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The video gives a good explanation.
There is a huge misconception, where Americans are led to believe that Government and Big Business are antagonists. We see it in Hollywood movies, and in the media all the time. Americans need government “regulations” to protect them from business. In reality, Big Business could not be happier with this slight-of-hand. They love government “regulations,” and hate the free market.
By Digby , Hullabaloo
Posted on December 28, 2011, Printed on December 29, 2011
I wrote about Ron Paul’s antebellum politics the other day. Here’s one way in which it plays out. Paul’s state chair in Iowa is a member of the Christian Right and an extreme one at that) and he’s been lining up social conservative support. One of the Pastors endorsing Paul is the Reverend Phillip Kayser who explains his reasons for supporting him to TPM:
Reached by phone, Kayser confirmed to TPM that he believed in reinstating BIblical punishments for homosexuals — including the death penalty — even if he didn’t see much hope for it happening anytime soon. While he said he and Paul disagree on gay rights, noting that Paul recently voted for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he supported the campaign because he believed Paul’s federalist take on the Constitution would allow states more latitude to implement fundamentalist law. Especially since Kayser believes that there is no separation of Church and State under his own interpretation of the Constitution.
“Under a Ron Paul presidency, states would be freed up to not have political correctness imposed on them, but obviously some state would follow what’s politically correct,” he said. “What he’s trying to do, whether he agrees with the Constitution’s position or not, is restrict himself to the Constitution. That is something I very much appreciate.”
When I talk about Ron Paul’s antebellum politics this is what I mean — a reversion to the way the country was fashioned before 1860. Indeed, these states’ rights arguments stem from the original arguments over slavery. In this case, the position is being held by someone who believes that gays should be executed under biblical law. The entire idea of inalienable rights under the US Constitution is called into question by this kind of states’ rights (which is interesting since the whole thing is supposedly predicated on an originalist view of the Constitution.)
Evidently, there is more support for this than just among the Paul supporters. I’ve had some conversations with liberals who see this as a logical outgrowth of people’s frustration with the federal government although I certainly don’t think they would be in favor of allowing former American states to secede so that they can execute gays. But that’s the game plan among many of these states’ rights advocates, so these battles will inevitably be had. Again. It’s the most long running feature of American political life.
Ron Paul, who is against drug prohibition, believes that states should be able to lock up people for drug possession:
Q: In your 1988 campaign you said, “All drugs should be decriminalized. Drugs should be distributed by any adult to other adults. There should be no controls on production, supply or purchase for adults.” Is that still your position?
A: Yeah. It’s sort of like alcohol. Alcohol’s a deadly drug, kills more people than anything else. And today the absurdity on this war on drugs has just been horrible. Now the federal government takes over and overrules states where state laws permit medicinal marijuana 1 for people dying of cancer. The federal government goes in and arrests these people, put them in prison with mandatory sentences. This war on drugs is totally out of control. If you want to regulate cigarettes and alcohol and drugs, it should be at the state level. That’s where I stand on it. The federal government has no prerogatives on this.
Q: But you would decriminalize it?
A: I would, at the federal level. I don’t have control over the states. And that’s why the Constitution’s there.
I guess I just don’t see why that is considered to be libertarian. Just because you break up state power into fifty entities instead of one, it doesn’t make their infringements on liberty ok, does it? On a philosophical and ideological level, libertarians should be clear that infringements of people’s rights should never be subject to the whims of the state — whether it’s Hawaii or the United States of America. So why doesn’t Ron Paul say this? There’s no reason that his quixotic career couldn’t also entail a drive to change the constitution, or ensure that all 50 states overturn drug prohibition. He has nothing to lose by stating the libertarian principles and saying that basic individual rights are inalienable.
But he doesn’t. He defends states’ rights to infringe on individual liberty as being under the Constitution but what he’s really defending are the Articles of Confederation. This isn’t libertarianism. It’s “tentherism” disguised as libertarianism.
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I think Ron makes some valid arguments about regulation, don’t you?
The video skims the surface. There is a link to his text there.
- “The more we look to the government to protect us from investment mistakes, the less competition there is for truly independent evaluations of investment risk.”
- “The SEC, like all government agencies, is not immune from political influence or conflicts of interest.”
- “It is precisely because government is so big and so thoroughly involved in every aspect of business that Enron felt the need to seek influence through campaign money. It is precisely because corporate welfare is so extensive that Enron cozied up to DC-based politicians of both parties. It’s a game every big corporation plays in our heavily regulated economy, because they must when the government, rather than the marketplace, distributes the spoils.”
- “I hope we will not allow criminal fraud in one company, which constitutionally is a matter for state law”
Economic Bad Times Just Beginning By Chuck Baldwin September 29, 2011
This column is archived at http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p@19
A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to attend a private gathering of influential conservative leaders just outside Washington, D.C. While many differences of opinion were expressed on a variety of subjects, there was one subject on which every single attendee was unequivocally united: the US economy is soon going to tank! As one man said, In a couple of years, these could be the good old days. Another thing the august assembly was agreed on was that the only Presidential candidate in the two major parties who would actually have the guts to do what needs to be done is Congressman Ron Paul. And the national press corps (including FOX News) is doing everything in its power to make sure that the American people do not hear much of what Dr. Paul has to say for that very reason.
Neither the Democrat nor Republican parties in Washington, D.C., have any intention of addressing the real reasons why the American economy is on the verge of collapse. The only thing the two major parties–and the elites who dominate them–can see is the next election. The lust for power is the one thing that both the Donkeys and the Elephants share in common. And neither party is willing to disappoint their constituents who are feeding at the teat of that fat hog known as Washington, D.C.
Democrats want to extend Washingtons insatiable appetite for deficit spending in order to promote the Welfare State. And Republicans want to extend Washingtons insatiable appetite for deficit spending in order to promote the Warfare State. Conservative or liberal, hawk or dove, Christian or secularist, Democrat of Republican: they all are lining up at the back door of Uncle Sams kitchen begging for a handout!
Except for Ron Paul, no one is giving more than ten-second sound bites of lip service to what is necessary to conquering the real culprits of Americas economic malaise: expunging the fiat money system and returning America to hard money principles, dismantling that cabal of international criminals known as the Federal Reserve, returning Americas foreign policy to its constitutional parameters of non-interventionism, eviscerating those federal programs and entities not prescribed by the US Constitution, getting rid of the income tax, and taking the United States out from under the power and influence of the United Nations. No one else has the guts to even seriously talk about these issues, much less to actually do something about it! And if the powers that be successfully defeat Dr. Pauls candidacy, it wont matter to a tinkers dam who gets elected President in 2012 (that is, unless a constitutionalist third-party candidate miraculously wins the Presidency)! Republican or Democrat, it will be business-as-usual. And that means this house of cards that these corrupt politicians and bankers have been playing with all these years is going to come crashing down. In fact, the signs are ubiquitous that the crash has already begun.
Writing for BlacklistedNews.com, Michael Snyder has recently produced two trenchant reports that show the handwriting on the wall for Americas financial future. Snyder begins this first report saying, Goldman Sachs is doing it again. Goldman is telling the public that everything is going to be just fine, but meanwhile they are advising their top clients to bet on a huge financial collapse. On August 16th, a 54 page report authored by Goldman strategist Alan Brazil was distributed to institutional clients. The general public was not intended to see this report. Fortunately, some folks over at the Wall Street Journal got their hands on a copy and they have filled us in on some of the details.
It turns out that Goldman Sachs secretly believes that an economic collapse is coming.
Snyder concludes his report saying, Sadly, the 54 page report mentioned above is right–we really are facing a global debt meltdown and we really are heading for an economic collapse.
You arent going to hear the truth from the mainstream media or from our politicians because keeping people calm is much more of a priority to them than telling the truth is.
The debt crisis in the United States is unsustainable and the debt crisis in Europe is unsustainable. Right now we are in the calm before the storm, and nobody knows exactly when the storm is going to strike.
But let there be no doubt–it is coming.
The amazing prosperity that we have enjoyed for the last several decades has largely been a debt-fueled illusion. It was a great party while it lasted, but now it is coming to an end and the aftermath of the coming crash is going to be absolutely horrific.
Keep watch and get prepared. We dont know exactly when the collapse is going to happen, but it is definitely on the way and now even Goldman Sachs is admitting that.
See Snyders report at:
And in a second report, Michael Snyder writes, If you think the U.S. economy is bad now, just wait for a few months. Things are about to become absolutely nightmarish. None of the long-term economic trends that are hollowing out our economy have been addressed and more bad economic news seems to come out virtually every single day. Now there is constant talk of the “next recession” in the mainstream media. But did the last recession ever truly end? The number of good jobs continues to decline, more stores are closing, incomes continue to go down, credit card debt and student loan debt are soaring, the housing market resembles a corpse, the number of Americans living in poverty continues to rise and government debt is at unprecedented levels. We are losing blood fast, and almost all of our leaders are either too corrupt or too incompetent to be able to do anything about it. The U.S. economy really and truly is about to go into the toilet, and if something is not done very quickly we are going to experience a complete and total economic disaster in this nation.
Snyder then goes on to highlight 30 signs that the US economy is about to go down the drain. Read his report at:
And for those of you who believe that such talk is just Chicken Little déjà vu, you need to know that many economists, politicians, and even federal police agents are personally preparing for a prolonged economic collapse. And if youre not preparing, youre either not paying attention or youre preferring to ignore the warning signs. Neither option is healthy.
I have told readers before of my friend Chuck Coppes phenomenal book, Americas Financial Reckoning Day. Once again, I urge readers to obtain this book. I further follow Chucks recommendation that you seriously consider getting as much as you can of your fiat paper currency converted into hard assets ASAP! The gold and silver markets are being manipulated downward, but these tactics will not last forever. When the crash occurs, hard assets will skyrocket! Thats what virtually every economic forecaster that I have any confidence in is saying. And I believe them!
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So readers will know up front, Chuck has felt led to support my work, and I am equally enthusiastic about supporting his work. I personally know Chuck, as he moved his business from his home State of Arizona, and has joined with us here in the Flathead Valley of Montana. (And we need many more businessmen to consider doing the same!)
As an aside, for those of you who are considering joining us here in the Flathead Valley of Montana, here is the email address of George Hudson, who, himself, escaped from California to join us in Montana. George has taken it upon himself to help people with the information and resources they might need to help relocate to the Valley. His email address is: email@example.com
An old maxim says, Forewarned is forearmed. Ladies and gentlemen, we need to prayerfully and seriously weigh the evidence that is before us and make decisions NOW to prepare ourselves for the days to come. We need to heed the words of Scripture that twice say, A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. (Prov. 22:3; 27:12 KJV)
I further highly recommend that people who are serious about preparation, relocation, and related matters glean heavily from the works of James Wesley, Rawles and Joel Skousen.
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Skousens web site is:
After having attended the above-referenced meeting near Washington, D.C., I am more convinced than ever that we did the right thing in relocating to the beautiful Flathead Valley of Montana. I also came away from that meeting with the firm conviction that my friend was right when he said, In a couple of years, these could be the good old days.
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