One of Ron Paul’s longer term problems in this campaign is that his outlook tends to be gloomy. He frequently talks about how our country is bankrupt. While this is true, and it connects with what people are feeling now, what they really want is hope for the future.
Ron Paul can, and sometimes does, deliver this kind of optimistic view. When confronted on Meet the Press with the Keynesian attitude that cutting government spending damages the economy, Paul pointed out what happened at the end of World War II: “draconian cuts … stimulated the economy.”
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Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is once again talking about a possible run for President this time after his lawsuit of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was dismissed.
While I cannot disagree with Ventura on the basis of his lawsuit against the TSA, applying for Mexican citizenship and saying you won’t stand for the national anthem again isn’t probably going to win you support if you want to run for President. Additionally, talking conspiracy theories isn’t going to help your chances. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to look like a hypocrite and attack Ventura too much for questioning the official government story of the attacks of September 11th. Likewise, several years ago, as a young man I questioned the official story until common sense and science prevailed and Popular Mechanics, the History Channel, independent groups of scientists and investigators all confirmed Al Qaeda responsibility for the attacks and that is when I stopped questioning. When a candidate for public office makes such claims they will quickly lose support from most Americans and be viewed as crazy.
Mr. Ventura, if you want to run for President please start running and if not please quit talking about running. I know that I for one am tired of people like Jesse Ventura and Donald Trump getting people excited time and time again acting like they are running for President only to disappoint them each and every time.
Jesse Ventura hasn’t ruled out 2012 run – Iowa Independent
Former Minnesota Gov. Ventura Miffed by Courts, Says He’s Off to Mexico – Fox News
Jesse Ventura’s 9/11 theory: Dick Cheney “allowed it to happen to further their agenda” – CNN’s Piers Morgan
Montel Williams: “He has a right to be angry, but… Don’t turn your back.” – ABC 15, Arizona
Being a libertarian, I’m sure someone will engage in wiseassery and suggest that it must be the drugs. Or perhaps it is braggadocios to assume anyone actually cares enough about my ramblings to comment either way. But there are times I question reality. And no, not just because I still see fresh Obama stickers on high end, late model vehicles indicative of the driver’s financial success. People, as a group, no longer surprise me.
But certain individuals still possess the power to gobsmack; to make me wonder if I’m really awake. I know I’m a day late on this, but I had to fall asleep and wake up again to make sure I was truly conscious. And I’m only reasonably sure of the fact, still.
Ralph Nader’s hopeless devotion to unbridled socialism usually has the effect of me tuning out his gravelly inane sputterings. But yesterday—in an apparent attempt to fill some minuscule yet requisite quota of logic—Nader, appearing on Andew Napolitano’s Freedom Watch, heaped praise on the early Tea Party movement. And he nailed it, from inception to co-opting.
Asked whether he saw similarities between the Tea Party movement and the “Occupy Wall Street” folk, Nader told Napolitano:
“Well, before the Tea Party movement was hijacked by the corporatist Republicans, yes. They were very much worried about the Wall Street bailout, they were worried about the restrictions on civil liberties in the PATRIOT Act, they were worried about bloated military budgets, and criminal, unconstitutional wars of aggression. You remember those early days. But, you know, they were taken over by groups in Wall Street—Dick Armey’s group and others. And, uh, the Tea Party now is basically the corporatist wing of the Republican Party.”
Huh? That could have been something awaiting me in my inbox from Lew Rockwell this morning. If it were a mere quote, I would dismiss it as an error of ascription. I included the video link as a remedy to the disbelief of the reader.
He continued, as did my astonishment:
“Here’s what I think is going on with Occupy Wall Street: it’s basically a kind of visceral justice movement, dealing with unfairness of the bosses in Wall Street who have violated, when they crashed, the bosses of Wall Street crashed on the workers, on the investors, and on the taxpayers, starting in 2008, as everybody knows. This Occupy Wall Street effort is basically saying, it’s really saying, ‘Look you guys, you guys are running the show, Wall Street and Washington, running the show, you’re violating basic principles of fairness between human beings that are religious principles—the Golden Rule; ethical principles, legal principles, and Constitutional principles.”
While Mr. Nader has called countless times for government to use force to alter or eliminate things he himself opposes, and would likely, in possession of his druthers, add obscenely burdensome taxation to the profits of people and companies irrespective of any receipt of bailout money, simply for the crime of success. And it is likely that he would have injected some Leninist solution to the economic mess we’re in, given the chance. Toward the end of the above quote, I was squirming with feelings of pending doom, waiting for Nader to chop the head off any respect he had earned, with a demand for some sort of state-based “justice.”
And though he sneaked in a questionable reference to “fairness,” he didn’t lose me. And the seeming lack of reality continued.
As The Judge shifted gears to the President, Nader continued to get it exactly right. And I found myself in a continuing and confusingly bizarre political alliance with the man responsible for the creation of the leviathan NHTSA.
Asked about the executive branch’s unilateral decision to assassinate Anwar al Awloki, Nader nailed that, too:
“That’s not a President, that’s a dictator. That’s a complete violation of due process, separation of powers. You don’t put in the White House—and our framers, as you know so well with your books, the founders of our Republic refused I say refused, article one, section eight, to begin with—to put the power to exercise violence abroad, and plunge the nation into war, in the hands of the President. He has done that now. He has outdone Bush in his unconstitutional behavior. Not just with what you described, but he also attacked Libya without any War Resolution, never mind Declaraton of War from Congress, without any authorization or appropriation of money. That’s the way of a dictator. He tok a billion dollars, himself, and put it on the war.”
Angrily agreeing, Napolitano interjected, “And Ralph, like a potted plant, the Congress did nothing!”
Nader replied, and here’s where I bruised myself with a final pinch, “You wait and see what someone does in the Congress, pretty soon — Ron Paul.”
I harbor no illusions about the state of the Republic. It feels a lot like what I imagine did Rome’s final days: corruption reigning supreme, despotism growing, rights trampled, and the experiment failing from the legion of enemies within the walls.
How bad must things be for Ralph Nader to champion the Constitution, to praise what the Tea Party was supposed to be about, to damn the state for interceding in the economy, and to look to Ron Paul to stride into the House on a white steed and save us from the tyranny of government?
I must be dreaming.
But is my dream a pleasant one in which even those thought far too wrong to ever “get it” are awakening to the ideas of freedom? Or is it a nightmare in which the state has grown so despotic that even life-long liberals are frightened enough of a nearly omnipotent government that they are flirting with with the idea that the state is truly the evil gang it has become?
Update by Stephen VanDyke: Here’s the video by Nader where he makes more than a few spot on observations: see more…
The US House of Representatives failed to pass a resolution, Robert Robb of The Arizona Republic called “remarkably pacifist,” requiring US military involvement in Libya to cease. The House however passed what Robb called “an irresponsible alternative to the Kucinich resolution.” This “irresponsible alternative” requests “the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General, respectively, to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, copies of any official document, record, memo, correspondence, or other communication in the possession of each officer that was created on or after February 15, 2011″ relating to US military involvement in Libya.
The resolution also says that President Obama is to hand over records since March 19 detailing 21 specific issues, including; “The President’s justification for not seeking authorization by Congress for the use of military force in Libya… The anticipated scope and duration of continued United States military involvement in support of NATO activities regarding Libya… and The costs of United States military, political, and humanitarian efforts concerning Libya as of June 3, 2011.” Nothing in the resolution “requires” compliance from President Obama, Hilary Clinton, Robert Gates and/or Eric Holder. Though they resolution does state, “Congress has the constitutional prerogative to withhold funding for any unauthorized use of the United States Armed Forces, including for unauthorized activities regarding Libya.” 1
President Obama could theoretically ignore this resolution, just as he ignored the War Powers Act, and call John Boehner’s bluff. I do not believe for one second that John Boehner would vote to de-fund ANY military action. Doing so would make him and the GOP appear “weak” and would be used in the 2012 elections by a more “pro-war” candidate.
Instead of focusing solely on the presence of troops in Libya – Congress doesn’t even talk about the covert operations in Yemen or Mexico; the Congress should instruct Secretary Gates to withdraw troops from all foreign nations, excepting the 6 Marines stationed at US embassies.
The countries with the largest troop deployment (aside from Iraq and Afghanistan) are Germany (54,4314), Japan (35,329), Korea, Italy (9,779) and the United Kingdom (9,318). In all there are nearly 300,000 US military personnel around the world. 2
Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com writes, “the War Party lives in mortal fear of Ron Paul’s message of a peaceful, non-interventionist foreign policy.” Though, I prefer to think of Dr. Paul as the messenger, not the author of the message. The Republicans will not vote to bring troops home, because they fear they will be seen as weak and/or called “pacifists;” and the Democrats won’t vote to bring troops home for the same reasons.
Even more disturbing is the lack of respect for the rule of law by the federal government. Presidents and Congress routinely violate the Constitution and federal law, they even encourage federal agencies, such as the DEA, CIA and TSA to do the same. Passing more resolutions and/or laws will not change anything in DC. After all, when the elected officials have no respect for the rule of law, why should anyone else?
The White House has added a new government position tasked with dealing with unfavorable online media. I’m sure this is a wonderful job, as 90% of it would be spent trolling websites critical of the president and posting positive spin. Actually that sounds like a horrible job because, as TSA’s Blogger Bob has grown to learn: people will ultimately hate you personally for shilling online for those bad policies. And oh yeah, enjoy that spit in your coffee/food if they ever serve you in a restaurant.
Well Jesse Lee (photo) has gloriously attained this new position which supposedly transfers the responsibility of online apologist from the DNC headquarters to an even more insular place in the Obama administration, just a few feet from the oval office. Which is totally not a blatant violation of FEC campaign laws or anything, no way they’d do that (eye roll). I’m looking forward to prospect of this lackey having to recap all the online criticisms and then explain the strategy to respond to them “Sir, we should aggressively downvote karmanaut on reddit before people think maybe you really are naked and have a small penis.”
Anyways, the first volley has been fired, on twitter… and it’s dripping with creepy vibes:
Way to side with SkyNet there, Obama.
UPDATE: The news is getting thick with stories that the situation will quickly get complicated for the White House as many are suspecting that the Troll Czar (an affectionate pet name we think will stick) will. Be vigilant. If you are reading this, you are the resistance.
That’s what the TSA is honestly trying to say with their ridiculous groped by dopes policies, erecting a dichotomy of the illusion of security with the reality of a tyrannical security state. We’re starting to lose the plot in America of who’s protecting whom from what anymore… and it’s damn sickening.
I’ll fucking roundhouse kick a bitch in the face that gropes a kid. This is America you morons, start acting like it.
UPDATE: Even Canadians know what’s what, eh? NSFW language/rage in this video, so put on your headphones or something.
LATER UPDATE: On a morning television interview with ABC, the Drexels say they were threatened by the TSA before the groping, and is actually questioned on why oh why they would post the video (maybe are they trying to cash in and become famous? Innuendo, innuendo, innuendo). Hey genius, it’s called evidence… ABC’s journalists should know better than to ask such a pointless question.