By Tom Rhodes, 11/27/2013
There is lots of talk today about how uncivil politics in America has become. How the hate and uncompromising attitudes between politicians is hurting the country. That’s crap, compared to the past today’s congressmen and politicians are models of etiquette and decorum.
In 1856 Senator Sumner delivered a speech denouncing a political position and not only liabled Senator Brooks’ home state, but publicly mocked his relatives. In General Senator Sumner was bullying all those who didn’t agree with him. Two days later Senator Brooks confronted Sumner on the senate floor, and before their conversation was over, Brooks, in a frenzy, beat Sumner over the head at least 30 times with a gold-headed cane. Sumner, his legs trapped under the bolted-down desk, finally wrenched it loose from the floor and collapsed with his head covered with blood. Obviously today’s ranting and raving is civilized in comparison. What Senator Brooks did was wrong, but is the commonly observed over reaction of the victim of relentless bullying.
Of course that uncivil behavior by congress reflected the mood of the nation at the time and less than a decade later we had some civil unrest in an event that is officially known as The War Between the States.
The Civil War was preceded by politicians who quit debating ideas and principles, and instead resorted to ad hominem attacks and vilified their opponents, dehumanizing and bullying them. Today we see those supporting statism and tyranny resorting to the same tactics. Statists are using bullying not discussion to attempt to silence their opponents. One of the many ways this is evidenced is their resorting to labeling and name calling those who have honest rational differences with the president as racists, in an attempt to silence differing views. If you’ve ever been bullied as a kid you know there are only three ways to deal with a bully: move away and distance yourself so that he has no influence over your; physically stand up to him and fight, win or lose make bullying you so painful that the bully goes hunting someplace else; or submit to the bully.
If you submit, the bully always takes more until you have nothing worth taking and he goes on to better pickings, or you are a virtual slave until you move away, so submitting although not confrontational is only good for the bully, and reinforces the behavior. Moving away from a bully may not be possible, and even if successful results in emboldening the bully because his tactics were successful.
The option I didn’t mention is the current statist dogma taught to children, to tell some adult and the people in charge will protect you. If you’ve ever been bullied you know that this is a laughable solution and only results in more bullying. Adults can’t watch you 24/7 and the bully will get even and make things far worse. The reality is that the people in charge have ZERO accountability to protect any individual, nor obligation to protect any individual. On larger scales the Supreme Court has ruled multiple times that police and government have no legal obligation to protect anybody. Ask anybody who’s been attacked after seeking government protection and getting a “restraining order” on the person threatening them. The truth is that only you are responsible for you and your family’s security, PERIOD! If you don’t deal with the bully, he will continue to bully you.
The one and absolutely most effective way to deal with a bully is to stand up to him and make it so painful that he quits bullying you. Even if you lose the fight, if you inflict enough pain, the bully either quits completely or reverts to much less severe actions. When a bully pushes too far and you end up with a kid going berserk and an abrupt vicious violent fight. Bullies pick on the weak, they are generally cowards, and work on the premise that might makes right.
The same can be said for our statist government. It picks on small businesses not strong enough to stand up to it, granting exceptions to their bullying to big corporations and unions who are so strong it’s too costly to fight. The same for treatment of individuals, they keep taking more and more using the threat of force to all those who have something to take, while avoiding the few strong enough to fight back.
Today we see record numbers of people exiting the country, an effective means of distancing yourself from a bully.
Today we see people purposefully reducing their income to a point that they are no longer worth the bullies effort.
Today most people meekly give the bully our lunch money rather that get beat up. As our Declaration of Independence notes, ” all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable.”
Today we see the bully being bought off so he goes looking somewhere else, just look at the number of congressional family members working for as lobbyists. Remember Joe Biden saying he was going to go after and investigate Video Gaming Industry in the aftermath of Sandy Hook. You don’t hear much about that anymore, could it have anything to do with the massive increase in lobby dollars spent by the Video Game Industry since then. The mere threat of “investigation” and doing something about the Video Game Industry lead to a massive increase in their lobbying efforts. Obviously they don’t even have to create laws to extort money from big business, the mere threat of laws is enough to line their coffers.
The fact is we as a people now must treat our government like a bully. Cheating on your taxes is now viewed the same as hiding some of your lunch money in your sock so the bully doesn’t find it. The rule of law is dead, making friends with the bully means you get to get away with stuff the uncool kids can’t. It worked for BP who waved a mere $20B at the president and the government then picked up the tab for trillions of dollars of damage caused by the Gulf Oil Spill.
Let’s hope the bully, that is now our statist government, doesn’t push much harder and rejects the tactics of Senator Sumner, the result could end up the same. The people of America are like the fat kid in this now famous video, at some point we will get fed up.
Although Americans are “more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Ask King George what happened when the liberty loving people of former colonies get fed up with his bullying.
By Tom Rhodes, 9/27/2013
Thanksgiving is a celebration of implementing Libertarian Ideas
Embracing the idea that people are entitled to the goods and services based on their need and people were expected to produce based on their ability where all property was held in common; the Pilgrims came to America and formed a commune in 1621. By 1623 most had died of starvation and of the original pilgrims only 5 women lived. This became known as the “tragedy of the commons.” The bounty we celebrate as Thanksgiving came from the abandoning of that idea and embracing 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
If one person has a right to something he did not earn, that means another person does not have a right to something he did earn.
The society that casts morality aside will have no choice but to suffer the consequences.
Real Campaign Finance Reform would not restrict people or companies from spending on politics, it would however reduce the affect of that money by reducing the ability of lawmakers to take advantage and misuse that money by including:
Over 100 million people were killed by their own governments in the 20th century based on the idea that one person should be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another. Are we going to kill young people who refuse to buy insurance to fund old people’s health care?
If getting healthcare is a right. . . If getting good healthy food is a right. . . if getting an education is a right. . . if having shelter is a right. . . why worry about getting a job and earning those things even if you do nothing and haven’t earned them yourself, you have a right to the earnings of others to pay for them.
Like the lady say’s “Somebody gotta pay for all my kids.”
As I often do, I was having a conversation this morning with some friends on the left about holiday workers. Generally every year I am quick to say that I, without fail or exception, request to be first call for emergency work on the holidays and beg to work the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year the conversation was formed around an article lamenting the fact that people will have to man the checkout lines through the holidays and how it was downright evil to force a single mother to be away from her family on Thanksgiving in the name of all things profit and greed. My counter, ‘I bet that single mother is thankful to get a full paycheck this week’. I fully understand how much it hurts to be away from family and friends on the holidays, as I have personally worked many of those shifts. It is generally freezing cold and for some reason it always seems to rain. Being at work when you know that your family and friends are home enjoying a big meal and each other’s’ company is hard, but that is the sacrifice we make to provide them the ability to enjoy their holiday and, for me, there is a deep honor in that.
Now, the conversation eventually drifted into the realm of how evil Wal-Mart is and how big corporations take advantage of the worker. This inevitably led to questioning of how to remedy the situation. The suggestion was made to force Wal-Mart into increasing what it pays their unskilled and often very short-term workers. My offering to the conversation were that I empathized with these workers, but that there is another way.
Often when I am having the conversation about wages, unions, and general economic policy I find that I have to explain the concept of ‘total cost’ and that is the true point of writing this today. How much does it really cost to employ someone? I often find in my travels and conversations that most people go right to the hourly wage and become disturbed, even disgusted with the thought that a company would only pay minimum wage ($7.79 at present in Florida). Here’s the problem, $8 an hour is not the cost to employ someone. $15-20 an hour is closer to reality and nearly all of that added cost is tacked on by government. Yes, that’s the same government who wants to tell employers to pay their employees more (nearly what actual cost is in some cases).
The other issue I seem to run into is when I’m having this conversation with younger people who were not in the work force during our last low point in unemployment. Back in that magical time when the worker was the commodity and the wages and benefits were good in order to keep us from jumping ship at will to the next highest bidder, the worker had the advantage. It was a truly wonderful time. Yearly raises were expected, the concept of ‘if you don’t like your job, just leave and get another one’ was very popular, and employers were forced by the market to take very good care of even low skill workers. Fast forward to our current reality and we see a very different situation. Total cost to employ has skyrocketed. As an example, between new taxes, regulations, and healthcare I personally cost my company three times what I am paid an hour and that jump has occurred in just this year. Therefore, no yearly raise for me or anyone else at my company. Unemployment is obscenely high making jobs the commodity and employees expendable and employers, having a massive stock of eager job seekers, do not need to dote on their employees.
The real evil in all of this, to me anyway, is cronyism. Due to the unholy melding of Big Labor, Big Business, and Big Government the market forces that create prosperity are being choked out. If we look back at the majority of major workforce reforms we see that the biggest money backers are actually those companies who the regulations were supposed to reign in, so the question becomes ‘why would they do that?’
The answer is simple; these regulations choke out smaller competitors. The local corner store or specialty shop cannot afford to keep its doors open and stay staffed when low skilled workers cost $20 an hour and regulatory overhead stifles any growth, but Wal-Mart can. This is a tactic as old as the open market place. The big guys strategically take the opening hit of the regulations and wage increases, absorb them over time, and come out on the end with a larger market share as their smaller competitors die off which makes up for any opening losses.
The only way to return the worker to the seat of power, to return them to being the commodity, is to allow the job market to be reborn in small businesses and the only way to do that is to take the boot of cronyism off of their necks. I want, more than anything, to see everyone who is able to work, working. I want to see our nation weaned off of welfare and government assistance, I want rampant prosperity running wild through the streets, and I want us to be in a position to help the poor and sick of our nation. It is has been said to me that libertarians are against the worker, that we are against the poor, and that could not be further from the truth. I am against the cronyism that strangles the productivity of my fellow Americans. I am against the big guys beating down the little guys using the bill club of Big Government. If you are for the worker, you cannot possibly be for the government, as it has always been the bigger the government, the more limited the prosperity. If you want to take the power away from Big Business to take advantage of the working poor, you must dismantle the tools that allow them to do it. We have to reopen Main Street America and the only way to do that is stop cronyism from barring the doors. Let’s get our neighbors working again by putting the regulators out of a job.
In the meantime, please consider donating to a food bank or toy drop this holiday season. If we want to live in a world where the government does not try and take care of everyone we have to step up and show that we can do it better.
What do all of you think about this topic? What are your ideas and suggestions? Feel free to comment and discuss. ‘That a problem doesn’t have a solution does not mean one does not exist, only that we simply have not thought of it yet’
Being a Libertarian candidate for governor means that I reach out to a wide range of people from all political ideologies. My campaign stops across the state of Florida range from tea parties to business organizations to gay pride events.
Libertarians believe that the highest duty of government is to defend the inalienable rights of the individual, as expressed in our founding documents. One thing that I’ve found in my travels is that most people support the vast majority of the Libertarian platform.
But, there is always one or two sticking points with every group. So, I wanted to address a couple of those minor disagreements that Libertarians generally have with the Left and the Right.
THE RIGHT: GAY MARRIAGE
My position on marriage is that the government has no authority to outlaw any private agreement between consenting adults. Why would anyone have to be granted a license — which by definition is government permission to do something that would otherwise be illegal — in order to be married? The current government position is that all marriage is illegal, unless specifically permitted by government.
What gives government that authority? Why should anyone have to ask government permission to love another? As governor, I would work to eliminate marriage licensing laws, and leave those decisions in the realm of individuals and/or the churches.
THE LEFT: ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS
There is absolutely no doubt that there are many people in need in our state and nation. I strongly believe that we, as a society, have a duty to help them. But, does government have the authority to force people to help others…under the threat of violence and imprisonment for failing to do so?
As we know, government entitlement programs are always astronomically inefficient, extremely costly to our economy, and ripe with fraud and abuse. Also, the nature of entitlement programs fosters dependency upon government, and provides no incentive for people to take personal responsibility to improve their own lives. Private charities are generally much more efficient, promote independence, and have a much more positive outcome on the people they serve.
As governor, I would seek to reduce government entitlement programs, while simultaneously promoting and encouraging participation in private charitable organizations.
THE RIGHT: ABORTION
Though I am personally pro-life, I strongly believe that the government must weigh the rights of the two individuals involved. My position is that up until the point of viability outside the womb, it is the woman’s choice. Beyond the point of viability, the government has a duty to protect the life of the child.
This is the current law of the land. Rick Scott has no intention of changing it. Neither does Charlie Crist. If your position is that all abortion should be illegal, there is no candidate in this race that agrees with you. So, perhaps you should consider some other issues when casting an informed vote.
THE LEFT: CORPORATE GREED
There is little doubt that many multinational corporations are engaged in practices that are unethical, illegal, and harmful to the prosperity of all Americans. On this, we agree. Many on the left blame capitalism. But, we do not currently have a capitalist system. We have a crony corporatist system.
The solution is not more government regulation or intervention. It is the exact opposite: free-market capitalism. Currently, government protects, bails out, incentivises, and rewards bad corporate behavior. Government allows these global corporations to privatize their profits, while socializing their losses.
True free-market capitalism always ensures that bad business practices are punished, and good corporate stewardship is rewarded. For example, what if the government had refused to bail out the banks on the backs of the American people? The banks that engaged in mortgage-backed securities fraud would have been bankrupted because of their greed. Many small, local banks would have filled the vacuum that they left behind.
The true solution is to revoke government’s authority to regulate, subsidize, bail out, and give preferential treatment to corporations.
For more information on Adrian Wyllie and his campaign for governor go to http://www.wyllieforgovernor.com
By: Perpetual Traveller
China and the USA
The Chinese, as we know from history, are very calculating and very patient. They take their time to achieve their desired goals. When you total up all imports and exports of goods, China is now the number one trading country on the entire planet. China now has the largest new car market in the world, and travelling through Asia, I see all kinds of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and all kinds of exotic cars on the streets in China. China has more foreign currency reserves and any other country on the planet, and is the number one gold producer AND importer in the world. Over the past decade, the Chinese economy has grown a staggering seven times faster than the United States economy. But this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, as the United States has lost 32% of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000. Many of those jobs have shifted over to China, and now are even going to other low-cost producing countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam as the global power shift continues. The United States has lost an average of 50,000 jobs per month since China joined the World Trade Organization, along with over 56,000 manufacturing facilities over the past eleven years.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing 500,000 jobs to China every year. China now produces twice as many automobiles as the U.S. (It’s no wonder they are making bi-lateral trade agreements with oil producing nations to try to get their oil). China produces eleven times as much steel as the United States, and over 90% of the global supply of rare earth elements. Shockingly, China is the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of the U.S. Defense System.
The average household debt in the United States is 136% of U.S. household income. In China, the average household debt is only 17% of average household income and China is beginning to buy large amounts or real estate in an attempt to reduce some of their U.S. Dollar holdings and acquire real tangible wealth. In 2011, one out of every ten houses sold were sold to a Chinese individual. The Chinese are the second largest block of homebuyers in the United States.
This is staggering to consider, as these are not temporary layoffs. These are structural changes in the economy, and those jobs will not be coming back to America anytime soon, or anytime at all. For that to happen, the standard of living in Asia will have to increase, the standard of living in America would decrease and when it equalizes, jobs could potentially come back to the United States, but that will take decades or even centuries.
McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, 2012
Observations from Abroad
I’m somewhat of a perpetual traveller (PT) nowadays. I’ve been spending time in China, Tibet, Philippines, Hong Kong, and soon Thailand and Singapore. What this does is gives me sort of a birds eye view of the bigger picture. The people, the average man and woman on the street, still believe that America is what it once was, the land of the free and home of the brave.
But, when you gently approach them as I often do with some of the facts and realities of America today, they simply deny it or laugh it off. This is the sentiment that I see in Asia with men and women on the street. Of course, they are busy, like most people and not in tune with what is really happening.
Even the wealthy Chinese, for example, continue to send their children to America for education and jobs and strive to obtain visas, etc. for their entire family. On the other hand, I also see an ever-increasing number of people who are aware that there are great changes taking place in America and around the globe, and for me this awakening is very encouraging. Recently, I addressed a China rotary group, which interestingly enough, was attended by people from many countries such as China, South Korea, the U.S., and numerous European countries. The attendees were mostly business owners, or high-level corporate managers and contractors. They were very receptive to my message and talking points, which was, “connecting the dots on global restructuring.” They have a pretty good level of understanding on what is happening globally.
What Happened in a Tour Bus in Hong Kong?
Here’s an interesting observation. I was taking a guided tour in Hong Kong, and the tour guide was blaming the United States for their inflation problems. He stated that America was exporting inflation around the globe. This was disturbing for a couple reasons. First, he’s correct, and second, those kinds of comments were just off-putting on a pleasure tour. But the point is that this may be the beginning of the trend of average folks pointing the finger of blame at America for exporting its inflation and troubles around the globe. I see this coming, and that was a light bulb going on for me in my mind.
Surviving Global Governance
So, what do we do to survive? It’s not the end of the world yet, but it is the end of the world as we know it. I believe the decisions that we make right here, right now, may very well determine how we live out the rest of our lives. There are four pillars that we must base our lives on if we are to survive what is coming politically and economically.
We must be spiritually grounded. This will be our most important weapon in the years ahead. It will give you grounding. It will give you peace in the midst of the storm, as there is a storm coming.
Preserve your purchasing power is all that matters when economically the dominoes start to fall. One of the best ways to preserve wealth is with precious metals. We must remember that no markets go straight up, or straight down. So when the fundamentals of the markets haven’t changed, view market pullbacks as a gift and acquire as much real wealth (i.e. gold and silver) as you can.
I have a brief comment on the storage of precious metals. Things have changed in the past several years and even months. What may have been considered a sound storage strategy a year or two ago is not today as I view things from a birds eye view as I travel about Asia and the world. When it comes to protecting your assets, the only two options I see as reasonable are holding gold and silver personally or international storage. There are pros and cons to both of these, reporting requirements that need to be followed in some circumstances, but the peace of mind that comes from allocating into tangible assets as they are your hedge against collapsing currencies should be motivation enough to seek guidance and direction on the subject. I would highly recommend investing in Dr. Kirk Elliott’s Gold Mastery Program http://gsmastery.com/special/?inf_contact_key=d8bbf1d2dea90cd43931894b5559044db141c9d5f25025eaa3e656d858a28f18
It is time to get politically active. Politicians are not listening to their constituents because not enough of them are speaking out. We need to speak out in concert so our collective voices sound loud. Make your concerns known, and let them know if they don’t start listening and acting, they will not be re-elected. Stay connected with informative sources like www.infowars.com and www.saveamericafoundation.com I also recommend getting a copy of “Surviving Global Governance” authored by Richard Davis, MD and Kirk Elliott, PhD for more detailed information and resources https://ey153.infusionsoft.com/app/form/free-sgg-book
There are many organizations such as tea parties, 9/12 groups, Meet- up groups, and even small groups in churches that are starting to come together as the social and moral fabric of America and most parts of the world start to disintegrate. Try to find one that fits your personality. Visit www.benjaminfulford.net for critical information regarding behind the scenes events concerning the military and the criminals in Washington and across the globe. You are needed now and will be needed soon.
Wherever you are in America or in the world, watch for the signals. Be ready to fight a battle for the restoration of a new America and the promise for mankind. Get out of your comfort zone and put some skin in the game. Here are some valuable resources for you to consider.
Have a “Plan B” established. For me, it comes down to two things. I am now a perpetual traveler, a PT. So my techniques for preparing would be different than those living in the United States. But regardless of where you live, freedoms can erode before our very eyes anywhere as global governance is just that, global!
Where are you going to live? Do you have your get-and-go survival pack ready? You need to think about food, fresh water supplies, barterable materials, and personal protection. I strongly encourage everyone to a greater or lesser extent to begin to internationalize yourself. I consider this an extremely important way to survive the storm that is upon us.
Things that we may have never considered years ago may need to be considered now as you never know when a government is going to go down the road of a draconian freedom power grab. You may want to consider second passports, and economic citizenship programs. Get out of the system as much as you possibly can and have your new survival plan ready to implement.
You can internationalize fully or partially. Set up a corporation in tax-haven countries like Hong Kong or Singapore. Rules are constantly changing, and if you are a citizen of one country, you may already have advantages and ease of entry into certain jurisdictions. You would need to have overseas self-sufficiency, which means you need to internationalize your income. Tax efficiency, meaning some jurisdictions will double tax your income as you will be taxed in your home country and in the foreign country, but some do not.
There are communities around the world of ex-patriots from different countries, and often times they tend to stick together. If you search some of these out, it can give you a sense of peace and community, even when you are in a land that you may not be familiar with. I have extraordinary resources that I have been working closely with personally and professionally for the last few years that can help you internationalize. Some of these resources are posted here in this article.
Be prepared stay informed and connected. It’s going to get very ugly in 2014 and beyond. If you are staying in the USA and can relocate to the mountains or farmlands, do so now. Wherever you are prep like a prepper and surround yourself with like-minded individuals who understand the times. If you have assets to protect, buy gold and silver and store them in your person and overseas. Begin to internationalize bit by bit. A more committed approach to internationalization is wise for those who are capable and interested in doing so. The key is to be prepared and supportive of the truth and ready for action wherever you are. The battle has begun and 2014 will be the wake up call of the masses across the globe. You are not alone.
The following is the text of a letter sent to Frank Fahrenkopf, chairman of the Republican National Committee, by Ron Paul, former member of Congress from Texas and now a member of the Libertarian Party. (This statement was true as of 1987.)
As a lifelong Republican, it saddens me to have to write this letter. My parents believed in the Republican Party and its free enterprise philosophy, and that’s the way I was brought up. At age 21, in 1956, I cast my first vote for Ike and the entire Republican slate.
Because of frustration with the direction in which the country was going, I became a political activist and ran for the U.S. Congress in 1974. Even with Watergate, my loyalty, optimism, and hope for the future were tied to the Republican Party and its message of free enterprise, limited government, and balanced budgets.
Eventually I was elected to the U.S. Congress four times as a Republican. This permitted me a first-hand look at the interworkings of the U.S. Congress, seeing both the benefits and partisan frustrations that guide its shaky proceedings. I found that although representative government still exists, special interest control of the legislative process clearly presents a danger to our constitutional system of government.
In 1976 I was impressed with Ronald Reagan’s program and was one of the four members of Congress who endorsed his candidacy. In 1980, unlike other Republican office holders in Texas, I again supported our President in his efforts.
Since 1981, however, I have gradually and steadily grown weary of the Republican Party’s efforts to reduce the size of the federal government. Since then Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party have given us skyrocketing deficits, and astoundingly a doubled national debt. How is it that the party of balanced budgets, with control of the White House and Senate, accumulated red ink greater than all previous administrations put together? Tip O’Neill, although part of the problem, cannot alone be blamed.
Tax revenues are up 59 percent since 1980. Because of our economic growth? No. During Carter’s four years, we had growth of 37.2 percent; Reagan’s five years have given us 30.7 percent. The new revenues are due to four giant Republican tax increases since 1981.
All republicans rightly chastised Carter for his $38 billion deficit. But they ignore or even defend deficits of $220 billion, as government spending has grown 10.4 percent per year since Reagan took office, while the federal payroll has zoomed by a quarter of a million bureaucrats.
Despite the Supply-Sider-Keynesian claim that “deficits don’t matter,” the debt presents a grave threat to our country. Thanks to the President and Republican Party, we have lost the chance to reduce the deficit and the spending in a non-crisis fashion. Even worse, big government has been legitimized in a way the Democrats never could have accomplished. It was tragic to listen to Ronald Reagan on the 1986 campaign trail bragging about his high spending on farm subsidies, welfare, warfare, etc., in his futile effort to hold on to control of the Senate.
Instead of cutting some of the immeasurable waste in the Department of Defense, it has gotten worse, with the inevitable result that we are less secure today. Reagan’s foreign aid expenditures exceed Eisenhower’s, Kennedy’s, Johnson’s, Nixon’s, Ford’s, and Carter’s put together. Foreign intervention has exploded since 1980. Only an end to military welfare for foreign governments plus a curtailment of our unconstitutional commitments abroad will enable us really to defend ourselves and solve our financial problems.
Amidst the failure of the Gramm-Rudman gimmick, we hear the President and the Republican Party call for a balanced-budget ammendment and a line-item veto. This is only a smokescreen. President Reagan, as governor of California, had a line-item veto and virtually never used it. As President he has failed to exercise his constitutional responsibility to veto spending. Instead, he has encouraged it.
Monetary policy has been disastrous as well. The five Reagan appointees to the Federal Reserve Board have advocated even faster monetary inflation than Chairman Volcker, and this is the fourth straight year of double-digit increases. The chickens have yet to come home to roost, but they will, and America will suffer from a Reaganomics that is nothing but warmed-over Keynesianism.
Candidate Reagan in 1980 correctly opposed draft registration. Yet when he had the chance to abolish it, he reneged, as he did on his pledge to abolish the Departments of Education and Energy, or to work against abortion.
Under the guise of attacking drug use and money laundering, the Republican Administration has systematically attacked personal and financial privacy. The effect has been to victimize innocent Americans who wish to conduct their private lives without government snooping. (Should people really be put on a suspected drug dealer list because they transfer $3,000 at one time?) Reagan’s urine testing of Americans without probable cause is a clear violation of our civil liberties, as are his proposals for extensive “lie detector” tests.
Under Reagan, the IRS has grown bigger, richer, more powerful, and more arrogant. In the words of the founders of our country, our government has “sent hither swarms” of tax gatherers “to harass our people and eat out their substance.” His officers jailed the innocent George Hansen, with the President refusing to pardon a great American whose only crime was to defend the Constitution. Reagan’s new tax “reform” gives even more power to the IRS. Far from making taxes fairer or simpler, it deceitfully raises more revenue for the government to waste.
Knowing this administration’s record, I wasn’t surprised by its Libyan disinformation campaign, Israeli-Iranian arms-for-hostages swap, or illegal funding of the Contras. All this has contributed to my disenchantment with the Republican Party, and helped me make up my mind.
I want to totally disassociate myself from the policies that have given us unprecedented deficits, massive monetary inflation, indiscriminate military spending, an irrational and unconstitutional foreign policy, zooming foreign aid, the exaltation of international banking, and the attack on our personal liberties and privacy.
After years of trying to work through the Republican Party both in and out of government, I have reluctantly concluded that my efforts must be carried on outside the Republican Party. Republicans know that the Democratic agenda is dangerous to our political and economic health. Yet, in the past six years Republicans have expanded its worst aspects and called them our own. The Republican Party has not reduced the size of government. It has become big government’s best friend.
If Ronald Reagan couldn’t or wouldn’t balance the budget, which Republican leader on the horizon can we possibly expect to do so? There is no credibility left for the Republican Party as a force to reduce the size of government. That is the message of the Reagan years.
I conclude that one must look to other avenues if a successful effort is ever to be achieved in reversing America’s direction.
I therefore resign my membership in the Republican Party and enclose my membership card.
I am invited to a large numbers of “leaders” meetings around the state to build coalitions with groups. These are “liberty” groups. They are filled with people from all walks of life, young and old and from many political parties. I am obviously there to represent the Libertarian Party at these meetings.
What I have always found to be the breaking of these coalitions is one key thing and that one thing builds into a very bad outcome. I think where there becomes some animosity between the “liberty Republicans” and the Libertarians is that we are not fighting for the same things. I know many “liberty Republicans” try to say that we are, but in reality we are fighting for very different things.
“Liberty Republicans” are fighting to influence the GOP. They are fighting for a seat at the table within their own party. They are fighting to change policy, hearts and minds within their party to the ideas of liberty. Libertarians are fighting to change the hearts and minds of the people (not the political involved people but the everyday and apathetic voter) to the ideas of liberty.
Polls show that only 12% of the GOP are “liberty Republicans” while 48% are evangelical Christians or the “Christian Right.” They are outnumbered 4 to 1 by a group that will always want to legislate morality due to their skewed version of Christianity. (I’m a Christian and former children’s pastor, so please do not say I do not understand the faith) That makes a “takeover” impossible.
That 48% also means that the GOP will always have some policy of legislating morality. This in turn means the GOP will never be on the same page legislatively as Libertarians.
Also, we get offended by the term “take back” of the GOP that “liberty Republicans” use. Historically the Republican Party started as the “Party of Lincoln” (as it was Lincoln who was the first Republican voted into a high office after the downfall of the Whigs) which would mean the party did not stand for states rights. Since it’s inception it has shredded the Constitution and proven that any state that dare “defy” the Federal Government be punished.
The “Goldwater Revolution” failed in reforming the party. The “Reagan Revolution” failed to reform the party as Reagan himself was forced to compromise his own principles while in office and grow government at an exponential rate to “get along.” The “Ron Paul Revolution” has failed at reforming the party.
There is a common theme in this debate. Why continue to reform a party that has made it a point to not be reformed? Do we have time to wait to reform a political party that is dedicated to employing whatever tactics possible to not be reformed?
We are not fighting for a seat within the GOP and in reality we feel that this fight within the Republican Party is a waste of valuable time that could be used to change actual legislation and actual governmental policy.
We are not fighting to change people’s opinions in our own party. We are fighting for Freedom within our country. Our party already agrees with us. There is no need for us to fight within the GOP. The numbers prove it is a losing battle. We are also not fighting the same fight as the GOP since our belief system on legislating morality is entirely different.
Personally, I have worked with many “liberty Republicans” in the past but it has seemed like the “help” only goes one way because of the loyalty oath of the Republican Party. I have worked on many “liberty Republican’s” campaigns and worked hard to get them through the primaries. Walking doors, phone banking, messaging, fundraising and many other tasks. When the primaries are over if that candidate does not win and there is a Libertarian in the race, I have always been left on my own from everyone who I had just worked with for the Republican. The answer is always that they can’t help because of the Republican loyalty oath. So it is expected that Libertarians work to help Republican candidates but we don’t get the same in return.
At the end of the day, we are political parties and our goals are to get candidates elected. That puts the two parties at odds from the beginning. I always want to get the best candidate in each position elected (no matter what letter they have by their name) but my value system is very different than many of the “liberty Republicans” or Republicans in general. Civil liberties are crucial to me, so if a candidate is good on economics but wants to regulate morality that is a deal breaker and I will actively work against them. Many other Libertarians feel the same way.
What it comes down to a lot of times is that a Libertarian’s enemy is Democrats that are incumbents, dishonest, socialists or are bought by lobbyists and big corporations. Our enemy is also Republicans that do not respect Libertarians, are dishonest, want to advance a social agenda, incumbents or are bought by lobbyists and big corporations.
That means in a lot of times our enemy in a race is the Republican candidate even when “liberty Republicans” are willing to overlook some things because of economic issues. That coupled with the “one-sided” working together makes it nearly impossible to get Libertarians to work with most people who decide to go through the Republican Party.