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May 26, 2007

Ron Paul For Peace

Filed under: Good Ideas, Politics, Ron Paul 2008 — mrslady @ 2:27 pm

I didn’t write a Frugal Friday for this week, but I have a very good reason.  If you want to see Frugal Friday tips from the past you can see them here.

The reason that I couldn’t write a Frugal Fridays post is because I have been expremely preoccupied with Ron Paul.  It is hard for me to write about anything or anyone else lately.  For those of you who did not happen to see my last post on Ron Paul he is a Congressman from Texas, and is currently running for the GOP presidential nomination.  He is running on a traditional Constitutional platform, believing in small government and large freedoms, and is the only presidential candidate on either side of the isle who will unequivically bring our troops home within his first month or so in office.  No deadlines, no expensive and long process, just bring them home.  For more on Ron Paul’s policies, visit his website here

.The reason that I have been thinking of him lately is because of the recent debate hosted on Fox News. In that debate, Ron Paul said that the federal government’s foriegn policies are partly to blame for 9-11, something the CIA and reports on Iraq have all recognized and labeled as “blowback”.  Of course, Rudy Guiliani got “flustered” [to say the least] and said that was the “most absurd” explaination for 9-11 that he had ever heard [presumably not having read CIA and other investigative reports of 9-11 and the “War on Terror”] and also saying that Dr.Paul blamed 9-11 on the American people, not the American Federal government’s policies as Ron Paul stated.  Of course, slanderers on all sides have been trying to shoot holes in the Ron Paul campaign by saying that he blamed 9-11 on the American people-a blatantly false interpretation of what was said-and yet, despite what others are saying/implying about Ron Paul his approval rating continues to soar over the competition, leading in some polls by double-digit margins over the next competitor, and having more YouTube subscribers than any other candidate Republican or Democrat.  His support can truely be recognized in the fact that directly after the debate involving the “showdown” between Guiliani and Ron Paul Congressman Paul recieved a flood of campaign donations, proving that there truely are people out there listening and loving what he says [besides my husband and I!].

However, I was still concerned that he would not be able to get in a main stream media rebuttal to the slander that was being laid against him.  [It’s no secret that Ron Paul has been “having trouble” getting air time.]  I was very worried-until yesterday.  Yesterday Ron Paul went on Bill Maher, and it gave him the opportunity.  I was concerned, Maher is notoriously liberal, but I was still hoping for the best.

What I got was better than the best.  Not only did Bill Maher blatantly endorse Ron Paul [Calling him “his hero, and saying that if more Americans were smarter they would be voting for Ron Paul], but he criticized Guiliani’s blantant ignorance of the facts regarding what lead up to 9-11.  Ron Paul came out shining and was not only able to set the record straight, but was met with wild applause from the largely liberal Maher crowd-who even chanted “Vote Ron Paul” as he exited the stage.

I have to tell you honestly-it brought tears to my eyes to see that much support for such a great and honorable man.  It was not only nice to see that he had proved his point, but that he was being supported for it.  It is not often that Americans get behind someone that I can align with ideologically, but to know that Ron Paul has that much support is truely awesome.

Don’t forget: If you support Ron Paul, register Republican and vote for him in the primaries!! To see footage from Ron Paul on Bill Maher [broadcast last night] you can go to YouTube, where you can also visit Ron Paul’s channel which now has more than 9,000 subscribers! 

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May 23, 2007

Stay Informed! *Works for Me Wednesdays*

Filed under: Politics, WFMW — mrslady @ 10:59 am

With the 2008 elections looming, and the debates already in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in the limelight of the presidential election. However, even with the “big one” coming up, it’s important to remember that business as usual is still happening in Congress. They are voting on a lot of important issues at the moment [immigration comes to mind], but it’s easy to get bogged down in the search for information-especially when it comes to politics.

Here are a couple suggestions I have to keep yourself ahead of what’s happening in Washington:

*Know where to go. You can visit the House of Representatives at their website http://www.house.gov and the senate at http://www.senate.gov. On their respective pages you can find their session schedule, and current legislation schedules for the week. These pages are informative, but they can get a little hard to navigate so beware!

*Get more information. I recommend a more friendly place, http://www.congress.org, for finding information you can use. On this site you can not only sign up to have the voting record of your Congresspersons emailed to you. You can also search current bills, or recent bills, and get an easy to read detail of who voted for, who voted against, and who didn’t vote at all when it comes to that bill.

*Get involved! On http://www.congress.org you can write your congressman-or the president if you’re ambitious!-and let them get a little more “in touch” with the people. There are also links on that site to join groups supporting or against almost everything. If none of those float your boat, you can find a group or chatroom on almost anything using Google.

In my opinion, the key to a well-run country starts with the dilligence of it’s individual citizens. By staying informed and getting involved we let our leaders know that we not only are we watching, but that we care. Remember, it’s not just the presidential race that determines the future of our nation, but the sometimes mundane ins and outs of Congress that effect our lives on a daily basis.

Staying informed works for me! For more WFMW go to http://www.rocksinmydryer.typepad.com.

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