Reference: Lying is Not Patriotic–Ron Paul

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Several truths, nine questions.

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Phi Beta Iota: Here are the questions as asked:

01  Do the American people deserve to know the truth regarding the on-going war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?

02  Could a larger questions be how can an Army private gain access to so much secret information?

03  Why is the hostility mostly directed at Assange the publisher and not  our government’s failure to protect classified information?

04  Are we getting our money’s worth from the $80 billion dollars per year we are spending on intelligence gathering?

05  Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths?  Lying us into war, or WikiLeaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?

06  If Assange can be convicted of a crime for information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the First Amendment and the independence of the Internet?

07  Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on Wikileaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?

08  Is there not a huge difference between releasing secret information to help the enemy in a time of declared war, which is treason, and the releasing of information to expose our government lies that promote secret wars, death, and corruption?

09  Was it not once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it is wrong?

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Journal: College Musings on Ron Paul and Economy

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The Ron Paul Revolution Continues

Lauren Kawam Issue date: 12/10/09 Section: News

He calls himself the “The ‘Real’ hope for America – not hype,” according to his MySpace page, and if the number of friends he has on there is any indication – nearly 200,000 – Ron Paul isn’t fading into the dust, at least not with the technologically savvy generations.

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“The very good thing that has happened here in the last two years is that government’s credibility is crashing,” Paul said. “There’s been way too much trust in the government. That has been our moral hazard over many, many centuries. Trust in the government that it’s here to help you, it’s here to protect you … they’re going to scare everybody to death to try to argue the reason why you have to have big government, and you really don’t. What we need is more faith, more confidence and a better understanding of what individual liberty is all about.”

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Journal: Right on the Left and Left on the Right

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Incoherence Left and Right
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Phi Beta Iota: The incoherent insanity of BOTH the left and the right, of both those in power and those without power, is cresting.  While the Obama Administration does everything it can to emulate and extend the Constitutional violations of the Cheney-Bush regime, the far right is losing its mind completely.  Below are two items, just a taste of what happens when gerbils learn to read and write.

What Is Sarah Palin?

It seems that Palin– the attractive, outdoors-loving “hockey mom”-is popular solely because of her personality, not any specific policy positions. Notes columnist Steve Chapman “Who needs policy? In her world – and the world of legions of conservatives who revere her – the persona is the policy. Palin is beloved because she’s (supposedly) just like ordinary people, which (supposedly) gives her a profound understanding of their needs.” When dissecting political cults of personality, it would seem that Palin has become the Republicans’ Obama–handsome, charming and a human comfort blanket for partisans.

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Journal: Ron Paul, Grand Strategy, Ahem

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Instead of Bombs and Bribes, Let’s Try Empathy and Trade

Representative Ron Paul, October 6, 2009

What if tomorrow morning you woke up to headlines that yet another Chinese drone bombing on U.S. soil killed several dozen ranchers in a rural community while they were sleeping? That a drone aircraft had come across the Canadian border in the middle of the night and carried out the latest of many attacks? What if it was claimed that many of the victims harbored anti-Chinese sentiments, but most of the dead were innocent women and children? And what if the Chinese administration, in an effort to improve its public image in the U.S., had approved an aid package to send funds to help with American roads and schools and promote Chinese values here?

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Journal: Weapons of Mass Deception Round III

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Ron Paul  –  “Warmongering” On Iran Sounds Like Lead-Up to Iraq War

Congressman Ron Paul says the neo-conservative “warmongering” on Iran sounds suspiciously like the talk leading up to the war in Iraq. He also says sanctions against Iran for their nuclear ambitions would not help to alleviate the situation. Click on logo to watch short video.

Phi Beta Iota: The “paradigms of failure” discussed in ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig extend particularly from government to the media, which consists of “courtiers” and newshole fillers, most, not all, without any resources for investigative journalism, and most, not all, forbidden to actually question “the party line.”  Below is an illustration of the standard information pathologies that prevent the public from achieving public intelligence in the public interest.

Information Pathologies
Information Pathologies

Journal: Six Big Issues Media Ignoring

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There are six  big issues in the United STATES of America that the media is ignoring.  Among the Members of Congress, only one, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX-22), speaks publicly and coherently about these issues.  Here they are:

1)  The Power to Wage War. This is vested in Congress and has been abdicated to the Executive.

2)  The Power of the Purse. This is vested in Congress and has been abdicated to the Executive.

3)  Consent of the Senate. This is the new issue, that of “czars” unconfirmed by the Senate who have broad powers (or are merely very bad impotent theater, depending on your perspective).

4)  Of, By, and For the People I. Corporate Personality and the legitimacy–or illegitimacy–of corporate spending on campaigns combined with the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the two-party tyranny, demand scrutiny by the public and finally–decades late–concerted public decision on how “it is supposed to be” in order to be consistent with the vision of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution of the United STATES of America.

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