Ron Paul to Appear at Inaugural Virginia Tea Party Patriot Convention

Congressman Ron Paul, called “the one exception to the Gang of 535” on Capitol Hill, will speak at the inaugural Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention in Richmond, Va. on Oct. 8-9.

Rep. Paul will open the Saturday general session prior to the National Policy forum with an inspiring address on how America can restore the balance of power between the people, states, and federal government.

“Rep. Ron Paul is principled, fearless, and completely dedicated to preserving the Constitution and the fiscal soundness of America,” says Jamie Radtke, Chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation. “We are honored he will be a part of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Convention.”

Congressman Paul, who also is a physician, tirelessly works for limited, constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In 1976, Rep. Paul was one of only four Republican congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan for president.

A brief overview of Congressman Paul’s record includes:

  • He has never voted to raise taxes.
  • He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
  • He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
  • He has never taken a government-paid junket.
  • He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.

The two-day Virginia Tea Party Patriot Convention, themed “The Constitution Still Matters,” will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, and is sponsored by the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, a statewide federation of local, non-partisan Tea Party and Patriot groups.

It will feature speakers addressing the importance of the Constitution and limited government during a time of unprecedented government expansion. More than 40 breakout seminars will be offered on the Constitution/U.S. political history, current public policy, and grassroots activist training. A “Freedom Lovers Extravaganza” event is scheduled for Friday evening at the Downtown Marriott. The convention ends with a first-ever tea party presidential straw poll.

Nationally known speakers will include Lou Dobbs, Dick Morris, John Fund, Herman Cain, JennyBeth Martin, and Virginia (Ginni) Lamp Thomas. Discussing how to streamline state government will be Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, and moderator Dr. Bob Holsworth. Participating in the National Policy Forum will be Rep. Steve King of Iowa, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Virginia governor and senator George Allen.

All of Virginia’s congressional incumbents, congressional candidates, state senators, and delegates have been invited to attend and participate, regardless of party affiliation.

Two-day tickets are $50, one-day tickets are $40, and Freedom Lovers Extravaganza tickets are $20. Further details about the convention can be found at

Virginia Tea Party Patriots is a statewide federation of local, non-partisan Tea Party and Patriot groups established to advance and strengthen the founding principles and rights predicated in the U.S. Constitution and the Virginia Constitution.

  • Ron Paul made me realize that the Right wasn’t evil. I grew up hearing that right wingers were pro-military and fascist. It was Mr Paul that opened my eyes to the fact that the True Right is libertarian, peaceful and founded in the principles of individualism and justice. Thanks for that Ron Paul!

    • Ben

      I don’t know of any right-wing that that is evil or fascist. Pro-military? Sure. That’s no insult. I’m very pro-military. Apparently you aren’t, and you seem to have found a friend in Ron Paul, precisely because he’s anti-military just like you.


  • Dfens

    China is pouring another $7bn (£4.4bn) into Brazil’s oil industry, reigniting fears of a global “land grab” of natural resources.

    State-owned Sinopec clinched the deal with Spain’s Repsol yesterday to buy 40 per cent of its Brazilian business, giving China’s largest oil company access to Repsol Brasil’s estimated reserves of 1.2 billion barrels of oil and gas. The whopping price tag for Repsol Brasil – which values the company at nearly twice previous estimates – is a sign of China’s willingness to pay whatever it takes to lock in its future energy supplies and avoid social unrest. It will give the company enough cash to develop all its current oil projects, including two fields in the Santos Basin.

    The Repsol deal is not China’s first in Brazil. In February last year, Sinopec stumped up a $10bn loan to Petrobras, the state-owned oil company, in return for guaranteed supplies of 10,000 barrels of oil every day for the next 10 years.

    It also follows a slew of similar deals across the world. While much of the developed world is baulking at its debts in the aftermath of the financial crisis, China has continued a global spending spree of unprecedented proportions, snapping up everything from oil and gas reserves to mining concessions to agricultural land, with vast reserves of US dollars. — The Independent

    So is this the “sovereignty” Ron Paul was trying to give us when he voted to give his buddies the Communist Chinese “most favored nation” trade status with the US? Think about how much more sovereignty we will have when he is able to achieve his goal of “unilateral elimination of tariffs” from the American once-free market place. Unilateral elimination of tariffs was not what the Tea Party was for when I attended the rally in my state. In my state people were tired of the Federal government standing for the interests of communist countries before the interests of their own citizens. If this is where the Tea Party stands now, then I’ll have none of it.

    • joaquin

      free market is what create work,protectionism destroy jobs cause do the companies not compete so they stay back from those companies in others countries that have to compete -.what Ron paul did was right open markets and compete with the world thats the best policiy to stay in the vanguard of tecnology and put america in front again ,chinese companies compete with all too.
      protectionism only create jobless.

      • Dfens

        Once again one of the Ron Paul’s Communist Chinese propagadists trys to convince us free markets and Communisim are not mutually exclusive. If you love Communist Red China so much, joaquin, move back there. Don’t feel you have to turn this country into that one. As for “protectionism only creates joblessness” what the hell are you smoking? China’s economy has been growing in double digits for the last 30 years behind that wall of protectionism. The last time the US economy grew that much, it was after WW2 when ever industrialized nation on earth had been destroyed by war.

    • joaquin

      free market and comunism are opposite words
      comunism is a dictadure market not freedom
      so join those words together is ilogic.
      china isnt as closed you can sell all americans products in china ,you cant sell much cause they are more expensive than others and their population have less rent than americans, though they have more richs now and have more rent and can buy americans or european products in the near future.
      china grew up cause they have cheap labour force not for protectionism , it is cheaper make a product in chinese or( used to be )
      than in almost any country in the world,thats why the industries installed there to make products cheaper and sell more.
      nobody cant compete with them for that ,no for protectionism.
      they are opening their market more and more cause they know is the better too.
      ron paul is totally right sorry if you know much about global economy,
      Uk is one of the more free markets and they know is the best ,compete with the best and youll be no fear of anyone.
      be protectionist and youll fear anyone ,cause you know you are inferior.
      ron paul for president **==

  • Pete

    Dear Citizen
    I totally respect your beliefs and have my own as well and I truly appreciate your concern for my salvation. While I won’t open the door to the church and state separation argument, please realize that I would protect your religious freedom and that of others to my death as it is guaranteed by the Constitution and recognize it as sacrosanct. However, it takes votes to win in 2012. Alignment with the religious right wing factions and their strict view of social policies, which are based on their religious convictions, will alienate a percentage of the population whose vote is needed. They are very disgruntled with their President that they supported and realize their mistake. These independent thinkers are the ones that swing elections. Religious freedom should be lived through your own personal relationship with God, not espoused as part of the party planks. The religious right routinely crosses this line by fervent comingling of religion and politics. Belief systems aside, we have serious problems and we need the vision of Dr. Paul to solve those. An open door policy that is inclusive to all is the best way to do that.

    • Citizen

      Yo Pete,

      God Bless you… oops, I mean Right On Dude!

      I agree that a lot of the Independents are turned off by anyone of strong religious faith.

      This forum has been very vocal against Sarah Palin and I believe its mostly because of her Christian faith. They don’t like her strong Social Conservative positions, anti-abortion, child health with son Trig and his Downs Syndrome, and she’s not shy about her strong faith. And her daughter Bristol didn’t marry that creep.

      No party is able to be all things to all people, and the Tea Party isn’t a real party.
      But I do believe that the Republicans need to more about 4 notches back to the Right.

      AND they should consider building a broader coalition with less focus on social issue and more on monetary and economics.
      The GOP must “re-build” its base and get rid of those Borrow and Spend RINOs

      The Tea Party has dragged the GOP kicking and screaming to the RIGHT.
      The Constitutional Party, the Libertarian Party, the Conservative Party and on and on… The GOP needs to CONSOLIDATE POWER and broaden their base to include RON PAUL and his impressive following

      I’ve followed Ron Paul since the mid 1980’s and agreed with ALL of his Libertarian positions. But as a Presidential candidate, in 2012, he will be 77 years young and the rancor will be too much of a grind, if I were him, I’d say no thanks.

      Dr Paul is an American Patriot and a Great Statesman who is willing to sacrifice his life for a cause greater then himself. But he has a low ‘Q’ factor while Palin has a much higher ‘Q’ factor.
      The Tea Party knows of Ron Paul, but they are only 6% of the cause, we need much more ENERGY!

      What’s you thoughts

  • Susan Harkins


    It is abundantly clear, by his track-record, that Mike Castle (R-Del.) is neither a conservative, nor a true Republican. We will now use his prior history on voting issues to determine this, which can be found at:

    The data is based on the following: These ratings have throughout the years become a go-to guide to determine whether an elected official’s philosophical rhetoric matches his or her record. ACU’s purpose in this guide is to inform the public, in an unbiased way, on where individual members of Congress fall on the ideological spectrum.

    This data rates as follows:

    (-) is a liberal vote on an issue.
    (+) is a conservative vote on an issue.

    0 = Completely Liberal on All Issues Voted On.
    100 = Completely Conservative on All Issues Voted On.

    Here are Mike Castle’s results:

    Delaware Member 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 2009 2008 YOS Life
    CASTLE + – + + – – – – + + – – – – – + + – + + + + + + + 56 28 17 52.49

    What does this show of Castle’s voting history?

    In 2008, Castle’s rating was 28 out of 100.

    In 2009, Castle started entertaining conservative positions on issues in the beginning of the year, flipped back to steady stream of liberal stances when it appeared that the economy was improving, and then flopped the other way nearly completely after it was clear that the Tea Party and other Conservative Groups were strong enough to oust incumbents in the primaries.

    This Congressman is a disgrace to both parties, showing loyalty only to the ‘greater winds of change’. He is BY NO MEANS, A CONSERVATIVE OR EVEN A MODERATE, as he scored 28 out of 100 in 2008. This is a strong liberal score. Even if he ran as an independent, he would be lying to the voters, because he has shown for an entire year, to be an asset to the minority Progressive Radicals in this country.

    The American People have spoken — you WILL NOT hold office again, Mike Castle. We suggest that you go and get a real job in the private sector; and get over your past political failures of misrepresenting the people of Delaware.

    • Lindsey

      Christine O’Donnell for Senate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pete

    I hope Dr. Paul gets them off their religious high horse and gets that social agenda of theirs squared away while he is at it. I have been recruiting people, mostly Democrats, for weeks on various blogs (Huff Post in particular) who would jump in a second to Libertarian ideals, if it were not for some of the typical Jesus filled chest pounding that is permeating the Tea Party. Please Dr. Paul, set them straight.

    • Citizen

      Hello Pete,

      I “pray”that We the People don’t distances ourselves from our heritage of Faith and Belief in our Constitution “..that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights”

      President Obama recently quoted this part of the Constitution and said…
      “that they are endowed (…) with certain unalienable rights” The Godless version!

      Progressive Socialist Liberals are by their very charter ATHEISTS. God is simply not an operational paradigm of a Liberal mind set. God is an “Inconvenient Truth” for socialists who have an plans to Redistribute YOUR Wealth!

      Now I prefer our “One Nation Under God” being “endowed by (their) MY Creator with certain UNALIENABLE rights” and therefore BELIEVE that “In God We Trust” has meaning.

      Ron Paul and I are Libertarians, and OUR RIGHTS are given to US by GOD.

      And yes I agree that some of those Tea Partiers are obnoxious Jesus freaks, but so what you don’t have to convert today…. wait till your in your mid 80’s… if you last that long.

  • Ron Phillips

    Thank heaven that the ubiquitous Sarah Palin is not there! She has done nothing but talk, wear expensive clothes and make money doing it; we have had enough talk and nothing but steam to back up credentials (current president in vitro). RP is the only one who has credibility in government…there is absolutely no exception to this statement of fact either!

    America wants real change and the dissatisfaction with current parties translate into a strong possibility of a vote for an independent in protest if not in principal. Time to get his message to all the people and become the vanguard rather than the gadfly.

    Go RP.