As I type this, the Supreme Court has just wrapped a day of hearing arguments the case of Arizona vs. United States, concerning Arizona's immigration-related bill, SB 1070.
When it was originally passed, I was an immigrant resident of that state.
I received my greencard two years ago and received a letter from the Department of Homeland Security -- the same letter that is sent to thousands of new immigrants every week -- from which I quote:
How Good It Feels – The Last Five Days Have Been Amazing for Ron Paul’s Campaign
I must offer my congratulations to the activists in the liberty movement and in Ron Paul’s campaign, because many months, and arguably years of work are starting to bear fruit in the presidential selection process. These last five days have been outstanding.
Dana Loesch, CNN TV commentator is required to admit that Ron Paul is the only candidate who will reduce spending in absolute terms. At first she did not want to accept it, but later had to admit that the other candidates are only proposing to reduce the rate of increase in spending and not spending in absolute terms. Ms. Loesch, who is upfront about the fact that she is not a Ron Pauler, also says that Ron Paul shines on spending and other domestic issues. Sometimes all you need is a little coaxing to get to the truth.
What the Laws of War Allow
Do the WikiLeaks War Logs Reveal War Crimes -- Or the Poverty of International Law?
Anyone who would like to witness a vivid example of modern warfare that adheres to the laws of war -- that corpus of regulations developed painstakingly over centuries by jurists, humanitarians, and soldiers, a body of rules that is now an essential, institutionalized part of the U.S. armed forces and indeed all modern militaries -- should simply click here and watch the video.
Wait a minute: that’s the WikiLeaks “Collateral Murder” video! The gunsight view of an Apache helicopter opening fire from half a mile high on a crowd of Iraqis -- a few armed men, but mostly unarmed civilians, including a couple of Reuters employees -- as they unsuspectingly walked the streets of a Baghdad suburb one July day in 2007.
Watch, if you can bear it, as the helicopter crew blows people away, killing at least a dozen of them, and taking good care to wipe out the wounded as they try to crawl to safety. (You can also hear the helicopter crew making wisecracks throughout.) When a van comes on the scene to tend to the survivors, the Apache gunship opens fire on it too, killing a few more and wounding two small children.
Charles Goyette has more in common with Ron Paul than merely similar views. Like Paul, Goyette has paid a price for standing by his principles. He walked away from a promising career in conservative talk radio because he refused to support the Iraq war. In 2004, he endorsed Libertarian Party nominee Michael Badnarik for president.
If you like what Ron Paul has to say about freedom, the economy and U.S. foreign policy, you’re going to love Goyette’s new book, Red and Blue and Broke All Over: Restoring America’s Free Economy.
Goyette blames Republicans and Democrats equally for the mess we’re in, just as Paul does. However, what makes this book so valuable is Goyette’s ability to express timeless philosophical ideas in simple, everyday terms and then demonstrate how those ideas apply to today’s problems here in the real world.
The book is divided into three sections, entitled “Liberty,” “The State” and “Dead Ahead,” respectively. Goyette lays the philosophical foundation by explaining the inextricable link between liberty and non-aggression, recognized by modern libertarians and the founding fathers. He quotes Murray Rothbard who said that liberty is “the absence of molestation by other people,” and Friedrich Hayek who maintained that it is “the condition in which man is not subject to coercion by another or others.”
Radio Host Lars Larson is in favor of some redistribution of wealth. He is in favor of foreign aid; for instance, giving money to Egypt. He thinks that if we don't give money to Egypt the security of the United States will be at risk. I asked, who will attack us if we don't give money to Egypt? He had no answer, and made a very quick exit.
We have heard this argument before, and it makes absolutely no sense. I started to explain to Mr. Larson that we have 8000 nuclear deliverable warheads and thus, the no country is going to attack us. It would be complete suicide for the leaders, as well as the rest of the people in the country. The decision-makers of the country, the leaders, do not want to commit suicide. We know this to be fact, including the leaders of Iran. Not a single one has committed a suicide bombing .
The idea that Egypt or any other country would attack the United States because we don't send money to Egypt is ludicrous. There is absolutely no connection between our sending money to Egypt and increasing the probability of the United States being attacked by another country. There are no facts or reasoning that support this conclusion . Egypt will not and cannot attack us, nor will any other country attack us for not giving foreign aid to Egypt, or for that matter, any other country. Obviously, whatever the reasons are for sending money to Egypt, it is not to protect ourselves.
I Hate To See You Go
Go. Build the third party route. Do it without Ron Paul’s blessing.
I will continue to follow the GOP route the way I think it can be best done, and I too will do it without Ron Paul’s blessing.
Ron Paul doesn’t give us much direction; it’s simply not his style. And nothing said by Ron Paul will make it matter one way or the other anyway. Leading our group is like herding cats and no one, not even the Honorable Ron Paul, would succeed in rounding us all up and organizing us systematically. Accordingly, with the exception of some paid campaign staff, Ron Paul doesn’t endorse the behavior of any of us on behalf of liberty. We are a decentralized movement.
Ultimately no amount of conversation on the Daily Paul will mean a thing on this topic. It will be our actions that matter.
I know in reality that a lot of the folks who comment on Daily Paul are cyber loudmouths who don’t contribute much to the political process. Some are great folks who talk boldly and act boldly, but my guess is that,
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. - attributed to Samuel Adams
As is usual, Super Tuesday (March 6th) resulted in a victory for "establishment" candidates in Oklahoma:
Rick Santorum, 33.8% - 14 Delegates
Mitt Romney, 28.05% - 13 Delegates
Newt Gingrich, 27.48% - 13 Delegates
Ron Paul, 9.63% - 0 Delegates
Oklahoma has five Congressional Districts, with 3 National Delegates and 3 Alternate Delegates chosen in each one. An Elector and Alternate Elector are also chosen.
Charles Goyette NY Times bestselling author of The Dollar Meltdown joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for a special book review interview ‘Red and Blue and Broke All Over by Charles Goyette’. We discuss several powerful chapters of his new book including the blessings of liberty, fascism and crony capitalism and the dollar endgame.
The Barack Obama administration's new interest in the 2004 religious verdict, or "fatwa", by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banning the possession of nuclear weapons, long dismissed by national security officials, has prompted the New York Times to review the significance of the fatwa for the first time in several years.
Senior Obama administration officials have decided to cite the fatwa as an Iranian claim to be tested in negotiations, posing a new challenge to the news media to report accurately on the background to the issue. But the Apr. 13 New York Times article by James Risen rehashed old arguments by Iran's adversaries and even added some new ones.
David Gergen, CNN TV commentator and Harvard professor, refuses to answer fundamental questions about our political system. He will not answer whether you can live well if other people can legally gang up on you and forcefully take your money? He will not answer whether the Declaration of Independence contains a limited government view or does it support the view that the government should redistribute its citizens wealth? Nor will he answer whether other people's children should have a legal right to your money? Gergen does not want to answer any of these questions, that he calls philosophical, and decides to leave. Part 4
The GOP Lost the Birth Control Debate a Decade Ago
The Hinlicky Rule directs us to fully understand the argument of an opponent before criticizing it.
“You shall not criticize the position of another…until you can state that position with such accuracy, completeness and sympathy, that the opponent himself declares, ‘Yes, I could not have said it better myself!‘ Then, and only then, may you criticize. For then you are engaging a real alternative and advancing a real argument. Otherwise you shed only heat, not light.”
I expect no such formalities from either partisan Republicans or Democrats. The Republicans and Democrats talk past each other, and both are happy to do so to fire up “the base.” Readers of these pages are likely to understand the talking points coming from both parties and to laugh at them for different reasons.
We live in a world where it is no longer enough to be Mr. Universe, then the wealthiest actor in Hollywood, then married to a hot news anchor from the premiere American political dynasty family. To be truly satisfied, apparently, one must knock a knowledgable accountant out of a big race to fix your state's budget crisis, then sit on the Governor's throne, and then boink the maid. For the record, "Conan the Republican" left the California governatorship as a card-carrying liberal. I warned my friends working for his 2003 Total Recall campaign to not come crying to me when he sells them down the river. They came crying to me anyway. Every dark cloud has a silver lining, though; the accountant who lost the state race to Arnold is now Congressman McClintock and Mr. Universe is back in the entertainment business.
Left and Right and Right and Left
Have left America bereft
Of liberty, its founding light.
Christians, Liberals speak of peace
Until they hold the nation’s leash,
And send its youth to fight.
The welfare payments quickly rise
While still one half decap’talized;
No end to either blight.
The Left with all its good intent,
The Right with its religious bent,
Have turned our day to night.
It’s those who think that they know best
Who softly tyrannize the rest:
Domestic might makes right.
It’s means - and not intended ends -
On which the outcomes all depend,
John Dennis US congressional candidate running in the 8th district of California joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Liberty Candidate Series: John Dennis for US Congress’ to discuss his congressional race agianst Nancy Pelosi, the open primary process in California and the importance of putting Liberty Candidates in office.