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How Will The Media Destroy Ron Paul?

Politics / US Politics May 29, 2007 - 07:33 PM GMT

By: Mike_Whitney

Politics

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

Ron Paul on Bill Maher

CNN Bias

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.

 

By Mike Whitney

Email: fergiewhitney@msn.com

Mike is a well respected freelance writer living in Washington state, interested in politics and economics from a libertarian perspective.


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Comments


29 May 07, 23:44
Keep up the good work!

Keep up the good work Mike.

The message of peace and liberty will always find support!

And we need journalists like you out there defending this message of hope!


KSH
30 May 07, 00:48
Rock On Ron!

Super article. It is the liberty message that makes this courageous man special, and a message we may clone. He need not bear the brunt of the ridicule, harassment and smear campaigns, name calling and word-twisting spin. We can share it.

Already I have seen articles and blogs describing him as a Michael Moore hugging tin foil hat wearing kook. Another site had a comment that described him as a fruitloop. Another blogger said he is a racist.

If you go to You Tube and look at the video about "I am an addict" (of Ron Paul) you will see why people are so excited. Your article, Mike, and that video describe the desire of most free will Americans.

As Ron Paul goes, so goes the country.

Rock on Ron, keep rocking the boat. May it sail on to victory, may the rats jump ship.


Randy
30 May 07, 03:46
Who IS Ron Paul?

Who IS Ron Paul? They still need to know!!

NOBODY explains Ron Paul

BETTER than Ron Paul himself!

Here is an interactive audio archive of

Ron Paul speeches and interviews in chronological

order.

http://www.ronpaulaudio.com


Cathy
31 May 07, 03:10
Lol About This Quote

"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."


Steve
31 May 07, 21:07
Wow Mr. Whitney

Wow! Mr. Whitney, that is one well-researched and well-written article. One of the best I've read, and I read a lot.

We need more journalists like you.

Thanks much!


Estrella Eguino
21 Jun 07, 01:23
My Sentiments Exactly

People everywhere are noticing these things. They're waking up and you hear it all around. Today I was talking to a neighbor and he asked: "Who wants to know about Paris Hilton?!" - The answer is clear: NOBODY. Not only do we not want to know about Paris, we didn't want to know about OJ, or Michael, or Scott Peterson (whose headline name hit the newstands out of the clear blue!) Who does the media think they're kidding? You are one hell of a journalist! Good luck to you.


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