Why do I support Ron Paul and What Relevance Does He Have to Filipinos?

The Iowa caucus is coming up and Ron Paul is leading the polls.

So it's the Iowa caucus later or tomorrow (I'm not really sure about the time difference), an important electoral event that will show who the Americans in that state want to be their nominee to be contender against Obama for president of the United States.

Before I begin my blog post on why I support him and why his political positions are relevant not just to Americans but to the world, I figured I should show you guys a few videos first showing how the establishment, neocons, and mainstream media is being biased against Ron Paul.

I would have to say that Stewart is fairly leaning toward being democrat/progressive and to see him notice the media bias against Ron Paul and to defend him shows that Ron Paul is not the typical Republican you know. No, not all republicans are neocons like Bush. In fact, most of Ron Paul's positions are against the policies enforced by the Bush administration (undeclared wars, bailouts, patriot act, etc.). In the video above, it is embarrassing how the media ignored him. Now that he is leading the polls, they can't pretend he doesn't exist anymore and their new technique is digging up ridiculous allegations and mishaps in his past hoping those would discredit him or deter his supporters.

This video above is probably one of the craziest things ever. Basically, the guy says that if Ron Paul wins, it means that he doesn't win, in the caucus state where the past two winners are Bush and Obama whose wins both eventually lead them to the white house. It makes absolutely no sense. I can't even begin to comprehend what he means by "we just take him out" if Ron Paul wins. It's insane.

This one above is inspiring. It is very rare for you to hear truth from Fox News and I'm sure most of you have that common notion that Fox News is all propaganda. But this guy, Neil Cavuto, challenges his own colleagues like Chris Wallace, Bill O'Reilly, and others who mostly have more seniority than him. I'm surprised that this guy is still not fired. And this guy's been consistent with listening to and recognizing Ron Paul's political positions and electability. There are also two others in Fox News making sense like Judge Nap and Stossel (yes, not everyone in Fox News are crazy neocons who support establishment candidates and special interest groups).

Why Do I Support Ron Paul? What difference does it make for us Filipinos?

If you think this article is tl;dr then I beg of you to just please watch the video above.
or watch many of his other videos that show his consistent and principled integrity

I support him because he has had consistent principled integrity, he predicted the housing bubble and recession long before it happened and no one listened to him. I love how he is never afraid to stand by his principles even when everyone is against him, at times people even ridiculed him, laughed at him, and even banned him from debates.

Your thoughts must always have been why I am so concerned about US politics and Ron Paul and you're probably thinking that it is irrelevant to us Filipinos. That's where you are wrong. It is obvious that a great deal of our policies are patterned after the US. When they gave their government the Patriot Act, the power to seize and search property and detain individuals with no warrant from the courts, so did we create the Human Security Act that does the same, a mockery of both our constitutions and so-called democracy and freedom.

I support him because of his criticism and desire to audit and perhaps eventually abolish the Federal Reserve and its secrecy and power to print money as they wish and perhaps if he wins he will inspire the world to do the same. No, your money is not based on the gold reserve of our country as most of you think. It is fiat currency controlled by appointed bureaucrats in our central bank, devalued and inflated as they wish. Ron Paul is against this. And just like his proposal to cut the US debt from the Federal Reserve we must remember that a great deal of our debt also comes from this quasi-private printing press.

I support him because his foreign policy is that of peace. He exposed how the US was giving foreign aid (even when they're already heavily in debt) to dictators like Mubarak or Gaddafi only later on to flipflop and give aid to those protesting against these authoritarians. He understands the concept of "blowback" and that their founders were right when they said that their nation should befriend other nations and trade with them and not create entangling alliances for it only increases hostility and danger in the world. The exact opposite of what the US is doing now with their embargos, sanctions, and undeclared wars, regardless if the president is Democrat or Republican.

I support him because he is not afraid to talk about the truths about prohibition, the wasteful expenditure  on the war on drugs, and the government's unconstitutional power to regulate the lifestyle and personal habits of individuals. It is empowering syndicates and terrorists in the black market. It is restricting research and progress in medicine and increases the costs and prices thereof across the board. It increases the harm potential or danger for those with addiction (it is a disease to be treated not a crime to be punished). It is proven that prohibition fails to decrease abuse of illegal substances and therefore is a wasteful policy.

Of course he still upholds the rule of law. If you steal or destroy property, when you harm others, yes, that is a crime and must be dealt with by the police and courts. Lifting prohibition does not mean that he is legalizing drug addicts to steal or commit crimes. Non sequitur. In fact, as a libertarian, he believes in the non-aggression principle that states that for as long as you are not initiating force or aggression against the lives, liberties, and properties of others then you are free to do as you wish and the government has no power to take that away from you. If you do not agree then you might as well tear out the bill of rights in our constitution.

Many criticize him for not believing in evolution, for instance, but what they don't understand is that as a libertarian and staunch constitutionalist who defends their first amendment, he will never impose his beliefs on others and surely veto any kind of legislation that tries to do so. This will be the same for any private matter like individual rights in marriage or unions, religion, schooling, etc.  He believes that the State shall step out of these issues and never have the power to tell you what to believe or what kind of contracts you engage in. The government should always be our servant and never our master. That is what libertarianism is all about.

I support Ron Paul because here I am, even if halfway around the world, inspired to become a better person, inspired to respect property rights and the liberties of others, inspired to learn more about Austrian School of Economics and concrete libertarian solutions and policies that may alleviate the poverty of my fellow Filipinos. And I know that I am not the only one. Not just in the US but all over the world, there are so many who now understand the concept of liberty all because of Ron Paul.

This blog is now one-year old. Still remember my first post about my local government's Christmas tree? It's been a year of trying to defend liberty and introduce libertarian ideas to my readers. Most of it all because of Ron Paul.

In a way, there is a part of me that is afraid for him to win. The establishment and special interest groups will surely do everything in their power to smear his name and principles just as they are already trying to do now. He might even be assassinated just like Kennedy. A fellow libertarian even suggested to me that he might get blamed for everything because the corrections needed in their economy and policies will be very painful, very hard to swallow for many, corrections that would never have been needed if only they listened to him a long time ago. But when all is said and done, everything I wrote above (and the many things I bet I forgot to write about), is the most sensible, pragmatic, just, and moral political platform. Peace and prosperity, not just for the US but for the world.

It has always been obvious (and perhaps futile), but I want to make it official: I am Harry Santos and I endorse Ron Paul as my candidate for the 2012 GOP nomination and US presidential election.

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