Ron Paul’s speech in Oklahoma City: tenants of a revolution

Ron Paul was in Oklahoma City this Sunday. I live in the Tulsa area, but I couldn’t go, because my retail job pretty much demands that I work Saturday (and get drilled into the ground….but that is another story).  And I’d like to thank a friend of my Sister in-law’s for the photo.

This is the speech that he gave.

Ron Paul Oklahoma City rally 2/25/12

And you can find an a more complete version at Unedited Politics.wordpress.com. You can find a lot of candidate videos there, without superfluous commentary.

For those that aren’t patient enough to watch it (or simply have trouble getting videos to work) I’ll give a few of the highlights in this post, and give some of my personal thoughts on Ron Paul’s ideas.

One interesting thing to me came from both this speech, and from the last debate. Ron Paul said that his fellow Republicans would not listen to the moral argument for keeping us out of extraneous wars, so he tried to appeal to their pocketbooks. He said that we could no longer afford more wars. He warned that empires that overextend themselves tend to fall. On wonders if the Emperor Trajan could have survived this political climate. He built a wall on the border, as many Republicans propose, but his aim was not to keep out the barbaric Scots (where is William Wallace when you need him…?) but to tell his fellow Romans that the empire had expanded as much as it could. That attempts to go further would simply be too difficult to be worth the effort. He learned from the example of Alexander the Great, who could go no further once he hit Afghanistan. Rome did not even attempt to fight that far afield. And it lasted a thousand years. Will we?

Ron Paul: the economic argument against war

He believes that Al Qaeda wants us to be bogged down in Afghanistan. They want to wear out the spirit and soul of the American people. Think of all the money that we have spent chasing shadows in Afghanistan that could have repaired roads. Think of all the people who have died that could have been building businesses, churches, or families in peace at home. Some say they hate our prosperity. I don’t argue that. I think that what they want is for us to pour out our dollars in a wasted effort to protect their poppies and chase cunning goat-herd. They laugh at us as we pour out our blood in vain.

Another thing that he said in this speech that struck me was that the national debt per capita in America is greater….than that in Greece!

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/chart-america-s-capita-government-debt-worse-greece_631797.html

But the crux of his campaign is liberty. And the question you have to ask yourself is: why is liberty so important?

Lets face it, the longest lived countries have been monarchies. Egypt existed for thousands of years. Babylon lasted for thousands of years. China was ruled by the emperors for thousands of years. And Rome spent half of its thousand-year existence as an empire. People rarely consider the Republic of Rome when they contemplate her greatness. They think of the Empire. Thousands, billions, have embraced tyranny and monarchy. Why is liberty so important to us?

I guess all of us as Americans need to decide what it is that is important to us. Egyptians, Babylonians, China, they valued other things as greater than liberty. Stability, wealth, power, peace. And all of these things are important. But there was a time when liberty was paramount in American society. Maybe that was right. Maybe that was wrong. But it was the primary principle of the nation that was.

I’m beginning to believe that the America that was is passing away. In the home page of this blog, I take a question from a Merle Haggard song. Is the best of the free life behind us now? Are the good times really over for good?

The first mention of liberty I am aware of is in the Bible. In Leviticus 25: 10, Moses commands the Hebrews to proclaim, every fiftieth year, liberty. A year of jubilee. A year when debts were forgiven and slaves set free. Even if you don’t believe in God, or the Bible, you can see that a yearning for liberty has been in the human heart for thousands of years.

One last vaguely related note. One reason so many Republicans say they dislike Paul is his “misguided and extreme views on Israel.” I think this video pretty much disproves a lot of the incorrect beliefs about Ron Paul being anti-Israel.

Ron Paul vindicated on Israel (Zionism reality check)

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Instructions on how to become a third world dictator. Or, destroying our Republic….made easy!

While the Republicans debate gleefully over a “bridge to nowhere,” it seemed that all of them (except Ron Paul….but we can’t mention him…or we might be fired…) failed to recognize that the American Republic has long been traveling on its own bridge to nowhere. While striving for Utopia, we have nearly become the great Dystopia of 1984, Brave New World, and Metropolis! Both parties have sabotaged our country, and we have gone from being the sole superpower to being well on the road to being just another third world country. There are advantages to this. Why bother being President of a great Republic, when you can be El Presidente of your own mass of defeated slaves!

If your like me, you’ve often thought to yourself, “How can I become the great Tyrant that I was always destined to be?” I think I can help some of you would-be tyrants in your grand crusades. So pull up a chair, light up a Cuban, take a sip from the cup of God’s Wrath, and prepare to enjoy my instructions on how to become a third world dictator!

1. If your country has a Constitution, destroy it or persuade others to ignore it.

I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.-U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during an interview with Al Hayat TV in Egypt.

Remember the media: Black this out: Ron Paul 2012

The very reason that a nation has a Constitution is to prevent or at least minimize tyranny. Rome had a Republic, and then the Triumvirates sold the people on the idea that more power needed to be held by fewer hands. And then Caesar crossed the Rubicon, ignoring their version of the Constitution. Historians comment on the bravery, the audacity, of the great general for defying the Senate and establishing order. There is some truth to that assessment, but it is also true, that the ultimate fall of the Republic dates from that time. When the officials that are supposed to uphold the Constitution ignore it, scorn it, or corrupt it, the people’s slavery is in sight.

2. A tyrant can allow nobody to be greater than him/herself.

A story is told (I’m sorry, I can’t find the source right at this moment) of a tyrant that was having problems keeping his subjects under control. He wrote to a fellow tyrant in another city, asking him what he should do. The second tyrant thought for a while, and then took the messenger to a wheat field. As the messenger watched, the second tyrant took a scythe and cut down all the wheat stalks that were above a certain height. The tyrant told the messenger to tell his master what he had seen. Confused (and a little afraid) the messenger returned to his master, and reported what he had seen. The first tyrant understood perfectly….

Patron saint of mediocrity

Working in the corporate world has taught me that small minded men cannot abide anyone being smarter than they are, more talented than they are, having any idea that is n the least divergent from the party line. Everyone has to conform. Everyone has to be the same. Everyone has to watch football, joke lasciviously about the opposite sex, and mindlessly do as they area told. We live in a society of authoritarians. And as Erich Fromm declared in his contradictory book, Flight From Freedom, the people often would rather have the people above them be responsible for everything. Sure, I may not be free, but if I’m not responsible, then I am in no way to blame for the sorry state that the world is in.

3. As you weed out the great, be sure that you beat down the poor just enough….


The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.-Aristotle

I talked in my last post about how there may be elements in the government who want more poverty, because the poor, having less to lose, are more willing to give up their freedoms than are the rich, or the middle class. So once we have torn down those that are great, we must ensure that even mediocrity is punished.

Monty Python-the Annoying Peasant

 

Blessed are the poor, for we can rule over them with an iron hand

Today is fat Tuesday. We give ourselves over to all pleasures. All things are licensed. All things are allowed. And yet, all I can bring myself to do is to listen to The Phantom of the Opera, brood over the tragic loss about a month ago of Tripp Roth…and wonder why God made the world the way He has….and make one last post in my series of the 5 reasons why Ron Paul can save America.  I’ve explored how Ron Paul is the strongest candidate for our Constitution, the best for our economic recovery,  the most likely to repeal Obamacare, the most likely to enact intelligent foreign policy, and will keep us the most secure. I shall finish this series with one last post about securing our borders.

So you are asking yourself, why does he write about the borders, when his title tells us he’s going to talk about the poor? I will tie all that in soon enough.

These were the points I made in the last two posts about the borders: 1) bring our troops home, 2) End the war on drugs and use those resources for 3)physically protecting our borders and coastlines, 4) enforce visa rules, and 5) stop trying to buy votes from illegals with false promises of amnesty. The last three points are these: 1) abolish the welfare state, 2) end birthright citizenship, and 3) streamline legal immigration.

1. It is long past time that we abolished the welfare state.

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 19, 1787.

Perhaps you think that this point would be better placed in my articles about the economy. But the truth is, that the welfare state is one of the great incentives to illegally enter this nation. And this may make me sound like a conspiracy theory nut, but I think this is not altogether accidental. Despots have always tried to set themselves as benevolent providers. Julius Caesar ended the Roman Republic by making the common man believe that they needed his largesse and protection. From his point on, they became an empire, and in spite of the beautiful (but fictitious) story told in Gladiator, the Republic was never restored. Adolph Hitler took advantage of the crushing poverty WWI had incurred on the German people. Page 137-8 of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:

The millions of unemployed wanted jobs…Some four million youths….wanted some prospect of a future that would at least give them a living. To all the millions of discontented Hitler in  a whirlwind campaign offered what seemed to them, in their misery, some measure of hope. He would make Germany strong again…stamp out corruption, bring the money barons to heel…and see to it that every German had a job and bread. To hopeless, hungry men seeking not only relief but new faith and new gods, the appeal was not without effect.

Its rarely the rich or the middle class that will sell their liberty for money. The poor and the desperate….those that feel they have no freedom left to lose…they are the desperate ones that tyrants can exploit. And the poor come to us in waves from nations where their hopes and dignity has been robbed from them. And we will gladly give it back to them…for a price…..

2. End birthright citizenship

Character is the only secure foundations of the state.-Calvin Coolidge

This one is a little bit tricky, because it is established by the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. It may seem a little contradictory of me, to be preaching for the strengthening of our Constitution, and yet arguing with one of its tenants. But I am not against the Amendment process. If you can get the process completed, then more power to you. I would argue that this Amendment, which was so vital at the end of the Civil War, has served its purpose. I remind you that we are not a democracy, but a republic. From Roman times, a republic had to right to decide who could vote, and who could not. For example, if you are convicted of a felony, I don’t care if you were born in the U. S….you’ve lost your right to have a say in matters that affect the both of us. I think this Amendment should itself be amended, if not repealed. I’ve believed for a long time that the franchise was too indiscriminate. When Romans found that they could vote for bread and circuses, the seeds of her fall were sown.

3. Streamline legal immigration

Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures….-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Hugh White, May 2, 1801

One of the great strengths of this nation is shared with ancient Rome. We are a nation of immigrants. More so than was Rome, in fact. So please don’t think that I’m calling for isolationism. I don’t want to keep out the Mexican, the Chinese, the Libyan, or the Jew. Everyone who is willing to abide by the law should be welcome in this great nation. And I realize that one reason for illegal immigration is the Byzantine process that seems so very arbitrary. I have read the stories of those that yearn so to come to our country legally, and yet are denied visas. This is nearly as wrong as not enforcing the visas at all.

I think I’ve written enough here. Though it is the end of the series, I hope I have at least provoked some thought. And, while I have shown myself ardently pro-Ron Paul….I hope that, even if you don’t vote for Ron Paul, that you will do some research, and some thinking and praying of your own, before you go to the polls this year.

God bless everyone that has read this! Thank you for reading, and I am quite open to constructive suggestions about what I should write about next.

Ron Paul and boarder protection. We need angels watching over us, because we sure aren’t watching….

President’s Day is tomorrow. The American people are seeking great leadership, but most of them are growing apathetic to the whole process. Since Reagan, I don’t really think that there’s been many people who really inspire many of us with excitement. Donald Trump started to throw his hat in the ring, but I guess it was more fun to do Celebrity Apprentice. Nixon nearly destroyed the American people’s faith in the presidency. And, to be honest, even after Reagan repaired some of the damage, I’m beginning to wonder if we shouldn’t just amend the Constitution, elect a Politburo, and resign ourselves to despotism and slavery. But I suppose all this wallowing in misery isn’t really doing anyone any good. So I guess I’ll continue on with my series about the five reasons Ron Paul can save America. And that means I need to write the promised posts about how he will do a better job of defending our boarders than the other candidates would do.

1. Physically secure our borders and coastlines

The gates of your land are opened wide to your enemies; Fire consumes your gate bars. Draw for yourself water for the siege! Strengthen your fortifications! Nahum 3; 13-14

Please don’t think that I’m suggesting that we build a fence between us and Mexico. If the Great Wall of China didn’t work to keep out the Mongolian hordes of Genghis Khan, what makes us think that a flimsy concrete fence could keep out airplanes and determined modern vehicular weaponry? But what I do think is that we could do a better job of defending our borders if the troops were here in the United States defending us from terrorists, instead of being forced to fight shadow wars with opium drug lords and glorified goat-herds on badly defined borders of nations that would rather be killing each other than us.

Ron Paul: we can’t defend Mexican border while troops are on Afghanistan/Pakistan border

2. Enforce visa rules

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. – Thomas Jefferson

Several of the 9/11 terrorists had expired visas. If there had been a little better enforcement, there is at least a chance that 9/11 could have been prevented. I realize that this might mean some reallocation of law enforcement. I’m not saying that it would be easy. And I absolutely understand that we don’t want to become an isolationist society where nobody is allowed in or out. Nor do I want a police state where everyone must show their papers if they are touring around America. I sometimes feel that the terrorists actually won. Sometimes I think that they succeeded in transforming our free country into the dystopic police state described in 1984. But we have to be both optimistic as well as vigilant. What if we fired a few TSA agents, and used those resources to hire police to enforce the laws that are on the books. I don’t know that we’d need stronger laws…..just enforce the ones that are already on the books. (And for those concerned about the fired TSA agents….they could possibly apply for the open police positions…..I know defending our borders is not as fun as groping grandma, but in this bad economy, we all have to make sacrifices!)

To Hispanic voters and the Tequila Party: why you should support Ron Paul for president in 2012

3. The Dream Act….in your dreams! Why give amnesty to those who don’t respect the law, when we have so many that have tried to enter legally?

There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing.- Daniel Webster

I’ve documented it before, so I won’t rehash it again. Amnesty is largely just a power ploy by the powers that be to acquire mass votes. No, I don’t want black helicopters to swoop in and round-up the illegals….but neither do I want their ill-gotten votes bolstering the politicians that would round me up….

And I’ll finish this post with this video.

Ron Paul cured my apathy.

 

 

Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul, The Suicide of a Nation. Blessed are the persecuted.

Pat Buchanan has been dismissed from MSNBC. He’s written a book entitled The Suicide of a Nation, and I guess it didn’t say the things his bosses wanted him to say. So now, Pat Buchanan is amongst the unemployed. Just when we thought the economy was getting better.

http://www.examiner.com/independent-in-manchester/pat-buchanan-and-ron-paul-speak-uncomfortable-truths

Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely….Mathew 5: 10, 11

I happen to agree that our culture is in decline. Just now, I viewed a blog that World reported on. It was “EBing a Mommy.” It’s a blog written by a mother of a two-year old that suffered from EB, a rare disease that is devastating and often fatal to the children that suffer from it. I scrolled through this brave mother’s blog, and read of her struggles, and of the shock and grief she felt when her precious child died. It was a difficult read for a father to read. There’s absolutely nothing in the world more horrible to me than the thought of losing my son. Or the thought of him suffering. We live in a culture that preaches that we should throw away babies like that. We shouldn’t make that mother suffer the inconvenience of an unwanted child. And when I compare the depth of character of the mother of this sick, but wonderful baby, to all these vacuous souls that throw away their own offspring as though they were trash….how can this culture survive, when there are so few like Courtney Roth, and so many of the other kind…..

Its one of the reasons I do this blog. I want him to know what it is to be free. I want him to have a better life than I have had, or, at least, a chance at a better life than what I’ve had. We really don’t seem to be that concerned about our kids, any more. I go to unedited politics.wordpress.com, and I see all the old patricians trying to pretend enthusiasm for Romney, and I see all the young exuberantly embracing Ron Paul…..and I can’t help but wonder….which one really cares about America’s future?

I promised to spend three posts on how Ron Paul would be the best candidate at defending our borders. So I’ll spend a most of the rest of my time in this post on that topic. Because there is no Constitution, no point in gathering wealth, and no point in debating wars if the wars are brought to our own doorstep.

1. We’re losing the war on drugs. Maybe its time to send home the troops that are guarding the opium poppies, and have them guard us from paramilitary thugs.

A generous parent would have said, “if there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Thomas Paine, Common Sense.

I’ve documented how we have our military in Afghanistan guarding the opium poppies. Meanwhile, drug cartels have killed 48,000 people in their constant fighting, (World, Feb. 11, 2012, pg. 12) fighting that often spills over across the U. S. border. Only Ron Paul is talking about sending those brave soldiers home, so that they can actually do their jobs.

2. We need sane immigration policy, instead of just buying votes from illegals.

We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.-Abraham Lincoln

“Americans would be shocked to discover that hundreds of thousands of general election voters are illegal aliens, green-card immigrants, and criminals who’ve murdered, raped and robbed US citizens. And guess which political party benefits the most from their votes? The one that’s pushing for amnesty and a bag full of free goodies.” New Jersey GOP strategist, Janice Martin

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kouri/080810

Ron Paul has six point to defending our borders, and he lists them on his web site. I’ll try to deal with these six points in my next two posts.

http://www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/border-security/

I absolutely agree with him that we need to secure our boarders. The best way would be to send the troops home to do this. But then again, if we can just keep our second amendment rights, we might be better able to take care of ourselves in these border wars.

Oh where are Ron Paul delegates? (To the tune of Veggietales “Hairbrush.”)

There’s a glitch on the IRS “where’s my refund” site. Personally, I think that the whole system is one ginormous glitch, but then, nobody really asked me. The USSR used to believe that the IRS was the real American version of the KGB. Maybe the IRS is down because their trying to recount Maine and Nevada caucus votes.

I won’t rehash how the Republican elite is trying to steal a couple of states from Ron Paul. Other big media pundits have done that job, and I will link to some of those in my “related articles” section. (Hopefully the picture won’t be covering them this time…..)

I’ve been going more or less in order in my series on the five reasons why Ron Paul can save America. I believe I need to keep running with this. I’ll make this post largely about his foreign policy, and then do about three posts about protecting the boarders.

1. Ron Paul is accused of being against Israel. That is patently false and demonstrably untrue.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Psalm 122:6

I was talking to some of my friends at work today, and I mentioned that I was supporting Ron Paul. And, predictably enough, one of my friends popped off with “Oh, Ron Paul is just crazy!” I didn’t challenge him. I just dove into another topic like the coward that I am. But the media has done a fantastic job of selling Ron Paul as the crazy person, the stupid buffoon. Perhaps that’s why I identify with him.

If you ask most people why they don’t like Ron Paul, they’ll tell you he would just let Israel (or America for that matter) just get nuked, and not retaliate. This is solid and rank b….alderdash……

So, let’s see….the Israelis bomb an Iraqi atomic plant back to the stone age in 1981. All the peaceniks are screaming. “Israel had no right to do that! How dare they!!!!!!”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/7/newsid_3014000/3014623.stm

Now, who was the one voice that wasn’t lifted in outrage? Why, our wicked non interventionist, Ron Paul. He felt that Israel had a right to defend herself. That doesn’t sound like the milquetoast he is billed as.

http://www.therightperspective.org/2011/12/28/ron-paul-i-am-not-an-anti-semite/

2. We are told that he is pro Iran, and that he’d not lift a finger to defend us against Iranian attack.

The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should therefore be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare war and they are screened at once from scrutiny. –William Ellery, signer of the Declaration of Independence

Because Ron Paul has been critical of the many wars we are waging, many people have made ad hominem attacks against him as being anti-American, or that he is a pacifist.

One of the most intelligent articles I have found against him (yes, I sometimes seek out information to prove myself wrong….I’ve never been fond of anti-intellectualism), is on the site, American Thinker.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/12/ron_pauls_foreign_policy_exposed.html

It accuses him of “unbelievable ignorance” during the debate when he is asked if a nuclear Iran was a threat to us. He may not have given the best answer (I often wish Ron Paul was a better debater), but I don’t see the ignorance of his answer. As I’ve cited in previous posts, we give seven times the foreign aid to Israeli enemies. Maybe if we quit propping up their opponents, Israel will be able to deal with her enemies as she has done for about forty years. And, as I cited above, when Israel dealt with Iraq in 1981, Ron Paul supported their action. Very few politicians did at the time.

The article asks “who declared war on the 1.2 billion Muslims?” Perhaps the writer of this article is ignorant of the 1953 CIA intervention that deposed the democratically elected leader, and set up the Shah? Look, I’m not even remotely saying that the hatred many Muslim’s feel for us is justified, but it is there. And I think it the height of ignorance to ignore that hatred. Non-intervention is not ignoring problems until they go away.Which brings us to….

3. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone on for far too long.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.- George Washington

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.- William Pitt

I won’t belabor this one too much. I was listening to Jerry Doyle today. He played the spot where the pundit made fun of Ron Paul for his answer to “What would you say to Castro if he called you?” The answer, “I’d ask him what he was calling about!” was meant to be funny, but of course the media just laughed at Paul for his willingness to talk to enemies. But the US is now talking to the Taliban!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/national-security/panetta-says-karzai-statement-on-us-afghan-peace-talks-with-taliban-is-extremely-helpful/2012/02/16/gIQA7x3KIR_story.html

Sometimes I wonder why we even fought the war. Jerry Doyle was talking to Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer. I’m running out of time, but I’ll cite something he referenced, and leave you with a couple of videos that I hope will be pertinent.

Truth, lies, and Afghanistan.

http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/2012/02/8904030

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer on Alex Jones Tv: 2/3 able danger and DIA prior knowledge of 9/11

http://uneditedpolitics.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/reagan-speech-to-young-americans-for-freedom-1975/

 

 

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Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war. Psalm 120, 6 & 7

Valentines day is here, and everyone is thinking about love (or, at least, lust). Sports Illustrated is putting out its swimsuit edition (and no, wifer, I ain’t even gonna look at it….). People are mailing e-cards and sending chocolate covered strawberries and cherries. Everyone is thinking about love, and showing love.

And half a world away, men and women fight for a nation that has largely abandoned them. They fight to make free a people who “hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not…..” We do not know what freedom means, for we are enslaved to our own passions, and to bloated government and corporate greed. We know not God, for we were taught that He was discredited, and rather than looking up the sources, we took the stodgy professor’s word for it.

Don Henley has a song, The Garden of Allah. I’m listening to it as I type this. It’s a story about how the Devil appears in Hollywood, and goes away despondent, because we have already done his work for him….and done it better than he could. Sometimes, I fear that this may be the truth.

I’ve been writing about Ron Paul‘s foreign policy. Everyone tells me that its his Achilles heel. Ironically, Achilles is the greatest hero in the story, yet he is killed more by treachery than by prowess of arms or moral superiority. I also find myself scratching my head when people are basically calling Ron Paul a “peacenik,” when he is the only veteran in the current campaign, and has more monetary contributions from military personnel than all the other Republican candidates combined, and twice as much as Obama himself!

I’m going to continue writing for a while about Ron Paul’s “insane” foreign policy. I’m going to continue on the point of disentangling ourselves from organizations like the U. N. which severely limit our sovereignty. I’ll discuss the wars a little, and I’ll touch a little bit on the war on drugs, and how that is a foreign policy travesty.

1. We need to excuse ourselves from the U. N. at the very least.

‘Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favours and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation. ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard. George Washington in his farewell address. Sept. 19, 1796.

Endorse Liberties Add For Ron Paul on Blowback in Iran

http://www.youtube.com/user/EndorseLiberty?v=AwbBWEljyYE

Like I said in the last post, I get that we did what we had to do in WW II. And I get that we had a struggle for our very survival with the ensuing Cold War that devolved from the chaos of WW II. But those wars are over. Why are we still in Germany? Why are we still in Japan? Why are we fighting several shadow wars in Africa? What are we doing in Libya? What are we doing with Egypt? Why did we overthrow a democracy in Iran in order to prop up a Monarchist Shah? We’ve gotten Bin Laden. Why are we still in Afghanistan? We’ve gotten Saddam Hussein. Why are we still in Iraq? (Oh yeah…..we “withdrew” from that country….)

2. Let’s bring an end to the wars.

But the safety of the people of America against dangers from foreign force depends not only on their forbearing to give just causes of war to other nations, but also on their placing and continuing themselves in such a situation as not to invite hostility or insult; for it need not be observed that there are pretended as well as just causes of war. John Jay Federalist No. 4

John Stossel with Ron Paul: Is war ever justifiable?

Please don’t confuse me with a “peacenik!” I absolutely agree with Reagan when he said that perceived weakness invited aggression from dictator regimes. But there’s smart war and there’s stupid war. And there’s smart ways to go to war, and foolish ways. I’m not going to debate whether this military action or that one was brilliant or not. I’m talking politics, not military strategy. I was all for the first and second Iraq wars, I was all for invading Afghanistan. But now….in retrospect, I’m not 100% sure that we did the right thing. And I’m absolutely certain that its time to come home. We did what we came there to do. Let’s end it. Bring the troops home, and let them start rebuilding our wounded nation. And we’ll leave Iraq and Afghanistan (and Africa, and Libya, and so on and on and on) to God and their own people.

3. Why are we protecting Opium farmers in Afghanistan when there is a war on drugs that has raged for forty years?

Afghanistan opium crop guarded by military while US conducts failed war on drug!

I’m pretty strongly against drugs. I’ve seen how it destroys lives, and whole communities. Many times I have felt how very close to barbarism our society is as the masses seek to bury their miseries in the latest illicit high. I was very supportive of Ronald Reagan’s strong stance on drugs. But so many things that I have heard disturb me, and this video confirms some of my suspicions, and hints at other things that I have heard from veterans that have returned from Panama and Afghanistan. I fear that there are far too many in our government who are complicit in the very drug trade that they purport to be fighting. Why do we keep trusting in big government, when Big Brother seems to be acting more and more like a Colombian drug cartel thug!?

Jardim de Alah / The Garden of Allah

Jardim de Alah / The Garden of Allah (Photo credit: Márcio Cabral de Moura)the Devil found nothing left for him to claim.....

 

Ron Paul’s foreign policy vs media insanity

The 2012 Grammy Awards are nominating the Civil Wars, while civil war is brewing in the Middle East. Ancient legend tells us that Nero played his fiddle (though they weren’t invented yet) while Rome burned. Fitting that the American people try to drown out the distant war drums with our own music. Syria is sliding into civil war. Lebanon seems to be returning to it. Iraq and Iran are both belabored by clashing factions, those seeking democracy fighting those that believe in authoritarianism, Shiite versus Sunni.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-13/assadism-without-assad-could-prevent-sectarian-mayhem-vali-nasr.html

The difference between Rome burning and the Middle East caving into chaos is that Rome was Nero’s back yard, and the Middle East seems so very far away. They don’t even seem to be living in the same time as us. Our stereotypes of the Muslims make them seem to be stuck in the twelfth or thirteenth century. But as 9/11 demonstrated, what happens over there can have a serious impact on us, as well.

Its my intention to deal with the foreign policy of Ron Paul. It may be a mistake, but I’m not even going to document how the media has portrayed his foreign policy as insane. It seems like everyone and their dog talks about it (if they even know who Ron Paul is). My friends at work all say, “Yeah, Ron Paul….I love some of the things he says, but he’d let Iran nuke us…..”  So let’s see if we can separate fact from fiction, and see if Ron Paul’s foreign policy is so insane, after all.

There are three major points to Ron Paul’s foreign policy. 1) non-intervention in other nations. 2) Withdrawing from entangling alliances such as the U. N. and NATO. And 3) withdrawing foreign aid to foreign nations.

There are immigration issues as well, but I will deal with those in different posts.

1. non-intervention in other nations.

My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be upon friendly terms with, but independent of, all the nations of the earth. To share in the broils of none. To fulfill our own engagements. To supply the wants and be carriers for them all : Being thoroughly convinced that it is our feeling and interest to do so. – George Washington

I’ve talked about it before, but I’ll say it again. The idea that the wisdom of our Founding Father’s is outdated is simply hogwash. The vast majority of their ideas are still relevant for our times. Of coarse, there is a degree to which the world has changed. World War II was unavoidable. We were going to fight it sooner or later, and in retrospect, it was probably better to fight it when we did.

It’s as simple as the golden rule. We don’t want other nations interfering with us, so why would we interfere with them? We don’t want foreign nations telling us what to do. The Chinese are chiding us for our mishandling our economic affairs. They are absolutely, 100% right, and yet we still resent it because we don’t want someone else telling us what to do! Absolutely, I want more democracy throughout the world. But its like one’s Christian witness. The more I wag my finger and tell you you can’t do this and you can’t do that, the less you want to listen to me. All I do is make you want to have nothing to do with Christ. I think that nations are the same way.

2. Withdrawing from entangling alliances.

It certainly is very desirable that a pacific disposition should prevail among all nations. The most effectual way of producing it is by extending the prevalence and influence of the gospel. Real Christians will abstain from violating the rights of others, and therefore will not provoke war.

Almost all nations have peace or war at the will and pleasure of rulers whom they do not elect, and who are not always wise or virtuous. Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and co-author of The Federalist Papers

Now, I’m not trying to suggest that we should only vote for Christians. If a Muslim demonstrates that he is the better candidate, then I would vote for him. My point is that the founders of this nation were not proponents of thoughtless warmongering. Even when it came to the Revolution, they exhausted attempts at reconciliation, before they drafted the Declaration of Independence.

As part of their principles of avoiding unnecessary wars, the Founding Father’s avoided entangling alliances that led to vast world wars, even in those times. We no longer live by these principles, as this video will demonstrate.

Barack Obama: serial warmonger

3. Withdrawing foreign aid to foreign nations

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper who love you. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your [Israel’s and Jerusalem’s] good (Psalms 122:6-9).

It may seem strange that I’m leading off this section of this post with this scripture verse. Everyone keeps telling me that Ron Paul is anti-Israel, and would just leave them to rot and die in a Middle East surrounded by foes. This is absolutely untrue. The truth is that, while we do give a lot of foreign aid to Israel, we do it in the most insane, counterproductive ways. First of all, we give seven times the aid given to Israel to their enemies! Cutting all foreign aid would be better for Israel than propping up their enemies. Second, we require Israel to use that aid by buying arms and supplies from the U. S. So, we’re getting our money back from Israel, any way. I wonder if we make the same stipulations to their enemies…..And my last point on this topic….Israel needed no American troop support in any of their major wars. They’ve demonstrated (perhaps even better than we have) that they can take care of themselves.

I’ll end this post with a link to Veterans for Ron Paul. Hopefully, people will read it and support our troops as they communicate the real military needs of this great nation.

http://cvrp2012.com/2012/02/08/press-release-veterans-to-host-march-on-the-white-house-for-ron-paul/

Romney beats Ron Paul by 200 votes in Maine caucus. 200 votes for continued Obamacare

There is more chance of winning the powerball lottery than of Ron Paul winning the nomination if you believe the media. I’ll admit, I have my own moments of discouragement. It seems the American people are more willing to vegetate to The Voice than they are to actually learn anything about history, politics, or economics. But even if the Republic is going to go down in flames, I’m going to do the little something that I can do, to try to preserve the liberties that men have died for.

I promised to answer questions about Obamacare. I feel I did that, but I didn’t do it in a post. I answer them in a page that you can click on above most of these posts. It is “Obama‘s Valentine to America, Free Health Care for life.” But I feel I need to do at least one more post about Obamacare before I move on to Ron Paul’s foreign policy, and his ideas to defend our borders. So, while I wish Ron Paul had won in Maine, I’m encouraged that he did double his percentages from 2008 (though most conservative media outlets won’t report that). And he only lost be 200 votes. Not terrible for someone who either is taboo, or unelectable. I know I’ve documented the media deceptions, but I’ll throw out a couple more videos, and then finish up with my take on Obamacare.

Busted: Fox News CPAC Ron Paul Video Deception

Ron Paul hate from establishment Republicans

Now that I have that out of my system, I need to tell you what makes Obamacare so bad for America?

I believe there are three reasons why the health care reform is untenable. I think it will actually 1) increase medical costs (we are told it will reduce them), 2) it will make insurance costs prohibitive to most businesses, especially small businesses, and 3) it is estimated to reduce physician salaries by 15% to 20% (but then, they make enough money any way….never mind their $100,000+ student loans that many of them have to repay…..)

1. Obamacare will increase, not decrease, medical costs.

It is an economic truth that government subsidies tend to increase the cost of things. Why do you think that farming is so heavily subsidized? People are told it is to keep the small farmers afloat and thus keep our food prices low. But the truth is that farmers have lobbied for about a hundred and fifty years for these subsidies, so that they can charge higher prices for food and make more money!

http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/agriculture/subsidies

If you subsidize farmers, the price of food goes up. If you subsidize education, the price of a degree goes up. If you subsidize health care, the cost of health care goes up!

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2004/12/subsidies_raise.html

2. Obamacare will create prohibitive costs for businesses, especially small businesses.

I’ll just quote one thing for this. A 40% tax will be placed on “Cadillac” insurance plans.

http://www.doughroller.net/news-analysis/health-care-reform-bill-facts-figures/

These costs will be passed on to the consumer, or will be paid for by laying off employees. You know that rich fat cat employers won’t pay for it out of their own profits if they can avoid it. This is sheer speculation, but I wonder if this was a factor in the recent Pepsi layoffs.

Sidenote: another example of how the little guy gets to suffer, while the corporate big wig makes out like a bandit:

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-09/news/31040444_1_d-amore-soda-sales-pepsico

3. Physician income will drop 15% to 20%. Yet we’ll expect them to take better care of us…..? Seriously…..?

This seems to be the best site for this information:

http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA606.html

Look, I know a lot of you get mad when someone makes money. (Some of you will think me a hypocrite…I’m mad that Amore is getting two million dollars, not because I don’t want people to make money, I just resent it when they are rewarded by crony capitalism. The money Amore made is fine….but don’t reward him two million for shafting thousands of hard workers!) But the truth is, I want my doctor well paid. I want him to have an incentive to take care of me. How much care would you take of someone if you’re only making minimum wage? When it comes to people, you get what you pay for. When it comes to government, do pay for what others get…..

And these are the reasons Obamacare is not good for the country. The only candidate that seriously wants to repeal it is Ron Paul. And, as a doctor and a student of economics, I think he has a better understanding of the situation than any of the other candidates. I’ll leave you with a video to that effect.

Ron Paul: Obamacare will damage doctor-patient relationship

Ron Paul suddenly President

My wife  thinks that Kenneth  Copeland was right on when he prophesied about 2012 would be full year of “surprises  and suddenlies”.  Like the story of Jesus‘ birth.   In Luke 2:13-14  it says “Suddenly a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising  God and  saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men whom his favor reset.”

Here is a link  Kenneth Copeland Prophecy:   http://www.kcm.org/real-help/prophecy/what-about-2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKzi4A1ldxE&feature=related ….. this link of EHSS  song Glory to God in the Highest

My wife has a point. Everyone has been talking as though the nomination of Romney has been a forgone conclusion. Yet, last night, Santorum walked away with three straight, solid victories. Now, granted, we are Ron Paul supporters. But what last night showed is that….anything can happen. The court is wide open. At this point, this is anyone’s ballgame.

Sometimes, we as Christians forget that man isn’t really the one in control. God is. If we believe in God, and we believe that He is in control, then His will shall be done, irrespective of the schemes of Washington insiders. Man may look on the superficial outside of things, but God peers within our very souls, and sees whether we are worthy or not.

Too many Washington insiders are full of pride and arrogance. What America really needs is someone with humility. Another George Washington. Another Abraham Lincoln. Another king David.

Ron Paul is very humble man.  In the Bible 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If  my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heY4bAQFwW8 …..video Heal Our Land MV

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