Monday, January 28, 2008

You Say you want a revolution...........

I am ready for one! After much apathy this voting season, with no candidate capturing my mind, heart, or interests... none with radical ideas about getting America back on track... I think I have finally found my man. This is by no means a proselytizing post to get you to share my opinions on Ron Paul... I'm just excited to find someone with big ideas!

From His Mouth:

"Christ came here for spiritual reasons, not secular war and boundaries and geography. And yet, we are now dedicating so much of our aggressive activity in the name of God, but God, he is the Prince of Peace. That is what I see from my God and through Christ. I vote for peace. "
Values Voter Presidential Debate, September 17, 2007

"We have a lot of goodness in this country. And we should promote it, but never through the barrel of a gun. We should do it by setting good standards, motivating people and have them want to emulate us. But you can't enforce our goodness, like the neocons preach, with an armed force. It doesn't work. "
Republican Presidential Debate, Manchester, New Hampshire, June 5, 2007

"America was founded by men who understood that the threat of domestic tyranny is as great as any threat from abroad. If we want to be worthy of their legacy, we must resist the rush toward ever-increasing state control of our society. Otherwise, our own government will become a greater threat to our freedoms than any foreign terrorist."
Freedom vs. Security: A False Choice, May 31, 2004

"In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not federal bureaucrats. "
Statement on the Congressional Education Plan, May 23, 2001

"One day I walked into an operating room, to just be an observant, which we would do generally, as a medical resident. They were performing this hysterectomy, which was a caesarean section. And they lifted out a fetus that weighted approximately 2 pounds, and it was breathing and crying. And it was put in a bucket and set in the corner of the room, and everybody in the room just pretended that they didn't hear it. And the baby died. And I walked out of that room a different person... Roe v. Wade is a reflection of the moral climate of the country, because the law was being defied, and then the law was changed, the law sort of caught up with the culture. So even though we work in the legal area, and work politically, ultimately I believe it's an issue of personal morality, and is a reflection of the country, more so than just the lack of laws. Just changing the laws won't be enough, we will ultimately have to have a society that's moral enough, where the fetus deserves legal protection. "
National Right to Life Convention, Kansas City, Missouri, June 15, 2007

In the third Republican debate on June 5, 2007, Paul said about the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy:
"I think the current policy is a decent policy. And the problem that we have with dealing with this subject is we see people as groups, as they belong to certain groups and that they derive their rights as belonging to groups. We don't get our rights because we're gays or women or minorities. We get our rights from our Creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way. So if there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if there's heterosexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. So it isn't the issue of homosexuality. It's the concept and the understanding of individual rights. If we understood that, we would not be dealing with this very important problem."

On Environmental Issues:"The federal government has proven itself untrustworthy with environmental policy by facilitating polluters, subsidizing logging in the National Forests, and instituting one-size-fits-all approaches that too often discriminate against those they are intended to help.
The key to sound environmental policy is respect for private property rights. The strict enforcement of property rights corrects environmental wrongs while increasing the cost of polluting.
In a free market, no one is allowed to pollute his neighbor's land, air, or water. If your property is being damaged, you have every right to sue the polluter, and government should protect that right. After paying damages, the polluter's production and sale costs rise, making it unprofitable to continue doing business the same way. Currently, preemptive regulations and pay-to-pollute schemes favor those wealthy enough to perform the regulatory tap dance, while those who own the polluted land rarely receive a quick or just resolution to their problems. "

More Quotes here.......


Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Sorry - not a real comment on your post - just a question - do you have a picture of a typical appalachian field where it still has the rock border? I can't find one anywhere. My memory - which may or may not serve me correctly, says that these rock walls/borders didn't really demark a field but were the rocks that came up in plowing and were just carried and stacked on the edge of the field. I can't seem to find a reference to that practice on the internet or a picture. Do you know of such a practice or have a reference for where I might find a description and picture?


bluemountainmama said...

i don't have a picture, susan. but i know in this area, the fields are really rocky, and they do tend to pile the rocks at the edges of the field. you see it here and my grandfather used to talk about it as their farm was really rocky.

colleen said...

I'm amazed that the "so called" fringe of the right and the left eventually come full circle and meet and have more in common than the rest of each party. Paul and Kucinich are like counterparts. I respect Ron Paul very much for being one of the few Republicans that spoke out against the Iraq war from day one.

His comment about Jesus is very appreciated but I also suspect he believes in separation of church and state, which is what ultimately protects our religious freedoms.

The "hysterectomy/cesarean story is horrifying. But I don't equate such an extreme with all abortion. Even birth control pills are a form of abortion to some, as they stop implantation of a fertilized egg.

bluemountainmama said...

colleen- yes, kucinich and paul have a lot in common.... i liked kucinich, but he has now dropped out of the race. and the main candidates on both sides don't really have anything new to say... i feel it will be the same 'ole, same 'ole.

and paul probably doesn't line up with your views of church and state. he believes in 'freedom of religion' instead of 'freedom from religion' as a lot of recent legislative measures have imposed, in my opinion. he wants individual localities and communities to govern prayer in schools, display of religious symbols in public places, etc.... not a few people in the federal government. again...leaving the choice to the people. his views on all these issues are on his website:

and as a practicing OB/GYN, he knows life begins at conception as the medical profession and science now declare, and he is committed to protecting that life, unless the mother's health is at risk.... which only accounts for less than 1% of abortions.

photowannabe said...

Hi Blue
Glad you think the pup is cute. I think your dear friend Anna has one too. You know, even when Mom's and Grandmas are sick...the show must go on and I couldn't let my son down. It was an important business trip he and his wife took. Besides I think the whole thing was good medicine...

bluemountainmama said...

you are a good grandma, sue! and yes, i know how the show must go on! :)

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Thanks Blue - I just couldn't come up with anything on google - which is unusal - documenting the practice - or a photograph either. I was thinking about it actually in terms of a spiritual paradigm - when the field is first plowed - or even the first few years - lots of rocks come up. Then as years go on, many fewer rocks so that it might even be a real surprise when a large one surfaces. Complacency of plowing- forgetting how many rocks have been removed already, etc - a big rock turning up can be a big shock!

bluemountainmama said...

susan... i like the analogy. :) i will keep my eye out for photo ops around here and let you know if i capture any good ones.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

sounds great - but it may be spring before you find one if you have snow on the ground like we do!

ps - I love the music here!

Becca said...

I'm a Ron Paul girl too. Thanks for posting!

Happy Hippie said...

Thanks for posting this. Ron Paul is one, if not the only canidate I feel I can get behind. Thanks for giving me more info on him.