Friday, March 02, 2012

Ron Paul To Visit Alaska On March 4th, Will Appear In Both Fairbanks And Anchorage

See updated post for a report on the visit.

On March 6th, 2012, Alaska Republicans have the opportunity to participate in the Presidential Preference Poll. While restricted to Republicans, those who are not Republican will have the opportunity to change their registration to Republican on the spot in order to vote, as explained in this previous post.

The four leading Republican candidates are reacting differently to this poll. Newt Gingrich, increasingly an also-ran, is limiting his involvement to a teleconference; the Palin Family's promotion of Gingrich is having little effect. Rick Santorum has been making radio stumps, and his mailers have been showing up in Alaskan postboxes. Mitt Romney actually sent a surrogate -- one of his sons, Josh Romney -- for his third campaign-related visit to Alaska in the past four years. Romney also picked up heavyweight endorsements from Senator Lisa Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell.

But Ron Paul cares enough about Alaska to come in person. His campaign has now confirmed that Dr. Paul will visit Alaska on Sunday March 4th. On March 2nd, the itinerary was published on the Events Page of his campaign website:

Ron Paul at Fairbanks Town Hall: Ron Paul will speak at the Fairbanks Town Hall at the Westmark Hotel Gold Room in Fairbanks on Sunday, March 4th at 1:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time.

Ron Paul at Anchorage Town Hall: Ron Paul will speak at the Anchorage Town Hall at Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, Tikahtnu C-F, 600 West 7th Ave in Anchorage on Sunday, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time.

Wouldn't it be nice if Ron Paul was greeted at Fairbanks and Anchorage International Airports by a bunch of Ron Paul supporters waving signs?

While I could live with Mitt Romney becoming the Republican nominee, I prefer Ron Paul, and here's why:

(1). Wants to reduce the burden of government. This means re-directing the federal government back towards its more organic and constitutional functions. This means reducing or terminating government functions or agencies clearly redundant, like the Department of Education. This in turn would eliminate annual deficits and stop the growth of the national debt.

(2). Wants to stop American imperialism worldwide. This means restoring the constitutional use of American military power to national defense only. Dr. Paul would severely curtail the use of American troops for nation-building, peacekeeping, and wiping babies' asses all over the world. Dr. Paul would attach more importance to guarding America's borders than Israel's borders. At the same time, Dr. Paul would ensure the military had optimal resources to perform their proper function.

(3). Wants to simplify taxation. Our federal income taxation system is laded with a kaleidoscopic montage of pork-barrel tax credits, deductions, and exemptions which serve as targeted bribery for pet constituencies. Dr. Paul wants to end this nonsense by simplifying our system. He believes that all Americans should share in the taxation burden, which would lower it for most.

(4). Rejects political correctness. In 2008, when progressive anti-racist extremists took him to task for accepting a $500 campaign contribution from Stormfront webmaster Don Black, Dr. Paul courageously refused to return the contribution, instead noting that "racism is an ugly form of collectivism". Anti-racists continue to smear Dr. Paul over the so-called "racist" newsletters written in his name during the 1990s, although Dr. Paul's track record shows that his commitment to equal opportunity is beyond question. Then again, Dr. Paul recognizes that anti-racist progressives call anyone who disagrees with them racist, because they look upon anti-racism as dogma. In contrast, Dr. Paul embraces non-racism, believing that common American nationality should always take precedence over individual heritage.

Reaction: Ron Paul has a very real chance of actually winning Alaska; at worst, he might finish a close second behind Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum could finish a more distant third, and Newt Gingrich will be lucky to pick up table scraps. Many of the 62 comments posted to a Fairbanks Daily News-Miner story indicate that a vote for Mitt, Newt, or Rick is a vote for business as usual, and think that they're just right wing versions of Obama. The support for Dr. Paul is there -- and it will manifest on March 6th.

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