How Will They Destroy Ron
By Mike Whitney
“Whether the resistance against government tyrants is
nonviolent or physically violent, the effort to overthrow state
oppression qualifies as true patriotism”. Rep. Ron Paul
-- -- How will the media destroy Ron Paul?
We all know the drill by now. Whenever a politician with
character and principles throws his hat in the ring the media
descends on him like feral hounds on a pork chop. It’ll be no
different with Paul. The only difference is that we should all
be aware of what’s really going on.
Did you see the Republican debates?
Paul won hands-down. He stood out in a crowd of colorless
toadies and became an overnight sensation on the internet. In
fact, an ABC survey showed that Paul won the first debate with
an 85% majority; while C-SPAN showed him at 70%. Maybe the stats
are just a fluke of internet voting, but it’s sure made the boys
in the boardrooms nervous.
You see, it doesn’t matter if Paul wins or not. What matters is
that he is delivering a message that is damaging to America’s
biggest powerbrokers---and they don’t like it. They would rather
he just shut up and go away. They’ve heard enough about the
Military Commissions Act, and martial law, and the fraudulent
war on terror. They’ve put a lot of energy into the new American
police state and they aren’t about to let some “no account”
libertarian destroy all their hard work.
Right now, the right wing think tanks are probably buzzing like
a hornets nest. They have their work cut out for them. The
sleeves are rolled up, the ash trays are full, and America’s
best propagandists are working out the details for a full-blown
assault on Ron Paul. They want to take him down now, before he
can cause any more trouble.
My guess is that they will use a similar strategy to what they
used on John Kerry, that is---keep it simple---attack on 3
fronts and repeat the charges from every soapbox in America. In
Kerry’s case, the mantra was as follows:
1. Kerry “flip-flops”
2 He’s a Massachusetts liberal.
3 He faked his war injuries to look like a hero.
The effectiveness of this strategy depends on how often the
charges are repeated and from how many outlets. The media will
have to devise a saturation-campaign similar to the full-blown
attack on Howard Dean in the 2004 Democratic primary. The
infamous “Dean Scream” appeared over 900 times in the major
media in the first 72 hours. Technicians isolated Dean’s holler
from the background noise of a crowded convention hall, which
made him look like he was emotionally unstable.
It worked like a charm. Dean’s star sunk overnight and the
country was “spared” the prospect of an antiwar candidate.
Isn’t that what media is for---to obliterate the enemies of the
corporate chieftains who enrich themselves through foreign wars?
My guess is that, sometime in the next 2 weeks, we’ll see a big
push by to derail the Paul campaign. Already Sean Hannity, Glen
Beck and FOX News have taken a few swipes at him, but they
proved they are not up to the task. Its time to wheel out the
heavy artillery and pound Paul into rubble.
But what is Paul saying that makes him such a threat to the
corporate powerbrokers? Is it just because he stands out in a
crowd of plaster-hair phonies--or is it because his campaign is
focused on the traditional American values of liberty and
non-intervention rather than demagoguery and torture?
This is how Paul summarized 9-11 and our misguided war in Iraq:
“They attack us because we've been over there. We've been
bombing Iraq for 10 years. We've been in the Middle East [for
years]. I think Reagan was right. We don't understand the
irrationality of Middle Eastern politics. Right now, we're
building an embassy in Iraq that is bigger than the Vatican.
We're building 14 permanent bases. What would we say here if
China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico?
Would we be objecting?
“I believe the CIA is correct when it warns us about blowback.
We overthrew the Iranian government in 1953 and their taking the
hostages was the reaction. This dynamic persists and we ignore
it at our risk. They’re not attacking us because we’re rich and
free, they’re attacking us because we’re over there.”
The rest of the Republican candidates support the “official
narrative” that Iraq is just a battleground in a larger war
against Islamic fanaticism---the prevailing myth which is fueled
by the media and assures decades of conflict.
Clearly, the bankers, neocons and weapons manufacturers are not
sympathetic to Paul’s analysis nor do they want to pollute the
public air-waves with his common sense alternatives.
Here’s what Paul has to say about the maneuverings of the
Federal Reserve, the secretive cabal that controls our money:
“Congress created the Federal Reserve System in 1913. Between
then and 1971 the principle of sound money was systematically
undermined. Between 1913 and 1971, the Federal Reserve found it
much easier to expand the money supply at will for financing war
or manipulating the economy with little resistance from
Congress-- while benefiting the special interests that influence
Since printing paper money is nothing short of counterfeiting,
the issuer of the international currency must always be the
country with the military might to guarantee control over the
system. This magnificent scheme seems the perfect system for
obtaining perpetual wealth for the country that issues the de
facto world currency. The one problem, however, is that such a
system destroys the character of the counterfeiting nation’s
people-- just as was the case when gold was the currency and it
was obtained by conquering other nations. And this destroys the
incentive to save and produce, while encouraging debt and
Do you really think that the board-members of the
privately-owned Central Bank want the American people to know
about the extortionist racket they’ve been running for the last
90 years in contravention of the US Constitution?
And, what do you think they’ll do to stop further embarrassing
Paul’s demand that we abolish the Federal Reserve is no
different than his ideological ancestor Thomas Jefferson, who
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the
issue of our currency, first by inflation, then by deflation,
the banks and the corporations that will grow up will deprive
the people of all property until their children wake up homeless
on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing of power
should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to
whom it properly belongs.”
Isn’t that what is happening right now? Doesn’t the Fed inflate
one massive equity bubble after the other so that working class
people are lured in by low-interest rates and then lose their
shirts when the bubble collapses? This is how the banking elites
shift wealth from one class to another. It’s an old scam, but it
Paul is right. Free people cannot control their own destiny
unless they control their own currency. The Federal Reserve must
be abolished. And, as Paul says, “The sooner the better”.
He’s also right about deficits when he says:
The greatest threat facing America today is not terrorism, or
foreign economic competition, or illegal immigration. The
greatest threat facing America today is the disastrous fiscal
policies of our own government, marked by shameless deficit
spending and Federal Reserve currency devaluation. It is this
one-two punch – Congress spending more than it can tax or
borrow, and the Fed printing money to make up the difference –
that threatens to impoverish us by further destroying the value
of our dollars”.
The men who own the media don’t want this type of populism on
the air-waves. After all, they love deficits. The trade deficits
provide cheap capital for the stock market while the budget
deficit borrows money from future generations for lavish tax
cuts for Bush’s wealthy buddies.
No wonder they hate Paul!
Most of all, Paul is reviled for his defense of liberty and his
rejection of Bush’s sweeping changes to the Constitution. He’s
been an outspoken critic of the Military Commissions Act, which
permits torture and arbitrary detention of American citizens or
foreign nationals on the orders of the executive. He has also
condemned warrantless wiretaps, presidential signings,
extraordinary rendition, the Real ID Act, and the
Orwellian-sounding "Enforcement of the Laws to Restore Public
Order Act'' which allows Bush to declare martial law at his own
Ron Paul is a friend of personal freedom which makes him the de
facto enemy of the White House brown-shirts. He has watched as
our country has continued to slide towards military
dictatorship. He has put himself on the firing-line to defend
our way of life.
His candidacy is an act of patriotism which is why the Bush
Throng will try to destroy him.
In a recent speech on the floor of the House Paul said:
“Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to
conformity and a blind desire for safety and security.
Understanding the magnificent rewards of a free society makes us
unbashful in its promotion, fully realizing that maximum wealth
is created and the greatest chance for peace comes from a
society respectful of individual liberty”.
Thanks for that, Mr. Paul. And, good luck.
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