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Ron Paul's Anti-Progressive Agenda - by Stephen Lendman

Most Paul supporters don't understand his agenda.

Compared to a rogue's gallery of Republican aspirants, supporters claim Paul looks good by comparison. Look again and think carefully about America in his hands.

True enough, he wants the Federal Reserve abolished. He calls it "dishonest, immoral, unconstitutional," and America's "great(est) threat to....security and prosperity."

"Out-of-control (and) secretive, (it) pumps money into the economy whenever it chooses and makes secret deals with Wall Street executives, foreign central banks, and other politically-connected insiders without any significant oversight from Congress."

Several times in Congress he introduced the Federal Reserve Abolition Act. Without co-sponsors, no further action followed.

Yet, restoring sound money and producing growth requires Fed abolition. Money power in private hands is scandalous. Returning it to public hands where it belongs is essential; namely, the US Treasury as the Constitution's Article I, Section 8 mandates.

Wanting America's wealth used for productive growth, Paul opposes squandering it on imperial wars. At the same time, his hard-right world view stops short of criticizing US imperialism and endorsing peace, despite saying: 

"We can no longer afford to police the world, in terms of both dollars and American lives. We will destroy ourselves if we do not stop, build a strong national defense at home, and focus on commerce with the world instead of empire."

Nonetheless, he backed attacking Afghanistan, no matter its illegality. However, he strongly opposed war on Libya, saying:

"The current situation may be a short-term victory for empire, but it is a loss for our American Republic."
 

He also called Washington's involvement "unconstitutional," but stopped short of including all US post-WW II wars. Only Congress, not presidents, can declare war under UN Charter provisions. None were since December 8, 1941.

Addressing the House in October 2002, Paul's main opposition to attacking Iraq was over ceding congressional power to Bush. It was also about giving UN members say over US foreign interventions and undermining national defense by costly spending and overstretching US military forces.

Rather than UN resolutions, he "like(s) it more when the president speaks about unilateralism and national security interests." When America "depends on the UN for our instructions, we end up in no-win wars."

Paul left international law unexplained. Supporting congressional power on war, not the executive, he omitted under what conditions belligerence by one state against another is justified.

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Lendman made an error in his article. He wrote "On... by Ty on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:59:06 AM
People need to look a little deeper on this guy; t... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 10:11:44 AM
right?  Hey, if you don't start chanting 4 mo... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 5:04:41 PM
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went to war was because of the theft of their righ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 8:51:57 PM
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glitch in the system, tried to 'vote up' ur commen... by Diane V. McLoughlin on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 at 3:41:58 AM
the average progressive was smart enough to know t... by Jeff Poster on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 at 11:35:55 PM
One of the greatest tricks of verbal wizardry acco... by Andrew Steele on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 6:01:26 PM
The inherent evil of the "redistribution of wealth... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 7:52:49 AM
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As well, I also want to address this:  "but i... by Andrew Steele on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 10:00:14 AM
Also this:  "Providing for the general welf... by Andrew Steele on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 10:20:37 AM
> "Providing for the general welfare is a socia... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 1:34:58 PM
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About celebrities and famous entrepreneurs working... by Andrew Steele on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:40:52 AM
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Your caricature sounds exactly like any modern day... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 10:31:46 AM
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Paul has said several times that we haven't had a ... by Andrew Steele on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 6:31:11 PM
There is nothing in this article which suggests th... by June Genis on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 6:36:09 PM
First of all, if you yourself like the idea of hel... by Jeff Poster on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 12:08:06 AM
Does that make Arlo a racist? If Arlo had a speck ... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 6:42:56 PM
Lendman, who on Earth do you expect us to vote for... by derek shane on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:06:07 PM
Is the author of this article simply misunderstand... by Paul Sedkowski on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:32:32 PM
his article are usually unusually thorough and inf... by MadAngel on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:42:10 PM
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The read and comments are very telling. Lendman wa... by Bruce on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 7:44:47 AM
" he backed attacking Afghanistan, no matter its i... by MadAngel on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:33:28 PM
It is correct that Ron Paul is not a progressive, ... by Bill Samuel on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:42:19 PM
How could it be otherwise, when Ron Paul has made ... by E. J. N. on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 8:54:45 PM
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