Liberty Moving ForwardSubmitted by Chained Reality on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 16:39
Alright, I'm here to help explain a few things we all need to remember moving into the future from here. I think all of us know this, but may have not taken the time to put into plain words what our overall goal is.
Constitutional Liberty as the base of our country's political agenda.
There it is, the one sentence we all know. But perhaps it may be better to explain this on terms that those who do not share our views can understand.
After all, we aren't just here to win an election. I highly doubt Dr. Paul is in it just to change things and make those who disagree with it deal with the changing times. We need to breed understanding within everyone so that we may all live with the knowledge of how to treat government.
This is an exercise we can all get involved in, and detail(key note: IN OUR OWN WORDS), why we believe what we believe. If you would like to add a detail, or even debate a detail of someone's post, please feel free to do so. Obviously, keep it respectful.
So, in order to make this a proactive post and not just someone explaining things, what I would like to see is a list of issues(hot issues, key issues, or small issues), and why Constitutional Liberty is the best way to achieve the best results for that issue. I'll start.
Issue: Sound Money
Those of us supporting Dr. Paul have a common sense explanation of what we call "Sound Money" is. The fiat dollar we have right now is based solely on our word, has little to no value because it is not backed by Gold, Silver, or any other material that could have a real purpose or value to the person trading it.
It's easy for us to understand the concept that money is based upon a transaction or agreement that is mutually beneficial to both parties involved. Obviously, if our dollar is just our word, some may not find value in that. If there is a material like Silver or Gold backing it, historically there has always been value to precious metals because it is accepted just about anywhere, and is seen largely as a symbol of status which creates it's value.
One of the key issues we detail when talking to those who are either ignorant to how our money system works currently, or believe in Keynesian economics is that it obviously isn't working! We have way too much debt because we feel that if we pump enough money into it, everything will stabilize and the economy will turn around.
This is a very scary mindset to many who have an inquiring mind and ask "What exactly IS it that will stabilize our economy if we just keep putting more money into it? Isn't the whole problem that we are creating money out of thin air, which devalues it that much further?"
Perhaps people revere money too much. Personally, I see money as "The Means to the End" if you will. I'm not out to be rich just to have money. I'm out to be rich so that I can provide for my family and friends. The opportunity for that now lies in the hands of the government, which I don't like because
"A government powerful enough to give you the things you want, is powerful enough to take away the things you want."