… The sign of the Missouri delegation says â€œPrinciple Over Politics,â€ and thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m here to talk about with you today. First of all, thank you for all the help everyone in this room has given to this party and I thank, especially, each of you who assisted me in my campaigns for the presidency for which I am very grateful.
The Democrats say that this election is about change. I say itâ€™s about choice, not in the abortion sense, but in the sense of our deciding whether our party will continue to exist. There is already a neocon party. Itâ€™s called the Republicans. There is a candidate for the nomination of our party who until about a week ago was a Republican and who is a neocon and supports all the neocon principles.
We have to choose between being a neocon party or the Constitution Party. The neocons favor a continued presence in Iraq, and indeed the gentleman to whom I refer favors an ongoing U. S. presence in the Middle East. Neocons favor continued U. S. membership in the UN. Our party is on record against it. But this gentleman is for it. Our party is against foreign aid. Itâ€™s in the platform, but this gentleman favors continuing and indeed expanding foreign aid. Our party has passed resolutions and in its platform said we should get out of NATO which our membership in which requires us, if we honor that treaty, to go to war whenever one of the member nations of NATO comes under attack. Pat Buchanan wrote a great column the other day, â€œShould America Go to War for South Ossetia?â€
People have joined us and theyâ€™ve joined Ron Paul and the candidate I favor by the way is a very strong supporter of Ron Paul. The neocon candidate who challenges Chuck Baldwin regularly denounced Ron Paul and the policies which he advocated. He often sounded like Rudy Guiliani in his denunciation of Ron Paulâ€™s position that we should get out of Iraq. And, of course, Ron Paul was with the principles of this platform and let meâ€”and let me say, Ron is someone with whom Iâ€™ve worked since he first came to Congress. Iâ€™ve worked closely with his congressional staff, his campaign staff, and let me tell you that Chuck Baldwin is a hero to those folks because Chuck Baldwin was out there on the front lines for Ron Paul.
Bob Barr is a friend of mine as Alan Keyes has been in years gone by. And Bob Barr spoke with Ron Paul on three occasions, begging him for his support as he seeks the Libertarian Party nomination. But, Ron Paul will not do that because in his heart Ron Paul knows that Chuck Baldwin is right and that if the Paul people are to support anyone itâ€™s Chuck Baldwin they should be supporting. And this is something we can look to. Ron Paul has attracted scores of thousands of supporters. Heâ€™s got an estimated thirty-five million dollars in the bank and those supporters and those resources can become an asset to this party if we nominate a candidate who has been a friend of Ron Paul not an enemy of Ron Paul.
If our principles are excluded from the 2008 campaign they could be lost to history. Ideas which are not advocated in a political context are lost to history. I urge you, my dear friends, to choose a nominee who is duty-driven, not ego-driven, a man who joined our party more than five years ago, not less than one week ago, a man who is not a perpetual office-seeker, moving from state to state, but a man who is a persistent proponent of the principles on which this party was founded and whose candidacy will not shower ridicule on our party for having favored reparations and jumped into mosh pits and so forth.
Our candidate, if he is Chuck Baldwin, is a man whose disgust with the policies of George Bush, led him to leave the Republican Party early in the Bush administration, not to linger until a week ago. With Chuck Baldwin itâ€™s not personal ambition, itâ€™s servant leadership.
My friends, in some respects, Dr. Baldwinâ€™s opponent, a man whom I do respect and I admire and whom I have loved as a friend is in fact worse than the GOP on some issues. While the GOP says itâ€™s a tax-cutting policy, Alan Keyes says he favors a compulsory nationalâ€”he favors a national sales tax which according to the advocates of the so-called fair tax, which was pushed by Mike Huckabee would impose a thirty percent tax on many sales. That would kill the automobile industry. It would further kill the real estate industry. It would further destroy our economy.
Chuck Baldwinâ€™s principal opponent favors compulsory national service. He favors a return to the military draft. That is a horrendous thing. And Iâ€™m not making this up. This is what he told me from his mouth to my ear, and others have been present with him when those positions were advocated.
My friends, in the time remaining me, Iâ€™d like to share with you some excerpts from the comments that I made when I was first nominated as your candidate for president in 1992â€¦