It’s now 2012, and the United States will elect a new president to run the (still) most powerful country in the world. It’s now been nearly four years since the eve of the ongoing global financial troubles, and I am very interested in how this election is going to play out.
Americans were promised hope and change back in 2008, when Obama ran for president. Americans had had enough of Bush and his policies. A supposed “free marketeer”, Bush actually greatly expanded the size and reach of government, as well as curtailing civil liberties. He got the U.S. involved in multiple wars on foreign soil and contributed to the massive explosion of the debt. He was a supporter of big business, but he was certainly no friend of the free market.
Obama ran on a campaign of hope & change. Many Americans were tired of the way things were going, and who could blame them? How have things actually changed since then?
|Government Spending||$2 900 000 000 000||$3 729 000 000 000|
|Government Deficit||$454 800 000 000||$1 101 000 000 000|
|Government Debt||$9 985 000 000 000||$15 155 000 000 000|
Numbers as large as these can be difficult to conceptualize with all of those zeroes. Here is another way of looking at it:
- Every family of four Americans has another $67,631 of debt to their name.
- In 2012, the government will place every single person in the country a further $3,670 into debt.
Has the U.S. become a freer or more prosperous place during the Obama years? Au contraire. The U.S. has fallen to 10th place on the 2011 list of economic freedom, and a further slide in 2012 is entirely likely.
What about the military? Obama may have won the peace prize, but even adjusted for official constant dollars, defence spending is up. It’s a little hard to see how someone can win the peace prize while being simultaneously involved in multiple wars around the world.
Also, how do you align the peace prize with the idea that Obama has the right to order the assassination of anyone, without due process? While you might explain that one away as being “only for terrorists”, there is nothing benign about one of his most recent executive orders, 13603. Executive Order 13603 is an order which essentially authorizes the government to use any means necessary to ensure the resources they need are at their disposal, including outbidding all other actors on the market. It’s essentially a license for them to do whatever the F they want. FOFOA has an excellent post about it here.
Things are not going to change if either Romney or Obama get elected president in 2012. Both are two sides of the same coin, despite all the hollering that the media will give for their personal favorite.
There is only one man with the ideas to make things right.
Ron Paul is the one true hope and change for 2012. He is the only one that truly represents the voice of the people, as opposed to the powers that be. He does not believe in wars of aggression, which is one reason why he’s raised more funds from members of the military than all of the other GOP nominees combined, and more than president Obama. He is the one true voice for liberty and hope.
Ron Paul is neither left-wing nor right-wing. He fights on behalf of all humans that do not seek to control and dominate others. He believes in voluntary exchange and peaceful cooperation and trade, not wars of aggression and occupation. He believes in self-defense, not aggression. He believes that you build a great country on the basis of self-responsibility, sound money, and a fair and equal legal system, not one burdened with a great deal of unfair laws and legislation that increase the costs of doing business, so that only big businesses can compete.
Ron Paul knows about the value of a human life. As an obstetrician, he has helped to deliver more than 4,000 babies. He believes that the rights of the individual are paramount, and are not to be sacrificed to a powerful minority or group.
Ron Paul also believes in a sound currency. The manipulation of the U.S. Dollar has caused untold massive amounts of wealth to flow directly into the hands of a well-connected political and business elite, at the expense of the common man. This manipulation is directly responsible for the massive rise in unfair inequality over the past few decades. The U.S. was always supposed to be about the equality of opportunity, if not necessarily equality of outcome. This is no longer the case. It’s still possible for someone to rise through merit and hard work, but increasingly, everyone gets screwed over by the political elite.
Money belongs in the hands of the people, not under the control of a few elite central bankers. The only way to achieve that is to allow full voluntary choice in money. Laws prohibiting voluntary contract in other currencies can and must be repealed. This is the only way to return power to the hands of the people. The only alternative is the eventual destruction of the free market and a descent into the depths of a totalitarian hell. Even the favourite economist of big government proponents, John Maynard Keynes, readily acknowledges this fact:
“Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security, but at confidence in the equity of the existing distribution of wealth. Those to whom the system brings windfalls, beyond their deserts and even beyond their expectations or desires, become ‘profiteers,’ who are the object of the hatred of the bourgeoisie, whom the inflationism has impoverished, not less than of the proletariat. As the inflation proceeds and the real value of the currency fluctuates wildly from month to month, all permanent relations between debtors and creditors, which form the ultimate foundation of capitalism, become so utterly disordered as to be almost meaningless; and the process of wealth-getting degenerates into a gamble and a lottery.
Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.” – John Maynard Keynes
Ron Paul is a man with integrity and honour. He fights for what he believes is right, not for what he believes will look good on television. He fights for everybody, for you, me, and the soldier in a land far away, not just for those with deep pockets and connections in high places. He is the only person with the ideas and the vision to return the U.S. to the shining beacon of light it once was for the rest of the world. If his ideas do not take root and the current trends of destruction continue, then we will continue our descent into a perpetual night of darkness, and the shining beacon will be extinguished and lost for good.