South Carolina is CriticalSubmitted by naspino on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:58
I believe the future of our country is going to be settled in South Carolina. We have 9 days to introduce Ron Paul to the people of South Carolina and help them understand
that he is the ONLY one in this race that is true to his word, cannot be bought and controlled, and cares about liberty.
This is from 2008:
"Nearly 60 percent of the voters in South Carolina identified themselves in exit polls as evangelical Christians, a group that was heavily courted by Mr. Huckabee, a former
Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher. While Mr. Huckabee captured 4 in 10 of their votes, Mr. McCain also made inroads with the group, capturing more than a quarter of their vote.
The South Carolina primary has accurately predicted the Republican presidential nominee since 1980, and since 1988 it has often played a decisive role."
This is going to be a difficult hurdle to overcome but I truly believe that the people of South Carolina do not identify with Romney. He received a large bump in the polling
after his 'win' in Iowa which he actually lost. The meme on the Romney side is going to be that Obama has to be defeated and he's the only one that can do it and he'll tout his Iowa and New Hampshire credentials.
We have to expose that Romney cannot beat Obama because they are too much alike, there is no incentive to come across the aisle for votes. Plus, even if he does win we will have someone that will carry forth the same policies as Obama that will lead us in to a new war and a doubling of our already incomprehensible debt. He will be as much of a disappointment to conservatives as Obama was to progressives.
To the people of South Carolina, here are my 4 PILLARS of AMERICAN DECLINE if Ron Paul is not elected:
- THE GREAT ROBBERY: DEBT THEFT
To raise the 'debt ceiling' is theft. If they believed that we would knowingly fund their programs of overseas expansion and war and bank bailouts then they would raise the taxes on us.
Instead, they have done the same thing that the irresponsible companies on Wall Street did. They 'leveraged' America's 'future earnings'. In other words, they told themselves that the tax payers would be good for it. Of course what they and the press do not let you know is that all of that debt came with interest payments and to pay that interest we 'expanded the supply of money'.
A simple principle is that as the supply of something increases, its value decreases. In other words, if money grew on trees then it wouldn't be worth anything - and it sort of does.
When they expanded the supply of US dollars they decreased the value of every dollar in existence. The impact of that expansion or 'quantitative easing' will take a long time to work its way all the way through the economy; however, the outcome was written on the wall.
The prices of goods and services have increased as each supplier has passed on the added cost to their customers and that is why the Middle Class is shrinking, not because of
executive bonuses. The Middle Class is being squeezed by rising prices due to inflation (of the money supply to cover debt and bailout donors).
So in the past several years, while you were working hard to save money and get a good return on your investments (if you could afford an investment), the federal government has been 'unwinding' your return by devaluing the dollar in order to pay for the bailouts to Wall Street and to fund the wars overseas and maintain the 900 military bases we have around the world in a misguided and truly dangerous foreign policy.
Debt is much worse than a direct tax because you get hit twice with it. The costs of your products and services increases while at the same time you still have to repay the
debt, which a government will eventually do by stopping or reducing the services it provides to you like the plans to reduce postal delivery.
Other than Paul, who was against the bailouts, against the overseas wars, and wants to restore sanity to the bleeding by cutting $1,000,000,000,000 in overspending by the end
of 2013? The other politicians and news outlets might talk about a $1 trillion dollar cut but they usually don't highlight that they mean over 10 years and that 100 billion a year can't even keep up with the added interest payment fees on the new debt accrued.
- THE LOSS OF LIBERTY
The National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress and Obama in December authorizes the president to Guantanamo -style detain Americans without evidence and without trial; thereby stripping us from our right to due process, trial by a jury of our peers, and also our 5th Amendment right to not self-incriminate by allowing the use of soft-torture techniques on us. The Republicans and Democrats basically say, "Sure we can do that to you but we won't" to which any sane thinking person would say, "Then you don't need it as a law!"
The SOPA/PIPPA bills in Congress seek to stealth-strip you from your right to free speech on the internet by allowing the US government to shut down any website which receives
a copyright infringement complaint. I am sure they will provide Obamacare-style waivers for YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and others that agree to government minders that censor content they don't agree with but if you frequent any other political site - I doubt you will for very much longer.
Obama's Internet ID/Real ID and similar programs are other examples of a government that wants to violate your privacy and know more about you, for their safety, while at the same time closing off debate and becoming ever more secretive in their own actions. This is the exact opposite of what was intended.
The press is not raising this as an issue because all of their parent companies would benefit from the legislation. Just take a look at this chart for an example of how the parent companies of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and FOX stand to gain from this.
I think if you can connect the dots you can see that these types of programs are not needed but in a world which is becoming increasingly destabilized and where the United States falls in to an economic crisis of its own creation that our elected leaders believe these programs will help them to power. This goes against the grain of everything it means to be an American.
The Patriot Act as an emotional response to 9/11 started all this infringement. As usual with government bills, its name should have been the first clue that it intended to deliver the exact opposite.
This is why Ron Paul stands against the Patriot Act and all of the above mentioned bills. These bills are for a populace that the government fears and wants to monitor and control. The opposite should be true. Its we who should monitor the government and control it. We should know where every penny is being spent, where our elected leaders are, who has access to our leaders, and how they are being influenced.
We cannot let Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich slip through unquestioned on any of these issues.
- LOSS OF PRODUCTION AND JOBS
This country is heading down a path which will place its citizens, just like those in China, in wage slavery. This is evident from our elected politicians who seem to work tirelessly to move jobs out of the United States. It seems that China is now the Shining Beacon on the Hill and that our officials believe our solution is to emulate them. The debt theft, the subtle tax hikes, and reduction of services will send us there in time.
They've even floated the idea of requiring people to work on road side pickup crews in order to obtain their unemployment. What do they know that they don't want us to know?
Romney touts he was a business man but fails to remind you that before that he was the son of the Governor. He has been in politics or profiting from politics his entire life and beyond his platitudes he has no solution to bring jobs back to the United States. Having no plan to cut at least $1,000,000,000,000 from our annual spending primarily in overseas wars and programs which produce nothing that we can resell to other countries speaks volumes.
In the end we all know that Romney will find it politically expedient to do nothing. His election and avoidance of the deficit as an issue will confirm that Americans have not yet woken up to the Great Debt Theft and so he will continue it.
Why else have 10% of America's billionaires contributed to his campaign?
- MILITARY OVEREXTENSION
The US military exists to defend the liberties of Americans. Yet, for quite a long while we have used the military to exert power and influence over the world. Not surprisingly that has had consequences. Were we attacked on 9/11? Granted. Were we attacked by Islamic extremists? Granted. Can you exterminate religious extremism? No, and you shouldn't be able to because that means you could exterminate any group of people based on their beliefs. The war on terror, like the war on drugs, will never have an end.
The government has proven this itself in suggesting that we need more troops for Afghanistan, a potential war in Iran, and more monitoring and control of Americans that might be classified as domestic terrorists. It reminds me of the movie 1984 and the quote "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever."
How else can you stop these things without destroying individual liberty? You cannot conclusively win a battle of ideas in war. No more can the Islamic extremists destroy the United States than can we wipe out Islamic extremism.
We need to focus on the United States, focus on restoring our qualities and our communities and give the wars and conflicts, and kinetic actions a break. I'm willing to even
just ask for a four year break. The world won't be any more dangerous in four years than it is now and Iran having a nuclear weapon is inevitable no matter how many times we impose sanctions, or bomb them - and after Iran there are dozens of other 'rogue' states behind them. We need a better solution and the world needs to recognize how much the United States does for it. Ever heard of the expression - absence makes the heart grow fonder? Perhaps that might be how the world comes to see us if we just withdrew from foreign intervention for four years.
Without Paul, if you had a crystal ball, then it would give you a vision of a very different America in 20 years, one where most people are in debt-slavery where nearly every ounce of effort is spent to fund the government. You would see a quality of living for your children that you have only imagined existed in 3rd world nations in Asia and Africa. If you followed an average person, they would be working day and night to meet their obligations but never saving or increasing their wealth to the benefit of their children. If liberty dies, America dies with it.