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Dear Ralph Nader,

I supported you throughout your campaign. I made phone calls, blogged and dug articles. I have stood behind you when I argued politics with people from around the world and with Americans who were voting. In the end, I mailed in my ballot marked Ralph Nader for the Peace party of Oregon. Now that the race has been won and we will have Barack Obama in the White House on January 20th, what are we to do? Mr. Nader, that is why I’m writing to you today.

You have millions of supporters around the country. Far more than the number who had voted for you. We can assume based on the polls, that you would have gotten 1/3 of those votes if people had thought you could win. That’s roughly 50 million people who support you, Mr. Nader.

You have said yourself that we need to give President Obama a mandate, because otherwise the Military Industrial Complex will inevitably give him one. I completely agree with this statement and if we do not give him a mandate then he will just follow the Bush war machine. He will ruin Iraq, with Afghanistan to follow. He will support Israel occupation and will ignore the Palestinians. He will allow single payer health care to remain just Plan B on the Democrat’s agenda, ensuring the implementation one of the worst health care systems in the Western world. As it stands, he will ignore the will of the people on behalf of the corporate interests that paid for his monumental campaign.

Now is our time. Only we the people can make a difference now. Only we can make President Obama become what the whole world is hoping he will be. We must take to the streets and our voices must be heard. Only when our cries of justice penetrate the walls of the Obama White House, will this world see real change.

Mr. Nader, I’m writing to you in order to ask that you rally your supporters and organize a protest on the day of Obama’s inauguration. I’m writing to you, Mr. Nader, to ask that you reach out to the Obama supporters who worked so hard to get him where he is and ask them to march with you. He said it himself in his victory speech, “This victory alone is not the change we seek — it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.”

Unite everyone together and let us give President Obama a mandate that will change the country and the world.

Your loyal supporter,

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Here is a picture of my jack-o-lantern.

Ecce Pepo

Ecce Pepo

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The American Civil Liberties Union says the expansive powers of border guards is creating what it calls a “Constitution-free Zone” for large swaths of the US. The ACLU says because the government is claiming border and customs powers extend 100 miles inland, many Americans are being subjected to privacy invasions that wouldn’t normally be allowed. The so-called 100-mile “border region” includes nine out of the top ten major metro areas and two-thirds of the US population.

From Democracy Now

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I recognize the importance of distinguishing between conspiracy theory and a reliable source. I can only hope that our own Congress is a reliable source in the matters of what our executive branch says and does. I refuse to believe any other instance, though there are many.

That being said, thus far I have found two reliable instances where the Bush Administration has threated Martial Law. I write this blog to show and express these two instances. The first instance below was reported by Rep. Brad Sherman who was speaking about the Wall Street bailout bill. The second was reported by Rep. John Olver in regards to impeaching President Bush. In both cases Martial Law was threatened if Congress did not obey the executive’s orders. I implore you to watch the videos and see for yourself.

Either the Bailout or Martial Law:

If Impeachment then Martial Law:
( a letter from Rep. Olver to Independent Candidate Ralph Nader)

Never before has a President held such sway over Congress.

If you want to know more about how serious this is then I suggest you don’t take my word for it and watch this interview with author Naomi Wolf where she speaks about the events that lead up to this moment and what we the people can do about it now. (special thanks to The Pathogen for sending me the link to the video below)

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The effects of the FISA bill and Bush’s warrant-less spy program are starting to show. Below is an article taken from Democracynow.org on 29.7.08 which states that applicants for the Justice Department had their Internet search querys discovered and used against them. If the applicant had searched for certain items they were disqualified, items including “abortion”, “guns”, “Florida recount” and “Homosexual”.

This is another case of our freedoms being destroyed. Now, what you search for on the internet is no longer private information and without a warrant can be discovered and then used against you. Now, we must take care as to what we search for on the internet, for it can be used for discrimination.

The constitution was written not to impower the people but instead to limit the government. Our government has outsteped these boundries and is now begining to exercise its new found abilities to remake itself, to censor its people, and rule in favor of expansion.  So waive goodbye to our first and fourth amendment rights because there’s no better way to censor the public then by restricting what they can know.

This text was taken from Democracynow.org, I did not write it and only wish to share it:

An internal probe has found top Justice Department officials practiced routine political discrimination in hiring for top positions. Applicants were disqualified for everything from links to Democratic Party politics and rumors of being gay or lesbian. Less-experienced Republicans were given priority, including one lawyer who drew raves for his position on “god, guns and gays.” The report focuses on the conduct of senior aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, including former top adviser Monica Goodling and former chief of staff Kyle Sampson. The officials relied on a White House internet search technique to vet the political views of potential employees. The aides searched for the applicants’ names, along with such key words as “abortion”, “homosexual”, “Florida recount” and “guns.”

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Below is one of Ron Paul’s Texas straight talks. In this text he compares the economics polices of the liberals, far left, with the neo-cons, far right, and expresses their similarities. In polarized politics leaning too far in one direction will inevitably inverse the effect as if playing an old-school space shooter, horizontally scrolling, video game.  I’m not a Republican and I’m not a Democrat, I’m Independent, because our two party system is the cancer of our democracy. Vote Nader and Ron Paul is also awesome.

As a side note, on Ron Paul’s website there are more great texts like this one along with corresponding videos. I recommend that everyone go and read what he has to say and watch his speeches. I only wish that all of our politicians took their jobs as seriously as Paul, then we wouldn’t have to blog so much.

NOTE: This text below is taken off of Ron Paul’s website and is written by Ron Paul. This is not my text. I only wish to share it.
– Johnofsilence

The dangers inherent in the foreign policy advocated by the neo-conservatives are well known. While many Americans have become increasingly aware of those dangers, far less attention has been focused on the dangers of neo-conservative economic policies. This issue is of critical importance right now, because many are mistakenly pointing their fingers at the free market as the culprit behind our current economic plight.

There are only a few in elected office who have any real loyalty to free markets and limited government. The agenda of neo-conservatives in the economy calls for a very active central government. Indeed, while there are some neo-conservatives who continue to use the rhetoric of limited government, and who oppose increases in the federal income tax as a way to maintain the political benefits that apply to those who talk about free markets, it is now the neo-conservatives who promote fiat monetary policies even more than those on the liberal left.

While I have been a strong proponent of cutting taxes on all Americans, and therefore supported the tax reductions offered by President Bush, the neo-cons argue that tax rate reduction alone is the key to “getting the government out of the way” of economic growth. Moreover, they invariably argue for tax reductions targeted toward the wealthy, and toward multinational corporations.

Over the years, I have offered several tax plans designed to assist hard working middle-class Americans to pay for their needs, whether these needs be health-care related, educational or to pay the costs of fuel. A few years back when I introduced one such bill, a prominent Republican approached me on the House Floor and asked, half in anger and half in amazement “why did you do that?” Shortly after that, the committee chairman at the time, also a Republican, sent out a release strongly attacking my tax cut bill.

So, while the liberal economic agenda includes more taxes and spending, the neo-con economic program simply looks to target some tax cuts to preferred groups, but ignore the economic big picture. The neo-con economic agenda is to “borrow and spend” and it is that agenda, even more than the tax and spend ways of many liberals, that has cast us in economic peril at this time.

Simply, on spending, the neo-cons and the liberals share views, just as they share similar views on foreign policy. While each side tries to claim the mantle of change, reality is that more of the same is not change.

The fiat monetary policy we now follow is the most significant factor contributing to our economic peril, and it is central to the neo-con agenda. As we hear new calls to empower the Federal Reserve Board, we should be aware that underlying all neo-conservative policies is the idea of monetary inflation. Inflation is the technique used to pay for the regulatory-state and the costs of policing the world.

Posted by Ron Paul (07-28-2008, 01:08 PM) filed under Monetary Policy

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The decision to allow Israel and Palestine to determine the status of Jerusalem is the only stance that America should hold. I support Obama in his opinion and should the media use the buzz word, flip-flop, to express Obama sudden acquiring of lucidity, then so be it. I say he’s only guilty of being a populist, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The important part is what he will do in the end and it appears as if this passive plan of action, in light of new information, will hold; and in contrast, the earlier statement made at the AIPAC convention was merely political lip-service.

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