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How Will They Destroy Ron Paul?
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 15:23
by Mike Whitney

How will the media destroy Ron Paul?

We all know the drill by now. Whenever a politician with character and principles throws his hat in the ring the media descends on him like feral hounds on a pork chop. It’ll be no different with Paul. The only difference this time is that we should all be aware of what’s really going on.

Did you see the Republican debates?

Paul won hands-down. He stood out in a crowd of colorless toadies and became an overnight internet-sensation. In fact, an ABC survey showed that Paul won the first debate with an 85% majority; while C-SPAN showed him at 70%. Maybe the stats are just a fluke of internet voting, but it’s sure made the boys in the boardrooms nervous.

You see, it doesn’t matter if Paul wins or not. What matters is that his anti-government message is a hammer-blow to America’s biggest powerbrokers – and they don’t like it. They'd rather he just shut up and go away. They’ve heard enough about the Military Commissions Act, martial law, and the fraudulent war on terror. They’ve put a lot of money and energy into the new American police state and they aren’t about to let some libertarian party-pooper destroy all their hard work.

That's why the right wing think tanks are buzzing like a hornets nest right now. The sleeves are rolled up, the ash trays are full, and America’s best propagandists are putting the finishing touches on a plan to topedo the Paul campaign. They want to take him down now, before he causes any more trouble.

My guess is that they will use a strategy similar to the one they used on John Kerry, that is – keep it simple – attack on 3 fronts and repeat the charges from every soapbox in America. In Kerry’s case, the mantra went like this:

1. Kerry “flip-flops”

2 He’s a Massachusetts liberal.

3 He faked his war injuries to look like a hero.

The effectiveness of this strategy depends on how often the charges are repeated and from how many outlets. If it is well executed, the voter will naturally feel confused and less enthusiastic about his candidate. The propaganda-barrage had a withering effect on Kerry's support-base.

Fox Attacks Ron Paul

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Ron Paul on Bill Maher

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CNN Bias

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It may be that the media will take a different tack with Paul. Perhaps, they'll use a saturation-campaign similar to their attack on Howard Dean in the 2004 Democratic primary. The infamous “Dean Scream” appeared over 900 times in the major media in the first 72 hours. Now that's the way propaganda is supposed to work!

Technicians were able to isolate Dean’s yelp from the background noise of a crowded convention hall and succeeded in making him look like a complete kook.
It worked like a charm. Dean’s star sunk overnight and the country was “spared” the prospect of an antiwar candidate.

Isn’t that what media is for – to eliminate the enemies of the warmongering corporate chieftains?

My guess is that, sometime in the next 2 weeks, we’ll see a big push by to derail the Paul campaign. Already Sean Hannity, Glen Beck and FOX News have taken a few cheap-shots, but so far no one has laid a glove on him. Its time to wheel out the heavy artillery and pound him into the sand.

But what is Paul saying that rattles his rivals so much? Is it because he stands out in a crowd of plaster-hair phonies and talks about liberty and non-intervention instead of fear and torture?

This is how Paul summarized 9-11 and our misguided war in Iraq:

“They attack us because we've been over there. We've been bombing Iraq for 10 years. We've been in the Middle East [for years]. I think Reagan was right. We don't understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics. Right now, we're building an embassy in Iraq that is bigger than the Vatican. We're building 14 permanent bases. What would we say here if China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico? Would we be objecting?

Or this:

“I believe the CIA is correct when it warns us about blowback. We overthrew the Iranian government in 1953 and their taking the hostages was the reaction. This dynamic persists and we ignore it at our risk. They’re not attacking us because we’re rich and free, they’re attacking us because we’re over there.”

The rest of the Republican candidates use every opportunity to invoke the hobgoblin of Islamic fanaticism – the prevailing myth which is fuels the new American fascism. Paul is the one exception. He sees the war on terror as inherently threatening to personal freedom – and he's not afraid to say so.

He's also outspoken on other issues which are typically verbotem in the MSM. Here's what he has to say about the maneuverings of the Federal Reserve, the secretive cabal that controls our money:

“Congress created the Federal Reserve System in 1913. Between then and 1971 the principle of sound money was systematically undermined. Between 1913 and 1971, the Federal Reserve found it much easier to expand the money supply at will for financing war or manipulating the economy with little resistance from Congress-- while benefiting the special interests that influence government.

Since printing paper money is nothing short of counterfeiting, the issuer of the international currency must always be the country with the military might to guarantee control over the system. This magnificent scheme seems the perfect system for obtaining perpetual wealth for the country that issues the de facto world currency. The one problem, however, is that such a system destroys the character of the counterfeiting nation’s people - just as was the case when gold was the currency and it was obtained by conquering other nations. And this destroys the incentive to save and produce, while encouraging debt and runaway welfare.”

Do you really think that the board-members of the "privately-owned" Central Bank want the American people to know about the extortionist racket they’ve been running for the last 90 years in contravention of the US Constitution?

Paul’s demand that we abolish the Federal Reserve is strikingly similar to that of his ideological ancestor Thomas Jefferson, who said:

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of our currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and the corporations that will grow up will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing of power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

Isn’t that what is happening right now? Doesn’t the Fed inflate one massive equity bubble after another so that working class people are lured in by low-interest rates and then lose their shirts when the bubble pops? This is how the banking elites shift wealth from one class to another. It may be an old scam, but it never fails.

Jefferson and Paul are both right. Free people cannot control their own destiny unless they control their own currency. The Federal Reserve must be abolished and, as Paul says, “The sooner the better”.

He’s right about deficits and monetary policy, too. Here's what he says:

"The greatest threat facing America today is not terrorism, or foreign economic competition, or illegal immigration. The greatest threat facing America today is the disastrous fiscal policies of our own government, marked by shameless deficit spending and Federal Reserve currency devaluation. It is this one-two punch – Congress spending more than it can tax or borrow, and the Fed printing money to make up the difference – that threatens to impoverish us by further destroying the value of our dollars”.

The men who own the media don’t want this type of populism on the air-waves. After all, they love deficits. The trade deficits provide cheap capital for the stock market while the budget deficit borrows money from future generations for lavish tax cuts for Bush’s wealthy buddies.

No wonder they hate Paul!

Most of all, Paul is feared for his defense of liberty and his rejection of Bush’s sweeping changes to the Constitution. He’s been a strong critic of the Military Commissions Act, which permits torture and arbitrary detention of American citizens or foreign nationals on the orders of the executive. He has also condemned warrantless wiretaps, presidential signings, extraordinary rendition, the Real ID Act, and the Orwellian-sounding "Enforcement of the Laws to Restore Public Order Act'' which allows Bush to declare martial law at his own discretion.

Paul's tireless defense of personal freedom makes him the de facto enemy of the Bush Brown-shirts. He's watched the country slide further and further towards military dictatorship and now he's put himself on the firing-line to defend our way of life.

That's real patriotism. And, that is why they want to destroy him.

In a recent speech on the floor of the House Paul said:

“Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security. Understanding the magnificent rewards of a free society makes us unbashful in its promotion, fully realizing that maximum wealth is created and the greatest chance for peace comes from a society respectful of individual liberty”.

Thanks for that, Mr. Paul. And, good luck.
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you are right.
Thank you for writing this article. Good luck Ron!
 
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If Ron Paul can help to inpsire young polticians to continue to promote his principles then perhaps we can see change in the years to come.
 
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Great article, I have been thinking the same thing.
 
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$50 x 200,000 Concerned Americans = $10M for Ron Paul to fight for our Freedoms
Ron Paul needs money to win this battle. It's time to build the Ron Paul War Chest. Please...do what ever you can to give to support a true American patriot and here. Give money. Tell people to watch the debates. Don't give up on America...not just yet!
 
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very good article!! thank you!!
 
May 29, 2007
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Go Ron!
We simply can't afford to let another Neo-Con/Liberal Globalist win the election. If we do, then we may never get another chance to fix this problem. The Constitution is what this country is and has always been about. Ron Paul in 2008!
 
May 29, 2007
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The corporate dogs will think twice about letting the debate hosts include all the candidates next time, now won't they.
 
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Ron Paul Roundup
Ron Paul Roundup:

Video From Ron Paul Campaign - Educating Rudy Press Conference
http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/video-from-ron-paul-campaign-educating.html

Ron Paul On Real Time With Bill Maher
http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/ron-paul-on-real-time-with-bill-maher.html

Malkin attacks Paul on 9/11 questions - YouTube Video
http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/malkin-attacks-paul-on-911-questions.html

Ron Paul Votes Database - Washington Post
http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/ron-paul-votes-database-washington-post.html

Five Ron Paul Videos With Over 100,000 Views Apiece
http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/five-ron-paul-videos-with-over-100000.html

RON PAUL INTERVIEWED ON CNN SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT MAY 27 2007
http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/ron-paul-interviewed-on-cnn-sunday.html
 
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Good article

For Ron Paul to stand any chance of realisticly competing for president the media must be cease to exist as a corporate elite agenda. The media must go back to their roots and represent WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO, the PEOPLE.
Instead it has been forced fed propaganda and lucrative wage saleries for selling such irrational rubbish.
GOOD LUCK RON
 
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From Susan at MarketingBlurb.com
Mike, I enjoyed reading your take on Ron Paul's performance in the Republican debate as well as your perspective on the negative propaganda onslaught that is likely to begin in the near future. I referenced your article on MarketingBlurb at http://www.marketingblurb.com/...ntial.html
 
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If that doesn't work they can always Huey Long his ass.
 
May 30, 2007
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One concern...
I'm just worried that if elected ... a Libertarian will not be able to flesh out an administration with enough like minded people without alienating the party and thus robbing himself of a second term ... if he loses the primary I think he should be considered as a vice candidate for the Democrats. That would be the kind of multi-partisan thing this country is in great need of.
 
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