Today, from the desk of Dr. Ron Paul: [Please share widely]

“America is over $16 trillion in debt. The “official” unemployment rate still hovers around 8%. Our federal government claims the right to spy on American citizens, indefinitely detain them, and even assassinate them without trial.

Domestic drones fly over the country for civilian surveillance. Twelve million fewer Americans voted in 2012 than in 2008, yet political pundits scratch their heads.

It’s not hard to see why, though.

To go along with endorsing a never-ending policy of bailouts, “stimulus packages,” and foreign military adventurism, the establishment of neither major party questions the assaults on Americans’ liberties I’ve named above.

As my campaign showed, the American people are fed up. Many realized heading into Tuesday that regardless of who won the presidential election, the status quo would be the real victor.

GOP leadership is now questioning why they didn’t perform better.

They’re looking at demographic changes in the United States and implying minorities can only be brought into the party by loudly advocating for abandoning what little remains of their limited government platform and endorsing more statist policies.

My presidential campaign proved that standing for freedom brings people together.

Liberty is popular – regardless of race, religion, or creed.

As long as the GOP establishment continues to not only reject the liberty message, but actively drive away the young, diverse coalition that supports those principles, it will see results similar to Tuesday’s outcome.

A renewed respect for liberty is the only way forward for the Republican Party and for our country.

I urge all my Republican colleagues to join the liberty movement in fighting for a brighter future.”

–Ron Paul

How to win the next election

It does not surprise me that the republicans lost the race for the white house. You get what you pay for. A rich out of touch guy with a vague (at best) plan to fix the economy and a base which ignores a large portion of its supporters running against an incumbent who passes himself off as being cool. This only leads to disaster.

The funny thing is, the youth voted for Reagan (the oldest ever president) thinking that he was cool and they loved his message. The youthful conservatives of today voted and supported Ron Paul during the primaries (a man who would have been the oldest ever president) because they thought he was cool and they loved his message.

The republicans of today are not the conservatives of Ronald Reagan. It is no surprise that after George Bush Sr a large portion broke away for Ross Perot, and since then they have lost two races to Clinton, barely scraped by against Gore and Kerry, and lost consecutively to Obama, the second time to a man who had a worse economy than Carter. Unfortunately Romney is no Reagan, so even with Obama being similar to Carter, he still won. If you wanted a Reagan revolution you had it laid out on a plate for you in the form of Ron Paul.

Many people forget or do not know that Reagan was never supposed to be president to begin with, it was supposed to be Bush Sr all along. The republicans learned their mistake from last time and did everything to shut out Ron Paul, so that they could get one of their groomed candidates to run again. It is no surprise that Reagan and Ron Paul broke the mold and did so well, because they offered real ‘hope and change’ a message which Obama adopted, even if it was only empty rhetoric on his part.

The way to win an election is to energize your base and appeal to other groups. That is why the democrats have been successful. Though their economic handling has been disastrous, they still pass themselves off as being cool and being tolerant. People like to vote for their hopes, not their fears.

The republican party has become the party of fear and hate. Conservatives hate Obama, and bash his supporters without mercy, they fear him, and even say so openly. This does not make them look good, but worse is their shunning of the youthful voters.

I am a capitalist and my views are very libertarian. Most of the people I know would be happy to vote conservative, if they would just stick to free market and civil liberty principles. Though we may be ‘pure’ by nature, we’d be happy if the conservatives just stuck to their own free market principles, which are supposed to run parallel to ours.

Had the conservatives looked at what the youth in the party was doing, what they were saying, and who they were following. If they had paid the slightest bit of attention, they would have flocked to Ron Paul and carried him to victory. Instead they for a second time went with someone ‘electable’ and then shot themselves in the foot by silencing the youth in a despicable manner. If you want anyone to blame for the loss of the 2012 elections, you must first look at the Obama supporters and then look at yourselves in a mirror. Your hatred, you intolerance, your fear has caused this to happen. You only have yourselves to blame. We did everything we could to get you to see reason, to get ourselves heard, to stick to true conservative principles, to elect a man who would have made a real difference in this country. And yet this man was shunned and set to the side by the media, the party, and the ‘loyal supporters’. Had we been given at the very least a fair hearing at the RNC, things would have turned out very differently.

But now we have a second Obama term, and we must reunite forces if we are to stop his atrocious agendas.

The Tea Party of 2010 must reignite itself, and push to take over the senate. It is a tragedy that we lost seats in this election, when we surely should have won them. This is what happens when a movement loses its way, ignores its own principles, shuns a large part of its supporters, and go’s with the party line. Too much time was spent trying to push an unpopular candidate on those who were not interested in him, and not enough effort was put on safeguarding ourselves through the senate. The arrogance of the republican party about getting Romney elected because ‘Obama sucks’ really turned potential voters away. There was absolutely no net increase in voters for the party between 2008 and 2012, in one of the worse economies and worse loss of civil liberties in a life time, that is truly a crying shame, and sticks out like a sore thumb about how far off track the party really is.

If we want to win the next election, if we want to stop the deficit, if we want to regain our civil liberties, the Ron Paul libertarian conservatives (mostly young people) must be embraced with open arms.

This cannot be the party of ‘no’. It must be the party of (dare I say it) ‘yes we can’. Yes we can restore this nation, yes we can rebuild the economy, yes we can defeat the democrats, but only if we get our edge back, only if we gain more voting blocks. And do you know what the easiest voting block is to take over? Youth. Even the college kids who currently worship Obama would vote republican if we put a cool guy like Ron Paul in, someone with a strong message, strong convictions, and a background to prove it. If thousands of people show up to see this old man talk at a college campus in the primaries, how many people do you think will show up for his son at a presidential event?

Forget abortion, forget gay marriage, forget drug enforcement; these issues make us look like we’re from the stone age and they pale in comparison to the economy and civil liberties, issues which are vital to our survival. Wake up, get hip, promote freedom, make it cool, and embrace the youth. It’s our future that’s at stake, so there’s plenty to talk about. If you want to regrow the party, that’s where to start.

The young conservatives of today will be the core of the republican party tomorrow, so you want to nurture that, not turn it away. The new generation of conservatives are more libertarian in nature than the previous generation. We are more tolerant of others beliefs and practices, but we’re more firm in our convictions on economics and civil liberties. Oh, and we already have a new candidate in mind, one that even the older conservatives can like.

Let’s get the ball rolling, let’s get to work on calling our representatives and putting their feet to the fire. Let’s gear up for the senate races in 2014 and let’s start the campaign for Rand Paul 2016!

Thoughts on the 2012 election and the future

I have mixed feelings about the 2012 election. I did not vote for Mitt Romney, but I also did not want Obama to win. I did everything I could to strengthen the liberty movement, and to help the libertarians to offset the corruption of the republican party. I voted for Gary Johnson for president to give the libertarians a cutting edge to build from, but I also voted for many republicans in house and senate seats to overthrow the diluted democrats, who simply do not get it.

I thought Mitt Romney was a progressive and that being elected as president would allow him to sweep our efforts under the rug because he is a conservative, if only in name. Perhaps he would have improved the economy slightly, and bumbled it along a little longer, but I think he also would have started a massive war with Iran, and he would have done nothing for our civil liberties. But all that aside, I know many of you worked hard to get him elected simply because he was the only person with enough power to beat Obama, who has turned out to be a terrible president, and a detriment to our freedoms and our way of life.

I would like to apologize to those who I have upset or offended during the course of this election period. I set out to get Ron Paul elected through the primaries. A man who I thought could actually change things for the better. Sadly he was shunned like a piece of garbage by the crooked establishment and the bought and paid for media. Ron Paul is one of the very few people who still shine as a beacon of hope in a wasteland of empty promises. But what’s done is done, and now we have to move forward. The points that I made over the course of the last few months, particularly against Mitt Romney and the establishment were to prove how corrupt they are and to illustrate just how far gone our republic is that he could ever possibly be our best chance to preserve freedom.

The republicans and the democrats are exceedingly corrupt, and we must continue to throw out the incumbents who do not follow the constitution, and install people who will actually do their jobs the way they are supposed to.

I will continue to point out faults in both parties, but I am willing to work with both the libertarians and the conservatives to find common ground so that we can create a bulwark against the tidal wave which is coming in the form of massive debt, the dollar collapse, and the erosion of civil liberties. Barack Obama’s policies are a detriment to our liberties, and we must stop the attack from both sides of the isle.

I would like to extend my thanks to those of you who worked on the side of liberty, whether we agreed on our methods or not, I know you did what you felt was right, and I did the same. Now is not the time to point fingers, but to find common ground and focus on our strengths so that we can build a future. I think every reader on here will agree on free markets, civil liberties and the protection of the constitution. I think also that by far the biggest issue of the day is the national debt, and we must work to plug the dam immediately if we are to avert a complete currency collapse.

I am willing to work with those of you who believe in individual liberties, and who are working hard to preserve them. I will continue to write articles to expose the looters, and combat the corrupt. I will continue to offer solutions  and to explain my theories along with information that I have found along the way.

Though the storm clouds are gathering, and our greatest challenge is fast approaching, I know that we will prevail. The liberty movement is just getting started!

My thoughts exactly!

I just read an article from ‘Campaign for Liberty‘ about why Mitt Romney lost the election. This article reflects my thoughts exactly:

Ham Sandwich

The latest email from C4L President John Tate:

I’ve been in politics long enough to know making predictions is a dangerous game.

But standing on the floor of the Republican National Convention this past August, I’ll admit I made one.

Completely shocked at what I had just witnessed, I muttered, “Romney just lost the election,” under my breath.

The GOP establishment had just railroaded through new party rules designed to weaken the power of grassroots activists of every stripe – not to mention the thousands of young people who were just starting to become politically active after hearing Ron Paul’s unwavering message of liberty.

The mood inside the building at that moment was hard to describe.

People were frustrated. They were confused and hurt. Many felt betrayed.

Just two years after these very Tea Party grassroots activists provided the energy that made the 2010 elections such a success, the question on everyone’s lips was “Why?”

As news of the event trickled out to the grassroots all throughout the country, the situation only became worse.

With $16 TRILLION in national debt and sky-high unemployment with no end in sight, many folks I know were desperate and chose to look past what happened.

They would have voted for a ham sandwich for President if it was running against President Obama.

I certainly understand that feeling.

Like you, I want my kids to grow up in a free and prosperous America.

Like you, I’m worried about the future of our country.

But on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 12 million fewer Americans showed up at the polls than voted in 2008.

I think that’s incredible. And it’s incredibly sad.

You see, I don’t believe those numbers are because Americans don’t care about what happens in Washington, D.C.

It’s not because Americans don’t understand the problems we face.

It’s that fewer and fewer Americans are buying what the Big Government, big spending establishment of both parties is selling.

And there’s no denying – with shifting political principles and positions, to go along with many anti-liberty stances – Mitt Romney was an incredibly tough sell for the GOP.

Going up against any incumbent, candidates who are tough sells virtually never win.

But now, you and I must be ready for the statists in Congress to double-down with even more assaults on our liberties in the coming months.

The good news is, our liberty movement is growing by leaps and bounds.

The next Congress will have more pro-liberty members than any in memory.

Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) won a tough reelection race yesterday.

He’ll be joined by Congressman-elect Kerry Bentivolio from Michigan.

Former Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) and Republican Senator-elect Ted Cruz (R-TX) both won their races handily.

Thomas Massie (R-KY) also emerged victorious in Kentucky.

All of these candidates and more answered their Campaign for Liberty Candidate Surveys in support for our issues.

The liberty movement’s success yesterday – even despite poor results overall for the GOP – should prove that it’s our movement that’s ready to take the reins and lead.

There are many more victories from yesterday to tell you about, and I’ll be sending another update with that information in the coming days.

But charting a new course for our country won’t be easy.

And it won’t be done in political party headquarters in Washington, D.C. or state capitals.

It will be done by tens of thousands of folks just like you from all over the country.

Campaign for Liberty is leading that charge. And the statists are on the run.

Five years ago, the Federal Reserve issue wasn’t even mentioned in political circles.

But this summer, Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed bill passed the U.S. House by a bipartisan three-fourths margin.

Thanks to the help of good folks like you, Campaign for Liberty has also successfully derailed Big Government schemes like “Cap and Tax,” the so-called “Disclose” Act, and government takeovers of the Internet.

We’re fighting to build a bipartisan coalition to stop intrusive government spying through the so-called “PATRIOT” Act and the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial.

And at the state level, Campaign for Liberty organizations are leading the fight to ban red light cameras, pass sound money legislation, stop “ObamaCare” implementation, and much more.

With your help, this will only be the beginning.

Each victory will lead to more.

As politicians learn that the price for betraying constitutional principles is political pain at the polls, you and I will see even more successes.

But first things first.

With the lame-duck Congress set to go into session next week, you and I have our work cut out for us.

The statists will be back in full force.

You and I will also have our hands full in the new Congress.

So I simply must be able to count on you moving forward.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on any new developments in the coming days.

But thank you so much for your support.

Your continued action is making an incredible difference.

In Liberty,

John Tate
President

P.S. The next Congress will have more pro-liberty members than any in recent memory.

But you and I have to be ready for an all-out statist assault in the coming weeks and months.

If you could help Campaign for Liberty’s efforts to restore constitutional government by chipping in just $10 or $25, it would be very much appreciated.

There is some good that has come out of this election. As I predicted, the Tea Parties are now doubling down, and are ready for an all out fight with congress. It will take individual acts from across the board to stop the statists from ruining everything this nation stands for. There are looters on both sides of the isle, and they all need their feet held to the fire.

The best thing you can do is spread the message, join liberty groups, and work together to solve the issues which challenge our very way of life. Every cloud does have a silver lining, but you have to be the one to go out there and get it!

The Ron Paul Revolution and the liberty movement is just getting started!

Every cloud has a silver lining

It’s true; every cloud does have a silver lining.

I know that many of you reading this right now are sad, upset, furious, concerned, even frightened to death about Obama gaining a second term. I know it feels like the world is coming to an end, and I know that we are seriously heading for a bumpy road ahead. The US has kicked its debt about as far down the road as it possibly can, and now is the time to force congress to pull their thumbs out and actually do something about it. I suggest you get out there and start pressuring your representatives to do something about it, I don’t care if they are republican or democrat, do not let up until they fix it.

What gives me hope is that before Barack Obama was ever elected president, I could never have imagined such a thing as the Tea Party. Before Barack Obama was elected, I had never even heard of Ayn Rand. Before Barack Obama was elected people weren’t talking about individual liberties and deficits in daily conversations, and now it’s all over the place.

Between the Atlas Shrugged movies and the Tea Party movements, between the alternative media channels and the politically aware out there, I know that this country has the potential to have its brightest days ahead of it.

I knew months ago that Barack Obama was going to win a second term, and I said weeks ago that our battles are only just getting started. “This is not the end, this is not the beginning of the end, but this is perhaps the end of the beginning” as Winston Churchill would say.

The Tea Party of 2010 needs to reboot itself and concentrate on local issues once more. Read your constitution, know your rights. The police state, the nanny state, the socialists and the fascists all want you to bend to their collective will. Well to hell with them! We know our rights, and we won’t go without a fight. I will not shuffle off slowly and quietly into the night. Make your stand, let your voice be heard. They don’t control us, they might have won this battle, but we will win this war, and secretly they’re scared to death of us. So shine your individual beacon of liberty where the creepers hide in the shadows, and let not your hearts be troubled. We have a power in us than cannot be stopped.

“An Idea who’s time has come cannot be stopped by any army or any government” – Ron Paul

We will prevail!

Why the republicans lost

The republicans lost because they ignored the youthful base which was highly energized, and wanted Ron Paul to be their leader. Once Ron Paul was shunned at the RNC by John Boehner and the other crony establishment republicans, the stage was set, and Mitt Romney was destined to lose.

Many of the youthful republicans who wanted to see a real change during the elections then switched over to the libertarian campaign for Gary Johnson, seeing no real difference between the republican and democrat candidates.

The republicans lost because they are warmongering fascists who deal in backroom deals and pats on the back to push their agendas. The democrats winning has nothing to do with socialism. It has everything to do with both sides playing the ‘lesser of two evils’ card, and both ultimately losing.

Don’t be a sore loser, remember all the things I told you about both candidates and parties, and go out there and look up the information. If we really want to make a difference, we must be informed, and we must learn to pay attention to the youthful voters. The college kids who voted for Obama would also have voted for Ron Paul had he been nominated, citing his anti-war stance and social acceptance on internal issues. Whenever a party ignores its youthful and energetic base, it is destined to lose a campaign.

Another reason the republicans lost is due to the Tea Party losing its way. The Tea Party had a tremendous impact on the 2010 elections, citing fiscally conservative and constitutional minded principles. During this 2012 election cycle the Tea Party became burdened by the republican party line, and forgot its limited government roots. It swung its support behind a man who showed little to no difference to the standing president, and ultimately we have all paid the price for the ignorance of the members towing the party line. Instead of concentrating on local issues and adhering to its fiscally conservative and constitutional principles, the Tea Party put all its effort into the ‘anybody but Obama’ campaign  and ultimately paid the price for its lack of vision.

The way forward is not to try and impeach Obama, or complain about voter fraud. Remember that many of Obama’s policies are based off George W Bush’s big republican spending and war policies. And remember that Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital bought into some of the companies controlling the voting machines after he became the nominee. The problem we have is on both sides of the isle. But since the democrats are too far gone, we must evaluate the republicans, and do what we can do ensure they do what they are supposed to do, and that is to limit government interference in our lives, and to limit spending.

Do not start infighting among yourselves, and do not be sore losers. Do not shout insults and fraud at Obama and his supporters. Obama won the fight fair and square purely off the ‘lesser of two evils’ card, and not because he’s a foreign Muslim Marxist extremist hell bent on destroying America. If you think about it, even if half of that is true, it doesn’t resonate well with the general voting populace because it just sounds darn right nutty. The reason I so strongly supported Ron Paul is because his message resonated with voters from all backgrounds; democrat, republican, black, white, socialist leaning, fascist leaning, he appealed to everyone on some level, and he meant what he said, and you could tell that through his speeches.

The republicans have a lot to learn if they want to get back into power again. But for now we have to keep an eye on Obama, control spending locally, and spread the message of liberty. This fire is only just getting started, and we are going to need to work harder than ever to secure peace, free markets and liberty.

Oh, and dare I suggest ‘Rand Paul 2016’?

I hate to say I told you so

It is with a huge sigh that I write this:

I knew this would happen, I predicted it months ago. I will say it once and get it over with; I told you so.

What a disappointment the elections were this year. We have one of the worst presidents in history and the best contender we could come up with was Mitt Romney who was essentially the same on every level.

So America voted for the lesser of two evils once more, and evil prevailed. Some thought the lesser evil was Romney, and the others thought it was Obama. It was a near even split.

If the republican establishment hadn’t been so corrupt; Ron Paul would have been nominated and would have won by a landslide. Mitt Romney did nothing to energize the youth base, and indeed many senior conservatives shunned the youth vote altogether. I guess you get what you pay for.

Even if you add up all the Gary Johnson votes to the Mitt Romney votes, Obama still wins. So you can’t go blaming those of us who voted on true principles for that.

I could go on and on about how I told you so, and why Ron Paul would have been better, and how he would have won, but I’ve already mentioned all that in my previous articles. If you want; you can go look through my archives; its all there.

So where do we go from here?

I guess the silver lining is that the Tea Parties will still be around, and people will remain awake. One thing that concerned me about a potential Romney win was that many people would go back to sleep with a conservative as president.

I’m not going to rehash old debates and articles, all my viewpoints are out there for you to see already. What we need to do from here on out is to concentrate on local elections. We need to cut spending locally, we need to lower taxes, cut city regulations, we need to (dare I say it) stimulate our local economies from the bottom up. Forget President Obama, the heck with him, the heck with the democrats and even the corrupt republicans. Concentrate on local issues, and get your own personal finances in order.

Presidents don’t create jobs, the federal government is not all powerful, even if it claims to be. Are you going to let a bunch of looters take your guns? Take your rights? Take your voice? Hell no! Speak up, speak out, write blogs, express your viewpoints. Be proactive. Get out there and do something. Heck run for office yourself if you have the time and sense to do it.

Yes, OK, Obama is back in, but so what? America has not ended. It only ends if you end it, if you give up, if you give in. Who cares about the left vs the right? Concentrate on your own affairs, and work with like minded people at the local level.

Everything will be alright in the end if we learn to set aside our differences and work together in a constructive manner to build the future.

I might have said I told you so, but at least we can all learn from the last year and build from there. The future is ours for the building, and no Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is going to stop us!

Up or down

When you cast your votes tomorrow, you will be voting either up or down. In reality there is no left or right. Society either moves forwards or it moves backwards. Freedoms and liberties expand and go up, or they decrease and go down.

I have told you my personal beliefs many times over the last year, and I have backed up my theories with facts and figures to prove them.

Now the ball is in your court. You must decide.

Do you believe in the rights of individuals to determine their own lives? Or do you believe that the government must act as a nanny state to ensure you’re behaving yourself?

Personally I can’t stand drugs, but I believe everyone has the right to determine what’s best for them. I know that the free market and communities will stop drugs from being used on the streets. The conservative argument that people will be smoking pot on every street corner is as absurd as the liberals argument that if we allow fully automatic weapons to be sold, there will be blood on the streets. It is up to each individual to make up his or her own choice. Or would you prefer the government intervene at every level? Where does it stop? At one trillion dollars spent on the drug war so far, and the highest incarceration rate on the planet, wouldn’t you say that not only has the drug war failed, but that it has made our country far less free?

How do you feel on taxes? At what percentage does taxation become slavery?

How do you feel about the wars overseas? Are they necessary? Is it our job to be the policeman of the world? Do preemptive wars make us just like the Nazi’s of the 1930’s? Or are we justified in the murder of over 1 million people? Can we justify the trillions of dollars we have spent blowing up, destroying and rebuilding cities in the middle east?

Do you believe in free speech? Do you believe in the freedom of the internet? Or would you like censorship of everything you say?

There are many issues to consider, and many ways to look at them. I always look at them through the eyes of the constitution, and I ask myself the question “does this make myself and others free, or does it take away freedom?” Another thing to remember is that just because you don’t like something, doesn’t mean that it should be illegal. It is up to parents to teach their kids well, and it is up to families to reinforce morality. You cannot legalize morality, and when you try to, all you do is monopolize the states power against you, and divert its energy to sinister deeds. Once an issue becomes illegal; corruption flourishes.

To finish I’ll tell you a story I heard a while back, that goes like this:

“While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Senator (that may be redundant) was tragically hit by a car and died.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

“Welcome to heaven,” says St.. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let

me in,” says the Senator. “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.” “Really?, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the Senator. “I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.

In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.

They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where

St. Peter is waiting for him, “Now it’s time to visit heaven…”

So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

“Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell…

Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.

“I don’t understand,” stammers the Senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?”

The devil smiles at him and says,
“Yesterday we were campaigning,

Today, you voted..”

Now sleep on these thoughts, and in the morning, vote with your conscious, do not vote through fear; there are many seemingly well intentioned people who are trying to monopolize your fear to steer their agenda. Vote with your principles and convictions; remember even the smallest drops have ripple effects.

Atlas Shrugged Part II: Amazing

I meant to go and watch Atlas Shrugged Part II on opening night. I had already been invited to multiple Atlas events. Unfortunately I was too busy and have been for the last two weeks. For some reason something just kept coming up and preventing me from going. When I went to the website on Wednesday, only two and a half short weeks after the movie coming out, I was shocked to see that none of the Cincinnati theaters were showing it any more, and that the only theater showing it was 50 miles away! I decided that I must see it before the last day of showing, but unfortunately the showing was at 12:55 and I didn’t get out of work until at least 3pm. So I decided to take a vacation day and make a day out of it.

I woke up around 8:30am Thursday Morning on November 1st and made myself some breakfast, I took the dog out, filled up his water and food bowls and headed out the door. I turned the ignition on my new jeep and stopped by the local gas station to fill her up and grab myself a cup of coffee. I headed from the gas station to the I-275 highway and proceeded toward I-75 making sure to salute the new Gary Johnson sign on the way up. The sun was out, shining brightly over a wind swept landscape which had finally cleared up after a week of Hurricane Sandy. I approached I-675 and drove past all the signs for The Wright Patterson Air Force Base. I approached the theater and saw that it was not open yet for the day as it was only 11am.

I decided to pass the time by going to the mall, I walked around and thought about all the stores, what the value of each one was, and what the current value of our currency is. I thought about the gold standard, I thought about communism, fascism and capitalism. I thought about the show I had watched the night before at my in-laws house. I thought about ‘The Men who built America’ and how the same men who built it, also sowed the seeds for its destruction. I thought about Joseph Campbell’s mythology of ‘the hero as the villain’ . It seems that many of the men who built America decided to convert from value to greed, and squeeze the life out of others instead of continuing to advance it through production of value.

It’s a very tricky thing Capitalism. Unbridled and unshackled it can produce the most amazing inventions, and carry forward the best in living conditions. When it is railroaded, it can be used for vile intentions. The latest Sherlock Holmes movie shows how countries are pitted against each other so that banks and arms manufactures can make massive profits off the bloodshed of others. It appears to have taken hold particularly in the 20th century especially during the first and second world wars.

I love capitalism and I love Ayn Rand’s Objectivism philosophy. There is a huge web of history, philosophy and facts that are left to be untangled, and political struggles to be broken until we can get back to a productive society with value at its core. Perhaps my wife is right, and next month the world won’t end, but perhaps it will have a great awakening instead.

I thought about all this as I ate terriaki chicken from one of the food vendors in the mall. I pondered the meaning of life, and what it meant to stand out alone as an individual. I watched as soldiers from the nearby army base stood in a collective group as they purchased Chick-fil-a. I felt sad that so many people form into a collective and allow others to dictate to them. I felt very alone in that mall, not because I was by myself, but because my thinking is purely individualistic. I do not think in terms of any collective. I think in terms of value. True value includes quality, cost, happiness, productivity and meaning. It is not just the cost of the items I looked at in the stores, it’s what they really mean. I’m not interested in most of the material clothing which only stands to make a statement. I’m more interested in the rugged ‘Columbia’ jackets which will hold out the cold on a freezing winter’s day. The items of value carry meaning to them. Meaning to the individual, not to the collective conscious of a brainwashed majority. I’m not out to impress anyone. I’m out to find happiness in life, and construct a better world for myself while respecting others rights to do the same.

My thoughts continued to flow as I walked outside and headed back to the Theater. At 12:30pm I walked into the recently opened doors and purchased one small individual ticket for ‘Atlas Shrugged Part II’.

I confidently walked by myself in a mostly deserted 20 screen movie theater toward the number five screening room, and took my seat at the very back, to wait and observe the magic of the new movie.

As the credits began rolling, an old couple tottered steadily toward their seats, then another couple, then an individual guy, then a lady, then another older couple. The total number of people in the theater including myself stood at 9. “at least I’m not the only one who showed up” I thought to myself.

The previews began airing, and my anticipation began to rise. Finally the movie began with an amazing airplane chase scene which actually reminded me of the opening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. My heart rate rose slightly and I was drawn into the unfolding drama.

I was a little surprised to see that different actors played the parts of the main characters, but if anything I liked them even more. You could really see the actors bring the characters to life in a way that reflected exactly what you felt when reading the book. I thought Hank Rearden was bold headed and hard, and delivered his court speech perfectly. I liked how the movie tied in the tea party and occupy wall street movements, as well as the news segment featuring Sean Hannity.

The movie represented the world that Ayn Rand projected perfectly, and it was chilling to find a resemblance between the movie and today’s economic and moral plight. I sat at the edge of my seat through the entire film, and was flabbergasted at how well it had been made. You could really tell that the production company had put everything they had into the film, and had spent extra money on fine tuning it to deliver the message of the book.

I loved watching the first movie when it came out last year, and thought they did a good job for a low budget film, but the difference between part one and part two is night and day. Congratulations to the producers of the movie. You have my thanks. I wish I could have seen it sooner, and I will be sure to buy a copy when it is released on DVD. I am an active member of galts gulch online, and I will do whatever I can to help out with obtaining funding and promoting the third and final installment of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus.

Before I left the theater I sat through all the credits and read Ayn Rand’s warning at the end:

“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may know that your society is doomed.” — Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”, 1957

I walked out into the cool fresh air and fired up the jeep once more to return home, full of thoughts and ideas, concerned about the future, but glad that the diamonds are finally starting to shine through the rough.