Tuesday, December 1, 2009
"I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war.... You can take that to the bank!". - Senator Barack Obama (2007)
Monday, November 16, 2009
End The Wars! Save The Dollar! Ron Paul 2012!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Children: I pledge allegiance to America's debt, and to the Chinese government that lends us money. And to the interest, for which we pay, compoundable, with higher taxes and lower pay until the day we die.
Voiceover: American tax payers owe more than $500 million in interest payments every day to cover our government's debt, much of that debt is owe by foreign governments. Go to DefeatTheDebt.com.
Girl: Debt Stinks.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This reminds me of an old video from 2008 comparing the differences between Barack Obama and Ron Paul.
I doubt Ron Paul will run again in 2012. He could handle it (he bikes several miles a day and mostly eats salads), but his wife's heart probably couldn't. If he is convinced to run again one final time, he represents REAL CHANGE that would be quick and decisive. And he has a 35+ year record of saying the same things over and over again, as this video below demonstrates.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
For those of you who take offense at the amount of editing of the 1988 video, they can view the unedited version of the entire video here.
In this video clip, Paul takes the position of supporting the legalization of marijuana, and makes some very convincing arguments. Stephen Baldwin has very little of substance to say in the debate, and his facial expressions indicate that he knows Paul is making a lot of sense with his arguments against prohibition.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Before one views the below video, it is important to understand that the United States of America is BANKRUPT!! Our unfunded liabilities are at $60 Trillion Dollars. That means that the share for each and every one of us is $192,000.00. To put that in perspective, your child will be a debt slave from the day he or she is born. "According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, if reckless fiscal spending continues, the entire federal budget will be consumed by Social Security and Medicare payments by 2040". Wonderful! Just in time when folks in their late 20's and early 30's right now are about to retire and after having paid into the Social Security Ponzi Scheme their entire lives.
I know what some folks are thinking. If Paul gets his way, people will be out on the streets. No! Paul is the only one who actually has a plan to pay for all of this. Scale back our military empire around the world and use that money to help the people who we have taught to become dependent on the Government to take care of them from cradle to grave. Eliminate the Income Tax and the I.R.S. for a much fatter paycheck every two weeks, just when the American people need it the most (instead of having the special interests and lobbyists fighting over who gets to spend our money that we worked for). Audit the Federal Reserve for the first time in it's 95+ year history and figure out exactly what the third Central Bank of the United States is up to and who they loaned our money to. Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson killed the first two Central Banks, and with our help, Ron Paul can kill the third.
"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning". - Henry Ford
"I believe the banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." - Thomas Jefferson
"The Fed is using all its power to drive the monetary base to unprecedented heights, creating trillions in new money out of thin air. From April 2008 to April 2009, the adjusted monetary base shot up from $856 billion to an unbelievable $1.749 trillion. Was there any new wealth created? New production? No, this was the Ben Bernanke printing press at work. If you and I did anything similar, we would be called counterfeiters and be sent away for a lifetime in prison. But, when the Fed does it - complete with a scientific gloss - it is seen as the perfectly legal and responsible conduct of monetary policy." - Ron Paul
A majority of our problems have to do with the Federal Reserve and their "printing press", which inevitably leads to higher prices in the supermarket and other places, while working wages remain stagnant. The Poor (especially those on Fixed Incomes) and the Middle Class (which is dramatically being wiped out as we speak) are the ones that suffer from this hidden "Inflation" Tax created by the Federal Reserve printing press. No matter how good the intentions of any such government program is, no one bothers to ask how we're going to actually pay for these "free" programs. Instead, appeal to emotions are the rule of the day.
If you had a teenager who was running up her credit card like crazy, buying things she couldn't afford and didn't need, you'd cut up her credit card and teach her to live within her means. Ron Paul has always said that "those who live beyond their means are destined to live beneath their means". With all that said, check out this interview. I was hoping Paul would have more time to talk, but maybe Stewart will give him a full half-hour one of these days. It is amazing to me that Stewart is one of the best newsmen in the business, and he's a comedian with a show that airs on Comedy Central. Where have the Walter Cronkites of this world gone?
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The rest of the world pays far more for gasoline than we do, and I realize that. At the same time, it is clear that inflation and the constant printing of new money contributes towards rising prices in the supermarket, gas stations, and energy bills. The poor, the middle class, and those on fixed incomes are the ones that suffer the most from this hidden tax, which some call the Inflation Tax.
Grayson is also the same representative that questioned the Inspector General of the Fed, Elizabeth Coleman, in a video that shocked many folks at how little even the Inspector General knew about the operations of the Federal Reserve.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The topic of the interview focuses on the economy. Host Joe Scarborough points out that Paul predicted the housing collapse way back in 2003 when virtually nobody else on the Banking Committee, in Congress, or within the mainstream media did. Paul criticizes the Federal Reserve and says, "so with all these good intentions of helping poor people, the very people who are doing this are actually making it more harmful and hurting those they want to help". Huffington agrees "with Congressman Paul that this is not capitalism. This is not free enterprise capitalism". She then says that what we have now "is really (an) oligopoly. We have 92 smaller regional banks that have failed but the five big banks are bigger than ever, their profits are growing, their toxic assets are still on the books."
Both Huffington and Paul also agree that "Corporations, drug companies, and insurance companies" will come out well when the Medical Care Reform eventually passes (as it's probably just another form of corporate welfare, ala the bank bailouts). I know there are still folks who believe that Ron Paul would abolish everything in sight, but that is simply not true. In fact, he's the only one who has an actual plan for how to pay for the health care needs of those who have been taught to be dependant on the government to provide for them!
At the conclusion of this interview, Paul warns that by propping up all of the toxic assets, "we are working very hard to perpetuate this problem into the second great depression". Let's hope he's wrong, but he also predicted the 1987 Economic Recession in 1983 (The video link does not work, but the comments on Digg are hilarious).
The Bankers, Corporations, and Special Interests that OWN the Mainstream Media and virtually all of Congress are the same people that smeared and marginalized Ron Paul to ridiculous degrees.
For the Deaf/Blind readers, here is the transcript of the interview and of the book plug from the second video.
(PLEASE NOTE: You may have to use a different browser in order to see the subtitles. Make sure you click on "choose language as" and drag it to English in order to activate the subtitles)
On the topic of the Federal Reserve, I find it fascinating that Jim DeMint (a conservative), Bernie Sanders (a self-avowed socialist), Dennis Kucinich (a liberal) and Ron Paul can all agree to support H.R. 1207, "Audit the Fed". Here is a bi-partisan video featuring mostly Democrats like Representative Alan Grayson talking about why we need to Audit the Federal Reserve.
In the final comments for this post, here is a video of Paul dispelling the rumors and myths about H.R. 1207 (spread by those who want the status quo maintained) in a blistering speech on the House floor on 7-30-2009.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The hypocrisy of both the Left AND the Right is in full swing.
"1,000 page bills are being rammed through Congress that no one has read! They include 300 page amendments added at the last minute!" says the Left to the Right during the Bush 43 reign and following the passage of the Patriot Act. "1,000-page bills are being rammed through Congress that no one has read! They include 300 page amendments added at the last minute!" says the Right to the Left in 2009 following the passage of Cap-And-Trade through the House.
Bush 41 gives a School Speech in 1991 and the Left is furious! Obama gives a School Speech in 2009 and the Right is furious!
The Democrats heckle Bush 43 at his State of the Union speech in 2005, and the Right is furious! A Republican heckles Obama at his State of the Union speech in 2009, and the Left is furious!
The Left are furious about torture at Gitmo. Yet, very little is now said about Bagram being the new Gitmo.
The Left during Bush 43 back Cindy Sheehan and say "No More WARS!". When Obama becomes President, Cindy Sheehan is discarded to the side and those on the left are now saying "we need to be in Afghanistan!".
The Right in 1996 say "We need to reduce the size of Government". Then they go out and double the size of the Department of Education!
"Why do the Democrats hate America?" says the Right to the Left in 2004 after the Left criticizes Bush 43. "Why do the Republicans hate America?" says the Left to the Right in 2009 after the Right criticizes Obama.
Both sides are being hypocrites. But both sides are being plucked like the strings of a guitar via soundbites from the Mainstream Media Shills (O'Reilly, Matthews, Hannity, Schultz, etc.) and are too busy sniping at each other while the Corporations/Special Interests/Bankers that OWN the Mainstream Media (pot stirrers extraordinaire!) and virtually all of the Congressmen/women and Senators are laughing hysterically because the status quo never changes from one administration to the next. No REAL fundamental change is occuring in this country!
Ron Paul vs. Dennis Kucinich for the Presidency in 2012 would represent the first true "We The People" election in decades! Regardless of how one feels about either of the two candidates, very few people doubt that both are speaking truth to power and that both represent real fundamental changes in our country. So the question I have becomes: Does America really want change? Or do we want a mild tweaking of the status quo every four years? I, for one, am SICK of anything resembling the status quo. I close this post with a photoshop of the last 4 U.S. Presidents morphed together into one (Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, Obama). Nothing truly significant really changes from one administration to the next. It's time the American people woke up and realized this.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I feel that Deaf folks should be setting the example for hearing folks by subtitling their own Vlogs. Some would argue that we should apply the "an eye for an eye" philosophy, and I would disagree with that sentiment. Others would argue that hearing students of ASL would never truly learn ASL and would rely on the subtitles as a crutch, and I would disagree with that sentiment, too (mainly because the subtitles can be turned on/off as needed). The strongest argument against subtitling a Vlog would probably be that ASL cannot be 100% effectively transcribed in English form. While that is almost definently true, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to do this anyway! In fact, I think this could help Deaf kids learn English better, as they would be assigned to transcribe ASL stories into English form. Just my random thoughts here. I hope that folks will consider my arguments and that more folks will subtitle their Vlogs.
DotSub is an EXCELLENT website that allows folks to upload videos found on YouTube and other websites. Once the video is uploaded, users can then transcribe the film to their hearts' content and subtitle them. Once a transcript has been marked complete, it would then allow users of other languages around the world to translate the transcribed content in their own language.
By allowing hearing folks to view ASL videos in the language they best understand, I believe that this helps these same folks appreciate that ASL is a very complex and rich language that should not be demeaned or belittled. This would also allow for folks that would normally never "get the message" espoused within various Vlogs to now be able to understand what Deaf people often debate on a daily basis. This would create more in-roads between the hearing and the Deaf, and this can only be a good thing towards helping us explain to them how we feel about issues such as Cochlear Implants, Accessibility, and Deaf Education.
Here are a few examples of how DotSub videos can be used effectively.
Barack Obama's Inauguration Speech (25 translations - most are incomplete, though):
An ASL video that I subtitled, "Deaf Ninja", which was told by Austin Andrews:
The National Association of the Deaf, taking advantage of the DotSub technology:
I have only done one Vlog myself, along with the subbing of one interview that I recorded, but at least I'm practicing what I preach:
EDITED TO ADD - I was sent two videos by Vloggers who subtitled their Vlogs and/or provided transcripts to the Vlog. I am embedding both videos below. Each of them blogged about this on their websites, which are hyperlinked, so click on the title itself to go directly to their blogs.
"Why *I* think vloggers on DR SHOULD offer subtitles and/or transcripts" (jjpuorro | February 12, 2008):
"Freedom of Choice: Subtitling on Vlog"(The NavyBeagle Newsletter - 2-24-2007):
Friday, September 11, 2009
One blurb within the article discussed what occurred during the May 15 South Carolina GOP debate, where Rudolph Giuliani almost single-handedly put Ron Paul on the map. At the time, I was fairly politically apathetic. However, that night, watching the debate out of sheer boredom, something clicked within me. I didn't realize it at the time, but I eventually came to understand that I was watching something said by a politician that I had never heard said anywhere on mainstream television following 9-11. A few weeks later, I remember seeing Ron Paul being interviewed by Bill Maher on Maher's HBO show. Maher called Paul his "new hero" that night. Maher also commented to Paul that "if America was a smarter country, wouldn't you be leading in the polls?". He then made the comment that "You've just never heard this logic coming from someone who's actually going to run this country" after Paul talked with him about the CIA and Blowback (starting at the 4:40 mark of this video, "A New Hope").
I remember thinking "A Republican (?!?) is now Bill Maher's new hero? Wow!". From there, I became very interested in Ron Paul, the person, and the ideas he was presenting to the American public. I know he's not everyone's cup of tea, but I think almost everybody, love him or hate him (and it's usually one or the other), can appreciate that there is something unique about Paul that doesn't seem to be shared by many politicans in this country.
Even if one doesn't agree with the conclusions reached by Mr. Gregory in his article, I hope that one can recognize and understand that there are unintended consequences for our actions. Again, I have no intention of excusing the actions of the perpetrators of the 9-11 attacks. David Letterman probably said it best when he said the following on September 17'th, 2001:
“The reason we were attacked, the reason these people are dead, these people are missing and dead … They weren't doing anything wrong, they were living their lives, they were going to work, they were traveling, they were doing what they normally do. Uh, as I understand it—and my understanding of this is vague, at best—another smaller group of people stole some airplanes and crashed them into buildings. And we're told that they were zealots fueled by religious fervor, religious fervor. And if you live to be a thousand years old, will that make any sense to you? Will that make any goddamned sense?”
However, I sincerely believe that the confrontation between Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani on May 15, 2007 at the GOP Debate in South Carolina will be remembered as one of the most pivotal and historical moments in U.S. political history decades from now. I am hopeful that more folks on both the "left" and the "right" will begin debating whether the continued need exists for our interventionist foreign policies, which never really change from one administration to the next.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
There are a large number of captioned and subtitled videos featured on this website. Some of them were made by me (with the help of transcripts found online). Some were made by supporters of Ron Paul. Some were pulled from Youtube, Overstream, and DotSub that other people did. Since this is post #151 for this blog (Never thought it would get this far when I started this in October of 2007), I thought I'd select my favorite 5 videos featured within this blog. Some talk about the economy. Others talk about the wars. All feature certain clips that are dear to my heart, although I may not agree 100% with every single thing found within these clips. I know there will be some of you that may not and will not either, but I am hopeful you will keep an open mind and perhaps question or re-visit some long held beliefs you may have. Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you will come back.
And now, the countdown! Drum roll, people!
#5 - "War and Lies! (Featuring Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul)":
#4 - "A Recent History of the U.S. Economy":
#3 - "Mainstream Media Bias against Ron Paul":
#2 - "Stop Dreaming":
#1 - "Is This Reality, Or Is This Just A Bad Dream?":
Monday, September 7, 2009
Check out their site if you haven't already to enjoy increased accessibility to online video content. On a side note, I had set up two blogs entitled "Sports Subtitled" and "Deaf YouTube" that feature a small number of captioned and subtitled online videos for the Deaf and hard of hearing, but I've neglected both sites for quite a while now.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
When Bush 43 was President, half the people in this country were saying CNN and MSNBC were speaking truth to power and Fox News was full of propoganda. Now, with Obama as President, the other half are saying CNN and MSNBC are full of propoganda and that Fox News is speaking truth to power. The same people who said "love it or leave it (the country)" to the "opposite side of the aisle" are now being told "love it or leave it" by those very same members they ridiculed only a few years ago.
The same people that blasted Bush for his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now saying we have to be in Afghanistan. The same people who objected against 1,000 page bills such as the Patriot Act being rammed through congress are now the ones ramming 1,000 page bills such as Cap and Trade through congress with 300-page amendments added in the wee hours before the vote.
The same people blasting those that criticized Bush 43 during wartime conditions as being unpatriotic are now saying dissent is the highest form of patriotism. And vice versa. Why can't the majority of people figure out that we're ALL being played like a fiddle by the special interests and the mainstream media?
We're just taking up the media's talking points and running wild with them, engaging in histrionics and finger-pointing. And the American people lose every single time, while the special interests keep getting richer and richer. It's all by design.
The sooner the American people realize that the candidates being blacked out by the mainstream media during the election cycle and/or being smeared as "longshot fringe candidates" (such as Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich) are the ones who are truly out for our best interests, the better off this country will become.
In this lengthy post, I have featured a slew videos of Ron Paul talking about Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama, as well as Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address and other relevant Foriegn Policy videos. All of the videos are subtitled for the Deaf and hard of hearing, but for those hearing people who dislike subtitles, they can easily be toggled off with the click of a mouse.
NOTE - For some reason, Opera is not working well in terms of being able to select English subtitles as an option from the video screen. I advise using Firefox to view this web page. To turn the subtitles on, click on "choose language" at the bottom left of the video and drag to English.
Ron Paul on William Jefferson Clinton's Foriegn Policy:
Ron Paul on George Walker Bush's Foreign Policy:
Ron Paul on a military withdrawal from Iraq:
Ron Paul on Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney and Torture:
Ron Paul on Barack Obama and "Change":
Barack Obama and Prolonged Detention:
"Strange Days", starring the Republicrats:
Don't Tread on Me!:
Dwight David Eisenhower's farewell address, where he warns the American people about the growing power of the Military-Industrial Complex:
George Carlin on Airlines (One of Two):
George Carlin on Airlines (Two of Two):
George Carlin on Parents:
Friday, August 28, 2009
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is featured below and is subtitled for your viewing pleasure:
This is a very powerful speech. One of the greatest speeches of all time, without a doubt. The thing for me, though, is that we haven't really taken Dr. King's words to heart. He said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character".
It reminded me of a South Park Episode called "Chef Goes Nanners" that brilliantly captured the debate about the South Carolina flag and racism in general. It's kind of how I felt about Barack Obama being elected President of the United States (equated with how the five South Park kids viewed the flag). Maybe it's just me growing up in Philly or maybe it's my generation being under the age of 35.
I am not denying that there are those who oppose President Obama and his platform simply because of the color of their skin. There are some sick racists out there. On both sides. Pieces of trash. I am also not suggesting that President Obama's character is lacking. I feel he means well and that his intentions are pure, although it really bothers me that every President keeps trying to gain MORE Presidential powers than the previous President. I just think too many are trying to lump everybody into one tidy little group.
I hate the fact that if I am against the current proposal of Health Care that it means I am automatically an "Anti-Health Care Reformer" as stated by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Health care is broken, and I would be a moron to say otherwise. However, I feel we need to go the opposite way. This post will be long enough, so that is an issue for me to address in more detail in another posting in the near future.
I'm not crazy about NY Governor David Patterson saying that the reason folks are calling for him not to run again is because of the color of his skin. Or when Representative Diane Watson of California says "They are spreading fear and they're trying to see that the first president who looks like me -- fails" and "People look at the United States as a country that has changed it's way and elected someone from Kenya and Kansas, I'll put it like that". So if I believe the United States has steadily changed its' ways (and I felt this way when Congress during Bush 43 was passing the Patriot Act and the Military Commisions Act and FISA), Representative Watson is insinuating that it is because President Obama is from Kenya and that there are no other logical or valid reasons. That sickens me.
E.W. Jackson, Sr. had the following to say regarding this topic in a blog posting written today (08-28-2009) entitled "Stop playing the race card". I liked what he had to say in the article, and I think he made some sense.
The people that know me know that I HATED Bush 43. I actually like President Obama as a person more than I like Bush 43. I just don't agree with the ever-escalating expansion of government (coming from both the at-least-honest-about-their-desire-to-keep-expanding-government left AND the hypocritical right that doubled the size of the Department of Education after entering into a "Contract with America" in 1996), and I feel that the fact that people aren't defending the merits of the healthcare bill, as presently construed, inasmuch as they are seemingly accusing those who disagree with their policies as out-and-out racists is damning.
What about the War on Drugs? That's the most racist thing I could possibly imagine going on, and NOBODY in the Obama Administration is really talking about it. Very few people in Washington are talking about it. Well, except for someone whose name is featured in this blog's URL. The Death Penalty is something else that nobody is really talking about now that is pretty racist to me. That ends my comments for now. Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts, even if you may disagree with some things I said here and there.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
In this speech on the House floor, Ron Paul fights back against those who do not want H.R. 1207, otherwise known as the Audit the Fed Bill, to be passed. This speech was delivered in late July of 2009, and every argument against this bill is reasonably and logically ripped in shreds. What do they have to hide? Where did our money go? Who did it go to?
This clip is especially enlightening now that we learn that President Obama nominated Ben Bernanke for a second term as the chairman of the Fed.
Also disturbing are Timothy Geithner's comments when asked about H.R. 1207.
In an interview released today by Digg and the Wall Street Journal, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was pressured about the growing popular movement to Audit the Fed spearheaded by Texas Congressman Ron Paul. A visibly uncomfortable Geithner attempts to dismiss the question by stating "I'm sure people understand that you want to keep politics out of monetary policy." When Geithner is again pressed on the issue, he makes the stunning assertion that conducting an audit of the Federal Reserve — something never before done in its 96 year history — is a "line that we don't want to cross," proclaiming that such a move would be "problematic for the country."
Maybe it's just me, but the feeling I get from Geithner is that he sounds like the all powerful Oz saying "there is NOTHING behind this curtain!". And Bernanke, the star of "The Fed Under Fire", gets another few years at the helm of the Fed.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
He talks about the Constitution, civil liberties, the military commisions act, the history of our country, and the definition of tyranny and liberty. It's a very good speech that is about 30 minutes in length. Enjoy! And thanks to a special humble friend who has helped me out with the blog throughout the years and contributed the efforts towards the subbing of Napolitano's speech.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
(For those of you who find the subtitles annoying, you can remove them by dragging down and selecting "Choose Language..." at the bottom right of the window).
Corbett Daly of Reuters interviews Representative Ron Paul about President Obama's proposal to expand the power and role of the Federal Reserve. The graph above details how the U.S. dollar has lost 96% of its' purchasing power since 1913, when the Federal Reserve was created.
Friday, July 10, 2009
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Rachel Maddow of MSNBC is featured in the below clip blasting Barack Obama's speech about "Prolonged Detention" and says that he is going further than even George W. Bush and Dick Cheney ever have in terms of expanding Presidential power at the expense of the Constitution.
UPDATED TO ADD: Glenn Greenwald of Salon.Com goes further in depth on the myths and facts of "Prolonged Detention".
I believe the following clip will be remembered as one of the most pivotal and historical moments in U.S. political history decades from now. The clip features the infamous confrontation between Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani over foreign policy and took place at the GOP Debate in South Carolina on May 15, 2007.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Joe Scarborough: Can you all believe this prediction in 2003?
Mika Brzezinski: Yes, that is, I mean, prophetic, absolutely prophetic."
The above was an exchange between the cohosts of the "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC. Ron Paul appeared on May 15, 2009 and Joe Scarborough had just read a statement Ron made to the Financial Committee five years ago about the impending and inevitable bust of the bubble, along with the devasating consequences that would follow. Ron Paul also talks about how a large percentage of folks in Washington, D.C. follow the Keynesian model of economics, and blames Keynes for a lot of the current economical problems now unfolding.
"So when will it ever end? We can’t even define the enemy, who exactly is the enemy over there? Is it the Al Qaida, the Taliban, is it the government of Pakistan? If you can’t define the enemy, how do you know when the war is over? If you’re in war, which we are - how can this be anything other than war - when was this war declared?
They say, “Oh well, we got this authority five or ten years ago, who knows when”. Perpetual war, this is what we’re involved in. Perpetual spending. And then we say, “Well we have to do that to be safe”. That is what is preposterous. It’s the very policy that makes us unsafe. We pursue this policy and the more we do the less safe we are."
Friday, May 15, 2009
"There is a machine operating behind it all in America. It drives policy and outcomes. It drives legislation and the continued deterioration of culture and society. It buys what, and who it needs to ensure that it continues to be fed. It exists for the sole purpose of its continued existence and power. It absolutely owns the mainstream media and wields it masterfully as a weapon of mass distraction and destruction. It desires that America continue down the path of least resistance. It requires the people to care more about who won the last American Idol than who won their last Congressional race. It requires that 50% of the people do not even bother to vote for the very elected officials that will shape and decide their futures. We use terms like “corporate media” and “part of the machine” when discussing political matters but rarely do we truly examine what these terms mean. That is how the machine wants it and too often we play right along.
The machine requires two sides and two sides only. It demands that you pick a side and get off the imaginary fence they swear to you is there. The machine says that to be a good American you must believe in one set of values and you cannot deviate from them without somehow violating all of them. It says that you are red or blue; conservative or liberal, republican or democrat. It forces you to choose only one side though. It derides the other side; it mocks it. It lays all the blame for the ills of society at the feet of the “other side.” It gives you someone to blame for your lot in life. It tells the average “republican” that it’s those damn liberals and their anti-family ways that are destroying the American culture. It tells the average democrat that it is those damn republicans and their intolerant views of differences that is causing the erosion of all that was once good in America. In order for you to believe that tolerance is a good thing, you must embrace the entire package of a layered federal government that intercedes in all areas of your life. In order to believe that life begins at conception you have to embrace the party of war and poverty. They have sold you a lie and we buy it every day. Somehow in this country we have been convinced that while we can have 31 flavors of ice cream we can only get two coherent lines of political thought. The result is exactly what the machine wants. We snipe at each other at the lower levels of society while the machine keeps getting fed above us.
The problem with a machine this large is that it cannot possibly control for everything. It is set against a system that was designed to be free and because of that there are often people who get into the machine and refuse to play the game. Occasionally, the machine runs into people that it cannot buy, it cannot corrupt, and it cannot remove because they are legitimately in the machine. While greed and power corrupt most, there still remains some that resist. These remain our hope in this country that personal conviction can win out over the machine. It is not that hard to spot them if you understand the rules. Just look for the ones that espouse something different than the party line. Something radical. Then see if they are marginalized and attacked by the machine. See if they are mocked or dismissed, despite the apparent resonance of their message. Once you find them, you need to really listen to what they are saying outside of the context of the filter provided by the machine that wishes them away.
Lets also dismiss the notion that one side is drastically different than the other; they are not. They are both lined up at the trough to feed. One needs to only look at how quickly John Kerry folded his tent in the face of massive voter fraud while still holding onto over a million dollars, which was supposed to be used to contest the results. It had nothing to do with national unity because if the votes are not being counted fairly, there is no real “nation” let alone unity. The work of voting advocates since has virtually proven that Kerry did indeed win in 2004 but no one cares because the machine tells you what to care about. You need to care about whether Britney Spears is fit to be a parent, not that your vote may not have counted. So why did John Kerry run away so fast with that million dollars? Because he got to go back to the Senate where it is better to be the runner up but still get to line up at the trough. Sure, there are huge differences between Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton and America would look vastly different under both leaders. Ultimately though, the machine would still win one way or the other. The main point though is that the machine has culled you into one of their camps (assuming they win their primaries, ugh) and you will line up and cheer. You will think you won if your party comes out on top but in reality only the machine wins. You might get universal healthcare if Hillary wins and you might get to bomb 2 more Middle Eastern countries if Rudy wins. In the end however, you win nothing and the machine keeps humming.
I had written a couple of articles recently praising the performance of Ron Paul at the republican debates. I did so because I felt that he was the only person on the stage that seemed to be speaking from his heart, and not his cue cards. You see, when you don’t really believe what you are saying, you need to write it down but when you own it, you know it. Paul spoke about limited government, eliminating the illegal IRS, and a foreign policy that starts with this country. An infrastructure plan that dealt with this country. A rebuilding program that starts with this country. He was the only sane voice in a gaggle of would-be presidents calling for tripling Guantanamo and nuking Iran. I might add that he did this while the machine driven debates and media tried their best to ignore and marginalize him. He got one question it seemed for every three that the machine dubbed “front-runners” received. In the end though, RudyMcRomney all sounded like they were reading from the same script and only Ron Paul sounded like he cared about the true future of this country. This does not mean that I embrace everything Paul stands for but he is a far better start for this country than anyone else up there and the majority of the machine bought and anointed democratic “front-runners.”
Right after these articles, I received an email from a familiar friendly source; one that actually runs my work and they were taken aback that I would be supportive of the “libertarian” Paul. This illustrates what I am trying to speak about. People have been conditioned to take their side and abhor anything that grates against the illusionary sides that have been drawn up. Each side thinks theirs is somehow immune to the machine when in fact they are all part of the same problem. Hillary Clinton is probably the most bought and paid for candidate running. A political chameleon, Clinton has a record that the GOP will tear to pieces if she wins the primary; which is exactly why they are pushing her to be the candidate. Either way, she is Bush Lite. My allegiance after God; is to my country, not any party. I am sure that after reading my articles for the past four years, one would assume I was a democrat. I was never a registered democrat or republican because both parties are part of the machine and ultimately the two-party system is the true cancer eating away at the heart of this republic. The notion that both sides have a grasp on absolute truth, politically and morally is one of the greatest lies perpetrated against the American people. The truth is always somewhere in the middle but the machine cannot survive unless you pick a side and throw rocks at the other side.
The issue is not the labels the media wishes to put on people like Dr. Paul. If you wish to call him libertarian, fine. All I know is a see someone who doesn’t partake in the trappings of the corruption offered by the machine. He opts out of the plush pension plan for congresspersons and does not keep any unused monies. He speaks things that are not in the script. The machine has a script. They tell the republicans to speak about bombing Iran while they tell the democrats to speak about getting out of Iraq. They tell the democrats to speak about national healthcare while they tell the republicans to speak about socialized medicine. Seriously, next time you watch a primary debate listen to what they are saying America. It is all the same. There are nuanced differences but the script is the same. They are clearly delineating the two sides the machine is offering you this time around.
Except those noisy little ghosts rattling around in the machine. Like Ron Paul, the democrats have their ghosts mucking up the smooth operation of the machine as well. People like Dennis Kucinich stand out as being outside the machinations of the created general will. Sure Mike Gravel was a better example but his presentation ruined any chances he might have had. Ideally, I would love to see a Kucinich versus Paul presidency run. Two people who seem to truly believe what they do, for the sake of it, and not the machine. That is quite a dream though because the machine is always hungry and will not give up its power easily.
Take a serious look at how the primary season started and you can see the handprints of the machine all over it, through the corporate media. On the democratic side we were told it would be all about Hillary, Obama, and maybe John Edwards. On the republican side it was all about Rudy-Mc-Romney. Never mind that Rudy had three wives and ties to organized crime. Never mind that McCain sang “bomb Iran” and was polling lower than the lower –tier candidates. Never mind that Romney gave a new definition to the term “flip-flopper.” Nope, these were the guys. The Grand Wizard of Oz told you not to mind those other guys behind the curtain. Forget Dennis Kucinich. Nice enough guy but the media would rather show you how hot his wife is than talk substantively about what he stands for because it is not part of the script. Forget Ron Paul. They would rather mock his positions than truly discuss them because he is not part of the script. They are just ghosts and we don’t believe in ghosts anymore do we?
No not in today’s America where it is more important to talk about Lindsay Lohan than the Iraq War. There is a machine that needs to be fed and it will not relinquish its power easily. It is well-oiled and hums along, regardless of which party is actually in control. Sure there are subtle differences between the parties but the majority of the differences are not real, they are illusionary in nature designed to get you to pick a side and deride the other. They issue the script and send out their media machine to drub it into your heads until you start believing the script is reality. Iraq had WMD, remember? John Kerry was a flip-flopper, remember? Al Gore liked to exaggerate and maybe even lie, remember? The republicans are all intolerant theocrats trying to march our noble society back to Old Testament times, right? Democrats are all godless heathens who want to give marriage rights to animals, right? Stick to the script, stick to the script. The machine and its media are picking your candidates America. They have been doing it for some time. In 2004 when Howard Dean started sounding like he might step outside the machine, we were brought “the scream” over and over again until his campaign was in tatters. In 2000 when John McCain believed in straight talk and not script talk, the machine push-polled him to death in the Carolinas and made sure they got their boy, George Bush, the nomination. The machine decided early on that the candidates they wanted were from the pool of: Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Rudy, McCain, and Romney. Because the machine has to operate within the backdrop of the republic, it cannot prevent anyone else from running but sure can marginalize them, provide them no coverage, mock them, and eventually have them simply fade away when they cannot compete with the money generated for the machine candidates.
Do I believe in everything Ron Paul does? Of course not but no more or less than I believe in everything Dennis Kucinich believes in. The lie the machine sells you is that one of the two sides stands for everything you believe in. That is a virtual impossibility. That is why it does not bother me that Paul or Kucinich do not match me completely. For starters they are against the machine and that is a pretty good start for me. They speak from the heart and believe in what they say. They are not scripted. They are ghosts rattling their chains around inside of a machine that does not have this country’s best interests at heart. The machine would have us believe that ghosts do not exist. I believe in ghosts though and I would rather vote for the ghost than the machine."