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A Non-Voter’s Thoughts on Ron Paul

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A Non-Voter’s Thoughts on Ron Paul

by Bretigne Shaffer
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As long as it’s just George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and John Ashcroft who are evil – a “bad batch” – then you don’t have to kick the habit entirely. Just make sure you get a good batch next time – elect “good” politicians – and you’ll never have to question the political system to which you have become attached.

~ Me, three years ago: “Kick the Habit: Politics Is Not the Answer

I can’t believe the things that have been coming out of my mouth these past few months. If anyone had told me a year ago that today I’d be sending an e-mail to my friends urging them to vote – and to vote Republican – I would have said that person was either nuts or just didn’t know me.

And yet here I am, writing the e-mails, getting involved in the movement, and trying to explain to my friends – long used to hearing me tell them why voting is worse than a waste of time, how it helps perpetuate a system that is destructive and wrong – why this time it’s different, this time it not only makes sense to vote, but they must vote …and get all of their friends to do it too.

And all the while, a little voice gnaws away at me, asking if I’m not just falling into the same trap I warned against when I wrote about the 2004 elections “Kick the Habit: Politics is Not the Answer“; If I’m not just putting my faith in a politician to solve problems that have no political solution; If I’m not just trying to solve problems with the very mechanism that created them; if I’m not granting legitimacy to the state by participating in its elections. And the truth is, I don’t have a clean answer to any of those questions. I can’t just dismiss them or pretend I’m not in fact falling victim to the same attachment to political solutions – the same addiction – that I saw so clearly as being part of the problem four years ago, and that I still believe is part of the problem.

But neither can I answer the other voice that asks questions just as troubling. Questions like: “so why haven’t you, and the anti-war movement, been able to end the war in Iraq?” and “what exactly is it you’re going to do to stop them from nuking Iran?” I don’t have answers to these questions either, and I am quite frankly tired of feeling helpless in the face of this kind of evil. And I know: that’s how they suck you in. That’s what politicians and drug pushers alike look for in their potential customers: a sense of helplessness, neediness… an emptiness needing to be filled. I know all that.

But I also know that this time something is different. Ron Paul’s entire political career calls into question my beliefs about how political systems work and how politicians survive within them. My understanding of democratic politics may explain everyone else in Washington, but it certainly doesn’t explain Dr. Paul’s success in being elected and returned to office for ten terms. Or maybe he is the exception that proves my rules. Whatever he is, he is not the same animal as the others in Washington, he’s not selling the same stuff. And his candidacy for president forces me – and, I believe, anyone who has taken a principled stand against voting – to re-examine my reasons for not participating in the system.

The truth is, I never was a “principled” non-voter. I’ve always said – jokingly of course – that if a candidate came along who promised to drastically reduce the scope of government, and I trusted them to do so, and that person actually had a shot at winning, I would have to consider voting for that person. Not surprisingly, I have never been faced with this particular dilemma. I suspect that I am not alone among lifetime non-voters who have never really had to examine their stance. As long as there is clearly no point in voting, we are never really forced to dig deeply into the reasons why we don’t vote. And, certainly in my lifetime, there has never been any point in voting in a presidential election. Until now.

I first encountered Ron Paul the last time he was running for president. He was running as the Libertarian candidate, and nobody even pretended he had a chance of winning. As an opportunity to spread ideas about liberty and free markets though, my friends and I thought his candidacy was a good thing. One of my friends wrote to him and asked him to come speak at our school, the University of California at Santa Cruz (think Cuba to UC Berkeley’s Kremlin).

This was 1987, when the “Internet” was little more than a handful of geeks in computer labs engaging in vibrant discussions on a Unix platform and sometimes making little pictures with X’s and O’s across the screen. My friends and I spent one Saturday plastering the UC campus with “Who is Ron Paul?” flyers and did whatever else we could think of to spread the word in advance of his appearance. When the evening came, maybe six or seven people showed up. (One of my co-organizers says it may have been a dozen, but I think she’s being generous.)

The word “gracious” does not describe Dr. Paul’s response to the meager turnout. “Gracious” would have been skillfully concealing his annoyance and soldiering on through the evening. Dr. Paul was not gracious. He was genuine and engaged and seemed to care only about presenting and defending the ideas he cares about so deeply. He was, I imagine, the same person he continues to be as he pursues the Republican nomination today; a person committed to liberty, doing whatever he can to bring it about in our society.

The contrast between our pathetic gathering twenty years ago and the rock-star receptions Dr. Paul receives wherever he goes today is heart-warming and gratifying. It makes me happy that Dr. Paul’s years of tirelessly speaking the same words in defense of freedom are paying off, and it makes me feel that there may yet be hope for this country.

Like many of his supporters, I don’t agree with Dr. Paul on all of his positions. We part ways on abortion and immigration. But the issues where we do agree are so important and there is so much at stake that our differences are not an impediment to my support. More importantly – and I believe this is one of the greatest keys to his success – I know that his stance on each issue is the product of his genuinely held beliefs. He does not choose his words based on opinion polls or on the fundraising successes they have earned other candidates, but on his own understanding of what is right and what is wrong. Because of this I have unending respect for the man.

I don’t think I am alone in this. People are beyond fed up with empty political promises. They are tired of meaningless “choices” at the ballot box. They are rightly cynical about the entire process. Ron Paul has spent over 30 years of his life demonstrating that his promises are not empty and that he is utterly devoted to the pursuit of liberty in this country. Even people who have just been introduced to him see that he means what he says.

And this changes things. People are accustomed to voting for the lesser of two evils. What happens when someone who is not evil shows up? Integrity is not generally an ingredient found in presidential elections and its presence here now changes the entire nature of the game. Ron Paul is not playing by the same rules as everyone else, and by playing by his own rules – by committing the political cardinal sin of meaning what he says – he changes the rules for everyone else. Candidates are now no longer measured against other politicians whose words mean nothing, but against a man of integrity, and in order to succeed they must rise to his level. But they can’t. A reputation earned in over thirty years of dealing with people is not something that can be bought. Nor can it be “spun” out of thin air. Quite simply: Ron Paul has something none of the other candidates have or can get in time for the elections. This fact alone could very possibly win him the Republican nomination and even the presidency.

And that’s when my own words come back to haunt me. There’s that voice, reminding me that I don’t even believe in the process. That I don’t want anyone to be my president, that decisions over how much freedom I have shouldn’t be up to the majority. That by participating in the system, I’m agreeing that they should, that the majority has the right to rule over my life. So, for the record: I don’t want a president. And I don’t grant the majority the right to make decisions over my life.

But what is at stake is so great now that it is just no longer acceptable to not try whatever means I can find to fight what is going on. It is not acceptable to sit by and watch as “my” government lays waste to entire nations of human beings who have never done me any harm. It is not acceptable to sit by as the same government lays waste to the (however imperfect) institutions that evolved to protect citizens’ rights and freedom from tyranny. Not if there’s anything I can do to stop it. So, if there’s even a chance that Dr. Paul can have an impact in these areas, I feel an obligation to help him do that.

It’s not like I haven’t tried other things. I’ve stood out in front of the New York Public Library in sub-zero weather handing out anti-war pamphlets. I’ve written articles. I’ve marched in anti-war demonstrations alongside tens if not hundreds of thousands of other people – demonstrations that, if you get your information from the mainstream media, never happened. I’ve tried what I knew to try, and none of it has worked. The evils committed by the state – in my name and with my money – have only gotten worse and more widespread, and will continue to do so.

The truth is: I just don’t know what else to do.

So, come February, or whenever it is they hold the primaries in my state (I’m told I can only do this in one state, which is disappointing), I’ll be marching myself down to the voting booths and I’ll be pulling a lever… or filling in a form… or tapping on a screen. Actually, I don’t exactly know how I’ll be doing it, but I’ll be doing what I’ve never done before and what I never thought I’d ever do: Voting in an election for a presidential candidate who I believe can make things better.

I’ve long believed that politicians cannot get ahead by delivering more freedom and less government; that the game of politics can be won only by delivering more favors and more of other people’s money to one’s constituents; that the only real winner, ultimately, is the state, and that those who play the game end up serving its expansion. I’ve always qualified my condemnation of politics and politicians with the words “except for Ron Paul.” I’d then usually say something like “but of course he doesn’t actually accomplish anything.” Well I was wrong about that. Really really wrong. For all these years, Dr. Paul has been building something no other politician has – something that when just one person has it, suddenly becomes an incredibly valuable asset: credibility.

The question with regard to Ron Paul is not whether or not he will keep his campaign promises – he will. The only question is whether he will be able to accomplish what he has set out to. Will he be elected? And if he is, how far will he be able to get on his wish list of dismantling the leviathan state to which we have become so accustomed?

I don’t have answers to either of these questions. And anyone who says they do doesn’t understand what is happening here: The very nature of the game is changing and all because one man has insisted all along on playing it his way.

So maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it is possible to effect positive change toward a more free society through the political process. Ron Paul has proven me wrong once already and he may just do it again.

I hope he does.

November 15, 2007

Bretigne Shaffer [send her mail] is a writer and filmmaker living in the Bay Area. She also directs the Free World Media Center, the media production center of the non-profit Liberty and Privacy Network. The views she expresses here are her own and do not reflect the views of the Free World Media Center or the LPN.

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Dear Dr. Paul

November 19, 2007 Leave a comment

Dear Dr. Paul

by John Hamilton
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Enclosed please find a photograph of my two precious children. These children are precious to me and motivate me greatly to give them a better life than I have had. I am not saying I have had a bad life. On the contrary I have had what I consider a great life. And isn’t that part of the American dream, that our children have a better life than we had?

The reason I am writing you, and the reason I am enclosing these photos, is because they are a major reason for me to make sacrifices in time, in money, in energy and in prayer to do everything I can to see that you become our next president.

I am currently 40 years old and know that if things continue as they are going that when I am old that things will be different than they are today. I know that I will not be able to rely on social security to support me. I know that prices will be higher and that my privacy will be less. And I know that we will still be tilting at windmills in our nebulous and expensive wars on all perceived social and political ills. These facts I can live with. I may not like them but I have had 40 years of mostly freedom to prepare for it. I also had the privilege to be educated and raised in such a way as to understand and love the American ideal.

When I look at my 3-year-old daughter, Grace, and my infant son, Asa, I shudder to think what this country will be like when they are old.

If we continue on our current course my children will be adults in a country totally unrelated to the America that I grew up in. In their America, freedom, and liberty and privacy will be words that have a completely different meaning than what you and I know they mean. They will live in a society still at war with half the planet. They will live in a country that dictates what medical procedures they can have and what supplements they can take. They will live in a country that may or may not remember that it was once a world leader in economics and technology and most importantly freedom. Their dollars will purchase just a fraction of what our dollars purchase.

When I was a young adult my country was the envy of the world. Many people wanted what we had. When I was a young adult my country was a creditor nation that people looked to for aid and assistance. When my children are adults I fear the rest of the world will fear their country and that they will be pariahs if they travel outside her borders. When they are adults I fear that we will be begging favor of other countries because of our collapsed currency and low standing in the world.

When I was a child I was taught that our government was made to insure freedom for its citizens. I fear that my children will be conditioned to believe that we give our government freedom in return for safety and security.

I know that you have undertaken a daunting task in pursuing the presidency. A daunting, exhausting and draining task if there ever was one. When you are attacked, when you are exhausted, when you feel the strain of the constant demand placed upon you in these upcoming months please think of these children, and the tens of thousands of others just like them, and think what they have to look forward to if you and I and the rest of your supporters do not succeed. Realize that they have done nothing to inherit a multi-trillion dollar debt, war without end, a failing currency, or a government that treats them as subjects.

I consider you my best hope that my children have a better life than I have had. And it is for that reason that I will do all in my power to help you succeed. For them and the multitudes like them, it is imperative that you do succeed.

Note the open mouth expression on my daughters face. It is because the picture was taken while she was in the back of a Ron Paul truck in a Veterans Day parade yelling “Vote for Ron Paul, Vote for Ron Paul!”

Sincerely,
John Hamilton

November 17, 2007

John Hamilton [send him mail] is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas.

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Glenn Beck asks if our military should be used on “domestic enemies”? Like Ron Paul supporters?

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Muslims Discover Ron Paul

November 19, 2007 2 comments
Muslims Discover Ron PaulBy Maria Hussain
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After the Republican debate on Tuesday evening in Dearborn, Mich., a reporter from the Arab-American News asked Ron Paul what he thought of the term “Islamic fascism.”
“It’s a false term to make people think we’re fighting Hitler,” Paul responded. “It’s war propaganda designed to generate fear so that the war has to be spread.”
The call has gone out to all the Muslim Americans to hurry up and register to vote Republican so that they can vote in the Republican Primary to support Ron Paul, the anti-interventionist, non-isolationist candidate for President of the United States. Muslims are opening their wallets and joining teaparty07.com as well.
An anonymous Ron Paul supporter posted the following message on the internet: “Muslims and Americans have an unique window of opportunity for the 2008 election. There is a candidate running as a Republican that would work to completely cut off the funding to Israel, remove ALL US troops from Arab lands, and repeal the Patriot Act. He’s a Republican with Libertarian views named Ron Paul. Ron Paul’s policies ranging from monetary to foreign are top notch. Till now Muslims and Americans have not had an American Presidential candidate that really suited their best interests. This election is unique in that we have a man running as a Republican that speaks the truthWe know the current policies in the Middle East are failing, not only making it less safe in the world but hurting and killing innocent Muslims, which our media callously calls collateral damage. It is our duty as Muslims to follow the truth regardless of how futile it may seem. Ron Paul is the only candidate that does not seem to be swayed by the influential lobbies that the other candidates are catering to.”
Ron Paul stood up in Congress in 2006 and opposed a resolution that sided with Israel in the Lebanon-Israel conflict. He stated the following.
Ron Paul: “Mr. Speaker, I follow a policy in foreign affairs called non-interventionism. I do not believe we are making the United States more secure when we involve ourselves in conflicts overseas. The Constitution really doesn’t authorize us to be the policemen of the world, much less to favor one side over another in foreign conflicts. It is very clear, reading this resolution objectively, that all the terrorists are on one side and all the victims and the innocents are on the other side. I find this unfair, particularly considering the significantly higher number of civilian casualties among Lebanese civilians. I would rather advocate neutrality rather than picking sides, which is what this resolution does.”
Ron Paul has also sponsored a bill to overturn the Patriot Act. He is one of the few members of Congress from either of the major houses that is speaking rationally about these issues. How can we get everyone, and I mean everyone, to join the Ron Paul Republican voter sign-up campaign?
There is general frustration with politicians these days, and the unwillingness to believe that supporting a particular candidate will make a difference. But whether Ron Paul wins or loses, ronpaul.meetup.com is a great way to meet your neighbors who are against the war and organize the community on a grassroots level. If something like Katrina ever happened to us, knowing our neighbors could mean the difference between life and death to our families.
The common thread I’ve been reading lately about leftists and Jews is that they are having trouble getting more than a dozen people to come to their stuff (whether anti-Zionist or Zionist). The anti-Israel movement is not moving forward, because “protest Zionist imperialism” is just not a catchy slogan. By contrast, there are over 400 RP activists against war taxes in Boston alone. Every day the list of passionate anti-war activists grows. Very few of them agree with every single RP position, they just want to get the Lobby out of the way and pull the troops out of Iraq.
One reason it’s working is because of the software. They made the ronpaul.meetup.com site almost like a dating site, where you can make friends with people in or near your zip code. They made it very easy to get together with new people to join the activism. You can’t beat technology, may as well use it.
In the event that RP actually won the election and got the Hamas treatment, his supporters are fully in support of the Right to Bear Arms. It would be interesting to see what followed.
If anti-war protesters want to continue to focus on the genocidal machinations of the global zionist-imperialist military, industrial, financial, political, neoliberal, media complex, they have to be willing to meet with anyone any time to hear what ideas people have to address this, which is our primary responsibility – even if they are Republicans.
If you ever saw Ron Paul in an interview it cannot be said that he avoids discussing vital issues. He is someone who is willing to make a statement and stick by it even when no one agrees with him. I don’t “believe” in electoral politics but it’s not that much sweat off my brow to go and vote to end war.
I think the fact that NO pro-Israel group will let Ron Paul speak at their convention, not even peace Zionists, is evidence enough that he is the only person to put in charge as commander-in-chief. And, even if he loses, making all these contacts with local anti-interventionists is priceless. If you want to expand the peace movement so that it overlaps with the freedom movement like ripples in a pond, you just have to respect the fact that people might agree with you, but for different reasons.
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Are Ron Paul Supporters “Constitutional Terrorists”?

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Are Ron Paul Supporters “Constitutional Terrorists”?

Kurt Nimmo
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Monday November 19, 2007

In the wake of Glenn Beck calling Ron Paul supporters “terrorists,” we should remember that the FBI—at least the FBI’s Phoenix anti-terrorism task force—believes those of us who support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are terrorists.

“A disturbing flyer purportedly authored by the FBI’s Phoenix anti-terrorism task force has been circulating in the conservative community. The flyer instructs the reader to report as a possible terrorist anyone who asks why they were stopped by police or anyone who dares to defend “the U.S. Constitution against federal [sic] government,’” Declan McCullagh wrote back in November, 2001.

So I gave the FBI field office a call. FBI spokesman Ed Hall confirmed the flyer was produced by the joint anti-terrorism task force in Phoenix. But he said it dealt with domestic terrorism: “That flyer was put out two years ago. Someone picked it up, and put it on the Internet like it was put out this week.”

Hall admitted the section that said anyone spotting a defender of the U.S. Constitution “should call the Joint Terrorism Task Force” was perhaps a tiny bit ill-advised. “It could have been a bit better foundation worded saying you’re not a right-wing extremist if you defend the Constitution… or if you ask a police officer why they’re stopping you. There’s some misinterpretation there.”

He added: “Not that a person who defends the Constitution is a criminal or terrorist, or a person who askes you, ‘Why did you stop me’ may be a terrorist, but certain things, I don’t want to use the word common, certain characteristics that these people who were legitimately investigated reflect it.”

Is it possible the FBI considered its COINTELPRO “a tiny bit ill-advised” and that’s why it went on, undiscovered and uninterrupted, for decades, destroying countless lives, including the actress Jean Seeberg and any number of less famous activists?

In fact, the brochure in question is quite explicit and reading it leaves little room for “misinterpretation.”

Al Lorentz, chairman of the Constitution Party of Texas, writes:

Many of you have no doubt heard of the FBI’s pamphlet on identifying domestic terrorism. Perhaps you saw as I did the black and white copies floating around but wondered if these were simply manufactured on someone’s personal computer. I frankly thought the same when I first saw them and so I wrote to the FBI’s office in Phoenix and received an anonymous and official reply from a nameless individual there.

The tone of the letter I received back was both officious and rude. “Yes” the brochure was printed by them but it went on to explain “the general public was not supposed to see it”. I wonder if that would be a defense to a traffic ticket “Yes officer, I was speeding but you weren’t supposed to see me”.

The letter also went on to assure me that the brochures were never in fact distributed even though I and hundreds of others have seen them which begs the question: “How did I get a copy of this brochure?”

Now a color copy has surfaced and we have it here for all to see. We ask that instead of copying the picture, you distribute a link to the page because we want to make people aware of more than just the brochure, we want to make them aware that there is a political party that is legitimate with a long history that is not only aware, it is doing something. In addition to this brochure, those who receive the link from you will also find a website that is dedicated to the preservation of our Constitutional Republic and provides insight, commentary and resources to that cause.

Follow this link to see a reproduction of the color brochure.

Indeed, it appears the FBI campaign against “Constitutional terrorists” has gone prime-time—from the Joint Terrorism Task Force to corporate media neocon shills such as Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, the latter who wants to lock up “leftist loons” in opposition to the occupation of Iraq, including filmmaker Brian DePalma and billionaire Mark Cuban.

Finally, it is likely no coincidence O’Reilly characterizes his enemies as “loons,” a noun defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as follows: “One who is crazy or deranged.” And “liberal” Bill Mahr believes those who talk about reality—Building 7 was not brought down by fire alone—are in need of Paxil.

Recall Bush’s “New Freedom Initiative,” a blatant violation of the Fourth and Tenth Amendments, designed not only to test children for inappropriate thoughts—for instance, thoughts inculcated by home schooling parents—but potential dissidents as well. “It will also help the fascists who are controlling our government to keep our dissidents and independent thinkers under chemical restraints just like they’ve done to so many children in foster incarceration facilities,” explains the Fight CPS website. “It will help them break down the will and autonomy of the population, forcing more beautiful souls to become mindless, over-medicated sheep.”

As Dr. Rima Laibow notes in the film “One Nation Under Siege,” it is a distinct possibility the government may one day forcibly medicate the “politically insane,” for their own good as well as society. Bill O’Reilly’s task is to prepare for this possibility right out of the Soviet Union—where dissidents and other “socially undesirable people” were sent to Psikhushka psychiatric-prisons.

But then, as the United States increasingly resembles the Soviet Union, this development is to be expected. After all, former Stasi chief Markus Wolfe and former head of the KGB General Yevgeni Primakov were hired by the Ministry of Homeland Security for a specific reason.


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Ron Paul Dollars Soar Above $200 on eBay After Raid on Liberty Dollar

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Ron Paul Dollars Soar Above $200 on eBay After Raid on Liberty Dollar

JonesReport.com | November 16, 2007

Uncertainty after the raid on Liberty Dollar has led to a sharp spike in the trade value of Ron Paul Liberty Dollars on eBay. Almost two tons of the commemorative Ron Paul Dollars were reportedly seized by the FBI, along with the companies other holdings in gold, silver and platinum.

The company states that it is unsure if production will resume or if outstanding orders can ever be fulfilled due to the seizure and pending charges for supposed ‘mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.’

Some of these 1 oz. coins– previously sold for $20– are exceeding prices of $200 amidst the uncertainty surrounding Liberty Dollar. Most eBay items don’t reach full value until the last few minutes of the auction– so that price could spike further. One Ron Paul dollar has now sold at a winning bid of $330.

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Guide to Leadership

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Guide to Leadership

by Charley Reese
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As you watch the presidential election unfold, I thought you might find it useful to read the qualities of a good leader as listed by an ancient Chinese emperor in the Tang Dynasty.

He starts off by saying a good leader must be a man of few words, must be modest toward the people, and must be able to suppress his emotions. He must be a good negotiator.

He lists the following qualities necessary for good governance: respect for those with wisdom and virtue; caring for the people as if they were your own children; promoting the development of industry; and establishing friendly relations with people abroad.

“As birds in a forest and fish live aplenty in wide rivers, with plenty of love and reason in governing a country, people will naturally come together. All the disasters of life come from lack of love and reason,” the emperor wrote.

He warns that a leader must make the distinction between public and personal affairs and never give special attention to family or specific interest groups; he should be extremely careful of what he says in public; he should also be educated, as uneducated people involved in politics cannot make effective and rightful policies.

Here is some advice that might ring a bell with some of you. They are the four things a ruler must never do. He must never rule with falsehoods and lies. He must never forget public duties and responsibilities and instead pursue personal interests and desires. He must never lack restraint and self-control. He must never be materialistic, extravagant and conceited.

Just so you’ll know that free speech is not a modern invention, the old emperor, whose rule began in 626 A.D., warns: “To suppress freedom of speech is like blocking the flow of a river. Eventually the force of the water will lead it to overflow and flood the surroundings, causing a large number of casualties. It is best not to suppress the voice of the people and instead listen attentively to their criticism.”

While noting that everyone is free to believe whatever religion he or she chooses, he warns that a ruler must not preach religion. He warns against reckless wars lest they wear out the army and lead to defeat.

“Looking back in history, those who irresponsibly sent troops to combats for no reason have been defeated. Armaments are a country’s weapons. Constant engagement in war can wear out the people of even the world’s largest nations,” he wrote.

Knowledge is always time- and place-specific, and therefore can become obsolete. We no longer need to know how to fight with a sword, for example. Wisdom, however, is universal and timeless. The principles involved in good governing are the same today as they were 2,000 years ago.

These excerpts from the emperor’s writing are contained in a fine little book, Secret Tactics: Lessons From the Great Masters of Martial Arts, edited by Kazumi Tabata, a grandmaster in the Shotokan style of Japanese karate. The 138 pages of this book, published by Tuttle Publishing, contain a lot of sound advice and wisdom.

So there you have a few criteria by which to judge the candidates. I haven’t seen much humility – or reason, for that matter. With the exception of Ron Paul, all the Republicans seem to be competing to be the chief warmonger. The Democrats are following the script written for them by the Israeli lobby. You would think a nation of 300 million people could find a better slate of candidates, but unfortunately money is everything in American politics. Big money wants servility, not leadership, in its candidates.

November 19, 2007

Charley Reese [send him mail] has been a journalist for 49 years .

© 2007 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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