Monthly Archives: July 2007

Ron Paul: In for the Long Haul

Scott Sutton

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
~
Mahatma Gandhi

“The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of cliches the first prize.”
~
Saul Bellow

About Ron Paul’s Fundraising

On July 15th, the Federal Election Commission announced the 2nd-quarter fundraising totals for each presidential candidate. In the Republican field, Ron Paul’s $2.4 million placed him:

3rd in total receipts for the quarter
4th in total receipts to date
3rd in total current assets (ahead of former front-runner John McCain, and just $800,000 behind Mitt Romney)

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STOP SENATOR KENNEDY FROM SNEAKING HATE CRIMES LANGUAGE INTO THE DEFENSE SPENDING BILL

Publication of American Policy Center
Tom DeWeese – President
Kathy Lehman – Editor

STOP SENATOR KENNEDY FROM SNEAKING HATE CRIMES LANGUAGE INTO THE DEFENSE SPENDING BILL

Unable to pass stand-alone hate crimes legislation on its own merits, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) is trying to ram hate crimes language through the Senate as an amendment (S.Amdt.2067) to a defense spending bill. This amendment could effectively hijack H.R. 1585, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which the President hoped to sign. Unfortunately, federal hate crimes legislation already exists. But we must not exacerbate the situation with more hate crimes legislation; it’s unnecessary, makes certain people unequal under the law, and paves the way for religious persecution.

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Paul Craig Roberts Warns of False Flag Terrorist Attacks

Is our government really THIS evil? That this is even a thinkable scenario is the results of all the lies and deception leading up to our invasion of Iraq. If America is legitimately attacked by terrorist in the future, there will be a large contingent who automatically assumes “false flag.” This Administration has made its bed of falsehoods and deceit, and now it must lie in it.

Potential Independent Presidential Candidate Bloomberg Has Skeletons in His Closet

This is not good news as I hope Bloomberg runs. Assuming Ron Paul (or Tancredo) does not get the GOP nomination, then conservatives will need to look to an independent or third party candidate. Bloomberg, a liberal, is clearly not that candidate, but the more “serious” candidates there are in the race the more likely it will be that an alternative conservative candidate could emerge as a truly distinct option. From that standpoint, the more candidates the merrier.

The best scenario for a third party conservative to emerge would be if Rudy gets the GOP nomination.  Then you would potentially have three New York liberals running, Rudy, Hillary, and Bloomberg. Throw in a potential Nader run and you still have only liberals. (There are some redeeming aspects of Nader including his own personal lifestyle conservatism, but he is still a political progressive.) Who would people in flyover country vote for then?

Is “Neo-Isolationism” on the Rise?

Andrew Sullivan thinks so.

The Bush-Cheney argument that we have to fight the terrorists in Iraq or we will have to fight them in Kansas has not persuaded many. And rightly so. The core truth of Islamist terror, as 9/11 proved, is that it’s not that hard for very few people to do a lot of damage. The years-long occupation of a Muslim country, moreover, seems to have made the terror threat worse, not better.

And he gets this right.

Cultural pessimists note that democracy is not built in a few years, or even a generation. American conservatism is not, at its core, a utopian or imperial tradition, and the revival of the antiwar, isolationist right is one of the more striking features of the past two years.

Quarterly Review

If you have not yet subscribed, you should subscribe to the British “paleoconservative” journal Quarterly Review, a 19th-century journal recently resuscitated by Derek Turner.

It is currently only in print, so you cannot read it online. The newest issue (Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer 2007) has a couple excellent articles:

“‘Free markets’ and ‘free trade’ – the death of nations” by Robert Henderson

and

“The Asianization of Adam Smith” by James Hahn

Both articles discuss the perils of globalism for Westerners.

Those Darn Outside the Mainstream “Whackos”

One thing that really gets under my skin is how a lot of mainstream pundits, left and right, often use words like “whacko,” “nutcase,” “insane,” etc. to describe those with opinions that they view as outside the mainstream. This of course relieves them of the responsibility of actually having to argue for and support their point of view. Simply denounce dissenters as “nutjobs” and move on.

This clearly serves to prop up and sustain the mainstream, status quo. Look at how, for example, Ron Paul and Mike Gravel have been dismissed by the “serious” Beltway crowd as mere nuisance “nut cases” followed only by the “tin foil hat brigade.” Much to their chagrin, it is becoming harder to simply write off Ron Paul that way.

Happily, liberal blogger Glen Greenwald has picked up on this tendency as well. See this insightful post. (The first few paragraphs, not the Hagee stuff which requires a post all its own.)

One of the favorite tactics of super-sophisticated Beltway media insiders is to band together and point to anyone who expresses views outside of their narrow orthodoxies and laugh at what crazy and unserious “whackos” they are — in contrast to the very serious-minded, sane and insightful Beltway elite. The current roster of crazy losers includes Mike Gravel and Ron Paul — the ones opposed to the war in Iraq and to American military domination around the world. They are insane lunatics, total losers, not fit even to be heard in public discourse among the Serious.

Thus, we are treated to an endless stream of snide little insults from the likes of Eve Fairbanks and Joe Klein scoffing at these “lunatics.” And, as we all know, in 2004 Howard Dean was completely crazy — a total wacko — and Al Gore is vaguely insane, too.

By contrast, the pundits of The New Republic and Time who cheered on George Bush’s invasion of Iraq and who work for Marty Peretz and who defend George Bush’s lawbreaking and who spent years treating Dick Cheney like royalty and who carefully ponder with Great Angst whether we should start a new war with Iran are the deeply serious, very sane, mainstream thinkers who can banish the nerdy anti-war outcasts to the “lunatic fringes.”

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Judicial Tyranny & Hazleton, PA

It appears that the federal tyrants in robes today voided Hazleton’s immigration laws. The Managerial State, after all, tolerates no regional decision making, and the semiliterate managerial class must uphold the protocols of globalism (mass immigration, political correctness, loss of regional and national sovereignty, etc.). Heaven forbid that Hazleton residents want to prevent their town from becoming a third-world sewer.

Neocons and beltway “conservatives” will distract from the issue, saying the answer is to have more “conservative judges” in the federal courts. In other words, let’s drive off the cliff at 40 miles an hour, rather than at 80 miles an hour.

As I said previously, there are only two real options:

(1) Americans, following Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution, should compel the U.S. Congress to remove any jurisdiction from the federal courts on cases involving immigration.

or (2) Hazleton residents, following Amendment X, they should ignore the federal-court tyrants, and implement their ordinances regardless.

The judicial tyrants will not relinquish power, not even if every one of them were a Scalia clone. No, the only to curb their power is to take it way.

McCain’s Ad Team Quits His Campaign

More bad news for Insane McCain:

Sen. John McCain’s advertising consultants have resigned from his presidential campaign, the latest in a rash of staff shake-ups in recent weeks. … McCain’s campaign manager Terry Nelson and his longtime political adviser Jon Weaver resigned earlier this month. The campaign reported ending the second quarter of the year with $3.2 million cash on hand and $1.8 million in debts. Several campaign consultants and vendors are owed money.

Let’s see if we can figure out what led to this.  First, there’s this story by the Neocon New York Sun from May, 2007 entitled Kennedy, McCain Immigration Bill Is Built on President Bush’s Proposal. Then there’s this January, 2007 story with the headline McCain calls for substantial, sustained surge. It discusses McCain’s view that Lieberman’s re-election proved Americans don’t want an exit from Iraq. 

Darn—right man, right message—he obviously had his finger on the public’s pulse—nope, I can’t figure out why McCain isn’t doing well in the polls. Who would’ve guessed that promising to give the voters even more of the very things that turned them against Bush could trap McCain’s campaign in a death spiral?

Politics is a very mysterious business.