September 24

interventionism

No, I’m not talking about the tv show. Interventionism (the policy or doctrine of intervening, especially government interference in the affairs of another state or in domestic economic affairs) is, of course, the opposite of non-interventionism (abstention by a nation from interference in the affairs of other nations or in those of its own political subdivisions). In what has become a much-admired-by-many House of Representatives floor speech in early 2009 – titled “What If?” – current Presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke the following words:

“What if we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat is the predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others, and has nothing to do with us being free and prosperous?”

In my experience over the last few years, the immediate reaction upon absorbing this quote by many who call or think of themselves as “conservative” is that, well, countries like Iran refer to the US as “the Great Satan” and want to destroy the US’ greatest Middle Eastern ally, Israel. But let us consider history.

Did you know Iran hasn’t referred to the US as “the Great Satan” forever? In fact, the term was first used in 1979, only just over three decades ago. Why? Because about 60 years ago, the US government (and I use the term “the US government”, instead of “we” or “us”, carefully – I had no vote in and nothing to do with it) started meddling in Iran’s affairs. Look at Mosaddegh and the coup d’état in 1953. The US government overthrew and replaced him with the Shah. Then, 26 years later, the US government decided that its previous decision was no longer in its best interests, so the US government deposed the Shah. That’s only a fraction of US involvement.

Imagine if another country, 100x more militarily and economically stronger than ours, did the same thing to us for 60 years. If, say, China.. or the Soviets.. set up political and military coups, basically ran OUR country. We too would probably refer to them as “the Great Satan”. The CIA calls this “blowback“. And as I penned in my previous post of the same name: “America is exceptional, it is the most prosperous country in the history of the world, but it is not infallible – in fact, far from it.”

We have to apply history and perspective to our position here. The issue raised with regard to Iran (and other Arab nations) is in fact exactly what the “What If?” quote was referring to.

It is hardly the fault of the average US citizen not to have in-depth knowledge of these facts. We spend our lives slaving away for 8, 10, 12 hours a day (at least 3-4 of those hours of every day go directly to various governments in various ways). Then we come home and spend the rest of our night recuperating, trying to relax, and planning for the next day. We don’t have the time to become scholars on political history. Almost nobody in positions of power or influence ever talks about any of this important history; one has to really take the initiative and dig deep to find it. And that’s why I’ve become such an adamant supporter of Ron Paul. Personally, he brought me face-to-face with a lot of these issues I had never realized or heard about or dealt with before, and he’s the only one that will really address it when it counts (i.e. in the debates), even though it’s an unpopular subject. And studying these previously unknown histories for over 3 years has provided a completely new perspective on it all.

Of course, though, the question will remain: What about Israel? The answer is clear – in fact, Thomas Jefferson clued us in a few centuries ago. The US should be great friends with Israel, in trade and diplomacy. Israel should be free to defend itself without condemnation from the US. If it wants to make preemptive strikes, fine. It is a sovereign country with a superior military and can easily do so. But the US’ only moral action at this point is to apologize to Israel for the hostile environment the US has created in the Middle East, and then get out of it.

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations-entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson

More foreign intervention is like more quantitative easing. We can print more and more money, but we are just building a bigger bubble. And when we finally stretch ourselves too thin militarily and economically because of our need to be the policeman of the world, the crash will be devastating.

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September 13

blowback

In tonight’s Republican debate, Ron Paul was challenged on his foreign policy stance – specifically, an article he wrote for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The article in question was called “Ask the Right Questions and Face the Truth“. In it, Dr Paul illuminates both the causes and effects of 9/11 – that is, both why it happened, and what it has done to the US. It goes all the way back to Iran in the 1950s with Mossadegh, and the middle eastern intervention continued right up through 2001. After the tragedy, we invaded an Iraq that even Bush himself admitted had nothing to do with 9/11. US militarism now extends to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya as well, and that’s just the “short list” of declared action. The endless wars have been accompanied by blatant disregard for and losses of civil liberties, many of which the populace begged for in its initial, frantic response to the events of that day.

Those that claim to (or want to) have an intellectual acumen will impartially read the whole of Dr Paul’s article and study the supporting evidence before coming to a conclusion. Anyone care to explain why he’s wrong?

Some in the crowd booed when he said “this whole idea that the WHOLE Muslim world is responsible for this and they’re attacking us because we’re free and prosperous, that is just not true”. So… the WHOLE Muslim world IS responsible for this? Of course that’s ridiculous. What’s left to boo? People don’t really still believe the myth that they attack us “because we’re free”, do they? That’s an obsolete catchphrase supported by absolutely zero fact. It is well-established at this point that “insurgents” (we called them Freedom Fighters during the Soviet-Afghan War) resist the US because we occupy their lands and are seen as imperialists. We’ve been intervening in middle eastern affairs for over 60 years now. The CIA itself recognizes that this creates what’s called “blowback”. This is NOT a matter of opinion.

Ironically, Ron Paul himself receives some blowback because he has the courage to tell the truth, even when it’s unpopular. Dr Paul was booed because he forces America to look in the mirror, and it doesn’t always like what it sees. Paradigms and worldviews are challenged, and many times, the truth hurts. But only by embracing that truth can we heal.

As a moral people, we need to recognize when good policies are good, and when bad policies are bad. America is exceptional, it is the most prosperous country in the history of the world, but it is not infallible – in fact, far from it. Ron Paul is the only candidate on that stage who’s not afraid to call a spade a spade, and we should be open to honest discussion about this issue from a brilliant man who has studied it in-depth – not dismissive and closed-minded, as some of the crowd members at the debate were tonight. There is a reason Ron Paul receives the greatest amount of military contributions – those who have been there, and seen it, know what is really going on. Not only is it patriotic to face reality and question with boldness… it is decidedly UN-patriotic NOT to.

August 30

Rick Perry is a total fraud

The evidence keeps piling up, and it’s all pointing towards one simple fact: Rick Perry is a completely, totally fake conservative, through-and-through! What follows is a quick summary of Rick Perry’s blatant and all-encompassing anti-conservative history. Newest dirt first…

universal health care

That’s right, folks – in the newest addition to the Rick Perry Neocon Laundry List, we have a letter from Pointy-Boots Perry to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton in support of her healthcare task force. Hillary’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform was created to provide government-run universal health care. This alone should be proof enough that Rick Perry is just another Big Government Authoritarian… but this is just the beginning!

“Gardasil Rick”

Rick issued an executive order forcing all sixth-grade girls to take Gardasil shots.

Amnesty

Rick gets a D- on immigration.

TARP Bailouts

Rick supported the TARP bailouts.

TSA Bill

Rick killed the ‘Restrain The TSA’ bill.

Al Gore

Rick backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in ’88.

Bilderberg

Rick attends globalist Bilderberg meetings: Perry off to secret forum in Turkey. [alt]

 

Not to mention the questionable and would-be-hypocritical involvement with the La-Te-Da and Movie Gallery scandals. If you continue to support Rick Perry after being made fully aware of all these marks against him, you might want to question whether you yourself are a true conservative.

There is only one Republican Presidential candidate right now that has been a real, principled, consistent conservative for decades. His initials are RP and he is from Texas, but his name is NOT Rick Perry.

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July 12

isolationism and our Founding Fathers

by now you know that I’m a Ron Paul supporter. you may also know that Ron Paul is opposed to the Iraq war (and has been from the beginning) because he is opposed to all [unprovoked] wars in other countries, and is in favor of a strong defense [the Iraq war was not provoked by Iraq or Iraqis, it was an act of terrorism – though who those terrorists are or where they live is something I’ll leave for another day]. an interesting question came up recently: if it weren’t for countries helping other countries win wars, if it weren’t for the help we were given from France and Spain, we would never have won our independence from Britain! so why shouldn’t we help other countries in the same way?

well, for one thing, France and Spain only helped us out because they were already fighting Britain, and wanted to force the war to a third front. so it was strategic. but the contemporary ‘short’ of it is… America must “remove the log in its own eye” before trying to impose our will on and fix other countries. our country right now is spiralling out of control (and has been for decades). our money should be focused on one thing: making the united States a better nation.

there are no doubt civil injustices, dark circumstances, cold-blooded murders, happening across the world. many Americans feel a strong moral obligation to ‘fix’ those problems. but one must ask, why wouldn’t the people of that land take arms? if a tyrannical state started imposing itself on Americans, wouldn’t (shouldn’t) we fight for our freedom, to the death, instead of depending on another nation? there will always be fighting between nations or peoples, but whenever we get involved it weakens us financially and militarily as a whole. the US is not crowned (nor should it be) the adjudicator or policeman of the world.

apart from that, I stay true to the traditional libertarian view as it applies to most issues: the more power we give to our gov’t, the more they will screw things up, the more corruption takes root, the more abuse occurs. look at the Iraq War. we (may have) had good intentions, but now a lot of Iraqi citizens hate the US because they are imprisoned or killed trivially, and we are seen as imperialists (which we are). and Halliburton/KBR are making a fat paycheck.

I would also point out that staying out of other countries’ political affairs is not isolationism, it is non-interventionism; isolationism includes non-interventionism as well as protectionism (economic isolationism), something RP does not support. we should seek to trade freely and to seek peace and prosperity with other nations; we should be the friend of the world, not the enemy.

We have a lot of goodness in this country, and we should promote it; but never through the barrel of a gun.

– Ron Paul

June 11

Audit The Fed, pt. 3! … then ABOLISH it!

previously I have made posts on HR 1207: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 [GT] [OC] and S 604: Federal Reserve Sunshine Act of 2009 [GT] [OC], “To amend title 31, United States Code, to reform the manner in which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is audited by the Comptroller General of the United States and the manner in which such audits are reported, and for other purposes.”

HR 1207 now has over 200 cosponsors (208 as of today)! it is also getting lots of well-deserved attention in the news. here’s one: Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed Bill Hits 207 Co-Sponsors House Minority Leader Boehner joins bi-partisan coalition supporting Federal Reserve transparency.

The Fed is literally a conglomeration of private banks which loans money at interest to the American people, for its own profit. it has the power to flood or drain the economy’s money supply. it has recently bailed out numerous special interests (which it won’t name, even to Congressional oversight committees) with billions more of our taxpayer money. it has recently hired a lobbyist to combat the Audit The Fed movement, because it knows that once we find out how it has been mishandling our money they will all be out of jobs and hopefully behind bars for treason.

there are also these other Congress bills acting on The Fed. HR 1348: Federal Reserve Sunshine Act [GT] [OC], and S 513: Federal Reserve Transparency Act [GT] [OC], “To require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to publish information on financial assistance provided to various entities, and for other purposes.”

HR 833: Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act [GT] [OC], “To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes.” now, I don’t think the majority of the people understand the significance of these bills. these are historical.. these are Andrew Jackson-esque! why is this bill important? Fed Would Be Shut Down If It Were Audited, Expert Says.

keep the heat on. keep contacting your Representatives and urging them to support these bills, using the techniques I described in the first two posts, linked in the first paragraph above. and if they won’t, vote them out! there is no reason to keep the Congress from having monetary oversight over We The People’s money; the Constitution specifically grants Congress with this power, and so any Representatives against this bill are in direct violation of their sworn oath. I end this post, as many others, with some insight from the old men with psychic powers:

If the People only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system there would be a revolution before morning!
– Andrew Jackson

If the American People ever allow the banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks, and corporations that grow up around them, will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. I sincerely believe the banking institutions, having the issuing power of money, are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies! Already they have set up a monetary aristocracy that has the government at defiance. The issuing power [of currency] should be taken from the banks and restored to Congress and to the People, to whom it belongs!
– Thomas Jefferson

Your republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste by barbarians in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire was in the fifth; with this difference; that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged the Roman Empire came from without and your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your own country, by your own institutions.
– Thomas B. Macaulay

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