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The Revolution Diet

At the risk of stating the obvious, it is common knowledge that few people are in politics for something other than just gaining the weight of power. Let’s be honest. Wait. Nevermind. This is politics.

In the embarrassingly obese city we call our capital, both Republicans and Democrats spend their every effort to gain power. And cake. There is no measurable difference in their foreign policy. We are just as despised as the world’s policemen with Obama as we were under Bush. Nothing changes regarding the political machine’s overseas “adventurism”—otherwise known as meddling.

Nothing changes with the monetary policy when a power shift occurs between the two parties. They’re still bankrupting the next generation before it has a chance to eat breakfast. Did you know the dollar has lost 98% of its value since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913? It’s not looking good for Junior’s chances at success.

Election cycles turn their witchy little wheels, yet nothing changes with the deficit; it’s rising faster than the giant thermometer at the Gateway to Death Valley in July. Did you know the Pentagon says it is too large to be audited? Our outstanding public debt is $15,499,364,662,579.05 at the moment; that amount will be outdated by the time you read these words. The funny-money deficit will double as we continue to drop a few bombs on The-Country-of-the-Week and subsidize most of America’s grocery and doctor bills. Is Fat Washington’s behavior sustainable? If this was a reality show, a major, tear-jerking intervention would have aired by now.

Yet, in the land of “free” and the home of the knaves, nobody seems to really care about personal liberties, either—including the Democrats who claim they know a civil liberty when they see one. The Patriot Act is the TSA is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the Constitution’s funeral.

Did you know that Mitt Romney said if he was already president, he would have signed the NDAA, just like Obama did? So there’s the hope—hope you don’t get indefinitely detained!

With that backdrop, I can see why running into candidates like Congressman Ron Paul gets confusing for those used to supporting political power grabbers. It is obvious to anyone with eyes that Dr. Paul cares solely about the issues. By definition, issue-based consistent candidates cannot care about their personal power. This is why he has earned the trust and loyalty of former political skeptics, apathetic non-participants, and disillusioned politicos.

Congressman Paul confirmed, “No, I don’t care about power. I care about influence, and the best way you can influence a nation and move a nation is by translating this into a political action that is successful.”

Paul’s ideas are met with wild, enduring enthusiasm, and an exhaustive reading list on subjects like economics and history. His supporters devour books like How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes by Peter Schiff, The Case Against The Fed by Murray Rothbard, and Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse by Thomas Woods.

What books do Obama supporters share like wildfire? What books are on Romney supporters’ reading lists? What authors’ ideas are endorsed by Santorum and shared at meet-ups? Please, people supporting the squawking Washington mouth, educate us.

Students of history know that it only takes ten percent of a population summoning iron spines and healthy appetites for revolution to reform a nation. Thanks to Ron Paul’s decades of work, we now have more people than we need to be successful in cooking up some real change. In the past three months alone, more than a million voters rang the dinner bell for liberty and prosperity.

“Unlike my opponents, I am not running from my voting record. I am not running from my public statements. I am not running from my predictions. I am running on them,” said Paul.

Perhaps my fortune cookie said it best, “Many people who have power become deaf-mutes.” Patriots for liberty have heard the call and are answering it. We are very, very determined to win—even if it takes 20 more years to slim down the country and prevent its fatal heart attack.

“Liberty, once it takes root, is a plant of rapid growth.” - George Washington

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Cyril's picture

Delightful post

Witty and wise, yes.

"What books..." ? you ask.

Goodness, that's a good point.

I, for one, can't wait to see which reading list one of those other camps' supporters could come with...

I mean, actual books. With actual content in them.

Let's wait and see, I guess.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Nice Piece

Witty, wise, humorous. This was really impressive.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
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tasmlab's picture

That word again: adventurism

"meddling" is too weak of a replacement, it's "legalized mass-murder"

Currently consuming: Harry Browne, Free Domain Radio; JT Gatto and Holt; Wii U

Priscilla Jones's picture

Agreed!

It IS mass murder. I refuse to concur that it is legal, however. That would give the offenders too much legitimacy. Thanks for your comment!

"Adventurism" is a word Paul used during his Alaska interview this week.

What's on your reading list?

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tasmlab's picture

Reading list

Hi Priscilla,

I've been reading Mises "human action" for over a year (a few pages a weekend whilst my youngest daughter naps) and am reading Sam Harris' "Free Will" currently.

Over the past few years it's been a steady diet of Paul and economics with Rothbard's "for a new liberty", all of Paul's recent books, Rand's book, Schiff's Crash Proof and "how an economy.," C4L/Feigns "American Empire", Hazlitt "Economics in one lesson", Hayek "Serfdom".

And then DP, Mises.org, LRC,

Reason Magazine (for over a decade, this was my only source of Liberty news).

And then Alternet, MotherJones, Antiwar, Wonkette, TAC, Redstate.com, Huffpo, DailyKos, etc., to see what the rest of the world is thinking.

I also read Raj Patel's "The value of nothing" as an book exchange with a progressive friend. (he had to read "Road to Serfdom")

I'm a professional business writer, so I read a lot about management theory/trends.

And a lot of Dr. Suess. I have three very young children :-)

Thanks for asking! What's on yours? What should I be reading?

Currently consuming: Harry Browne, Free Domain Radio; JT Gatto and Holt; Wii U

Priscilla Jones's picture

What did he think?

What did your friend think about Hayek's "Serfdom"? I just read it again the other day.

I read a lot of Mark Twain just to keep a perspective.

"Revolution: A Manifesto" is in my car's CD player again. I really think it has timeless appeal, like Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative" that I try to give to every non-RP Republican I can find. They generally make a trout face at me for my effort. I console myself with the realization that their days of political activism are numbered as they approach retirement and death.

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tasmlab's picture

My son is named Huck

Huckleberry Finn is my all favorite time book :-)

My friend didn't see much in it. He doesn't see banking cronyism or militarism (for example) as a features of a socialist state, instead preferring to figure out how to get food and medicine to the indigent pop for free. In his view, Government is good except when it is not.

The aspects of 'Serfdom' that I found so scary, like the banks insisting they are central to economy, didn't resound with him. I.e., It was just a technical analysis of history of two bad countries, not a future-forward recipe of what fiat money, fascism and hyper-militarization can lead to.

Currently consuming: Harry Browne, Free Domain Radio; JT Gatto and Holt; Wii U

"Yet, in the land of “free”

"Yet, in the land of “free” and the home of the knaves, nobody seems to really care about personal liberties, either—including the Democrats who claim they know a civil liberty when they see one."

Yep.

To further this point I've spent many hours debating liberals on huffingtonpost who are defending Obama's pro-war stance, his NDAA bill, and the patriot act. It's sad to see people vote on party, instead of on principle.

reedr3v's picture

I appears the Liberty movement is a launching

pad for some great new writing talent. Good read.

ditto

ditto

Michael Nystrom's picture

Nice

Funny. Keep them coming. In addition to a diet, the revolution needs more humor and levity, a good poke in the eye every now and again.

Thank you.

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Priscilla Jones's picture

Cheers!

Thank you! I am honored to have been recruited. Daily Paul is becoming an institution--in a good way! I am glad to be a part of it.

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