Ronald Reagan was a great campaigner. He articulated how "government is not the answer, it is the problem." Donald Trump was a great campaigner as well. He hit the right notes in order to get those votes. The American people still have a strong under-current for the ideas of freedom. Even though a lot of freedom has been snuffed away, the desire is still there. America still has a strain that doesn't want perpetual war and welfare. That's why politicians tap into this under-current when they're campaigning. They appeal to the good nature of Americans. In the case of both Reagan and Trump, however, the moment they stepped into office, they turned on a dime. Reagan would grow government like a noxious weed, and Trump is obviously doing the same. More below:
North Korea is a socialist basket case. Socialism produces basket cases on a regular basis. It's nothing new. There's no reason to like Kim Jong-un or any other dictator in the world. Most countries don't meddle with North Korea. They mind their own business. About a century ago, the American federal government took a different path. Everything is its business. Before supporting an American war over in Korea, how about taking a quiz. No cheating. - Does North Korea tax you? - Does North Korea censor you? - Does North Korea spy on your every communication? - Does North Korea force you into one of its buildings to be "schooled"? Finish the quiz below:
***** "In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch." ***** Those were actual words spoken by President Trump today at the UN. If only it were possible to see the thoughts swirling through the minds of everyone listening. The words "yeah right" most likely dominated at that moment. If only the president's words were true. Instead, the U.S. government has been at constant war (both overt and covert) for an entire century. The globe is bursting with American military bases that are stationed around every corner. The president had more fibs laced into his speech. See them below:
President Trump is reportedly about to remove constraints on the CIA's use of drones overseas and loosen the rules of engagement. He is giving the CIA more leeway to determine when and where its drones will strike. Accountability will thus decrease while civilians killed overseas will increase. Is this a prescription for victory and peace? Or for perpetual war? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
The US has been shipping billions of dollars worth of Soviet-style weapons to rebels in Syria and elsewhere. One Bulgarian investigative reporter discovered how her own country is participating in this underground weapons smuggling operation. We have her and her story on today's Liberty Report...
Will Rand Paul's vote on repealing war authority wake up the Senate? My column at the link: Rand Paul's Senate Vote Rolls Back the Warfare State http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/september/18/rand-pauls-senate-vote-rolls-back-the-warfare-state/
Sanctions are an act of war. They are a form of blockade. They hurt the innocent civilians of the targeted country, and leave the leaders unscathed. Often, sanctions strengthen the leaders, since they can point at the blockade as the reason for the people's misery. What do you think American politicians would do if another nation blockaded us? Do you think they would blame themselves for our misery? Cuba should've taught America a lesson...Sanctions hurt innocents! Sadly, that lesson was not learned. North Korea is quite possibly the most impoverished nation on Earth. Isn't it bad enough that North Koreans must suffer under a brutal Socialist system? Must America now kick these innocent people while they're down? The American government's answer to that question is "Yes," and the American President even brags about it on Twitter. More below:
We're witnessing a battle between authoritarian groups in America. The "Alt-Right" and Cultural Marxists are fighting to control a government that is bankrupt, doesn't follow the Constitution, and controls a foreign empire that is running on fumes. Liberty is not even a consideration. But picking which flavor of poison will finally do us in doesn't have to be our fate. Ron Paul describes our dilemma below:
One should *never* find comfort in hearing that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. James Madison warned that "No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." What has become of America since 9/11 proves that Madison was correct. To a hammer, all the world looks like a nail ... both around the world, and here at home. More below:
As American politicians foam at the mouth in anticipation of dragging us into yet another unconstitutional and unnecessary war in Korea, we may want to ponder a few words from General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur led the first major error of America involving itself in a civil war 6000 miles away from home. The error had nothing whatsoever to do with defending America. It was pure military adventurism. After the fact, MacArthur explained how the government keeps the war racket going. Read his words below:
Politicians are known to be avid liars. Why is that? The obvious reason is because there are no ramifications. When a politician campaigns, he's not under oath or contract. There are no binding-agreements. The goal is to say what you need to say to get the votes. You're under no obligation to deliver on anything that you say. Amazingly, even though politicians lie constantly, there's never a shortage of believers! Once government moves beyond the protection of liberty and the Constitution, it becomes a government of, by, and for the greatest liars. Don't miss today's Liberty Report!
Washington is a very poor representation of the American people. Americans are against the carousel of perpetual wars. Every election goes to the candidate that promises to end the senseless militarism. Of course, it never happens. Ron Paul discusses Senator Rand Paul's fight against the forever wars:
Why does anyone still listen to the neocons? They are wrong every single time. Now they have Iran in their sights and they are surrounding the president. Will he pull the US out of the Iran deal? Can he? Our take in today's Liberty Report...
Much attention is being paid to Hillary Clinton's excuses for losing the election last year. We've all seen the headlines. She's blaming everyone but herself. But instead of bashing Hillary Clinton the person, it would be much wiser to look at her underlying philosophy and find the errors there. You see, it makes perfect sense for Hillary to reject personal responsibility for losing. Accepting responsibility would effectively nullify her entire political career. Clinton's claim to fame is victimhood. Millions of Americans have latched onto the belief that they are perpetual victims, and that Hillary will fight for them and get them free things. Hillary will force others to act in certain ways, and force others to think in certain ways. If Hillary Clinton, all of a sudden, said "I am responsible," it would shatter the whole edifice that she has built over all these years. Are you caught in the victimhood matrix? There's a way out. More below:
Our distant ancestors had to face the harsh realities of Church & State operating as one. That bond was finally broken in America. Churches could no longer use government violence to their advantage. They had to persuade and peacefully gain their followers. As a result, America is filled with every conceivable religion, and there hasn't been a single religious war in its history. What a success story! Unfortunately, as the bond of Church & State was broken, a new bond was formed between Corporation & State. That is the yoke that we live under today...Government doing the bidding of corporations and corporations doing the bidding of government. It's almost impossible to tell where one begins and the other ends. This bond must also be broken someday. Without the ability to use government force to their advantage, businesses would have to persuade and peacefully gain their customers. They would have to compete in an actual free market, and not the current imaginary one. Ron Paul's latest op-ed discusses the latest scheme of Corporation & State in space exploration:
The media is trying to convince us that "Medicare for All" is popular. They keep repeating it as if popularity is some kind of criteria for truth. First of all, if something is really popular, there's no reason to incessantly tell us about it. We would know. It would be obvious. The "climate change" crowd uses the same exact tactic. They try to ram their statism into our consciousness 24/7, and they're always telling us about "majorities" and "most Americans". Since when is a "majority" something sacred? If "most Americans" think that concentration camps and gulags are OK, are we simply supposed to get on board because "the majority" is for them? Truth is the truth, even if there's only 1 person out of 7 billion that adheres to it. The idea that healthcare is a "right" is simply not true. More below:
The Senate is voting to table (kill) Rand Paul's amendment to repeal the authorization of the 2001 Afghan war and the 2002 Iraq war. Why are they afraid to debate the wars...even 16 years later? Tune in to today's Liberty Report and we'll tell you why...
You know things are backwards when the police are stealing more from American citizens than actual burglars. Police shouldn't steal at all, but actually stealing more than thieves? ... Come on! Have you ever wondered what "civil asset forfeiture" looks like when it happens? Well, someone recently caught a police officer on camera taking a hot dog vendor's wallet, and literally grabbing the cash right out of it. The hot dog vendor's crime in the "land of the free"? He didn't have the necessary permit .... which in itself speaks volumes about the bureaucratic Leviathan that currently exists. Watch below:
Steve Bannon was recently on 60 Minutes waxing nostalgic about the "American System" of Hamilton, Clay, Lincoln and The Roosevelts. Oh boy... *Alexander Hamilton* - Proponent of central banking and endless debt that he said would be a "national blessing". Hamilton merged the politically-connected wealthy with the federal government. *Henry Clay & Abraham Lincoln* - Again, big time supporters of central banking, protectionism, and corporate welfare. *FDR* - The president who married Big Business to the Government on a massive scale. This poorly named "American System" is the problem! It's not the solution!! Ron Paul explains how Bannon and Trump are just more of the same status quo that got us into this mess:
If the Pentagon suddenly bombed North Korea, killing thousands of North Korean citizens, that would clearly be considered an act of war. Yet, if the U.S. government targets North Korea with economic sanctions that kill thousands of North Koreans through starvation or illness, that’s bizarrely considered a peaceful diplomatic measure. But people are dead either way — from bombs or sanctions. The U.S. did this to Iraq before the disastrous 2003 invasion. Half a million Iraqi children were killed by economic sanctions. Does it make a difference if you're killed by a bomb or sanctions? Of course not. *Both are acts of war.* More below:
So now there's chatter of eliminating the debt ceiling? Granted, the "ceiling" was never a ceiling to begin with, as it's been raised about 100 times. But the debt itself is very real...and the clock is ticking. Apparently, government doesn't want us to even *think* there are limits to their mountains of debt? Let's put this into context: - The Fed is never audited. They can do whatever they want. - The Pentagon is never audited. They can do whatever they want. - The President says he's not telling anyone what military actions are going to be taken. Americans are as in the dark as the rest of the world. - Now the government may get rid of the debt ceiling? We're looking at a continuation in trend of raw and unchecked power. Don't miss today's Liberty Report below: