RSVP's, phone bank reports, and considerations of what we could and could not accomplish in the weeks leading up to the poll, and my own observations based on arriving in Iowa 2 weeks in advance and overseeing our efforts there (along with Joe Seehusen, the no-BS former head of the LP), we concluded that we would get between 6 and 12% of the vote and we did.

This is a great accomplishment for us and I hope by putting some facts out there I can help us all move on and refocus on what is important...winning the Republican nomination.

Ron Paul being ignored
from The News-Leader

I was at the Iowa straw poll on Saturday. A staff member from the Brownback campaign told me that Romney spent around $5 million for the straw poll and it was evident from what I saw. Brownback couldn't have been too far behind in monies spent as could easily be seen. Hundreds of bus loads of people were shipped into Ames by both the Romney and Brownback campaigns. The truth of what happened was quite evident when we were in the Hilton Coliseum for the results announcement. Nearly three quarters of those in the Coliseum were Ron Paul supporters as was seen on footage from both CSPAN and Fox. You could have counted Romney and Brownback supporters on two hands.

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Ron Paul's Endorsements

Sunday, August 12, 2007

On the Iowa Straw Poll

It has been a weird, amazing, awful, and wonderful couple of days in Iowa.

The good news is that we went into a very hostile state where support for the war among Republicans is still over 80%, spent a fraction of the time that the other candidates did, and a fraction of the money, and still managed to exceed expectations. We pulled 9.1% and beat McCain, Guiliani, the Thompsons (Fred and Tommy), Hunter and Cox. The top five finish proves that our internet popularity translates into actual organization on the ground. The winner, Mitt Romney, spent about $2000 for every vote he received and we spent about $200 per vote. The conclusion: our message is 10x as potent as his, whatever his is!?!

The bad news is that Carol Paul, Dr. Paul's wife, became ill Saturday morning and had to be rushed to a Des Moines hospital where she is still recovering. Despite the setback, Dr. Paul made it to the event only a couple of hours late and gave one of the best speeches I have ever heard him deliver. The energy of our supporters far outshone those of the other candidates, even earning a "thank you" from the head of the Iowa GOP for bringing some excitement and life to an otherwise lackluster event.

The total votes cast were 10,000 less then they were in 1999, the year of the last straw poll, which indicates that what Dr. Paul has been saying about the shrinking base of the Republican party is true. If the party continues to doggedly support the illegal aggression in Iraq, they will lose HUGE in November.

As for me, I'm going home to Seattle to sleep and recharge my batteries before returning to Arlington to get back to work on behalf of Dr. Paul and the campaign. Cheers!

Ron Paul Iowa Straw Poll Speech Part I

Ron Paul Iowa Straw Poll Speech Part II

More pics from Ames

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Ron Paul on the road

RP and I going in to "Ronstock" in Ames on Friday night

Friday, August 10, 2007

Ron Paul Rap Song

There have been many songs about Dr. Paul. Some have been inspiring, while others have been, well... This rap tune by the Knight of Liberty is the best I have heard so far. Listen

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Ron Paul road trip leads to posititve press

Cedar Rapids



Council Bluffs

Sioux City

Fort Dodge

Mason City

Des Moines



Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ron Paul on MSNBC's Super Tuesday

Ron Paul in The Stranger

So why are so many people in Washington State and around the country getting behind his campaign?

Ron Paul on Monetary Policy

Ron Paul on the IRS

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Free2Smooze on Ron Paul Radio Today!

I will be interviewed for Ron Paul Radio today at 3 pm PST. Click on the logo to listen.

Fairfield Iowa Rally draws 600!

Brother Joe Seehusen preaching liberty in Fairfield

I'm a bit of a proud papa tonight. On Sunday, we held a rally in Fairfield. I was tasked last Tuesday with organizing an event in this small, rural Iowa town. With only five days to plan, organize and execute, I divided my time between putting together the rally and my numerous other functions on behalf of the campaign.

With the help of former Libertarian Party chief Joe Seehusen and several local volunteers, most notably Roger Leahy, we were able to draw 600 people! The event itself featured two live bands, a soloist and, of course, Dr. Paul preachin' truth to the people. The atmosphere was electric and we received a large number of commitments to attend the Iowa Straw Poll and vote for Dr Paul. He spoke for well over an hour an seemed to feed on the energy of the crowd.

I also got to enjoy the most wonderfully refreshing local drink, cucumber lime juice! Don't laugh it was delicious.

The next big event that I have been working on is a rally and concert in Cedar Rapids for Thursday night. Yea, I like to book bands...such is my nature.

Cheers from the road - F2S

Ron Paul on the 2nd Amendment

Ron Paul on Entitlements

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Ron Paul on Health Care

Free2Smooze in the news

Yours truly has had the opportunity to spread the Ron Paul message a lot lately. Below are links to an interview I did last Tuesday in Fairfield Iowa and the second is an article from an interview with the Lincoln Nebraska paper.

Free2Smooze on the radio

Free2Smooze in the paper

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Ron Paul on Civil Liberties

Ron Paul: Internet Hero

I love our supporters!

This billboard appeared a couple of days ago on the main drag through Des Moines. I made some inquires and found out that a group of doctors in Kansas City went in together to purchase it. This happens all of the time. There are already hundreds of out of state and local volunteers working all over Iowa. The creativity of their marketing efforts has been amazing. Iowans can't go to church or to the store without an independent Paul supporter handing them something!

New YouTube Stats

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