Posts Tagged ‘Revolution

07
Nov
12

2012 Election Results From a Conservative Libertarian in Arizona

The dust isn’t 100% settled but I’ll go ahead and say it – congratulations to Barack Obama for his 2012 American Presidential win. Unfortunately, I can’t go so far as to say congratulations to Obama for winning as I can say congratulations to the Republicans for losing it. The GOP lost this race on their own terms and I unfortunately they seemingly didn’t learn from 2008 with John McCain.

The results are fairly similar between 2008 and 2012. In 2008 Obama won 362 electorial votes with McCain winning 176 (69,456,897 vs 59,934,814popular votes – 52.9% vs 45.7%, link). In 2012 Obama won 303 electorial votes with Romney winning 206 (54,744,018 vs 53,685,409 popular votes – 49.7% vs 48.8%, link). A 3.2% decrease for Obama and a 3.1% increase for the GOP is a pretty trivial number in my opinion as it swings this much every year.

EDIT: According to the final results Barack H. Obama received 332 electorial votes and Willard Mitt Romney received 206 electorial votes (65,899,625 vs 60,928,981 popular, 51.02% vs 47.18%, link). Furthermore Gary Johnson received 1,275,821 popular (0.99%), Jill Stein with 469,500 (0.36%), and other with 580,631 (0.45%). This reinforces my claim that the GOP lost fair-and-square – that if all people who voted for 3rd parties voted with the GOP that Obama still would have won the election.

For the past two years the GOP has nominated a moderate Conservative – for all intensive purposes in my mind, a Socialist-lite. As Jed Babbin said in an article written in in 2008 of John Mcain, “In nuclear physics, every subatomic particle has an opposite. When they collide, they combine to produce another particle that resembles neither. McCain is the political antimatter that collides with conservatism and produces ‘liberal republicanism'” (link). McCain has a fair Conservative scorecard from places like ACU but in reality he is just not a strong Conservative and certainly not a steadfast conservative who will stick by his guns hell or highwater. McCain couldn’t support lower taxes in 2001 and in 2008 he went soft on illegal immigration.

Fast forward four years and the GOP again nominated a bastion of Conservatism birthed into Mitt Romney. stated early in 2012 it was said by Conor Murphy, “[i]f Republicans wish to elect a conservative to the White House, then they would do well to avoid nominating the poster child of big-government Republicanism, Mitt Romney” (link). The biggest selling point of the GOP 2012 contender was “I’m not Barack Obama.” Of course, please forget that Romney supported TARP bailouts, signed anti-gun legislation, grandfathered Romneycare which was the design for Obamacare, prefer to keep the TSA, signed on Agenda-21 friendly legislation, and want to make the PATRIOT Act permanent – all items that are selling points not of a Conservative but rather of a big-government Socialist.

Arguably in recent history since the Reagan Revolution the Republican Party has shifted, not more to the right… but rather to the left – see Bob Dole, George W. Bush and John McCain. Likewise the Democratic Party has shifted to the left – see Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. So in reality the entire political spectrum is shifting left and moves further away from truly representing us those on the right.
 
It should be painfully obvious at this juncture that because of this shift to the left the GOP is splitting and has been for some time. Those of us on the right want to remain on the right. We do not wish to comprimise and shift left with the GOP. I believe a fairly large faction of GOP and independents want to see the GOP shift right but it seems that the powers to be at the GOP prefer to move left to try to pander to the middle-ground independents and Blue-Dog Democrats.
 
If you watched the GOP debates you would be hard pressed to see many fundamental differences btween most of the candidates – save Ron Paul and Gary Johnson – than Barack Obama. All of them generally supported spying/detaining citizens under the PATRIOT Act or the NDAA, support bailouts, support spending money which they don’t have (Democrats want to spend it on “social programs,” while Republicans want to spend it on “safety”), support progressive taxation, support pre-emptive wars without Congressional declaration, support the war on drugs, support the Federal Reserve manipulating our currency, and last but not least they both do not support creating a viable plan that will reduce the debt.
 
I admit, I am happy that Obama won. America may not survive in one piece as she stands now but maybe this isn’t such a bad thing. Let me explain. Any time a President sits the opposing party becomes the watch-dog opposition. They watch their every move and complain and bitch to try to stop them. For many of us in America today Obama is the most Left-winged President we’ve had. Because of this we’ve become more watchful and aware fo what our politicians are doing. In some sense, we’ve held them more accountable and made them squirm. Beginning in 2007-2008 the Tea Party and the Ron Paul rEVOLution gained immense popularity. These became the watch-dog groups to which many Americans now subscribe to. Since Obama has a second term such groups will be in overdrive watching his every move. Hopefully the people who are concerned about America will realize that they must watch and they must act. If they act then they have the chance to push America back to the right side of the political spectrum.
 
I know that some people will argue that it would have been better to chance the 2012 election and let Romney sit but I say that it would have hurt America’s chance to push the GOP back to the right. As it stands now the GOP has two elections that it lost due to them not picking someone Conservative enough. For 2016 they now have the chance to continue on their path and probably lose another election or swing back to the right and pick up the disenfranchized people on the right – forget the no-man’s land in the middle of the political spectrum as those people will probably willy-nilly decide on what direction they want to vote at the last minute – it’s hard to pander to such a group so why is the gOP trying? Maybe there is even a chance that if those middle-moderates see the GOP return to a principled stance of small-government and true fiscal responsibility (not a fiscal responsibility that says no big spending to social programs but a big fat yes to abhorent military spending) that they will be more appealing to vote for. As of now the GOP, even to me who leans Right, seems like a desperate greyhound dog trying to catch a mechanical rabbit on a track and it’s too ignorant to know that it never will catch it… and that isn’t a pretty sight to many voters. At least the Democratic party seems to stand up and say with conviction that it will do everything that it can to make the world more fair and to create their Utopia.
 
Or maybe Obama will destroy America. Maybe he will drive us straight into the ground of blasé Socialism. It is my hope that if it comes to that then there will be enough of us willing to fight for a new revival – a new America that our Founding Father’s would be proud of where individualism reigns instead of collectivism.
 
It is my hopes that because people are more involved with politics today than I’ve ever seen they start to realize that We The People need to keep our politicians in check. The power of laws needs to be returned to the Congress, to where we can voice our opinions of where we want to take this country every two years in the House and every 4 in the Senate. We can’t sit around and say that “my Congressperson is doing great” and then turn around and say that Congress is doing a horrible job – this makes no sense. We need to make the Congress do it’s job – they need to threaten impeachment when it is warranted and question the Executive branch when it supercedes its power with items such as Executive Orders. Then when the President wants to appoint a puppet in the Supreme Court, the Congress needs to stand up and block that nomination in favor of someone who will judge blindly and without partisanship. But as of now, the Congress generally sits around and does nothing except ceede their power elsewhere and certainly never challenges the Executive branch.
 
In any case, I can only see the second term of Obama as being a good thing for us in the long run. Make no mistake about it, I’m not excited about how the next four years will be for us… if we even have another four years. However, I think that if we want to truly prosper then Obama part two is the best thing that could have happened to us.
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25
Sep
12

Raw Milk Revolution

My body, so why can’t I feed it what I want?

Find out where to buy Raw Milk at HERE.

Original article here.

“Try some,” says Rosie Paul, taking a plastic bottle from the fridge and holding it up to the light. It looks different, certainly: butter-yellow, not chalk-white. The top quarter (or thereabouts) seems somehow more solid; that’s a hell of a cream line. Rosie upends the bottle a couple of times, gently mixing the contents. And fills a glass.

The taste is spectacular. Smooth, silky, unctuous. Sweet almost, but not in the least rich, and with a body to it that’s a world away from its anaemic processed cousin. If you drink it regularly, says Rosie, it tastes different every time: it changes with the season, with the weather, with what bit of the farm the cows are grazing, whether they’ve had a bit of clover or snaffled some wild garlic from the hedge. It’s milk, but not as we know it.

And what do we do with the vast majority of it? “It’s as if,” says Rosie, “we took a bunch of fine wines, each with their own unique flavour and aroma, then processed them and mixed them all up together so they all smelt and tasted the same. We take a really good product – raw milk – and we make it awful.”

Rosie and her husband Dave, a third-generation dairy farmer, have 180 Guernsey cows (the breed is important; more on that later) on 250 acres in Somerset. Some 75% of their milk is bought by a dairy, where it will be heated to 72C for 15-20 seconds to kill off potentially harmful micro-organisms (pasteurised), and most likely homogenised. Mixed with milk from other farms, it is then forced through small holes to break up the fat globules and spread them evenly through the milk, preventing separation.

Raw Milk vs Processed Milk
From Miranda’s Art of Living… she sums it up nicely!

But like fewer than 200 other farms around England and Wales (distribution of raw milk is illegal in Scotland), a growing proportion of the Pauls’ milk is sold raw: maybe 10% now, Dave reckons (the remainder is used mainly for unpasteurised cream and yoghurt). Every Saturday, Dave loads up a truck with Hurdlebrook raw milk and cream to sell at Islington, Notting Hill and Marylebone farmers’ markets in London; the couple also sell from the farm, at selected local markets and by mail order.

Demand is rising, he says: “At first it was the older generation, who remembered what real milk tasted like. Now it’s younger people, interested in authentic, unprocessed foods. But you do need an urban customer base to make it viable.”

Sales of raw milk are strictly regulated: producers must sell direct to consumers, not through shops or supermarkets; bottles must carry a health warning; and environmental health officers “really put you through the hoops,” says Rosie. Hygiene must be irreproachable.

Despite huge advances in refrigeration and hygiene since we started pasteurising everything, raw milk still worries us. The Food Standards Authority says bluntly it may contain bacteria “such as salmonella and E coli that can cause illness”. In practice, says Dave, who never drinks any other kind, raw milk today is produced in clinically clean conditions, goes “from teat to tank” without contacting the air, and is cooled to 4C within five minutes. The risk is minimal.

The health benefits, meanwhile, could be substantial. Besides tasting better, raw milk’s proponents argue it is more nutritious, higher in vitamins, healthy enzymes and “good” bacteria than pasteurised milk. Studies have shown it can significantly reduce allergies. Most also comes from small, grass-fed herds far less likely to suffer from infections and illness than factory cattle kept on concrete and fed grain by industrial-scale dairies.

In the case of traditional breeds such as Guernseys and Jerseys, it is probably also more digestible. This is relatively recent and still disputed science, but the commonest type of milk in Britain (bar the Channel Islands), the US, and much of Europe bar France is produced by black-and-white Friesian and Holstein cattle and contains a type of protein known as A1. Traditional breeds and cows in Africa and Asia tend to produce A2 milk, as do horses, goats, buffalo – and humans.

Hygiene aside, we have been sold the myth that milk is full of fat: a dairy industry delighted to sell its raw material twice (as “healthy” skimmed milk, and the skimmed-off cream) has somehow convinced us that whole milk is not good for us. “When you ask them, people often say whole or full-fat milk is 20% or more fat,” says Nick Barnard of the natural foods company Rude Health, who is so convinced by raw milk he runs blind tastings at food festivals.

“In fact, it’s less than 4%. Milk is not a fatty product. It’s been blended, homogenised, pasteurized standardised, demonised. Milk looks and tastes the same wherever and whenever you buy it – like some kind of anonymous white water. Whereas it’s a wonderful, richly differentiated, naturally nutritious foodstuff. It’s a travesty.”

28
Feb
12

Memo to Republicans: Ignore Ron Paul at your peril

When will the GOP realize that Ron Paul supporters aren’t in it “to win” or to “keep the Republicans in power”? Instead they are in it to change the country. A change that is impossible under Obama, Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum. Original article found here.

Ron Paul isn’t a major factor in either the Arizona or Michigan primaries tonight — he gave his “victory” speech before the polls in either state closed — but a look inside the exit polling in the Wolverine State makes clear why the Texas Congressman remains a relevant factor in the presidential race.

Here’s why: Just one in four Paul supporters in Michigan say that they will definitely vote Republican no matter who the GOP nominates this fall. Those numbers are far below the 78 percent of Romney supporters who say they will vote for the GOP nominee no matter what and the 60 percent of Santorum backers who say the same.

What those numbers make clear is that Paul retains a not-insignificant following that is loyal first and foremost to him — not to the Republican party. And that means is that if Paul did decide to run as a third party candidate in the fall, he would take lots of the people currently supporting him with him.

Paul is — as we have written before — a very dangerous man to the Republican party. If he runs as an independent in the fall, every poll we have seen suggests that he would hand President Obama a second term.

Republicans need to find a way to bring Paul and his supporters under their tent — and soon. The problem? The party is struggling to coalesce behind a nominee, a chaotic situation that makes it difficult for the establishment to focus on the Paul problem.

But make no mistake: Ron Paul presents a major hurdle for the GOP’s chances of winning the presidency in November. And they haven’t gotten their steps right to clear it just yet.

29
Jul
10

What the Founders Thought of Protest

What the founders thought of protest: Today’s activism would surprise many of the nation’s first leaders. (original here)

Protests may be as American as apple pie, but the founding fathers had little appetite for them.

Though they themselves were activists during the Revolution, many of the nation’s first leaders believed that people should limit their activism to the ballot box.

Yet they played no small role in setting the stage for modern-day activism.

They protected free speech and people’s right to assemble in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson went a step further, saying that people have the obligation to oppose a government that strays from its true purpose.

“We have a republic that was established on a foundation that is activist,” historian Joseph J. Ellis said. Continue reading ‘What the Founders Thought of Protest’

05
Jun
08

The Revolution: A Manifesto

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I just bought Ron Paul’s new book, The Revolution: A Manifesto. I’ve only read a few chapters so far, but man-o-man the preface is something everyone should read, even if you disagree with the man! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did…

Every election cycle we are treated to candidates who promise us “change,” and 2008 has been no different. But in the American political lexicon, “change” always means more of the same: more government, more looting of Americans, more inflation, more police-state measures, more unnecessary war, and more centralization of power.

Real change would mean something like the opposite of those things. It might even involve following our Constitution. And that’s the one option Americans are never permitted to hear.

Today we are living in a fantasy world. Our entitlement programs are insolvent: in a couple of decades they will face a shortfall amounting to tens of trillions of dollars. Meanwhile, the housing bubble is bursting and our dollar is collapsing. We are borrowing billions from China every day in order to prop up a bloated overseas presence that weakens our national defense and stirs up hostility against us. And all our political class can come up with is more of the same.

One columnist puts it like this: we are borrowing from Europe in order to defend Europe, we are borrowing from Japan in order to keep cheap oil flowing to Japan, and we are borrowing from Arab regimes in order to install democracy in Iraq. Is it really “isolationism” to find something wrong with this picture?

With national bankruptcy looming, politicians from both parties continue to make multi-trillion dollar promises of “free” goods from the government, and hardly a soul wonders if we can still afford to have troops in – this is not a misprint – 130 countries around the world. All of this is going to come to an end sooner or later, because financial reality is going to make itself felt in very uncomfortable ways. But instead of thinking about what this means for how we conduct our foreign and domestic affairs, our chattering classes seem incapable of speaking in anything but the emptiest platitudes, when they can be bothered to address serious issues at all. Fundamental questions like this, and countless others besides, are off the table in our mainstream media, which focuses our attention on trivialities and phony debates as we march toward oblivion.

This is the deadening consensus that crosses party lines, that dominates our major media, and that is strangling the liberty and prosperity that were once the birthright of Americans. Dissenters who tell their fellow citizens what is really going on are subject to smear campaigns that, like clockwork, are aimed at the political heretic. Truth is treason in the empire of lies.

There is an alternative to national bankruptcy, a bigger police state, trillion-dollar wars, and a government that draws ever more parasitically on the productive energies of the American people. It’s called freedom. But as we’ve learned through hard experience, we are not going to hear a word in its favor if our political and media establishments have anything to say about it.

If we want to live in a free society, we need to break free from these artificial limitations on free debate and start asking serious questions once again. I am happy that my campaign for the presidency has finally raised some of them. But this is a long-term project that will persist far into the future. These ideas cannot be allowed to die, buried beneath the mind-numbing chorus of empty slogans and inanities that constitute official political discourse in America.

That is why I wrote this book.

29
Apr
08

Ron Paul on CNN

Digg This I don’t know why so many people are scared of this man. He is the only one out there that doesn’t talk spin and rhetoric.

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