By Ron Paul
I believe in unification, especially around the principles of liberty and in shrinking government. It is here that the Republican Party has consistently failed. It has been shown that whether it's a Republican or Democrat in office, government just continues to grow. Unfortunately, Trump appears to be ready to keep this tradition going with his proposed policies. I discuss this and more below:
By Chris Rossini
Even though the odds of Bernie Sanders being the Democratic Party's nominee have severely dwindled, he is still sticking around and hoodwinking anyone that's willing to listen. So, it provides an opportune time to maybe reach a few people before they fall for the siren song of "FREE".
To give examples of the deadliness of socialism, we don't have to go back to how American pilgrims starved to death by practicing communism, and only managed to survive after adopting private property rights. We don't have to go back to the Soviets and communist China, and the hundreds of millions that perished at the hands of their own governments and an idea that can never (ever) produce the results that it promises.
You can just look at today's Cuba, or North Korea, or even Venezuela. Do Americans not know about these countries because they are not on TV? Has MSNBC never told its viewers that they can get their desired socialism with a plane ticket to Venezuela?
No doubt, it's a challenge getting through to Americans, who sit in air conditioned homes, watching Bernie on their multiple TV's, and tweeting on their $700 smartphones about how much they hate "capitalism". After all, who doesn't like free stuff? Who doesn't like something for nothing? Propagandists for socialism take advantage of a human weakness.
But right now socialist Venezuela is in shambles, and it's getting worse by the day. Sadly Venezuelans put their full faith in their socialist government, and it has produced total disaster. They did the "raise the minimum wage" thing. They've instituted other price controls as well. They've printed money like there's no tomorrow. They've seized warehouses of food suppliers.
Venezuelan socialists took a country with the largest oil reserves in the world and turned it into one that has to import oil! Think about that.
While Americans go into supermarkets to find the shelves overflowing with goods, poor Venezuelans that fell for a deadly idea find that their shelves are bare.
And now, to top it off, hungry Venezuelans are hunting for dogs, cats, pigeons to eat.
It's time for Americans to turn off the televisions, close their government schoolbooks, and get to the truth. America has serious problems because of a hyper-interventionist government. It started a little over 100 years ago, and was hysterically given the misnomer "progressivism".
It's completely ridiculous to lash out against "free markets" and "capitalism". You might as well throw punches at your shadow.
Free markets are the absence of government intervention. We don't have anything that even remotely resembles it. As a result, the capital, the savings, the productivity that have been accumulated are shrinking. America is eating its seed corn. This has to be reversed, or someday American pigeons will be 'whats for dinner'.
Don't expect Bernie Sanders to ask everyone to join him on a trip to Venezuela. It's much easier to hound the productive people that remain in this country. It's easier to promise FREE stuff and "rights" that don't exist.
By Ron Paul
It's automatically assumed that Hillary would be ten times worse than Donald Trump as President. But is this assumption true? Who knows? We really don't know what to expect from a President Trump.
However, we do know what Hillary is all about, and Congress would at least be able to put some breaks on her.
Another very important thing to consider is Hillary's positions. They're really not a whole lot different than Trump's. In fact, I believe that if Hillary had exactly the same views and ran as a Republican, she would actually do quite well!
I discuss this, as well as other facets of the presidential race, on Newsmax TV below: (NOTE: I join the program at 2min 15sec)
By Chris Rossini
The European Central Bank (ECB) is the latest to tighten the screws on European citizens. They will officially no longer produce the 500 euro note....because "bad guys".
Of course, for the few that pay attention to these moves "bad guys" is just a nonsense excuse. "Bad guys" will just use smaller denominated bills.
The use of cash is a hindrance to total control over monetary matters by banksters and politicians. Whenever a bank is in trouble, citizens who take the time to think a few steps ahead can go to that bank and pull out cash. They have at least one last resort to save themselves from a crooked monetary system.
Banksters and politicians want to close all the escape hatches. The War on Cash is the systematic way that they plan on getting it done.
Simon Black gives us some details on the ECB's ban of the 500 euro note:
The next highest is the 200 euro note, then 100. These will still be produced…for now. To be clear, 500 euro notes are not ‘banned’. The ECB tells us that current 500 euro notes in circulation will still be honored as legal tender. Again…that’s for now. The next step for them would be to quietly take these bills out of circulation until one day there’s simply no more of them available. Then they can rinse and repeat with the 200 and 100 euro notes.
Those who seek total monetary control have supreme patience. They'll chip away, a little bit at a time, so as to not make the big picture noticeable. Right now it's the 500 euro note, next will be the 200.
We didn't get into this paper money nightmare overnight. Gold, which has acted as money for thousands of years, was not weaned away in a mere 5 years or 10 years time. It was a process that took almost a century!
Inch by inch gold was pushed down the memory hole, to be replaced by money that banksters can literally create out of thin air. Power elites each do their part, and make their contribution to total control, even if they don't live long enough to see the day that the final nail is hammered into the coffin.
Just think of what it would be like not to be able to use cash. It would mean that every single monetary transaction would be recorded by the government's "banking system". Privacy (what little is left of it) would officially be dead.
True ownership of your earnings and money would be gone as well. Government would have the power, and/or grant themselves the power during an "emergency" to grab whatever they like.
It's all digits. No cash. They could just deduct whatever they want out of everyone's account! National security....War...Welfare...Bailouts....you name it. Anything could be used as an excuse, and there's no way to pull out your money!
You had $10,000 and now you have $9,800. The difference was deducted and used for the "bailout" of Wall Street. You wouldn't want the whole "system" to collapse, would you?
Don't think for a second that government and its legion of cronies don't salivate at the prospect of having such powers.
The War on Cash is a big one. Should it ever reach its desired destination, life and liberty would be in huge trouble.
By Ron Paul
I believe that the chatter about an establishment-run third party will turn out to be nothing. The Bill Kristols of the world will most likely just support Hillary, who could easily have run as a Republican anyway. This election is yet another for the continuation of the status quo. I discuss this and more on Fox Business below:
By Christopher Manion
When George Bush, that wonderful Christian, decided to invade Iraq, Saint John Paul II warned him that it would cause “chaos.”
Bush brushed off the Pope, destroyed Iraq, opened wide the door to Pelosi and Obama, and then went into hiding.
He has never apologized to his fellow Christians, even though one Iraqi prelate, Patriarch Raphael Sako, tells an indifferent world that Bush’s wars accomplished what Moslems hadn’t been able to do for 1400 years — destroy Christianity in the Middle East.
Now Iraqi Father Douglas Bazi tells Catholics gathered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chaldean Catholic Church in Orangevale, California, that 1.8 million Iraqi Christians have been killed or driven from the country. Only some 200,000 are left.
Father Bazi himself was kidnapped and tortured by the Islamic State (the creation of which would have been impossible without President Bush’s enabling wars).
Political observers in both parties were amazed that, with a $100 million campaign fund and the entire establishment backing him, Jeb! couldn’t muster more than three percent of the vote. Even his brother’s diehard apocalyptic evangelicals abandoned him.
Why? Maybe they felt guilty. But George W. Bush apparently doesn’t — even his own brother repudiates him, but he will never, ever apologize.
This article was originally published at LewRockwell.com
By Chris Rossini
As was recorded last week, Trump will have to continually melt into the established order to get to the finish line of this presidential race, and after should he win.
Yet another prominent neocon has gotten behind Trump. This time the more famous half of the warmongering McCain/Graham duo in the Senate. That's right, John McCain joins the ever growing list of neocons that are supporting Trump.
McCain sidling with Trump reminds me of the Dick Cheney sidle. Trump calls Dick Cheney a liar for getting the U.S. mired in Iraq, and Cheney supports Trump anyway. The Donald also made a hugely reported remark that McCain was a war hero because he was "captured" and that he likes "people that weren’t captured,” and McCain is on board too!
Do you think guys like Cheney and McCain just blindly throw their political weight behind someone? Or do you think that their moves are calculated, and they feel assured that the decision is the correct one? Unless you're new to politics, the answer is the latter.
So on foreign policy, not only has Trump been surrounding himself with the wrong people, but the wrong people are supporting him too.
Next let's look at the financial situation. Just this morning, The Donald made a remarkable statement:
This is the United States government. First of all, you never have to default because you print the money. I hate to tell you. So there’s never a default.
This is a remarkable statement on so many levels. First, it portrays Trump as believing that the U.S. government is somehow 'exceptional'. That it plays by different rules than all governments throughout human history.
This may be tough for many Americans to swallow, but governments are man-made institutions. They're not fixtures of nature. And here's a cold hard historical fact. No military empire lasts. The Roman empire is no longer here. Neither is the Spanish, or the British, or the Soviets, or....the list goes on and on.
The history of governments is like watching a dog chase its tail.
Every single government that has tried to rule the world through military might has failed. Every one ran into economic laws (which are not man-made) and fell flat on their backs. The countries remained, so there's no reason to fear that life doesn't go on. Italy is still there, Spain is still there, Britain is still there. But the empires are gone.
All empires default.
There's a very simple reason as to why they default, and you can go all the way back to the great Roman philosopher/orator Marcus Tullius Cicero, who said: “The sinews of war are infinite money.”
Yes, the siren song of infinite money. And now we find out that Trump is just another guy that believes in the impossible.
The mistaken belief that supply and demand will yield to the U.S. government is a huge mistake on Trump's part. You can't print money forever and "never" default.
Yes, the Federal Reserve can counterfeit U.S. dollars, and it certainly does. But it can't do so forever. History is littered with failed paper currencies. In fact, paper currencies have a 100% failure rate...not even 99.9999%. A complete 100% failure rate.
You're making an unprecedented bet if you think The Federal Reserve will buck the 100% and make economic laws yield to its dictates.
Paper money fails because a mentality eventually emerges that government can print forever, and "never default". It can print to bailout "too big to fails". It can print to finance the cornucopia of welfare programs that exist. It can print to finance wars around the world, and the millions of government employees that exist to hound life's productive individuals.
Trump's statement on "never defaulting" is as establishment as it gets. It's really the worst that the establishment has to offer as well. How can Trump possibly make rational decisions with that kind of belief? That he can "just print the money"?
That's not even true. Printing money and paying back debts with debased currency is a form of default. You're stiffing the creditor.
Is sad to report this to Trump's many believers. Many really want government to change, so you can't fault them for that. The Democrats did it with Mr. Hope & Change.
But "The Trump Train" is morphing into "The Establishment Train" with each passing day.
It's being swallowed by the Deep State anaconda.