Reps. Duncan, Massie, and Jones Challenge the US Government’s War in Afghanistan

Three members of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s Advisory Board are member of the United States Congress — Reps. John Duncan, Thomas Massie, and Walter Jones. It was a treat to see all three of them challenging the US government’s 16-year war in Afghanistan at a hearing earlier this month of the National Security Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

First up, Duncan discussed the futility of the US government trying to control Afghanistan where successive governments, including the Soviet Union most recently before the US, have failed in such attempts for centuries. Duncan further commented concerning US wars since 2001 that it is “very sad that we have allowed all these trillions of dollars to have been spent and all of these lives [to] have been lost needlessly.” Duncan continued, “I think that we’re long past the time that we should have gotten out of Afghanistan, and we shouldn’t keep continuing to drag this out.” Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams wrote more regarding Duncan’s comments here.

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Andrew Napolitano: ‘Russiagate’ Investigation Shows Prosecutors’ Terrible ‘Standard Operating Procedure’

If you want to see how terribly prosecutors in America can operate, take a look at what is happening in the ‘Russiagate’ investigation being run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, says Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano, interviewed by host Kennedy last week at Fox Business, explains that the investigation is using a “standard operating procedure” of threats and bribes — even though regular Americans would be prosecuted for making such threats and bribes.

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Dennis Kucinich Discusses the ‘Permanent Government’ behind US Foreign Intervention

In a recent interview with host Wilmer Leon at the Inside the Issues show, former presidential candidate and United States House of Representatives Member Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) discussed how what Kucinich terms the “permanent government” has worked to ensure the United States continues pursuing destructive foreign interventions and to keep America “at the precipice of a much wider war” irrespective of who is president.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen Bill, Marijuana Momentum, Clinton Crime, Women Draft, Money Bomb

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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Ron Paul: The Revolution is Alive and Well

It has been ten years since 2007 when the presidential campaign of Ron Paul, then a United States House of Representatives member, evidenced the great breadth and commitment of people involved in what Paul has called a “revolution.” In a new interview with host Chris Martenson at the Peak Prosperity podcast, Paul discusses the excitement for the “liberty message” presented in that campaign, an excitement exhibited through actions including record-breaking political campaign fundraising via money bombs on the internet. That revolution so vividly on display during the campaign, Paul continues, is “alive and well” today “in the area of ideas that changes the world.”

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How Ron Paul Hopes People Will One Day Honor His Legacy

Libertarian communicator Ron Paul answered a peculiar and interesting concluding question in a recent interview on the Outer Limits of Inner Truth show: How would Paul like people to honor him after his death? Paul’s answer to host Ryan McCormick’s question focuses on the importance of people doing what Paul has sought to do over the last few decades, including in the United States House of Representatives, presidential runs, and educational efforts such as the Ron Paul Institute — learn about and promote liberty.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Anti-Trump Media, Catalonia, DNC Scam, Twitter Nonsense, Police Accountability

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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Turning Singing of the National Anthem at Sporting Events into a Police and Military Support Ritual

Saturday evening I walked through my living room where game four of the World Series was playing. On the field four cops were singing the national anthem before the thousands of people gathered at the stadium and the millions more watching on TV.

After seeing this, I sent an email to Joshua Bennett, telling him I had just seen an example of what I had talked about earlier that day on his radio show Patriot’s Lament on KFAR radio in Fairbanks, Alaska.

On the show I had discussed how the singing of the national anthem at sporting events lately involves military and police members often displaying the American flag and sometimes even singing the national anthem in the sports arenas. I argued this development is part of an effort to tie the national anthem at sporting events in with an expression of “support for the US government and particularly support for the law enforcers and the military people and what they are doing,” thus pressuring people through mass participation to affirm such support and making the national anthem ritual a “a very politicized act.”

Among the many other topics discussed in the three-hour interview are the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity conference that took place in September, moves toward a US war on Iran, the US government’s continuing effort to overthrow the government of Syria, the worsening of US relations with Russia under the Donald Trump administration, potential US military action against North Korea, US military intervention in Africa, the use of the September 11, 2001 attacks in America to advance previously desired expansions of government in America and military actions overseas, consequences of growing support by Americans for marijuana legalization, benefits of drug legalization, and President John F. Kennedy and his assassination

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Read here the post Bennett mentions during the show in which he presents at his blog some of his thoughts concerning national anthem protests at National Football League games.

Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

The Congressman Who Has Sent Thousands of Letters to Families of US Troops Killed in Wars

On a Sunday morning more than two weeks after four U.S. soldiers were ambushed and killed in Niger, Rep. Walter Jones sat at the desk in his North Carolina office, doing what he’s done more than 11,000 times in 14 years: signing letters to families of the dead troops.

That is how Martha Waggoner begins her Monday Associated Press article relating the regret United States House of Representatives Member Walter Jones (R-NC) feels for voting in 2002 for the US invasion of Iraq and how he has channeled that regret into actions Jones calls “penance” that include sending letters to families of troops killed in the Iraq War and other US military actions overseas.

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