The Media's Plan To Ambush Ron Paul

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American Republic is in remnant status. The stage is set for our
country to devolve into a military dictatorship, and few seem
to care."

Rep. Ron Paul

First we stop
the killing, and then we restore the Constitution. These are our
two main priorities. And that's why I'm voting for Ron Paul. He
is the only candidate (with a chance to win) who's promising to
do both. And he'll keep his word. That makes him the only truly
American candidate running for president.

Paul is serious
about withdrawing US troops from Iraq. He knows that the war was
a mistake and believes that the American occupation must end. He
has promised to stop the ongoing slaughter of Iraqi civilians. That
should be the primary moral consideration for anyone casting a ballot
on November 3.

Will you vote
to stop the killing or not? It's as simple as that.

Paul has also
promised to restore the rule of law — to repeal the Patriot Act
and the Military Commissions Act; to reinstate Posse Comitatus,
due process, habeas corpus, and the "presumption of innocence."
He'll make sure that US prisoners — whether they be American citizens
or foreign nationals — are treated in way that complies with our
treaty obligations, the Geneva Conventions, the Bill of Rights,
and the basic tenets of human decency.

Under Paul,
the torture will stop. Period.

What other
candidate will stop the torture of US prisoners? What other candidate
will stop the government's spying on the American people? What other
candidate will challenge Bush's claim that the president can arbitrarily
cast an American citizen in prison and keep him there as long as
he chooses without charging him with a crime?

Bush has abolished
the basic safeguards which protect the citizen from the long-arm
of the state. The legal system needs to be purged of his executive
signing statements and presidential decrees. Only Paul promises
to restore the Constitution. There is no second choice.

Paul is the
only candidate who grasps the economic problems facing the nation
from our massive deficit spending, the destruction of our manufacturing
base, and the falling dollar. He may not be able to pull us back
from the brink, but he will rebuild confidence in our currency,
our markets, and our trade policies. That's the best we can hope
for given the mess that Bush has created.

On November
5, Guy Fawkes Day, the Paul campaign raised over $4.07 million in
one day, mostly from private citizens. He surpassed all the other
candidates except Hilary Clinton and has raised more than $6.84
million in the first five weeks of this quarter alone. Paul's "purely"
grassroots movement is energized by working class Americans who
see his candidacy as a last-ditch effort to end the war in Iraq,
reestablish fiscal sanity, and restore civil liberties.

Despite the
fact that Paul has strong personal approval ratings and polls well
against his competitors, the media has deliberately — and very successfully
— kept him out of the public eye. That will be more difficult to
do now that his campaign war-chest is bursting with contributions
and his base of support is expanding across the country.

We expect the
media to abandon its failed strategy of simply ignoring Paul and
take the more aggressive approach of attacking him outright. Now
that Paul has established himself as a credible threat to the warmongering,
autocratic corporate elites, he will have to be discredited through
a coordinated media-blitz which will target his voting record, his
character, and any other personal foible which may incite public

He's got a
bull's-eye on his back.

We've seen
it all before, haven't we? The politics of personal destruction
organized and directed from the penthouse suites of the media's
corporate offices?

Perhaps, it
will be a repeat of the "Dean Scream," where the voice
of antiwar candidate Howard Dean was isolated from the crowd noise
— and played on the mainstream media over 900 times in 48 hours
— making Dean look like a maniac and torpedoing whatever chance
he may have had of winning the Democratic nomination.

Or maybe it
will be like John McCain's "rumored" out-of-wedlock black
baby in the South Carolina primary? Or the "Swift-boating"
of John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election? Or the attacks
on Dan Rather following his report that the president was a slacker
who vamoosed from the "Champagne Unit" of the Texas National
Guard during wartime?

Whatever the
plan may be, we should know by now that the media will continue
to act as the chief adversary of the American people and the cause
of liberty.

But don't expect
the Paul supporters to throw in the towel like the weak-kneed Dean
throng. These guys are stubborn and resolute. And they won't budge
on matters of principle. They're not taken in by the media's cheesy
smear-campaigns and they won't jump off the bandwagon at the first
sign of trouble.

The Paul crowd
has some heavy artillery of their own, too — and they're wheeling
it into place right now. Their ranks are gradually swelling, the
money is pouring in, and they are not going to give up their country
without a fight.

This election
is shaping up to be a clash of ideals between the people who still
believe in freedom and those who don't. It's going to be hand-to-hand
combat and it'll probably crack the country in two.

Good. Let the
battle begin. As Thomas Jefferson said, "Every generation needs
a new revolution."

8, 2007

Mike Whitney’s
[send him mail] “stock-n-trade”
is landscaping. He never even sat down at a computer keyboard until
Bush gave his “axis of evil” speech. Then, he figured it was time
to get to work.

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