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False Gods Create False Hope
Friday, 18 January 2008 00:51
by Joel S. Hirschhorn

The good news is the huge pent up public demand for political change. The bad news is that presidential candidates have made a mockery of the concept of change while ignoring true political reforms. Missing are details about fixing the corrupt, dysfunctional political system and restoring balance among the three branches of government and between the states and the federal government.

So what kind of change do people want? The Wall Street Journal-NBC News survey last month of both Democrats and Republicans found 24 percent of voters favor “small adjustments” in America, 29 percent want “moderate corrections,” but 46 percent thankfully seek “major reforms” and a “brand-new” approach.

When people rally behind false change agents something worse than being disappointed and having their hopes killed happens: the national energy for real change is wasted. In the end, false change agents protect the status quo political establishment. Hope is replaced by despair for disaffected anti-establishment masses. The worst false change agent is Ron Paul.

An early sign of trouble was that Paul supporters seemed to worship him as if he is the long-awaited savior for America, akin to one of our Founding Fathers. In their writing and behavior they seem like members of a cult, not thoughtful political activists open to new information. They don’t appreciate the need to have disagreements without being disagreeable. Though their hero speaks of persuasion, his supporters express obnoxious in-your-face anger, disparagement, and intimidation. They show disdain for others that want major political change but do not support Paul.

For years before he became a Republican presidential candidate I had admired Paul for his maverick behavior in Congress and had a very pleasant meeting with him. But I had doubts about most of his policy goals, and his use of pork spending earmarks to get billions of dollars for his district was troubling. Paul remains a change talker, not a change agent.

The more I examined what he wanted to do as president the more he looked like the emperor with no clothes. He never produced detailed plans on how he would use new legislation, presidential actions or constitutional amendments. This is especially important for his drastic changes, such as eliminating much of the federal government and putting the country’s currency back on the gold standard. His supporters never seem to demand details. Paul and his supporters exhibit therapeutic activism: activism that makes them feel good but lacks details necessary to convince others.

Yes, I have advocated a Second American Revolution and Paul’s supporters also want a revolution. But a revolution requires leaders that can communicate so effectively with diverse Americans that massive public support results. Paul and his supporters give freedom their highest priority, but do not welcome the exercise of freedom by Americans to reject their beliefs. As Gary Wood, a Paul supporter correctly observed: “You will create more damage to our cause than good if you continue to spew hatred and poisonous venom rather than reason and kindness. Threats and nasty vile hatred will not spread our message; only detract from the importance of liberty and freedom.”

Paul, the professed champion of the Constitution, brings it up in virtually every public statement and claims to believe in a strict reading of it. But he refuses to honor what is in Article V: the option the Founders gave us to have state delegates in a convention consider proposals for constitutional amendments. The one and only numeric requirement in Article V has been more than satisfied, as explained at www.foavc.org. Yet Paul has not demanded that members of Congress obey Article V and their oath of office to obey the Constitution. This is no trivial matter.

You would think he would honor the purpose of the Article V convention option: a way to circumvent an ineffective federal government and restore balance between it and the states. Paul should use his candidacy to make a public commitment to get the nation’s first Article V convention. That would be revolutionary.

Nor has Paul not forcefully criticized the two-party stranglehold on the political system, despite once losing as a Libertarian Party presidential candidate pushing the same policy ideas. Nor has he clamored for the impeachment of George W. Bush, whose foreign policies contradict Paul’s isolationist beliefs. No reason for Paul to be concerned about Bush supporters, only 4 percent of Republicans support Paul. And thankfully, citizens in Iowa, Wyoming, New Hampshire (a Libertarian stronghold), and now Michigan have not succumbed to Paul’s demonology. Despite having considerable money Paul has won no delegates.

Whether other candidates are true reformers remains doubtful. Obama’s glib talk of more bipartisanship smacks of protecting the status quo political establishment. Huckabee’s religiosity and Romney’s automaton personality are plain frightening, as are McCain’s and Giuliani’s bellicose beliefs. Edwards looks like the real thing, but like Kucinich has been out spent by Obama and the ever phony Clinton whose change priority is moving back into the White House.

Like others, I want Mike Bloomberg to enter the race as an independent candidate, if only to mount a serious attack on the two-party stranglehold on our political system.

[Ron Paul supporters can send their usual hate mail to falsegod@gomail.com.]
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James Moore said:

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Have Fun With That
Oh brother. Here we go again, no substance, no real answers, denial, denial, denial. A good in-depth exploration of ronpaul2008.com or any of the hundreds of other Paul-inspired sites clears this misinformation up pretty quickly. He's no god, but he's not false.

Joel, have fun with that Article V idea. Yep, some would love to hang that one on Ron Paul, since his plain old common sense is so "crazy" and all.

See if you can get Bloomberg to run on that why don't you.
 
January 18, 2008
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Jackson said:

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Really, really bad
I'm not a Ron Paul fanatic, but I can see where the anger can be generated from. It is frustrating to see people blindly accepting the status quo, even though it sucks major balls.
 
January 18, 2008
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WhatAJoke said:

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Joel, you crack me up. Now you're attacking Ron Paul for not defending the Constitution enough when he's the only candidate who appears to have even read the Constitution. 20 years of defending the Constitution isn't enough for you eh? I take it you haven't read his book "A Foreign Policy of Freedom" which clearly demonstrates that if Congress had followed the Constitution we wouldn't be in this quagmire of a "war" in Iraq and would have avoided the credit crisis.

What delicious irony, you talk about Ron Paul being a false "agent of change" and then hope for Michael Bloomberg as your savior. Ha ha!
 
January 18, 2008
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John Campbell said:

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Is this guy crazy?
Of all the candidate running, you choose Ron Paul to criticize because he's not really for change? Bizarre.

 
January 18, 2008
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Userlevel6 said:

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Too many hits
He's gotta be trolling for hits. Either that or he's had one too many hits of something mind-altering.
 
January 18, 2008
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Tone said:

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See people this is what we're up against...
the RNC-who have apparently forgotten their republican ways...
The Media- the CFR echo chamber memory hole/marginalizer...
The DNC- No rocket science there!
The Federal Reserve- for leading us into this Fiat system which now all of a sudden the economy is an issue. Ron Paul has been fighting the fed for years!

Please! you should be covering Lindsay Lohan throwing up on herself!

 
January 18, 2008
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KevinO said:

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Our two party system isn't going to change unless we amend the winner take all system in our constitution. It's not because of some mythic strangle hold caused by the two parties, it's simple political science. When the same winner take all rules apply, you get two parties everywhere. Whether or not Bloomberg runs, long-term there will always be just two major parties in the United States
 
January 18, 2008
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James Moore said:

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Move over Rush Limbaugh...
...it's Ron Paul radio!

http://www.rprradio.com/listen.shtml
 
January 18, 2008
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Elaine McKillop, Esq. said:

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This is one of the most ignorant smear pieces on Dr. Paul I have read. Don't pretend you understand the Constitution Hirschorn, to those of us who have studied it you always sound so stupid. You e-mailed me once and called me part of Dr. Paul's "cult". I guess that is what you think of people who realize the grave danger facing this country from the loss of our economic and civil liberties. Small changes will not stop the despots agendas. Drastic change is necessary. Most voters are like you, they have their head in the sand and think the country will survive and will pick a candidate like a dress in a fashion show without realizing the gravity of the situation. Hopefully America will wake up before it is too late!
 
January 18, 2008
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Paul Revere said:

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Here is truth... It probably wont get posted because it is the TRUTH
After literally hundreds of hours of research I have concluded "NOW IS THE TIME". The following information is well documented from numerous respected sources. You are encouraged to research these facts for yourself.

In the 1700's the Rothschild family became the motivating force in something now called "The New World Order" There are many speeches available on the internet (youtube and others) given by Captains of Industry and World leaders including George H & George W Bush where they speak at length of the NWO.

When our founding fathers created our Constitution they had personal knowledge of the corrupting powers associated with Rothschild's and Central Banking. That is the reason they said in Article I Section 8 - "Powers of Congress" of the
Constitution "To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States"

The above paragraph took me to the following: In 1913 J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller finally succeeding in buying off Congress and punched through the 16th Amendment aka "Income Tax" with a complete lie to the American people. There is undeniable proof that most of the states did NOT ratify the proposed Amendment and therefore should have never become an amendment. (any Amendment to our Constitution must be ratified by 75% of the states) Next, in December of the same year Morgan and Rockefeller's paid guns forced through the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Interestingly, most people think the Federal Reserve is owned and operated by our government.

The Federal Reserve is a network of privately owned banks. They were privately owned in 1913 and still are today. These banks print the currency for the United States and lend money to our government with interest. The President of the USA does get to pick the Federal Reserve Chairman. However, the President is given a short list of individuals he must pick from, via the Federal Reserve. The end result is: no matter who our President picks, it is still the Federal Reserve's choice. That is the only function our Government controls of the Federal Reserve System. (I can go into great detail about this subject. However, in an effort to make this an easy read I will refrain).

The knuckle head President Wilson, that signed away our sovereignty to some bankers wrote after he left office "A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated.
The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the
civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men".
Henry Ford, the father of modern production once said "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."

It gets worse. Most people believe that our income tax is not only legal, mandatory and the money collected goes to roads, schools or other infrastructure. Unfortunately, nothing could be further than the truth. One hundred percent of the personal income tax collected by the IRS pays one thing, the interest on our government's debt to the Federal Reserve. Did you read that? 100% to pay interest only. Not one cent goes to the principal or anything else for that matter. There are many factors that can negate the personal Income Tax and here are just a few: The Supreme Court has had many dealings with them over the years and has on more than on occasion said "The Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation" In a nutshell, The 16th Amendment does not give you (the IRS) power to tax personal income on a graduated scale. It is against the Constitution to have an un-apportioned, direct tax on the salaries, wages and compensation of average citizens. Also a bit of interesting information: In all of the IRS Codes, Policies and documents it specifically says "Voluntary" and never says that income tax is mandatory.

In 1921 the Rockefellers created an organization called The Council on Foreign Affairs aka CFR. By David Rockefeller's own admission the CFR was created for one purpose. The design, manipulation and creation of a New World Order. A single government that controls planet earth. A planetary government run by powerful bankers. (Identical to the visions of the Rothschilds) If you doubt the control, may I suggest you Google search "Rothschild Napoleon war stock crash". Here is a quote of David Rockefeller that he gave at the Bilderberg meeting in Germany April of 1991: "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years........It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries." (do some research about the Bilderberg Group)

Just two years prior to John F. Kennedy's assassination he gave a speech at a black tie press function. The speech is about twenty minutes in total and you can listen it in it's entirety by going to this web address: www.archive.org/details/jfks19610427 or you can find clips of this speech on hundreds of websites including youtube. This speech still makes my hair stand straight. Here is why: Two people in the Warren Commission (the commission to investigate JFK's assassination) were members of the CFR.They were Gerald R. Ford and John J. MCcloy. This is not a conspiracy theory it is a conspiracy. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE AUDIO CLIP AND HEAR THE CONCERN IN JFK'S VOICE. The audio made me understand why there is still to this day classified information that we are not able to see regarding JFK's murder...

Everyone has heard of the E.U., The European Union. It was finally accepted after many years of failed attempts. The E.U. cloaked the real intentions initially by selling it as a monetary system to allow Europe to compete on a global scale financially. However, in 2007 the E.U. created an E.U. Constitution. (hard to believe, but research it for yourself) Not all of the Countries have signed on but it is just a matter of time and money. This next sentence will be even more unbelievable. The White House has established working groups, under the North American Free Trade Agreement office in the Department of Commerce, to implement the Security and Prosperity Partnership, or SPP, signed by President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in Waco, Texas, March 23, 2005. This is also referred to as the North American Union. (RESEARCH IT NOW) The plan is initially to create a monetary system that includes all three countries using a currency called the "Amero". The only way they can force feed us this concept of a North American Union is to have a collapse of our economy. Many International economists have recently said that the US Dollar will drop another 35 - 45% against the Euro and then I think we all know what will happen next. (The great depression) Do some research on how the Great Depression started, it will blow your mind....

There is an African Union, a European Union, an Asian Union is in the works and now the North American Union. Not after but while these Unions are created they are systematically being joined into one giant global Union. I know this must be hard to swallow, it was for me. We do not have a minute to waste. Look at these recent acts that buttress my information.: The Texas superhighway and who is funding it's construction. Our loss of Habias Corpus, a bill that was passed by the Congress in 2007 (H.R. 1955 Google it now) You can download it from a Government website. H.R. 1955 is the most Constitutionally destructive bill in our history. The Patriot Act, The International Court of Justice along with numerous other organizations and laws that have stripped away our freedoms. "They that can give up essential Liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither Liberty nor safety." – Benjamin Franklin Here is another great quote:"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." – Thomas Jefferson

There are too many facts for this to be a conspiracy theory, it is a CONSPIRACY... We do not have time to digest this and say, oh well, it is going to happen whether we like it or not... If we come together as a nation of people still protected under our Constitution we can change this, but WE MUST ACT NOW... Make copies of this and email and give to ALL your co-workers, family and friends. Hell, give it to total strangers.
 
January 18, 2008
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Jim MacPherson said:

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Somebody give him a gun
And send his ass to Iraq,
besides its our rights that are in jeopardy.
 
January 18, 2008
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Two Cents said:

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Very sad
Ron Paul has been saying pretty much the same thing for 20 years and it makes sense, Im pretty sure im gonna vote for Obama but really and truly i might go for Paul.

All of the guys on the democratic side stink, except for Kucinich, and the republicans except for paul seem willing to sell their soul to the devil to get elected.

i think the ptb wants hillary, and i dont believe she is a robot, or a witch[witches should have a "look more human" spell]

its just sick, now i know what it feels like to have a substance abusing parent- thanks alot bush :p
 
January 19, 2008
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James Moore said:

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oh brother, talk about false gods
I'm going to be as nice as I can, this is NOT meant to be a hate-mail! I
can respect someone else's opinion as well as anyone, and I'm about as
open minded as they come, according to my family & friends.

Just some notes on your facts:
- PORK? Paul asks for part of the budget to be distrubuted to his district
because he's part of a corrupt system that will not re-elect him if he
lets his taxpayer's money go into that system without a fight. If they
don't get it, the Executive branch spends it at it's discretion. To top
it off, to express his belief that system shouldn't even exist, he votes
against it. If all his cohorts followed suit, the whole corrupt Pork
Barrel Spending situation would cease. But, since he's the most honest
among them - John McCain said so himself - he stands alone.

- CHANGE? It's staring us all in the face, but the CFR-approved
candidates, and journalists like yourself don't want Americans to see it.
It's simple logic. We're just about broke, and it's because of our
empire, our nation-building exploits & resulting blowback, and the FED
devaluing the dollar to pay for it all. It's plain, simple, madness to
continue. Unless we want to be another developing serfdom in the kingdom
of the world, we need direction from someone outide the globalist CFR.
The guy with the best shot at it is Ron Paul.

- DETAILS?Paul's plans do have details. You just can't compress them into
short conversations, let alone 30-second sound bites that are made to look
good but in the end mean little or nothing. Dig deeper, answers are
there, mostly in existing laws either in the Federal or State level.
Everyone says "cut the fat, cut the fat!" Now they scream bloody murder
when someone actually is bold enough to say "let's get it on!" and it's
not the person they hoped it would be.

- ANGER? You paint all supporters with the same broad brush. We Americans
ALL have plenty to be angry about, and people that don't get their facts
straight piss us off even more when they push their flawed opinon, because
people too easily buy those OPINIONS without further research. How's this
for a rebuttal: Journalists that make a living pushing opinion pieces to
mold the public mindset are the worst sort of yellow. Does this apply to
you? If not, then you should not be offended by my saying so, right?

It's just MY opinion of course, but you're about as far out as you accuse
us of being. Paul should call for a Article 5 convention? Yeah, like the
media hasn't already gone overboard trying to make him sound bonkers. You
REALLY want to lock-in that "crazy" buzzword, don't you! Of course, if
Rudy or McCain said it, well, Fox News would call them pure genius!

Good luck with that Bloomberg run. He should have started by now if he
wanted to have a chance to be something other than the gadfly this season.
What's he stand for by the way, direct me to some links. I only know
he's rich, which offhand puts him in company with Romney as another guy
that might think he can buy Americans votes.

Sincerely,
James A. "Jamie" Moore
Pemberville, OH

Oh, and GO RON PAUL! lol
 
January 19, 2008
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