Paul's Revolutionary Manifesto
by Floy Lilley
just finished watching yet another boring presidential debate in
which, with the exception of the contributions by Ron Paul, no major
issues were debated. Instead, John McCain and Mitt Romney were permitted
to spend the bulk of the time arguing about the supposedly major
differences that separate them, when in fact they actually agree
what our larger debate in American society is like, too: we never
get to discuss fundamentals, only minutiae. Should we have troops
in 129 countries or 130? Income tax or national sales tax? This
restriction on freedom or that one?
Ron Paul is
about to blow the lid off the whole political establishment, the
whole crooked game of which McCain, Romney, Clinton, and Obama,
for all their supposed differences, are all an intimate part.
Ron Paul has
Revolution: A Manifesto, to be released by Grand Central
Publishing. It covers everything establishment politicians lie about
or ignore: war, sound money, terrorism, the economy, the IRS, civil
liberties Ė you name it. Itís written to be understood by ordinary
people Ė and to wake them up.
It is the most
extraordinary book ever written by a public figure in America. And
Ron Paul, as we well know, isnít just any public figure. He is the
great truth-teller of our time, and the greatest champion of freedom
the U.S. Congress has ever seen. Ron Paul is throwing down the gauntlet,
defining the issues that he and his movement Ė which are not going
away Ė intend to hammer home from now until the end of time.
to the book is already online, courtesy of Grand Central Publishing
(which is not connected to the Book Bomb). Read it at the Preface
cycle we are treated to candidates who promise us "change,"
and 2008 has been no different. But in the American political
lexicon, "change" always means more of the same: more
government, more looting of Americans, more inflation, more police-state
measures, more unnecessary war, and more centralization of power.
would mean something like the opposite of those things. It might
even involve following our Constitution. And thatís the one option
Americans are never permitted to hearÖ.
bankruptcy looming, politicians from both parties continue to
make multi-trillion dollar promises of "free" goods
from the government, and hardly a soul wonders if we can still
afford to have troops in Ė this is not a misprint Ė 130 countries
around the world. All of this is going to come to an end sooner
or later, because financial reality is going to make itself felt
in very uncomfortable ways. But instead of thinking about what
this means for how we conduct our foreign and domestic affairs,
our chattering classes seem incapable of speaking in anything
but the emptiest platitudes, when they can be bothered to address
serious issues at all. Fundamental questions like this, and countless
others besides, are off the table in our mainstream media, which
focuses our attention on trivialities and phony debates as we
march toward oblivion.
is the deadening consensus that crosses party lines, that dominates
our major media, and that is strangling the liberty and prosperity
that were once the birthright of Americans. Dissenters who tell
their fellow citizens what is really going on are subject to smear
campaigns that, like clockwork, are aimed at the political heretic.
Truth is treason in the empire of lies.
an alternative to national bankruptcy, a bigger police state,
trillion-dollar wars, and a government that draws ever more parasitically
on the productive energies of the American people. Itís called
freedom. But as weíve learned through hard experience, we are
not going to hear a word in its favor if our political and media
establishments have anything to say about it.
If we want
to live in a free society, we need to break free from these artificial
limitations on free debate and start asking serious questions
once again. I am happy that my campaign for the presidency has
finally raised some of them. But this is a long-term project that
will persist far into the future. These ideas cannot be allowed
to die, buried beneath the mind-numbing chorus of empty slogans
and inanities that constitute official political discourse in
That is why
I wrote this book.
The only drawback
Paulís manifesto is that it will not be released until April
30. Thatís where RonPaulBookBomb.com,
a new grassroots effort, comes in.
The goal of
RonPaulBookBomb.com is twofold. First, for The
Revolution: A Manifesto to debut at number one on the New
York Times bestseller list. Second, to reach 1 million Americans
with Dr. Paulís manifesto.
The site asks
people to pledge to buy at least one copy of Dr. Paulís book on
or before the April 30 release date. It keeps a running counter
of how many people have pledged. How high can we get it by April
30? (Is there any precedent for anything like this in the history
This book can
change our political landscape. It is brilliant and explosive, the
kind of book no one in Washington would ever consider writing. The
more it sells, the harder it will be for business as usual to go
on Ė and the more firmly we will lay the groundwork for the freedom
movement in the years ahead. Here is the instrument to propel the
Ron Paul Revolution well into the future.
the media wonít deliver Ron Paulís message to our fellow Americans,
we must do so ourselves. This book is a classic for our time, a
powerful and devastating indictment of the one-party system that
governs and loots us and of the official media that pretends we
have a real debate in this country. It is also one of the greatest,
most learned and inspiring defenses of freedom and the traditional
American republic ever written.
If this doesnít
wake up America, nothing will.
of RonPaulBookBomb.com hope to make publishing history on April
30. Letís go pledge, and
make it happen.
Lilley [send her mail]
is an adjunct faculty member at the Mises Institute. She was formerly
with the University of Texas at Austiní's Chair of Free Enterprise,
and an attorney-at-law in Texas and Florida.
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