Today I donated money to a politician for the first time in my life. It was only $100, but I expect that I will donate the maximum $2300 soon. Who was the lucky recipient of my somewhat-hard-earned-cash?
Ron Paul, of course.
Ron Paul is amazing. Unlike every other modern politician I've ever heard of, he is principled in a way that reminds me of the founding fathers. He has his positions and he sticks to them no matter WHAT. He is probably the ONLY person in Congress who has always voted consistently every time.
When he's asked questions he answer THE QUESTION ASKED (unlike every other politician who just says whatever will make them look good), and he does so in a smart way, citing historical examples to back up his points.
Of course... this is only good if he has good positions.
And he does.
He believes in freedom an PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. As you know, I love personal responsibility. His idea is to follow the constitution and allow everyone to make their own decisions and face the consquences. For example, he will abolish the IRS and replace it with... NOTHING. We had no income tax before 1913, and even today with our insane budgets, it's only responsible for 1/3 of our income.
We can then spend money on what we WANT to spend it on.
He believes in cutting all the stupid government programs. Medicaid, welfare, etc. Let people KEEP the money they earn and spent it how they want.
He wants to get out of this stupid war we're in and rebuild America's reputation as an awesome country. Right now everyone hates us. I hate the way the country's going so much that I'm LEAVING in two months. If Ron Paul wins I might come back.
He wants to get rid of the federal reserve, which is actually a non-governmental institution. It's privately run, which gives a small group of people tremendous power over our country. Without it we can eliminate inflation.
Anyway... if you want to learn more about him, people have described his positions much better than I ever could. Watch youtube.
Here's the thing...
... He can actually win.
Vegas odds are incredibly accurate. They've never failed to predict a presidential election. Right now Guiliani is at a 33% chance to win. Ron Paul is at 12.5%.
But... a few months ago he was at .5%! Giuliani is just treading water.
People are finally getting sick of the insulting and ridiculous politics that are going on in the country. Everyone who hears about Ron Paul likes him. It's impossible not to because he's so refreshingly honest and SMART. You listen to what he says and it's obvious that he GETS IT.
All he needs now is money to buy media so that people will hear about him. Only 30% of Republicans even know who he is.
Next year you're going to pay a ton of money in taxes... unless Ron Paul wins. If he wins you'll be done with taxes, so think of your donation as a hedge against taxes.
Today (November 5th) many people have agreed to donate money. He's already raised half a million and it's only 4am. The more he raises TODAY the more free press he will get. No other candidate can get support from the people like this. DO IT.
You guys are so naieve it's painful. Watch this video: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/poll_bullshit_is_most_important
Nothing you will ever do about politics will change anything, ever. Especially voting, which is pointless. Even if you devoted your life to campaigning for Ron Paul right now, he can not win.
Giving a quarter to a homless person will help more than giving $1 million to Ron Paul, because there is no prize for second place, and Ron Paul will NEVER win the republican nomination.
You can fight it, lose, and accept it, or just accept it. I don't understand the point of fighting when you can't win. It's exactly like the war in Iraq. Just quit, and focus on something you CAN change.
It's hard to say what Ben just said eloquently as well as back it up by data. But for those of you who perceive the government as a game for the masses, I too believe you are mistaken. It feels great to give money to a good cause.. to have hope. So, maybe it's not all bad. But does anybody really understand how politics works? Like.. why on earth would billions of dollars need to flow to hire somebody to do a job that makes $250K per year. Do the math. The more money that flows from source A, the more likely source A gets some huge benefit$. Unless you're part of the flow.. then get out of the game and invest your time in creating something that creates a flow for you and yours.
Please don't believe the Ron Paul haters. They don't know what they are talking about. Ron Paul wants to abolish the Federal Reserve!! Think about that. The governments ultimate power to tax the poor! The Federal Reserve has the power to pump money and create inflation to bail out rich speculators. What do poor people need? Food, fuel, and housing, and education. The cost of these services have been rising anywhere from 300% to 3000% in value over the past few years. Almost all of these services are not included when they calculate inflation!!!! They fake the inflation numbers so the Federal Reserve can cut interest rates and pump money into the reserve banking system to cause assest values to rise for speculators (the rich). This also causes gas, food, shelter, etc. to rise, therefore to tax (the poor). In case your wondering. I am a speculator!! Its what I do for a living. Everyone I know in this industry is scared to death of this guy.
He would acually would bring balance to the distrubution of wealth to all people. We would prosper amazingly. Unfortunalty, people like me would have to work, save, and invest instead of speculate to become wealthy if we move to a hard currency. But I feel its a small price to pay to drastically reduce the gap between the poor and the rich. You would have be a fool not to vote for him, (unless you are a wealthy speculator).
Ron Pauls' homophobia, war against the working class, and racial insensitivity, if not his racism, are on full view in his congressional legislative record:
I'm eurotrash so I don't care either way but for all Ron Paul supporters out there:
"We are the hungry masses. If we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let them know it weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll stay hungry forever." -Dova
Dova, you can scream at the top of your lungs, but it won't produce any tangible result. You are a rat in a cage with the illusion of control. Political change happens, but you have nothing to do with it. Are you Martin Luther King, Jr? Are you leading a revolution? NO. Unless you're going to go all out, just stay home. Your opinion is worthless, because someone else with the opposite opinion will just cancel you out. Think how powerful MLK Jr. was. He BARELY tipped the scale in favor of black people, there were so many powerful white people fighting him. And you think anything you do effects national politics? Not even close.
Anyway, wtf are you hungry for? I'm not hungry. I feel great.
Tynan, I havent been to your site in ages though I used to be a frequent visitor, and its funny, I didnt expect to come back and find that your a Ron Paul fan but now that I think about it, his political philosophy of liberty and personal responsibility totally clicks with your philosophy on how to live life, everyone should check out this great documentary on the wasteful welfare/warfare state called John Stossel goes to Washington, it has Ron Paul in it briefly and its really good at explaining why govt is so inefficient when it goes beyond its basic responsibilities http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEsUQBWFzK8 lastly, please excuse my poor punctuation, apostrophe and periods dont work since I spilled beer on my keyboard
Seth: I'd rather waste my vote on someone I do support than sell my own values short by voting for someone I don't care about. Caring about something, and sharing that view with others, is the only way to ever change anything.
It's nothing like the war in Iraq because this is something that's in our control. Sure you're single vote won't always matter. But those single votes add up. If everyone who didn't vote in '00 or '04, because they thought their vote didn't matter, would have voted anyway, we would be looking at a different person in the White House.
To say "Nothing you do about politics will change anything, ever," is far more naive than stating what you believe in the form of a vote. Countries are founded and destroyed by people caring about politics. How is that changing nothing?
We are the hungry masses. If we don't let them know it we'll stay hungry forever.
I haven't been super motivated to write here for the past two weeks. I started two posts, got sick of them, and now they're sitting as drafts. One's about having even less stuff and the other is about radical honesty. Maybe I'll finish soon.
Instead I'll just write about what's on my mind, because otherwise who knows when I'll post next.
First the main reason I haven't been excited about posting - I'm making a new product. Not a pickup product, though.
The whole idea behind TED Talks have been brought under heavy criticism recently. TED is a platform that has the slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading" and it seems to be only that. Many good ideas float around TED conferences, but little to nothing happens. The ideas of each talk are interesting, but eventually put in the back of people's heads without any action being taken. So, I want to try to take an idea from a TED Talk and actually do something with it.
I recently watched this TED Talk by British hip hop artist Akala. In it, he discuses the origins of hip hop. It started off as a platform for musicians to transmit ideas, to transmit knowledge. Rappers are modern versions of Shakespeare. He ends his talk by talking about how music is able to unite people, something I touched upon in my comparison of country and rap music.
I enjoy music for this sense. It does bring people together. And, I believe it still spreads messages. Sure they are not all intellectual, but each song has a meaning regardless.
I will readily admit I do listen to a lot of hip hop and rap, but my preferences are more mainstream. For example, I am an avid Kanye West fan and most of the music I listen to experiences heavy radio airplay. I don't listen to artists known for their lyrics such as Nas. I still believe though that the music I listen to does have meaning and does convey knowledge.