Occupy vs. Ron Paul
December 29th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
11 years ago

Occupy vs. Ron Paul

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Five members of the Occupy the Caucus movement in Des Moines Iowa were arrested this morning while blockading the entrance to Ron Paul's campaign headquarters.

Using their iconic mic-check speaking style, the protestors spoke out against Ron Paul's campaign pledge to close the Environmental Protection Agency if elected.

Sitting arm in arm, the members of the Occupy movement chanted; "We are fighting for the future generations. In order to live we need clean air, clean water, and safe food. Don't dismantle the EPA. We won't allow this business to open before our demands are met."

Police gave the protestors the opportunity to move from the private entrance to the public sidewalk twenty feet away. Some complied, but five refused to move and were arrested.

Many of the occupy demonstrators claimed sympathy, if not outright support for the ideology of Ron Paul, which made this protest especially uncomfortable for both the occupiers and the campaign.

One of the arrested protester's named Clark Davidson claimed to be a Ron Paul precinct captain as he was led away in handcuffs.

"I don't believe with Ron Paul on every single issue...I came to stand with my sisters. I came to address that with the campaign and I just got arrested," Davidson said.

No one from the Paul Campaign was immediately available for comment.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Occupy Wall Street • Ron Paul
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    "every time i hear occupy it conjures up words like filth, rape, thieves, murder, arrests, in other words everything they have achieved so far"

    You really need to turn off Fox and go down to an Occupy rally in your town, so you can see for yourself (and not some edited version) of what is really going on.

    December 29, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. bud

    Strangely, Ron Paul is not for abolishing the EPA. But I am

    December 29, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul, with his knee-jerk response of "let the states decide" for everything, doesn't believe in the United states; he believes in every person for themselves. All you Ron Paul supporters, try living in a third-world country and then get back to us on how hunkey-dorey that really is.

    December 29, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Livefree88

    Ron Paul ideology puts the environmental policy under state control where it should be. The Libertarian principle is "do no harm". This applies to the environment as well. It is not so much that the EPA is being dismantled as it is breaking it up for management as a states affair.

    December 29, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Matt

    Ron Paul wants to end the Federal Reserve banking system, which is the epicenter of the "economic injustice" they've been whining about...and now they're complaining because Ron Paul wants to kick EPA duties down to the state level? Besides, if Gingrich gets elected, I guarantee former oil, mining or chemical industry hacks will all be appointed to the EPA anyway. The truly sad part is that there's no separation between corporations and government and the only solution to government is to dissolve it, otherwise Wall Street keeps plugging along with it's operatives in charge of the government. Occupy can't win because it can't understand its enemy.

    December 29, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    @ thomas mc
    Well said sir.

    December 29, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Livefree88

    Check the record for pipeline safety. There are far more spills from tankers than pipelines. It is also easier to cleanup on land than on open seas.

    December 29, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Daniel

    When you vote for someone you do so for one of two reasons. A you have more in agreement with the candidate in terms of their economic, domestic, and foreign policy agenda or you disagree with them the least out of the other candidates on their economic, domestic and foreign policy agenda. Let's take Ron Paul at face value, suppose he is a racist and suppose he hated minorities. How would he be in a position to act on those beliefs. Ron Paul wants to legalize drugs which are the biggest source of problems for two of the minorities Hispanics and blacks here in the United States. This more than any other candidate would do far more to alleviate racial tension in the United States. Ron Paul is also a doctor. Doctors on a first account have devoted their lives to serving others. Doctors from what I've known have a passion for human life and a passion for helping others. My mom a doctor has broken down in tears when her patients have died. When you examine abortion statistics carefully enough you'll see that an un-proportionate amount of abortions are done by minorities, particularly African Americans. Ron Paul is anti-abortion and if he took action on his position we'd expect the number of abortions in the United States to decrease. Already he has taken pro-minority stances on two of the biggest minority issues abortion and crime. I disagree with Ron Paul on probably over half of his issues; but I plan to vote for him because I think he has the right approach to at least some of our foreign policy and to monetary policy in this country.

    December 29, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. seebofubar

    There is only one word to describe the Occupy crowd......irrelivant. Let's move on and forget these morons.

    December 29, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    It is an intersting contrast here though. The Occupiers want government to provide everything for everyone I think. Or do they even know? As far as I can tell, they are anti-capitalistic and Socialist, so apparently someone is handing stuff out and by default I guess that must be the government. ( I think the USSR had the same ideas. That went well, huh?)
    But then Ron Paul wants total liberty for all and the smallest government to act I guess as kind of an Administrative Assistant. In America? I do like small government, but at some point it is still useful to protect the population.

    December 29, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    stone tools

    thomas: and who would attend church services by a racist like Rev. Wright without knowing that he was spouting anti-american, racist bile?

    Key words: Rev. Wright SAID THOSE THINGS NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA. I'm sure many of your family members/friends have made worse racist remarks than the decorated Rev. Wright and you still "stayed". This is about Ron Paul not the president.

    December 29, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Josh

    Ron Paul would enforce property rights. Unlike the current and past administrations, he would actually enforce laws on the books, that say that you cannot pollute my air. You either sequester your pollution or don't pollute at all. Instead, today the corporations that pollute heavily get away with their pollution by paying a modest tax. I didn't consent to breathing bad air, neither did you, but the government forges the consent of the people (without their consent) in order to get additional taxes from the corporations which they use for things like, lets say the EPA–which is supposed to do what again?
    Ron Paul 2012.

    December 29, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Calling someone a racist without proof is ridiculous. So something remotely affiliated with him was racist. Look at Bill Clinton and what his brother did. Is Bill Clinton responsible for his brother's actions.

    December 29, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Jilli

    Pauls ideology is regressive – why on earth would we want to move backward? The economy has gone global and it takes more to succeed and be competetive – we need to move forward not back. Paul would be a disaster for this country.

    December 29, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Carl

    ...I am continually surprised at how many Americans believe that we can't exist without all these government agencies. It's pathetic. We obviously can't count on each other to do the right thing so we are dependent on the government. The government is the problem NOT the solution. Teach your children and yourselves to do the right thing. Get an education, work hard and make good decisions. STOP relying on the government to do these things for you...

    December 29, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Bessy

    " Only neonazis and ostriches support Ron Paul now. Who would pay to publish and mail a news letter, in his own name, for a decade and a half, without ever even READING one of them? If that's the way he runs a newsletter, gods help us if he ever gets in the White House! "

    Right on Thomas ac !

    On Jay Leno show last night the man said he would like to take the country back to the time of Calvin Coolidge .
    ( 1923-1929 ) Whew !!! What would that do for the country ? I really do not think people are doing their homework when it comes to this man. He really belongs in the past century.

    December 29, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. MR56

    Who here has never in their life mad a derogatory slur against another group? Please raise your hands. Anybody? Somebody? That's what I thought. Do you think the owner of every publication printed actually reads every page? If you do your a fool. When you run a business you hire people and hope they use good judgment when making choices. Just like a cook spitting in your food, the choice of one person can tarnish the reputation of everyone else.

    December 29, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I am very pleased that they are now Occupy the Jail. It is where these looney tunes belong. Maybe if they spent more of their time becoming productive and contributing citizens instead of losers protesting everything under the sun, their life would be better? I'm sure most of these clowns are spoiled rotten children being taken care of, and sheltered, by their over indulgent parents. Lessons to be learned here parents.

    December 29, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. MR56

    If you can accept the simple fact that "There is bias in everything the media says" you'll start learning to dig a little deeper to find the real truth.

    December 29, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Vic

    Just think how ineffective the EPA is. Why run around calling Paul nuts when he not wrong.

    December 29, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Roscoelette

    I don't agree with Paul on everything, but the EPA has got to be reigned in. They have taken micromanaging to a new level. And they're not elected, so they do not represent the interests of the citizenry. They are making life difficult for the farmers who feed us. And let's face it, forcing us to use dangerous light bulbs (taking away our choice) is outrageous. The EPA needs to be shrunk and many of their unnecessary regulations thrown out. We all want clean air and water, but the EPA is corrupt. We do NOT need every tiny miniscule part of our lives regulated. Occupy Whatever has a bad name now. If they want to effect positive change, they should clean up their own act and protest at the White House.

    December 29, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Bill M.

    Good,Paul is a dangerous ideolog,and remember,the protesters of the 60's were ridiculed at the time.Now,they are seen by historians as the ones who brought about necessary social change,and ended a useless,deadly WAR!!!

    December 29, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Gary

    Even if he were to get elected, that would be near impossible.. even RP will say that.

    December 29, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Good, they to be arrested locked up about one month. They should looking for a job when they get out. If they get arrested again two month in jail. Go Mr. Ron Paul

    December 29, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. WDinDallas

    All these people ruining their lives. Don't you know your could have been future employer looks up your arrest record online now. It takes two minutes to do that and a credit check.

    Now do you understand why you are not employed?

    December 29, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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