September 30, 2008
Why the Bailout Bombed at Money.com
Those of you who wrote or called your congressional representative need to follow up with a heartfelt thanks and an encouragement not to allow the dead bill to be revived.
I'm not convinced the war is over, not even close, but there have been so few victories over the past three decades that even a small one like this is inspiring!
September 28, 2008
It's taken the world three decades to catch up with me, but now there are people in all walks of life pointing to the same facts and crying the same alarm.
Watch the videos. These are not theories. The first is just a simple telling of a few pertinent facts of the current political reality while the second is a solid economic analysis of the current backroom deals being made with the sole intention of bankrupting both the US and global financial infrastructure. The first is beautiful in its simiplicity, the second is horrifying in its clarity.
The end is not near, my friends. The end is here.
September 25, 2008
So I am reading an article about corruption allegations in the Iraqi Red Crescent when I come across a really odd paragraph:
Karbouli had been wanted by Iraqi officials since the spring on charges that he used Red Crescent ambulances to transport weapons to the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq. Yet after his arrest by the Interior Ministry, he was taken by FBI agents in Baghdad and then escaped to Jordan, according to a senior Iraqi official. The incident prompted Maliki to cancel a joint task force with the FBI, according to a copy of the order reviewed by The Washington Post.
Here's what I think happened:
In an effort to create more support for an ongoing war effort that is rapidly drawing to a conclusion, Vice President Dick Cheney orders the CIA to start funneling weapons to al-Qaeda in Iraq. The CIA taps an American Iraqi already in place at the Red Crescent, Jamal Karbouli, gets the weapons to him and he uses Red Crescent ambulances to transport the weapons into Sunni-controlled areas right under the noses of both the Iraqi security forces, and the American military. Only Karbouli messes up by trusting someone with greater loyalty to the nation of Iraq than his own and that person turns him into authorities. Since he's American, the FBI demands the Iraqi police hand him over to them for prosecution in the United States. Once they have him, the CIA steps in, removes him from FBI custody under the guise of "national security", and whisks him off to Jordan.
It is far past time to bring the American troops home and close down the CIA mission in Iraq. Obviously we have reached a point where the CIA is being used to continue creating havoc rather than supporting the duly elected government. This duplicity cannot be tolerated. Both the American and Iraqi people want Iraq back in the hands of the Iraqis themselves and not under the dual control of a rightfully elected government leashed to the American military.
It is also time for a full accountability of the actions and decisions taken by the Bush-Cheney team during their tenure in the Whitehouse. National security be damned! Release the complete record of the Bush-Cheney Executive team to the public and open it to review by Federal Prosecutors. If necessary, put the Bush-Cheney team and their allies on public trial for war crimes against the Iraqi and Afghani people. Let's show the world once and for all that America can again be a global leader whose primary interest is helping the people of the world gain the freedom and education necessary to reach their full potential as individuals and as contributors to a better society regardless of what culture that society shelters.
We need greater transparency at all levels of government. It is not the job of egocentric and sadistic men in high places to protect the American people. That duty belongs to the American people themselves and they cannot make their voices heard if the information they need to make intelligent voting decisions is buried in the tomb of "national security".
Last minute update on the $700 billion bailout plan:
Richard Fisher Argues against Paulson-Bernanke initiative
I have great faith in God. I have great faith in righteous people standing firm in defense of what is right. I have no faith in elitist bankers and financiers who live in an egocentric cocoon defined solely on the basis of their personal desires. When good people in high positions take a stand in defense of what is right and proper, then evil is cast aside and there is no need for God to personally intervene.
I have spent thirty years watching the most despicable elitists in every country of the world building Lucifer's One World Kingdom. I have cried out to friends and family that this must be stopped, only to be told I was in danger of joining the lunatic fringe of conspiracy theorists and people who find foil hats fashionable. Ever since I got back from California in August, I have been pointing out each and every step being taken to finalize and bring to fruition the plans of those who believe they are our betters and watched in horror as no one rose up to oppose them.
Perhaps, finally, there are enough righteous people in influential positions who have learned to recognize the machinations of the elitists that we can delay their plans for another generation. If the right people succeed, then I will finish out my life in a much better world and the next major crisis will be delayed at least until the lives of my grandchildren and possibly far beyond.
Do not be deceived. The families that are driving the currently hoped for New World Order have spent three generations working toward this moment in time. Even if they are forced to give ground this time, they will simply marshall their forces and wait for the next opportunity. The only way to deny them their prize is to build a global democracy based on principles of freedom, liberty, and equality for every man, woman, and child regardless of geography, culture, and traditional values. We need a greater, more comprehensive education system that is available equally in all parts of the globe, treats every belief system with dignity, and is founded upon a principle of diversity and individual empowerment.
Only by insuring the human rights of every single individual, regardless of their social station and cultural tableau, can the plans and machinations of the elitists be defeated now and kept in check throughout future generations. We don't need a global kingdom. We need a global democracy supported by a comprehensive global education system that is culturally aware and sensitive to the beliefs of every individual.
And yes, that does indeed mean that a global education system might find itself training as many witch doctors as medical doctors and then letting the patients decide which they will consult.
September 23, 2008
If McCain has such great ideas for fixing this mess, why didn't he push them through congress ten years ago instead of rubber stamping each Paulson-Bernanke backed liberalization plan their lobbyists were able to sell?
I've actually been vacillating the past couple of months, but the bald-faced deception behind his current attacks on Obama and his sudden "enlightenment" on economic matters is just too mind-numbing to accept. I'm firmly back in the Obama camp.
They need to let these institutions fail while simultaneously making sure that their assets don't wind up in foreign hands. The Federal Government is almost ten trillion dollars in debt! Where are they supposed to get nearly another trillion? They would have to print unbacked, unsecured money leading directly to massive inflation which will only help the bankers even more while destroying the livelihood of everyone else.
Recession and economic decline is hard for everyone, but it is even harder on the banks. Hyperinflation is even harder on the rest of us, but the banks can turn it into massive profits. Under Paulson's plan the only people who will benefit are the people (like McCain's wife!) who made a fortune off of the deluded idea that letting investment bankers and high-dollar speculators have free rein by removing the legal limits on their activities would somehow magically create a stronger economy. The truly sad thing is, if they had taken those profits and poured them into American manufacturing, transportation, and distribution industries, then it would have helped immeasurably and the American economy would be stronger than ever. But that is not what they did. They took those massive profits and invested them in "development" of financial and resort centers in Oman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and other oil-rich nations. They used their immoral and destructive profits to make more people like themselves in countries that were already disgustingly rich with American dollars from oil sales.
If they had invested in factories and markets in South Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, the East Bank, and other Palestinian "refugee camps" that have become sprawling modern cities then I might bit a tiny bit more forgiving. At least then the businesses they built would have taken the wind out of the sails of groups like Hamas and Hezoballah. Instead, they gave the money to people who didn't need it, their buddies the oil sheiks and oil-rich royalty of tiny nations with no interest in solving the problems of their region.
McCain might have been an American hero when he was young, but his wife has given him a taste of the good life and he likes it. Now he is fully on the side of the people who live to enrich themselves, impoverish the rest of us, and who hope to have a One World Kingdom of feudal land-based royalty with free rein to treat the rest of us like animals. McCain has spent more than a quarter-century in congress! Over the past 26 years what has congress done? It has made the banking families rich, destroyed the American middle class, used development loans to build resorts for oil sheiks, funded repeated wars of attrition that serve no purpose other than funneling money to families who own defense industries, and spent billions on development of weapons and weapon systems while training terrorists and warlords how to use them.
McCain's congressional record is not a benefit, it is a blemish, and his disingenuous plan to suddenly "rescue" the economy he helped destroy is condescending and deceptive.
So, I go to lunch, run my errands, get the house cleaned, turn my computer back on and find this:
New Freddie Mac Chief's Base Annual Salary $900,000
Why? No one on earth needs a base salary of nearly a million dollars a year, let alone the chief executive of a financial company that failed. What in the name of all that is good and holy are you people doing over there?
Oh, and now Karl Denninger, an atheist former CEO and economic commentator, weighed in with something that sounds an awful lot like Revelation 6:5.
Gah! And now my sister sends me this! I cannot catch a break today. The end is not "near". The end is here and now!
Presidential Executive Order authorizes seizure of war protestor assets
September 22, 2008
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The third step in the realization of the New World Order and the accession of the antichrist has begun. The current financial crisis in the United States was the inevitable result of the liberation of the mortgage market. This implosion of the American economy was predicted by myself and others way back in the mid-80s when talk of liberalization first began.
Don't believe me? Well, here is a former CEO saying exactly the same thing and backing it up with facts:
His letter: Letter from Karl Denniger
Phase Three has begun and will probably reach full realization by the end of the month. October has become more critical than ever. As I said back in the spring, if the Bush-Cheney team is planning to declare martial law, disband congress, and set aside the constitution, they will do so the month before or the month after the November 4th election.
My authority on this is a careful reading of the Book of Revelations. I started preaching the end of the world as we know it way back in 1978. It has taken them three decades to realize their goals, but now every single day sees them one step closer to world domination. Who are "they"?
The five hundred richest families in the world.
About six hours later:
I pause to do some housework, cook dinner for my family, and watch a little CNN and what happens?
Henry Paulson Promises to Bailout the Global Banking System
Now why the heck didn't CNN report on that outlandish proposal? If I can't even trust CNN any more it's going to be awfully hard to find any kind of useful information.
And yes, this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the real intent of the entire crisis is to take their plan for one world dictatorship a step further down the road. Phase Three is now complete, friends. Are we really going to sit back and let them initiate Phase Four?
Ten minutes later still I find this: Bloomberg Heralds Awarding Treasury Secretary Dictatorial Powers
Yes, that's right, the leading financial news network in the world likes the idea of making the United States Secretary of the Treasury the dictator to the world's financial community.
And Ron Paul, the candidate hoping for precedent-setting write-in victory come November, is the only politician brave enough to call Henry Paulson's plan foolish:
For the first time in my life, I am seriously considering a write-in candidate for the presidency. And just when I thought things couldn't get any more insane than they already were!
And just to show the economic commentators in the media don't understand what's happening, CNNMoney's examination of the pros and cons of the bailout had this to say:
But like a house on fire that's threatening to spread quickly through the neighborhood, the first priority is to put the fire out - not yell at the arsonist - supporters of the bailout would contend.
As Karl points out in the two videos above, the problem with this line of logic is that in this case the arsonist and the fire chief are the same person!
September 18, 2008
For two months now, almost three, I've been growing back into my former zeal for service to God. I can't, and won't, justify the decade or so I spent muddling along believing but not doing anything. I've been living in Laodicea, a place that when I was young I swore I would never spend time in, and yet, here I am! I've spent a decade and a half lounging by the fountains, wandering the market, exchanging greetings with my fellows, and accomplishing nothing.
I don't know what the next decade is going to be like. I strongly suspect the world will not last another decade, but, like Jonah, it is not the first time I've said so only to watch the world repent and delay the judgment another generation. Unlike Jonah, it won't surprise and anger me if suddenly the fire of revival sweeps across the modern world, the bankers are unseated, the people are uplifted, and democracy returns to its former glory under the watchful eye of repentant Christians hungry to please God.
Our civilization is at a crossroads. We have been here before. Depending on which path we take, the day may come when we stand here again. I, for one, am praying for revival. I am sending the light into the dark corners of my heart and letting it burst forth into the shadows that surround me. Perhaps revival will come and once again the judgment will be delayed, providing fuel for the scoffers and fools that refuse to see the hand of God in the world around them while providing strength and encouragement for all God's children.
I don't know about anyone else, but I have left Laodicea behind me. I might not know where this road into the wilderness will lead, but I know well what I have left behind and I have no desire to return.
Shalom! Peace of God be upon you. Whether we meet in this world or at the judgment seat of Christ, may his light shine fully upon you and illuminate the darkest corners of your life.
September 15, 2008
City Council to replace Matt Garcia
Arrests Made in Matt Garcia's Murder
Matt Garcia Slain by Mistake
An election is too expensive, someone will be appointed to his seat on the city council.
Two people "not in Matt's circle" were arrested, a third is still being sought.
Matt Garcia was shot by someone looking to collect on a drug debt. Garcia just happened to be in the wrong place.
Ever since the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001, it's been one series of coincidences after another, all of them just happening to lead us into a situation where "we need to get the guns off the street", "we need to believe in our government", and "just trust us and we'll take of it" have all become the bylines of life in the modern world.
This is too depressing. From the local level to the international, the world is charging headfirst into Armageddon and nobody is listening to those who are sounding the alarms. The pace since July 30th has become so intense I literally cannot keep up with it. Three, no, four severe hurricanes within a couple weeks, all tearing through the Gulf of Mexico, all damaging America's most important shipping lanes and ports for imports from Europe and the Middle East. Doesn't anyone remember H.A.A.R.P.? There is more than one now, you know? One in Alaska, one in Norway, and a third whose location I cannot bring to mind. One of the speculations about H.A.A.R.P. was that the technology could easily be used to initiate earthquakes and extreme weather systems. They fire up the LHC and run a proton all the way around for the first time and suddenly there are four major earthquakes within 24 hours.
And I'm even going to bother outlining all the scandals and turmoils that have torn through Christianity just in the past two months, let alone the past year!
Oh, and the Cheney-Bush drive toward martial law has not been asleep at the wheel. They have accused an Iranian shipping company of transporting nuclear materials:
US a step closer to Iran blockade.
Medvedev: armed action against Iran unacceptable
Too many coincidences... It's going to be a devil of a winter!
September 10, 2008
Well, the genie is out of the bottle. No doubt about it. It cannot possibly be coincidence that the day the LHC goes hot, earthquakes start popping up all over.
Large Hadron Collider Fired Up
Iranian Quake Destroys 200 Villages
Quake Rattles Northern Chile
Major Quakes Hit Northern Japan
Sorry, but there comes a point when we must admit that when there are too many coincidences they become something entirely different: raw data.
September 06, 2008
Well, that's what one German physicist seems to think: LHC Could Create World-Eating Black Holes
Time magazine has this to say: Will LHC Trigger End-of-the-World?
CERN, of course, disagrees: The Safety of the LHC
A citizen-awareness group has formed: Stop the LHC!
And then there's this:
"I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
I've been saying for about a month now (although not here in this blog) that I feel the fifth seal has been opened and we are on the cusp of the sixth seal being opened. There are many commentators who interpret Revelation six as symbolic or historic, but I've always felt it was clearly prophetic. The first seal delineates the opening of a "righteous" war of some kind. The second seal has the righteous war shifting into a blood bath driven by some motivation other than righting a grievous wrong. The third seal is the economic collapse resulting from the shifting focus and expanding fiscal requirements of that war while the fourth seal is the widespread famine resulting from the economic collapse. The fifth seal is the prayers and petitions of those who have been martyred, and the sixth seal opens the first major judgement of the final outpouring of the wrath of God.
Couple of things to keep in mind. John was a 1st Century fisherman whose academic and theologic training came late in life. He did not understand most of what he transcribed as his terrible vision unfolded. Some of it he knew from Messianic prophecies in the Torah, but probably he had never really considered what it would be like to come face to face with the visions Daniel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah struggled to record.
I'm no scientist, but it's odd that suddenly they are saying it's possible the LHC bring about the end of the world and if it does, the symptoms of such a horrendous error in judgement would be remarkably similar to the kind of atmospheric phenomena I've been expecting for just about the past month.
"But wait!" some of you will say. "Wouldn't God himself be the agent of mankind's final judgement?"
Well, see, here's a funny aspect of Biblical prophecy: real-world agents and agencies are always employed to carry out God's plan. Decades ago when I was very young and first began looking into what kind of real-world scenarios might be described by these prophecies, I was stunned to learn that under the right conditions, every single one of them could take place with scientifically defined causation. Granted, that also meant a creative interpretation of some of the eschatological iconography, and some of those "creative interpretations" were as far from literal as it was possible to get (like the a mini-black hole from the LHC causing the atmospheric phenomena described in connection with the sixth seal), but hey, speculation is everyone's favorite pastime, including mine!
For example, there are a number of other possibilities for the opening of the sixth seal: high-altitude explosion of an incoming comet or icy meteor, high-altitude low-yield EMP device, collapse of the earth's magnetic field from a once-in-a-billion-years super solar flare, periodic (and currently overdue!) reversal of the earth's magnetic field, etc. The list is actually quite long. The only real certainty is that it would be global, it would affect everyone, it would render the modern world impotent, it would incite hysteric fear everywhere in the world, and it would be easily visible.
Now, don't misunderstand me. I am not saying I expect the LHC to spawn a mini black hole that collapses the earth's magnetic field and eventually swallows the planet. Not at all. I am saying the parallels between everything else I see happening in the here and now, my personal opinion of where we are in Revelation, and this aspect of to the LHC are all mighty peculiar.
When you have too many coincidences, they stop being coincidental. Not that it matters, I suppose. By year-end either all this chaos will pass and everyone will laugh at me, or things will be even more chaotic and no one will be laughing at anything.
It should be an interesting autumn.
September 05, 2008
National Emergency Response to Terror Continued
Analysis of the Continuation by Peter Dale Scott
Minnesota Arrests Clear the way to Declare Dissent as Terrorism
In short, the President has reserved the right to call for suspension of the Constitution and declare nationwide Martial Law for another year. He hasn't called it, but he has reserved the right and defined the conditions so vaguely that a simple car bomb in open countryside would be enough to declare American under direct attack by terrorists and open the way for full Martial Law.
Apparently there is an unsubstantiated rumor that Congressman Kucinich will challenge the continuation, but as far as anyone can tell, even if the rumor is true, he stands alone.
And no, the Bush-Cheney dictatorship has not forgotten about Iraq:
U.S. Military Holding two Iraqi Journalists
Further Troop Reductions Declared "Impractical"
Not only Iraq. In Georgia they are still trying to push Russia in to a military confrontation with NATO:
Cheney Firmly Backs Georgia for NATO Membership
Top U.S. Warship in Georgia Delivering Aid
Cheney Visits Georgia, Ukraine & Azerbaijan
Are we really going to sit back and wait for Israel and the US to drop a few nukes on Iran before we cry, "Enough is enough!"?
I've been saying it for eight years, folks: the real plan is Martial Law. From the day George Bush declared his bid for the Presidency that has been his single-minded goal.
I am beginning to dread checking the daily news.
September 04, 2008
What are you doing, America? I mean really, each and every one of you individually, what are you doing?
Ever since July 30th events have been spiraling out of control and available information has been flowing like never before. Just go back through my blog posts! Nothing worth mentioning, then suddenly on July 30th Bush signs EO 12333 into law and all hell breaks loose. Coincidence? I'm sorry, but this many parallel events cannot be accidental. Someone, somewhere has begun pulling threads and the Gordian knot of our civilization is rapidly unwinding.
You know, it's crazy. I just made a post this morning, not even eight hours ago, and now I learn of yet another atrocity:
Crowd Mourns Fairfield Councilman
Councilman Shot - Fairfield Stunned
Shooting Shocks City
Fairfield Councilman Shot, to come off life support
Councilman Running from Gunman When Shot
Two discussion forums on the shooting:
My Friend was Shot Last Night
Fairfield Councilman Shot in the Head
His Obituary on Usenet Group Alt.Obituaries
A quick timeline just from the information in the news articles goes like this:
21 year-old Matt Garcia is elected to Fairfield City Council
Matt Garcia launches many youth-oriented initiatives
City Council and other local influence centers are stunned into silence
Matt Garcia fights to keep Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield
Matt Garcia stops by a female friend's house one evening
As he gets out of his car a man steps out of a car across the street and starts firing
Matt flees, but is shot in the back of the head
Police launch an investigation while loved ones mourn
City Council and other influence groups break their recent silence to offer consolation
Knock! Knock! Reality calling!
Someone assassinated Matt Garcia. Is that someone directly connected to some huge conspiracy group working to create a New World Order? Of course not! However, does his death help the New World Order continue pushing their agenda? Oh, yes! It most certainly does!
I don't know who the police will eventually arrest in this senseless, tragic death. I'll offer ten to one odds the person arrested winds up being a local thug of some kind, probably with a reputation for drug sales and a well-known gang affiliation. He will, of course, claim to be an innocent patsy who was nowhere near the scene. Some tearful mother (or inner-city girl with affiliations to the same gang) will claim the alleged shooter was with her at the time, but everyone knows such people lie to protect violent men they love, so her testimony will be ignored or discredited.
Who is really behind the shooting? Knowing what I do about human nature, history, and the psychology of a criminal mind, I can point to three people in the news articles above and promise you that at least one of those three either knows the true killer personally, or is connected to the killer through a secondary relationship of some kind. No, I will not name them! I am seven thousand miles away and my opinion is pure speculation based on secondary news stories. Statistically, I'm probably wrong.
Besides, in the end it doesn't matter. This young man was gunned down right at very beginning of what should have been a long political career devoted to reform. His death, whether casual or intentional, is symptomatic of a much larger problem. Our world consistently destroys the people we need to make it a better place. For some reason far beyond mere coincidence, the only people allowed to achieve greatness for any length of time are inevitably selfish, egocentric, corrupt individuals who treat everyone beyond their inner circle as lesser life-forms.
Nothing is going to improve until we reach the point where the reformers outnumber the elitists and the only way for that to happen is for each of us individually to stop blaming the world around us for our problems and take some kind of action to make our little corner of the world a better place.
It starts with you. It does not matter who you are or where you live. You and you alone are the only one who can turn society around and get us back on track to a world based on fairness and cooperation rather than domination and competition.
You have to change your life. If you don't, then don't be surprised when eighteen months from now you find yourself enslaved.
September 03, 2008
Way back in high school (yes, it really was that long ago!) I nearly flunked out of American history. I've never been good at memorizing names, dates, and places, but what almost cinched the deal was the paper I wrote as a final term paper: "Mythologies and Legends". At that point I'd been a Christian for almost three years. For better or worse, I'd already taken the first steps down the road that would lead to where I am today. History, I'd already realized, was the single best proof of the reality of scripture. So when we had to write a paper on any topic we liked in pre-World War One American History, instead of jumping on the Monroe Doctrine, justifying Manifest Destiny, or reviewing the case surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, I wrote with the intention of proving that most of the material we had spent the past seven months learning was nothing more than a modern mythology.
Starting with Daniel Boone and Davy Crocket (two guys I really enjoyed reading about so I already had a lot of material) then moving into the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and Lincoln's assassination, before finally closing with the Gunfight at the OK Corral, I showed step by step how historic events had been so transformed by legend, popular fiction, and even Hollywood movies that it was now impossible to separate genuine American history from popular myths and legends. What inspired my paper and provided the framework was a book called, "Legends of Daniel Boone". The book presented the life of Daniel Boone not as he'd really lived, but as he'd lived according to the tales told in popular fiction since his death. The life presented in the book, clearly marked out as legend and myth, was identical to the life described in our high school history textbook.
My teacher was not amused. He held a meeting with my mother, the school principal, and me, and stated flat out that if I did not submit another paper on a more "conventional" topic, I would not pass his class.
So I grabbed up some encyclopedias and used them to supplement the story of Lincoln's assassination presented in the textbook. He gave me an A+ on the paper, which meant I finished the class with a B-. And yes, that does indeed mean my test scores had been pretty dismal.
Now I'm forty-seven years old, which also means high school was just about thirty years ago. I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that every single "fact" presented in that A+ paper was completely, flagrantly, and utterly false. The textbook and the encyclopedias were all completely mistaken in the events leading up to Lincoln's assassination and the people involved. They didn't even have the date right!
What does all this have to do with the CNN video at the top of the page? Well, as I said, I've been down this road before.
Someday, some historian is going to look back at the temple-like stage where Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech, the magenta lit and confetti-filled civic hall where Ron Paul defiantly proclaimed the two-party system dead in the water, as well as (if the historian is honest) the eerie quiet outside the Republican National Convention resulting from dozens of preemptive arrests, and that historian is going to ask, "Couldn't these people see how badly they'd been deceived?"
Our myths and legends no longer take decades to develop. The complacent media and corrupt political establishment of our time, backed by armies of public relations experts and digital devotees, can present whatever image they like to the adoring masses and not only will we swallow it hook, line and sinker, we'll also record it on our TiVo's, post hours of amateur video online, and write countless blog posts explaining how this interpretation or that interpretation fits the reality we are observing. No one dares look behind the curtain, no journalist dares ask the hard questions, and no politician dares take a real stance and fight for it until they've ruined their personal career but saved the country. There is no modern Martin Luther King who will stand toe-to-toe with the corrupt establishment knowing that sooner or later an assassin's bullet is going to find him, but caring enough about being right that death seems a small price to pay to get the message out.
So Ron Paul gathers his followers in RNC country and holds a big rally, knowing full well that the only real impact he will have in November is to take enough voters away from one candidate or the other to insure that we will see yet another election settled by the courts rather than the voters.
If Ron Paul had the slightest chance of winning, I would be stumping for him with every ounce of my being. I would be writing checks, sending out letters, and making blog posts rallying the faithful to the fight. Sadly, I know enough of history both recent and distant to know as certain as the sunrise that Ron Paul will do more harm than good in the coming election. He has not been shut down by his former party for one reason and one reason only: they hope the candidate he will do the most damage to will be Obama rather than McCain.
By supporting Ron Paul as a write-in candidate his followers are practically guaranteeing another split election. Don't get me wrong, I hate the two-party system as much as they do and I agree with Ron Paul's platform far more than with either of the other candidate's. I really do. I also know that Ron Paul is no Theodore Roosevelt. He lacks the charisma necessary to galvanize our shattered country and slide into the White House with no endorsement other than his own wit and charm. What Ron Paul really needed to have done was declare himself an independent with the intention of running for president way back in 1999 (for the year 2000 election) and then continuously worked to oppose the Bush-Cheney team through all eight years of their virtual dictatorship, gathering up grassroots followers every step of the way until finally way back in November of 2007 both parties would have begged him to join their ticket.
If he had done that, then maybe, just maybe, he would have had enough power and influence to create a successful third party, reform the system, and bring back a genuine democratic republic. As it is, all he's going to do is make it easier for the people behind the curtain to hold another dog and pony for us and pretend we've actually elected whichever candidate they decide to stick in the Whitehouse.
Honestly, people, my money is still on martial law, a canceled election (or election result), a disbanded congress, and a full handover of the country to some kind of New World Order dictatorship. If that is their ultimate goal, then it would explain why John McCain did not bother to make a realistic choice for VP, it would explain why Barack Obama can stand in front of a faux Greek Temple without feeling foolish, and it would explain why the Republican Party has not ordered Ron Paul to rein in his supporters or be forced out of politics permanently.