Archive for May, 2007
The Internet is the greatest advancement in human history since the invention of the movable type printing press! Why, you ask? The Republican Presidential Debate that aired tonight on Fox News is a prime example. Here is a candidate who is widely loved by libertarians all over the United States and absolutely hated by Fox News and many neoconservative Republicans. In addition to giving Ron Paul as little time as possible during the debate, Fox did everything in their power to downplay Paul's lead in the public poll.
Following the first Republican debate that aired on MSNBC less than two weeks ago, the poll results were aired almost immediately and showed a clear victory for Ron Poll. In contrast, Fox News delayed the announcement of the poll results until after they were able to parade their favored candidates through individual sessions in which each candidate was allowed to explain his views, giving them a uneven advantage over others in the poll. The Fox network waited until Dr. Ron Paul had fallen to 30%, while Mitt Romney sat in second place at 28% before making the results public. The Fox reporters barely acknowledged Paul's victory and emphasized repeatedly that the polls were not closed.
"Right away, he took the lead in Fox News' own text message poll. (Texting, I suppose, was supposed to weed out those pesky Paul supporters.) Then I started reading comments on Politico, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. It's everywhere.
As of midnight, Ron Paul had slipped to second in the Fox poll, with 26% to Romney's 27%, and who knows if/when the results will actually appear. But even at second, that's an overwhelming victory. Dr. Paul went into the lion's den here, he took a horrid beating from Fox, and the official line isn't fooling anyone. He won. And we know it."
When it was finally time for Ron Paul to speak to Hannity and Colmes, Sean Hannity tried to twist Ron's words into a statement he simply didn't make. See the video for yourself:
Ron Paul's incredibly strong support in the poll despite the slanted Fox coverage shows that large media outlets are slowly losing control over public opinion. The Internet is a medium to be reckoned with.
The Alabama Department of Homeland Security (ALDHS), established in June of 2003, has recently constructed a website that defines Domestic Terrorists as those who oppose gun control and a strong federal government.
Under the heading “Anti-Government Groups”, the site displays a flag that is widely considered one of the first symbols of American patriotism and reads, “In general, these terrorists claim that the U.S. government is infringing on their individual rights, and/or that the government's policies are criminal and immoral. Such groups may hold that the current government is violating the basic principles laid out by the U.S. Constitution…”
While Anarchism is defined by a lack of state control and
Communism is a Communist states are the maximization of state control, two polar opposite concepts, the page that follows reads, “Anarchists groups are the 21st Century’s version of left wing or communist groups of the last. Anarchists believe that any government or organization that has power over others…will eventually become corrupt and abusive.”
If I’m not mistaken, the idea that government, if not kept in check, will become corrupt and abusive was first made popular in this country by our founding fathers, not a bunch of terrorist anarchist groups. This was the very reason for the implementation of the United States Constitution! In fact even Section 35 of the Alabama Constitution warns of this danger is it declares, “the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.”
The Alabama.gov site continues, “Most of these groups operate around larger urban areas and colleges/universities… Some are focused on issues such as World Trade, International Debt, and military involvement in foreign cultures… The theme is always the same. Big [government] is bad. Rich are using the poor to stay rich. Our government in particular is using its power immorally.”
In short, if you oppose gun control, taxes, military intervention, most of our national debt being held by foreign nations, or just a large federal government, you might be a terrorist!
The very idea that those who value their personal rights and liberties are being labeled terrorists by the State of Alabama is not only absurd and egregiously offensive, it completely contradicts the ideals our federal and state governments were founded on! The people of Alabama should be outraged!
These Alabama.gov pages can be reached by visiting the Alabama Homeland Security TAP Course, clicking on "Domestic Terrorists", and then on "Anti-Government Groups".
UPDATE: This is a very late update, but I just wanted to let viewers know that the ALDHS removed this portion of their website aproximately three hours after this blog post was published, thanks to your outcry. I’d like to express my sincerest of thanks to everyone who participated.
Ron Paul, medical doctor turned libertarian Congressman and Presidential candidate, has taken a surprise lead in the MSNBC online poll following the first Republican candidate debate of 2007. In case you missed the debate, included below are the highlights of Ron Paul’s responses.
Ron Paul’s mention in MSNBC’s post-coverage: