by Rick Sanchez | Huffington Post
We have seen the enemy and he is us.
Congress is spending tomorrow's money today, throwing us into economic oblivion. But Congress isn't the only culprit in the crime of grand larceny of our future. The Federal Reserve -- a quasi-public institution that includes privately-owned US banks -- is a more than willing accomplice.
As Thomas Jefferson warned, "...banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and... the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
For an entity that wields so much power, we know relatively little about the Fed. Would you trust an unknown banker to decide what happens with your paycheck every week? Why do we accept this for our country?
We grow up revering our government's transparency. "Checks and balances" is as much a part of our lexicon as is "American Idol." Yet perhaps the most powerful part of our government, the one constituting the biggest potential conflict of interest in our government's history, goes unchecked and unbalanced.
The mystery that is the Federal Reserve begins with its name, since it is neither Federal nor does it have any reserves. Those two facts are the crux of the problem.
Read the whole thing at the Huffington Post.
Part II below:
Ron Paul hauled more than $1 million just on Thursday via a debate-day money bomb.
Paul’s presidential exploratory committee alerted his supporters to the 24-hour online fundraising via email and social networks and were able to sit back and watch $1,028,436.56 roll in.
The successful money bomb capped off a big day for Paul’s camp, as he attended a tea party rally ahead of the presidential debate and was shown to run stronger against Barack Obama than any other candidate in an new CNN/Opinion Research poll.
Ugh....I have a money bomb "ticker hangover".
Couldn't let the night go by without thanking the gracious host of the party, Michael Nystrom.
NCMarc, down in the server dungeon, shoveling coal to keep it cranking.
Jon, tweaking all the knobs, and making the place hum.
BigMikeDude for bouncing the bar, looking out for trouble, and keeping his wit.
And all the others out in front and behind the scenes, making it all work. Sorry if I missed anyone, or didn't describe your jobs accurately. You are ALL appreciated.
We obviously have our work cut out for us. There really shouldn't have been any surprises. We have the same mountain to move, as we did last time. To expect any less would be foolish overconfidence.
All I know is that if Ron Paul has decided that he is going to engage in this epic battle for the future of our country, then I am going to join him, and I am honored to be among the ranks of those who feel the same way.
No other man on that stage last night has the type of talented, intelligent, devoted supporters that Ron Paul
does. We will focus our efforts in the right ways, and do our best. That is all we can give.
See you on the front lines. Now, where's my Alka Seltzer?
This time things are going to be different for Ron Paul’s presidential run. After correctly predicting the collapse of the housing bubble and the resulting financial and economic crisis, Paul has become a mainstay on business talk shows, especially on the conservatively-oriented Fox News. One can almost sense the resignation in the voices of talk show hosts and reporters as they acknowledge that Paul will not be ignored by the media this time around – which is ironic because it is these same people who ignored him in 2008.
However, while supporters will rejoice at the increased quantity of coverage of Paul’s campaign, they should be realistic about the quality of the coverage. Namely, supporters should expect that conservatives will agree with him on most of his economic positions, including cutting down the welfare state and rolling back government regulations, but disagree with him on foreign policy.
Similarly, supporters should expect that liberals will agree with Paul on foreign policy (although somewhat reservedly while there is a Democrat running the empire) and civil liberties, but disagree with him on economic policy, especially when it comes to Paul’s positions on responsibly ending Social Security and Medicare.
Terrific article in "New American". We're cookin now folks!
Every issue seemed to be running his way during the debate. Paul was even asked by reporters: "Congressman Paul, a lot of folks consider you the founding father of the Tea Party movement. Now, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has founded and heads up the Tea Party Caucus in the House. Has she eclipsed you?"
Totally surreal y'all :) Greenville was Ron Paulville tonight!! That debate was packed with supporters. The streets were packed with supporters. The Tea Party went wild over Ron Paul. The debate garnered more cheers and long applause for Ron Paul than any other candidate. I could go on and on to back up my claims but I am tired and must get in the bed before I fall out.
Don't believe anything else you hear, believe none of the spin: Sure, Herman Cain was "cute".... but Ron Paul owned Greenville, South Carolina tonight!! The camaraderie felt among Liberty lovers was large, genuine and electric!!
Waaaaay Bigger and Better than ever!! :)
Best Line of the Night: "I need the government to take care of me: I don't want to use heroin, so I need these laws!" /sarcasmSubmitted by Joη on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 23:27
(or the serious point: "We don't have the First Amendment so we can talk about the weather.")
Alright, guys. Great debate by RP. Now, we need to keep the momentum going. Don't just rely on these debates for building support, in fact, you can't trust the mainstream media to do their job.
We gotta get off our couches, get active in our communities, and create lasting impacts in our lives and in those of others. By spreading the message of liberty and Ron Paul, we can absolutely do this.
I'm new to rallying support for candidates, so this is as much of a help for me as it might be for anyone else. Post here any great ideas or approaches for rallying support at local or broader levels.
Things we should (but not limited to) talk about here:
1) Ways to find local RP meetup groups
2) Ideas for individuals to promote RP (flyers, yard signs, door-to-door, Facebook, etc.
3) Persuasion: best ways to convince different voters (republicans, democrats, independents, undecided, pro-life, pro-choice, pro-war, pro-no war, pro-war on drugs, against war on drugs, etc.)
4) Any other ideas you can think of.
I think one of the most important things to consider when convincing voters is that we have to address the philosophical / principle-level issues. For example, if we are talking to Republicans, most will likley have philosophical contradictions when it comes to:
- supporting government with the Partiot Act
- BUT, NOT supporting government when it comes to involvement with economics (even though we know elected republicans are all up in the economy).
These are philosophical contradictions that essential self-destruct the arguments of most voters who are stuck in the "left-right paradigm". We should apporach voters with principles and philosophy.
Any more ideas would be great.
I can not believe what is going on this is just ummm, I have no words to describe these news stories!
Who does best against Obama? Paul. The congressman from Texas, who also ran as a libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and who is well liked by many in the tea party movement, trails the president by only seven points (52 to 45 percent) in a hypothetical general election showdown. Huckabee trails by eight points, with Romney down 11 points to Obama. The poll indicates the president leading Gingrich by 17 points, Palin by 19, and Trump by 22 points.