Wednesday, November 07, 2007

To Vince: Ron Paul and Air-Time

This is the email that I sent to Vincent David Jericho of KSGF --

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Vince,

Firstly, I want to apologize for sending you an email today without
knowing how much time you had given to the topic of Ron Paul this
morning. I was able to catch up with the podcast this evening.

However, having listened to all of the podcasts which included
discussion of Ron Paul, I can honestly say that I am very frustrated
with the misrepresentations of his very clearly stated policies from his
platform.

Firstly, you have without fail called him an isolationist. According to
the American Heritage Dictionary, the following is the definition of
isolationist: "A national policy of abstaining from political or
economic relations with other countries." I want to call two things to
your attention. Ron Paul advocates ending the policies of preemptive
war and the sanctions that provoke them, and he advocates trade and
diplomacy with all nations. None of Ron Paul's policies really even
hints at isolationism. Dictionary.com defines interventionism as "the
policy or doctrine of intervening, esp. government interference in the
affairs of another state or in domestic economic affairs". Those very
succinctly summarize what he is against, thus he is a non interventionist.

Secondly, the caller that accused Ron Paul of claiming that the borders
being open, coupled with the lack of a successful terrorist attack were
reason to support keeping them open is unfair to put it nicely. Ron
Paul has a very clear stance on immigration. He believes that the
primary cause of illegal immigration is the welfare state in which we
basically encourage foreigners to come leech off the taxes of our
nation. He wants to bring home the border guards that have been
stationed in Iraq to guard their border. Our border and our nation
should be secured. Finally, he supports legal immigration.

Thirdly, the two separate callers that posed the unchallenged question
of whether George Soros was pumping money into Ron Paul's campaign is so
extremely frustrating, and frankly, it is irresponsible on your part not
to challenge such wild and unfounded claims. Ron Paul's campaign is
probably the most financially transparent in all of history. The
campaign puts out a live feed of the names and amounts of every on-line
donation within seconds of receiving them. The 4 million plus dollars
of donations came from over 37,000 donors with an average donation
around 100 per person.

Finally, Ron Paul has stated very clearly that he has absolutely no
plans to run as a Third Party candidate. While he has not committed to
backing a Republican candidate that opposes his platform (the one he's
had for the last 30 years), he also knows that he would not win as a
third party candidate, and doesn't plan to leave the Republican party.
He is still running as a Republican for re-election in his congressional
seat from Texas if he does not get the nomination.

As you said on the air, you have no interest in being convinced that Ron
Paul is the right candidate for the Republican nomination. I can
respect and understand that. However, there are many of your listeners
that have not been given a fair representation of Ron Paul, that may in
fact choose to back him. Your statements about the uncertainty of this
primary season are very accurate. Everything is up in the air, and the
truth of the matter is that Ron Paul's money totals are only going to
keep increasing. There is going to be a Boston Tea Party event to raise
even more money than Monday's total. Mark your calendar, December 16th.

I am now going to plead with you to have me on the air and grill me.
Challenge my knowledge of Ron Paul's positions, and in that vein,
challenge Ron Paul himself. I am not trying to imply that I officially
represent Ron Paul, but I am familiar with his positions and agree on
nearly 100% of them. There are positions that the majority of your
listeners will be very interested to hear about. I am also not afraid
of your questioning, because I feel Ron Paul's positions are coherent,
unified, and consistent. Ron Paul is a man with the integrity that we
need to restore this Republic to the people.

I am in no way trying to be combative. I have been emailing you
somewhat frequently over the last several months on several issues. Let
me also add that I am becoming more involved in the Republican
organization locally. Eric Burlison, Steve Helms, and Chris Donegan,
the active leadership of the Metro Republicans which hosted the Straw
Poll on the 1st have asked me to be on the board, and probably share in
the Vice Presidential role of the club. I have taken it upon myself, as
someone that is trying to support the Republican Party, as well as being
a dedicated Ron Paul supporter, to bring together this large group of
people that has been disenfranchised with politics in the past but has
gotten off the couch to fight hard for our rights with the mainstream
Republican Party.

Sincerely,
Jeremy D. Young
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Yes, I am such a nerd that I use PGP signatures in my emails. Sorry!

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