Friday, October 10, 2008

"Money as Debt" with English Subtitles

This is a powerful 45-minute animated feature that educates the viewer on what exactly "money" is and how our current banking system works. Those that take the time to check this out will emerge with a better understanding of why we're in the problem we're in right now economically, and why things cannot get any better. We need to approach this from a different perspective, and to do so, we have to start by abolishing the Federal Reserve. (EDIT - The video previously embedded here has been pulled from Google Video, so I had to replace it with a five parter from Youtube.)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The George Bush We Forgot

Posted below is an unbelievable video with clips of George Bush's statements during the 2000 Presidential race. See it for yourselves.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ron Paul on CNN (October 1st, 2008)

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Ron Paul Speaks After Bailout Vote

Ron Paul warns the House that their actions could "destroy a worldwide currency" (9/29/2008)

Ron Paul addresses the House of Representatives shortly before the Bailout vote. This is probably the angriest I have ever seen Ron Paul, and he serves up a stern warning to the House to vote wisely on the upcoming bill, which eventually failed by the slimmest of margins. (Thanks to Lasenorita of Ron Paul Forums for transcribing this!)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Clips of Ron Paul at the September 2007 Fox GOP Primary Debate

This video is a good reminder of how some of the Fox Anchors were downright snarky towards Ron Paul, and that a year later, they are hanging on his every word and asking for opinions about the economy. He's been on Fox News more times in the last two weeks than during his entire presidential run in the primaries comined!

Ron Paul vs. Barack Obama

Peter Schiff, Ron Paul's Economic Advisor, on CNN (9/27/2008)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Ron Paul on Your World with Neil Cavuto (9/25/2008)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ron Paul responds to President George W. Bush

Dear Friends:

The financial meltdown the economists of the Austrian School predicted has arrived.

We are in this crisis because of an excess of artificially created credit at the hands of the Federal Reserve System. The solution being proposed? More artificial credit by the Federal Reserve. No liquidation of bad debt and malinvestment is to be allowed. By doing more of the same, we will only continue and intensify the distortions in our economy - all the capital misallocation, all the malinvestment - and prevent the market's attempt to re-establish rational pricing of houses and other assets.

Last night the president addressed the nation about the financial crisis. There is no point in going through his remarks line by line, since I'd only be repeating what I've been saying over and over - not just for the past several days, but for years and even decades.

Still, at least a few observations are necessary.

The president assures us that his administration "is working with Congress to address the root cause behind much of the instability in our markets." Care to take a guess at whether the Federal Reserve and its money creation spree were even mentioned?

We are told that "low interest rates" led to excessive borrowing, but we are not told how these low interest rates came about. They were a deliberate policy of the Federal Reserve. As always, artificially low interest rates distort the market. Entrepreneurs engage in malinvestments - investments that do not make sense in light of current resource availability, that occur in more temporally remote stages of the capital structure than the pattern of consumer demand can support, and that would not have been made at all if the interest rate had been permitted to tell the truth instead of being toyed with by the Fed.

Not a word about any of that, of course, because Americans might then discover how the great wise men in Washington caused this great debacle. Better to keep scapegoating the mortgage industry or "wildcat capitalism" (as if we actually have a pure free market!).

Speaking about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the president said: "Because these companies were chartered by Congress, many believed they were guaranteed by the federal government. This allowed them to borrow enormous sums of money, fuel the market for questionable investments, and put our financial system at risk."

Doesn't that prove the foolishness of chartering Fannie and Freddie in the first place? Doesn't that suggest that maybe, just maybe, government may have contributed to this mess? And of course, by bailing out Fannie and Freddie, hasn't the federal government shown that the "many" who "believed they were guaranteed by the federal government" were in fact correct?

Then come the scare tactics. If we don't give dictatorial powers to the Treasury Secretary "the stock market would drop even more, which would reduce the value of your retirement account. The value of your home could plummet." Left unsaid, naturally, is that with the bailout and all the money and credit that must be produced out of thin air to fund it, the value of your retirement account will drop anyway, because the value of the dollar will suffer a precipitous decline. As for home prices, they are obviously much too high, and supply and demand cannot equilibrate if government insists on propping them up.

It's the same destructive strategy that government tried during the Great Depression: prop up prices at all costs. The Depression went on for over a decade. On the other hand, when liquidation was allowed to occur in the equally devastating downturn of 1921, the economy recovered within less than a year.

The president also tells us that Senators McCain and Obama will join him at the White House today in order to figure out how to get the bipartisan bailout passed. The two senators would do their country much more good if they stayed on the campaign trail debating who the bigger celebrity is, or whatever it is that occupies their attention these days.

F.A. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for showing how central banks' manipulation of interest rates creates the boom-bust cycle with which we are sadly familiar. In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, he described the foolish policies being pursued in his day - and which are being proposed, just as destructively, in our own:

Instead of furthering the inevitable liquidation of the maladjustments brought about by the boom during the last three years, all conceivable means have been used to prevent that readjustment from taking place; and one of these means, which has been repeatedly tried though without success, from the earliest to the most recent stages of depression, has been this deliberate policy of credit expansion.

To combat the depression by a forced credit expansion is to attempt to cure the evil by the very means which brought it about; because we are suffering from a misdirection of production, we want to create further misdirection - a procedure that can only lead to a much more severe crisis as soon as the credit expansion comes to an end... It is probably to this experiment, together with the attempts to prevent liquidation once the crisis had come, that we owe the exceptional severity and duration of the depression.

The only thing we learn from history, I am afraid, is that we do not learn from history.

The very people who have spent the past several years assuring us that the economy is fundamentally sound, and who themselves foolishly cheered the extension of all these novel kinds of mortgages, are the ones who now claim to be the experts who will restore prosperity! Just how spectacularly wrong, how utterly without a clue, does someone have to be before his expert status is called into question?

Oh, and did you notice that the bailout is now being called a "rescue plan"? I guess "bailout" wasn't sitting too well with the American people.

The very people who with somber faces tell us of their deep concern for the spread of democracy around the world are the ones most insistent on forcing a bill through Congress that the American people overwhelmingly oppose. The very fact that some of you seem to think you're supposed to have a voice in all this actually seems to annoy them.

I continue to urge you to contact your representatives and give them a piece of your mind. I myself am doing everything I can to promote the correct point of view on the crisis. Be sure also to educate yourselves on these subjects - the Campaign for Liberty blog is an excellent place to start. Read the posts, ask questions in the comment section, and learn.

H.G. Wells once said that civilization was in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.

In liberty,

Ron Paul

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ron Paul on CNN Late Edition (September 21, 2008)

Friday, January 11, 2008

1988 Ron Paul Returns!

The 1988 version of Ron Paul returns! The below clips are from the South Carolina GOP Debate that took place last night. This was a great debate that heavily featured Ron Paul, as the other candidates tried to attack him or ridicule him, which allowed him airtime to respond to them.

In what is likely to be his most memorable and eloquent answer ever, Ron Paul is asked by Carl Cameron of Fox News whether he is electable:



Ron on Immigration:



Ron on the Economy:



Ron on Israel:



Ron on Iran:



Carl Cameron asks Ron Paul about 9-11 Truthers after asking every other candidate a question about Conservatism:



Fox was horrible to Ron all night, but they seem to be shooting themselves in the foot, because everything they do ends up getting him more support from people viewing in around the country. He even won the Fox News text poll with 35% of the vote (3.5 million people watched the debate), so they stopped showing the poll.

Racism

On the eve of the South Carolina debate, Ron Paul was indirectly accused of being a racist due to comments that were written by a ghostwriter in a newsletter that had his name on it. Wolf Blitzer interviewed Ron in the Situation Room on CNN and allowed him to explain himself:



Here is the summary of the situation involving the racist newsletters, copied and pasted from Wikipedia.

"'Ron Paul Report' newsletter controversy:

Paul's newsletters, which date back to 1978 and has been variously titled "Ron Paul's Freedom Report", "Ron Paul Political Report", "The Ron Paul Survival Report", and "The Ron Paul Investment Letter",[93] first became an issue in his 1996 run for Congress against Charles Morris. Morris ran numerous attack ads about Paul's newsletters, which included derogatory comments concerning race and other politicians.[94][95] Alluding to a 1992 study finding that "of black men in Washington ... about 85 percent are arrested at some point in their lives",[96][97] the newsletter proposed assuming that "95% of the black males in Washington DC are semi-criminal or entirely criminal", and stated that "the criminals who terrorize our cities ... largely are" young black males, who commit crimes "all out of proportion to their numbers".[98][99]

In 2001, Paul took "moral responsibility" for the comments printed in his newsletter under his name, telling Texas Monthly magazine that the comments were written by an unnamed ghostwriter and did not represent his views. He said newsletter remarks referring to U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan (calling her a "fraud" and a "half-educated victimologist") were "the saddest thing, because Barbara and I served together and actually she was a delightful lady."[100] The magazine defended Paul's decision to protect the writer's confidence in 1996, concluding, "In four terms as a U.S. congressman and one presidential race, Paul had never uttered anything remotely like this."[35] In 2007, with the quotes resurfacing, New York Times Magazine writer Christopher Caldwell concurred that Paul denied the allegations "quite believably, since the style diverges widely from his own,"[10] but added that Paul's "response to the accusations was not transparent."[10]

In January 2008, the contents of Paul's newsletters made news again when James Kirchick of The New Republic published a story detailing the contents of various Paul newsletters. Kirchick said that the writings showed "an obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry".[101] A 1990 issue of the Ron Paul Political Report stated that "Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities". After the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the newsletter referred to African-American rioters as "barbarians" and suggested that the riots only stopped when it came time for "blacks to pick up their welfare checks". Other issues gave tactical advice to right-wing militia groups and advanced various conspiracy theories. While the newsletters were published under Paul's name, he disavowed the writings in a response to the New Republic article. Paul said that the quotations do not represent his beliefs, and that "I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts." He did not indicate whether he knew who wrote the articles, but again noted that he accepts "moral responsibility" for not paying closer attention to writings published under his name.[102]"

Here is an article Ron Paul wrote about Racism that sheds light on his stances.

Although all of this smearing upsets me, isn't it amazing that the worst thing they can come up against Ron Paul in 20+ years of public life is racist comments in newsletters written by a ghostwriter under his name? I have followed Ron Paul very closely since June of 2007, and everything I've seen and read from him suggests there isn't a racist bone in his body. Feel free to disagree, but I'd hate for people to not research the issue more at depth to see for themselves. The more you learn about Ron Paul, the more you will understand why the establishment fears him. He is the only real change candidate in this race, and the only change he wants for this country is for us to return to following the Constitution!

I truly believe that we have one of the greatest presidential candidates in the history of this country running for office, and the mainstream media and their corporate bosses are doing everything they can to keep the spotlight off of him. It will be ironic that if things are not to be, 20 years from now, the next generation will be watching videos of Ron Paul speeches in the '70s, '80s, '90s, and 00's where he predicted virtually everything that ended up happening economically, and they will likely be asking us this question: "Wait a minute, America passed on the opportunity to vote Ron Paul as their President, not only once, but twice?!?".

Ron Paul on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Two Parts)

Ron Paul was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, who wanted to interview him and give him air time in light of Fox News' decision not to invite Ron Paul to the debate that took place in New Hampshire the weekend before the primary. LiberyMaven has been pumping out video after video with captions already embedded in them. If you do RSS, subscribe to his site.

Part One:



Part Two:

Friday, January 4, 2008

PBS Interview with Bill Moyer (EXCELLENT)

Via Liberty Maven.

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PART THREE:

Coverage of Iowa Results

Thanks to Mercaeld for the videos below covering the Iowa Results.

Wolf Blitzer shouts Ron Paul at Larry King 01/03/08:



Wolf Blitzer says Ron Paul is a "Player" 01/04/08:

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Judge Napolitano praises Ron Paul

Here is an older videoclip of Judge Andrew Napolitano heaping praise on Ron Paul. Napolitano has been discussed as a possible Attorney General or Supreme Court Justice in a Paul administration.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Ron Paul on the Situation Room - 1/2/2008

Thanks again to Marcaeld.

Nick Gillespie on O'Reilly about Ron Paul 01/02/2008

I'm not sure what's going on with the Larry King situation, but check this video from the "Factor" that aired this evening. Thanks to Marcaeld.

Larry King Show TONIGHT

Tonight, Ron Paul's TV schedule is as follows:

8 PM EST - C-SPAN will air a live speech by Ron to a group of Veterans in Iowa.

9 PM EST - The Larry King Show on CNN will have Ron on as a guest for a 30-minute interview.

I am currently working on captioning the MSNBC and CNN interviews that aired today, and hope to have them up by tomorrow night.

Links of the Day

Today has been an amazing day for Ron Paul in terms of mainstream media coverage. Is the Old Media finally waking up and realizing the extent of Ron Paul's support?

Check out some of these links below and see for yourselves.

CBS News - "Ron Paul's Loyal Student Surrogates"

The above article, written by Eve Fairbanks, is an excellent peek behind the scenes in Iowa that shines the light at the student volunteers working for the Ron Paul campaign.

MSNBC - "Thousands Switch Parties: Is There A Primary Reason?"

Karen Branch-Brioso of the Tampa Tribune asks why "17,808 Hillsborough voters switched political parties". I think I know why : )

The Washington Times: "lib¿er¿tar¿ian"

Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch take a closer look at the Ron Paul Revolution.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

"Paul Rivals Clinton, Raising Almost $20 Million for Campaign"

Here's an article from Bloomberg.com:

"Paul Rivals Clinton, Raising Almost $20 Million for Campaign

By Kristin Jensen

Jan. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Presidential candidate Ron Paul raised almost $20 million for his campaign in the last three months, potentially outpacing every one of his Republican rivals and putting his fundraising in league with Hillary Clinton's.

Paul, a U.S. representative from Texas, raised at least $19.5 million, according to a statement posted on his Web site. His campaign said today that he originally aimed to raise $12 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

The take puts Paul on par with the top fundraisers in the Democratic Party, who outpaced Republicans last year. The campaign of New York Senator Clinton yesterday said she raised more than $100 million for the year, meaning she brought in at least $20 million in the fourth quarter.

Paul has drawn supporters with his libertarian message and his opposition to the war in Iraq, spurring a burst of donations on the Internet, the source of about 80 percent of the contributions last quarter, according to Paul spokesman Jesse Benton. In the three months through September, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani brought in the most contributions among Republicans, for a total of $11.5 million.

Presidential campaigns don't have to report fundraising figures until the end of January, though many give hints about their totals earlier than that. Arizona Senator John McCain, who's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, yesterday told reporters in New Hampshire that December was his best fundraising month since July. He gave no further details.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Kristin Jensen in Iowa at kjensen@bloomberg.net
Last Updated: January 1, 2008 12:55 EST

Fox excludes Ron Paul from their forum

First off, Happy New Year, everybody!

Here's an article that details Ron Paul's exclusion from a Fox Forum that will be held just before the New Hampshire Primaries.

"Fox, meanwhile, has invited five GOP candidates to a forum with Chris Wallace scheduled for its mobile studio in New Hampshire on Sunday. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee received invites, leaving Paul of Texas and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California on the sidelines"

The funny thing is that Ron Paul meets all three of the criteria that Fox used as reasons to exclude him from the forum. Ron's response to news of this exclusion was classic:

“They are scared of me and don’t want my message to get out, but it will,” Paul said in an interview at a diner here. “They are propagandists for this war and I challenge them on the notion that they are conservative.”

Here is a great music video that is not captioned but is very visually appealing. It relates perfectly to the above news, as it takes a hard look at the biasness of the mainstream media.



Iowa's caucus process will take place Thursday night, January 3rd. For the first time ever, I am excited about a primary in a state hundreds of miles away from me! The general consensus amongst Ron Paul supporters is that finishing third is a win in our book, and that we'll shock the world if we finish second. I think it'll go Romney, Paul, Huckabee, Thompson, McCain, Giuliani, Hunter, but I'm an optimist.