Where is Ron’s Army Now

February 5, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Congressman Ron Paul speaks to members of the Spartanburg Executive Committee

Congressman Ron Paul speaks to members of the Spartanburg Executive Committee

Ron Paul proved to be an influential figure in some GOP Party politics across the nation.  He even got some recognition here in Spartanburg after GOP Chairman Rick Beltram shunned him after the May 2007 debates in Columbia, SC.

Since Congressman Ron Paul has dropped out of the race, his supporters in Spartanburg, SC have seemed to disappear and we haven’t heard much about his workings.  In most political circles, many just laugh at the mere mention of his name.  We won’t name names today.

Congressman Paul proved to be one of the few presidential candidates that knew what was going on in the economy.  He was harshly criticized for his stances on the economy and has since become a regular guest on CNN, FOXNews, etc after the meltdown in September.  A quick search  on YouTube (we know that Ron Paul supporters love YouTube) and you find a variety of interviews on the news outlets.  Here are a few.

So what is Congressman Paul up to?  As many of you may know, he has formed the Campaign For Liberty (C4L).  This organization’s mission:

to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.

As for the C4L in South Carolina.  It seems to be sparsely organized.  I have found reports where Rep. Nikki Haley spoke to a group in Lexington concerning the Roll Call Voting rules changes that she has been promoting and that Spartanburg County’s very own, Hal Grogan has been named interim coordinator of the state.

We know that several Ron Paul supporters were ousted from the Greenville County Executive Committee for supporting Democratic Senate Challenger Bob Conley, who was running as a Conservative Democrat.  He had little support from the state Democratic Party and claims to have been a Ron Paul ally.

All in all, it appears many of the army went different ways, supporting different candidates and getting involved in local parties.  Some have said “screw the GOP” and is afraid to touch them with a 10 foot pole.

To be absolutely honest, I am kind of disappointed that they have disappeared.  They tended to make the meetings around here, well, interesting and some would even say thought provoking.

My question to the boisterous army is…where are you now?

Ford Refuses Bailout

January 30, 2009 by  
Filed under News

The brand new Ford Taurus to be released in 2010

The brand new Ford Taurus to be released in 2010

Finally, someone refuses a bailout!

That’s right, Ford has yet to take a bailout and claims they can survive without Uncle Sam! They have been able to do this since they restructured in 2006.

I remember the world believing that Ford was going belly up in 2006 when they began to announce they were shutting down operations across the US and were restructuring.  Now with all that has happened and the $10+ billion that GM and Chrysler are indebted to the soon to be Socialist States of America, Ford may be the quality company that we can count on.

And not only that, Ford may have finally designed a car (family car that is, I do have 2 kids) that is sporty enough for me to comfortably drive.  I really love the size of our CX-9, but it isn’t a “cool” ride if you know what I mean.

After Ford shuttered the Taurus in 2006 and started building the Fusion (ok, I remember this from watching NASCAR as a teenager), they really killed themselves.  The Taurus (and Thunderbird) had a reputation with the American people, and they killed both of those in a 10 year period.

The new Taurus is a work of art too.  Starting at a little over $25K, It will supposedly get 28mpg on the highway and drops to 18mpg in the city (they need to work on the city driving, that is a large drop off) and a ton of technology available including:

  • SYNC – a voice-activated mobile phone and digital music system designed by Microsoft (I can’t believe I just gave Microsoft props, it’s killing me)
  • BLIS – A blind spot information system with cross traffic alert (sounds neat, won’t try to explain)

The only downside, it doesn’t have the manual transmission.  That hurts a little bit, but the car is supposed to be available in July 2009.

Hopefully Ford will continue to capitialize on their prior planning and I might just convince the wife to buy an American made car again.

A Sad Day in Boiling Springs

January 17, 2009 by  
Filed under News

Tonight, the doors will close at Ron’s Family Restaurant (Ron’s Hog Pen) in Boiling Springs.

Ron has been running the restaurant since the early 2000’s and has been fairly successful.

He started in a small building off of Parris Bridge Rd, moving to a parcel in the old Seven Sea’s Building around 2005.

He was so successful there he had to move to his new location on Hwy 9 beside the Pizza Hut in Boiling Springs.

Unfortunately, the economy finally gotten the best of him.  He had made several attempts to reorganize and hold on to his great business, even seeking an additional funds from Bank of America to be told by the representative a rather questionable response that we won’t air here.  It was along the lines that you as an individual do not meet the social requirements.

Ron told me today that he hated to have to shut his doors.  He was very thankful to the people of Spartanburg and Boiling Springs for allowing his restaurant to survive as long as it had.

Ron had become very active in the GOP community providing catering needs for events as well as opening his doors to host executive committee meetings and forums.

Ron will continue to run a catering business out of an unknown location and has said he is considering returning to a small location with his famous pigs and familiar BBQ.

Ron, we at The Conservativist wish you the best of luck in your new ventures.

Mark Sanford and Spartanburg County Candidates

October 31, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Mark Sanford and Spartanburg County Candidates

Mark Sanford offers his words of support to the Spartanburg County Republicans seeking office on Nov. 4th, 2008

Governor Mark Sanford made a special trip to Spartanburg today to offer his support to the Republican Candidates running in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. The event was held at The Junction Too restaurant on Hearon Circle at noon today.

After a few minutes of meet and greeting, the Governor made a short speech offering his support of the candidates. He made sure to remind people that the current financial situation that the state is in is due to the excessive spending in Columbia. He said Spartanburg did an excellent job selecting “reform minded individuals” and he looks forward to working with them.

Sanford also gave props to Representative Nikki Haley (SC House 87) for her efforts to push a bill that would require roll call votes so that legislatures can be held more accountable.

The people of Spartanburg are now holding their noses hoping that their chosen candidates act on what they promised, and that is to Reform the State Government.

Attendees from Left to Right: (Rick Beltram, Spartanburg County Chairman; Wright Gaines, Mayor of Inman; Rusty Clevenger, Candidate for Coroner; Joey Millwood, Candidate for House District 38; Mike Gardner, Candidate for Senate District 11; Danny Stacy, Candidate for House District 29; Steve Parker, Candidate for House District 37; Derham Cole, Candidate for House District 32; Shane Martin, Candidate for Senate District 13; Lee Bright, Candidate for Senate District 12; Mark Sanford, Governor)

Time Is Running Out

September 24, 2008 by  
Filed under Opinion

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dear Friends,

Whenever a Great Bipartisan Consensus is announced, and a compliant media assures everyone that the wondrous actions of our wise leaders are being taken for our own good, you can know with absolute certainty that disaster is about to strike.

The events of the past week are no exception.

The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress’ throat is not just economically foolish.  It is downright sinister.  It makes a mockery of our Constitution, which our leaders should never again bother pretending is still in effect.  It promises the American people a never-ending nightmare of ever-greater debt liabilities they will have to shoulder.  Two weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Rogers said the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made America more communist than China!  “This is welfare for the rich,” he said. “This is socialism for the rich. It’s bailing out the financiers, the banks, the Wall Streeters.”

That describes the current bailout package to a T.  And we’re being told it’s unavoidable.

The claim that the market caused all this is so staggeringly foolish that only politicians and the media could pretend to believe it.  But that has become the conventional wisdom, with the desired result that those responsible for the credit bubble and its predictable consequences – predictable, that is, to those who understand sound, Austrian economics – are being let off the hook.  The Federal Reserve System is actually positioning itself as the savior, rather than the culprit, in this mess!

•    The Treasury Secretary is authorized to purchase up to $700 billion in mortgage-related assets at any one time.  That means $700 billion is only the very beginning of what will hit us.

•    Financial institutions are “designated as financial agents of the Government.”  This is the New Deal to end all New Deals.

•    Then there’s this: “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.”  Translation: the Secretary can buy up whatever junk debt he wants to, burden the American people with it, and be subject to no one in the process.

There goes your country.

Even some so-called free-market economists are calling all this “sadly necessary.”  Sad, yes.  Necessary?  Don’t make me laugh.

Our one-party system is complicit in yet another crime against the American people.  The two major party candidates for president themselves initially indicated their strong support for bailouts of this kind – another example of the big choice we’re supposedly presented with this November: yes or yes.  Now, with a backlash brewing, they’re not quite sure what their views are.  A sad display, really.

Although the present bailout package is almost certainly not the end of the political atrocities we’ll witness in connection with the crisis, time is short.  Congress may vote as soon as tomorrow.  With a Rasmussen poll finding support for the bailout at an anemic seven percent, some members of Congress are afraid to vote for it.  Call them!  Let them hear from you!  Tell them you will never vote for anyone who supports this atrocity.

The issue boils down to this: do we care about freedom?  Do we care about responsibility and accountability?  Do we care that our government and media have been bought and paid for?  Do we care that average Americans are about to be looted in order to subsidize the fattest of cats on Wall Street and in government?  Do we care?

When the chips are down, will we stand up and fight, even if it means standing up against every stripe of fashionable opinion in politics and the media?

Times like these have a way of telling us what kind of a people we are, and what kind of country we shall be.

In liberty,

Ron Paul

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