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+ <h2>A constant state of fear</h2>
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+ Sep 13, 2011
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+ <p>On the ten-year anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, I told myself that I would refrain from blogging to prevent further adding to the media's love affair with the events of 9/11. Every year they drag the public through the tragedy of the event -- bringing out no new insights or information and acting with no clear purpose. At every possible occasion, the media and politicians remind us of the events of 9/11 and tell us that we must "never forget." They tell us there are people who want to attack our country and we must always be on our guard. They tell us that we must always support our country and heroicize our military "fighting for our freedoms." They tell us that we must make sacrifices to ensure our safety.</p>
+<p>All of that rhetoric should sound familiar. Fear and nationalism have been known as effective means of controlling populations for many years. Hitler's highest ranking officer, Hermann G&ouml;ring, spoke on the subject (formatting added for emphasis):</p>
+<blockquote>
+<p>"Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. ...<strong>voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.</strong> It works the same way in any country."
+- Hermann G&ouml;ring</p>
+</blockquote>
+<p>This propaganda of fear is being used everywhere to control the people. Examples range from justifications for the Transportation Security Administration's increasingly invasive, unreasonable, and often abusive searches to the continued "emergency" additions to and extensions of the so-called "PATRIOT" Act whose very name would be hilariously oxymoronic if not for the serious and blatant disregard for the Constitution and civil liberties. It's depressingly sad how effective these tactics are on the American people despite how little effort it often takes to expose the truth.</p>
+<p>I was watching the CNN/Tea Party Express Republican presidential candidate debate last night (Sept. 12) and was appalled at Senator Rick Santorum's answer to Al-Qaeda's motives for attacking the United States. The video clip from the debate is reproduced below and contains both Sen. Santorum's statement and a rebuttal by Representative Ron Paul.</p>
+<blockquote>
+<p>Transcript by CNN:
+SANTORUM: On your Web site on 9/11, you had a blog post that basically blamed the United States for 9/11. On your Web site, yesterday, you said that it was our actions that brought about the actions of 9/11.</p>
+<p>Now, Congressman Paul, that is irresponsible. The president of the United States -- someone who is running for the president of the United States in the Republican Party should not be parroting what Osama bin Laden said on 9/11.</p>
+<p>(APPLAUSE)</p>
+<p>SANTORUM: We should have -- we are not being attacked and we were not attacked because of our actions. We were attacked, as Newt talked about, because we have a civilization that is antithetical to the civilization of the jihadists. And they want to kill us because of who we are and what we stand for. And we stand for American exceptionalism, we stand for freedom and opportunity for everybody around the world, and I am not ashamed to do that.</p>
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+<p>Rep. Paul's statement is obviously not what the audience wanted to hear as evidenced by a number of 'boo's from the crowd. It is, however, the factual answer to Al-Qaeda's motives and has been public knowledge since well before the attacks. Osama bin Ladin himself stated the same reasons Paul listed in his fatwās of August 1996 and February 1998. Sen. Santorum's position, on the other hand, is playing into the same media rhetoric of extreme nationalism. Rather than face the hard truth that the United States' foreign policies have had negative consequences, people would rather believe that the entire Islamic region hates us because of our freedoms. Rather than accept our failures, they'd prefer to turn the motives into a self-glorifying complement.</p>
+<p>Earlier today, Professor of Linguistics &amp; Philosophy Noam Chomsky commented on Rep. Paul's answer in an interview with 'Democracy Now!' The video below shows a clip from the interview where Prof. Chomsky states that Paul's answer is "completely uncontroversial" and that "you can read it in government documents...it goes back to the 1950s."</p>
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+<p>With the majority of media outlets controlled by a small collection of corporations, the focus has shifted from objective and investigative journalism to entertainment, ratings, and profits. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find media sources free from the onslaught of fear and extreme nationalism.</p>
+<p>Rep. Paul stands out from the crowd as a candidate who is not afraid to tell the hard truth. Whether or not you agree with all his policies, he is genuine and has been unwavering in his positions for decades. The fact that he is being largely ignored by most media outlets leads me to believe that they see him as a threat to their desire to continue the status quo. It's hard to miss that the 'mainstream' media has an infatuation with Governors Mitt Romney and Rick Perry who are both just more of the same. The only real difference between President George Bush, President Barack Obama, presidential candidates Gov. Romney and Gov. Perry, and most members of Congress is the letter after their name. They are by and large corporate and special interest sell-outs. They speak in sound bites and say whatever is popular for that particular crowd.</p>
+<p>Rep. Paul dances to a different drum. He advocates the end of the rhetoric of fear and extreme nationalism and the restoration of civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. His campaign only accepts donations from individuals and turns away corporations, national banks, and government contractors. He desires to cut back the federal government by limiting it to the scope and purposes authorized in the Constitution. He truly is a champion of liberty.</p>
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+ <p>People are angry. On 17 September 2011, a group of protesters began assembling in downtown New York City in opposition to corporate greed and influence on democracy, social and economic inequality, among others. They call their leaderless movement Occupy Wall Street and it has since spread to dozens of other cities across the country. The groups have remained largely peaceful but nonetheless have received resistance and violence on occasion from the police in the forms of unprovoked pepper-spray attacks and mass arrests. The recent Occupy Portland spin-off protest started on 6 October 2011 and an estimated 10,000 people marched down the streets of Portland, Oregon to express their dissatisfaction.</p>
+<p>I think the protests are a step in the right direction. People have every right to assemble in protest. People <em>should</em> be angry. Our system is broken and they are being abused. I differ, however, in the position that corporations are the evil and powerful entities causing this mess and injustice that the protesters are so firmly against.</p>
+<p>I recently came across a wonderful rebuttal to the first manifesto of the Occupy Wall Street movement by Stefan Molyneux. He goes through the manifesto line by line and discusses the root causes of their grievances. If you have a half hour to spare, it is well worth the listen.</p>
+<p>In a few words: Corporations are not the problem. The state is the problem.</p>
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+<p>Again, if you have the opportunity, I encourage you to listen to Stefan's rebuttal. A partial quote from his commentary follows:</p>
+<blockquote>
+<p>The government is the one with the loaded gun in the room -- not the corporations. [...] Corporations are simply trying to grab control of the guy with the gun. [...] Can you really blame corporations for attempting to influence the most violent predatory agency that can throw them in jail, that can print money at will, that can pass preferential legislation either for them or against them. Of course they're going to get involved. [...] The system is corrupt at the state level.</p>
+</blockquote>
+<p>Like Stefan, I believe the protesters have good intentions. They recognize that the system is broken, and they have the courage to assemble together in opposition. However, if there is to be any hope of success, they need to address their grievances to the responsible party: the government, not the corporations. Attacking the corporations will only be a temporary fix, at best. The state is the source of their power and is the source of the corruption.</p>
+<p>The time to stand up is now. Let's take our grievances and ensure they're heard, but let's be sure we're addressing the proper agency.</p>
+<blockquote>
+<p><strong>Four words is all we need to save the world</strong>, to end war, to end ignorance, to end injustice, to end poverty, [...] and it is applied and directed almost exactly and precisely at the state [...]: <strong>put down the guns</strong>.</p>
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+ <p>At Tuesday night's Washington Post/Bloomberg GOP debate, Rep. Ron Paul called out Herman Cain for opposing an audit of the Federal Reserve and calling anyone who would suggest such an audit ignorant. During the debate, Cain denied the claims and rebuked Paul for allegedly misquoting him.</p>
+<blockquote>
+<p><strong>Paul</strong> - "Mr. Cain, in the past you have been rather critical of any of us who would want to audit the Fed. You have said -- you've used pretty strong terms, that we were ignorant and that we didn't know what we are doing, and therefore, there was no need for an audit anyway, because if you had one, you're not going to find out anything, because everybody knows everything about the Fed, but now that we have found and we have gotten an audit, we have found out an awful lot on how special businesses get bailed out -- Wall Street, the banks, and special companies, foreign governments. And you said that you advise those of us who were concerned, and you belittled -- you say call up the Federal Reserve and just ask them. ... Do you still stick by this, that that this is frivolous, or do you think it's very important? Sixty-four percent of the American people want a full audit of the Fed on a regular basis."</p>
+<p><strong>Cain</strong> - "You have misquoted me. I did not call you or any of your people ignorant. I don't know where that came from. You've gotta be careful of the stuff you get off the Internet."</p>
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+<p>However, a recording of Cain from December 2010 shows that Cain in fact stated that he opposed an audit of the Federal Reserve and characterized anyone who would suggest such an audit did not understand the Federal Reserve.</p>
+<blockquote>
+<p><strong>Cain</strong> - "Some people say that we ought to audit the Fed. Here's what I do know. The Federal Reserve already has so many internal audits it's ridiculous. I don't know why people think we're gonna learn this great amount of information by auditing the Federal Reserve. I think a lot of people are calling for this audit of the Federal Reserve because they don't know enough about it. There's no hidden secrets going on in the Federal Reserve to my knowledge."</p>
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+<p>In fact, in August 2005, Herman Cain wrote that the housing bubble was a myth.</p>
+<blockquote>
+<p>"You could write a book just on how poor the coverage has been of the alleged housing bubble. The media have been foretelling a massive bust in housing prices for months now... That kind of ignorance makes homeowners fear that their most expensive possession could turn worthless overnight... That won't happen."</p>
+<p>-Herman Cain, 17 August 2005 (<a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/commentary/2005/Commentary_The_Media_Say_the_Economy_Is_Horrible_So_It_Must_Be_True.html">source</a>)</p>
+</blockquote>
+<p>In contrast, Ron Paul not only foresaw the impending housing crisis, but described the causes of the housing bubble.</p>
+<blockquote>
+<p>"Despite the long-term damage to the economy inflicted by the government's interference in the housing market, the government's policy of diverting capital to other uses creates a short-term boom in housing. Like all artificially-created bubbles, the boom in housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than they would have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investment in housing."
+-Ron Paul, 10 September 2003 (<a href="http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&amp;amp;task=view&amp;amp;id=258&amp;amp;Itemid=60">source</a>)</p>
+</blockquote>
+<p>The facts don't lie. Sadly the same cannot be said for many of our presidential hopefuls, politicians, and other government leaders. Paul deserves a lot of credit for keeping the record straight and honestly answering controversial questions. As you watch, read, and listen to the candidates this election season, be sure to keep an open mind and check the record for the truth. In the words of RevolutionPAC (supporting Ron Paul), "we need the teacher, not the student; a man of integrity, not a shill for the bankers; a statesman, not a plastic man."</p>
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+ <p>Congress is set to hold hearings today on a dangerous new bill that could be the death-knell for the open internet by censoring content, imposing criminal charges for streaming "infringing content," and effectively handing over control of internet censorship to the entertainment industry. Even worse, it has a real chance of passing.</p>
+<p>The legislation, <a href="http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/show">H.R. 3261</a> <em>Stop Online Piracy Act</em> and <a href="http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/show">S. 968</a> <em>PROTECT IP Act of 2011</em> collectively SOPA/PIPA, pose a serious risk of fundamentally breaking the internet. Websites can be blocked for a single infringing link and personal users can be sentenced up to 5 years jail time for posting copyrighted content. As written, this bill would have very grave consequences for social media as we know it today, as content individual users post becomes the responsibility of the website owner.</p>
+<p>Please watch this short video below for a quick overview of the consequences of this bill and <a href="http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa">write your congressmen to oppose this irresponsible legislation</a>.</p>
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+<p>Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! - http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa</p>
+<p>PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites-- they just have to convince a judge that the site is "dedicated to copyright infringement."</p>
+<p>The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.</p>
+<p>According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that's for a fix that won't work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.</p>
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+American Censorship Day
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+Congress is set to hold hearings today on a dangerous new bill that could be the death-knell for the open internet by censoring content, imposing criminal charges for streaming "infringing content," and effectively handing over control of internet censorship to the entertainment industry. Even worse, it has a real chance of passing.
+
+The legislation, [H.R. 3261][1] <em>Stop Online Piracy Act</em> and [S. 968][2] <em>PROTECT IP Act of 2011</em> collectively SOPA/PIPA, pose a serious risk of fundamentally breaking the internet. Websites can be blocked for a single infringing link and personal users can be sentenced up to 5 years jail time for posting copyrighted content. As written, this bill would have very grave consequences for social media as we know it today, as content individual users post becomes the responsibility of the website owner.
+
+Please watch this short video below for a quick overview of the consequences of this bill and [write your congressmen to oppose this irresponsible legislation][3].
+
+<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31100268?byline=0&amp;portrait=0" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe>
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+>Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! - http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa
+
+>PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites-- they just have to convince a judge that the site is "dedicated to copyright infringement."
+
+>The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.
+
+>According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that's for a fix that won't work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.
+
+[1]: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/show
+[2]: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/show
+[3]: http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa
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+At Tuesday night's Washington Post/Bloomberg GOP debate, Rep. Ron Paul called out Herman Cain for opposing an audit of the Federal Reserve and calling anyone who would suggest such an audit ignorant. During the debate, Cain denied the claims and rebuked Paul for allegedly misquoting him.
+
+><strong>Paul</strong> - "Mr. Cain, in the past you have been rather critical of any of us who would want to audit the Fed. You have said -- you've used pretty strong terms, that we were ignorant and that we didn't know what we are doing, and therefore, there was no need for an audit anyway, because if you had one, you're not going to find out anything, because everybody knows everything about the Fed, but now that we have found and we have gotten an audit, we have found out an awful lot on how special businesses get bailed out -- Wall Street, the banks, and special companies, foreign governments. And you said that you advise those of us who were concerned, and you belittled -- you say call up the Federal Reserve and just ask them. ... Do you still stick by this, that that this is frivolous, or do you think it's very important? Sixty-four percent of the American people want a full audit of the Fed on a regular basis."
+
+><strong>Cain</strong> - "You have misquoted me. I did not call you or any of your people ignorant. I don't know where that came from. You've gotta be careful of the stuff you get off the Internet."
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+However, a recording of Cain from December 2010 shows that Cain in fact stated that he opposed an audit of the Federal Reserve and characterized anyone who would suggest such an audit did not understand the Federal Reserve.
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+><strong>Cain</strong> - "Some people say that we ought to audit the Fed. Here's what I do know. The Federal Reserve already has so many internal audits it's ridiculous. I don't know why people think we're gonna learn this great amount of information by auditing the Federal Reserve. I think a lot of people are calling for this audit of the Federal Reserve because they don't know enough about it. There's no hidden secrets going on in the Federal Reserve to my knowledge."
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+In fact, in August 2005, Herman Cain wrote that the housing bubble was a myth.
+
+>"You could write a book just on how poor the coverage has been of the alleged housing bubble. The media have been foretelling a massive bust in housing prices for months now... That kind of ignorance makes homeowners fear that their most expensive possession could turn worthless overnight... That won't happen."
+
+>-Herman Cain, 17 August 2005 ([source][1])
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+In contrast, Ron Paul not only foresaw the impending housing crisis, but described the causes of the housing bubble.
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+>"Despite the long-term damage to the economy inflicted by the government's interference in the housing market, the government's policy of diverting capital to other uses creates a short-term boom in housing. Like all artificially-created bubbles, the boom in housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than they would have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investment in housing."
+>-Ron Paul, 10 September 2003 ([source][2])
+
+The facts don't lie. Sadly the same cannot be said for many of our presidential hopefuls, politicians, and other government leaders. Paul deserves a lot of credit for keeping the record straight and honestly answering controversial questions. As you watch, read, and listen to the candidates this election season, be sure to keep an open mind and check the record for the truth. In the words of RevolutionPAC (supporting Ron Paul), "we need the teacher, not the student; a man of integrity, not a shill for the bankers; a statesman, not a plastic man."
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+[1]: http://www.mrc.org/bmi/commentary/2005/Commentary_The_Media_Say_the_Economy_Is_Horrible_So_It_Must_Be_True.html
+[2]: http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=258&amp;Itemid=60
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+On the ten-year anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, I told myself that I would refrain from blogging to prevent further adding to the media's love affair with the events of 9/11. Every year they drag the public through the tragedy of the event -- bringing out no new insights or information and acting with no clear purpose. At every possible occasion, the media and politicians remind us of the events of 9/11 and tell us that we must "never forget." They tell us there are people who want to attack our country and we must always be on our guard. They tell us that we must always support our country and heroicize our military "fighting for our freedoms." They tell us that we must make sacrifices to ensure our safety.
+
+All of that rhetoric should sound familiar. Fear and nationalism have been known as effective means of controlling populations for many years. Hitler's highest ranking officer, Hermann G&ouml;ring, spoke on the subject (formatting added for emphasis):
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+>"Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. ...<strong>voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.</strong> It works the same way in any country."
+>- Hermann G&ouml;ring
+
+This propaganda of fear is being used everywhere to control the people. Examples range from justifications for the Transportation Security Administration's increasingly invasive, unreasonable, and often abusive searches to the continued "emergency" additions to and extensions of the so-called "PATRIOT" Act whose very name would be hilariously oxymoronic if not for the serious and blatant disregard for the Constitution and civil liberties. It's depressingly sad how effective these tactics are on the American people despite how little effort it often takes to expose the truth.
+
+I was watching the CNN/Tea Party Express Republican presidential candidate debate last night (Sept. 12) and was appalled at Senator Rick Santorum's answer to Al-Qaeda's motives for attacking the United States. The video clip from the debate is reproduced below and contains both Sen. Santorum's statement and a rebuttal by Representative Ron Paul.
+
+>Transcript by CNN:
+>SANTORUM: On your Web site on 9/11, you had a blog post that basically blamed the United States for 9/11. On your Web site, yesterday, you said that it was our actions that brought about the actions of 9/11.
+
+>Now, Congressman Paul, that is irresponsible. The president of the United States -- someone who is running for the president of the United States in the Republican Party should not be parroting what Osama bin Laden said on 9/11.
+
+>(APPLAUSE)
+
+>SANTORUM: We should have -- we are not being attacked and we were not attacked because of our actions. We were attacked, as Newt talked about, because we have a civilization that is antithetical to the civilization of the jihadists. And they want to kill us because of who we are and what we stand for. And we stand for American exceptionalism, we stand for freedom and opportunity for everybody around the world, and I am not ashamed to do that.
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+Rep. Paul's statement is obviously not what the audience wanted to hear as evidenced by a number of 'boo's from the crowd. It is, however, the factual answer to Al-Qaeda's motives and has been public knowledge since well before the attacks. Osama bin Ladin himself stated the same reasons Paul listed in his fatwās of August 1996 and February 1998. Sen. Santorum's position, on the other hand, is playing into the same media rhetoric of extreme nationalism. Rather than face the hard truth that the United States' foreign policies have had negative consequences, people would rather believe that the entire Islamic region hates us because of our freedoms. Rather than accept our failures, they'd prefer to turn the motives into a self-glorifying complement.
+
+Earlier today, Professor of Linguistics &amp; Philosophy Noam Chomsky commented on Rep. Paul's answer in an interview with 'Democracy Now!' The video below shows a clip from the interview where Prof. Chomsky states that Paul's answer is "completely uncontroversial" and that "you can read it in government documents...it goes back to the 1950s."
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+With the majority of media outlets controlled by a small collection of corporations, the focus has shifted from objective and investigative journalism to entertainment, ratings, and profits. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find media sources free from the onslaught of fear and extreme nationalism.
+
+Rep. Paul stands out from the crowd as a candidate who is not afraid to tell the hard truth. Whether or not you agree with all his policies, he is genuine and has been unwavering in his positions for decades. The fact that he is being largely ignored by most media outlets leads me to believe that they see him as a threat to their desire to continue the status quo. It's hard to miss that the 'mainstream' media has an infatuation with Governors Mitt Romney and Rick Perry who are both just more of the same. The only real difference between President George Bush, President Barack Obama, presidential candidates Gov. Romney and Gov. Perry, and most members of Congress is the letter after their name. They are by and large corporate and special interest sell-outs. They speak in sound bites and say whatever is popular for that particular crowd.
+
+Rep. Paul dances to a different drum. He advocates the end of the rhetoric of fear and extreme nationalism and the restoration of civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. His campaign only accepts donations from individuals and turns away corporations, national banks, and government contractors. He desires to cut back the federal government by limiting it to the scope and purposes authorized in the Constitution. He truly is a champion of liberty.
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+People are angry. On 17 September 2011, a group of protesters began assembling in downtown New York City in opposition to corporate greed and influence on democracy, social and economic inequality, among others. They call their leaderless movement Occupy Wall Street and it has since spread to dozens of other cities across the country. The groups have remained largely peaceful but nonetheless have received resistance and violence on occasion from the police in the forms of unprovoked pepper-spray attacks and mass arrests. The recent Occupy Portland spin-off protest started on 6 October 2011 and an estimated 10,000 people marched down the streets of Portland, Oregon to express their dissatisfaction.
+
+I think the protests are a step in the right direction. People have every right to assemble in protest. People <em>should</em> be angry. Our system is broken and they are being abused. I differ, however, in the position that corporations are the evil and powerful entities causing this mess and injustice that the protesters are so firmly against.
+
+I recently came across a wonderful rebuttal to the first manifesto of the Occupy Wall Street movement by Stefan Molyneux. He goes through the manifesto line by line and discusses the root causes of their grievances. If you have a half hour to spare, it is well worth the listen.
+
+In a few words: Corporations are not the problem. The state is the problem.
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+<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/NTx6t3FUSkM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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+Again, if you have the opportunity, I encourage you to listen to Stefan's rebuttal. A partial quote from his commentary follows:
+
+>The government is the one with the loaded gun in the room -- not the corporations. [...] Corporations are simply trying to grab control of the guy with the gun. [...] Can you really blame corporations for attempting to influence the most violent predatory agency that can throw them in jail, that can print money at will, that can pass preferential legislation either for them or against them. Of course they're going to get involved. [...] The system is corrupt at the state level.
+
+Like Stefan, I believe the protesters have good intentions. They recognize that the system is broken, and they have the courage to assemble together in opposition. However, if there is to be any hope of success, they need to address their grievances to the responsible party: the government, not the corporations. Attacking the corporations will only be a temporary fix, at best. The state is the source of their power and is the source of the corruption.
+
+The time to stand up is now. Let's take our grievances and ensure they're heard, but let's be sure we're addressing the proper agency.
+
+><strong>Four words is all we need to save the world</strong>, to end war, to end ignorance, to end injustice, to end poverty, [...] and it is applied and directed almost exactly and precisely at the state [...]: <strong>put down the guns</strong>.
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