Dec 17, 2012

Worst mass murder at a school?

The worst mass murder at a school was committed by the government. 84 men women and children were burned alive at the hands of the FBI. The FLIR expert who was about to testify to the proof of this, conveniently died just before the trial. 

When the Mt. Carmel church and school burned down ( they called it a compound in the news ) not one law was passed to protect our communities from our own criminal government. Instead, Diane Feinstein with Republicans in collusion voted for an assault weapons ban that lasted for 10 years and didn't have any effect on crime. Our government since that time has killed over 2 million people at home and abroad, many of them children. In fact, between 1992 and 1999, 500,000 children died in Iraq due to sanctions and bombings. Clearly, there is a moral problem in this country. Most call it a double standard. It's a tragedy when 20 kids are murdered by a crazed psycho. As long as he doesn't work for the government.

Jun 12, 2012

Summer Soldiers and Sunshine Patriots: Will the Ron Paul movement eat itself?

“These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated." - Thomas Paine from "The Crisis", December 23, 1776

Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney has caused a firestorm amongst those who have claimed to be Ron Paul’s supporters.

The vitriol that has been unleashed the past week against Ron and Rand Paul and those who refuse to make them their enemies has been pretty ugly. Embarrassingly so. There are quite a few people, some prominent individuals, who have decided to take their balls and go home (if ever they had any) and are blaming Rand Paul for destroying the movement.

This is a bit ironic because the only thing that can destroy the movement are its members attacking each other and disbanding, not one uber-leader playing a political gambit.

Those who are spreading dissent and flinging insults are generally those who don’t understand politics very well, apparently, and in my opinion have no idea what is at stake or what is being waged.

Sixteen states, so far, have seen their Republican party ranks swell with people committed to restoring liberty in the United States. That alone is a victory. The larger war is to win back our freedom through political action and Ron Paul has been the rallying cry driving the movement’s members to action and victory. But he isn’t a God nor is he flawless and putting one’s faith in a single person is a terrible idea, especially in politics.

Yet now some are willing to go far beyond mere disappointment. They are willing to attack, deride and ridicule those who continue on to fight for Ron Paul’s nomination and the eventual take-over of the GOP. The latter is virtually guaranteed while the former is still in question or even discounted as a possibility entirely by these same malcontents.

I personally don’t think that the negativity will hurt us in the long run, but it will damage friendships and weaken the resolve of those with lesser constitutions.

Some have even called for Ron Paul to publicly flog his son in the national media to appease their own anger. Apparently those who do so fail to understand that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Throwing away treasured family members over a political disagreement is not a commendable practice though, being raised in a fairly religious family, I recognize that it is human nature to take extreme measures to control behavior.

This endorsement in the scheme of things is a grossly petty object over which to agonize. Politics is not a picnic. It makes for strange bedfellows. In context, it is a non-event. It does maintain credibility for Rand in current establishment GOP circles and is an inoculation against a backlash from big-moneyed donors and lobbyists who will be feeling a bit put out after the 2012 cycle. It also might take pressure off of the remaining delegate conventions and give Ron Paul supporters a chance to prevail under more calm conditions.

It doesn’t diminish the actions Rand has taken during his tenure, all of which mesh almost perfectly with his father’s positions and actions in Congress.

Unfortunately, many do not see it this way and have adopted the “those who are not in complete lock-step with us are against us” mentality (A bitter irony that they adopt Bushisms). The problem is that this is a very poor political strategy and has resulted, in some counties and precincts, with Ron Paul supporters getting locked out of the battle completely.

The rift may be a blessing because calmer heads may end up prevailing. On the other hand, it also shows how immature this movement is even as it has grown exponentially over the past four years.

Once the dust settles on this controversy, I hope that we can repair friendships and push on. We are going to need each other.

Those who haven’t lost their heads understand that this fight is not about things as meaningless as platform planks. I mean really.... Since when has anyone besides Ron or Rand cared about the GOP party platform? The battle is for the soul of the Republican party and the country.

The Presidency is a pimple on the ass of an elephant in significance compared to the good that can come from completing a GOP take-over. What kind of country would we have if a majority of gubernatorial, state representative and senatorial office-holders consisted of candidates emulating Ron Paul?  Would the federal government even matter?

And what of the federal candidates? If they too shared the same set of principles and dedication to constitutional principles, what would the President matter? He’d have no bills to sign that weren’t within the boundaries of law. His war powers would be stripped and our children could perhaps grow up without facing a mountain of debt.

For the sunshine patriots and summer soldiers, even that does not stir the emotions quite as much as the desire to tear down the work of a great many real patriots worked while they chewed fingernails and complained bitterly at the first sign of hardship.

May 15, 2012

Something Very Unforeseen - A defense of Jesse Benton

‎"Unfortunately, barring something very unforeseen, our delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination" - Ron Paul Campaign Chairman, Jesse Benton

Seventeen words was apparently all it took to make quite a few Ron Paul supporters crazy. More than one call  for Benton's head was uttered on Facebook and elsewhere but very little analysis of what Benton actually said has been conducted. Here's to a bit of analysis and hopefully calming of nerves.

The timing of this statement was undoubtedly poor given Ron Paul's recent "suspension" of his beauty pageant operation - which would consist of spending millions to woo regular primary sheep who think that they are actually influential in party politics.

In point of fact however, the beauty pageants mean nothing as we've seen so far. In fact, Romney, the media's presumed GOP nominee has yet to win a single state delegation-selecting convention other than North Dakota and Ron Paul has won the rest. Oklahoma is still being contested but in all likelihood, will be Ron Paul's to claim since the convention was improperly adjourned and the die-hard participants, including fair-minded Romney supporters stayed to finish the convention correctly and by the rules. In. The. Parking. Lot.

So we know that Ron Paul did not suspend his campaign.

There were some eight hundred accompanying words to the seventeen that made everyone crazy in Benton's statement, but clearly nobody paid attention to those and instead focused on the sentence that made it seem as if the nomination was being conceded.

This isn't the case. In fact, I would suggest to you that Jesse's seventeen words were totally correct. Barring something very unforeseen, Ron Paul's delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination. Duh. My dad's not a phone.

But, if you were to look at what has been accomplished so far with an objective eye, wouldn't you say that what has happened so far is something "very unforeseen?" Certainly by Romney campaigners, GOP establishment types and the media it is.

Think about it. If we manage to pull in Oklahoma, we've dominated 13 state's primary delegate selection processes so far. Not all states have had their final conventions. But in the contests leading up to the state conventions and in some of the final conventions themselves, Ron Paul supporters have completely overturned the old guard and have taken control of the GOP at the highest levels including state party chairman positions in at least 3 of those states. And there are more to come. Without. Any. Media. Coverage.

Do you really think that this was foreseen? Do you also think that this is some small feat that will have no affect on the political landscape in those states? Let that sink in for a moment.

Those Ron Paul supporters who will jump ship over this "gaffe" weren't involved. I haven't seen a single winner of a delegate spot jump ship. Only those who view themselves as capable of running the national campaign better (than anyone apparently) are preaching gloom and doom and making proclamations of "off with his head."

They are more suited to running politics in the Wonderland than in real life however. It is ironic that the majority of political "experts" are not also delegates. Maybe the word coincidence is more apropos. At any rate, the delegate selection process isn't even half-way decided. Two of the biggest states to be decided are Texas and California. And in Texas, an open primary state, Democrats who are disgusted with a "peace" president who has renegged on every significant promise are eligible to cross party lines and support Ron Paul.

Between California and Texas, we're talking almost 400 delegates. If Ron Paul doesn't win the beauty contest, he could still help us win party control. This is what happened in 1980 by the way when Reagan devotees completely dominated the state parties and got their man the nomination and changed GOP politics for the next 2 decades.

And so, Ron Paul supporters, please stop reading more into seventeen words than is there to be read. This fight continues and the prize is the same. You've been challenged to create something "very unforeseen", not challenged to whine and give up the most historic political battle you've ever witnessed.

Either be a part of history or step aside but please stop trying to discourage everyone else because you've decided to put on a long face. Long faces are for horses.

Lastly, what Ron Paul did say was that his focus would be to aid his supporters by speaking at the state conventions. He's scheduled to speak at the Minnesota and Texas state conventions with more to be announced. In Nevada, where he spoke to what was in 2008 a very contentious and jealous establishment crowd, his presence calmed the convention attendees and he walked a way with a staggering eighty-plus percent of the delegates in a state where he lost the beauty contest.

Consider what might have happened had he been a speaker at the Oklahoma convention. If that doesn't give you a better perspective, then you may need to take a few more deep breaths. It will come to you. Certainly what won't happen is that the delegates in states still-to-hold conventions are going to cry in their pillows and stay home. This fight hasn't even begun to take shape though the media has already called it for Romney.

Let them call it. And then let us party in Tampa. And later in November.

Oh by the way.....has anyone seen any Tea Party people at the conventions?