Accumulation of Power

Solar eclipse, 2012. No….it hasn’t happened yet….I got this picture from wikipedia. Some folks see it as a sign of the end times. I see it as a metaphor of our times.

I remember two solar eclipses in my lifetime. One happened when I was a kid, and the other, later on, while I was an adult busting my tail trying to make a living. The first one, I “saw” via some paper contraption that my teachers set up so that we could view the shadow of the image without burning out our tender young eyes (some of you may think I made that story up…but yes, I remember a time when more than two teachers per state actually cared about kids). The second one, I slept through, because I was working nights at the time, and had to sleep during the days (like a vampire) or not at all.

And I shall miss this one, as well. From what I can gather, Oklahoma won’t be very much in the shadow of the eclipse at all.

I’ve been writing a lot (perhaps too much) about the potential, emminant fall of the Republic. I’m writing all of this in the hopes that maybe, like in the 70’s, this is merely an eclipse of liberty. I’m hoping that the sun of Liberty will pull free soon from behind the moon of despotism, and we shall revive the spirit of our Father’s once again.

But I fear, all too often, that this is actual Twilight, and the day may be over for us.

Picture credit, uswgo.com

We’ve established (at least, we’ve tried to establish) in previous posts that the accumulation of power usurped from all three branches of power amounts to tyranny, even if that power is democratically elected.

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.-Federalist 47. Madison.

https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/tyranny-the-best-mothers-day-gift-idea/

Let’s keep exploring what The Federalist Papers say about our times.

1. The Founding Father‘s knew that governments tend to sacrifice long term securities and freedoms for short term agrendizement. They constructed the

The Founding Father’s pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to give their children secure lives of liberty. We’ve turned our backs on all of that.
Picture credit: sodahead.com

Constitution in a deliberate fashion to alleviate that short sightedness.

Is it to be imagined that a legislative assembly, consisting of a hundred or two hundred members, eagerly bent on some favorite object, and breaking through the restraints of the Constitution in pursuit of it, would be arrested in their careers by considerations drawn from a censorial revision of their conduct at the future distance of ten, fifteen, or twenty years?-Federalist 50. Madison.

The idea Madison is explaining, here, is why they made the Constitution amendable, but also made it difficult to do so. If it were easily amended, than a tyranny would be easily established. If it were difficult to amend, then a tyranny would be harder to establish. But flaws in the Constitution could still be corrected. But, as we established earlier (https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/tyranny-who-cares-if-im-loved-or-feared-as-long-as-im-obeyed/) the Constitution is a worthless piece of paper if the people don’t honor and revere it. Since we’ve thrown it aside, the Powers that Be are free to do as they with.

And they wish to rule….

Executive orders from…..

Presidents & Congress ignoring the Constitution

Don’t click on it….I nabbed the picture from Amazon.com. There was a time when we thought Congressional Statesmen would face the Devil to preserve our freedoms. Now we assume they make deals with him to enslave us to their will…

2. The political parties that were supposed to compete with each other have become carbon copies of each other. Some of the Founding Father’s actually saw the danger of parties cooperating instead of competing.

Is it to be presumed that any other State, at the same or any other given period, will be exempt from them [political parties]? Such an event ought to be neither presumed nor desired; because an extinction of parties necessarily implies either a universal alarm for the public safety, or an absolute extinction of liberty.-Federalist 50. Madison.

One of the reasons I write so harshly about the Republican party is because I am a Republican. I want them to stand for the conservative values I’ve come to embrace. I don’t want them to just talk about those values, and then vote the same, or worse, than Democrats. That’s as bad as a pastor preaching the Bible to me on Sunday and heading to the strip clubs to cheat on his wife all the rest of the week!

We don’t want perfect party unity. We want opposition. So that the Powers That Be are fighting each other, and not putting us behind the 8 ball. But that has been the history of the last twenty (or hundred) years.

John Stossel: The myth that Republicans want to shrink govt.

As Stossel states in the above video….a thief is better than a Congressman, because a thief doesn’t demand to be thanked when he picks your pocket. One of the reasons why I hate my job is because bosses insist that I work in misery and pain, and yet smile while I’m doing it. I don’t doubt this is universal. We don’t care how much our servants hurt. We just want them to smile.

The Joker smiles a lot. I think I understand how he got his scars.

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Mitt Romney…you can be the Republican nominee….if the price is right!!!!

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Because the Republican party isn’t making big enough fools of themselves, HBO is making a movie to remind us that Sarah Palin is inferior. The movie is called, Game Change. I really don’t know why the liberal media elite is wasting its time on the subject. Opinion of Sarah Palin notwithstanding, she’s not in the race. She’s not a threat to the Democrat party. The only reason to drag her under the mud now is either to just rub the oppositions nose in their failures, or simply to show HBO as the misogynistic hypocrites they really are.

But I digress.

The liberal media still gloats over the defeat of John McCain. And they think they can do it again with the Hollow Man, Mitt Romney, who they are trying to set up as the nominee so that Obama can have an easy win. Right now, it kind of looks like they may succeed. Which is one reason why I haven’t written in a while. Work has been crazy, and I’m kind of down on the whole world, right now.

Which is exactly the wrong attitude. Jesus wouldn’t let this stuff get Him down.

Right now, I’m still reading The Federalist Papers. Hamilton, in Federalist 8, is revealing the evils of a standing army.

This is absolutely an idea not embraced by either major political party. We’ve had a major standing army since WW II. It seems archaic to think of America without a standing army. I personally think that we live in times that necessitate standing armies. But I think we do need to consider what Hamilton says on the subject.

1. Standing armies tend to prop up the executive branch of government, often at the expense of the legislature and civil liberties.

They [standing armies] would, at the same time, be necessitated to strengthen the executive arm of government, in doing which their constitutions would acquire a progressive direction toward monarchy. It is the nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legislative authority.-Hamilton. Federalist 8.

Let’s face it. All of us were willing to give up some of our civil liberties, after 9/11, for a little security. But I wonder if we have gone to far? I wonder if the terrorists have ultimately won? I wonder if what they wanted all along was to take our liberties from us?

And what if 9/11 was just the excuse The Powers That Be needed in order to take complete control? My last major was psychology. I found a video on-line that is related. I warn you, it is a little slow. It’s just a college professor giving a boring lecture. But if you can deal with the tedium of it, it is very informative. Anyone that has read C. S. LewisThat Hideous Strength will be reminded of the strange combination of science, religion, military and state in that book.

Is America a police state? The role of psychiatry

2. Even before 1984, Hamilton was warning that the mantra of a police state would be, “War is peace!”

The perpetual menacing of danger oblige the government to be always prepared to repel, its armies must be numerous enough for instant defense.. The continual necessity for their services enhances the importance of the soldier, and proportionally degrades the condition of the citizen. The inhabitants of territories, often the theater of war, are unavoidably subjected to the frequent infringements of their rights; which serve to weaken their sense of those rights, and by degrees the people are brought to consider the soldiery not only as their protectors but as their superiors.-Hamilton. Federalist 8

If you need a perfect example of the above statement, just do some research on feudal Japan. The Samarai were the ruling class. And they were the warrior class. (And sometimes, I almost think they were right…..but I digress again…..)

I cannot exactly prove that the government has set up this state of perpetual war, but I found a video that i think is very intriguing in its implications.

Green light to attack Kuait revealed by Ron Paul

PLEASE DO NOT GET ME WRONG! I am absolutely pro-military. I know too many veterans. The best people I know have either seen war, or, at least, have served their country honorably. But I am absolutely against a police state. Twenty years ago, I could never have imagined that things would get this bad, without me firing a shot, or at least doing something drastic in order to change the state of things. But I’m afraid that I am spineless. All I do is “lift things up and put them down!”

And type on my little blog.

Ain’t it funny how many hundreds of thousand of soldiers we can recruit with nerve. But we can’t find one politician in a million with backbone.-Will Rogers, Feb. 18, 1929.

As Super Tuesday rolls on, I continue my review of the Federalist Papers. (Or, yes, I voted for Ron Paul….what’s it to ya!?)

Yep, ya look ’em up on Google trends, and the names in the caption above are hotter than the searches for Super Tuesday. No wonder our Republic is falling! We’d rather watch reality t.v. as vote. (No offense meant to my good friend, A. Hope his date goes well…..hey! Her name ain’t Sandra Fluke, is it…..?)

Ok….there’s a few things I’ve got to get out of my system before I proceed with the next installment of my book review of The Federalist Papers. 1) Courtney Roth has updated her blog! I’m glad to see it, because I know if I lost my son, I would be devastated. I’m not surprised it took her so long to update. I’m impressed that she’s still blogging at all. This woman is so much stronger than I will ever be. I suppose that is why God gave her Tripp. The same experience that would have broken me seems to have brought out the best in her. I hope God blesses her and her family. Such folk as these are the true reason why America was once great. Not because we had a government that could send hordes of young men to the slaughter. Not because a big government sent a man to the moon. But because simple, God-fearing women loved their children more than life itself. I don’t know if “my” party is at war with women. But I know that, when each of the sexes starts to lose faith in their opposites, someone demonstrates that there may be a small glimmer of hope for us yet. The war between the sexes is largely folly. The devil laughs at the way we hurt each other.

2) In spite of the hordes of foodstampers, I voted. I actually fired my little bb pellet for liberty. It isn’t much. Its like trying to speak poetry to the hurricane. It doesn’t hear. It doesn’t care. It is not moved by your strength or character. And it will destroy you without mercy.

Just like Big Brother.

But perhaps, even though my character is not half that of Courtney Roth, or her lost little son Tripp, maybe there will be one or two souls out there that will hear my song over the hurricane. And, perhaps, in their own battles in days to come, some of the battle song they sing will be, at least, influenced by the faint, feeble words I uttered in my own vain struggles.

I know….I know….stay on topic….Less poetry, more prose. This has become a political blog, after all!

1. in the eighteenth century, great minds believed in reason. They believed that their fellow-men were capable of wise decision.

It is not a new observation that the people of any country (if, like the Americans, intelligent and well-informed) seldom adopt and steadily persevere for many years in an erroneous opinion respecting their interests.-John Jay, Federalist 3

Let’s face it….there is no point in having a democratic republic if the general populace is a bunch of fools. In the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the literacy rate in Massachusetts  and Connecticut was between 89 and 95% (Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman, pg 31.) You have to have an educated people to have a republic. In my managerial econ course, we were taught that one of the criterion for a capitalist economy to work efficiently….is an informed public. If you can’t assume that people make informed decisions, economic theory breaks down. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense sold 100,000 copies in three months. “The only communication event that could produce such collective attention in today’s America is the Superbowl.” (Postman, pg 35). The men of that century were excited by the ideas of liberty. The men of this age are excited by throwing around pig skins and grunting monosyllables.

But the belief in common sense was mitigated by an understanding that even the best of men could be….less than their best.

2. It was not assumed that people would act like saints, back then. We might rely on common sense, but we also had to limit the power of any one person, faction, or party.

….men are ambitious, vindictive, and rapacious.-Hamilton, Federalist 6

The quote has become trite, that absolute power corrupts absolutely. That is why the framers of the Constitution deliberately constructed our government to not run smoothly. They wanted the branches to balance each other. They wanted the aristocrats to balance the common populace. They had enough knowledge of history, and of their fellow-man, to know that you could not trust kings, the rich, the poor, the judge, or the juror, to be absolutely honest all the time. We may be impatient with the process, but the process has kept us free for two hundred years. Still, Rome had their freedom for 500 years. I don’t think we’ll make it that long.

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Freedom rings for Ron Paul

We the people....or we the monster corporations.....?

Rush Limbaugh has become, since the end of the Reagan presidency, the voice of the Conservative movement. And there was a time when I loved him dearly. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate him or wish him ill. I just don’t feel that he has much to teach me, any more. I learned a lot from him at a time in my life when I was very confused. He helped me to clarify some of my thinking. And he helped keep my flagging interest in politics from dying away completely. Now everyone is angry with him for calling Sandra Fluke some unflattering names. Frankly, I barely care any more. I don’t understand why she matters. I don’t understand why everyone is making such a big deal out of contraception. It really seems to me that the media elite is setting up a straw dog so that they can deflect our attention away from what is really going on.

While the Left and the Right are in a name calling contest to see who can act most like 12-year-olds, our freedoms are being trampled, our money is being stolen, our hopes are being broken, our dreams are being shattered, and our supremacy is being undermined. And don’t fool yourself. Its being done by both parties. There really isn’t any difference between the two, any more. Both parties have sold us down the river.

When I was told about Rush Limbaugh, I was a National Merit Scholar. I don’t like to talk much about that time of my life, because, while it was the greatest honor of my life (other than marrying my wife and fathering my child), it became the greatest embarrassment of my life. I’ve spent the last twenty years telling almost no one that I had been a National Merit Scholar just to avoid the shame of explaining how I lost it, and how I ended up in a lifetime of dead-end jobs.

But my purpose here is not to rehash lost dreams in my own personal life. I’m trying to do the very little that I can to wake America back up. I bring up my lost scholarship for one purpose only.

My second semester of collage, there was an honors coarse offered at my alma mater covering The Federalist Papers. I never took the coarse, never read the book. And have felt ashamed of myself, ever since. I’ve felt like a failure for twenty years. And while I’ve lived in the shadow of lost past glories, I have watched my beloved nation turn her back on everything that made her great, and start steering for the jagged rocks of an unfriendly shore.

Super Tuesday is coming up, and I am afraid that perhaps Ron Paul may not do so well. I’m losing faith in the American public to do what is in their own best interests. But I’m not a big media outlet. I’ve had less than 500 views. I’ve three bloggers following (all three, may I add, are way the heck better than I am at this blogging thing. They’ve little idea how please I am that they chose to “follow” me!) And I don’t see how I can have much positive impact in the next two days.

But, like my forebears in Valley Forge (I had an ancestor who was a Sergeant in the Revolution, though I can’t remember if he was at Valley Forge or not), win or lose, I can’t bear the thought of submissively going down, slavishly, without a fight. I must “fire a few shots” for liberty, even if I am fighting for a lost cause.

So what I propose to do (and reader feedback is warmly welcome….though please keep it constructive….) is to read The Federalist Papers, as I should have twenty years ago, and compare them to our modern times. Over the next few posts, I’ll relate some of the things I read, and give my own random comments on the subject. Right now, the wife is waiting for me to finish this thing, and I’ll end it with a video that I found very interesting.

Ron Paul Supporters in Oklahoma Fight Back and WIN

The Federalist Papers sold their generation on the Constitution. Why is it so hard to sell this generation the ideas of freedom?

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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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 goes for the gold

Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney today. This was surreal to me, because I had been convinced last year that Donald Trump had embraced conservatism. He called Michael Savage on The Savage Nation, and told Savage how much he loved the book, Trickle Up Poverty, and how much it had opened his eyes. The book made Donald realize that the nation needed to be run like a business, not like an empire.

And then he turns around and endorses another Septicon that would continue running our nation….well, perhaps it is unjust to say Romney would run it like an empire. But at least, it would still be run “business as usual.”

I’m very grateful that some people have cited my little blog, and I’m a little sorry it took so long to get back to finishing this post. I work in retail, as some of you know, and during the first of the month, I get destroyed by all the foodstampers that come in hordes to buy my products….with the money that I as a taxpayer provide. So, not only do I get to work five times as hard, I also get the consolation of knowing that the few dollars extra I may be making are going right into the hands of these hapless foodstampers….its like a hellish Möbius strip…..

But that is not the topic at hand. I’ve been telling you how Ron Paul can revitalize our economy. I’ve cited how he predicted the housing collapse and the dismal unemployment, and hinted that his grasp of economics will be essential in solving our current crises. I’ve documented how spending has gotten completely out of hand, and needs to be drastically cut, quickly, if we are going to crawl out of this Slough of Despond. And I documented that the government has gotten too bloated and intrusive, and needs to go on a diet before it over regulates us back into the dark ages.

And no….I never suggested that we should fire all government workers…..though I absolutely don’t see why we need fifty czars in Washington…..nor how I can be expected to support the tax burden of paying salaries that are twice what I’m making……

On to points 4 and 5…..

4. We need to reestablish the gold standard, and only Ron Paul will do that.

I was watching my son last Sunday, and we were watching Biz Kids. The show was discussing money, what it was and how its value is determined. There was a skit where a Biz Kid shows up with a wheelbarrow full of Weimar Republic currency. The kid was certain they had struck it rich…..only to be told that the wheelbarrow was worth many times more than all the currency it held. Its funny that 9 year old kids are understanding something that Washington willfully refuses to grasp.

Personally, I wish I did know more about this issue. But I think its very curious that the gold standard was done away with by the illustrious Richard Nixon. And I think it interesting that the seventies saw the most drastic downturn in the economy of any time between now this recession, and the Great Depression. I feel the same way about money that I do about men. If they stand for nothing, they’ll fall for anything.

40 Years Ago Today Richard Nixon Killed the Gold Standard

I’m going to do a quick analysis of this video to demonstrate how a simple Macroecon course could have save our country.

First, Nixon promises that the action is temporary, and will only last until the dollar is stable again. Forty years later, and we still are trading funny money based on the “full faith and credit” of America…whatever the heck that is. Its kind of like Woodrow Wilson’s promise that, after WW I, we’d do away with the income tax. You can see how swiftly Washington acted on that promise….

Secondly, Nixon instigated this to “protect against speculators” that would play numbers games with currency that caused instability and increased profits of a few at the expense of the many. This sounds laudable, and would be wonderful if there were any truth to it. Perhaps I just don’t know enough, but it seems to me that it would actually be easier to play such numbers games with money that is largely just “1’s and zeros,” binary bits of our imagination, than it would be to manipulate something that stood for an objective quantity of any precious material.

His last assumption that I want to attack is that, as long as American’s are largely buying American goods, then the value of the dollar will remain largely constant, and won’t be drastically affected by the actions of currency manipulations. But that is no longer true. We now buy most of our goods from China, India, just about anywhere but here. So this point justifying ending the gold standard is utterly out of date.

5. Tax cuts and spending cuts will not be enough to save our nation.

This last point of mine is a little harder to articulate. Tax cuts and spending cuts are all well and good, but we actually need something more fundamental, more basic, more primal, if we are to save our nation. A critic of mine said that firing all government employees won’t stimulate the economy. I won’t deal with the unfairness of the statement. I’ll take it at face value. On the surface, he’s right. Firing all government employees would not stimulate the economy, and would simply destabilize things drastically. But I think the important point is the paradigm of the thing.

It has been said that there is no reality, only perception. I don’t want to embrace or debate the point here, but it is very true that our perceptions radically color our responses to the world. And I would like to ask…..why is it that we assume that the government is the economy.

They taught in Macroecon that the bulk of our GDP is consumption. At that time, government was roughly 20% of the economy, consumption was about 60%, and business was about 20%. The foreign trade was (and is) in the negatives, and theoretically drug our economy down. That’s been quite some time ago. And it has remained largely stable over the years.

http://www.infoplease.com/cig/economics/consumption-investment-government.html

Now….we live in a democratic republic founded on principles of individual liberty. So why would we want an economy that is government driven? Please understand, I get the whole corporate greed thing….but do you really think that Washington bureaucrats have your back any more than the slimy CEO. Believe me, it’s not the CEO eating all the cookies in the jar….the Washington insider is getting his share too. When did we decide that Washington knew better how to spend our money than we did?

Ron Paul is the only one that is seriously trying to take the power out of Washington’s hands, and put it into yours.

I’ve gotten a little long-winded here, but I hope I’ve made a few points worth considering. Thanks.

Duncan

PS: These are good points, too….

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/bill-kellys-truth-squad/2012/feb/2/floridas-big-winners-mitt-romney-andron-paul/

Ron Paul’s speech after Florida primary, “We’ve only gotten started….”

Ron Paul on Occupy Wall Street/Crony Capitalism

 

 

Ron Paul can revitalize our economy, five ways how. Part 1.

ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News, and newspapers throughout our country are hoodwinking us about our economy. In their short sighted endeavors to elect yes-men candidates to high political office, the major news outlets have sold the American people into a brave new slavery. The media black outs seem to be working, so it is up to the internet to inform America about how we are on a knife’s edge, tottering over the abyss.

In earlier posts, I established that Ron Paul was our best bet for restoring our Constitution.

https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/ron-paul-vs-the-world-your-own-personal-constitution/

Now I’m dealing with the number one concern in American’s minds for the current presidential election, the economy. I’ve established that we’ve spent the last seventy years digging our own grave’s, economically speaking.

https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/yes-to-ron-paul/

And then I spent several posts demonstrating the flawed economic thinking of the other candidates. Besides my blogs, I’ve also found that gunnyg@wordpress.com, and trutherator@wordpress.com provide insights into the various candidate’s perspectives.

So now its time to tell you five ways how Ron Paul can revitalize our economy.

1. He was informed enough to predict many of the current problems in our economy.

There are several videos that document how Ron Paul predicted, with uncanny accuracy, the pressing problems we find ourselves facing.

Ron Paul on the Economy

Ron Paul’s 2002 Predictions Come True

Now, you have to ask yourself, were any of the other candidates making these predictions a decade ago? If you Google “Obama predicts housing collapse” you get…..videos about Ron Paul predicting the housing collapse.  The same is true of all the other candidates. You can find no evidence of them making such predictions because they simply didn’t. All of them were taken by surprise. All of them except Ron Paul. So, what does he know that we don’t?

2. He knows that we’ve got to dramatically cut spending now.

It is fairly well known that Ron Paul is promising to cut a trillion (!) dollars from the budget….in his first year in office. He plans on cutting his own salary by roughly 90%!

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/10/ron-paul-spending-cuts-/1

Compare this to the other candidates, who will either have cuts in the billions, or not cut spending at all….

Its hard to find good information on Obama’s budget (so much for transparency), but the best estimates say he will also cut a trillion….over ten years time…..

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/13/133735688/Previewing-Obamas-Budget-Cuts

Its been a little difficult for me to find solid figures for the other candidates. I think that Santorum has the most solid information on him, but the cuts still seem substantially lower than Ron Paul’s…or Obama’s, for that matter….

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-24/santorum-tax-cuts-boost-deficit-by-1-3-trillion-study-says.html

And if you’ve been following this blog (or even just following the news….) then you understand that we are trillions in debt, and our economy won’t support that kind of debt for much longer.

And just what has the government been spending its money on? Basically, Big Brother has spent trillions of your dollars keeping you reigned in….

3. The government has become Juggernaut. Its too big, and has its hand in too many cookie jars.

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves- Ronald Reagan

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be- Thomas Jefferson

I’m afraid that this one seems self evident to me, but I realize I must back it up a little bit, for those that are fans of big government.

The government has been growing at an alarming rate since W. W. I. The Great Wars required a gargantuan national effort, and only the government was big enough to pull it off. But, while things did scale back after the Wars, they were never scaled back to prewar conditions. And the government, having gotten a taste of power, soon imbibed more and more of that sweet wine. And now Washington is drunk with Bacchanalian intensity.

And they haven’t backed off the sauce since Obama took over. In the last ten years, government jobs have increased ten percent, private sector jobs, one percent. Private sector salaries have stagnated, while the government has given itself fat bonuses. The average private sector salary is $61,000 per year. The average government salary…..hold on to your wallets….is $123, 000. I knew I should have taken a government job…..

http://www.masslive.com/living/index.ssf/2011/12/barbara_bernard_now_much_government_is_too_big_for_the_us.html

http://governmentgonewild.org/

And the regulations we live under are insane! The government has simply become too intrusive in our lives.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/600121228/Government-much-too-intrusive-in-our-lives.html

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/full-spectrum-dominance-8-examples-of-how-the-government-is-attempting-to-take-total-control-of-our-food-our-health-our-money-and-even-our-dignity

This is Ron Paul’s answer to this problem:

Well, it’s getting late. I’ll share the last two reasons in a later post.