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The Greatest Gift for All
All Americans have a huge stake in Christianity. Whether or not we are individually believers in Christ, we are beneficiaries of the moral doctrine that has curbed power and protected the weak. Power is the horse ridden by evil. In the 20th century the horse was ridden hard. One hundred million people were exterminated by National Socialists in Germany and by Soviet and Chinese communists simply because they were members of a race or class that had been demonized by intellectuals and political authority.
  
Power that is secularized and cut free of civilizing traditions is not limited by moral and religious scruples. V.I. Lenin made this clear when he defined the meaning of his dictatorship as "unlimited power, resting directly on force, not limited by anything."

Christianity's emphasis on the worth of the individual makes such power as Lenin claimed unthinkable. Be we religious or be we not, our celebration of Christ's birthday celebrates a religion that made us masters of our souls and of our political life on Earth. Such a religion as this is worth holding on to even by atheists.
- by Paul Craig Roberts / VDare.com
December 25, 2009

Ron Paul: Foreign Policy Ignored
As the health care reform battle rages, Congressman Paul points out the need to also keep paying attention to developments in foreign policy and discusses recent events that could have long-term effects.
- by You Tube
December 25, 2009
  
Iran Sanctions are Precursor to War
Last week the House overwhelmingly approved a measure to put a new round of sanctions on Iran. If this measure passes the Senate, the United States could no longer do business with anyone who sold refined petroleum products to Iran or helped them develop their ability to refine their own petroleum. The sad thing is that many of my colleagues voted for this measure because they felt it would deflect a military engagement with Iran. I would put the question to them, how would Congress react if another government threatened our critical trading partners in this way? Would we not view it as asking for war?
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
December 25, 2009

Neocon Pundits Amp Up Demonization Efforts in Response to Possible Ron Paul 2012 Run
The psychological operations conducted by the government of conditioning the public through covert mind control and subliminal influence has been documented for many years. This continued throughout Ron Paul's presidential campaign, and now that there is talk of a Ron Paul run in 2012 , even on Paul's own website, with 94% of respondants favoring a 2012 run in the latest poll, establishment pundits on the so-called right are amping up a marginalization campaign of Dr. Paul and his supporters.
  
Last week, in a bizzare stretch that would make Orwell blush, Hannity called Ron Paul supporters extremists and claimed that the military industrial complex is what gives us freedom of speech.
- by Martin Hill / LewRockwell.com
December 25, 2009

The Christmas Truce
Merry Christmas to all Campaign for Liberty supporters out there. In case you've never seen this, it's worth watching: Paul McCartney plays a dual role in this music video that recalls the famous Christmas truce during World War I.
- by Thomas Woods / Campaign For Liberty
December 25, 2009

Why War Will Take No Holiday in 2010
Excuse the gloom in the holiday season, but I feel like we’re all locked inside a malign version of the movie Groundhog Day. You remember, the one in which the characters are forced to relive the same 24 hours endlessly. Put more personally, TomDispatch started in November 2001 as an email to friends in response to the first moments of our latest Afghan War. More than eight years later... well, you know the story.

Worse yet, the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll indicates that a startling 58% of Americans, otherwise in a mighty gloomy mood, support the president's latest "surge" in Afghanistan which will extend that war into the dismal future. And worse than that, in Afghanistan as in Iraq, from the point of view of official Washington, next year won't really count for much. The crucial decisions on both wars will evidently leapfrog 2010. So, on that score, we might as well just mark the year off on our calendars now.

2010: pure loss. But before I go into the details, let me try this another way.
- by Tom Engelhardt / Campaign For Liberty
December 25, 2009

Peace and Honest Friendship With Iran
Read about one of America's poorest communities have been guided by doctors from the much maligned nation of Iran. The fact that government is involved in such projects is secondary to the important point—that we have much to learn in cultural and economic exchange from other countries, even those that have become the demonized regime de jour.
- by Anthony Gregory / Campaign For Liberty
December 25, 2009

War Does Not Create Affluence
In the comment section on this very blog, someone argued that wars "create great affluence" by means of the industries they stimulate.

I urge -- no, I beg -- readers to put this audio file on their iPods and listen to it. It's Robert Higgs on the myth of war prosperity. It is the best brief destruction of this view I have encountered. We have got to get this issue right.
- by Thomas Woods / Campaign For Liberty
December 25, 2009

Health Care Passes Senate. Fight Not Over.
Although Harry Reid's health care bill passed early this morning on a 60-39 party line vote, the fight to prevent government from taking over even more of our health care decisions is far from finished.

The reconciliation process comes next, which means we need to not only keep the pressure on Congress, but turn it up. If you know of any events where your representatives or senators will be giving speeches during their time in their districts, make sure you show up and directly tell them what you think of their vote. They need to know this vote will follow them, and that people are serious about holding them accountable.

In addition to the fight over the upcoming bill merging, it appears that various states are looking into legal challenges, both on the basis of Ben Nelson's sweetheart deal as well as the unconstitutionality of the insurance mandate.

Not content to only stick it to us with the health care vote, the Senate also passed a $290 billion temporary raise of the debt ceiling. The money will last Congress through February.

See the vote results here. Check out the debt ceiling vote here.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
December 25, 2009

Health Care is NOT a Right
In the Bill of Rights of the Soviet Union, they were honest about health care – it states that "citizens of the USSR have the right to health protection." This document also stipulated Soviet citizens have the "right to work" not longer than 41 hours in a workweek, the "right to rest and leisure," the "right to education," the "right to enjoy cultural benefits." (Source) To find out how well this worked out for the Soviets, try reading Dr. Yuri Maltsev's article "What Soviet Medicine Teaches Us." Even today, Russia's life expectancy for males is just 59 years, while in the US it is 73 years.

Besides lowering life expectancies under their totalitarian regime, the Soviet Union had it all wrong of course. Health care is not a right. You have a right to breath because air is abundant on our planet - there is no scarcity of it. Although your life is extremely scarce - there is only one of you - you do have a right to your life - to suggest otherwise is slavery.

You have a right to your property - to suggest otherwise is theft.

You have a right to freedom of expression and to believe what you wish - to suggest otherwise is tyranny.

However, people must pay for things like health care or food. Does a starving man have a right to enter a supermarket and eat whatever he wants? Health care providers have bills to pay and families to support, just as you do. If there is a "right" to health care, then you must have the ability to force health care providers to serve you.
- by Jake Towne / Campaign For Liberty
December 25, 2009

Who's to Blame for Obamacare? Two Republicans
This week the Senate grinches stole Christmas. The Obama Nation is getting Obamacare.

It's easy to blame the sixty Democrats, as the Wall Street Journal does, for "the worse bill ever." It solemnly declares: "These 60 Democrats are creating a future of epic increases in spending, taxes and command--and control regulation."

True enough. But what's the root cause of this permanent disaster?

Sorry, friends, but it’s not the Democrats, nor the American people who elected them.

The real culprits are two Republicans who ran the show the previous eight years: George W. Bush and his "master political strategist" Karl Rove. If it weren't for these two in the White House, the Democrats wouldn't have sixty senators, including a professional comedian from Minnesota, to close off debate and ram down our throats a bill worse than Hillary Care.

The fact is that the Bush & Rove act pushed through a litany of ruinous government policies that led to the lowest approval numbers in history:
- by Mark Skousen / Human Events
December 25, 2009

Philosophy vs. Conspiracy
John Adams once said that he had to study war and politics so that his sons would have the liberty to study philosophy and mathematics. Mr. Adams certainly contributed to our liberty to study philosophy, but how many of us have studied the philosophy of liberty?

The "philosophy of liberty" (or the "philosophy of freedom") is not a term heard much in the halls of academia. It is rarely discussed or compared with other more popular philosophies such as nihilism, humanism, communism, fascism, socialism, statism, totalitarianism, etc. But rest assured, there is a thriving sector of academia led by the likes of the Ludwig von Mises Institute ("LvMI"), the Foundation for Economic Education, and others, that is dedicated to the philosophy of freedom,.

The liberty movement needs to work toward focusing itself on philosophy rather than conspiracy, and that can only happen if liberty lovers themselves become acquainted with the philosophy of liberty, and then learn to communicate that philosophy effectively. In doing so, the liberty movement will gain converts in droves, which just may lead to the liberty movement finally reaching its destination.
- by Jerry Salcido / Campaign For Liberty
December 25, 2009

Bernanke Presses His Luck
The vast majority of economists now say that the recession is over. Many expect nominal GDP growth as high as four percent in 2010. Now, with the economy assumed to be back on stable footing, some in the private sector are starting to talk about inflation. While agreeing that growth has returned, the Federal Reserve and the Obama administration do not see inflation as a threat. To them, the political costs of ongoing recession far outweigh any medium-term considerations about the value of the dollar, hence their determination to hold short-term interest rates to around zero. This has created unnatural conditions in the U.S. Treasury market and is limiting the prospects for real growth. Based on his perceived diagnosis of the Great Depression, Bernanke is betting the house on his War on Recession. Despite the media's faith that he has an ace up his sleeve, it is a foolhardy gamble with the country's economic future
- by John Browne / Howe Street
December 25, 2009

Joe Salerno on Glenn Beck with Judge Napolitano 12/18/09
Professor Joseph Salerno of Pace University joins a panel of guests on the Glenn Beck program to talk about the economy.
- by You Tube
December 25, 2009

"Monetary Policy" Transfers Your Children's Future Earnings to the Financial Elite
The bail-out of Wall Street and the banking and mortgage industries is not monetary policy; it is a massive transfer of wealth from future taxpayers to the Financial Power Elite.

The monetary-policy terminology of "quantitative easing" and "bail-out" is a masterstroke of propaganda, for it purposefully masks an unprecedented transfer of wealth from future taxpayers to the Financial Power Elite.

I want to be crystal-clear here: what Bernanke & Co. represent as "monetary policy" is in fact a massive transfer of wealth from future generations of U.S. taxpayers to Wall Street and the banking/mortgage industries.

The propaganda is purposefully designed to distract our attention from the fact that "monetary policy" has fiscal consequences for future taxpayers--unprecedented mountains of Federal debt which must be serviced over a generation in which interest rates will rise.
- by Charles Hughes Smith / OfTwoMinds.com
December 25, 2009

James Turk on King World News December 4, 2009 - Part 2 - Part 3
James Turk has been on CNBC, Bloomberg and many radio shows across the country. James is also Chairman and Founder of Goldmoney.com. In this interview James discusses phase II of the gold bull market, silver, the U.S. Dollar, hyperinflation, monetary turmoil and its effects on the economy, the Federal Reserve, preserving purchasing power, gold and silver shares, media exposure, is gold in a bubble and more. James is one of the most highly respected names in the world when it comes to precious metals and he coauthored The Collapse of the Dollar with John Rubino.
- by You Tube
December 25, 2009

A Long March to Bethlehem
Did you hear the news? The European Union earlier this month urged the International Monetary Fund to pursue a global tax on financial transactions to limit the risk of another economic crisis. Limit the risk of another economic crisis? Wouldn't a global tax ensure another economic crisis? Here we go again. As millions of Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Yeshua of Nazareth, there's more and more talk of global taxation and global government. Whether "global warming" or solving the world's financial problems is the excuse du jour, many are promoting the idea of one-world government complete with one-world taxes. What does this have to do with the birth of Yeshua about 2,000 years ago? A global tax preceded the birth of the Savior. That was the very reason Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem from their home in Nazareth to have the child. It ought to be referred to as "the Long March to Bethlehem," because of its familiarity with the forced population movements of so many modern-day tyrannies
- by Joseph Farah / WorldNetDaily
December 25, 2009

Rand Paul leading establishment candidate
According to Public Policy Polling, Dr. Rand Paul has a substantial lead over establishment candidate Trey Grayson 44-25 in their latest poll.

Paul is up 44-25 on Grayson. 39% of likely primary voters have a favorable opinion of him to 13% unfavorable while 22% view Grayson positively to 15% unfavorable.

Paul is winning the votes of conservatives by a 47-20 margin, while Grayson holds a 36-34 lead with moderates. Paul is having a particularly good amount of success with folks who think that the Republican Party in Washington has become too liberal- his lead with them is 54-18. Paul's support is universal across demographic lines, as he is up with men, women, voters in every region of the state, and every group of the GOP electorate broken down by age....

Check out the full results here.

Our message is spreading!!
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
December 25, 2009

The Truth Squad in Copenhagen! - ClimateGate, UN Climate Conference COP15
The Americans are here! Behind "enemy lines" at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, six conservative members of Congress braved the snow and frigid temperatures in Copenhagen and the hot air and hostility of the Communists, greedy dictators and global "warmists" at the Conference to bring the you truth on the state of the climate and the conference. At the conference, the 3rd world was begging for billions--actually demanding, China refused any but pretended limits on their uncontrolled pollution or to allow independent monitoring, and the western nations were bowing deeply to their demands. This GOP rebuttal promoted the real solutions, such as natural gas, nuclear and clean coal technology; warned about the ClimateGate fraudulent data on the effects of carbon; and discussed the reality that cap and trade would raise utility/energy/gas costs tremendously.
- by You Tube
December 25, 2009

Putting the science of global warming to the test
One of the problems underlying the climate change debate is that whatever the majority of scientists say about global warming a lot of people remain sceptical about whether climate change is really man made.

So Newsnight decided to invite two top scientists round to Justin Rowlatt's house and challenge them to prove the case for global warming in a kitchen filled with members of the public and people who had been in the BBC Top Gear audience.
- by BBC
December 25, 2009

My Position on Global Warming and Climate Change
If I can be classified it would be as a left-leaning environmentalist, with a history of environmental concerns dating back to my pre-teen years in the 1960s. I was one of the founders of the Alberta Greens political party in 1990 based on support for a federal Green candidate in 1988, and was the party's president until 2004 and then CFO until a right-wing takeover in late 2008.

I have organized my position on global warming/climate change as a self-interview because my concerns have arisen as I have been asked more questions about this and some of my green friends exhibit shock at my position.
- by David Crowe / LewRockwell.com
December 25, 2009

Lord Christopher Monckton on King World News - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6
Lord Christopher Monckton was Former Prime Ministerial adviser on scientific and domestic policy to Margaret Thatcher and Currently UKIPs Chief Spokesman on Climate Change. Lord Monckton is now perhaps the world's leading expert on the case against Man-made Global Warming, and as such is a household name in the United States and elsewhere. Lord Moncktons list of accomplishments and accolades are simply too long to list so for those who wish to learn more they can read through his extensive biography. In this extraordinary interview Lord Monckton discusses Climate Gate I & II, the Copenhagen Treaty, the threat to US Sovereignty, the prostituting of scientists, world government, the deindustrialization of the United States, the science of world control, tyrannical taxation, crimes against humanity, fascism, global depopulation, the new Hitler Youth indoctrination, venomous and poisonous intolerance, the death of free speech and the US Constitution, post democratic Europe, the police state bullying of British citizens and businesses by EU staff out of Brussels, resistance against the European Union growing, the belief in freedom and the Constitution in the United States and much more.
- by You Tube
December 25, 2009

50 years of cooling predicted
Who said the science was settled?
- by Andrew Bolt / Herald Sun
December 25, 2009

Don't mess with Texas: More Americans moving in
Americans, it seems, still have a love affair with the West. Texas and Wyoming were the big winners in the Census Bureau's annual population estimates, which were released on Wednesday.

In the year ended July 1, Texas added more people than any other state, and Wyoming had the highest growth rate in the nation.
- by Les Christie / CNNMoney.com
December 25, 2009

Small-business bankruptcies rise 81% in California
The Obama administration's new plan to give a boost to small businesses reflects continued trouble in that sector, which is facing new failures even as much of the nation's economy is stabilizing.

As credit lines have shrunk and consumers have cut back on spending, thousands of small businesses have closed their doors over the last year. The plight of struggling firms has been aggravated by the reluctance of banks to lend money, said Brian Headd, an economist at the Small Business Administration's office of advocacy.

"While bankruptcies are up, overall, small-business closures are up even more," Headd said.

California has been particularly hard hit. The latest data show small-business bankruptcies up 81% in the state for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, compared with the previous year. Filings nationwide were up 44%, according to the credit analysis firm Equifax Inc.

The actual number of small businesses in trouble is probably higher, experts said, because many owners file for personal bankruptcy rather than seek protection for the business.
- by Nathan Olivarez-Giles / The Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2009

'Tis the week before Christmas ...
'Tis the week before Christmas and all through the land, not a freedom is safe from Obama's hand. Bankers, bewildered, before him now bow, while automakers, thankful, praise his cash cow. With energy and health care nearing control, his grasp on the nation is as he foretold. The people are stirred by his escapades, and are somewhat shocked by the history they made. Obama is not what he promised to be; he brings, instead, tyranny.

America's great experiment in freedom was designed by our founders to create a new kind of government consisting of the very people for whom the government was made. The first purpose of this new government was to protect the freedom of the people against all enemies both foreign and domestic, and especially from governmental tyranny. To keep the federal government under control, the designers limited the power of the new federal government to those very specific areas set forth in Article I, Section 8.

These limitations are now routinely ignored by both the House and the Senate.

The one mechanism in our system of government designed to rid our government of those who abuse the Constitution is the biennial elections.

America stands at the brink of a Marxist abyss because Americans have elected a majority of officials who do not honor the Constitution, who do not respect the value of individual freedom, and who crave personal power and perks more than the prosperity produced by free people operating a free market.
- by Henry Lamb / WorldNetDaily
December 20, 2009

WaPo Afraid of Ron Paul
Here is the interesting part of a terrified editorial from the Washington Post, the house organ of the Fed and the DC power elite, on Ron's Audit the Fed amendment:

Whatever good [the financial regulation bill] might do would be canceled out by the inclusion of Texas Republican Ron Paul's proposal to subject the Federal Reserve's monetary policymaking to regular audits by the Government Accountability Office, an arm of Congress.

Supporters suggest that the measure would merely provide "transparency" for a secretive, powerful institution. But for all its wide, bipartisan backing, this is anything but a prudent or centrist law. In fact, it is an attack - born of crisis and the attendant emotions - on the political independence the central bank must have to do its job.

The case for political independence at the Fed is elementary. Elected officials, such as members of Congress, are inherently loath to tighten the supply of money available to their constituents, even when that might be necessary to fight inflation. U.S. experience, and that of countries around the world, confirms this, which is why Congress exempted the Fed's money-supply decisions from GAO scrutiny in a 1978 law. Mr. Paul's proposal would effectively repeal that. Investors already spend enough energy and money trying to figure out where interest rates are heading without this additional dose of permanent uncertainty. Trust in the Fed, and, by extension, the dollar, will evaporate if markets believe that the Fed is courting the approval of Congress's auditors.

Mr. Paul doesn't care; he's an "end the Fed" man. In the past, other members of Congress have basically just humored him. It's a sign of the times - and not a good one - that they have been Fed-bashed into following him now.
- by Lew Rockwell / The LRC Blog
December 20, 2009

Ron Paul on Larry King 12/16/09 - Part 2 - Part 3
December 16, 2009 CNN
- by You Tube
December 20, 2009

Rand Paul and Judge Napolitano
On Friday, Dr. Rand Paul appeared on Glenn Beck, guest hosted by Judge Napolitano, to discuss the current political climate.
- by You Tube
December 20, 2009

Who Makes Foreign Policy?
The media, Congress, and the American public all seem to have accepted something that is patently untrue: namely, that foreign policy is the domain of the president and not Congress. This is absolutely not the case and directly contrary to what our founding fathers wanted.

The role of the president as Commander in Chief is to direct our armed forces in carrying out policies established by the American people through their representatives in Congress. He is not authorized to make those policies. He is an administrator, not a policy maker. Foreign policy, like all federal policy, must be made by Congress. To allow otherwise is to act in contravention of the Constitution.
- by Ron Paul / Tenth Amendment Center
December 20, 2009

Ron Paul on Cavuto 12/16/09
On Wednesday, December 16, Congressman Ron Paul appeared on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" to discuss Ben Bernanke's selection as TIME Magazine's 2009 "Person of the Year."
- by You Tube
December 20, 2009

Person of the Year: Ron Paul
When TIME Magazine named Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as its 2009 "Person of the Year," the Southern Avenger decided to instead recognize a far worthier recipient: Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
- by You Tube
December 20, 2009

'You Americans Are So Gullible'
There are two opposing forces locked in eternal combat. When one force gains the upper hand the other force is subjugated. Throughout history the pendulum has swung from one end to the other. Most recently the forces of individual freedom scored a victory with the founding of the United States and creation of the U.S. Constitution. However, over the past two hundred years the forces of domination have been slowly eroding the belief in and support for liberty.

This epic battle is documented in a speech delivered by the Secretary of Agriculture under President Eisenhower, Ezra T. Benson. He said:

"I have personally witnessed the heart-rending results of the loss of freedom. I have talked face-to-face with the godless Communist leaders. It may surprise you to learn that I was host to Mr. Khrushchev for a half-day when he visited the United States. Not that I'm proud of it. I opposed his coming then, and I still feel it was a mistake to welcome this atheistic murderer as a state visitor.

"As we talked face-to-face, he indicated that my grandchildren would live under Communism. After assuring him that I expected to do all in my power to assure that his, and all other grandchildren, will live under freedom, he arrogantly declared, in substance:

"'You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept communism outright. But we'll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won't have to fight you; we'll so weaken your economy until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.'"

So it is that Khrushchev has been proven right. We may not have had a socialist military coup that changed things overnight, but we have had a purposefully gradual attack on our belief in the essential nature of freedom. These "small doses of socialism" have changed America and been the cause for the loss of much of our freedom.
- by Adam Murdock, MD / Campaign For Liberty
December 20, 2009

Anger With the Federal Government Is Not Enough
I repeat: freedom in America has only one hope: the resurrection of State independence and sovereignty. In the US Constitution, our Founding Fathers sagaciously reserved to State governments their independence and sovereignty, knowing that they had the awesome responsibility of being the last (and greatest) vanguard of liberty for the American people. They never intended or imagined that the states would ever become a doormat for the central government (which is what most of them have become)

. In this regard, the states that are proposing State sovereignty resolutions should immediately band together to overturn the 17th Amendment, because this amendment strips the states of their constitutional powers by turning US senators into Washington insiders, who are more beholden to Washington interests than the interests and well-being of the states that they are supposed to represent.
- by Chuck Baldwin / Campaign For Liberty
December 20, 2009

Ron Paul on Fox Business: Bernanke World's Greatest Counterfeiter 12/16/09
Congressman Ron Paul weighs in on Bernanke's preposterous award as Time Person of the Year.
- by You Tube
December 20, 2009

The Three 13th Amendments Part 1 - Part 2
There are two amendments which appear in the US Constitution that were fraudulently declared ratified by then Secretary of State Philander P. Knox and US Solicitor General Joshua Reuben Clark. They are the 16th and 17th Amendments to the US Constitution. The JP Morgan-Rockefeller-Rothschild international banking cartel (which actually encompasses about 100 of the wealthiest families in the world) swapped New Jersey Gov. Thomas Woodrow Wilson the White House for their own private central bank. In doing so, they perpetuated the fraud on the people of the United States. To make a central bank viable, the bankers needed to be able to levy the incomes of the people of the United States. To do that, they needed Congress to enact a federal income tax. There was only one problem with that. Assessing an unapportioned tax (that unfairly and punitively targets one citizen over another) was specifically prohibited by the Constitution. The bankers needed a constitutional amendment to correct Article 1 § 8. The bankers had one other problem with this plan. Every attempt to create a permanent central bank or, for that matter, a new temporary one, met fierce resistance from the States and from State banks. To get a constitutional resolution through Congress, it would first be necessary to remove the States from the equation of governance at the federal level. The 17th Amendment did that.
- by Jon Christian Ryter / NewsWithViews
December 20, 2009

Ron Paul's Bill: US Behind Financial Iron Curtain?
Private mints in the US are printing gold and silver coins. Congressman Ron Paul would like to see those coins in circulation. If businesses decide to accept these coins, would it mean the end of the dollar? Or just a big mess?
- by You Tube
December 20, 2009

Bullion Is A Girl's Best Friend
- by You Tube
December 20, 2009

Everyone Defies Laws
Who is the aggressor?--the citizen who desires peace and the rule of law, or the usurper whose actions can only be described as tyrannical and despotic? Our conscience confirms the answer. Federal law is not God's law. Federal law is not even the Supreme Law of the Land. The only Supreme Law of the Land (to this date) is those laws that are passed pursuant to the constitution-and by constitution, this means not only the US Constitution, but also the State constitutions. Our founders stated emphatically: unconstitutional laws are null and void and have no effect. You speak of defiance. This is true, for everyone defies laws. The only question is, which laws are you going to defy: constitutional laws or unconstitutional laws. If you choose to submit to unconstitutional laws, you defy the Supreme Law of the Land found in the US Constitution and the State constitutions
- by Timothy N. Baldwin, JD. / NewsWithViews
December 20, 2009

Rand Paul at Logan County GOP 12/16/09 - Part 2
Dr. Rand Paul speaks at the Logan County GOP Headquarters in Russellville.
- by You Tube
December 20, 2009

Ron Paul on Morning Joe 12/16/09
Rep. Paul: Fed chief 'can do no good'
- by MSNBC
December 20, 2009

The Bill of Rights Was Meant to Limit Federal Power
America's Revolution was fought and won in the name of self-government via elections to state legislatures. King George III and Parliament insisted that those legislatures could legislate only when and as far-off officials essentially unaccountable to American colonists said they could. The Americans rejected that idea. In fact, rejecting that idea was what made Britain's North American colonists into Americans.

No surprise, then, that six years after the Revolution ended, in the First Congress, the people insisted that the principle of local self-government -- of federalism -- be made explicit through the Tenth Amendment and the other nine. They wanted explicit statements that the distant new Congress could not violate Americans' most cherished rights -- rights the king and Parliament had repeatedly infringed.

This was an uncontroversial understanding of things in the Constitution's first century and more. The Supreme Court unanimously said in 1833 and thereafter that the Bill of Rights was a limitation solely on the Federal Government.

But the 20th century saw a great change. The Progressives of the early part of the century opposed constitutional limitations on government power generally, and the New Deal of the 1930s stood for the elimination of the Tenth Amendment from constitutional law. Congress's power is essentially unlimited today, and federal courts have come to supervise virtually all state policies -- essentially on the basis of federal judges' policy preferences.

No one today even pretends that the Bill of Rights serves its intended purpose of restraining the Federal Government. Quite the opposite. And the death of decentralized, election-based government is entirely lamentable.
- by Kevin Gutzman / Campaign For Liberty
December 20, 2009

What Is a Right?
In the continually harsh public discourse over the President's proposals for federally-managed healthcare, the Big Government progressives in both the Democratic and the Republican parties have been trying to trick us. These folks, who really want the government to care for us from cradle to grave, have been promoting the idea that health care is a right. In promoting that false premise, they have succeeded in moving the debate from WHETHER the feds should micro-manage health care to HOW the feds should micro-manage health care. This is a false premise, and we should reject it. Health care is not a right; it is a good, like food, like shelter, and like clothing.A right stems from our humanity. A good is something you buy or someone else buys for you
- by Andrew P. Napolitano / LewRockwell.com
December 20, 2009

Anti-Iran Sanctions Punish Civilians, Are an Act of War
I rise in strongest opposition to this new round of sanctions on Iran, which is another significant step toward a US war on that country. I find it shocking that legislation this serious and consequential is brought up in such a cavalier manner. Suspending the normal rules of the House to pass legislation is a process generally reserved for "non-controversial" business such as the naming of post offices. Are we to believe that this House takes matters of war and peace as lightly as naming post offices?

This legislation seeks to bar from doing business in the United States any foreign entity that sells refined petroleum to Iran or otherwise enhances Iran’s ability to import refined petroleum such as financing, brokering, underwriting, or providing ships for such. Such sanctions also apply to any entity that provides goods or services that enhance Iran’s ability to maintain or expand its domestic production of refined petroleum. This casts the sanctions net worldwide, with enormous international economic implications.
- by Ron Paul / Campaign For Liberty
December 20, 2009

Lefties Call for Alliance with Paulies Against War
Citing Dr. Ron Paul's clear and unambiguous "non-interventionist" platform which condemns US troop presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, anti-war speakers at a rally headlined "No You Can't" called for an alliance between anti-war left and anti-war right on war and peace issues. Organized by the newly-formed anti-war coalition End US Wars, the rally was held in Lafayette Park in front of the White House last Saturday. The coalition announced a new alliance of national and grass-roots antiwar organizations and more than 100 leading peace activists. It featured a joint appearance of four former presidential candidates, former Democratic Senator Mike Gravel, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, and Ralph Nader.
- by Daily Kos
December 20, 2009

How Bush Redefined American Freedom
George W. Bush is gone from Washington but his legacy, like an abandoned toxic waste dump, lingers on. Like President Franklin Roosevelt before him, President Bush helped redefine American freedom. And like Roosevelt's, Bush's changes were perversions of the clear vision the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us.

In 1776, "Let Freedom Ring" was a response to the ringing of the Liberty Bell after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In contrast, those attending the 2004 Republican National Convention waved signs proclaiming, "Let Freedom Reign."

In the 18th century, "The Restraint of Government is the True Liberty and Freedom of the People" was a common American saying. But for President Bush, freedom had little or nothing to do with limits on government power.

The Founding Fathers sought to protect freedom by creating a government of laws, not of men. But Bush freedom required the president to rise above federal law.

Freedom must not become simply another term for politicians to invoke to consecrate their power. Rather than stirring patriotic pride, Bush's invocations of freedom should have set off Americans' warning bells. It remains to be seen how much lasting damage he has done to Americans' vocabulary and political understanding.
- by James Bovard / CounterPunch
December 20, 2009

On the "Forefront" of Central Banking Propaganda
It seems that the "Federal" Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Does anyone really care about any "Federal" Reserve bank other than the one in New York City?) has started to publish a magazine called Forefront which will "enlighten" the sheeple about the activities and importance of the "Fed."
- by David Kramer / The LRC Blog
December 20, 2009

Gary Johnson emerges as the next Ron Paul
Is that enough to design a presidential campaign around? It might be, at a time of tea parties, rage at bailouts, job loss and general voter discontent. And there is plainly an opportunity for some politician to harness the anti-establishment, populist grass-roots fervor that is right leaning but untethered to any party at the moment.

It's what Ron Paul tried to do in last year’s presidential campaign, but Johnson may better positioned to ride the populist wave than the longtime Texas GOP congressman. For one thing, the anti-establishment energy was not at the fever pitch then that it's nearing now. And, unlike the unlikely Paul, a 73-year-old who got interested in elected politics when Richard Nixon abandoned the gold standard in 1971, Johnson is telegenic, is media savvy and, equally important, has twice been easily elected to statewide office.

A libertarian-leaning Republican, Johnson this month launched "Our America," a group that aims to draw attention to the principles of limited government at home and noninterventionism abroad.
- by Jonathan Martin / Politico.com
December 20, 2009

Paul goes from ridicule to respect
The subject that has brought him to prominence is the same issue that subjected him to ridicule from establishment Republicans for years: his long-standing opposition to the nation's monetary system and the Federal Reserve Board that prints money and controls its supply.

"On economic matters, he was seen as a way outside the mainstream," University of Houston political scientist Richard Murray said. "His views were somewhat 19th century in the view of a lot of economists."

Well, they say history repeats itself, and suddenly Paul's "19th-century" thinking seems appealing to those suffering through the first economic meltdown of the 21st century.
- by Meredith Simons / The Houston Chronicle
December 20, 2009

Ron Paul: Bernanke deserves 'Person of the Year' honor
One of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's biggest critics said that he deserves Time magazine's "Person of the Year" award bestowed to him on Wednesday.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), one of Bernanke's greatest critic, said that the award is fitting because Bernanke is the "most powerful man in the world."
- by Jordan Fabian / The Hill
December 20, 2009

Ron Paul on CNBC 12/15/09 - Part 2 - Part 3
On Tuesday, Congressman Paul served as a guest host on CNBC's Squawk Box, where he discussed the economy and his legislation to Audit the Fed.
- by You Tube
December 16, 2009

The Fed's Money Monopoly
Because of legal tender laws that force acceptance of the dollar, the Fed has absolute power over the currency. This absolute power is leading to the absolute corruption of our currency. The money supply has doubled in the last year or so, which is extremely dangerous. The banks seem to be hoarding liquidity now but once these dollars make their way into the economy, hyperinflation and economic chaos will be a real possibility.

Every time hyperinflation rips through an economy, the middle class gets completely wiped out. It is very alarming to watch the purchasing power of an entire life savings reduced to that of a few pennies. Those savings represent years of real labor, real time, effort and sacrifice exchanged for corruptible pieces of paper that politicians and bankers can destroy at whim.

Legal tender laws force the people to become subject to this risk for the benefit of the rulers. Artificial demand for currency allows the authorities to create arbitrary amounts of it to pay for wasteful projects, like frivolous wars and an ever-expanding public sector. This saps the private economy of jobs and purchasing power, yet the temptation proves too great for politicians, time and time again. Our government is no different. Although our dollar has taken nearly a century to lose 98% of its purchasing power, the fact that we are all obliged to participate in this slow burn of the economy on pain of imprisonment is anathema to the principles of liberty.
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
December 16, 2009

Washington - Tear Down Your Wall Against Currency Competition
On December 9, 2009, Congressman Ron Paul introduced the Free Competition in Currency Act before the US House. The need for this legislation is a clear indication of how far our financial rights and freedoms have fallen in the United States as much of the world outside Washington's financial iron curtain already have free competition in currencies.
- by Ron Holland / LewRockwell.com
December 16, 2009

Happy Bill of Rights Day
December 15 is neglected by most Americans for its historical significance as the anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Even worse, American politicians neglect the actual Bill of Rights on a day-to-day basis.

Whether or not the Bill of Rights can ever be an effective means of limiting the government is open to debate. However, the Bill of Rights does offer a fairly good outline of a free society, and it shows how far our country has strayed.

In an America with a full respect for the Bill of Rights, there would be no Federal Communications Commission regulating the airwaves and forbidding certain speech, no Federal Election Commission limiting how much Americans can donate to political candidates or what they can say in independent political ads, no Food and Drug Administration harassment of pharmaceutical and wine producers regarding their commercial speech, no federal laws that have anything to do with religion whatsoever, and no federally established "free-speech zones."

There would be no federal laws disarming Americans, prohibiting airlines from allowing pilots or passengers to carry guns on planes, or limiting how much ammo or what kind of firearms people can buy and own.

There would be no Patriot Act, no secret searches, no spying on telecommunications without a warrant.

There would be no civil asset forfeiture, no horrendous eminent domain abuses, no kangaroo courts, star chambers and phony hearings for the accused.

There would be no torture in America's "terrorist" dungeons.

There would be no federal laws against starting a business without a license, buying and selling drugs, competing with the government to provide its "services" at a better cost and higher quality, or seceding from the central state.

There would be no federal programs not authorized by the Constitution: no Departments of Energy or Education, no Medicare or Social Security, no Federal Reserve or Selective Service, no farm subsidies or corporate welfare.

We've come a long way, haven't we?
- by Anthony Gregory / Campaign For Liberty
December 16, 2009

Ron Paul - House Floor Debate on Iran Sanctions 12/15/09 - Part 2 - Part 3
Congressman Paul speaks on the House floor against Iran sanctions
- by You Tube
December 16, 2009

Ron Paul: The Establishment is Raising Money for Rand's Opponent
My son Rand has the status quo running scared in his race for Kentucky Senate. First, he outraised his opponent. Next, Rand took the lead in the polls. And now, the party insiders are scrambling.

We just found out that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has formed a joint fundraising committee to support Rand's opponent. These party bosses are desperate to keep Rand out of the Senate because they know he will fight against the big government, high taxes and out of control spending that they helped create. Rand can win, but he needs your help.

On Wednesday December 16th, the grassroots are holding a Money Bomb for Rand. This date is of course the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and the day we made history together by raising $6 million in one day. Please visit www.RandPaul2010.com and consider contributing whatever you are able. Every single contribution will help.

This situation reminds me of my return to Congress in 1996. A host of big name national Republicans did not want me back and came into my district to campaign for my opponent. But, with hard work and real grassroots support, I was able to win and come to Washington to fight for Liberty.

We can achieve the same type of victory for Rand if we all come together!
- by Daily Paul
December 16, 2009

Rand Paul's Tea Party - December 16th Moneybomb!
Donate here this Wednesday, December 16th:
http://www.RandPaul2010.com
- by You Tube
December 16, 2009

A Defense of Erick's Endorsement of Rand Paul
Rand Paul is a career doctor and not a politician. While Grayson was supporting Clinton Dr. Paul was setting up anti-tax groups to hold legislators accountable. In addition to foreswearing earmarks, and pledging to introduce term limits, Rand Paul has stated he will add an amendment to every unbalanced budget– making specific spending cuts to make it balanced.

According to the Senate Conservatives Fund scorecard Dr. Paul would have scored a 96% or perhaps 100%. The only questionable ones are his opposition to the initial invasion of Iraq and federalization of law enforcement that would occur with a Parental Notification amendment.

Dr. Paul is totally independent of the McConnell machine. His funding comes almost solely from small ideological donors from around the country. Rand Paul literally received 54.2% of his total funds from individuals contributing less than $200. His opponent received only an embarrassing and paltry 7.9% of his total from individuals contributing less than $200. Once in the Senate he’ll be able to expand this donor base and become mostly self-funding in the future. This saves conservative groups and even the Republican Party in general the burden of re-electing him so such resources can be put into other conservative candidates.

Dr. Paul currently has–and will be able to expand as Senator– a national activist small government base that no candidate in history will bring to the Senate. The Ron Paul activists are who started the tea parties and health care activism at the town halls. If you don’t believe that was the case… imagine how annoying "Paulbots" on the internet actually are in person.

There is a world of difference between Rand Paul and Trey Grayson. Dr. Paul has built his private medical practice and pays taxes. Grayson's weaved a political career that is based on consuming Dr. Paul's and other's taxes. Grayson will be another Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul will be a Jim DeMint. Rand Paul will bring in an army of activists to overturn the special interests while Grayson/McConnell will only further entrench them.

This is the best political environment for fiscal conservatives in a decade. 2010 is also the year of the citizen-legislator. Once Dr. Paul receives the GOP nomination he will sail through the Kentucky general election against either of the two uninspiring Democratic career politicians in a conservative year.
- by RedState.com
December 16, 2009

Our Rights Do Not Come from the Constitution
The U.S. Constitution does not embody the American spirit. It is a document that grants power to government. The document that truly embodies the American spirit is the Declaration of Independence, which was written expressly to remove all power from the existing government. If Americans are truly interested in reclaiming their liberty, they should look to this revolutionary document as the source of their inspiration. After such a long train of abuses, it is past time that we "instituted new guards for our future security."
- by Tom Mullen / Campaign For Liberty
December 16, 2009

It Is Time To Leave Afghanistan
Supporters of this surge argue that we must train an Afghan national army to take over and strengthen the rule and authority of Kabul. But experts have noted that the ranks of the Afghan national army are increasingly being filled by the Tajik minority at the expense of the Pashtun plurality. US diplomat Matthew Hoh, who resigned as Senior Civilian Representative for the U.S. Government in Zabul Province, noted in his resignation letter that he "fail[s] to see the value or the worth in continued U.S. casualties or expenditures of resources in support of the Afghan government in what is, truly, a 35-year-old civil war." Mr. Hoh went on to write that "[L]ike the Soviets, we continue to secure and bolster a failing state, while encouraging an ideology and system of government unknown and unwanted by [the Afghan] people."

I have always opposed nation-building as unconstitutional and ineffective. Afghanistan is no different. Without a real strategy in Afghanistan, without a vision of what victory will look like, we are left with the empty rhetoric of the last administration that "when the Afghan people stand up, the US will stand down." I am afraid the only solution to the Afghanistan quagmire is a rapid and complete US withdrawal from that country and the region. We cannot afford to maintain this empire and our occupation of these foreign lands is not making us any safer. It is time to leave Afghanistan.
- by Ron Paul / Antiwar.com
December 16, 2009

Perverse Health Care Incentives
As a result of the constellation of perverse incentives, Americans spend more than other populations on "health care." And because the incentives are perverse we may safely say that we on the whole pay too much. How much is hard to say. Surely one reason our medical bill is so high is that we are a rich society and there are many new and valuable services to buy that were unavailable even ten years ago. But that does not exhaust the explanation for why we pay so much or why the price of "health care" rises faster than the price the average product. We have been taken for a ride. From the perspective of the average person's well being, the system is irrational. But it is not irrational from the perspective of those making money off it, or of the politicians who benefit one way or another.
- by Sheldon Richman / Campaign For Liberty
December 16, 2009

Patriot Act renewal: No bill is better than a bad bill
Three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act will expire on December 31. Committees in both the House and Senate have approved renewal bills, but the House version includes much stronger civil liberties protections.

Let's tell Congress to pass the House version, or pass nothing at all and let these provisions expire using our "I am not afraid" campaign. https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/campaigns/77

Here are my personal comments which you may copy or borrow from . . .
- by Mike Miller / Liberty Maven
December 16, 2009

Ron Paul on 'foolish' troop surge, 'Audit the Fed' Bill & Competing Currencies
RT talks to Congressman Ron Paul about why he opposes both Obama's and his own party's support for the war in Afghanistan, why he wants to abolish the Fed. and what is Paul's recent Free Competition in Currency Act of 2009".
- by You Tube
December 16, 2009

Peter Schiff debates David Epstein of Columbia University -- Nov 11 2009
The Fordham Law School Federalist Society hosted this debate between David Epstein, Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University, and Peter Schiff, President of Euro Pacific Capital and U.S. Senate Candidate from Connecticut. Moderated by Fordham Law Professor Nicholas Johnson.

The topic: "Will the Obama Administrations economic policies lead to prosperity or disaster?"
- by You Tube
December 16, 2009

The Climate Change Propaganda Machine
In the last several weeks we have learned several new facts about climate change research. First, climate scientists' motives are biased. Second, scientists actively discussed how to achieve political ends through their research. Third, and more disturbingly, the public has learned of discarded data, attempts to keep opposing views silent, and total political adherence to an ideology. Yet, without thinking twice, the main stream media and President Obama have shrugged off the controversy and continued boldly with their partisan agenda. It is clear the science behind climate change is biased and disputed, leaving the propaganda machine as the only fact that remains.

Research by the conservative Media Research Group has stated that since the Climategate scandal broke out, ABC, CBS, and NBC have not mentioned the story in any of their news casts including their morning shows. Even when the outlets discussed Obama's upcoming trip to Copenhagen, the controversy was never mentioned. There has been no mention of recently published research questioning climate change or that thousands of scholars disagree. Recently, the Wall Street Journal has raised questions of silencing dissenting opinions at the EPA, and there are now questions about NASA's data. Even with a wide variety of dispute, the networks continue to use the language of propaganda including "undisputed, unequivocal, settled, and consensus."

Despite the media's refusal to discuss dissenting opinions, the media continues to universally promote climate change policies. Just as the climate conference begins, the EPA announced that greenhouse gases are toxic, the UN stated this decade may turn out to be the hottest on record, and 56 newspapers around the world ran a common front page editorial supporting drastic climate change action. Here is an excerpt from the editorial:
- by Paul Murdock / Campaign For Liberty
December 16, 2009

Ron Paul's Hour of Power
The decades-long campaign of Ron Paul to have the Government Accountability Office do a full audit of the Federal Reserve now has 313 sponsors in the House. Sometimes perseverance does pay off. If not derailed by the establishment, the audit may happen. Yet, many columnists and commentators are aghast. An auditors' probe, they wail, would imperil the Fed's independence and expose it to pressure from Congress to keep interest rates low and money flowing when the need of the nation and economy might call for tightening.
- by Patrick J. Buchanan / LewRockwell.com
December 16, 2009

Financial Regulatory Bill Passes Congress - Paul Amendment Attached
The bill passed the House 223-202. You can find the roll call here.

Update #2: So here's the good news: the Paul amendment passed with the bill! No matter how bad the overall bill, it's still pretty incredible that we were able to get a thorough audit of the Fed all the way through the House.

The bad news: the overall bill is awful, so we will continue to oppose it as this debate shifts to the Senate, where it is likely to take at least a few months - if not fall off the radar entirely.

We will continue to work to pass S 604 in the Senate (and we may get a vote soon if Senators DeMint, Sanders, Vitter, and Bunning can delay Bernanke's confirmation), and we will keep working to get Audit the Fed a standalone vote in the House. After all, we can now tell 223 Dems that they already voted for a thorough audit! They just need to pass it on its own merits, instead of hiding it in an overall package that would increase the ability of the federal government to intervene in the economy.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
December 16, 2009

Behind the scenes of the Ron Paul 2008 Campaign
From our friend Bill Dumas comes the The Ron Paul Video Diary, an online video series that gives a behind the scenes look at the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential campaign. Supporters and former campaign staffers can even share their own stories, perspectives, photos and videos on the website. His ongoing series takes a look back at the campaign that energized our growing revolution.
- by Andrew Ward / Campaign For Liberty
December 16, 2009

Ron Paul on the Alex Jones Show 12/11/09 - Part 2
Alex welcomes back Ron Paul, Republican Congressman for the 14th congressional district of Texas, former presidential candidate, founder of the advocacy group Campaign for Liberty, sponsor of the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009, and author of the best-selling book The Revolution and End the Fed
- by You Tube
December 16, 2009

Rand Paul in Rookie's Sports Bar in Henderson (photos)
I'm going to say this again. Rand Paul is working HARD! He had 3 events last Saturday, and still found time to speak with Downsize DC, gave a speech in Bullitt County yesterday, and now he's meeting the locals in Henderson, Kentucky.

I don't think there can be any doubt about who's working harder in this race.
- by Rand For Senate Blog
December 16, 2009

Scoring The Grayson/Paul Bout
Round five will be the fourth quarter finance reports. If Paul out raises Grayson again, he will be ahead in the count with only five rounds to go. Certainly he needs to continue to take the fight to Grayson, who is still seen as the champ, but if Paul wins the next two rounds, it will take a knock out punch to beat him.

While Grayson may very well be playing a bit of rope-a-dope and letting Paul punch himself out, Paul is showing little sign of tiring. Grayson packs a helluva hard right hook, a lesson learned from his undefeated trainer Mitch McConnell. But there is always the risk that Paul will go the distance and win in a close decision.

Grayson better answer the next bell on his feet and ready to fight. It doesn't even look like Paul is breathing hard, yet.
- by BlueGrassBulletin.com
December 16, 2009

Karl Rove: GOP Squeamish About Kentucky Senate Race
"Republicans have also recruited good candidates for their open seats. New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte is competitive, as are Ohio's Rob Portman and Missouri's Roy Blunt. Republicans in Florida have to get through a primary fight, but either Gov. Charlie Crist or former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio will likely hold the seat. (I've donated to Messrs. Blunt and Rubio.) Only Kentucky's open seat vacated by Jim Bunning causes the GOP squeamishness."
- by Karl Rove / The Wall Street Journal
December 16, 2009

The Importance and Relevance of Ludwig von Mises
Ludwig von Mises was, first and foremost, an economist and social scientist who built an entire intellectual system from a very simple principle: man acts. By our nature, we do some things and forego others. This principle is at the base of the Misesian approach to economics. Mises was much more than a scholar. He was also an example of someone who fearlessly pursued truth even in the face of incredible opposition. It was through his courage that the Last Knight of Liberalism set an example for all to follow.
- by Art Carden / Campaign For Liberty
December 16, 2009

Ron Paul: Obama should have turned down the Nobel Peace Prize
Former 2008 Republican Presidential candidate and Congressman from Texas Ron Paul recently spoke with Russia Today about President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize and the author of "End the Fed" believes the President should have turned it down.
- by Andrew Moran / DigitalJournal.com
December 16, 2009

Norwegian Ron Paul Supporters Protest Obama "Peace Prize"
Nobel Peace Prize to Obama - Rally for Ron Paul. First out of seven videos from this event today.
- by You Tube
December 16, 2009

Statement Introducing the Free Competition in Currency Act
Madame Speaker, I rise to introduce the Free Competition in Currency Act of 2009....In order to reintroduce a system of competing currencies, there are three steps that must be taken to produce a legal climate favorable to competition.

The first step consists of eliminating legal tender laws. Article I Section 10 of the Constitution forbids the States from making anything but gold and silver a legal tender in payment of debts....The second step to reestablishing competing currencies is to eliminate laws that prohibit the operation of private mints....The final step to ensuring competing currencies is to eliminate capital gains and sales taxes on gold and silver coins....

Madame Speaker, allowing for competing currencies will allow market participants to choose a currency that suits their needs, rather than the needs of the government. The prospect of American citizens turning away from the dollar towards alternate currencies will provide the necessary impetus to the US government to regain control of the dollar and halt its downward spiral. Restoring soundness to the dollar will remove the government's ability and incentive to inflate the currency, and keep us from launching unconstitutional wars that burden our economy to excess. With a sound currency, everyone is better off, not just those who control the monetary system.
- by Ron Paul / Speeches and Statements
December 9, 2009

Who Wants War?
If anyone still doubted that this administration's foreign policy would bring any kind of change, this week's debate on Afghanistan should remove all doubt. The President's stated justifications for sending more troops to Afghanistan and escalating war amount to little more than recycling all the false reasons we began the conflict. It is so discouraging to see this coming from our new leadership, when the people were hoping for peace. New polls show that 49% of the people favor minding our own business on the world stage, up from 30% in 2002. Perpetual war is not solving anything. Indeed continually seeking out monsters to destroy abroad only threatens our security here at home as international resentment against us builds. The people understand this and are becoming increasingly frustrated at not being heard by the decision-makers. The leaders say some things the people want to hear, but change never comes.

One has to ask, if the people who elected these leaders so obviously do not want these wars, who does? Eisenhower warned of the increasing power and influence of the military industrial complex and it seems his worst fears have come true. He believed in a strong national defense, as do I, but warned that the building up of permanent military and weapons industries could prove dangerous if their influence got out of hand. After all, if you make your money on war, peace does you no good. With trillions of dollars at stake, there is tremendous incentive to keep the decision makers fearful of every threat in the world, real or imagined, present or future, no matter how ridiculous and far-fetched. The Bush Doctrine demonstrates how very successful the war lobby was philosophically with the last administration. And they are succeeding just as well with this one, in spite of having the so-called "peace candidate" in office.
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
December 9, 2009

Academics Spar With Populists Over Fed Audits
A group of academic economists — including several Nobel Prize winners, leaders of respected economic journals and former Fed officials - is dialing up its call for lawmakers to drop plans to subject the Federal Reserve to more scrutiny by the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress.

In a letter to leaders on the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee, the economists say a bill proposed by Rep. Ron Paul (R., Tex.) and Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) to let the GAO review Fed monetary policy would do "serious harm to the economy." They warn increased congressional oversight would harm the Fed's independence and ability to fight inflation.

Mr. Paul has built a popular movement in part on his attacks against the Fed and won large support in the House for his bill. Ben Bernanke, Fed chairman, has a growing body of academics on his side. Some 270 economists have signed the letter, including Edward Prescott, Myron Scholes, Daniel McFadden, Fynn Kydland, Roger Myerson and Robert Engel, all Nobel winners.

The academics sent a similar letter to Congress in November, but are trying to dial up their campaign now that Mr. Paul's bill has been approved by the House Financial Services Committee.
- by Jon Hilsenrath / The Wall Street Journal
December 9, 2009

Will Ron Paul Vote Against His Own Bill to Audit the Federal Reserve?
Washington has been so out of touch with principles and reality for so long, that they probably think voting for the bill initiated by Ron Paul to edit the Federal Reserve would be political feather in the cap of Ron Paul. But it looks like that isn't going to be so, as it wasn't allowed to stand alone, and has been tacked on to another bill which Paul couldn't allow himself to vote for, so it looks like he'll be voting against his own bill, which of course, has quickly become something more.

Having said that, the bill itself, assuming it remains as it is, will be a very positive step forward to reining in the Federal Reserve, which has become an unaccountable, secret organization which make deals with foreign governments and foreign central banks with impunity, while making decisions which go far beyond its charter; things like bailing out whatever industry they feel like bailing out, even if they've never been delegated the authority to do so. Sectors like the insurance and auto industry, which aren't in any way under the umbrella of the Federal Reserve. What the Ron Paul legislation will do, is subject the Federal Reserve to a full audit for the first time in history, via the Government Accountability Office. Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, it has been grouped together with a finance reform bill which Paul doesn't believe in. So being a truly principled man, he'll vote against it, even with his legislation included. The good news for Paul's bill is, more than likely Paul will be outvoted and the bill will pass, with Paul's legislation included.

Paul rejects the notion that this will somehow interfere with the independence of the Federal Reserve, as his primary focus in the bill is to force the highly secretive Federal Reserve out into the open so lawmakers and the public can see what they have been doing behind closed doors with foreign nations and domestically. In other words, Paul is asking for transparency at the financial institution through this bill.

As Paul has rightly noted though, it must be big what the Fed is trying to hide, as the opposition is so strong it seems whatever is attempted to be hidden will not be approved of by Americans or its political representatives.
- by American Banking News
December 9, 2009

Help Ron Paul End the Fed's Secrecy
In her latest Washington Post article, "A lonely voice against the Fed now leads a chorus," Tomoeh Murakami Tse covers Ron Paul's efforts to Audit the Fed, his newest book End the Fed, the development of his libertarian philosophy and rejection of Keynesian economics, and his reasons for opposing the disastrous financial regulatory bill, even though a Fed audit is attached as an amendment. Quoting Dr. Paul:

"That's my tradition," he said. "I won't vote for a bill that's a disaster because 1 or 2 or 5 percent of it is an improvement."

It's time to make a stand for principled action. An audit being passed along with Frank's regulatory bill would have its impact minimized by the vast powers granted to the Federal Reserve.

Help Ron Paul know his voice is not the only one calling for central bank transparency: contact Congress and demand a legitimate audit of the Federal Reserve with a stand alone vote of HR 1207 on the House floor.
- by Andrew Ward / Campaign For Liberty
December 9, 2009

High-Stakes Duel Between Rep. Paul and Bernanke Intensifies
First introduced in February, Paul’s bill to audit the Fed has gained 317 co-sponsors, a shocking three-quarters of the House. The bill has not won over many Democrats in leadership, but it has picked up several committee chairmen, including Reps. Bart Gordon (Tenn.), Jim Oberstar (Minn.) and John Spratt (S.C.).

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), a prominent Paul ally on the bill, has provided a huge boost to the effort with his firebrand strain of liberal politics. Grayson has publicly slammed the Fed, going so far as calling its top lobbyist a "K Street whore" before apologizing. Paul himself said the full force of "lobbyists for the Fed" is stacked against him.

As the popularity of the Paul-Grayson measure rose this year, Bernanke's fell.

Praised by many economists for taking the necessary steps to right the economy over the last year, his overall public approval has soured. A Rasmussen poll in November showed that just 21 percent of those surveyed thought Bernanke should be reappointed. Meanwhile, 79 percent of those polled said auditing the Fed is a good idea.
- by Silla Brush / The Hill
December 9, 2009

The Phony Right Loves the Fed
Every line of this editorial reads like it came from a Fed press release. One looks in vain for even a shred of intellectual curiosity, the tiniest inkling that the world might be a teensy weensy bit more complicated and interesting than the conventional view -- which NRO adopts hook, line, and sinker -- will allow. Seriously, am I reading The New Republic? Is there even a difference anymore? Pro-Fed, pro-empire, pro-bailout, anti-Ron Paul -- the left-neocons and right-neocons sure have a lot in common.

All gone is the Mises/Hayek view (remember when National Review editors knew who those men were and what they thought about these matters?) that criticized central banking for its destabilizing interventions into the free market. Instead, we read about the wondrous wizards who keep inflation at bay and smooth out the business cycle. Yes, there are people who still believe this -- people who actually think of themselves as supporters of the free market! -- even in 2009.
- by Thomas Woods / Campaign For Liberty
December 9, 2009

A Lonely Voice Against the Fed Now Leads a Chorus
That Paul's proposal has garnered so much support despite opposition from the Obama administration is not so much a testament to his political prowess. Rather, it reflects populist discontent over an institution increasingly blamed for its failure to head off the financial crisis and for its role in rescuing large financial firms that helped cause it.

"He's been dogged about it and stayed with it," said Steve H. Hanke, an economics professor at Johns Hopkins University. "The lesson in salesmanship is illustrated by Paul's actions. However, the consuming public is obviously ready to buy now. . . . There's just a great deal of skepticism out there. And in that environment, a bill that would require more transparency and less secrecy gets some traction." But Paul's critique of the Fed goes well beyond the lessons of the financial bailout. He believes market forces alone, not the Fed, should set interest rates. His best-selling book is called "End the Fed." He has a separate bill to abolish the Fed altogether. (He is the lone sponsor.)

Paul said in an interview that his measure is strictly about transparency at the "all-powerful" Federal Reserve.

"What they're talking about when they say they want no political influence, what they're talking about is they just want secrecy," Paul said. "Why would they be so nervous about us finding this out? It tells you there's something big going on."
- by Tomoeh Murakami Tse / The Washington Post
December 9, 2009

"Message from Moscow"
A former Soviet commander warns Washington not to repeat the Soviet Union's mistakes by continuing to send troops to Afghanistan, a war that ultimately cost the Soviets over 15,000 troops and helped seal its fate.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
December 9, 2009

The Shame and Folly of Obama's Afghan War
There are so many things wrong with Obama's "New and Improved" Afghanistan War that it's hard to know where to begin, but I guess the place to start is with his premise.

If America needs to be fighting in Afghanistan because Al Qaeda planned and launched the 9-11 attacks from there back in 2001, as the president claimed in his lackluster address to the cadets at West Point last week, then we would have to assume either that Al Qaeda is still there, or that if we were not there fighting, that Al Qaeda would be back to plan more attacks. Well, we know Al Qaeda is not there, because US intelligence reports that there are "fewer than 100" Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan at most at this point, and probably a good deal fewer. Maybe even zero. Al Qaeda has long since moved on to Pakistan and thence to other countries far removed from Afghanistan (even Defense Secretary Robert Gates, after speculating that Osama bin Laden "might be" hopping back and forth across the border with Pakistan like a kid doing a double-dare game, concedes that in truth no one in the US has any idea where bin Laden is, or whether he is even in South Asia).
- by Dave Lindorf / This Can't Be Happening
December 9, 2009

Usama bin Who?
The mainstream media has not noted the significance of Robert Gates' comment about al-Qaeda. Gates said that "I think it has been years" since the US government has had any solid information about Usama bin Laden, adding that US intelligence believes that the fugitive terrorist might well be moving about in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan. To be so clueless in spite of billions of dollars being spent in the pursuit of the al-Qaeda leader is enough of a tragedy, but the comment is even more significant in that it completely undercuts the Barack Obama Administration's case for increasing the number of American troops in Afghanistan.

Many both inside and outside the US government now believe that Usama bin Laden is dead and has been so for quite some time, possibly since 2001. This view is based on the lack of any credible intelligence demonstrating that he is alive and also on the relative non-involvement of al-Qaeda in the conflict in central Asia. In short, many are convinced that al-Qaeda is not what it used to be and might even be leaderless. President Obama certainly is aware that there is an alternative narrative about the international terrorism problem, one that diminishes the credibility of the threat and would not require mobilizing huge numbers of soldiers at enormous expense. Nevertheless, one week ago he addressed the American people, stating that it is necessary to have 100,000 soldiers in Afghanistan to defeat terrorism. At best, that is little more than a partial truth being used to justify a war of choice which is opposed by the majority of the American people. If Obama is really sending troops to central Asia to prop up client states in Afghanistan and Pakistan for fear that they will crumble and be replaced by something much worse, perhaps he should have had the integrity to say so in full knowledge that he would have little support for such a venture. Unfortunately, he opted instead to let the terrorism genie out of the bottle even though it is not the real reason for the latest rendition of the "surge." Will Congress and the media hold him accountable for the lie? Almost certainly no. - Phil Giraldi, American Conservative Defense Alliance
- by Phil Giraldi / Campaign For Liberty
December 9, 2009

Who'll Stand Up Against the New Global Climate Tyranny?
This week, President Obama and the leaders of the world are to meet to determine the fate of humanity. This meeting, to be held in Copenhagen, has as its mission to bind the nations of the world under a climatocracy, or rather a climate regulatory scheme devised and operated by bureaucrats and elitists. The members of this climatocracy will profit while the rest of humanity will sink into darkness. There will be nowhere to hide; no oasis to be found in the desert. Indeed, after the discussions have concluded will our freedoms also be concluded? Will humanity be plunged into a global tyranny governed by a state of climate fear or will we be able to stop them before it is too late? There have never been greater stakes for the freedom of mankind.

Over the past couple decades globalists like Al Gore and Maurice Strong have used the cloak of pseudo climate science as their veil. Now that 'climategate' has removed the curtain and shone the light on the slithering cockroaches within the backrooms of climate cookbookery, there is no longer any debate about the science. The only thing that now exists is laid bare before our eyes -- a deliberate attempt to subjugate the people of the earth to global governance under the guise of science.

As the newly 'elected' EU President Von Rompuy puts it:

"2009 is also the first year of global governance, with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of the financial crisis. The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the global management of our planet."
- by Adam Murdock, MD / Campaign For Liberty
December 9, 2009

EPA Declares Carbon Dioxide a Danger to Public Health
Opponents of the EPA ruling, such as U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue, stated that it "could result in a top-down command-and-control regime that will choke off growth by adding new mandates to virtually every major construction and renovation project. The devil will be in the details, and we look forward to working with the government to ensure we don't stifle our economic recovery."

The National Association of Manufacturers, a U.S. industry trade group, said the EPA action wouldn't significantly combat climate change, and "is certain to come at a huge cost to the economy."

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a self-described "public interest group dedicated to free enterprise and limited government," has even announced that it will file suit in federal court to overturn the EPA endangerment finding. CEI pointed to major scientific issues being ignored by the EPA, including the recent Climategate fraud scandal.
- by Steven J. DuBord / The New American
December 9, 2009

Opposition to man-made climate change: We want proof!
Global warming skeptics are meeting on the sidelines of the UN's climate-change conference in Copenhagen. The gathering is seeking a deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But critics insist that global warming is not caused by humans.
- by You Tube
December 9, 2009

The 'Climate' for Change
Despite the recent events surrounding "climate-gate" the EPA announced that it will classify carbon-dioxide as a pollutant.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's formal declaration Monday that greenhouse gases jeopardize public health paves the way for federal regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from refineries, chemical facilities and power plants - even if Congress rejects climate change legislation. More..

In doing this, we are given an example of why it is important and necessary that we must have limited government. The EPA, and every other federal agency, have the ability to create laws--i.e. regulations--without getting them through Congress. The result - a regulatory morass that intervenes in all of our lives and lessens our freedom on a daily basis.

The EPA, much like the Fed--and pretty much every department or agency under the Executive, creates laws that are not voted on by Congress. This is unconstitutional. When will we change it?
- by Gary Howard / Campaign For Liberty
December 9, 2009

Saudis at COP15: 'Climategate' shakes trust in scientists, independent inquiry needed
Saudi Arabia called for an independent investigation into Climategate Monday, warning that the scandal over stolen e-mails threatened to undermine the global-warming negotiations beginning in Copenhagen. We believe this scandal - or what has been referred to as the climategate scandal
- by You Tube
December 9, 2009

The Copenhagen Agenda - It's About Control
Morpheus: What is the Matrix? Control.

So you really believe that the Copenhagen confab on "climate change" (once called "global warming"; remember that?) is about saving the planet? Let me attempt to dissuade you, oh gullible one....

There's a reason why politicians have ignored the "Climategate" scandal, or, in the case of the Obama administration, denies it even exists. The hard left is approaching it's moment of triumph, and the bad science and falsified data that their march has been based on is not enough to stop them as they gather in Denmark to destroy the wealth and security of the West in order to gain absolute power over the lives of every citizen...Jennifer Rubin discusses the real business of Copenhagen:

And when it comes to transferring the wealth, Obama has the patter down. Not only must we set an example by hobbling our own economies ("those wealthy nations that did so much damage to the environment in the 20th century must accept our obligation to lead") but we also need to get down "to extend a hand to those with less, while reforming international institutions to give more nations a greater voice."

So let's not delude ourselves. The Obami's share-the-wealth vision and indulgence of the "international community" (and the latter's sense of entitlement) are far too important to let a little scientific fraud and some constitutional niceties get in the way. There's real business to be done at Copenhagen.
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December 9, 2009

The Gore Effect Strikes as the UN Climate Summit Begins
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) begins today in Copenhagen, Denmark and brings together politicians and scientists from across the globe to address manmade climate change. As if on cue, the Gore Effect has struck much of the United States with record setting cold and snow.

The Gore Effect was coined in recent years for the unseasonable weather that oftentimes accompanies appearances by former vice president and Nobel Laureate Al Gore or when a global warming event is held. Cold and snow have followed Al Gore and these events across the globe with amazing frequency since 2004.

* See the list of events where the Gore Effect came into play below

In just the last week, the United States has been besieged by cold weather events from coast to coast with more on tap for this week. Is it the Gore Effect being felt as a result of the climate summit?
- by Tony Hake / Examiner.com
December 9, 2009

Climategate and 'Eco-Hypocrisy': Al Gore, John Travolta, Sheryl Crow, etc.
Shannon Bream interviews James Hirsen, author of "Hollywood Nation", who makes note of particular Hollywood hypocrites - and also notes that Ed Begley Jr. "walks the walk".
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December 9, 2009

Rand Paul Interviewed at Downsize DC
Rand Paul sits down with Jim Babka of DownsizeDC.org to discuss legislation.
- by You Tube
December 9, 2009

Power of the Purse Power of The Sword - Part 2 - Part 3
Dr. Edwin Viera, Jr., Ph.D., J.D. speaks on the Power of the Purse Power of the Sword, sound money, and constitutional militia at a committees of safety meeting in CT. For more info or to become a member/organizer visit http://www.committeesofsafety.org/
- by You Tube
December 9, 2009

Is There a Doctor in the House?
I have to admit that I kind of like Rep. Ron Paul. Partly it's that we're both from Pittsburgh, and both began our careers as paperboys for the Pittsburgh Press. More important, Paul is something unusual in politics. He appears to believe in something. His fundamental views have not changed since 1971, when he decided to run for Congress in Texas because President Nixon abandoned the gold standard.

I don't like labels, but in this case I'll use some. Paul, a Duke-trained physician, is an angry, apocalyptic, populist, hard-currency libertarian. He is against paper money, the Federal Reserve, the income tax, and most of the federal government's role in our lives, from fighting in Afghanistan to printing Social Security checks.
- by Howard Fineman / NewsWeek
December 9, 2009

Buck stops here: Local currency in DC to ditch dollar?
As Americans become frustrated with the US economy, more and more people are getting creative with their money, like Larry Chang and Nick Williams, who make their own currency.
- by You Tube
December 9, 2009

Rep. Ron Paul greeted warmly by crowd at ASU
The very ideas that clashed with Republican and Democratic leaders when Congressman Ron Paul ran as a GOP presidential candidate won cheers from the more than 1,000 people listening to him speak at Arizona State University on Friday.

Young Americans for Liberty, a group that originated as a national network of college students supporting Paul's 2008 presidential bid, invited the Texas congressman to speak at ASU.

Paul said he accepted the invitation because he enjoys addressing a young generation of voters and because of his fondness for Arizona, where he said the "Ron Paul Revolution" originated. The grass-roots movement used non-traditional tactics, plastering homemade banners and signs on freeways and street lamps, to promote Paul's campaign to a wider audience when the candidate struggled to compete with Republican and emocrat nominees.

During Friday's speech, Paul acknowledged the trouble he had legitimizing his campaign. "We send our kids over to die to protect democracy, but at the same time it's hard to compete (politically) in our own country," he said.
- by Dianna M. Náñez / The Arizona Republic
December 9, 2009

Ron Paul Speaks At ASU.wmv
Ron Paul speaks at Arizona State University 4409 Liberty Summit Revolution
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December 9, 2009

Ron Paul Speaks in Phoenix - Then Goes Outside to Wave Signs With Activists!
I am attending the Freedom Summit currently, and I'm taking a minute during Butler Schaffer's speech to get you these hot-off-the-press photos of the Signwave on Dunlap after Ron's Speech.

Enjoy!
- by Ed Vallejo / Freedom's Phoenix
December 9, 2009

Freedom Summit 2009 - Ron Paul Revolution
Freedom Summit http://www.FreedomSummit.com - Events and activism leading up to the Freedom Summit with Ron Paul - Thomas Woods - Charles Goyette - Ernest Hancock - Judge john Buttrick - Marc Victor - Joel - Skousen - Bud Burrell - Stewart Rhodes - Boston T. Party - Butler Shaffer - John Taylor Gatto - William Buppert - Bud Burrell - David Nolan - Adam Kokesh
- by You Tube
December 9, 2009

Ron Paul: Every man for himself!
Paul's beef is that, in an economy where the currency is not tied to the value of gold, the central bank can simply print more and more money to fund the expansion of the economy and of central government. Over time, that will erode the purchasing power of the currency, but as long as that happens slowly through moderate inflation, no one seems to mind. One day, though, America's creditors will baulk at seeing the value of their dollar holdings whittled away.

Paul's apocalyptic vision of a post-empire America, bankrupt and swept clean of federal government welfare and war spending, seems less fanciful with every day the dollar declines on the global currency markets. Foreign governments are mulling creating new currency units for trading oil and other commodities and for storing as reserves. The Texan Congressman is only saying the same things he has always said, but now fewer people think he sounds mad.

And on America's wars he is certain of one thing: they will end.
- by Stephen Foley / Independent Uk
December 4, 2009

Ron Paul - The Ed Show - MSNBC 12/03/09
On Thursday, December 3, 2009, Congressman Paul appeared on MSNBC's "The ED Show" to discuss Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's nomination hearing for a second term, as well as the need to Audit the Fed.
- by You Tube
December 4, 2009

An Answer to Bernanke
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (November 29th Washington Post) does not want us to know any of the details of the Fed's secret operations. This position is not surprising and has been typical of all central bank chairmen.

Bernanke's stated goal in his editorial is "To design a system of financial oversight..." that will "provide a robust framework for preventing future crises."

During its 96 years of existence, the Federal Reserve has played havoc with our economy and brought great suffering to millions through unemployment and price escalation. In addition, it has achieved what only a central bank can: a steady depreciation of our currency. Today's dollar is now worth four cents compared to the dollar entrusted to the Federal Reserve in 1913.
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
December 4, 2009

Ron Paul on Glenn Beck with Judge Napolitano 12/03/09
On Thursday, Congressman Paul appeared on Fox News' Glenn Beck (with guest host Judge Napolitano) to discuss Bernanke's nomination hearing and Audit the Fed.

He also participated in an economic panel discussion with Tim Carney and John Tamny.
- by You Tube
December 4, 2009

Why Congress is Furious at the Fed
The Federal Reserve system, that mysterious organization with the temple-like headquarters just off the Washington Mall and thick-walled outposts in cities across the land, is under assault. It's "the most serious attack that I have seen on the Federal Reserve in the many, many years that I've studied it as a scholar," says Columbia economist and former Fed governor Frederic Mishkin.

Texas libertarian-Republican-obstetrician-Congressman Ron Paul--a man not known for bipartisan consensus-building--has gotten 313 of his colleagues, more than 100 of them Democrats, to back a bill that would subject the Fed to audits by the Government Accountability Office, and the Financial Services Committee has approved a version of it. On the other side of Capitol Hill, Senate Banking Committee chairman Chris Dodd is pushing reforms that would strip the Fed of its power to regulate banks.

It has gotten so bad that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has resorted to the equivalent of heavy artillery, taking to the opinion pages of the Washington Post on Nov. 29 to express his concern that these measures "would significantly reduce the capacity of the Federal Reserve to perform its core functions." (For Fedspeak, this is seriously blunt language.)
- by Justin Fox / TIME
December 4, 2009

Audit the Fed HR1207 UPDATE: 317 Co-Sponsors
Four more House Reps co-sponsored HR1207 on December 1:

Rep Reyes, Silvestre [TX-16]
Rep Rodriguez, Ciro D. [TX-23]
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13]
Rep Boren, Dan [OK-2]

The state of Oklahoma is now a premier member of what we call the "HR 1207 100 Club", where all House Reps have co-sponsored Ron Paul's Audit the Fed bill.

Other HR 1207 100 Club member states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississipi, Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

Now, the real test will be whether these 317 co-sponsors will support HR1207 as a stand-alone bill rather than as added language to the woefully inaccurately named ""Financial Stability Improvement Act" (wherein the Fed would be given even more power and thus give us even greater instability).

Every HR 1207 co-sponsor needs a phone call from you to remind them that HR1207 has everything required to stand very well on its own, thank you very much.
- by Deb Wells / Campaign For Liberty
December 4, 2009

Ron Paul on CNNMoney.com: "I Wouldn't Vote for Bernanke" 12/03/09
Ron Paul appeared on the CNN Money website to talk about Bernanke and the destruction he has caused as Fed chairman.
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December 4, 2009

DeMint Blocks Bernanke for Vote on Audit the Fed
C4L staffers have been working very closely with Senator Jim DeMint's office in recent days to advance Audit the Fed (S. 604) in the Senate.

Just a little while ago, it was announced that Senator DeMint, who is the lead Senate cosponsor of Audit the Fed, has put a "hold" on Bernanke's confirmation for a second term as Federal Reserve chairman until S. 604 receives an up or down vote on the Senate floor.

Keep reading for more details on how your immediate action could help make this vote possible.

While Ben Bernanke was handed a few softball questions from establishment politicians during today's Senate Banking Committee hearing on his nomination, he also faced serious grilling from senators who are tired of his evasive answers and secretive practices.

DeMint is joined by Senator Jim Bunning and S. 604 sponsor Senator Bernie Sanders in pledging to block action on Bernanke's reconfirmation.

According to DeMint, "Mr. Bernanke has been one of the chief proponents of the Fed's easy money policy that created the current financial crisis. He ignored asset bubbles, dismissed concerns about the weakness of the dollar, and helped encourage the credit mania that led to the financial panic. Even worse, Mr. Bernanke has refused to accept any responsibility for his role in these actions prior to financial crisis.
- by John Tate / Campaign For Liberty
December 4, 2009

Ron Paul: Obama Is Preparing for Perpetual War
In comments before the House and during a televised interview yesterday, Congressman Ron Paul pointed out that with the decision to increase troop presence in Afghanistan and into Pakistan, president Obama is preparing to continue on the path of "perpetual war for perpetual peace".
- by Steve Watson / Prisonplanet.com
December 4, 2009

Warmongers
30,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan totaling the number of US soldiers to around 100,000 for 100 Al Qaeda terrorists. Many of these 30,000 troops will not return home. The blood of these soldiers and the pain of their family and friends will be on Obama's hands. I hope people are happy now that he got the Noble Peace Prize award. Yes We Can.
- by You Tube
December 4, 2009

Climate Change Dogma and World Government
As a physician and as one that has conducted research and published in peer-reviewed journals, I am intimately connected to the scientific world and the scientific process. The scientific process requires a complete objectivity, a complete reliance on the data. It does not rely on what politicians think, or what the supposed majority of other scientists believe, or even upon what was thought to be proven in the past. It requires continual scrutiny and a stubborn willingness to be critical of everything proven and unproven. At times this stubborn willingness to continually analyze and reanalyze established beliefs places the scientific world in disarray as new beliefs replace old. What marks someone as a true scientist is a willingness to let go of previously held beliefs when the facts turn in another direction, even at the expense of one's established research, reputation, and tenure.

A scientific dictatorship occurs when this willingness to follow the data is disregarded and replaced with political correctness, consensus, economic motives, or personal hopes and aspirations. This dictatorship which attempts to suppress alternative viewpoints or theories is merely an attempt to make a scientist's own selfish view preeminent at the expense of the scientific process and sometimes the truth. Inevitably, this dictatorship uses tactics like vilification, name calling, discrimination, and sometimes even threats of physical incarceration or violence in order to enforce the accepted dogma.

There are no greater examples of this than the ordeal of scientists that challenged the belief that the earth was flat and the center of the universe. The scientists that challenged the existing scientific aristocracy or dictatorship of the time were often incarcerated and even sometimes put to death. If true scientists like Copernicus and Galileo and their counterparts lived in a world filled with true followers of the scientific process they might have encountered some initial skepticism but would not have suffered like they did. True scientists would have evaluated the evidence that they presented and quickly have come to the same conclusion themselves. The fact that this didn't happen was evidence of an over-arching scientific dogma or dictatorship at that time. Their theories threatened the position, theories, and power of the existing scientific elite of their day.

The same type of scientific dogma or dictatorship exists in the world today. There are many examples of modern scientists that have challenged the accepted scientific dogma. Oftentimes, they have had to surmount tremendous obstacles and go to great lengths to prove they were right.
- by Adam Murdock, MD / Campaign For Liberty
December 4, 2009

Climate Alarmists Are Lying
Okay, that's harsh. Let's just say that climategate--the release of thousands of emails among some of the leading academics who argue that the planet is doomed to burn up--suggests that alarmists with a near theological belief in global warming aren't about to let a few contrary facts get in the way of their arguments.

One of the clearest signs of deceit is their near legendary refusal to release the data which they claim supports their positions.
- by Doug Bandow / Campaign For Liberty
December 4, 2009

You think you know more about the American Revolution than you actually know, a survey says
The last major battle of the Revolutionary War was in Yorktown, Va. and not Saratoga, N.Y.

Not knowing that fact prevented me from earning a perfect score on a test about the American Revolution - but apparently I scored much higher than most.

The American Revolution Center is lamenting that just 17 percent of respondents passed a test about the beliefs, freedoms and liberties forged during the revolution, according to what it believes is the first comprehensive study of adult knowledge of the topic.

Even sadder, the center reports that 89 percent of the adults surveyed were confident that they could pass such a test.

"Beyond decrying 'historical amnesia,' the survey raises a more serious question: can rights undefined and misunderstood be defended or appropriately conveyed to new generations?" writes one of the group’s leaders.

"The disappointing scores clearly indicate a need that ought to be addressed,” said Bruce Cole, the center's president. "This shouldn't be taken as an indictment of those who took the survey, but rather a wake-up call for all of us."

Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids PressThe Liberty Bell is in Philadelphia. That might be on your test.The center's report - "The American Revolution. Who Cares? Americans are yearning to learn, failing to know," - include tidbits including:
- by Dave Murray, The Grand Rapids Press / MLive.com
December 4, 2009

Ron Paul on MSNBC's "Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan" 12/03/09
On Tuesday, Congressman Paul appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan" to discuss Bernanke's renomination hearing, how the Federal Reserve helped create the economic crisis, and the need to end the Fed.
- by You Tube
December 4, 2009

Drat Those 'Ron Paul-Lew Rockwell Libertarians'
The Ron Paul phenomenon has been a difficult one for Cato to deal with. For one thing, attacks on Lew Rockwell and LRC are very common in Cato circles. Yet here's Ron Paul, with gazillions of young supporters, and who is Lew's longtime friend. LRC, says Ron Paul, is the first site he reads every morning. So what are they going to do? Alienate all these young people by saying Ron is a scoundrel for being associated with Lew? But if they say Ron is a good guy, then how bad can Lew be? It's an impossible situation.

Add to this that Lew and Ron get thunderous standing ovations wherever they go – not exactly a phenomenon most D.C. think-tankers encounter on a regular basis. Huge throngs of young kids love these men, the heroic work they've done, and what they stand for. If you keep smearing them, you are implicitly smearing all these young kids, who anyone with any sense knows are the future of the movement.
- by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. / LewRockwell.com
December 4, 2009

Ron Paul on CSPAN Washington Journal 12/03/09
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December 4, 2009

Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World
When thinking about the mass extermination camps of a holocaust think..

The key to freedom is to be able to have the ability to defend yourself &, if you dont have the tools to do that, then youre going to be at the mercy of whomever wants to put you away.

Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.

The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols.

This is in a very large part due to Switzerland's unique system of national defence, developed over the centuries.

Instead of a standing, full-time army, the country requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives.

Between the ages of 21 and 32 men serve as frontline troops. They are given an M-57 assault rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home.

Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, but still have to train occasionally and are given bolt rifles. Women do not have to own firearms, but are encouraged to.
- by You Tube
December 4, 2009

Founding Fathers' Papers Go Online
More than 200 years after they were written, some 5,000 previously unpublished documents of the founders of the United States - including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison - are at long last available to the public at no cost.
- by Brian McNeill / Freedom's Phoenix
December 4, 2009

Inconsistent Conservatives and Progressives
Listening to the leading voices of conservatism and progressivism, one gets the feeling they are not quite listening to themselves. On any given day you are likely to hear each side make arguments against the other that fully apply to itself in some area of public policy.
- by Sheldon Richman / Campaign For Liberty
December 4, 2009

Why Big Pharma Hates Medical Marijuana
Once upon a time in America a citizen had complete freedom (along with the personal responsibility) to discover and use anything they believed might help them with a medical problem. One such discovery was the medicinal use of cannabis. By the late 19th century its use had been widely accepted for both human and animal applications. Cannabis was virtually cost-free to grow (it is classified a weed), highly effective, low side-effect and low, nearly zero addictive properties. Cannabis was sold legally and in harmony with its more powerful shelf mates like heroin, morphine and cocaine. For religious reason Utah in 1914 became the first of many states to prohibit its sale. In the 21st century its re-introduction as a medicine is being blocked, not by religion but rather by possibly the most powerful, well-financed lobby in Washington, Big Pharma.
- by Howard Wooldridge / Campaign For Liberty
December 4, 2009

Ron Paul "This Belief Is A Dream! That Will Become A Nightmare! For All Americans!
December 01, 2009 C-SPAN
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December 4, 2009

America's Obsession with Extramarital Affairs Are Used As Distractions to the War
Instead of hearing from an enraged Kucinich, Barbara Lee or Texas Republican Ron Paul, we were subjected to all sorts experts taking up valuable airtime debating whether or not Letterman having sex with another consenting adult was appropriate.

Adding to this distraction was Barack Obama being awarded the Noble Peace Prize the day after the October 8th date Kucinich referenced. Ron Paul took some time out and expressed his concerns about the Noble Prize sitaution. he talked about it being a waste of time and distraction and that it awarding Obama such a prestigous award would not move him toward peace.
- by Davey D / Hip Hop and Politics
December 4, 2009

Adam Kokesh: Capitalism = Freedom
An impassioned defense of the free market from Kokesh. It is time to be unrelenting in our opposition to all forms of socialism, whether rightwing corporatism or leftwing welfarism. Kokesh reminds us that capitalism shouldn't be a dirty word, that the bankster-industrial complex is not capitalism. This speech is a good example of the admonition from Virgil, often quoted by Ludwig von Mises in relation to economic liberty, to "not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldy against it."
- by Anthony Gregory / Campaign For Liberty
December 4, 2009

Rand Paul: Kill the Death Tax
We should all call our US House Reps and tell them to oppose this bill.

What David Adams doesn't mention here is that the Death Tax -- as the statute currently stands, will come back full force to it's pre-Bush levels in 2011, if legislation isn't passed to make it's abolition permanent.
- by Rand For Senate Blog
December 4, 2009

The Fed's PR War
In recent weeks, the Federal Reserve and its agents have been engaging in a public relations battle in response to the growing call for a GAO audit. Now, Chairman Bernanke and his cohorts are ramping up those efforts by framing itself as a trustworthy entity.

From the Chicago Tribune:
- by Gary Howard / Campaign For Liberty
December 4, 2009

Ron Paul - The Kudlow Report, 11/30/09
On Monday night, Congressman Paul appeared on CNBC to debate former ITC chief economist Peter Morici over the Federal Reserve's role in the economy and the need for greater transparency at the Fed.
- by You Tube
December 1, 2009

Healthcare Freedom or Healthcare Bureaucracy?
It is naive to think that recommendations by an authoritative government panel will never be used to deny services to people that want them. It is sad to think that people will be forced to spend their hard-earned money for a one-size fits all, government mandated healthcare delivery model, but then have to scrape together additional funds to pay out of pocket for healthcare they really want or need - that is, if the government allows them to at all. After all, the federal government currently forbids Medicare beneficiaries from spending their own money on services covered by Medicare, if for whatever reason they need to. Why wouldn't the government eventually apply these kinds of restrictions to everyone, if they are successful with this takeover? Beware of the supposed gifts offered to you by government, for when it gives you things with one hand, the other hand takes away your liberty and independence.
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
December 1, 2009

Democrats Readying Bribes to Get 60 Votes on Health Care Reform
Let the bribes begin! Health care debate begins today at 3pm in the U.S. Senate. There was probably a time (likely before I was born) when our lawmakers weren’t so blatant and open about bribing for votes. In some ways it is refreshing (at least they are open about it). Mostly it is just sickening.

Details of the "mock" debate and the real bribery that is about to happen can be found in this nice overview from The Politico:
- by Marc Gallagher / Liberty Maven
December 1, 2009

Higgs on Bernanke's Preemptive Attack
Fed Chairman Bernanke, who faces confirmation hearings this week, has written an op-ed criticizing those in Congress, and presumably the rest of us, who would curtail the central bank's powers or meaningfully audit its operations. Robert Higgs provides a good deconstruction of this "preemptive attack":
- by Anthony Gregory / Campaign For Liberty
December 1, 2009

Ron Paul: Bernanke's Defense of the Fed a 'Hoax'
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's warning that efforts to regulate the board would "impair" the economy are a "hoax," Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Monday night.

Responding to Bernanke's op-ed in the Washington Post this past weekend, in which the Federal Reserve chairman said that Paul's bill to audit the Fed would harm the U.S. economy, the Texas congressman accused Bernanke of dodging responsibility for his role in causing the recession.

"He claims that they're rescuing, and making things better. But he takes no responsibility for causing all the problems," Paul said during an appearance on the Fox Business Network Monday evening.

"So I think it's a hoax for him to talk about financial stability," the libertarian Republican added. "I mean, how could it get much worse?"
- by Michael O'Brien / The Hill
December 1, 2009

Ron Paul on Fox Business Happy Hour 11/30/09
Ron Paul calls in to Happy Hour to talk about Ben Bernanke's dishonest op-ed:
- by You Tube
December 1, 2009

Bernanke Attacks Ron Paul's Audit the Fed Bill
But Bernanke's solution to the current crisis is to continue and even accelerate the unparalleled increase in money supply that will lead to new bubbles and dilute the value of already-existing dollars, causing prices to rise. "To support economic growth," Bernanke noted in his column, "the Fed has cut interest rates aggressively and provided further stimulus through lending and asset-purchase programs. Our ability to take such actions without engendering sharp increases in inflation depends heavily on our credibility and independence from short-term political pressures." The result of these rate cuts - the Federal Reserve's target interest rate is now set to zero - the Fed has more than doubled the supply of money in the last year, and the rate of increase in the money supply has been called a "hockey stick chart" by opponents of the Federal Reserve policies.
- by Thomas R. Eddlem / The New American
December 1, 2009

Rush Limbaugh: the Most Influential Conservative?
According to a recent 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair Poll, Rush Limbaugh is considered the most influential conservative. He garnered 26% of the vote, Beck registered 11%, and Dick Cheney & Sarah Palin received 10%. Limbaugh's famous tirades against Obama, the Democrats, and the left-leaning media certainly make him a fan favorite with Republicans, but what I found most surprising about the poll was the absence of one particular individual...Ron Paul.

Like him or hate him, I would submit that Ron Paul is, without a doubt, the most influential conservative at the moment.
- by The Independent Forum
December 1, 2009

Ron Paul Gains Mainstream Steam
Is libertarian rock star and Texas Republican Ron Paul going mainstream?

He's got everyone from South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint to Minnesota moderate Democrat Collin Peterson to California liberal Barbara Boxer on his side in his audit-the-Fed crusade. He's drawing liberal support in his push to rein in the cost of the war in Afghanistan. Senate candidates like Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes of New Hampshire are finding Dr. No's populist economic anger to be useful in the campaign, echoing Paul's criticism of the Federal Reserve.

Even Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is delivering backhanded compliments, taking credit for merely allowing a vote on Paul's amendment to audit the central bank.

This convergence of odd bedfellows, and the economic angst that's driving it all, is yet another signal that President Barack Obama is going to have more and more trouble keeping his traditional Democratic allies on his side as the economic debate continues.
- by Victoria McGrane / Politico.com
December 1, 2009

Audit the Fed: Bernanke and the Bankers Are Running Scared
In his Mockingbird media editorial, Bernanke "conceded the Fed had missed some of the riskiest behavior in the lead up to the crisis. But he said the Fed had helped avoid an even more damaging economic meltdown and has stepped up its policing of the financial system."

In fact, the Fed was specifically designed to create financial crises. It was all plotted in 1910 when minions of J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, the Rothschilds and Warburgs met on Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia. In 1913, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank was created as a direct result of that secret meeting. Said Congressman Charles Lindbergh on the midnight passage of the Federal Reserve Act: "From now on, depressions will be scientifically created."

In order to scientifically create an economic depression, the Fed prompted irresponsible speculation by expanding the money supply sixty-two percent between 1923 and 1929. The so-called Great Depression followed. This depression "was not accidental. It was a carefully contrived occurrence," declared Congressman Louis McFadden, Chairman of the House Banking Committee. "The international bankers sought to bring about a condition of despair here so that they might emerge as rulers of us all."

In March of 1929, Paul Warburg issued a tip that the scientifically created crash was coming. Before it did, John D. Rockefeller, Bernard Baruch, Joseph P. Kennedy, and other banksters got out of the market.
- by Kurt Nimmo / Prison Planet
December 1, 2009

Ben Bernanke Fears Ron Paul's Audit Above All Else
In a recent and unusual action, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wrote a column in a newspaper, in this case the online version of the Washington Post, which attempted to undermine the legislation initiated by Ron Paul to at minimum require that the Federal Reserve be fully audited by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Some of Bernanke's thoughts are actually very disturbing, and confirm more than ever why the Fed needs to be audited. Let's look at several comments he made in the column.

In reference to auditing the Fed and taking away its regulatory powers, Bernanke said this:
- by American Banking News
December 1, 2009

Ron Paul – "The Gold Price is Rigged by Central Banks"
In a 13-minute interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box last week, Congressman Ron Paul stated one phrase that really stuck out at around 4:50:

"Gold is money. Gold measures the value of currencies. And right now gold is telling us, in spite of the fact that the gold price is rigged by central banks and various entities, gold is telling us that the dollar is in danger - great danger!! We're in worse shape then we were in the 70's, and it was rather chaotic then. So we're moving into a very dangerous era according to what the gold price is telling us."
- by Jake Towne / Liberty Maven
December 1, 2009

Applying Economics to American History
Presented by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. at the "Economics for High School Students" seminar. Recorded at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama; 20 November 2009. Sponsored by Jeremy S. Davis.
- by You Tube
December 1, 2009

Fed Moves to Drain Some Money Out of Economy
The Federal Reserve is fine-tuning a strategy to reel in some of the unprecedented amount of money that's been pumped into the economy during the financial crisis.
- by Jeannine Aversa, Associated Press / Breitbart.com
December 1, 2009

Jesse Ventura on Larry King 11-30-09
Jesse tells Larry King his views on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as discussing his new show on Trutv called "Conspiracy Theory."
- by You Tube
December 1, 2009

Climategate: Scam of the Century Exposed
So.. another day, another scam exposed. This is biggest one of our lives though:

Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?

Inhofe Says He Will Call for Investigation on "Climategate" on Washington Times Americas Morning Show
- by Patriot Report
December 1, 2009

Ron Paul Coming to Arizona!
Dr. Paul is coming to Arizona this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 4 and 5) for a series of events!

First up, the Arizona State chapter of Young Americans for Liberty will join with Arizona Campaign for Liberty to host a public rally with Congressman Paul on Friday, December 4 from 11am-1pm at Arizona State University. The rally is free and open to the public and will be held at 951 S. Forest Mall Hayden Lawn, Tempe, AZ, 85281.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Libery
December 1, 2009

Finally, Right and Left Together on Civil Liberties
The rise of Big Government threatens all of us. Whether we are on the Left or Right, are Republicans or Democrats, the expansion of government power is limiting our liberty in almost every area of our lives. Thankfully, activists across the political spectrum are working together in the Campaign for Liberty and other forums to defend America's freedom heritage.

Even the New York Times has noticed in the area of the criminal law.
- by Doug Bandow / Campaign For Liberty
December 1, 2009

List Of 26,000 Businesses The Accept Barter
- by The American Open Currency
December 1, 2009

SA@TAC - What is Sarah Palin?
Former Alaskan Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin represents cult of personality more than any serious political platform.
- by You Tube
December 1, 2009

Ron Paul on Montel Williams 11/25/09 - Part 2
- by You Tube
December 1, 2009

Jim Rogers on Why Gold Is Glittering So Brightly
I was on assignment in Singapore on Nov. 24 when gold hit an all-time high of $1,174 an ounce. That was fortuitous because Singapore is the home base of commodities guru Jim Rogers, creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index. Meantime, back in the U.S., reports were surfacing about growing discontent in the halls of Congress over the performance of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and the possibility he might be replaced by JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon. When I rang up Rogers, he was his usual low-key self, with quiet opinions about the future of gold prices, commodities to watch, and why Obama should dump Geithner.
- by Maria Bartiromo / BusinessWeek
December 1, 2009

Spitzer On Ron Paul's Audit Of The Fed Bill HR1207
- by Eclipptv.com
December 1, 2009

Federal Reserve Tries Theater Ads to Burnish its Image
The Federal Reserve isn't too popular these days, what with its failure to predict or prevent the financial crisis and recession, not to mention its involvement in last year's bailouts. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has a bestselling book out called "End the Fed," and some lawmakers are looking to cut back the central bank's power.

It sounds like a perfect time for an ad campaign.

The Fed has made a 45-second public service announcement to help consumers use their credit cards wisely. The spot will run before movie previews at theaters in 12 U.S. cities, including Long Beach, from Friday through Dec. 3.
- by Jim Puzzanghera / The Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2009

Relive the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign
C4L is happy to announce that we have now added the For Liberty: How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the WitheredTree of Liberty DVD to our online store!

The Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign was an experience like none other, as it united people from all backgrounds and beliefs in pursuit of restoring our freedoms. It also ultimately gave birth to Campaign for Liberty.

For Liberty: How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty documents this pivotal moment in our nation's history - from the quiet murmurings of a possible Ron Paul presidential run in 2007 to the explosive movement that has since shaken the political and media establishment.
- by Matt Holdridge / Campaign For Liberty
December 1, 2009

The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving
Did you know that the first [Plymouth Colony Pilgrim's] Thanksgiving was a celebration of the triumph of private property and individual initiative?
- by Freedom Keys
November 26, 2009

Audit the Fed Attached as an Amendment
I was pleased last week when we won a vote in the Financial Services Committee to include language from the Audit the Fed bill HR1207 in the upcoming financial regulatory reform bill. As it stands now, if HR 3996 passes, because of this action, the Federal Reserve's entire balance sheet will be opened up to a GAO audit. We will at last have a chance to find out what happened to the trillions of dollars the Fed has been giving out.

Finally, the blanket restrictions on GAO audits of the Fed that have existed since 1978 will be removed. All items on the Fed's balance sheet will be auditable, including all credit facilities, all securities purchase programs, and all agreements with foreign central banks. To calm fears that we might be trying to substitute congressional action for Fed mischief in tinkering with monetary policy, we agreed to a 180 day lag time before details of the Fed's market actions are released and included language to state explicitly that nothing in the amendment should be construed as interference in or dictation of monetary policy by Congress or the GAO. This left no reasonable objections standing and the amendment passed with a vote of 43 to 26.
- by Ron Paul / Campaign For Liberty
November 26, 2009

Ron Paul on CNBC's Squawk Box 11/23/09
On Monday, Congressman Paul appeared on CNBC to respond to critics of Audit the Fed and to discuss the true causes of the economic crisis, the failure of the Fed to keep the dollar stable, and the need to know who is receiving our money.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
November 26, 2009

Ron Paul's Plan to Audit Fed a 'Serious Attack': Mishkin
A congressional plan to audit the Federal Reserve's decision-making process poses a serious threat to the economy, former Fed official Frederic Mishkin said.

In a live interview on CNBC, Mishkin disagreed strongly with a plan being pushed by Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican and leading Fed critic.

"This is I think the most serious attack that I've seen on the Federal Reserve in the many, many years that I've studied it as a scholar," said Mishkin, an economist at Columbia Business School who was affiliated with the Fed in various capacities from 1994-2006. "This is really dangerous stuff."
- by CNBC
November 26, 2009

Poison Pills and Ron Paul Fed Audit Thrills
It is certainly plausible that Barney Frank, who's been playing both sides of the audit, fought so hard to include Paul's bill as part of the larger regulatory reform bill, in an attempt to poison Paul's legislation to the point that Paul could not vote for it. However, like many of Paul’s votes, the effort may backfire. Frank's regulatory reform bill is likely to pass with or without Paul's vote. Ron Paul could vote against Frank's bill, keeping his constitutional integrity, and the bill could still pass the House. The question then becomes how will it get through the Senate? And if it makes it through the Senate intact, will Obama sign the bill?

Jim DeMint and Bernie Sanders will work to get the bill through the Senate, but Judd Gregg promises to filibuster the bill if it includes Paul's amendment. Much like all the others critical of a Fed audit, Gregg argues that the amendment will end the Fed's independence. A day after Paul appeared on CNBC, Former Fed Governor, Ric Mishkin attempts to argue Gregg's point. Much like those interviewing him, I'm not convinced.
- by Marc Gallagher / Liberty Maven
November 26, 2009

The Dollar Bubble
The Dollar Bubble starring Peter Schiff, Ron Paul, Marc Faber, Gerald Celente, Jim Rogers, and others. Prepare now for the U.S. dollar collapse.
- by You Tube
November 26, 2009

Congress is Losing its Patience with the Fed
"In the past, the Federal Reserve was held in very high esteem," said Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, a libertarian-leaning Republican who twice ran for president and remains a darling of skeptics of Washington. Now, it's "the source of our problem," suggests Paul, author of the best-seller "End the Fed."
- by Associated Press / MSNBC
November 26, 2009

Ron Paul End The Fed Houston 2009
Ron Paul gave a great speech Sunday. Thank you for taking the time out of your day Dr. Paul to speak to us about such a huge problem. End The Fed Houston had a wonderful setup directly in front of the Federal reserve Branch. It was nice to hear a list of speakers talk about different issues that all related to ENDING THE FED. If you didn't make it out you really missed a great End The Fed rally.
- by Vimeo
November 26, 2009

U.S. Economy May Not Survive Further "Stimulation"
Continuing reports of gold reaching new record highs on practically a daily basis, is probably all the indication we need to realize that the economy is not as close to "recovery" as some would like us to think. Gold's rise is the mirror image of the dollar's drop. This is only good news to: 1) Those smart enough to have stocked up on gold years ago. 2) The Wall Street types who bet on a Fed that's determined to devalue the dollar.
- by Gary Howard / Campaign For Liberty
November 26, 2009

Jake Towne at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 11/22/09 END THE FED!!!
Jake Towne's speech on the Federal Reserve at the Constitution rEVOLution Tea Party event in Philadelphia on 11/22/2009.

Towne is an independent candidate for US Congress in 2010. You can learn more about his thoughts on the FED here.
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-...
- by You Tube
November 26, 2009

"A New Decade of Liberty" is starting in Atlanta!
Celebrate the dawn of A New Decade of Liberty with C4L! Join Congressman Ron Paul, C4L President John Tate, and several special guests in Atlanta, GA on January 15-17, 2010 as we continue working to reclaim our Republic and restore our Constitution.

For far too long, those who would wield the power of government control over every aspect of our lives have regulated and spent our country into the ground while piling up trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities for future generations to pay.

At our Atlanta Regional Conference, we'll gather together to show big government proponents that our dedication to freedom is stronger than ever. They've had their time!

We have the message. We have the movement. We have the motivation.
- by Matt Holdridge / Campaign For Liberty
November 26, 2009

Blueprint for Revolution
At a campaign rally on a cold winter evening, thousands of individuals crowd around a stage to hear a presidential candidate speak on life, liberty, and the Constitution. Homemade signs litter the crowd as the fiery congressman from Texas speaks to a sea of activists, many whom had never before taken an interest in politics. As he concludes, cheers erupt from the mass of people as they celebrate the one man speaking what no other candidate dares to say. Ron Paul has ignited a crowd desperate for a leader and in doing so has energized the thousands in attendance, as he asks for their support in the upcoming presidential primary.

The next day, about 75 percent of them do not show up to vote.

The above illustrates the difficulty facing the liberty movement today -- the willingness of its participants to engage in philosophical discussion, policy talk, or social activism, but their reluctance to engage in political action, the only thing that counts on Election Day. With the Ron Paul campaign over and his supporters looking to continue his vision, we see many cling to the same techniques that were unsuccessful during his run for the presidency.
- by Steve Bierfeldt / Campaign For Liberty
November 26, 2009

"RON PAUL and the Libertarians are RIGHT" Robert Scheer - Part 2
- by Eclipptv.com
November 26, 2009

Ron Paul Still Getting 1 Million Google Searches A Month
Using web searches as a gauge of popularity.
- by You Tube
November 26, 2009

HR 3996, the Automatic Bailout Bill of 2009
Last week Congressman Ron Paul's bill to complete a full audit of the Federal Reserve for the first time in 96-year history has narrowly avoided total defeat. The Federal Reserve is a quasi-private banking cartel owned by the banks with its Chairman nominated by the President that controls interest rates and the money supply. HR 1207, a very short 342-word bill, has a majority in the House with 313 co-sponsors. Its companion bill in the Senate, S 604, has 30 co-sponsors. HR 1207 has been blocked from a full House vote by the Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Barney Frank.

Instead Paul and Congressman Alan Grayson successfully added in the FED audit as amendment 69B to Frank's monstrous HR 3996, the Financial Stability Improvement Act of 2009. (Draft text here and PDF below.) While Frank proclaims the bill supposedly protects the taxpayer from bailing out Wall Street, the truth is Congress intends to grant the Federal Reserve even more powers to mishandle and crash the economy as they did with their money-printing, excess credit, and low interests rates to cause the last bubbles, residential and commercial real estate, to form and then collapse.

Possibly the worst part of the bill is what I term the "Emergency Bailout Authorization," or per Section 1109, officially known as the Emergency Financial Stabilization.
- by Jake Towne / Campaign For Liberty
November 26, 2009

George Will Plugs Ron Paul on ABC's This Week
about 3 mins in, also mentions Fed audit.

http://abcnews.go.com/vid...
- by Daily Paul
November 26, 2009

Congress May Probe Leaked Global Warming E-Mails
A few days after leaked e-mail messages appeared on the Internet, the U.S. Congress may probe whether prominent scientists who are advocates of global warming theories misrepresented the truth about climate change.

Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said on Monday the leaked correspondence suggested researchers "cooked the science to make this thing look as if the science was settled, when all the time of course we knew it was not," according to a transcript of a radio interview posted on his Web site. Aides for Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, are also looking into the disclosure.
- by Declan McCullagh / CBS News
November 26, 2009

Anti-Ron Paul Heritage
All the think-tanks and publications funded by wealthy members of the Establishment oppose Ron’s Austro-libertarian-populist message and style. That’s a matter of duh-analysis, of course, so one can hardly be shocked that the Heritage Foundation has come out in opposition to Ron’s bill—now an amendment with Alan Grayson—to audit the Fed. But here is a typical Beltway problem: virtually all of Heritage’s grassroots donors back Ron, and have been writing in about it. So rather than simply oppose Paul-Grayson, the org issues a last-minute scheme that only the Fed, Wall Street, and the banksters could love. What, us oppose transparency? Certainly not. Here is our sabotage-Ron Paul plan to cover defecting Republicans and ourselves. It’s also helpful for Establishment Dems: Why, even the Heritage Foundation… (Thanks to Norm)
- by Lew Rockwell / LRC Blog
November 26, 2009

America the jobless: Ron Paul wins, Timothy Geithner loses?
Frustration at how Washington has managed the 'jobless recovery' is turning some members of Capitol Hill against Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner – and in favor of a controversial measure by Rep. Ron Paul.

America is angry about the economy, and the biggest winners could just be Congress's odd couple: Reps. Ron Paul (R) of Texas and Alan Grayson (D) of Florida.
- by Mark Sappenfield / The Christian Science Monitor
November 26, 2009

Ron Paul: 'My intention is to get rid of the Fed'
The end of the Federal Reserve is the ultimate goal of an audit of that institution, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Monday.

Paul, the sponsor of a resolution seeking an audit of the Fed, conceded that his ultimate goal is to end the monetary institution, with a hope that the audit would expose enough information for Americans to clamor for the board's end.

"My intention is to get rid of the Fed," Paul said during an interview on CNBC. "I don't say this is the step -- I mean, the whole purpose is to expose it."

The libertarian Republican, long an opponent of the kind of active monetary policy practiced by the Fed, said it would likely self-destruct under the weight of its own actions.
- by Michael O'Brien / The Hill
November 26, 2009

The Pro-War, Anti-Gun Wing of the GOP
John Quincy Adams once said that the United States does not go "abroad, in search of monsters to destroy." We all know that ceased to be true a long time ago. Over the last hundred years or so America has identified (created) a number of monsters and in most instances has been unsuccessful in destroying them (the communist threats in Korea, Vietnam, Central America, and the Soviet Union (which destroyed itself economically), and the terrorist threats of Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, etc.).

Our global search for monsters has resulted in a national debt which has increased from about $3 billion in 1914 to more than $12 trillion today. Our War on Monsters has cost the lives of more than 600,000 American military personnel since World War I. The world has also paid untold amounts of treasure and innocent lives in America's offensive assault on the monsters.

With so much money spent and so many people dead, one would naturally expect to see the result promised by our dear leaders who tout the movement for a strong national offense -- a safer America. America is not safer.
- by Jerry Salcido / Campaign For Liberty
November 26, 2009

Rand Paul in Louisville 11-19-09
Rand Paul calls out Trey Grayson stalker to Grayson's face
- by You Tube
November 26, 2009

The McConnell Dilemma: Loyalty vs. Principles
Mitch McConnell is holding another fundraiser for Trey Grayson on December 7. Many Rand Paul supporters oppose McConnell's involvement in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky and see this is as a battle between We the People and the DC Establishment. But lots of conservatives in Kentucky approve of McConnell, so Rand Paul is being careful to not criticize McConnell too much.
- by You Tube
November 26, 2009

Rand Paul, I Don't Think Rights Mean What You Think They Mean
Many people who read Freedom's Phoenix are now aware of the press release sent out by Dr. Rand Paul's campaign.

"Foreign terrorists do not deserve [emphasis mine] the protections of our Constitution," says Kentucky Senatorial candidate Dr. Rand Paul, son of Dr. Ron Paul. Right out of the King George handbook of "do as I wish and say." Precisely what the Constitution is ostensibly there to prevent --- unlimited, unrestrained government trespassing on individual Rights. These Rights are not conferred upon individuals via government benevolence and assurance, they exist before government and are our Rights as human beings to exist, and the manner in which we choose to exist. "Deserve" has got nothing to do with it.

They are the Rights that the Declaration of Independence and many of the State's Constitutions spell out as the SOLE justification for why governments are created: To protect individual Rights. Deserve means government gets to choose when and where not to protect individual Rights. And when is that? When it is convenient to government? When it is not embarrassing to government? When the cost is not too great? When they feel like it?

These Rights are universal of any human being on the planet. And the United States government was created to protect those Rights of anyone whom resided within it's borders and by necessity whomever comes under their control.
- by Powell Gammill / Freedom's Phoenix
November 26, 2009

Clueless on the West Bank
Israel's decision reported earlier this week to build 900 more housing units on the West Bank is Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's thumb in President Obama's eye. It comes a week after Obama, acting against his better judgment, met Netanyahu at the White house. Netanyahu, confident that he has the congress and the US media in his back pocket, knows that Obama can do nothing to force Israel to moderate its drive to complete the colonization of much of the West Bank. That the United States has willy nilly become an accomplice in the Israeli action is despicable and there is no conceivable American national interest that benefits from the relationship.
- by Phil Giraldi / Campaign For Liberty
November 26, 2009

Operation Health Freedom - Ron Paul
In this final installment of our Operation Health Freedom video series, Congressman Paul talks about the need for less government in health care and mentions reforming the tax code to give us back more of our hard-earned dollars so we can pursue a much wider variety of health care options.
- by You Tube
November 26, 2009

Is Ron Paul Right About The Fed?
As Planet Money's Daniel Costello reports this morning, "Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican and lifelong critic of the Federal Reserve, scored a big win Thursday on Capitol Hill by getting a House panel to pass a bill requiring new reviews of the Fed's interest-rate decisions." The Wall Street Journal writes that "Mr. Paul's amendment removes restrictions on the Government Accountability Office's auditing authority, giving auditors access to every item on the Fed's balance sheet. He for more than 20 years has championed significantly neutering the Fed." And The Washington PostK adds that on a day when the administration was under attack from several lawmakers over its economic policies:
- by Mark Memmott / NPR
November 26, 2009

Liberty Morning HD Slide Show
with Ron Paul, Kent Sorenson and Steve Deace
- by You Tube
November 26, 2009

Ron Paul's Amendment Passes Committee!
Thanks to your quick action in contacting Congress, the House Financial Services Committee earlier today rejected Representative Mel Watt's attempt to hijack Audit the Fed by voting 43-26 to pass Ron Paul's amendment to the financial regulatory reform bill.

Dr. Paul called me right after the vote to personally express his thanks to C4L members for all of your efforts!

It is an incredible testament to the growing power of the liberty movement that we were able to get such an audit passed by a major House committee, but this is by no means the end of our fight.
- by John Tate / Campaign For Liberty
November 21, 2009

Press Release: Audit the Fed Amendment Passes House Committee
During the House Financial Services Committee markup of the Financial Stability Improvement Act of 2009, Congressman Ron Paul's (R-TX) amendment to increase Federal Reserve transparency was passed by a vote of 43 to 26.

During the proceeding, parallel amendments were introduced, one by Paul, the other by Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC), which would have limited the audit to only a narrow examination of TARP funds and lending powers, and would have actually allowed the Fed to increase the secrecy under which they operate when it comes to setting monetary policy.

Rep. Paul's amendment inserted language that replaced Watt's, and is similar to that in his bill, H.R. 1207, which is co-sponsored by 311 members of the House of Representatives. The bill would allow for a full Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the Federal Reserve including emergency lending facilities, past decisions on setting interest rates and agreements with foreign central banks.

"We are happy to see the Financial Services Committee preserve a measure to bring true Fed transparency," said John Tate, President of Campaign for Liberty. "This amendment helps to ensure that real and complete audit legislation remains unaltered, and from here on out we will continue to push for a standalone floor vote of H.R. 1207."
- by Gary Howard / Campaign For Liberty
November 21, 2009

Ron Paul Introduces HR1207 as Substitute to Watt Amendment 11/19/2009
Ron Paul introduces HR.1207 as a substitute amendment for Mel Watt's amendment. Watt's amendment would gut the intent of the audit of the Federal Reserve. In the end Paul's substitute passed by committee vote.
- by You Tube
November 21, 2009

Ron Paul HR1207 Committee Debate on Watt Amendment: Alan Grayson 11/19/2009
Alan Grayson details the problems with Watt's amendment to Ron Paul's HR1207 Federal Reserve Audit bill. Watt responds rather angrily.
- by You Tube
November 21, 2009

Ron Paul's audit the Fed Bill approved by House Panel
Ron Paul's bill to audit the Fed has been approved by the House Services Committee. The Bill is intended to bring congressional oversight and transparency to one the most secretive institutions. The bill reached 300 congressional co-sponsors and passed 43/26 as an amendment to another financial reform bill. The Bill is awaiting its final approval by the Committee after Thanksgiving.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke opposes the Bill, claiming it will interfere with Monetary Policy. There has been a three decade ban on audits of the Fed. The Bill still has to face the Senate and awaits President Obama's approval, who has proven to favor the status quo in regards to Monetary Policy. Rep. Barney Frank who chairs the House Financial Services Committee opposes the Bill saying, "It's going to be seen as weakening the independence of monetary policy with consequent negative implications." Frank supports a competing measure sponsored by Democrat Mel Watt that Paul says will make it even more difficult to audit the Fed.

That is false propaganda because the Fed is beholden to private bankers rather than Congressman who can be held accountable by the electorate. Paul says, that "this is the bill that would allow the people to win over the special interests, and that "There is no doubt that the individuals opposing this amendment represent the secrecy of the Federal Reserve. An audit shouldn't't hurt them in any way." Paul blames the financial crisis on lack of oversight of financial institutions.
- by Robert Stark / Examiner.com
November 21, 2009

Economists Opposing Fed Audit Have Undisclosed Fed Ties
As the debate over an audit of the Federal Reserve intensifies in the House, one camp is trotting out eight academics that it calls a "political cross section of prominent economists."

A review of their backgrounds shows they are anything but.

In a letter to the House Financial Services Committee earlier this month, all eight wrote that they support the type of amendment now being introduced by Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.). Watt's approach purports to increase Fed transparency while it actually would tighten restrictions on any audits that could go forward.

The letter was sent around Wednesday by Watt's staff to members of the committee in advance of a vote scheduled for Thursday.

Watt's measure is in competition with an amendment cosponsored by Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), which would repeal the restrictions that Watt leaves in place.

But far from a broad cross-section, the "prominent economists" lobbying on behalf of the Watt bill are in fact deeply involved with the Federal Reserve. Seven of the eight are either currently on the Fed's payroll or have been in the past.

The Fed connections are not outlined in the letter sent around to committee members on Wednesday, but are publicly discernible through a review of their resumes, which are all posted online.
- by Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post
November 21, 2009

Fed Sicks Attack Dogs On Ron Paul After Audit Amendment Passes
The Federal Reserve attack dogs are out in full force today following Congressman Ron Paul's decisive victory in the battle to bring transparency to the privately owned central bank.

The House Financial Services Committee passed the amendment to increase Federal Reserve transparency in an overwhelming and bipartisan vote of 43 to 26.

The amendment, sponsored by Ron Paul and Democratic Representative Alan Grayson, mandates a genuine and full probing audit of the Fed.
- by Steve Watson / Infowars
November 21, 2009

Audit the Fed News Coverage
Below is just a sampling of the coverage that the adoption of the Audit the Fed amendment has received in the last 24 hours. Included are some links and excerpts:
- by Gary Howard / Campaign For Liberty
November 21, 2009

House Panel Votes to Audit the Fed
Taking aim at Wall Street and the nation's central bank, a key House committee voted Thursday to require a sweeping congressional audit of the secretive Federal Reserve.

The votes were the final brush strokes to the House Financial Services Committee's response to last year's banking meltdown.
- by You Tube
November 21, 2009

Auditing the Fed
Congress is passing Rep. Ron Paul's amendment that would allow the GAO to audit Fed monetary policy, with CNBC's Steve Liesman & Rick Santelli.
- by CNBC
November 21, 2009

Senator Judd Gregg Vows to Block Fed Audit
A U.S. senator said he would seek to block any legislation containing a measure to remove the Federal Reserve's shield from congressional audits of the central bank's interest-rate decisions.

The House Financial Services Committee yesterday advanced a proposal requiring audits of the Fed that was introduced by Representative Ron Paul, a Republican from Texas. Senator Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican and member of the Banking Committee, said in an interview today that the measure "would do fundamental damage to the strength of our financial structure as a nation."

"I would not vote for any bill and I would filibuster any bill that had this language in it," Gregg said, referring to the legislative delaying tactic that requires 60 Senate votes to break.
- by Scott Lanman and Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg
November 21, 2009

Article Supporting Fed: "average citizens are too stupid to understand the Fed"
The article opens with:

There is a rumor that has been around Hollywood for decades that some of the greatest silent film comedy scripts were created by screen writers who would bribe wardens at a local insane asylum to allow a patient to sit in on their story meetings. Allegedly, some of the most hilarious moments in the history of comedic cinema came out of ideas from the minds of people who spent all of their time on locked wards. Even the craziest person in the world can give birth to an idea which is both brilliant and intelligible.

and also includes with nice little quote:

The flaw in the thinking about an "open Fed" is that most elected officials and average citizens are too stupid to understand the Fed.
- by Daily Paul
November 21, 2009

Should the Federal Reserve be Subject to Congressional Audits?
Members of the House Financial Services Committee are considering how much authority U.S. government auditors should be given to monitor the Federal Reserve, including whether the Fed should be subject to audits of its financial records.

Should the Fed's books be open to Congress, or does the central bank need more autonomy from political oversight, and the ability to conduct its monetary-policy deliberations privately?
- by The Wall Street Journal
November 21, 2009

Highlights of Ron Paul's big day: Full Federal Reserve audit passes committee
By now we all know the story. Mel Watt introduced an amendment on the big financial regulatory reform bill that "gutted" Ron Paul's HR.1207 Fed audit bill. Today, Ron Paul introduced a substitute amendment to that amendment that puts the “guts” back in to the audit. Effectively, Paul's amendment is HR.1207 with a bit more detailed language regarding monetary policy oversight.

Paul's amendment passed, first by voice vote, and then by roll call vote later in the day. The final tally was 43 for Paul's bill and 26 against.

Earlier I posted Grayson and Watt debating Watt's amendment and Ron Paul introducing his substitute amendment. Below are four new videos from the markup hearing. This includes the voice vote and the final roll call vote so you can hear which of the committee members need to be voted out of office in their next election cycle.
- by Marc Gallagher / Liberty Maven
November 21, 2009

Do something.mov
A tribute to a man and a movement that continue to wake up a nation, and a call to action to liberty lovers everywhere. DO SOMETHING!!
- by You Tube
November 21, 2009

Climate Change: Do you want Congress to spend $2 to Save $1?
You may not believe global warming is happening. Or, you may not believe humans are responsible for it.

But for the sake of argument, let's assume human-caused global warming is indeed happening. Conceding this, it turns out that . . .

The effort to curb carbon emissions will be far more harmful than global warming itself!

Please send Congress a letter demanding that they defeat the cap & trade bill and oppose any global climate treaty.

Here's what I wrote in my letter . . .
- by Mike Miller / Liberty Maven
November 21, 2009

Health care reform = socialized medicine
Schiff Report Video Blog 11/19/09
- by You Tube
November 21, 2009

Alabama Campaign for Liberty Gubernatorial Forum a Success!
Over 250 people showed up Tuesday, November 10 for the Alabama Campaign for Liberty Straw Poll and Gubernatorial Forum, co-sponsored by the 10,000 member strong Rainy Day Patriots. The event was held at Matthew's Manor in Springville, Alabama, home of the Conservative Patriots Club, and who assisted with the event. The number of attendees was spectacular considering that Tropical Storm Ida was directly overhead at forum start time. Since the forum was broadcast live on WAPI 1070 AM to the Greater Birmingham area, many chose to listen from home instead of attending.

The event was a very enlightening evening which was not without some controversy.
- by MarceloMunoz / Campaign For Liberty
November 21, 2009

Afghanistan Is an Unjust, Unwinnable War
"All Warfare is Deception... There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited." - Sun Tzu, circa 250 BC

While Republican Bush II once famously claimed he was "the decider," the 'Change We Can Believe In' promised by his replacement, the Democrat Obama, is hardly any different in regards to the Afghanistan and Pakistan wars. The media and American people breathlessly await the President's decision on how many troops to send into the war zone. With spines made of jelly, Congress is as toothless as a bunch of newborns as they delegate their responsibilities to represent the American people to a single man. What could they 'Change' instead?
- by Jake Towne / Campaign For Liberty
November 21, 2009

THIS part of the U.S. government is too SMALL!!!
The following idea was suggested by economist Walter Williams of George Mason University (Ron Paul mentioned him as a possible vice presidential running mate if he had won the primary) and that is quite the endorsement!.

Williams points out that when our founders established the House of Representatives the idea of it was to GROW WITH THE POPULATION which is the BIGGEST REASON they established a CENSUS.

George Washington wanted 1 representative for about every 35,000 people (it's in the Constitution).

AND...as the country grew, so indeed did the House of Representatives to REFLECT that.

UNTIL EARLY LAST CENTURY...

In 1911, Congress passed Public Law 62-5, which limited the size of the House of Representatives to 435 MEMBERS. That law took effect in 1913 and that number still stands today (NOTE THAT THIS WAS THE SAME YEAR THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND THE FEDERAL INCOME TAX WERE CREATED--A VERY TOUGH YEAR FOR THE REPUBLIC).

This means that today, there is an average of 700,000 PEOPLE PER EACH MEMBER OF THE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES.

NO WONDER THEY ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH US.
- by Daily Paul
November 21, 2009

The Logic of the 9/11 Trials, The Madness of the Military Commissions
With just over two months to go until President Obama's deadline for the closure of Guantanamo, the administration has finally woken up to the necessity of actually doing something to facilitate the prison's closure by announcing on Friday that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other prisoners accused of involvement in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will be brought to New York to face federal court trials.

Despite the fact that the "war on terror" was launched over eight years ago to pursue those responsible for the 9/11 attacks, and despite the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder noted, in a statement announcing the trial, that the opportunity for the relatives of the 9/11 victims "to see the alleged plotters of those attacks held accountable in court" had been "too long delayed," Republican critics immediately leapt on the announcement, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell describing it as "a step backwards for the security of our country" that "puts Americans unnecessarily at risk."
- by Andy Worthington / Campaign For Liberty
November 21, 2009

Rand Paul: Try, Convict and Lock Up Terrorists In Guantanamo
Leading United States Senate candidate Rand Paul today criticized the Obama administration's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and try terrorism suspects in United States Civil Courts.

"Foreign terrorists do not deserve the protections of our Constitution," said Dr. Paul. "These thugs should stand before military tribunals and be kept off American soil. I will always fight to keep Kentucky safe and that starts with cracking down on our enemies."

Dr. Paul believes in strong national defense and thinks military spending should be our country's top budget priority. He has also called for a Constitutional declaration of war with Afghanistan.
- by RandPaul2010.com / Daily Paul
November 21, 2009

Glenn Beck And The Dollar Carry
Love him or hate him, he got this one almost competely right, and explained it in terms anyone can understand.
- by The Market Ticker
November 21, 2009

Republican Liberty Caucus Endorses John Dennis & RJ Harris
On Monday the National Board of the Republican Liberty Caucus voted unanimously to endorse John Dennis in his run for the House of Representatives in California's 8th District. RLC Chairman Dave Nalle observed that "John Dennis represents the future of the Republican Party. He will be a champion for individual liberty, limited government and free enterprise. He's exactly the right candidate to bring an end to the misrule of Nancy Pelosi in the House."

The Republican Liberty Caucus is pleased to announce its endorsement of R.J. Harris in his campaign to represent the 4th District of Oklahoma in the House of Representatives.
- by Michael Nystrom / Daily Paul
November 21, 2009

Ron Paul - The Revolution Continues
Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy
- Ron Paul
- by You Tube
November 21, 2009

Americans Deserve a Transparent Fed
For nearly a century the Federal Reserve has operated in the shadows, away from the prying eyes of Congress, journalists and the American people. Created in 1913, the Fed was given enormous responsibility to protect the value of our currency. Yet in the last 96 years the U.S. dollar has lost more than 95% of its purchasing power. The Fed's unprecedented actions over the past year in attempting to stabilize the financial system have now forced it into the spotlight, and caused millions of people around the country to question the opacity of the Fed's financial transactions.

While the Fed is more transparent now than it was 20 or 30 years ago, there is still a long way to go. If the Fed were fully transparent, organizations such as Bloomberg and Fox News wouldn't have to sue its board of governors to receive materials that should be available through Freedom of Information Act requests. These include information on which banks and companies received loans and for what amounts after the 2008 financial meltdown.

One puzzling assertion made by the Fed and its supporters is that the Federal Reserve has some sort of independence from the government and independence in undertaking monetary policy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Federal Reserve is a government-created banking monopoly, and its top decision makers are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. If they do not perform satisfactorily in the eyes of politicians, they will not be renominated.
- by Ron Paul and Jim DeMint / The Wall Street Journal
November 19, 2009

Critical Vote on Audit the Fed This Thursday!
A few weeks ago, we sent out an alert that Representative Mel Watt was attempting to water down H.R. 1207 in the House Financial Services Committee.

The latest reports we have received have informed us that a vote on the Watt amendment could come tomorrow!

There's still time for us to stop this attack on Audit the Fed! Click here to get a full list of Financial Services Committee members, along with their contact information.

Financial Services leadership seems determined to include Audit the Fed as part of a regulatory reform package instead of passing it as a standalone bill.

While C4L will still do everything in its power to fight for a standalone vote on Audit the Fed on the House floor, it is critical we challenge Watt's amendment in Committee.
- by John Tate / Campaign For Liberty
November 19, 2009

Will the House Stand Up for Greater Bailout Transparency?
For months now, momentum has been growing behind Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) legislation (H.R. 1207) to remove a provision of the current law that prevents the GAO from auditing the Fed's most important activities. The bill now has over 300 co-sponsors in the House, and has attracted support from a coalition of groups from across the political spectrum, including POGO. It appears the Committee will not be voting on the measure as a stand-alone bill, so Reps. Paul and Alan Grayson (D-FL) have introduced a new amendment that is very similar to H.R. 1207, but includes some changes made in response to concerns raised by Fed officials. For instance, the new amendment sets a 180-day time lag for the release of details on the Fed’s market actions, and makes clear that the GAO cannot make recommendations on the Fed's monetary policy.
- by The Project On Government Oversight
November 19, 2009

Audit The Fed Effort Under Threat In House
A bipartisan effort to force transparency on the Federal Reserve is suddenly in jeopardy after a House Financial Services Committee member introduced an amendment that would let the multi-trillion dollar organization continue throwing tax dollars around in secret.

Rep. Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, has introduced an amendment intended as an alternative to the measure to audit the Federal Reserve introduced by Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Alan Grayson's (D-Fla.). But instead of increasing transparency, as the amendment claims to do, Watt's measure would instead make the institution more opaque.

The measure could come for a vote anytime this week. Read the amendment here.

Watt pitched his amendment in a letter to colleagues circulated Tuesday. "While my amendment will certainly fall short of demands by those intent on destroying the independence (if not the existence) of the Fed, the critics of my amendment will have to concede...that my amendment will provide transparency of the Fed's financial operations that will be completely unprecedented," he wrote.

In fact, the critics are conceding no such thing. "The Watt Amendment, as written today, actually places new restrictions on the little authority that exists, such as it is, for independent auditing of the Fed," Grayson said. "It keeps in place all existing restrictions and adds four more. So I don't see why anybody would reasonably think that it creates unprecedented authority to audit the Fed."

The devil, as always, is in the details.
- by Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post
November 19, 2009

END THE FED! November 22 - Nationwide Action Day
Full information, including a rally at location near you:
http://endthefedusa.ning.com/
- by Michael Nystrom / Daily Paul
November 19, 2009

End The FED Cleveland - SPEAKER JAMES TRAFICANT - November 22nd 2009
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER - FORMER CONGRESSMAN JAMES TRAFICANT
Forget the Audit: Just Go Ahead & Abolish the Federal Reserve
American Free Press Artical by Jim Traficant ~ For your viewing pleasure
http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/forget_the_audit_200.html
James will be speaking at about 1:00 pm
- by Snardfarker
November 19, 2009

Federal Reserve or Super Regulatory Agency? ... Neither
For those who understand what has happened in reference to regulators before and during the current economic crisis, the idea of taking authority and responsibility away from the Federal Reserve and placing it within a new super regulatory agency, as is being proposed, is ignorant, to be kind.

Ron Paul has it right when he introduced legislation which would require a complete audit of the Federal Reserve in order to see what deals they've been making, how they distributed money, and how they've been interacting with foreign governments and banking institutions.

Now that Paul's bill has been pretty much gutted and useless (although Paul is attempting to get it reinstated with its original language), the idea of simply creating what would essentially be another Federal Reserve under a different name, but with evidently broader powers, is a futile attempt at trying to fix an economic system, that for the most part, hasn't received the proper diagnosis yet.

This is shown in the introduction by Chris Dodd's Banking Committee of 1,136 pages of draft regulations, which would basically transfer power from the Federal Reserve and the FDIC to this new supervisory, regulatory agency, which the sitting president and a board would appoint members to.
- by American Banking News
November 19, 2009

Competition With the Government?
Last Saturday many concerned Americans watched in horror as the House passed the healthcare reform bill. If this bill makes it through the Senate, it would massively overhaul the way healthcare is delivered in this country. Today, obviously, we don't have a perfect system, but this legislation takes all the mistakes we are making with healthcare and makes them worse. Most of what is wrong with healthcare stems from decades of government intervention and the resulting unintended consequences.

But the government's prescription for the ills caused by intervention is always more intervention. We see this not only in healthcare policy, but also in foreign policy, in economic policy, and in monetary policy - basically, in all areas of public policy. It was even claimed that the House bill would increase competition in healthcare, and thereby improve the private sector's business model for insurance.

It is fascinating that politicians would use the language of the free market in this way to justify more corporatism. This demonstrates a couple of things. One, that politicians truly do not understand the very basic tenets of a free market. By definition, a free market is free from government intervention. But once a little intervention is accepted as legitimate, politicians will blame the problems created by their intervention on the free market and present themselves as saviors that must intervene even more.

It also demonstrates that politicians know that Americans still believe the free market is a good thing. People know and understand that competition among businesses is better for the consumer than a monopoly. However, competition between a private business and a government or government-favored entity is not real competition.
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
November 19, 2009

Campaign for Liberty - Nebraska Ad
Campaign for Liberty is running an ad in Nebraska urging Senator Ben Nelson's constituents to tell him to oppose the latest Washington bill to completely take over our health care.

Help support this ad and extend this campaign to other swing states by clicking here:

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/cam...
- by You Tube
November 19, 2009

Congressional leaders are bribing other members of Congress
Congressional leaders routinely use your tax money to bribe other members of Congress, buying votes to enact legislation that couldn’t pass otherwise. The so-called healthcare bill is the latest example.

Please send Congress a letter using an anti-bribery argument to oppose the cancerous healthcare bill.

You can copy or borrow from my letter to Congress to write your own . . .
- by Mike Miller / Liberty Maven
November 19, 2009

I Fought the Law. . . And I Won
A law passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the courts will never be carried out or enforced unless there are men with badges and with guns willing to comply. It is important we remember this when we reflect on laws that are passed, directives that are issued and agencies that infringe on our civil liberties. Just one such example of such an agency is the Transportation Security Administration or TSA.

Campaign for Liberty regularly holds conferences and events to energize our members and educate those new to the ideals of liberty. From the sale of tickets, books, t-shirts, and generous donations, a weekend of excitement often finds Campaign for Liberty with money to transport back to headquarters. In my responsibilities as Director of Development I often find myself tasked with carrying this money. On one occasion, things got interesting.
- by Steve Bierfeldt / Campaign For Liberty
November 19, 2009

Ron Paul Rocks 1,100 In Ames Championing A Call To End The Fed And Reduce Needless Government
Congressman Ron Paul spoke to 1,100 enthusiastic constitution loving college students in Ames Friday night. (An early number did not account for the packed overflow room.) His speaking themes included reducing the troops in war, reducing the role of government in health care and reducing the influence of the federal reserve bank.

Here are the artjournalism smugmug and flickr galleries from Friday Night's action by Dave Davidson…
- by The Iowa Republican
November 19, 2009

Paul sticks with familiar themes during D.M. speech
Rep. Ron Paul talked nothing of White House ambitions past or present, though that was clearly on the minds of his audience.

Some 300 supporters, several donning "Ron Paul 2012" pins, greeted the Texas Republican with a standing ovation Saturday at the Holiday Inn on Des Moines' south side.

Paul elicited raucous cheers with a speech packed with themes familiar to his followers: limited government, a failed monetary system and the bank-busting price of waging war overseas.
- by Gunnar Olson / DesMoinesRegister.com
November 19, 2009

Judge Napolitano on Sarah Palin: Lacks mental capacity, she's a goofball
Judge Andrew Napolitano on his radio show this morning pulled no punches when discussing the viability of Sarah Palin as the next President of the United States. I couldn't agree with his blunt assessment more. He said:

"I just don't think she possesses the mental capacity to be the President of the United States. She's a goofball!"

So everyone's favorite host of Freedom Watch has weighed in on Sarah Palin. To me, she's a completely divisive figure. People seem to either idolize her or loathe her. I don't think she has much chance of being the next POTUS. In fact, I'd be surprised if she did better than Giuliani did in the GOP primaries of 2008.

For more about what lead up to the Judge's "straight talk" listen to the audio:
- by Marc Gallagher / Liberty Maven
November 19, 2009

Palinism is a hairstyle, Paulism is a bona fide movement
Justin Raimondo, editorial director of Antiwar.com, at The Hill.com said:

David Brooks said on George Stephanapoulos' Sunday program that he considers Sarah Palin "a joke." What he didn't say is that she was and is a joke played by the neoconservatives on the Republican party.

The Washington Post asks: "Is there something that could be called 'Palinism,' defining a political philosophy that could help her party win elections and turn her into a viable national candidate?"

Short answer: No.

Slightly longer answer: Where and when has Palin ever articulated a coherent alternative to the orthodox Republican doctrines of supply-side economics and endless war? She isn't about to do it in her "book," and she isn't capable of it. What is especially irksome, however, is that there is indeed a populist champion of the Tea Party grassroots, someone with the knowledge, the organization, the proven fundraising ability, and the principles to lead the GOP out of its ideological and political morass: Ron Paul.

"Palinism" is a hairstyle. Paulism is a bona fide movement. The first has no future -- no, she won't be a major contender, come the presidential sweepstakes, as George Will predicted on the Stephanopoulos program. The second IS the future, if the GOP is to have a future.
- by Daily Paul
November 19, 2009

Washington Wire Q&A With Trevor Lyman
Trevor Lyman made a name for himself during the 2008 presidential campaign when he used his Internet skills to independently coordinate grassroots donations for Ron Paul on specific days that came to be known as "money bombs." The pinnacle of his achievement was a Dec. 16, 2007 money bomb for Paul that generated a record-breaking $6 million in Internet donations in a single day.

Not bad for a former musician and Internet entrepreneur who had never before been involved in politics.

Paul lost the primary, but Lyman has maintained his interest in Internet fund-raising, launching ThisNovember5th.com, a site that has, among other initiatives, helped raise about $500,000 for Paul's son Rand Paul, who is running in the 2010 GOP primary for an open Senate seat in Kentucky. A separate multi-candidate money bomb raised more than $133,000 earlier this month.

Lyman launched his latest site, TeaBombs.com, last week. Its mission statement reads: "Our mission is to focus grassroots conservative 'tea-party' energy into an effort that will remove non-conservative establishment incumbents from Congress in 2010. Together we will select which incumbents to target for removal and which of their challengers to fund."

Washington Wire caught up with Lyman today to check in on the site, the Tea Party movement, his political views, and whether or not a GOP comeback is on the horizon.
- by Susan Davis / The Wall Street Journal
November 19, 2009

Party Favors
Even in lean economic times, conservative books are a booming business. Once right-wing publishing was the province of profitless true believers. Now conservative imprints are ensconced in most of New York's major publishing houses. The liberals who dominate the scene hold their noses while their hired-hand conservatives bid big dollars for contracts with the Right's marquee names.

On one level, it is tempting to greet the rise of the conservative bestseller with elation. Our long exile from the world of letters has ended. We're on the New York Times bestseller list. We have arrived. But where?

The triumph of conservative book sales has not coincided with great gains for conservative ideas in politics or the broader culture. Conservatives hold little sway in the Republican Party, and the Republican Party holds little sway in the nation's capital. We're the backbench of a minority. More importantly, there's not much intellectual rigor in the Right's bestsellers. For all the pages printed, the movement runs short on real ideas.
- by John Carney / Campaign For Liberty
November 19, 2009

KY-Sen: Mitch McConnell Makes His Choice
Rand Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), has surprised a lot of people by surging in polls and fundraising to quasi-frontrunner status in next year's U.S. Senate race in Kentucky. But Chris Cillizza reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is weighing in against Paul and hosting a fundraiser for Trey Grayson, the young secretary of state, whose "establishment" candidate credentials have been a little banged up by Paul's campaign.
- by David Weigel / The Washington Independent
November 19, 2009

The Southern Avenger - Selective "Hate"
An examination of the politically correct double standard when it comes to judging the actions of individuals and how it reflects upon the various groups to which they belong.
- by You Tube
November 19, 2009

CNN - Patriots or Extremists? Third part of series on "Oathkeepers"
Well here it is...complete with the ever famous quote from SPLC... go figure.
- by Daily Paul
November 19, 2009

Great Ron Paul Song - Landslide!
YES WE CAN! REAL HOPE FOR AMERICA!
- by You Tube
November 19, 2009

US Health Care in Crisis - Where's the Outrage?
Anyone who closely examines the facts about US health care, or even just watched the interview above, has to wonder: What is going on? Where is the outrage??

Burdensome and often times outright ridiculous FDA requirements, decrees, and restrictions account for as much as 80% of drug costs! Without those, can you imagine how cheaply you or your friends and dear ones might be able to obtain certain, direly needed, drugs? Where is the outrage?

The supreme court told individuals who were suffering from a terminal disease that they could not obtain drugs in an early FDA stage, even through it was their last hope, even through they themselves were fully aware of the risk they were taking! Where is the outrage?
- by Nima Mahdjour / Campaign For Liberty
November 19, 2009

Trey Grayson: "Because of this little phenomenon, where you guys have this crush on this doctor from Bowling Green"
And Grayson says he will not bow out.

"I have zero, zero concern that Senator McConnell or anyone else that's been a big backer of mine or big supporter, or just an advisor of mine is going to jump ship because of what's going on right now. Because of this little phenomenon, where you guys have this crush on this doctor from Bowling Green who has some crazy ideas."

Grayson insists that the underlying premise of doubts about his candidacy is way off. Yes, he will have to fend off the national fundraising support Rand Paul is getting from libertarian minded contributors. But he says that he has more in common with mainstream, conservative Kentucky than the libertarian brand of Republicanism. He says the top priority of any Senate candidate should be jobs.
- by Daily Paul
November 19, 2009

Davidson County GOP Sets Hearing For Ouster Of Ron Paul Supporter
The Davidson County Republican Party has set a date for the closed-door hearing where its executive committee will decide whether controversial First Vice Chair Matt Collins will be stripped of his official party position.

Collins, who is a Ron Paul supporter and a member of various small "L" libertarian groups, has had numerous dustups, both public and private, with the old guard of the party since his election to first vice chair in the spring.
- by Kleinheider / Nashville Post
November 19, 2009

Ron Paul : Stop Dreaming
Remastered Version. Originally posted in the middle of 2007 by Aravoth, me.

http://www.libertyforest.com

"The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people."

- Congressman Ron Paul M.D.
- by You Tube
November 19, 2009

See Ron Paul in Iowa!
Ron Paul is coming back to Iowa for the first time since his 2008 presidential campaign, and you can catch him at a free and open to the public event this Friday night at 7:00pm central.

Congressman Paul will be speaking in Benton Auditorium in the Scheman Building (adjacent to Hilton Coliseum) at Iowa State University in Ames. This event is hosted by Iowa Campaign For Liberty and the ISU chapter of Young Americans For Liberty.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
November 14, 2009

Paul Strives to Engage Young People
Rep. Ron Paul seems to harbor few regrets about his 2008 campaign for president and even fewer thoughts about prospects for 2012.

The Texas Republican will be in Iowa on Friday and Saturday - his first trip since the 2008 presidential election. He speaks Friday at Iowa State University and will headline a fundraiser on Saturday for Rep. Kent Sorenson of Indianola, who is running for the Iowa Senate.

He said in a phone interview Wednesday that people often talk to him about running in 2012. "I just sort of, got to ignore 'em," he said. "It's too early, way too soon. I'm not thinking about that."

Noting that he's filed to run for re-election to Congress, he said he "has no real long-term plans. I plan six months to a year ahead."

He said his Iowa trip and his speech last Monday at the University of South Carolina - another early-nominating state - stem from his interest in talking to young people.

"I'm just looking for opportunities to turn things around philosophically," he said. "College students love to hear about personal liberty and personal freedom and personal choices and, of course, this whole idea of getting our troops home, they're very receptive."
- by Kathie Obradovich / DesMoinesRegister.com
November 14, 2009

To Preserve Liberty, We Must Understand Monetary Policy
In his latest C4L update, Congressman Ron Paul discusses recent events that will have a significant impact on monetary policy, talks about the dollar, and answers a question concerning the IMF.
- by You Tube
November 14, 2009

Rep Paul: Fed audit in rules reform "pseudo"
A long-standing U.S. congressional critic of the Federal Reserve said on Friday his proposal to audit the U.S. central bank's monetary policy, an initiative strenuously opposed by the Fed, has been defanged in financial reform legislation in the House of Representatives.

"The plan now is to get an audit put into the bill, but it will be a pseudo audit, it won't amount to much," said Representative Ron Paul in an interview on CNBC television.

A bill sponsored by Paul, whose advocacy of abolishing the Fed predates the financial crisis, would allow the Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog agency, to audit Fed interest-rate decisions has won the co-sponsorship of more than half the House.
- by Reuters
November 14, 2009

Ron Paul Rocks on CNBC's Squawk Box 11/13/09
In his latest interview, Congressman Ron Paul discusses Fed transparency, reckless monetary policy, fractional reserve banking, and why more government regulation is not the answer.
- by You Tube
November 14, 2009

What Is the Fed Hiding?
They are hiding something here that they don't want the general public to see. I suspect it might have to do with gold transactions. It's just a gut feeling, but my gut tells me the Fed leased out most of, if not all, of its gold somewhere under $500 per ounce, probably under $350. Thus, in order for central banks, who borrowed the gold (and then sold it to raise cash), to pay the Fed back in gold, they would now have to go and buy gold back at three to four times the price they sold it at. In other words, a number of central banks aided and abetted by the Fed are now short huge amounts of gold and are losing more money everyday gold ticks up. And the Fed is in the embarrassing position of having loaned the gold out and is afraid to call in the gold loans, since it would put enormous pressure on parts of the central bank cabal and push the gold price much higher, the exact opposite of the Fed's intentions when they leased the gold out.
- by Robert Wenzel / Economic Policy Journal
November 14, 2009

Bernanke Lobbying Hard for Status Quo Federal Reserve
In today's New York Times, reason enough for increased scrutiny of the Federal Reserve's practices is illustrated.

In response to growing public and congressional support for H.R. 1207, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke did what the Fed seems to do so well-- operate in secret to manipulate outcomes.
- by Gary Howard / Campaign For Liberty
November 14, 2009

For What It's Worth
Stephen Stills wrote the song For What It's Worth in 1967. It was composed three years into the Second Turning, the Consciousness Revolution. The song has come to symbolize the turbulence, mistrust, rage, paranoia, anti-war spirit, and the anti-establishment mood of the 1960's. An Awakening era has many parallels to a Crisis era at the outset. A traumatic event or events triggers the mood alteration in the country which sets the next twenty years in motion. In 1929 the stock market crash triggered a 17-year Crisis. In 1963, the assassination of John F. Kennedy triggered a 20 year Awakening. In 2005, the housing collapse has triggered the next American Crisis which we are living through today.

We are currently at the same stage of this Crisis as we were in the Awakening when Stephen Stills wrote this deeply poignant song.
- by Jim Quinn / LewRockwell.com
November 14, 2009

The Oath of Office is Now Officially a Laughingstock
Despite this, almost none of the 535 members of Congress take this oath seriously. Either they are atheists who do not care about the religious and humanistic consequences of violating these oaths, or they have subscribed to the faulty notion that the Supreme Court's misinterpretation of the Constitution somehow trumps the words of the Constitution itself - which of course is impossible because it's the Constitution that gives the various parts of government, including the Supreme Court, its powers, not to mention the fact that this governing document declares itself the Supreme Law of the Land....

So given the clear fact that the Constitution, as written, is the ultimate rulebook, and members of Congress swear to "support and defend" the Constitution, it certainly gives a rational person pause when the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives not only pushes a blatantly unconstitutional bill (in the form of health care "reform") but virtually laughs in the face of a reporter who asks "Where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?" Without blinking, Pelosi's immediate reply was an incredulous, "Are you serious?"

Walter E. Williams explores this exchange in his latest commentary entitled, "A Minority View: Constitutional Contempt":
- by Mike Miller / Liberty Maven
November 14, 2009

Robbery and the Welfare State
In the Sherlock Holmes story "Silver Blaze," the key to Holmes's solution of the case rested on something that didn't happen -- the dog that didn't bark in the night. Few people (such as Dr. Watson in the story) are inclined to think about the importance of things that do not happen, but we can make great mistakes if we fail to do so.

Edgar Browning, professor of economics at Texas A&M University, implores us, in his new book, Stealing from Each Other, to think as Holmes did and as economists do when they contemplate opportunity costs, namely, what we give up when we choose to do X rather than Y. Specifically, he wants us to consider the opportunity costs of our vast federal welfare system. What do we give up by the choice to have the federal government engage in widespread income redistribution?
- by George C. Leef / Campaign For Liberty
November 14, 2009

Ron Paul - New Orleans Investment Conference - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4
On October 11, Congressman Ron Paul served as the keynote speaker for the 2009 New Orleans Investment Conference. He addressed the crowd on the subject of "Gold, Peace, and Prosperity."
- by You Tube
November 14, 2009

Help C4L Fight For Health Freedom on TV!
Campaign for Liberty is taking the battle against Big Government's takeover of health care and health freedom to the television airwaves, and we need your help to mobilize more Americans in key target states.

As you know, the House passed a massive takeover of the health care industry a few days ago -- and the Senate is poised to begin action in the coming days.

With that in mind, Campaign for Liberty has begun to run the first of our hard-hitting TV ads in Nebraska urging voters to contact Senator Ben Nelson and tell him they oppose the Obama/Pelosi/Reid power grab. We're also airing ads in Nevada informing Harry Reid's constituents of his plans for their health care.

Thanks to the support of C4L members, we've purchased a week's worth of airtime in both states.

You'll be pleased to know we've been able to work with a supporter to obtain excellent air times at discounted rates. Our ads are airing all this week during shows like Larry King Live, The O'Reilly Factor, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and this coming Sunday, the ads will play during Meet the Press. In Nebraska, our ad will also run during the NASCAR race!

With such great time slots, our message will get lots of attention. But in order to make sure we win this battle in the Senate, we have much more to do.
- by John Tate / Campaign For Liberty
November 14, 2009

Operation Health Freedom - Introduction
Six perspectives combine to deliver one message: it's time to dump the current government-managed health care system and try freedom.
- by You Tube
November 14, 2009

Health care: Tell the Senate no, we will sue
Sen. Reid and his co conspirators will try to shove some version of health care tyranny forward. The Republicans will play along with it by trotting out some form of 'compromise' instead of standing up and saying we have no legal authority to enact any of this legislation. If they did so, it would really shut down the process and force a show down -- a constitutional show down. But, no, the Republicans are gutless and instead, will go along with crafting their version of unconstitutional. Ron Paul does have a few bills that are meant to 'help' out the situation; I'll send those out in an email alert in the next few days.

While the bills are being cooked up in the Senate, now is the time to take this by the legal horns or some version of the junk will end up on the usurper's desk. In other words, not just holding signs or sending emails. These socialists, communists and political whores in Congress need to be told that we the people will bury the government in lawsuits if any of these bills pass and are signed into "law."

The only reason this disaster continues to roll forward is because Reid, Pelosi - the whole bunch of them are so arrogant, they believe we will simply roll over. Just like Americans have been doing for decades.

The important thing now is action by the three groups: Individuals, health care providers no matter your specialty and employers. We the people must make the Senate understand we mean business. So much pressure that in the end, they make up some political excuse and no bill will surface that "reconciles" with the mess passed by the House. Kill it once and for all. Otherwise, it's the hard route and off to court.
- by Devvy Kidd / Devvy.com
November 14, 2009

NPR reporting a Free Market Solution for Health Care!?!
This morning on NPR I heard a story about a medical clinic which provides low cost health care to patients with "alternative payment options." You can listen to it here. In short, unemployed or low-income people could volunteer at a local non-profit to work off their medical debt.

I think this a wonderful example of how the free market can better serve the citizens than government intervention. The patients received low-cost, good health care while providing a service in return. Wow. Both groups win. The patient or family member now values the service provided (medical care) and connects it with something of worth, ie their time and energy. Without some form of payment by the patient the physician's service has no value to the patient. And I believe that most people want to be useful; it improves their self-worth and their self-respect.
- by AnthonyC / Campaign For Liberty
November 14, 2009

Q&A With Rand Paul: Shaking Up the Kentucky Senate Race
Rand Paul spent much of 2007 campaigning for his father, Ron Paul, the iconoclastic Republican thorn-in-the-side.

But now the younger Paul, an ophthalmologist, is making his own bid for office, and he is doing so in the family tradition: Making Republicans uncomfortable.

Paul is running in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, his home state since 1993. He is leading in the most recent poll and raising buckets of money. He is outperforming Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who has the support of Kentucky’s most powerful pol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Like his father who became an Internet phenomenon during his presidential run, Rand Paul also seems to be somewhat of an Internet sensation. But whether he can actually win is an open question.

The Kentucky race is featured in a Wall Street Journal story today looking at efforts by underdog Republicans to catch the wave of anti-establishment fervor in their party.

Here are excerpts of our conversation with Rand Paul:
- by Peter Wallsten / The Wall Street Journal
November 14, 2009

A Year After the 2008 Presidential Campaign, A New DVD Emerges to Explain the RON PAUL Phenomenon:
You were part of the Ron Paul Revolution. You painted the signs. You passed out the fliers. You watched all the youtubes. You did the Blogging. You were part of the marches and rallies. You were part of the whole experience known as the Ron Paul r3VOLution. Now is your time to kick back with all your friends and watch the movie about all the things we did and how we all came together to open minds. The Revolution Continues!

Ernest Hancock has Rented the Valley Art Theater and we are going to watch a movie: For Liberty, How the Ron Paul R3volution Watered the Withered Tree of liberty.
- by Thomas Costanzo / Freedom's Phoenix
November 14, 2009

Oath Keepers Constitutional Care Package Drive Video
This is a drive to put Oath Keepers educational care packages into the hands of active duty military. This drive runs from Veterans Day, November 11, 2009, to Bill of Rights Day, December 15, 2009, honoring both those who served, and what they defended.

Tyranny cannot come to America if our military members refuse unconstitutional orders. We must remind them that their oath is to the Constitution, not to any politician or party; we must teach them about the Constitution they swore to defend; and we must steel their resolve to keep that oath.

If we reach enough of them, it is game over for any attempt to destroy this Republic. Whether we reach enough of them will depend on what you do.
- by Daily Paul
November 14, 2009

Surprise Republican Senate candidate reaching out to Sen. McConnell
The surprise candidate in Kentucky's Republican U.S. Senate primary tells WHAS11 News he is reaching out to senior Senator, Mitch McConnell.

Rand Paul is a Bowling Green eye surgeon. His campaign's poll numbers and fundraising success have stunned party leaders and it is early in the game.

So who is he and does he have a chance?

Most Kentucky political observers expected the democrats to duke it out in the senate primary while Republican Trey Grayson sat back and prepared for the fall campaign.

But Rand Paul and the sudden uprising of fiscal conservatism in the tea party movement appears to have changed all that.
- by Joe Arnold / WHAS11.com
November 14, 2009

Rand's Tea Party - December 16, 2009
On December 16th, 1773, American colonists dumped tea into the Boston Harbor to protest an oppressive tax. This December 16th, American citizens will dump thousands of contributions into the Rand Paul senatorial campaign to protest the unprecedented expansion in the size and scope of the federal government.

The Boston Tea Party helped ignite the American Revolution 236 years ago. The founding fathers established a Constitutional Republic, a system of limited government which allowed freedom and prosperity to flourish for generations. Unfortunately, today's so-called representatives have lost sight of the vision of the founders and have brought us unconstitutional programs that do great damage to our liberties. Now is our chance to reignite the spirit of freedom that once changed America forever.

Please join us this December 16th 2009 for Rand Paul's largest one-day donation event. America needs 5,000 patriots to commemorate the original Boston Tea Party, by pledging to contribute $100 (or whatever you can afford) to the campaign of Rand Paul, and on that day -- donating at his website,
- by Michael Nystrom / Daily Paul
November 14, 2009

The Subtle Influences of Ron Paul
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn) has introduced a bill of new financial regulations that actually eliminates and consolidates several ineffectual federal agencies and strips the evil Fed of its regulatory powers over banks in the U.S.

One can see the subtle influences of Ron Paul on such a piece of legislation. Indeed, why would Dodd, called the "Senator from Aetna" by Ralph Nader and patron saint of the financial industry and Wall Street introduce a bill that could well be opposed by Barney Frank and Obama Administration?

Because Dodd is a politician first and foremost and he's up for re-election next year.
- by Conservative Heritage Times
November 14, 2009

Ron Paul Attracts Hundreds at Carolina Coliseum
Hundreds of supporters from all over the Southeast turned out Monday night, Nov. 9, to hear Ron Paul give a lecture at the Carolina Coliseum. The conservative Texas congressman, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2008, spoke for nearly an hour. The event was sponsored by USC's Honors College and the Carolina Debate Union, among other groups.

Paul's speech, titled "The Politics of Tolerance," came just weeks after South Carolina's senior Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told a town hall group that he would not let Paul "hijack" the Republican Party.

A hero to advocates for limited government, the congressman drew a colorful crowd including one man who sported a bright yellow shirt with a Gadsden flag on the front and the word "Extremist" in black letters on the back. Outside, others waved "Ron Paul 2008" campaign signs that were re-worded to read "2012."

South Carolina is an early presidential primary state, along with Iowa, where Paul is scheduled to speak at Iowa State University Nov. 13.

Some highlights of the speech:
- by Corey Hutchins / Free-Times.com
November 14, 2009

How To Buy Gold Or Silver
How to buy gold, silver or platinum? This is becoming a uncharacteristically common question. Not all too surprisingly I receive this question all the time. I buy gold and silver. Rarely do I sell it. Through some trial and error along with a lot of research I hope to be able to provide you with a very helpful answer to this question and teach you where to buy gold.

Buying silver or buying gold is very simple but if done incorrectly then the results can be financially devastating. It is extremely important to learn how and where to buy gold or silver from trusted and reputable sources in safe and secure transactions.

At all times and in all circumstances gold and silver remains money. Therefore, both gold and silver belongs in your portfolio at all times and in all circumstances.
- by RunToGold.com
November 14, 2009

Bullions Coins & Bars. What silver and gold should you buy? Part 2
Mike Maloney of goldsilver.com discusses different ways of investing in precious metals such as gold and silver
- by You Tube
November 14, 2009

Fox News's Sean Hannity Caught Falsifying Footage
The tea party protests continued last week, as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann held an anti-health-care-reform rally on the steps of the Capitol. While she estimated that 20,000-45,000 people attended the event, the Washington Post reported it was actually more like 10,000.

Still, that is a sizable number of Americans exercising their right to free speech and assembly, and that warrants news coverage. But Sean Hannity and his team did more than cover the event. They not only inflated the number in attendance with their words, but actually used footage from a heavily-attended protest this summer to make this health care rally appear more popular. Hannity even pointed out that this was a huge crowd for a Thursday, when the protest footage they used was from a Saturday.

Jon Stewart and his team caught this discrepancy and ran with it, pointing out neither the color of the leaves nor sky in the tacked-on video matched that of the actual footage. They went on to mock Fox by adding more video to the interview, this time from Woodstock and the movie "300."
- by Daily Paul
November 14, 2009

Healthcare Reform is Economic Malpractice
As Washington continues debating healthcare reform the rest of the country is primarily concerned about jobs and the economy. It is still uncertain what policies will be implemented, but I am certain about one thing: It will only further devastate our economy and our dollar.

The leadership has come up with a proposal they are confident will be what they consider fiscally responsible, only to have it scored as nearly twice as expensive by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Estimates of past healthcare spending programs have been off by as much as 100 percent so there is no telling what the actual cost will be.

The past century should have taught us one thing: that government intervention is expensive. Government programs lend themselves so easily to waste, fraud and abuse. Combine that with overall inefficiency and it all adds up to a hefty price tag for the taxpayer, with not much leftover for actual services. An outright takeover of an entire sector of the economy, especially one as important as healthcare, is something that we just cannot afford for the government to do right now. Not to mention the fact that it is completely unconstitutional. But Washington insists on torturing the
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
November 11, 2009

Ron Paul: Health Care Bill Could Kill The Dollar
If the Obama administration keeps its promise in guaranteeing not to raise taxes to pay for universal health care, the only way to cover the costs will be for the Federal Reserve to print even more money out of thin air, a process that will kill the dollar and lead to lower living standards for all Americans, warns Congressman Ron Paul.

In his weekly Texas Straight Talk telephone update, Dr. Paul said that Saturday night's passage of the health care bill in Congress will lead to a further devastation of the American economy and the greenback.

The Congressman highlights the fact that the health care reform package is already twice as expensive as originally forecast and that estimates of past health care spending programs have been off by as much as 100 per cent, "So there is no telling what the actual cost will be," states Paul, adding that government intervention has always been expensive and historically has routinely led to waste, fraud and abuse.

Paul labeled the bill "completely unconstitutional" and accused Washington of "torturing the numbers" rather than facing the truth and warned, "If health care reform does indeed pass, we should not be under the illusion that it will be free, they will have to get the money from somewhere."
- by Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com
November 11, 2009

The End of America, in the Middle of the Night
While normal everyday oblivious Americans were preparing their beds to sleep Saturday night their elected officials quietly passed H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Indeed, the passage of this act deals one of the final death blows to the Constitution and with it our liberties.

As I ponder upon this momentously horrid occurrence it is as if I have just woken up from a nightmare and been thrown directly into the plot of George Orwell’s 1984, with no hope of escape. As this thought grabs hold I am lead to ponder more and more about America and I ask myself a few questions.

Since when did the Constitution provide for a health care guarantee? Since when did the Constitution grant the Congress the power to force Americans into a health care dystopia? What good is a Constitution if we choose to ignore it? What good is a Constitution if the Congress simply chooses to create a new one in their own graven socialist image?

Truly, these questions are meaningless now. The Constitution is hanging by the tiniest of threads. Who will save it? Who will come to its rescue?
- by Adam Murdock, MD / Campaign For Liberty
November 11, 2009

Candidate Obama on Mandated Insurance
Throughout the primary campaign last year, Obama consistently said one of the genuine, important policy differences between him and Hillary Clinton was that he did not support an individual mandate to buy health insurance. I know people who voted for him in the primary on this one issue. One example of many:
- by Anthony Gregory / Campaign For Liberty
November 11, 2009

Operation Health Freedom - Tom Woods
As part of our Operation Health Freedom series, bestselling author Tom Woods gives a historian's perspective on the health care debate.
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

Ron Paul's The Revolution And Libertarianism's Fatal Flaw
If America’s political elite was immoral, corrupt or just plain wrong on one or two issues, the country might have some hope. But reading Ron Paul's The Revolution however, one gets the idea that we truly are doomed. This is despite the author's optimism, and his assuring us that "the Revolution" is just around the corner. Never is Ron Paul as right as he is on foreign policy. When Bush administration senior economic advisor Larry Lindsey estimated that the Iraq war could cost between $100 and $200 billion, the White House was embarrassed. Now the estimated cost is around $2 trillion (to put that into perspective 2 trillion/308 million Americans = approx. $6500 per person). When we are seeing our standard of living drop more than it has at any time since the Great Depression, will anybody ask whether we need 64,000 troops in Germany? How about giving the American people a say in whether it's worth it?
- by Richard Hoste / VDare
November 11, 2009

We're getting National Health Care, and we're going to get it good and hard
1. We already have partial socialized medicine in the form of Medicare (elderly) and Medicaid (poor).
2. As of 2008 the number of people on these government-provided plans totaled 87.4 million.
3. Medicare will run out of money in 2017 according to last year’s government statistics. The previous year the government said it would be insolvent in 2019. I wonder what next year's numbers will reveal, considering the rising unemployment and the struggling economy (less payroll taxes).
4. As of 2008 there were 46.3 million people without health insurance. About 36 million of these people are promised coverage with the House health welfare bill passed on Saturday evening.
5. How can anyone claim with a straight face that increasing demand for a product by nearly 50% in a newly taxed and regulated market will lower prices? (Better go find that mirror again)
- by Marc Gallagher / Liberty Maven
November 11, 2009

The future of the health care fight
Several news reports today are indicating that some senators consider the Pelosi bill to be d.o.a. in the Senate. And 17 organizations representing over 70,000 physicians have forced a vote in the AMA on withdrawing its support of the Pelosi Plan. Seems a bit late, sure, but it would be a blow for the legislation as it moves to the Senate for consideration.

Ryan Donmoyer and Kristin Jensen have written a very interesting piece for Bloomberg detailing some of the hurdles the big government plan has yet to jump.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
November 11, 2009

Ron Paul in South Carolina, November 9, 2009: "The Politics of Tolerance"
Ron Paul will be in South Carolina this Monday, November 9th to deliver a lecture entitled The Politics of Tolerance, at the University of South Carolina at 7:00pm in Carolina Coliseum.

The lecture will focus on the importance of civility and tolerance in politics and everyday life, the future of individual liberty, and the importance of the Constitution.
- by Michael Nystrom / Daily Paul
November 11, 2009

WHB - Ron Paul Interview
Congressman Ron Paul Interviewed by White House Brief Correspondent Paul Westcott.
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

Washington University Rebuilding the Wall Event
Today, commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall 20 years ago, Washington University Young Americans for Liberty (WUYAL) staged an event on campus that incited great controversy. In order to demonstrate the consequences of socialism, WUYAL crafted a Soviet-style gulag. The four walled, 10 foot high stockade was displayed prominently in the middle of campus for most of the day. Around the prison marched guards dressed in Soviet regalia and inside were abused prisoners who had resisted the socialist regime. Playing in the background was the Soviet National Anthem and a speech containing propaganda to which the prisoners were forced to listen.

Students had a wide range of responses to the event. Some were amused, some were inspired and began arguing the merits of capitalism with our soviet guards, some regarded the event as petty, and others remarked that it was offensive to Russian Americans. The gulag drew a local radio station, the campus newspaper, and many bloggers who interviewed participants and passers by. Flyers were distributed with information regarding the realities of socialism and the destruction which it has caused in the 20th century.
- by PChristo / Campaign For Liberty
November 11, 2009

Confronting the Myth of Deflation
Rand Paul and Peter Schiff respond to the erroneous claim that inflation is not a problem and that we should really be concerned about deflation. Also, Sean Ryan, a liberty activist from Boston, talks about his confrontations with Barney Frank and the president of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank.
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

Lindsey Graham vs. Ron Paul
The angry crowd that confronted Graham at a town hall meeting in Greenville last week were but the most vocal representatives of an ever-growing group of Americans who are fed up with both the excesses of Bush and the even worse excesses of Obama. For the first time in a long time, many Americans are looking back to the Founding Fathers, holding up their Constitution, and seriously reexamining the role of government in their lives. This is fertile ground for an admitted "revolutionary" like Ron Paul. This is dangerous ground for protectors of the status quo like Lindsey Graham. South Carolina's senior senator may be able to say defiantly, "We're not going to be the Ron Paul party," but he won't be able to do so definitely.

And neither can Paul. While any future Republican Party worth having must indeed, finally be hijacked by the principles of limited, constitutional government, big government Republicans like Graham would like nothing more than a safe return to the good old Bush days when constituents would just keep their mouths shut, wallets open, and their votes a-comin.'
- by Jack Hunter / Campaign For Liberty
November 11, 2009

Charleston Republicans Censure Graham
On Monday night, Republicans from moderate, laid-back (and environmentally-friendly) Charleston, S.C. got into the act, formally censuring U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for a litany of offenses, including his support of a so-called "pro-environmental" bill.

Yet while the censure resolution focused significant attention on Graham's partnership with left-wing Democrats on a "Cap & Trade" energy tax hike, Charleston Republicans also included several strongly-worded personal criticisms aimed at the "third Senator from New York."

"Lindsey Graham continues to hold the Republican Party hostage and undermines Republican leadership and party solidarity for his own benefit," the resolution reads. It then notes that Graham "continues to weaken the Republican brand and tarnish the ideals of freedom, rule of law, and fiscal conservatism."

Here is the complete text of the censure resolution as provided to FITS:
- by FitNews.com
November 11, 2009

Peter Schiff at Harvard University 11/07/09
Peter Schiff talks a bit about his campaign and a lot about economics, as per usual. The event was organized by Students for Liberty
- by Daily Paul
November 11, 2009

It's Time to ACT Now Against ACTA
Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement? Or perhaps just another government monstrosity with "good" intentions?
- by David Kramer / The LRC Blog
November 11, 2009

Ron and Rand Paul with Judge Napolitano 11/6/09
On Friday, Congressman Ron Paul and Dr. Rand Paul appeared on The Glenn Beck Show with guest host Andrew Napolitano to discuss the Republican Party's future, third parties, and the important of putting principle over politics.
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

Review: Charles Goyette's 'The Dollar Meltdown'
I started collecting coins back in 1976, when I was just 8 years old. My interest was piqued when a kid brought an old Franklin half-dollar to school one day. I'd always liked the Kennedy halves since there were relatively rare, and getting one in change was a special event. But that Franklin half was something else entirely - like something from another planet! Even as a second-grader, I could tell there was something qualitatively different about it. It just felt different. It was heavier, and had a certain elegant dullness to its finish. It was dirty and worn around the edges in a way that made you think it was no stranger to work.

But in that glorious year of our nation's 200th birthday, America was far enough down its current slide into poverty that it no longer minted coins from silver. The government couldn't afford it any more. That practice had ended a dozen years earlier, and the silver that had circulated in America for hundreds of years had quietly disappeared. A silver coin was something entirely new - and exciting - to my eight-year-old eyes.
- by Michael Nystrom / Daily Paul
November 11, 2009

Man tries to sell $1100 one ounce gold coin for $50; no takers.
Mark Dice tries to sell a one ounce pure cold coin for $50 but nobody has a clue how much gold is worth, and nobody wanted it.
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

Gold & the dollar carry trade
Schiff Report Video Blog Nov 9th 2009
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

Ballad of Rand Paul
Rand Paul for U.S. Senate - Kentucky, ballad of rand paul song
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

Ron Paul Undecided On 2012 Presidential Run
Following speculation by CNN and the L.A. Times last week that Ron Paul could be about to make an early announcement on a 2012 presidential bid, the Texas Congressman told the Alex Jones Show today that he was still undecided on whether to run.

Paul may have dropped a subtle hint when he stated, "I think we'll do better if we ever do it again," suggesting that he will be able to surpass the success he had in 2008.

"But they just close down shop if they think you're going to win so you're going to have a lot of obstacles to overcome," said Paul, adding that if he were to run again he could take advantage of a national platform to get people talking about real issues once again, such as the Federal Reserve.

As Alex Jones has emphasized, Ron Paul is the only candidate who will inject real issues into an otherwise sterile debate format, and with the world government takeover unfolding at rapid pace, the timing could not be more prescient.
- by Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com
November 11, 2009

Ron Paul on Alex Jones Show 11/05/09 - Part 2
Alex welcomes back to the show physician, member of the Liberty Caucus and Republican Congressman for the state of Texas Ron Paul.
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

END THE FED! November 22 - Nationwide Action Day
Full information, including a rally at location near you: endthefedusa.ning.com
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

Libertarianism 101: Who owns you?
Our families often make claims on our time and resources . . .

Our government makes claims on our time (we're required to attend school; we work in order to pay taxes; we're required to take certain vaccinations; jury duty is not optional, nor is the draft), our resources (taxes, property restrictions, traffic regulation), our intellect (once again, we work to pay taxes; we are also regulated in our professions, and certain activities prohibited, even though we may be capable of them).
- by Rachel Hawkridge / Examiner.com
November 11, 2009

Take Our Freedom Back!
Band of Patriots
- by You Tube
November 11, 2009

Remember, Remember, The Fifth of November! Multi-Candidate Donation Event - TODAY!
Please join us this November 5th for the largest one day multi-candidate donation event in history.

Make your pledge at: This November 5th.com
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Congressman Ron Paul on Morning Meeting w/ Dylan Ratigan 11/5/09
Dr. Paul blasts the Keynesians in this interview on November 5, 2009.
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Mel Watt The Gentleman From Wachovia
Mel Watt gutted HR 1207. Let's send him a message.
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Ron Paul at Financial Services Hearing 11/4/09
Congressman Ron Paul at the Financial Services Committee markup for "Investor Protection Act of 2009 (to be reported as H.R. 3817)"
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Keeping the Pressure On to Audit the Fed
On Tuesday, C4L President John Tate appeared on Judge Napolitano's Freedom Watch to talk about recent attempts to water down Audit the Fed and C4L's plans to fight for H.R. 1207 as originally written.
- by Freedom Watch / Fox News
November 5, 2009

Smashing the Axis of Financial Fraud
Even earlier, Thomas Jefferson had predicted the reason for such a sorry state of affairs:

From the conclusion of the [W]ar [of Independence] we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights.[2]

Jefferson was all too prescient. Ever since his day, the political class has looked elsewhere than to the American people for support—and always found it from the financial class.

The financial class has arrayed itself on the side of the political class, and the political class has arrayed itself on the side of the financial class—not just in an incestuous coupling, but in the veritable fusion of a political-cum-financial hermaphrodite: the full integration and consolidation of bank and state.

This unholy alliance has always centered around a mechanism by means of which the financial class can create ersatz "money" out of nothing tangible-through a monopolistic national bank (the First and Second Banks of the United States), then a national banking conglomerate (the National Banks of the Civil War), and finally a fully corporative-state banking apparatus (the modern Federal Reserve System), all operating on the basis of "reserves" so increasingly fractional that they have now become essentially fictional. Through the General Government, the political class has guaranteed the continuance of this scheme, in one form or another, for more than two hundred years.

By so doing, the political class has always been able to count on the support of the financial class—but only at the cost of enabling the financial class to exercise exorbitant influence over the General Government, and through the General Government over the American people themselves.
- by Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Ph.D., J.D. / NewsWithViews
November 5, 2009

Ron Paul on Fox Business "Nightly Scoreboard" 11/04/2009
America's Nightly Scoreboard David Asman The "Bloated Government" Special Program
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Government Statistics and Lies
There has been a lot of talk in Washington recently about senior citizens, mostly about how various healthcare reform models would help or hurt them. But there is another critical issue that has quietly devastated seniors financially over the last few decades. It concerns how the cost of living is calculated. How does the administration justify not giving a cost of living increase to Social Security recipients this year?

According to the official Consumer Price Index calculation, life has gotten cheaper for the first time in decades. If the government can show statistically that the cost of living has gone down, not up, then they can make the case for not giving a cost of living increase to social security recipients. But does this match reality? Using older calculations of CPI, the cost of living has actually increased – by roughly 5 percent!

Economist John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics has estimated that if the original methodology of CPI had not changed, Social Security checks would be nearly double what they are today. This represents a lot of money that politicians have been able to literally steal from seniors
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
November 5, 2009

The GOP Should Dump the Neocons
The founders envisioned a federal government constitutionally limited to defending our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For that to happen, we must have at least one political party that strongly advocates limiting the power of government. For much of the 19th century, that party was the Democrats. For the early part of the 20th century and from the early 1960s through 1988, that party was the Republicans.

Today, it is difficult to find noninterventionists in either party.

The Democrats demonstrate a disdain for capitalism, free trade and the validity of contracts. They cheer the restriction of certain types of speech on campus and in federal law, and think nation-building is our moral obligation, even when there is no discernible U.S. interest involved. Lately, the Democrats have been popularly associated with principled opposition to waging war in far-flung corners of the globe. But evidence on the ground today tells a somewhat different tale.

As for the GOP, it has outwardly abandoned the limited-government principles of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. Little other evidence is needed than the Medicare prescription drug benefit -- with its $13-trillion unfunded liability -- passed with a strong-arm campaign by the Bush White House and a Republican congressional majority.
- by Edward H. Crane / CATO
November 5, 2009

Alex Jones: It's Ron Paul's destiny to run for President in 2012
Texas radio show host and documentary filmmaker Alex Jones recently made a call for Republican Congressman Ron Paul to run for the Presidency in 2012. Documentary filmmaker of such pictures as "Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement" and "Fall of the Republic," Alex Jones recently drafted former 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul for the Presidency in 2012, according to Russia Today
- by Andrew Moran / Digital Journal
November 5, 2009

Survey USA: Rand Paul surges for GOP
The Republican party in Kentucky has never seen anything like it. Bowling Green eye doctor Rand Paul has no political experience, but with the support of the same people who backed his Dad, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, when he ran for president. Rand Paul has now at least pulled even with Secretary of State Trey Grayon in the GOP U.S. Senate primary.

32% Grayson
35% Paul
2% Johnson
1% Oerther
3% Thoney
10% Other
18% Undecided

In fact, the WHAS11/Survey USA poll has Paul ahead of Grayson by three percentage points, with a 4.1 percent margin of error. While Grayson is down five from our last poll 11 weeks ago, Paul has gained nine points since then.
- by Joe Arnold / WHAS11.com
November 5, 2009

Paul blasts no-shows at forum for Senate candidates at UK
Republican Rand Paul chided his three chief rivals in the race for U.S. Senate for not attending a public forum Wednesday at the University of Kentucky for next year's U.S. Senate candidates.

Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon, accused Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and Attorney General Jack Conway of "elitism and arrogance" for not appearing at the event that attracted more than 100 people.

He said he thought Grayson, a fellow Republican, may be "too busy reviewing the latest poll results" to attend the forum.

A poll released Tuesday by WHAS11/Survey USA showed Paul, the son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, ahead of Grayson by 3 percentage points in their race to win next May's GOP primary election for the U.S. Senate.
- by Jack Brammer / Bluegrass Politics
November 5, 2009

Will Senate Conservatives Endorse Rand Paul?
I listened to the Senate Conservatives (of which U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) is Chair) conference call tonight, and 79% of conservatives voted to have the Senate Conservative PAC endorse and support Rand Paul over Trey Grayson. No official endorsement was made as a result of this poll. However, there were thousands of people on this conference call, so I think it's quite telling. These are genuine people who are upset about the Republican Party takeover by big government liberals.

Here are the results of the PAC poll.
Greyson: 5%
Rand Paul: 79%
Undecided: 16%

Now whether this means Senator DeMint and Co will actually endorse Rand, I don't know. I think it's likely though. DeMint was the 1st Republican to co-Sponsor (1st Co-Sponsor period actually) of Senator Bernie Sanders Bill to Audit the Fed, the Senate version of Ron Paul's House bill to Audit the Fed.
- by Rand For Senate
November 5, 2009

Operation Health Freedom - Andrew Napolitano
As part of our Operation Health Freedom series, Judge Andrew Napolitano looks at health care and a justified use of Congress' interstate commerce regulation power. Americans should be free to buy insurance across state lines.
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Operation Health Freedom: Rand Paul
As part of our Operation Health Freedom series, Dr. Rand Paul discusses the true nature of the health care crisis, what causes prices to skyrocket, access to care, and how to fix the government-caused problems.
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Paul's Good Health Care Idea
Ron Paul, the libertarian congressman from Texas, whom nobody ever confused with a me-too Republican, has proposed a health care reform that deserves the name "reform."

It's almost certain not to get anywhere, though. Which might be a mercy. Americans might risk broken arms reaching for it too fast.

It's this. Whatever a family has to pay for the doctor, the hospital, the pills or the shots, it could deduct on their federal tax return.

Get that? A 100 percent tax credit on health care costs. Socialized medicine turned inside out, you might say.

Instead of the government taking care of us, we take care of ourselves. And by just that amount, lowering our tax bills.

The screams in Washington might be heard clear to Pittsburgh, where the congressman who marches to his own drummer grew up in suburban Munhall. Pangs of tax starvation would grip the Treasury. Rep. Paul, a retired physician, would treat that malady by putting Uncle Sam on a severe spending diet. In short, a snowball's chance.

Yet his proposed H.R. 1495, the Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act of 2009 is a useful exercise. It demonstrates how market forces might yet rope in the inflation that's stampeding toward socialism.
- by Jack Markowitz / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 5, 2009

Operation Health Freedom - Peter Schiff
As part of our Operation Health Freedom series, Euro Pacific Capital President Peter Schiff talks about problems with the employer-based health care system and how costs would go down over time without government involvement in health care.
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Americans are Frightened by Government Control
Yesterday Republicans won in two crucial local elections in the U.S. Is that an indication that Americans are disillusioned with the way Obama is taking the country? Will libertarians or other third party candidates have a chance in 2012? Priya Sridhar talks to John Dennis, a Republican running for Congress against Nancy Pelosi about their chances.
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Ron Paul: Government Can Quarantine People
A national emergency has been declared in the United States! But it has nothing to do with the war in Afghanistan, the economic crisis, or the Iranian nuclear situation. Instead, it's all about the H1N1 virus. RT's Dina Gusovsky speaks to Congressman Ron Paul about his take on the vaccine, as well as burning foreign policy issues affecting the United States.
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

The winner of the 2009 elections is: Ron Paul!
Forget the spin and the slop. The real winner of the 2009 elections is the public official and candidate who has championed the core insurgency driving the election. It is Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul.

Paul embodies the anti-Washington, anti-tax, anti-big government, anti-financial insiderism viewpoints that are galvanizing large numbers of activists and voters. It is not a majority, but a majority has never been Ron Paul's goal. Paul is a conviction politician, an idea man, an advocate and a change agent.

I agree with some things Paul says, and disagree with others, but the truth of the matter, politically, is that his agenda has moved center stage and his people are highly motivated and this is a serious movement that is underestimated and misunderstood by Washington insiders.

But for now, for today, my take is forget the smarties and forget the smoothies, because the real winner of the 2009 elections is the gentleman from Texas, Mr. Ron Paul.
- by Brent Budowsky / The Hill
November 5, 2009

Ron Paul in 2012?
As America becomes disillusioned with Obama, there may be an opening for third party candidates. One of those potential candidates is Texas Republican Ron Paul. Although he hasn't announced that he will run in 2012, supporters are pushing for a candidacy.
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Ron Paul and Judge Napolitano 3rd November 2009
Ron Paul on Freedom Watch
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Libertarian freedom activist forcibly hospitalized and drugged
Veteran libertarian civil rights activist Julian Heicklen calls it "an out-and-out kidnapping" when Homeland Security Police forcibly transported him to a hospital where he was injected with Thorazine against his will.

It began shortly after Heicklen arrived at the US District Courthouse in New York City for the third Monday in a row to pass out pamphlets to prospective jurors.

The pamphlet, produced by the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) entitled "A Primer for Prospective Jurors" informs jurors of their right to judge the law and its application as well as the facts in a case, regardless of the judge's instructions to the contrary.
- by Garry Reed / Libertarian News Examiner
November 5, 2009

Count is a Coup for Ron Paul Backers
A group of disaffected Republicans said they felt vindicated Friday night after a count of missing delegate ballots from last year's GOP state convention proved three delegates supporting U.S. Rep. Ron Paul should have been sent to the national convention.

The count has no bearing on the outcome of Nevada's role in nominating U.S. Sen. John McCain as the party's presidential nominee last year. But Paul supporters said the count removes a "sliver" that has been aggravating divisions within the state party since the state convention was abruptly aborted in April 2008.

"This is going to help the party heal," Paul backer Jim Uprichard said. "Every time we have a Republican meeting people ask 'Where are the ballots?' This is the truth and you can't heal without the truth."
- by Anjeannette Damon / RGJ.com
November 5, 2009

Revolution's Eve - 11/5/2012
It's time for real change.

This is not about Democrat or Republican, left or right. It is about the people uniting to confront the deadening consensus that crosses party lines and dominates our major media.

Election Day 2012 falls on November 6th. On that day we will see hundreds, if not thousands, of youth candidates elected to local and state offices all across America.

Preparing for that day in the coming years will inspire millions of Americans to join our revolution. But this is a cause that we the youth must lead.

On November 5th, 2012, let us raise our voices like never before.
- by You Tube
November 5, 2009

Ron Paul: Important News on Audit the Fed
In this Audit the Fed update, Dr. Paul explains what is happening with HR 1207 in the Monetary Policy Subcommittee, describes his plan to protect 1207 in the full Financial Services Committee, and provides ideas on actions we can take to keep Audit the Fed from being watered down.
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

CFL Weekly Update 10/30/2009
In his latest C4L video, Congressman Paul reports on a recent House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing concerning Iran as well as a House Financial Services Committee hearing on financial regulations, and addresses the GDP.
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

Ron Paul: Let the Dollar Prove Itself
A growing number of Americans are becoming aware of the Federal Reserve System, what it is, how it has precipitated our financial crisis, and how it continues to pursue policies that delay economic recovery and weaken the dollar.

The Fed's actions, combined with the federal government's bailout bills and stimulus packages, have struck a nerve in the American people.

Recent polls have shown that more than 75 percent of Americans support efforts to audit the Fed, something which my bill, HR 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, aims to do. HR 1207 has the support of 304 members of Congress, and the Senate version of the bill, S. 604, is supported by 31 U.S. senators.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has embarked on an ambitious program of monetary expansion, more than doubling the monetary base to almost $1.9 trillion and doubling the size of its balance sheet to over $2 trillion, placing the American economy in a precarious position.

If all this excess money begins to be loaned out, the Fed risks creating a hyperinflationary crisis similar to 1920s Germany. If the Fed contracts this money, it risks harming the banks it desperately wants to see bailed out.

It is imperative that the American people know what the Fed is up to, how much money it loans to banks and what types of agreements it enters into with foreign banks and governments. Just about all of this information is exempt from audit or oversight. The Fed's actions directly affect the value of the dollar, which is coming under increasing pressure from our foreign creditors. If we do not wish to see a complete collapse of the dollar, the Fed needs to be subject to a strict audit of its actions, if not an outright abolition of its charter.

While I would like nothing more than to see the Federal Reserve abolished, it is not absolutely necessary to do so with direct legislation.
- by Ron Paul / CNN
October 31, 2009

Federal Reserve Policy Audit Legislation 'Gutted,' Paul Says
Representative Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who has called for an end to the Federal Reserve, said legislation he introduced to audit monetary policy has been "gutted" while moving toward a possible vote in the Democratic-controlled House.

The bill, with 308 co-sponsors, has been stripped of provisions that would remove Fed exemptions from audits of transactions with foreign central banks, monetary policy deliberations, transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee and communications between the Board, the reserve banks and staff, Paul said today.

"There's nothing left, it's been gutted," he said in a telephone interview. "This is not a partisan issue. People all over the country want to know what the Fed is up to, and this legislation was supposed to help them do that."
- by Bob Ivry / Bloomberg
October 31, 2009

"If We Do What's Right, It Will Benefit the Entire World."
On Thursday, Congressman Paul questioned Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at a House Financial Services Committee meeting on financial regulations.
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

Ron Paul, Gearing Up for 2012?
The man's got a following, that's for sure.

Tuesday it was announced that Texas Republican Ron Paul, who wowed the Libertarian crowd during the 2008 election with his call for limited government, is set to deliver an address at the University of South Carolina on Nov. 9 about the "future of individual liberty and the importance of the U.S. Constitution."

As if that were not enough, the following week he's scheduled to speak in Iowa, that pivotal early caucus state, with stops in Ames and Des Moines.

By this morning speculation was rife that South Carolina, which holds one of the early primaries in the presidential calendar, could be the launching pad for a new Ron Paul bid. As CNN's Political Ticker put it, "Will Ron Paul give it another go in 2012?"
- by The Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2009

Alex Jones Drafts Ron Paul for 2012 Presidency Bid
On speculation that Congressman Ron Paul may soon announce his intentions to run again for President in 2012, radio host Alex Jones has urged that he do so in an effort to once again spread the message of liberty on a grassroots level. Ron Paul, Jones says, would be the only candidate to foster debate on real issues, and would be the only candidate to operate under the Constitution's guidelines.

Though Paul was considered a long-shot leading up to the 2008 Republican primaries, he generated substantial fundraising and proved deadly against the milk-toast 'Republican-in-name-only' candidates that included one-time front runner Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and, of course, John McCain.

Video: Alex Jones Drafts Ron Paul for 2012 Presidency Bid

Alex Jones hopes to further spread the message of Ron Paul's campaign, who has proved prescient on a wide-variety of issues where other candidates proved short-sighted and flat wrong, including the Dollar's demise. The call to return to Constitutional government and otherwise revitalize freedom has been spread through decentralized groups all across the country as well as in Ron Paul's on-going "Campaign for Liberty" and his son Rand Paul's viable bid for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Now, with Barack Obama falling in the polls and ringing hollow on his promises, another opportunity has arisen for a truly Constitutional candidate to win the Presidency and wake mainstream America out of its spell.

Launching the campaign for 2012 in the near future would send shockwaves into the halls of political debate, in online searches for topics like "End the Fed" and would force the Mainstream Media to go into damage control as the unstoppable message from the bottom up seeks to reclaim our Republic.

Run Ron, Run!
- by Aaron Dykes / Prison Planet
October 31, 2009

A Million Dollars Per Stimulus Job
According to Reuters, "The Obama White House on Friday said it believed grants and loans from the $787 billion economic stimulus plan approved early this year had saved or created 640,329 jobs so far."

We don't know exactly how this was determined and how accurate it is. But consider that. The U.S. government spends over $700 billion and, even if we take its word at face value, manages to have "saved or created" fewer than 700 thousand jobs. That's more than a million dollars per job. Of course, true growth of the economy, true health in the private sector, would mean the creation of jobs that cause economic growth, and much of these jobs do not represent as much wealth as was poured into them. Real jobs make money. Government-created jobs come at a loss. Otherwise the government wouldn't need to get involved -- if they were profitable jobs, the market would sustain them. Only jobs that don't produce more than they consume have to be sustained through subsidy.

But who couldn't create or save a job for a million dollars? If you gave me $700 billion, I could create 700 thousand jobs, too. I'd just pay people a million dollars each to stay at home. The sad thing is, such a total waste could actually be less destructive to the economy than what our government's doing right now.
- by Anthony Gregory / Campaign For Liberty
October 31, 2009

Democrats Unveil Health Reform Plan, C4L Has the Alternative
Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats announced their health insurance reform bill. The unveiling was followed by a call for a vote on the legislation next week.

"We believe the Democrats` health insurance proposal is far from the answer to reforming health care for the better," said John Tate, President of Campaign for Liberty. "Their bill forces people to purchase health insurance, increases premiums, and creates a public option that will eventually go the way of other bankrupt government-run programs."

"Campaign for Liberty is proposing that Congress try passing legislation that promotes true health freedom," continued Tate.

Tate went on to propose an alternative package, which includes legislation introduced by Congressman Ron Paul.
- by Business Wire / Reuters
October 31, 2009

Ron Paul vs. Michael Moore on Larry King CNN 10/29/2009
On Thursday, Congressman Paul appeared on Larry King Live to discuss capitalism, health care, the war in Afghanistan, and what the role of government in society should be.
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

Doctors Speak Out Against Government Controlled Medicine
Doctors speak up for their patients and warn against insurance company and government. run medicine.
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

House Health Bill Is 1,990 Pages!
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

Government Outlaws Free Health Care
As noted in a story by James W. Harris at The Advocates for Self-Government, a group that wants to provide free medical care to our nation's poor is being blocked by government bureaucrats:

An organization of volunteer doctors and other health care professionals wants to provide free medical care to tens of thousands of poor people across America.

But - incredibly - government bureaucrats wont let them.

That's the extraordinary story told by journalist David Freddoso in the Washington Examiner newspaper.

The article begins this way:
- by Mike Miller / Liberty Maven
October 31, 2009

The Fallacies of Another New Deal
Because "New Deal" talk is in the air, perhaps we need not only to understand the programs of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, but also to understand why the economic conditions existed that made his series of radical programs politically possible. Fear and economic chaos give politicians an opening they might not otherwise have when times are normal or even good. However, most, if not all, of the time, politicians and government policy-makers are the ones who are responsible either for the crises themselves or for creating the conditions that brought the crises into existence. The events leading up to the Great Depression were no exception, just as the current financial crises have government intervention stamped all over them.

In looking at the New Deal and the things that led up to it, we first have to understand the economic events that occurred before the huge stock-market crash in 1929. Furthermore, we have to understand that the crash did not cause the Great Depression.
- by William Anderson / Campaign For Liberty
October 31, 2009

How Empire Killed the Currency
Charles Goyette, our long-lost former co-contributor to Antiwar Radio and author of The Dollar Meltdown: Surviving the Impending Currency Crisis with Gold, Oil, and Other Unconventional Investments, discusses the enormous costs of maintaining a world empire - especially these last few wars, how the general public is mesmerized by CNBC and ignorant of economics, why keeping government out of the money creation business is essential to maintain liberty, the U.S. dollar's weakening role as reserve currency despite decades of post-Bretton Woods hegemony, China's attempt to limit exposure to U.S. government debt while stockpiling commodities and the danger that the endgame of the current U.S. monetary system could be a command economy.

MP3 here. (79:12)
- by Antiwar Radio
October 31, 2009

Neocon Challenges Ron Paul in Texas
Tim Graney of Katy, Texas, has announced a bid to unseat Ron Paul in the 14th congressional district of Texas. According to FortBendNow, a news website in Houston, Graney is a small business owner and this is his first political campaign. Graney told FortBendNow the district needs a new voice in Congress, particularly in the area of foreign policy.

Ron Paul adamantly opposes the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. "I believe our founding fathers had it right when they argued for peace and commerce between nations, and against entangling political and military alliances. In other words, noninterventionism," Paul wrote in 2007. He believes Congress needs to reassert its authority over foreign policy. The Constitution makes no distinction between domestic and foreign matters, Paul insists. "Policy is policy, and it must be made by the legislature and not the executive."

"I am a fiscal conservative, but I do not support Ron Paul's weak foreign policy views, nor do I support his do whatever you want ultra-Libertarian views that conflict with our American values," Graney said.

In other words, Graney subscribes to the unitary executive doctrine of an imperial presidency. The Constitution makes a distinction between the power of the Congress and that of the president by stating that Congress shall "make all laws" and the president shall "take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

Graney apparently believes invading small countries and killing large numbers of people - more than a million so far in Iraq - represents "American values."

Ron Paul is not an "ultra-Libertarian" (ultra-libertarianism would be defined as anarchism). Paul is a mainstream Libertarian. Mainstream Libertarians support free market capitalism by advocating a right to private property, minimal government regulation of property, minimal taxation, and rejection of the welfare state, all within the context of the rule of law.
- by Kurt Nimmo, Infowars / Daily Paul
October 31, 2009

The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex - Part 2 - Part 3
Larry Wilkerson: The beginning of the American "Imperial Rome" and Eisenhower's warning - From US debt to the geopolitics of oil, the US empire will come to an end - Will the empire end with good leadership or blood?
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

War and Lies featuring Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich
I remember that the guy (Ron Paul) who asked for an immediate pull out of our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan received the largest donations from the military. Maybe, our men and women in the military are also impractical.

This is dedicated to every single life that we have lost in this needless and mindless war.
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

Rand Paul at Lions Dinner
Dr. Rand Paul served food at the annual BG Lions Beans and Cornbread Dinner. His opposition has hired a cameraman to follow Dr. Paul around and video him. We decided to ask him a few questions.
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

The Most Important Argument Against Drug Prohibition
The only unanswerable argument is the argument from the standpoint of liberty and freedom from government intrusion into one's personal life. Nowhere in his article does Gray even consider that it is neither the job of government nor the business of any individual to prohibit, regulate, restrict, or otherwise control what a man desires to eat, drink, smoke, inject, absorb, snort, sniff, inhale, swallow, or otherwise ingest into his body.

Whether drugs are used for medical or recreational use is of no consequence. And neither does it matter whether drug use will increase or decrease. A government with the power to outlaw harmful substances or immoral practices is a government with the power to ban any substance or practice. There should be no such thing as a controlled substance.

Conservatives who revere the Constitution should support both the freedom to use drugs for any purpose and a free market in drugs. Nowhere does the Constitution authorize the federal government to intrude itself into the personal eating, drinking, or smoking habits of Americans. Indeed, before the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914, there were no federal drug laws in the United States.
- by Laurence M. Vance / Campaign For Liberty
October 31, 2009

Press For Truth Covers Day 1 of H1N1 vaccinations in Toronto
Press for Truth reporter and director of the upcoming film United We Fall Bryan Law covers the first day of a mass vaccination program which has begun in Toronto Canada. Thousands of Canadians in the so called at risk group are being encouraged to line up right away. Bryan spoke with the concerned Canadians about why they were lining up to get the shot and it quickly became clear that the propaganda machine is kicking the fear state into overdrive
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

Finnish minister of health says the swine flu pandemic is a hoax! SHE WAS FIRED weeks later!
People are waking up. This is one brave woman and gets this spot on and down to the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/wa...
- by Daily Paul
October 31, 2009

300 Days
Swine flu mortality
- by Flickr
October 31, 2009

Doctors Speak Out About H1N1 Vaccine Dangers
Are vaccines today more dangerous, in some cases, than the diseases? Has something gone wrong with the system or the companies making them? Filmed at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccinations (sponsored by the Nat'l Vaccine Information Center) in October, 2009, listen to what these health professionals have to say!
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

Ron Paul Goes Ivy League
All these Ron Paul kids have yet to come to terms with the fact that they live in a thoroughly socialist world, and that strikes me as just fine. If there's any chance we're going to get out of this mess we're in, we'd better pray they never do.
- by C.J. Maloney / LewRockwell.com
October 31, 2009

The Myth of Objective Journalism
The Obama administration's decision to treat Fox News as a political opponent rather than a viable news outlet has angered many conservatives. Not I. Fox News is not and never has been "objective journalism." But neither is MSNBC, CNN, or every other corporate outlet that disseminates politically-biased disinformation.

It's no secret that Obama and Fox have long been "ready to rumble," so why not finally remove the blinders and the gloves so that Fox can get to their business, unfettered, of beating this administration into a bloody pulp?

Which is exactly what MSNBC, CNN, and every other liberal news outlet should have done to the last president. For all the bad press conservatives complained about Bush getting from the liberal media, where in the hell was any hard-nosed journalism leading up to the invasion of Iraq, when a more thorough investigation into the administration's allegations about WMDs and Saddam Hussein's alleged ties to Osama Bin Laden could have swayed public opinion, maybe preventing a costly and unnecessary war?
- by Jack Hunter / Campaign For Liberty
October 31, 2009

SA@Takimag - Pennsylvania Avenue Whores
Not only should Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson not have apologized for calling the Federal Reserve's top lobbyist a "K Street Whore"-- he should have expanded his argument.
- by You Tube
October 31, 2009

Do you prefer a real Fed audit, or a fake one?
We're pleased to welcome BJ Lawson to the pages of the Downsizer-Dispatch as a Commentator.

Here's BJ's first call to action . . .

Your success promoting the Audit the Fed bills has scared the banking cartel into offering a fake alternative, the so-called Federal Reserve Accountability Act (S 1803).

Please send Congress a letter opposing S 1803, and favoring the real Audit the Fed bill, S 604.

You can use my letter to Congress as a guide to your own . . .
- by Mike Miller / Liberty Maven
October 31, 2009

912 Group Member: "I feel cheated that I was led to believe Ron Paul was a kook during the campaign."
This was the comment of an Orange County 9/12 Project group member after watching the Ron Paul grassroots documentary For Liberty How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty at its West Coast Premier.

It changed my mind about Ron Paul - I feel cheated that I was led to believe he was a kook during the campaign. Republicans should stand up and take notice of how he was able to rally people under 40. I look at the monthly agenda of the Orange County Republican Party and just have to shake my head at the luncheons and library meetings. I came out of last year's election cycle wanting to be more involved and to just do something, so I joined the Tea Party movement. Now I wish I had taken a second look at Ron Paul's campaign. But Fox News totally marginalized him and I bought into it. Can we still make a difference in this government? I hope so....I am no longer going to take any media at face value, not even Fox News, which I am a big fan of, and I am not going to toe the Party line. Maybe I am a Libertarian or am I just an American?
- by Michael Nystrom / Daily Paul
October 31, 2009

No Straitjacket
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. —U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Section 2

This December, Barack Obama and other heads of state will meet in Copenhagen to iron out details of an international agreement (i.e., treaty) on climate change. We cannot be sure what will be agreed to, but the plans are daunting enough that one British Lord, Christopher Monckton, speaking in St. Paul declared:
- by Adam de Angeli / Campaign For Liberty
October 31, 2009

The Criminal Gang Called Republicans
Eighteen months after they shut down their Nevada state convention to prevent Ron Paul from doing too well, the Republicans are apparently (and allegedly) going to count the uncounted ballots. But why trust them now more than then? (Thanks to Doug French)
- by Lew Rockwell / The LRC Blog
October 31, 2009

Anything Less Than Full Disclosure is Unacceptable
Last week a new bill was introduced in the Senate to audit the Federal Reserve. Some backers of my bill HR1207 and the existing Senate companion bill S.604 were a little miffed at this, but depending on how you think about it, this new legislation poses no great threat to our efforts.

With the economy in shambles, people are looking for answers - not just because of lost savings on Wall Street, but because of lost houses on Main Street. Because of the many problems we face, the Federal Reserve and its powers over the economy have come under scrutiny. This translates into a lot of political pressure on Congress. With all the House Republicans signed on as co-sponsors and over half of the Democrats, HR 1207 has enormous bipartisan support. It would be disingenuous for Washington not to embrace the principles behind this bill after all the promises for transparency. How can one credibly argue for more transparency in government in one breath and defend the secrecy of the Federal Reserve in the next?

However, there is still very powerful resistance to the disclosures that HR 1207 would require and efforts to weaken it will continue to pop up before this issue is settled.

The good news is that Washington is responding and the Federal Reserve has become the issue. Concerned Americans need to keep the pressure on by continuing to define what we want, and what we do not want.
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
October 28, 2009

Ron Paul Interview
Dr. Paul will be interviewed on What's Working Now on CNN 650 radio in Houston tonight at 6 pm eastern. Listen live here.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
October 28, 2009

Ron Paul to Visit South Carolina
Will Ron Paul give it another go in 2012?

The Texas congressman and hero of limited government advocates will visit the key early primary state of South Carolina on Nov. 9 to deliver a speech "on the future of individual liberty and the importance of the U.S. Constitution" at the University of South Carolina, student groups said Tuesday. The announcement comes a week after Paul scheduled a visit to Iowa on Nov. 13 to speak to students at Iowa State University.

The onetime Republican presidential hopeful finished in fifth place in last year's South Carolina primary, behind Mitt Romney but ahead of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Other potential 2012 candidates - including Mike Pence, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee - have already visited South Carolina this year or have made plans to do so.

Paul's appearance was organized by the University of South Carolina Honors College, the Carolina Debate Union and Young Americans for Liberty, a student group of Paul supporters.
- by Peter Hamby / CNN
October 28, 2009

Can Government "Manage" the Economy?
The race for governor here in Virginia is reaching new heights of boredom with a new battle between the candidates. This time the raging battle is over which candidate can better "manage the economy."

How ridiculous is that?

Think about it: how in the world does a governor - or any other government official - "manage an economy"? More important, what business does any government official have trying to "manage the economy"?
- by Jacob G. Hornberger / Campaign For Liberty
October 28, 2009

Ron Paul on H1N1
In his latest C4L update, Ron Paul discusses the H1 N1 "emergency," health freedom, and Obama's interesting decision.
- by You Tube
October 28, 2009

Ron Paul Questions Why Obama Daughters Haven’t Taken Swine Flu Vaccine
Congressman Ron Paul has questioned why, despite his efforts to encourage the general public to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus, President Barack Obama has refused to allow his own daughters to take the swine flu shot.

Despite the fact that Obama on Friday declared a national emergency in response to the H1N1 outbreak, he apparently doesn’t deem it enough of a threat to have his two daughters vaccinated against the virus.

Such double standards have led media pundits to call for Obama to get his daughters vaccinated on live television, in an effort to encourage American parents to do the same for their kids. The swine flu vaccination program, which was initially intended to be a "mass" inoculation covering the entire population, has been rejected by a majority of Americans who harbor deep suspicions about dangerous additives contained in the vaccine such as mercury and squalene.

In a Campaign For Liberty video message, former Presidential candidate Ron Paul labeled the vaccination program a "failure," and slammed Obama for failing to follow the same advice he gave to the nation.
- by Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com
October 28, 2009

The Threat of Mandatory Vaccinations
The H1N1 "swine" flu is an extraordinarily deadly virus.

You need to get the vaccine or you could suffer the consequences.

So-and-so has died in your neighborhood. Do you want to be next?

The above statements are typical of the lines that have been fed to the people of the world from the controlled media. In fact, the drum beat has been so deafening that you would think that people were dropping like flies. Sure there have been some deaths related to the flu but most have affected individuals with risk factors such as pre-existing lung conditions or people who are immunocompromised. Most healthy individuals that I have personally seen and in general have experienced nothing more than run of the mill flu symptoms.

Unfortunately, a lot of the hysteria has arisen out of disinformation or lack of information. I am going to address some of the disinformation by posing a few questions.
- by Adam Murdock, MD / Campaign For Liberty
October 28, 2009

Grassroots Rebellion Picking Up Steam
There’s nothing like a concentrated dose of liberalism to work like smelling salts on the American public.

Here we are almost one year into the Obama presidency and gun sales are still running hot in the midst of a recession.

Political novices are getting involved and taking off work to rally at Tea Parties - even to the point where nearly a million people traveled to Washington, DC in September to tell Congress and the President that they'd better start taking seriously their oath to uphold the Constitution.

Speaking of Obama, the Presidential Approval Index (as reported by Rasmussen) has dropped more than 30 points since he took office. More Americans now "strongly disapprove" of the President than "strongly approve" of him.

Most encouraging, however, is the change in thinking that seems to be sweeping the nation. People who formerly swallowed the pabulum from the political left are now rethinking their positions.
- by Erich Pratt / NewsWithViews
October 28, 2009

Democrats and Republicans, a generation from now
A generation from now, the Democrats will be different but recognizable, the heirs and person of Barack Obama. But the Republicans will be completely different, the heirs of the late Ron Paul, never President despite his Nobel Peace Prize
- by David Lindsay / The American Conservative
October 28, 2009

Should Marijuana Be Decriminalized?
Read Glenn Greenwald's article, "Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies" here
- by ByteSyle.tv
October 28, 2009

Ron Paul on the Jason Lewis Show 10/21/09 Part 2
- by You Tube
October 28, 2009

Mandated Invasions of Privacy
Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, writes about the threats to freedom and privacy posed by Obama's health care plan in a recent Washington Examiner op-ed.

When it comes to health care legislation, the devil is in the details. Despite what politicians and interest groups are saying, details in current bills compromise both patient choice and medical privacy....
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
October 28, 2009

Video: Rand Paul Has Been A Kentuckian Longer Than Trey Grayson Has Been A Republican
Trey Grayson says that Rand Paul isn't a Kentuckian even though Rand Paul has more donors in the Bluegrass State than Trey Grayson.
- by You Tube
October 28, 2009

Help Ron Paul Fight Big Government
Campaign for Liberty believes it is time to reform the way health care is delivered in America. Years of ruinous government intervention, excessive regulation, and corporatism have damaged the patient-doctor relationship and driven up consumer costs.

The solution to our health care dilemma will not come from some grand scheme concocted by the same people who ran our economy into the ground and who continue to accumulate trillions of dollars in debt.

It will come from choosing freedom by ending government meddling in health care, protecting patient privacy, returning more of our hard-earned tax dollars to us, and ensuring the federal government does not block any information about alternative treatments.

Congressman Ron Paul, an OB-GYN who has delivered more than 4,000 babies, has introduced several pieces of legislation in Congress to bring true change to health care and to protect the American people from further government intrusion.
- by John Tate / Campaign For Liberty
October 28, 2009

What the U.S. Military Can't Do
When the Nobel Committee awarded its annual peace prize to President Barack Obama, it afforded him a golden opportunity seldom offered to American war presidents: the possibility of success. Should he decide to go the peace-maker route, Obama stands a chance of really accomplishing something significant. On the other hand, history suggests that the path of war is a surefire loser. As president after president has discovered, especially since World War II, the U.S. military simply can't seal the deal on winning a war.
- by Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt / Campaign For Liberty
October 28, 2009

A Nobel winner who showed freedom works
Pundits and politicians act as if government can solve almost any problem. At the slightest hint of trouble, the ruling class reflexively assumes that knowledgeable, wise and public-spirited government regulators are capable of riding to the rescue. This certainly is the guiding philosophy of the Obama administration.

So how remarkable it is that this year's Nobel Memorial Prize in economics was shared by Elinor Ostrom, whose life's work demonstrates that politicians and bureaucrats are not nearly as good at solving problems as regular people.
- by John Stossel / WorldNetDaily
October 28, 2009

Rand Paul Addresses the Republican Liberty Caucus - Part 2
Rand Paul addresses Republican Liberty Caucus of Kentucky. Took place on October 24, 2009.
- by You Tube
October 28, 2009

The Wall Street Journal Defends the Predator State
In my last article on these pages, I offered criticism of a New York Times article that had praised the Lincoln administration's property violations in pursuit of military objectives. Today I want to focus on a regular Wall Street Journal columnist who praises the Obama administration's plans to violate property rights in pursuit of socializing medical care. The conventional dichotomy between "liberal" and "conservative" newspapers is spurious: all major news organizations support the welfare-warfare state.
- by Robert Murphy / Campaign For Liberty
October 28, 2009

Warmonger Seeks To Defeat Ron Paul
A Republican chickenhawk is running against Ron Paul in the congressional primary in the 14th district of Texas. Why? Ron opposes federal welfare for business, which this guy denounces as "ultra-libertarianism," and Ron is against "American values," i.e., the global DC empire, and the murder of any foreigner who refuses to bend the knee to birds like this.
- by Lew Rockwell / The LRC Blog
October 28, 2009

Red State Fascist vs. Ron Paul
When Timothy Graney, one of Ron's neocon opponents for the republican nomination for congress in Texas's 14th district, saw Ron at a republican event, he barged through the crowd, arrogantly tapped his name tag, and loudly announced, "See that name? You are going to be seeing that name a lot in the next four months." Ron replied, in typically gentlemanly fashion, that he was glad to meet Graney.

Of course, we will next see that name tag pushed down in the Texas mud, festooned with the treads of Ron's tractor tires. I speak metaphorically, of course.

UPDATE Here is what I mean by red-state fascist.
- by Lew Rockwell / The LRC Blog
October 28, 2009

Jake Towne to Nancy Pelosi - Are YOU Serious?
Last week, the U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, responding to a reporter's question of whether the Constitution gave Congress the authority to enact individual health insurance mandate, kept repeating, "Are you serious?"

Now, let's give Speaker Pelosi the benefit of the doubt and attribute her impolite reply to simple disbelief. In fact, from her point of view her authority is unchallenged per a September press release, and many others such as Politico's Erwin Chemerinsky and even the contemporary Supreme Court agree. From her press release, Pelosi states:

"The Constitution gives Congress broad power to regulate activities that have an effect on interstate commerce. Congress has used this authority to regulate many aspects of American life, from labor relations to education to health care to agricultural production. Since virtually every aspect of the heath care system has an effect on interstate commerce, the power of Congress to regulate health care is essentially unlimited."

The Speaker is certainly correct that federal Congress has certainly legislated on "many aspects of American life." In fact, there is a lot more at stake with the Commerce Clause than "just" our health care - the entire authority for economic central planning rests on this single clause. I strongly disagree with Pelosi that the Constitution allows Congress broad power in this respect.
- by Jake Towne / Liberty Maven
October 28, 2009

Audit The Fed
The Fed's allies in Congress still have plenty of legislative tricks up their sleeve to water down or kill Audit the Fed outright. So the longer we wait, the more dangerous this fight becomes.

That's why it's vital you and I turn up the heat on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and DEMAND the Audit the Fed Bill be brought to the floor for a full, up-or-down roll call vote.

The fact is, with nearly 300 House and 30 Senate cosponsors, there's absolutely no reason for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid not to bring the Audit the Fed Bill to the Floor for a full, up-or-down roll call vote.

After you sign your petitions, please make a contribution to Campaign for Liberty to get more folks in this fight. Unlike the Federal Reserve, Campaign for Liberty cannot just print money out of thin air to finance our operations.
- by Choose Liberty
October 28, 2009

Peter Schiff issues a Red Alert: "Get out of the US dollar"
The writing is on the wall, my friends. If you havent invested in gold & silver yet, you may want to consider doing so. In Peter Shiffs own words, "Get out of the US dollar." Could this be related to the webbot prediction? Time will tell.
- by You Tube
October 28, 2009

NV GOP group forms PAC to oppose Lowden
"Nevada Republicans who supported Ron Paul in last year's GOP presidential contest announced a political action committee Monday to oppose the U.S. Senate bid of former state party chairwoman Sue Lowden."

"Nevada's 2008 delegation dispute began when Paul supporters were poised to win delegates at the state party convention in Reno and the party abruptly shut down the convention"
- by Daily Paul
October 28, 2009

Stimulating Unemployment
Obama predicted more than 3.4 million net jobs would be created. Instead, every state has lost jobs except for North Dakota, which gained a small fraction of what was promised. Altogether, the country has lost 2.7 million jobs. This means the administration was off by about six million jobs.

Had this disaster taken place and the government done nothing, it would surely be blamed on the "free market." Of course, we know that jobs might have been lost anyway, because an artificial boom must lead to a market correction, but it's hard to imagine it would have been this bad this fast. Furthermore, Obama's minimum wage increase has exacerbated the problem. And see Art Carden on how the minimum wage increase and Obama's other policies have accompanied much higher rates of job loss for blacks and other minorities than for whites.

The answer? Repeal the federal minimum wage, reject all stimulus and bailouts, and let the economy correct itself after a decade of being drunk on relentless phony credit.
- by Anthony Gregory / Campaign For Liberty
October 28, 2009

Ron Paul at Joint Economic Committee Hearing 10/22/09
Sorry about the sound issues; the committee had audio issues today
- by You Tube
October 24, 2009

Ron Paul on the Recession: 'None of This is Behind Us'
The U.S. has moved past none of the core issues that brought the economy to its knees last fall, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) suggested Tuesday.

Paul asserted that while some big financial institutions may be starting to reap large profits again, the bailouts put in place to help those firms last year have only worsened the long-term economic standing in the country.

"None of this is behind us," the libertarian Republican said during an appearance on CNN. "All we have done is prolong the agony and very soon people are going to realize, in spite of all these huge profits, Wall Street is still a shaky place to be."

The congressman pinned blame for the stagnant economy on the Federal Reserve, long his bête noire, for having extended too much credit to large banks and similar companies, and called for stricter regulation of the Fed.

Paul said that the system would be unable to recover until the U.S. sets a new basis for the dollar.
- by Michael O'Brien / The Hill
October 24, 2009

TARP Inspector General Says Banking System Now Possibly Worse
CNN's Lauren Kornreich reports today that Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for TARP, is saying that the federal government's actions may have put the country in more danger.

I know, I know... but it's good to hear this coming from the guy in charge of overseeing the program.

"These banks that were too big to fail are now bigger," Barofsky said. "Government has sponsored and supported several mergers that made them larger and that guarantee, that implicit guarantee of moral hazard, the idea that the government is not going to let these banks fail, which was implicit a year ago, is now explicit, we've said it....

To his credit, this is only the latest in the ways Barofsky has taken the government to task for the way it started the TARP and has handled it since.

Read the rest.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

Ron Paul on Freedom Watch 10/22/09
For the most part, the value of the dollar is given cursory attention by the financial media. Typically, its movements are assigned an importance on par with much less determinative metrics such as natural gas futures and construction permits. It's only when major milestones are reached that anyone really takes notice of the dollar. We are living through one of those times.

The great dollar rally of 2008-2009 has come full circle. When the financial crisis exploded in its full ugliness in mid-2008, the dollar, which had steadily declined over the previous four to five years, put in a rally for the record books. By March 2009, as investors across the world sought safety from the financial storm, the index had surged more than 25%. Since then, the dollar has steadily declined to the point where nearly all those gains have vanished. In short, the panic rally has given way to the long term trend.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

Obama's Tax on the Middle Class
President Obama has no intention of keeping his campaign promise not to raise taxes on the middle class. Hiding this will take some clever moves, but maybe, now that he has won the Nobel Peace Prize, he's trying for an Olympic gold medal in mental gymnastics.

The tax increase for the middle class will come as part of his effort to overhaul the 15 percent of the economy devoted to medical care. This became clear when the Senate Finance Committee bill's price tag was disclosed. The Washington Post reported, "The $829 billion cost would be more than offset by reducing spending on Medicare and other federal health programs by about $400 billion over the next decade, and by imposing a series of fees on insurance companies, drugmakers, medical device manufacturers and other sectors of the health industry that stand to gain millions of new customers under the legislation." Obama does not oppose those charges.

"Fees" - that's a euphemism for taxes.
- by Sheldon Richman / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

"Escaping Recession"
Tom Woods recently joined Judge Napolitano on Freedom Watch to look at previous presidents' responses to economic downturns.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

Dollar Forced to Abdicate
For the most part, the value of the dollar is given cursory attention by the financial media. Typically, its movements are assigned an importance on par with much less determinative metrics such as natural gas futures and construction permits. It's only when major milestones are reached that anyone really takes notice of the dollar. We are living through one of those times.
- by Peter Schiff / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

Ron Paul with Tavis Smiley 10/21/09 - Part 2
On Wednesday, Dr. Paul appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show to discuss Afghanistan and ending the Federal Reserve.
- by You Tube
October 24, 2009

Distrusting Climate Change Globalism
The popular theory about anthropogenic climate change, when coupled with the policy recommendations currently being contemplated in seriousness, has broad implications for the future of humanity. Taking the steps being proposed could deepen the recession, impoverish millions of Americans, erode our personal liberty, erode the sovereignty of all nations, and deprive nearly half the world's population of its best shot out of the worst kind of poverty. It is a matter of life and death for so many. And this is all in hopes that a theory which hasn't produced any accurate models is correct that drastic action, over a hundred years, conducted and coordinated by politicians and major industry worldwide, could spare the earth about a degree less in warming - and that degree will make all the difference to the whole planet.

It would seem to me that people should find it natural, not heretical, that many people would look upon all of this with doubt.
- by Anthony Gregory / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

Is Capitalism the Cause or the Solution to the Financial Crisis?
Joining host Dennis McCuistion, Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (Ludwig von Mises Institute) and Steve Forbes (President and CEO, "Forbes Magazine") comment on the financial crisis, speculation in real estate, and artificial stimulus.
- by You Tube
October 24, 2009

CEO of ING Insurance to Woods: Who Cares about Austria's economy?
Tom Woods spoke last night at the UConn School of Business, opposite Tom McInerney, ING Chairman & CEO Insurance Americas (which received $3 billion euros in bailout money from the Dutch government).

The extent to which he was outmatched, though, was revealed in this almost embarrassingly funny episode. McInerney had mentioned that Bernanke was a diligent and knowledgeable student of the Great Depression. So, when it came time for the Q&A, one audience member asked Woods to briefly explain the Austrian view of Great Depression and how it might differ from Bernanke's view. After Woods did this, McIerney took the stage, and as if he were about to unload a devastating blow against Woods, said to him, "this might seem like a bit of an attack. Don't take it too personally." And then.... he began to rant about ... the relatively small size of the country of Austria. I kid you not.

Some audience members began to laugh; others cringed, as McInerney dug his hole deeper while under the illusion that he was unleashing a deadly zinger.
- by Stephan Kinsella / Mises Economics Blog
October 24, 2009

Jesse Benton of Campaign For Liberty on Cavuto 10/22/09
Jesse Benton discusses congressional pay cuts to help the economy
- by You Tube
October 24, 2009

Hot-Air Conservatism
The biggest difference between the so-called "balloon boy" and Graham, is that the six-year-old finally admitted his disingenuousness. Sheriff Jim Alderden, who worked on the runaway balloon case, rightly noted that the boy’s family had "put on a very good show for us, and we bought it." Graham and his Republican Party have put on a show for years - millions of conservative voters have bought it - and yet the GOP still refuses to fess up. Said Graham of his critics without the slightest hint of irony, "The reason I can stand up there and smile confidently and tell them I disagree is I know that most people are with me."

Whether conservatives continue to buy Graham's hot-air is something only time will tell. But rest assured that in the meantime, Lindsey Graham and similar self-described "conservatives" will never admit to their hoax - and worse - will insist that the same old Republican show must go on.
- by Jack Hunter / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

Hey, Lindsey
The other day when Lindsey Graham went after me, and accused me of trying to take over the Republican party, I couldn't help but chuckle. Partisan politics is one thing, and about the only thing politicians understand. But ideas are something else. And our ideas – the ideas of liberty – are capturing the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, and that is what counts.

Ever since our presidential campaign ignited a prairie fire of freedom, especially among young people, I see our progress everywhere. The bureaucrats are right, for example, to be worried at the Federal Reserve. After putting us into this economic pickle, the Fed is under attack for the first time in all its years. The Fed has devalued our dollar by 95% since it was founded by the big banksters and one senator in 1913, but it took the recent boom-bust engineered by the Fed, and then our presidential campaign, to rattle the china at their marble palace on Constitution (!) Avenue.
- by Ron Paul / LewRockwell.com
October 24, 2009

Ron Paul talks Economics on CNN American Morning 10/19/2009
Dr. Paul appeared on CNN American Morning to talk about the Federal Reserve and Wall Street Bonuses.
- by You Tube
October 24, 2009

'Is Ron Paul Good for the GOP?'
Here is a not unthoughtful answer to that stupid question, from Republican analyst Reihan Salam:
- by Lew Rockwell / LRC Blog
October 24, 2009

Ron Paul and Realism
Lew: I have grown so weary of those who accuse critics of a dying, destructive, and inhumane political system of not being "realistic." This guy characterizes Ron Paul's rejection of the war system - about the only thing America is good at exporting anymore - as "a turn from political realism." Fine! If "realism" is Salam's standard - as it ought to be - will he lead efforts to have the news media show the flag-draped coffins being unloaded at military bases? Such a move - quite prevalent during the Vietnam War - will remind all of us of some of the "realistic" costs of warfare.
- by Butler Shaffer / LRC Blog
October 24, 2009

The Philosopher's Stone
"The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people."

-Congressman Ron Paul M.D.
- by You Tube
October 24, 2009

Federal Reserve Accountability Act An Unacceptable Compromise
Washington D.C. October 20, 2009 -Today, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the Federal Reserve Accountability Act S.1803, an attempted compromise on the issue of transparency for America's secretive central bank. The bill would permit an audit of the Fed's actions in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and similar high profile bailouts, but would not allow Congress to review the Fed's inflation of the money supply or the its agreements with foreign central banks.

Legislation that would bring a full audit of the Fed, Congressman Ron Paul's H.R. 1207 and its Senate companion S. 604, has gained strong grassroots support and built tremendous pressure on banking special interests.

Opponents of Fed Transparency argue that a full audit of the Federal Reserve would damage the central bank's "independence" and allow Congress to dictate monetary policy.

"Claims that transparency at the Federal Reserve would leave Congress in charge of monetary policy are simply bogus," said Jesse Benton, Senior Vice President of Campaign for Liberty. "There is absolutely no reason why The American People should not be able to review the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee after a reasonable amount of time has passed."
- by Gary Howard / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

The Fed Strikes Back
We need to let Congress know (repeatedly) how we feel about this. Perhaps even more important, we need to recruit new members to the cause. As always, there's power in numbers, and the more of us making a ruckus, the faster we'll get this done.
- by Bytestyle.tv
October 24, 2009

Action Needed: Stop Senators from Selling Out Audit the Fed
On Tuesday, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced "The Federal Reserve Accountability Act," an attempt to kill HR 1207/S 604 by passing a bill that prevents a full audit and full transparency from America's secretive central bank.

While language in this bill would permit a limited audit of the Fed's actions in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and similar high profile bailouts, it would not allow an audit to review the Fed's inflation of the money supply or its agreements with foreign central banks, among other shortcomings.

Additionally, the names of the institutions who received the funds would not be available until one year after each "emergency" program ended, and you know how quickly the federal government likes to end programs.
- by John Tate / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

Rand Paul Campaign Update
Email from the Rand Paul campaign:
- by Daily Paul
October 24, 2009

What is a Local Coordinator
A Local Coordinator is a volunteer who is willing to go door to door in their precinct or neighborhood regarding an issue that affects their neighborhood. The times that people will go door to door are generally prior to an election to hand out information on candidates or issue that will be on the ballot, when there is a community or neighborhool issue that you want to raise awareness about, or just a neighborhood bar-b-que. Local Coordinators are the most valuable people to make a change in elections. There are 180,000 precincts in the country and if we can get 180,000 people who are willing to be Local Coordinators it will be very easy to make a difference in elections.
- by Robyn Hamlin / Campaign For Liberty
October 24, 2009

Exploding U.S. National Debt Means Bye Bye Miss American Pie
Don McLean was 14 years old in 1959 when he read the bad news on the doorstep. He didn’t realize it at the time, but the American High was coming to a conclusion. The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 marked the end of the High and the start of the Awakening. A stage of turmoil was about to erupt across America. Strauss & Howe describe the mood transition of the country from a High to an Awakening:
- by James Quinn / The Market Oracle
October 24, 2009

RR-24 - Ron Paul 2012, Verichip bridges Gap, FBI in your Face, Lawless Free State
In this edition of the Reality Report Gary Franchi covers a story on the VeriChip moving beyond medical records into the realm of "buying and selling" and a story on the FBI taking advantage of new facial recognition software.
- by The Reality Report
October 24, 2009

The Very Busy Politicians in Washington DC
With a faltering economy, multiple wars, and the approaching demise of the dollar's reserve status, there are more than enough problems to keep politicians in Washington working day and night. In between handing out cash for clunkers and nationalizing healthcare, the administration is busy sending more troops overseas, escalating existing wars, and seeking out excuses to start new wars. Congress is working on "urgent" legislation to address crises like healthcare reform and climate change. The reforms are so very urgent that legislation must pass swiftly with no time to read the bills even though the new laws wouldn't take effect for several years! Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is busy dealing with our dollar crisis by printing up more dollars.

Yes, there certainly is a lot for Washington to do these days. Most, if not all, of what Washington is doing however, is more of what created the problems in the first place. Capitol Hill is filled with politicians running around putting out fires - but with gasoline. The truth is that all these fires keep so many powerful people employed and wealthy that it is not truly in many decision makers' interests to be very effective problem-solvers. If Washington ran out of problems, think how many lobbyists would be out of a job, and how many special interest groups would just disband? Sadly, whatever is bad for the greater economy is good for the economy and job market in DC.
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
October 20, 2009

The Fed Should Be More Transparent
While I oppose giving the Fed any additional power, even members who support an expansion should support dealing with the crucial issue of Fed oversight - before proposals for giving the Fed additional power as a regulator of the financial system are discussed. Using Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, the Fed has gone on the warpath over the past two years. It has involved itself in direct financial support to individual firms such as Bear Stearns and American International Group, has developed new credit facilities to funnel money to numerous other financial companies and has boosted its balance sheet to more than $2 trillion - secure in the knowledge that the legal blocks put in place in 31 U.S.C. 714 to prevent GAO audits of the most significant of the Fed's actions will hide it from any serious oversight. For an organization with arguably as much clout as the rest of the federal government put together to be able to escape significant oversight is a situation that needs to be rectified immediately.
- by Ron Paul / Politico.com
October 20, 2009

Ron Paul: The Dollar Will Collapse
In February of 2009 Ron Paul warned of a US Dollar collapse when China stops buying out debt in this video. There are many good points that Mr. Paul points out in the video but none were more prophetic then calling for the dollar bubble to burst. When the video was recorded the US Dollar index was around 86. Today the US Dollar Index is currently at 75.5.
- by Jesse Wojdylo / SubPrimeBlogger
October 20, 2009

The Christian's Golden Calf
To their shame, American Christians, who profess to serve the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and wouldn't think of making a god out of gambling, Internet porn, or alcohol, have a god - a golden calf - they honor, reverence, and pay homage to. This god demands perpetual thanksgivings. This god demands obeisance on national holidays. This god demands special appreciation days. This god demands songs to be sung in praise to it. This god demands prayers to the Lord God on its behalf. This god demands sacrifices of young men and women. This god demands signs, buttons, shirts, bumper stickers, yellow ribbons, and lapel pins inscribed with its various names and slogans. This god tolerates no criticism of its activities.

The Christian's golden calf is the U.S. military.

Not all Christians, mind you, but a great many Christians from throughout Christendom have exchanged biblical Christianity for imperial Christianity. From Catholic just-war theorists who oppose abortion (but not the killing of people outside of the womb) to progressive Christians who oppose the war in Iraq (but not military intervention in Darfur) to the Religious Right who oppose the persecution of Christians in Muslim countries (but not the American killing of Muslims in Muslim countries) - Christians of all branches and denominations are engaged an idolatrous affair with the U.S. military.

The worst offenders are the independent, evangelical, fundamentalist, and other conservative Christians. And I say this as one of them. With them it is the majority who bow before the golden calf. Yes, the majority. That is the conclusion I reached during the Bush years and that is still my conclusion now. In spite of the waning support for the war in Iraq and the venom directed toward Barack Obama by right-wing Christians, Christian reverence for the military remains unchanged.
- by Laurence M. Vance / LewRockwell.com
October 20, 2009

Ron Paul Returns to Iowa - November 13, 2009
Young Americans for Liberty will host Congressman Ron Paul on Friday, November 13 at 7pm in Benton Auditorium in the Scheman Building at Iowa State University.

This is Congressman Paul's first trip back to Iowa since his 2008 Presidential Campaign.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Iowa State and the Iowa Campaign for Liberty are sponsoring the event to recruit and organize precinct leaders within the state of Iowa.
- by Daily Paul
October 20, 2009

Liberty Candidates 2010: The Year of HOPE
"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and our wealth are in jeopardy." – Dr. Ron Paul

Ever wonder what happened to that sense of hope and change that most of the voters in the United States were swept up by last fall?

America does need "hope." America does need "change."

However, the mainstream Republican and Democratic party machines are both repeating like bad records - "more spending, more taxes, more war, more debt."

If you flip the record, all you hear is "lessliberty, fewer jobs, less prosperity."
- by Jake Towne / Daily Paul
October 20, 2009

Rand Paul Talks Coal Energy Environment
Q & A with Rand Paul on mountaintop removal and energy policy.

The Obama administration is attempting to restrict permits for coal mining. Rand Paul reports from a recent trip to Eastern Kentucky and explains his firm stance in support of the coal industry and private property. On this trip, Rand visited some of the reclaimed areas that had been donated by the coal companies. He found that the coal companies had done a great job at reclaiming the land. While he was there, he came across a herd of elk.

In this video, Rand Paul also explains his position on alternative energy, cap and trade, and carbon emissions.
- by You Tube
October 20, 2009

Whole Foods Founder One of Us
If you have the time, here is an excellent 1 hour interview with John Mackey. About 3/4 of the way through, he wishes Ron Paul had been nominated and says who he voted for.

The interview ranges from free market healthcare, economics and "conscious capitalism," to humane treatment of pigs (sounds like he read Animal Farm, too). I think he correctly states the problem and the solution for free market capitalism.
- by Daily Paul
October 20, 2009

URGENT! Obama's intent to end the USA becomes clear. Upcoming Climate Change Treaty Would End National Sovereignty
Through all the outrageous nonsense of the past nine months and fifteen days, from the bailout bill through cap and trade to the health care debacle, and everything in between, I've never been able to shake the feeling that no one thing has been a goal unto itself, but merely just another step.... to something. But what?

Now it seems the clearly communist agenda is coming to fruition. With the information contained in the following link, I now understand the purpose of everything which has come before, up to and including putting the elegibility court date off until January.

Ladies and gentlemen... the other shoe has finally dropped. Prepare to defend yourselves.
- by Daily Paul
October 20, 2009

Flu, Me? Public Remains Wary Of H1N1 Vaccine
Fewer than half of Americans say that they are planning to receive the new H1N1 swine flu vaccine, according to recent polls — a trend that is leaving many health professionals at a loss.

Public health officials and the medical community are scrambling to figure out how to convince more Americans to get vaccinated when supplies of the vaccine become more widely available, but it won't be easy.
- by Kevin Whitelaw / NPR
October 20, 2009

Ron Paul - Hearing on Afghanistan 10/15/2009
Ron Paul gives opening statement and then questions the panel during House Foreign Affairs Committee on the War in Afghanistan on October 15th, 2009.
- by You Tube
October 20, 2009

Rand Paul at the Garrard County Courthouse
A good speech by Dr. Rand Paul. Delivered on October 17, 2009 at the Garrard County Courthouse in Lancaster, Kentucky.

Rand Paul's youngest son, Robert, introduces him to the crowd's warm reception on a cold October day.
- by You Tube
October 20, 2009

Can Paul win Kentucky Senate race?
During the past three months, Rand Paul has shaken the political establishment by raising more than $1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign.

Money is important in determining whether a candidate is truly viable in an election. And leading all candidates - Republican and Democrats - during the quarter is certainly impressive for a previously little-known candidate.

But money's not the only factor in judging if a candidate can win.
- by JOSEPH GERTH / The Courier-Journal
October 20, 2009

Why Lindsey Graham Sucks by the Southern Avenger
A reflection on the embarrassing career of South Carolina Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham.
- by You Tube
October 20, 2009

Thomas Jefferson's "Original Rough draft Located in the library of congress
(This is Professor Julian Boyd's reconstruction of Thomas Jefferson's "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence before it was revised by the other members of the Committee of Five and by Congress. From: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Vol. 1, 1760-1776. Ed. Julian P. Boyd. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950, pp 243-247) (Italics ours.)

Jefferson's "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence
- by jason arnold9 / Campaign For Liberty
October 20, 2009

"There's not enough money in the world for Ron Paul to convince people he represents mainstream conservatism," Graham said!
"I am intent on making sure that people do not judge the county by this group," he said. "If this ever became the face of Greenville County, it would be harder to recruit industry."

He said he will sometimes speak at Republican functions and has become alarmed at the topics he's asked about that weigh heavily on the minds of some people.

They will ask what would happen if the president is assassinated, or if the entire economy collapses, or if China decides to call in its loans to the U.S., Woodard said.

"I'm kind of jarred by it," he said.
- by Daily Paul
October 20, 2009

Monsanto and Dupont Practically Own the Meal on Your Plate
If you know a farmer or grower, please pass this article on, it contains a list of sources for non GMO seeds and a growing number of Americans who have seen the danger. Ireland has just banned all GMO crops.

Monsanto and its competitors want to own and take a percentage from every seed humans cultivate to eat. Eliminating nature's seed and substituting their own.
- by philprism / Campaign For Liberty
October 20, 2009

Politico: The Ron Paul Revolutionaries
The Ron Paul revolutionaries. The heirs to Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) libertarian-oriented presidential campaign proved to be just as effective at fundraising as Paul himself.

Republican Rand Paul, the congressman's son, tapped into his father's national grassroots network of libertarian-minded donors to raise an eye-popping $1 million—more than anyone else in the open Kentucky Senate contest.

What's truly striking about his numbers is that Paul hasn't even focused his fundraising efforts in Kentucky yet.

Paul's strong performance has shaken conventional wisdom in the state, where he wasn't initially viewed as a strong candidate. Now there's open talk that he has a chance of defeating Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who has national party support, in next May's Republican primary.

In the Connecticut Senate race, Ron Paul's former economic adviser Peter Schiff -one of the first economists to predict the oncoming recession-is also making his presence known. He outraised Dodd and led his GOP primary opponents in fundraising with over $1 million.
- by Daily Paul
October 20, 2009

Press Release: White House Teamed With Corporate Lobby to Push Health Bill
Washington D.C., October 16, 2009 - Today, the Politico reports that the Obama administration and senior Senate Democrats collaborated with health industry lobbyists to formulate a million dollar advertising campaign to help gain support for its health care reform proposal.

According to the story, aides from both the White House and the office of Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and industry lobbyists created groups like Americans for Stable Quality Care and Healthy Economy Now to pay millions for television ads supporting the President's health care reform efforts.
- by Gary Howard / Campaign For Liberty
October 20, 2009

Rand Paul Wins Q3 Fundraising Race by Large Margin
Dr. Rand Paul has raised more money in the third quarter than any other Kentucky Senate Candidate. Dr. Paul brought in $1,010,668 to beat his primary opponent, Trey Grayson, by nearly $400,000 and the leading Democrat nearly 2-1.

Despite announcing his official campaign midway through the quarter on August 12, Dr. Paul was able to leverage strong grassroots support and attract over 14,000 individual contributions averaging less than $75 each. Grayson`s totaled just $642,857 despite an inside the beltway fundraiser thrown by 23 sitting United States Senators that charged lobbyists $500 per plate.
- by Business Wire / Reuters
October 20, 2009

There's Another One?
Not only that, he's raised more than $1 million over the last three months, much of it from the same Internet movement that funded his father's presidential bid. Paul's total dwarfs the $640,000 raised by Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is the choice of the Republican establishment in the Bluegrass State – as well as the national GOP.

Does Paul stand a chance? Recent polling from Rasmussen reports would indicate that he does.
- by Fitsnews.com
October 20, 2009

Rand Paul 2010 commercial contest entry
I don't need to introduce you guys to Rand, so I can tell you that this commercial was a real labor of love. My friend and I logged 50 hours and drank a can of coffee over the course of three days to get this uploaded before work schedules would have rendered the whole idea impossible.
- by Daily Paul
October 20, 2009

In the Battle of Wits Graham Comes Unarmed
Saying Ron Paul hijacked the Republican Party is like saying Paul Revere was a redcoat set on destroying the Republic. The Republican faithful are angry at their elected representatives for preaching small government, and then going to Washington to do the opposite. We are not chickens trying to rule the hen house. We are The People, fulfilling our position in the Republic, and it is about time our elected representatives began to fulfill theirs.
- by Liberty's Door
October 20, 2009

Graham-Paul Dispute Highlights GOP Fissure
An outburst at an angry South Carolina town hall meeting has exemplified the growing fissure in the Republican Party across the nation. "We're not going to be the party of angry white guys," liberal Republican Senator Lindsay Graham told a Greenville, South Carolina, audience at Furman University where some supporters of Congressman Ron Paul were heckling him.

Ron Paul responded on CNN's Situation Room October 14 that Graham's attack was unfair. "For him to ... say that everybody who is upset with the government and upset with his type of voting record are angry white people or angry men, that is preposterous. That is a real insult." Rep. Paul termed his rallies "very diverse."

The controversy highlights the growing fissure among members of the Republican Party nationwide.
- by Thomas R. Eddlem / The New American
October 20, 2009

Michael Nystrom interviewed on The Reality Report!
In this edition Gary covers covers the rising vaccine revolt and the new Global Police Database. He also interviews Christina Tobin about developments in the race to exclude candidates from ballots. Michael Nystrom from the Daily Paul is interviewed in the Flashback segment. Gary introduces info on the upcoming Freedom Summit and of course... the mail bag.
- by Daily Paul
October 20, 2009

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