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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Ron Paul's stance on education freedom, click here.