Rand Paul Owns CPAC 2014

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Rand Paul at CPAC 2014         photo credit: Gage Skidmore (cc)

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This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference has had something of a deflated feeling floating about it. The crowds are smaller, the panels are fewer, and the entire enterprise has a sneaking feeling of being scrimped on. For Rand Paul, however, CPAC was bigger and better than ever.

At last year’s conference, Paul was freshly coming off of his launch into the full national spotlight thanks to a filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to the CIA in protest of Justice Department equivocating on executive domestic droning authority. Yet for all the positive attention he received from that filibuster, Paul was still treading softly on the Republican political ground. Libertarian politics had not been overly welcome in the wider GOP, especially after a decade of Bush II foreign policy. So he took to the 2013 stage with a rock star’s reception, complete with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” but deployed a sophisticated rhetorical strategy intended to make libertarianism more comfortable for conservative ears.What a difference a year makes.When Paul arrived behind the podium Friday night, he walked and talked with the assurance of a man confident in his base of support, and spoke more to rally the faithful than sell the skeptical. From the beginning, Paul centered his remarks around liberty, telling the audience he was not calling for more Republicans, but more “friends of liberty.” And where last year’s speech was essentially grounded, a friendly pitch to make common cause, Paul deployed much loftier rhetoric, interspersing (as he often has) quotations and references to classic thinkers like Madison and Montesquieu in his rousing call to arms. The running theme was the “great battle” coming, and an urging to not be “lemmings” rushing towards destruction, but rather men who would defend their inalienable rights.

more from The American Conservative (TAC):  At CPAC Rand Paul Stands Ascendant

For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) presidential straw poll. The poll also found that libertarians are increasingly growing in influence.

Paul took 31% of the 2,459 votes cast, up from the 25% he earned in the 2013 iteration of the straw poll. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) finished in a distant second place, with 11%. Dr. Ben Carson finished third, taking 9%.

“I am grateful to all the attendees who stood with me. The fight for liberty continues, and we must continue to stand up and say: We’re free and no one, no matter how well-intentioned, will take our freedoms from us. Together we will stand up for the Constitution. Together we will fight for what is right,” said Paul in a statement from RandPAC. “Thank you and onwards to victory.”


Question: Thinking ahead to the 2016 Presidential election, who would you vote for as the next Republican nominee for President?

more from United for Liberty here:  http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/16922-rand-paul-wins-2014-cpac-presidential-straw-poll-libertarians-dominate-on-issues

Additional charts and analyses here: http://soonerpolitics.blogspot.com/2014/03/breaking-down-2014-cpac-polls.html/

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Syria NOT Our War NonPartisan Rally at OKC Capitol July 12th

Syria Not our War



Syria NOT Our War

NonPartisan Rally

Friday July 12, 2013 7PM

Musical entertainment begins at 6PM

Oklahoma State Capitol South Plaza

Join us in opposing US military intervention in Syria

Rep Paul Wesselhoft (R-Moore) * Nathaniel Batchelder

Come join us!

“We don’t want no war no more

Bring our boys home to our shores

We don’t want big government 

Or the Bilderberg group that pays for it” ~ Amiee Allen

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them


Ron Paul Press Conference Unifies 3rd Party and Independents

Ron Paul, who captured 1.2 million votes as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has urged the media to give viable third-party candidates the coverage they have lavished on McCain and Obama. The 10-term Texas congressman also urged American’s “silent majority” to become active in the political process and vote their conscience.

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[Editor’s note: This article made some things really connect for me.

I have been active in the Republican for years and it is all about moving the ship of state to the right (or limited government via the Constitution) and the Ron Paul movement is doing that very effectively. Palin is a by product of that effort. If RP is able to unify the existing 3rd parties on certain issues the results will be huge not only in educating the public, but in making both major parties re-evaluate their core positions on these issues.

His message of “freedom” is a uniter not a divider and it is a small handful of power brokers that keep trying to divide us on these critical issues: National Debt, Foreign Policy, the Federal Reserve, and Privacy.

Wow! Keep in touch on Freeople and join R3publicans there

blessings/sc ]

The End of American Exceptionalism | Freeople

“The American way of life is not negotiable” is a quote from President George H. W. Bush in 1992. Andrew J. Bacevich uses this statement as a backdrop for what he considers to be the American “empire of consumerism”, as noted in his book, “The Limits of American Power”. Watch these videos of his interview with Bill Moyers. Highly recommended.

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