Monthly Archives: January 2010

Dr. Graeme MacQueen – “Challenge to the Peace Movement”

WAR PROPAGANDA: To understand how to end wars, we must understand how they are started

End US Wars calls upon our fellow war resisters to become disablers of war party mentality. To do this, we have to confront war propaganda.

Below, long-time peace activist Dr. Graeme MacQueen, Professor of Religious Studies and founding director of the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University in Toronto, Canada, explains how he became aware of the “fraudulent trigger incident” (referring to 9/11) that allowed the American public to accept the October 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, which had been planned months in advance.

The 36-minute video, first published online in mid-December, presents a “Challenge to the Peace Movement” delivered by Professor MacQueen on September 13, 2009 at a conference in New York City. It is especially relevant now in the first days of 2010, following the attempted airline bombing incident on December 25 and the repeated media reports blaming al Qaeda in Yemen. (See also “Conspiracy or Cock Up?” White House Reaction to Ersatz Bomber by Michael Collins.)

Israel’s Financial Expert: Friday, January 29, 2010 101 reasons to support Ron Paul.

Israel’s Financial Expert: Ron Paul.

If you want to know why Israelis support Ron Paul read Ron Paul is NOT anti-Semitic and  The Financial Expert supports Ron Paul: Why a policy of non intervention is good for the U.S Israel and the rest of the world

1. Paul’s stance on foreign policy is one of consistent nonintervention which avoids war of aggression and entangling alliances with other nations.

2. Paul advocates bringing troops home from U.S. military bases in Korea, Japan, and Europe, among others.

3. Ron Paul proposes that the U.S. stop sending massive, unaccountable foreign aid.

4. Paul was the only 2008 Republican presidential candidate to have objected to and voted against the Iraq War Resolution and continues to oppose U.S. presence in Iraq, charging the government with using the War on Terror to curtail civil liberties.

5. He believes a just declaration of war after the September 11, 2001, attacks should have been directed against the actual terrorists, Al-Qaeda, rather than against Iraq, which has not been linked to the attacks.

6. In 2003, Paul said that when America seeks war, it must be sought only to protect citizens, it must be declared by the U.S. Congress, and it must be concluded when the victory is complete as previously planned, which would allow all resources to be dedicated to victory.

7. During Israel’s 2009 war on the Gaza Strip, Paul addressed Congress to voice his staunch opposition to the House’s proposed resolution supporting Israel’s actions. He stated: “Madame Speaker, I strongly oppose H. Res. 34, which was rushed to the floor with almost no prior notice and without consideration by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution clearly takes one side in a conflict that has nothing to do with the United States or US interests. I am concerned that the weapons currently being used by Israel against the Palestinians in Gaza are made in America and paid for by American taxpayers.”

8. Paul rejects the “dangerous military confrontation approaching with Iran and supported by many in leadership on both sides of the aisle.” He claims the current circumstances with Iran mirror those under which the Iraq War began, and has urged Congress not to authorize war with Iran.

9. In 2000, Paul voted to end trade restrictions on Cuba.

10. Paul advocates withdrawing U.S. participation and funding from organizations he believes override American sovereignty, such as the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the Law of the Sea Treaty, the WTO, NATO, and the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.

11. Ron Paul enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today.

12. Dr. Paul is the leading spokesman in Washington for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency.

13. He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives.

14. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.

15. He served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures.

16. He was a key member of the Gold Commission, advocating a return to a gold standard.

17. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels

18. On the Financial Services Committee, advocates a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.

19. Dr. Paul’s consistent voting personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.

20. He is among few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles.

21. Paul is a proponent of free trade and rejects protectionism, advocating “conducting open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.” He opposes many free trade agreements, like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), stating that “free-trade agreements are really managed trade” and serve special interests and big business, not citizens.

22. He voted against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), holding that it increased the size of government, eroded U.S. sovereignty, and was unconstitutional.

23. He has voted against the Australia–U.S. FTA, the U.S.–Singapore FTA, and the U.S.–Chile FTA, and voted to withdraw from the WTO because he believes that “fast track” powers, given by Congress to the President to devise and negotiate FTAs on the country’s behalf, are unconstitutional, and that Congress, rather than the executive branch, should construct FTAs.

24. Paul also has an 83% voting record in favor of free trade in the House of Representatives, according to Global Trade Watch.

25. Paul considers it a “boondoggle” for the U.S. to spend much money policing other countries’ borders (such as the Iraq–Syria border) while leaving its own borders porous and unpatrolled;

26. Paul, calling the September 11, 2001, attacks an act of “air piracy,” introduced the Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. Letters of marque and reprisal, authorized by article I, section 8 of the Constitution, would have targeted specific terrorist suspects, instead of invoking war against a foreign state.

27. Paul believes the size of federal government must be decreased substantially. In order to restrict the federal government to its Constitutionally authorized functions,

28. Paul regularly votes against almost all proposals for new government spending, initiatives, or taxes, often opposed by a heavy majority of his colleagues.

29. Paul would substantially reduce the government’s role in individual lives and in the functions of foreign and domestic states;

30. He would eliminate many federal government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.

31. Paul would severely reduce the role of the Central Intelligence Agency; reducing its functions to intelligence-gathering. He would eliminate operations like overthrowing foreign governments and assassinations.

32. He supports abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service, most Cabinet departments, and the Federal Reserve.

33. In February 2009, he joined with Democratic congressman Harry Mitchell of Arizona to call for an end to automatic Congressional pay increases, through a proposed amendment to the economic stimulus package.

34. He would completely eliminate the income tax by shrinking the size and scope of government to its Constitutional limits.

35. He has never voted to approve an unbalanced budget.

36. He has asserted that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and supports the repeal of the sixteenth amendment.

37. Paul has signed a pledge not to raise taxes or create new taxes, given by Americans for Tax Freedom.

38. Paul has also been an advocate of employee-owned corporations. In 1999, he co-sponsored The Employee Ownership Act of 1999, which would have created a new type of that would have been exempt from most federal income taxes.

39. John Berthoud, president of the National Taxpayers Union, an organization that promotes lower tax rates, has said, “Ron Paul has always proven himself to be a leader in the fight for taxpayer rights and fiscal responsibility …. No one can match his record on behalf of taxpayers.” Paul has been called a “Taxpayer’s Friend” by Berthoud’s organization every year since he returned to Congress in 1996, scoring an average percentage of 100%/.

40. National Federation of Independent Business president Jack Farris has said, “Paul is a true friend of small business…. He is committed to a pro-small-business agenda of affordable health insurance, lower taxes, tort reform, and the elimination of burdensome mandates.”

41. Paul has stated: “I agree on getting rid of the IRS, but I want to replace it with nothing, not another tax.

42. Paul’s opposition to the Federal Reserve is supported by the Austrian Business Cycle Theory, which holds that instead of containing inflation, the Federal Reserve, in theory and in practice, is responsible for causing inflation.

43. He believes that economic volatility is decreased when the free market determines interest rates and money supply.

44. Paul adheres deeply to Austrian school economics and libertarian criticism of fractional-reserve banking, opposing fiat currency and the inflation thereof.

45. He has written six books on economic subjects, has pictures of classical liberal economists Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, and Ludwig von Mises hanging on his office wall, and is a distinguished counselor to the Mises Institute.

46. Paul opposes inflation as an underhanded form of taxation, because it takes value away from the money that individuals hold without having to directly tax them. He sees the creation of the Federal Reserve, and its ability to “print money out of thin air” without commodity backing, as responsible for eroding the value of money.

47. In 1982, Paul was the prime mover in the creation of the U.S. Gold Commission, and in many public speeches Paul has voiced concern over the dominance of the current banking system and called for the return to a commodity-backed currency through a gradual reintroduction of hard currency, including both gold and silver.

48. He condemns the role of the Federal Reserve and the national debt in creating inflation.

49. On multiple occasions in congressional hearings, he has sharply challenged two different chairmen of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke.

50. He called for the removal of all taxes on gold transaction and has repeatedly introduced the Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act since 1999, to enable “America to return to the type of monetary system envisioned by our Nation’s founders: one where the value of money is consistent because it is tied to a commodity such as gold”;

51. Paul strongly supports legalization of parallel currencies, such as gold-backed notes issued from private markets and digital gold currencies. He would like gold-backed notes and digital gold currencies to compete on a level playing field with Federal Reserve Notes, allowing individuals a choice whether to use sound money or to continue using fiat money

52. He has committed himself for over 30 years to educating Americans in libertarian economic principles, such as eliminating the Federal Reserve Board, a private-public banking entity.

53. Paul has many times confronted Congress with a bill to audit the Federal Reserve Board, which the majority of Congress finally supports.

54. To stem the Social Security crisis and meet the commitment to elderly citizens who depend on it, he requires that Congress cut down on spending, reassess monetary and spending policies, and stop borrowing heavily from foreign investors, such as those in China, who hold U.S. Treasury bonds. Paul believes young Americans should be able to opt out of the system if they would like not to pay Social Security taxes, in order to protect the system.

55. Ron Paul endorses defederalization of the health care system.

56. He has an opposition to virtually all federal interference with the market process.

57. Paul was one of only three members of Congress that voted against the Sarbanes-Oxley Act: it “imposes costly new regulations on the financial services industry [that] are damaging American capital markets by providing an incentive for small US firms and foreign firms to deregister from US stock exchanges

58. Paul favors ending the United States Post Office legal monopoly on first class mail delivery by legalizing private competition.

59. Paul argued against the $700 billion bailout proposal to purchase toxic debt during the economic crisis of 2008. His vote was among the majority of “nay” votes cast to defeat the initial measure in the U.S. House of Representatives the House passed a second version of the bill, against which Paul voted a second time, later in the week.

60. Paul has consistently advocated that the federal government not be involved in citizens’ everyday lives.

61. He believes the internet should be free from government regulation and taxation, and is opposed to internet restrictions.

62. The only 2008 presidential candidate to earn Gun Owners of America’s A+ rating, Paul has been a lead sponsor of legislation in Congress attempting to restore individual Second Amendment rights.

63. Paul believes that juries deserve the status of tribunals, and that jurors have the right to judge the law as well as the facts of the case.

64. Paul broke with his party by voting against the Patriot Act in 2001; he also voted against its 2005 enactment.

65. Paul voted against the REAL ID Act of 2005, an Act to create federal identification-card standards, which has been challenged as violating the Constitutional separation of powers doctrine, and other civil liberties.

66. Paul has spoken against the domestic surveillance program conducted by the National Security Agency on American citizens. He believes the role of government is to protect American citizens’ privacy, not violate it. He has signed the American Freedom Agenda pledge not to violate Americans’ rights through domestic wiretapping and to renounce autonomous presidential signing statements, which rely on unitary executive theory.

67. Paul is strongly opposed to reintroducing the draft. In 2002, he authored and introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives expressing that reinstatement of a draft would be unnecessary and detrimental to individual liberties. In the 110th Congress, he has proposed a bill which would end Selective Service registration.

68. Paul opposes eminent domain. He wishes to “stop special interests from violating property rights and literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches.”

69. Paul has stated he doesn’t want to interfere in the free association of two individuals in a social, sexual, and religious sense. Additionally, when asked if he was supportive of gay marriage Paul responded “I am supportive of all voluntary associations and people can call it whatever they want.”[

70. In 2005, Paul introduced the We the People Act, which would have removed from the jurisdiction of federal courts “any claim based upon the right of privacy, including any such claim related to any issue of sexual practices, orientation, or reproduction” and “any claim based upon equal protection of the laws to the extent such claim is based upon the right to marry without regard to sex or sexual orientation.”

71. Paul supports stem-cell research generically, as evidenced by his authoring the Cures Can Be Found Act of 2007 and believes the debate over the embryonic category of stem-cell research is another divisive issue over which the federal government has no jurisdiction.

72. Paul has asserted that he does not think there should be any federal control over education and education should be handled at a local and state level. He opposes the federal No Child Left Behind Act, voting against it in 2001 and remaining opposed to it as an ineffective federal program.

73. Paul has proposed the use of education tax credits, included in his bill the Family Education Freedom Act, which provides a $3,000 tax credit to families to choose their own schools. He has also introduced the Education Improvement Tax Cut Act, which would provide for a tax credit for up to a $3,000 donation to the public or private school of the taxpayer’s choice, which would provide accountability and more money to America’s schools from a local level. Paul has also proposed tax credits of $5,000 per year for each family, which could be used for any school-related expenses, whether the children of the family attend public or private school or are home-schooled.

74. As a free-market environmentalist, Paul sees polluters as aggressors who should not be granted immunity or otherwise insulated from accountability. Paul argues that enforcing private property rights through tort law would hold people and corporations accountable, and would increase the cost of polluting activities – thus decreasing pollution. He claims that environmental protection has failed due to lack of respect for private property.

75. He believes that environmental legislation, such as emissions standards, should be handled between and among the states or regions concerned.

76. He has voted against federal subsidies for the oil and gas industry, saying that without government subsidies to the oil and gas industries, alternative fuels would be more competitive with oil and gas and would come to market on a competitive basis sooner. He has alos opposed to federal subsidies that favor certain technologies over others, such as ethanol from corn rather than sugarcane, and believes the market should decide which technologies are best and which will succeed in the end.

77. He sponsored an amendment to repeal the federal gas tax for consumers.

78. He believes that nuclear power is a clean and efficient potential alternative that could be used to power electric cars.

79. He believes that states should be able to decide whether to allow production of hemp, which can be used in producing sustainable biofuels, and has introduced bills into Congress to allow states to decide this issue; North Dakota, particularly, has built an ethanol plant with the ability to process hemp as biofuel and its farmers have been lobbying for the right to grow hemp for years.

80. Paul has called for passage of tax relief bills to reduce health care costs for families: He would support a tax credit for senior citizens who need to pay for costly prescription drugs. He would also allow them to import drugs from other countries at lower prices. He has called for health savings accounts that allow for tax-free savings to be used to pay for prescriptions.

81. Paul voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, which would allow the government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to get the best price for drugs provided in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

82. Paul rejects universal health care, believing that the more government interferes in medicine, the higher prices rise and the less efficient care becomes. He supports the U.S. converting to a free market health care system, saying that the present system is akin to a “corporatist-fascist” system which keeps prices high

83. He opposes socialized health care promoted by Democrats as being harmful because they lead to bigger and less efficient government.

84. He opposes government regulation of vitamins and minerals.

85. Paul favors the use of marijuana as a medical option. He was cosponsor of H.R. 2592, the States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act. He opposes federal legislation regarding marijuana.

86. Paul has joined prominent liberal Democrats in urging that states be allowed to permit farmers to grow industrial hemp, which currently is defined as a controlled substance. He contends that this would help North Dakota and other agriculture states, where farmers have requested the ability to farm hemp for years.

87. Paul contends that prohibition of drugs is ineffective and advocates ending the War on Drugs “Prohibition doesn’t work. Prohibition causes crime.” He believes that drug abuse should be treated as a medical problem, “We treat alcoholism now as a medical problem and I, as a physician, think we should treat drug addiction as a medical problem and not as a crime.”. He believes the war on drugs is a racist policy against African Americans, who are affected disproportionally. Paul believes in personal responsibility, but also sees inequity in the current application of drug enforcement laws, noting in 2000, “Many prisoners are non-violent and should be treated as patients with addictions, not as criminals. Irrational mandatory minimal sentences have caused a great deal of harm. We have non-violent drug offenders doing life sentences, and there is no room to incarcerate the rapists and murderers.”

88. Paul has been a proponent of ballot access law reform, and has spoken out on numerous election law reform issues.

89. In 2003, he introduced the Voter Freedom Act of 2003, that would have created uniform ballot access laws for independent and third political party candidates in Congressional elections. He supported this bill in a speech before Congress in 2004. In 2007 he reintroduced a similar version of the bill.

90. Paul would like to restore State representation in Congress and calls for a repeal of the seventeenth amendment, which replaced state election of U.S. Senators with popular election. Paul believes that increased representation of state interests at the federal level encourages greater sharing of power between state and federal government, and that greater state participation serves as a check against a powerful federal government.

91. He believes that rights belong to individuals, not groups.

92. He believes that property should be owned by people, not government.

93. He believes that all voluntary associations should be permissible — economic and social.

94. He believes that the government’s monetary role is to maintain the integrity of the monetary unit, not participate in fraud.

95. He believes that government exists to protect liberty, not to redistribute wealth or to grant special privileges.

96. He believes that the lives and actions of people are their own responsibility, not that of the government.

97. He wants to balance the budget by reducing spending.

98. He wants to change the U.S foreign policy to that of non intervention.

99. HE wants full audit and more supervision of the Federal Reserve leading to abolishing the Federal Reserve.

100. He wants American citizens to wean themselves off the dependence of wealth transfers by government.

101. He wants to eliminate the income tax, inheritance tax and taxes on savings and dividends.