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Ron Paul: American Hero

Ron Paul defends the Constitution. He is the only politician (aside from maybe his son) who knows what is in the Constitution and knows what the Founding Fathers were thinking when they were writing it. The same goes for his followers. They are the only ones who care about American values and freedom. If you disagree with them, it is because you are stupid and un-American.

Take a look at the father of the Constitution, James Madison. No Founding Father was better prepared for the Constitutional Convention. No Founder contributed more ideas to that illustrious document. Like Ron Paul, James Madison hated imperialist war, military spending and central banks.

That is until the year 1812. You see, Native Americans had the nerve to attack the white people who came to settle on their hunting grounds in the Ohio River Valley. They were aided in this by the British. What did James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, do about it? He went to Congress and received a declaration of war.

It was clear, however, that the militias called for by the Second Amendment made lousy soldiers. They did not respond to discipline and had a habit of running away when British redcoats came into sight. What did President Madison, Father of the Constitution, do about this? He beefed up the professional military. This not only included the army, but the navy as well. Second Amendment be damned, we needed a military.

After 2 years of fighting, we finally convinced the British to evacuate the Ohio River Valley and stop helping the Native Americans. This opened up the west to white migration. Native Americans would now have to fend for themselves against the flood of settlers coming from the east. Yes, James Madison, Father of the Constitution, opposed imperialist war just like Ron Paul.

All of that war sure cost a lot of money. Not to fear, since James Madison, Father of the Constitution, had a trick up his sleeve. It was called a central bank. Yes, he established the Second Bank of the United States to help us pay down our war debts. That was not its only function. Since our population was becoming more far-flung, the bank Madison created helped fund a bunch of infrastructure projects that helped tie the country together.

You see, Ron Paul is the true heir to the Constitution. He opposes imperialist war, military spending, central banking and federal support for infrastructure. James Madison would not have had it any other way.

Let us also not lose sight of the fact that this was all done so that people could eventually get to land that other illustrious Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, had purchased from France. You see, Jefferson had this weird dream that he would use government funds (my tax money!) to buy land so that he could then give it out to people who wanted to settle it.

But this would only be after he would use some more of that government money to construct public schools on that land. Jefferson had this illusion that the United States should be a democracy and that publicly funded schools would be a vital part of that democracy. People with equal land and equal educations would be, well, equal.

So, you see, Ron Paul is the only person in touch with the vision of the Founding Fathers. He does not believe in government handouts or public education, just like Thomas Jefferson. That is why he named his son after that great American hero of the Revolutionary Era, Ayn Rand. We all know that Ayn Rand also supported central banking, internal improvement, equal land and public education.

Ron Paul is an American hero. His ideas are clearly inspired by America’s founders: Ayn Rand and August von Mises. Like Madison and Jefferson, he is a Christian fundamentalist from Texas who does not believe in evolution. Like George Washington and Patrick Henry, he worships corporations and believes they should be able to do whatever they want to do whenever they want to do it.

Welcome to the cult-following world of Ron Paul, where American history and values are so precious that we can’t be bothered to actually read about it for ourselves.

You should also check out American History, According to Ron Paul, Sort Of

The Ron Paul Dilemma

It is stuff like this that gives Ron Paul so many young supporters.

It is convenient to believe that marijuana draws the young to Ron Paul. However, the unjust wars of the United States has much more resonance.

The strange thing is that Ron Paul can say something as sensible as this while still attracting a large following from the internet tin foil hat crowd who believe George Bush orchestrated 9/11. I suppose that is because of his anti-government paranoia.

The fact that so many 9/11 conspiracy hacks were old right-wingers has always given credence to the idea that the entire “9/11 Truth” movement is an arm of the Republican Party. With their complete misapplication and ignorance of American history, not to mention their completely wack-a-doodle view of the world, they discredit any meaningful criticism of the imperial wars of the United States.

And that is the Ron Paul dilemma. He will say something as safe and sensible as this for a national audience, then later he will give a nod to the internet conspiracy community with his attacks on the Fed and international banking. Do not be surprised if that is why the Republican Party keeps him around. Because him and his followers are considered clinically insane by thinking Americans, his criticism of the wars are easily disregarded by the public at large.

I believe the final word has yet to be written as to the real role of the 9/11 Truth movement in killing the nascent anti-war protests that developed at the start of our invasion of Iraq. Ron Paul might be the Rosetta stone for this final word.

 

Ron Paul World, Meet Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders and his Brooklyn face

The fanatical devotion of Ron Paul’s fan base is the stuff of legend. Every political discussion on the internet is a potential target for Ron Paul spam.  Even a thread about the county dog catcher is sure to draw one or two “Ron Paul 2012!” comments. It does not matter whether it is election season or not, Ron Paul fans are campaigning on the internet for him every day. No politician outside the president has the type of 24-hour coverage Ron Paul has.

My question to you is, why not Bernie Sanders?

Yes, I know that Senator Sanders is not running for president. That does not mean you cannot give Bernie the same undying adulation you give to Congressman Paul. If enough people do so, there is a good chance that he will decide to throw his hat into the ring.

You will find no shortage of reasons why you should worship Bernie Sanders as the Second Coming like you do Ron Paul. The Paulites love to say that Dr. Ron is independent (not to mention a doctor). Guess what? Bernie Sanders is really an Independent. There is an actual “I” next to his name, one of only two Senators who use that letter (the other one being the Republican in disguise, Joseph Lieberman). Contrast that to Ron Paul, who has a big fat “R” next to his name. The usual apology for this is that he represents Texas and needs the “R” to get elected. Maybe so, but that takes away from his “independent” credentials. Besides, he brings ideological purity to the free market wing of the Republican Party. Without Ron Paul, the only big name free market guys they have are actually neoliberal corporatists in disguise. Ron Paul and the Repubs have a mutually beneficial relationship in this regard.

As far as many of the issues go, Bernie Sanders should be music to a Ron Paulite’s ears. He opposes the wars and the surveillance state that has grown up around them. He has voted against the War on Drugs and has pushed for legalizing marijuana. He opposed the bailouts that caused a spike in the national debt. Not to mention that he has introduced legislation calling for a full audit of the Fed, including tracking down which banks received trillions of dollars in secret bailouts. On these issues alone, the younger Ron Paul fans (which seems to be most of them) should have no problem worshipping Bernie Sanders. They are carbon copies of each other, the only difference that we have seen is that Bernie is more independent than the Paulster. So why don’t you take a seat while I mix you a nice cold glass of Bernie’s Kool Aid, won’t you? You will find it tastes similar to the Ron Paul flavor.

So what’s the difference? Chances are that, if you are a Ron Paul fan, the issues you care about the most have already been covered. But there are those other issues that bring out the fundamental differences between the two politicians. Don’t worry, you will find that Bernie’s positions here are far superior to the Texas obstetrician’s. You may have come to Bernie’s party for the peace, freedom, legal drugs and Fed reform, but you will stay for the equality and justice.

Don’t look now but Bernie has voted for gun control. He has been given an “F” by the National Rifle Association. Believe it or not, that is a good thing. You Ron Paul guys love the Constitution. Well, gun control is as constitutional as it gets. The 2nd Amendment aimed to establish a “well regulated militia” in an attempt to prevent the creation of a standing army. But we now have a standing army, rendering the 2nd Amendment utterly irrelevant. Plus, the Founders only said that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A literal reading of this would mean people could carry AK-47s, bazookas and rocket launchers without restriction. Bernie understands that gun control helps fulfill that other constitutional requirement of providing for the general welfare.

Bernie also doesn’t like tax cuts to the wealthy. As a matter of fact, probably his greatest moment as a Senator was his legendary 13 hour filibuster against extending the Bush tax cuts. The speech has been made into a book that makes for a surprisingly good read. Now I know how you Ron Paul guys and gals hate taxes. You’re probably all set to strap on your powdered wigs and pantaloons and lecture us about the role of taxation in the American Revolution (by the way, the issue was really taxation without representation, but who needs accuracy when you’re plundering history to suit your ideology?) Anyway, taxing the wealthy would help close the budget gap. We know the Ron Paul squad is filled with deficit hawks, so you should be thrilled by Bernie’s position on taxes. But don’t tax hikes hurt the economy? Only if you get all of your knowledge of American history from CNBC. The period when we had the highest tax rates on the wealthy was also the period of the biggest and most equitable economic growth in American history (1945-1973; see the chapter entitled The Biggest Boom Yet in James T. Patterson’s book Grand Expectations.)

By this time you should be strung out on Bernie Sanders’ Kool Aid. You are just about ready to go and spambomb message boards and youtube video comment sections with “Bernie 2012!” posts. Before you do, I saved the best for last: Bernie Sanders is a Jewish socialist from Brooklyn, New York. The tin foil hat people are sure to accuse him of being a pawn in the Rothschild’s twisted scheme to bring on a one-world government. But just think for a second. Why would he want to expose the bankers in bed with the Fed (who, according to the Ron Paul crowd, must all be Jews) or oppose the bank bailouts if he was down with the Rothschild family? Ah, you say it is a front. Bernie is just pretending to be a populist in an attempt to shepherd people towards supporting the world Zionist cause. All I have to ask in response is: did you hear that? It is the sound of your mind closing.

Bernie Sanders is courageous enough to call himself a socialist in an era when the country sees it as a dirty word. He is a true Independent with the letter “I” next to his name. Unlike Ron Paul, who supports some of the right things for all of the wrong reasons, Bernie supports the right things for the right reasons. If anyone deserves your unquestioning praise, devotion and campaign work, it is Bernie. On the other hand, forget it. I can confidently speak for Senator Sanders in saying he would prefer you actually think about who you’re supporting. So drop Ron Paul. You only like him because he was marketed to you as the only independent player in Washington. Now you see there is a world beyond Ron Paul and hope for the country yet.

Bernie Sanders 2016!

A Brief Study of Economics with Ron Paul

We learned last time that August von Mises was the Father of the United States. He led the country to victory over Britain in the War for Independence and later wrote the Constitution. While birthing our nation he was also helping birth the Austrian school of economics, the only economic school known to man. It just makes sense that a highly theoretical school of economic thought conceived in central Europe in the 20th century should be the best economic model for the United States to follow. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “nothing should interfere with the workings of Austrian economics, absolutely nothing.” Austria is pretty similar to America. After all, Vienna did have its own Congress.

The first thing economics teaches us is that the government is a giant rat bastard that always looks to take money from productive people in order to give it to lazy people. This is a natural fact of human society. Egyptian pharaohs taxed landowners so they could give jobs to the Jews to build pyramids. This was a waste of Egypt’s resources. There was no demand for pyramids at the time. Instead of getting welfare, the Jewish migrant workers should have found real jobs in the private sector. This is why Egypt only lasted 5000 years as a civilization.

We see that it is a natural law for governments to be greedy. They use things like central banks to create fake money. Before central banking, people had the freedom to use whatever money they wanted however they wanted to use it, as long as it was gold. All the civilizations that used cowrie shells or wampum were just plain wrong and did not understand nature as well as we do. We believe central banks should not control the money supply or interest rates and instead let the free market decide what kind of currency people use and how much they charge for borrowing it, as long as it is gold. You see, government money is fake because it is fiat, meaning it only has value because the government says it does. We want to replace fiat currency with gold, since gold has value because we say it does. Gold’s value is intrinsic. That means God created gold because its value can be measured in worthless fake government fiat currency. When we become the government, we will just cut out the middleman and tell people they have no choice but to use gold, making it the new fiat currency. Of course, the gold supply is limited and that means the government won’t be able to just make more out of thin air for stupid reasons like poverty or unemployment. You should have bought gold before you went and got fired.

The fake currencies of central banks are inflationary. The constant flood of worthless money into the marketplace pushes prices up. We care about poor people and we do not like this inflation tax that they have to pay. On top of this, government makes these poor people pay income taxes. The 16th amendment that introduced the graduated income tax in America was the worst thing to happen to the working man. We want to replace the graduated income tax, where wealthy people have to at least in theory pay a greater percentage of their income, with a flat sales tax. Flat sales taxes are great, since it is equal for all. It does not matter if the poor end up paying a much larger percentage of their money than the wealthy, all that matters is that we end the graduated taxes and inflation that hurt the poor. It has nothing to do with the fact that these are policies traditionally championed by the wealthy. We are for the working man.

The underpinning of all of these policies is the idea that the government has no place telling the private sector what to do. When we say government, we of course mean the federal government. We all know the Austrian economists had no problem with the overweening power of state government, Austria being a hotbed of states’ rights sentiment and all. For example, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was evil because it told businesses that it had to desegregate their facilities. On the other hand, the Jim Crow laws of southern states which mandated business segregate the races was an exercise in economic freedom. We want to undo the Civil Rights Act so that the state governments could have the exclusive privilege of telling businesses what to do.  Plus, it makes sense to have economic regulation as the exclusive province of state government, since many of the businesses that would be regulated would be bigger and wealthier than those state governments.

One of the most economically oppressive things the government (federal, of course) does is protect the environment. Just because a few hipsters in coffee houses want to stop global warming, there are all types of federal laws telling businesses what to pollute and how to pollute it. If they make a mistake, they get hit with a fine or a lawsuit. It is impossible for business to survive in this system. We believe if a business has given you cancer, you should sue them. If a multinational corporation pollutes a poor neighborhood, those poor people should just sue the corporation. In other words, it is citizens who should try to penalize corporate pollution, not the government. It is unfair for the government to use its coercive power against defenseless corporations. We believe in a fair fight. Pitting poor people against Monsato is a fair competition between equals in the marketplace.

It is clear that Dr. Paul knows the policies that will lead us towards utopia. Austrian economics is the study of natural, observable behaviors of the human race. Those behaviors have proven that the government (federal) is the only one that has coercive power and is always out to use that power to rob people of their hard-earned money. Other economists like the Keynesians who think differently do not have the keys to human nature like we do. We are scientists. Our theories are backed by testable evidence. This makes us right and any economist not from Austria is wrong. Why do you think Dr. Paul lectures everyone about Austrian economics without bothering to think that there are other schools of economic thought out there that could be pontificated upon with greater logic and clarity? We all know why. It is because Dr. Paul is the only one who knows America and the Constitution. After all, James Madison, the father of the Contitution, approved the creation of a central bank when he was president. Why not elect Dr. Paul, since he knows better than the Founding Fathers?

American History, According to Ron Paul, Sort Of

America was founded in 1776 by August von Mises. He was upset because the British were violating free market principles with their stamp and tea taxes. After he led America to victory in the Revolution, he sat down to write the Constitution. In it, he was very clear that he did not want the new government to do anything but sit back and enforce contracts between private parties. Take a look at Article I, Section 8, Paragraph One: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts, and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States…” This is clear proof that the founders wanted the government to stay out of everything and allow private corporations to handle the country.

The next 73 years or so were a golden age in American free market capitalist history. Americans were moving out west onto land that Native Americans foolishly considered their hunting grounds. Too bad for them that the free market was dictating that the land now had to be owned and farmed by white Americans. If they spent more time reading the internet instead of practicing their ancestral ways, they would have realized that the free market is natural and their big government style of family-centered, nomadic clans was doomed. Americans were allowed to spread their small government, free enterprise heritage by farming land they received from the government after being won in wars declared by the government or purchased by tax money given to other nations by the government. Heroes like Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin and introduced interchangeable parts without any government help except for all that land and protection previously mentioned. Oh yeah, he also received federal government dollars for the rifles he had made out of interchangeable parts. Other than that, he was completely self-reliant like all of us should be today.

It is true that some Americans owned slaves. After all, there was a market for slaves and what place did the government have in telling people the kind of property they can own? We have already seen that the country was following free market principles at the time and the government was just hanging back and enforcing contracts. Instead, we allowed the states the deal with the slavery issue and we all know how well that turned out. Slavery built the cotton wealth of the American south. Plantations would produce cotton and ship them off to the north or Britain. It was a perfect example of free market America. These plantation owners made it all on their own without the help of anyone besides their legions of human property over whom they assumed they were racially and morally superior. They shipped their products to market totally on their own aside from all the government-built canals, turnpikes and roads made possible by the two central banks that were established in this period. Aside from their slaves and government-built infrastructure, these southern gentlemen were true Horatio Alger stories.

In this period we had five Founding Fathers as presidents. Between them we established two central banks, built the beginnings of our infrastructure, fought imperialist wars and introduced new forms of taxation. You can see from here that us libertarians are the true heirs to the Founding Fathers’ tradition. But then 1860 came and Lincoln was elected. He had no experience aside from organizing some rail-splitters in Illinois and donating money to ACORN. Lincoln threatened to end slavery, even though there was a healthy market for slaves in the economy. He was interested in nothing more than breaking the entrepreneurial and self-reliant spirit of the noble plantation owners. His big-government socialist ways caused the southerners to secede from the union. Nothing represents Lincoln’s socialist agenda better than the peroration from his first inaugural address, which sounds more like the Port Huron Statement than anything a real American would say: “We should not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it should not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” It is clear from this speech that Lincoln’s plan was to sell out the country to Zionist bankers. We may have lost the war but that does not mean America lost the entrepreneurial spirit that Lincoln tried to crush. We were ready to embark on another great age of rugged individualism.

It was up to the American people to rebuild what Lincoln tried to destroy. Railroads started to criss-cross the continent because that is what the free market demanded. By free market, we of course mean the Pacific Railroad Act where Congress mandated the creation of a transcontinental railroad. Railroad entrepreneurs like Jay Gould received free government land out west on which to build rail lines. Because of the commerce these rails would provide to otherwise isolated areas, the land they were built on became populated which raised its value 400 percent in some cases. It is clear from this that Jay Gould and the railroad corporations were totally free entities with no government help at all. They pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, unlike Americans today who always expect a government handout. Industries related to the railroads like steel, oil and even cattle started booming. This was the age of the robber barons. Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller were rugged individualists who employed hundreds of thousands of people at rock bottom salaries. There was no social security or pensions to pay into, so they got the fabulous wealth they deserved. They would become some of the first millionaires in the United States. The legions of overworked, underpaid workers were just too stupid to run a business themselves. There was no way they would ever succeed in a free market system. Their low wages had little to do with the open immigration policy of the federal government that was lobbied for by the robber barons. Nor did their low wages have anything to do with using federal law, court injunctions and the state’s military power to break strikes. That was just the government stepping in to ensure the free market did not fulfill the wishes of working people.

Historians call this period a Gilded Age but we here at the Ron Paul institute call it a Golden Age. Aside from corporate welfare, favorable regulation and the use of the state’s military power, the government had absolutely no role in the economy. Presidents like Theodore Roosevelt made attempts to stick his nose in the business of the private sector but we made sure they were undone later by Taft. Then Woodrow Wilson became president and Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act, the darkest day in history since the election of Lincoln. This was when we handed over the country to Zionist bankers who used fake American money to fund a campaign for a Jewish homeland. World War I came around and, once again, the government stuck to its free market principles by joining the fight because corporations knew it would be good for their profits.  People like J.P. Morgan made a killing during the war and with all that money they were able to influence the next three Republican presidents, all of whom were heroes for their recognition that America was a free market country that should handcuff government’s ability to interfere with the economy. The wealth gap between rich and poor grew; a sure sign that nature was taking its course and separating the wheat from the chaff. Bankers were allowed to speculate on the stock market. It was a wonderful time for everyone.

But then the stock market crashed. People might think the crash was due to the lack of government oversight in the economy. In reality, it was the Federal Reserve’s fault. They kept interest rates low, which forced these poor bankers to speculate in the stock market. I mean, if the federal government is going to hand you free money, what choice will you have but to gamble with it? Rather than listen to reason, the country elected Franklin Roosevelt who pretty much was the worst human being to ever walk the planet. Instead of waiting another four years for the Hoover tax cuts to work, FDR just used the power of the government to hack away at our entrepreneurial spirit. He did things like prevent banks from gambling with deposits, instituted a minimum wage and created social security. FDR was the biggest tyrant since Lincoln. He was a radical socialist who took us away from our tradition of government non-interference with the economy, a tradition that we have proven in this paper. Ever since that point, we have been a rotten socialist country, worse than Stalin’s Soviet Union.

FDR raised taxes to over 90 percent on the wealthiest Americans. In that time, we won World War II, built the highway system and had the biggest, most sustained economic growth in our history between 1945 and 1973. Things like collective bargaining, the GI Bill and, later, Medicare and Medicaid helped sustain a middle class with some sort of wealth parity. We also expanded rights of accused people, ended segregation and expanded opportunities for women. It was truly the most awful time in our history. The government was everywhere telling businesses how much to pay its workers, what kind of products to produce and who they can segregate at their lunch counters. A small part of the American dream was expanding thanks to socialist government, not through the free market as Mises called for in the Constitution. Instead of shooting picketing workers like the free market dictates, the government was giving them some protection. There were some rays of hope during this time, like when Barry Goldwater ran for president in 1964. But the country was too stupid to support a visionary like him who wanted to get rid of the Civil Right Act, and so we got 4 more years of Lyndon Johnson.

Since then we have been trying to find our way back to our free market heritage. Both parties have been infected with the post-FDR disease of big government. Ron Paul is the only candidate who knows the Constitution or America. If you support him, you support freedom and liberty. We have a very logical vision: for the government to not have any power and allow all of the corporations who have gotten fat off of government welfare over the past centuries to do whatever they want to whomever they want. Our Founding Fathers loved corporations even though they did not yet exist. I know one thing: August von Mises was brilliant. Ron Paul is a doctor, did you know that? We mention that every time we discuss Ron Paul’s economic ideas. It sounds better to say “Dr. Paul”, because we all know that an obstetrician who disbelieves in evolution has to be an expert in the science of economics. Ron Paul is an independent thinker, even though he is a Texas Republican in office for nearly two decades. He is not business as usual. We may have never read a real history book or the Constitution but we know that Ron Paul is right about American history, government and economics. “Doctor Paul for President”