Hi everyone. I know that some of you donít care for messages from anyone that are of political persuasions, but assuming that you respect my opinions, I want to help give some exposure to a recent press announcement that was hosted by Ron Paul (R, TX) on Sept. 10th.
Ron Paul held the news conference at the National Press Club in order to support third party presidential candidates and to urge his supporters to consider backing independent candidates rather than the Republican or Democratic nominees. He was joined by independent Ralph Nader, the Green Partyís Cynthia McKinney and the Constitution Partyís Chuck Baldwin. Representative Paul did not endorse a specific candidate.
In this announcement, the most important point that I feel that he made, is that, as a democracy, our present system isnít working, because of the simple fact that the MAJORITY of our voting populace is simply voting for the lesser of two evils, rather than voting for someone whoís message and ideals is something they actually fully believe in or agree with.
In summary, they made a public announcement that the Greens, the Constitutionalists, Ralph Nader, and Dr. Paul, even though they disagree on many issues, they all agree on some VERY IMPORTANT things that are NOT being addressed by Sen. Maccain or Sen. Obama AT ALL. These are the issues that they agree on:
1. Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.
2. Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.
3. The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.
4. The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.
Thank you for listening.