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Happy Birthday Ron Paul!

August 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Today, August 20th, is the birthday of Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul. The 12 term Texas congressman, doctor, author and Constitutional guru turns 78 years old and shows no signs of slowing down. Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love the guy. He is, in fact, a personal hero of mine and an inspiration to millions. In celebration of his birthday I’d like to share a little bit of why he is important to America and how he has impacted my life personally. Aside from the invaluable lessons in foreign policy, monetary policy, civil liberties and so much more, there are a few things I learned subconsciously from the little man from Texas.

Courage

Perhaps the biggest impression he has made on me is his willingness to stand for what he believes in, even when he stands alone. ron-paul-ronald-reaganDuring his service as a U.S. Congressman for 12 terms spread out from 1976 to 2013, Dr. Paul has almost always been in the minority. Even when all other Republicans fell in line behind President Reagan, of whom Paul had been a strong early supporter, when the administration began to stray from small government principles, the good doctor stuck to his guns in opposition. Countless times in his career he was the lone voice in a sea of corruption. No doubt there were nights when he wondered if he was sane for fighting unwinnable battles, but over the course of those few decades he stayed true to principle. Even when, in 2008, he stood as the lone Republican Presidential candidate against an aggressive foreign policy, Ron Paul did not back down to the pressure of what was popular at the time. Even then, when there was still significant support for the war, he showed no considerations to the mass’s opinions.

What he taught me, in doing so, is to always do what is right. When the world is pointing at me telling me I am wrong, but I know the truth, I will stick to that truth. When I stand alone with nothing but principle and my own conscience, I will be able to hold the moral advantage.

You see, when Congressman Paul was prattling on about the Federal Reserve or monetary policy all those years, he did not know he would become the spokesperson for sanity in America. He did not know he would become an idol for young adults. He absolutely had no idea he would have the impact he had today. He did it fully aware that his efforts would be totally fruitless. But because he had the courage to stay with it, he has given the world a voice for liberty again.

Consistency

rpbatmanOne of the things that drew me to Dr. Paul, and subsequently libertarian thinking, is the consistency of his philosophy. In politics, everything with Dr. Paul begins and ends with the Constitution. If it’s not in the Constitution, it should not be done by the government. If the Bill of Rights protects it, it had better be preserved. His political decisions stem from our nation’s founding document, as the Founding Fathers intended and a republic demands. Ron Paul does not change his opinions as the wind blows, nor does he tweak and twist his views to fit around an agenda. His Congressional service is built on a rock solid, dogmatic faithfulness to the U.S. Constitution.

I have adopted much of his philosophies as my own, (I might disagree with a few minor points on occasion) and as a result I actually believe that much more of what I say and think. Before Ron Paul woke me up, I was a card carrying, Team Red, cheerleader who held the party line on every issue, whether my conscience told me I was wrong or not. But with a libertarian, Constitutionally sound outlook on all things politics, I almost never have to second guess myself. Whenever I am unsure on something, I will even hold off on forming an opinion until I’ve given it the Constitutional litmus test. Now I am much more brazen in my stands, and ever so more consistent – just like the master.

Compassion

Watch the above clip. Ron Paul, being interviewed after the biggest surge of popularity in his career during the 2012 Presidential campaign, took the time to divert from the interview to correct an aggressive cameraman. Most politicians would probably care less about what is going on around them, and likely gloating in the swarms of attention sent their way. Not Ron. Ever the gentleman, he politely but firmly corrects the man, protecting the reporter.

It is only a small act in the grand scheme of things. He didn’t rush into a burning building to save a baby from the flames. However, this one little action spoke volumes of his character. This may be one of the greatest things Ron Paul taught me. No matter how big or important you think you are, compassion and caring for others is never below you. Throw him into a debate with an opponent and the Doctor will come out swinging hard with truth and the tireless aggression of a man half his age. Still, he never losses sight of the need for gentleness and thoughtfulness.

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As a frightful and mysterious future awaits us on the horizon, there is no telling what tomorrow brings. Yet with Ron Paul’s wonderful example of courage, consistency and compassion, I know the tools to survive are already at hand.

Thank you Ron! Happy Birthday!

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[Tru Blu Tuesday] It’s Comeback Time!

July 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Think of the United States of America’s history as a football game. On one side of the field we have Team Liberty, the upstart franchise in the world arena. They face the imposing Team Tyranny, flexing its centuries old experience and record of global domination. The winner controls the destiny of the nation – the city on a hill, the last great hope.

At the onset of this match, when 13 American colonies claimed and defended their independence from Great Britain, Team Liberty took an early lead. Their bold new quarterback, the Constitution, put them out in front, shocking the defending champs with a quick score right out of the gate. It was not a clincher, but now they had their game plan to beat Tyranny. The fullback for Team Tyranny, an imposing figure named War, nearly ended the contest in 1812, but an impressive goal line stand held him back. There were still some major glitches in Liberty’s offense, such as the enslavement of an entire ethnicity and the battles in the Supreme Court justice system. This resulted in a few punts. However, the first quarter still ended with more rights and freedom ever assembled for a nation.

Hemet_To_Helmet_Hits_Football_t620The second quarter was brutal, as Civil War brought both sides into a bloody contest with Secession and Slavery threatening to tear Team Liberty in two. Somehow they managed to survive with the lead still in tact, although a few controversial plays had some questioning the validity of the score. Slavery was ejected out of the game as a result of that quarrel, but the bad guys still held a few cards. After that difficult possession, Liberty saw some real strides and began to expand their lead. Infrastructure and Industrial Progress took off like never before giving the people excellent field position. Millions from around the world started to take notice and fill the bleachers, arriving by the boatload to cheer on the new kids. The upset was looking good.

Then came the second half.

Tyranny came out of the locker room angry. Slowly they began to work their way back into the end-zone. It was gradual and Liberty wasn’t sure how it started. It might have been when the visiting team pulled out their rookie backup Federal Reserve in 1913, which began to erode the value of the dollar. But that only put a dent in the lead. War pushed his way through the battle of the trenches yet again. Not once, but twice dragging America into a global conflict. These resulted in establishing the prized country as a world power, while the old world was left reeling in the aftermath. However it came at the cost of injury to Equality when thousands of citizens were sent to internment camps in the name of “Safety“.

Team Liberty tried to keep pace by expanding freedom through the Civil Rights movement, but it only netted a field goal overall as american_football_3Political Correctness tackled Freedom of Speech short of a first down. War found the goal line once again on an audible after the Vietnam Conflict intercepted a pass from the Constitution. Tyranny then took the lead as the U.S. became a global empire, intervening in the affairs of several other countries. They ratcheted up the score with the Red Scare and Inflation. Corporatism ended a comeback attempt by forcing a fumble by Capitalism as Big Government scooped up the loose ball in the wake of what should have been a touchdown against Communism.  Somehow Liberty didn’t notice the sudden turn of events. It might have been the opposing cheerleaders, the Media, that had them distracted from the battle they were then losing.

It is now the Fourth Quarter.

This period began with a massive hit on the Constitution as the Patriot Act sacked him for a huge loss in the wake of 9/11/01. You could clearly see him limping on his Fourth Amendment after that blow. The hits kept coming too, as the Federal Reserve pumped more money into the economy and Undeclared War sneaked through the line on a blitz again and again. Liberty was down by a lot and hurting immensely. The NDAA sacked the Constitution again for “Safety”, which only added to the now gargantuan deficit.

At this point the fans had quieted down considerably, distracted by the sideline gags and whatever the vendors were peddling.

That’s when the comeback started. At first it was a little grumble from one or two patriots on Team Liberty. They were done being beat up on. They were Irate and Tireless and turned their grumble into a roar. They were sick of being pummeled with the referees not calling any of the violations. Tyranny tried to bully their way down field with their Police State, but Liberty fought back. Ignorance sure was pushing hard, but Education and Awareness stepped up big to stop the rush. The crowd could see the intensity rising.

As the fate of the nation weighed in the balance, Tyranny tried to put the contest on ice forever. Big Government was doing everything it could to bring Liberty to it’s knees, but the kids would not go out without one final stand. Suddenly Team Liberty was able to make a few big plays. Federal Reserve was targeted repeatedly. Then a courageous effort to stop the Police State’s nifty NSA spin move resulted in a turnover.

The ball is now in our hands. We are down by quite a lot, but the comeback can happen! The clock is ticking. All we need are a few more game changers – our future depends on it.

Which side are you on?

 

[Tru Blu Tuesday] The Hero America Deserves

July 16, 2013 Leave a comment

We live in perilous times. There’s much to be done to get the country back on the right path. However, there are countless villains standing in our way, keeping us from achieving our goals. Corrupt politicians, mindless media, and evil minions in every tentacle of despair wrapped around the throat of a once free and prosperous nation. Someone needs to stop it, fight back. Someone needs to make a change! We need a hero! But who?

I nominate you!

There’s an old adage that says “Be the change you want to see in the world”. I love that saying. It is so easy to criticize the problems we face, and the people who cause them. -I would know, I do it all the time. But instead of standing on the sidelines wishing for change to happen, make it happen within yourself and then impose that change on the rest of the world around you. Maybe news stations never speak your name and criminals never learn to quake in your presence. Still, you can be a hero to those around you. And even if it is just for a moral victory, you can be a hero to yourself.

We all know the whistle-blower Edward Snowden as a fugitive, on the run for a crime he didn’t commit. He saw wrong doings every day on the job as an employee of the security contractor Booz-Allen-Hamilton, working with the NSA. He came to the conclusion that something had to be done to warn the public about the atrocities going on behind the scenes. So instead of whimpering in the shadows for the rest of his career, he went up against the most powerful spy agency in the world and made a difference. It takes a lot of gumption to pull something of that extent, but Snowden realized that that is what it would take. Some say he did it for the fame or for money, and they could not be more wrong. He knew what he would be getting into. He is infamous now, despite his innocence, but he is also an inspiration.

Yesterday former New Hampshire Senator Gordon Humphrey emailed Snowden this message of encouragement:

Mr. Snowden,

Provided you have not leaked information that would put in harms way any intelligence agent, I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States Constitution.

Having served in the United States Senate for twelve years as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, I think I have a good grounding to reach my conclusion.

I wish you well in your efforts to secure asylum and encourage you to persevere.

Kindly acknowledge this message, so that I will know it reached you.

Regards,
Gordon J. Humphrey
Former United States Senator
New Hampshire

Ed Snowden was kind enough to reply from his hiding place in a foreign land:

Mr. Humphrey,

Thank you for your words of support. I only wish more of our lawmakers shared your principles – the actions I’ve taken would not have been necessary.

The media has distorted my actions and intentions to distract from the substance of Constitutional violations and instead focus Edward-Snowden-400x400on personalities. It seems they believe every modern narrative requires a bad guy. Perhaps it does. Perhaps, in such times, loving one’s country means being hated by its government.

If history proves that be so, I will not shy from that hatred. I will not hesitate to wear those charges of villainy for the rest of my life as a civic duty, allowing those governing few who dared not do so themselves to use me as an excuse to right these wrongs.

My intention, which I outlined when this began, is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. I remain committed to that. Though reporters and officials may never believe it, I have not provided any information that would harm our people – agent or not – and I have no intention to do so.

Further, no intelligence service – not even our own – has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).

You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.

With my thanks for your service to the nation we both love,

Edward Snowden

Mr. Snowden is an example of one person taking on the responsibility of changing the world. Will all of us have the opportunity to have as much of an impact as he did? Probably not. But we can all change within ourselves the problems we perpetuate, and work towards being part of the solution instead.

If I may venture into the world of pop culture, I’d like to bring you the ending of one of my favorite movies, The Dark Knight. If there was a real life moral equivalent to Batman, it would be Ed Snowden. He’s not the hero America needs. He is the hero we deserve. You can be a hero too!

[Tru Blu Tuesday] A Nation Is Born

July 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Independence Hall - Philadelphia, PA

Independence Hall – Philadelphia, PA

Allow me to tell you a story. You may have heard it before, but it bares repeating…

Two hundred thirty-seven years ago today, a middle-aged man sat in a stuffy room in Philadelphia, sweating in the oppressive July heat. The temperature could not whither his mood however, as Mr. John Adams of Massachusetts flitted his eyes across the room repeatedly. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, all ready to move forward. He thought to himself, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia on board. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware all in agreement. New York will not be able to formally join us today, not until their own convention irons itself out, but they will not oppose. This can finally happen!

Mr. Adams was excited about the vote to be taken that day on Virginian Richard Henry Lee’s resolution. It was a culmination of several months of hard

Lee's Resolution. Click to read it on ourdocuments.gov

Lee’s Resolution. Click to read it on ourdocuments.gov

work. As the war with the mother country raged on in not-to-distant battlefields, it became more and more clear to him that there was no going back to the old days. The colonies, in their defiance, had efficiently destroyed their good standing with Great Britain with each drop of blood from the king’s soldiers, and every protest of usurpation prior to the conflict. Still, it had taken some convincing over the last few months to gather his fellow rebels to his side. Many had hoped that the wounds inflicted could be healed and the colonies could reconcile with their distant aggressor. However, it became apparent to more and more of the delegation assembled at this convention, that there was no going back. Also, foreign assistance was desperately needed to combat the powerful British armies and their German mercenary cohorts. Yet it was unlikely that assistance could be garnered if other nations viewed the conflict as an internal affair of Great Britain. Sovereignty was necessary, and John Adams knew this.

That is why less than a month earlier, June 7th to be exact, Mr. Lee had introduced his resolution to the Second Continental Congress. His resolution called for a declaration of independence from the crown,  a call to form foreign alliances, and “a plan for confederation.” However, the delegates had not been approved by their respective colonies to vote for such a radical measure and they wished to return to their homes to weigh the matter with those whom they represented.

While they did so, three committees were formed to address the three different sections of Lee’s resolution. One to create a plan for confederation, one to develop a plan for forming foreign alliances and one to write a formal declaration of independence. The latter task was assigned to Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert Livingston of New York, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia and Mr. Adams. These five were given the job of putting into words the causes which impelled the colonies towards their separation from Great Britain. The world would have to know why this dysfunctional group of glorified territories felt the need to dissolve the political bands that connected them to the worlds greatest super power. And the committee had done so admirably. After developing the outline for the document the group had tried to decide who should write the first draft. At first they had pressed John Adams to do so, but he deflected the responsibility. “Long Tom” Jefferson, he knew, was a much better writer than he. Upon much insisting, the others agreed with him and Jefferson was set to the task. When Tom had returned to committee with his work, they vetted the document together. Mr Adams was glad that part was over.

Committeoffive

Yesterday, July 1st, a Monday, the congress had reconvened, having returned from their colonies. John Adams remembered how relieved he felt as most of the delegates revealed their approval of independence. In the back of his mind, there was the fear that some of the colonies would strongly oppose the measure. With limited resources available to the rebels, unity was a crucial asset. Still, despite the general agreement, some delegates voiced their concerns with the proposition. Adams did not want there to be any votes cast against the resolution, so the vote was pushed to Tuesday.

So here he sat on July 2nd, excited and nervous at the same time. The debates wound closer and closer to agreement. He did not dare gloat for fear of upsetting the progress made. A bead of sweat rolled down the side of his face before he wiped the perspiration off his brow. This could be it!

2ndcontinentalcongressIf Lee’s Resolution passed, it would mean a world of difference. Already considered traitors, the men who put their names in with this declaration would be direct targets of the crown. It would mean they would be alone, out from underneath the umbrella of Great Britain. They would have to fend off enemies themselves. An entirely new system of government would need to be constructed. And that assumed they would win the war in the first place, something far from certain.

Mr. Adams did not even blink at the troubling thoughts. He was too sure of this. There was no other way to move forward. It was all or nothing. The king had made his moves, had shown his true colors. They could not go back to the terms of tyranny. Not now. Not after all that had been sacrificed to get this far.

At last a vote was taken to pass Lee’s Resolution.

With twelve colonies approving and New York respectfully abstaining, the resolution passed!

John Adams slunk back into his chair and exhaled a sigh of relief. Smiling he reached across the table and shook the hand of this good colleague, Mr. Franklin. His friend Tom Jefferson gave him a hearty pat on the back. This was really happening!

The Declaration which the Committee of Five had drafted would be further edited over the next two days and ratified on the fourth. It would go on to become one of the most important documents in world history as it carried an impact even John Adams could not foresee. The waves made on that hot July day would send ripples across the globe in due time.

There was still much heartache yet to be experienced by these men and the people they represented. There are still heartaches experienced even today. Yet, just as Mr. Adams grinned in the face of imminent adversity over two hundred years ago, we can smile while under the great challenges we face today. We can carry on against all odds because we have the liberty to do so. We can achieve great things because we stand independently. We can change the world because we are FREE!

Happy Independence Day!

Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. – John Adams

Look who’s back!

March 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Hello again! I haven’t seen you in a while. Sorry about that! How are the spouse and kids? Great! Glad to hear it! Well I’m back now, and after over a month’s hiatus of reading and desperately trying to keep up with the nonsense going on in the world, my fingers are itching! I recently discovered that I must write in order to avoid insanity. If I do not put my thoughts on paper…or at least virtual paper…it will spell my demise.

My return to writing is not timed at random however. I am inspired by yesterday’s heroics of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. His filibuster of John Brennan’s confirmation vote as Director of the CIA, a nearly thirteen hour lambasting of epic proportions, has rallied my previously dormant energy. Whatever comes next is because of him. (It would be another Paul that would stoke my fire!)

For consistency’s sake, my plan going forward is to write at least once each week on whatever subject is currently in my craw. I choose Tuesday as my day of release. I pick that day for no other reason than that is rhymes with Tru Blu. I reserve the right to share, reblog and elaborate on anything at any time.

With that I bid you farewell.

Peace in Liberty.

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Under The Covers: In Bed With Awkward Questions For The CIA, FBI, White House

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment

WHAT IS GOING ON???

By now you’ve probably heard almost every possible angle on the infamous scandal surrounding General Petraeus, now ex-Director of the CIA. That’s because for the most part, there’s only been one angle; that being the accepted and widespread version which implies that the affair General Petraeus had with his biographer Paula Broadwell was recently discovered and is the sole purpose of his resignation. Until now….

Someone else has a different point of view on the issue. The well versed, well respected Judge Andrew Napolitano has raised some very harrowing questions about the fishy-ness of the ordeal. He argues that this is not a recent discovery to the intelligence community and the White House but is only a way to silence him with the purpose of covering up the terrible Benghazi incident occurrence nightmare. (Certainly a topic of future conversation) The Judge speaks from experience when he says that background checks done on the General prior to his appointment as Director would have more than likely uncovered such a scandal. He makes a compelling case for the potential of the White House and at least the CIA, covering up something much darker, much more sinister, than should be brought to public light.

Read his article on FOX.com here: Silencing General Petraeus

He also defends his case on Fox and Friends: Somebody wanted to silence the General

“What’s Going On?” …..Excellent question

Would you waste your vote on Jesus?

November 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Principles over probabilities. Don’t betray your standards because someone else has a better chance of winning. When the choices are between evil and slightly less evil, choose good. By doing so you will send them a message that says: “I do not accept the options provided!” It won’t be easy and you won’t be popular….I promise. You will, however, make a stand, and in time, you will make a change.

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost” — attributed to John Quincy Adams.
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