Ron Paul Mania Hits UC-San Diego

This past evening, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul delivered a speech here on campus. Amid the pot smoke (gotta love those pot smokers!) and warm sun, San Diegans congregated at Warren Mall to see the colorful and equally lively perennial presidential candidate.

Ron Paul – best known for his die-hard college fans – addressed several thousand students and community members.

Interestingly enough, Ron Paul has a theme song:

Here are some pictures from the event:

Many of you know I do not support a Ron Paul candidacy. For one, Mitt Romney will be the Republican presidential nominee (I will be holding my nose. I’m voting non-Marxist and against Obama). And two – his anti-Israelism, support for drug legalization, and libertine social policies run counter to my views.

The Israel issue sticks out the most. Paul is ignorant when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program and radical Islam. During his speech he said, “I think sanctions [on Iran] are wrong…are an act of war.” Also, he previously lamented American military involvement in freeing Holocaust victims and has blamed Israel for the creation of Hamas. I cannot compromise on my support for Israel; I simply won’t budge.

Oddly enough, I agree with most of Ron Paul’s economic views. I believe we should do away with the United Nations; Departments of Education, Commerce, Energy; and the EPA – best known as the “Employment Prevention Agency.”  I also agree with auditing (and even abolishing) the Fed. I’m opposed to governmental waste and globalist, hypocritical international bodies abusing our tax dollars. If Paul weren’t so hostile to Israel and libertine on social issues, I might reconsider. Alas, I won’t.

The reality is this: Ron Paul will not secure the nomination. If his supporters are determined to defeat Obama, then they must vote for the eventual GOP nominee (I know, it pains me to write this – but we have no other choice but Romney). Please don’t split the vote, guys!

I will concede that Ron Paul knows how to energize a crowd. It still amazes me that he attracts so many people to his events. His young followers worship him like God, which is a tad odd. (Never EVER put a politician on a pedestal.) And he’s quite the sensationalist. That aside,  he put on quite the show last night.

Without a doubt, this event will go down in UCSD history. Kudos to the event organizers.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Presidential Candidate Ron Paul to Address UCSD This Week

Week 5 promises to be an exciting time here at UC-San Diego. Two prominent figures – Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and presidential candidate Ron Paul – are coming to campus this week.

 Danny Ayalon Lecture – May 3, 2012 – 6-8pm – Price Center Theater

Danny Ayalon‘s lecture is sponsored by Tritons for Israel. It will be held in Price Center Theater from 6pm to 8pm. Doors open at 5pm. More details can be found on the Facebook event page. Tickets are free from the UCSD Box Office. Will-call tickets available.

Ron Paul Speech – May 4, 2012 – 7-8:30pm – Warren Mall

Students for Ron Paul of UCSD is sponsoring this event. According to the Facebook event, over 1,000 people are “Attending.” Tickets are free, but you must reserve them ahead of time. Go here to reserve your ticket before they run out.

Whether or not you agree with these speakers (I certainly don’t agree with many of Ron Paul’s policy positions), go hear them speak on campus. Why not take advantage of this opportunity?

I will be blogging about both events this week. Stay tuned!

Santorum is First Candidate to Agree to Student-Led Presidential Symposium at Hillsdale

Late last night, the Hillsdale Collegian broke a story about Rick Santorum confirming his spot in the first-ever student-led presidential symposium. The event will take place at Hillsdale College on Monday night.

Santorum had these words to say about Monday’s event:

“I am excited to share my  vision for a brighter America, and the life experiences that have helped shape those  positions,” Santorum said.

Hillsdale senior Elliot Gaiser, who will moderate the symposium, shared his thoughts about the event and its goals.

“My hope is this will shine a bright light on what candidates believe about the Constitution, and influence the presidential race to focus on the document we expect our next president to protect and defend,” Gaiser said.

The three other presidential candidates have not confirmed nor denied their participation. Nevertheless, Hillsdale College plans to make history next week with this event.

Call of the Wild: Why Paulbots Hurt Ron Paul’s Chance of Winning the Nomination

I thought it would be funny and equally entertaining to display some of the outrageous hate mail I’ve received from Ron Paul supporters, a.k.a. Paulistinians/Paulbots.

When I wrote about Ron Paul and his naivete about Iran in Washington Times Communities (Ron Paul is wrong: Ahmadinejad’s Iran is armed and dangerous), my inbox was flooded by either nonsensical, grammatically incorrect, or crude comments from Ron Paul zealots. Many of the responses were incoherent–few were surprisingly reasonable, although the majority of them were cacophonous and painful to read. Enjoy!

“Seriously
Areyou@retarded.com
Seriously are you?”

Justin Moe
moe.justin@yahoo.com
Your a trader to America. Your just a typical moron spreading lies. Who cares if Iran has nuke, Pakistan has Nukes and were bombing them wouldn’t that be more dangerous. What would nuking a country accomplish if they would just nuke you back, your a fucking moron.

YOU WILL KILL THE TROOPS YOU BRAINWASHED WANNABE WAR MONGER
yahoo@yahoo.com
Thanks for endangering America.

This is the funniest one, by far.

Pfc Chris Smith
rclear1@gmail.com
How many tours have you done on the Arab peninsula? I’ve done four. There is a reason Ron Paul gets more campaign contributions from active duty military, and it’s far too disturbing if you have never witnessed what soldiers deployed in that region have. Your view of the world consists of The Hills, Forever 21, and blow jobs. Let the soldiers speak for the affairs in far away lands, and watch who you call “wacky.”

I didn’t fight, lose my friends, and suffer concussions to read your non-sense on the only politician standing up for military personnel. People like you are the reason we have massive deficits, and an unsustainable, unrealistic foreign policy.

More liberal talking points from the neocon establishment…

Then the anti-Semitism came pouring in…

Joseph Zrnchik
digital82711@gmail.com
You are the stupidest broad I have ever read.  Must be Jewish.

In comes stereotyping. Apparently, my being blond makes me stupid…Okay.

kenneth hayes
khaze82@msn.com
are you retarded or something? you said iran is armed and dangerous with no proof of even developing a nuke. oh yeah were going to listen to a blonde bimbo instead of the cia /fbi or a congressman for 20 plus years. perry supporters are as retarted as perry and i can only assume with 100% certainty that your a perry supporter. so answer my question are you retarted or something?

Another dose of craziness…

daniel
lostininnerspace@gmail.com
Where do you get your Iranian information?  I have this feeling 98 percent of your article is simply propaganda that you can not prove.  Im sure they oppress their people in iran….who doesn’t in the middle east?  The US is the only country to follow sanctioned guidelines, so we acre essentially the only country that loses,money as a result.  Iran does not have nuclear capabilities that can endanger our country…..maybe a few thousand of us that are in their region.  Anyways im not going to argue any further about this, nor do I expects you to respond……I am extremely interested how the publication process works though….do you get assigned to create garbage like this or did you think it up your own self and noone had the sense to review the article before it was put to the presses?

LOL.

Jim Miller
hipreshur2@yahoo.com
this won’t be a question. your the one that’s crazy lady.  I don’t like everything Ron Paul says and he’s still ten times the candidate anyone else is.

Bad Lip Reading Pokes Fun at GOP Candidates, President Obama

If you have not watched any of the Bad Lip Reading videos, you must!

The ingenious Internet sensation has poked fun at celebrities, music videos, and, as of late, politicians.

The latest video–arguably, their funniest video to date–takes a jab at Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Here are the rest of the videos:

Herman Cain

President Obama

Michele Bachmann

Rick Perry

Mitt Romney

Newt Gingrich Rising in the Polls

Newt Gingrich

Image via Wikipedia

With consistent performances at GOP debates, Republican presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is surging in the polls.

Gingrich is impacting voters, given his knowledge of politics and command of debate.

Fox Nation revealed more about Gingrich’s surge here:

Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in PPP’s national polling.  He’s at 28% to 25% for Herman Cain and 18% for Mitt Romney.  The rest of the Republican field is increasingly looking like a bunch of also rans: Rick Perry is at 6%, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5%, Jon Huntsman at 3%, and Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum each at 1%.

Dear GOP: Who will defeat Obama in 2012?

***Editors Note: This article was published in our May issue of the California Review.

Conservatives, Libertarians, Republicans, independents, and blue dog Democrats are coming to a consensus: American voters must oust President Obama from office in 2012.

With countless attacks on the Constitution, an exorbitant debt, a blatant disregard for laws in place, a third war in Libya, appeasement to our enemies, fabricated class warfare, posing roadblocks to fixing the budget, and prompting a host of other problems, Barack Obama has proven to be one of the worst Presidents in our nation’s history..

It is obvious that President Barack Obama has had his eyes glued to a second term from the beginning, so his bid for reelection was expected. However, rather than “hope and change,” he has arguably brought us “doom and gloom.” With this in mind, many signs point to Obama’s possible defeat in 2012.

In the coming months Republicans will have a pool of candidates to select from, but they must select one who will successfully challenge and defeat Obama.

A profile of prospective Republican candidates is outlined below:

Rick Santorum: A former Pennsylvania congressman and senator, Rick Santorum would be a candidate who brings legislative experience to the table. A strong fiscal and social conservative, Santorum would garner favorability among stalwarts on the Right. He is known for his opinionated and equally controversial remarks. Yet, his lack of name recognition could weaken his chances.

Newt Gingrich: As a former Speaker of the House, Gingrich has the political acumen to lead. He co-authored the Contract with America in 1994 during the Republican Revolution, and helped usher in a balanced budget amendment to the 1999 federal budget. Nevertheless, his three marriages, collaboration with Nancy Pelosi to combat climate change, and embrace of the Republican establishment will make it difficult for him to secure the nomination.

Sarah Palin: Former Alaska governor and 2008 Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is slated to run for President. Her whit, beauty, and intelligence have resonated with conservatives and Tea Party activists. If she decides to run, she will have an advantage with her name, her likeability, and her firebrand speeches. Unfortunately, Palin will be scrutinized for her celebrity status and will be subject to vicious attacks from the liberal media if she decides to run.

Tim Pawlenty: As a popular two-term Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty has the executive experience needed in a candidate. He is a fiscal and social conservative liked by many. Unlike many prospective candidates in the GOP field, Pawlenty is adept in his extensive use of social media—a skill that is needed in order to win the White House in 2012. Challenges include his anonymity among Americans and his perceived blandness.

Mitt Romney: Dubbed the GOP “frontrunner”, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is undoubtedly running for President. Romney is known for his economic prowess and for managing the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Although he has a colorful record, Romney will have difficulty garnering the nomination due to RomneyCare, his religious affiliation, and his tendency to flip-flop on critical issues.

Mike Huckabee: A popular favorite among conservatives, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is likely to run in 2012. Huckabee could easily succeed with appeal from social and fiscal conservatives. He is an ardent supporter of Israel, and maintains the Fox News Channel Show Huckabee each weekend. Nevertheless, he will be challenged on his record for giving clemency to criminals during his tenure as Governor.
Mike Huckabee has decided he will not run for president in 2012.

Herman Cain: A popular radio talk show host and well-known businessman, Herman Cain is seen as a “wild card” candidate. Cain is a straight forward, yet equally polished orator. He is a popular speaker at events nationwide. He previously served in the Federal Reserve and ran for the Georgia U.S. Senate race in 2004.

Donald Trump: Real estate tycoon and Celebrity Apprentice star Donald Trump is expected to run in 2012. Lately, Trump openly challenged Obama over his birthplace. However President Obama discredited The Donald’s attack when Obama released his long form birth certificate in late April. In addition, there is substantial evidence to discredit his conservatism: exorbitant donations to Democrats, praise of universal healthcare, and his three marriages.
Donald Trump has decided he will not run for president in 2012.

Ron Paul: Seasoned Texas Congressman Ron Paul is a perennial candidate known for his libertarian beliefs. His most notable positions include disbanding the Federal Reserve and ending American occupation abroad. Paul is also an important Tea Party favorite. His shortcomings rest in his age and his remarks on a non-interventionist foreign policy that have irritated some Republicans and conservatives.

Michele Bachmann: House Tea Party Caucus founder and lawyer Michele Bachmann has expressed interest in running in 2012. She has already traveled to many key states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, which hints a likely presidential run. Additionally, Bachmann is very conservative in her beliefs and has served as a foster parent.

Mitch Daniels: Hailing from the Hooiser state, Governor Mitch Daniels is considering a bid for the presidency. He is responsible for balancing Indiana’s budget and has been praised as a fiscal hawk. This trait will be attractive to Republicans, with the deficit being the most pressing issue today. Nevertheless, his “truce” on social issues will possibly turn off some social conservative voters.

Gary Johnson: Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is slated to jump into the 2012 race. Like Ron Paul, Johnson has a pronounced libertarian streak. He is a proponent of marijuana decriminalization and school voucher programs. During his tenure as governor, Johnson slashed the size of New Mexico’s government and produced a budget surplus estimated at $1 billion dollars.

Gabriella is a junior in Eleanor Roosevelt College majoring in political science.