GOP Delegates face moral dilemmaSubmitted by nostater on Sat, 08/11/2012 - 00:01
by Preston Q. Parker
The point of being a Republican rather than something else is worth remembering. There's no room on the other side for any thought of limiting the taxing power of the state, nor of limiting state power in any meaningful way whatsoever. In the GOP, or so the story goes, at least we debate how much to limit government and how much to cut spending and taxes, not whether it needs doing or not. It certainly looms as a huge difference, and it still motivates and justifies being a diehard for a huge part of the conservative base. But a huge problem has developed, has it not; the distinction has all but lost its meaning.
The logic of liberty is impossible to refute, because it's the only path leading to and properly accommodating a practical, just, accurate view of human nature, human action and the basic requirements for a stable, civil society. Private property; sound dollar; privacy, you know, the basic tenets of Western progress as opposed to communism and collectivism. This is why the imperfect Constitution still provides the most viable and practical unifying principles for us to rally to when the rafters rattle. This is why you take an oath when assuming office.
I would like to humbly suggest those who argue otherwise have no business calling themselves Republicans, or informed conservatives, for that matter... especially in a time of supposed “war.” Perhaps you've noticed by now, libertarians will generally stand tall for the fairness, justice and morality an oath venerates, and against the manipulative lies, fraud and eventual violence that rob it of meaning. If that offends you, face it, it's you that has a problem... worse, maybe you are the problem. If so, put this little bit of truth down and back away, believe me, you can't handle what I have to say.
So, young voters and delegates, are you going to take this bullying? You who are assuming the burden of funding the retirements, medical care and drugs for very well fed boomers, all social benefits, welfare for the rich too, enormous subsidies for counterproductive agricultural fascism like the ethanol scam, more bailouts for those too connected to fail, more wars costing American lives on behalf of other nations, more off-budget empire building, more mindless regulations...
You who are on the hook for e-trillions in unpayable, double-leveraged credit default swaps and moldy Fannie Mae paper piling up in the back hallways at the Fed, plus interest. .You who, if you proudly join the military, might be sent who-knows-where to randomly shoot brown people, including non-combatants; then watch as lessons never learned return flag-covered, more families destroyed, more veterans killing themselves than ever before, for what? Democracy? Cyber-megalomania? Oil? … Guilt?
To suggest that anyone's freedom is served by this is beyond ludicrous, and quite provably false. Now the neocon war jackals (O's bosses, too, which is why he never closed Gitmo, only pulled a few troops out, delivered anything but hope and change) want to bomb Syria and attack Iran, even though both Israeli and US intelligence confirm there is no bomb program (although with continual intimidation, sanctions and threats, they might try). Just more tail-wag-the-dog “regime change” operations in the service of our empire-building “friends” on the other side of the world, who have enough nuclear weapons of their own to obliterate Europe and Asia... the same backstabbing thugs who deliberately tried to sink the USS Liberty in 1967 and murdered 34 US sailors, 171 injured.
You, (“Yeah, you!”)... spied upon relentlessly; never look up at the drone and frown, kid, they'll know. Face it, this is your “social contract,” whether under Obama or Romney, only you didn't have to sign your name, they already have your “consent,” soon enough your DNA and maybe an RFID chip in your hide.
What would cause the “Home of the Brave” to cast aside our most cherished birthright, liberty? No need to even think about anyone's unthinkable complicity or negligence in the Great Intelligence Debacle (or GID, my preferred term for 9-11). It makes no sense whatsoever way before you ever get to those unanswered questions. Every one of those bootlicking chickenhawks should have been fired, and you know it, and they know it. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld probably should have been impeached (Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed on the air, on Fox!).
The GOP would now stand on much higher moral ground if it had cleaned its own house. Instead we got lies and coverups, the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act of '06, a Democrat president, outrageous, unchallengeable executive orders, NDAA, Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus destroyed and a gutted Constitution. It doesn't matter one whit if it was all a big plot or not, the end result is the grandest jail-break power grab in all of world history.
Denying the will of the people
Why would even sanctimonious, anal-authoritarian pissants violate every oath, ethical guidelines, basic fairness, Robert's Rules, Jesus' teachings and the traditions and well-being of their own party, to prevent a fair outcome in the primaries? So that they can promote and defend torture and indefinite detention, murder without due process, war without congressional declaration, snooping without warrants, police back-shooting handcuffed citizens and serving less than a year in jail? How do they not admit that what they really prefer to liberty and justice for all, is a vicious, unconstitutional, totalitarian POLICE STATE, against the wills of the vast majority of the American people! Thus destroyed are entire centuries of progress against tyranny since the Magna Carta suggested that the people should be sovereign over the king.
How can the American people and especially sensible Republicans bootlick an unlimited, unchallengeable oligarchy which is openly, violently hostile to every legal principle and tradition of over two centuries of constitutionally protected limited government and individual liberty? How can the law schools of America stand mute as every single statutory safeguard and firewall against tyranny is ignored, cast aside, removed, overturned, dismantled, misinterpreted or subverted? What vile, godforsaken excuse for a moral code condones torture and the murder of children and civilians, during war or otherwise? Not Christian. Not Jewish. Not atheist. Not even Muslim, except for certain radical interpretations.
What pathetic, hypnotized, cringing moral midgets oppose none of this? What definition of patriotism includes relentless total surveillance without warrant or cause? What definition of the First Amendment means we should demonize and persecute journalists and whistleblowers? What innate fear of inadequacy drives this mad über-authoritarian paranoia that thinks it's going to run the entire world with supercomputers, drones and ninja swat teams? And the real lying has not even started yet!
If you don't want your brightest minds in the streets like the Occupiers, then how dare you attempt to exclude them from the legitimate political process? Haven't the holy rulemakers been insisting we work within the system ever since the first doubts were expressed about the direction of this government? Why only now have a problem with anyone bringing crowds of new people to GOP meetings and working to get a candidate nominated in the proper, fair and legal manner they themselves have developed and fine tuned over decades, to express and achieve the will of the grassroots?
Demonizing those who would clean up Washington
Isn't it time for all of them to stand for what they believe in and admit, truth be known, that it's not justice, fairness, liberty, ethics, principles, the Constitution or for that matter, the desires of those grassroots Americans? Instead, party, power, privilege, paranoia, authority, spin, influence, secrecy and insufferable hubris reinforced by fear, are far more important to them. Of course the damned FED needs auditing, it needs abolishing! It's been a no-brainer for 100 years; how do you think we got in this mess? Without a moral compass, regardless of declared piousness, their horned fingers will never willingly release the levers of power.
Why else would they derail, deflect, subvert or remove every possible sunset provision, limitation, budget cut and exception to increasing their power? Why do they scream bloodily at every line item cut from the hyper-bloated-bubble military budget as though you were sawing their private parts off? America has 15 battle groups in addition to the 1000+- military bases worldwide. In these hard times for so many Americans, can't we just as effectively intimidate the world with, say, 10 battle groups and 500 bases, and use that money to bail out someone other than corrupt banks and brokerages? Silly rabbit.
Why in bloody hell, if you believe in anything but totalitarian oppression, would you remove language placed into the NDAA that would have excluded American citizens on American soil? Why mount attack after attack after attack (SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, ACTA, TPP, etc.) on the independence and freedom of the internet, unless you intend to control/spy on all communications, forever? Why would a serious opposition candidate for president never denounce nor even mention these outrageous violations of constitutional government?
Their jackboots weigh heavy on our minds already; because next, throats. This is the black hole of megalomania that is now swallowing our kids' and grandkids' futures. This is what the Republican party has become, without the liberty movement it is trying so hard to disenfranchise and jettison... trouble is, it might be about to dump its margin of victory, if any!
So why would Romney's longest list of best principles and promises not mention constitutional rights nor the basic privacy of our homes? Anyone who thinks liberty and democracy can be achieved or served by institutionalizing tyranny is pathologically insane, and deserves neither a moment of our time, nor an iota of our respect nor a dime of our money. President Bush really did say in a room of Senate personnel and aides confronting him over warrantless spying on Americans, according to Doug Thompson of Capital Hill Blue, Dec. '05: “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face! It's just a goddamned piece of paper!” This has never been repudiated by any Republican who owns both a mouth or a pen, and a conscience, to my knowledge.
How much has this pervasive, cynical nihilism already cost America? No wonder Obama won. Easily deluded Democrats are nevertheless smart enough to be scared to death. Their preference for socialism over Armani-suited megacrooks enabled by corrupt police state enforcers, doesn't automatically make them stupid or evil.
How the bipartisan insider bankster-manipulators have destroyed the integrity of the markets (LIBOR, silver and gold), has become a hot story (on Russia Today*, anyway), as has the corruption of the rating and reporting watchdogs. The biggest ripoff in world history continues; craven chicanery uninterrupted, desired and orchestrated by the huge money behind both mainstream candidates.
Personally, I believe the GOP has rendered itself unelectable until it addresses and exorcises its logical and moral inconsistencies and disowns its war crimes and war criminals (as well as banking crimes and criminals, a.k.a. demons).
The GOP was supposed to be the home of better ideas. The Tea Party coups against establishment mossbacks are a clear sign that it can’t have business as usual (congrats, Ted Cruz!). However these are only baby steps in the right direction. The GOP must win this election just to survive; beyond this, it's not likely to matter any further.
Determine your own future
There is still time for those who prefer liberty to slavery to affect the course of history, but the current destination is now clearly visible if the linear inertia is not overcome now. There is still time to right the financial ship that is rapidly sinking in debt, but the destination is now clearly visible if the linear inertia is not overcome now. Ron Paul is the only leader in either party with a plausible plan to address each of these two profound crises. Either dilemma can and will end this grand triumph of human energy, integrity and liberty that we call America, if not corrected immediately, but it can be done. This is no time to wimp out, whether anyone you know believes you, agrees, approves or not, you incorrigible sovereign individualist!
Okay, Ron Paul didn’t win this nomination battle by vote (yet), but he and the libertarian movement did win it intellectually, capturing in addition to many state party positions, the hearts and minds of thoughtful, intelligent young and old voters who think beyond kneejerk media catchwords and empty clichés. If Romney imagines he will govern “his” party, even as president, imagine again. So either honor these ideas and the man who brought these valuable thought processes to your table, or reject them at your peril.
Perhaps the Romney camp now realizes (via real polling, not the kind that ignores everything but landlines) that it can't win without us, which is why at this writing (8-10-12) he's still hasn't selected a VP, and is losing in the polls. Keep thinking, Mitt, you're supposed to be a smart guy, you can figure it out.
It looks like Dr. Paul will be denied his well-earned fifteen minutes, but the cat herd is way out of the bag, scattering to the winds. It makes normal people who can think wonder what it is the Romney statists are so childishly afraid of, I know because I've asked quite a few. If Mr. Romney is not smart and confident enough to open the big-tent flap and make temporary peace with this rapidly growing, intelligent, dedicated cadre of freedom activists, then he does not deserve to win, and the GOP will be on its deathbed. As will be liberty, in the hands of a leftist charlatan with nothing to lose.
Actual opportunities for liberty to prevail have been few over the last half century; we who started with Goldwater know how few. But no matter the outcome with the political decks stacked against us, most assuredly it's your future being determined, and your moral fiber on display for the world to judge.
Romney appears to be such a poor campaigner that the party, were it actually planning to win, should be ready to get rid of him at the earliest. Perhaps he has already been told by his handlers that the fix is in, and you ain't it.
there is no downside to voting your conscience rather than fulfilling the sanctimonious oath you may have taken to become a delegate, as revealed by RNC counsel in 2008 and illuminated by FOX19 truthteller Ben Swann, on YouTube and DailyPaul. And if Ron wins, of course there is no downside. There's no point, and certainly no fun, in not trying to do the right thing for your future, for liberty, and for America. I assure you it will be more fun to be a changer of history than a victim of it.
Fun! Politics should be fun, and always there is the possibility of humor if bitter rancor and crude threats are absent from our side of the debate. We, the libertarians, are smarter, more open-minded, more well-read in history and economics, more magnanimous, more peaceful, more capable of humor, and lately, more human, than our opponents. We can always remain more confident, level-headed, even understanding of the most deeply felt opposing viewpoints, because we are not panicked. I'm sure losing power is horrifying, but we have seen the Bill of Rights voided, and yet we remain committed by principle to non-violence in pursuing political and social goals. It is they who should suffer uncertainty for their careers and futures, especially when they are the ones initiating fraud and violence in an obscene scramble for absolute power.
This elitist 2% of whatever it is floating on top of the rest of us better wake up and realize we are the best friends they have when all the crimes are finally added up. Many of them “meant well,” so we don't propose to shoot or beat or even jail most of them, just to fire them and herd them out the door, where they can perhaps enter a new “field” of endeavor, as in growing their own food. Why should their pensions be in any less danger than ours?
Ron Paul's ace in the hole could be a Sword of Damocles...
If Ron's name is not placed in nomination and he is not allowed to speak at the convention in spite of having control of five state delegations as required, we may correctly surmise that the GOP has rotted beyond redemption already. Since these parties are suddenly famous for changing rules in the middle of the game, perhaps the moldy old Libertarian Party could make itself useful after all these years. It's probably possible for LP presidential nominee Gary Johnson, the former pro-legalization governor of New Mexico, to allow Ron to either replace his VP nominee Judge Jim Gray, or take the VP spot himself with Ron as the nominee. They are potentially on the ballot in most states, but some key ones require requalification by petition. I hope they already discussed some kind of deal back before the primaries, in case the GOP refused to sober up.
Most importantly, there are many thousands of freethinking, independent and uncommitted young people who have achieved voting age within the last cycle. Having survived mind-numbing public school and then ignored mainstream media thought-control, many have observed quite clearly how both corrupt party machines have forcibly twisted the meanings of fairness and justice. And how they have merged into a terrifying uni-monster of debt, war and brutal social control which allows no dissent.
My guess is, they are itching to deliver a blow for Liberty, one way or another! Godspeed, kids!
Our favorite relevant quotes:
“Preventative war was an invention of Hitler. Personally, I would not listen to anyone who seriously talked of such a thing.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Anarchy is when the former government employees riot in the streets.” – L. A. Rollins
:All failure is failure of imagination.” – Voltaire
“...whenever the citizens are disposed to revolt, they betake themselves of course to that blessed name of liberty, and the laws of their ancestors, which no length of time or kind usage whatever will be able to eradicate.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
“When something is wrong, you just, as an American citizen, you have to put your foot down and say, 'This is wrong'; you just can't take away any more of my rights and from here on in, I'm going to fight.” – Gary Harrington, sentenced to jail in Oregon for collecting rainwater on his own property, with state permits which were unaccountably revoked. The camel's nose of regulation, state permitting, rather suddenly became the muzzle of a gun denying access to the most vital survival need, on your own property. Wow, who coulda seen that coming?
How can it be that Russia Today, owned by the Russian government, is the only cable TV network exhibiting any semblance of journalistic initiative, independence, proper skepticism for statist bromides and obvious lies, insight and respect for liberty? Great job, Alyona, Max, Stacey, Laura! Yes, they also have several loony progressives on board, but the debates and their choices of subjects are exemplary, and opposing viewpoints are fairly represented. Want to see reporting that doesn't implicitly and mindlessly glorify the almighty state? Want to hear about how the government controls and corrupts the commodities markets just like the big banks corruptly control LIBOR rates? Want to hear the whistleblower's side of the story? Want to see intelligent women who are far smarter (and thereby, hotter) than the Fox News bimbos? “Question More,” indeed (their slogan). See also RT.com
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