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Attn: Romney delegates

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August 18, 2012

Dear Delegates,

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 (or any other power) of the state. In the GOP, so the story goes, at least we debate how much to limit government and cut spending and taxes, not whether it needs doing. It still motivates and justifies being a diehard for many, but in reality 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 (both good and evil), human action (both altruistic and self-serving) 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 humbly suggest those who argue otherwise have no business calling themselves Republicans, or informed conservatives, for that matter... especially in a time of alleged “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 it.

“They will not force us, they will stop degrading us, they will not control us, we will be victorious!” – from Uprising, by Muse

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, like enormous subsidies for counterproductive agricultural fascism – 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 and mindless regulations (it's still easier to start a hotdog stand in Moscow, than Chicago or New York).

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 to a hellhole 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, perhaps the most filthy, deadly lie ever told. 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 attack Iran, even though both Israeli and US intelligence confirm there is no bomb program – although with continual intimidation, sanctions and threats, they might buy one some night. Btw, let's also interfere in Syria.

Just more tail-wag-the-dog “regime change” operations in the bitchly service of our infamous “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, injuring 171.

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 lying chickenhawks should have been fired immediately, and you know it, and they know it.

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 and Military Commissions Act of '06; a Marxist president; outrageous, unchallengeable executive orders; NDAA; Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus destroyed, a war on internet freedom 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. Apparently they'd rather be thought of as incompetent morons than seething, mass-murdering megalomaniacs

Denying the will of the people
Why would even sanctimonious, 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! Preventing the Soviet version of this world nightmare was the bait that fueled the entire Cold War. Thus destroyed are entire centuries of progress against tyranny since the Magna Carta suggested that the people should be sovereign over the king almost a thousand years ago.

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 Greek or Russian Orthodox. Not Muslim, except for certain radical interpretations.

What kind of pathetic, hypnotized, cringing mental paralytics oppose none of this? How much self-imposed willful blindness and denial can one mind tolerate before imploding? 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? Sour, hypocritical grapes.

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, it's party, power, privilege, paranoia, authority, spin, influence, secrecy... but the real mental payoff is the swaggering, insufferable hubris reinforced by fear.

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 box of donuts cut from the hyper-bloated 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 totally corrupt banks and brokerages?

Why, if you believe in anything but totalitarian oppression, would you remove language placed into the blatantly unconstitutional 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 spy on and control all communications, forever? Why would a serious opposition candidate for president never even mention these obvious, over-the-top violations of basic liberties?

Their jackboots weigh heavy on our minds already; because next, throats. Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Kim Dotcom are only the tip of the shitberg. 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 smear, disenfranchise and jettison.

So why would it gamble on dumping its potential margin of victory, if any? Why would Romney's longest list of best principles and promises not mention constitutional rights nor the basic privacy of our homes? Answer these questions now, Romneyites, before you vote!

Anyone who thinks liberty and democracy can be achieved or served by institutionalizing tyranny is sociopathically 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 publicly repudiated by any “mainstream” Republican who owns a mouth or pen and a conscience, correct me if I'm wrong.

How much has this 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 insider-trading megacrooks enabled by corrupt police state enforcers, doesn't automatically make them stupid or evil.

Personally, I believe the GOP has rendered itself unelectable until it addresses and exorcises its logical and moral inconsistencies and disowns its toxic baggage. The GOP is 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 mere baby steps in the right direction.

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, constitutional 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 (yet), but he and the libertarian movement have already won the intellectual war, capturing in addition to very many key party positions, the hearts and minds of thoughtful, intelligent young and old voters who think beyond kneejerk media catchwords and empty clichés. So either honor these ideas and the man who brought these valuable thought processes to your table, or reject them at your peril.

Whether Ron Paul gets his well-earned fifteen minutes or not, 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 our greatly attenuated liberties, such as they are, will remain in the hands of a leftist charlatan with nothing to lose.

Before even being coronated Romney has proven to be such a horrid campaigner that the party, were it planning to win rather than cut off it's nose to spite the majority of Americans, would dump him in a heartbeat.

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. 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 change history than become a victim of it.

Libertarians 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 and privilege 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 those who refuse to accept limitations on their actions that 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. 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 everywhere. I truly hope they have 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 hypocritically redefined fairness and justice. And how they have merged into a terrifying uni-monster of debt, war and brutal social control which allows no dissent. The LP has been around since 1972, always potentially the third way that everyone has been screaming for and trying to reinvent for the last 4 decades. Maybe that's where we will have to go to get a little justice.

My guess is, these youngsters are itching to deliver a blow for Liberty, one way or another! Godspeed, kids!

[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, Lauren, Peter! 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 and allowed time to speak. Want to see reporting that doesn't implicitly and mindlessly glorify the almighty state? Want to hear the whistle-blower'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]

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“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, what eco-nazi coulda seen that coming?

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one." – Charles Mackay (1814-1889) Scottish poet, journalist, author. "Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" 1841

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