Yesterday Ron Paul tweeted a poll that received a tremendous response. Today he shares his thoughts on the results.
While controversial in most of the rest of the world, President Trump's announcement yesterday that the US would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was warmly welcomed by both major parties in Washington. Support for the move in the US has its roots in party politics, dating back to at least the 1995 Congressional Act calling for the move. But does such a move do anything for US security and our national interests?
President Trump is expected to announce today that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a controversial move that is sure to inflame the Muslim world and further alienate US allies. What purpose does such a move serve? Is there a silver lining?
By Liberty Report Staff
In his inauguration speech, President Trump said: "We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first -- America first."
Unfortunately, those words have not been backed up by actions.
What would an "America First" policy look like with North Korea?
Ron Paul discusses below:
By Ron Paul
Do we need a third major political party? I often joke that I’d be happy if we actually had a second party, as when it comes to the big issues – war, monetary policy, civil liberties – the Republicans and Democrats are more alike than different. Perhaps that’s why a recent NBC News poll has found that nearly two-thirds of young people surveyed do not believe either the Republicans or Democrats are doing a good job and that a third major political party is needed.
I think this is an encouraging sign. I suspect the NBC News poll result reflects the fact that young people are not as easily hoodwinked by the mainstream media and by the two-party duopoly charade in Washington. This generation has grown up with the Internet and the abundance of alternative media that challenges what really is a one-party system in the United States. They have been exposed to many new ideas, including good ones like libertarianism and non-interventionism.
Currently, mainstream politics in the US is all about power – how to get it and how to keep it – and not at all about philosophy or ideology. It is about selling out principles at every turn in order to chalk up another point in the “win” column. On issues like war and spending, it’s incredible how easily the two major parties are able to “compromise.”
A serious effort to create a new political party could be very exciting, but only if that new party is based on real ideas rather than simply the desire for power. Creating a viable third party will not be easy. While there is plenty written in the media about foreign collusion in US elections, the real collusion is between the Republican and Democratic Parties to prevent new parties from joining them on the national stage and the ballot.
Unfortunately the Libertarian Party has failed to live up to what should have been its role as an ideological alternative to Washington’s one-party system. As was quite obvious in the 2016 presidential election, the Libertarians yielded to prevailing attitudes on war, welfare, the Federal Reserve, and more. In believing that winning was more important than standing for something, they ended up achieving neither.
I would still like to have some hope for the Libertarian Party, but to really fill its role as a challenger to our two party system (that is actually a one party system) it would need a major overhaul. It would need to actually embrace the core libertarian principles of non-aggression and non-intervention in the affairs of others.
At the end of my 2008 presidential campaign, I brought together the candidates of the “minor” political parties and proposed that we agree on some basic principles regardless of whether we are libertarians, conservatives, progressives, or greens. Among those was the idea that we should never go to war unless we were directly attacked or threatened, that the Federal Reserve should not be allowed to benefit the rich by creating money out of thin air, and that we should not endorse deficit spending.
If a new party could come together and agree on these basic principles while agreeing to disagree on other, less important priorities, we could begin a formidable movement toward peace and prosperity.
Let us hope that this NBC News survey provides the inspiration to a real pro-peace, pro-prosperity movement in the United States. I have much confidence in the youth of our country!
The US Supreme Court is set to take up the case of a Colorado baker who on religious grounds refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Is this case about religion? Freedom of expression? Discrimination? Or something else? Ron Paul Institute Senior Fellow Adam Dick joins the program today.
By Adam Dick
Ron Paul returned to the Scott Horton Show on Friday to discuss Paul’s new book The Revolution at Ten Years. As Paul explains in the interview, the revolution mentioned in the book title is the “libertarian revolution” that “came to light” in Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. While Paul acknowledges that “Washington hasn’t changed” since then, he also comments that the revolution continues with people “laying the groundwork for the necessary changes that will come” after the political system in America “falls apart.”
In addition to Paul’s book, Paul and host Scott Horton discuss topics including United States foreign policy and the Federal Reserve.
Listen to Paul’s interview here.
Purchase Paul’s book here.
This article was originally published at The Ron Paul Institute.
Ron Paul returns to the hot seat in another Liberty Report where our viewers get to ask the questions... Which questions did we pick? How did Ron answer? Any surprises? Tune in!
By Liberty Report Staff
The Fed has once again distorted the economy with its interest rate manipulations and creation of trillions of dollars in new money.
Paintings going for $450 million ... Bitcoin ... the bond market ... the stock market...
The Fed's printing press is setting us up for another round of economic pain.
Central planning is a total disaster and a terrible idea. We should have learned that from the Soviets.
Free markets with sound money, and interest rates set by the marketplace are the only escape.
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