Philosophy of Liberty video

April 26th, 2009

This is my favorite and perhaps the best youtube video ever! I can’t believe I’ve never shared it here before! This educational video eloquently defines what “Liberty” is in the political sense in a principled way that is so easy to comprehend that I think every child above 1st grade should see it. =) Hopefully this video gets you thinking and provides some principled stability to your reasoning on politics and justice. If you have any further insights and thoughts on it, please share. I hope you enjoy, and remember… love thy neighbor!

Vote with Love

November 9th, 2008

I just found from52to48withlove on del.icio.us, which visually speaks the message of unity in our country across political lines. We all make different judgments and have our opinions on what the most important problems are, how they should be addressed, and which candidate is best suited for the job. We have our differences, but we also have so much in common – love of our country.

The site talks mentions Red (Republican) and Blue (Democrat) states or voters, but I think left out us White (Libertarian, 3rd parties, independent…) voters! Oh well, in time they’ll see we really are in that “middle ground” and can truly bridge the polar opposites the Republicans and Democrats have come to represent. Candidates like Ron Paul attracted so many supporters from the across the entire spectrum of political affiliations, and I think, in time, the American people will get there too.

This is my favorite image, so cute, so beautiful and to the point!

blue vote and red vote kiss

One of our greatest needs as human beings is to be loved. We all need love… and our country needs love!

My favorite bible passages, from 1 John 4:8,16.

MD Election Results 2008

November 9th, 2008

Here are the Official MD 2008 Election Results. I was surprised to see that McCain beat Obama 2-1 in my own precinct, and beat Obama by 2.2% in my county of Anne Arundel. State-wide however, Obama won 61.1% to McCain’s 37.3%. Bob Barr turned up 0.4% in both Anne Arundel and on the whole state-wide.

The campaign for liberty is already looking ahead to the next election and trying to recruit precint leaders for as many areas as possible. Sign up at campaignforliberty.com.

Bob Barr Counter-Debate

October 15th, 2008

Watch Bob Barr counter debate Senators McCain and Obama tonight live on the internet.

I’m a Catholic Voting for Bob Barr

October 15th, 2008

This is a fairly late announcement I know, but after Ron Paul dropped out of the race months ago… I was just too distraught to look at the other 3rd party candidates much. I’ve finally been hearing more and more about Bob Barr though, and I think the guy he says he is “now” is pretty good… good enough to be President… and a much better pick than the offerings from the two main parties!

In general, he doesn’t have quite the impeccable voting track record or moral compass in his personal life as Ron Paul, but Bob Barr was a Republican Congressman who saw how bad the party had become after 9/11 with the big government neo-conservatives (thoughtlessly sacrificing liberty for the perception of safety and more government) and so he got out… and joined the Libertarian party in 2006. He is pro-life, pro-marriage, anti-war, wants to maximize civil liberty & states rights, minimize the federal government, knows a thing or two about international affairs and defense, and so all of these things sound like are a great mix for me.

The sad thing is, he’s just now recently come to a very stunning 180-degree turn around on some issues he’s held in the past (drug war, abortion, personal/religious restrictions, others)… and has historically dramatically shifted his views. =( However, now he is very much in favor of considering the harm reduction principle and leaving many of these failed policy decisions to the states, avoiding a “one-size-fits-all” federal solution.

Quick facts: He’s 59, born in Iowa, traveled the world with military father who was trained in engineering, attended high school in Tehran Iran, worked at the CIA as an analyst for 8 years, started a law practice in Georgia, has degree in International Affairs, is married to his 3rd wife, regrets voting for the Patriot Act and voting to authorize the Iraq War.

See Bob Barr on wikipedia politics, on the issues, and on youtube.

Ultimately, this vote is about CHANGE, about CHANGING the TWO PARTY system we have, and restoring the conservative platform to the Republican party which the NeoCons have stolen! This vote is a vote for our CONSTITUTION, for limited government, for LIBERTY… or in the words of William Wallace (Braveheart) “FREEEEEEDDOOOOMMM!”.

Articles of support: He is Not just for Libertarians, Catholics should consider him, Voting for Barr, not against McCain, Many good Bob Barr videos on youtube.

This is the Time for Liberty

Final Tribute to Ron Paul

July 3rd, 2008

After all of the “Ron Paul” posts I’ve made to this blog in recent months, I think it’s only fitting that I provide some closure and a “final tribute” to the Ron Paul campaign for president. Many, including myself, say: Dr. Ron Paul certainly “cured my apathy” for politics. He sparked a deep passion in not only me, but many Americans across the country who valued his well reasoned arguments, and the principles of liberty, freedom and justice to guide our country to prosperity, peace and respect in the world. I feel Ron Paul was the best candidate for the 2008 election and hope for our country, but the R[evol]ution he ignited still burns on…
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Ron Paul on the Economy-Monetary Policy

March 8th, 2008

Though the Maryland election has passed, and McCain has won the republican ticket, I am still a part of the Revolution for change in our country – “Ron Paul” style. Just yesterday I read a fairly recent article, A Word from Ron Paul on Forbes.com (March 4, 2008) and his message on how to fix our monetary system policy was reinvigorating for me, especially after not hearing much about him in the news for weeks. Sure enough, he was the first to respond with a short essay to Forbes on what he feels are the most important issues “facing the nation at this moment in time”. Some quotes I love to take from it are:

This is the first time in over 100 years that monetary policy is being discussed in earnest during a presidential campaign… For over 30 years, I have been urging all Americans to educate themselves about monetary policy in order to better understand how… the Fed and the Treasury Department wield tremendous power over our lives.

The key to tax reform lies in spending reform… Lower taxes and less government spending will put more money in your pocket. A sound monetary policy will increase the value of that money and drive down the costs of living.

I also like how he quoted the former GAO comptroller general David Walker, who has a great video to the American Public to wake up about the National Debt and an interview on 60 minutes about his “Wake Up America” tour on the Inconvenient Truth of U.S. Fiscal Irresponsibility & Immorality (aired March 4, 2007) on YouTube.

According to David Walker, former head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, “We are mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren at record rates, and that is not only an issue of fiscal irresponsibility, it’s an issue of immorality.”

Now if you think that “Mitt Romney” would be the best candidate to “fix the economy” due to his success in business, I have to remind you that his success to turn businesses around depended upon the success of the economy. Ron Paul has been studying economics for decades and has served since 1997 on the House Financial Services committee and the Joint Economic Committee. Paul has the experience and wisdom to fix the economy, he’s had it for over 30 years!

Here’s a popular YouTube clip of Ron Paul on the economy… which is merely “A House of Cards ” waiting to tumble as we’ve become a nation funding a war on “terrorism” in two countries and artificially stimulating our own weak economy by ‘charging a credit card’ to China and other nations to hold our debt.

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Clever how both aired on March 4th – coincidentally the only date that is also a command “march forth”. It’s also interesting to note, that perhaps now people might actually “believe” this message that we need to fix the economy… according to polls, consumer confidence in the economy sank to 33% in March, down from 92% last March.

Most Tech Friendly President

February 23rd, 2008

There are perhaps a few of you “tech geeks” out there reading this blog, but do you know who would be the most “tech friendly” candidate for President?! Based on this survey on news.com, it appears to be Ron Paul or Barack Obama. Actually, “Only Barack Obama and Ron Paul gave us forthright replies, and they deserve credit for their directness.” Both candidates gave nearly identical responses, however a few of Paul’s were emphasized as “strong no”! (I like his style!) The only question with notable differences, would be the net neutrality issue – and I feel that has solely to do with the format of the question. Ron Paul is the most “Net neutral” candidate because he wants the government to “keep their hands off” of it. As the question was posed:

Q: Congress has considered Net neutrality legislation, but it never became law. Do you support the legislation that was re-introduced in 2007 (S 215), which gives the FCC the power to punish “discriminatory” conduct by broadband providers?

This makes the question murky, because it’s questioning “Net neutrality” and then adding in that the FCC should decide if neutrality was achieved or not – instead of the courts! So I see that as a problem question. In the end, the Net should stay as neutral as possible to prevent creating “classes” of users and traffic, which is simply another tool for the telecoms to use to charge you more money. Read more for a brief background on Net neutrality. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Ron Paul stands as THE TRUE PATRIOT

February 21st, 2008

Considering the PATRIOT ACT, one who stands up to defend and secure our liberties and due process of law is the true Patriot. See Ron Paul’s article on Reconsidering the Patriot Act. Even after the original sunset clause expired, many sections remained including the controversial topics as well as roving wiretaps and secret searches of records. See other Patriot Act controversaries.

Examine the controversaries of the Patriot Act, as well as those pieces that have been declared unconstitutional (requesting records without a court orderedsubpoena, as well as giving advice to terrorists)

Celebrate 51 Years of Marriage

January 28th, 2008

On February 1st, Dr. Ron and Carol Paul will celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary! As a wedding gift, why don’t you contribute to the “51 Years” money bomb for the Ron Paul 2008 campaign! You’d not only be supporting the best candidate to be President of the United States, you’d also be supporting THE candidate that stands for family values, moral principles, and of course – liberty!

March for LIFE, March for Ron Paul!

January 22nd, 2008

Today is the March for Life in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.! Last year I joined the March for Life in San Francisco, and after today I will have marched for life on both coasts! There is no issue more important to me than the preservation of Life – and this falls into politics as well with abortion and war (see entry below) – which is why I encourage you all to vote “Dr. Ron Paul for Life”.

Here’s a great Ron Paul for Life video:

When it comes to the other candidates, all of the Democrats are for abortion and of the republicans – both Guiliani and Romney have been vocal and resolute for abortion “rights”. McCain while opposing abortion as birth control (but not incest/rape) he is adamant on federal funds for embryonic stem cell research in this EWTN video however EWTN says Ron Paul is a great Right-to-Life candidate. The problem with abortion “rights” is that no one has the “right” to murder. No one has the right to take your life and you have no right to take another’s. This stems from the very Philosophy of Liberty. Also, no other candidate promotes all “Pro-Life” issues like Ron Paul, who by principle is against: abortion, the death penalty, federally subsidizing embryonic stem cell research and unjust war (following the Christian “Just War Theory”). See just how compatible Dr. Ron Paul and Pope John Paul II are on Pro-Life issues!

Abortion is a matter of “principle”, not “privacy”. Dr. Ron Paul (OBGYN) is “the man of principle” and the ONLY Pro-Life and Pro-Peace candidate running for the Presidency. The Philosophy of Liberty is to protect both Life and Liberty – you cannot protect Liberty without protecting Life! (the ultimate liberty).

Why Ron Paul is the ONLY moral choice

January 9th, 2008

Ron Paul is the ONLY ONE who opposes PREEMPTIVE WAR. He follows the “Just War Theory” and is the only true practicing Christian that I see running for the presidency. Please consider the ideology of Preemptive Nuclear War & Christianity… blessed be the peacemakers, blessed be Dr. Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is the Peace President. He is pro-Constitution and pro-Freedom. Ron Paul is the only vote for Peace, Love, and Charity. See Ron Paul – The Just War Theory & The Peace President

Not only was invading Iraq a SERIOUS mistake (preemptively attacking a country that did not even threaten us and effectively did not even have the capability to threaten us or its neighbors) that precipitated over 650,000 civilian deaths and over 1.2 million displaced people… only Ron Paul has LEARNED FROM THIS MISTAKE and would not repeat the same mistake with Iran or any other country. You need to know that: Ron Paul Reads the Frickin’ Constitution

The entire video of the 2007 GOP Debate in Michigan starts here on part 1, however the other candidates views on preemptive war with Iran starts in Part 9.

Thank God that Ron Paul places diplomacy over war with regards to the Iranian threat or any other “nation that threatens the U.S.A.”

update 20071215: All of the republican candidates, other than Dr. Ron Paul, look like (and in my humble opinion simply are) idiots when it comes to foreign policy, intelligence, and war. The December 2007 NIE “Iran: Nuclear Intentions & Capabilities” (pdf) clearly points this out. As President, I want a leader who can rationalize and think on his own two feet about threats to our nation, and not simply be another sheep from the fold who panders to whichever direction the popular rhetoric takes them… especially when it leads to war and further opportunities for the executive branch to abuse the Constitution of the United States and trample liberties, let alone leave our nation at greater risk and increased hatred around the world. Dear Lord help us!

Teaparty07 — 4 days until Dec 16th!

December 12th, 2007

As I mentioned before, the 2007 (Liber)Tea Party is about to take place this Sunday. Show your support for our Constitution, including the role of our federal government and liberty it established for all citizens, and donate to Ron Paul’s campaign. Be a part of it!

Have you been listening? Then let’s do something!
This December 16th, 2007 – it’s time to reclaim our Liberty!

A Blimp? Yes, a BLIMP! A Ron Paul BLIMP!

December 10th, 2007

The Ron Paul Blimp fund raiser has succeeded, and now Ron Paul will become the first presidential candidate to have his own blimp! This is a message from the “people”, not the mainstream media, so listen up and be a part of it – the Ron Paul Love Revolution – or live with the consequences. Read the writings on the walls, Ron Paul supporters are everywhere around you, listen to their voices via the Internet!

You can help to support Ron Paul advertising or celebrate the season of giving by dropping a load of cash into the Ron Paul campaign and show your support for LiberTea on December 16th – the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party!

The blimp is starting to get some mainstream coverage…

Ron Paul on Foreign Policy

November 25th, 2007

Ron Paul subscribes to the “Original Foreign Policy” of the founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson (“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations- entangling alliances with none.”) and George Washington (“Act for ourselves and not for others,” by forming an “American character wholly free of foreign attachments.”).

Noninterventionism is not isolationism. Nonintervention simply means America does not interfere militarily, financially, or covertly in the internal affairs of other nations. It does not mean we that we isolate ourselves; on the contrary, our founders advocated open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.

Ron Paul shares that he feels our current interventionist “foreign policy” in the middle east is more of a threat than the risk of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon in the following Face the Nation interview from 11/11/2007. (The whole interview is great, but the foreign policy starts at 1:45)

Update:
“Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.” – Ron Paul

Ron Paul - Foreign Policy of Freedom

Buy the Book Congressman Paul has been speaking out against a foreign policy of interventionism since he first entered Congress in 1976. A Foreign Policy of Freedom features speeches and writings beginning with Dr. Paul’s first term in Congress and continuing through the present day.

Bush is AGAINST Nation Building!?

November 21st, 2007

It’s sure amazing to see that someone found this audio of then presidential nominee George W. Bush and his early promises of “no nation building”, a “humble” foreign policy, and clearly defined “exit strategies” for conflicts around the globe. He must have forgotten that.

Oh yeah, and let’s not forget Dick Cheney in 1994 after the first Iraq war reminded us why se should not have gone in to take Saddam and destabilize Iraq, at the cost of so many American lives.

Catholics and GQ rank Ron Paul

November 21st, 2007

Some headlines about Ron Paul lately include:
– He has been listed in GQ magazine as one of the 36 men of the year, as the official republican “Dark Horse” presidential candidate. (one who is nominated unexpectedly, without previously having been discussed or considered as a likely choice)
– From a Catholic perspective, Ron Paul is quantitatively the most compatible candidate for those wishing to follow the US Bishops recent guidance on forming consciences for an election. (Ron Paul leads, followed by Huckabee and Hunter)
– Ron Paul has support nationwide! A Zogby blind bio telephone survey poll of 1,009 likely voters nationwide showed Ron Paul was “was the big winner among that universe of voters, winning 33%, compared to 19% for Giuliani, 15% for Romney, and 13% for Thompson.”
Standing at 6% in Iowa Washington DC-ABC newels page

This 8:45min video, highlighted on RonPaulForums.com is a great introduction to our “Champion of the Constitution”…

Thoughts on Veterans Day

November 13th, 2007

I love my country, I fear my government. I honor my grandfather and his brothers who fought in WWII, my father (uncle & aunt also) who served in the armed forces, and especially my brother and friends who have gone off to fight in Iraq. They’ve all sacrificed for our country, thank God they are all still alive, but every veterans day I’m also haunted by the reasons our country has gone to war since WWII…

I just found that I share the sentiments of Naman Crowe, a Vietnam veteran, as he shares his thoughts on Veterans day in his article “Give Us a Reason to Die“. Quotes are included below:

Being a veteran, I can’t help but feel a certain remorse every year on Veterans Day because I know that all those who have died in combat since World War II died for nothing. I know that they were wounded for nothing and that they have suffered for nothing.

Except for World War II, there has not been a single American soldier that died defending our liberties. Not one has been wounded in defense of our country. Not one has suffered in order that we might live free

Our soldiers are not used to defend our liberties. They are just used. They are used to pacify the ego and carry out the policy of the American president and his main thinkers.

It’s not that we shouldn’t honor our veterans. Of course we should. But we should honor them with the truth. They sacrifice their lives and take the bullets and do the killing and endure the suffering in order to pacify the ego of the American president and to carry out his policies. Not since World War II, has it had anything to do with defending our liberties and way of life.

Since wars have been started politically, it only makes sense for me to address the note that Ron Paul will not lead us into any more unjust wars – and will always follow the Constitution that wars are not started by a president, but “declared by Congress”, (edit) in order to defend the liberties of our country. Here’s a solemn video reminder of the effects of our war in Iraq, our economy, and why we need a Tea Party in 2007:

Ron Paul Tea Party 2007

November 13th, 2007

While the November 5th moneybomb was good ron Ron Paul, racking in over $4.3 million… and there was perhaps some moderate fund raising success on Veterans Day November 11th… however the Big Stand for Freedom is scheduled to take place on this December 16th in commemoration of the Boston Tea Party – the date in history when Americans finally said “Enough is enough!” and so began our original revolution against an unjust government in order to create a republic based on democracy, with a limited role of government, in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness for all!

How better to commemorate this day — a day in our nation’s history when “we the people” took that first great stand for freedom — than to show your support for our Country and our Constitution by contributing $100 or more to the Ron Paul campaign in order to spread this “freedom message” to all!

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Please see this great video below, and believe that “we” can make a difference. The time is now to donate and educate for the primaries!

You can also lend your support in spreading Ron Paul’s message during the nation-wide sign wave on Dec 1st and 2nd. Please see the How To Sign Wave Video on youtube for ideas and suggestions on how you can help!

Ron Paul Success Nov 5th

November 11th, 2007

In the 24 hours of the This November 5th campaign, over $4.3 million was donated by over 35,000 grassroot supporters to the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign! While this is not quite half of the $10 million goal, it was still a very impressive amount for a single day of contributions for any candidate. This success was covered by ABC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. I’m proud to say that I contributed to this success with $200 of my own very limited funds. It was a challenge and sacrifice for me to do this, but I also know that I would sincerely regret _not_ donating to such a cause so important in our time as that of saving our country and our constitution! Ron Paul is the only person we can count on to do this!