by George Washington
Americans Hate the Federal Reserve
“We are seeing a level of enthusiasm for Ron Paul that
can be compared with President Obama in 2008?, said Eric Brakey, Media
Coordinator for NYC Liberty HQ, the grassroots organization hosting the
rally for the candidate. “Congressman Paul’s youth support is different
now than it was during his last presidential campaign. It’s more
organized and it’s picking up steam and continues to grow”.
As the longtime congressman from Texas stepped onto the stage, the crowd screamed with enthusiasm. The audience’s biggest reaction came when he spoke about ending the Federal Reserve.
“The country has changed in the last four years, but my message hasn’t
changed” Paul said. “The country is ripe for a true revolution”.
At least 75% of the American people want a full audit of the Fed, and most were against reconfirming Bernanke.
Indeed, as Bloomberg noted last December:
A majority of Americans
are dissatisfied with the nation’s independent central bank, saying the
U.S. Federal Reserve should either be brought under tighter political
control or abolished outright, a poll shows.
Americans across the political spectrum say the Fed shouldn’t retain
its current structure of independence. Asked if the central bank should
be more accountable to Congress, left independent or abolished entirely,
39 percent said it should be held more accountable and 16 percent that
it should be abolished. Only 37 percent favor the status quo.
As I have extensively documented, the Fed is largely responsible for the economic crisis, and has failed to meet a single one of its stated mandates (and its implied ones as well).
Americans Are Sick and Tired of Never-Ending War
Ron Paul is also gaining popularity because he is against the
never-ending War On Terror, and wants to bring the troops home.
Americans are sick of the never-ending, ever-creeping war. See this, this and this.
Americans Want Our Liberties Back
Americans are also becoming less tolerant of the wholesale
destruction of our constitutional liberties in the name of fighting
terrorism. As Talking Points Memo writes:
On the eve of the ten year anniversary of 9/11, the Pew Research Center has released new data
on Americans’ reaction to the attacks, and the foreign and national
security policies pursued in the post 9/11 era. They show a country with
views that have evolved on the relationship between civil liberties
and the tools given to government to fight terrorism, and a disbelief
that the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped to lessen the
chance there will be another terrorist attack on the United States.
The Pew survey showed a large shift in the number of Americans who
are willing to see some of their civil liberties go out the window in
the name of fighting terrorism. Directly after 9/11, Americans were
willing to make the deal, as 55 percent thought it was necessary,
against 35 percent who felt the opposite. Now, only 40 percent felt that giving up some civil liberties is necessary to curb terrorism, with 54 percent against.
“…only about a quarter say the wars in Iraq (26%) and Afghanistan
(25%) have lessened the chances of terrorist attacks in the United
States,” the Pew report reads. “In both cases majorities say the wars
either have increased the risk of terrorism in this country or made no
Top American military leaders agree, saying that the war on terror has weakened our national security.
Hundreds of Millions of Americans Can’t Be Stopped
Of course, criticizing the Fed, wanting to end the wars, liking Ron Paul, or “taking
a cynical stance toward politics, mistrusting authority, endorsing
democratic practices, … and displaying an inquisitive, imaginative
outlook” can bring on heightened scrutiny or displeasure from the powers-that-be.
But given that the overwhelming majority of Americans fall in one or
more of these categories, they can’t harass hundreds of million of us.
Note: Instead of labeling the opinions described above as “conservative” or “liberal, please read this.