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Don Vandergriff
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Don Vandergriff

A retired U.S. Army Major, Don Vandergriff is a teacher, writer and lecturer who specializes in leadership education and training, and the future of warfare.

The visionary: Ron Paul

Question: Considering all spheres of endeavor, who would you nominate as Leader of the Year in 2010? Why?

Congressman Ron Paul should be named Leader for 2010. Congressman Paul is a man of character. He does not retreat from his opinion in the face of hostile opposition and corporate-controlled media's "ignore strategy," unlike the rest of the so-called leaders of both major parties. In April 2007, when Fox News hosted the Republican debate held in Florida, there was an effort to assemble an anti-Ron Paul crowd and twice he was booed for his non-interventionist foreign policy. This is a sharp contrast to the feelings of the majority of Americans, who want an end to militarism and who want to bring the troops home from Iraq.

Furthermore, bringing the troops home should not be seen as a retreat or surrender as some have suggested. Despite hostile crowds, Paul was able to make his points and perform well, and won the Fox post-debate poll. As a leader, Congressman Paul is well researched and versed in an array of issues, while also having an incredible grasp of the U.S. Constitution and its impact on economics, government and war. This understanding serves as a baseline for everything he advocates. He handily beat all Republican candidates three years ago in the debates--as a matter of fact, he embarrassed them.

Congressman Paul has a solid vision of war and how our foreign policy should be waged. He said, "If you want to go to war, you should go to war properly. Declare it, win it, and get it over with." While President Obama calls for staying the course possibly for another decade in Iraq, Congressman Paul would bring the troops home immediately. This further distinguishes him from the Republican party as well as from top Democrats such as the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He matches up well against them. He said of Clinton, "She voted for the war, now she says she can't get the troops out until 2013 and she won't rule out a military first strike against Iran." A Ron Paul foreign policy would be humble and peaceful, but not at the expense of a strong defense.

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By Don Vandergriff

 |  December 20, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
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It's remarkable to watch Ron Paul on the Morton Downey show from when he ran for president in 1988 - his message is essentially unchanged. An end to our interventionist foreign policy, the central economic planning of the fed, and new renaissance for individual liberty. That's the kind of visionary Ron Paul is; America is only now starting to take notice.

Posted by: zf123 | January 3, 2011 12:08 AM
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Love him or hate him, Paul is a visionary as you point out. In business and politics, this is a vital trait. As this piece (http://www.upyourservice.com/learning-library/customer-service-innovation/push-into-the-white-space) points out, you’ve got to push the envelope to succeed.

Posted by: Julie-Ann1 | December 30, 2010 1:32 PM
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Acqua Buddha.

Posted by: brickerd | December 29, 2010 11:13 AM
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All I can say is Ron Paul got my vote as President in the last election.

Posted by: mohammadakhan | December 28, 2010 10:27 PM
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Ron Paul is perhaps the single most influential voice on my generation (old GenXers) since Ronald Reagan. What Reagan offered us was a bold vision for a prosperous America. Ron Paul explains how deviation from that vision ruined things for us.

Social Security, Medicare, and out-of-control defense spending have bankrupted this nation while politicians like the last four Presidents have continued to offer us "bread and circuses" as an alternative. One man stands tall and has the courage to point out that the kings are naked.

Posted by: Brian_Brady | December 28, 2010 8:28 PM
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Leadership means shining a light where it's needed and then having people follow you and your example. By that simple definition Ron Paul is the hands down Leader of The Year.

I would go as far as to say that without Ron Paul there may not have been the change of control of the House by the wide margins that prevailed. Most of what Mr. Paul focused upon during his Presidential run of 2008 has turned out to be correct by anyone's recounting. Ron Paul deserves this recognition.

Posted by: dh2003 | December 28, 2010 10:49 AM
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Air Force Veteran for Ron Paul here!

Posted by: JLoganJ | December 27, 2010 11:31 PM
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Ron Paul, another Koch Brothers Libertarian tool.

Posted by: waxtraxs | December 27, 2010 4:53 PM
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This guy freaks me out !

The non-intervention policy is a joke : when crazy lunatics trained in Afghanistan use airplaines to destroy buildings in your country, you have to do something outside your country...

The economic policy is another joke : without the support of the "big government" (decided by Bush, who is not famous for being a socialist...), the US financial system would be dead by now, savings lost, pensions reduced to nothing, aso.

With sch simplist ideas, you'll end up like my country, France !

Posted by: thearrogantfrench | December 27, 2010 2:45 PM
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Yeah Ron Paul is the last hope against the Fascist/Police controlled state.

So, tired of the ignorant posting Liberals always barking handouts, then complaining for more, instead looking at the true cause to all the problems in the state and fixing them first. Then I see there's the William Kristol/David Frum/etc ZioNut spammers types, they love discrediting and condemning anyone that has the potential to cut into their action, control, or profits. There's no difference in the corporate media's true operations and they all meet at the White House to serve up this week's dose of propaganda and social engineering. So enjoy the false dichotomy of the duopoly as the corporatist-fasco state grows into the monster everyone will soon realize, right Germany?

Obi-Wan Kobe, Ron Paul is the People's and Constitution's last hope.

Posted by: McLieberman | December 27, 2010 4:22 AM
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Americans are waking up I love it! :D

So great to see that not only is Ron Paul winning this poll like all the rest, but he also gets the most comments.

I know actually leaving a comment on barry soetoro's link stinks. All you can do is make up crap, lie and bascially live in delusional libtard land! That is...If you are still a brainwashed obamatron.

Posted by: bugsy5656 | December 26, 2010 11:50 PM
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I am not shocked by this clear resounding result of Ron Paul. Every poll that is out there he wins hands down every time.

However, what is disturbing is to see the absolute ignorance of what I see as 'left wing' libloonatics that have ZERO clue or understanding of what a 'Republic' is, and the values one needs to have to live in one!

Amazing the kool aiders that still praise barry soetoro for just following along with the bush administration policy's and doctrines. Not one single repeal and or change. Now all the lib left wing nuts love: War, the Patriot Act, Illegal detention, compulsory nazi socialized medicine, passing the largest military budget in human history but the nation is broke, indefinite detention and assasination of americans, the stifling of free speech, the internet and now food...I mean should I go on?

Yet it is clear the latest posts about Ron Paul are either A. from complete ignorant morons that need to remove their heads from their asses or B. they are paid gov't trolls.

However, the proof is in the pudding. Scoreboard barry obungholetrons!

Posted by: bugsy5656 | December 26, 2010 11:46 PM
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Admiration of Ron Paul/Glenn Beck/whom ever because he does not back down from his beliefs is a terrifying though too common adulation of ignorance. Urban VIII held firmly to his views that the sun revolved around the earth and it took 500 year to pardon Galileo Galilei for revealing a new understanding of nature. Yes, I do think that the was in Iraq was a colossal blunder if not a massive political crime against humanity, but we have had too many simplistic solutions to awful problems. His understanding of economics is equally terrifying. Getting out of the mess we are in is going to take a huge change in our thinking about our national priorities. When we talk about National Security, is that any good to me if I'm homeless on the streets because my job went overseas? or I'm critically ill with a very curable disease because I don't have health care? So we lost 3,000 people on 9/11, but we lose 45,000 people each year because they don't health care? 3000 vs 450,000 over the last decade?

And I could go on. No, Ron Paul is a disaster.

Posted by: stanassc | December 26, 2010 4:40 PM
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@ danglingwrangler

You call Paul a right wing fanatic, and then try to tie him to the financial mess we are now facing. You clearly are more concerned with political party affiliation than really examining the man's record or views.

Ron Paul has been ostracized by the GOP for years now precisely because he has not caved into to their foolishness. You can blame this mess on the GOP if you wish (blaming it on politicians from both parties would be more accurate) but you shouldn't blame Ron Paul... He's been warning about this very mess for decades now!

I simply cannot believe there are so many knee jerk progressives on this particular site. What a riot! The only place I can find more completely off target comments and complete misrepresentations about Ron Paul is on the typical Neo-Con sites like Red-States.com. That is really funny when you think about it. The progressives say he is a right-wing fanatic, while the self proclaimed conservatives call him looney and a liberal. Something tells me Dr. Paul must be doing something right to have clueless enemies on both sides of the false left-right political baloney.

Posted by: RHill1 | December 26, 2010 2:20 PM
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@ billaldridge

It would be nice if you could give us some specifics of Ron Paul's "radical, extreme right-wing rhetoric". We certainly don't want you compose an extensive and exhaustive list... just a few specific 'radical right-wing' policies he endorses.

I get the feeling that the "best evidence we have of the profound ignorance of the American public" is you, rather than Ron Paul or those who have voted for him. Clearly your post is great evidence of a person who likes to attach labels, while probably thinking he's saying something meaningful. At least define some terms or something.

Posted by: RHill1 | December 26, 2010 12:24 PM
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Ron Paul has not a clue about governance in a democratic society. His radical, extreme right-wing rhetoric and "opinion" is totally devoid of legitimate facts and filled with unsupportable assertions. He is the best evidence we have of the profound ignorance of the American public, especially those who voted for him.

Posted by: billaldridge | December 26, 2010 11:25 AM
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I'd heartily choose none at all over another conservative fanatic such as Paul, whose party created the the financial predicament this once great nation now faces.

I do NOT want hear this hypocrite spew more GOP demagoguery - just focus on real issues that matter in the 21st century and practice the principles that would make all our forefathers proud without cherry picking !

Posted by: danglingwrangler | December 25, 2010 9:51 PM
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I voted for Ron Paul. As of this writing, I am shocked to see him winning handily. There are intelligent people reading this news site.

Posted by: qoph | December 25, 2010 7:26 PM
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"In April 2007, when Fox News hosted the Republican debate held in Florida, there was an effort to assemble an anti-Ron Paul crowd and twice he(Paul) was booed for his non-interventionist foreign policy.....He handily beat all Republican candidates three years ago in the debates--as a matter of fact, he embarrassed them."

So why wasn't Ron Paul the republican presidential candidate?
Who would assemble an anti-Ron Paul crowd?
Oh yeah ... fair and balanced fox noise machine.
Paul makes common sense statements many Americans will agree with but then as voters they listen to the noise machine an pull the lever for the party machine pick.

Republican voters fell hook line and sinker for "trumped-up pseudo-scandals" see

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/12/24/year_in_pseudoscandals/index.html

Soo a few readers believe Paul is a leader but the rest of the republican voters weren't interested enough to do enough research to find out what leadership is so they followed the advice of those who are supposedly fair and balanced and would "assemble an anti-Ron Paul crowd".

So is Ron Paul really a leader?


Posted by: knjincvc | December 25, 2010 12:23 PM
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+1

Ron Paul is hands down the leader of the year. And he probably doesn't even realize it.

Posted by: e_rowe | December 25, 2010 11:23 AM
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mgraalum You make you assertions about Paul without one shred of evidence. Typical smear attack. Of course, to you, sound economic policy not based on Marxism might be weird? I think it is the R next to his name that has your panties in a wad. R for Republican, and perhaps because he has a belief in REligion?

Posted by: rickshawjim | December 25, 2010 9:23 AM
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Ron Paul defintely deserves this honor. Fortunately, he will be Chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary policy which oversees the Federal Reserve, in the new Congress. You can see by some comments here that those who are connected and expect largess from the Fed (funded by diluting dollars in existence)are not happy with this. Those few are trying to smear him in these comments, but the rest of the country has good reason to be grateful for him. Further, he proves a voice of reason in politically unpopular situations where a voice of reason is necessary, and other 'politicians' still have their heads down wondering which way the wind is blowing. That is what leadership IS.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | December 25, 2010 8:28 AM
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I don't mind Ron Paul's particular views on international politics, though like most politicians, I think he is a bit naive, if only in a different direction than most in congress.

What is concerning are his views on science, religion, and most of all, economics.I used to be a fan, but th more i've come to learn about the field and the related subject matters, I find his views to be more and more indefensible, and much of his rhetoric beyond the point of misinformation and more toward outright lies.

His theories on money are particularly poor, continuously showing a complete lack of understanding or even interest in even the basic concepts, like inflation. The Austrian school will do that to someone though. Nothing like a religious devotion too ideas that have been wrong in every instance for almost a century to give someone a bizarre world view.

If character is defined as doing and saying what someone believes, he is pretty much the model in congress. At least he has that

Posted by: mgraalum | December 25, 2010 4:45 AM
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@boboberg and markweaver, are part of the liberal attack machine. They are already throwing mud to discredit Paul. Doesn't matter that Paul could be a good man for President and help save this country.. what is important to them, Bobo and weaver, is that he is a Republican and not a socialist, and therefore must be destroyed. Unfortunately the liberal media will try to do the same as they did when he was running for this seat.
I know Paul can take it. The liberal's power is fading fast, as most see them as enemies to the people and the US.

Posted by: rickshawjim | December 25, 2010 1:14 AM
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boboberg, that was ingenious, you just picked and chose which part of the gallop poll you wanted to post.. to prove.. something I guess.
Actually the poll showed 4 in 10 believe in strict Creatimism.. and that is including all political parties.
Even less, 16%, believe in evolution over millions of years without God's intervention.. from all political parties.
Apparently you look like the one out in left field as 78% of people would think you were quirky and holding odd ideas on creation.

Four in 10 Americans Believe in Strict Creationism Belief in evolutionary origins of humans slowly rising, however
by Frank NewportPRINCETON, NJ --
Four in 10 Americans, slightly fewer today than in years past, believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago. Thirty-eight percent believe God guided a process by which humans developed over millions of years from less advanced life forms, while 16%, up slightly from years past, believe humans developed over millions of years, without God's involvement.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/145286/Four-Americans-Believe-Strict-Creationism.aspx

Besides that, Ron Paul is intelligent, a gentleman, and a scholar. A man born to be a leader. I like the guy, as do many others.

Posted by: rickshawjim | December 25, 2010 1:06 AM
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Ron Paul or none at all.

Posted by: ucjb62 | December 24, 2010 10:53 PM
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Good write up. He's not just fiscally conservative, he defends our liberties even when it isn't 'popular'. That's leadership.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | December 24, 2010 8:32 PM
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therev1, You've embarrassed yourself once already, why even bother commenting again when clearly you don't know anything about Dr. Paul. Where can I vote for the most ignorant, ill-informed "reader" comment of the year? therev1 wins that hands down!

Posted by: mesthe3rd | December 24, 2010 4:45 PM
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I was seriously wrong about the jingo thing. Mind blur. I don't believe a thing Ron Paul has to say but jingoist he's not.

Posted by: therev1 | December 24, 2010 2:25 PM
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Dear THEREV1,

There comes a point in the process of reading comments from those like yourself, that one is tempted to simply allow you to be a person of mere amusement. Why take the time to clarify anything with someone who has not taken the time themselves to understand the subject matter they pretend to speak so precisely to? I am tempted to laugh, shrug my shoulders and go about my business. Unfortunately, misinformed people like yourself seem to be in the majority. So, for the sake of perhaps saving others the embarrassment of agreeing with such a completely absurd comment as yours, I will respond.

The Oxford dictionary defines Jingoism as ""extreme patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy". How could this possibly apply to Ron Paul??? Are you clueless about Ron Paul, or the definition of Jingoism? Which is it? For surely it must be one or the other... or worse still, both! When I saw your comment, my eyes nearly rolled out of my skull. What a riot!

Please, by all means, inform us about anything Ron Paul has said or advocated that could possibly be called an aggressive foreign policy! Did you even read the article? A huge part of the point of this opinion piece was to demonstrate how Paul has been leading people away from any aggressive foreign policy based on the neo-con notion of "American Exceptionalism".

You should be embarrassed for making such a ridiculous charge!

Posted by: RHill1 | December 24, 2010 9:37 AM
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Huh? Exactly who is Ron Paul leading? And why is 19th century jingoism a way to do foreign policy? Bad thinking Don. Perhaps critical thinking is way over your head.

Posted by: therev1 | December 24, 2010 7:30 AM
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I do not agree with your choice, but the senior Mr. Paul, unlike his son, is principled. It will be interesting to see Paul and the Fed butt heads. Of course as proved by events, Barack Obama is the prime mover, like it or not. Even the "tea party" is a reaction to Barack. they should have been there for Paul in 2008 if they were for real. It would be interesting if these Obama and Paul sat down for a serious conversation.

Posted by: eastport1 | December 24, 2010 7:02 AM
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Obama and Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve are busy destroying the value of the dollar. Ron Paul has been after the Fed to disclose what going on for a long time. He warned us about this a long time ago.

Next year when inflation hits hard you'll appreciate Ron Paul much better. He should be Speaker of the House in January instead of crybaby Boehner.

Posted by: alance | December 24, 2010 12:49 AM
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Is there really anyone else worth choosing? No.

Posted by: benk1 | December 23, 2010 3:37 PM
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100% Correct!

Posted by: liverkit | December 21, 2010 8:28 PM
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Don,

Great article. You articulated my sentiments around Ron Paul's ideal foreign policy.

We need a Non Interventionist policy.

Posted by: heavystarch | December 21, 2010 6:40 PM
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MatthewWeaver
please enlighten us and tell us why Ron Paul is a nut... by the way did you come up with that term all by yourself?
feel free to tell us who you think is a better leader than Ron Paul

Posted by: edhelmstetter | December 21, 2010 4:15 PM
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I too would have to say that Congressman Ron Paul is the 2010 Leader. He continues on his quest to educate the American people on the Constitution, The Federal Resserve, Non Intervention (not Isolationism), etc.

I first heard about this humble statesman when I was given his book, A FOREIGN POLICY OF FREEDOM. For the first time in my life, I was reading about a political figure that actually made sense. I re-read his book the second time with a pocket constitution at my side for reference. From that point on, I began to seek out more information on this Ron Paul person.

He inspires one to dig deeper into issues, to question, to investigate,rather than just stop at gainning a surface knowledge. He also is quick to point out that while freedom is popular, it goes hand in hand with personal responsibility. He is an advocate for small govmt., non intangled alliances with foreign countries, and sound money.

He has motivated millions to research The Federal Reserve, sound money, and how our nation's monetary system currently works. Personally, before hearing of Ron Paul, I had never read a single book on the monetary system. I was sure it was one aspect of govmt. that was way too far over my head. To date, I have now read perhaps 10 or more, gaining more knowledge with each book.

This gentleman is a leader, but he will tell you that "he" isn't powerful, his "ideas" are powerful. This country longs for someone to just be intelligent, honest, knowledgeable, and someone that will not change direction with the wind.

While I may not agree with every single detail of Ron Paul's beliefs, for a man small of height,.....he stands head and shoulders above many in D.C.

He has been attacked on many levels, including from his own party for simply having the guts to speak the truth about the state of our nation. He told the American public that we were bankrupt LONG before it was announced. He pointed out why we are being attacked.

Those of us that supported his run for president in '08 were NOT treated with open arms in the GOP, but we stuck with him, because he was the only one in the room making any sense.

Two years, a recession, and a depression later, folks are begining to realize that Congressman Ron Paul was right all along. Some have apoligized, some simply never will, others still do not believe his answers are the correct ones.

That is all okay, because whether you believe his ideas or not, he will still fight to hold onto those freedoms for each and everyone of you.

It encourages me that many have come to know him and respect him and more importantly recognize the great gift he has given to this nation in awakening "we the people" to our proper role in government. WE are the ones the government answers to.....NOT the other way around.

Posted by: freedom4meandu | December 21, 2010 4:10 PM
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You are 100% correct! Ron Paul is the only current leader talking about how to solve the problems with our nation and the world, not only on what to do in addressing the symptoms.

Posted by: carlbunce | December 21, 2010 12:26 PM
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Sorry, Ron Paul is a nut, an old crank out. He has no credibility and his only success is in rooting out likeminded people who waste their time with this fool.

As a member of the House of Representatives, fine, but please do not suggest he'd be a credible candidate for president. He's not, never has been, and never will be.

Posted by: MatthewWeaver | December 21, 2010 12:17 PM
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Dear Sir,

Cheers to you and your great article only to be surpassed by the character of the man himself. I way Ron Paul and Jessie Ventura for 2012.

Posted by: channelboss | December 21, 2010 8:21 AM
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@Boboberg

Ah... ok...But what about Ron Paul. All we can gain from your little misplaced rant is that you don't like Ron Paul's party affiliation. I got news for you brother. A whole lot of establishment Republicans and their neo-con leaders aren't real crazy about it either. LOL!

You are a Hoot!

Posted by: RHill1 | December 21, 2010 6:10 AM
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@boboberg Mark Montgomery NYC

I find it amazing that not only did you in any way factually discredit this article, you also engaged in an ad hominem attack based upon your perceived stereotypes and self proclaimed knowledge.

It's telling, really. That someone can award themselves such a medal of intelligence and tolerance based on association and not only be the exact antithesis of that belief system, but also to shame it so quickly and so self-righteously.

You discredit yourself immediately by claiming moral, intellectual, and civil superiority over an entire group solely based upon your own team mentality. Are you reading what you type before you post it or are you just copying and pasting comments from The HuffPo?

I'm in 51% favor of this tax bill.
I'm pro-gun
I'm pro state rights
I believe in Austrian economics
I'm an atheist
I'm an evolutionist
I'm pro choice
I'm pro gay marriage (in fact, I'd ban marriage at the state level and ONLY give certificates of union. marriage is a religious institution, and if a church wants to honor your union, go nuts. The state needs to GTF out)
I despised Bush
I despise Obama
I HATE Palin
I was Anti-Tarp
I was Anti-Iraq
I was Anti-Stimulus
I'm anti Obamacare (blame the free market when you actually allow one for the 1st time since the early 70's - eff Nixon)
I'm against fractional reserve banking
I'd abolish the FED
I'd like to close all of our military bases, withdraw all troops, focus on a strong national defense and fulfill the obligations we can.
I have a man crush on Mike Gravel
I believe in "climate change" but not in "global warming" (seriously, a planetary emergency with less than 200 years of data? We are not as smart as we pretend)
I believe fully that the federal income tax is unconstitutional. (see: unapportioned)

Box me in. I welcome it. But you'd be fighting one of your reliable assets in most battles.

However, for you to be so dismissive of any beliefs held by a person of faith, who can be very difficult to talk to or reason with sometimes, solely based on one misinformed opinion displays ignorance of a monumental degree, and is offensive, really. It also is very hypocritical.

Maybe I'm in the minority, but you can't claim to be tolerant but get a pass on that statement when it comes to white men, southerners, high school dropouts, creationists, rich people, or any other "class".

You're a bigot just like every other person on this planet - you have biases based upon experience, and no political association or website subscription will ever change that, nor make you any less guilty.

Can you actually stand up and express an opinion whilst, dare I ask, backing it up with at least some sort of reason and/or empirical evidence?

Or are you going to stand here and preach from the sidelines, completely intolerant of people who don't agree with you, plugging your ears and espousing talking points all day, just like the people you're told to hate?

Posted by: jpdeiley | December 21, 2010 4:04 AM
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Thank you for this Don!

I only wish we had a Ron Paul in Sweden.

http://www.ronpaul.se

Posted by: RonPauldotse | December 21, 2010 3:33 AM
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There are very few people in our government who honor their oath of office and uphold the Constitution. Ron Paul is one of those men and although he did not win the election, I consider him my President.

Sorry Barry.


Posted by: NewRepublican | December 21, 2010 3:15 AM
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The Republicans are truly the party of anti-intellectualism. A poll came out today that showed 52% of all Republicans believe in strict creationism, that mankind has only been here 10,000 years and that evolution is not valid. Add this to the hare-brained Republican mantra that global warming is not true and you have a scary number of ignorant people populating the Republican party. Sarah Palin is emblematic of the type of morons we are now seeing surface in the Republican party. It's a circular firing squad and the Republicans are all crack shots! Mark Montgomery NYC, NY boboberg@nyc.rr.com

Posted by: boboberg | December 21, 2010 2:19 AM
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100% correct Don. Dr. Paul is, by far, the most principled man in DC. Our country needs his leadership desperately.

Posted by: wauhoo | December 21, 2010 12:50 AM
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Thank you so much for your powerful, and well articulated endorsement of Dr. Paul's foresight and vision.
http://ronpaul.com

Unlike most bellicose beltway politicians, Dr. Paul's honesty and decorum demonstrate that he is not here for privilege of making a name for himself. He is here to plant the seeds of a vision in Americans, young and old alike, which will lead us all to a better government. One free of corruption and actually including the tenants of liberty, integrity and justice for all.

He shares the same vision as his allies Representative Paul Ryan and John Dennis, many of who now caucus with Paul & Kucinich on the issues which really matter. Liberty and personal freedom is precious. We must protect it with all our might, or watch it vanish with the stroke of a pen one day.

I am so grateful to read your recent periodical that I subscribed to your news-feed. I had thought integrity was gone from our free press, but this one entry proved me wrong. I would love to see the day that Americans stand up and say no more, enough Federal Reserve, prosecute those whom support it, enough illegal wars, liberty and justice for all.

Posted by: LibertarianRising | December 20, 2010 11:37 PM
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Great post, Don!

Posted by: thirty3na3rd | December 20, 2010 9:35 PM
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You have just gained a regular reader.

Posted by: mike210523 | December 20, 2010 8:49 PM
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It is extremely rare to find an opinion piece from a major news organization that I can agree with 100%. In fact, this makes Number 1!
Outstanding!

Posted by: RHill1 | December 20, 2010 8:46 PM
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Good write up. Integrity gets little attention, it seems, and it is nice to see some recognized.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | December 20, 2010 7:30 PM
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Great article! It's so hard to find people who take the time to truly understand what Ron Paul is talking about, thank you Mr. Vandergriff.

Posted by: silentboom | December 20, 2010 6:42 PM
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