Sunday, November 16, 2008

End the Fed, Ron Paul, and Wackos

Apparently, I've gotten on some libertarian phone lists, and was called tonight about a rally in Houston called "End The Fed". The keynote speaker will be U.S. Representative Ron Paul. There will be "End the Fed" rallies at all 39 Federal Reserve bank locations throughout the United States on Nov. 22nd. A link to the Houston site is here.

I am not a fan of the federal reserve as I believe in a dollar peg, and lean towards the Austrian Business Cycle Theory which lays the blame of most economic cycles at the feet of the reserve. So, no tears shed at its elimination.

The man on the phone seemed pretty reasonable and the website seemed pretty tame. They also encouraged me to wear business attire so that media would be less able to represent attendees as wackos. I am a little leery of Ron Paul supporters, but I thought I might attend this one and hope to learn a little.

Alas, I went to the national website here. You scroll down a little bit and you see a blurb linking the JFK assassination to his position on the Fed. A sponsor on the right column is the "Republic of Texas", a Texas secessionist group.

To all you Ron Paul supporters: Drop the conspiracy crap. All it takes for a bad idea to survive a long time is group think and vested interest. Drop the people who believe in rash behavior, like secession. No one of significant station is going to want to risk being photographed next to signs or t-shirts emblazened with related messages. If your ideas are sound and you patiently convert America you will win. Don't be lazy. You have to put in the real work of changing minds.

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