Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ron Paul, as seen from Israel

Here's a fascinating look at Ron Paul, from far away. More importantly, I think this article brings up some fundamental reasons why people respond to Ron Paul--and why some people don't. From the Settlers of Samaria Blog:

"From Israel: Vote Ron Paul and Let My People Go!" by Rafi Farber
http://settlersofsamaria.org/vote-ron-paul-free-israel/

And here is a YouTube video based on this article:
"What Is It About Ron Paul?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUXNfk4MMlI&sns=em


Lots of material in this article, some specific to Israel but the more important stuff speaks to a more general idea of why I support Ron Paul. First the stuff specific to Israel.

"I first got interested in the whole freedom movement when I heard that Ron Paul wanted to end all foreign aid, including to my country, Israel. This seemed like a spectacular idea to me. I hate the idea of taking American tax payer money I don’t need. The only reason we take it, by the way, is not because we need it. It’s that we don’t want to feel alone, and Jews always feel a deep existential isolation and loneliness. ... So we take the money. It’s shameful, it’s theft, it’s destructive, it’s morally wrong, and it makes people hate us for tying them into a conflict they have no business trying to solve. I wanted it to end and didn’t trust any Israeli leader to give it up on his own, so I looked up more about Ron Paul."

The author quickly moves to a more general discussion of why he (and others) support Ron Paul.

"The essential soul of a human being is by definition free. The idea that men are free as determined by God is a concept that is foreign to most men. This is because most men want to control others, to take away their freedom. This is usually referred to as the drive for power. The drive for power is antithetical to freedom because power means the ability to control others. There is only one legitimate thing that power can and should be used for, whether it be military, legislative, or executive power. That is, to legalize freedom."

"Ron Paul doesn’t want to be President to 'give' me freedom. He doesn’t own my freedom and he didn’t give it to me. The only reason Ron Paul wants to be President is to stop punishing people for using their freedom that is rightfully theirs. He wants no power. This is clear to anyone who listens to him speak."

"There are two kinds of human beings. Those who want power, and those who want freedom. You can tell which one’s which very easily."

"Once you get hooked on Ron Paul, you can no longer bear to listen to a man who wants power, and you become instantly disgusted when they start saying words. Before, they were just boring. Now they’re revolting. Listening to Romney or Gingrich or Bush or Obama makes you sick and you don’t know how Ron Paul gets through those debates without getting nauseous. You see a political veneer in these politicians that’s so transparent it’s like a ghost flapping its ethereal tongue at you. You can’t bear it."

"What’s so maddening about hearing Romney or Gingrich talk is that there’s someone standing there saying things, but there’s no soul in it. These are not free men. These are power men. Not that Romney or Gingrich don’t have souls. They do. They are men just like you and I. But they have practically forfeited their souls to try and attain power, to control others with spin and talking points and contradictory statements like 'I want to cut the budget and expand the military!' and they’ll say it with a polished tone and a straight face, just like a soulless recording. Their humanity is so buried under the mountain of lies they have told themselves, that neither they themselves nor you can even sense their souls in the human continuum. The scene of a human body speaking but no soul communicating can drive a free man mad."

"Now I understand why people will give everything to this man. Whenever he’s asked the question, 'Would you legalize heroin?' Ron Paul answers, 'I want to legalize freedom!' Little do these people understand that freedom is a thousand times more addictive than heroin."