Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ron Paul shifts gears

Excerpted from the homepage of Ron Paul's new website - Campaign for Liberty:

“In the final analysis,” I wrote in my new book The Revolution: A Manifesto, “the last line of defense in support of freedom and the Constitution consists of the people themselves. If the people want to be free, if they want to lift themselves out from underneath a state apparatus that threatens their liberties, squanders their resources on needless wars, destroys the value of their dollar, and spews forth endless propaganda about how indispensable it is and how lost we would all be without it, there is no force that can stop them.”

The time has come to act on these words. May future generations look back on our work and say that these were men and women who, in a moment of great crisis, stood up to the politicians, the opinion-molders, and the establishment, and saved their country.

Join us, and be a part of it.

For liberty,

Ron Paul

As for whether you agree with him or not... I believe that, at minimum, there are serious "solvency issues" with Social Security and Medicare. And IMO, if our "leaders" in Washington continue to fail America... and leave these "solvency issues" unaddressed for another decade or two... and if the steady devaluation of the dollar continues (one of several factors in the runup of gas prices)... then at a certain point the "elastic band" will snap... and someone holding somewhat radical views, not unlike those of Ron Paul... may very well become President.

Alternatively, we could address our fiscal and monetary policies in an intellectually honest fashion.

And for the next five months, I hope we'll get to see lots of "town halls," "debates" and / or other formats where we can hear Obama and McCain in very clear terms on these two issues... and what the heck... maybe they'll even do one or two "debates" that include Ralph Nader (Green) and Bob Barr (Libertarian). They'd certainly broaden the discussion!

Tim White

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