The Old Dominion
Pro-Confederate, Pro-Virginia, Anti-P.C., Antithetical
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Army Ranger who was with Pat Tillman when he died by friendly fire said Tuesday he was told by a higher-up to conceal that information from Tillman's family.
"I was ordered not to tell them," U.S. Army Specialist Bryan O'Neal told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
He said he was given the order by then-Lt. Col. Jeff Bailey, the battalion commander who oversaw Tillman's platoon.
Pat Tillman's brother Kevin was in a convoy behind his brother when the incident happened, but didn't see it. O'Neal said Bailey told him specifically not to tell Kevin Tillman that the death was friendly fire rather than heroic engagement with the enemy.
"We've all been betrayed ... We never thought they would use him the way they did," she said.
The Tillman family has made similar accusations against the administration and the military before, but has generally shied away from news media attention. The family had never previously appeared together and summarized their criticism and questions in such a public, comprehensive way.
"We shouldn't be allowed to have smoke screens thrown in our face," Mary Tillman said. "You're diminishing their true heroism to write these glorious tales. It's really a disservice to the nation."
"Our family will never be satisfied. We'll never have Pat back," she said. "Something really awful happened. It's your job to find out what happened to him. That's really important."
Last month the military concluded in a pair of reports that nine high-ranking Army officers, including four generals, made critical errors in reporting Tillman's death but that there was no criminal wrongdoing in his shooting.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Click this link to watch a member of the house, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy D-New York, defend a bill that she really hadn't read. What else is new?
Monday, April 16, 2007
More than one year before today's unprecedented shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, the state's General Assembly quashed a bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus.
At the time, Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said he was happy to hear of the bill's defeat, according to the Roanoke Times.
"I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus," the Virginia Tech spokesman said...................
The proposal, House Bill 1572, was initiated by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
But the bill didn't make it through its first stage, the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety.
The Roanoke paper said most universities in Virginia require students and employees, other than police, to check their guns with police or campus security upon entering campus.
Backers of the bill wanted to prohibit public universities from making "rules or regulations limiting or abridging the ability of a student who possesses a valid concealed handgun permit ... from lawfully carrying a concealed handgun."
Exceptions would have been made for participants in athletic events, storage of guns in residence halls and military training programs.
In the spring of 2005, a Virginia Tech student who had a concealed handgun permit was disciplined for bringing a handgun to class.
Second Amendment groups questioned the university's authority, but the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police argued against guns on campus.
In June 2006, Virginia Tech's governing board approved a violence prevention policy that reaffirmed the school's ban.
Colleges don't like students to defend themselves. We've seen how that turns out. And, don't expect anyone in the MSM to mention how a student with a personal gun stopped a shooter at Appalachian Law School from going on a similar rampage. The government is responsible for the deaths of the students at Tech. Any (one) could have ended the spree with a sidearm at his hip. But it is illegal to keep a gun on your hip in Virginia at a school of learning. Maybe we've all learned something about gun control today.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Alfredo Ramos, charged with manslaughter in the deaths of Allison Kunhardt, 17, and Tessa Tranchant, 16, was convicted this year of DUI in Chesapeake and of public intoxication in Virginia Beach.
Ramos, who admitted in court Monday that he is in the country illegally, also was convicted in Chesapeake last year of public drunkenness.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Quote of the day
A ban was initiated at the Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle. According to an article in the winter 2006-07 issue of "Rethinking Schools" magazine, the teachers at the private school wanted their students to learn that private property ownership is evil.
According to the article, the students had been building an elaborate "Legotown," but it was accidentally demolished. The teachers decided its destruction was an opportunity to explore "the inequities of private ownership." According to the teachers, "Our intention was to promote a contrasting set of values: collectivity, collaboration, resource-sharing, and full democratic participation."
The children were allegedly incorporating into Legotown "their assumptions about ownership and the social power it conveys." These assumptions "mirrored those of a class-based, capitalist society -- a society that we teachers believe to be unjust and oppressive."
They claimed as their role shaping the children's "social and political understandings of ownership and economic equity ... from a perspective of social justice."
So they first explored with the children the issue of ownership. Not all of the students shared the teachers' anathema to private property ownership. "If I buy it, I own it," one child is quoted saying. The teachers then explored with the students concepts of fairness, equity, power, and other issues over a period of several months.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
In June of 2005, someone called police saying the statue, which sits at the corner of High Street and Court Streets, had been vandalized. According to investigators, someone spray painted the face of the statue with black paint.
On Tuesday, police arrested 20-year-old Troy Allen Capps of East Pollux Circle. He has been charged with a class 6 felony. Capps could face up to 2 years in prison with additional fines.
It took a long time, but they have finally got this vandal. I wonder how hard the slap on the wrist he's going to get will be.
TALLAHASSEE -- A state legislator whose district is home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants wants to ban the term "illegal alien" from the state's official documents."I personally find the word 'alien' offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children," said Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. "An alien to me is someone from out of space."She has introduced a bill providing that: "A state agency or official may not use the term 'illegal alien' in an official document of the state." There would be no penalty for using the words.In Miami-Dade County, Wilson said, "we don't say 'alien,' we say 'immigrant.'"She said she encountered the situation when trying to pass a bill allowing children of foreigners to get in-state tuition at colleges and universities. Wilson, who directs a dropout prevention and education program in Miami, said she politely asks witnesses at public hearings on such issues not to use the term."There are students in our schools whose parents are trying to become citizens and we shouldn't label them," she said. "They are immigrants, through no fault of their own, not aliens."Wilson said the first word isn't as bad as the second."'Illegal,' I can live with, but I like 'undocumented' better," she said.Asked if her bill (SB 2154) might run afoul of Gov. Charlie Crist's "plain speaking" mandate for government agencies, Wilson said, "I think getting rid of 'alien' would be plain speaking."
They want to ban the word 'alien' on all official state document? You know they don't care about citizens when they spend money to debate the feelings of ILLEGAL ALIENS. It would be down right funny if it wasn't happening in America (I mean regional North American sphere formerly known as The United States of America).
Evangelical Christians are already beginning the process of selecting the Republican presidential candidate whom they can anoint as their successor to George W. Bush. Somehow, evangelicals have this deluded idea that President Bush is one of them. How they came to this delusion both fascinates and escapes me. Bush is anything but one of them. However, most evangelicals believe he is, and today it seems that illusion is greater than reality, anyway. Bush proves that more than anyone I have ever known. But enough about Bush.
The question burning in the minds of evangelicals today is: Which Republican candidate for president will we anoint? There are several possibilities, but apparently Congressman Ron Paul is not one of them....................
Ron Paul is a conservative's conservative, a principled constitutionalist of the finest order. How is it, then, that Jerry Falwell and other evangelicals ignore him?
The answer to the above question is not easy to determine. Maybe today's evangelicals are more concerned about being accepted by the GOP establishment than they are supporting principled, conservative candidates. After all, Paul's willingness to openly oppose his own party has caused him to be blacklisted by party loyalists and apologists. Therefore, it might be that our illustrious evangelical leaders are unwilling to be identified with Paul lest they share the same ostracism.
Another reason might be that today's evangelicals are extremely shallow in their discernment. They seem to love Republican candidates who wear religion on their sleeve. Whether the candidate walks the walk does not seem to matter near as much as whether he talks the talk.
Hence, evangelicals are already warming up to John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and even to Rudy Giuliani. Falwell's National Liberty Journal (NLJ) calls Gingrich "a true American statesman." McCain is called "pro-life." Already, McCain has spoken for Dr. Falwell at his Liberty University. (Don't be surprised if Falwell becomes one of McCain's strongest proponents.) The NLJ quotes Evangelicals for Mitt as saying, "Gov. Romney . . . shares our values." Of Giuliani, NLJ states, "On issues such as national security, battling terrorism and combating crime, Mr. Giuliani is very popular with conservatives."
However, the truth is, neither Gingrich, Giuliani, Romney, nor McCain deserves the support of principled conservatives. Each of these men has numerous examples of failure and compromise of essential conservative values.............
However, rather than letting themselves be used as dupes by the GOP machine, if America's evangelicals would determine to stand on principle by supporting only those candidates who most courageously champion our principles (regardless of their popularity, or lack thereof, with the Republican hierarchy), they might actually be able to bring real change to American politics.
As it is, evangelicals continue to call George W. Bush "one of us," they continue to drink Kool Aid from the faucet of Republican propaganda, and they continue to ignore Ron Paul.
© 2007 Chuck Baldwin - All Rights Reserved
You may have noticed the almost, total media blackout of Ron Paul and his entry into the presidential field of candidates, which assumes you've heard of Ron Paul before from your own research because you probably haven't even seen his name on anything in print or on the television. Chuck Baldwin's article sums up the reasons that Evangelical Christians won't vote for Ron Paul, and he is right, but the problem is much larger than that. No 'republican' would possibly vote for Ron Paul; that would force people to come to the conclusion the republican party doesn't have the slightest shred of respect for the constitution when not running for office and only pays lip service to our supposedly 'revered' law/founding document. Ron Paul votes according to the constitution; no one in congress or the senate does that, and thus if you've voted for those people you have voted against the constitution. No one who calls themself a conservative could possibly bring their hypocrisy to the forefront of their minds like that. It would be too hard for Ron Paul to inflict such intellctual dissonance on the people. This is the reason that Ron Paul will continue to be ignored not only by the main stream media, but the people who should support him as well.
Quote of the day
WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Democrats on Tuesday urged Republican Party chairman Mel Martinez to stop the independent College Republicans from holding "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" events around the country.
Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean and Ramona Martinez, chair of the Democratic National Committee's Hispanic caucus, sent a letter to the GOP chairman asking him to put a halt to the events.
"These despicable tactics have no place in our public discourse or on our college campuses," the letter said.
The game is a variation of hide and seek, with one player posing as an illegal immigrant and everyone else trying to find the person. The winner usually gets a prize.
Tracy Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said "we find these activities both egregious and offensive and condemn them wholeheartedly." But she noted the College Republicans are independent of the RNC: "We do not control their activities."
Democrats sent a similar letter to chairman Martinez's predecessor Ken Mehlman in September last year, noting that College Republicans were holding similar "catch an illegal immigrant" events in Pennsylvania and Texas. The RNC condemned the activities at the time.
The DNC noted that the game was recently played at New York University and drew several hundred students. Students at other colleges also have played the game.
Maybe it is out of embarrassment that the democrats have found something to protest about the college republicans in New York. Or maybe, they just feel so criticized by a bunch of college republicans who are more in tune with the people on the illegal invasion than they are that they have to strike back some how. Catch an illegal day is, of course, just a stunt to get some awareness on the issue of this mass calculated invasion of these united states. When democrats want to talk about something they push down other peoples throats they call it a 'dialogue', but when it is something they protect and defend more than the borders and the constitution it is called hateful. Street theater is always their friend until it is used against them. They asked the RNC how they felt about this and they responded in the politically correct way, that it is egregious and some such sour words for the college kids who want to make a point. I thought leaving the border wide open and conspiring with the democrats to keep it open would be considered egregious. But what do I know?
If the republicans can't be counted on to support a game that merely gives lip service to the idea that illegal aliens shouldn't be in our country, can they really be counted on to stop this flood coming in?
Friday, February 23, 2007
Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut said today while he has no immediate plans to become a Republican, he might change his mind if Democrats oppose funding the war in Iraq.
"I have no desire to change parties," Lieberman told the Politico. "If that ever happens, it is because I feel the majority of Democrats have gone in a direction that I don't feel comfortable with." The Politico asked whether that hasn't already happened, as Democrats have focused their energies on passing a non-binding resolution condemning President Bush's plan to deploy an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq. "We will see how that plays out in the coming months," he said, referring specifically to how the party handles war funding.
If you haven't come to the conclusion that both parties are essentialy the same, you need no further proof than this article on Joe Lieberman who is 'mulling' a switch to the repuclicrat party. Lieberman is one of, if not the most liberal politician on the Potomac as can be seen from his voting record (Stalin would have been farther to the right than this Joe), and all it will take to have him switch parties to the Democrat's --cough, cough-- ideological enemy is a vote on the funding of the war. I could keep writing and writing to convince you, but must I? And if the war leads one to believe that there is a difference of opinion up there, why hasn't Lieberman already changed parties? Because either party he is in, he will vote the same way. Nothing changes but a letter behind a name.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Quote of the day
"It's my conviction that the human race has entered a stage where we are all dependent on each other. No other country or nation should be regarded in total separation from another, let alone pitted against another. That's what our communist vocabulary calls internationalism and it means promoting universal human values."
Mikhail Gorbachev Perestroika - New Thinking for Our Country and the World 1988
The Museum of the Confederacy will likely drop the word "Confederacy" from its name when it moves its collection to a new home.
"One of our challenges is a gap between the public's perception of who we are and the role we play, and the reality of who we are and the role we play," Waite Rawls, the museum's president and CEO, said yesterday. "The repositioning we have done over the past 30 years is to be more of a modern education institution and less of a memorial . . . to the Confederacy."
The museum dates to Feb. 22, 1896, when The Confederate Museum opened in the former home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The new name, Rawls said, would depend on the location of the museum.
They're going to change the Museum of the Confederacy to the museum of the? I know what name they should use. I propose to call it The museum of the we've been beaten down by leftists who liken anything with the word Confederate or Confederacy to racism. Did I mention my wrist is limp? And we're not racist, I swear, Museum.
The name is long, I admit, but it succintly sums up the position of the museum and it's new progressive direction. They aren't a memorial to the Confederacy you see. They are a 'modern education institution', whatever the hell that is.
To me, the Confederate flag symbolizes slavery, oppression and denying people their rights," Lexington Councilwoman Mimi Elrod said yesterday in a phone interview. "I have a problem with a museum that celebrates that being in our city. If you have a museum that looks at all aspects of the Civil War, that's very different to me."
After discussing a possible name change with Rawls, Elrod said she welcomes more talks. Lexington City Council has appointed a committee to look into the best uses for its courthouse complex.
"This may all work out very nicely," Elrod said.
And some city councilman has who wants fifteen minutes of fame and who I think is affiliated with Washington and LEE university ( no irony there) has her sights set on the standard progressive bonafide of attacking the Confederate Battle Flag as racist and asking it to come down. At least the paper hunted down a person of influence to comment on the flag and the museum.
This is just more of the same, but damn if they aren't getting bolder.
They did go to great lengths to malign the flag and make modern Confederates see, that it is racist and, in the modern American tradition of making more money, the name should be changed. They found about 10 (About?) historians, grant writers, and perservationists (No doubt Yankees or transplanted Yankees) to vouch for their new push.
A group of about 10 historians, grant writers and preservationists don't think so. The committee studied the museum's health last year and released its findings in October. The report states that the word "Confederacy" carries "enormous, intransigent and negative intellectual baggage with many. For them, the Confederacy, and by association the Museum of the Confederacy, now symbolize racism."
So if they change the name Confederacy they won't be racist? I just don't get it, but I wasn't educated in a northern college.
What do you call those people who betray their own? Traitors, that's it. Scalawags sounds just as good.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
"I think about how many South Carolinians have served in our military and who are serving today under our flag and I believe that we should have one flag that we all pay honor to, as I know that most people in South Carolina do every single day, I personally would like to see it (Confederate Battle Flag) removed from the Statehouse grounds,"
Clinton, Hillary (New York senator) said during her first trip to South Carolina since announcing her White House bid.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Quote of the day
The US flew nearly $12bn in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent.
The staggering scale of the biggest transfer of cash in the history of the Federal Reserve has been graphically laid bare by a US congressional committee.
In the year after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 nearly 281 million notes, weighing 363 tonnes, were sent from New York to Baghdad for disbursement to Iraqi ministries and US contractors. Using C-130 planes, the deliveries took place once or twice a month with the biggest of $2,401,600,000 on June 22 2004, six days before the handover.
Details of the shipments have emerged in a memorandum prepared for the meeting of the House committee on oversight and government reform which is examining Iraqi reconstruction. Its chairman, Henry Waxman, a fierce critic of the war, said the way the cash had been handled was mind-boggling. "The numbers are so large that it doesn't seem possible that they're true. Who in their right mind would send 363 tonnes of cash into a war zone?"
I guess there is a need for a story about the 393 tons of $100 bills the federal reserve sent t0 war torn Iraq and dispersed without any oversight, but it's just business as usual. The tyranny of the federal government is becoming so transparent and commonplace that it doesn't even get a reaction out of most people any more. Business as usual. What are we fighting for in Iraq again? Stealing billions and billions of dollars from the government and giving it away to, we don't know who they gave it away to, God knows who is no example for that fledgling democracy in Iraq. It is a good lesson for them on how to steal from the people, which is something the united states does extremely well.
As global public opinion sours towards the United States, Americans weary of the relentless negativity can take heart from an exotic corner of the South Pacific.
Tannese Islanders belonging to the John Frum Movement
The US's standing in the world may have plummeted under President George W Bush, but a bizarre cargo cult in the Vanuatu island nation holds America in god-like esteem. The Jon Frum movement celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding yesterday with a lavish feast in which village men dressed up as US soldiers and marched in front of a giant Stars and Stripes flag on a bamboo pole. Miniature American flags festooned trees lining the black sand parade ground which forms the focus of Lamakara village, the headquarters of the cult, on the jungle island of Tanna. Older men dressed as officers marshalled the crowd of several thousand cult devotees, while 50 young men shouldered their bamboo rifles and came to attention in a perfectly orchestrated drill.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
A couple decided to set up a radar gun by their house, like all traffic cops do, and netted a policeman speeding 17 mph over the speed limit. In a free society this might create what the Democrats love to call a 'Dialogue'. But this is the united states of America; the local police are prosecuting the couple for stalking.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Jefferson Davis, one of America's greatest statesmen, said that a question settled by violence would inevitably arise again, though at a different time and in a different form.
And so it has. Lovers and sycophants of the great empire on the Potomac must be feeling uneasy that at least some Americans are again questioning the efficacy of a gargantuan central government.
Perhaps the recent shift of control of Congress to the Democrats has made them nervous, though God knows there are precious few Jeffersonian Democrats in the modern Democratic Party.
And what, you might well ask, is a Jeffersonian Democrat? He's a person who hasn't forgotten that the sovereign states created the federal government, not the reverse, as some today seem to assume. He believes that what the Constitution created was a republic of sovereign states, and that the carefully limited powers assigned to the federal government were all the powers it had, in peace or in war. He believes the Constitution is a binding contract, not a rubbery document that can mean anything a judge or a politician says it means. He believes in a system of checks and balances. In short, he believes in the Declaration of Independence.
That document, you might recall, says that the only purpose of government is to protect rights already granted by God, and that when a government fails to protect those rights and begins to abuse them, the people have the right to alter or overthrow it. "Sounds communistic to me," grumbles old Jack Jingoist. "That guy Jefferson must have been some kind of a pinko."
Why else would Lord Acton, the great British philosopher of liberty, have written to Robert E. Lee, America's greatest soldier, that, "I grieve more for what was lost at Appomattox than I rejoice at what was gained at Waterloo." Lord Acton saw clearly what many American professors of history do not – that the defeat of the South was the end of America's experiment in liberty and self-government and a conscious choice to emulate the central governments of Europe.
Leviathan, Big Brother or whatever you want to call it will come to an end of its own design. The devices which are used to construct a gargantuan government that saps the freedom and spirit of its people for any reason sows the seeds of its own destruction.
It's just a shame the people have to endure its tyranny while waiting for the inevitable collapse.
Two analysts who have reconstructed money supply data after the Fed stopped publishing it argue a coming dollar collapse will set the stage for creating the amero as a North American currency to replace the dollar.
The reconstructed M3 data – the broadest measure of money – published on econometrician Gary Kuever's website, NowAndFutures.com, shows M3 increased at a rate of 11 percent in May, compared to 9 percent when the Federal Reserve quit publishing M3 data earlier this year.
Asked why the Fed decided to stop publishing M3 data, Kuever told WND, "The Fed probably wants to hide how much liquidity is being pumped into the market, and I expect the trend to keep pumping liquidity into the market will continue, especially since the economy is slowing down."
"The trend line in my M3-plus-debt chart is staggering," Kuever said. "There has been a straight, long-term trend line of M3-plus-credit increasing since 2000. Long-term, we are creating inflation and the dollar has lost almost 98 percent of its value in the past 100 years."
Kuever, a retired investor, is concerned that with growing budget and trade deficits "the dollar could collapse."
"Especially if the Fed cannot increase rates, because we have already entered a recession," he said.
"The world is awash in money and credit," Chapman told WND. "My numbers show M3 increasing at about a 10-percent rate right now."
Chapman believes the U.S. economy entered a recession in February. In his newsletter of Dec. 9 he predicted the Fed would hold interest rates at 5.25 percent.
"The Fed is in a very tough spot here," Chapman wrote, "If they raise rates, the real estate market will collapse, and if they lower rates, the dollar will collapse."
Meeting yesterday, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee voted, as Chapman had predicted, to hold the overnight lending rates between banks steady at 5.25 percent. This was the fourth straight meeting the Fed had voted not to change rates. In its rate announcement, the Fed affirmed the economy had slowed.
Almost immediately after the announcement of the Fed's decision, the dollar weakened to a new 20-month low against the euro, with currency markets reportedly pricing in the expectation the Fed will be forced to lower rates next year to bolster the economy. Following the announcement by the Fed, the U.S. Dollar Index, or USDX, also dropped, with the dollar going below 83.
A dollar collapse is imminent, Chapman declared.
"Technicians studying the USDX think there is a support level for the dollar at 75, but I don't think so."
How low could the dollar go?
"If the dollar breaks through 78.33 on the USDX," Chapman answered, "my guess is the dollar will go through a 35-percent correction, which would put it at 55."
"The key in how low the dollar goes is the interest rates," Chapman told WND. "In January, the Fed is going to have to make a decision which way to go. If Fed rates go up, the dollar will hold in the 78.33 range, but the stock market and the economy will tank. If next year the Fed lowers rates to keep the economy from crashing, the bottom will fall out of the dollar, and I see it going as low as 55. Once the dollar hits bottom, it will take the stock market and the economy right with it anyway. The Fed is in a box they can't get out of."
"People in the U.S. are going to be hit hard," Chapman warned. "In the severe recession we are entering now, Bush will argue that we have to form a North American Union to compete with the Euro."
"Creating the amero," Chapman explained, "will be presented to the American public as the administration's solution for dollar recovery. In the process of creating the amero, the Bush administration just abandons the dollar."
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Quote of the day
Patrick Buchanan is getting the "He's a white nationalist" treatment from the SPLC, and they're using their signature style of dubbing someone they disagree with a 'racist' by the guilt of association.
In fact, the book reflects racial views that have now veered to the extreme. White America is changing color, Buchanan argues -- "one of the greatest tragedies in human history." The Mexican government is involved in a plot to take over the Southwestern United States, and parts of this country already look like the "Third World." The segregated South wasn't all bad "culturally" -- blacks and whites were united, after all. America, despite what its founders wrote, was a nation formed not on the basis of creed but rather a homogenous ethnic culture. To put it plainly, State of Emergency is a white nationalist tract. The thesis is that America must retain a white majority to survive as a nation. It is rooted in a blood-and-soil nationalism more blood than soil. The echoes of Nazi ideology are clear and chilling. As Buchanan helpfully explained to John King, who was interviewing him in one of his several CNN appearances: "We gotta get into race and ethnic questions."
State of Emergency unapologetically reflects Buchanan's insistence on the centrality of race to the United States and its culture. "This idea of America as a creedal nation bound together not by 'blood or birth or soil' but by 'ideals' that must be taught and learned ... is demonstrably false," Buchanan writes in the book.
Simply put, America is not a nation of ideas. It is a nation of people -- white people. Buchanan is especially overt in making this case when he endorses the view of his late mentor and editor Sam Francis, that American and European civilizations could never have been created without the "genetic endowments" of whites. He goes on to describe discussions of race as "the Great Taboo"; to ignore the role of race, he adds, is "like not telling one's doctor of a recurring pain that could kill you."
Buchanan is Hitler himself, and the SPLC is the final authority on all things race.
Once again, to make his case in State of Emergency, Buchanan relies on a trove of extreme-right sources. His urgent call for thwarting the "invasion" of non-European immigrants leans heavily on material written by hate group members or postings on hate sites, with citations to nearly every sector of the hate movement, from neo-Nazis to neo-Confederates. He cites the work of white supremacist James Lubinskas; Edward Rubinstein, of the white nationalist think tank National Policy Institute; Clyde Wilson, a board member of the racist and secessionist League of the South; and Wayne Lutton, a veteran immigrant- and gay-hater. Buchanan also quotes Lutton's anti-immigrant hate journal The Social Contract.
Buchanan is equally schooled in hate from abroad, mentioning work of British white supremacist Derek Turner published in the American hate journal The Occidental Quarterly, which argues "the civilization and free governments that whites have created" will collapse as they become a minority. And Buchanan knows the oldies-but-goodies, quoting English politician Enoch Powell approvingly at the beginning of his final chapter. Powell was dumped by the Tory leadership in 1968 for claiming that non-white immigration would cause "rivers of blood" to flow in Britain; he has been a white nationalist icon ever since. (In the book, Buchanan claims Powell was essentially correct in his analysis of the problem, but that his "Rivers of Blood" speech was taken out of its original context and distorted.)
Buchanan is especially enamored of his deceased friend Sam Francis, the white supremacist who was fired in 1995 by The Washington Times for breaking the "race taboo" and went on to a 10-year career editing the Citizens Informer, a bimonthly newsletter put out by the Council of Conservative Citizens, which grew out of the segregationist White Citizens Councils of the 1950s and '60s. Far more than Buchanan's friend and editor, Francis was his mentor. Buchanan knows Francis' racist oeuvre inside and out, citing some seven Francis pieces. Buchanan's basic argument in State of Emergency -- America should be a white country and dark-skinned immigrants threaten it -- was made by Francis for years.
Now, through his old friend Buchanan, Francis continues to be heard from beyond the grave.
The SPLC is an organization that doesn't likes to discuss the issues, that is beneath them, seeing as they have found the true and proper way to conduct the affairs and people of a nation, regardless of what the people of a nation want themselves. So they trot out the tried and true line of reasoning. R knew A who knew C who quoted I on a website created by S who went to a high school dance with T. RACIST!
With fool proof intellectual arguments like this, we can be thankful that the SPLC is working for their own purse. There is no debate at the SPLC, only smearing and insinuation.
Friday, October 06, 2006
No one is illegal. Except illegals.
INVASION USACampus protesters quash Minuteman speechStorm stage in near riot, forcing security to whisk away founder Gilchrist
Posted: October 5, 20061:00 p.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Protesters storm stage at Columbia University (WND photo)Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist was attacked by angry, violent protesters last night who stormed the stage during his speech at Columbia University in New York City, forcing an abrupt end to the event.
An African-American member of the Minuteman board who spoke prior to Gilchrist was taunted with the "n-word," according to WND columnist Jerome Corsi.
Corsi had been scheduled to follow Gilchrist with a speech of his own, but after university security personnel whisked the Minuteman leader offstage, the New York Young Republican Club meeting was shut down.
A video of the chaos at Roone Arledge Auditorium, shot by Columbia University Television, can be seen here.
Gilchrist told WND the "violent outburst is yet another indication that those who support illegal immigration are happy to use communist tactics in their intolerant determination to prevent the Minutemen from exercising their First Amendment rights."
A protester who spoke anonymously to the independent student newspaper Columbia Spectator said the stage takeover was planned.
"I don't feel like we need to apologize or anything. It was fundamentally a part of free speech. ... The Minutemen are not a legitimate part of the debate on immigration."
Prior to the event, a group of protestors estimated by New York police to number around 200 assembled with placards and a loudspeaker to denounce Gilchrist and the Minutemen.
Slogans on the placards included, "Workers of the world unite! Same struggle, same fight!," and "Minutemen, Nazis, KKK! Racists, fascists, go away!"
Isn't that something else? Any group which insists that these united states enforce their immigration laws is a racist group. The college communists have told us so, and that is the end of the story. A good question to ask yourself is, who would president Bush back in the protest of the Minutemen, the lawful American Minutemen who are advocating the enforcement of our laws, or the vile, communist, illegal scum which try to silence those who try to speak their opinion? It isn't the American citizens, well maybe. In Bush's view of the world, Mexico and America are one country. He's been working on it for some time now and I fear we'll find out far too soon what that means to our forgotten republic.
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FRANKLIN — A Confederate battle flag and the crack of rifle fire were two of the sights and sounds Civil War soldiers faced 140 years ago.
Yet top Franklin officials contend those things, each fraught with modern symbolism and conflicts, should not be present during a Nov. 30 ceremony to commemorate those killed during the 1864 Battle of Franklin.
Mayor Tom Miller is urging that a color guard planned for the event not fly the Confederate flag. Police Chief Jackie Moore wants re-enactors to keep their rifles away from the ceremony.
"In the strongest terms possible, let me suggest that flag not appear," Miller told officials Monday night during a committee meeting to approve funding for the event.
Afterward, Miller acknowledged he might face criticism.
But he said he wants to avoid controversy that might come from flying the flag.
Moore said he wants to keep rifles away because of security issues.
"I do have serious concerns about the safety and our being able as a police department to vouch that firearms used and borne in this event are safe," Moore said.
While both men say they want to avoid conflicts, their stances have raised thorny issues about race and history.
With fellas' like these running things, you know we're getting a raw deal from government. This is just one of those nonsensical things! Expect more from our overlords.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
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Wonderful 14th amendment, how we worship you. The 14th amendment, which is accepted as unratified among people who believe that the rule of law isn't an extension of military power and proof that what the Confederates said the Yankees were going to do they did, has been a boon to those who have long sought to subvert our constitutuion even further than the lengths which they already have. The latest incarnation of this despicable piece of ( I can't call it law) , is the interpretation that just being born on our soil makes one an automatic united states citizen. Only a supreme court justice could come up with this interpretation. People who can't see into the souls of documents, as the sainted robed ones can, left with only their meager ability to read and comprehend, would not and could not come up with this interpretation. This being the case one would assume that this ( I can't call it law) would have been jettisoned long ago. Alas it is not and will not be. Ron Paul is the only person in congress with a measure of truth as to this country's founding and laws and is going to do what he can to see that this interpretation is changed.
Here's an excerpt from an article he has written.
No other wealthy, western nations grant automatic citizenship to those who simply happen to be born within their borders to non-citizens. These nations recognize that citizenship involves more than the physical location of one’s birth; it also involves some measure of cultural connection and allegiance. In most cases this means the parents must be citizens of a nation in order for their newborn children to receive automatic citizenship.
Make no mistake, Americans are happy to welcome immigrants who follow our immigration laws and seek a better life here. America is far more welcoming and tolerant of newcomers than virtually any nation on earth. But our modern welfare state creates perverse incentives for immigrants, incentives that cloud the issue of why people choose to come here. The real problem is not immigration, but rather the welfare state magnet.
Hospitals bear the costs when illegal immigrants enter the country for the express purpose of giving birth. But illegal immigrants also use emergency rooms, public roads, and public schools. In many cases they are able to obtain Medicaid, food stamps, public housing, and even unemployment benefits. Some have fraudulently collected Social Security benefits.
Of course many American citizens also use or abuse the welfare system. But we cannot afford to open our pocketbooks to the rest of the world. We must end the perverse incentives that encourage immigrants to come here illegally, including the anchor baby incentive.
I’ve introduced legislation that would amend the Constitution and end automatic birthright citizenship. The 14th amendment was ratified in 1868, on the heels of the Civil War. The country, especially the western territories, was wide open and ripe for homesteading. There was no welfare state to exploit, and the modern problems associated with immigration could not have been imagined.
Our founders knew that unforeseen problems with our system of government would arise, and that’s precisely why they gave us a method for amending the Constitution. It’s time to rethink birthright citizenship by amending the 14th amendment.
Thank God for Ron Paul. If it wasn't for him there wouldn't be any one on the Potomac who would represent the constitution and our founders ( outside of a sound bite before an upcoming election).
Monday, October 02, 2006
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some time this month, the number of Americans will surpass 300 million, a milestone that raises environmental impact questions for the only major industrial nation whose population is increasing substantially.
The U.S. Census Bureau predicts the 300 million mark will be reached in mid-October, 39 years after U.S. population topped 200 million and 91 years after it exceeded 100 million.
This will make the United States No. 3 in population in the world, after China and India.
Most of the growth is taking place in the South and West, according to the Census Bureau. From 2004 to 2005, U.S. population had a natural increase -- births minus deaths -- of 1.7 million and international migration of 1 million.
Remember that number whenever you hear anybody call us a nation of immigrants. Do we really need any more immigrants, legal or illegal?
However, the Bush administration has a fool proof plan to reduce the population count in these united states. Erase the border and the country and these united states will not have any countable population. Easy fix for the Bush administration.
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Rep. Virgil Goode Jr., R-Va., has introduced a resolution – H.R. 487 – designed to express "the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union (NAU) with Mexico and Canada."
"Now that Congress is preparing to take up the issues of the North American Union and NAFTA superhighways, we are moving out of the realm where critics can attempt to disparage the discussion as 'Internet conspiracy theory,'" explained Jerome Corsi, author and WND columnist who has written extensively on the Security and Prosperity Partnership – the semisecret plan many suspect is behind the efforts to create a European Union-style North American confederation and link Mexico and Canada with more transcontinental highways and rail lines. "This bill represents a good first step."
Friday, September 29, 2006
Q&A Friday #50: Why Are You A Fan Of William Tecumseh Sherman?
Question: "Why would a southerner put Sherman on his list (of Greatest Americans)? I assume Hawkins is from the South?" -- libliever
Answer: First of all, I am from the South. I was born, raised, and live in North Carolina today. However, that doesn't mean I can't appreciate talented generals on both sides of the Civil War. After all, they were all Americans -- and Sherman was brilliant. You can actually see his influence on the strategies of generals like Patton and even Tommy Franks.
Next, I think Sherman actually did the South a big favor by rampaging through the countryside, although most people don't realize it. Grant may have been a brilliant general, but he was content to beat the South in a war on attrition. In other words, he intended to keep forcing men and materials on both sides into a sausage grinder because he knew the South would break first.
On the other hand, Sherman broke the South's will to fight without having to needlessly butcher Southern soldiers. The Southern troops out in the field were fighting to protect their homes and after Sherman made it clear that they couldn't, it helped bring the war to an end. You can rebuild cities and houses, but you can't bring back men who die on the field of battle. Because of Sherman's actions, a lot more Southerners lived to reunite with their families.
Last but not least, some people think Sherman's style of total warfare was some sort of illegitimate or dishonorable tactic. However, I'm not among them. If anything, I think that over the last few decades the Western world has given far too much deference to civilians who support our enemies. In my book, there is nothing whatsoever wrong with trying to break the will of the enemy's civilians, especially if, like Sherman, you refrain from massacring them.
Put it all together and you can see why I'm a big fan of Sherman, even if that's a bit unusual amongst Southerners.
Go get on em' my Southern Brethren!
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GO FIGURE! A new doll is set to take the US by storm — farting, beer-swilling Jer Wayne Jnr.
The 12inch, £20 toy is boyfriend to the world’s first trailer trash doll, pregnant Turleen launched last year. Jer Wayne has a mullet, missing teeth and an earring.
A button in his chest lets him say phrases, including: “Fifteen of them beers and yer still ugly.”
Makers Arsenic and Apple Pie explained: “It’s having a laugh at stereotypical American images.”
If it was a Yankee, not an Englishman, marketing this doll, he would include a Battleflag to degrade the symobls of the South and a white hood to drive home the point that people in the South are racist and shouldn't have any say in what is going on in the country and the world if they do not accept the liberal, ruling class, globalist offendentitis which is so pervasive in the chic and sophisticated world of unrelenting tolerance of everyone --except the Southerner-. I'm not one to get offended by a simple doll, but I do realize the double standard in contemporary society. This is the image of the South most non Southerners hold of our people and our region. It makes me wonder why they would even want to be associated with us; kick us out of the union now. We aren't deserving.
Make sure to visit the link to see the actual doll. The description just doesn't do it justice.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
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Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it...it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government , and to provide new Guards for their future security. ...
--The Declaration of Independence--
ARBIL, Iraq, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurdish regional government raised the threat of secession on Wednesday if the Baghdad government did not withdraw claims to a say in the development of oil resources in their northern districts.
"The people of Kurdistan chose to be in a voluntary union with Iraq on the basis of the constitution," Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said in a statement on his official Web site.
"If Baghdad ministers refuse to abide by that constitution, the people of Kurdistan reserve the right to reconsider our choice."
Secession: It really makes it difficult to champion self-determination when one is an avowed enemy of its natural out come. That is why we'll soon be hearing how evil the secessionist Kurds are, akin to what Bush said about Taiwan in relation to China. There is no splitting countries. Don't worry about tyranny, war, and theft. They are just the price one must pay to live in a solidified country, and are preferable to being able to choose your own government. We'll also be treated to our American president and his cronies lecturing the Kurds that they couldn't survive if left to their own devices. If you are not a Yankee then you are not deserving to live in this world. That's what I keep hearing.
Maybe they should adopt a new flag. I suggest the original secessionist flag.
STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Prosecutors urged a German court Wednesday to fine a German man for displaying Nazi symbols, even though he was campaigning against Nazism.
Prosecutor Bernhard Haeussler urged a Stuttgart state court to fine Juergen Kamm $7,600 for selling anti-Nazi merchandise, via his mail-order business, that carries swastikas and other Nazi symbols.
He argued German law strictly forbade the use of symbols associated with the Nazi regime no matter how they were used, the Deutsche Welle broadcaster reported.
Kamm, owner of the Not Good mail-order company, shows what Nazi symbols, but with a circle with a line over them signifying "no."
"Every citizen should take a stand against the extreme right," he said.
Germany's federal court of justice ruled in 1973 it was legal to produce a swastika provided it had clearly been altered for the purposes of protesting against Nazism
A verdict in the case is expected this week.
Isn't this the perfect example of modern political thought?
And I'll post this image even when they outlaw it.
I know that people are human and make plenty of mistakes in their lives, especially regarding language, but I just couldn't resist posting these language errors by El Presidente Bush
5) "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." —Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004 (Watch video clip; listen to audio clip)
4) "They misunderestimated me." —Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
3) "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" —Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
2) Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 (Watch video clip; listen to audio clip)
1) "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 (Watch video clip; listen to audio clip)
Everyone mangles the language every once in a while and it is neither a sin nor something to judge one on. But you should see what he does get right; there's no laughing at his traitorous policies.
(Visit the link for the 5 others)
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The proposal is a response to grass-roots pressure and growing concern by local and state officials about touch-screen machines. An estimated 40 percent of voters will use those machines in the election.
“If someone asks for a paper ballot they ought to be able to have it,” said Senator Barbara Boxer of California, a co-sponsor of the measure with Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconson.
Republican leadership aides were skeptical about the prospects for the measure. It would have to advance without opposition from any senator and then make it through the House in the short time available before Election Day.
Dozens of states are using optical-scan and touch-screen machines to comply with federal laws intended to phase out lever and punch-card machines after the hanging-chads confusion of the 2000 presidential election. Widespread problems were reported with the new technology and among poll workers using the machines this year in primaries in Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio and elsewhere.
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We can hardly expect the nation-state to make itself superfluous, at least not overnight. Rather what we must aim for is really nothing more than caretakers of a bankrupt international machine which will have to be transformed slowly into a new one. The transition will not be dramatic, but a gradual one. People will still cling to national symbols.
-Henry Morgenthau-CFR, Secretary of the Treasury under FDR
The documents, a total of about 1,000 pages, are among the first to be released to Corsi through his FOIA request to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, which describes itself as an initiative "to increase security and to enhance prosperity among the three countries through greater cooperation."
"The documents clearly reveal that SPP, working within the U.S. Department of Commerce, is far advanced in putting together a new regional infrastructure, creating a 'shadow' trilateral bureaucracy with Mexico and Canada that is aggressively rewriting a wide range of U.S. administrative law, all without congressional oversight or public disclosure," Corsi said.
Among the initial discoveries, said Corsi, is the existence of an internal Intranet website that never has been revealed to Congress or the public.
"This private internal website," he claims, "undoubtedly contains a wealth of documentation that the FOIA request has so far intentionally excluded."
Corsi told WND the documents reveal hundreds of internal meetings, memoranda of understanding and other referenced agreements that have not been disclosed.
"We have here the beginnings of a whitewash," he said, "in which SPP evidently thinks the public will be hoodwinked by a 'Myths vs. Facts' document posted for public relations purposes on their public website."
Among the documents is an organizational chart accompanied by a listing of trilateral Mexican, Canadian and U.S. administrative officers who report on multiple cabinet level "working groups."
The government watchdog Judicial Watch announced today it has received some of the same documents, including the organizational chart, which can be seen in this pdf file, on page seven.
"There is no specific authorization for this massive administrative-branch integration with Mexico and Canada other than what amounts to a press conference jointly issued by President Bush, Mexico's President Vicente Fox, and Canada's then-Prime Minister Paul Martin on March 23, 2005, at the end of their summit in Waco, Texas," Corsi said.
Corsi added that even the "Myth vs. Facts" blurb on the SPP.gov website admits the SPP is neither a treaty nor a law.
"The Bush administration is trying to create the infrastructure of a new regional North American government in stealth fashion, under the radar and out of public view," Corsi claims. "Where is Congress, asleep at the wheel?"
Those who have taken the time to look into the SPP can see that something just isn't right about it. The SPP is being forwarded by people who do not want the public to know what they are doing, hiding their activities within shadow commitees and never speaking a word as to its nature or intent. Bush hasn't said one word about the actual activities he is trying to implement, he just throws out some tired old cliche' about integration without laying down the facts as to what that integration means.
What is most important for the people to know is that the SPP and the North American Union has been decided upon and will be initiated in the near future. You, dear American citizen who believes in the republic, autonomy, and sovereignty, will just have to find out what the politicians have already decided upon when they are kind enough to break the news to you that we are not a soverign country any more. We are not a soverign country any more; everyday we don't move to recapture our soverignty makes it all the harder when we'll finally wise up.
Friday, August 25, 2006
NEW YORK (AP) - As CBS prepares to launch a new season of the hit reality show "Survivor," this time featuring teams divided by race, enraged city officials are saying it promotes divisiveness and are calling for the network to reconsider.
"The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous," City Councilman John Liu said Thursday. "How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?"
For the first portion of the 13th season of "Survivor," which premieres Sept. 14, the contestants competing for the $1 million prize while stranded on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific will be divided into four teams - blacks, Asians, Latinos and whites.
Liu, who is Asian-American, said he was launching a campaign urging CBS to pull the show because it could encourage racial division and promote negative typecasts. He and a coalition of officials, including the council's black, Latino and Asian caucus, planned to rally at City Hall on Friday.
How could anybody be so desperate for ratings? Or may I ask Mr. Liu, who is Asian-American, how could any politician be so desperate for publicity as to attack the formatting of a television show?
Thursday, August 10, 2006
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Western values 'are causing mental illness'From Leo Lewis in Tokyo
THE rapid spread of Western business practices in Japan has caused widespread mental illness and is responsible for a deepening demographic crisis, government officials say.
Statistics indicate that 60 per cent of workers suffer from “high anxiety” and that 65 per cent of companies report soaring levels of mental illness.
Meanwhile, the size of the Japanese population is shrinking, and for the first time the Government has acknowledged that the falling birth rate is linked to job-related factors. Directors of the Japanese Mental Health Institute blame the same factors for rising levels of depression among workers and the country’s suicide rate, which remains the highest among rich nations.
Merit-based pay and promotion are of particular concern because they are at odds with the traditional system, built on seniority, that has reigned supreme in corporate Japan. In the harsh new atmosphere of cut-throat rivalry between workers, the Institute for Population and Social Security argues, young people do not feel financially stable enough to start families.
The trend is put down to Japanese companies’ attempts to globalise by adopting working practices more closely in line with US and British models. Larger numbers of temporary staff, a greater willingness to sack people and greater pay disparities are the downside.
Friday, August 04, 2006
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WASHINGTON – Federal spending under the Bush administration has grown five times larger than that during the second term of the Clinton administration, charges a conservative Republican activist in a new book that paints the president as a traitor to his party.
In "Conservatives Betrayed," Richard Viguerie, credited with being one of the architects of the Reagan Revolution, says George W. Bush has set the stage for the punishment of his party by voters.
Viguerie compares spending by the federal government, adjusted for inflation, during the Clinton years vs. the Bush years. In Clinton's first term, federal expenditures rose 4.7 percent. In his second term, they rose 3.7 percent. In the first term of the Bush administration, however, spending rose 19.2 percent.
"If ever there was a case for divided government, here it is," writes Viguerie. "The lesson for many Americans is that today's Republicans cannot be trusted with the keys to both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government."
No matter how you slice it, Viguerie says, Bush makes Clinton look like a spending piker by comparison. For instance, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University in New York keeps records that show how much the federal government spends on average each year for each person in the country. When this standard of measurement is used, the comparison between the two administrations is even more pronounced............
Yet another formula for measuring presidential fiscal responsibility, according to Viguerie, is rescissions. Reagan used rescission power to rescind funds authorized by Congress. Ford rescinded $7.9 billion in spending. Carter rescinded $4.6 billion, Reagan $43.4 billion, Bush I $13.1 billion, Clinton $6.6 billion.
But George W. Bush has not rescinded even $1 in congressional spending.
"The best illustration of the corrupting influence of power on the Republicans is the explosion of pork-barrel spending projects since 2000," says Viguerie.
Viguerie points to a 121 percent increase in pork-barrel earmarks in the first five years of the Bush administration.
"The size of the federal government is the single most important barometer of the health of the American republic," writes Viguerie. "When domestic federal spending goes up, it's a surefire indicator that something is wrong. And the way spending has been increasing under the Bush administration and the Republican Congress shows that things are seriously wrong."
That just about sums it up.
What Congress Can Do About Higher Gas Prices
by Ron Paul
Gasoline prices are soaring and the American people are angry. They want something done about it—now!
$100 rebate checks to American motorists won’t cut it, nor will mandatory mileage requirements for new vehicles. Taxing oil profits will only force prices higher. But there are some very important things we can do immediately to help.
First: We must reassess our foreign policy and announce some changes. One of the reasons we went into Iraq was to secure oil. Before the Iraq war oil was less than $30 per barrel; today it is over $70. The sooner we get out of Iraq and allow the Iraqis to solve their own problems the better. Since 2002 oil production in Iraq has dropped 50%. Pipeline sabotage and fires are routine; we have been unable to prevent them. Soaring gasoline prices are a giant unintended consequence of our invasion, pure and simple.
Second: We must end our obsession for a military confrontation with Iran. Iran does not have a nuclear weapon, and according to our own CIA is nowhere near getting one. Yet the drumbeat grows louder for attacking certain sites in Iran, either by conventional or even nuclear means. An attack on Iran, coupled with our continued presence in Iraq, could hike gas prices to $5 or $6 per gallon here at home. By contrast, a sensible approach toward Iran could quickly lower oil prices by $20 per barrel.
Third: We must remember that prices of all things go up because of inflation. Inflation by definition is an increase in the money supply. The money supply is controlled by the Federal Reserve Bank, and responds to the deficits Congress creates. When deficits are excessive, as they are today, the Fed creates new dollars out of thin air to buy Treasury bills and keep interest rates artificially low. But when new money is created out of nothing, the money already in circulation loses value. Once this is recognized, prices rise – some more rapidly than others. That’s what we see today with the cost of energy.
Exploding deficits, due to runaway entitlement spending and the cost of overseas engagements, create pressure for the Fed to inflate the money supply. This contributes greatly to the higher prices we’re all paying at the pump.
If we want to do something about gas prices, Congress should greatly reduce federal spending, balance the budget, and eliminate regulations that interfere with the market development of alternative fuels. All subsidies and special benefits to energy companies should be ended. And in the meantime let’s eliminate federal gas taxes at the pump.
Oil prices are at a level where consumers reduce consumption voluntarily. The market will work if we let it. But as great as the market economy is, it cannot overcome a foreign policy that is destined to disrupt oil supplies and threaten the world with an expanded and dangerous conflict in the Middle East.
August 1, 2006
Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.
But don't hold your breath waiting for anyone in government to do anything with any acutal meaning. Hard work doesn't get sound bites or votes.