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"Republicans Cross the Rubicon" by Paul Craig Roberts

"...What reminded me of NPR’s surrender was NPR’s August 31 report with its two regular talking voice political pundits discussing the Republican Convention and Romney’s speech. After witnessing the Republicans at their nominating convention at Tampa violate all their own rules and ride roughshod over the Ron Paul delegates, one expected some discussion of the Republican Party’s refusal to allow Ron Paul to be placed in nomination or his delegate account to be announced.

The operative question was obvious: How can the American people trust the Republicans with the awesome power of the executive branch when the Republican Party just finished demonstrating for all to see its Stalinist qualities by crushing the anti-war, anti-police state wing of its party?

The authoritarianism was gratuitous. Romney had a sufficient number of delegates to be nominated. It would have cost Romney nothing to follow the rules and allow Ron Paul to be placed in nomination and his delegate numbers to be reported. Instead, Romney wrote off the liberty contingent of the Republican Party. The Brownshirts demonstrated their power..."

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Another excellent article

By Paul Craig Roberts. If there were more like him, we would have a much better country.

PCR Thinks the "New Deal" is great

He writes: "Decades of frustration have made Republicans mean. They object to everything that has happened since the Great Depression in the 1930s to make the US a more just and humane society."

The New Deal, the War on Poverty, etc. are all unjust and inhumane, for they rely on using gov't violence to steal from one group to give to another. They are, in fact, the practical implentation of the Fascism that PCR wants to denounce.

What he says about war seems to be right on the mark, though.

I agree... I do not hold with

I agree... I do not hold with all of PCRs positions, but he sure hits GOLD about 80% of the time. What I appreciate is he is calling out the corruption...very loudly!

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

That's where I stopped reading..

I was hoping PCR was going to make a good point, but instead fell into a stream of DNC talking points (AKA propaganda) and lost me...

if you stopped reading you

if you stopped reading you missed the good stuff!! ;-D!!

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Instead, Romney wrote off the liberty contingent...

...of the Republican Party. The Brownshirts demonstrated their power..."

That's for damned sure.

I do not see how any true Ron Paul supporter can vote for the republican ticket.

Whether I vote Libertarian Party, Constitution Party or Write-In Dr. Paul remains to be seen.

But it WILL be one of those 3 choices.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

I hear you... After this

I hear you...

After this whole campaign and all the work I've done for Ron Paul in '08 and 2012, I think I will follow Lew Rockwell's example and abstain from voting. I no longer have an ounce of faith in this system...

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

I'd love to take PCR to lunch one day

He only lives about 40 minutes from where I live but I haven't figured out how I could make that happen. One thing I'd really be interested in getting his views on is the FED. He was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under the Reagan Administration. He must have a pretty good idea of how the government plans to deal with the coming collapse of the dollar.

I wonder if he likes Hooters. There is a nice Hooters restaurant right on Panama City Beach that I've been to many times. What a great time I would have sharing a pitcher of beer and some hot wings with PCR. :)

Having lunch with PCR at

Having lunch with PCR at Hooters, speedyman, now that mental picture made me smile!!

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle


It would be my first time eating at hooters and focused exclusively on an older man instead of the pretty ladies. lol

sure you would...

...and you read Playboy for the articles...right??!!
~~ snickerchortlesnort ~~


If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Mr. Roberts has email. Request his presence over some wings

Mr. Roberts has email. Request his presence over some wings and beer. Who knows? He may very well accept your invitation in between doing guest appearances on various webcasts. (That sort of thing must get tiring after a while, judging by some of these regulars' appearances on off-datys.)

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Ron Paul got off easy

Look at what they did to Alabama Governor Siegelman
These SOB's need some "group therapy".

That strikes me as very reminiscent of Thomas More

after he fell out with Henry VIII.

They first of all tried to get Thomas More on bribery charges, but he was the only official that didn't take bribes.

It does not look like Siegelman was completely clean, but he certainly looks mild compared with normal standards for Alabama politicians.

When the first attempts on More failed, Thomas Cromwell tried other schemes.
They failed as well.
He eventually bribed Richard Rich, with the secretary of state for Wales, to lie under oath that More had said something treasonous against the King.
Which was totally unbelievable as More was always very careful, knowing there were plots against him.
More was convicted and beheaded.

It would seem in Siegelman's case, Karl Rove is the new Thomas Cromwell - scheming to get a conviction any way he could to neutralize a political threat.

We can always hope that Rove will get his comeuppance for picking Romney, as Cromwell did with Anne of Cleves.

Romney the new mare of Flanders has a certain cachet.
Especially with the doping of his horse Super Hit and the fraudulent scheme by the Romney's over the $125,000 sale of said horse.

But there is far less justice in America today, than in the court of Henry VIII.
So I am not holding my breath.

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

Yup, that's Roberts all right

Notice how he NEVER EVER ADVOCATES ACTION from his readers or offers any constructive solution whatsoever? I had done with is pious handwringing years ago. We're quantum leaps ahead of him and his well heeled armchair radical readers. Don't think he's an ally for a second. We're not his intended audience.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Thanks, Smudge Pot

Despite the fact I agreed with much of what he said, I had the same reaction. As noted in a comment below, he sees only the Republican Party as evil; the Democrats' only fault is that they don't stand up enough for what's right. Hah! I don't trust that guy.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

First, the American people

First, the American people need to realize that we have a one-party system. The Democrat Party and the Republican Party are two heads of the same snake. This is certainly not a novel idea. Virtually all informed Americans know this.

The Insiders, the special interest who are running things allow us to go through the motions of electing a president every four years. At present, they have the power to ensure that only candidates acceptable to them can secure the nomination of "either party", and that it is virtually impossible for a third-party candidate to prevail.

This power is based on the ignorance of the overwhelming majority of Americans who participate in this game. While they tend to dislike politicians in general, they stand by and allow unworthy candidates to secure the nominations for our highest office. The solution to this problem is education, but this is not likely to take effect soon.

So, what is the solution? The remedy is to first replace Representatives in the House with principled Constitutionalists - and this also requires education. Our advantage is that the Insiders cannot exert anywhere near the pressure on 435 House seats every two years. The Senate, like the presidency is a lost cause at this point. The House is on record opposing Obamacare. They do this because they know that the Senate will not vote for repeal - and even if it did, the Administration would override the veto.

But, the House can cut all funding for Obamacare by simple majority - which they have! Here is the litmus test for who is really on our side in the House. If they are unwilling to cut all funding for Obamacare, they are working for the other side.

The other option is state nullification. The federal government has no authority to control our healthcare, and unless I am misreading the Tenth Amendment, the states have an obligation to step up to the plate and put Obama in his place.

The politicians know how unpopular Obamacare is. They know that there is no money to fund it - we are trillions of dollars in debt, thanks to them. We just need to exert more pressure on them than they are receiving from the Administration, and their party leadership.

Paul Craig Roberts = American

Paul Craig Roberts = American Hero!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

It took some effort to read past the

It took some effort to read past the initial relentless Republican-bashing for their lack of (liberal) compassion (which the author later contradicts in revealing Romney's strategy with Moscow), but the comparison of the US to 1930s Germany is striking. And really scary.

I pray that we are not past the point of no return, but the display at the RNC (and this entire primary season) makes me think that we are. That the "conservative" pundits are telling Ron Paul supporters that they are bad Americans for disagreeing with "our" imperialistic endeavors is truly disturbing.

Republi[CAN]ism looks like a lost cause. But I fear it is our only hope. 3rd-parties are doomed to failure in this D&R duopoly. If we can't trickle up through the party, I don't see any other non-violent way to restore this country.

Scathing, and an interesting point of view

The democrats are weak? I don't know about that. I think both parties are very much strong in their corruption. But the writer makes a very strong argument, and I like it.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

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The man is so mired in hatred of

Republicans he attributes all evil to them, only weakness to the Democrats. A common Leftish theme that allows them to gloss over the equally horrific and failed policies of the Democrats as merely corruption or cronyism, not core evil just like the Republican administrations. so they will all vote for Obama once again no matter how obvious his betrayal and wars and authoritarianism.


Nobody in this world scares me more than those who hold the puppet strings of our supposed leaders.

The masses

have to be enlightened, and I mean now. I believe it is all a big farce. There is no intention of having Romney win the election. It is all about Obama being reelected to finish the destruction of America. Why else would the travesties at the state primaries, delegate selection process and at the convention be so blatantly unethical and against all RNC rules. I mean really, a prompted promptor in plain sight?? Microphones turned off in the "nose bleed seats" so the "nays" could not be heard??

RP may not had enough delegates (and I'm still not sure of that outcome given all the fraud) but if he had been nominated at the convention, he would have been able to give his speech, and that terrified them all. Can you imagine if he had been able to speak the truth? It would have been awesome, and the attendees would all hear what RP has been advising for 30 years. No flip flop, no lies, only the truth.


I just spent the last hour and then some reading this and the links in it that linked to articles with numerous links that I felt compelled to click on. I feel a bit overloaded.
What a stinkin' mess the government is making.
Thanks for posting this article.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

You're welcome!

You're welcome!

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Such good points...

I liked this:

The Democrats, when they gained control of Congress in the mid-term elections, did nothing about the unprecedented legal and constitutional crimes of George W. Bush. The Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who could easily have impeached George W. Bush for his obvious crimes against US law and the US Constitution, announced that “impeachment is off the table.” Money was more important to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi than the rule of law.

When a people have no political party that represents them, they are doomed to tyranny.

And to war.

And, this:

Are Americans aware that the hubris and idiocy of their political leaders have now saddled Americans with the burden of two number one enemies, both well equipped with armies and nuclear weapons? Only Iran can be happy about this as it moves Iran off the front burner.

And, this:

The Nuremberg Trials of Germans after World War II established that naked aggression is a war crime.

The only thing I'd like to add is that I do believe a much greater number of the masses are catching on to the gravity and reality of what is going on in D.C., thanks in large part to the Ron Paul Revolution and to Dr. Paul himself, as well as others who have written & commented, etc. It is truly ironic that all Russians do not ever believe their own Media, while the majority of Americans have seemingly lost the ability to question anything about our own Media, whether it be pundits or not. Question Sean Hannity? NEVER! Question O'Reilly? NEVER! Use our own brains? NO!

The funny part is that I liken all this to what happened in the gladiator times, when people, drunk in their minds, cheered in the stadium for the worst of all evils~~murderous killings.

Today, on the way to work, I heard the cheering noises of mindless idiots cheering Obama, as he criticized Romney for not bringing up the fact he's for the "bailouts", when Obama left the last presidential campaign trail to pump & push the '08 Banking Bailout. Yet, these lemmings ate it all up, cheering like idiots the same way half the Republicans couldn't put two & two together over Clint's comments!


Good to see this article on the front page.
Thanks Michael/mods.

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