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Yet Another Reason Obama Will Win.

Posted by Jesse on March 31, 2008

Old Warrior
by Charley Reese

Republicans waited too late to nominate John McCain. When he ran in 2000, he was bright and alert, but they chose George W. Bush, the pseudo good old boy and country-wrecker. Now they want to hand the presidency to McCain, soon to be 72 years old. He’s not up to it.

The senator has made eight trips to Iraq. The Iraq War, he claims, is his specialty. He said he’s willing to keep American troops in country for 100 years. Well, how can a guy who has been so focused on the war confuse al-Qaida, which is a Sunni group, with Shiite extremists?

He did that three times on his last trip. Three times. That’s like confusing the New York Yankees with the Boston Red Sox. On another trip to Iraq, he came back to the U.S. and told people it was so safe he could stroll around a marketplace. He neglected to mention that he was surrounded by security forces, including helicopter gunships hovering overhead, during his walk until he was called on it by a journalist.

Forty years ago, McCain was a hero. It was a noble thing he did when he refused a Vietnamese offer to be set free and chose to remain with the other POWs. He’s a patriot. He’s brave. He also finished near the bottom of his Naval Academy class. He’s never pretended to be a scholar. Now he’s nearly 72 years old, and if he ever did understand the Middle East, he obviously doesn’t now.

Al-Qaida people are Sunni Muslims of the Wahabi sect. That’s the equivalent of the American Puritans. They are very much fundamentalist. Iran is a Shiite country. Shiites and Sunnis are roughly comparable to the Catholics and Protestants when people in both religions took their beliefs extremely seriously.

So, unlike what McCain kept saying, Iran is not training or supplying al-Qaida. When we decided to go to war against Afghanistan, the Iranians were helpful because both the Taliban and al-Qaida are Sunni. The Iranians support Shiite militias and Hezbollah in Lebanon. There is no evidence that they support al-Qaida. On one of the three occasions, Sen. Joe Lieberman corrected McCain, but he made the same mistake again on two other occasions.

McCain’s handlers, of course, will try to confine him to prepared scripts. They don’t want him talking off the cuff because he has a tendency to wander off the subject. Well-disciplined handlers, coupled with a lazy and inattentive press, could elect a near comatose person, and the public would never know it. McCain may have good genes and physically live to a ripe old age. I sincerely hope he does. But the organ you should be concerned about in a presidential race is the brain.

Bearing in mind that nobody ever accused McCain of being a brilliant thinker even in his prime, you should be alert for signs of forgetfulness and confusion. Presidents don’t have to fight or run marathons. They have to absorb and assess a great deal of information, often conflicting information, and they have to form very sound judgments. Unless they are going to be helpless captives of their staff, they have to be well-read and continue to read and to seek information “outside the box.” Otherwise, they are just puppets and don’t know it. Presidents need sharp minds and almost boundless energy.

Shakespeare wrote, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries … we must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures.”

McCain’s flood tide was in 2000, and he missed it. It’s sad but true. He was qualified to be president then; he is not now. We can put it down as another of those missed opportunities that mark our lives as vividly as our successes. The old warrior no longer knows who the enemy is or where he is located.

March 31, 2008

Charley Reese [send him mail] has been a journalist for 49 years.

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An Instant Classic: Liberty and Economics

Posted by Jesse on March 29, 2008

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The Revolution: A Manifesto……“cannot be bought by special interests.”

Posted by Jesse on March 27, 2008

THE REVOLUTION:
A Manifesto

By Ron Paul

“The real truth about Liberty. This book takes a wrecking ball to the political establishment. Senator Goldwater would have loved it—it’s The Conscience of a Conservative for the 21st century.”
—Barry M. Goldwater, Jr., former member of Congress

This much is true: you have been lied to, robbed, and used by your own government—the people you elected into office and the people you should be able to trust. The government is expanding, taxes are increasing, inflation is ballooning, and our basic freedoms are disappearing. Enough is enough. It is time for a revolution.

The Founding Fathers didn’t want any of this. In fact, they said so quite clearly in the Constitution of the United States of America. Unfortunately, that beautiful, ingenious, and revolutionary document is being ignored more and more in Washington. If we are to enjoy peace, freedom, and prosperity once again, we absolutely must return to the principles upon which America was founded. But finally, there is hope…

In a nation thirsty for change, THE REVOLUTION: A Manifesto (Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; April 30, 2008; $21.00; 0-446-53751-3) is Ron Paul’s call to arms. Moving from topic to topic at a quick pace, Ron Paul cuts through all of the political nonsense that has overwhelmed our country and gets to the small, precious core of what America was founded upon.

Despite a media blackout, presidential candidate Ron Paul sparked a movement whose enthusiasm and dedication have amazed veteran political observers. The 72-year-old physician-turned-congressman has a legion of young, dedicated supporters that would make anyone in politics envious. Candidates across America are already running as “Ron Paul Republicans.”

Why? Because someone in government is finally telling the truth about the economy, terrorism, foreign policy, the war on drugs, the housing bubble, the Federal Reserve, civil liberties, and everything else in between. Instead of swooning before Federal Reserve chairmen, he grills them. With a financial crisis looming, the housing bubble bursting, and the dollar collapsing, Ron Paul has the answers to questions that few even dare to ask.

There is no doubt that Ron Paul has become the enchanter of the disenchanted– many regard him as the country’s only honest politician. Creator of one of the largest grassroots campaigns in history, Paul challenges America to make the tough changes needed to survive. “Dr. Paul cured my apathy,” says a popular campaign sign. THE REVOLUTION may cure yours as well.

About the Author
Ron Paul, a ten-term congressman from Texas, is the leading advocate of freedom in our nation’s capital. He has devoted his political career to the defense of individual liberty, sound money, and a noninterventionist foreign policy. Judge Andrew Napolitano calls him “The Thomas Jefferson of our day.”

After serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s, Dr. Paul moved to Texas to begin a civilian medical practice, delivering over four thousand babies in his career as an obstetrician. He served in Congress from 1976 to 1984, and again from 1996 to the present. He and Carol Paul, his wife of fifty-one years, have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Ron Paul, the New York Post, once wrote, is a politician who “cannot be bought by special interests.”

“There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles,” added a congressional colleague. “Ron Paul is one of those few.”

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A more perfect New Deal (Union).

Posted by Jesse on March 27, 2008

Bush’s War? Must be the United States of Amnesia speaking…

Constitution for the New Deal
by H. L. Mencken

THIS SATIRICAL PIECE FIRST APPEARED IN The American Mercury,, 41 (June 1937), 129-36, and was reprinted in condensed form by The Reader’s Digest, 31 (July 1937), 27-29. In order to indicate what reached the widest audience, the condensed version appears here.

The principal cause of the uproar in Washington is a conflict between the swift- moving idealism of the New Deal and the unyielding hunkerousness of the Constitution of 1788. What is needed, obviously, is a wholly new Constitution, drawn up with enough boldness and imagination to cover the whole program of the More Abundant Life, now and hereafter.

That is what I presume to offer here. The Constitution that follows is not my invention, and in more than one detail I have unhappy doubts of its wisdom. But I believe that it sets forth with reasonable accuracy the plan of government that the More Abundant Life wizards have sought to substitute for the plan of the Fathers. They have themselves argued at one time or another, by word or deed, for everything contained herein:

PREAMBLE

We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish social justice, draw the fangs of privilege, effect the redistribution of property, remove the burden of liberty from ourselves and our posterity, and insure the continuance of the New Deal, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

ARTICLE I

The Executive

All governmental power of whatever sort shall be vested in a President of the United States. He shall hold office during a series of terms of four years each, and shall take the following oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will (in so far as I deem it feasible and convenient) faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will (to the best of my recollection and in the light of experiment and second thought) carry out the pledges made by me during my campaign for election (or such of them as I may select).”

The President shall be commander-in-chief of the Army and Navy, and of the militia, Boy Scouts, C.I.O., People’s Front, and other armed forces of the nation.

The President shall have the power: To lay and collect taxes, and to expend the income of the United States in such manner as he may deem to be to their or his advantage;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States, and to provide for its repayment on such terms as he may fix;

To regulate all commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and within them; to license all persons engaged or proposing to engage in business; to regulate their affairs; to limit their profits by proclamation from time to time; and to fix wages, prices and hours of work;

To coin money, regulate the content and value thereof, and of foreign coin, and to amend or repudiate any contract requiring the payment by the United States, or by any private person, of coin of a given weight or fineness;

To repeal or amend, in his discretion, any so-called natural law, including Gresham’s law, the law of diminishing returns, and the law of gravitation.

The President shall be assisted by a Cabinet of eight or more persons, whose duties shall be to make speeches whenever so instructed and to expend the public funds in such manner as to guarantee the President’s continuance in office.

The President may establish such executive agencies as he deems necessary, and clothe them with such powers as he sees fit. No person shall be a member to any such bureau who has had any practical experience of the matters he is appointed to deal with.

One of the members of the Cabinet shall be an Attorney General. It shall be his duty to provide legal opinions certifying to the constitutionality of all measures undertaken by the President, and to gather evidence of the senility of judges.

ARTICLE II

The Legislature

The legislature of the United States shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives. Every bill shall be prepared under the direction of the President, and transmitted to the two Houses at his order by their presiding officers. No member shall propose any amendment to a bill without permission in writing from the President or one of his authorized agents. In case any member shall doubt the wisdom of a bill he may apply to the President for light upon it, and thereafter he shall be counted as voting aye. In all cases a majority of members shall be counted as voting aye.

Both Houses may appoint special committees to investigate the business practices, political views, and private lives of any persons known to be inimical to the President; and such committees shall publish at public cost any evidence discovered that appears to be damaging to the persons investigated.

Members of both Houses shall be agents of the President in the distribution of public offices, federal appropriations, and other gratuities in their several states, and shall be rewarded in ratio to their fidelity to his ideals and commands.

ARTICLE III

The Judiciary

The judges of the Supreme Court and of all inferior courts shall be appointed by the President, and shall hold their offices until he determines by proclamation that they have become senile. The number of judges appointed to the Supreme Court shall be prescribed by the President, and may be changed at his discretion. All decisions of the Supreme Court shall be unanimous.

The jurisdiction and powers of all courts shall he determined by the President. No act that he has approved shall be declared unconstitutional by any court.

ARTICLE IV

Bill of Rights

There shall be complete freedom of speech and of the press – subject to such regulations as the President or his agents may from time to time promulgate.

The freedom of communication by radio shall not be abridged; but the President and such persons as he may designate shall have the first call on the time of all stations.

In disputes between capital and labor, all the arbitrators shall be representatives of labor.

Every person whose annual income fans below a minimum to be fixed by the President shall receive from the public funds an amount sufficient to bring it up to that minimum.

No labor union shall be incorporated and no officer or member thereof shall be accountable for loss of life or damage to person or property during a strike.

All powers not delegated herein to the President are reserved to him, to be used at his discretion.

Click the book for an excerpt
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From mises.org:
“This book should come with a warning label. It is surely one of the most bracing books on politics in the history of the English language, and all the more remarkable that it was published in 1920.

It’s no wonder it’s hard to get. There is more truth in these pages than most Americans are willing to face. Nor will there ever come a time when they will face them. For what Mencken delivers here is probably the most scathing attack on the idea of mass rule that has ever been written.

Mencken is known as the chief heretic of the American civic religion, and this book shows why. Your eyes will pop out at not only his dazzling prose but, and most especially, at the thoughts that he dares put in print, almost as a revolutionary act. “

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Power to the people! Right on.

Posted by Jesse on March 26, 2008

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