Sunday, December 2, 2012

Obama won. What do we do now?

It would appear that America has voted for another four years of free drugs, forced abortion and compulsory homosexuality. [Over-egging the pudding a bit, aren't you? Ed.] Well, OK, maybe it's not quite as bad as that. Yet there's no denying that the libertarian message of individual freedom, fiscal responsibility and an end to foreign entanglements has yet to be heeded by the majority of US voters.

What now, then? Who will lead the fight to get the American people to wake up to reality? Here's the reality!

  • America is over $16 trillion in debt. The "official" unemployment rate still hovers around 8%.
  • The US government claims the right to spy on American citizens, indefinitely detain them, and even assassinate them without trial.
  • Domestic drones fly over the country for civilian surveillance.
Twelve million fewer Americans voted in 2012 than in 2008, yet political pundits scratch their heads. Ron Paul says it’s not hard to see why. Here's part of his column "A New Beginning", published just three days after the election.

To go along with endorsing a never-ending policy of bailouts, "stimulus packages," and foreign military adventurism, the establishment of neither major party questions the assaults on Americans’ liberties....
As my campaign showed, the American people are fed up. Many realized heading into Tuesday that regardless of who won the presidential election, the status quo would be the real victor.

GOP leadership is now questioning why they didn’t perform better. They’re looking at demographic changes in the United States and implying minorities can only be brought into the party by loudly advocating for abandoning what little remains of their limited government platform and endorsing more statist policies.

My presidential campaign proved that standing for freedom brings people together.

Liberty is popular – regardless of race, religion, or creed.

A renewed respect for liberty is the only way forward for...our country.

But who will champion the cause of liberty? Ron Paul decided not to run as an Independent this year. He explains why in this interview.

Yet in the Republican primaries and the runup to the election, Mr. Paul achieved great success by changing the conversation and spreading the message of liberty. More and more people are waking up to the realization that the system is bankrupt and that the illusion of endless spending and easy money has come to an end.

But now Ron Paul is retiring from Congress. He's on his way back to Texas for good, of so he says. Last week he gave a farewell address from the House floor, repeating the small-government sermon he succeeded in injecting into the national debate. Here are two excerpts from his 48-minute address:

"If it's not accepted that big government, fiat money, ignoring liberty, central economic planning, welfarism, and warfarism caused our crisis we can expect a continuous and dangerous march toward corporatism and even fascism with even more loss of our liberties."

Mr. Paul tells us that the responsibility for finding the solution to what ails America falls on each and every individual.

"The #1 responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves with hope that others will follow. This is of greater importance than working on changing the government; that is secondary to promoting a virtuous society. If we can achieve this, then the government will change."

And here's the entire speech... all 48 minutes... well worth listening to in its entirety.

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