Video: I spoke at Charlotte City Council as a Ron Paul supporter!Submitted by stevenavarro on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 11:41
I'm a Ron Paul supporter, needless to say. I spoke last night at City Council on the occupy movement, and introduced myself as a Ron Paul supporter. It went really well.
I don't know how to say this, so I'll just put it out there: I am an Army Veteran, and I will be seeking public office one day. Please check out my video, as I would love it to be posted on the dailypaul.
Here is a transcript of my speech:
Thank you Mayor Foxx and members of city council for hearing me today. My speech is on Occupy Charlotte and our Country’s fiscal situation. My goal is to persuade you to stay the course on how you have treated this spontaneous uprising compared to other cities, and support them in every way to do their protests.
10 years ago today, and during the 9/11 attacks I was a Sergeant in the 3rd Infantry Division in former Yugoslavia, protecting Muslims from genocide. Being in that spot in history made me very interested in foreign policy, politics, economics, history, philosophy and warfare. It made me dedicate my life to others, just like all of you here. Please take in what I am about to say as if I were a citizen meeting you at the grocery store who insisted on a minute of your time, and trust that I am sincere and not just wanting to rant on TV. Full disclosure, however – I am a Ron Paul supporter.
Our country is broke, Roman Empire style, and big changes worldwide are going to happen in the next few years. TARP in -07 and QE since then just kicked the can and the day of reckoning down the road. Being the issuer of the worlds reserve currency allowed the Federal Government to transition us from a free Republic to a military Empire, and we got cheap goods from abroad. Even though our country has been in decline and we have been uncompetitive for decades, we have been able to print and borrow to maintain our standard of living. The housing bubble was Americas last spending spree. This system is rapidly coming to an end. The unraveling of the world-wide dollar reserve standard is why there are protests in the Middle East, in Greece and now in our streets. The occupiers are right when they chant “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out”.
A lot of people have disdain for the occupiers because of their apparent flaws. However, the flaws in these protesters simply reflect American youth today. It’s not their fault – this is simply the stock of what America is putting out nowadays. Thank NCLB, our bankrupt culture and that we have lost the work ethic. But, despite them not being perfect human beings, the occupiers are better than the 85% of the people at home watching football on weekends. The only problem is that they are directing their efforts at BoA instead of at the Federal Reserve, the great counterfeiter ironically right across from 600 E Trade street. It is the young in America who will be stuck with the bills, and face the prospects of a standard of living much lower than they once grew up with expecting and that you have enjoyed. This alone should command your respect.
It was very naive – and disgusting – for our Federal Government to coordinate evictions of occupiers around the country. As if ruining some tents and cracking a few skulls would make them give up and go home. Thank you for not participating in this. History will be kind to you. Different cities will be hit differently when inflation starts getting out of hand, and for all I know, a city like Oakland might get burned to the ground. Imagine if that Iraq Veteran would have actually died from that gas canister to his head?
In my opinion, our only hope is that the Tea Party and the Occupy movement find each other, form an “unholy alliance” between the anti-war far left and the anti-war far right, and force the Federal Government to end our military Empire before we are bankrupt. Its about time. I call “shenanigans” on their “we are the 99%” nonsense, since they still do not want to even start a dialog with the Tea Party. But if they did, and it happened in Charlotte, we can be the city that restores the Republic. Please go down there and talk to them, and try to make this happen. Camp out with them for a night – they aren’t protesting you, after all.
And to you who say they cost money and ruin property – Where was your frugality when we built NASCAR museums, white water centers and NBA arenas? If there even is even a small chance that this can happen here in the Queen City then we should facilitate it. If hyperinflation comes to America, there will be violence in the streets. (the hyperinflation sentence didn’t make it as I was running over on time) In Greece they are already throwing Molotov cocktails at police. Charlotte is a friendly city. Lets keep it that way. I might not agree with all the occupiers have to say, but I will fight for their right to say it. Why? Because I am America, and so can you.