This is just one of the results from the brilliant power play by Sen Rand Paul and Crew. They outed MSNBC-GE-Comcast, Democrats, OBOMBA Koolaid drinkers, AND the McCain / Graham RINO’s!!!!! Gotta love it!
Actor John Cusack describes himself as a progressive, but he has been a critic of the federal government’s drone program regardless of who has been is in office. Frankly, he has also be a pretty harsh critic of President Barack Obama as well.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and other GOP senators on Wednesday conducted an old-school filibuster on the Senate floor to block John Brennan’s nomination and bring attention to the potential for drone strikes on U.S. soil. As the hours went by, Cusack was curious to know: “where are Democrats?”
Cusack had one tweet that was longer than 140 characters, but here’s what he wrote:
AG say its ok to kill us citizens–and other bad guys- but trust us we’re the good guys..
how’d that play out through history mr holder…
pay no attention to the man behind that curtain
the great and powerful O has spoken…
The filibuster lasted almost 13 hours.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.
Hagel, even before being nominated, has faced tough criticism from congressional Republicans who say the former GOP senator is anti-Israel and soft on Iran. And Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, withdrew from consideration for the spy agency’s top job in 2008 amid questions about his connection to enhanced interrogation techniques during the George W. Bush administration.
Outgoing Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) gave an exit interview to the Washington Post this week, capping off his career with a claim that he’s driven throughout his 36 years in Congress: The two-party system is obsolete.
Responding to a question about a recent warning from his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), that the GOP was at risk of becoming a “dinosaur” if it remained unwilling to consider libertarian-inspired positions, the congressman argued that both parties were in fact on the brink of extinction.
“The whole government, and the Democrat party, the Republican party — they’re all dinosaurs,” Paul said. “The principles are dinosaurs. The parties are going to linger because they’re locked in by law. You’re not allowed to compete; the laws are biased against us from competing. If you go third party you can’t get in debates, you can’t get on ballots.”
Could the RevolUTION cause a revolt on the floor? Don’t bet on it – But we can dream ….. We were told that Dr Paul has a VERY pissed off base asking for donations returned (about $150,000.00) – so I guess YOU are dictating the actions of the candidate now… Feels good doesn’t it. Well see.
August 28, 2012
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.
TAMPA—Ron Paul is expected to make a surprise appearance on the floor of the Republican National Convention Tuesday at about 1:45 p.m., sources close to the GOP presidential candidate just told me.
His presence is apparently designed as a way to show solidarity with his several hundred delegates, many of whom are frustrated and seething because they are being outvoted and, in their minds, shunted aside at the Republican National Convention.
Paul, a GOP congressman from Texas, remains a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination but acknowledges that Mitt Romney long ago accumulated a majority of delegates and will win the roll-call vote Tuesday to secure the nomination.
But Paul supporters feel they have been pushed aside by the convention managers and the party establishment. Paul delegates and others are fighting proposed changes in party rules designed to tie delegates to the results of official nominating caucuses and primaries, rather than allowing delegates to ignore those results and support insurgent candidates at district and state party conventions.
This is what Paul forces did earlier this year in a handful of states, and they say the proposed new rules would shut them out and keep other insurgencies from getting traction in the future.
Another source of irritation for Paul delegates is that he will not be a speaker at the convention, although his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, will be. Rand Paul has endorsed Romney, acknowledging that his father can’t win the nomination. Ron Paul has not endorsed Romney.
Some of the hard feelings boiled over Monday when a small group of Paul delegates gathered in the back of the massive convention hall for a protest. A few held signs reading, “We can do better.” John Honey, 37, an alternate delegate from Arkansas, told The Washington Post, “We can do better than Romney. Romney may beat Obama. Paul definitely would.”
At a rally for Paul Sunday at the University of South Florida Sun Dome, 11,000 people cheered him during a speech and festival dedicated to his campaign. Lorie Siefer, of Biloxi, Mississippi, told my U.S. News colleague Elizabeth Flock, “I won’t vote for Romney. Romney and [President] Obama are two sides of the same coin….They tell you what think, how to live your life.”
Editor Note: We (Deadlinelive.info) do NOT endorse the Gary Johnson campaign for reasons we have articulated in past commentary. The article below makes many good points, and we post it as news. All opinions on this websites are that of the individual writers, commentators, or sources; unless noted otherwise, Thanks.
By Adrian Wyllie – 1787 Network
TAMPA – The new logo was everywhere at the Ron Paul Rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on Sunday. Gone were the iconic REVOLUTION symbols to which liberty lovers have become accustomed. In its place was a new logo. It was on every T-shirt. It was on every banner. It was on the jumbotron behind the speakers. It was even printed on the media credentials.
“REPUBLICAN.” Same font. Same colors. Same red box.
The logo hijacking wasn’t the slick work of Madison Avenue subtlety. It was being rubbed in the noses of Ron Paul supporters, who – for the most part – seemed to devour it like sheep at a feed troth. The Ron Paul RepubliCAN shirts, hats and buttons were flying off the rack.
I wondered to myself, are these the Ron Paul supporters that I’ve come to know? How could they possibly buy into this heavy-handed takeover of an organic liberty movement? It seemed impossible. There was little doubt that the GOP establishment was behind it.
As I scanned the VIP seating area, I noticed several faces that were very unlikely supporters. In fact, many were high-ranking party loyalists who have consistently attempted to derail the Ron Paul rEVOLution at every opportunity. These were the same people who have worked to silence and marginalize Dr. Paul. Yet they cheered as if they were hanging banners from overpasses in 2008.
The Grand Old Party was clearly telling Paul supporters, “We’ve tolerated your insolence for long enough. You children have had your fun. Now we order you to fall back in line.”
Gone was the organic, grass-roots message. In its place was the GOP party machine. Either Ron Paul didn’t notice, or he was powerless to prevent it.
There was even a subtle, but noticeable, difference in Dr. Paul’s speech on Sunday. While the message hadn’t changed, it was as if he was holding something back. It seemed that many of the roughly 6,000 Paul supporters also noticed the change in tone. And whatever it was, it contributed to the slightly uneasy vibe of the event, which at times seemed more like a memorial service than a rally.
On the other side of town, there was another Ron Paul event happening. Despite the best efforts of Ron Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton to sabotage it — as confirmed by Peter Schiff and others — the PAUL Festival at the Florida State Fairgrounds went on as scheduled.
Without question, the highlight of the three-day event was Libertarian Presidential candidate Governor Gary Johnson’s speech. The roughly 2,000 Ron Paul supporters and delegates offered moderate applause as Johnson took the stage.
As he talked about his record as New Mexico’s governor, the crowd began to perk up, and the applause and cheers built.
Feeding off the crowd, Johnson built to a crescendo as he passionately promised to end the wars, repeal NDAA and the PATRIOT Act, eliminate the IRS, balance the federal budget, end prohibition, restore sound money, and abolish the Federal Reserve.
The crowd went wild.
The previously cautious Johnson supporters seemed to abandon all skepticism and boisterously voiced their support. By the time he was finished, the applause was deafening as the crowd chanted, “GARY! GARY! GARY!”
After the speech, Johnson spent the next hour surrounded by dozens, at times hundreds, of supporters. Mainstream and independent journalists jockeyed for a chance to interview him as if he were the hottest ticket in town. Johnson seemed unaccustomed to this kind of “rock star” treatment, but he handled it with humility and grace.
Something had changed. Liberty lovers seemed to have a renewed faith that the movement would not end with RNC 2012, despite the GOP’s best efforts.
This wasn’t the birth of a new revolution. It was the evolution of the revolution. It was the realization that the revolution could not be suppressed. The man who has been the torch bearer for liberty has been cast aside by the establishment, but the flame of liberty still burns bright.
As Gov. Johnson said with undeniable sincerity in his speech on Saturday, “I have two words for Dr. Paul: Thank you.” We will forever be in your debt.
But now, the torch has been passed. And it will not be extinguished on Johnson’s watch.
“I want to make sure that when the Republican Party loses, terribly to, in my opinion, the worst president in history, I want [them to know] it’s because they systematically shut out the most intelligent, most youthful and active voting bloc in American history,” said Ron Paul voter Mike Timoney.
Timoney’s statement accurately reflected the mood at PAULfest, a celebration held by Congressman Ron Paul’s supporters at the Tampa Fairgrounds on the weekend before the 2012 Republican National Convention. With controversy surrounding the seating of GOP delegates in several state conventions, many who caucused for Paul feel disenfranchised by the actions of the GOP and vow to turn against the party this election.
While certain attendees went so far as to call Mitt Romney a “monster,” most of Paul’s youthful supporters exhibited more frustration and disappointment than anger.
“[The GOP] made it clear yesterday that they see us more as a nuisance than as potential allies,” said John Jones, one of 10 Ron Paul-supporting Maine delegates that the RNC stripped of their delegate status on Friday.
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson was a headlining speaker at the event, which was in part sponsored by the Libertarian Party.
“The frustration, I think, can get focused in a way that can impact this election,” said Johnson. “And that would be, voting for me.”
Many Paul supporters at the event expressed support for Johnson’s campaign, and even those who didn’t vowed not to vote for Romney.
“There’s no way I could support someone like him,” said Kenosha Fisch, an Oklahoma delegate who lost her seat in a bitter power struggle.
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Produced by Zach Weissmueller and Tracy Oppenheimer.
Former Ron Paul Campaign Advisor / Medina Campaign Mng breaks silence after Rand Paul Mitt Romney team up
Wanna know what might REALLY be going down inside the 2008 – 2012 Paul campaign? Take a listen – stay all the way through. (Disclosure – Penny Freeman is a great friend of this site and show)
Ron Paul’s previous political director came out with some interesting backstory today and very keen insight on what’s going on behind the scenes currently.
The problem with the Ron Paul campaigns from 2007 on is that:
1) He never wanted to win
2) It directed resources into the GOP, which will lie cheat and steal at every opportunity – it’s a political organization.
3) Revolutions are by definition something that revolves around a fixed point. We need to evolve in our thinking past “politics” where the state has a monopoly of force, because we just end up right back where we started. Politics is not the answer – it’s the distraction.
4) You can’t in good conscience take a message people are willing to DIE for and use it for your own gain. Which is exactly what has happened.
We believed in the ideal when the campaign believed in building Donor lists for profit.
Not a bad guess…. But Its pretty much a done deal that Cousin Barry will retain his job as POTUS… But, just in case something goes wrong, the elite have their 2nd choice ready in the wings. – Info OK other than demeaning tone of “Conspiracy” Theorists riddled throughout the article. – Powerful men meeting secret to carve up the world? Naw, not a conspiracy at all right?
Mitt Romney isn’t very far into the vice presidential selection process. But according to a dedicated band of “conspiracy theorists”, the pick is all but a lock: Sen. Marco Rubio. (Rick Perry blew it)
That’s the current thinking among a worldwide collection of activists who are obsessed with the secretive Bilderberg Group, an alternating roster of global power players who loom as large — if not larger — in the online fever swamps of the fringe as the Trilateral Commission or the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Bilderberg Group, which takes its name from the Dutch hotel where it first gathered in 1954, exists solely to bring together between 100 and 150 titans of politics, finance, military, industry, academia and media mostly from North America and Western Europe once a year to discuss world affairs.
Yet in the netherworld of conspiracy theory, the group is part of an insidious corporate-globalist scheme. And this year, the speculation holds, the Bilderberg Group is set to hold its annual meeting in the coming weeks at a Northern Virginia hotel where, among other things, they likely will select Rubio as Romney’s running mate.
But like any good conspiracy theory, there’s just enough there to stoke questions. John Edwards’s speech to the Bilderberg Group’s 2004 meeting in Stresa, Italy, reportedly helped clinch his selection as that year’s Democratic vice presidential candidate. And Jim Johnson, the man who chaired that vice presidential selection process and initially was tasked with spearheading Barack Obama’s 2008 search for a running mate, is a leading Bilderberg member, while prominent Romney advisers including Robert Kagan and Vin Weber have attended past meetings, as have Bill Clinton, Donald Rumsfeld and top finance, media and tech executives.
“These are influential folks — and they’ve all got friends in American politics — so if they see somebody that impresses them or doesn’t, I expect that they would pass that view on,” said Weber, a former Minnesota congressman who has attended two Bilderberg meetings. “But I would tell all of those bloggers and protestors to save their outrage for a real conspiracy, because this is just a conference.” (A conf. that was until just recently denied altogether…)
That assessment is rejected as pure spin by the international community of Bilderberg obsessives. They’re convinced that the meeting is ground zero in an worldwide plot by big banks, mainstream media, defense contractors and governments to suppress working people around the world.
The Rubio-Bilderberg rumors caught fire last month after veteran Washington Post columnist Al Kamen suggested that the Florida senator’s appearance before last month’s Summit of the Americas in Colombia could boost his veepstakes prospects, just as Edwards’s 2004 Bilderberg speech did.
(According to some) The upcoming meeting Bilderberg attendees will decideon “wars with Iran, ways to censor the Internet … how to sell the public on more banker bailouts” and “how to ram through carbon taxes.”
The annual meetings, which alternate between Europe and North America, are funded partly by a nonprofit group that gets donations from regular participants.
The Washington Post Co. and its chairman Don Graham, a frequent attendee, have donated $100,000 over the past few years, according to tax filings. They also show repeat donationsfrom Bilderberg regulars such as David Rockefeller (who has given a total of $150,000 since 2004), Henry Kissinger ($90,000) and mega-Romney donor Henry Kravis and his wife ($145,000).Over the years, the meetings have drawn Obama cabinet members Tim Geithner and Kathleen Sebelius, not to mention Margaret Thatcher, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, Rick Perry and top officials from BP, Barclays and the Bank of England.
More recent guest lists have been heavy on politically active techies, including Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt — both of whom have assisted Obama — and Peter Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was the first major investor in Facebook. He has donated $125,000 to the Bilderberg nonprofit and contributed $2.6 million to a super PAC supporting Ron Paul’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
Ironically, Paul, whose libertarian sensibilities have made him a darling of the Bilderberg conspiracists, has expressed discomfort with the influence of the Bilderberg Group as well as organizations that host similar confabs — the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Such concerns are not uncommon on the far edges of the anti-government spectrum of thinking, where the far left and the far right find common cause over their distrust of Wall Street and Washington. The rise over the past few years of the tea party and Occupy protests has spread similarly strong anti-establishment messages. And that’s expanded the audience for conspiracy theories about U.S. government involvement in the Sept. 11, terrorist attacks and plots hatched at Bilderberg, Trilateral and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Even so, Bilderberg remains a preeminent focus of such conspiracy theorizing, perhaps because it’s more secretive than other confabs.
Participants are barred from revealing the identities of other attendees or what they talked about and the group doesn’t issue public minutes, policy statements or resolutions. In recent years, the group has opened up a bit, creating a website on which it lists some attendees and panels on its website at the end of its meetings.
It lists a panel at the 2007 meeting in Istanbul called “Democracy and Populism,” in which Weber participated. He began by telling attendees, “It’s difficult to identify or define exactly what populism is. But I can tell you this isn’t it.” The joke fell flat, recalled one attendee, though former deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz got a kick out of it, laughing out loud.
“Mostly, with all due respect to all of them, it’s a lot of vaguely uninteresting people giving vaguely uninteresting lectures and then having nice meals in nice places,” said Kagan, who has only attended one such meeting. “People getting together to talk about world politics is not any more exciting than anybody thinks it is.”
Neither he, nor Weber are attending this year, and Rubio is not expected to go, according to a source close to him.
The Washington Post’s Kamen, meanwhile, laughed when told how his column had spawned a theory that the Bilderberg meeting was going to tap Rubio as Romney’s running mate.
“They’re misreading the item,” he told POLITICO. “It’s bizarre.”
Of course, Bilderberg theorists would point out, Kamen’s ultimate boss, Graham, is a Bilderberger himself.
The other Republican candidates have all packed it in, unable to contend with Mitt Romney’s overwhelming lead in delegates and cash, but Ron Paul campaigns on.
While Romney focuses full-time on President Obama and the general election, Paul continues to amass delegates in the primary, sending allies to wrest delegates away from Romney in state GOP conventions across the country.
Republican Party leaders say no one can quite triangulate the end goal for Paul, whose efforts are unlikely to deny Romney the nomination. Romney has more than eight times as many delegates as Paul, according to a count by The Associated Press.
Some believe the goal is and has always been to build a movement around libertarian issues with an eye toward the long term and elections many years out. Others say the Texas congressman is laying the groundwork for his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), to run for higher office with an established network of diehard supporters.
Still, some suggest Paul’s aides believe that if they can deny Romney the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination on the first ballot and stock delegate slates with Paul supporters, they can launch a bid from the floor and win the nomination in a contested convention.
The race is all but over, he has yet to win a single contest and regularly ranks last in nationwide polls, but presidential hopeful Ron Paul soldiers on.
“We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa,” campaign chairman Jesse Benton said in a statement released in response to Rick Santorum‘s withdrawal from the race on Tuesday.
The campaign may seem quixotic at this point, but observers and GOP officials say Paul has a reason for staying in the race all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa in late August. It’s all about influence.
“He’s a conviction politician; he wants to influence the platform,” said Jim Granato, director of the University of Houston Center for Public Policy. “He wants to move the party more to small-government conservatism.”