Elon Musk Sycophants Attack Ron Paul As A Shill For Defense Industry

What’s next? A unicorn captured in Tennessee? The world I grew up in has changed. American Universities are handing out Play-Doh to comfort distraught liberals and ‘Never Trump’ students. Protestors defaced a Thomas Jefferson statueat the University of Virginia due to his slave ownership. Race baiters attacked Hobby Lobby for displaying raw cotton in vases. The P. C. Police have continually demonstrated their desire to attack the America many of us love.
Now, the snowflake class is writing articles stating Ron Paul – the former Texas congressman that made a career out of criticizing bloated defense budgets and hawkish foreign policy decisions – is shilling for the defense industry. Their ‘evidence’ is that he received five-year-old campaign contributions from some employees of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, which they falsely credited with coming directly from the companies themselves.
Dr. Paul’s alleged wrongdoing was writing an op-ed mildly critical of Elon Musk, a government subsidy-eating machine and poster boy for left-wing environmental causes.
In the article, Paul, an Air Force veteran, expressed his opposition to Section 1615 of the National Defense Authorization Agreement (NDAA), which many speculate was written with the congressional intent of quietly extinguishing all serious competition to Musk’s SpaceX.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 18, 2017.

Bringing an End to the Forever War

This article appeared on War on the Rocks on August 29, 2016.
‘The Constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates,’ James Madison wrote to Thomas Jefferson in 1798, ‘that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war…. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the Legislature.’ As James Wilson had earlier explained to the delegates at the Pennsylvania ratifying convention: ‘This system will not hurry us into war; it is calculated to guard against it.’
In the post-9/11 era, the United States has drifted towards a radically different regime. Two successive presidents have treated the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) as a wholesale, potentially permanent delegation of congressional war powers – a writ for war without temporal or geographic limits.
The 2001 AUMF was passed by the 107th Congress three days after the 9/11 attacks and targeted those who ‘planned, authorized, [or] committed’ the attacks and those who ‘aided’ or ‘harbored’ them. This referred to, respectively, al-Qaeda and the Taliban although they were not named in the authorization. Judging by what they said at the time, the legislators who passed the resolution did not imagine that they’d sanctioned an open-ended, multi-generational war. This AUMF was nothing like the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that authorized the Vietnam War, then-Sen. Joe Biden insisted after the vote. This authorization was limited: ‘we do not say pell-mell, ‘Go do anything, any time, any place.”

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner by Gene Healy, Cato Institute ‘ August 30, 2016.

On July 4th Demand Freedom, Don’t Celebrate The State

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the July 4th holiday we should remember that we are not celebrating the state, but rather commemorating an act of secession from an oppressive government. We are celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain – a daring move by the Founders inspired by a desire for liberty.
Thomas Jefferson famously said, ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.’ That does not only mean that we should be prepared to defend against foreign invaders. Perhaps more importantly it means that we must retain the lessons from the original American revolt and guard against a government that views the people as the enemy.
We are familiar with the great observation from essayist Randolph Bourne that ‘War is the health of the state.’ But Bourne further explained that, ‘if the State’s chief function is war, then the State must suck out of the nation a large part of its energy for its purely sterile purposes of defense and aggression. It devotes to waste or to actual destruction as much as it can of the vitality of the nation.’

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on July 4, 2016.

Rand Paul Is Dead Right: ‘The Fed Is Crippling America’

On Jan. 12, Congress is scheduled to vote on the ‘Audit the Fed’ legislation (H. R. 24/S. 264), which, if passed, would bring to an end to the Federal Reserve’s unchecked – and even arguably unconstitutional – power in the financial markets and the economy.
We aren’t the first to be wary of the powers of central banks. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson viewed the powers of central banks as being contrary to the protections of the Constitution. As Jefferson wrote: ‘I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.’
In a similar vein, the great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises also recognized that limiting government power in the realm of money was a matter of liberty, not merely economics. Mises explained that ‘the idea of sound money … was devised as an instrument for the protection of civil liberties against despotic inroads on the part of governments. Ideologically it belongs in the same class with political constitutions and bills of rights.’
How far we have come as a country that these words from Jefferson and Mises sound so foreign today. Perhaps we have all been blinded by the credit and equity bubbles that surround us. But what better wake-up call to rally support for legislation that would shine a bright light on the government institution that today has created these bubbles, subsidizes small subsets of the population (thus amplifying wealth inequality), and enables endless government debt?

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on January 12, 2016.

When In The Course Of Human Events

It’s Independence Day in the U. S. and most if us in America are familiar with our Declaration of Independence and it’s “self-evident truths” and “unalienable rights”. However, when was the last time you read the entire document penned by Thomas Jefferson in 1776? Now, more than ever, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with the original rationale for forging an independent, American nation.
Again, almost everyone can recite from memory most of this passage from the DoI:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
That’s all well and good and what is described is certainly “self-evident”. However, considering the times we live in:
Abject corruption by elected representatives in the legislative branch of government Disregard of law and Constitution by leaders of the executive branch of government Willingness to amend and create new law by the judicial branch of government Unlawful suppression of liberty and individual rights by the “bureaucratic branch of government” Complete capture and propagandizement of the “media branch of government” I believe that it is imperative that you read today the rest of the Declaration of Independence. Why? Perhaps you should review the rationale for revolution, laid out by Thomas Jefferson 239 years ago as the colonies were being held captive by a earlier, similarly tyrannical and despotic form of government (personal emphasis added):

This post was published at TF Metals Report on July 4, 2015.