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Ron Paul and his enemies -- good article

Posted by marshallz10 z9-10 CA (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 12, 12 at 12:22

Ron Paul has been described as kooky and racists by many, including his fellow Republicans. However, his greatest enemies are the neocons of both parties:

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"Foreign policy is a different matter. Paul�s skepticism about American military interventionism�the Iraq War, the Afghan War, the war Israel and the neocons are trying get America to fight with Iran�resonates far more among foreign-affairs specialists, the military, the intelligence community, and the Republican rank and file. Paul�s campaign has the potential to begin bringing that skepticism into the inner reaches of the GOP�where the interlocking web of big donors and neoconservative-run think tanks and media have managed to keep the doves, realists, and other skeptics at bay.
This may be recorded as neoconservatism�s most singular achievement: to have their disastrous strategies enacted in Iraq, see them thoroughly discredited, and yet nonetheless retain their spots as the Beltway arbiters of "responsible" conservative opinion, with the power to exclude those who dissent. But the neoconservatives understand better than anyone how tenuous is this hold on the Washington discourse, how necessary it is to crush dissident movements before they can grow beyond the cradle. Thus a septuagenarian congressman who is an outlier in his own party must be treated as a mortal threat, his ideas not debated or refuted, but obliterated, presented as so far beyond the pale that no sane person could entertain them."
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The article is one of the best I've read on the Ron Paul candidacy. The following comment section is illuminating as well.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ron Paul and His Enemies


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RE: Ron Paul and his enemies -- good article

  • Posted by ohiomom 3rdrockfromthesun (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 12, 12 at 12:33

Paul opposed the Iraq War, and alone among the current presidential candidates, he stands against sanctions and military threats against Iran. He has long opposed all foreign aid, a position with important implications for the special relationship with Israel, in per capita terms by far the most favored recipient of Washington's largesse.

....well the powers that be can't have that !

Among the young people I know Paul is very popular, they have no intention of voting for our current one party system (masquerading as two).

Like Dennis Kuchinich, those same powers that be have marginalized anyone who does not walk in lock step.


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Thats a good article, and it makes it clear why we keep seeing the 'racist letters' keep popping up. One thing I didn't know, and verified at two other sources,

'Activists are expressing serious concerns that Mitt Romney's private equity firm Bain Capital owns one of America's largest media conglomerates, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., which broadcasts numerous popular talk-show hosts with incalculable influence in the 2012 GOP primary. Among the radio personalities syndicated by Clear Channel or aired on hundreds of stations it owns nationwide are Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, and many others.

Because of the San Antonio-based media giant's enormous influence - it is the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, and experts point out that it essentially owns what has come to be known as the conservative talk-radio industry - Romney critics, supporters of Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, Tea Party groups, and elections commentators are all raising the alarm. Some analysts are even calling for the firm to disclose the fact that Romney's Bain Capital owns a station or syndicates a show whenever a media personality is reporting on the Republican presidential campaign.

Former Politico.com reporter Ben Smith, now the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, called out Rush Limbaugh on Thursday for defending Romney and Bain Capital without disclosing that his employer is owned by the candidate's firm. 'Talk radio king Rush Limbaugh has emerged as a key defender of Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, where - his Republican and Democratic critics charge - layoffs at companies Bain owned should be blamed on Romney,' noted Smith. 'But Limbaugh hasn't mentioned his own tie to the venture capital firm: Bain owns Clear Channel Communications, whose subsidiary inked a $400 million, eight-year syndication deal with Limbaugh in 2008.'

It turns out the talk-radio titan had actually revealed the connection later on in the show, and Smith updated his article to include that fact when he was made aware of it by readers. But the explosive story attracted more media interest in the subject nonetheless.

Bain Capital joined with private-equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners to buy Clear Channel in 2008, with the announcement made shortly before Romney's 2008 run for the GOP nomination. The $25-billion deal included around 1,000 AM and FM stations, as well as dozens of televisions stations that were later sold off.

Clear Channel subsidiary Premiere Radio Networks - the largest radio syndication service in America with talk-show hosts including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity - was also part of the package. According to the company's website, its radio programs reach nearly two-thirds of the American people each week through some 5,000 radio affiliations. ' snip

helps, you know, when you're running for political office, if you own a major media outlet. See Berlusconi.

Here is a link that might be useful: Follow the money


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RE: Ron Paul and his enemies -- good article

Probably helps explain why Rhomney seems so sure of winning the primary election and perhaps the general election.

Let's hear the arguments about "blind trusts" which manage candidates' assets. Works very well when thrown over the dumb voters like a down comforter. Very cozy in the land of illusions.


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Mitt Romney's private equity firm Bain Capital owns one of America's largest media conglomerates, Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

I recently heard this and wondered why this information hasn't received more attention in the corporate media. Oops, I just answered my own question.

Clear Channel made its bias known during the Bush campaigns so its right-wing ties aren't exactly breaking news. But this control takes it a step farther.

We're on our way down the slippery Silvio Berlusconi slope. Mitt/Bain still needs to gain control of a few major dailies and weeklies to compete with Silvio. Maybe Bain already does have control of a few?


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If Romney wins the primary a lot more will necessarily come out as common knowledge about all of this. How will conservatives react to what will become common knowledge to anyone with a computer?

Negatively? Or - it's all fine as long as clear channel keeps conservatives in power - will they see the big picture rather than the immediate gratification if Romney wins the election?

All of it, frightening.


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  • Posted by vgkg 7-Va Tidewater (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 13, 12 at 9:23

"Among the radio personalities syndicated by Clear Channel or aired on hundreds of stations it owns nationwide are Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, and many others."

A bit OT but a few days ago I discovered a skunk had taken interest in my garage, I couldn't see him but could smell him in there. So to chase him off I put a radio in the garage tuned to my local clear channel 24/7 station featuring of all the listed neoconic stinkers above. The skunk was gone over night, guess he couldn't stand the overwhelming competitional stench.


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The problem with the article is that it glosses over the issues raised by the Ron Paul News Letters.

Ron Paul originally defended the content in his News Letter before he took the position that someone else was responsible for writing or editing them, so I am not convinced by his current explanation or excuse for their content....and that content was disturbing on several occasions.

I became more suspect when I heard both Ron and Rand comment on their views about property rights trumping
civil rights and the fact that Ron would therefore have not oted in favor of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
I do not feel that a credible Libertarian argument can be made about that now, almost 50 years later. Furthermore, their desire to raise that issue and try to rationalize it reveals something about both of them, and its not good.


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"So to chase him off I put a radio in the garage tuned to my local clear channel 24/7 station featuring of all the listed neoconic stinkers above."

I've had good luck with Mayor Ed Koch and raccoons.

Hey, Marshall!. Once you explain to us how to manipulate the futures market to effect an outcome, let's you and I go over to Intrade and decide for ourselves just who is going to be the President.

Then we'll go to Vegas? Please.

Hay


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Hay-man, I can't divulge secret methods of market manipulation. Besides by the time I 'splained them, the opportunities would have passed. But I'd thank for for the "donation." I thought you were the maven of Intrade odds-manship. I'll sit at your feet for that opportunity.


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