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Monday, December 19, 2011

Obama v. Ron Paul = A Good Debate

Here's an interesting view on how to make the Presidential election a real debate about America's future. Democrats should vote for Ron Paul in the primaries.

Washington's Blog:
Democrats: Here’s How to Force President Obama to Debate Endless War, Indefinite Detention, SOPA and Other Assaults on Our Freedom, and Reining in the Out-of-Control Federal Reserve

Banks Got Bailed Out … We Got Sold Out

We voted for Obama because we wanted change.

We voted for Obama because he promised to end Bush’s perpetual wars, clean up the mess which Bush’s financial tzars made, and restore the freedom and liberty which Bush attacked...

Forget Partisan Politics: Demand a Real Debate

Forget what you’ve been taught … the mainstream Democrats and mainstream Republicans are virtually identical on all core matters. Obama, Gingrich, Romney and the whole sorry lot are for more war, for further crackdowns on our Constitutional liberties, and for giving the Federal Reserve all of the unchecked power that it wants.

Don’t fall for the old divide-and-conquer trick.

Whatever you may think of Ron Paul, he has consistently championed three core American for three decades. Paul has consistently argued for the following three positions which Americans overwhelmingly favor:
  • Stop the never-ending, open-ended, goalpost-moving wars
  • Restore our liberties, and stop the march towards martial law, indefinite detention idiocy, and the crack down on the Internet
  • Rein in or abolish the Federal Reserve
None of the other Republican (or Democratic) candidates support these positions, the mainstream Republican party hates Paul, and the mainstream media has done everything it can to try to squelch debate on these issues.

Unless Paul wins the nomination, the debate will involve a pro-war, anti-liberty, pro-Bernanke Republican versus Obama … in other words, a non-debate on the issues Americans care about.

How to Guarantee a Real Debate

Even if you intend to vote for Obama in 2012, you want him to have to answer debate questions on these issues … and you want the mainstream media to have to discuss them.

How can you do this?

Initially, Obama has the Democratic party nomination locked up. So Democratic primaries are not an issue.

So register as a Republican for one-year only to – as Huffington Post notes – ensure that Ron Paul gets the GOP nomination...
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related:
BlueRepublican.org: state-by-state instructions to register Republican (just for a year) to ensure Ron Paul's nomination.


YouTube.com
Progressives Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, and Howard Stern Support Ron Paul

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Some in the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) economic camp also think a debate over Ron Paul's Austrian economic philosophy and gold standard ideas would be good. They certainly expect that Paul's ideas will in the end be cast into the kooky bin. Should they be careful what they wish for?

Tom Hickey / Mike Norman Economics:
Ron Paul Leads in Iowa --
This is actually good in that it will force a vetting of Ron Paul's ideas, including his Austrian economics. This should getting interesting, since until now the traditional media have paid scant attention to him in spite of his credible showing...

I am happy to see Paul getting attention is because I think that the country needs to have it out over Austrian economics. Too many people are falling for simplistic arguments, unaware that voting for imposed fiscal and financial austerity would be disastrous for them.

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