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Friday, December 30, 2011

Media Blitz’s Ron Paul - Radio/Print Establishment Unite Against Libertarian Candidate

I think this is unprecedented in my life time. I find this all day everyday media blitz on radio and in print against US Presidential candidate Ron Paul alarming.

Never before have I witnessed all media, those from the political Left and the political Right, come together to totally thrash a leading candidate to the extent they are campaigning against Ron Paul.

Not Mike Dukakis, not George W. Bush, not Al Gore or even Barry Goldwater has had this kind of blistering rhetoric come from BOTH sides of the political spectrum. 

Makes you wonder what the big deal is about this guy. Why, after 35 years, is he now a threat?  How can a man who campaigns on a platform of peace, liberty and the individual pursuit of happiness be branded by ALL media as a ‘Kook”?  I have yet to hear one talk-jock say Ron Paul is relevant or electable. He’s both and his ideas have found a home in the American public. And the government establishment knows it.

For decades the United States has been ruled by a band of elites that take turns at the presidency. Democrat or Republican makes no difference, they are the same person and their policies only get continued by the next politburo appointee.  What this political establishment has done is allow illegal aliens to overrun the country, built a towering entitlement program that is a large contributor to the bankrupting of the country and the undermining of individuals beliefs in self-sufficiency. Their expansion of government into all aspects of our lives is unwieldy, inefficient and profoundly expensive. We have generations of welfare recipients and people who feel they cannot live without what government gives them. Such a waste.

The present syndicate that is running the nation is out of control in their spending and their militarism. With every passing administration, we find it more out of step with how the American taxpaying public feels. Is Ron Paul a nut or is he the only one saying what the people already know?

But to see this play out on the airwaves and the dying print media is to marvel at how far the established media will go and how shrill they are sounding. They know the policies of the past are failures but are willing to back them because that’s how their bread is buttered. How short sited they are since when we as a nation run out of bread, they too will run out of bread. They don’t live so high that they can’t fall also. No one will escape if the United States falls.

Time to go in another direction and there’s no better time than right now.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

That's It For The GOP

It’s time we hold up the current two party system for the failure that it is. The Republican Party should be immediately folded into the Democratic party and have a new second party take their place. It is time for the Tea Party to step up, hold a convention and pick a candidate of their own.  The currant class of politicians calling themselves Republicans isn’t capable of dealing with what really troubles our nation and is in the way of allowing a Tea Party candidate to come forward to do the job. 

I haven’t been able to tell the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans for decades so it’s time they just merge. We’d still have a two party system and the Republicans can drop the pretense that they are any different from the Democrats. We all know now that they’re the same party and have been for decades. Neither can stop spending taxpayer money or the expansion of government “services” if their lives depended on it.

There are no major differences between the Demlicans and the Republocrats anymore. Neither has room for new ideas and only seeks to hold power for themselves and their moneyed backers. The people get nothing but taxed from either syndicate and they have left little doubt that they both believe in the expansion of government. There’s a hand in my pocket. Do I care if it’s a Democrat hand or a Republican hand? No, there’s a hand in my pocket! And I want it out.

We need a new party of the American Taxpayer. A party that isn’t afraid of how they’re going to “Look” to the American public when they propose tax cutting and entitlement reform legislation. How about "The Backbone Party"? 

The Tea Party didn’t send the new wave of Republicans to worry about how things look. They were sent to cut spending and they haven’t. Why? Because they’re still outnumbered by the biggest party in Washingtion DC, the Gravy-Train party.

Let there be a national Tea Party and we’ll see who votes for them. Tea Party vs. the Gravy Train party and we’ll just see on what side of the fence the nation falls. At least it will all be out in the open and the people of the United States can then make the decisions they’ll need to survive if the current establishment wins.

The American Taxpayers have just received another $1 Trillion spending bill. Although there are some cuts in this bill, they are modest and there are plenty of increases. Of course there is the provision that extends unemployment insurance another 99 weeks or should we just call it what it is: The Dole. There are also provisions making it easier for companies to bring in workers from overseas via the H-2A and H-2B temporary worker programs. How is that going to help US jobs? Although National Public Radio is to be supposedly weaned off public funding by 2014 (which still means it receives funding for the next 2 years), the “Corporation” for Public Broadcasting is still getting $445 million.

But to boil it all down, it’s $1 Trillion to prop up the government…again. And who do we have to thank for all this? The Demilcan Party. Or the Republocrat Party, whichever you prefer.

If we can’t do anything to change this “system” and soon, we’re going to end up like the UK or Japan or worse. I find the thought revolting.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fox News and the US War Obsession

I'm seeing a pattern with the recent elevation of the standard dismissive "Ron Paul's a kook" talk.  I hear this stuff all over talk radio and especially from Fox News. Every TalkJock on the station repeats either "kook" or "Isolationist" every hour on the hour. Then they marvel at the devoted "kooks" that "follow" Ron Paul. I don't know if they really think the guy is a nut or they just want the phone calls. It is a very transparent strategy leading up to Iowa for the Imperialist Warmonger crowd at Fox and my local stations who are in the bag for Mitt Romney. I'm in Massachusetts and I won't be voting for Mitt if he's nominated. I'll probably write in Ron Paul...AGAIN. 

When they call Ron Paul an Isolationist for his Free Trade and Non-Intervention policy, it's just a euphemism for not wanting to take over a place by either shear military force or by CIA skulldugery. The people of these countries don't want another US puppet dictator like the Shah or a US occupational force. They want to run their own country their own way. And how can we be Isolationists if we're TRADING with the place?  You are either trading with a country or you are isolating them, not both. 

I especially bristle at the talk of how "out there" Dr. Paul's ideas are. When they call HIM a kook, they're calling ME a kook and disparaging MY ideas too. Screw them.

And you know something? Iran IS going to go nuclear and develop a bomb regardless of what anybody thinks is going to happen. They know that the big benefit of having the bomb is to keep the US honest in our dealings with them. They NEED the bomb. Meanwhile, we've worn out our war machine on long and needless occupations and now that something "important" has come up, we don't have the will or the money to do anything about it. What are we going to do now, attack Iran

I guess we can just put the Iran war memorial right next to the new Iraq war memorial that goes next to the Vietnam war memorial that fits right next to the Korean war memorial. The wars just go on and on. 

Yet for all our Imperial nature, for all our Interventionism and heavy handedness, the United States has never been as unsafe or as close to collapse as it is RIGHT NOW. 

This latest diatribe from the right wing radio windbags just goes to show that the Republicans aren’t really for limited government. They aren’t really for limited taxation either. They just want to redirect public funds to keep their war machines going. The “War Junkies” of the Political Right have run us into the ground just as badly as the “Welfare Junkies” on the Political Left. They don't want different ideas, they want THEIR ideas and FOX News is as bad as NPR in this regard. Neither side would carry out the reforms that a Ron Paul presidency would. They would go on attempting to either buy or coerce influence around the world and speed this nation closer to it's ruin. Look at what a great job they've done so far.

The way I see it, it’s the Democrat and Republican parties that are holding the extreme beliefs. They are two sides to the same bad penny. One wants too much spending and welfare give-a-ways and the other wants too much intervention and war but they BOTH want control of the means of taxation. The elections are a dog and pony show for the public but we still get the same guy in office. I find the airwave onslaught of both Left and Right wing propaganda tiresome. It's just a lot of empty words to defend proven failure. 

So you can go on doing the same wrong things and hoping for a better result. I'll "waste" my vote on Ron Paul.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Why Ron Paul?

There is yet another resurgence of Ron Paul as a candidate for President of the United States. Why? Isn’t he an open borders America hating kook with a cult following? The media doesn’t want you to hear his ideas. The political left and the political right don’t want you to hear his ideas. So why is he so popular?

Maybe it’s because the citizens of the United States are sick of the same candidates over and over again. There is nobody but the same candidates to vote for and no matter what they call themselves, either Democrat of Republican, they are on the same team. Taxes always go up, we’re always at war and we are in everybody else's business more than our own

The people of the United States are tired of constant war and sending our best and brightest children to fight them. War isn’t something a nation reaches for at the drop of a hat. War is something to be pondered and reasoned and VOTED UPON by the US Congress. Yet each President has their wars: Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq again, Libya and Somalia and now they want Iran.

But we as a nation have grown tired of war. Witness the revelations of our men and women returning from Iraq. I have yet to read that ONE of them believes it was worth it. And you know what? It wasn’t worth it. It was a waste.This is not the fault of the people we send to fight, it's the responsibility and the fault of the people who sent them ie: The President of the United States and the US Congress.

The other trouble with always being at war is that when a real nation defending conflict comes along, nobody wants to fight it. We should save the swords for when we really need them.

This is why people are getting behind Ron Paul. The Libertarian credo is “Free trade and non-intervention”. How radical is that?

People are tired of trying the same wrong things over and over. Boom, Bust, Boom, Bust, bank bailouts, a ceaseless drug war, foreign aid to countries that hate us, the government aiding the support of an illegal alien workforce and then going after states that try to defend themselves from the onslaught. The list can go on. This is not how a nation is supposed to work. What we have passing for a fiscal policy and taxation is not Capitalism nor is it a Free Market. We have lost the expertise and knowledge on how a real free market is supposed to work. So much so that people don’t even believe it works any more. They’re actually frightened by the notion.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to take a different approach to how we see ourselves and the world we interact with. It is time to respect the workings of sovereign nations that have ideas different from our own? Is just merely being a trading partner enough for us? Should we make sure we’re secure here at home and that our economy is strong?

We’ve tried it the other way, with huge bureaucracy, armies of government workers, costly national programs for education, health, social welfare and commerce that don't really provide a benefit to the people they’re supposed to help and have actually made things much, much worse.The history of these programs is deficits, overruns and cutbacks.

People are wising up to the diversions, the subterfuge, the politics and the out-right lies we’ve been hearing for decades. Times up.

It is no surprise to a Libertarian that US citizens are tiring of the same people becoming president and trying to “Pass a Law” that will solve the nation’s ills. People are finally coming around to the idea that just passing a law isn’t going to do it. We the people have to be behind it.

This election is no different from past ones. We have a Marxist president and a two left-leaning Republocrats to “challenge” him. Once again we have nobody to vote for.

The American people deserve more than this. Time for a change.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Three Myths About Ron Paul

This is a follow-up to my August 2011 blog “Nine Myths about Libertarianism” which anyone who has obviously stumbled upon this site by accident should take a look at first.
BEING A CANDIDATE for President of the United States invites scrutiny. It also invites volumes of talk and speculation from people who appear to getting paid by the word for their opinions. Other than the re-emerged Newt Gingrich, the candidate that has garnered many outlandish accusations is Ron Paul.
At first the mainstream press ignored him and hoped that we would too. But that did not happen and Ron Paul’s popularity grew. So the alternate plan is to now broadcast that people who believe in Ron Paul as a candidate are “followers”.  Yes, Ron Paul has been described as a cult leader or he has a “cult following”.  Iowa must be just flooded with “followers”. This is the “can’t win” scenario those who support Ron Paul’s run for the Presidency and Libertarians in general face all the time.
Other terms used by radio mainstreamers like that renowned war monger, Sean Hannity and his egomaniac co-horts; the volatile Andy Levin, faux Libertarian Jay Severin and “I hate everything I don’t understand” blue-collar millionaire Howie Carr include: “Ron Paul Lunatics”, “fanatics” and people following Ron Paul “in lock-step”. 
Andy Levin has described Ron Paul as a “kook” which I find a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black if anybody has had the astricted “pleasure” of listening to this guy go nuts about some “super important” subject that we should all drop what we’re doing and immediately go running out into the streets in protest. I’ve listened to Levin and if anybody is a kook, it’s him. Sometimes I swear he’s going to have an aneurism right on the air the way he gets worked up into a frenzy. If anybody knows anything about being misunderstood, it should be Andy Levin.
When all these Talk-Jocks were on the outside looking in, it was all about gaining support as outsiders and finding a following. Now that they are “in”, it is they that are in lock-step.
But at any rate, although I don’t pretend to know Ron Paul, I actually listen to what he says and know something about the principles he stands for which are the principles most Libertarians share.
Myth #1:
Ron Paul is for Open Borders - Then why did he vote to institute the fence along the US border with Mexico? Why did he vote against Amnesty for Illegal aliens in this country? Why is he against the extension of taxpayer paid benefits to illegal aliens? It makes no sense to say he is for open borders if he didn’t vote that way. I never heard him say it but have been told by many a right-wing Republocrat that he said it. It just doesn’t jibe with what I’ve heard him say and the way he has voted. Unlike another Congressman named Barack Obama, Ron Paul has a voting record other than “Present”. I suggest people check it out.
Ron Paul knows as you and I know that a poor, dependent and divided population is easier to rule and that a nation of self-confident individuals who can make a living on their own is a libertarian ideal. I find the open borders argument tiresome.
Myth #2
Ron Paul is weak on foreign policy – The thing I hear most is “Isolationist”. I don’t understand how “Free trade and non-intervention” is Isolationist. Especially the free trade part. There are many pundits with an agenda who say the world is different today, that being involved in the affairs of sovereign nations is necessary in a new world. But this “World Policemen” hat has not made the United States one bit safer.  The Isolationist card is always thrown when someone’s views vary from the idea of populating the world with our military personnel. This is foreign policy? Trade agreements and alliances are foreign policy and the money spent keeping bases all over the world can better be spent on defense right here at home. In addition to this, Ron Paul has never said the United States wouldn’t come to the aid of an Allie. The United States and it's people give greatly when there is a friend in need. I don't see this changing, do you?  but Ron Paul has said that, in the case of Iran, that the United States has no right to interfer and that the drum beating for interferance is mearly another excuse for the US to start another war. This is something we've been doing since I've been alive and has not made us any safer in the long run. It has actually worked in the opposite since all the Arab nations are now clamoring for the bomb because they now know that having it offers some protection.
Myth #3
Ron Paul is protected from criticism by his “followers” who call up the talk shows and challenge them on everything they say negatively about him. – First off, I guess his "followers" aren't doing such a good job but my second thought would be "So nobody else calls when their candidate is shown in a negative light?"
Ron Paul is popular for a reason.  It is obvious that his message resonates with people tired of trying it “the old way” AGAIN. I admit that I have felt that some of these attacks on Mr. Paul also attack my own belief system. Let’s face it, what Libertarians believe is often misrepresented in the press. Not surprisingly, the Tea Party is in the same boat. Some of the stuff I hear just galls me to action.
Ron Paul goes to the debates and he makes the radio talk show rounds like all the candidates do. He goes on Fox News and seems as open to the slings and arrows as anybody on the campaign trail.  I say ask the guy anything. The world needs to know. It isn’t like he’s a stranger to the American public or has changed his tune over the years. It's that now more people are paying attention.  
SO WE SHALL SEE how Ron Paul does in Iowa or if his heightened status and the criticism it brings will have any sway with the public. The people who have the microphone and the forum can do with it as they please but we don’t have to believe what they say.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Newt Gingrich is Right on Israel

I find it unimaginable what an Israeli citizen living in Israel must go through on a daily basis living under the circumstances that they do.

Now I know not all of Israel is hit by rockets (yet) but rockets fly every day into parts of their country.They have people trying blow up buses full of people and people with guns trying to get into the country just so they can shoot at them.

They are surrounded by people whose only wish is for them to march into the sea and drown. The Israelis face a culture that for generations have made nothing but bombs, tunnels and children driven by the hatred of Israel. We see no “Made in Palestine” clothing labels, no toys, paper flowers, nothing of export. They don’t’ even make pocket combs.

But they seem to have the time and money for rockets, bombs and for the digging of tunnels all for the purpose of attacking Israel. These are generations of people wasted in the single minded pursuit of the destruction of a single people, Israel. And after decades of this they never seem to tire of it or waver in their conviction. No action is too bold, no amount of rhetoric is too demeaning.

How can one live under such pressure? People are adaptable creatures to be sure but one can only imagine the rationalization that must go on to make daily life seem normal there.

So when Newt Gingrich comes out and finally says what everybody already knows but won’t say, people are shocked. They don’t seem to be shocked about what is actually going on in Israel so much as they are outraged that someone has actually pointed it out. Shoot the messenger. Again.

But that’s what politics and diplomacy has become for America in the 21st Century. Avoid, don’t take a stand, indict the victim and let the attacker go. It’s because, you see, they are merely misunderstood. They are less “fortunate” than we are here in the land o’ plenty and we should take pity. Never mind we as a nation are being overrun by the modern equivalent of the Goths. Never mind that this hatred has spilled over into the United States and continues to grow.

Newt is right when he says it’s time to stand up and see things for what they are. The situation is intolerable and there should be repercussions. You shouldn't hit somebody and expect not to be hit back.

It’s time to hit back politically and openly call the Arabs on their support of their long standing Palestinian Army. It’s time to hit back at the Palestinian Authorities  and say that until they come out publicly that Israel has a right to exist, there will be no more money from the United States or her allies and that they can forget about any negotiations since any negotiation must START with the recognition of the State of Israel.

Without that, the Palestinian people can just rot where they are, wasting their lives, for eternity.