Utopians never run out of pipe dreams. Whether it be "vaccine passports," or "carbon zero" or "you will own nothing, and be happy," the tyrannical ideas are always being broadcast. This is why those who cherish freedom must always be vigilant. The schemes just keep on coming. Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC's) are another dystopian idea that, fortunately, many people already strongly reject. It's not hard to see why CBDC's would not only be unworkable, but would be a total disaster to humanity.
More information released by the House Oversight Committee demonstrates even more influence-peddling and possible felonies committed by Hunter Biden and the entire family. Millions coming in from foreign governments to Hunter while his father was Vice President? And the Justice Department blocked a proper investigation? Also today, RFK's big townhall - did he nail it?
Democratic Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the first candidate to offer a concrete solution to our fast-approaching nuclear conflict with Russia. It's an old solution...but it worked pretty well the first time. Also today: Tucker Carlson wonders why we are at war with Russia. Meanwhile, Biden has announced another $500 million to Ukraine. Will anyone in DC say "NO"?
Former US Secretary of State John Kerry was sent out by the tone-deaf Biden Administration to shore up condemnation of Putin over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. One French journalist dared to ask the obvious question: what about when the US did it? Also today: Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley wonders why the US House is not asking "who lied" about the Hunter Biden investigation.
If the weekend's attempted Wagner private military company march to Moscow was an actual coup attempt, it will go down as one of history's biggest farces. While NATO was on pins and needles hoping to see Putin defeated, the quick fizzle left them scrambling. Also today: US Rep Gaetz wants to give Biden permission to bomb Chinese troops in Cuba? Beam us up!
By Ron Paul
President Donald Trump is hardly the first political figure who has had the legal and policy processes weaponized against him. In fact, there is a long and shameful history of US politicians and bureaucrats weaponizing governmental powers against their political opponents.
The First Amendment was not even a decade old when fear of influence on America by French agents was used to support the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts. This outlawed “false, scandalous, and malicious writing” against the US government, Congress, or the president and made it illegal to conspire “to oppose any measure or measures of the government of the United States.”
The weaponization of politics is another example of how hysteria over alleged foreign threats leads to less liberty. The claim that opponents of US government policy were serving interests of France is an early example. Sadly, critics of US government policy have been smeared for spreading disinformation to benefit hostile foreign powers many times since.
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln oversaw the shutting down of newspapers and even the arresting of state legislators. After the US became involved in World War I, Congress passed a new Sedition Act banning “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” toward the military or US government. This act was used to imprison Eugene Debs, who then ran for president as the Socialist Party nominee while in prison.
Opponents of US involvement in World War II were accused by supporters of US military intervention of being a “fifth column” for Germany’s government. Later, opponents of wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and other countries where the US intervened were subjected to government surveillance and harassment.
Critics of US foreign policy may be the first critics of the US government targeted for opposing government policies, but they are not the last. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover targeted the civil rights movement and wiretapped and harassed Martin Luther King Jr. Hoover also kept files on those he deemed subversives, including even the pop music group The Monkees.
Presidents of both parties have used the IRS against their political enemies. As an IRS agent told the head of a conservative organization who was being audited after calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton, “What do you expect when you target the president?”
The drafters of the Constitution knew those with power would always be tempted to use the power against their opponents. Hence, they created a limited government where power was diffused and checked. Unfortunately, American politicians gave in to the temptation to weaponize the law against their opponents in the early days of the Republic.
Since then, the growth of government has led to the growth of an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy that plays an important role for the deep state. The deep state pursues its own agenda regardless of the wishes of the people. The deep state works to subvert those who oppose its agenda, using tactics up to and including assassination in the case of President Kennedy.
A lesson of this history is that people who desire liberty should not trust the US government to advance liberty. Instead, they need to be vigilant in ensuring the government acts within the limits stated in the Constitution. Making sure the government is pursuing a policy of peace and free trade abroad is also essential to promoting liberty at home.
The Fed's raising of interest rates has big spenders in the government upset. Many years of near 0% rates have created the biggest bubble in history. The government and the people are saddled with historic debts. Of course, the big spenders want The Fed to crank the printing presses back up. This is the fate of central planning and attempting to control the economy. It cannot be done. Sound money and free markets are the only way out of this mess.
US Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) abused his position as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to push false statements that former President Trump had colluded with the Russians. "I've seen the evidence but I can't show it to you," was Schiff's repeated response. There was no evidence. So what should his punishment be? Also today - Ukraine "counter-offensive" flops...why?
Tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy has thrown his hat in the ring for the 2024 Republican Presidential nomination. His youth, energy, and tech-savviness has given him a surprise boost early in the race. Today's Liberty Report will sit down with Ramaswamy to see what makes him tick. What's his vision for an American renewal?
Today's breaking news that Hunter Biden has accepted a "slap on the wrist" plea deal on gun and tax charges has ended a nearly five year investigation into the "first son." But none of the serious charges have been addressed? Is this a way to change the subject? Also today, China in Cuba? And...did Blinken blink in China?