Bush-Whacked – Chuck Baldwin

President Bush has brilliantly sold himself to America’s Christian and conservative population as their hero and standard-bearer. Unfortunately, his walk does not match his talk. It pains me to point out the following realities:

1. President Bush became the first Republican president to turn his back on Biblical morality by giving homosexual activists and programs the full support and backing of the U.S. government. Democratic administrations had made similar attempts to normalize sexual perversion, but this is a first for a Republican administration.

2. Bush became the first Republican president to support embryonic stem-cell research.

3. By creating his new Office of Homeland Security and ramming through Congress his so-called anti-terrorism bill, Bush has accrued new power to the federal government not seen since the FDR administration.

4. Bush has become the first president to create a military-tribunal court system without a declaration of war from Congress, thereby subverting the U.S. Constitution and setting himself up as a de facto dictator.

5. Bush has turned his back on the millions of suffering Christians in Indo-China by leading the effort to grant Red China permanent Most Favored Nation trade status and by paving the way for China’s acceptance into the World Trade Organization. He continues to promote trade (even cross military training) with the Communist regime, its miserable human rights abuses notwithstanding.

6. Bush has turned his back on the people of Israel (and the Word of God) by promising to carve up the land God gave to Israel and give it to PLO terrorists. If Christians in the United States sit back silently on this issue (like they have virtually every other issue since Bush became president), we will forfeit the right to ask God to bless America.

7. In an embarrassing act that must be regarded as sycophantish, Bush invited some 50 Muslims to come pray at the White House yesterday. This was done in spite of the fact that Muslims worldwide began their celebration of Ramadan by praying for America’s destruction. Furthermore, last Thursday Bush issued well wishes to Muslims by referring to “the holy Quran.” As a Christian, Bush should know that there is only one holy, God-inspired Book, and it is not the Quran. For Bush to attribute divine authorship to a false religious system borders on the blasphemous!

The one bright light in all of this is Franklin Graham. Over the weekend, he rightly identified the Islamic religion as “wicked, violent and not of the same God.” He further said, “Islam, as a whole, is evil.” He also correctly pointed out, “It wasn’t Methodists flying into those buildings, and it wasn’t Lutherans. It was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith.”

As you can imagine, Mr. Graham has been vilified and demonized, not only by liberals in the media but also by cowardly Christians and conservatives. However, Franklin Graham has thus far demonstrated the kind of grit not seen in a long time on the national stage: he refuses to surrender or apologize for his convictions. God bless him! He is a breath of fresh air, and he gives me something for which to be thankful because the record shows that Christians and conservatives (not to mention the Constitution) have been Bush-whacked.

Chuck Baldwin
chuck@chuckbaldwinlive.com
Chuck Baldwin Live
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com

Gay Republican to Lead Abortion Outreach to GOP

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has hired an official from the Log Cabin Republicans to head its Republican Party outreach efforts.

One pro-choice Republican leader called the move “very exciting,” but conservative opponents of the nation’s top abortion provider are not impressed.

Christopher Barron has served as political director of the homosexual advocacy group within the GOP since February 2004. A press release announcing his departure from the Log Cabin Republicans praised Barron for helping the organization “achieve important progress in making the conservative case for gay and lesbian equality.”

In the statement, Log Cabin President Patrick Guerriero said that Barron had been “a huge asset” for the organization, which chose not to endorse President Bush in the 2004 election and instead supported “inclusive” Republican candidates for Congress.

“Over the past two years, Chris Barron was on the front lines fighting for an inclusive GOP, fueling Log Cabin’s unprecedented growth across America and fighting to defend our families from attacks by the voices of intolerance,” Guerriero said.

The press release noted that Barron coordinated Log Cabin’s lobbying efforts to defeat the “anti-family” Federal Marriage Amendment.” Barron also implemented a GOP lobbying strategy for HIV/AIDS funding, hate crimes legislation, federal employment non-discrimination legislation and legislation repealing the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.

“It has been an honor to serve as Log Cabin’s political director during one of the most important moments for our organization and for our community,” Barron said. “I look forward to continuing being a part of the Log Cabin family and continuing to support this organization in its fight for basic fairness for our families.”

Guerriero wished Barron well in his new job, which he will begin in early December.

While Barron and representatives from Planned Parenthood did not return several calls seeking comment by press time, Ann E. W. Stone, national chairman of Republicans for Choice Political Action Committee, told Cybercast News Service she is “very excited about the possibilities” of Barron’s new work with Planned Parenthood.

Stone noted that Planned Parenthood has been striving to mend fences with members of the GOP for at least 15 years. “They’ve had other people” reaching out to Republicans, Stone said, but those individuals “didn’t have the breadth of experience” that Barron has.

Nevertheless, “the rank and file of Planned Parenthood has generally been pretty Republican,” she said. “Some state chapters have been very Republican, and a lot of their big donors in the past have been Republican, so having somebody in there who actually is very talented and Republican is a good thing.”

Stone added that Barron’s open homosexuality will not be a problem for him in his new duties because “the Planned Parenthood Republicans tend to be more moderate, and they’re not going to be homophobic.”

However, Stone said, the same people who have problems with people being pro-choice will have problems with Barron’s sexual orientation. “Being gay is just as bad as being pro-choice in their eyes.”

Still, Barron “is probably the best person we’ve worked with,” Stone noted. “He could be a very effective leader for working with all of us.”

Reaction from representatives of conservative groups was less positive.

“This should be a seamless transition, given that both organizations pursue an anti-family agenda that’s right at home in the culture of death,” Robert Knight, director of Concerned Women for America’s Culture & Family Institute told Cybercast News Service.

“Recall, for instance, that V. Gene Robinson, the openly homosexual Episcopal bishop, spoke at a Planned Parenthood event, which didn’t raise a lot of eyebrows,” Knight said. “After all, both Robinson and Planned Parenthood have rejected the natural family and pursued sex outside marriage and abortion as a reasonable, logical response to an unintended pregnancy.”

Amanda Banks, a federal issues analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said Barron’s move is not a surprise. “This gentleman has been employed by one organization that works in contradiction to the Republican Party platform, and now he’s going to work for another organization that does the same thing.”

Banks also told Cybercast News Service that she differs with Log Cabin’s goal of an “inclusive GOP.” “I think we have a different interpretation of the word ‘inclusive,'” she said.

“Certainly, both parties should strive to be inclusive regarding things like race, gender, geographical location and socioeconomic status,” she added. “But that doesn’t equate to selling out on fundamental rights and institutions,” including the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

Thanksgiving – The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

THE FIRST THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION – JUNE 20, 1676

– George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks to God, for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving, our first. That proclamation is reproduced here in the same language and spelling as the original.

“The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgments he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard…”

The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many

Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God’s Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ.”

Continental Congress Thanksgiving Proclamation

Psalm 96

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.


The First Thanksgiving in Virginia
Settlers held first Thanksgiving at Berkeley Plantation on December 4, 1619,
a year before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth.

Charles Miller / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Each first Sunday in November a Thanksgiving Festival is held at the Berkeley Plantation in accordance with documentation from 1619. The event fulfills instructions given to the 38 settlers who arrived on the banks of the James River at Berkeley as documented in the proclamation:

Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.


The First Thanksgiving Celebration at Berkeley Plantation
Virginia.org
The first Thanksgiving occurred when Captain John Woodlief led the newly-arrived English colonists to a grassy slope along the James River and instructed them to drop to their knees and pray in thanks for a safe arrival to the New World. It was December 4, 1619, and 38 men from Berkeley Parish in England vowed: “Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God.” You’ll find their vow carved on a brick gazebo marking the location believed to be where Woodlief knelt beside the James River.

The Berkeley Plantation
BerkeleyPlantation.com
Celebrate the 1619 landing of the original colonists at Berkeley Plantation. Join us at the site of the First Official Thanksgiving in America, for a day dedicated to history, food, and fun with tours of the 1726 mansion, walks in the colorful autumn gardens and a formal living history program.

Continental Congress Thanksgiving Proclamation
By the United States in Congress Assembled, 1782
It being the indispensable duty of all Nations, not only to offer up their supplications to ALMIGHTY GOD, the giver of all good, for his gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner to give him praise for his goodness in general, and especially for great and signal interpositions of his providence in their behalf.

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
President, General George Washington
The Library of Congress — By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

A copy of George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation as it appeared in The Massachusetts Centinel newspaper, Wednesday, October 14, 1789.


Thoughts on Thanksgiving
Adapted from The Light and the Glory, by Peter Marshall, and David Manuel
That summer of 1621 was beautiful. Much work went into the building of new dwellings, and ten men were sent north up the coast in the sailing shallop to conduct trade with the Indians. Squanto once again acted as their guide and interpreter. It was a successful trip, and that fall’s harvest provided more than enough corn to see them through their second winter.

Seven Things to Do With Your Family This Thanksgiving
Douglas Phillips Blog
Many of my happiest memories as a young man, and now as the head of my own household, come from Thanksgiving. Traditionally, Thanksgiving has been a day where our dearest loved ones gather around the table and feast, followed by a time of poetry reading, Scripture recitations, song, more feasting, and family story telling. But more than anything, Thanksgiving has come to be a time when we focus as a family on gratitude. It is a time to humble ourselves in the face of God’s great mercy, and to chronicle the providences and blessings of God in our life. One of the blessings for which we are most grateful is you — the many friends of Vision Forum. So this year, the Phillips family wants to begin our Thanksgiving celebration by sharing seven simple recommendations for your own day of thanksgiving.
History Of American Thanksgiving Day
By Robert H. Kreger
Thanksgiving Day as we know it today in America actually had its beginning in England before the 1600’s. Beginning in 1517 (the year Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany) the Protestant Reformation began. The word Protestant, refers to those individuals who protested the manner in which the Roman Catholic Church operated, and protested the doctrines it taught. This Protestant Reformation continued for many years, and in a sense it still continues today, but in many different forms and against many different enemies.

Archives and Analysis of Plymouth Colony, 1620-1691
University of Virginia
This Plymouth Colony Archive presents a collection of searchable texts, including court records, Colony laws, 17th century texts, research and seminar analysis of various topics, biographical profiles of selected colonists, probate inventories, wills, maps, town and fort plans, architectural and material culture studies.

Turkey: The Means to a Socially Illicit End
By Gary North / LewRockwell.com
In a recent essay, Jeffrey Tucker observed: “turkey isn’t delicious.” He then went on at considerable length to show how to make a meal of turkey more delicious ­ and how not to cook the bird. He misses the point. He confuses ends with means. Mr. Tucker knows a lot about preparing turkey. I don’t. I do know a lot about eating turkey. And let me say from the start: Thanksgiving dinner is not about eating turkey. It’s about stuffing yourself with a high-fat, low-nutrition food that is socially questionable except at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanksgiving dinner is a revered middle-class celebration in America precisely because the middle class won’t allow itself the culinary debauchery of a food that lower-class families in the South have delighted in for three centuries, several times a week. That food is gravy. I don’t mean wimpy, light-colored turkey juice gravy. I mean thick, brown, clogs-your-arteries gravy.

Pilgrim Hall Museum
The mission of Pilgrim Hall Museum is to protect and foster this heritage as a dynamic national resource.

Annie’s Thanksgiving Day links page

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January 07, 2012

Late-Term Abortion Doctor Arraigned for Murder

A New Jersey doctor accused of murder for performing late-term abortions in Maryland was arraigned in court and freed on $500,000 bail. Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, 55, who owns abortion clinics in multiple states, and a second doctor he employed, are charged with murder for allegedly starting late-term abortions in New Jersey and completing them in Maryland, which has looser restrictions about where abortions can be performed. The other doctor, Dr. Nicola Irene Riley, remains held without bail in Utah since her arrest December 28. Read more…

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Man Arrested in Abortion Clinic Fire

Authorities say the man charged with setting fire to a Florida Panhandle abortion clinic long targeted by violence told investigators he was motivated by his hatred for abortion. In an affidavit released late Thursday, prosecutors said 41-year-old Bobby Joe Rogers told investigators that he made a fire bomb and threw it at the Pensacola clinic. Rogers said he was pushed to action after he saw a young woman enter the clinic for an abortion while he was standing outside the clinic with a group of protesters recently. Read more…

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January 04, 2012

Planned Parenthood Got $487.4M Tax Money, Did 329,445 Abortions

According to its latest annual report, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) received $487.4 million in tax dollars over a twelve-month period and performed 329,455 abortions. In addition, the number of adoption referrals made by the organization continued to decline. The latest annual report covers the period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, the PPFA’s fiscal year. Read more…

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Abortion Pioneer Margaret Sanger Had Slew of Lovers

In “Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion,” historian Jean H. Baker chronicles the life of the driving force behind Planned Parenthood — an activist whose single-minded ferocity was decisive in making birth-control information and, ultimately, the pill itself available to U.S. women. According to Baker, Sanger was fantastically admirable and at the same time gratingly unlikable. Read more…

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Abortion Doctors Could Be Extradited to Maryland

One of the two abortion doctors indicted in Elkton on murder charges under the state’s fetal homicide law may not fight extradition and could soon be brought from New Jersey to Maryland, according to the Cecil County State’s Attorney. Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, 55, of Voorhees, N.J., is being held on $3 million bail in Camden County and an arraignment hearing is scheduled. He is charged with five counts of first-degree murder and other charges in Maryland. Read more…

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PASTORS WILL ENGAGE IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TO PROTEST HATE CRIMES LAW

Coalition for Faith and Freedom:

WASHINGTON — On Monday, November 16 at 1:30 PM, the Coalition for Faith and Freedom, an ad hoc group of concerned clergy, will rally in front of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. to test the limits of the expanded federal hate crimes law.

On October 28, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure extending the federal hate crimes statute to include so-called sexual orientation. The ministers believe this will criminalize all criticism of homosexual behavior, including that contained in the Bible.

To test this belief and protest a clear violation of First Amendment freedom of speech and religion, various clergy will preach short sermons and read passages from the Bible regarding homosexual behavior. Like Dr. Martin Luther King and the Sixties Civil Rights movement, they will engage in civil disobedience to protest injustice.

Those participating in the pray-in will include Vision America Action President Dr. Rick Scarborough, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, Bishop E.W. Jackson of STAND America, Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance (a group which has fought gay marriage in the Bay State), Paul Blair and Steve Kern of Reclaim Oklahoma, Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, Brad Cranston of Iowa Baptists for Biblical Values, and Jim Garlow, a leader of the Prop 8 battle in California, which overturned the judicial imposition of gay marriage.

Legal challenges to the unconstitutional law may also be announced at that time. Mat Staver, Esq., founder and president of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty Law School, has been retained as their counsel and will be present at a press conference preceding the event.

Pastor Paul Blair, founder of Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, summed up the sentiments of participants, when he observed: “Pastors have preached the Bible in America for more than 400 years, pointing the people to Jesus Christ and standing against sin. If preaching the Bible is now against the law, then let us be arrested. If not, may every pastor in America know that he can stand strong and proclaim Biblical Truth without fear of persecution or prosecution.”

For more information or to schedule background interviews, contact:
Misty Allmond
866-522-5582
visionamerica1@yahoo.com
or
Dr. Gary Cass
866-508-2232
drgarycass@christianadc.org
.

Statement of Faith by Ron Paul

We live in times of great uncertainty when men of faith must stand up for our values and our traditions lest they be washed away in a sea of fear and relativism. As you likely know, I am running for President of the United States, and I am asking for your support.

I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God. My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.

I have worked tirelessly to defend and restore those rights for all Americans, born and unborn alike. The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideal of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.

In 40 years of medical practice, I never once considered performing an abortion, nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, H.R. 1094. I am also the prime sponsor of H.R. 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn. I have also authored H.R. 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called “population control.” Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken and will continue to advocate direct action to restore protection for the unborn.

I have also acted to protect the lives of Americans by my adherence to the doctrine of “just war.” This doctrine, as articulated by Augustine, suggested that war must only be waged as a last resort— for a discernible moral and public good, with the right intentions, vetted through established legal authorities (a constitutionally required declaration of the Congress), and with a likely probability of success.

It has been and remains my firm belief that the current United Nations-mandated, no-win police action in Iraq fails to meet the high moral threshold required to wage just war. That is why I have offered moral and practical opposition to the invasion, occupation and social engineering police exercise now underway in Iraq. It is my belief, borne out by five years of abject failure and tens of thousands of lost lives, that the Iraq operation has been a dangerous diversion from the rightful and appropriate focus of our efforts to bring to justice to the jihadists that have attacked us and seek still to undermine our nation, our values, and our way of life.

I opposed giving the president power to wage unlimited and unchecked aggression, However, I did vote to support the use of force in Afghanistan. I also authored H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. A letter of marque and reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give the president the authority to respond with appropriate force to those non-state actors who wage aggression against the United States while limiting his authority to only those responsible for the atrocities of that day. Such a limited authorization is consistent with the doctrine of just war and the practical aim of keeping Americans safe while minimizing the costs in blood and treasure of waging such an operation.

On September 17, 2001, I stated on the house floor that “…striking out at six or eight or even ten different countries could well expand this war of which we wanted no part. Without defining the enemy there is no way to know our precise goal or to know when the war is over. Inadvertently more casual acceptance of civilian deaths as part of this war I’m certain will prolong the agony and increase the chances of even more American casualties. We must guard against this if at all possible.” I’m sorry to say that history has proven this to be true.

I am running for president to restore the rule of law and to stand up for our divinely inspired Constitution. I have never voted for legislation that is not specifically authorized by the Constitution. As president, I will never sign a piece of legislation, nor use the power of the executive, in a manner inconsistent with the limitations that the founders envisioned.

Many have given up on America as an exemplar for the world, as a model of freedom, self-government, and self-control. I have not. There is hope for America. I ask you to join me, and to be a part of it.

Sincerely,

Ron Paul

For More Information Contact:
Paul Dorr
Iowa Field Director
RonPaul2008@iowatelecom.net
Phone: 712-758-3660

Ron Paul 2008
Presidential Campaign Committee
www.RonPaul2008.com
Phone: 703-248-9115
FAX: 703-248-9119

Ron Paul Statement of Faith in Jesus

Statement of Faith By Rep. Ron Paul, MD.

We live in times of great uncertainty when men of faith must stand up for our values and our traditions lest they be washed away in a sea of fear and relativism. As you likely know, I am running for President of the United States, and I am asking for your support.

I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God. My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.

I have worked tirelessly to defend and restore those rights for all Americans, born and unborn alike. The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideal of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.

In 40 years of medical practice, I never once considered performing an abortion, nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, H.R. 1094. I am also the prime sponsor of H.R. 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn. I have also authored H.R. 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called “population control.” Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken and will continue to advocate direct action to restore protection for the unborn.

I have also acted to protect the lives of Americans by my adherence to the doctrine of “just war.” This doctrine, as articulated by Augustine, suggested that war must only be waged as a last resort— for a discernible moral and public good, with the right intentions, vetted through established legal authorities (a constitutionally required declaration of the Congress), and with a likely probability of success.

It has been and remains my firm belief that the current United Nations-mandated, no-win police action in Iraq fails to meet the high moral threshold required to wage just war. That is why I have offered moral and practical opposition to the invasion, occupation and social engineering police exercise now underway in Iraq. It is my belief, borne out by five years of abject failure and tens of thousands of lost lives, that the Iraq operation has been a dangerous diversion from the rightful and appropriate focus of our efforts to bring to justice to the jihadists that have attacked us and seek still to undermine our nation, our values, and our way of life.

I opposed giving the president power to wage unlimited and unchecked aggression, However, I did vote to support the use of force in Afghanistan. I also authored H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. A letter of marque and reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give the president the authority to respond with appropriate force to those non-state actors who wage aggression against the United States while limiting his authority to only those responsible for the atrocities of that day. Such a limited authorization is consistent with the doctrine of just war and the practical aim of keeping Americans safe while minimizing the costs in blood and treasure of waging such an operation.

On September 17, 2001, I stated on the house floor that “…striking out at six or eight or even ten different countries could well expand this war of which we wanted no part. Without defining the enemy there is no way to know our precise goal or to know when the war is over. Inadvertently more casual acceptance of civilian deaths as part of this war I’m certain will prolong the agony and increase the chances of even more American casualties. We must guard against this if at all possible.” I’m sorry to say that history has proven this to be true.

I am running for president to restore the rule of law and to stand up for our divinely inspired Constitution. I have never voted for legislation that is not specifically authorized by the Constitution. As president, I will never sign a piece of legislation, nor use the power of the executive, in a manner inconsistent with the limitations that the founders envisioned.

Many have given up on America as an exemplar for the world, as a model of freedom, self-government, and self-control. I have not. There is hope for America. I ask you to join me, and to be a part of it.

Sincerely,

Ron Paul

For More Information Contact:
Paul Dorr
Iowa Field Director
RonPaul2008@iowatelecom.net
Phone: 712-758-3660

Ron Paul 2008
Presidential Campaign Committee
www.RonPaul2008.com
Phone: 703-248-9115
FAX: 703-248-9119