Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

Thought that endorsing Romney was bad enough? In another turn of events that exposes the corporatist leanings of Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky, he has voted NO on a GMO labeling amendment to the farm bill “to permit States to require that any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale have a label on indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product contains a genetically engineered ingredient.” The following is taken from the United States Senate Website.

Hat tip to Jon Abrahamson for sending us these results!

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100 Responses to “Rand Paul Votes NO on GMO Labeling”

  1. Christy says:

    Currently I look for labels that say “non gmo”. If it does not have that on the label and it contains corn, wheat or canola I will pass. Given the choice between any product labeled non gmo or not labeled I choose non gmo. I look for organic as well. Locally produced is even better. There are companies who know 80% of the people want the label and will make their food without gmo indredients and voluntarily label it! I choose to support the companies and growers doing what I consider to be the right thing. Just because the government does not support labeling does not mean you have to eat possibly gmo food.

    Also I choose to go organic with my lawn and garden products.

    Thanks for posting the votes, we have an opportunity to make more informed choices in future elections.

  2. bowlan says:

    whats new.
    these low life scum politicians are all scum bags.
    the sheepo out there keep voting for them time and time again.

  3. Kathy says:

    Carrie – I’m afraid I’m guilty of falling into the left-right labeling that I get so angry with others for doing…I should have not used the description “liberal”, and instead have just pointed to the voting records of the Senators I named…Actions speak louder than words…and sometimes words divide us even when there is no true division…that is how “they” can conquer us all.

    I’ve been fighting against the use of GMO’s for several years, for several reasons. Monsanto, aka “Monsatan”, will control our entire food supply if their adulteration of seeds is not stopped. It will destroy our environment, as well as our health. I’ve been trying to explain this to everyone I can, even strangers at the grocery store.

  4. Axiom says:


  5. Axiom says:

    Bob Carolgees says:
    June 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm
    Um, there is a Rockefeller up there that said YEA!!!! Hilarious – he can’t be related to the Monsanto Rockefellers.

    Beautiful .

    Where is the article on that !!

  6. Scott says:

    The states have the right to do this regardless. The Feds have no basis to stop them. Tenth Amendment action should encourage state action, not federal legislation that is in areas outside the Fed Gov jurisdiction such as this.

  7. Carlos James says:

    They ALL must GO! This is such a big issue and these Monsanto paid flunkies have turned their backs on us AGAIN!

  8. Carrie says:

    Kathy, just because a liberal supports a piece of legislation doesn’t make it wrong and just because a ‘conservative’ supports it doesn’t make it right. That type of thinking is part of why we’re in the mess that we’re in right now.

    You have a right to know what is in your food or not in it and 90% of polled Americans support labeling of GMO so people can make a choice. This is very much a human rights issue, not a liberal or a conservative issue. And it goes to show that republicans are all for states rights, except when they aren’t, yet they still claim to be conservative.

  9. DigitalJedi says:

    Hard to see, the dark side is.

    The boy you trained, gone he is.

  10. Ricky says:

    I agree John, people must COMPLETELY unplug themselves from the SYSTEM. Once you do, it all becomes very clear as to what is happening. Once you understand the 70-80 year old plan of Eugenics, it all starts to make so much sense. Population reduction through GMO foods, abortion, homosexuality, illnesses, wars…and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Check out Georgia Guide stones 1st commandment: “Maintain global population under 5,000,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature”…

  11. John says:

    It’s so sad how many people still support Rand Paul or ANY politician, for that matter. The excuses that I’m reading for why Rand voted this way, are nothing short of delusional. Do you feel the need to be led by someone, so deeply, that you can not see the forest, for the trees?

    Folks, understand this…the NWO did not spend the last 100+ years designing their prison planet control grid, just so it all could be ruined by their very enemies, we the people, via an election. Can you not see what is going on yet? Politics in the USA, is basically the political version of WWF wrestling.

    Sure, you might see some left wingers that voted against this bill and you will see some right wingers that vote erroneously on another bill, but know this, it’s all an illusion to make the sheep of this nation believe that voting/politicians really matter. It’s all fodder, produced for the consumption and programming of the masses.

    Look, Ron Paul is just like the rest of the PARASITES in D.C. He is a career politician of 35 years. There is NO way he has been a real threat to any of the status quo, as he would have been dealt with already. Once he said publicly (2008) that “it was RIDICULOUS to believe that the government had anything to do with 911” (search it), I knew he was a part of the “SYSTEM” and I stopped supporting him. And, do not give me that crap that he could not say the truth or it would have been political suicide…he had no problem running all over the country talking about the largest crime in the history of man, the Federal Reserve. Anyone else who has messed with the FED, has found large holes in their heads…but not Ron Paul. Why, because the powers that be know that the average dunce in America knows NOTHING about monetary policy…but even a cow knows something about death. Don’t believe me, watch a video of cows in line to get slaughtered, once they see what’s happening to their cousins in front of them, they start freaking out. Ron could run around talking about monetary policy all that he wanted, but he sure did not want to talk about murder.

    If you do not agree with what I have said now, in time, you will.

    WAKE UP!

  12. marzi says:

    You all miss the point – GMO foods should not be allowed. Germany does not allow them – their population is smarter than ours.

    As to the Pauls, they are anti- environmental who both support the Keystone pipeline and they are both against women’s rights, so what’s the mystery? Both Pauls are sold out from way back.

  13. Tyranny says:

    There are so many excellent and encouraging comments here. Obviously the readers of this site care more and are more aware than the rest of the population. There is only going to be so much of this accelerating incremental tyranny the people will take. I am forever done supporting any corporate politician working for this De-Facto criminal government. I would encourage others here to take a look at Realityblogger & PPJ Gazette. Hopefully it’s not too late. The entire food supply will be contaminated soon, but those of us concerned about this can inform others as is Jeffry Smith. This is something that the grass roots on all sides can get behind and and fight back against. Stand Up For Liberty!

  14. libertarian says:

    (e) Regulations.–Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and the Secretary of Agriculture shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to carry out this section.

    This isn’t constitutional. Rand was right to vote “No” on this. His father would have as well.

  15. A. G. Gelbert says:

    And now, thanks to more corporate bought and paid for crooks in the senate like Rand Paul, Monsanto, which has been threateneing to sue Vermont if we pass a law requiring GMO labelling, has better standing in court.

    When are the American people going to GET IT? We do not have a democracy!
    Don’t believe me? Read THIS:

    According to some experts, we lost our democracy decades ago.

    As Matt Taibbi said in a recent interview with Bill Moyers, we have an oligarchy. That is defintely not a democracy.

    “Electronic election rigging has prospered. Democracy is dead. Long live the “adjusted” vote totals.


    Bob Fitrakis has a Ph.D. in political science and a J.D. He is an election law attorney, professor, and has written four books on election integrity.”


  16. FunFaler, Please READ the amendment. It does NOT require the states to label. It PERMITS the states to require labeling if they want to. Big difference. The states have the power to do this without the fed’s approval already, but won’t because the states take bribe money from the feds. Therefore, the feds need to give their permission or the states will lose funding.

  17. FunFaler says:

    Let me get this straight. Some here believe that the US Senate should be telling the states how they can or can not label their food? If this amendment were to be passed, it could just as easily been a prohibition on labeling food a certain way. The US Senate has no authority or power to tell the states how to label the food on their shelves for sale in their state.

    The notion that this vote makes Rand a “sellout” is really silly.

    Here is a sight with some GREAT information that many here could really use:

  18. Kathy says:

    I feel just as betrayed by Rand’s endorsement of Romney as any other liberty lover, but I don’t think we should throw the baby out with the bathwater, as they say. My point here is that if you look at all the names of the “Yea” votes on this amendment, they are the most liberal, non-liberty promoters in DC…Boxer, Kerry, Feinstein, to name a few. That tells me there’s more to this vote than what we see in this brief section. I’m withholding judgment until I learn more about this legislation…everything I’ve seen since Paul “turned” tells me he’s holding true to his promise to promote individual liberty at every front…but, I’ve still lost that sense of trust.

  19. John, When someone leads with “you people” I rarely listen. He can oppose “other legislation” all he wants. What he did was OPPOSE GMO labeling, which was an amendment, not the bill itself.

  20. John says:

    This bill has a few paragraphs pertaining to GMO labeling, and over 1000 pages pertaining to OTHER LEGISLATION. Did you people ever consider it may be the “OTHER LEGISLATION” that Rand Paul opposes?

  21. Goldbug36 says:

    If one believes in and strictly adheres to the Constitution, there is obviously nothing therein that gives the federal government the power or duty to stick their noses into agricultural matters. It would also appear that NONE of the cabinet departments or alphabet agencies are constitutional. If Rand thinks this evil cabal is going to be influenced by his cooperation, he has another think a’comin! He will never collect his 30 pieces of silver, and I predict that his political career is likely over.

    Here is a solution provided by a 16th-century Frenchman. I think he may have it right, but, unfortunately, the American people are too dumbed down to drop the partisanship, unite, and fight the globalists and fascists who are taking over our country:

    “Obviously there is no need of fighting to overcome this single tyrant, for he is automatically defeated if the country refuses consent to its own enslavement: it is not necessary to deprive him of anything, but simply to give him nothing; there is no need that the country make an effort to do anything for itself provided it does nothing against itself. It is therefore the inhabitants themselves who permit, or rather, bring about their own subjection, since by ceasing to submit would put an end to their servitude. A people enslaves itself, cuts its own throat, when, having a choice between being vassals and being free men, it deserts its liberties and takes on the yoke, gives consent to its own misery, or, rather, apparently welcomes it.” — French Judge, writer, political philosopher, Etienne de la Boetie, 1530-1563.

  22. Bob Carolgees says:

    Um, there is a Rockefeller up there that said YEA!!!! Hilarious – he can’t be related to the Monsanto Rockefellers.

  23. Bob Carolgees says:

    One word: begins with “C” – ends in “ompromised”. This guy is OWNed.

  24. Axiom says:

    How does a population make informed decisions without an informative media ?

    Consider :
    Where are all those mainstream media TV documentaries on :
    False Flags
    The Operation Northwoods PLAN
    Operation Gladio
    The Gulf of Tonkin Incident
    The Bilderberg Group
    CIA Drug Running
    Bohemian Grove
    Deaths of Dr. D Kelly , Sony Bono , Vince Foster , Danny Casolaro , Gary Webb , ‘DC Madam’ Palfrey , Matt Simmons , Pat Tilman , Sean Hoare
    History of mass compulsory schooling
    The mainstream media is our no.1 frontline enemy as it grossly ill/dis/mis/un and mal – informs us. How can an uninformed populace make informed decisions ? You know like voting in elections for instance !
    Most accept and understand this . But strangely , few stop to ask or investigate what they’re NOT being told about !

  25. Abouthadit says:

    Maybe the good folks of Kentucky will send Rand back to his medical practice. It’s time to primary these traitors.

  26. cindy says:

    If you haven’t figured it out yet! Both Rand and Ron Paul represent the PTB. They control both sides of the spectrum that’s why NOTHING CHANGES FOR THE BETTER!!

  27. Jason says:

    I see that Rand Paul is not his father and may be a RINO.

  28. Terri says:

    Rand Paul is a disgusting disappointment and his future in politics is severely limited due to his recent actions.
    He is a back stabber and moving up through the rotten ranks.
    I hope he has kids eating this garbage, finds the child has major health issues and in his studying to find his kid a cure, he just might wake up.
    Sadly, all that would have to happen to enlighten this unlightened imbecil. This fact could not possibly be more obvious.
    Be reactive, wouldn’t want to be proactive now would we politicians. That would require common sense which has expired from all world governments.

  29. Lawrence A. Oshanek says:

    based upon ‘belief’ … not ‘believe’!

    I am so going to have a talk with my editor! LOL

  30. wanda says:

    You are right Luke… i’ve been paying attention to WellAware for some time now. It takes discernment, but what does not? Too much of his stuff is plain obvious when you take an honest look at it. We are being played, and we are being injured on a massive scale. Thanks for posting that.

  31. Lawrence A. Oshanek says:

    My first thought on the story was that the issue was a federal con job respecting powers they would like to have but, in the reality of your constitution, they do not have.

    Remember, power is always based upon believe (and the implicit threat of violence if you do not obey) and if they can usurp more of the separate individual states constitutional powers, they will.

    The whole of the thing was silly theatre and the public should write their individual senators and tell them so.

    I would suggest opening your letter with: “Who the hell do you think you are?”

  32. Jim says:

    I’ve been wondering for some time what someone has on Rand Paul. Maybe he’s using the same call girl service that Eliot Spitzer used and is now being deftly “handled” by important Republican overseers who want to cash in. Probably not though, since Soetoro’s FBI would have that info, too. On the other hand, an endorsement of Romney is almost like endorsing Barry, right? I mean you wouldn’t expect Rand to come out and openly endorse the Outfit’s Oval Office macaque, would you. Of course not. You see, it’s the policies that matter to these guys. A vote for the “right” policies or support given to one of their puppets is what they really want. And for starters that would be a public show of approval for Mittens, I suppose, since Randy (pun intended?) apparently wants to keep his job as U.S. senator. I mean, who wouldn’t. And that Fifth Ave. hotel Paul was seen entering with Ann Coulter (Ann Coulter? C’mon!) one not so distant Saturday evening? Well, for now, it’s the stuff of urban legend, and perhaps will stay that way too if someone learns to mind his ps and qs.

  33. Anglo Saxon, I believe that we agree. Any power not expressly given to the Feds belongs to the states. Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

  34. Luke Maxwell says:

    Maybe it’s time everyone stopped believing so much.

    All politicians in the world are owned by global security services. Agents play multiple roles and they are ALL actors.

    This clip may not be 100% but if you look into it some, it gets spooky, if you know what I mean ;-)

  35. sam says:

    The Paul’s really screwed the supporters this time around. They raised over 50 million paid Benton a ton and many others quite a bit. Ron never really wanted to win, other than promote a movement.
    I was a supporter in 08 and in 12. Rand has chosen to join the Republimafia. Lets show him who put him in office and show him the door and elect another Justin Amash to take Rand’s spot.

  36. Anglo Saxon says:

    Barbara, your earlier commenter TRM stated [June 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm]:

    “Any power not given to the federal government goes to the states by default if anyone still follows that old line of thinking and writing.”

    And then in response, you more or less agreed.

    But surely you both have it the wrong way around?

    I am British, not American. My understanding of your Constitution’s core principle, is that …

    Those powers that are not or cannot be delegated to the individual States [because of practicality; such as your Navy, and Coastguards, etc.] are then delegated to the Federal Capitol.

    In other words, your Constitution places State’s Rights above and before Federal Rights at every turn, except when conditions and/or common sense dictate otherwise.

    It is my belief that every US State has the constitutional right to opt out of Federal Programmes. Therefore, your common solution is surely to completely abandon all Federal Programmes via a mass disobedience campaign. Think Ghandi!!

    Henceforth, NO AMERICAN should ever again participate in a Presidential Election.

    For those who feel compelled to attend the ballot, then they should mark on their Ballot Paper … “Non Of The Above”.

    This is what many British voters have been doing for over a decade now. The logic is that the vote registers a good turn out but those banking on your vote get screwed over. It is very effective. Would be political dynamite if more than 30% did it.

    Here is how it works. You register, and collect your ballot in the normal way (assuming you still have the luxury of using a paper ballot to register your vote, and not forced to use ‘Deybol’ electronic voters) and then what you must do next is avoid placing any other marks or comments on your ballot paper except the following statement:

    “None Of The Above”.

    Don’t sign the ballot paper, unless and only unless that is what you would be required to do by law anyway.

    The reasoning here is that if you add other marks or comments, you will end up officially “spoiling” your ballot paper. And they can reject it. Which is the opposite of the message you want to send.

    Support your Local Community … Support Your State Legislature … Abandon Washington DC and completely ignore whatever clown the Corporates and AIPAC install there. He or she is only a sock-puppet anyway. All the world has long known this! Why not all Americans too?

  37. Pauly says:

    They want population reduction: food price inflation, empty calories, vaccines, warfare, GMO, fluoride, and other poisons will kill of the population. They will only need a few slaves to meet their needs. All politicians are traitors. 911 Truth.

  38. TRM, I think I understand what you are saying. The states already have the power to require labeling, correct? If that is so, then the amendment is not necessary. However, the states have been bribed with federal money and will not risk losing favor with their cash cow and must beg for permission from the feds to do anything. Don’t take the bribe money, and you can do what you want. Take the bribe money and become the fed’s lackey. Which is exactly where we are. Since this amendment was rejected, any vestiges of federal support for labeling went out the window and the states are left with either defying the feds and losing funding or going along with the program of no labeling for GMOs. Which do you think they are going to do?

  39. TRM says:

    Any power not given to the federal government goes to the states by default if anyone still follows that old line of thinking and writing.

    So where is the constitutional powers for the federal government to require food labelling? I don’t think there is so it is up to the states by default.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

  40. Bill says:

    I will never apolgize for any actions of Rand or anyone else when it comes to our food. This is not a political issue this has to do with humanity and not the political system. I think we all agree that GMO foods should be labeled because they may be dangerous to our health. I can’t say that GMO foods are dangerous to our health because the government has not declared them to be so. It is just my opinion and I choose not to eat them if I can avoid it. Should they be labeled? I think so! How did we ever get to the point where we would question what we eat?

  41. Here is the link for the Amendment:

    The wording is NOT imprecise. I am sooooo sick of Republican this, Democrat that, Libertarian the other. This type of dialogue fits into the dreaded “ism” category as far as I am concerned.

    The text reads, as far as I can tell: “To permit States to require that any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale have a label on indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product contains a genetically engineered ingredient.” If anyone can find out differently, please let me know.

    To allow states that want to require the labeling to do so is reasonable, precise, and a GOOD thing. This farm bill will get passed, along with a whole lot of garbage included in it that we don’t want. The GMO labeling amendment is NOT one of those things.

    Rand Paul has apologized for BP, saying the “spill” was merely an accident, endorsed Mitt Romney, and now says no to GMO labeling. What does it take? Just how long are people going to apologize for him and justify his actions just because he is the son of Ron Paul and we expected something more?

  42. Bill says:

    Thank you for the second part of your post Bob you are correct.

  43. RioSam says:

    @Bill: The vote was only on the amendment to the farm bill…so NO… this vote was strictly about the GMO labeling of foods..

  44. bob klinck says:

    This accords with the common Libertarian assumption that everything associated with government is bad by definition. So why have a nation, or a state, or a local community at all?

    However, in this instance the imprecise wording of the amendment would be reason for at least insisting on its meaning being clarified.

  45. Sam Fox says:

    This story would have much more credibility IF the whole bill’s contents were listed, not just a portion.

    I’m with Bill on this. I must reserve judgment on Rand on this one till more info comes.

    Peeps are mad at Rand for endorsing Mitt. Mitt sucks!! He is another 0. Just the way 0 is another GWB.

    Rand HAD to endorse Romney. Do some research. Rand gave his word earlier & kept it. Find out WHY! before making judgments, please!



  46. mothman777 says:

    “You know what you have to do.” (Hollywood movie quote)

  47. Jose says:

    Rand who? Ron who? Libertarian anarchists who will NEVER protect your children form the Korpo State.

  48. Bill says:

    There are a lot of things in these bills that need to be killed not just one item. What was the whole bill? Did Rand reject just the GMO option of a bill or did he help kill another subsidy bill we do not need? I have no idea because I didn’t read the bill. I do not support GMO foods in any way and they should be labeled. GMO foods in my opinion are dangerous.

  49. Thanks for sending me the results link, Abe. This disgusts me to no end. People that think they will not be affected and can afford to buy non-GMO foods yet want us to eat them and don’t give a hoot about our illnesses or future GMO contamination make me sick.

  50. Abe says:

    Rand is really disgusting me of late. This is just the GMO icing on the GMO cake. Glad you seen this Barb. I was just watching my clowns and letting our group know that Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken were against this as well.
    I’m sure the BS is flying in CA now.