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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Trump’s Promised ‘New Foreign Policy’


By: Ron Paul | Liberty-Pac |  4 Dec 2016

Transcript: Ron Paul Institute.org

Quote: President-elect Donald Trump told a Cincinnati audience this week that he intends to make some big changes in US foreign policy. During his “thank you” tour in the midwest, Trump had this to say:
We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. …In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests wherever possible...”
If this is really to be President Trump’s foreign policy, it would be a welcome change from the destructive path pursued by the two previous administrations. Such a foreign policy would go a long way toward making us safer and more prosperous, as we would greatly reduce the possibility of a “blowback” attack from abroad, and we would save untold billions with a foreign policy of restraint. 

However as we know with politicians, there is often a huge gap between pronouncements before entering office and actions once in office. Who can forget President George W. Bush’s foreign policy promises as a candidate 16 years ago? As a candidate he said:

I am not so sure the role of the United States is to go around the world saying ‘this is the way it’s got to be.’ … If we’re an arrogant nation they will resent us, if we’re a humble nation but strong they’ll welcome us.
Unfortunately as soon as he took office, George W. Bush pursued a completely different foreign policy, attacking countries like Iraq at the urging of the neocons he placed in positions of power in his White House and State Department. 

Some people say that “personnel is policy,” and that much can be predicted about Trump’s foreign policy by the people he has appointed to serve his Administration. That is where we might have reason to be worried. Take Iran, for example. While Trump says he wants the US to stop overthrowing governments, on the issue of Iran both the candidate and his recent appointees have taken a very different view. 

Trump's pick for National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, has said the following about Iran: "I believe that Iran represents a clear and present danger to the region, and eventually to the world..." and, “…regime change in Tehran is the best way to stop the Iranian nuclear weapons program.”

Trump’s CIA choice, Mike Pompeo, has said of President Obama’s Iran deal, “The Iranian regime is intent on the destruction of our country. Why the President does not understand is unfathomable.”

And Trump’s selection for Defense Secretary, General James Mattis, was even more aggressive, saying, “The Iranian regime in my mind is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East. ...Iran is not an enemy of ISIS. They have a lot to gain from the turmoil in the region that ISIS creates."

Donald Trump's words in Cincinnati don't seem to match up with the views of the people that he's assigning to high places. At least when it comes to Iran. 

While I hope we can take President Trump at his word when it comes to foreign policy, I also we think we should hold him to his word – especially his encouraging words last week. Will the incoming president have the ability to rein in his more bellicose cabinet members and their underlings? We can be sure about one thing: if Trump allows the neocons to capture the State Department, keeping his foreign policy promises is going to be a lot more difficult.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Make America Great Again ,’ End the Fed!


AUDIT THE FED PETITION - H.R. 24 Sign it Now!

By: Ron Paul | Liberty-Pac | 27 Nov 2016 


Transcript: Ron Paul Institute.org

Quote:  Former Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher recently gave a speech identifying the Federal Reserve’s easy money/low interest rate policies as a source of the public anger that propelled Donald Trump into the White House. Mr. Fisher is certainly correct that the Fed’s policies have “skewered” the middle class. However, the problem is not specific Fed policies, but the very system of fiat currency managed by a secretive central bank.

Federal Reserve-generated increases in money supply cause economic inequality. This is because, when the Fed acts to increase the money supply, well-to-do investors and other crony capitalists are the first recipients of the new money. These economic elites enjoy an increase in purchasing power before the Fed’s inflationary policies lead to mass price increases. This gives them a boost in their standard of living.

By the time the increased money supply trickles down to middle- and working-class Americans, the economy is already beset by inflation. So most average Americans see their standard of living decline as a result of Fed-engendered money supply increases.

Some Fed defenders claim that inflation doesn’t negatively affect anyone’s standard of living because price increases are matched by wage increases. This claim ignores the fact that the effects of the Fed’s actions depend on how individuals react to the Fed’s actions.

Historically, an increase in money supply does not just cause a general rise in prices. It also causes money to flow into specific sectors, creating a bubble that provides investors and workers in those areas a (temporary) increase in their incomes. Meanwhile, workers and investors in sectors not affected by the Fed-generated boom will still see a decline in their purchasing power and thus their standard of living.

Adoption of a “rules-based” monetary policy will not eliminate the problem of Fed-created bubbles, booms, and busts, since Congress cannot set a rule dictating how individuals react to Fed policies. The only way to eliminate the boom-and-bust cycle is to remove the Fed’s power to increase the money supply and manipulate interest rates.

Because the Fed’s actions distort the view of economic conditions among investors, businesses, and workers, the booms created by the Fed are unsustainable. Eventually reality sets in, the bubble bursts, and the economy falls into recession.

When the crash occurs the best thing for Congress and the Fed to do is allow the recession to run its course. Recessions are the economy’s way of cleaning out the Fed-created distortions. Of course, Congress and the Fed refuse to do that. Instead, they begin the whole business cycle over again with another round of money creation, increased stimulus spending, and corporate bailouts.

Some progressive economists acknowledge how the Fed causes economic inequality and harms average Americans. These progressives support perpetual low interest rates and money creation. These so-called working class champions ignore how the very act of money creation causes economic inequality. Longer periods of easy money also mean longer, and more painful, recessions.

President-elect Donald Trump has acknowledged that, while his business benefits from lower interest rates, the Fed’s policies hurt most Americans. During the campaign, Mr. Trump also promised to make audit the fed part of his first 100 days agenda. Unfortunately, since the election, President-elect Trump has not made any statements regarding monetary policy or the audit the fed legislation. Those of us who understand that changing monetary policy is the key to making America great again must redouble our efforts to convince Congress and the new president to audit, then end, the Federal Reserve.
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AUDIT THE FED PETITION - H.R. 24


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Defend The US.

 By: Ron PaulLiberty-Pac | 13 Nov 2016 



Transcript: Ron Paul Institute.org

Quote:  In a disturbing indication of how difficult it would be to bring military spending in line with actual threats overseas, House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R – TX) told President Obama last week that his war funding request of $11.6 billion for the rest of the year was far too low. That figure for the last two months of 2016 is larger than Spain’s budget for the entire year! And this is just a “war-fighting” supplemental, not actual “defense” spending! More US troops are being sent to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere and the supplemental request is a way to pay for them without falling afoul of the “sequestration” limits.

The question is whether this increase in US military activity and spending overseas actually keeps us safer, or whether it simply keeps the deep state and the military-industrial complex alive and well-funded.

Unfortunately many Americans confuse defense spending with military spending. The two terms are used almost interchangeably. But there is a huge difference. I have always said that I wouldn’t cut anything from the defense budget. We need a robust defense of the United States and it would be foolish to believe that we have no enemies or potential enemies.

The military budget is something very different from the defense budget. The military budget is the money spent each year not to defend the United States, but to enrich the military-industrial complex, benefit special interests, regime-change countries overseas, maintain a global US military empire, and provide defense to favored allies. The military budget for the United States is larger than the combined military spending budget of the next seven or so countries down the line.

To get the military budget in line with our real defense needs would require a focus on our actual interests and a dramatic decrease in spending. The spending follows the policy, and the policy right now reflects the neocon and media propaganda that we must run the rest of the world or there will be total chaos. This is sometimes called “American exceptionalism,” but it is far from a “pro-American” approach.

Do we really need to continue spending hundreds of billions of dollars manipulating elections overseas? Destabilizing governments that do not do as Washington tells them? Rewarding those who follow Washington’s orders with massive aid and weapons sales? Do we need to continue the endless war in Afghanistan even as we discover that Saudi Arabia had far more to do with 9/11 than the Taliban we have been fighting for a decade and a half? Do we really need 800 US military bases in more than 70 countries overseas? Do we need to continue to serve as the military protection force for our wealthy NATO partners even though they are more than capable of defending themselves? Do we need our CIA to continue to provoke revolutions like in Ukraine or armed insurgencies like in Syria?

If the answer to these questions is “yes,” then I am afraid we should prepare for economic collapse in very short order. Then, with our economy in ruins, we will face the wrath of those countries overseas which have been in the crosshairs of our interventionist foreign policy. If the answer is no, then we must work to convince our countrymen to reject the idea of Empire and embrace the United States as a constitutional republic that no longer goes abroad seeking monsters to slay. The choice is ours.
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

NATO / OTAN 2016 NEW HEADQUARTERS

©SOM + assar architects | 25 May 2016

The construction of the new NATO Headquarters started in October 2010 and is planned to be completed in 2016. NATO will start to move immediately after completion.

New NATO Headquarters Virtual Tour | 29 July 2016

This virtual tour provides an inside and outside look at NATO’s iconic new building in Brussels Belgium.
SHAPE

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ben Swann: Rigged Election System

TRUTH IN MEDIA By: Ben Swann | 28 Septermber 2016

Reality Check: What You Didn't See in the Presidential Debate...Choices. Taken Away By A Private Organization Called the Commission on Presidential Debates.

George Washington Farewell Address 1796 Warning of Political Faction: "I have already intimated to you the danger of Parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on Geographical discrimination's. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, & warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party, generally." Read more here Page 16 


TRUTH IN MEDIA By: Ben Swann | 10 August 2016

Reality Check: Why Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are not "Wasted Votes"





















C-Span | 3 October 1988

Sponsorship of Presidential Debate Nancy Neuman announced that the League of Women Voters had withdrawn its sponsorship of presidential debates after disputes with national parties and campaigns over the format of the debates could not be resolved.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Libertarian Party Ohio Picnic 2016


Hope to see you at the 2016 Libertarian Party of Ohio Picnic!
Tickets may be purchased @ http://tinyurl.com/lpopicnic

Pie-in-the-Face Fundraiser, Split-the-Pot Raffle
Special Guest: Comedian, Travis Irvine
Invite your friends and let's have a party to
celebrate Ohio Libertarians

Who: Everyone  | Adults: $20
What: LPO Picnic | Kids 7-12 $5
When: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, September 17th 2016 
Where: 2586 Tiller Lane Suite 2k, Columbus, Ohio 
Why: Food, friends and fun!
Grilled meats will be provided
Bring your own chairs / blankets

*Get $5 off Adult admission if you Pay before September 17th on line with code:
*Bring a 12 pack of soda or a covered side dish to feed 6 for $5 off adult admission*



         

Sunday, September 11, 2016

AUDIT THE FED NOW! H.R. 24


EMERGENCY: AUDIT THE FED PETITION - H.R. 24

Quote: Dear Friend of Liberty,

The next month is absolutely critical for Audit the Fed (H.R.24).  W/ 201 Co-Sponsors

Audit the Fed has already passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, so the bill could come to the floor for a vote at any time!

But House Speaker Paul Ryan (R), a past supporter of the bill, has not yet scheduled a vote, nor has he indicated an interest in doing so.


And time is running out before Congress recesses for the coming election.

Unless Paul Ryan schedules the vote right away, you and I will miss our best remaining opportunity to pass Audit the Fed.

So please sign your Emergency Fax Petition and call House Speaker Paul Ryan at 202-225-0600 or Email to demand he bring Audit the Fed to the floor immediately and insist he oppose any attempts to water down the bill."

In Liberty,

Norm Singleton
President Campaign for Liberty


Saturday, September 10, 2016

C4L Win A Colt AR-15


Campaign For Liberty: Win A Colt AR-15

Campaign for Liberty stands up for freedom every day by fighting to Audit the Fed, repeal ObamaCare, stop NSA spying, and reclaim our Republic.

But there can be no freedom without the ability to defend it. And each and every one of us has a God-given right -- and duty -- to defend our freedom.

That's why C4L is giving away a brand new Colt AR-15 donated personally by Dr. Ron Paul.

All you have to do is sign up for your chance to win!

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, September 30, 2016. We will notify you via email if you are the winner.

In Liberty,

Norm Singleton
President

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Open Campaign



Rise of the Third Party!
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