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. Michael Schmitt

    These people (OWS) make the same mistake as most Americans. They assume a government agency actually does what it claims. In fact, government agencies do the opposite. Department of Education fosters miseducation. Department of Homeland Security fosters insecrity. Department of Defense fosters Attacks. The EPA fosters pollution. The FED fosters economic instability. Wake up people, you are being lied to, especially when it comes to Ron Paul. He stands for peace, liberty and life. RON PAUL 2012

    December 29, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. panterazero

    "Iowa..."Vote smart"...Vote New Gingrich." Okay, but share your plan for getting Old Gingrich out of the way first?

    December 29, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Josh

    .......... I see cointelpro is out in full force.

    December 29, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Pete

    Paul has given libertarianism an extreme makeover. Doing away with the EPA and leaving it up to the states is as short-sighted as you can get. For example, many towns along the Mississippi river get their drinking water from the river at water purification plants. These plants are designed to remove *known* impurities. The river crosses and touches many states.

    Suppose that some company in Wisconsin begins dumping polluted waste into river. Wisconsin laws granted the company a variance because they are right on the southern border, and all of the waste flows south. People in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and other states object to it, because it is killling people. President Ron Paul refuses to step in and mediate the matter claiming that is a "states rights" matter.

    Now what? The result is at best anarchy, or civil war between the states.

    OMG why don'y you people take 10 minutes out of your life to research this stuff instead of blowing smoke up everyone. It's really simple...Federal Government DOES have a role..and Ron Paul recognizes this...he just says where we are now the Federal Government is overreaching and overstepping.

    In the case you mentioned above the role of the Federal Government would to be the referee. States would sue other States in FEDERAL COURT. So it would be all of those States you mentioned vs. the polluter... not that hard to realize we don't need an EPA to regulate rights...all we need is a FEDERAL COURT TO OVERSEE States rights....

    and plus Ron doesn't want to eliminate the EPA during his term..he wants to cut it 30% with the hopes that one day we can stop depending on the Government to take care of us from birth to death...be accountable for once.

    December 29, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. one voice

    Good for them. Ron Paul wants to take us back 80 years, NO THANKS

    December 29, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. CorAutMors

    ummmm..., do you really need to do the human mic thing with only 5 people.. ?!!

    people.., why do our taxes pay for both a federal dept of Enviroment ( EPA ) and a state dept of Enviroment ? ( and a federal dept of commerce and a state dept of commerce.., and so on and so forth.., ad infinitum.. ?! )

    Congress is charged with making law and regulations.., not Federal bureaucracies

    December 29, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. strayaway

    Obama can bomb Libya without a squeak from OWS or the EPA. Having Dr. Paul bring home our troops and staying out of Iran would be a huge environmental improvement considering all the petrol used and the global warming caused by military actions. Never mind, what is important is that the government pay for pricey student loans taken out by OWS protesters. Ron Paul doesn't support that either. Please beg Mommy and Daddy.

    Did anyone notice that the recent EPA rules shutting down dozens of coal plant offered no protection for US workers whose jobs will now move off to China with it's rapid increase of coal imports? Now the mercury can be carried by trade winds instead of controlled locally. Thanks EPA for nothing. All EPA had to do was include an import tax to offset the destruction of US jobs so we could have both cleaner air and keep our jobs. Instead, EPA crafted a law sending us mercury from China in trade for US jobs going to China.

    December 29, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Ric

    Ron Paul and his ilk would essentially turn back the clock to the day of our founding fathers circa 18th Century USA; where life was simpler and citizens less dependent on a federal government, and stronger states' rights.

    Sounds quaint ... but doesn't fit 21st USA.

    December 29, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Jimbo

    Eddie; I don't really support the tea party but I do believe they pay for permits where they have protests and cooperate with the cities in an organized fasion. The occupy crowd wants to get arrested and make a scene, haven't you figured that out by now?

    December 29, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Jimbo

    Interesting, I know libertarians who support the occupy movement. This makes no sense, ohhh the confusion!

    December 29, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Chris

    For all of you Ron Paul supports go look at Somalia because, that's how we will be if he gets elected. Somalia is living proof that a Libertarian government doesn't work and stop buying into that Ayn Rand way of thinking.

    December 29, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Sean

    OWS have no right to take away our civil rights. If I was there I would have kicked them in the face. They are just common criminals like Nazi or Commies.

    December 29, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. AAABBB

    Wow! I whole 5 people were involved. Simply amazing that in a country of 300 MILLION people we pay any attention to these people at all...good thing CNN is sharply focused on what is important....

    December 29, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. UTD87SIN

    Do you people honestly believe the things you type? Do you really feel Barack Obama is any different than GW? You know GW set the withdrawal from Iraq, not Obama. Obama spent more on the war than GW in the 3 years he has been in office, albeit, he accomplished quite a bit more. Half the GOP field at one point in time stood for goverment mandates (a very leftist position) and are for upping the military (very non-conservative). You are literally fighting over red apples and green apples. They are all the same. Except RON PAUL

    December 29, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. RillyKewl

    Ron Paul not only would support the destruction of our environmental protections, he'd also stop requiring that education be made public. That'll turn scientific fact into the phoney free-for-all that the rest of the GOP tries to sell us on. He'd end all knowledge, along with worker protections, minimum wage, medicare, medicaid, social security, homeland protections, etc.

    Then, I'm thinking he'd end public parks, public beaches, public libraries, FEMA, OSHA... have all hospitals be privatized, end civil right laws, localizing basically everything from voting rights to oil spill clean-ups.

    Occupy this guy's headquarters until he speaks to the environmental issue, at the very least!

    December 29, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Diana

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    BTW, this kid/woman in the picture sure looks very well dressed. I wish the picture showed all of her. I'm thinking designer jeans, Uggs, Gucci pocketbook. I'm sure mommy and daddy will have her home in time to catch her favorite Thursday night show. I doubt she worries too much about her arrest record when looking for a job since her trust fund will likely be quite large.
    You are assuming therefore making an a$$ of yourself. You know nothing about her or the people who are protesting for all of OUR rights! Try and educate yourself on what they are protesting, not for government handouts but the opportunities all of used to have until the 1% decided to keep it all for themselves....yea Reaganomics trickle down theory sure has done wonders for this country!

    December 29, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Alex

    Occupy is so pathetic. Trying to occupy the one Presedential candidate for real (positive) change.

    December 29, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. notafraid21

    All do respect for those who don't support freedom of speech freedom of expression and
    America and Americans freedom of our country to think on it's own.
    It's time for Americans to stop voting in fear and manipulation.
    To many Americans died black/white Spanish and Asian for these freedoms !!!

    December 29, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Larry L

    Ron Paul wants anarchy – like Somalia. How's that working out?

    December 29, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "they protest for and against almost everything."

    Obviously, then, you've deliberately chosen to ignore educating yourself. OWS has a small number of very clear demands aimed at getting the corrupting influence of the parasites hidden among the elites in the 1%.

    December 29, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    "OWS have no right to take away our civil rights. If I was there I would have kicked them in the face. They are just common criminals like Nazi or Commies."

    OWS has done nothing to take away anyone's civil rights. Judging from the words you chose, it's pretty clear who leans "Nazi" and it isn't OWS.

    December 29, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Wired

    People REALLY need to stop blindly supporting Ron Paul because he supports a fringe idea you like. That's his ploy, get as many people hoping that one thing is really going to make a difference, than BAM : You're still in jail for smoking pot.

    December 29, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Any lawsuits would get thrown out of court because the company is operating lawfully within the state of Wisconsin. You cannot sue for damages and negligence, much less make them stop.

    December 29, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. sayNO2dem

    Ron Paul, wants to repeal a useless patriot act that the government has over us to invade our personal lives. He want's to end war for oil, stop attacking innocent people in muslim countries. Stop helping large corporations, no more government bail outs to banks, and give more freedom to americans. In Paul we Trust.

    December 29, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Bill

    Doing away with the EPA? I dont know if I will miss the EPA since people are becoming sick ahd dying with the EPA here now. Will there be a difference without the EPA?

    December 29, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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