"If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest."
- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd American President
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost
You might think this is the statement of a liberal or leftist, but this is a voice from conservative
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Ron Paul: Basic principles - first things first: Stop the use of US military as global corporate security force.
Restore civil liberties and constitutional rule at home.
In a nutshell:
Save the republic, renounce empire.
My American friends, there approaches a fork in the road. The choice is becoming increasingly clear: empire or Freedom. Everyone talks of freedom, democracy - like mom and apple pie, such words bring nods of approval, and everyone wants to be associated with them. But words can be hollow, even deceptive, as Orwell warned. In terms of freedom and democracy, one would expect a political candidate to support and adhere to the Constitution, and in practice, not just in speeches. Yet leading Democratic Presidential candidates (Clinton and Obama) voted for the Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act, which together nullify the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and in fact, abolish the 800 year old foundation of all rights under the rule of law, habeas corpus, allowing arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, without trial, indefinitely and without recourse to a lawyer or defense, and allow torture and extra-judicial execution by order of the executive or his representative. Only Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, among the
Many speak of peace, few have shown their words have any substance. Only Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul have shown action on opposing and reversing the historical pattern of
These are my American kindred. And I would suggest they are more kindred to the great majority of Americans than citizens of the
This is the basis of a peaceful and harmonious family of humanity: mutual respect in freedom and self-determination, with solidarity and strength in unity - within diversity. Trying to impose uniformity on the world - the impulse to domination - leads to the destruction of both freedom and democracy. It is only through embracing diversity, and recognizing our underlying commonality, despite our differences, our common ground as human beings, and also by renouncing completely the wars of conquest for material gain or economic predation, that we can live in peace, or that freedom or democracy are possible. Freedom and empire cannot coexist. We are forced to choose one or the other. If we choose empire, say goodbye to freedom - at home as well as abroad. The choices are becoming stark. Freedom and democracy, or empire and fascism? It is not important that we agree on everything, nor can we. It is enough that we agree on certain essential basics, certain fundamental principles. No to imperial warfare. Yes to freedom and democracy. If the people of
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." - Thomas Jefferson
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again." - Thomas Paine
This is not about right and left. This is about something more basic. This is about freedom versus empire.
The time is now. This is an historic juncture. It is time to decide.
"The future holds ominous portent, and signs of great hope. Which result ensues depends largely upon what we make of the opportunities."
- Noam Chomsky
Below is a collection of photos, quotes, videos and references. There are a lot of resources here, which together make for an excellent summary of where
"It's amazing what you can see - when you look." - Yogi Berra
"Whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth." - Patrick Henry "If the American people knew the blood that was on their hands [by acts carried out in their names] they would be appalled." - Noam Chomsky "I have to believe that the American people are the most systematically lied to people on Earth; if I did not, I would believe they were the most evil." - Former Foreign Minister of
- Mark Twain "I am said to be a revolutionist in my sympathies, by birth, by breeding and by principle. I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolt." - Mark Twain
Ron Paul: End the War
Let Us Be Clear - What's at stake:
Olbermann: The beginning of the End of America
Enjoy the Police State - Stephen Colbert
The End of
The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on the Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: How the
John Stockwell - The history of CIA covert wars
Smedley Butler: American hero defeats business elite's attempted fascist coup in US, 1933
Fascist America, in 10 easy steps - Naomi Wolf, Guardian Unlimited
Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You with the Bill)
Vote for Change? Atrocity-Linked
"Our involvement in the [Persian] Gulf is not transitory. It pre-dated Saddam Hussein's aggression, and will survive it." - George Bush Sr., September 11, 1990
Dennis Kucinich on War
YouTube - Dennis Kucinich - On Iraq
YouTube - Dennis Kucinich War on Iraq
Mike Gravel on Eisenhower's warning
Mike Gravel: War In
Kucinich on the Patriot Act
The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis, by Bill Moyers
The Power of Nightmares:
BBC film dissects the "War on Terror" propaganda
The History of Mind Control - History Channel
The War Against the
"What I’ve Learned About
Part One: Martin Luther King Jr.
Part Two: John Stockwell - The history of CIA covert wars
Part Four: Genocide by Sanctions
Part Five: Philip Agee - Permanent War
What I Learned About US Foreign Policy
http://www.addictedtowar.com/dorrel.html"Why do we do these grisly things broad? I believe strongly that until we have fundamental change in the United States, domestically, in the domestic system; until we have some kind of real democracy in this country, participatory democracy, where people have a say, and where we end the re-election of 95 to 97% of the incumbents at every election, [the Soviet Union only had a 92% re-election rate!] where there is a real political debate; until we change the domestic system, we're going to have elitist control of United States, we're going to have these foreign adventures, and grisly things that I mentioned that the CIA does abroad, so the real problem is here at home, in changing the domestic system, in bringing about a conversion of the economy to human purposes, solving the domestic crises, and getting the people out of office who are in there to back a continuation of the permanent war economy." - Former CIA Officer Philip Agee
By the way, the Bush family really does have a history of fascist sympathies and Nazi collaboration - something we might want to know:
Check the facts. Do your own homework. Don't dismiss or believe anything based upon who said it. See for yourself.
Bush is not a Nazi, so stop saying that!
What Bush feels toward the American people
George W. Bush one finger salute
The Business Plot - History Channel
The Plot to Seize the White House, by Jules Archer
The White House Coup - BBC Documentary:
Smedley Butler, Meet John Perkins
Expand the war to
We Had A Democracy Once, But You Destroyed It
"In the course of hundreds of interviews in the
(The American hostages were released the day Reagan - and Bush - took office; in fact, just minutes after Reagan was inaugurated as President.)
CIA Backed Saddam Hussein, Thanks for the Memories
A Marxist threat to cola sales? Pepsi demands a US coup. Goodbye Allende. Hello Pinochet Greg Palast
The Other 9/11
Ron Paul Warns of
Brzezinski warns of Pearl Harbor type event, a pretext for war on Iran
"a bias, malicious, deceptive, and manipulative tissue of lies and another reason for Americans to disengage from an establishment media empire that continues to hemorrhage viewers on a daily basis due to its ceaseless lies and propaganda." - An unnamed voice of honesty in a sea of spin and fabrication.
Democracy in the US being destroyed, media networks silent - Greg Palast & RFK in NY
Orwell Rolls In His Grave
Who Owns the Media?
http://www.takebackthemedia.com/owners.htmlCorporatocracy: A Brief Overview
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=CorporatocracyPower to the People (in suits)
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Asault on Democracy
Martin Luther King Jr. - "I Have A Dream"
An Outbreak of Democracy in
Ron Paul: It's not utopia. It's only a beginning. First things first.
The Right Kind of Confusion: Conservative Divisions and the Collapse of the Right
Ron Paul: The World Is Watching
The Other Side of American History:
Advocates of the Great Society
Henry David Thorea
affectionately known as
Martin Luther King Jr.
Free At Last: Ron Paul for President 2008
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
- Thomas Jefferson, 1816
"I have more fear for the banks than from standing armies." - Thomas Jefferson
"I have the South in front of me and the bankers behind me, and for my country, I fear the bankers more." - Abraham Lincoln
"The domination of government by corporate power is the essence of fascism."
- Franklin Delano
"Fascism, properly named, should be called corporatism, for it is the merger of business and the state. - Mussolini
"If you want to remain slaves of the bankers and pay for the costs of your own slavery, let them continue to create money and control the nation's credit."
- Sir Josiah Stamp, 1880 - 1941
"Once a nation parts with control of its currency and credit…all talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and democracy is idle and futile."
– Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King, 1935, creator of the publicly owned central bank, the Bank of Canada
"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson."
- Franklin Delano
"The real rulers in
"Those who would trade a little liberty for a little security deserve neither."
- George Washington
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry
"It ain't over `till it's over." - Yogi Berra
Ron Paul: Next President of the
Ron Paul Hip-Hop
Ron Paul Is Bill Maher's New Hero
Ron Paul Exposed - In His Own Words
Ron Paul: Anti-Racism
Ron Paul Rising
Ron Paul Revolution in the
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR19Z37L-wM&feature=relatedRon Paul Boston Tea Party,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GINIZ_ho24&feature=relatedThe Strasburg Tea Party -
Who Would the World Elect?
Ron Paul 2008: Straw Poll Results
Ron Paul Revolution -
On Libertarianism: Right and Left
Earth 101: Essential
REAL NEWS & ANALYSIS:
Turn off the establishment media empire!
Stop voluntarily subjecting yourself to propaganda, indoctrination and manipulation.
Cut through the spin. Switch off the corporate news.
Here are ten excellent resources for further information.
Examine things for yourself.
Online Independent TV & Radio
"The show that challenges presidents:
For 12 years a radio and television news program, Democracy Now, has survived and even flourished on a cobbled-together broadcast network that reaches all of the United States and out into the world. It has almost no paid resources, yet daily defies the corporate and government agendas, and has sometimes forced mainstream media into picking up its stories, if not its attitudes."
Center for Research On Globalization
GlobalResearch.ca - Centre for Research on Globalization
National Security Archive
The National Security Archive
(The popular Wikipedia is highly unreliable in terms of accuracy, and often extremely biased
and grossly inaccurate. Sometimes it does a good job; sometimes it presents a severely
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