EarsToHear.net “Progressive Politically Correct” Dictionary
Politically Correct – Using unrighteous deception and requires a lack of Biblical Moral Virtue as evident whenever your hear a “progressive” state one of the following terms or phrases.
o “Abortion” – Killing unborn babies to prevent “punishing” the mother. “As you know not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so you know not the works of God who makes all.” Ecclesiastes 11:5 (See Abortion)
o “Above my pay grade” – Playing both sides of an issue without any moral conviction or “standing in the gap.”
o “Affordable Care Act” – Marxist/Socialist nationalized health-care system ploy for the most egregious unconstitutional violation of life and liberty.
o “Angry, desperate” – PC terms falsely used against those who possess Biblical moral virtue in an attempt to try to label and minimize the sins of progressive policies. Off course the mainstream liberally biased media loves it and PPC leggislators agree.
o “Assimilation Immigration” – Amnesty
o “Bashing” – A complete lack of understanding Biblical moral virtue as expressed in the previous two items that leads to unwarranted biased criticism.
o “Bigotry, hate, fear, intolerance, diversity, discrimination” – Baseless hypocritical accusations against Judeo-Christians. (See Tim Gill.) Implementing reverse discrimination, etc. targeting those who stand for upholding “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” in both the public schools and socially. (I.E. Marriage)
o “Bullying” – Misused to promote special rights for those who violate “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
o “Boundaries, Maturity, Discipline, Responsibility, Commitment, Integrity” – Obsolete due to no liberal progressive foundation available for setting boundaries as was Biblical moral virtue for America’s Founders
o “Change, Hope, Yes we can” – See Progressive.
o “Change you can count on” – Change America from a Republic into a mixture of Communism, Socialism, and Marxism. (See “Fundamental Transformation of America.”)
o “Climate Justice,” Climate change,” “Global Warming,” “Sustainable Development” – The objective of so-called “climate justice” is not to change the climate, but to change the balance of power in the world. An unfounded ploy used by government to illegally confiscate land, impose unjustified regulations and fines, such as auto emissions, primarily to make financial and political deals with corrupt businesses and unions, not unlike the Mafia.
o “Compelling life story” – Only progressives liberals have had a compelling life story. Conservatives like Clarence Thomas are not eligible, just ask Democrats and the mainstream media.
o “Criminal” – Victim of society.
o “Deficit Neutral” – Democrats want to raise taxes.
o Democrat – See Liberal
o “Distraction from the issues” -Progressive response to evade, avoid, & deflect accountability and responsibility. Refusing to answer the question in fear of revealing the truth, details, and facts. Unwilling to discuss another issue or claim of corruption or past questionable alliances. (The MSM always let Democrats get away with this ploy.)
o “Diverse Viewpoints” – Secular liberal viewpoints only allowed.
o “Divisive” – Meaning, conservatives shouldn’t hold people accountable for breaking the law or violating “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
o “Economic Justice” – Redistribution of hard earned dollars or national welfare. Punishing good behavior, rewarding bad behavior by taking from responsible and accountable people and giving to those who are irresponsible and unaccountable.
o “Elections” – Popularity contest
o “Employee Free Choice Act” – A non-secret Union ballot to allow Union leaders to know how each worker voted, opening them up to pressure and intimidation.
o “Endangered Species Act” – Punish Oil Companies and regulate the “free” market
o “Entitlements” – Government mandating other people to provide you charity.
o “Equal Rights” – Defined by the political left with no defined moral boundaries, ignoring that America’s founding document established “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” as the boundary defining how “unalienable rights” are to be “entitled” and thus establishing “special rights” which diminish the rights of citizens who hold Biblical moral values.
o “Ethics” – If promoting progressive political correctness it mean Biblical moral virtue is exempt.
o “Ethnic Discrimination” – See Hate Crime Laws
o “Fairness” – Creating inequality and a caste systems of civilians always utilizing words intended to dupe “we the sheeple” in legislation that would legislate just the opposite. More often than not stifling the free speech of Christians and conservatives, or those advocating Biblical moral virtue in order to silencing any and all who do not conform to secular liberal political correctness. (I.E. The “Fairness Doctrine” which is actually the “Unfairness Doctrine” where liberals believe government is required to enforce “fairness” ONLY in talk radio while TV networks, movie studios, newspapers, news magazines and book publishing houses will continue to be 90% dominated by liberals, which to them is “fair.”)
o “Free” – “[When it comes to government giveaways,] the word ‘free’ should be banned and replaced with the following phrase: ‘paid for with money stolen from your neighbors, who have worked to earn the money but are not permitted to keep what they’ve earned so that you can have a fill-in-the-blank.'” –author and “serial entrepreneur” Dan Kennedy
o “Freedom of Speech” – Without the boundaries of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” where moral virtue is absent, the founders could not envision that the First Amendment would be misused to incorporate “free speech” to freely corrupt the minds of children.
o “Free Press” – Marxist/Government-run and controlled
o “FREEDOM TO WORSHIP?” Twisting “Freedom of Religion” – The Obama Administration’s shift from protecting “religious freedom” to advocating “freedom of worship.” Chuck Colson has a great two minute video showing that the Administration wants to downgrade freedom of religion to promote the homosexual agenda. See Colson’s video.
o “Fundamental transformation of America” – From a Republic to Marxism… Destroy the Republic based upon individual Biblical moral virtue of accountability and responsibility and the free market, and replace it with minority group rule and a cradle-to-grave-nanny-state combination of Marxism, communism, and socialism. (See definitions below for the deceptive agenda that has already transformed many of “We the people” into “We the sheeple.”)
o “Gender Neutral” – A free pass to violate “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” consequences notwithstanding.
o “Gun Free Zones” – Leaving law abiding citizens vulnerable and defenseless against assaults from law breaking criminals.
o “Gun Registration” – Infringing on the Right of the people to keep and bear arms
o “Hate Crime” Laws – Laws prohibiting Judeo-Christians “reproving the world of sin” enacted and enforced by the Thought Police. See Social Justice.
o “Impacted Persons” – Felons
o “Independent Judiciary” – Despotic tyrannical judicial activists making law vs. ruling on existing law.
o “Indigenous Peoples Day” – Columbus Day
o “Injustice” – Based only on what progressives don’t agree with, regardless of Constitutional Rights.
o “Investments” – Unjustified Government spending which will increase taxes and deficit spending.
o “Israeli Retaliation Unjustified” – It is ok for Iran, Hamas, and Palestinians to continue to declare to kill every Jew and continue their attacks, but Israel cannot protect and defend itself?
o “It’s time to get creative” – How do we convince “we the sheeple” that our socialism failures can be cured with more socialism?
o “Judge not” – Primary progressive tactic used to dupe “we the sheeple” into withholding judgment because they have not listened to all that Christ said about judging and reproof.
o “Judgmental, intolerant, hypocritical, homophobic” – Baseless and false accusations against Christians who according to God’s Righteousness reprove those with reprobate minds. See Judge not.
o “Justice” – “Social” excuses provide criminal leniency while minimizing the victim’s assault consequence.
o “Liberal” – See Progressive
o “Man-made disasters” – Terrorists. Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Muslim associated with the black-separatist Nation of Islam, has been working with the Obama Administration to recruit Muslim radicals into key White House posts. Considering Ellison’s adherence to radical Suni Islam and his association with a Wahhabist/Jihadist-related group, it is likely that he will have no problem recommending Wahhabist extremists for the White House. No wonder the Pentagon and Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano have decided to avoid using straight forward terms like “war on terror” or “Islamic terror.
o “Mainstream” – Whatever the secular humanistic liberal news media spins. (See Mainstream News Media below.)
o “Mandatory Volunteerism” – slavery
o “Many paths to heaven” – Then Jesus lied. John 14:6: Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.
o “Marriage” – Under the influence of having “reprobate minds,” denying and making an aberration of God’s favored design. Instead of a “marriage made in heaven,” it is a “marriage made in court.”
o “Marriage Equality” – Same-sex marriage or Violating how “Rights” are to be “entitled” (Declaration of Independence). See Divisive.
o Millennium Development Goals – (anti Declaration of Independence) Multi-pronged assault on America’s national sovereignty? It commits participating nations to be bound by the International Criminal Court treaty; support regional disarmament measures for small arms and light weapons; and press for the full implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which Wikipedia describes as ‘an international legally binding treaty’ that includes among its goals a ‘fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources,’ the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, described as ‘an international bill of rights for women,’ and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which purports to be a ‘legally binding international instrument’ that gives children the right to express their own opinions ‘freely in all matters affecting the child’ and requires those opinions be given ‘due weight.’ The Millennium Declaration also affirms the U.N. as ‘the indispensable common house of the entire human family, through which we will seek to realize our universal aspirations for peace, cooperation and development.’
o “Minor-attracted persons” – Pedophiles
o “Misguided Religious Beliefs” – Meaning, Biblically based beliefs are trumped by secular humanism that obsoletes God and His Righteousness.
o “Misspoke, misremembered” – Lied
o “Morals and values” – Without any foundation or defined boundaries based solely on what each individual determines.
o “Neighborliness” – Forcibly imposing government mandated charity obligations.
o “New era of responsibility” – Meaning unjustly rewarding those who are irresponsible by taking from those who are responsible and giving (redistribution) to those who are irresponsible.
o “Net Neutrality” – Violating the First Amendment and imposing unjustified regulations on the internet with selective censorship and discrimination.
o “Never allow a crisis to go to waste” – Scare and deceive “We the sheeple” using any crisis to further socialism.
o “Non-Discrimination” – Churches will discriminated against and will have have to hire gays, lesbians, transsexuals, etc.
o “Overseas Contingency Operations” – War on terror
o “Parent One, Parent Two” -Abnormal same-sex partners that go against nature and long to be impossibly equal with God’s design of marriage of one man and one woman.
o “Paycheck Fairness Act” – Based on sex not on competency
o “Progressive” – Moving beyond the constraints of the U.S. Constitution from limited federal government to unlimited control over all America by using indoctrination to disconnect Americans from the Republic ideals of the Founders by removing the original intent from text books and always evading, avoiding, and deflecting the true history of our Nation’s birth. Secular humanistic liberalism pressing onto a cradle-to-grave-socialistic-nanny state funded by always raising taxes or using corruption with such unfounded ploys as “Global Warming.”
o Progressive Christian – Selective with Scripture: I.E. Adheres to John 3:16 not John 3:16-21, proclaims 1 Timothy 2, but not 2 Timothy 4.
o â€œProtecting Reproductive Rightsâ€ – means violating violate â€œthe Laws of Nature and of Natureâ€™s Godâ€ as the premise for how â€œRightsâ€ are to be â€œentitledâ€ to legally allow and fund with taxpayer dollars killing babies in the womb.
o “Public option” – See Reform
o “Raising taxes on the wealthy” – Impeding small businesses and as a result devastate job creation
o “Reform” – When Democrats say “reform” they mean more government intrusion
o “Respect” – Use only when it benefits self.
o “Sacrifice” – Accept higher taxes and increased fees to further fund socialism
o “Safety” – Exposing people to greater danger.
o “School Reform” – Undermining parental rights
o “Serving the country” – Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you. (See Social Justice)
o “Sex-Education” – While rejecting and denying abstinence, provides for and promotes all types of deviant sexual activity, completely ignoring Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
o “Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity” – See Economic Justice
o “Social Justice” – Abolishing “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and mandating government control. Replacing nature’s basic freedoms and liberties from God with government mandates. (“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” … “The worship of God is a duty…Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and natureÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I never doubted the existence of the Deity, that he made the world, and governed it by His Providence…The pleasures of this world are rather from God’s goodness than our own merit… Whoever shall introduce into the public affairs the principles of primitive (essential) Christianity will change the face of the world… Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” – Benjamin Franklin)
o “Spreading the wealth” – See Economic Justice
o “TARP” – Trap
o “There are no earmarks” – There are earmarks
o “Theocracy” – A deceptive attempt to falsely claim Christian conservatives as working to violate the first part of the First Amendment while ignoring the second part of the first amendment. This false claim also ignores the fact that America’s Christian founders set up a Republic vs. a theocracy.
o Transparency – As typical for liberals it means just the opposite to dupe “We the sheeple”: Behind Closed Doors
o “21st Century Liberal” – Reward failure and incompetence by punishing success and competence.
o “Unintentional errors” – I cheated on my taxes.
o “Voter Suppression” – Liberals falsely accusing Republicans to divert attention away from Democratic voter fraud. “Error in Judgment” – Failed to keep from being caught.
o “Worn arguments and old attitudes” – Those who possess Biblical moral virtue
o intolerant, judgmental, hypocritical and homophobic,
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Lib-Speak … The language of Unrighteous Deception – Here is your handy reference guide for conversing with people from “La La Land”
EarsToHear.net “Progressive Politically Correct” Dictionary
Obama Eligibility Case …Obama is a FRAUD…The Play by Play of What Happened this Morning in the Georgia Courtroom
The following is a nutshell account of the proceedings.
Promptly at 9am EST, all attorneys involved in the Obama Georgia eligibility case were called to the Judge’s chambers. This was indeed a very interesting beginning to this long awaited and important case.
The case revolved around the Natural Born clause of the Constitution and whether or not Obama qualifies under it to serve. More to the point, if found ineligible, Obama’s name would not appear on the 2012 ballot in Georgia.
With the small courtroom crowded, several in attendance could be seen fanning themselves with pamphlets as they waited for the return of the attorneys and the appearance of the judge.
Obama himself, who had been subpoenaed to appear, of course was nowhere near Georgia. Instead, Obama was on a campaign swing appearing in Las Vegas and in Colorado ignoring the court in Georgia.
Continue this here to read ALL OF THE EVIDENCE THAT WAS ENTERED INTO THE COURT RECORD AGAINST OBAMA …IT’S IS COMPELLING AND THERE IS ALOT OF IT …WOW!
This past week saw Georgia Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi rule that President Barack Obama is to appear in court this Thursday regarding a hearing that refutes Obama’s eligibility to run for president. It appears the Judge’s order will be completely ignored by the administration.
The Elephants’ Nader
Posted on 23 January, 2012 by Jonathan Finegold Catalán It was argued that Ralph Nader in 2000, who at the time was running for president as the Green Party nominee, acted as a spoiler, drawing votes away from Al Gore’s Democratic campaign. I do not know if this is true, and as far as I understand it the claim is still under dispute. Nader, though, is not the center of my story.
Rumors are swirling that India and Iran are at the negotiating table right now, hammering out a deal to trade oil for gold. Why does that matter, you ask? Only because it strikes at the heart of both the value of the US dollar and today’s high-tension standoff with Iran.
Tehran Pushes to Ditch the US Dollar
The official line from the United States and the European Union is that Tehran must be punished for continuing its efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. The punishment: sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, which are meant to isolate Iran and depress the value of its currency to such a point that the country crumbles.
CONTINUED HERE …AT THE SOURCE
Ron Paul Has Already Won by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Ron Paul’s bid for the U.S. presidency ranks among the most heroic anyone has ever undertaken. We live in emergency times, with a choice between forms of socialism or fascism. The parties’ leadership have embraced this decrepit old model, despite all evidence of the bankruptcy of statism. Ron alone dared pose a challenge. His bid has also been the most unusual in modern history. Its main energy has come not from a political machine, but from millions of volunteers, most of them young and most of them exposed to new political and economic truths for the first time.
In that sense, and in addition to garnering more primary votes than any libertarian candidate in American history, Ron has accomplished precisely what he set out to do. He has re-founded the libertarian movement on a principled basis, liberated the ideas of peace and free enterprise from monopolistic control, exposed the political apparatus for the fraud that it is, and laid the groundwork for a future flowering of liberty.
Let us consider why this is so.
One of the cruelest traits of democracy is that its politics takes on the role of teacher to the nation, the force by which people are trained what to believe about virtually every subject that matters for the future of civilization. And mostly what they learn is wrong. They learn that robbing people is fine and perfectly legal so long as the machinery of democracy cranks out that result. They learn that killing foreign peoples is an appropriate path to creating national unity. They learn that demagoguery and lies are successful paths toward getting your way.
Not only do they learn: they also participate in this by voting and are then led to the belief that they must accept the results, lest they question the very basis of modern life. This is why people who believe in politics as an ideology – that it is an excellent mechanism for the management of society – end up adopting a moral code that contradicts all teachings of all the world’s religions and ethical systems. Neither Aristotle, nor Moses, nor Jesus, nor Confucius, nor Mohammed, nor Buddha, nor Gandhi, nor any other revered figure in history conditioned moral teaching with majority rule (or rule by well-organized factions).
So in a hyper-politicized society, where all principles seem ephemeral and truth is relentlessly manipulated by our political masters and their allies, what is the way out? We can take a cue from Ludwig von Mises. He believed that the only way to fight bad ideas is with good ideas, stated plainly and courageously. To him, the obligation of a defender of freedom is to be an intellectual dissident, then embrace the truth of human liberty and its consistent application to all political issues, and then let that truth be known.
Notice that Mises did not say that error and fallacy should be combated through putting the right people in charge, through lobbying pressure, through manipulating the process, or even participating in it. Indeed, he rightly saw that modern political parties do not represent the general interest but, in fact, are gloried lobbying groups for particular state-granted favors; the same applies to the think tanks and magazines connected to them. In contrast, he believed that the most direct path to cutting through the thicket of the democratic nation state was simply to embrace and then tell the truth.
His rationale is that all societies in all times and places are ruled by the ideas that people hold about themselves, about right and wrong, and about issues such as liberty vs. slavery, freedom vs. despotism, and individualism vs. collectivism. Mises took great pains to show, for example, in his book Omnipotent Government, that the roots of Nazism dated back to the middle of the 19th century with the overthrow of liberalism, which German intellectuals once revered. It was displaced by a growing reverence for the state that culminated in a horror that few foresaw.
And so what is the way to combat this tendency? The only way to set about on a different course, wrote Mises, is to change the reigning philosophy concerning government, economics, property, and ethics. (See Guido Hülsmann’s biography to see how this approach explains Mises’s entire life.) As examples, look to the periods in which civilization took great strides forward: the Magna Carta, the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the end of slavery, the repeal of prohibition, the collapse of socialism in Russia, Eastern Europe, and China. Each event began with an idea and evidence of failure from a contrary idea.
If you want to understand how a person like Ron Paul comes to be, you must understand that he believes what Mises says. Yes, he is a statesman, a man with a calling to civic life. But that is not the end for him. His purpose in entering politics was not to manipulate the system toward ends of which he approves. His purpose has been to teach. He teaches through speeches, writings, voting patterns, bills he has introduced, or any other means that his office permits. His goal has been to spread what he calls the freedom philosophy: that principle that a free people should govern themselves rather than let political establishments manage their lives.
You could see it in his interviews and speeches. His campaign has been a long-running seminar. He has been glad to talk about specific policies, but much happier to talk about the philosophy of freedom. He has urged his listeners to let go of the idea that they need government to protect them, provide for them, and manage their lives. He has told those who wanted lower taxes that they must also live without government benefits.
He has told those who wanted peace rather than war that they must give up the longing for a state that rules the domestic arena. He has reminded people about the true ideals of this country, which are rooted in the idea that society needs no central management to thrive. He has spoken about the true source of wealth, which is not the state but private enterprise. He has urged listeners to give up their belligerent nationalism and think of foreign peoples as human beings just like themselves. He has said things that American political culture bars us from thinking about: such as considering how we would react if some foreign state did to us what the U.S. government routinely does to foreign nations.
He has challenged those on the right who like free enterprise to see how the ideology of war makes their economic position inconsistent and unstable. He has challenged those on the left who dislike war to see how their support of big government at home has the unintended consequence of shoring up military empire. In doing this, he has confronted the most maddening aspect of American political culture, and demanded honesty, truth, and consistency.
The blogosphere filled up with evidence of the intellectual contortions wrought by Ron’s political positions. The anti-war people couldn’t stomach his support for free enterprise. They have so long demonized “corporate capitalism” and implausibly believed that it, and not government as such, is the cause of the war, they wondered how they could support his domestic program. The champions of free enterprise choked on his war position and his view on civil liberties, which include ideas conventionally attributed to the left. They couldn’t understand how a person who wants government out of the domestic economy might look with doubt on global imperialism.
The frenzy was particularly evident on the abortion issue. His view is the purely libertarian/decentralist one. That is, he wants the federal government completely out of the issue: repeal Roe, or have Congress bar the involvement of the federal courts, and leave it to states and localities. Ron’s medical and ethical view is that abortion is grossly immoral. But he is not there to enforce a universal solution to the problem. States and localities could ban it, restrict it, or make it completely legal. This is a solution that leads to social peace.
In a hyper-politicized nation, however, in which there is a tendency for whatever is not forbidden to be required, people demanded to know whether he was for or against abortion, or for or against choice, making no distinction between personal morality and legal enforcement and/or the level of government charged with deciding the issue. Similar convulsions occurred on gay rights and marriage, prayer in school, and many other issues.
In the course of his speaking, he has raised a topic that is complicated but enormously important to our well-being: the monetary system. I’m not sure when the last time a national political figure raised this topic. It’s been generations. But the core problem has been there for a century. The problem is that our money consists of nothing of substance. It is made of paper that can be printed in infinite quantities by a government-created monopoly called the Fed. This reality has led to a constantly falling value of the dollar, an endless round of bubbles and business cycles, and, most dangerously, a government that believes there are no limits to its ability to spend and issue debt.
Ron knows that until the dollar is made sound again, there will be little hope of restraining the government. The problem is that neither party has an interest in doing this. Whether the party supports welfare or warfare, it ultimately depends on the power of the government to finance itself through financial trickery. In the 19th century, this was a huge issue in American politics and classic books like W. Gouge’s Short History of Money and Banking, and C.H. Carroll’s Organization of Debt into Currency, demonstrate just how important it was to this generation that understood the relationship between paper money and tyranny. (Actually Alan Greenspan once said that he understood this too.) Ron’s own contributions are also classic: The Case for Gold.
Think about it. Every other candidate has pandered to the uninformed audience, the lowest common denominator, to say things that people will like to hear. Ron constantly has raised a topic that is on hardly anyone’s mind. He has sought to enlighten, not pander.
Several events stand out during the campaign. Early on, he was in a debate with Giuliani, who staged a protest about Ron’s foreign policy, suggesting that he was supportive of terrorism. Ron shot back that we would be foolish not to listen to what the terrorists themselves are saying: they hate us because our military is in their countries. This is the great and completely undeniable truth that had been un-utterable in American politics, despite the fact that foreign policy experts have been saying this for decades. There are some truths that the establishment thinks the American people can’t handle, and this is one of them.
In those days, many people thought that Giuliani had the nomination sewn up. He didn’t. In fact, Giuliani flopped terribly. In this great struggle, Ron was the victor. But it was not just a personal victory. It was a great victory for understanding and public consciousness. He has said what no other political figure since 9-11 has dared to say. (The Mises Institute was making this point even in the early days after the attacks.)
Another event stands out: the arrest of the founder and CEO of Liberty Dollar, a private mintage that produced a Ron Paul coin. The entire event was timed to put a stop to the Paul effort, since sales were going through the roof. I take no position on the company itself, but there can be little doubt that the attack was designed to hurt Ron. The idea was to taint the movement by hinting that his monetary program is suspect.
Ironically, the attack backfired, since it only ended up showing the absurdity of laws that prohibit monetary freedom. In a free society, people would be free to mint and use any money they want. In fact, it strikes me that the attention given to this event shows us a way forward on monetary reform. Rather than trusting the political establishment to give us sound money, we should favor a complete repeal of all restrictions on minting and contracts, and see what happens, as Ron Paul does.
Another attack came from a surprising source, or perhaps not so surprising since they were never supporters of Ron Paul nor supporters of a consistent or principled form of libertarianism to begin with: the upper reaches of the D.C.-allied libertarian movement (Libertarians of the Chair, we might say). Together with a journalist working for a left-neocon fortnightly, and using information provided by the most unseemly sources in American life, including a real-life neo-Nazi, they plotted a coordinated attack on Ron. Forging a Big Lie, they attempted to portray Ron as a racist and a proto-Nazi, which is just about the most implausible thing one could say about him other than claiming that he is a member of the beltway establishment. Once the dust settled, it was the smearbund and not Paul that suffered. Now, to be sure, many good people at these institutions called and wrote privately to separate themselves from the attacks by their bosses. But activists involved at all levels got a solid education about who will defend liberty when the times get tough.
Oh yes, and there was one other wacky claim made in this assault: that the Mises Institute is dedicated to supporting the Confederate government, on grounds that the Institute has backed the right of all peoples to secede (as did Mises, Acton, Spooner, Jefferson, and the whole classical liberal tradition). In this claim, the core anti-intellectualism of the political circus was on display in its most disgusting form. And that was before some of the same people vandalized Wikipedia entries of anyone connected with Ron, and otherwise spent vast amounts of time attacking and attempting to undermine the greatest swell of libertarian political organization in more than a century, even as these people were writing in favor of open-ended government surveillance power or perpetual war. (Those who would like to know the historical roots of the envy directed at the Mises Institute need only look at Brian Doherty’s Radicals for Capitalism.)
What about Ron’s standing in the polls? It has been a victory when considering the radical message he pushed for the entire campaign, in times when liberty is not deemed an option. In fact, his support grew through the entire time emerging from 0%, moving to 3% nationally and finally to up to 10% nationally. His showing in such independent hotbeds as Montana was remarkable, just behind the front-runner. And he did well in North Dakota, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington State too. His showing was lower in the South, except Lousiana, where the warmongers dominate Republican politics. In short, he was the most successful radical libertarian to run for national office in a century or more – possibly since 1800.
Is this progress? Who can doubt it? But remember too that winning the race has not been the only goal of the campaign. It has also been to educate, to tell the truth, to get issues out there and get them talked about. This he has done remarkably well, and never better than when Ron himself was speaking.
No matter where he goes in politics, as a presidential candidate and a congressman – and both vibrant campaigns aim for victory – the future for Ron as a movement leader is secure, and of that there can be no question. After a lifetime of principled statesmanship, a long shelf of books that he has written and nationwide respect for being the one man who dares speak against the status quo, he has made his mark on history. What it shows is that even in dark times such as ours, there are people who are willing to stand up and hold a candle and light the way to the future. To them we owe the whole of our civilization.
But the legacy of the Ron Paul campaign means more than that. Ron has taken our national tendency to see politics as a teacher and turned it to good. He has told us about liberty. He has told us that if we are to secure it, we must reject the welfare and warfare states. He has told us that we cannot ignore issues of economics, even those that touch on technical subjects such as monetary affairs. He has inspired us with his courage and his willingness to say what is true, even in the face of terrible danger and attacks.
In doing this, he has given us an example and a body of ideas around which we can rebuild for the future. In this way, Ron’s greatest legacy has nothing to do with with politics but with human liberty itself, the greatest idea ever imagined by the intellect. Its prospects will always be bright so long as the idea burns in the hearts of those passionate enough to defend it with their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.
We can call them the Ron Paul Nation.
TRUE TODAY EVEN THOUGH HE WROTE IT ON February 12, 2008
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. [send him mail] is founder and president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, and editor of LewRockwell.com.
Nationally, Fast and Furious has entered the vernacular. As a result, Americans of all walks of life now know that the ATF and DOJ oversaw the sale of approximately 2,500 guns to straw purchasers who, in turn, passed them to criminals in Mexico and elsewhere. Moreover, Americans know that the plan from the get-go was to have these guns carried across an international border and passed to criminals whom the ATF then planned to arrest (but they never got around to arresting them because they hadn’t bothered tracing the guns from the point of sale).
Therefore, Americans also know that of the 2,500 guns originally sold, approximately 1,300 are still on the streets and unaccounted for. At least two of these guns were found at Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder scene in December 2010, and Americans increasingly know that while Terry may have been the first American victim, odds are he won’t be the last with such a large number of weapons on the loose.
Lastly, Americans know that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have both denied complicity in Fast and Furious, particularly in the gun-running aspects of it. Throughout the course of denying complicity, Holder has changed his story more than once, Obama has demonstrated confusion over when he first learned about Fast and Furious, and former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke (Arizona) was allowed to retire without charges although he was demonstrably involved in covering up the connection between Fast and Furious and Agent Terry’s death.
Perhaps through all this, the one thing the American people have witnessed to a sickening degree is the stark failure to prosecute those involved in Fast and Furious to the full extent of the law. Holder has been handled with kid gloves, Burke is now living a private life, and Obama is not being asked to clear up the many discrepancies in his timeline.