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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ron Paul Is A Nut (And So Am I)

Announcing my first book, at The Partial Observer:

Well over two years ago, I predicted that the country's economy will soon be in trouble. That oil and food prices would skyrocket.

Was I reading the stars? Am I a psychic?

No and no. But I do know what money is and what money isn't.

And our nation's economy is not based on real money.

I explain what money is, and the causes of inflation, in my book Ron Paul Is A Nut (And So Am I).

That's not all. I also tell you . . .

  • why the Iraqis did not "greet us as liberators."
  • why a football star went to prison, without committing any crime whatsoever.
  • why Roe vs. Wade was not about "freedom of choice."
  • what a Midwest child sex ring and a European fascist terrorist group had in common.
  • how we all should be like The Fonz.

And, although it won't happen this year, I also tell you why Ron Paul should be President.

And more. Much, much more.

But despite the diversity of topics, there are two recurring and related themes throughout Ron Paul Is A Nut (And So Am I):

  • the advantages of limited, Constitutional government.
  • the dangers of federal intervention - in other countries, in the economy, in state and local governments, and in our private lives.

The principle is simple. Imagine football referees deciding their rulebook is a "living document," and they should make calls based not on what the rules actually say, but on prevailing attitudes, social conditions, and convenience. Old rules can be thrown out, and new rules can be created out of thin air, so long as they conform to the "spirit" or "ideals" of football.

We all know what the outcome would be. Confusion would reign on the field, corruption off of it. If the refs could do whatever they wanted, there is no game. There's only a series of arbitrary actions and rulings disguised as a game, with everyone - players and refs included - encouraged by the system to get away with as much as they can.

But many people will not know what, exactly, is wrong. That is, unless they sat down and read the rulebook for themselves.

This is what politics is like. We all know something is wrong, terribly wrong, with our country. But the judges and politicians have been corrupted by the power they possess. They think the Constitution, the rulebook for the federal government, means whatever they want it to mean.

But what this really means is, we don't even have a federal government. Instead, we have random acts of force at home and abroad disguised as "government," with judges and politicians consumed with acquiring as much power (and/or wealth) as they can.

And what happens when someone stands up, Constitution in hand, and points out the difference between what the "rulebook" for our government says, and how our judges and politicians actually behave?

He is marginalized. Ignored. Considered "on the fringe."

Yes, the person whose explanation for our nation's problems actually makes sense is called an extremist. A radical.

A NUT!

Ron Paul experienced this in his Presidential campaign.

And I know how he feels.

As a teenager in the 1980's, I saw the movie 1776 on video, a movie so inspiring that I sat down and read the Declaration of Indpendence. Then I read the Constitution of the United States. I thought these documents were the Law of the Land.

In those days, I was told that the Soviet Union's Constitution was good on paper but ignored in practice. And that a lot of dictatorships were the same way: their Constitutions extolled human rights while actual government shamelessly violated them.

I did not want my country to become like them. But in many ways, it already has.

And to recognize that individual rights and self-government are disappearing in our land makes me a "nut."

What separates the nuts from the mainstream is our view of the Constitution. We read the Constitution literally, knowing it doesn't mean what you or I may want it to mean, and that its meaning doesn't change or evolve as society progresses. The Constitution should be followed not because it is perfect, but because it is the law. Once the federal government- via Congress, the Executive, or the courts - gets into habit of twisting and breaking its own rules, the people's lives and liberties are threatened. Normal people may not see how the Federal Reserve, Social Security, and undeclared wars lead to torture, warrantless spying, and asset forfeiture. But the nut sees the connection: they are all unconstitutional, and when good people with good intentions ignore the Constitution, they set the precedents that allow bad people with bad intentions to do the same.

And so we "nuts" ask, where in the Constitution does it actually say that

  • the President has the power to start a war at his own discretion?
  • Congress can fund stem cell research?
  • federal judges get to decide what can and can't be taught in classrooms?

But Ron Paul Is A Nut goes beyond the Constitution and asks more basic questions . . .

  • Can a non-defensive war be just?
  • If an action harms oneself but violates no one else's rights, should it be a crime?
  • Do regulations and subsidies actually advance the public good?
  • Are we obliged to "do something" about tyranny and injustice in far-away lands?
  • Does it even make sense to obey so-called "authority?"

Ron Paul Is A Nut (And So Am I) is an adventure in ideas. In the empowering ideas of peace, freedom, and liberty.

And you can take this adventure for only $13.95. Ron Paul Is A Nut (And So Am I) is available at Amazon.com and CreateSpace.

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