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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] Gay Marriage, the Constitution, and You

April 2, 2013 2 comments

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America, calm down! As much as I know you love to indulge in the ancient tradition of bickering amongst yourselves over controversial issues, it is time we sat down and spoke like adults. At the time of this writing, the federal Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) sits in front of the Supreme Court, bristling under the sharp threat of repeal. DOMA, signed into law in 1996 by then President Bill Clinton, is the official blanket law of the land on the subject of marriage in America. Recent high profile controversy from California’s Proposition 8, which sought to add the classification of marriage as being between one man and one woman to it’s state constitution, has brought this issue to a head once again. But does it have to be such an aggressive, passionate debate? Is there not a more peaceful, understanding method of resolving the issue without forcing one groups will on the other?

For a different perspective on the issue, I’d like to bring to you the words of former congressman, Dr. Ron Paul, from his book Liberty Defined. In the chapter entitled Marriage (pp 183-186) Dr. Paul addresses the issue from a neutral stance, and highlights the heart of the problem. Wouldn’t you know it, the real problem is government involvement! I humbly submit excerpts of this chapter, along with my own thoughts.

On the intrusion of government in marriage:

Most Americans do not question the requirement to obtain a license to get married. As in just about everything else, this requirement generates unnecessary problems and heated disagreements. If the government was not involved there would be no discussion or controversy over the definition of marriage. Why should the government give permission to two individuals for them to call themselves married? In a free society, something that we do not truly enjoy, all voluntary and consensual agreements would be recognized. If disputes arose, the courts could be involved as in any other civil dispute.

But look at where we are today, constantly fighting over the definition and legality of marriage. Under our system, the federal government was granted no authority over this issue. Many Americans would even amend the Constitution to deal with the argument by defining marriage. This attempt only exacerbates the emotionally charged debate on both sides. (p 183)

This brings up an important question for both sides. To those who value marriage as a religious entity and hold the position that homosexual marriage will violate the sanctity of the institution: Why do you demand a secular body of government to issue licenses and define it for you? If sanctity of marriage is your concern, you aught to first seek to rid yourself of its government regulation. Does government have a place in your personal lives and your faith? Does your faith require a license from the state for your marriage to be valid? If sanctity of marriage is truly valued, then its authority should come from the terms determined by your church body and not from congress or the Supreme Court. If that concept sounds radical to you, ask yourself this question: How would I feel if government also regulated baptisms and communion?

To those who support the marriage of homosexuals and hold that everyone should be given the choice to marry whom they please: If you are truly free, and marriage is truly a right, why do you ask for permission from an oppressive force? If you are honestly free, you would not have to ask. You would simply do as you see fit, as long as you did not deprive anyone of life or property.

On the virtues of free speech:

I’d like to settle the debate by turning it into a First Amendment issue: the right of free speech. Everyone can have his or her own definition of what marriage means, and if an agreement or contract is reached by the participants, it will qualify as a civil contract if desired. […]

I personally identify with the dictionary definition of marriage: “The social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live together as husband and wife by legal commitments or religious ceremony.” If others who choose a different definition do not impose their standards on anyone else, they have the First Amendment right to their own definition and access to the courts to arbitrate any civil disputes. (pp 183-184, 185)

As a citizen of these united States, you are granted all the privileges of the Bill of Rights. Freedom of speech is still one of those privileges. If you so desire, you have the right to define marriage according to your own terms. Whether those terms are determined by your personal faith or your own opinion, no one has the ability to alter that definition. To the right of the issue is the claim that marriage is a product of religion, and there is significant evidence to support that argument. However, one of the beauties of this country is that its people can say and believe as they wish. If they feel differently about the subject, they have the right to say and act as such.

On the other side of free speech, is the liberty to oppose the views of others. This means that if you disagree with another person or group, you can voice your thoughts as long as they do not cause harm to someone else. It is important to note here, that disagreeing with someone, does not constitute as hate speech. The same right that enables you to say what you will, protects those who say what you wish they would not.

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On the use of force through government:

The supercharged emotions are on both extremes of the issue, because neither extreme accepts the principles of a free society. One side is all too willing to have the state use the law to force a narrow definition of marriage on everyone without a hint of tolerance. The other side-a minority opinion-wants the law to help them gain social acceptance even though this is impossible for law to achieve. Those who seek social acceptance of gay marriage are also motivated by the desire to force government and private entities to provide spousal benefits. When dealing with government benefits, this becomes an economic redistribution issue- a problem that would not be found in a truly free society.

When it comes to forcing “equal” treatment in hiring or receiving insurance benefits, that problem should be solved by voluntary agreement-just as voluntary agreement provides the tolerance and understanding for those who chose lifestyles and alternative definitions of marriage. You can’t accept one without the other. […]

The definition of marriage is what divides so many. Why not tolerate everybody’s definition as long as neither side uses force to impose its views on the other? Problem solved! It doesn’t happen because of the lack of tolerance on both sides. One side wants a narrow definition for all, and the other side wants a broad definition that demands full acceptance by those who choose not to subsidize or socialize with people with whom they are uncomfortable. (pp 184, 185)

I could not have said it better myself, and that is why I let Dr. Paul explain it. You see, both sides hold their views so passionately that they would have them be forced by law onto the whole of the nation. If this were a democracy, (and it is not) then the flavor of the day would be determined by the majority rule. This has indeed been the case for this issue as the majority has, until now, been for the strictly heterosexual definition of marriage. Today, however, the tide has turned towards the other direction. If the issue had been determined by the principles of a constitutional republic (which we are), which protects minority opinion through law, all along, then this would likely have been resolved long ago. No force needed.

On the issue of marriage benefits:

Even without a truly free society….if what government provided had real Social Security accounts that could be passed on to family survivors, individuals could name whomever they wanted to be their beneficiary, just as with private insurance. It seems, though, that the Social Security system will never be a sound government-run insurance program, so choice in designating beneficiaries under today’s circumstances is nothing more than expanding a welfare program. (p 184)

The issue would be much simpler if money wasn’t involved, but alas, the current definition of marriage limits non-legally married couples from receiving the same benefits as others. This illustrates how broken the Social Security system really is. Just one more way the government manages to make your life a little more hectic.

Calm down.

We all have our opinions and differences. We all have our varied perspectives, beliefs and values. But at the end of the day we are all individuals trying to live our lives to our own contentment and happiness. For some reason, our happiness is often reliant upon our ability to limit and mold the actions of others to our own standards. If we can shrug off that perpetual human desire to force our will on others, we might actually discover more happiness for ourselves. In the end, you see, regardless of faith and fortune, we are all Americans.

Ron Paul’s Farewell to Congress

November 15, 2012 Leave a comment

On November 14th, 2012, Congressman Ron Paul took the podium for possibly the last time in his lengthy career. He delivered an oration intended to bring down the House. It wasn’t eloquent and it wasn’t graceful as his tongue stumbled over a few of his own words, but what it lacked in style it more than made up for in substance. Just like he has done over the past few decades, Dr. Paul boldly spoke his mind, unafraid to speak the truth. He wasn’t pulling any punches, even at one point referring to Congress as “psychopathic authoritarians” TO THEIR FACES.

This was not an angry rant however. The good Doctor diagnosed each of the major issues currently dragging the nation towards oblivion. Then, like all good doctors, he closed with the proper cure. If the patient is willing to swallow the pill, recovery is possible.

The full speech can be found through this link to YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOgg0LdgTD0&feature=g-all-u

P.S. If you’re looking for a living example of what it means to me to be “Tru Blu”, Dr. Paul is it.

The Future: How The GOP Must Move Forward

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

 In the wake of President Obama’s reelection, talk of change within the Grand Old Party is rampant. Everyone knows something must be done to save the party. More importantly, however, is the need to save the country. Fortunately there is a movement that, if embraced by Republicans, can do both. It will take a revamping of conservative policies, and an adherence to the constitution, but if preserving the Republic is truly at heart, the sacrifice of dishonest politics will be well worth it. Of course, if giving up power and control is too much for neo-conservatives, there will be more days that look like November 6th, 2012. The truth is that, even though the number of people who love big government  currently outnumbers everyone else, there is a day fast approaching in which our status quo will fall on its face. When that happens, change will be the only option. The only question will be if there is change for the better, or for soul crushingly worse. If the GOP wants to be the vehicle for good change, they will have to first modify themselves….and it must start NOW.

The seed has already been planted…..From The American Conservative’s W. James Antle III:

Who Killed Rudy Giuliani?

How Ron Paul won the war for conservatism’s future

When Ron Paul leaves office in January, he will have been more successful than many of the legislators who spent decades maligning him. Paul’s ideas have gradually gone from marginal to mainstream, and his record shows how much even a single determined man of principle can do to change a movement. In foreign policy especially, the Texas congressman leaves behind a new generation of leaders, both libertarian and conservative, who challenge the disastrous bipartisan consensus.

A decade ago, only seven Republican members of Congress voted against the Iraq War—six congressmen and one senator. The number of conservative legislators who opposed the war was even smaller still, the redoubtable trio of Jimmy Duncan, John Hostettler, and Paul.

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The REVOLUTION: Coming Soon To A Nation Near You

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment
 
I’ll never forget the first time I heard the Revolution referenced. It was still somewhat early in the 2012 GOP primaries and someone had asked a friend of mine who she was supporting for the Presidential nomination. “Ron Paul of course! Join the Revolution!” she replied, playfully fist pumping the air. I was on the ‘Herman Cain train’ at the time and didn’t even know who Ron Paul was, much less his movement. I thought it was just another campaign slogan. Little did I know that when I went home that night to look up this man and his mission that a seed had just been planted in my barren, freedom starved mind……

What is it?

The Revolution is a changing of the hearts and minds of people in our country. It is a fundamental shift in the way people see government, politics, liberty….hope. It is an intellectual wildfire set to scorch the earth with the truth. It is a push for a change to the status quo of widespread blissful ignorance. It is a mission to take back the country we love.

The problem….

For too long people have been apathetic or misinformed or downright lied to.  Corrupt politicians, mainstream media, the Federal Reserve Bank and the military industrial complex, among others, have all enjoyed the splendors of ignorance and made sure to perpetuate it amongst Americans. The result has been the many problems we see in the world around us. Whether it is the devaluing of the dollar, the rising gas prices, the mounting debt, the endless threat of terrorism or the growing loss of personal liberties, our way of life is under attack! The time has come for all of that to change, and with it the oppressive regime that pushes it.

The options for change we are given are not enough. It is either Republican or Democrat, red or blue, conservative or liberal, FOX or NBC, Romney or Obama; regardless of the fact that they have more in common than they pretend. Minuscule problems are highlighted. Petty arguments break out. Fingers are pointed. Names are called. All the while the world burns around us.

The winds of change

This is where The Revolution comes in. Begun by Dr. Ron Paul, it seeks to uproot the long reigning weeds of corruption and return to the roots of this great nation: the Constitution. The Revolution, while ambitious in its aspirations, is not a violent one. Nay, the primary vehicle of the liberty movement is simply truth in information. Already people have woken up by the millions to understand what is really wrong with our country. The Independent-identifying voter bloc is the largest it has been in U.S. history, indicating the dissatisfaction with the choices given. Mainstream media outlets lose viewers by the day. Blogs, vlogs, independent journalists and others carry to them the message of liberty and it spreads like a disease without a cure: a cancer feeding off the monstrous beast of tyranny.

The Revolution, however, will not be televised. Don’t go looking for it within the mainstream media, for theirs is a wasteland deprived of forward, constructive thought. Treating it as a fringe element, they ignore the movement in hopes it will go away and never return…but it will not. In terms of media, the liberty movement has spread mostly through the internet, since it is free, uncensored and can spread much more quickly here than through traditional news outlets.

While mostly thought of as only an abstract concept to unify the various factions of the liberty movement, The Revolution has concrete compartments as well. The Campaign for Liberty, or C4L for short, is the political embodiment of Ron Paul’s continuing legacy in government as it strives to keep pushing  vital issues through congress with ambitious new freedom fighters in the House and Senate. Young Americans for Liberty, a very important arm of the movement, takes its core principles to college campuses around the country, giving eager students something their professors won’t tell them. Endorsed by Dr. Paul for its mission of providing sound free market and Austrian economic education is the Mises Institute. Named after Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises, the Institute has been teaching these principles for thirty years. Thanks to these organizations, a growing number of liberty minded politicians, and many others,  the message of The Revolution marches on.

The Message:

  • Restore the Constitution: This is the foundation of the republic and everything else rests on this document. “Claims that our Constitution was meant to be a “living document” that judges may interpret as they please are fraudulent, incompatible with republican government, and without foundation in the constitutional text or the thinking of the Framers.” -C4L
  • Return to the free market: Long term economic growth and prosperity is impossible with excessive government regulation, market manipulation and counterfeiting by central banks.
  • Reclaim individual liberties: We must take back the freedom granted to the people in the Bill of Rights. These rights have been trampled on by legislation such as the PATRIOT Act and the NDAA as well as overreaching organizations like the TSA. If we are not safe from unjust law, we are not free.
  • Revoke our current foreign policy: Manipulating the lives of the citizens in other countries is not a policy of peace. It only results in fear and loss of freedom for them as well as us, provoking aggression and tension. Our unwanted presence is a deterrent to our survival as a nation as well as a drain on our economy.

With Love,

Finally, as previously noted, the Revolution is not an act of violence. While the first American Revolution culminated in a bloody, eight year war, the 21st Century version hopes to continue in peace. That is why the popular logo highlights the ‘EVOL’ in the word; to emphasize that love is an fundamental value of the movement. It also serves as a reminder that we can do this without injury to our fellow-man. That doesn’t mean it will be easy, nor do we expect to go unscathed through the trials ahead. However, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine providence, we will prevail.

In the beginning of a change the Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot. -Mark Twain

It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. -Samuel Adams