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New Hampshire Supporter: Only Ron Paul Can Save Us From Scurvy

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Exeter, NH voters or a sketch comedy team?

MANCHESTER, NH – I hit local polling places today and pestered some New Hampshire voters about their choices and why they think their state should continue to have its coveted First In The Nation status. 

I didn't know that the Buddy Roemer voter existed, until today. They were like a mythical creature in a kids fantasy/adventure story. Fortunately, I came across two of these strange creatures in their natural habitat of Bow this morning. 

"We saw him on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and he impressed. He didn't have the extreme conservative, social conservative views of the other candidates that really turned us off to the other candidates, like Santorum," said Joe Lessard, 38. 

They weren't deterred by his long odds, though. 

"Yeah, he's a long shot but (my vote is) more of statement," said Joe. 

Joe and his wife, Rebecca, both said they would probably vote for President Obama in the general election if Roemer is not the nominee. 

"I guess he is better than the alternatives on the Republican side," said Rebecca, also 38. 

Near the famous Philips Exeter Academy I came across the first sign touting Ron Paul of the day. Austin Coad and Taylor McGuinness, two teenagers too young to vote, were encouraging voters to vote for Paul with signs and flyers talking up Paul's financial support from the military. 

 "He wants to restore our Constitution back to its original, our founders. He's been saying the same thing for 30 years, unlike Mitt Romney," said the Sublime t-shirt clad and dreadlocked McGuinness, 17. 

Coad said he liked Paul because of his "health freedoms amendment" and positions on the pharmaceutical industry. 

"The disease scurvy can be cured by eating citrus fruit because you just need Vitamin C, but according to the law if you hold up an orange and say this is the cure to scurvy you can be arrested for a federal crime," said Coad. 

Rick Santorum voter Kate Copland, 34, said she voted for him because she was looking for the "Romney alternative." The mother of three said she did not like Romney because of his positions on health care and his "Mormon views." This was the one and only instance of Romney's religion that I have come across during my entire time in New Hampshire. 

In the more working class Salem turnout was high. Paul supporters were, again, displaying an imposing black and white sign about his military supporters. Stephanie Hamilton of Saugus, MA, holding a sign for Paul said that an independent group of veterans put the signs together.  

The entrance to Manchester's Ward 5 polling place had over ten voters outside of it with large Ron Paul R3VOLUTION signs. "His ideology is more what I believe. I got to see what a military intervention was like when I served in Germany a few years back," said James Coakley, 42, a member of the Free State Project. Paul won that ward with 233 votes followed by Romney with 192. 

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  1. The title was clearly taken out of context; this is something I did not expect from Reason.

    1. The guy actually gave a pretty intelligent explanation, and qualified it as one example of government overreach. Not sure why the silly title either..

      1. I agree. The kid is correct. Touting vitamin C as a curative drug is against FDA regulations. But as a “supplement” or “homeopathic remedy” you’re okay.

        I think that Quinn is trying to shore up his journalistic integrity by being snide about Paulistas. Let’s hope he doesn’t follow in the footsteps of our eminent friend Weigel.

        Love your nom de plume.

  2. Officer, am I free to Proctor & Gambol?

  3. Love the “Top Contributors” sign that one supporter is holding.

  4. I’d love to see a Ron Paul presidency and the aftershock.

    He couldn’t touch the Fed because of their 14-yr terms and independence.

    He couldn’t cut a trillion from spending because Congress would peel over in laughter to protect SS/Medi/DoD and their reelection.

    The Controlled Substances Act would stand.

    He could pull about 100,000 troops home fairly easily.

    And veto a lot of stuff (his real value).

    1. President can destroy federal bureaucracies. Pretty easy to trim a trillion worth of pork from the budget with that kind of executive power.

      1. And I’d bet he’d do it within the constraints of the Constitution, unlike Obama the 1st:
        https://reason.com/archives/201…..-the-first

      2. You know, I take that back.

        He could refuse to raise the debt ceiling, go home and watch Congress writhe in pain.

        1. Might be that he could tell congress to collect its own money, too.

        2. Congress would override.

      3. Declare everyday a snow day, and only essential personnel only need to show up.

        What’s with Fed suck suck? That is weird as fuck attitude you got there, shrike. Get a diagnosis, pronto!

    2. Re: shrike,

      He couldn’t touch the Fed because of their 14-yr terms and independence.

      Yeah, that will stop him.

      He couldn’t cut a trillion from spending because Congress would peel over in laughter to protect SS/Medi/DoD and their reelection.

      And he will laughingly veto their budgets and laws until 2014 when the people get tired of Congress.

      The Controlled Substances Act would stand.

      Sure – with what money? See above.

  5. I think the headline was meant to be humorous (and it succeeded).

  6. Completely misleading title, had no direct connection with anything in the content of the story other than taking a perfectly reasonable comment and twisting into something ridiculous. Was this intentional or just incompetence on display?

  7. “misleading title…incompetence on display?” ….Rob

    Look at very uppermost lefthand part of the computer screen. See what it says?

    Reason hit & run, continuous news, views, and abuse by the Reason staff.

    The title of this article clearly qualifies as misleading abuse, just as promised.

    1. Well played good sir.

      1. And what “views” are implied by the headline?

        “Ron Paul supporter sees Paul as Messiah, expresses wildly exaggerated views – typical Paultart.”

  8. “The disease scurvy can be cured by eating citrus fruit because you just need Vitamin C, but according to the law if you hold up an orange and say this is the cure to scurvy you can be arrested for a federal crime,” said Coad.

    Well, this is wildly inaccurate and a gross exaggeration, of course.

    You get fined for daring to say that. But arrested? No way! We’re still a free people you know!

    1. Try not paying the fine. Trust me, arrest is still on the menu.

  9. Somebody’s going to ask “Isn’t Ron Paul making a difference?” So I’m going to say, “Yes.” None of this is to say that right-fusionism of the Ron Paul variety isn’t now having an influence, or that none of it is good. I’m glad to see Paul spreading a few profoundly important ideas about foreign policy. But that doesn’t mean Paul’s decades of bilking paranoid bigots with bullshit prophesies of hyperinflationary race war was really a stroke of strategic genius after all. Or maybe it means it was. But that doesn’t make it right. I don’t think Paul would be where he is today without all those years of vile fear-mongering. And I don’t think anyone ought to get away with climbing up that evil ladder, kicking it away, then pretending he was born a thousand feet off the ground in the pure mountain air right there next to heaven. He knew what he was doing, chose to do it, and none of it can be justified by a little TV-time for salutary anti-imperialist and free-market ideas. I’d rather not be affiliated with a “movement” that includes him in even a conflicted way.

    No Googling!

    1. Fuckstain loser Brad Delimpdick?

    2. Douch.
      Decent prose. However your choice of font just makes it hard to read.

  10. GO ABERDEEN!

  11. “The disease scurvy can be cured by eating citrus fruit because you just need Vitamin C, but according to the law if you hold up an orange and say this is the cure to scurvy you can be arrested for a federal crime,” said Coad. ”

    simply not true.

    it’s only violative if it is done to market a drug product, food, etc.

    you can tell anybody you want, in any environment this stuff and it’s entirely legal.

    you can’t do it as part of the marketing/advertisement for a product, though

    also, while i think the FDA has waaaay too much power, DSHEA is actually a very libertarian piece of legislation

    we are way freer in this regards, than canada, etc. the stuff they ban is amazing. i am talking single amino acids, and all kinds of stuff that would boggle your mind. they are better on MJ etc. but they are AWFUL on dietary supplements.

    1. The Healthy Oranges Company, Inc. can be fined for selling oranges with “The Cure for Scurvy” on the package. Even though citrus fruits hold off scurvy. This is so widely known that a country which relies on citrus to cure scurvy even got its nickname from that fact (English=Limeys).

      Yet let’s focus on the interpretation of “hold up an orange” and assume it’s just a silly teenager making up stuff.

      1. They only punish you if you’re trying to make a profit off of your oranges. Well, that sure makes it better, and it sure makes that teenager paranoid, doesn’t it!

      2. Quinn has proven himself to be a fuckstick.

    2. you can’t do it as part of the marketing/advertisement for a product, though

      So, the kid is right.

      If I’m selling oranges and hold one up and say “This cures scurvy”, I’ve broken the law. Right?

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