Football season is back! As great as it is that WSB is home of the DAWGS, there is one downside: The Monica Perez Show gets batted around a bit. This weekend, I will not be on Saturday 3-6 as I normally am, but I will have four hours on Monday, Labor Day, 3PM-7PM. If you can’t catch the show, as always, I will post the podcast later in the week.
Originally posted on Rare:
Kurt Wallace: Our guest today on Rare is Dr. Ron Paul, host of the Ron Paul Channel and his new media site Voices of Liberty and Dr. Paul thanks for being with us today on Rare.
Ron Paul: Kurt it’s nice to be with you.
Kurt Wallace: Robert Draper of the New York Times wrote an in-depth piece about libertarians “Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?” He references 1968 as being potentially, the declaration at the time, a breakout moment for libertarians, but that didn’t happen. Could you take us step by step through the last 45 plus years, what was it like then leading up to before you ran for president in 2008?
Ron Paul: Right, and to start off with I would say that that New York Times article Draper’s article had interesting stuff in it. But I don’t think he quite understands what’s going on. I see…
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Here’s the first installment…it’s the August 9 show on the Humanitarian Bombing of Iraq…
The above picture was taken in June when it was reported that 800 ISIS soldiers defeated 30,000 Iraqi troops who basically threw down their arms and deserted leaving land and arms for ISIS to pick up. Where did these matching vehicles come from? Did the Iraqi soldiers give them up? Is it really plausible that 30,000 Iraqi soldiers turned tail in the face of 800 jihadis if the Iraq Army is this well-equipped? ISIS looks to me like a well-funded, well-organized group that did not just spontaneously break off from the disorganized, beaten down jihadis in Syria. Even if they did, the Syrian jihadis (and ISIS) are widely reported as being funded by our allies in the region. In any case, looking at this picture calls to mind the (new?) adage, “all terrorism is state-sponsored.”
Here is the podcast of this week’s show. (For the show I did when ISIS first emerged in June, click here.)
Two corrections/points to the August 9 show: (1) I misspoke and said the Shia state would be in the middle but it’s actually in the south (see this image from my June show for the proposed configuration of the states formerly known as Iraq): (2) Caller Bret said Assad gassed his people in Syria last year – I think that’s untrue. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Syrian rebels conducted that chemical attack to draw the US into the Syrian war. For some damning footage supporting this view, click here.
In watching cable news today (not to get facts, mind you, just to find out where “they” want us to focus), there was news of crisis in Iraq, Syria, Israel, Libya, Afghanistan & Ukraine (and at one point a FOX News hostess actually said, “Don’t forget about Korea!” Korea????) To top it all off there were numerous stories to terrify us about ebola: African cities blockade themselves, CDC issues high alert, New York man tested for ebola, ebola dirty bomb feared….
Not one of those stories really has the power to change my world except one (unless ebola is going to be some kind of a false flag and not just a psyop, but I refuse to even contemplate that). That’s Ukraine. We could wade in or wade out anywhere else on the list, IMO, and it wouldn’t matter much to you and me, but we are waking the Bear in Ukraine and I’m not sure we can control that outcome. So the question is, Why are we doing this?
The possible answers include: to start a Cold War, to start a Hot War, for the bankers, for the MIC / defense companies, for the oil companies, to reshape American culture, to destroy the dollar or to create a New World Order. These are my top candidates and I gotta say, I don’t like any one of them. Here are a few things that are not on my list: to stop megalomaniac Putin who is a menace to society, to make the world safe for democracy, to end corruption in Ukraine, for humanitarian reasons / because the Ukrainian people need us and deserve our help.
I will try to tick off my whys and why nots on these possibilities but I must also touch on the BIG POSSIBILITY: that it is perhaps no coincidence that the Arc of Crisis has been set aflame at the same time we are looking for trouble with Russia and China…i.e., to provoke THE BIG ONE. I can hardly get my mind around the possibility that complete maniacs are pulling the levers of power, but then I remind myself of what the American public was thinking and feeling a hundred years ago when the Great War started and again 75 years ago when World War II was in the offing.
Do you think this is even a remote possibility? Even if these guys are just bumbling their way to World War III, could these missteps have such dire consequences, or will cooler heads prevail in the end? The show is on tomorrow, Saturday, 3PM-6PM ET, on News 95-5 and AM750 WSB.
Or perhaps I should say, self-defense is the only operative right.
Every year on January 22 my mother used to take me on the bus to Washington DC to march for the Right to Life. Thomas Jefferson famously wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Even looking beyond the glaring hypocrisy of a slave-owner penning these words (and I love Thomas Jefferson, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t read the Declaration of Independence without thinking of that every time!), I have to say I’m not quite sure my mother or TJ got it right exactly–powerful and poetic though their claims are. Continue reading
I met Rich Clarke at a Ron Paul event in 2012 when he was working hard to get Ron Paul votes in the Republican Presidential Primary. He has since gone The Full Rothbard (as reason‘s Katherine Mangu-Ward would say). He sent me this, his “coming out” video, and I enjoyed it immensely. I love that it’s unrehearsed, demonstrating Rich’s genuineness and depth of knowledge, and that, spontaneity notwithstanding, it’s a coherent narrative complete with everything from hardcore libertarian philosophy to inside-Georgia Republican politics (and even a walk in the woods!) I highly recommend a watch or a listen and look forward to Rich’s next installment.