A resolution requiring the removal from Iraq of all US military troops who are not protecting diplomatic facilities and personnel that was introduced Friday in the US House of Representatives by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) is on the fast track to a debate and vote in the House.
House Concurrent Resolution 105, which is cosponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), an RPI Advisory Board member, is closely modeled after a resolution former Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced on March 4, 2010 to require withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan. Kucinich’s resolution obtained a full House debate and vote just six days after its introduction.
As the death toll from the Israel government’s air strikes increases and its military prepares for a ground invasion of Gaza that the Israeli government justifies as a response to Hamas hostilities, consider former Rep. Ron Paul’s January 9, 2009 speech on the US House of Representatives floor explaining that Israel helped encourage the growth of Hamas to counteract the Palestine Liberation Organization. Paul, RPI’s chairman and founder, proceeds to discuss in the speech the similarity between Israel’s past actions regarding Hamas and the US Central Intelligence Agency’s support for radicalizing Muslims to compete with the Soviet Union.
The media is not waiting until after the November general election to blame Libertarian Party candidates for Republican Party candidates’ upcoming losses. Indeed, Libertarian candidates are already being blamed for the Republicans’ potential failure to gain a majority in of the United States Senate. The Washington Post on Sunday published an article suggesting that Libertarian candidates could “spoil” Republicans’ chances of winning United States Senate races in eleven or more states, as well as some governor races.
Following an Associated Press article last month that erroneously suggested Libertarian governor candidate Ed Thompson caused the Republican incumbent Wisconsin governor to lose to the Democrat challenger in 2002, the Washington Post article points to Republican losses in the Virginia 2013 governor race and the 2006 and 2012 Montana US Senate races to support the assertion that Libertarian candidates are spoilers for Republicans.
What proof does the Washington Post article offer to advance this empirical argument? The Libertarian candidate received more votes than the number of votes by which the Democrat beat the Republican in each of those three races. That’s it — an underwhelming “argument” to say the least. The article seems to trust that readers believe the baseless, though widely repeated, characterization of libertarianism as a subset of conservatism.
The US House of Representatives is scheduled to consider on Tuesday the Honor Flight Act (HR 4812) that would require the Transportation Security Administration to work with a non-profit organization to establish a process for providing “expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans” who are traveling with the aid of certain non-profit organizations to visit certain war memorials.
While enactment of this legislation may provide some relief for veterans traveling on these particular trips, the obvious question is why the same basic restraints are not placed on the TSA for its interactions with everyone and for all trips.
Over at the Ron Paul Channel, RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul is warning of consequences from the US government escalating its military involvement in Iraq. Paul concludes:
Expect one day for this insanity of our foreign policy to translate into a much greater war in the region. When that comes, look for a stock market crash, oil prices to skyrocket and gold prices to soar.
Paul warns in his editorial that increasing US military involvement in Iraq shows that the US is “falling off a cliff into the quagmire of an ever-worsening civil war in Iraq.”
In contrast, Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, insists “[t]here’s no mission creep,” despite President Barack Obama sending at least 650 American troops to Iraq in the past two weeks.
In a new discussion at the YouTube channel of Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), Jones, an RPI Advisory Board member, discusses with Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) the effort to declassify 28 pages of a joint House of Representatives and Senate Intelligence Committees report. The redacted pages include information concerning foreign governments’ involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks in America. Jones and Massie both state that the information in those 28 pages is important for informing decisions regarding the Middle East and potential US government actions in Iraq, as well as for preventing another attack in America similar to the September 11 attacks.
Ron Paul, speaking with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, explains that President Barack Obama’s proposal to spend a half-billion dollars on training and arming Syria insurgents will hurt Americans while helping the military industrial complex. Paul, RPI’s chairman and founder, also argues that the House of Representatives would do better to impeach Obama for unconstitutional actions than to follow Speaker of the House John Boehner’s plan to sue Obama.
It is no secret that Boris Pasternak’s 1957 novel Dr. Zhivago influenced RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul. Indeed, Dr. Zhivago and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged are the only two works of fiction included in the list of 48 books at the end of Paul’s The Revolution: A Manifesto that Paul says influenced him over the years. What has long been a secret, though, is that the United States Central Intelligence Agency played a significant role in helping promote the Pasternak novel.
A peek at the influence Dr. Zhivago had on Paul may be found in ABC News and National Public Radio profiles of Paul from 2011 that report on how Paul reading in his 20s a copy of Dr. Zhivago that his mother had given him put Paul on course reading many other books that helped him develop his understanding of libertarian ideas. This reading led directly to Paul first running for Congress in 1974 and continuing to communicate regarding political topics to this day. As Paul has explained many times, his runs for political office have been motivated largely by a desire to share ideas related to freedom with a larger audience.
Might Paul’s mother not have given him Dr. Zhivago if the CIA had not boosted the book’s popularity? Without reading the book, may Paul not have proceeded in the study that led him to help build support for liberty and nonintervention in the US and abroad?
RPI’s Adam Dick joined the Lions of Liberty Podcast on Thursday for a discussion of the drug war and advancing liberty through electoral politics. Dick discusses with host Marc Clair how states and local governments going their own way on marijuana laws are overcoming the United States government’s war on marijuana, as well as some of the incremental steps the US government has taken over the last few years to roll back its drug war. Dick also makes some predictions about the war on a drugs and pitches a new Smokey and the Bandit movie about driving marijuana from Colorado to Texas.
The conversation starts with lessons learned from Dick’s experience in politics, including co-managing Ed Thompson’s 2002 Wisconsin governor campaign and working in Rep. Ron Paul’s US House of Representatives office.
Clair and Dick also address the foreign policy views of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who recently lost his primary election while he was US House majority leader, and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), an RPI Advisory Board member, who won his primary election.
Listen to the interview here:
Read here some of Dick’s articles discussed in the interview:
On May 5, 2013 Luis Figueroa interviewed me at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City, Guatemala regarding the war on drugs in the United States.
The discussion addresses how the US government took steps in the last few years to roll back portions of the drug war—reducing penalties related to crack cocaine, eliminating a prohibition on US government-backed college financial aid for students with prior drug convictions, and allowing the District of Columbia to implement a medical marijuana law the US government had suppressed for years.
In the interview I also predict that the US government will increasingly back down in its war on marijuana as more states and local governments legalize marijuana for medical and recreational uses. As the process develops, I suggest a patchwork quilt of different marijuana laws will materialize around the country, with no place enforcing total prohibition.
The big leap, I explain, would be ending the drug war beyond the war on marijuana. The war on marijuana can be ended more readily because, in the US, marijuana is perceived as more similar to legal alcohol and tobacco than are other illegal drugs and because marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug.