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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

The Paulites are Coming

Slowly, but surely, Paul is gaining the media’s respect at the last leg of this Republican campaign. Paul will be the last man standing after Gingrich drops out this week. The American Spectator concludes:

But even when they were disappointed by their popular vote totals, Paul supporters stayed behind and tried to win delegates at the low-turnout state and congressional district conventions. This cost-effective insurgent strategy seemed stalled, but now appears to be finally paying some dividends.

Many other Republicans are demoralized. The near-certain nominee doesn’t excite them. There are fewer high-profile Tea Party primaries than two years ago. The other conservative presidential candidates have been beaten.

Ron Paul’s supporters remain. They are still trying to win delegates and reshape the Republican Party.

Von Mises’ Lecture that Inspired Ron Paul

Here is Von Mises in all his Austrian glory in 1972. Ron Paul was in the audience on this day. The audio is not as clear in parts, but you will be able to get the general gist. Paul said this of that lecture:

To say the least, my trip to Houston to hear Mises in person was an inspiration. I suspect that when the definitive history of the twentieth century is written, Mises will be considered on of the greatest economists, if not the greatest, of the century.

Marco Rubio’s Foreign policy Speech

Rubio says:

I disagree with the way in which the current administration has chosen to engage. For while there are few global problems we can solve by ourselves, there are virtually no global problems that can be solved without us. In confronting the challenges of our time, there are more nations than ever capable of contributing, but there is still only one that is capable of leading.

And I disagree with voices in my own party who argue we should not engage at all. Who warn we should heed the words of John Quincy Adams not to go “abroad, in search of monsters to destroy”.

I disagree because all around us we see the human face of America’s influence in the world. It actually begins with not just our government, but our people.

He is taking a distinct shot at the Non-Interventionist wing of the Republican Party (the few). In particular, he is taking a shot at Congressman Ron Paul, who has been the most vocal critic of the hawkish neo-conservative policy in the last 30 years. Rubio doesn’t waste a second in disagreeing with the sixth president of the United States. He argues that we live in a new world filled with new and necessary engagements, and further that we have this right to intervene for the sake of the world. America, in the eyes of Marco Rubio, is a sacrament without which no other nation can live without.

Rubio is setting the precedent for an overwhelming interventionism. Guided by Lieberman and McCain, Rubio is shaping up the new Republican administration, which is merely a continuation of Bush’s.

It is true, however, that America has influenced the world. But in what sense? How do we speak of American values when our wars have cost the lives of millions in the last decade? In the eyes of Rubio America is not even prepared to break the barriers with his native Cuba. In Rubio’s worldview we are still at war with Cuba, and in a perpetual war with the Middle East.

The Romney presidency–assuming he gets through Tampa Bay–is a presidency shaped by advisors. Who will advise Romney? Thus far Kristol has won the day, and the part of the wing that wishes to bring some sort of sanity to a war-weary country is now at the mercy of a war-seeking candidate.

Gingrich ending campaign?

The one whose candidacy was inevitable–so he thought–may drop out of the race today.

What they wish to hear…

When survival is at stake, one may hear from a politician not what he believes — but what he thinks the people deciding his fate wish to hear. –Patrick Buchanan

Giuliani Endorses Romney

The hawkish Giuliani who confronted Paul in 2008, and which, incidentally, catapulted Paul to the national scene, has now endorsed Mitt Romney. No, I am not shocked.

Ron Paul Winning More Delegates

Says, Doug Wead.

Ron Paul not Quitting

I know, I know. I should stop the pro-Paul rhetoric at this stage, but I can’t since the man is not quitting.

John Cusack Speaks Out Against Obama’s Imperial Presidency

One of my favorite actors speak out against Obama.

Neo-Conservatives and the Media

When Peter Steinfels wrote in 1979 about the power of the neo-conservatives, he writes:

Neoconservatives have frequently complained of a liberal “opposition” bias in the media. Their own position in the media, however, has never been weak, and now grows increasingly stronger (8).

I doubt Steinfels ever imagined a vast army of neo-conservatives in both left and right, in both conservative and liberal media, and these same neo-cons actually setting political, economic, and the war agenda of the most powerful country on earth.

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