December 2007

I know we all have sugar plums and Santa on our minds, though dont forget the primaries begin shortly after the New Year. The race to save our country will begin in Iowa on Jan 3, with NH following on Jan 8th then South Carolina. As we speak Ron Paul is third in each of these states and with open primaries such as these it is anyone game with all those independents and undecideds. Not to mention all the new people that have joined this political season which dont get polled. There will be a surprise, aka “Revolution” come 2008!

Im leaving a message of Freedom written by Ron Paul and a two part TV special that is airing in Iowa and NH over the holidays. Since the media wont give us the attention, we will buy it. I mention this so to watch and share with family and friends over the holidays. Spread the message of Freedom, Prosperity and Peace.

“…man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”
Ronald Reagan

We’ve all heard the words democracy and freedom used countless times, especially in the context of our invasion of Iraq. They are used interchangeably in modern political discourse, yet their true meanings are very different.

George Orwell wrote about “meaningless words” that are endlessly repeated in the political arena*. Words like “freedom,” “democracy,” and “justice,” Orwell explained, have been abused so long that their original meanings have been eviscerated. In Orwell’s view, political words were “Often used in a consciously dishonest way.” Without precise meanings behind words, politicians and elites can obscure reality and condition people to reflexively associate certain words with positive or negative perceptions. In other words, unpleasant facts can be hidden behind purposely meaningless language. As a result, Americans have been conditioned to accept the word “democracy” as a synonym for freedom, and thus to believe that democracy is unquestionably good.

The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this, as evidenced not only by our republican constitutional system, but also by their writings in the Federalist Papers and elsewhere. James Madison cautioned that under a democratic government, “There is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual.” John Adams argued that democracies merely grant revocable rights to citizens depending on the whims of the masses, while a republic exists to secure and protect pre-existing rights. Yet how many Americans know that the word “democracy” is found neither in the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence, our very founding documents?

A truly democratic election in Iraq, without U.S. interference and U.S. puppet candidates, almost certainly would result in the creation of a Shiite theocracy. Shiite majority rule in Iraq might well mean the complete political, economic, and social subjugation of the minority Kurd and Sunni Arab populations. Such an outcome would be democratic, but would it be free? Would the Kurds and Sunnis consider themselves free? The administration talks about democracy in Iraq, but is it prepared to accept a democratically-elected Iraqi government no matter what its attitude toward the U.S. occupation? Hardly. For all our talk about freedom and democracy, the truth is we have no idea whether Iraqis will be free in the future. They’re certainly not free while a foreign army occupies their country. The real test is not whether Iraq adopts a democratic, pro-western government, but rather whether ordinary Iraqis can lead their personal, religious, social, and business lives without interference from government.

Simply put, freedom is the absence of government coercion. Our Founding Fathers understood this, and created the least coercive government in the history of the world. The Constitution established a very limited, decentralized government to provide national defense and little else. States, not the federal government, were charged with protecting individuals against criminal force and fraud. For the first time, a government was created solely to protect the rights, liberties, and property of its citizens. Any government coercion beyond that necessary to secure those rights was forbidden, both through the Bill of Rights and the doctrine of strictly enumerated powers. This reflected the founders’ belief that democratic government could be as tyrannical as any King.

Few Americans understand that all government action is inherently coercive. If nothing else, government action requires taxes. If taxes were freely paid, they wouldn’t be called taxes, they’d be called donations. If we intend to use the word freedom in an honest way, we should have the simple integrity to give it real meaning: Freedom is living without government coercion. So when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself whether he is advocating more government action or less.

The political left equates freedom with liberation from material wants, always via a large and benevolent government that exists to create equality on earth. To modern liberals, men are free only when the laws of economics and scarcity are suspended, the landlord is rebuffed, the doctor presents no bill, and groceries are given away. But philosopher Ayn Rand (and many others before her) demolished this argument by explaining how such “freedom” for some is possible only when government takes freedoms away from others. In other words, government claims on the lives and property of those who are expected to provide housing, medical care, food, etc. for others are coercive– and thus incompatible with freedom. “Liberalism,” which once stood for civil, political, and economic liberties, has become a synonym for omnipotent coercive government.

The political right equates freedom with national greatness brought about through military strength. Like the left, modern conservatives favor an all-powerful central state– but for militarism, corporatism, and faith-based welfarism. Unlike the Taft-Goldwater conservatives of yesteryear, today’s Republicans are eager to expand government spending, increase the federal police apparatus, and intervene militarily around the world. The last tenuous links between conservatives and support for smaller government have been severed. “Conservatism,” which once meant respect for tradition and distrust of active government, has transformed into big-government utopian grandiosity.

Orwell certainly was right about the use of meaningless words in politics. If we hope to remain free, we must cut through the fog and attach concrete meanings to the words politicians use to deceive us. We must reassert that America is a republic, not a democracy, and remind ourselves that the Constitution places limits on government that no majority can overrule. We must resist any use of the word “freedom” to describe state action. We must reject the current meaningless designations of “liberals” and “conservatives,” in favor of an accurate term for both: statists.

Every politician on earth claims to support freedom. The problem is so few of them understand the simple meaning of the word.


walk down to Wall Street today with a Ron Paul sign and you will get cheers. Nearly every serious investor and economist have jumped on the Ron Paul freedom, prosperity and peace campaign. Just ask Kudlow and crew.

 Cramers Mad Money is a bit more show than substance, but still smart. please enjoy the clip.

recent Ron Paul endorsements are Andrew Sullivan, Dan Lesko, Kurt Loder and Tucker.

Join this campaign!

History was made on Sunday December 16th. Highest fundraising total for any Presidential candidate, both Republican and Democrat. EVER! One day total of more than $5.5 million.

All of us here in NYC celebrated the 2007 Tea Party at HQ in Chelsea till daylight. The place was electric, emotional and passionate. Basically the storyline of this campaign.

 Problem with history is it has a nasty habit of repeating itself, especially if we dont learn from mistakes of the past. History tells us that great nations do not dissolve because of a foreign enemy, but of a domestic enemy. A nation crumbles from within the lowering of moral grounds, devaluing of its currency, government over taxing and over regulating its people and managing a world empire. The question is do we let greed, fear and ego win again?

The above video was played at the tea party reminds us of what is truly important. That fiscal responsibility, strong monetary policy, less government, Liberty and Peace are the traits of a strong nation. Ronald Reagan had it right then as Ron Paul is speaking now.

As Reagan embarked on what could have been a return to true limited government one needs to remember what happened on the days leading up to the 1980 RNC. Reagan had yet to agree on a VP and Bush Sr. was not on it. Reagan had a large distaste for Bush. He saw him as a big government, big spender, war monger. Just days before the convention the GOP pushed Bush onto Reagan or loose their support. Why Bush? A new dynasty thus began….the Neo-Cons. Then came the Clintons, close friends and like minded individuals of the Bush family. The common trait among Bush and Clintons they are highly regarded members of the Council on Foreign Relations. There is a pattern here.

If not for Ron Paul, we can see a line of Presidents that are looking out for themselves and their cronies. Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush, Clinton(Hillary) and then Bush again. The GOP is already pushing up Jeb Bush for 2012.

Lets stop it Here and Now!

ive been a fiscal conservative for all my life, as long as i know. the last few years ive been mentioning (not warning) how we can not maintain our current monetary and fiscal policies. it is simply unsustainable. past 6-9 months ive been turning the heat up and pushing the threat level to warning. point is we are heading for serious trouble. who ever is President come November 2008 will play part in a global financial meltdown. I have to admit, even if its Ron Paul. only difference, he knows why and how we got here and what will need to be done. Im going to include some insight from Bill Fleckenstein a MSN Money columnist. Please stop listening to main stream media financial reporting, its more entertainment than fact.

 He writes: “The global credit bubble is bursting. This bubble is primarily leverage financing for owning risky assets. The people who were responsible for what happened played with other people’s money, marketed arcane financial products with false promises of fat profits, but stuffed their own pockets with big bonuses. Neither these masters of the universe nor their greedy but naive investors deserve to be bailed out. They deserve what is coming to them.

“Markets have been taking more risk than they should because they believe that central banks will come to their aid during times of crisis, like now. The penchant of Alan Greenspan, former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman, to flood the market with liquidity during financial instability is the genesis of this ‘central bank put.’ As long as this expectation remains, financial bubbles will occur again and again. Now is the time to act. Let the crooks go bankrupt. Central banks should bury the Greenspan ‘put’ for good.”

Rather than being a liquidity crisis like the 1998 failure of Long-Term Capital Management — which was more like a run on the bank and was stemmed by the powers that be — Roubini describes the current situation as a “liquidity crisis that signals a more fundamental debt, credit and insolvency crisis among many economic agents in the U.S. and global economy.”

“We are indeed at a ‘Minsky Moment‘ and this recent financial turmoil is the beginning of a much more serious and protracted U.S. and global credit crunch. The risks of a systemic crisis are rising: Liquidity injections and lender-of-last-resort bailout of insolvent borrowers — however necessary and unavoidable during a liquidity panic — will not work; they will only postpone and exacerbate the eventual and unavoidable insolvencies.”

That is the danger that’s been created by the government talking about bailing out the housing market: A multitude of people decide to join the party and not pay. This is a slippery slope we’ve been going down for a long time, and it looks at long last like the problem will be too big to bail out. Bottom line: The dislocation and pain are starting to be felt throughout the financial system. We are headed to a lot of financial turmoil, and there’s no getting around that.

Could the fall of Rome hit home?

Lastly, in a sad commentary about where we are as a country, U.S. Comptroller General David Walker was quoted Tuesday (also in the Financial Times), as follows: “Drawing parallels with the end of the Roman empire, Mr. Walker warned there were ‘striking similarities’ between America’s current situation and the factors that brought down Rome, including ‘declining moral values and political civility at home, an overconfident and overextended military in foreign lands, and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government.’ ”

Unfortunately, it seems to me that he is dead right.

first, i want to thank some great comments and for the videos, i have to give props to for a lot of them. if you haven’t checked out, please do. i only wish i had the time and energy to maintain a blog such as that.

 now to a trip i took this weekend to Buffalo, NY to check on my apartment buildings, a few issues arose. i do fly often, but for the first time i was “selected” as special screening. there i was being probed and my personal effects manhandled and swabbed for chemicals. i have to say, what about the fifth amendment, against search and seizure? i know, somehow buying a airline ticket i give up all my constitutional rights. how this past through congress, ill never know. also the fourth amendment which is used alot in rights of privacy issues. for instance, roe v wade was determined on the fourth amendment. a women can deny life and liberty to a unborn, while i cant simply go about my day without being harassed by homeland security.

 where are the freedom fighters? i admit i was tempted to say no to the search, of course im sure i had the right (perhaps), but they would not have let me on the plane. the airline is a private enterprise which i exchanged goods (money) for. how is it the federal government interferes? a very similar case happened to me in New York City where i live. soon after 9/11 the NYPD began personal random searched of those entering the subway. of course, i denied them to search my bag. they grunted and said i cant board the train. ha! one can simply walk down a few blocks to another subway station. again…where does it end? those who drive cars know all too well the evil roadblocks.

another issue while in Buffalo infuriated me. two of my tenants prior to me taking over the building are section 8. section 8 is part of HUD. sounds all too cool at first, the government direct deposits the rent on the first of the month. never have to worry about the rent. well, its more of a nightmare. recently the units were inspected by social services and failed. now, ive seen these units and there are great. one unit failed because one window pain had a small hairline crack. the other unit failed, check this….too hot. it appears the thermostat was malfunctioning.  now rent is being withheld till they can be fixed. i have two prefect units not getting payment, over a thousand dollars a month. it is going to take a month to fix these “horrible” problems. not to mention a few hundred dollars. so two months of nonpayment and i feel unnecessary repairs, especially the window pain (come on!).  any private upstanding person would be proud to live in any of these units. heck, when i was young, i certainly had worse.

even though i bought the building, pay the taxes i still have to do what the federal government wants…even on my own property.

so, before i left, i instructed the property management company that i will no longer accept any new section 8 tenants. my decision probably reflects the reason there is a 6 month waiting list in Buffalo. i hear its more than a year in NYC. of course..why would a someone who owns there property be subject to such nonsense.

also, i can not ethically steal money from taxpayers. if such housing programs are to exist, then let churches and charities offer them. i do know some that do, but its a small minority. we have given up faith in ourselves to solve our problems to the federal government. well i say no more.

so going forward, i will not continue to take marching orders from the federal government. they can keep there money, or should i say..YOUR MONEY.

so in all it was a educational and enlightening experience in Buffalo. this is why i support Ron Paul, he would put an end to such departments as HUD and Homeland Security. i want my country back.

The View mentioning Ron Paul again. Much respect to the ladies.  Of course alot of credit goes to Jack Cafferty and his book, “Its getting Ugly out There”.  I do have this book, only had a chance to skim it, but he is on point. Also I want to mention Pat Buchanans new book, “Day of Reckoning” on my shopping list.  Also “Nation of Sheep” by Judge Andrew Napolitano.

my point here is alot of TRUE conservatives are very concerned with our future and are upset at what the government has done to get us to this point. on the other hand you read books by  Hannity, O’Reilly and the Neo-Cons, its full of scare tactics, war mongering and philosophies that government is the solution. I wont even mention what the liberal socialist democrats are writing. scary problem is one cant tell the difference between a neo-con and a modern democrate. seriously….Rudy and Hillary…whats the difference?

keep posted, i will provide a much recommended reading list next week.

tueday was a busy day on the Ron Paul campaign. Mr. Paul was in New York City for a visit on “The View”…im sure its on YouTube somewhere.  He stood his ground, especially on his pro-life stance even when surrounded by four looney women.

 afterwards we all gathered at HQ when Mary Snow from CNN showed up for a piece to run on the Wolf Blitzer Situation Room.

 I admit im not it in, but still worth taking a look at our awesome space where we work hard fighting for freedom.

 I was in NH last weekend, my fourth visit to the granite state in two months. best weekend yet. i really have no idea what the media is talking about concerning who is going to win. honestly, no one knows. it is a different political world with too many new variables.  I will say this, our team spoke to about 3000 homes and top three mentions were Romney, Rudy and Ron Paul and of course alot of undecided. so…where is McCain, Huckabee and Thompson, forget Tancredo and Hunter (non existent).

 This is the state that choose Pat Buchanan, with a open primary like NH, i expect Ron Paul to place a strong second. though i wouldnt be surprised if he took it all.

 While i have your attention, please put on your calendar Dec 12 debates and the infamous Tea Party on Dec. 15th. The day history is made.  both events at HQ, stay tuned for more details.