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Ron Paul Prepares To Enter 2012 Presidential Race

As the liberty rumor mill heats up this evening over the prospect that Texas Congressman Ron Paul is preparing to announce the formation of his 2012 presidential exploratory committee the headline on Drudge seeming to indicate the eve of welcome news.

In 2008 Ron Paul, who had difficulty getting respect from the mainstream political and media establishments as well as traction in his campaign, tried desperately to educate and warn the country about the dangers of loose monetary policy and expensive, budget-busting overseas militarism. The establishment “know-it-alls” and the conservative talking head puppets that everyone likes to just parrot instead of thinking for themselves tried the damndest to discredit him; but, increasingly Ron’s predictions and warnings turned out to be spot on.

Ron tried to tell us that we could face a future monetary crisis, a devaluation of the dollar and a loss of credibility worldwide for not only the United States itself, but for what has been until recently the undisputed reserve currency of the world. Ron has railed against the growing nanny and police state. Ron had predicted the challenges that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would face and tried to get the attention of Congress on the likely failure of those government sponsored entities. He told us gold and silver, now at or near all-time highs, were good stores of value and that we faced a massive rise in inflation and commodity prices as a result of Federal Reserve Policy.

Even Ron’s economic advisor in 2008, Peter Schiff had been laughed off of television shows when he had previously predicted the collapse of the mortgage market. I think only Ben Stein has since apologized to Peter, who is now much more respected than he was in 2007 or 2008 and even made a run for the Connecticut Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010. To illustrate the problem people with a clue have in getting elected, Schiff, who saw our entire mess coming, tried to warn us and who has strong free market, pro-freedom credibility couldn’t get the Republican Party’s nomination. That doesn’t give me much confidence in the Republican Party’s ability to save our country; but, how the party faithful react to people like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in 2011 and 2012 will tell us a lot about whether we can have hope or not.

So, how fitting is it that as the Drudge Report headline of “Ron Paul: He’s In!” hit the Internet this evening that the surrounding headlines read, at least momentarily…

“Dollar’s Decline Speeds Up”

“China planning to cut U.S. Reserves by two-thirds?”

“Gold and silver continue to surge. . .”

“Military patrols start in downtown Columbus, GA. . .”

“IMF: Age of America Nears End. . .”

“Gas prices rise for 34th straight day…”

Add to those headlines that despite all of the talk of “Hope and Change” in 2008 we still have troops in Afghanistan, we’re still sending drones into Pakistan, still have special units and contractors in Iraq, but now we’ve added Libya to the mix of countries we’re overtly bombing or meddling in.

As I’ve written before, Conservatives like to talk a big game about the government staying out of people’s lives and wallets. Does it ever occur to them that people in foreign nations want the U.S. Government out of their lives and wallets too? And always remember that it is perfectly okay to love your country and hate your government. Those two things are not mutually exclusive, especially when the government is doing its most incompetent and oppressive best to undermine the country, your countrymen and the high standing we once held in the world.

So, now is the time to lay down the gauntlet. To look every Republican voter right square in the eyes and tell them, “You say you’re for small Constitutional government, low or no taxes, personal responsibility, individual freedom and a government that minds its own business and protects your privacy. You say you want honest, trustworthy politicians.”

“PROVE IT. Support Ron Paul for President in 2012.”

And if they give you some lame excuse about why they can’t. Please ask them to get the hell out of the way because there are some of us out there who really do desire to live free, amongst free people in a free country. The way it is supposed to be. I have my own “contract with America” called The Constitution that says so.

The Impending Death of the Tea Party

According to a recent CNN/Opinion Research survey, more than half of Americans now have an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party.

Too many kids go to college

After reading this article, I started writing a lengthy, thought provoking blog post about how college today costs too much and offers too little in real world usable knowledge.  Basically said: “Too many kids go to college.”  Parents waste retirement money on sending Suzie to college when she doesn’t really need it, and government makes it worse by making it way to easy to finance the whole endeavor.
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“What’s Wrong with Vocational School?”  http://www.aei.org/article/25464

But then my computer decided to run out of battery without warning me, and now I don’t have the desire to re-write it.  So just take a moment, read the article above by Charles Murry, and think about how insightful I would have been.

United States Bombs Libya – So Much For The Change You Can Believe In!

Just more evidence that there is barely a dime’s worth of difference between the two major political cults (parties) once they are in power. The United States just initiated violence against a country that has not attacked us. Sure, there may be some bad stuff going on over there, but how is it we so randomly pick and choose when to intervene in these countries.
I’m sure there are lots of people who would have rather had their tax money spent intervening in Darfur. Another fine reason why people should be free to support whatever causes they want, but not forced by threat of government violence being done to them to support those causes they do not. It does call the question as to whether or not the United Nations will come to the aid of freedom fighters and patriots in America, maybe even with their own “no fly zone” edicts, when the time finally comes to kick our out-of-control government to the curb. Although, it is kind of hard to imagine U.S. F-22s strafing people in Idaho, Montana or New Hampshire (I’m rooting for someplace warm like South Carolina or Florida, but not banking on it).
If George W. Bush was attacking Libya, the press and the left would be screaming about it. There would be anti-war rallies already lined up and Code Pink would get their panties in a bunch and start dumping blood, or red paint or whatever else on unsuspecting political folks. Gotta love the intellectual honesty amongst the politically active. Except for the Libertarians you won’t find it anywhere.
So, let us take a quick look back at Barack “O-Bomb-A” Obama’s statements about war and especially the kind of war Iraq was. Yes, let’s examine what he said as we keep in mind that we are still in Iraq and Afghanistan and still conducting military activities in Pakistan and Yemen. Covert operations and software viruses unleashed on Iran.
“I will remove one or two brigades a month, and get all of our combat troops out of Iraq within 16 months. … Let there be no doubt: I will end this war.” – Barack Obama, 2007

“If people tell you that we cannot afford to invest in education or health care or fighting poverty, you just remind them that we are spending $10 billion a month in Iraq. And if we can spend that much money in Iraq, we can spend some of that money right here in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in big cities and small towns in every corner of this country.” – Barack Obama, July 12, 2008
“I don’t want to just end the war, but I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place.” – January 31, 2008
“We live in a more dangerous world, partly as a consequence of Bush’s actions, primarily because of this war in Iraq that should have never been authorized or waged.” – June 3, 2007

Q: In what circumstances would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress?
A: The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. – Barack Obama on Dec 20, 2007 Questionnaire

That last one is a keeper. I actually agree with the President on that statement completely. Too bad he clearly didn’t mean it. Can we just flat not trust a (insert expletive here) word these jokers say? Or maybe there is some twisted syndrome that creeps in. Once one of these bozos gets elected and the opportunity for THEM to become some kind of warrior, action hero (from the comfort of the Oval Office) they just can’t resist. Who can say?
And remember, Democrats keep voting to oppose this stuff and it never ends. Republicans keep voting for smaller, less obtrusive government and, well, they never get that either. Wake up and smell the time for change – start voting for people who mean it when they say something. How man times do people have to, like Charlie Brown, have the football pulled away before they quit trying to kick the ball?

United States Bombs Libya – So Much For The Change You Can Believe In!

Just more evidence that there is barely a dime’s worth of difference between the two major political cults (parties) once they are in power. The United States just initiated violence against a country that has not attacked us. Sure, there may be some bad stuff going on over there, but how is it we so randomly pick and choose when to intervene in these countries. I’m sure there are lots of people who would have rather had their tax money spent intervening in Darfur. Another fine reason why people should be free to support whatever causes they want, but not forced by threat of government violence being done to them to support those causes they do not. It does call the question as to whether or not the United Nations will come to the aid of freedom fighters and patriots in America, maybe even with their own “no fly zone” edicts, when the time finally comes to kick our out-of-control government to the curb. Although, it is kind of hard to imagine U.S. F-22s strafing people in Idaho, Montana or New Hampshire (I’m rooting for someplace warm like South Carolina or Florida, but not banking on it).If George W. Bush was attacking Libya, the press and the left would be screaming about it. There would be anti-war rallies already lined up and Code Pink would get their panties in a bunch and start dumping blood, or red paint or whatever else on unsuspecting political folks. Gotta love the intellectual honesty amongst the politically active. Except for the Libertarians you won’t find it anywhere.So, let us take a quick look back at Barack “O-Bomb-A” Obama’s statements about war and especially the kind of war Iraq was. Yes, let’s examine what he said as we keep in mind that we are still in Iraq and Afghanistan and still conducting military activities in Pakistan and Yemen. Covert operations and software viruses unleashed on Iran.”I will remove one or two brigades a month, and get all of our combat troops out of Iraq within 16 months. … Let there be no doubt: I will end this war.” – Barack Obama, 2007″If people tell you that we cannot afford to invest in education or health care or fighting poverty, you just remind them that we are spending $10 billion a month in Iraq. And if we can spend that much money in Iraq, we can spend some of that money right here in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in big cities and small towns in every corner of this country.” – Barack Obama, July 12, 2008″I don’t want to just end the war, but I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place.” – January 31, 2008″We live in a more dangerous world, partly as a consequence of Bush’s actions, primarily because of this war in Iraq that should have never been authorized or waged.” – June 3, 2007Q: In what circumstances would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress?A: The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. – Barack Obama on Dec 20, 2007 QuestionnaireThat last one is a keeper. I actually agree with the President on that statement completely. Too bad he clearly didn’t mean it. Can we just flat not trust a (insert expletive here) word these jokers say? Or maybe there is some twisted syndrome that creeps in. Once one of these bozos gets elected and the opportunity for THEM to become some kind of warrior, action hero (from the comfort of the Oval Office) they just can’t resist. Who can say?And remember, Democrats keep voting to oppose this stuff and it never ends. Republicans keep voting for smaller, less obtrusive government and, well, they never get that either. Wake up and smell the time for change – start voting for people who mean it when they say something. How man times do people have to, like Charlie Brown, have the football pulled away before they quit trying to kick the ball?

Ron Paul, CPAC and Loathing by the Ideologically Unprincipled and Intellectually Dishonest

Conservatives have a real problem in Texas congressman Ron Paul.Ron Paul doesn’t think the United States should claim to be all about “freedom” and “democracy” while sending billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer money to foreign dictators. The people of Egypt just rose up and booted out Mubarak whom the U.S. sent billions of dollars to each year. The Ba’ath Party in Iraq was supported early on by the U.S. and Saddam was all buddy-buddy with America for many years before we sought “regime change”. In 1979 the people of Iran tossed out the increasingly brutal Shah Pahlavi whom the U.S. and Britain had put put in power, replacing their secular (non religious) democracy in 1953. I mean, it’s not like the people in these countries aren’t backwards cave people who don’t know that the United States has funded and supported the same governments and leaders that have secret police kidnapping political dissenters off the streets, won’t let women drive or vote or sometimes even punishes them with whippings, jail or being stoned to death for having gotten raped.Former Pakistani President Musharraf, a military dictator, whom the U.S. sent billions and billions of dollars to each year just had an arrest warrant issued for him over the assassination of his political opposition, Benazir Bhutto, prior to the election. Yay! Hey, thanks U.S. Government for sending my tax money to a murderous, anti-democracy dictator who has women assassinated.Ron Paul doesn’t think the Federal Reserve should be able to just print money out of thin air, decreasing the value of the money already in circulation (including our savings) so that they can cover the massive deficits and out of control spending of our ridiculously bloated government while the rest of the world laughs at us. Has anyone else noticed the rest of the world starting to demand that the U.S. Dollar no longer be a key reserve currency and even China, a Communist Country whom we will borrow our entire military budget from (and then some) this year, is starting to rethink how far they will let us extend ourselves with them. Ron Paul doesn’t think that the Federal Government should be regulating religious rituals like marriage that a lot of us really think should be controlled by each person’s respective church or religious beliefs. Nope, he doesn’t think that the opinions of some people should be forced, by threat of government violence, on everyone else. Ron Paul really means it when he talks about shrinking the Federal Government, making sure it minds its own business and actually protects not just the personal safety and freedom of Americans but our economic freedom and security as well.A lot of conservatives like to talk about how they want the U.S. Government out of their lives and wallets. Yeah, well people in other countries want the U.S. Government out of their lives and wallets too. You want to stop terrorism against the United States? Heaven forbid we consider starting by not pissing off a whole region of the world with a hypocritical foreign policy.Small government conservatives shouldn’t be calling for the Government to not only take over marriage from the church; but, as the proposed Constitutional Amendment in Indiana would call for – actually banning voluntary, contractual agreements between people that might look too much like some kind of arrangement similar to that married people have. Yeah, banning voluntary, contractual agreements between consenting adults is exactly what small government conservative folks should be promoting. Idiots. One of the elected politicians that represents me in the Indiana State House, and one of the few I respect quite a bit, pointed out how some of the same people who praised Governor Mitch Daniels’ great speech at CPAC spent the very next day blasting and criticizing CPAC for Ron Paul’s victory in their Straw Poll. Well, just keep this mind. As a Facebook post pointed out, “Ron Paul won that straw poll with 30% of the vote by INSPIRING people to be there. Mitt ‘RomneyCare’ Romney came in second place with 23% by PAYING people to be there.” Nobody else garnered more than 6% and, thank goodness for small miracles, Sarah Palin only got 3% with the much more deserving Mitch Daniels ahead of her at 4%.For all of the railing against the government takeover of healthcare under Obama where was all the fuss when George W. Bush pushed through the trillion dollar prescription drug benefit to Medicare? Where are the loud calls and protests to repeal that? Where is the acknowledgement about Mitt’s involvement with Massachusetts so-called “RomneyCare” program? Hey! If the CPAC results are any indication 23% of conservatives agree that government takeovers are okay so long as a Republican does it!So, yeah, there are a bunch of us out there who want a little (or a lot of) intellectual honesty and consistency from our politicians and our government. But, until we get it from the followers and supporters of the two major political party cults (and that’s what they’ve devolved into), we aren’t going to have it from government. And, so, people like Ron Paul pose a problem because he continues to point out the inconsistencies in the current political dialog and our own hypocrisy. Supporters of the status quo, of an oppressive global American empire or people who want to use government to push their hateful, religious anti-gay people agenda really, really hate that.

Ron Paul, CPAC and Loathing by the Ideologically Unprincipled and Intellectually Dishonest

Conservatives have a real problem in Texas congressman Ron Paul.
Ron Paul doesn’t think the United States should claim to be all about “freedom” and “democracy” while sending billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer money to foreign dictators. The people of Egypt just rose up and booted out Mubarak whom the U.S. sent billions of dollars to each year. The Ba’ath Party in Iraq was supported early on by the U.S. and Saddam was all buddy-buddy with America for many years before we sought “regime change”. In 1979 the people of Iran tossed out the increasingly brutal Shah Pahlavi whom the U.S. and Britain had put put in power, replacing their secular (non religious) democracy in 1953. I mean, it’s not like the people in these countries are backwards cave people who don’t know that the United States has funded and supported the same governments and leaders that have secret police kidnapping political dissenters off the streets, won’t let women drive or vote or sometimes even punishes them with whippings, jail or being stoned to death for having gotten raped.
Former Pakistani President Musharraf, a military dictator, whom the U.S. sent billions and billions of dollars to each year just had an arrest warrant issued for him over the assassination of his political opposition, Benazir Bhutto, prior to the election. Yay! Hey, thanks U.S. Government for sending my tax money to a murderous, anti-democracy dictator who has women assassinated.
Ron Paul doesn’t think the Federal Reserve should be able to just print money out of thin air, decreasing the value of the money already in circulation (including our savings) so that they can cover the massive deficits and out of control spending of our ridiculously bloated government while the rest of the world laughs at us. Has anyone else noticed the rest of the world starting to demand that the U.S. Dollar no longer be a key reserve currency and even China, a Communist Country whom we will borrow our entire military budget from (and then some) this year, is starting to rethink how far they will let us extend ourselves with them.
Ron Paul doesn’t think that the Federal Government should be regulating religious rituals like marriage that a lot of us really think should be controlled by each person’s respective church or religious beliefs. Nope, he doesn’t think that the opinions of some people should be forced, by threat of government violence, on everyone else.
Ron Paul really means it when he talks about shrinking the Federal Government, making sure it minds its own business and actually protects not just the personal safety and freedom of Americans but our economic freedom and security as well.
A lot of conservatives like to talk about how they want the U.S. Government out of their lives and wallets. Yeah, well people in other countries want the U.S. Government out of their lives and wallets too. You want to stop terrorism against the United States? Heaven forbid we consider starting by not pissing off a whole region of the world with a hypocritical foreign policy.
Small government conservatives shouldn’t be calling for the Government to not only take over marriage from the church; but, as the proposed Constitutional Amendment in Indiana would call for – actually banning voluntary, contractual agreements between people that might look too much like some kind of arrangement similar to that married people have. Yeah, banning voluntary, contractual agreements between consenting adults is exactly what small government conservative folks should be promoting. Idiots.
One of the elected politicians that represents me in the Indiana State House, and one of the few I respect quite a bit, pointed out how some of the same people who praised Governor Mitch Daniels’ great speech at CPAC spent the very next day blasting and criticizing CPAC for Ron Paul’s victory in their Straw Poll. Well, just keep this mind. As a Facebook post pointed out, “Ron Paul won that straw poll with 30% of the vote by INSPIRING people to be there. Mitt ‘RomneyCare’ Romney came in second place with 23% by PAYING people to be there.” Nobody else garnered more than 6% and, thank goodness for small miracles, Sarah Palin only got 3% with the much more deserving Mitch Daniels ahead of her at 4%.
For all of the railing against the government takeover of healthcare under Obama where was all the fuss when George W. Bush pushed through the trillion dollar prescription drug benefit to Medicare? Where are the loud calls and protests to repeal that? Where is the acknowledgement about Mitt’s involvement with Massachusetts so-called “RomneyCare” program? Hey! If the CPAC results are any indication 23% of conservatives agree that government takeovers are okay so long as a Republican does it!
So, yeah, there are a bunch of us out there who want a little (or a lot of) intellectual honesty and consistency from our politicians and our government. But, until we get it from the followers and supporters of the two major political party cults (and that’s what they’ve devolved into), we aren’t going to have it from government. And, so, people like Ron Paul pose a problem because he continues to point out the inconsistencies in the current political dialog and our own hypocrisy. Supporters of the status quo, of an oppressive global American empire or people who want to use government to push their hateful, religious anti-gay people agenda really, really hate that.

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

What follows is the first official presidential proclamation issued in the United States. Published in the The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789.

Man, good thing that whole “separation of church and state” thing is in the constitution…our founders would be rolling in their graves if a modern president gave this speech.

…right?

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General Thanksgiving
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

2010 Liberatrian Results In Marion County

Remember, these are just Marion County votes.  The percentages do not reflect precincts outside Indianapolis.

Candidates in a TWO-way race
                                      VOTES   PERCENTAGE               
KEVIN VAIL (State Rep 90).  .  .  .   2,943    15.68%
JOE HAUPTMANN (State Rep 87).  .  .   1,345    17.40
KENT RAQUET (State Rep 93).  .  .  .  1,337    13.29
TERRIE A. CLOUD (FRANK Trustee) .  .  2,267    19.01

A Message For Pro-Intervention Conservatives and Liberals

A lot of traditional conservatives and even some liberals don’t seem to have much of a problem with America’s foreign policy. Libertarians, Ron Paul supporters and others like to point out the problems and repercussions, including what the CIA calls “blowback”, that result from having a highly intrusive foreign policy that seeks to promote U.S. hegemony in parts of the globe.I started to write a piece that focused on our Middle East interventions and finally realized on the third page that I was probably writing a chapter to a potential future book, not a BLOG post. So, let me put it in this perspective and I’m speaking mostly to (supposedly) small government conservatives.Today, the U.S. apologized for using people in another nation as guinea pigs in unethical medical testing of sexually transmitted diseases. This took place in the 1940s.In 1953, the U.S. and British overthrew the democratically elected, secular (non religious) government of Iran and replaced that government with a dictator (ref: Operation Ajax). Ultimately, this boiled down to helping British oil interests (the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, today we know it as British Petroleum).After his failed assassination attempt on Qasim in Iraq (1959), Saddam Hussein became an asset of the CIA and the Ba’ath party was helped to power with the support of the CIA and British MI6.In the late 70s it is widely believed that the Carter administration turned against the Shah of Iran (whom we had helped to power) because of human rights concerns and this helped his overthrow by the religious (Muslim) conservatives.In the 1980s the U.S. assisted, funded or otherwise supported both sides of the Iran-Iraq war in which hundreds of thousands of Arabs died. All as part of a strategy to keep both sides weak and unable to develop into stronger nations less likely to be subject to the desires and designs of the West.We fought a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. We can glamorize it all we want with movies like “Charlie Wilson’s War”, but at the end of the day the Middle East was used repeatedly as a way to play tug of war with the Soviets without actually having to fight them.The U.S. supports, funds and arms – nearly without question – the state of Israel which a One World Government organization carved out of Palestine and gave to what was then the minority population there. I know how much conservatives love the United Nations and one world government organizations!The U.S. has a long standing policy of supporting the ruling royal family in Saudi Arabia. This is a country where women cannot vote or drive, where a woman may be killed or harshly punished for being raped and where they still practice amputation as a punishment against criminals. Nary a word is spoken by our government about this. We maintain friendly relations with this country while invading or manipulating the regimes in others in the name of “freedom” or “democracy”. We help fund the military dictatorship in Pakistan. In the past couple of years the U.S. demanded that Swiss banks turn over their records related to U.S. account holders. Some foreign banks are starting to cease doing business in the U.S. because they, like many of us, don’t want to deal with our Internal Revenue Service.Certainly, all of these sorts of things for which I highlight only a very, very small handful examples cost us lots of money. Especially when we end up sending our brave and honorable soldiers to war to clean up the messes that the upper-class ivy league twits at the CIA get us into. Not sure how one can be “fiscally conservative” and support constant meddling in the affairs of other nations or never-ending states of warfare; but, I digress.This is my question.Conservatives frequently state that they want the United States Government to stay out of their lives and their wallets. Does it ever occur to them that the rest of the world wants this too?

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