Thursday, July 28, 2011

Paul doesn't want to raise the roof

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 4:46 PM

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, presidential candidate and ideological forefather of the tea party/liberty movement, has sent out a press release urging his followers to petition against the raising of the debt ceiling.

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With the White House determined to tack on TRILLIONS more to our national debt, I need your IMMEDIATE help to send a critical message to the Republican congressional leadership.

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The sad fact is, right now, Republican leaders can't make up their minds as to whether they want to lead or cut a backroom deal with President Obama.

What you and I need is someone who stands for conviction over compromise.

I have spent my entire career standing up for what I believe in, even if it meant standing alone.

Conviction and leadership go hand in hand. If you don't know where you want to end up, it's virtually impossible to lead.

That's the problem Republican leaders in Washington have right now.

But you and I can help them make up their minds.

The Republican congressional leadership is susceptible to our pressure - good old-fashioned grassroots pressure.

That's why I need your help to DEMAND Republican leaders show some backbone and loudly say "No!" to any business as usual, status quo-empowering compromises to raise the debt ceiling.

This should certainly come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Paul's long career as a congressman or watched his multiple runs for the presidency.

While this argument — that the government should default on its debts — might sound crazy to a lot of people, Paul's fiscal austerity has won him a number of supporters. And may have helped inspire this rap:

You can read Paul's whole pitch after the jump.

Dear Concerned American,

With the White House determined to tack on TRILLIONS more to our national debt, I need your IMMEDIATE help to send a critical message to the Republican congressional leadership.

"Lead - or get out of the way!"

The sad fact is, right now, Republican leaders can't make up their minds as to whether they want to lead or cut a backroom deal with President Obama.

What you and I need is someone who stands for conviction over compromise.

I have spent my entire career standing up for what I believe in, even if it meant standing alone.

Conviction and leadership go hand in hand. If you don't know where you want to end up, it's virtually impossible to lead.

That's the problem Republican leaders in Washington have right now.

But you and I can help them make up their minds.

The Republican congressional leadership is susceptible to our pressure - good old-fashioned grassroots pressure.

That's why I need your help to DEMAND Republican leaders show some backbone and loudly say "No!" to any business as usual, status quo-empowering compromises to raise the debt ceiling.

The current debate is filled with talk of fake cuts, budget gimmicks, and political stunts that both parties use to try to lay blame on each other without solving the problem.

That's why we need to act TODAY.

Without your help, I'm afraid you and I will get sold down the river - and President Obama could put the Tea Party on life support.

Even as I write you, rumors are swirling fast and furious.

News reports are that Speaker Boehner is trying to ram through a deal to raise the debt ceiling by $900 billion with no real spending cuts.

This is NOT what the American people overwhelmingly elected Republicans to do in 2010.

So if the Republican leadership shrinks from this fight, they'll pay the price for this BETRAYAL at the ballot box in 2010.

That's why it's vital you urge your representative and senators to pledge to stand up and oppose backroom, business as usual deals from Speaker Boehner to raise the debt ceiling.

The good news is, your IMMEDIATE action will make an enormous impact.

The establishment is in full crisis mode.

They see their gravy train of deficit spending and pork barrel politics in jeopardy.

They see Wall Street fat cats in a full-blown panic.

They're bringing out the usual suspects to scare everyone - Geithner, Bernanke, and even Bush-era Treasury officials are being brought into secret congressional briefings to try to scare your representative and senators.

In fact, this is eerily reminiscent of something . . .

The 2008 bank bailouts.

The Republican establishment lining up to make a deal because they just don't have the backbone to fight.

The White House promising certain doom if it doesn't get its way.

Well, I fought the leadership of BOTH parties in 2008 when they bailed out Wall Street.

And I'm still fighting them today.

And I'm the only one who can stop this Washington machine because I'm not beholden to it.

But I can't win this fight without you.

I know millions of Americans share my belief that it's time to stop selling our children's futures to finance more debt.

So Congress needs to hear from each of them that they are ready to fight for fiscal responsibility.

If you have not yet done so, please sign the No Debt Ceiling Deal PETITION today.

After you sign the petition, please follow up with your representative and senators by calling their offices today.

And be sure to spread it through email and your social networks.

Don't let the Republican leadership cave in. Together, you and I can FORCE them to fight.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

P.S. It's up to you and me to FORCE the Republican leadership to show some backbone.

If you haven't signed the No Debt Ceiling Deal petition yet, please do so right away.

We can stop Congress from selling us down the river and enabling President Obama to put the Tea Party on life support.

But only if we take action immediately!

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