It has been very disappointing hearing about the way Ron Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, has been going out of his way to sabotage Dr. Paul’s chances of speaking at the Republican Convention, his delegates being seated or his delegates’ ability to vote for Paul’s nomination from the convention floor.
I do appreciate Robert Wenzel for all his posts keeping us up to date on these matters, though.
Apparently, Benton is returning to Campaign for Liberty, an organization to which many people will no longer donate their time or money because of Benton. Perhaps Barbi Benton would have been better.
I guess I’m a little disappointed in Ron Paul himself as well, who has spent many years — decades — working for liberty and peace, and educating people on the importance of the actual history of events that have taken place, especially since World War II, and on economic issues particularly monetary policy and the moral hazard of central planning. Dr. Paul has presented a very good case against the current system of central planning, a system that needs to be shaken up.
But sadly, it appears that most Americans, even when given the chance to learn about real freedom, don’t seem to want it. They wallow in ignorance and “boo” Dr. Paul’s mention of the Golden Rule, they nominate a socialist sleazebag like Willard Romney, because the idea of independence is too much for too many people. Conservatives show just as much of a need to be dependent on government and remain babies as Democrats and “progressives.”
Amerika has turned into a police state, and not just a military-national security-complex police state, but a business and financial regulatory police state with so-called “liberals” making these nonsensical rules against honest businessmen and entrepreneurs and sending S.W.A.T. teams after them to enforce such so-called “progressive” mandates and restrictions.
No, this system of central planning by idiots, government-Gestapo against peaceful people and markets, and government surveillance needs to be shaken up, and the people need to make waves and rock the boat. And, as Lew Rockwell noted in his article today on Ron Paul, “we don’t beg for scraps from the imperial table, and we don’t seek a seat at that table. We want to knock the table over.” You betcha.
However, Ron Paul does not seem to be trying to knock the table over, or even make any waves at all. It just seems like his fixation on the Republican Party, the party of chickenhawk warmongering, economic central planning as much as the Democrats, banksterism and fiat funny-money that grows from trees, is pulling down his own work of many years against the system and that he has lost sight of that very goal of freedom. At least, that’s how it seems.
And I’m not so sure that it really is campaign manager Benton (Dr. Paul’s grandson-in-law) who is to blame. Although supposedly there is evidence that Benton really has been sabotaging the Paul campaign, such as emailing Peter Schiff, saying the P.A.U.L. Festival before the convention was “bad news” and consisted of the “fringe element” and that he shouldn’t participate in it, and as another example Benton’s negotiations to get the Paul delegates seated as far in the outer depths of the convention as possible and practically to destroy whatever chances Paul delegates had in nominating him.
And, regarding the recent criminal abduction of war veteran Brandon Raub by government “authorities”: on the LewRcokwell blog Chris Manion notes that “(apparently) no politicians, Democrat or Republican, have intervened or spoken out in defense of Mr. Raub’s Constitutional rights.” I Googled to see if Ron Paul had made any statement on this matter and it doesn’t seem that he has. (Usually, Dr. Paul makes a statement about these sorts of things by the next day after something like that happens.) I know, he is very busy this week with the festivals celebrating him and his work, and he is busy with the GOP (Grand Old Progressives) Convention, so, whatever. But aren’t there reporters around those things to ask him for his opinion on that? Wait, isn’t Adam Kokesh usually at those kinds of events and asking people questions? (Oh, that’s right, Adam was banned from the Paul festival.)
In my opinion, if Ron Paul really means business, then he would tell the Republicans — that one-half of the Big Government Socialist Party — to go to Hell, and he would run as an Independent. You either play along and watch as Amerika’s ship sinks to its death, or you divorce an evil, corrupt system and shake things up, and make waves.
Make waves, Dr. Paul.
UPDATE: I have since realized that there are too many restrictions for starting third-party candidacies, so I now don’t think he should so that.