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Ron Paul lacks compassion, humanity, and common sense

The problem with ideologues is they too often put their political views before everything else, as witness this remarkably tactless and stupid comment from Ron Paul.

I’m not even sure what Paul’s point is. Chris Kyle was trying to help a vet who has PTSD. The vet apparently murdered him, either because he flipped out or maybe because he wanted Kyle’s truck. Kyle was a sniper so Ron Paul appears to be saying that since Kyle lived by the sword he somehow deserved to die violently, which makes no sense, as well as being a heartless statement that is devoid of empathy. But then, ideologues rarely have empathy.

Ron Paul: You’re A Pig, says Karl Denninger, co-founder of the original Tea Party

Sometimes, when you’re trying to help a wounded tiger, it eats you. You do what you can do avoid that from occurring, but sometimes it happens. I am certainly not qualified to judge the quality of the relationship between Chris and the man who shot him; I knew neither individual at all.

But this much I do know: Dancing on a man’s grave to score anti-war political points is bull****.

It’s no more right to do this than it is to dance on the dead bodies of children following a school shooting, and using either as a political talking point is dead flat ****ing wrong.

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Ron Paul and neo-Nazis. Far more than guilt by association

SPLC on American Third Position. Ron Paul has repeatedly had conference calls with their board of directors.

The American Third Position is a political party initially established by racist Southern California skinheads that aims to deport immigrants and return the United States to white rule. The group is now led by a coterie of prominent white nationalists, including corporate lawyer William D. Johnson, virulent anti-Semite Kevin MacDonald and white nationalist radio host James Edwards. David Duke’s former right-hand man, Jamie Kelso, helps with organizing. The party has big plans to run candidates nationwide.

LGF

Sadly, none of this surprises me and I believe it to be completely true. This is why, as a Christian, I could NEVER support Ron Paul. Sure, I know a bunch of my RP supporting friends are gonna call out “guilt by association” and say he never said any of this stuff. But my reply is that he’s had ample opportunity to repudiate these relationships and he never has.

A former member of a neo-Nazi group says

“Paul is a white nationalist of the Stormfront type who has always kept his racial views and his views about world Judaism quiet because of his political position”

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Ron Paul linked to Neo-Nazis now. Anonymous hacks emails


Ron Paul has current links to extremist, racist, neo-Nazi groups. He has been on conference calls with the board of directors of A3P, an extremist right group with neo-Nazi connections. This is happening now, not decades ago.

From Anonymous. Emphasis added.

Fellow anons: we are pleased to bring you the dismantling of a major US-based white supremacist network known as the “American Third Position”(A3P). These racist losers have chapters across the US, operate several white power websites, forums and online stores, and are even running a candidate in the 2012 elections. Although they try hard to maintain a professional public image to camouflage their vile racism, we’re now airing all their dirty laundry all over the internet. Contained in this major dump are several thousand private forum messages, personal emails, internal organization notes, names, phone numbers, home addresses and other information on all of their members and supporters. It’s time for these cowardly suit and tie white supremacists to sleep with one eye open. Scared much?

In addition to finding the usual racist rants and interactions with other whitepower groups, we also found a disturbingly high amount of members who are also involved in campaigning for Ron Paul. According to these messages, Ron Paul has regularly met with many A3P members, even engaging in conference calls with their board of directors. Ron Paul’s racist politics and affiliations are already well known, being viciously anti-immigrant, anti-abortion and against gay marriage — not to mention having authored the racist “Ron Paul Papers” and receiving financial support from other white power groups (pictured with Don Black from stormfront.org). Hard to believe Ron Paul draws some support from the left and the occupation movements, especially now that it is confirmed Ron Paul hangs out with straight up racist hate groups.

We put extra effort in ruining the life of A3P webmaster Jamie Kelso. On top of being on the board of directors of A3P, former $cientologist, and high ranking Ron Paul organizer, he also is the account owner of german nazi forums and store nsl-forum.org, rhs-versand.com. We went ahead and wiped those websites off the internet as well, dumping private messages and order information. Aside from us releasing his information such as his social security number, ddress, resume and private discussions, we also heard some folks went on a joyride with Kelso’s credit card and made some lulzy purchases, including sex toy purchases and making donations to the Anti Defamation League and many others. Oops.

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Electoral political wasteland. Only one candidate is antiwar

Black Agenda Report

We know that we are in an electoral political wasteland when the only major party discussion of U.S. empire and endless warfare takes place in the Republican presidential primary.

Ron Paul is the only candidate who opposes US imperialism and the wars. The silence from Obama, the Democratic Party, and Democrats in Congress on ending adventurist wars that only profit arms dealers shows how craven and bought they are. The Republican candidates, except for Ron Paul, are even worse, foaming at the mouth with blood lust to go bomb something.

So how is that Ron Paul is the only candidate of either party talking about what most of the rest of the country already knows. The wars accomplish nothing and are bankrupting the country.

YouTube mashup of what some black people really think of Ron Paul instead of how many in the media portray his followers

And yes, I am quite aware that Ron Paul is Loony Tunes when it comes to other issues. But he is right about imperialism and the wars.

Posted in Anti-war

Ron Paul anti-war ad

No other candidate is this blunt about the stupidity and uselessness of our wars. And that, Ian Welch says, is why Ron Paul splits the left. He forces them to decide what most important. Abortion or ending the wars? Stopping climate change or jailing the banksters? Apologizing for Obama or supporting Habeus Corpus?

And that’s why many progressives are attacking any other progressive who says anything good about Paul, because Paul threatens to split the left, and because Paul makes progressives decide what they value most.

Naked Capitalism calls it Ron Paul vs. the Nanny State Liberals. He won’t win, or even come close. But he will influence the race.

The ad is from Ron Paul’s speech “Imagine” on March 11, 2009.

Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.”

Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they set up checkpoints on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of these foreign troops, and overwhelmingly thought America would be better off without their presence.

Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed, or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers’ attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans, the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, ten more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed. Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to bring them home and put an end to this horror.

Imagine if that leader changed his mind once he took office.

The reality is that our military presence on foreign soil is as offensive to the people that live there as armed Chinese troops would be if they were stationed in Texas. We would not stand for it here, but we have had a globe-straddling empire and a very intrusive foreign policy for decades that incites a lot of hatred and resentment towards us.

According to our own CIA, our meddling in the Middle East was the prime motivation for the horrific attacks on 9/11. But instead of re-evaluating our foreign policy, we have simply escalated it. We had a right to go after those responsible for 9/11, to be sure, but why do so many Americans feel as if we have a right to a military presence in some 160 countries when we wouldn’t stand for even one foreign base on our soil, for any reason? These are not embassies, mind you, these are military installations. The new administration is not materially changing anything about this. Shuffling troops around and playing with semantics does not accomplish the goals of the American people, who simply want our men and women to come home. 50,000 troops left behind in Iraq is not conducive to peace any more than 50,000 Russian soldiers would be in the United States.

Shutting down military bases and ceasing to deal with other nations with threats and violence is not isolationism. It is the opposite. Opening ourselves up to friendship, honest trade and diplomacy is the foreign policy of peace and prosperity. It is the only foreign policy that will not bankrupt us in short order, as our current actions most definitely will. I share the disappointment of the American people in the foreign policy rhetoric coming from the administration. The sad thing is, our foreign policy WILL change eventually, as Rome’s did, when all budgetary and monetary tricks to fund it are exhausted.

This is a speech that would have worked perfectly at big anti-war protests. The problem was that the organizers were generally such pin-headed Marxists that they refused to let right-wing libertarians speak, and deliberately ignored the huge common ground that existed.

Why are there no left-wing politicians of national stature who oppose the wars and the banksters as strongly as Ron Paul does?

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The most important issue this presidential election? It’s not a single “issue” at all

In the streets of Manhattan, during a weekend in late September, the faces of steel and concrete behemoths staring down at me, I quickly weaved my way through stopped cars.  I moved with several thousand others.  A collective elation filled the air, surrounding us as we sped forward.  Cars honked in support, cab drivers flashed peace signs.  Our signs read, “I can’t afford a lobbyist,” and, “We are the 99 percent.”  We chanted, “How do you end the deficit?  End the wars, tax the rich,” and, “Whose streets?  Our streets!”  And with genuine surprise and delight I knew, I saw, I felt that we really had taken – for that moment of that day – these streets in New York City.

That day in late September I was among the participants in one of Occupy Wall Street’s early marches.  It was the first I know of during which, even with an absurdly large police presence, we walked and ran and danced off from the sidewalks onto the streets.  Now, after being apprehended in a mass arrest later that day and sleeping on Wall Street and organizing at my college and watching hundreds of camps get evicted and truly feeling and knowing and acting on solidarity, everyone is wondering where the Occupy movement will go from here.  As just a single person in the infinitely large mosaic of people and ideas and creations and action that makes up the movement, of course I can’t answer that anywhere close to fully.  But there exists an undeniable reality of heightened awareness and vocalization among the American public of one issue which affects everyone here and all people around the world:  the seizure of political and economic power by a tiny elite.

This will be the most important issue in the upcoming presidential election.  It will be the most important issue of this generation.  It is the most important issue currently facing humanity, precisely because it is not just another “issue.”  There is no place where a separation can be made between the top-heavy accumulation of power in our society and industry’s destruction of the environment or poverty in the United States and abroad or immigration or unemployment.  When several hundred people control as much of the resources and political representation of a nation as several hundred million, decisions in places ranging from the boardroom to local government to the White House to the classroom to the police department will inevitably favor that small, powerful group.  Nearly every decision a president must make is affected by this corporate hijacking of our society.  Whether it’s Barack Obama or Mitt Romney or Ron Paul or Rocky Anderson or Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or whoever in office, they will all face incredible pressure at every turn from powerful interests pushing them to make decisions not for the public good, but for the good of the profits of corporations, profits which will undoubtedly go into the pockets of executives rather than workers.

How will each of these candidates react to the opposing forces of calcification of corporate, wealth-driven power and organized popular resistance to the gutting of American society?  As more people wake up and react to their position in the eyes of an increasingly powerful elite as disposable units in the globalized capitalist machine, how will presidential candidates react to being part of this dynamic which is so much greater than any one of them?  Popular opposition to a top-down society is already influencing the presidential election.

Barack Obama’s rhetoric certainly has a populist tone to it these days, but words are cheap.  At the same time that he invoked Teddy Roosevelt, Obama sought to undermine Social Security, one of the fundamental social safety net programs in this country.  Ron Paul and the newly Libertarian Gary Johnson, on the other hand, provide adequate solutions to some of the symptoms of this greater problem.  Both are opposed to the race-driven drug war and the military-industrial complex and the empire which sustains it.  They are even opposed to our modern “crony capitalism,” and in my eyes they are certainly better choices than any of the offerings of the major parties, yet their libertarian ideologies encourage corporate greed and power in some nasty ways.  Actual solutions, or at least the first steps toward actual solutions, to our systematic socioeconomic inequality are present in the campaigns of the Green Party’s Jill Stein and the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson.  Stein’s campaign is centered on the idea of a “Green New Deal,” providing employment and a fair, democratic redistribution of wealth while jump-starting American environmental efforts.  Anderson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City, recently formed the Justice Party and the central theme of his candidacy is, in his words, “to change the system and get the corrupting influence of corporate and other concentrated wealth out of our electoral system and out of our system of governance.”

It is truly exciting to see candidates so adamantly opposed to the corrupt status quo.  Yet no single candidacy and no single presidency and no government at all can sufficiently address this issue of power and wealth inequality.  I’m coming to believe that the only way to work out all of these problems is the messy, exhausting, unpolished democratic processes we’ve seen at work in the Occupy movement.  As they continue to flourish in the various situations where they’ve been tried so far, ideas will grow into organizing which will bloom into action which will ripen into sustained democratic solutions to our problems.  And as those continue, as they affect many people in countless places, the seeds of new ideas to sustain and reinvigorate this process when it falters will be planted.  At Liberty Plaza in Manhattan, as well as in many other cities, food and information distribution systems were designed and implemented in a highly democratic fashion as they were needed.  Similar systems were established so that the Occupy community could use monetary and other resources, and consensus-based general assemblies are used to plan actions and make innumerable other decisions.  Any person who so desires can address an assembly, and anyone who feels it necessary can block a group decision.  It is a radical experiment in democracy and empowerment of the majority, rather than an elite few.  The spirit of collective will and mutual responsibility and communal fulfillment embodied in this process offers more hope in the face of a bleak future dominated by globalized corporate power, war, and ecological collapse than any candidate ever could.

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Democrats attack lefties. Ron Paul. Polizeros podcast

We had another wide-ranging, fun podcast last night (and the echo sound problem is gone.)

Among the topics:

We pondered why high-level Obama campaign staffers are attacking the “firebagger liberal blogosphere” while the California Democratic Party purges their progressive caucus for daring to suggest there be a primary challenge to Obama. How very Stalinist of the California Democrats. And self-defeating, especially considering the progressive caucus is their biggest caucus. But that never stopped the Left from having circular firing squads. The Right no doubt has them too, but generally behind closed doors.

While these attacks against the Left do at least show that establishment Democrats are indeed paying attention to us, the problem comes when progressives conflate being on the left with the Democratic Party and assume they must work within the party to achieve change. Good luck with that. By the time they attain a position of real power in the Democratic Party, the inevitable compromises, corruption disguised as contributions, and lack of any real progressive platform within the party will have rendered them harmless and compliant. The Democratic Party cannot be reformed. The rot is too deep. That’s why starting a third-party is a better way, even if it take years to gain a presidency.

Ron Paul isn’t telegenic and doesn’t have that charisma thing, but he is a genuine frontrunner do, even as the mainstream media studiously ignores him. Well, he’s opposed the wars since they started and thinks the Fed as it exists now is evil. That makes him genuinely dangerous to the banksters, which might account for the media blackout, so instead he gets labelled as a crank.

This and more. Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio or on iTunes.

With Steve Hynd of Newshoggers, Keith Boyea keithboyea.wordpress.com, and myself.

Posted in Politics

Why is big media ignoring Ron Paul?

Jon Stewart wants to know. Ron Paul is the only candidate in either party who opposes the wars. Gee, I wonder if that has anything to do with it? He also thinks The Fed is evil and we certainly can’t have that as a topic of debate. Arguably, Ron Paul is the only serious candidate since he’s the only only who talks about serious issues. The rest content themselves with sound bites, spin, and vague generalities. And so does the mainstream media.

Our mainstream media is too often a captured entity, regurgitating Beltway spin, deliberately oblivious to the rest of the country. Sure, I disagree with Ron Paul on some issues. But clearly, he is a top tier candidate and should be treated as such.

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Ron Paul got almost as many votes as Bachmann in Iowa

Yet the MSM refuses to list him as a top tier candidate, while saying that Perry, who just entered the race, is.

More than any of the Republican candidates, Ron Paul threatens the powers that be, which probably accounts for why the MSM ignores him.

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Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll, heh

Dang it, that wacko upstart Ron Paul and his cohorts weren’t supposed to dominate CPAC. What’s worse, they yelled “war criminal” at Dick Cheney. Now he’s gone and won the CPAC straw poll.

YAF purges Ron Paul because of his anti-war views!

Ron Paul makes other conservative’s heads explode the way Sarah Palin does with liberals.

Pass the popcorn please.

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