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Book Giveaway! The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul

January 22nd, 2009

I have 5 books to give away thanks to the generosity of Hachette Book Group. They gave me a copy of The Revolution to review and also 5 copies to offer in a giveaway. The contest is going to be a random draw from the entries. To enter simply answer the following question in the comments below.

What is the most important issue facing conservatives and/or libertarians in 2009?

The contest will run through the end of January. At that point I will do a random drawing for 5 winners out of the comments below. Limit one entry per person. Subscribe to our feed to stay tuned for my review of the book for our conservative book list and for the announcement of the winners. I will email the winners to get their addresses, and Hachette will mail the book directly to them.

Update: Winners have been announced. You can also check out my review of The Revolution: A Manifesto.

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  1. Evan M
    January 22nd, 2009 at 01:21 | #1

    The most important issue is to massively reduce government spending - cut entitlements and do everything to prevent going over budget. Spending cuts of course also recalling our troops from bases all over the world and pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan. With spending cut, taxes can be cut and people would be able to use their money to create real businesses that create real wealth, then we could start paying off the national debt that will so burden future generations if left unchecked.

  2. Donna K
    January 22nd, 2009 at 02:53 | #2

    Having leaders so far to the left likely means more spending and taxes.

  3. January 22nd, 2009 at 04:03 | #3

    You’ll email me, right? - and get my address?

    Most important issue is Health Care. If the establishment gets that…it’s all over. We are already bankrupt…imagine printing money for universal Health care? Crazy! My core issue is foriegn policy, but that isn’t changing minus a full revolt or total collapse. If we united, we could defeat the Health care thing—given the economic climate.

  4. m
    January 22nd, 2009 at 05:43 | #4

    teaching others the difference between a democracy and a republic so that we may restore our own.

  5. January 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 | #5

    Finding leaders who accept that even though they might last 4 years… not learning how to reign in spending has impacts beyond their terms.

    Jake Barnard’s last blog post..Holidays are over but it was fun.

  6. January 22nd, 2009 at 11:33 | #6

    I believe that the most important issue facing those of us in the conservative/libertarian camp is cohesiveness. There seems to be a lot of energy right now, we have got to focus it so we can get some decent candidates on the ballots and then elected in the next round of elections.

  7. Glenn
    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:47 | #7

    Ending the war on (some) drugs. We looked at root causes for 9/11, which (presumably) led to the invasion of Iraq. Hopefully, when Mexico implodes (barring some miraculous intervention, within the next couple of years), we’ll look at root causes there, too, and decide that having stable neighbors is more important than keeping idiots from damaging themselves in the manner of their choosing. And the economic benefits would be substantial as well.

  8. Adam
    January 22nd, 2009 at 14:05 | #8

    The single most important issue facing libertarians in 2009 is correcting the “common knowledge” that a bigger government is a better government.

  9. January 22nd, 2009 at 17:03 | #9

    Conservatives have a huge undertaking. They have a lot of repairing of public views that they are stodgy religious war mongers.

    And Libertarians have the problem of becoming more mainstream. There hasn’t been a better time for them to make some headway, it’s merely a matter of making the correct moves to do it.

    Donkephant’s last blog post..The Best Laid Plans…

  10. Matt
    January 23rd, 2009 at 00:41 | #10

    The largest issue, by far, it seems to me is the loss of the big picture.

    Amid a long presidential campaign polluted by minutiae, many people seem to have the same general complaints about this country: loss of liberties, lack of openness in government, the further evolution of a big brother state vis-à-vis the UK, et al. To simply get the message to a larger national audience that these are among the things concerning Libertarians the most and that by supporting this party, people will in the end be helping themselves the most would be a great accomplishment and should be a very serious concern.

    Unforetunately, the party will never be able to be truly successful until a large constituency from the American public at large can be seriously convinced that there is a third parry in this country that actually does represent their interests and is capable of accomplishing what this country’s two main political parties have been unable or unwilling to.

    Ultimately, it comes down to this: as positive as the goals of the party may be, any efforts to actually fix or improve this country will have no more effect than a fly fart in a hurricane unless there are enough people, and equally important, enough mainstream media coverage.

  11. Cathy W.
    January 23rd, 2009 at 12:10 | #11

    Since I’m retired, the most important issues to me would be the economy and the cost of health insurance. With these things totally out of control, I am looking at the possibility of having to go back to work. There are so many issues that need to be addressed that it boggles the mind.

  12. Renee G
    January 23rd, 2009 at 12:22 | #12

    I believe that the biggest issue facing anyone in leadership now is the economy. If we don’t take care of matters at home, it doesn’t really matter what is happening overseas.

  13. Kim F.
    January 23rd, 2009 at 14:11 | #13

    The economy.

  14. K. Cleaver
    January 23rd, 2009 at 16:22 | #14

    Fixing the economy is going to be the biggest job.

  15. January 23rd, 2009 at 17:43 | #15

    If you were asking what the biggest issue is for our whole country at this time, I’d probably say the economy simply because it’s finally in emergency status. But it seems you’re asking more about the specific issues conservatives and libertarians are facing. I’ve been progressively moving toward libertarian over the last year and I would have to say the reason is that I’m beginning to understand the liberties being stolen from every American. I think that’s a key issue that will have to be understood before true change takes place. Our freedoms within our country are being limited, slowly, one-by-one. This is one reason why I’ve been so attracted to Ron Paul in the last few months (how I missed out on getting to know him before that, I do not know). Anyway, I’ve been looking for this Ron Paul book in used bookshops and have yet to find it. I hope, hope, hope, hope I win this book.

    Shaye’s last blog post..First Day of School

  16. January 24th, 2009 at 02:02 | #16

    Libertarians need some political friends. We’d be well-advised to make common cause on some of our big issues with people of like mind and shed ourselves of the fringe element that makes us look bad.

    Jimmie’s last blog post..Paterson Throws Dem the Ol’ Knuckleball

  17. January 24th, 2009 at 02:13 | #17

    The biggest single problem we face right now is the total lack of Constitutional knowledge among the people. If more people knew what the limits on the Federal government are supposed to be, and how much more power over their own lives they are entitled to under it, most of these problems mentioned above would find solutions at the local level, where they belong.

  18. Brandon
    January 24th, 2009 at 02:14 | #18

    put simply: abortion. The views held by liberals are going to swing the gate wide for a host of atrocities.

  19. Timothy Selig
    January 24th, 2009 at 11:17 | #19

    Biggest issue to me.
    Closing the gap between partys differences
    Try and make America No 1 again.
    Don’t dwell on problems outside so much,
    Work on the problems right here at home
    By the way, God Bless Our Troops!

  20. MJ
    January 24th, 2009 at 12:21 | #20

    Education…(I’m a teacher!)

  21. Betty
    January 24th, 2009 at 13:20 | #21

    The economy is critical and should be primary goal followed by health care. Bring the military home. No surge in Afghanistan that will cost more American lives and create additional extremists who want revenge on America.

  22. January 24th, 2009 at 14:18 | #22

    Figuring out this was set up as a Republic not a democracy (where exactly did we loose that?) Making our money ‘worth’ something again. Government is not the ‘cure’ it is a big part of the problem and does not need to “fix” us but rather back up, let us sink or swim.

    Thomas Jefferson
    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty

    Heather Rankin’s last blog post..Page Lake Powell Bank Owned Properties

  23. January 24th, 2009 at 14:28 | #23

    most important issue facing conservatives in 2009?

    Deciding how we are going to work within the 2-party system. Business as usual–Conservatives develop a GOP platform elected officials seldome read let alone follow–is no option.

    Are we going to demand Republican elected officials stick with the GOP platform?
    Or are we going to go do our own thing?

    JC Shepard’s last blog post..Blogs vs Twitter II

  24. Michael
    January 24th, 2009 at 23:59 | #24

    Fund raising and media attention! Libertarians need to do a better job getting the message out on what they stand for and why it’s better then the major alternatives (Donkeys and Elephants). Ron Paul did a pretty good job of this during the debates, but America needs to see more!

  25. Francine Anchondo
    January 25th, 2009 at 00:40 | #25

    The biggest issue is the economy and both parties need to work together to fix it.

  26. January 25th, 2009 at 13:24 | #26

    biggest issue is the economy - it impacts everyone - we all need to work together to fix it.

    Valerie M’s last blog post..HRBlock Twitter Giveaway

  27. January 25th, 2009 at 16:54 | #27

    I think the economy definitely needs to be addressed. Health care is another major concern.

    Nicole’s last blog post..McDonald’s Valentine’s Coupon Books

  28. January 25th, 2009 at 21:17 | #28

    I’m not eligible to win but I have some thoughts on the issue. I think conservatives will have to decide who is going to run the republican party. I don’t mean which person - I mean which conservatives. The Republican party has struggled lately and I think it is due primarily to fracturing within the party. Will the Neo-Cons run things again? Perhaps the religious right will take the torch for awhile? My hope is that the freedom loving fiscal conservatives step up to the plate. Either way, if the Republican Party can’t gather under one of these banners they won’t make it anywhere.

  29. Kim V
    January 26th, 2009 at 09:52 | #29

    A true conservative leader is needed (ala Reagan in the 80s).
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. jason fiske
    January 26th, 2009 at 18:45 | #30

    The most important issue taking place is ‘control’. A great leader leads the country, not ‘control’ it. We can not take away liberty and safety to please the far left.

  31. ann
    January 27th, 2009 at 16:46 | #31

    the economy.

  32. Anne L.
    January 27th, 2009 at 22:10 | #32

    Republicans need to develop a clear message of what it means to be a Republican. It had better be an appealing message delivered by a charismatic individual, or the party will dwindle.

  33. January 28th, 2009 at 08:55 | #33

    I believe the biggest issue will be taking a stand for conservative principles and not just “going with the flow” on liberal policies. Let the liberals own their policies (such as the stimulus) and vote no.

    Keith Miller’s last blog post..Free is Not a Comodity - Daily Talk Radio Thought

  34. Lisa Kent
    January 28th, 2009 at 22:05 | #34

    I believe that the biggest issue will be can the Republicans and Democrats work together to pull our country out of this awful recession. And will they continue to hand over money to banks and financial institues without making them accountable for where that money is being spent.

  35. Annie G
    January 29th, 2009 at 15:44 | #35

    I believe the biggest challenge (which they are failing) is to not pick a time of economic hardship to suddenly decide to be fiscal conservatives again. Spend money and spend it wisely to get the economy back on track. Then, when the economy is rolling along nicely again, remember to reign in spending, cut the deficit, and perhaps even pay down debt. Maybe they got it wrong during the Bush years, but they can’t set it right by pushing the economy into a depression now.

  36. Sandy Sun
    January 30th, 2009 at 10:15 | #36

    First thing first, they need to print a lot of money! Isn’t it.

  37. Jill Rivera
    January 30th, 2009 at 12:44 | #37

    I have seen some of his speaches but would love to read his book.

  38. January 30th, 2009 at 16:31 | #38

    I think as conservatives, we have to get our message out in a clearer fashion. I think the liberals are so much better at appealing to people and we, republicans risk sounding out of touch. If we can show people what we are really all about. (Freedom from Government, lower taxes, Personal responsibility) I think we can win next time. I think it is imperative that we win next time!

    Carolyn D’s last blog post..Views from a Right Wing Wacko Mom. Part II

  39. January 30th, 2009 at 17:45 | #39

    The economy is the number one issue right now, but the Republicans need a real leader with integrity and charisma or they won’t be heard at all.

  40. Michael
    February 1st, 2009 at 10:02 | #40

    So who won?