Monday, January 4, 2010

My Ron Paul Fascination

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I'm a big Ron Paul supporter. Upon first hearing about him I reacted much in the way that you react to someone recommending a food you've never heard of, "Uhh, that sounds good but it's not for me. Good luck with that." However, after having a couple people I really respect brought him up during his presidential campaign, I finally decided to look him up and my initial reaction was of suspicion, because it made sense but it went against much of what I'd been used to hearing and even toted myself. I was still hesitant about many of the things he was passionate about, such as the gold standard, but a little reading and listening got me a long way.

Here's some videos of his that I like:



About halfway through you hear Giuliani perfectly articulate the hubris of American politics, that we can do whatever we want and any consequence has no bearing on our own actions, because no one likes to believe we're doing anything wrong or unjust. (Please note: acknowledging consequences is not the same as justifying them.) So one of the other things I like about this is how Ron Paul is saying that we need to stop running other Governments. Most importantly, I like how RP and Hannity get into towards the end of the video, Hannity strikes me as an egotistical, pride-filled man who refuses to listen, but I suppose that's why FOX likes him.
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I like watching Bill Maher, although I very rarely agree with anything he says, but what I appreciate about him is he's a great moderator and actually allows people to speak and be heard and get their views out without being rudely interrupted. RP finishes his thoughts about foreign policy and the consequences of doing whatever we want around the globe.
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Great interview with DL Hughley, he talks about disapproving of bailsouts, foreign policy, government secrecy, the income tax, the Federal Reserve and other topics. He also talks about how our foreign policy affects us financially back home. The most unique thing here is Ron's explanation about how we could've ended slavery without a civil war.
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RP talks about the boom/bust cycle and recessions. You get to see McCain's ignorant comment: "I'm not interested in trading with Al Qaeda, all they want to trade is burkas, I don't want to travel with them they like one-way tickets." It's reductive mentalities like this that keep our politicians in denial (denying any ownership in poor relations with other countries).
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Ron Paul debates Stephen Baldwin about legalizing marijuana and smokes him.
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They read a RP quote where he predicts the economic collapse. On torture, very important to note that torture is illegal in America as well as internationally.
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I'm a big supporter, this is only a taste of his views and thoughts. He has liberating takes on protection of private property (how to defend against Somali pirates), the economy, and how awesome Wes is.

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