Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Checking your premises on Universal Health Care

I recently watched Michael Moore's movie "Sicko."

Most people I know who saw it thought it was a great wake up call. I thought it was quite disengenuous. Michael Moore is learning how to master the art of 'smoke and mirrors' and he does a good job at it, but that doesn't mean he understands anything better than anyone else.

I liked this article about Universal Health Care:

Check Your Premises

Michael Moore likes to pin the blame for the failures of the U.S. Health Care on the free market. Trouble is - there is no free market. The article talks about what health care was like when there was more of a free-market. Not perfect, but a lot better than the universal health care provided in other countries today.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ed Griffin in the Age of the Sound Byte

Ed Griffin played warm-up speaker before Ron Paul at the Ron Paul Rally in Mountain View, CA on July 14. Not accustomed to giving 10 minute speeches, he delivered his message in less than 10 minutes. His core message: "Ron Paul is the only candidate who can win for America" took all of 3.2 seconds.

Here's the whole speech:

I always learn something listening to Ed Griffin. He spoke about how voters tend to base their vote on who they believe can win the election, not unlike betting on a football game. If you go about it that, he contends, you may win the bet, but you'll also likely lose your freedoms.

He also talked about Carroll Quigley, professor at Georgetown University, who had Bill Clinton as a student. Very interesting stuff here.

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Freedom Is Not Complicated

Ron Paul paid a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area this last weekend (July 13-14). On Saturday, July 14, the South Bay Ron Paul Meetup group hosted a rally for the Presidential contender in Charleston Park, right next door to Google's corporate campus.

Here are the YouTube videos of his address:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

I loved the backdrop of the stage depicting Howard Chandler Christy's painting "Scene at the Signing of the Constitution." The painting with it's faded yellowish tinge made Ron Paul, wearing a yellow sport shirt and tan slacks, appear as though he stepped out of it to give us his speech - straight from the Constitutional Convention.

Dr. Paul's speech was one of the best I've heard so far on the campaign. His message that 'freedom isn't complicated' drew enthusiastic applause and cheers from 500-600 supporters in attendance.

The wonderful thing about Ron Paul is that he comes across as a real person, with no one handling him. He speaks without notes, spreading both arms wide as though he's passing along the gift of the Founding Father's wisdom to us. His message was about personal liberty, humble, non-interventionist foreign policy, low taxation, sound money and small government. He pointed out that critics and naysayers of this message are quick to brush aside these principles because simplistic they are simplistic, outdated and isolationist. Looking back on history and where we stand in the world, the current policies have done more to isolate the United States from the rest of the world than anything.

I agree with Ron Paul. It isn't that complicated. Give freedom a chance.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

The Happiest Nation On Earth

Ever heard of Vanuatu? It's a small island nation in the South Pacific where people use hogs' tusk as monetary currency. Here's the link from ABC's Newsstory:

Vanuatu, Earth's Happiest Nation

This supports my notion that sound currency enables people to meet their most basic needs.

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