Ron Paul asks U.N. to strip website owners of name... WTF?

Josh_R

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http://www.ronpaul.com/2013-02-08/ron-paul-vs-ronpaul-com/

Conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones following, Ron Paul fans must be losing their minds right about now.

Ron Paul Calls on United Nations to Confiscate Domain Names of His Supporters

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by RonPaul.com on February 8, 2013




Earlier today, Ron Paul filed an international UDRP complaint againstRonPaul.com and RonPaul.org with WIPO, a global governing body that is an agency of the United Nations. The complaint calls on the agency to expropriate the two domain names from his supporters without compensation and hand them over to Ron Paul.
On May 1st, 2008 we launched a grassroots website at RonPaul.com that became one of the most popular resources dedicated exclusively to Ron Paul and his ideas. Like thousands of fellow Ron Paul supporters, we put our lives on hold and invested 5 years of hard work into Ron Paul, RonPaul.com and Ron Paul 2012. Looking back, we are very happy with what we were able to achieve with unlimited enthusiasm and limited financial resources.
Last month, after Ron Paul expressed regret on the Alex Jones show over not owningRonPaul.com (in an interview titled “Ron Paul: The Internet Is Our Last Chance to Awaken America“), dozens of supporters urged us to contact Ron Paul to work out a deal.
We sent Ron Paul the following respectful offer [View/Download PDF File], explaining that we’d prefer to keep RonPaul.com due to reasons explained in our letter.
At the same time we offered him RonPaul.org as a free gift so we could keep usingRonPaul.com and he wouldn’t have to use something like RonPaulsHomePage.com.
Our offer went on to explain that in case Ron Paul insisted on obtaining RonPaul.com, we would prepare a complete liberty package consisting of RonPaul.com and our mailing list of 170,000 liberty lovers.
The value we put on the deal was $250k; we are getting our mailing list appraised right now but we are confident it is easily worth more than $250k all by itself. Claims that we tried to sell Ron Paul “his name” for $250k or even $800k are completely untrue, and there is little doubt that our mailing list would have enabled Ron Paul to raise several million dollars for the liberty movement this year. It would have been a win/win/win situation for everyone involved.
Instead of responding to our offer, making a counter offer, or even accepting our FREE gift of RonPaul.org, Ron Paul went to the United Nations and is trying to use its legal process related to domain name disputes to actively deport us from our domain names without compensation.
Below is a copy of Ron Paul’s complaint and our original offer to Ron Paul. We have 20 days to prepare a response and we are tentatively looking for a lawyer to represent us in this case.
Hopefully it won’t have to come to that!
What in the world is going on? Earlier this week we were hit in the face by Ron Paul’s entirely out-of-character anti-Chris Kyle tweet, and now Ron Paul, the Internet grassroots candidate, who was at the right place at the right time to lead the rEVOLution, attacks his own grassroots supporters through an agency of the United Nations to deport them from their own domain names after 5 years of nothing but unlimited, unconditional support on our part?
Back in 2007 we put our lives on hold for you, Ron, and we invested close to 10,000 hours of tears, sweat and hard work into this site at great personal sacrifice. We helped raise millions of dollars for you, we spread your message of liberty as far and wide as we possibly could, and we went out of our way to defend you against the unjustified attacks by your opponents. Now that your campaigns are over and you no longer need us, you want to take it all away – and send us off to a UN tribunal?
That’s not cool! We want our old pre-retirement Ron Paul back!
 

Lord Zero

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Looks like my distrust was well-founded after all. Points for me.
 

Psychopath

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Ron Paul is too fucking old to be in office.
 

Begbie

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Ok...so let me get this straight...

The Paulbots rightfully own the Ron Paul sites and spent 5 years spreading Paul's (coughinsanecough) ideas...and they offered to give up RonPaul.org for free or pay $250K for RonPaul.com and get the 170K membership e-mail addresses. Paul balked and went to the UN to try and "steal" the sites from the group.

Meanwhile, the Ron Paul Report Newsletter series, which discussed kooky conspiracy theories and bashed gays and blacks, was something that Ron Paul conveniently distanced himself from when he ran for POTUS. But he was aware of them using his name in those newsletters and was fine with them making nearly $900,000 off of that series...even when he claims he had nothing to do with it, didn't control what was written in it and had no idea what was in it.

Rrrrrrriiiight.

Outside of Obama...Ron Paul is one of the biggest frauds in politics. Sure, many of us get all wet over his fairly common sensible ideas on the economy...but beyond that, he's one of the biggest jokes in the political world. And there's still a whole bunch of gullible fucks out there that think he only owns one little ranch with his elderly wife and is the only honest politician out there.
 

Edible Napalm

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If you went by the internet because of how obsessive his fan base is, Ron Paul is the only person to ever run for president .
 

Lord Zero

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The Paulbots rightfully own the Ron Paul sites and spent 5 years spreading Paul's (coughinsanecough) ideas...and they offered to give up RonPaul.org for free or pay $250K for RonPaul.com and get the 170K membership e-mail addresses. Paul balked and went to the UN to try and "steal" the sites from the group.
Pretty much.
Outside of Obama...Ron Paul is one of the biggest frauds in politics.
I never trusted him. His cult of followers reminded me a lot of Obama's cult of followers. It made me uncomfortable to how much people loved him without really questioning his sincerity or his record.
 

VicVinegar

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So he didn't want it this bad when he was running for president, but now it is a priority?
 

Begbie

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So he didn't want it this bad when he was running for president, but now it is a priority?
Yeah, that kinda confuses me also. Kinda like he was hoping people would think, "Wow look at that Ron Paul-guy...he's so honest with everyone and loves America and his supporters so much...that he lets his fans run his website! That's a guy we need as POTUS!"

But now that his political career is over...having someone else own and operate his website is seen as a liability to him and he wants to take it away. Pretty dick move.
 

Pigdango

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So he didn't want it this bad when he was running for president, but now it is a priority?
Makes sense to me. The .com website makes money off his name. The .org one is probably set up as a non profit, which is why they were willing to give it to him. While he was in office, he didn't mind, because there was an implied business relationship - He allowed them to keep whatever money they made off his name in exchange for the free advertising and free campaign labor. Now that he's retired that arrangement is over and there's no reason those people should continue to be able to make money off his name.