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Ron Paul: The World Is Watching

Posted in activism, alternative, alternatives, American politics, analysis, Chavez, civil liberties, common ground, conservative, corporatism, crisis of democracy, democracy, Democrat, democratic deficit, Democratic Party, Dennis Kucinich, empire, FDR, fiscal conservative, Giuliani, Global War on Terrorism, globalism, globalization, imperialism, libertarian, libertarianism, people's movements, police state, political economy, politics, Republican Party, right, right wing, Roosevelt, the right, U.S., war on democracy with tags , , , , , , , on January 7, 2008 by jtoddring

As a Canadian, and a neighbour to the most powerful nation on Earth, I watch, as most Canadians and many around the world do, U.S. politics with trepidation and skepticism, and with the emergence of Ron Paul, with some hope.

I can tell you this. Many, many people in Canada and world-wide would be delighted and profoundly relieved to see a U.S. president come to office who decisively and firmly renounces imperial warfare as well as the rapid slide into a transnational police state of profoundly anti-democratic corporate oligarchy.

Every intelligent and informed observer now knows what is no longer deniable. The drift toward the destruction of freedom and constitutional democracy is conscious, deliberate, multi-national and definitely real. Ron Paul is the only US presidential candidate with any integrity in terms of these two most critical issues: protect constitutional democracy, and end imperial warfare. It is inspiring that he has generated such enormous grassroots support.

It seems Ron Paul has proven the power of the internet. Through the net, a grassroots political campaign can generate tremendous popular support, and also raise enough campaign funds that corporate boot-licking can be done away with. I sincerely hope he wins. And by the looks of polls and grassroots fund-raising, he just might. He gets it right on the two most critical issues. That makes him hands down the best candidate. The rest are sadly, corporate hacks. If in doubt, watch these two videos.

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/3/vote_for_change_atrocity_linked_us


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It seems the world is indeed watching, and surprisingly, the support for Ron Paul has started to go global. While Clinton, Obama and other US presidential candidates inspire tentative hope at best, if not profound skepticism or dread aversion, Ron Paul is inspiring a passion for true democracy around the world.

I should say that I am not a supporter of the Republican or Democratic parties of the US, as they are two wings of the party of, by and for the corporate elite. This man, however, is an exception to the rule. In terms of rigid categorical thinking, and the ability to recognize exceptions to the rule, I think of a statement by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Ron Paul is an exception who merits strong support, whatever your habitual allegiances may be. If constitutional democracy is not protected, the possibilities for a liberal, democratic, or left-inspired future of solidarity and justice are narrowed. Wherever you are on the political spectrum, right, left, liberal or conservative, if you value democracy or freedom, take a look at Ron Paul.

I would prefer a New Deal populist democrat who realizes the need to get firm with the corporate powers in order to preserve democracy, freedom and the well-being of the people – someone closer to a Hugo Chavez, but the US presently has no such figure on the horizon. Given what we have to work with, preserving constitutional democracy against the encroachments of corporate power, and stopping the mad and potentially apocalyptic thrust of imperial warfare, become the most urgent of concerns. All other issues become secondary in light of these. I would even say that I think Ron Paul’s vision is very limited. It is still the case, however, that he is the only candidate in this possibly pivotal election that will uphold the basics of constitutional democracy and freedom from imperial or police state warfare. First things first.

The only candidates that I have seen that inspire any sort of confidence in me personally, for the two primary reasons stated above, or for any criteria, are Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich and Republican candidate Ron Paul. Kucinich, like Ron Paul, is the exception to the rule. These are the only two that voted consistently against war in Iraq, as well as against the crushing of democracy through the Patriot Acts and Military Commissions Act. Both have won in all polls following debates – which shows where the hearts and minds of the American people lie. A decent Republican – yes Dorothy, there apparently is such a creature – and a decent Democrat – also a rarity: maybe these two should be running mates – it’s not the right versus the left that is most central, but democracy versus corporatocracy.
Ron Paul may be one more spark, and possibly a critical one, in a new global spirit of democratic revolution. Yes, I said revolution. what we need now is a new wave of democratic revolutions, world wide. Corporatocracy is taking deeper hold. Its credibility is shattered globally, thus it seeks to consolidate power while it can. What that entails should be obvious to any who know their history. Speak now, or watch the horror. Get informed. Get behind him. Support authentic democracy in the world’s remaining superpower, or bear the consequences. The choices are becoming rather stark.

Copy, embed and share these videos. Speak up my friends. The alternative is interrogation centers, destruction of democracy, and a brutally integrated global corporatocracy. Imagine Charles Dickens’ era, wedded to an Orwellian dystopia. This is where the global corporate elite are taking us. Ron Paul is one possibly major bulwark against the current drift, and a spark toward a world worthy of the future.

“Whether it’s the war against poverty, drugs, terrorism, or the current Hitler of the day, an appeal to patriotism is used to convince the people that a little sacrifice of liberty, here and there, is a small price to pay. The results, though, are frightening and will soon become even more so.”
– Congressman Ron Paul, December 9, 2003

Please watch these video shorts. The American empire is too powerful to ignore. We must take an interest.

Bill Maher’s new hero

Experience and knowledge with integrity: macroeconomics

Ron Paul Rising

Stop Dreaming

Lest there be any question as to the stakes:
Olbermann: The Death of Habeas Corpus

Related essays and posts:

Ron Paul: Honest Abe Lives
http://jtoddring.blogspot.com/2007/04/ron-paul-honest-abe-lives.html

An Outbreak of Democracy in America?
http://jtoddring.blogspot.com/2007/05/outbreak-of-democracy-in-america.html

My Buddy Obama
http://jtoddring.blogspot.com/2007/04/my-buddy-obama.html

On Libertarianism: Right and Left
http://jtoddring.blogspot.com/2007/04/on-libertarianism-right-left.html

Supplemental:

Earth 101: Essential Reading
http://jtoddring.blogspot.com/2007/04/earth-101-essential-reading.html

The Other 9/11 Pinochet dies, ironically, on Dece…

Posted in 9/11, Al Queda, Bush, Chavez, Chile, CIA, coup, democracy, fascism, FBI, Martial Law, neoliberalism, Pearl Harbor, Pepsi, Pinochet, PNAC, Reichstag, War on Terror on December 12, 2006 by jtoddring

The Other 9/11

Pinochet dies, ironically, on December 10, International Human Rights Day

The Condor Model: the Atrocities of Pinochet and the US

A Marxist threat to cola sales? Pepsi demands a US coup. Goodbye Allende. Hello Pinochet – Greg Palast

ZNet – Chile: The Other, Almost Forgotten 9/11

Tinker Bell Pinochet and the Fairy Tale Miracle of Chile Greg Palast

NFB – Memoirs of an Everyday War – Chile

NFB – Chile, Obstinate Memory

** Senior Military, Intelligence, and Government Officials Question 9/11 Commission Report

Experts Claim Official 9/11 Story is a Hoax

Venezuela’s Chavez says Bush planned 9/11 attacks

* Scientific Poll: 84% Reject Official 9/11 Story

9/11 Statement Signed by Prominent Americans

Why Doubt 9/11?

9/11: Why the Official Theory Has Collapsed (opinion)

Profits of Death – Insider Trading and 9-11

CRG — Suppressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading lead directly into the CIA`s Highest Ranks

Political Deception: The Missing Link behind 9-11 – Chossudovsky

‘Al-Qaeda is a U.S.-sponsored Intelligence Asset used to Justify War in the Middle East: Interview with Michel Chossudovsky

How the FBI protected Al Qaeda’s 9/11 Hijacking Trainer

The Truth behind 9/11: Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

Alleged 9/11 Hijackers Were Assets of the U.S. Government [VIDEO] (00:10:56)

General Ivashov: “What we are seeing is a manipulation by the big powers” – The September 11 attacks were the result of a set-up

Russian Airforce Chief Says Official 9-11 Story Impossible’

Bush Admin Insider Says U.S. Government Behind 9/11

911 Aftermath: Unanswered Question from 9/11 (pt.1)

911 Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (pt.2)

911 Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (pt.3)

THE TRUTH & LIES OF 9/11 – Michael Ruppert – video

War and Globalization – The Truth Behind September 11 – Google Video

What a Legal Case Against the 911 Criminals Would Sound Like – video

* Alex Jones warns about attacks before 911

Bush ‘had plans for Iraq oil ‘ prior to 9/11 – Greg Palast BBC video

Michel Chossudovsky War and Globalization the Truth behind 9-11

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror – video

The War for Oil – BBC – Part 1/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 2/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 3/3

Appetite for Oil Fuels America’s Warmongering

PNAC planned Iraq war before 9/11 – Washington Post

The Pentagon Declares War on America

***Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

Bush’s 9/11 Reichstag Fire

ABC News: U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

30-year Anniversary: Tonkin Gulf Lie Launched Vietnam War

Truth Is the First Casualty of War

YouTube – Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex.

***Commission Finds President George W. Bush and His Administration Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

9/11 Key Articles – Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG)

9/11 Information

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception – DVD

America’s War on Terror – Chossudovsky

chapters.indigo.ca: Books: 9;11 And American Empire

Day of Deceit: Pearl Harbor 1941

Alibris: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 – David R. Griffin, Interlink Publishing (Creator), Richard Falk (Foreword by)

JTR
December 11, 2006

Posted in 9/11, Al Queda, Bush, Chavez, Chile, CIA, coup, democracy, fascism, FBI, Martial Law, neoliberalism, Pearl Harbor, Pepsi, Pinochet, PNAC, Reichstag, War on Terror on December 12, 2006 by jtoddring

The Other 9/11

Pinochet dies, ironically, on December 10, International Human Rights Day

The Condor Model: the Atrocities of Pinochet and the US

A Marxist threat to cola sales? Pepsi demands a US coup. Goodbye Allende. Hello Pinochet – Greg Palast

ZNet – Chile: The Other, Almost Forgotten 9/11

Tinker Bell Pinochet and the Fairy Tale Miracle of Chile Greg Palast

NFB – Memoirs of an Everyday War – Chile

NFB – Chile, Obstinate Memory

** Senior Military, Intelligence, and Government Officials Question 9/11 Commission Report

Experts Claim Official 9/11 Story is a Hoax

Venezuela’s Chavez says Bush planned 9/11 attacks

* Scientific Poll: 84% Reject Official 9/11 Story

9/11 Statement Signed by Prominent Americans

Why Doubt 9/11?

9/11: Why the Official Theory Has Collapsed (opinion)

Profits of Death – Insider Trading and 9-11

CRG — Suppressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading lead directly into the CIA`s Highest Ranks

Political Deception: The Missing Link behind 9-11 – Chossudovsky

‘Al-Qaeda is a U.S.-sponsored Intelligence Asset used to Justify War in the Middle East: Interview with Michel Chossudovsky

How the FBI protected Al Qaeda’s 9/11 Hijacking Trainer

The Truth behind 9/11: Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

Alleged 9/11 Hijackers Were Assets of the U.S. Government [VIDEO] (00:10:56)

General Ivashov: “What we are seeing is a manipulation by the big powers” – The September 11 attacks were the result of a set-up

Russian Airforce Chief Says Official 9-11 Story Impossible’

Bush Admin Insider Says U.S. Government Behind 9/11

911 Aftermath: Unanswered Question from 9/11 (pt.1)

911 Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (pt.2)

911 Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (pt.3)

THE TRUTH & LIES OF 9/11 – Michael Ruppert – video

War and Globalization – The Truth Behind September 11 – Google Video

What a Legal Case Against the 911 Criminals Would Sound Like – video

* Alex Jones warns about attacks before 911

Bush ‘had plans for Iraq oil ‘ prior to 9/11 – Greg Palast BBC video

Michel Chossudovsky War and Globalization the Truth behind 9-11

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror – video

The War for Oil – BBC – Part 1/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 2/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 3/3

Appetite for Oil Fuels America’s Warmongering

PNAC planned Iraq war before 9/11 – Washington Post

The Pentagon Declares War on America

***Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

Bush’s 9/11 Reichstag Fire

ABC News: U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

30-year Anniversary: Tonkin Gulf Lie Launched Vietnam War

Truth Is the First Casualty of War

YouTube – Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex.

***Commission Finds President George W. Bush and His Administration Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

9/11 Key Articles – Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG)

9/11 Information

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception – DVD

America’s War on Terror – Chossudovsky

chapters.indigo.ca: Books: 9;11 And American Empire

Day of Deceit: Pearl Harbor 1941

Alibris: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 – David R. Griffin, Interlink Publishing (Creator), Richard Falk (Foreword by)

JTR
December 11, 2006

Posted in 9/11, Al Queda, Bush, Chavez, Chile, CIA, coup, democracy, fascism, FBI, Martial Law, neoliberalism, Pearl Harbor, Pepsi, Pinochet, PNAC, Reichstag, War on Terror on December 12, 2006 by jtoddring

The Other 9/11

Pinochet dies, ironically, on December 10, International Human Rights Day

The Condor Model: the Atrocities of Pinochet and the US

A Marxist threat to cola sales? Pepsi demands a US coup. Goodbye Allende. Hello Pinochet – Greg Palast

ZNet – Chile: The Other, Almost Forgotten 9/11

Tinker Bell Pinochet and the Fairy Tale Miracle of Chile Greg Palast

NFB – Memoirs of an Everyday War – Chile

NFB – Chile, Obstinate Memory

** Senior Military, Intelligence, and Government Officials Question 9/11 Commission Report

Experts Claim Official 9/11 Story is a Hoax

Venezuela’s Chavez says Bush planned 9/11 attacks

* Scientific Poll: 84% Reject Official 9/11 Story

9/11 Statement Signed by Prominent Americans

Why Doubt 9/11?

9/11: Why the Official Theory Has Collapsed (opinion)

Profits of Death – Insider Trading and 9-11

CRG — Suppressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading lead directly into the CIA`s Highest Ranks

Political Deception: The Missing Link behind 9-11 – Chossudovsky

‘Al-Qaeda is a U.S.-sponsored Intelligence Asset used to Justify War in the Middle East: Interview with Michel Chossudovsky

How the FBI protected Al Qaeda’s 9/11 Hijacking Trainer

The Truth behind 9/11: Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

Alleged 9/11 Hijackers Were Assets of the U.S. Government [VIDEO] (00:10:56)

General Ivashov: “What we are seeing is a manipulation by the big powers” – The September 11 attacks were the result of a set-up

Russian Airforce Chief Says Official 9-11 Story Impossible’

Bush Admin Insider Says U.S. Government Behind 9/11

911 Aftermath: Unanswered Question from 9/11 (pt.1)

911 Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (pt.2)

911 Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (pt.3)

THE TRUTH & LIES OF 9/11 – Michael Ruppert – video

War and Globalization – The Truth Behind September 11 – Google Video

What a Legal Case Against the 911 Criminals Would Sound Like – video

* Alex Jones warns about attacks before 911

Bush ‘had plans for Iraq oil ‘ prior to 9/11 – Greg Palast BBC video

Michel Chossudovsky War and Globalization the Truth behind 9-11

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror – video

The War for Oil – BBC – Part 1/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 2/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 3/3

Appetite for Oil Fuels America’s Warmongering

PNAC planned Iraq war before 9/11 – Washington Post

The Pentagon Declares War on America

***Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

Bush’s 9/11 Reichstag Fire

ABC News: U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

30-year Anniversary: Tonkin Gulf Lie Launched Vietnam War

Truth Is the First Casualty of War

YouTube – Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex.

***Commission Finds President George W. Bush and His Administration Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

9/11 Key Articles – Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG)

9/11 Information

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception – DVD

America’s War on Terror – Chossudovsky

chapters.indigo.ca: Books: 9;11 And American Empire

Day of Deceit: Pearl Harbor 1941

Alibris: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 – David R. Griffin, Interlink Publishing (Creator), Richard Falk (Foreword by)

JTR
December 11, 2006