So, what now? The “election” is over. Ron Paul will retire. If President Obama doesn’t declare himself Dictator Obama, we will get another opportunity to “elect” a President in 4 years. FOUR YEARS?!?! Seems like a lifetime in one sense, and in another, it zips by in a flash.
Ok, where to begin? Well, let’s get the whole “who’s to blame?” thing out of the way. For months now, we have been hearing “You Paulbots are going to be responsible for Obama’s re-election!” And more recently, “Thanks for re-electing Obama all of you who voted for Johnson!”
Let’s take a look at this. IF the GOP, the RNC, and the “mainstream” media had not cheated, lied, and stolen through election fraud, and given Ron Paul a FAIR shot at the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney may very well have been President-Elect this morning.
Yep, you read that right. Even if everything during the Primaries up through the Convention, was played fairly, Romney may still have been the nominee. We still might not have had the numbers necessary to secure the nomination. This is purely “Monday morning quarterbacking” on my part. We MIGHT have had the numbers and taken the nomination, but it was always a long shot. At any rate, there are two things I am certain of, if we were given a level playing field.
#1). IF Ron Paul would have gotten the nomination, he WOULD HAVE beaten President Obama. (A point I will address later)
#2). IF Romney got the nomination (fairly), the Republican Party would have brought many of the Paul supporters into the fold for the sake of unity in defeating President Obama.
Let’s begin with my second point first. The one thing that everyone from the extreme right wing religious Republicans all the way over to the socially liberal Independents, to include the core base of Libertarians agreed on through all of this, was Obama’s policies were wrong and he needed to be defeated. I don’t believe that was ever in dispute. The dispute rested in who to replace Obama with. And up until the Convention, that person SHOULD have been a negotiable point. But it never was. There was no choice. The GOP, RNC, and the media (along with the powers behind the scenes) took all choice away from ALL of us.
Romney was SELECTED because it provided a win/win situation for Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, the Statists, and yes, the proponents of a New World Order. They ALL wanted 4 more years with Obama, who in his second term is likely to be more aggressive in implementing policies that are beneficial to all of them. But in the event Obama lost, who better to replace him with than a man who, based on his record, would continue those same policies? Romney was perfect!
But back to my point. If Romney, and the Republican Party would have played fair, and STILL won the nomination, I have no doubt, although disappointed, many Paul supporters would have supported Romney in the common goal of defeating Obama. I’m confident of this because, IF it were a fairly won nomination, Ron Paul would have, at the very least, had a platform to address the Convention. He would have been encouraged to help shape the Romney campaign and agenda. His advice would have been sought out in shaping policy for the future of Conservatism and the Republican Party. And as we all know, where Dr. Paul goes, so goes his supporters. Now you can claim this is pure speculation and opinion on my part, and it is. I don’t deny that. But it is pretty logical, as far as speculation goes. So, I’m sticking with it…IF this had been played out in a fair and honest manner, and Romney still secured the nomination, he would have garnered upwards of MILLIONS of additional supporters.
Ok, now on to my first point. IF everything had been done fair and square and Ron Paul would have secured the nomination, he would without doubt be taking the Oath of Office in January. How can I say this obvious opinion with such force and conviction? How can I present my opinion so matter of factly?
Well, for starters, there is an overwhelming majority of Americans, who KNOW that the policies, both domestic AND abroad of the Obama administration are just not cutting it. This President has added TRILLIONS of dollars in debt, to an already out of control debt he claims to have inherited. He has broken nearly every campaign promise he made to get the job the first time. He has not only continued the war effort of the last President, but has expanded it, and will continue to do so. And speaking of the last administration, President Obama has continued to eliminate personal liberties of Americans through the extension of the Patriot Act, and implementing NDAA. He has increased spending and manpower, and expanded the jurisdiction of the TSA. He has exhibited a disdain for the process of our system by circumventing Congress through the use of Executive Orders. He has a Justice Department, under the head of Eric Holder, who at the very least is incompetent, but more realistically, criminal. And on and on and on. So, there are even die hard Liberals and Democrats who recognize this Administration’s policies are simply continuations of the Bush Administration’s policies. And they aren’t exactly thrilled about it.
Did any of you watch the “debates” between President Obama and Governor Romney? Yeah, me neither. After the halfway point of the first one, it was apparent, there was no “debate”. With all of their double talk, blame game, fool hearty attempts to prove how different they are, nobody bought it. The only ones who grudgingly, painfully, subjected themselves to the “show” were the pundits, bloggers, and sadists. It is abundantly clear, those “debates” were merely entertainment. Now, a President Obama vs. Congressman Paul series of debates would have been EPIC!
The President might have actually been put in a position to defend his FAILed policies:
Senator Obama campaigning in 2007….Gonna end the wars!
Congressman Paul 2012 debate….WHEN?
Senator Obama campaigning in 2007….Gonna put Americans back to work!
Congressman Paul 2012 debate…WHEN?
Senator Obama campaigning in 2007….Gonna turn this economy around!
Congressman Paul 2012 debate…WHEN?
And these are just the easy ones. But specifically, imagine President Obama, while feebly attempting to defend his policies, trying to make valid arguments against Dr. Paul’s proposed policies!
For example, these wars. I think it’s safe to say America is “warred out“. How can President Obama defend his policies on war expansion AND argue against Dr. Paul’s policy of “Just march them home!”? Yes, I have simplified that, but how difficult must it be to make it true? Not one of these wars we are involved in does ANYTHING to make America safer. Even if you believe that there are bad guys who want to kill us, there is no valid justification for these UNDECLARED wars, and immoral occupations. These actions create enemies. So yes, “Just march them home!” while simplistic, seems to work just fine in my mind. But of course, President Obama would no doubt have come back with It’s complicated, and your proposal will leave us weak as a nation. Actually, it wouldn’t. Because Congressman Paul’s proposal of “Just march the home” includes DOUBLING the size of the U.S. Navy AND the U.S. Coast Guard. Hey, aren’t those the guys and gals that protect OUR borders from a DEFENSIVE standpoint? I think I read that somewhere.
Need another example? How about the Patriot Act?, corporate bailouts?, printing/borrowing/spending?, NDAA?, ObamaCare?, No Child Left Behind?, the Dream Act? My intention here is not to rehash each of their positions on every issue, but to demonstrate that they actually DO differ…on just about every issue imaginable. There is a clear and distinct difference in their policy positions. We would have had a choice. We would have witnessed real debates. We would have seen a true fiscal Conservative, not merely saying Obama’s monetary policies are wrong, but explaining why they are wrong, AND presenting a realistic, workable, alternative. Did you hear Governor/Candidate Romney present such a plan? I sure didn’t. I heard an awful lot of You’re wrong, and I have a plan, but I heard nor saw this plan.
Back to the wars. I heard Governor Romney say a lot of the You did it wrong, and I would have done it differently, but it is clear…he had no intention of scaling back when it comes to war. In fact, that is one area he might have escalated faster than President Obama.
How about those bailouts, NDAA, TSA, and other issues that at best were gleaned over during the debates? Again, I heard nothing to suggest a Romney Presidency would have changed any of that. ObamaCare? Please….he created that monstrosity! No matter how many times he said I will repeal ObamaCare, he could never not follow that up with and replace it. Replace it how? I have always maintained he would replace the name of ObamaCare with its ORIGINAL moniker, RomneyCare.
So, IF the circus we witnessed over the last several months would have been conducted fairly, and IF Dr. Paul would have secured the Republican nomination, I am confident he would have been named President-Elect this morning. All, but the far left Liberals, and the die-hard Statists (NWO) are less than satisfied with one or more of President Obama’s policy implementations thus far, and MOST Americans are less than enthusiastic in him performing any better next term. Take the Democrats who are opposed to the wars. Given a choice of sticking with the current President, who is showing no signs of ending the wars, and a candidate who has said “March them home!”, a great number of those people (who voted for Obama last time for that very reason) are going to chance it with the guy who says he will end the wars.
But given the choice we were given, they chose to stick with the devil they know. The same is true for Independents, who are not necessarily Libertarians, who oppose corporate bailouts and Quantitative Easing. Given this choice we were given, they opted for 4 more years of one tax/print/spend guy, rather than risk 8 years of another borrow/print/spend guy. Had they been offered the choice of tax/borrow/print/spend OR cutting ONE TRILLION DOLLARS in the first year, with an actual plan proving it can be done, they would have chosen the latter.
We said the Republicans could not defeat Obama without us, and that has now been proven to be true. So, we have 4 more years of Obama. Well, put the blame where it belongs. It does NOT lie with the Paulbots, or the Johnsonites, or the Steinians, or with ANY other American who stood proud in their convictions by casting their vote. The blame lies entirely with the people who gave you NO CHOICE.
Believe it or not, there is actually an upside to Obama winning. While it is true, there is no appreciable difference between Obama and Romney, had Romney won, he would get the blame for the inevitable financial meltdown we are approaching. But more importantly than him getting the blame, capitalism and free markets would get the blame. No, Romney is not a true free market capitalist, but the media will mislabel his policies as such.
I could go on showing that if Americans had a real choice, the outcome would have been much different, but I’d like to move on to the original intent of this article. What are we Paulbots (and other 3rd Party Independents) to do now? First and foremost, we continue to spread the message. It has ALWAYS been more than the man (Ron Paul). It has, and should remain about the message. The message of individual liberty and personal responsibility. The message of free trade with nations while remaining secure in our defense. The message of retaining the fruits of YOUR labor and investing those fruits to suit YOUR needs.
Some of you have chosen Governor Johnson as your new Liberty Leader. Some of you have latched onto Rand Paul. Some have migrated towards other Parties, such as the Green and Constitution Parties. I admit, I was saddened and disappointed that so many of you chose that route BEFORE the Convention. However, at this point in the game, I am elated at the prospect of promoting ALL 3rd Party/Independent platforms. It is long overdue! Even after all I pointed out in this article of how America is disenfranchised,disappointed, and disgusted by the lack of choice this two-Party system gives them, a lot still see no alternatives. We certainly cannot depend on the media to enlighten them. It is up to us. Become the media.
Next, for those of you who have not had State elections for the Senate, House, and Governorships, get cracking! Start looking into the folks running for those seats. Investigate and vet them all out. Dr. Paul formally endorsed 11 candidates for the House this cycle and yesterday EIGHT of those 11 won! And that, my friends is how we continue the R3VOLUTION! that IS the message! We get people in the House, Senate, and Governors mansions from all over this country who will continue Ron Paul’s legacy.
1). Justin Amash. Michigan 3rd District.
2.) Thomas Massie. Kentucky 4th District.
3.) Kerry Bentivolio. Michigan 11th District.
4.) Steve Stockman. Texas 36th District.
5.) Randy Weber. Texas 14th District. To replace Congressman Paul. He’s got some big shoes to fill!
6.) Ted Yoho. Florida 3rd District.
7.) David Schweikert. Arizona 6th District.
8.) Walter Jones. North Carolina 3rd District.
I personally have high hopes for Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Walter Jones. While these wins are indeed impressive, we have a lot more work to do. We need many more Rand Paul’s and Mike Lee’s in the Senate. Early predictions for the 2014 cycle lean toward a possible Republican takeover.
We need to make sure they are Constitutional Republicans, or Libertarian. We’ve lost the Executive Branch for at least the next 4 years, the Judicial Branch offers little to no hope, so we must retake the Legislative Branch.
When researching these potential candidates, be sure they oppose such atrocities as Patriot Act, NDAA, bailouts, socialized health care, etc. But also be sure they favor things like nullificaction and State’s rights.
Six States were successful yesterday in approving initiatives that nullify unconstitutional federal laws! This is paramount to our success in restoring the Constitutional authority granted to the States through the Constitution.
Another thing we should concentrate on, is electing honest local Sheriffs. They are our last best defense against a tyrannical government. Take a good look at how your local police department personnel are dressed, armed. Check out their vehicles. Read the current Police Beat section of your local newspapers. You may be quite surprised at the overkill tactics used by the ones who are hired to Protect and Serve you. While the staff of the Sheriff, including the deputies are hired personnel, they answer solely to the Sheriff who is normally elected by you and I. Look into your local Sheriff’s Department and see how you can get the right people to defend you against the State. I don’t want to come off as an alarmist in this particular post, but be prepared people.
A dichotomy frequently exists today between a sheriff’s jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of a local police department. A metropolitan area may encompass an entire county or more; police departments and sheriffs will often maintain concurrent jurisdiction in the overlapping area. A sheriff may assume that a local police department will do its duty in enforcing the law, but the primary obligation rests with the sheriff and requires him to act when evidence of neglect of that duty exists.
With election day right around the corner, I am still torn between what decision to make. Vote Third Party or stay home? Well, I think I have made it clear what my personal choice will be. I have not swayed at all. Still going to write-in Congressman Ron Paul as well as file the affidavit with Write In Revolution! and I HIGHLY recommend everyone who is writing in OR voting Third Party do the same.
But back to the initial concern that got me to put together this document. I am hearing a lot of people choosing to just opt out completely. They know their vote is meaningless, so their only recourse to further playing their game is to just stay home. I completely understand, but disagree. I think we all have to show our force at the polls, and show our disdain by voting, but NOT for the establishment.
Anyway, I have run across the following piece on Facebook lately, and wanted to share it with you. I had to do quite a bit of digging to find out WHO was originally responsible for this piece, but I think I’ve found it. But once I found it, I started researching the validity of the points used to demonstrate the The Importance of One Vote. It turns out, some of these points used are false, if you believe Snopes.com to be reliable. At any rate, I have linked to sources for each of the bullet points used in the article, and as always provided the link to the original article. While some of the examples might not be true, I still found this to be interesting, and I hope you do as well.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ONE VOTE
By Mary W. Morgan, Supervisor of Elections, Collier County, Florida
The most often heard excuse for not voting in an election is “my one little vote won’t make a difference.” Yet history is full of instances proving the enormous power of one single vote. In many cases, the course of nations has been changed because one individual ballot was cast, or not cast, depending upon your point of view. Consider this:
|Woodrow Wilson (I)||Democratic||277||9,129,606|
|Charles E. Hughes||Republican||254||8,538,221|
I’m no mathematician, but it looks like more than one vote.
I realize I am not a historian or a professional researcher, but these claims, should be much easier to substantiate. I started this document with the hopes of demonstrating that our one vote can make a difference. But after trying to verify these claims that would have you believe that to be true, I’m not so sure. I think I have proven though, no matter how good information looks, and no matter how in line it is with our preconceived notions, we should never take it at face value. Research the claims made by others. Perhaps Mary W. Morgan, while producing her document did research all of these points. And perhaps, there are verifiable original sources to back these claims. I could not find such sources, and I would have liked very much if Miss Morgan would have provided these sources. But again, I am speculating. Who’s to say in her original, the sources weren’t provided? But in the original article (I doubt this was the first reproduction) I could find that reproduced Miss Morgan’s findings, and ALL subsequent re-postings of her work, no such sources are listed.
The Next Best Move, by josey wales
My friends, there is great confusion and division between us in the Liberty Movement commonly referred to as the R3VOLUTION!. This is a very troublesome time for us. The 2012 Presidential election was our chance and we blew it. Yes, WE blew it. We divided ourselves. We did exactly what they all said we would do. And now we are left with “it is what it is“. And that “is” I am referring to, is no matter how you look at it, no matter how much you hate it, no matter how you choose to protest it, we will be watching Mitt Romney or Barack Obama taking the Oath of Office for President Of The United States in January 2013.
For almost two months now. since just before the Republican National Convention, we have witnessed and participated in a complete crumbling of our movement. We have spent weeks upon weeks arguing with each other on the best next move. Do we stand our ground and write-in Ron Paul? Do we accept the Libertarian Party‘s nominated Candidate (Gary Johnson) as a lesser of three evils? Do we branch off even further and choose one of the other many 3rd Party Candidates? Do we completely opt out and not vote at all?
While each of these options has merit and can be justified on a principled level in one way or another, we WASTED valuable time trying to convince one another that our choice was the right choice and everyone should get behind it, “for the sake of unity“. Look at what we have become. It’s disappointing and sad. I watched friends in the struggle of liberty turn on one another like rabid dogs. I saw friends and dedicated patriots tell each other they have become statists and traitors to the cause. I, myself have had FRIENDS that I have worked alongside in our struggle for months, de-friend me because I refused to accept their idea of what was the next best move.
I, for one, am tired. I have spent a huge chunk of my life over the last 2 years fighting for what I absolutely believe is essential in restoring and preserving this Republic of ours. At first it was the entire country against Obama and his supporters. It seemed so easy back then. We all knew the policies of the Obama administration were wrong for the country. There was no need to do anything but watch the evening news and argue against everything we saw to any and all Obama supporters.
Then came the race for the Republican nomination. The media gave us a whole slew of new enemies. No longer was it us against them. It was no longer just Republicans vs. Democrats, Left vs. Right, Conservative vs. Liberal. It was us , the Liberty Movement against ALL of them, Statists. This was frustrating and overwhelming to some. Not me. I absolutely LOVED this. Here was my opportunity to make a difference. I saw more people than I could have ever imagined become awake, aware, and educated.
We started with Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and a few others that nobody ever believed had a chance. They were easy. A few trips to the Google search bar and YouTube, and we had them exposed. Even the die hard Republicans shunned those posers pretty quickly.
There was also the likes of Herman Cain and Jimmy McMillan. “Nine Nine Nine!” and of course, “The rent’s too damn high!” We had to do very little to expose McMillan. He was a humorous distraction. The mainstream media propped him up as this year’s freak show clown. It actually reminded me of how they have acted towards Dr. Paul for years. And while he was a bit of a joke, as far as Presidential Candidates go, he was instrumental in steering folks our way. Yep, believe it or not, he had somewhat of a following because with that one catchphrase, a lot of America started saying “He’s right! Everything is too damn high!” And when it became apparent he had no chance of winning or any money to continue, his followers started asking questions. “Who actually has a plan to address these things?” And there were YOU people again, with sound, honest answers, bringing more lost, apathetic voters into the R3VOLUTION!
Cain was a little tougher. He’s no dummy when it comes to money, and our country is in serious money trouble. Here is where I personally was stunned, and awed by the initiative of YOU. In times of past, most people would have said, “That guy’s smarter than me. He’s a successful businessman. How can I possibly say he would be no good for the country? The country’s broke, and this guy isn’t.” And to hear him speak, his 9-9-9 plan sounded light years ahead of anything anyone else was saying. It was simple, catchy, and politically brilliant, as far as sound bites go.
But you people proved to be much smarter than I expected. You researched Cain the man. You studied his economic plan for America. You began reading economic philosophy. You compared the failed policies of the past and present, with this man’s idea of a change in that policy. You overwhelmingly rejected it. And it was not out of ignorance or fear of the unknown. You made the unknown KNOWN! It was a thing of beauty to watch each day, post after post in all of the “conservative” Facebook groups, where YOU people had done the math. I watched you bring Cain‘s supporters to tears, crying “Uncle! We give! You’re right…this WON’T work!”
Next we had the “professional” politicians to deal with. Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney. This, my friends, is the point where I felt like a dad watching his son catch his first rainbow trout. Gracefully, with strength and cunning, you angled that 16″, 4lb. speckled beauty to the boat and onto the griddle. I was proud and honored to be a part of this MASS awakening of people. You were relentless in your pursuit of the truth behind these people. You proved that these men were not what they claimed. You dismissed the lies being fed to you by your TV talking heads. You diligently researched the character and records of these men, and exposed them for the Progressive, Elitists that they are.
All the while honing your debate skills. Actually going beyond the talking points of the Libertarian Party, and really becoming Libertarians, Classical Liberals, economic Conservatives. You were NOT the band of 18 year old, angry, pot smoking terrorists the media claimed you were.
We bonded and united behind the only man who exhibited true character and honor through a 30 year unblemished, stellar record of honesty and integrity. This was personally gratifying to me. Most of you know, I have been a Libertarian minded, Ron Paul supporter for many years. Watching this movement grow over the years has been slow, and sometimes painful. But the explosive growth over the last few years has been breathtaking to say the least.
You people didn’t jump on a bandwagon because it was the cool thing to do. You didn’t become a sheep in the herd of what was popular. In all of the research and vetting you did on all these other people, you relentlessly and tirelessly defended this humble man because his message inspired you to learn. You became sponges for truth and knowledge. Again, I have to say, it was breathtaking. None of you were satisfied with defending Dr. Paul with canned soundbite responses. You learned Austrian economics. You argued valiantly the idea of unintended consequences and blow back. You delved into the dark recesses of the Federal Reserve and discovered that it is neither federal nor a reserve. Regurgitating “the nanny state is bankrupting our nation” was not enough for you. You learned WHY debt is a form of slavery on future generations.
You were no longer disenfranchised Democrats, mainstream Republicans and confused Independents against Obama. You had become enlightened, awakened, aware, educated American citizens against the Statist Elites who are implementing Corporate Fascism and stripping away the Sovereignty of your Country.
You witnessed first hand, these power hungry psychopaths cheat, steal, and lie to prevent the one man who not only predicted the present state of affairs, but has the only sound plan to stop it from ever taking place again. After all of your tireless efforts to find the truth, expose the lies, and recruit your brothers and sisters to the light of liberty, they FUCKED you once again. They have stolen your absolute right to choose and elect the people who represent you.
And that brings me back to “We blew it.” Many people, myself included have, and continue to speculate on the causes and timing of our division. I am not going to be addressing that or laying blame here. In my opinion, that is our number one problem within our struggle at this time. We are arguing over who is more loyal to the movement, and who we should be voting for and how your vote is a waste, but mine is the way to go, and blah blah blah.
Let me make something perfectly clear, and this should be obvious to all of us. Unless you are voting for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, your vote is a wasted vote. I don’t care if every single one of us agreed on one person. Whether it be Paul, Johnson, Stein, Goode, or anyone else, not any one of them is going to be elected President in 2012. It simply is NOT going to happen. We do not have the numbers necessary to make it possible in a popular vote, and there is no way we would get the Electoral College to elect any one of those candidates. Therefore no matter who you are voting for, your vote is a wasted vote. Once you accept that reality, you will have no choice but to stop trying to convince the other guy who to vote for. We have wasted entirely too much time spinning our wheels doing this and it is exactly what THEY wanted us to do. The only thing we CAN do at this point is reunite.
My friends, they are absolutely terrified of us. I know you know this. Look at the money they spent, the time they invested, the lengths they went to, to eliminate Dr. Paul from the process. Do you think they would have gone to the extremes they did if they weren’t absolutely scared to death of us? We are their demise and they know it. They know it more clearly than we know it. And I am convinced that the only way we can defeat them is being united. Not united behind any one man/woman/candidate. We are well beyond that now, and cannot recover on that front. No, we must unite in the refusal to play their game. I’m sure I don’t need to work on convincing you to not vote Romney/Obama. I’m pretty certain; those are not even options in your mind. And I cannot convince everyone to pick one person and unite that way. And even if I could, I have already shown you that it would do no good.
I am encouraging each and every one of you to do exactly what we have always preached we believe in. Vote your conscience. Without hesitation or fail, stand your ground and vote for whoever you believe to be the right choice for you. Period.
“But how on earth does that unite us?”, you are asking. By following through with the submission of your affidavit of recorded proof of your vote. While it is true that if every single one of us agreed to vote for one candidate, that candidate still would not be elected, the same is not true with the affidavit. It is critical and crucial that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US has proof that we did NOT vote for those two guys. When they come back after the election with THEIR numbers and statistics, which I am certain will be “skewed” at best, and FRAUDULENT at worst, we need recourse. Filing this affidavit IS our recourse. It is an actual record of just how many we are. It is an actual record of how many voted for candidate “A”, “B”, “C”, etc…and NOT for Candidate Left Statist or Candidate Right Statist. It is an actual record showing that while we may not be united behind one Presidential Candidate, we are absolutely united behind the movement to TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY.
Folks, filing this affidavit is an extra 5 or 10 minutes of your time. It can harm you in no possible way. It is in no way stating that you are doing ANYTHING other than what you are going to do anyway. You are still going to vote YOUR conscience without intimidation from ANYONE. All you are doing by filing this affidavit is confirming in writing, as proof, what we already know to be true. We ARE a force to be reckoned with. We ARE going to have our voices heard. They WILL NOT divide us from our goal. They WILL NOT make us get back in our easy chairs and turn our televisions back on.
I cannot stress with enough emphasis how deeply I believe this to be ourNext Best Move. I believe in you people. I have faith that through all of this turmoil and discourse that you all want to continue our quest. I am confident in your intelligence, dedication, and loyalty to this cause of liberty. None of the core values that each and every one of you holds has been compromised because of the recent setbacks. Please join me in this effort to reunite our movement and show them that We The People ARE united and we are here to stay!.
Here are the steps (READ THESE DETAILS):
Pages 1-2 contain background info as to what we are doing and why
Page 3 of this contains very easy and direct instructions for 2 options–read carefully
Page 4 is the affidavit–read carefully
3. Finally – peruse the www.writeinrevolution.com site at your leisure once you have done the above.
ALSO WATCH THE VIDEO AT THIS PAGE AND SHARE IT WITH OTHERS: www.wagthedog247.com
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the freedom movement’s leading organizations.”
— Ron Paul, The Congressional Record, June 30, 2010
WELCOME to the Liberator Online!
In This Issue
* Lights of Liberty Winner in the News
* Red Cross: Decriminalize Drug Use
* Compare and Contrast: Libertarian Gary Johnson’s Record as Governor
* Video: Should You Need the Government’s Permission to Work?
* Poll: World Opposes U.S. Flying Killer Robots
THEY SAID IT: David Letterman on the NYC soda ban… Is it raining libertarians?… Judge James Gray on the Drug War… Mike Riggs on Obama’s lies… Jesse Ventura on Republicans and Democrats… Jay Leno on Guantanamo…
PERSUASION POWER POINT #327
* When You Propose Government Spending Cuts, Are You Forgetting This?
ASK DR. RUWART
* Naked tailgate parties in the front yard?
ONE-MINUTE LIBERTY TIP
* Them, Not Us
by Sharon Harris
Lights of Liberty Winner in the News
Congratulations to Kent Lalley of Somerset, Pennsylvania!
Kent was one of 45 winners of our Lights of Liberty awards for libertarianism activism in 2011. (You can see the list of winners here.)
A few days ago I received a call from the Daily American, a Somerset newspaper. They wanted to interview me about Kent’s award, and about libertarianism in general.
Thanks to Kent’s initiative, the result was an excellent short article in the Daily American — and still more positive publicity for libertarian ideas.
The article described the Lights of Liberty awards, and what we’re trying to accomplish with them.
Here’s how the article ended:
Sharon Harris, president of Advocates for Self Government, said the award is prestigious within the liberty movement.
“We believe in individual liberty and limited government,” she said.
She said the group is trying to spread the message that there are solutions to big government and overspending, and individuals such as Lalley are a key part of getting that message out.
“What we try to teach people is one person can make a difference in the world by making people think and making them aware of these ideas,” she said. “We want to acknowledge (Lalley) because he is making a difference in the world, telling people about the ideas that basically our country was founded on.”
Our Lights of Liberty awards program is designed to recognize and reward libertarians who are doing essential grassroots activism — and to stimulate much more of the kind of vital work that builds a movement for liberty.
There’s plenty of time to qualify for the 2012 awards. You simply have to do three of these activities in the calendar year 2012: get letters published with the word “libertarian” used in a positive light, work at an OPH outreach booth, and/or deliver a public speech about libertarianism.
You’ll get some cool stuff, be entered in drawings for great prizes, and — most importantly — encourage others to follow your example.
Learn more at our Lights of Liberty site.
I hope this year you will join Lights of Liberty winners like Kent Lalley — by taking the good news of liberty to the world, and inspiring others to do the same!
by James W. Harris
Red Cross: Decriminalize Drug Use
In a bold mid-May statement to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies declared that drug use should not be a crime. So reports Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people around the world through the work of over 13 million volunteers.
Here are some key excerpts from the statement, delivered by Dr. Lasha Goguadze, IFRC Senior Health Officer:
“Someone, somewhere, right now is in a basement room with a needle and a spoon, trying to take away the pain. It is estimated that worldwide 16 million people today are in such a situation…. living underground for fear of being imprisoned, fined or discriminated against.
“[T]he frequent use of shared and dirty needles is providing easy passage for the transfer of tainted blood from one body to another. It is simply the most effective way to spread the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C and reverse years of hard-won progress. … The level of HIV-positive among people who inject drugs is so high that some countries are edging dangerously close to generalized epidemic. Yet laws and policies continue with failed enforcement tactics. …
“[Today], the best people who use drugs can hope for is to be driven underground to live with the addiction in the dark back streets and abandoned buildings of our towns and cities. Or even worse, they are criminalized and jailed with little or no regard for their healthcare rights or the impact of this policy on the health of their communities. …
“Left unchecked and untreated, drug use constitutes a serious public health concern that can only be addressed through rational public health services that act according to medical science rather than misinformed laws. Evidence points to the effectiveness of humanitarian drug policy. This is worth repeating. Harm reduction works.
“Treating drug addicts as criminals is destined to fuel the rise of HIV and other infections not only among those unfortunate enough to have a serious drug addiction, but also for children born into addicted families and ordinary members of the public who are not normally exposed to HIV risks.
“Injecting drug use is a health issue. It is an issue of human rights. It cannot be condoned, but neither should it be criminalized. …
“To conclude, the IFRC, on behalf of the most vulnerable people affected by drug use, strongly calls upon key stakeholders and donors to exert all possible efforts to gather knowledge on the scale of the drug use epidemic at country level and decide on the proper response accordingly.
“Criminalization, discrimination and stigmatization are not such responses. Laws and prosecutions do not stop people from taking drugs.”
Dr. Lasha Goguadze’s full statement can be read here.
Compare and Contrast: Libertarian Gary Johnson’s Record as Governor
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, two-term governor of New Mexico, says he’ll gladly put his record as governor against those of his two older-party rivals President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
According to his campaign, Johnson:
* Left office with New Mexico as one of the only four states in the country with a balanced budget
* Left New Mexico with a budget surplus
* Used Line Item Veto thousands of times to trim the budget
* Vetoed 750 bills during his time in office; more than all other governors combined
* In 1995 set state and national records by vetoing 200 bills out of the 424 that were passed by the Legislature
* Cut over 1,200 government jobs without firing anyone
* Created more than 20,000 new jobs
* Was the first New Mexico governor to challenge the education status quo and propose statewide voucher program
* Restored State General Fund reserves to more than $222 million from a low of $28.1 million
* Limited annual state budget growth to 5.0% during eight years in office
* Cut taxes 14 times while never raising them — a first for New Mexico
* Vetoed 32% of the total number of bills submitted for his signature
* Won reelection by a 45% to 55% margin despite a 2-1 Democrat majority
* Served two terms, then retired per New Mexico’s term limits law
Video: Should You Need the Government’s Permission to Work?
This short video from the Institute for Justice gives a quick, fact-filled overview of one of the ugliest scams and scandals in America: state-required occupational licensing laws.
It shows that these laws are expensive, irrational, ridiculous and unnecessary. They keep ordinary Americans out of work, drive up prices for consumers, and protect politically powerful competitors from potential competition. Yuck!
The video is based on the Institute for Justice’s new book-length report, License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing. This is the first national study to measure how burdensome occupational licensing laws are for workers and aspiring entrepreneurs — particularly minorities, those of lesser means and those with less education.
You can download License to Work for free here. Highly recommended.
Poll: World Opposes U.S. Flying Killer Robots
In mid-June the Pew Research Center released its latest Pew Global Attitudes Project public opinion survey.
Participants in twenty countries were asked this question in March and April 2012:
“Do you approve or disapprove of the United States conducting missile strikes from pilotless aircraft called drones to target extremists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia?”
The overwhelming majority of respondents in seventeen of the twenty countries — including key U.S. allies — strongly opposed such drone strikes: Greece (90 percent), Egypt (89 percent), Jordan (85 percent), Turkey (81 percent), Spain (76 percent), Brazil (76 percent), Japan (75 percent), and Mexico (73 percent).
Even in Great Britain, 47 percent opposed, 44 percent approved. In India, 32 percent approved, 21 percent opposed — but fully 47 percent refused to answer.
Indeed, there was just one country in which a majority of respondents approved of U.S. drone strikes. Perhaps you can guess which one that was? Right.
In the United States 62 percent said they approved of the controversial policy. (However, even that suggests a sharp decline in support, notes Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations: a February Washington Post poll found fully 83 percent of Americans supported the use of drones “against terrorist suspects overseas.”)
A U.S. opposition to the current casual use of drones is growing. This month, more than two dozen members of the U.S. House — Ron Paul among them — demanded the White House provide the legal justification for its policy of so-called “signature” drone strikes.
(John Glaser of antiwar.com explains that “signature” strikes are “drone bombings that target individuals that the administration cannot identify. Decisions to kill a person or group of people in these countries can be based on ‘suspicious behavior,’ a loosely-defined judgment that would give the administration carte blanche to kill whoever it pleases.”)
The Washington newspaper The Hill notes that the House members warn President Obama that signature strikes can generate “powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment.”
“We are concerned that the use of such ‘signature’ strikes could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States,” the congressmen warned. “The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have.”
As Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) recently warned: “We’re setting a standard for all other nations that when they’re ready if they want to, they can send drones at the United States… [W]hat goes around comes around, and those drones are going to come right back at us.”
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Intellectual Ammunition is written by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, and he has been a Finalist for the Mencken Awards, given by the Free Press Association for “Outstanding Journalism in Support of Liberty.”
They Said It…
OH NO: “Bill Would Stop Paying Farmers Not To Farm” — headline of Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about proposed federal farm reforms, June 6, 2012.
DAVID LETTERMAN ON THE NYC SODA BAN: “Mayor Bloomberg has outlawed giant cans of soda. When you outlaw stuff it creates crime. I saw a guy today walking down the street and a cop is arresting him because he’s got a huge can of soda, and he said ‘No, no, this is medicinal Mountain Dew!'” — David Letterman, June 7, 2012.
LIBERTARIANS ON THE RISE: “Is it raining libertarians, or what?” — title of an article in the Minnesota Star Tribune newspaper bemoaning the “virtual takeover” of the Minnesota Republican Party by libertarian Ron Paul supporters.
THE OXY-MORONIC DRUG WAR: “The biggest oxymoron is ‘controlled substances.’ If you prohibit something, you give up all your control by default to Mexican cartels or the bad guys or juvenile gangs. You have no say in place of sale, time, quality, quantity, age restrictions. You give up all that to people who are truly unsavory and causing problems in our world.” — Judge James Gray, Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate, interviewed in the Ventura County Reporter, June 14, 2012.
OBAMA’S LIES ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA: “In the course of three years, Obama has graduated from breaking his promise to end medical marijuana raids, to claiming he didn’t promise to end medical marijuana raids, to claiming that he’s upheld the promise that he didn’t make. The only thing he’s done consistently is give the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Attorneys Office carte blanche to continue George W. Bush-era crackdowns on local medical marijuana dispensaries.” — Mike Riggs, “3 Reasons Obama Should End the Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana,” Reason Magazine blog, May 11, 2012.
JESSE VENTURA ON THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT: “They’ve ruined our country. … The Demo-Crips and Re-Blood-licans have been in charge in this country for over one hundred years and look at the shape we’re in. We have a national debt that’s out of control. They send us to wars that we shouldn’t be fighting in, meaningless wars. And think of this for a moment, I’m 60 years old now and for over 30 years now, half of my life, we’ve been at war. That’s ridiculous.” — former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, in a interview about his new book DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans on CNN’s Starting Point With Soledad O’Brien, June 12. Ventura also urged fed-up voters to support Libertarian Gary Johnson for president.
JAY LENO ON GUANTANOMO-BAMA: “Remember when Obama was campaigning? Didn’t he say he was going to close Guantanamo Bay? Didn’t he say that? Apparently he just meant for renovations.” — Jay Leno, June 8, 2012.
“They Said It…” is compiled by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris.
by Michael Cloud
When You Propose Government Spending Cuts, Are You Forgetting This?
by Michael Cloud
“I propose we end the federal Department of Education,” said the first libertarian candidate.
“Our state government budget is way too big. We must cut our state government spending by X number of dollars,” said the second.
“Our city budget is 28% higher than it was just 4 years ago. We need to reduce spending by 10% or 20% this year,” said the third.
All three proposals tell what you are taking away.
And, if that’s all you say, you will trigger many people’s fear of loss.
Fear of loss — loss aversion — is a powerful motivator in human behavior.
That’s why, every time you propose to cut government spending, you must tell them what you’ll do with the tax dollars.
“…and we will give back every dime, every dollar to the taxpayers.”
“…and we’ll immediately refund every penny to the working men and women it was taken from — the taxpayers. Not just this year. Every year.”
“…and we’ll return every dollar saved to the people who earned it.”
Give them both halves of your libertarian spending cut proposal. The decrease in government spending. The increase in their take-home pay. And the take-home pay of their family, friends, and neighbors.
Show them the immediate, direct benefit to them every time you cut Big Government spending.
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Michael Cloud’s brand-new book Unlocking More Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion is available exclusively from the Advocates, along with his acclaimed earlier book Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion.
In 2000, Michael was honored with the Thomas Paine Award as the Most Persuasive Libertarian Communicator in America.
Ask Dr. Ruwart
Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication. In this column she offers short answers to real questions about libertarianism. To submit questions to Dr. Ruwart, see end of column
Naked tailgate parties in the front yard?
QUESTION: In a libertarian society, could I have a naked tailgate party with 50 of my fattest friends on my own front lawn, in plain view of my neighbors?
MY SHORT ANSWER: That depends upon where you live. If you are in a neighborhood with deed or homeowners’ association (HOA) restrictions, such action might be prohibited.
If you lived in a neighborhood that chose to be without such restrictions, you’d be able to have such a party — and so would your neighbors. (Of course, even without a HOA restriction, your neighbors could still let you know strongly if they objected to your behavior.)
Everyone could have the kind of neighborhood he or she wanted by shopping around for one that suited their needs and preferences. Liberty offers a win-win solution for everyone!
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By Sharon Harris
Them, Not Us
My friend Dr. Michael Edelstein – author, with David Ramsay Steele, of the acclaimed self-help book Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life — recently reminded me of an excellent communication tip.
Whenever possible, when speaking of the government, refer to “them,” not “us.”
Say “they,” not “we.” Say “theirs,” not “ours.”
For example, don’t refer to “our” War on Drugs. Say “the federal government’s War on Drugs.”
After all, did you start the Drug War? Neither did I. “They” did. The government. And they — not you — are the ones funding and fighting it.
“We” didn’t invade Iraq. “We” aren’t killing people indiscriminately with drones. “We” don’t have troops stationed around the world.
“We” don’t pass zoning laws, victimless crime laws, sales taxes, and other statist measures. “We” don’t arrest medical marijuana users or make young men register for the draft. “They” do. The government.
Similarly, “we” don’t pay taxes to “ourselves.” Try not paying taxes, and see whether “they” or “you” begins to harass and threaten you.
Nor do we have much, if any, say in how that tax money is spent. “They” — the same “they” that collects it — make those decisions.
The use of “they” instead of “we” also counters a common rhetorical weapon used by statists. Frequently proponents of a coercive government action will, consciously or unconsciously, use the inclusive “us” and “our” in order to imply a sort of communal ownership of responsibility for that government action, or to imply that “everyone” has consented to the idea.
For example, someone may say: “Our school needs a better playground for our children. Therefore, we need to raise our taxes.”
Such a statement may be a good time to politely point out that it isn’t “our” school. And it isn’t “us” who will be raising everyone’s taxes. And the children belong to their parents, not to some communal “we.”
They, not we. It’s a subtle but powerful tool to open your listener’s mind to the real conflicts in our society. And it can lead to some enlightening conversations.
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Sharon Harris is president of the Advocates for Self-Government.
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