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“February 23 marks 1000 days in prison for Bradley Manning – a young gay man locked up for allegedly leaking the scandolous U.S. diplomatic communications published by Wikileaks.

These leaks exposed the rampant criminality of American foreign policy – but President Obama has chosen to imprison the alleged leaker, Manning, rather than those who committed violent war crimes such as massacring journalists and other civilians in Iraq.” Via (http://www.bradleymanning.org/support_events/bradley-manning-1000-days-in-prison-for-doing-the-right-thing)

1000 Days. You have read that correctly. 1000 days in prison for saying something he saw was wrong. So much for that speedy trial clause in the 6th Amendment: “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy . . . trial . . . .” People argue that what Bradley Manning did has put lives in danger. Whose lives have been put in danger? The people who committed the war crimes, those responsible for the death of innocence? Nope, they are not the ones who have been sitting in a jail cell for 990 days. They are not the ones who had to endure 11 months of solitary confinement and torturous conditions under a Peace Prize Winning Presidents Administration.

 

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In April of 2011 during a fundraiser Obama was asked again about Manning’s treatment, he responded by saying: “I can’t conduct diplomacy on an open source,” Obama told an unidentified questioner. “That’s not how … the world works. If I was to release stuff, information that I’m not authorized to release, I’m breaking the law … We’re a nation of laws. We don’t individually make our own decisions about how the laws operate … He broke the law.” Mind you this statement was made a year before the Manning trial would actually begin. So now according to Obama the Commander-in-Chief, Manning broke the law and he is guilty before he even stands trial before the military courts.

Bradley Manning is not a terrorist, nor did he “aide the enemy”. Bradley Manning did what the U.S. Government begs people to do; Say Something when you see a crime happening. Manning did not sell these leaks to foreign governments, or terror groups, he released it to the public so in his words, it would create “worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms”. 990 days after being imprisoned the discussion has died down, the debate is no where to be found, and reforms are not on the horizon. What Bradley Manning exposed can not be ignored, and we must keep fighting for transparency from an Administration that promised peace, and transparency. If we have learned anything from the attacks on Whistleblowers, this Administration does not want the public knowing what they are doing in our names.

 

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation”- The United States Constitution- 5th Amendment 

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Remember when the Constitution used to be the law of the land? A list of fundamental laws that have been followed for over 200 years. The Constitution guarantees every American Citizen their day in court, no matter the crime. Samir Khan, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and Anwar al-Awlaki did not have these rights, they were murdered by an Unmanned Predator Drone by the President of the United States. The leader of the nation who is suppose to uphold these laws. Now Samir Khan and Anwar al-Awlaki were alleged terrorist, and self proclaimed members of Al-Qaeda. No matter what group they belonged too, they were still American’s who have the same rights as you and I. I don’t agree with their message, but I do agree with The Constitution. Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was the son of Anwar, a 16 year old boy from Denver. He was also murdered by a Predator Drone, and what was his crime? According to former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Abdulrahman al-Awlaki “should have [had] a far more responsible father,”. Well every American better start worrying about what kind of actions their parents are taking now, because having bad parents I guess now makes you a bad person.

We now live in a time in which our every move is monitored, from writing an E-mail, talking on the phone, text messages, social networking, and even while talking a walk outside. Our Government knows our every move, who we associate with, the hours we work; Yet, we know little about what our Government does in our name. The Drone Program being one of the most secretive and non transparent program. According to many studies and investigations in Pakistan alone, the drone program has a 2% success rate. “A study at Stanford and New York University titled ‘Living Under Drones’ claimed that only two percent of drone strike casualties in Pakistan are top militants, and that the large number of related civilian deaths turn Pakistanis against the US.” (http://rt.com/news/pakistan-drones-study-civilians-933/) Further investigations find that more than 200 children have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan alone. We also have drone campaigns going in Yemen and Somalia where many civilians, women, and children have been killed.

The Drone program itself began under George W. Bush, but when President Obama took office the program became a mainstay in Obama’s foreign policy. The amount of strike dramatically increased, and the long reach of the US government lengthened. The idea of the program it take US soldiers out of harms way, and to destroy targets with better accuracy. But that has not been the case, and the amount of blowback due to civilian deaths has caused normally peaceful citizens to garner hatred towards the United States. If in Pakistan the drone program has a 2% success rate, the other 98% have families, friends, and neighbors who are outraged and the death of their fellow citizens.

I am 26 years old, and for the majority of my life we have been at war with a noun: “Terror”. It began with seeking revenge for those who plotted 9/11 and has turned into a full fledged annihilation of anyone “suspected” of posing an “imminent threat”. What is an “imminent threat”? That we are still unsure of, the definition has been twisted to fit the policies of our current government. In the years past since 9/11 we have seen new laws that are suppose to protect us, we have seen new technology that is supposed to save lives. Yet, we are 12+ years, 2 different Presidents into this war and what do we have to show for it? Our Constitution has been bent every which way, our rights to privacy, and freedom of speech have been trampled on. All it took was a charismatic Democrat, for Americans to fall in line and support the once unpopular Bush Policies. Policies that would have called for Bush’s impeachment, have rewarded Barack Obama with a second term. Hopefully now people are starting open their eyes to what our government is doing in our name.

“When your government knows everything about you, and you know nothing about them, it is time to take a stand”

Dear journalists, reporters and media outlets,

I am writing you this letter as concerned American citizen. The election is less than 40 days away, and once again Americans are going to “choose” who will be the President. I have been watching all the coverage of this election on CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, MSNBC etc. I have been deeply concerned about many thing that are being ignored by a majority of our news outlets. The economy is in the dumps and everyone knows it; there is no way of hiding it. This seems to be the main issue in the election, and for good reason. We are $16 trillion in debt and counting, unemployment has been at 8% plus for months, and the cost of living continues to rise. Yet the one thing everyone keeps ignoring is that under the cover of the horrible economy, Americans have been losing freedoms. When George W. Bush was President it was on the news every day and night: The Patriot Act, the wars in the Middle East, and the fact that the US openly used torture against its detainees. Ever since Barack Obama has become President, however, it seems that everyone has just ignored the fact that our civil liberties are being attacked daily. It seems just because we have a Democratic President, the media chooses to ignore these issues.

On December 31, 2011, under the fanfare of the New Year, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. It is basically a bill that funds our military and all of our overseas adventures. There is a new NDAA each year, but this most recent one contains some sketchy provisions, hidden in sections 1021 and 1022 of the document. These two sections give the president the right to detain anyone he feels is a terrorist, or is associated with terrorist. It also state that he can detain them indefinitely without trial. Originally President Obama said he would veto it, but that never happened. He also “promised” he would never use it to detain American citizens, How is that Guantanamo Bay promise going? When it was first signed it got some media attention for about a week, and then you all got bored with it. US District Court Judge Katherine Forrest made a permanent injunction that bans indefinite military detention of Americans without charge. Well, less than 24 hours later the Obama administration issued an appeal to fight to keep that power. This fight is going on right now in the courts, while you, the media, focus on fluff issues to fill up your time slots.

So our Democratic, Nobel Peace Prize-winning President now has the power to (1) spy on US citizens without warrants (Patriot Act), (2) kill American citizens without due process (Anwar al-Aulaqi & “Kill List”), and (3) detain anyone suspected of being a terrorist or supporting terrorist indefinitely and without due process (NDAA). Yet you, the media, have dropped the ball on this, or just have chosen to ignore it. You have FOX News focusing on Obama being a raging liberal; you have MSNBC focusing on Romney being Thurston Howell, III; you have ABC and CBS just ignoring these abuses of power. The American people rely on the mainsteam media to make informed decision when it comes to electing Presidents. But now we are forced to rely on Twitter, YouTube, WikiLeaks, and bloggers to find out the truth. You prop Barack Obama up as some kind of uniter of the people. Tell that to the people of Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan, who are bombed by predator drones. Their families torn apart by bombs being dropped on their villages by our President. Barack Obama launches a campaign that states “If You See Something, Say Something , yet he has held Bradley Manning, and American soldier, for over 800 days without trial, in harsh conditions, because he said something when he saw our military killing innocent civilians, and journalist. I guess the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign doesn’t pertain to our government. Our government has deemed the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange and WikiLeaks an “Enemy of the State”. These are people who are doing the job you be doing, and now they are considered similar threats to Al-Qaeda. Julian Assange has been seeking refuge in an Ecuadorian Embassy in fear of what the US government will do to him for informing the American people about the truth.

You, the media-from ABC News all the way down to my local newspaper-have let us down. You stay on the script that is given to you, and you fear asking the real questions. There are a few true journalist still out there: Ben Swann, Amber Lyon, Glenn Greenwald, David Seaman, and several U-Steam and YouTube reporters. These men and women are doing your job, for little to no money, with little exposure, and lot of pressure on them from our government. Yet, you sit in your comfy chair, with you nice wardrobe and ramble on bullshit about what is going on in the world. Why is the truth so scary for you to report? Do you think you know what’s best for the American people? Do we not deserve to hear about the war crimes of our President, and the innocent civilians being killed in the Middle East, about how we are constantly under surveillance? What about the human rights crimes being committed in Libya, Egypt, Syria, etc? These governments were propped up by US foreign aid and weapons sales, and now people are being slaughtered in the streets. It is a disgrace that you have given this President a free pass, and it is unfair to the American people and to the world. Every single Senator, Representative, and President (and candidate) should be grilled on why they think the President should have the power to detain US citizens without due process. Why is it OK for the President to have a secret “Kill List” that has Americans on it? Why is it OK to keep the American public under constant surveillance, and forced to go through TSA check points? Why are these questions and more not being asked to those in power?

So my simple request for you journalist, reporters, and media outlets: Start doing you job!

Sincerely,

Troy Frederick Jurimas

Written by Troy Frederick Jurimas & Edited by Michael Roy Fisher

They are at it again, well mainly Kurt Schlichter. Bashing Free Thinkers, Independents, Moderates, Libertarians and basically anyone who is not a wing nut. Last week I wrote about how I got into an argument with Kurt Schlichter about voting 3rd party. He has a new article up (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/23/Why-Libertarians-Need-To-Vote-Romney-Part-II) today still arguing his baseless point. He also tweeted today “Hey #RonPaul fans — Time to get serious. Support Romney, or you support Obama and destroy your credibility”. This has to be one of the biggest contradictions I have heard in a while. Ron Paul fans support Ron Paul because of his credibility. When Ron Paul speaks you know what he stands for. You might not like it, or agree with it. But, you know what he is saying he believes, and he will say what he does. I would like to think Ron Paul supporters are the same way. We support a man who stands on his beliefs and can’t be bought. So this hack Kurt Schlichter is basically saying “Hey Ron Paul fans, put everything you believe in and throw it away, and vote for someone you disagree with or else you will lose your credibility”. Imagine if Ron Paul caved in and supported Romney just because he was the GOP candidate? Ron Paul fans would be outraged and Ron Paul would lose all the credibility that he worked 30 years to get.

The whole party first mentality has been taking over the political world for the past few years. Washington has become deadlocked in partisanship and nothing has been getting done. Republicans and Democrats alike are trying to rally their party, and pump up their nominee. This is a difficult task for both parties because you are trying to excite people with “status quo” nominees. Romney and Obama aren’t going to change anything for the better. One will raise taxes a little, and one will cut taxes a little. They will both continue to follow the Bush style foreign policy of raiding the Middle East, bombing countries with Drones, and infringing on our civil liberties. At the same time they will print and spend money, while saying that they are making “cuts” and fixing the budget. These are all talking points with no substance or real vision.

According to Mr. Schlichter people who are opposed to Romney and don’t agree with him are ” pouters, the angry and the attention seeking” What Mr. Schlichter doesn’t see is that, he is actually the pouter, and attention seeker. Saying the Libertarians and Independents will disappear off the political stage unless they buck up and vote Romney. It is mind boggling that this guy gets paid to write this stuff. People who stand for what they believe in, who stand for a belief, and not a party are some how pouters? Yeah we are pissed that Ron Paul was ignored at the RNC, we are angry that Gary Johnson is on the ballot in 47 states and he is not aloud in the debates. But we are not pouting, we are not giving up and voting for the party, we are continuing to fight on. Fighting for what we believe in, against a Government that has become drunk with power, and two candidates who have no shame in using that power.

So this is a message to all you wing nuts, who think we are the irrational ones. There are 314 Million people in the United States and every 4 years we are forced to pick between 2 people for the most important job in the world. Yet we are extreme when we ask for more options, when we ask to hear what kind of plans the other side might have. The Republicans and Democrats have monopolized the political world and have worked together to shut out the rest. It’s a right or left world, and if you don’t agree with either side you don’t matter. You know there is something wrong in D.C., when they only time the two parties come together is for War, excessive government power, and shutting up an independent voice. So remember for this election and future ones, you don’t have to vote party, vote for what you believe in.

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.- John  Adams

Yesterday while I was on Twitter I came across two different articles that had the same exact theme. One article was written by Timothy Patrick McCarthy who is a professor of history, literature, and public policy at Harvard University. His article was titled  “Why Progressives Should Vote for Obama“. In his writings he attempts to rally progressive against the notion that this is election is a choice between, “the lesser of two evils” He goes on to list accomplishments of the Obama administration and says if you vote for O again there is more to come, and even bigger and better than before.

Mr. McCarthy being a historian himself goes on to list the four main criteria to judge the “success” of presidents. 

(1) whether they lead effectively in times of national crisis; (2) whether they win and/or end a war; (3) whether they pass significant pieces of domestic legislation; and (4) whether they work to extend the civil rights of previously disempowered groups

Well according to this criteria, I would have to say President Obama has been a failure. (1) Since the day President Obama took office the country has been a mess. His fault or not he wanted the job, and the challenge. Unemployment has been at 8% or higher the majority of his Presidency, the nation debt is at $16 trillion and rising, gas prices are sky high, the Federal Reserve is printing money out of thin air, and our civil liberties are disappearing at a rapid rate. (2) Under Obama’s reign, the Afghanistan War has been escalated, careless drone attacks have been increased, Obama wanted to extend the Iraq War, but due to leaks by Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks the Iraqi Government refused to let Americans stay. (3) Obamacare has been his prized piece of legislation, which the majority of Americans are opposed too (4) Yes Obama has come out in support of gay marriage after being opposed to it his whole life, but look at what he has done for the Civil Rights of all Americans. Signed NDAA (The right to detain American citizens without a trial) into law and fought for it TWICE in the courts, kept Gitmo open, extended the Patriot Act, waged a war on Whislteblowers  and has lead a non transparent administration.

Now if I was a progressive, why in the world would I vote for Obama? Especially under the criteria that Mr. McCarthy tries to put out there for us. Obama has done some good while in office; Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. But at what cost do those successes come at? Signing of NDAA, massive Drone Wars in the Middle East, spying on American Citizens, the torture of Bradley Manning, letting the banks get away with financial murder? What makes you think he will protect civil liberties, end wars, and hold banks responsible in his second term if he has shown no signs of doing it in his first?

Now this brings me to the other side of the spectrum. Another article I read yesterday was written by Kurt Schlichter titled “Time for Ron Paul fans to support the Constitution”  (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/18/Time-for-Ron-Paul-Fans-to-Support-the-Constitution) Now this guy is a trip, He goes on to make the same “Lesser of two evils” argument. He lays it on thick, saying 

Even if that’s true, the key is “lesser.” If you have to choose between encountering a hubcap thief and an axe murderer, you’d be a fool to shrug your shoulders and risk some face time with the dude with the hatchet.

He goes on not making a case of why you SHOULD vote for Mitt Romney, but why you SHOULD NOT vote 3rd party. He says time and time again, if you vote 3rd party you are voting for Obama. Yet, he doesn’t give good enough reasons to vote for Mitt Romney, just that in his opinion Romney is the “lesser” of two evils. I tried to talk to him on Twitter about this, and how important it is to vote for what you believe in and not party. These are a few of his responses.

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After Mr. Schlichter was done with his immature banter he followed it up by saying this and blocking me:

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Now correct me if I am wrong, but it sounds like this is the guy doing the pouting and not the Ron Paul, Gary Johnson supporters.

The point of me writing this about these 2 articles, which coincidentally came out on the same day. Is that they are both saying vote the “lesser of two evils” because our guy is the lesser and the other guy is the greater. Don’t vote third party, because if you do, you are supporting the other guy and trying to make a statement. But, why would I vote either if I only support half of each candidates platform? Why wouldn’t I vote for someone that I support 90% of their platform? In this election there are 3 men on the ballot in 47 states (Fighting for 50) Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, and Gary Johnson. What these two men don’t understand is that you DON’T have to vote “the lesser of two evils” you can actually vote for someone you support. 

Gary Johnson appeals to Progressives, and Conservatives. Democrats, and Republicans. Independents, and Moderates. Why are we focused on dividing each other, and saying if you are Progressive or Democrat you have to vote for Obama or you are supporting Mitt Romney, and vice versa. If you are a Progressive, or Liberal who is tired of Obama following George Bush’s foreign policy why wait and chance another 4 years, vote for Gary Johnson who is against the wars. If you are an Independent who is tired of seeing your Civil Liberties being taken away by both Republicans and Democrats, why pick “the lesser of two evils” when you can vote Gary Johnson who is against NDAA, Patriot Act, CISPA, PIPA, ACTA, Drones, and Gitmo. If you are a Conservative who is tired of Washington spending and printing money out of thin air why vote for Obama and Romney when neither have a plan to fix the deficit? Gary Johnson actually balanced a budget in New Mexico and turned a deficit into a surplus.

The two party system is failing America, and is turning into the one party system. Obama and Romney disagree on taxes, a few social issues, and who is rich and who isn’t. But, they agree on the big issues of War; Both have shown by their words or their actions that America is the World’s police. Civil Liberties: Both support NDAA, Patriot Act, Gitmo, Drone strikes, Drone spying, Middle Eastern adventurism,. They are both funded by the same big banks: J.P. Morgan, Citi Group, and Goldman Sachs. They both are for the Federal Reserve printing money out of thin air, bailouts and  QE3.  

The right and the left will try to convince you Obama and Romney are polar opposites, but when it comes down to it, there is no “lesser of two evils”. These two different roads go to the same destination; higher debt, more war, less civil liberties, rich getting richer, and the end of the middle class. Republicans and Democrats are all for choice; Pro-Choice, choice of schools, choice of what you eat, choice to own a gun. Yet, when it comes to the most important choice you have, in picking a leader of our nation you only have two options. Well this year you have another and his name is Gary Johnson. The chances of Gary Johnson winning are very slim, but a strong showing for a third party candidate will open doors for more third party candidates, and more choices. We need more conversations going on in this country, and more options to the many problems facing this nation. No more “Lesser of two evils”, time to vote for what you believe in, not party.

Bradley Manning is a 24 year old U.S. Army solider from Oklahoma, who is facing life in prison because he spoke out against what he believed to be wrong. An openly gay solider who had access to classified networks for long periods of time. He believed that files and videos that he had access to deserved to be in the public domain. He said he hoped the material would lead to “worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms”. Manning leaked this information to Wiki Leaks so the public could really know what was actually going on in these wars that cost millions of deaths, and billions of dollars.

Manning was arrested on May 29, 2010, on July 29, 2010 Manning was moved from Kuwait to the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. He was held for 9 months as a “maximum custody detainee”. During those 9 months he stayed in a 6x12ft cell, with no windows for 23 Hrs a day. He was denied sleep between the hours of 5am and 8pm, no sheets for his bed, no pillow, and forced to sleep in his boxers, which resulted in server chaffing of the skin. Frustrated with his treatment Manning made a sarcastic comment to one of the guards saying if he wanted to hurt himself, he could do so “with the elastic waistband of his boxers or his flip flops”. After that comment Manning was forced to sleep naked, and stand in front of his cell naked every morning.

Manning’s treatment was brought to the public’s attention and there was immediate outrage. In March of 2011 State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley speaking to a small audience called Manning’s treatment “ridiculous, and counterproductive, and stupid”. This caught headlines, and at a Press Conference a few days later, Jake Tapper from ABC News asked President Obama if he agreed with P.J Crowley’s statement. Obama responded by saying “I asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards.” “They (the pentagon) assure me that they are. I can’t go into details about some of their concerns, but some of this has to do with Private Manning’s safety as well.” A few days after that press conference P.J Crowley resigned as State Department spokesman.

In April of 2011 during a fundraiser Obama was asked again about Manning’s treatment, he responded by saying: “I can’t conduct diplomacy on an open source,” Obama told an unidentified questioner. “That’s not how … the world works. If I was to release stuff, information that I’m not authorized to release, I’m breaking the law … We’re a nation of laws. We don’t individually make our own decisions about how the laws operate … He broke the law.” Mind you this statement was made a year before the Manning trial would actually begin. So now according to Obama the Commander-in-Chief, Manning broke the law and he is guilty before he even stands trial before the military courts.

It is an outrage that a President like Obama who ran on a platform of ending torture, and transparency would allow this to happen. And, when confronted about what was going on he would just respond with “He broke the Law” and “his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards.”. Glad to see “Our” basic standards are what Obama considered torture when he was running for President in 2008, and  in which he bashed former President Bush of doing to alleged foreign terrorist. Now “Our basic standards” are allowing torture of an American Citizen, who didn’t even stand trial. If this would of happened today, under the NDAA 2012 (which Obama signed into law 1/1/12) Bradley Manning or anyone who speaks out against war crimes, or wrong doing by their government would be arrested and detained indefinitely with no right to a trial. You would just disappear and your voice would be silenced.

On October 21, 2011 Obama makes a big announcement: “After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011. As Commander-in-Chief, ensuring the success of this strategy has been one of my highest national security priorities.” also stating by the end of the year all troops will be withdrawn from combat in Iraq. Woo, everyone praise Obama, Hooray!!! He fulfilled another promise….Wait not so fast. Obama and Leon Panneta both said that they intended on keeping up to 20,000 combat troops in Iraq past the 12/31/11 deadline. They didn’t want to end the war, they were forced out by the Iraqi Government. Why were they forced out you ask? Well in a cable released by Wiki Leaks, in which they received from Bradley Manning, it shows that US forces were responsible for at least 10 Iraqi civilians (LINK) which included a 70 year old grandmother, and 5 month old infant. The US government covered this up by bombing the house in which the crime was committed, but before they could , the people of the village captured photos, and reported eye witnesses account to back up the cable provided by Bradley Manning. Which stated that an autoposy performed on the victims showed that they were handcuffed and shot in the head. The Iraqi government was furious about this and refuse to accept Obama’s plea to keep 20,000 combat troops in Iraq for the years to come. Now, Obama uses this as a big campaign message, that he fulfilled his promise to the end the War in Iraq, yet when the real hero is Bradley Manning.

So now Bradley Manning, a brave solider who has been tortured for 9 months, charged with “aiding the enemy”, and now faces life in prison, for what? Speaking out about something he thought was ethically and morally wrong. Something he felt that the American people deserved to know what was going on in the Middle East. Tortured by the administration of a President who claims to care about humans rights, and transparency. Who says that  “I was clear throughout this campaign and was clear throughout this transition that under my administration the United States does not torture,”
“We will abide by the Geneva Conventions. We will uphold our highest ideals.”. What a crock of shit. And people wonder why I dislike Obama so much, they say “Oh, it’s just one person who broke the law” When did speaking out against murder, rape, violence, and depravity become breaking the law. Bradley Manning did what was right and now faces life in prison. Make your voice be heard and speak out!!!

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

When reading the headline of this article I feel that people’s first thought would be that I am crazy. How could Ron Paul win the GOP nomination and if so, how could he beat Obama. Well it is pretty simple in my honest opinion. First, I will tell you how Ron Paul is the only one who can beat Obama and how he his the only person running in both parties who is not corrupt or bought off by banks and big business.

List of top Donors for GOP Presidential candidates:

Mitt Romney

  1. Goldman Sachs- $367,200
  2. Credit Suissie Group- $203,750
  3. Morgan Stanley- $199,800
Super Pac: Restore our Future 
John Paulson donated $1 million to Restore our Future SuperPac which is a pro Romney Super Pac. John Paulson is a hedge fund manager, and became a billionaire by short-selling sub prime mortgages in 2007. His net worth is $15.5 Billion according to Forbes magazine. In 2011 he made bad trades with Bank of America, Citi-Group, and Sino-Forest Corp.
Newt Gingrich
  1. Rock-Tenn Co- $27,500
  2. Poet LLC- $20,000
  3. First Fiscal Fund- $15,000
Super Pac: Winning our Future
Sheldon Adelson has donated $10 million to the pro Gingrich Super Pac so far, and has said he will donate millions more. His net worth is $21.5 billion, according Forbes he is 8th wealthiest man in America and 16th wealthiest man in the world.
Ron Paul
  1. U.S. Army- $24,503
  2. U.S. Air Force- $23,335
  3. U.S. Navy- $17,432
Super Pac: Endorse Liberty
The pro Ron Paul Super Pac is funded by many individual contributions. A majority of the donations are small, but by many individuals.
                       By showing who donates to each candidate says a lot about each candidate. Mitt Romney is obviously backed by banks, Wall St., and the wealthy. These are same people who funded Obama in 08′ and are still funding him again in 2012, but not as much as Mitt Romney. It is very frightening to see someone who could possibly be our next President be bought by the same people who got us into the mess we are in today. You can say the same thing about Newt Gingrich, his top donors are not that shocking, but his Super Pac is frightening as well. Sheldon Adelson is one of the richest men in the world, and he is one of the main reasons Newt won the South Carolina Primary. Being so indebted to one industry or person is very dangerous when you could possibly be the next President. The majority of Ron Paul’s donations come from the military and individual citizens giving small donations. This shows the Ron Paul will not owe anyone anything except the citizens of the United States, and not banks, lawyers, Wall St. or the wealthy.
How Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney are no different.
                      You may think that Romney and Gingrich differ from Obama by all the rhetoric that they spew, but they are really no different. They all agree on The Patriot Act and spying on US Citizens in the name of safety, they all agree on keeping Gitmo Open, they all agree on The NDAA (which gives the President power to imprison US citizens indefinitely without trial), they all oppose gay marriage, they all want to bomb Iran, and they are all bought off by Wall St. and the wealthiest people in the world.
                     They claim to all have different views on foreign policy, yet they are the same. The only thing they disagree on is the way each persons foreign policy is implicated. Obama wants to sanction the economy of Iran and cripple the Iranian people, Newt and Mitt want to bomb Iran and cripple the Iranian people. Obama feels that we should police the world, and nation build in foreign countries, as do Mitt and Newt. They all agree we should have went into Libya, but Mitt and Newt think we should have done it sooner. All three are warmongers and want to profit off our military.
                     They all believe on spending like there is no tomorrow. They all agree on the Bush/Obama bailouts, and do not believe in true capitalism. They believe in the concept of “too big to fail”, while giving the tax payers money to Wall St. and the big businesses that causes the financial crisis.
                      They all believe in torture and that Bradley Manning is a terrorist. Everyone cheers Obama for the end of the Iraq War, yet if it was not for Bradley Manning we would still be in Iraq today. So what does Manning get for calling out the lies of our Government? He gets tortured and held without a trial for months by the Obama Administration. If Newt, Mitt, or Obama win in 2012 whistle blowers and people speaking out against the wrongs of their government will have to live in fear of being arrested.
How Ron Paul can beat Obama?
                       If Ron Paul wins the nomination for President of the United States the citizens of this country will have a real choice for the first time in my lifetime. They will have a choice between two different candidates, with two different views of the direction of this country. If Newt or Mitt win, there is no real option. Ron Paul believes in civil liberties for all citizens, it does not matter if you are black, white, rich, poor, gay or straight.
“You have to remember, rights don’t come in groups we shouldn’t have ‘gay rights’; rights come as individuals, and we wouldn’t have this major debate going on. It would be behavior that would count, not what person belongs to what group.” – Ron Paul
                       Ron Paul believes in the rights of everyone to marry who they want, and that the government should not get involved. As long as others don’t push their views on anyone else.
“If two parties with two sets of bad ideas cooperate, the result is not good policy, but policy that is extremely bad. What we really need are correct economic and politcal ideas, regardless of the party that pushes them.” -Ron Paul
                         Another major reason Obama won in 08 was because he had the youth vote, a vote that now Ron Paul is in control of. Youth support for Ron Paul has been exploding and it shows in the first the contest for the nomination. I Iowa Paul carried the youth vote 48% for Paul next was Rick Santorum with 23%. In New Hampshire Ron Paul had 47% of the youth vote, Mitt Romney had 26%. In South Carolina Ron Paul had 31% of the youth vote, Newt Gingrich had 28%. Besides just having the youth on his side, Ron Paul has independents. In a CBS poll conducted on 1/9/12 if Ron Paul vs Obama happened today 47% of Independents would vote for Paul and only 40% for Obama. Paul is the only candidate who beats Obama when it comes to independents. The youth and independent vote is vital for anyone to win the general election and Ron Paul has both.
                          So, if it does come down to Obama Vs Ron Paul in November the American people will have a real choice between: A man bought by the banks and Wall St. or a man bought by the American people, a man who has destroyed our civil liberties or a man who will protect our civil liberties, a warmonger or a peace keeper, a man who believes in rights for certain groups or a man who believes in rights for all, a man who is pro-torture or a man who is against torturing another human being. If Romney or Newt win the nomination, it will be sad day for this country.
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