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Written by Emma Shapiro   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:37

WASHINGTON D.C. - EMILY’s List today introduced a new tool aimed at women voters to evaluate the 2012 Republican presidential candidates’ potential impact on women’s health, jobs, retirement security, choice, workplace fairness, women and families, and more.

The EMILY’S List “Republican Presidential Scorecard” shows the candidates who scored worst on women’s issues (in order of most egregious): former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN); former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney is tied with Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX); former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA); former Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman; and Governor of Texas Rick Perry.

The issues on which candidates are most damaging to women and families are “Access to Women’s Health and Choice,” “Retirement and Medicare,” and “Jobs.” For the women and families of Iowa, these candidates’ stances on the jobs bill alone could negatively impact 69,100 women who own their own businesses, which employ 57,900 Iowans.  Moreover, the cuts to Medicaid and Medicare that these candidates support would cut benefits for 172,500 Iowa women and 43,000 Iowa Seniors.

To access additional information on the “Republican Presidential Scorecard” featured below, please see the EMILY’s List website: http://emilyslist.org/scorecard



The EMILY’s List “Republican Presidential Scorecard” will be an ongoing effort to communicate with women voters about the Presidential race and what’s at stake. The scorecard will be continually updated to adjust to the changing dynamics of the primary.

State-specific impacts of the positions advocated by the Republican candidates will be released in early primary and caucus states, with a paid on-line media component.

In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY’s List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 900,000 members across the country, EMILY’s List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List has worked to elect 86 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in our 25 year history.

For more information on EMILY’s List, please visit www.emilyslist.org.

News from the Ron Paul Campaign late-December PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:26
In Case You Missed It:Ron Paul Talks Veterans Issues in Des Moines Register Op-Ed

Also tees up tonight’s ‘Salute to Veterans’ rally

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul authored an op-ed in today’s print and online versions of the Des Moines Register.  Appearing in Iowa’s largest circulation newspaper, the op-ed focuses on his record of service to veterans ahead of a rally he will hold tonight in Des Moines highlighting similar themes.

In the op-ed, the 12-term Congressman from Texas and former U.S. Air Force flight surgeon argues that he has been fighting for America’s heroes while in Congress, and will be their strongest ally as President. 

Backing veterans is a must
By U.S. Rep. Ron Paul

America cannot remain strong if our servicemen and women have reason to doubt that our nation will not honor the promises it made to them when they enlisted.

My campaign is holding a Salute Our Veterans Rally today in Des Moines. I hope this rally will help drive that point home.

Of all our government’s shortcomings, few issues are more distressing than the inadequate treatment our veterans receive. I’m a veteran myself, having served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force during the turbulent 1960s. So, unlike some of my “armchair general” opponents, I have a firsthand understanding of our veterans’ needs.

I have supported numerous pieces of legislation in Congress to better look out for our veterans, and I am proud to have helped many veterans in my district finally receive the medals and benefits they fought hard to earn. I intend to use the bully pulpit as president to advocate even more strongly for their issues. Our veterans fought hard for us, so we should fight hard for them.

For instance, I have always supported giving employers tax credits for hiring veterans, narrowing the gap in pay that exists between private and military sector pay scales, and finally reversing the trend of disproportionately high veterans unemployment, which is a sky-high 27 percent for vets ages 18 to 24, according to a recent New York Times article…

For the complete Des Moines Register op-ed, please click here

For information on Dr. Paul’s ‘Salute to Veterans’ rally including how to RSVP, click here.

Ron Paul Campaign Releases New TV Ad ‘Machine’
Ad condemns harmful Washington atmosphere and presents Ron Paul as leader with a bold plan to solve our economic crisis
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign released today a new television ad titled ‘Machine’ airing on television in the key early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.  The ad begins airing today.

The 30-second ad condemns the dysfunctional Washington-insider atmosphere created and furthered by slick politicians, and presents Ron Paul as a leader who has stood apart and above such an environment. 

‘Machine’ suggests that the self-serving actions of serial flip-flopping politicians brought about the current period of government-imposed economic weakness.  These politicians are ones that supported corporate bailouts and mandates on businesses, to the detriment of our overall economic health.  In glaring contrast, Ron Paul is showcased as a different kind of politician who has always been outside of the well-oiled machine that works for itself rather than for America’s needs.  Included in the ad are details of the 12-term Congressman from Texas’s ‘Plan to Restore America,’ which makes the hard choices and sets the nation on a path to recovery and lasting, sustainable prosperity.

“Our new ad ‘Machine’ argues the point that Washington is populated with politicians and well-connected interests that serve themselves rather than a vulnerable public that relies on politicians to create the proper atmosphere for fair competition and growth.  In contrast Ron Paul has always been above the fray and promotes policies and initiatives such as his ‘Plan to Restore America,’ an economic blueprint to help Americans recapture their constitutionally-guaranteed economic and civil liberties,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

To view the television ad online, please click here.
Ron Paul Endorsed by Eminent Pastor Rev. Phil Kayser, Ph.D.
Dr. Kayser says, “Ron Paul's strictly Constitutional civics is far closer to Biblical civics than any of the other candidate's on a whole range of issues.”
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by renowned pastor, theologian, and prolific author Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, Ph.D.

Rev. Kayser is the Senior Pastor of Dominion Covenant Church based in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Church has a national footprint including in Iowa where Ron Paul, the 12-term Congressman from Texas, is competing in the January 3, 2012 caucus. 

In making his endorsement, Dr. Kayser mentioned he was doing so as a private citizen and not on behalf of his congregation and the organizations with which he is affiliated.

“We welcome Rev. Kayser’s endorsement and the enlightening statements he makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Christian beliefs.  We’re thankful for the thoughtfulness with which he makes his endorsement and hope his endorsement and others like it make a strong top-three showing in the caucus more likely,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.

Dr. Kayser has degrees in education, theology and philosophy/ethics.  He is the author of over 40 books and booklets.  The name of one organization that he founded describes well his ministry: Biblical Blueprints.  His passion is to see the comprehensive blueprints of the Scriptures applied to science, civil government, education, art, history, economics, business, and every area of life. 

For 15 years Dr. Kayser has been involved in coaching church planters, mentoring seminary students, and teaching seminars on Biblical leadership internationally.  President and founder of the Providential History Festival, he is desirous of seeing a more Biblical philosophy of history being taught at every age level.  Phil is the pastor of Dominion Covenant Church, a very conservative, evangelical church that teaches the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible.  His parents were missionaries in Ethiopia for 30 years, with SIM, International, and he continues to have a passion for missions, making teaching trips to other countries and mentoring international leaders.  He has provided leadership to the Heartland Christian Ministries Conference, Evangelical Ministries Fellowship, CELNet, the National Strategy Council, and other evangelical organizations.  He is the professor of ethics at Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland, Florida.

Phil Kayser is a frequent conference speaker on many subjects, and he has applied Scripture to politics in three presidential candidate campaigns.  He also has been an occasional guest teacher and consultant at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

If ministering in Iowa, local pastors interested in discussing an endorsement are invited to email the Iowa Director of Voter Outreach, Meghann Walker, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dr. Kayser’s full statement of endorsement follows.

Statement from the Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, Ph.D.

I support Ron Paul as the Republican candidate for president for a number of reasons.  The first reason is that he is the only candidate who holds to a strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution (i.e., that the Feds can only do what is explicitly enumerated in the Constitution) whereas the other candidates hold to a broad constructionist interpretation (i.e., that the Feds may do whatever is not explicitly forbidden in the Constitution).  It is broad constructionism that has gotten us into the mess we are in today, and you cannot fight liberal broad constructionism with conservative broad constructionism.  Both lack integrity.

The second reason is that he is the only candidate that has a consistent philosophy of economics that will truly resolve America's problems.  The economics of each of the other candidates is flawed, and in my opinion grossly unbiblical.

The third reason is that Ron Paul's strictly Constitutional civics is far closer to Biblical civics than any of the other candidate's on a whole range of issues including non-interventionism in international politics, limitations on what can be a crime, limits of jurisdiction, the rights of interposition and civil resistance, inflation, banking cartels, the national identity card, the American Community Survey, the use of torture by the military, etc.  

As a Biblical ethicist I am very concerned about overturning Roe v Wade (something that Ron has sought to do), but I am also extremely concerned about all the areas of lawlessness that have destroyed nations in the past.  What candidates take these things seriously?  I know of only one candidate who obeys God's clear-cut prohibitions against interventionism in politics: "do not meddle with them" (Deut. 2:5), "do not harass them or meddle with them" (Deut. 2:19), but instead "buy food from them" (Deut. 2:6) - in other words, engage in free trade.  Biblical issues like this should be as easy to understand as Ron Paul's positions are easy to understand.  He is by far the best candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America.  Even though I strongly disagree with him on some issues, he is the only candidate that I can endorse.

Ron Paul Iowa Team Names Additional “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” Families
Member families hail from Story, Washington, Johnson and Clayton counties
ANKENY, Iowa – Expanding on recent growth in Iowa for the “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition, the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today additions to the pro-Paul families that value education choice.

Melinda Wadsley of Ames has chosen to homeschool her three children since day one – six years and counting. 

“Ron Paul is the only candidate who is going to extend and protect my personal freedoms.  I believe in Ron Paul and trust that he knows what is best for this country,” said Ms. Wadsley.

Wellman-area home educator and father of three Aaron Fleming has been homeschooling for seven years now, and offered why he as a homeschooling dad supports Ron Paul.

“Ron Paul has always been focused on civil liberties and bringing control of education closer to home instead of leaving education in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.  Whether you homeschool or not, I believe you can stand with Ron Paul’s values of freedom, choice, and accountable education,” said Mr. Fleming.

Dustin and Derricca Krutsinger of Coralville are proud parents of a five-year-old daughter and a 15-month-old son.  Using organized curriculum, they’ve been teaching their daughter for two years and explained their thoughts about Dr. Paul’s candidacy.

“We support Dr. Ron Paul for many reasons but the main reason is education freedom.  While our children are very young, we have choices in educational pathways.  As they get older, our government places more and more restrictions on our options, and so we trust Ron Paul to limit government and expand freedom in our private lives, including the freedom to choose how to best educate our children,” wrote the couple.

Chelsy Askren of Garnavillo, homeschooled by her parents, shared her thoughts on the 12-term Congressman from Texas’s record.

“Ron Paul has long been a strong supporter of homeschooling.  That’s why while in Congress, he has introduced legislation to make diplomas earned through home education equal and provide parents a tax credit to help offset costs,” said Ms. Askren.

“When protecting life and healthcare choice, Ron Paul does not pick and choose when he will defend the Constitution – he defends it across the board, and as president there would be no greater friend to the homeschooling community or our Constitution than Dr. Paul,” added Ms. Askren.

As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page by clicking here.  If residing in the Hawkeye State, they may send an email inquiry to Meghann Walker, Director of Iowa Voter Outreach for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information on Ron Paul’s stance on education freedom, click here.


More news from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:44
Ron Paul to Campaign in Central and Western Iowa

Three-day visit to include town hall meetings and a major ‘Salute to Veterans Rally’ in Des Moines

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will campaign in Iowa for three days in the run-up to the January 3, 2012 Iowa Caucus.

The far-reaching visit will occur from Wednesday to Friday, December 28th to the 30th, inclusive. 

Public events during this visit include town hall meetings in large population centers and rural areas, and a major Salute to Veterans Rally.

“As we approach the final stretch, the Iowa team welcomes Ron Paul for another consequential visit during which he’ll interact with voters and host a rally to salute our veterans.  Earlier visits by Dr. Paul laid the foundation for a strong top-three showing at the January caucus and this visit promises to build upon it,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chair Drew Ivers.

Details of this far-reaching visit are as follows.  All times Central.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12:00 p.m.
Jasper County Town Hall Meeting
Iowa Speedway Media Center
I-80 at Exit 168 
Newton, IA 50208
(take Iowa Speedway Dr. to Lincoln St. and enter speedway from south)

3:00 p.m.
Ron Paul visits GuideOne Insurance*
1111 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265

7:00 p.m.
Ron Paul's Salute to Veterans Rally
Iowa State Fairgrounds - Knapp Learning Center
East 33rd St. & University Ave.  
Des Moines, IA 50317

*Closed to the public but media are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Live in-studio interview w/ Jan Mickelson
WHO Radio
2141 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309

12:00 p.m.
Perry Town Hall Meeting
Hotel Pattee
1112 Willis Ave. 
Perry, IA 50220

3:00 p.m.
Cass County Town Hall Meeting
Cass County Community Center at Cass County Fairgrounds
805 W 10th St. 
Atlantic, IA 50022

7:00 p.m.
Council Bluffs Town Hall Meeting
Mid-America Center
One Arena Way 
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Friday, December 30, 2011

1:00 p.m.
Plymouth County Town Hall Meeting
LeMars Convention Center
275 12th St. SE 
LeMars, IA 51031

3:00 p.m.
Sioux County Town Hall Meeting
Sioux Center Public Library
102 S. Main Ave. 
Sioux Center, IA 51250

7:00 p.m.
Sioux City Town Hall Meeting
River's Bend Convention Center / Stoney Creek Inn
300 3rd St. 
Sioux City, IA 51101

Ron Paul to Hold Major Salute to Veterans Rally in Des Moines
Alongside Iowa Chair Drew Ivers and Rep. Glen Massie, Air Force veteran Ron Paul to assemble veterans, discuss their issues, and thank them
ANKENY, Iowa – Air Force veteran and 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will hold a major veterans rally in Des Moines, demonstrating his commitment to veterans, active-duty military men and women, and their families.

The event, which is open to supporters of all ages regardless of veteran status, will be held on Wednesday, December 28th at the Knapp Learning Center, located on the State Fair Grounds in Des Moines.  Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.  To enter 30 minutes early and secure a seat near the front of the room, RSVP for the veterans rally featuring Dr. Paul by clicking here.

The salute to veterans rally is of particular importance as U.S. troops are returning from Iraq, and are deserving of a warm welcome home.  Another function of this event is to answer the growing demand of the “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition, which is among the strongest voter associations benefiting Dr. Paul in Iowa.

“My country called and like Ron Paul I left my family, friends, and career behind, in my case serving in Vietnam.  Now Dr. Paul is again offering himself to serve our great nation as president in a time of urgent need,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.

“I’ve never met a more humble, honest, and capable patriot in my lifetime.  As Ron Paul salutes his fellow Veterans here in Iowa, I’m proud to return that salute,” said Mr. Ivers, himself a combat-wounded U.S. Army veteran awarded a purple heart for injuries he sustained while serving in Vietnam.

“Like many other veterans and active-duty military men and women, officers and enlisted alike, I wholeheartedly support Ron Paul for our President and Commander in Chief,” said Iowa House Rep. Glen Massie (R-Des Moines).

Rep. Massie is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and was the first Iowa legislator to endorse Dr. Paul for the Republican nomination. 

During the 1960s, Dr. Ron Paul proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon.  Today, the 12-term Congressman from Texas has stood up in defense of veterans benefits and as a friend to veterans has helped returning veterans receive honors and awards never bestowed them

In recognition of Paul’s own military service, his promotion of a strong national defense, and his service to veterans, active-duty military personnel contributed more to Paul’s campaign than to those of all Republican presidential candidates combined, and more than that of incumbent President Barack Obama, in 2Q and 3Q of 2011.

As a first basic step, those wanting to join the “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page by clicking here.  Those residing in the Hawkeye State should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Due to strong demand and space limitations, members of the media are asked to RSVP for the event by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Details of the event, which is free of charge and open to the public, are as follows.  Time is Central.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

7:00 p.m.
Knapp Learning Center
State Fair Grounds
E. 33rd Street and University
Des Moines, Iowa 50317

Ron Paul Endorsed by Pella-area Christian Pastor

The Rev. Brian D. Nolder of Marion County says Dr. Paul's ideas “reflect biblical principles.”

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul received today the endorsement of a Christian pastor from Pella, Marion County.

The Rev. Brian D. Nolder, pastor of Christ the Redeemer Church, wrote a thoughtful endorsement of the 12-term Congressman from Texas, discussing his evolution from a Paul observer to Paul supporter.  In the letter, he discusses the merits of Dr. Paul’s domestic and foreign policy positions and how they comport with Christianity as the Rev. understands it.

“We are pleased to have Rev. Nolder’s endorsement and thank him for the many compliments he pays Ron Paul in his letter of support.  Rev. Nolder’s endorsement and others like it are what make a strong top-three showing in the Iowa caucus more likely,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.

In making his endorsement, Rev. Nolder mentioned that he was doing so as a private citizen and not on behalf of Christ the Redeemer Church or its congregants.

Mike Heath, Iowa State Director for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, is visiting Christian churches across Iowa to do outreach and discuss Ron Paul’s candidacy.  To date, Heath has visited 295 houses of worship across the state toward that end.  Heath is an ordained Christian minister.

If ministering in Iowa, local pastors interested in discussing an endorsement are invited to email the Iowa Director of Voter Outreach, Meghann Walker, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The full text of Rev. Nolder’s letter of support follows.

Statement from the Rev. Brian D. Nolder

I write this to indicate my support and endorsement for Ron Paul for President in 2012.  Even though I am a Christian pastor, my endorsement comes as a private citizen and does not indicate any endorsement by the church I serve.  But my endorsement is motivated by Christian convictions, and I could not support someone whom I did not believe embodied those convictions in his policies, positions and character.

The idea of supporting Dr. Paul is pretty new to me.  But the interest of many colleagues in my denomination (the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches; www.crechurches.org) in Dr. Paul, as well as the support of my former pastor, caused me to take a close look at the man and his ideas.  Though they seem radical and out of the mainstream at first, careful study will show that they actually reflect the conservatism of our nation’s founding fathers, our founding documents, and the first decades of our history.  More importantly, they reflect biblical principles.

I support Dr. Paul because he wants people to be liberated from state dependence (perpetuated by a massive welfare state) and returned to dependence on God–through hard work, entrepreneurship, and enjoying the fruits of one’s labor–and assistance from families, local communities, churches, and other private, charitable organizations.  He has the most concrete plan to shrink the Leviathan of federal government, and he has the track record to show that he will do what he says.  He wants to do exactly what the Constitution is designed to do, but which we have been moving away from for the past century: restrain the scope and size of government, particularly at the federal level.  As a patriotic American who loves his country, it pains me to say that I have the growing sense that Uncle Sam–executive, legislative, and judicial–is more of an existential threat than Iran or any other foreign power is.  Dr. Paul can help us reverse this trend.

As a Christian, I am also very concerned about the issue of human life, since each of us is uniquely made in the image of God.  Dr. Paul has always been pro-life, refusing to practice abortions throughout his long career as an OB-GYN.  He has written a book on the subject, and he signed the recently promulgated “personhood pledge” (www.personhoodusa.com), further indicating his support to use constitutional means to guarantee life and liberty to all people, even to the unborn.

Respect for life must not only extend to the unborn within our own land, but also to all people everywhere.  I am concerned that our country has moved further and further away from the “just war” principles of the Christian tradition that used to inform so much of our foreign policy.  While I am no pacifist, I am increasingly concerned about how quickly we seem to be resorting to violence to resolve international conflicts, and whether the “wars” we have recently been engaged in are truly just.  Dr. Paul promises to return us to the modest, humble foreign policy that Gov. Bush articulated in the 2000 campaign.  (This must be one of the reasons Dr. Paul receives more contributions from military servicemen and women than all other candidates combined.)

I don’t necessarily agree with every position Dr. Paul has, nor every vote that he has cast in Congress.  But what voter ever has the “perfect” candidate?  More importantly, the positives of his stated positions, goals and aspirations–and esp. his overall governing philosophy–far outweigh whatever small disagreements I may have with him.

For further insight into why I as a Christian leader have chosen to support Dr. Paul, I invite people to read this article: http://stevedeace.com/news/iowa-politics/the-case-for-ron-paul-2/, or check out the Facebook group, Christians for Ron Paul 2012.

The Rev. Brian D. Nolder
Pella, IA

Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Caucus Night Location Details
Event to be held in Des Moines suburb of Ankeny
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign has selected the Courtyard Des Moines Ankeny for its caucus night activities.

The campaign has arranged for one or more press risers, a multiple audio feed box, professional lighting, and other appropriate production aspects. 

Media may arrive sometime in the late afternoon to view the location, and to set up.

Event details are as follows.  Time is Central.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

7:00 p.m.
Courtyard Des Moines Ankeny
2405 SE Creekview Drive
Ankeny, Iowa 50021


Ron Paul Signs Personhood Pledge; Personhood USA Questions Commitment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Mason   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:40

ARVADA, Colo. -- 12/26/2011 -- Texas Congressman Ron Paul became the fifth Republican presidential candidate to sign the Personhood Presidential Candidate Pledge on Thursday.  Personhood USA received a signed copy of the pledge along with a statement attempting to clarify his position on the personhood rights of the preborn.

Paul joins Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Texas Governor Rick Perry in signing the organization’s Personhood Republican Presidential Candidate Pledge.

Paul, well known for his defense of liberty, authored an addendum to the signed pledge in which he stated, “You can’t have Liberty without Life.”

“I don't just believe life begins at conception; I know it as a scientific certainty,” he writes.

Upon receiving the signed pledge with the addendum, Personhood USA requested clarification from the Paul campaign for inconsistencies between the accompanying statement and the pledge language.

The pledge requires that the candidates “stand…with the Republican Party platform in affirming that [they] “support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment protections apply to unborn children.”

Regarding the latter, Rep. Paul stated that “The Fourteenth Amendment was never intended to cancel out the Tenth Amendment. This means that I can’t agree that the Fourteenth Amendment has a role to play here, or otherwise we would end up with a ‘Federal Department of Abortion.’”

The 14th amendment, which protects individual liberties from state encroachment, requires that:  "No State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

“We should allow our republican system of government to function as our Founders designed it to: protect rights at the federal level, enforce laws against violence at the state level,” writes Paul.

“The United States suffered through a terrible civil war precisely because the federal government left it to the states to decide whether an entire class of people were to be considered persons or property,” explained Personhood USA Legal Analyst Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D.

“If Rep. Ron Paul believes that the preborn are persons under the law, why wouldn't they be protected under the 14th amendment?” asks Garcia Jones.  “Rep. Paul's vague statement on the duty of the federal government to ‘protect rights’ is without effect if there is no mechanism for guaranteeing those protections.”

“Personhood USA understands and agrees with Rep. Paul, that crimes, including murder, are to be prohibited by state laws,” continued Garcia Jones.  “However, pro-lifers are left wondering how a President Paul would seek to protect the right to life in states that would choose to continue to allow abortion after Roe vs. Wade is overturned.”

People's Caucus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ed Fallon   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:39

Dear Friends,

As you know, the official Iowa Caucus is on January 3rd. Well, the Peoples Caucus is tomorrow at 7:00 pm at the Occupy Caucus Headquarters, 504 E Locust in Des Moines. You should definitely plan to attend.

The Peoples Caucus is modeled after the Iowa Caucus. Resolutions will be offered and participants will break into candidate "preference" groups. But the twist is folks will indicate preference not for the best candidate but for the worst one, the candidate whose headquarters they want to visit over the next few days as part of the Occupy Caucus campaign. (And to reiterate: THERE WILL BE NO DISRUPTION OF THE JANUARY 3rd CAUCUS!)

Now, to be clear, if one were to overstay one's welcome at a candidate's campaign headquarters, one could possibly be arrested. But simply visiting candidates' headquarters to deliver a message about the grievances of the Occupy Wall Street movement is an important action to take. If you feel that corporate power is out of control in America, come tomorrow night and let your voices be heard. A big turnout will send a big message to Wall Street and K Street.

Monday, Charles Goldman and I talk with peace activist Tom Hayden.

Tuesday, attorney Kimberly Graham fills-in for me to discuss divorce law.

Wednesday, John Nichols of The Nation is my guest.

Thursday, comedian Bob Zany joins me. What, you don't think the caucuses have provided ample comic material? Think again.

Bob's funniness is known coast-to-coast, and he'll be in Des Moines for some pre-caucus laughs on January 1st, 8:00 pm at Java Joe's Fourth Street Theatre. I'm hosting the show, though it remains to be seen whether I can be funny for a full ten minutes. Tickets are $15 at (515) 282-5282. Thanks to Open Sesame, Tinker Heating and Cooling, and Tally's Restaurant Bar & Catering for sponsoring.

Also, I want to make a plug for "Building the Progressive Movement Inside and Outside the Democratic Party." It's a forum organized by Progressive Democrats of America, National Nurses United and The Nation Magazine. Three local folks - Jay Howe, Jeff Cox and myself - will offer our perspectives during panel discussions. National leaders are participating too, including Rep Barbara Lee, Tom Hayden, John Nichols and Jean Ross. It's free, open to the public and at the Unitarian Church in Des Moines, 1800 Bell Ave, 1:30-5:30 pm.

So, join the conversation from 7:00-8:00 pm, Monday - Thursday at 98.3 WOW-FM and online. You can download the Fallon Forum as a podcast, too. Thanks!



Ongoing - Occupy Des Moines (Des Moines)
At Stewart Square, East 14th and Grand, all are welcome at a daily assembly at 6:00 pm (2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday). Lots of regular activities planned. Check the Occupydsm Facebook page for details. Also, check Occupy Iowa's Facebook page for information about other actions around the state.

December 27 - Occupy Des Moines' "Peoples Caucus" (Des Moines)
With so many Americans dissatisfied with the leadership of both major political parties, local organizers have put out a call for people across Iowa and the nation to converge in Des Moines for a Peoples Caucus and an occupation of candidates' campaign head quarters from December 28-30. The Peoples Caucus is from 5:00-10:00 pm on the 27th, 504 E Locust St, and includes a discussion of resolutions central to the occupy movement followed by breaking into "candidate preference groups." For further details, click here.

December 29 - Drinking Liberally (Des Moines)
You don't have to be a card-carrying liberal to enjoy political conversation and excellent libations at AJ's, 419 E Court starting at 8:00 pm every Thursday. If the revolution is going to start anyplace, this is probably it. Contact desmoines@drinkingliberally.org.

December 30 - Building the Progressive Movement (Des Moines)
From 1:30-5:30 pm at First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Avenue. Full title of the event is “Building  the  Progressive  Movement  inside/outside  the  Democratic  Party." Organized by Progressive Democrats for America and The Nation. Panelists include John Nichols, Rep Barbara Lee, Tom Hayden and others. Contact Tim Carpenter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 1 - Is This Your Caucus Or Are You Just Glad to See Me? (DM)
An evening of comedy starring Bob Zany (of Bob and Tom fame) with Keith West and The Zanettes. Ed Fallon and his accordion (yup, you read that right) will host the event, which is at Java Joe's 4th Street Theatre, 216 4th St, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15. Call (515) 288-5282.

January 5 - Green Drinks (Des Moines)
Join casual conversation with people interested in environmental issues and sustainable energy over something to eat and/or drink. It's from 5:30-7:30 pm at Gateway Market and Cafe, 2002 Woodland Ave. Contact Shari Hrdina at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 7 (and every Saturday) Occupy Decorah (Decorah)
At the Winneshiek County Courthouse steps at 1:00 pm to discuss issues and plan action. Contact Jim Tripp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 12 - Cool Congregations Coffee (Ames)
From 7:00–8:30 pm at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave for conversation about what faith communities in Iowa are doing to care for the earth. See firsthand what Bethesda Lutheran has done, installing a ground source heat pump system to heat and cool their facility with a goal of reducing their energy use and costs. Contact Sarah Webb at (515) 238-3587 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 14 - Forey Fest (Des Moines)
There has been an outpouring of care and concern for Forey, the barefoot runner who was badly beaten recently. This will be an event filled with fun to benefit Forey. Details are still in progress, but the day will include a 5K run/walk and live music at Full Court Press bars and restaurants. See Forey Fest Facebook Page for details.

January 17 - Irish Jam at Open Sesame (Des Moines)
Discover the fusion of Lebanese and Celtic culture every third Tuesday of the month: belly dancing to Irish gigs and reels, Lebanese cooking washed-down with a pint of Guinness. All musicians patrons welcome, at 313 E. Locust St from 8:30-10:30 pm.

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