Apr 152019

“Ron Paul” monday april 15, 2019

“Last week’s arrest of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange by the British government on a US extradition order is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on the US Constitution. It is an attack on the free press. It is an attack on free speech. It is an attack on our right to know what our government is doing with our money in our name. Julian Assange is every bit as much a political prisoner as was Cardinal Mindszenty in Hungary or Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

They, and so many more, were imprisoned because they told the truth about their governments.

Repressive governments do not want their citizens to know that they are up to so they insist on controlling the media. We are taught, at the same time, that we have a free press whose job it is to uncover the corruption in our system so that we can demand our political leaders make some changes or face unemployment. That, we are told, is what makes us different from the totalitarian.

The arrest of Assange is a canary in a coal mine to warn us that something is very wrong with our system.

What’s wrong? The US mainstream media always seems to do the bidding of the US government. That is why they rushed to confirm Washington’s claim that the Assange indictment was not in any way about journalism. It was only about hacking government computers!

As the New York Times said in an editorial, sounding like a mouthpiece of the US government, Julian Assange committed “an indisputable crime.” But was it? As actual journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote last week, what Julian Assange did in 2010, for which he is facing extradition to the US, is no different from what New York Times and other journalists do every day! He attempted to help Chelsea Manning shield his identity as he blew the whistle on US government crimes to a publisher. The information in question included a video showing US military personnel participating in and cheering the murder of Iraqi civilians. Why is it criminal for us to know this?

The difference is that what Assange and Manning did embarrassed the US government, which was lying to us that it was “liberating” Iraq and Afghanistan when it was actually doing the opposite. Mainstream journalists publish “leaks” that help bolster the neocon or other vested narratives of the different factions of the US government. That’s why the US media wants to see Assange in prison, or worse: he upset their apple cart.

The lesson is clear: when you bolster the government’s narrative you are a “brave journalist.” When you expose corruption in government you are a criminal. Do we really want to live in a country where it is illegal to learn that our government is engaged in criminal acts? I thought we had an obligation as an engaged citizenry to hold our government accountable!

As long as Julian Assange is in prison, we are all in prison. When the government has the power to tell us what we we allowed to see, hear, and know, we no longer live in a free society. Julian Assange will be extradited to the US and he will have dozens of charges piled on. They want him to disappear so that the next Assange will think twice before informing us of our government’s crimes. Are we going to let them steal our freedom?”

Apr 152019

Government doesn’t give us our Rights. Government gives privileges and the problem is when government gives more privileges to some people but not to everyone, it necessarily must take it away from others (everything the government gives to you has been taken from someone else).

Not everything is a right, even if the government says it is. Here’s a cheat sheet: you have a right to life, liberty, and property. You do not have a right to a job, to someone else’s services, or a right to use a private bathroom.

Because the Civil Rights Act is associated with ending racism in America (how’s that going for ya?), criticism isn’t welcomed, but as Milton Friedman said, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” CRA is a typical piece of legislation that takes the good intentions of justice and freedom and turns them into injustice and the tyranny of a politically correct thralldom. Of course, we haven’t seen the worst of it yet as it has set us up for Orwellian thought control. It was bad for the government to coerce people based on the color of their skin, but it’s nothing compared to the government coercing people based on the content of their thoughts.

Apr 152019

North rose window of Notre-Dame de Paris, Aug 2010.jpgThe Rose Window in the cathedral evokes reverence and respect for the achievements of the craftsmen who designed and built it. It’s gone.

Notre Dame de Paris DSC 0846w.jpgThe twin spires which look unfinished will most likely be demolished. The building can be rebuilt but the history is gone. The earth has lost a part of itself.

Apr 152019

Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan said:

“Sanctuary cities are part of this crisis. They are signaling and telling the immigrants come here illegally, exploit our laws – our generosity – not only will we take you in, we’ll protect you, we’ll reward you, and we will thwart the law enforcement from trying to do their job. It’s truly unbelievable.”