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Should We Try To Kill Castro?

February 3, 2012 by  

Should We Try To Kill Castro?

Newt Gingrich is the self-proclaimed candidate of “grandiose ideas.” One of the most grandiose is his proposal that U.S. taxpayers spend untold trillions of dollars to establish a permanent base on the moon. Oh, and not only put a base there, but someday have it join our union as the 51st State.

Yes, that one is a lulu. But at least it’s relatively harmless, since there’s not a chance it will actually happen in our lifetime. Some of Gingrich’s other schemes aren’t nearly as benign. One that really worries me is his proposal that the United States government use any means necessary overt or covert to topple the Castro regime, because I suspect he would have the support of a majority of his countrymen for such a quest.

I yield to no one in my desire to see that unhappy nation, just 90 miles from our shores, overthrow the communist regime that has enslaved it for more than 50 years. Some of you may recall that my family was in Cuba when Fidel Castro and his bearded ones marched into Havana on Jan. 1, 1959. The experience turned me into a lifelong anti-communist. It led my mother to write a book about her experiences; I wrote a column about her last year that included a link to her story. Click here if you’d like to read her book.

I am still a passionate anti-communist. I believe that the heart of man yearns to be free, but I don’t believe it is our government’s job to decide which rulers deserve to stay in office and which ones should be overthrown. And neither should you, if you believe that this country is (or should be) a Constitutional Republic.

We have meddled in the affairs of other countries far too much and for far too long. We have troops stationed in more countries than you can name. I can’t recite them all, either, because the exact number and locations are a State secret. But it’s a bunch.

More than 60 years after the end of World War II, we still have tens of thousands of troops and dozens of bases in Germany and Japan. Why? The Korean “police action” ended more than 50 years ago, but we still have enough troops and bases in South Korea to fight it all over again. Again, why? Does anyone believe that all these forces are keeping our country safer or making attacks on us less likely?

Of course I would like to see Cuba become free. It would be wonderful if the Cuban people could experience the incredible prosperity that freedom and free enterprise would produce. It is amazing what free people will do when they are allowed to keep the fruits of their labors, instead of suffering under the poverty and rationing of an all-powerful state.

Nothing is more destructive of peace or prosperity than the Marxist version of government that tries to enforce its vision of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” I could even argue that the right to own property and to dispose of it as you wish is even more important than the right to vote.

But with all of that said, is it our job to determine which governments are “good enough” to remain in power and which ones deserve to be toppled? If we start to make such a list, I suspect that more than half of the governments around the world would get a failing grade. Many of them have committed some truly heinous crimes against their people. But is it our job to bring them to justice or to set their people free?

This is an incredibly slippery slope that Gingrich would take America down. We’ve tried it many times before, from an aborted invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs to overthrowing the Shah in Iran and President Ngo Dinh Diem of SouthVietnam. All of those experiments in nation building and many more I could name ended in utter disaster not just for us, but also for the hapless citizens of those countries.

If it’s not our job to “free Cuba” or any other country, what should we do?

We should set an example that other countries could honor and emulate. By that, I mean we should mind our own business and not interfere with theirs. That’s the policy that made us the hope, the inspiration and the envy of the world. It worked for more than 100 years. It will work again now.

If we really want to help some countries, let’s send them copies of our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers and a bunch of other books that could teach and inspire them. What a great project for some private patriotic charities to undertake.

Let’s send them our ideas, but not our interference. Let’s lead by example, not by arms or coercion.

Let’s once again follow a policy of non-intervention in the affairs of other nations. And let’s leave it to others to see some of those “presidents for life” get the justice they deserve.

Is there any candidate out there who feels the same way I do about this? Yes. His name is Ron Paul. And seeing the growing numbers of his supporters (including an enormous number of enthusiastic and dedicated young people) is one of the most encouraging things I’ve seen in many years.

Not only do I think Gingrich is wrong, but I think his ideas of nation building are downright dangerous. I don’t want to see him become anyone’s policeman or nanny.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • s c

    Why not realize that every candidate has at least one kookoid idea that makes his/her candidacy stand out from the rest? It could be that it’s an established political rule.
    It could be proof that no political candidate is so
    ‘special’ that he or she is sent from ‘above’ to help us mortals. It may be just a coincidence.
    Whatever it is, it’s almost enough to wish that we didn’t need ANY politician. Congress, by itself, seems to prove that almost anyone in the House or the Senate should be taken out and shot or hung at the end of a term, and he or she could be replaced in 24 hours or less with an equally disgusting example of what makes apes and humans ‘cousins.’
    I’m for establishing a draft for the House and Senate. If your name comes up, you go to Washington to ‘serve’ the people. When your time is up, you go back home and STAY there – OR ELSE. SCREW public servant careers – and all who think it makes America “better.” The Founding Fathers knew better. We forgot it.

    • FreedomFighter

      We need to stop the post-industrial attitude toward America, a contracting America, an America dominated by those that think our days over.

      I believe in an expansion of America to the stars, moon, Mars and beyound. We stop the global and go UP and OUT. Unlimited resources are available and entire planets to expand to.

      America currently has 4 times the oil of Saudi Arabia, 200 plus years of natural gas, 3000 years of methane off shore. America has beautiful farmland, water supplys to rival or surpass almost any other nation. America has the tech.

      We need remove ourselves from international intanglement and move to the moon, mars and stars. Use what we have for USA, because frankly the real frontier is out there not here, the wealth will be generated from off world resources, beause here resources are being used up.

      We need to close our borders, pull back our military, concentrate on America, and move to the stars.

      If they are nice to us, bring the rest of the world with us

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

      • DaveH

        I’m all for your Freedom to do that, FF. But please do it with your own money and that of your like-minded fellows.

        • FreedomFighter

          Just as this country was founded, it will probably go like that. Driven by economics of profit from resources, such as H3 on the moon, for fusion reactors, worth hundreds of times more than gold.

          Laus Deo
          Semper Fi

          • Capitalist at Birth

            Besides that, Russia and China both have the same idea. who should get there first?

          • FreedomFighter

            The next power source of choice will be clean fusion reactors, fuel of choice H3, found on the moon in quanity.

            The country/corporation (chuckle) that controls the fuel, controls the foreseeable future of this world. We as Americans should use our current abundent resources to prepare for that future.

            First we take care of America, end the fed, make our own coin, shut the borders, heal the nation, and get the economy roaring,,,we dont need no freekin oil from the east…oh I forgot to mention in my first post —- 300 years of coal too.

            The elite have known for years of Americas abundent fuel sources, IMHO they want to bankrupt America and steal these resources using the fake fiat dollars — worthless paper for hard assets.

            The banksters are robbing the American people, there children and childrens children thru fake debt, fake money and criminal politicians like Obama and our current 435 law makers, with the exception of a precious few.

            Wake up America, we dont need the world, the world needs our stuff.

            Laus Deo
            Semper Fi

            AMERICA FIRST

            Laus Deo
            Semper Fi

          • denniso

            Hey there rightwing Obama haters!! Good news again this AM! Unemployment is down once more,to 8.3%,w/ the stock market up near it’s high before the Republican crash of ’08. We added about 300,000 jobs in Jan,and continued the steady job growth of the past 2 yrs. I wonder if you guys will have anything good to say about this good news? No,I didn’t think so,since Obama is the Devil and can do nothing good for the country.

            You can rest assured though that if the economy continues this steady improvement Obama wins fairly easily in Nov….great news,right?

          • FreedomFighter

            Just another criminal ploy:

            Its like Obama choking to death the American economy, and him yelling

            “Im not choking it to death, its still breathing see”

            Once elected he will finish the choking job.

            Laus Deo
            Semper Fi

          • Old Henry

            Well denniso, I’m guessing that as back in the 80s they are all hamburger-flipping jobs. And the market today is no where near the high of just over 14,000 it reached under Shrub.

            Umemployment #s are rigged just like they do to the inflation rate.

            How many jobs simply went away to help bring “down” the unemployment rate? Has the ACUTAL umemployment rate fallen below 18%?

          • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston
          • denniso

            Dear Bob,
            The numbers are never the whole story,but they do give us a guide for how things are going,improving or not. Even when we were in the boom there were many people underemployed and many who fell out of the employment market entirely. We know there are always more umemployed then what the number statse because some people give up looking or aren’t willing to move for a job that may exist in another region. But the fact remains that we’ve had positive job growth for a couple of yrs now,and that can only be good news.

            It’s always possible to be negative about the economy and the country,but if all the detractors would spend a little energy pushing the positive rather than preaching doom and gloom,we would already be in a much healthier position. I’ve said for many yrs,and it is proven true repeatedly,that modern capitalism cannot provide full employment w/ decent wages unless we are engaged in an all out war,like we were in WW2. All the evidence says that,and yet the Right wants us to believe that we can provide good paying jobs and full employment if we just dismantle gov’t and do away w/ regulations that hinder the economy. The problem w/ their argument is that it’s patently false w/ no modern evidence to support it at all.

            Best wishes,denniso

          • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

            Dear denniso,

            Engaging in an all-out WWII-style war, as you suggest, will not bring about full employment, unless you count the millions of soldiers who are no longer in the workforce as employed.

            And yes, full employment is possible if the government will step aside and allow the free market to operate. It has happened before, and it can happen again. But Bush/Obama stimulus and war spending and Greenspan/Bernanke Fed policies won’t get us there.

            Best wishes,
            Bob

          • DaveH

            Denniso,
            Instead of spouting conjecture and telling us what you WANT to believe as if it were fact, why don’t you read this financial history of our country and really learn something?
            http://mises.org/books/historyofmoney.pdf

          • DaveH

            Here are the actual non-farm employment numbers as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
            Jan 2009 — 133,561,000 (month that Obama assumed the Presidency)
            Apr 2009 — 131,346,000
            Jul 2009 — 130,164,000
            Oct 2009 — 129,532,000
            Jan 2010 — 129,279,000
            Apr 2010 — 129,672,000
            Jul 2010 — 129,963,000
            Oct 2010 — 130,105,000
            Jan 2011 — 130,456,000
            Apr 2011 — 131,173,000
            Jul 2011 — 131,407,000
            Oct 2011 — 131,806,000

          • Old Henry

            FreedomFighter:

            We could build a pipeline from theMoon to somewhere in the center of our country and then disperse it from there.

          • Dntmkmecmoverther

            @denniso : When you add in the over 1,000,000 people who exited the job market because there IS none, the numbers come up at 9.6%. When you look at particular areas of the US like Michigan, the number climbs to 16%. So don’t honk your horn dimwit; the fire is still blazing. Our illusionist president is taking credit for what has not occured but is misrepresented…just like his Nobel award.

          • denniso

            Dear Bob,
            We can’t have full employment w/ good paying jobs w/o a big war or the post war boom that can occur. We never have had it and never will. Sure,if we strip all regulations,including labor laws and any sort of min wage we may do it,but what kind of society would that be? People working for $2/hr,no healthcare,opening all public land to coal mining,oil drilling,giving the national forests over to logging companies,allowing our water to become utterly toxic,air too thick w/ pollution to breathe,rivers flowing w/ toxic waste…what a great country we would have! And still,the vast majority of workers would be working at slave wages,unable to buy what they produce. We’ve tried your prescription before…the 1800′s and early part of the 1900′s before we had much of any regulation and no environmental or labor laws. Compare that time in history to the 50′s and later and tell me that most people were doing better in those ‘good old days’.
            Our modern automated society and increased productivity also make it nearly impossible to have full employment w/o war or a large bubble.

            DaveH uses a selected slice of employment numbers and still makes things look better than they were at the height of the crash. Look a little broader and see the severe dip and our recovery.

            Before the crash…………jan 08 138,000,000
            Crash in progress,Obama in..jan 09 133,500,000- lost 4,500,000 jobs
            Crash bottoms out………..feb 10 129,200,000- lost 4,300,000
            recovery continues……….jan 11 132,400,000- gained 3,200,000

            So we lost about 9 million jobs in the crash from the high in jan 08. We’ve now regained about 3 million jobs from the low point in the crash,and have had nearly continuous job growth since we bottomed out. We are still behind the numbers of employed at the height of the bubble,but we’re regaing ground and,afterall,that was a bubble,which is defined by it’s abnormal growth. We don’t easily or quickly recover those employment numbers w/o inducing another bubble somehow. We don’t have a bubble economy going on now so how can we have bubble like employment numbers? We can’t.

          • Mike in MI

            Denniso -
            My God! (and I seldom use such expletives) such sophisticated, and SKEWWED, answers. Your responses here indicate you have huge resourses, researchers and propagandists at your beck and call to put the Administration’s slant in the best possible perspective! How can this thing be unless you are a paid political smack? Cocaine on the campaign trail? Half truths atop gross baseline figures, above benign estimates, under politically correct hopes, paints a picture for me of a peculiarly adroit and sophisticated political propagandist.

            Bob Livingston,
            You are to be congratulated on pulling together such a group of people who garner and represent such ideas as a powerful group of thinkers and communicators that someone like the people who Denniso represents would have to take notice.
            Huzzahs to all of you conservative (Godly) thinkers and researchers on this site who look the enemy straight in the eye and SPIT reason and knowledge which sends the EVIL, DARK angels scurrying and flitting the koop.

          • DaveH

            Denniso says — “We can’t have full employment w/ good paying jobs w/o a big war or the post war boom that can occur”. That is pure Conjecture, Denniso. Prove it.
            Unemployment is created by Government Meddling. Without the Government Meddling, the Pricing Mechanisms of the marketplace would take over and produce the fairest distribution of wages and product prices that there could be. Wages would go down, but anybody who wanted to work could find work. And Productivity would go up, enabling those lower-paid people to buy more with their smaller paychecks. On top of that, the People would be able to pocket all those Trillions of dollars that are now going to pay the Meddlesome Government Gang.
            It’s all about Productivity. What causes people to work most efficiently, and produce the most? That cause certainly ISN’T having Negatively Productive Government People paying themselves with Taxpayer Money.
            No market system can beat people engaging in Voluntary Trade with each other. The Government Gang would like us to believe differently for Obvious reasons — their own self-interest.
            For those who want to know what Denniso doesn’t want you to know:
            http://mises.org/books/capitalism_kelly.pdf

          • DaveH

            Mike in MI says — “Your [Denniso's] responses here indicate you have huge resourses, researchers and propagandists at your beck and call to put the Administration’s slant in the best possible perspective!”.
            Oh please, Mike, you give Denniso’s weak comments way too much credit.
            I find his responses to be inane at best. If he garners any respect at all from anybody, it only shows the lack of education they have received at the hands of the Public School system.

          • denniso

            OH yes, the Divine Market. It fixes everything and will lead us into the new Garden of Eden!

            You aren’t worth talking to because all you are is a phony libertarian,which is another word for a naive and selfish zealot. You want proof of the credibility of my statement about full employment? Read some history of our country…look back at the 1800′s and show us how well that era of small gov’t and no regulations worked for both the working people and the land and water. Are you at all aware that we are still cleaning up cyanide from old gold mines in the hills and mountains around the West? Who’s paying for that abuse wrought by business 100 yrs ago? You,me,Bob Livingston?

            And you said it,wages would drop. You make it sound benign,but again,look at history and other countries right now. How well are the low wages working for workers in China,Malaysia,even Mexico? Why would there be an increase in productivity when there would be no need for that to happen if wages drop low enough so that multitudes of slave wage workers could just be thrown in the mix? Again,look back to the 1800′s and see the hordes of manual laborers building rail lines and roads. If labor is cheap enough there is no point in any business pushing for higher productivity.

            The rightwing wants to run the experiment of weak gov’t and no regulations agin,the exact same thing the country lived through for most of our existence,until a few brave men like Teddy Roosevelt came along and addressed the wrongs and flaws of the so called ‘free market’. The only reason the discussion is even out there is because of the majority of Americans who don’t know the history of our economic system…why in Hell,if we have any brains, would we repeat the same failed approach that has already been discredited? Are we really that dumb? Is DaveH really that ignorant of fairly recent history,or is it just his individual greed at work,as it clearly is for the elite rich in the Repub party?

          • DaveH

            As usual, Denniso must resort to ridicule, personal attack, conjecture, and the other typical nonsensical manipulative tactics employed by Ignorant Liberals. I have read history, Denniso, and our citizens were much freer then to pursue the good life than they are now.
            For anybody who wants to be more knowledgeable than Denniso (that isn’t hard, by the way):
            http://mises.org/books/historyofmoney.pdf

            Denniso says — “Why would there be an increase in productivity when there would be no need for that to happen if wages drop low enough so that multitudes of slave wage workers could just be thrown in the mix?”.
            Lol, that was the most ignorant thing I have seen you say yet, Denniso. If more workers are thrown in the mix, then more goods and services will be produced (obviously). Notable, also, is that just a comment or two before Denniso was arguing that Free Markets would produce more unemployment. Now he’s arguing for more unemployment. Make up your mind, Denniso, you can’t have it both ways.

            Then Denniso says — “Again,look back to the 1800′s and see the hordes of manual laborers building rail lines and roads. If labor is cheap enough there is no point in any business pushing for higher productivity”.
            It’s becoming rather obvious that Denniso has no clue about what Productivity means.

            And I’ve posted often the website that actually shows people the Reality of Big Government Regulation (poorer economies). So, I can only figure that Denniso is scared to death of learning something, or as Mike noted — he is an Operative for the Administration. But I will post it again in the next comment just to see his excuse for the Real World experience of Big Governments.

          • DaveH

            All you have to offer, Denniso, is your conjectural Propaganda and adolescent manipulative tactics. I have real facts on my side:
            http://heritage.org/index/ranking

          • DaveH

            Let me explain a little to those who are, like Denniso, economically ignorant, but unlike Denniso, would like to learn.
            If the net output of goods or services (after adjustment for costs of necessary capital equipment) of a worker is $8/hr, no company owner who wants to make a profit on his invested money (we all do) will pay that worker $8/hr or more, with the exception (maybe) of a charitable organization. But the company would hire the worker for about $7/hr. So, if we let Government set the Minimum Wage (there should be none) at $8/hr or more, all those people capable of producing only $8/hr of goods or services must either go into business for themselves or do without. And thanks to Big Government it’s not very easy for most people to go into business for themselves (Licensure requirements, other Government hoops).
            And many (if not most) of those regulatory hoops have been established by Politicians and Bureaucrats purposely to protect their compatriots. Licensing boards are invariably staffed by people who are already in that industry and thus have a bias towards protecting their own jobs as well as those of their buddies.

          • denniso

            Like I said,you’re hopelessly lost in your fake and inconsequential world of libertarianism. I show the full employment numbers that indicate how we are recovering and have gained 3 million jobs from the low point if the crash,and you go off on a mindless rant backed up by extreme rightwing websites, Do you know you can find a site on the web to back up any idea or philosophy? Your mises site is not credible and is pointless for anyone to look at. It has a clear rightwing slant and pushes myths like the ‘free market’,which by the way has never existed and never will. Pure liberty? No such thing either.

          • DaveH

            Denniso says — “Do you know you can find a site on the web to back up any idea or philosophy?”.
            Good deal, Denniso. Then you should have no trouble finding some references to back up your nonsense.
            Do you really think you have any credibility, Denniso, with anybody who knows anything about Economics? You are just the typical Liberal fool.

          • DaveH

            By the way, Denniso, when you make statements about an organization not being credible you better be able to back that accusation up with proof. Otherwise, you are just the common everyday Liberal Slanderer, which of course I know you are.

          • denniso

            I can’t help you DaveH,old buddy,if you don’t have the discernment to detect obvious rightwing,’free market’ bias in sites like Mises,or your vaunted Heritage Foundation. I wonder,do you give the same creedence to Fox News,one of the most generally discredited organizations we have?
            It does take some ability to reason and some actual work when it comes to weeding out info bias among all the sources out there,so don’t feel too badly about being unable to do it. Most people are just like you and have a built in confirmation bias that steers them directly into lines of reasoning that already feel comfortable and good. It takes a little moxy and self assurance to get past that common human trait. You clearly don’t have that ability.

        • eddie47d

          Since we staked claim on the moon first I don’t think any other nation would try and annex it for themselves. The moon would be like Antarctica were conditions are harsh and few would even want to live there. Antarctica is divided into different zones where no one can really own that piece of land. When it comes to the moon or any other planet the expense would kill almost any project. The billions in cost to retrieve any minerals and ship them back would be a daunting task for any country. Not sure how many workers would want to work in uncomfortable space suits for months or years at a time either. After 60 years of attempting to conquer space and numerous sci-fi movies we haven’t got much out of it. Except for the big exception of communication satellites. We should never stop searching but I think it’s time to reevaluate.

          • Old Henry

            ” The moon would be like Antarctica were conditions are harsh and few would even want to live there.”

            Sort of like Detrot, huh eddie? Hey, it might be a good place to put Muslims…

          • Michael

            I would like to add computers, the internet that we aree all staring at, cell phones, an explosion of available information and eficiency undreamed of 100 years ago. Our investment in the space program has paid dividends far beyond our initial investment

          • The Pilot

            Hey there Denniso,

            Whatever good news about the economy you find in the misinformation media is rigged to fool people who depend on it for their news.

            The economy is not getting better. It’s still getting worse, regardless of what the misinformation media says. Look, don’t listen. If you’d do that, you wouldn’t say such silly things, like telling people the economy is getting better. Better??? Ha!

            Besides, Presidents don’t control the economy, except that they can act as cheerleaders for those who help ruin it like the current one has. The Fed and Congress control the economy, not the President.

          • Tom W.

            Smoke and mirrors!!!

          • Dntmkmecmoverther

            @Old Henry : ‘like Detroit’…that’s funny!

          • Tom W.
          • Alex Frazier

            eddie, don’t say that. Of course we’ve gotten something out of the space program. We got a $90,000.00 ink pen that works in zero gravity (the Russians just used a pencil, lol).

        • Jerry

          Hey DaveH regarding your comment “I’m all for your Freedom to do that, FF. But please do it with your own money and that of your like-minded fellows.”
          How do you like the way the current administration is using your (and mine!!) money without asking whether we comply? Frankly, I’m quite pissed that my money is being used and abused by unthinking and arrogant Liberal bast_rds that question everything that intelligent people might do. If the shoe fits, you can wear it too.

      • Alex Frazier

        FF, it doesn’t matter what resources we have here in America. None of them are going to make Mars spin faster or give us life-spans adequate to reach planets beyond our solar system.

        Presently, data shows that Mars is the only potentially habitable planet in the solar system in terms of temperature and hospitable weather conditions (relative to some of the turbulent planets and moons that have volcanic eruptions that blast miles into space). Unfortunately, Mars doesn’t have a life-sustaining atmosphere, and despite the zealous ideas of planting a bunch of trees to generate one, Mars doesn’t spin fast enough to retain the full potential of its atmosphere. Neither does it spin fast enough to generate an adequate magnetic field to protect us from the sun.

        The moon is being constantly pelted with meteors and such. Just look at it. There is no atmosphere to deflect such things as there is on Earth. It also has reduced gravity, which means that anyone living on it would end up suffering problems with bone density. And this is saying nothing of the difficulties with providing an adequate amount of oxygen to sustain a population.

        That only leaves a sub-zero Titan, and I think either their air or their water are speculated to be something nasty, like methane or amonia.

        Beyond that, we have planets around other stars, which we can’t reach. When they talk about the nearest one being forty-something light years away, you have to take that into account with the theory of relativity. One year at the speed of light, they say, and a baby left behind on Earth would be an old man when you got back. Experiments have demonstrated that “time” does in fact slow down when particles reach near the speed of light.

        So it would take forty lifetimes to reach the nearest star. By the time our astronauts reached their destination, the world will have forgotten that they ever went.

        Expanding to space is a stupid waste of money.

        I’ll give it one plus, and just this one. One day our sun will expand beyond the boudaries of our orbit and increase its gravitational strength. When that happens, the Earth will be gone. If there is any hope that the human race will survive, it is necessary that we must one day flee and make a home on some other planet, or live like Battlestar Galactica people. The time to start preparation for something like that is now rather than later. The government can’t get up one morning and say, “Oh crap, that sun looks a little big today. Maybe we should think about technology for leaving this planet.”

        But that aside, again, expanding to space is a stupid idea financially.

    • Milissa

      I like the idea of drafting for the senate and congress, but I know a lot of people that would scare me if they were in charge of anything. How long before you had a group that simply didn’t want to cede their power and refuse to go? I think a term limit would do the job also.

      • DaveH

        Neither of those will cure our society’s real problem — that of a heavily propagandized electorate, who don’t have the least understanding of Freedom.
        Until we change that, we would just be exchanging one dirty diaper for another.

        • http://donthaveone Beberoni

          A huge, huge problem of society, is that most things are run by lawyers. And lawyers seek money. They seek to control all, that nothing gets down, without them cashing in. They have ruined our politcal system. They have ruined our judicial system. And by the decisions they make they have ruined our school system, the post office, medi-care, medi-caid, and basically everything they touch. But hey, as long as they are cashing in, they dont see a problem with it. Everyone looks at the homeless guy as the scourge of society. Me, I look at lawyers that way, as they cause more damage than anyone, and we are all left to pay them for the ill they conceive.

          • DaveH

            I love Judge Napolitano. He’s a lawyer.

          • NC

            beberoni, lawyers don’t pass laws.Lawyers who are ELECTED representatives pass laws! Like business men and doctors who are elected representatives pass laws.
            “And lawyers seek money” What do business men and Doctors seek? Do you think Mr. Paul went broke practicing medicine?
            Lawyers take Constitution Law courses! How many have you taken?

          • LTC_Ray_Burke

            The law IS an evil and destructive profession and will ALWAYS remain so.

          • Gman

            Hey BeBe: why not just make it so that all of the supposed “elite educated” DON’T get the jobs that allow them to ruin our country. Why not “draft” farmers and small business owners and everyday working people to run our country ? After all, these are the folks who actually make this country run; without US the rich and famous wouldn’t have anybody to make their money for them. Imagine lawyers and doctors and the like having to earn their money by doing honest work instead of by networking with those others that kn ow the “insides” of the “game” ? How about having common, everyday people, the one’s who REALLY built this country through HARD LABOR using GOOD SENSE when it comes to money matters. It is not the AMERICAN PEOPLE that don’t know or care about how OUR money is handled; it’s the politicians who handle our money. They need to be swept out and kept out of OUR business as they ?seem? to always mess it up. Put real citizens in office who have a real reason to care about the welfare of all the citizens of the U.S. Because their welfre would be directly tied to each and every one of us “COMMON” people.

          • Michael J.

            NC,
            In this age of legislating from the bench, Lawyers who become Judges effectively pass laws. Who knows… in the future everyone may pass laws for 15 minutes.

            I myself ate dinner last night at Taco Bell and this morning passed it quite easily.

          • Nadzieja Batki

            Lawyers are not the problem. it is no better or worse than any other occupation. The worst offenders are the hangers on who give obeisance.

          • Tom W.
          • Tom W.

            I know that when I stand in front of Jesus and have to give an account for my life, it’s gonna be scary enough bein’ me, I damn sure wouldn’t want to be a doctor or lawyer or a minister who corrupted His Word!!!

          • Tom W.

            The rule of law can only work in a society where justice is meted out with equity. Just when did Lady Justice trade in her blindfold for a pair of Transition sunglasses whose darkness or clarity depend on the size of ones’ bank account? When it comes to lawyers, I sometimes tend to agree with William Shakespere. I believe that our once great nation is getting dangerously close to the tipping point. How many more times will the will of the American people be shot down by some ideological judge, who are supposedly sworn to uphold the Constitution, before We the People say enough is enough? We’ll probably be surprised by how small of a spark it will take to set the forest ablaze.
            “In a nation of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its’ examples. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law, it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”
            1928 Supreme Court opinion by Justice Louis Brandeis
            Wake up America!!! What?! Are we living in a country governed by a secret society of meglomaniacs who fancy themselves above the very laws that they’ve made their fortunes from enforcing the rest of us to adhere to?!
            “We are free today substantially, but the day will come when our republic will come to impossibility because it’s wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a few. When that day comes, then we must rely upon the wisdom of the best elements in the country to readjust the laws of the nation to the changed conditions.”
            James Madison
            “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe that they are free.”
            Goethe
            “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
            Martin Luther King Jr.
            “For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and they lay them on mens’ shoulders; but they themselves wll not move them with one of their fingers.”
            Matthew 23:4

          • Dntmkmecmoverther

            @NC: Lawyers indeed take a Constitutional course. You seem so smug and smart, can you tell me the content? I can! The content is to circumvent Constitutional law and replace it with the precedent of ‘case law’.

            Lawyers are a festering boil on the ars of society. I ought to know…

          • Joe H.

            Beberoni,
            did you see the talk between the Egyptian ambassador and Ruth Bader Ginsburg?? she told him, when asked about the US constitution ” if you want an example of a constitution to go by don’t look to the US constitution it’s an old one. A better one to go by is the constitution of South Africa. now this is a supreme court justice that is supposed to judge cases of constitutionality of laws, FROM A DOCUMENT SHE DOESN’T EVEN LIKE!!! Is this or is it not the height of insanity??

          • Alex Frazier

            @Gman

            That’s a terrible idea. The politicians we’ve chosen to elect, and who we don’t take to task when they betray us, are still educated. No offense to the farmer, but running a country is not the same task as tilling the soil. If the Congress were filled by average folks making decisions upon their own common sense, our nation would become communist in less than a decade.

            You can barely convince people to VOTE intelligently, nevermind pass quality laws and legislation for the benefit of the country as a whole.

      • s c

        Milissa, you don’t understand. For MANY years, Congress has been EXACTLY ‘that group that doesn’t want to cede their power and refuse(s) to go.’ HOW can you NOT understand that?

        • Robin from Arcadia, IN

          sc… Those were my thoughts as well. Congress is a mess! As Pelosi says… it’s time to drain the swamp!

          • Carlucci

            yes, and “Pe-lousy” is the first swamp creature who should go…

          • Old Henry

            Now that Carlucci wouuld have the “Space Coalition” on our a$$…

            How’s da yob doin’?

          • Tom W.

            Spoken by the reptile in charge, have you noticed how shiney her skin is lately? She must’ve just went thru ecdysis!

          • denniso

            Aren’t you kids just so much fun!! How old are you,10,11?? Can’t resist your juvenile side?

          • DaveH

            Spoken by Denniso, the most child-like commenter on this board.

        • Tom W.

          I’m thinkin’ she might be a youngster who’s just beginning to see s c, if I’m correct we should be encouraging her to keep her eyes open!

      • Tom W.

        I hate to inform ya Milissa, we’re already there and have been at least five decades!

    • redfeather

      Before we mock — we need to take a well-educated look at some of his supposed gaffes; e.g., the moon colony. Has anybody noticed that Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said in November that colonizing space is the only hope the earth has for survival? None of these candidates, on either side of the aisle can compare with his intelligence. Get informed before you mock for political purposes.

      • DaveH

        Maybe. Maybe not. But the space effort should be done with private money by private companies who get to keep whatever wealth they thereby create.

        • Capitalist at Birth

          Of course you love Napolitano, he is a fellow Paulista.

          • DaveH

            I love Judge Napolitano because he truly understands the term Freedom.
            He, for instance, promotes Real Capitalism, the kind where property rights are sacred, and people trade voluntarily with their fellow citizens without the Coercion of Big Government — something you wouldn’t understand, Crony Capitalist.

          • Nadzieja Batki

            So what is wrong with that?

          • JeffH

            CaB, I thought we were all too ignorant for you? Weren’t you leaving this web site for good or were you just crying wolf as usual.

          • DaveH

            CC doesn’t have that much time to spend on Personal Liberty. He’s busy lobbying his favorite Politician for special protections.

          • Joe H.

            CAB,
            Yeah and the reason you DON’T like him is that he doesn’t support you being on the public teat!!

      • Buddy

        Get informed with what? Get informed about opinions which are based upon directives by people who want their ideas implemented by using taxpayers’ money?

      • Old Henry

        redfeather:

        Newtie does think outside the box. Remember JFK stating we will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade? That sounded ludicrous at the time.

        There was one minor error Newtie made, however, Cuba would be the 58th state, not the 51st.

        • http:yahoo joyce

          old Henry when did we get the other 7 states so Cuba would be the 58th state. what are the names of the other 7 states and when did they become states?

          • Old Henry

            joyce:

            You will need to ask Little Barry the Kenyan. He is the one who stated we have 57 states during the ’08 campaign.

        • Tom W.

          I saw that one comin’! you forgot to duck joyce!!!

          • Old Henry

            RALMAO Tom!

            I was not sure anyone would bite on that one and was chucklin’ as I wrote it.

          • Joe H.

            OH,
            I ducked so far, it missed me by a mile!!! Saw it from afar!!!

    • Danny Buckles

      Did anyone ever hear Newt Gingrich say he would spend Trillions of dollars as this ‘Lie’ in this article stated “NO” Newt gingrich said he would incourage the race of private investors to build a moon based colony. BIG difference from this”LIE” to the truth. And Newt Gingrich never said he would Assaainate Castro. What a “LIAR”. Get a life and quit writing articles feeled with lies.

      • DaveH

        If you’re going to call somebody a Liar, Danny, the least you could do is supply some references.

        • DaveH

          Newt Gingrich — “The program I envision would PROBABLY end up being 90% private sector …”. Hmmm, that sounds like Government involvement to me:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx8GPWyUG6s

          • Capitalist at Birth

            It is one of the few things the Federal Government should do. Of course you believe in open borders and no government at all.

          • DaveH

            I believe in the Constitution, Crony Capitalist. I believe in Freedom with its concomitant Private Property rights — That includes our Money.
            Government has no business Forcibly taking the money of others to pursue policies which many do not approve of.

          • DaveH

            By ceding to Government the power to spend other peoples’ money on things they don’t approve, we open Pandora’s box to the Military Statists, to the Welfare Statists, or any other Coercive Statism that Government wishes to pursue with other peoples’ money.

          • Old Henry

            Capitalist:

            I may have missed it, but I don’t think DaveH believes in open borders. Nor does he believe in NO government. He believes in Constitutional government, which is VERY LITTLE government as in the Constitution.

            Most of what DC has done in the last 160 years is completely un-Constitutional.

          • Vicki

            Capitalist at Birth says:
            “It is one of the few things the Federal Government should do.”

            I looked thru the Constitution again and I do not find anything about giving the Federal Government the power to take our money at gunpoint to pay for your pet project to visit the moon. I didn’t even find an equivalent power to have the Federal Government take the peoples money to send one of them on vacation overseas.

            Capitalist at Birth: “Of course you believe in open borders and no government at all.”

            From reading other things DaveH has written I am reasonably certain he does not believe that Anarchy is the solution. What many conservatives do believe about government has been nicely described in this ~10 min video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4r0VUybeXY

          • Tom W.

            It’s called progressivism OH, ever since Teddy!

          • DaveH

            Anarchy is one of those buzzwords that people evoke when they prefer emotional arguments over logical arguments. Most of us have been Propagandized in the Public Schools to associate Anarchy (absence of Government) with chaos when in fact only a couple of cases of near Anarchistic societies have ever existed. So, there really is no evidence to support that contention. There will always be rules enforced by one group of people or another, whether they call themselves Government or something else.
            I contend that Too Much Government leads to Chaos due to the fact that people get lost in the maze of rules and the numerous groups claiming authority, and as a result become disrespectful of all rules — Good or Bad.

          • Vicki

            Anarchy would actually work fine if people applied self control and demonstrated simple courtesy toward others. Governments were created amongst people to have a system to deal with those who would enslave them.

            Our forefathers even mentioned this in their reasoning for creating a government here when they chose to separate themselves from their countrymen overseas.

            “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,….”
            -Declaration of Independence

        • DaveH

          Newt Gingrich — “Second, I would suggest to you … the policy of the United States should be to AGGRESSIVELY overthrow the regime”:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eV3bd6G31A

          • Tom W.

            “In a nation of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its’ examples. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law, it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”
            1928 Supreme Court opinion by Justice Louis Brandeis

          • Tom W.

            Vicki says:

            February 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

            Anarchy would actually work fine if people applied self control and demonstrated simple courtesy toward others.

            Anarchy and self control are not synonyms Vicky!!! This is exactly what is transpiring among the OWS crowd! And is why the OWS protesters have NO BUSINESS comparing their protests to the peaceful, respectful, and patriotic Tea Party rallys!

          • DaveH

            Most likely the OWS crowd was coached by somebody close to Government. At the very least, the ignorance they show is a direct reflection of the lack of education they’ve received at Government Schools. I have never needed Government to coerce me to be Respectful of my fellows. The few times that Government had become involved in my life, they came to the aid of Immoral people who wanted to take advantage of me.

          • Vicki

            Tom W. says:

            Anarchy and self control are not synonyms Vicky!!! This is exactly what is transpiring among the OWS crowd!

            Of course they are not. Nor did I say they were. I said that anarchy would work if ALL people HAD self control and respect for the rights of others. People who are truly self governing do not need government. We band together and form government to protect ourselves from people who are not. (See Declaration of Independence.)

            As DaveH has pointed out before, Anarchy is the absence of government. That is NOT the same as the presence of chaos. Unfortunately chaos is listed as a synonym for anarchy. Also when reading the definition you can clearly see where chaos reigns since the word has multiple meanings.

            http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anarchy

            1a : absence of government
            b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority
            c : a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government
            2a : absence or denial of any authority or established order
            b : absence of order : disorder

          • DaveH

            Looks like the Propagandists have gotten to Merriam-Webster, Vicki.

    • Old Henry

      After watching a presentation on Iran – its beauty, its people, its history – by a travel photographer the other day I came up with a great idea. If these polititicians want to bomb Iran so badly we whould use THEM as the bombs. We start at the top – Little Barry and all in our WH, we then move to the Hill called Capital and load the bomb bays with that scum. Then we use Romney, Gingrich, Santorum. Lastly we use the Joint Cheifs and their ilk. We then move on to the likes of Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, O’Reiley, et al.

      However, bombing them with the likes of all that scum might p*ss off the Iranian people more than actual bombs.

      Here is the link:
      http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/3692.html

      It runs just short of an hour, but is very well done and quite interesting.

      These people do not hate America – yet.

      It is a neat mental picture, however. Just think of that doddering old horse’s ass Juan Mc Cain falling from the bomb bay singing “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!”

      • Buddy

        Have you figured out why some political types need to promote “Bomb Iran”? It’s mostly to hide the dismal results of “our” inhumane warfare/welfare policies. But then, there’s also the need to get votes from the jewish voting block, in “our” elections.

        A better idea is to just ignore these “world improvers” with the hope that sooner or later, lack of support will result in fewer crackpot ideas.

        • Old Henry

          Buddy:

          You have some good points there. However, most Jews here in the U.S. vote for Democraps, so promoting bomb, bomb, bomb I think helps them shore up support in the M / I complex. In SC Newtie stated that we should KILL OUR ENEMIES and the people jumpted to their feet and cheered. If I had been there I would have jumped to my feet and yelled Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil!

          Those idiots never stop to think about the poor civillians – men, women, children, old people – who are murdered in the process. Most recently, think Libya.

          I emailed that link to many folks, but I would gess few will take the time to watch it. After all IT’S AN HOUR LONG! I’ve gotta watch soem dumb sh*t sports game, American Idol, Reality TV…

          • John

            If you get a ROKU box, you will find thousands of those type of shows and articles that show the reality of this planet… that yes, those are PEOPLE and yes those are women and children not just collateral damage of our bombing campaigns like we are given to believe. And yes, there is civilization other then in the US on this planet.

      • Susie4Liberty

        I’ve seen this, Old Henry… Might remind viewers that we are speaking of taking out people who are living their lives – not unlike us… A beautiful city shown/and country.

        I believe that the film of Libya pre-our “Humanitarian Mission” and AFTERWARD should be required viewing for all. Our Drones may sanitize it for us, but no the Libyan citizens on the ground, and we killed tens of thousands of them… They were an Independent Sovereign Nation free from the clutches of the Globalists. That could not be allowed. WE WANTED THEM AND THEIR RESOURCES…

        • Old Henry

          Suzie:

          Well said!

          Do you have a link for the before / after Libya? I would like to see it, and pass it around.

        • http:yahoo joyce

          you must not have heard the people of Libya asking for our help and Obama just ignored their cry to help them gain their freedom from the tyranny in Libya. we help those that hate us but Obama would like to have nothing to do with anything called freedom . just look at what he has done to our country and if we do not get him out we will be under dictatorship before the next election.

          • Old Henry

            joyce:

            The people asking for help in Libya were Little Barry’s bros – the Muslim Brotherhood – who are now committing mass-murder / ethnic cleansing against their fellow countrymen.

            They have tortured and murdered thousands making The problem was that Khadafy decided to stop using dollars in selling their oil.

          • JeffH

            OH, just as they did in Egypt…

          • Tom W.

            “We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the best interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful, and committed to non-violence, that intend to compete for the parliament and president.” – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, concerning the engaging of talks with the Muslim Brotherhood as a legitimate contending party in Egyptian politics.

            “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” – The motto of the Muslim Brotherhood, this is the same group who so prouldly proclaimed responsibility for the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981.

            “And for their saying, “Verily we have slain the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, an apostle of God.” Yet they slew him not, and they crucified him not, but they had only his likeness, and they who differed about him were in doubt concerning him: No sure knowledge had they about him, but followed only an opinion, and they did not really slay him, but God took him up to Himself. And God is mighty, wise!
            There shall not be one of the people of the Book but shall believe in Him before his death, and in the Day of Resurrection, He will be a witness against them.
            For the wickedness of certain Jews, and because they turn many from the way of God, We have forbidden them goodly viands which had been before allowed them.” – Sura 4:156-158
            Muslims claim that Christians and Jews are intolerant reguarding them. These verses from their own holy book plainly show that it is them who have been intolerant towards both religions from their very conception.

            “I do hereby, upon this Bible , and the mysterious legend of the Koran, and its dedication to the Mohammedian faith, promise and swear and vow…that I will never reveal any secret part or portion whatsoever of the ceremonies…and now upon this sacred book, by the sincerity of a Muslem’s oath I here register this irrevocable vow…in willful violation where of may I incur the fearful penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three edged blade, my feet flayed and I be forced to walk the hot sands upon the sterile shores of the Red Sea until the flaming sun shall strike me with the livid plague, and may Allah, the god of Arab, Moslem, and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support the entire fulfillment of the same. Amen. Amen. Amen.” – The Shriner’s oath, to become a Shriner you must be a 32nd degree Mason and swear this oath. Just fun and games?! Yeah, right!!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
            Keep your eyes on the skies, Jesus is coming! I don’t believe it’s going to be the same one that’s spoken of in the Quran, He loves y’all and so do I!!!

            What’s wrong with our country joyce? Please watch this ten minute video. This plaque infects both side of the asiles!!!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj3AECSKmhU

        • Tom W.

          Have the drones sanitized it Susie? What a chickens#!t way to fight a war! There was a certain nobleness about two foes who believed in their cause enough to risk their lives in battle to prove that their side was righteous!

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlQT6m7StAY

          The glory of the fight!

    • slapjack

      If Snootie has that big of a bucket of balls he can lead the charge up San Jaun Hill this time. I don’t want any part of another war. The Politicians can fight this one. Semper Fi Snooty Gingrich. P S Snooty and Clarisa can enjoy the view of earth from the Moon, also.

    • http://www.lp.org Jerome Bigge

      We could do a lottery. Anyone interested buys a ticket. There would be minimum standards such as having graduated from high school. Once every other year the lottery is held. Winning tickets get a two year’s term in the House of Representatives. Senators are picked by the state legislatures as we used to do it before the 17th Amendment. We get an honest cross section of American instead of people belonging to the 1% as is the case now. The average net worth of a member of Congress is about one million dollars. Some of course are much richer. Others not such much. This sort of wealth however means that your Representative is likely to be considerably richer than you are. So why do we expect these people to represent us when their own economic class is in the millionaire range? A lottery would fix this. I can’t think of anything else that could…

    • AnneOnymous

      at least one kookoid idea sc? By my calculations, this is the second in a long string of idiocy this bird brain has conjured up (remember? the mars idea?). It would be full belly laughable if it wasn’t so damn pathetic. Myself? I wouldn’t vote this over-inflated egotist to garbage engineer.

    • Bill

      You know that these articles are now sounding more and more like Ron Paul. Even to the exact words that he has been using now for 30 years and most recently. Even the other Rep. candidates are using his words. Where has everyone been, including the author of this article? This is not new ideas coming from the author, these are old ideas of what this country is all about. Liberty, freedom, free enterprise, capitalism, constitution. Are people just waking up or are they merrily getting on the band wagon now to make a buck. I am not quite as old as Ron Paul but I have been in the Libertarian mode all my life that I know of. Hell when I was two years and was saying all of those “NO’s”, I knew what freedom was even at that age. Once one realizes what you are and what you want to continue to be, i.e. free, you will not want to give it up and those that interfere with that freedom of the individuals puts themselves into an adversarial position with those persons. So congratulations and thanks for helping to wake up other people.
      I can make the claim of being the first chairman for the Libertarian Party for the county of San Bernardino, CA. John Hospers book on Libertarianism (1971) got me on the road to reading the works of Ayn Rand and other freedom living people. Keep the word going.

  • http://naver samurai

    You’re right Chip. Let’s just stay out of Cuba. Not that we couldn’t do it, but we don’t have the manpower available for the mission and our supply lines are overextended. But shhh! If you tell this to Obama bin Laden, he’ll try to go into Cuba without Congressional or Senatorial approval. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • DaveH

      Not to mention that it would be just plain Immoral.

    • mdog2

      Let’s first get rid of our own self appointed dictator before we start erasing others. If the fools in this Country re-elect ocommie we are doomed to what the near eastern countries have been living with for many years.

      • DaveH

        Getting rid of Obama will serve no purpose unless we replace him with somebody who has lived his whole adult life supporting the Principles of the Constitution.
        http://www.ronpaul2012.com/

      • Buddy

        Seems that the USA Union will not remain in one piece if Washington, DC, remains as it is.

      • Old Henry

        The problem mdog2, is that three of the remaining candidates are Obama-Lite. Simply smaller ears and esser tans. Listen to their rhetoric. And you don’t even have to listen closely.

        • DaveH

          “smaller ears”. Funny, Henry.

          • Joe H.

            Less “athletic” wives, too!! Ever took a good look at those shoulders of hers?? I’ve seen more feminine shoulders on male professional wrestlers!!!

    • eddie47d

      Sorry Samurai Obama has no intention of taking over Cuba or are you just being facetious? Many other countries trade with Cuba so I say start trading with them and receive some of the benefits. End the boycott so China doesn’t get all the oil rights. Our continual blockade is an act of war and serves little purpose except to make us look like an arrogant cheap bully. Some say Castro imprisons it’s people (only 250 political prisoners there) yet how many do we have in the USA?

      • Old Henry

        eddie:

        Have you retired from retirement and taken up employment with the Ron Paul campaingn? LOL!

        • eddie47d

          Still watching my grandson who is 29 months old.

          • Tom W.

            I’ll bet he looks so cute in his little “Che” T-shirt! Can I get a collective “Awwww…”

      • Tom W.

        Have you forgotten what happened at the “Bay of Pigs” incident eddie?!! That Fidel and his boys were going to allow Kruchev and the USSR to park their nuclear weapons 50 miles south off the FL Keys! Do you understand how close we came to a nuclear winter when that happened?!!
        I feel for the Cuban people and we should do everything in our power to help them set up a Democratic government when Fidel completes his bucket list! Now y’all don’t know how much it pains me to say this, but Deerinwater is correct, (Damn that hurt!!!) If we wouldn’t have been trying to turn Cuba into the Las Vegas of the Carribian, Castro might have never came into power!!! We have our own issues and I gotta a bad feeling that the whip is getting ready to come down!

  • Michael J.

    Hello Chip,
    First of all, Gingrich is a globalist who would merely continue the Rothschild agenda with a militarist twist. Campaign rhetoric being dispensed by both Newt and Mitt (both are sons of Rothschild) will be all but forgotten if either are installed at 1600 Pennsylvania Av.

    As far as the current impotent blustering goes, What is Newt proposing? A covert operation to plant an explosive devise on Castro’s Hover-round? How daring… no covert operator would touch such a cowardly ploy, nor should it be considered.

    Good Military commanders however reluctantly, know when it’s time to pull back to more defensible positions. To protect the homeland at all cost while strength is being regenerated. The American spirit of patriotism also needs rebuilding, it’s now time to revitalize our own convictions and credibility which will allow us to lead by example.

    There is only one who fosters these beliefs.

    RON PAUL 2012

    BTW, Earth’s Moon will someday belong to someone, better it is us all or in part.

    • http://google rose

      We have Ron Paul and many are not paying attention to him. I’ll vote for him, but the media has brainwashed the masses into voting for who they want them to.

      • Michael in Ky

        Here Here, Rose. Hit the nail on the head, Ron Paul is the only one to vote for if you value your freedom. They can only brainwash so man. I used to ask myself back in the late 80′s why he would run. Now I know and an glad he has keep running.
        I am also very happy to live in the state of Ky whom we have in the Senate, his son Rand Paul!! Boy did I help get the vote out. Same with Ron Paul now. He is Americas only hope.
        Navy Vet

        • Buddy

          Indeed, Paul is a hope, but not the only hope. Nullification of Washington, DC, is another hope.

          • Old Henry

            Right Buddy, but no governors have the stones to do it. Even the Texans backed down last year over the Hilter-esque TSA

      • Maryland Freestater

        Agreed. The ‘mass media’ has indeed brainwashed everybody, or attempted to. I was talking with a small business owner yesterday who said he’d vote for Dr. Paul except for his ‘kooky’ foreign policy plans. Problem is, when one actually takes the time to see what RP’s plans are, it’s a helluva lot different than what the media spews – and not ‘kooky’ at all.

        When Obama did his World Apology Tour, instead of kowtowing to foreign heads of state (except the English, of course), instead he should’ve turned it into a Trade Delegation. America DOES need to become non-interventionist rather than maintaining some Orwellian version of forever-war. But, Obama has absolutely no interest in creating non-governmental economic recovery. Honest trade is a great start. Blowing up an old commie’s stogie, not so much.

        I also take Chip to task regarding ‘Moonbase Alpha’ – we should have been colonizing the Moon decades ago in preparation for the human expansion into the Solar System and then neighboring space. Look at the improvements in everyday life that have resulted from the technological advances precipitated by the Space Race: note also that this has been one of the few technological events that has yielded such advancement without being war-based (at least ostensibly). Last time we saw something similar was the Renaissance.

        No, colonization of our Solar System is NOT a pie in the sky objective – rather, I believe we’ll find a LOT of ‘pie’ in our ‘skies’ once we start the push off-world.

        • DaveH

          The only Real solution is to get Government out of the way. If Space exploration has profit potential, Private Investors will put up their own money to seek that profit. We don’t need the coercive power of Government if pursuits have a real potential return. Government only steps in, with their bottomless taxpayers’ pockets, when an enterprise doesn’t show promise for positive returns:
          http://reason.com/archives/2012/01/25/a-twinkle-of-hope

        • sj

          You’re on the right track just a bit under informed like so many that aren’t privy to the whole truth of our situation here on planet earth. Of course if you are chained to the idea that we are the lone inhabitants of the universe and alone in the cosmos the current lack of known exploration is hard to understand. But if you were to dig below the surface you would find that we already have bases on the moon and advanced technology capable of travel beyond earth and dealings with extratresials. Not trying to blow a gasket here but if we really want to understand the political reality these things tie in.

        • eddie47d

          SJ; The government is already broke so who is going to pay for your space adventures? Even if we built cargo ships to bring back heavy minerals who on Earth will be willing to pay for those enormous costs. Besides we have too much money tied up in perpetual wars here on earth to afford building outposts on the moon. Why don’t we try and work on that problem first and get out of the war business before we go back into the space business.

          • Michael J.

            eddie47d,
            What is lacking is a vastly more economic means of acheiving escape velocity. The private sector driven by profit potentential would eventualy make it there, but not if stifled by big government globalist.

            Infinity is a tough concept to get your mind around when confined to one celestial body where finite is the rule, but the natural resources to be had from near by Earth objects and beyond is truly infinite.

            Present day efforts to understand, catologue and protect us from sustaining impacts from near Earth objects (NEO’s) could someday morph into the control and mining of these objects for their mineral wealth if the private sector is allowed to proceed unabated. An asteroid round-up so to speak, corralled in stable Earth orbits.
            But if Capitalism is quashed, it will likely never happen.

          • r.p.

            The goal of man in space is not to bring these abundant resources back to earth, but rather to expand our place in the solar system and beyond to the cosmos. Out there are the resources we need to expand “life” as we know it throughout the stars. The Great Creator gave us the gift of a brain for a reason. To squander it for the finite resources on this planet and in the process, denegrate the planet’s capacity to sustain us is indeed a sin against man and every being living here.

    • http://delilah Pamela

      Mitt Romney is the one with the globalists NWO agenda. This man’s policies are the same as Obama. Newt is saying we should lead by example not try to topple the regimes. America has done a great deal of harm to the world. I see no way back except with Newt at the helm. Newt/Santorum 2012

      • DaveH

        Newt says a lot of things. And then he says something else. Newt will say whatever it takes to gain his seat of Power:
        http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1461/049/Newt_Gingrichs_Positions_-_Comprehensive_list_with_sources_-_Spread_this_around.html

        • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

          Dear DaveH,

          Thanks for this link. I had not seen it and it is more comprehensive than what I had compiled.

          Best wishes,
          Bob

        • fixr

          Please find a link on Rommney like this. I would love to see his past views. I think I’m becoming a Ron Paul supporter?

          • Old Henry

            fixr:

            Welcome abord. Please continue strolling the halls here at the “Livingston Instute”. You will learn sooo much and become a very well informed voter.

        • Tom W.

          As will Romney, it’s a toss-up which of the two is the bigger flip-flopper!!! Mitt will say anything you want to hear for a vote, Newt will do the same for a buck! But if it came down to the two of them, (God help us!) I’d have to go with the Catholic over the heretic!!! Callista worries me the most about Mitt! I mean what makes a man change his religion? What makes a man run a six digit line of credit at Tiffany’s?! What makes a man leave the campaign trail in favor of a Mediterranean cruise?!! I mean the boy is definately whupped, and I would hate to go into WWIII because some world leader said she looked like a space alien or something! THINK ABOUT IT!!!

          • Tom W.

            Oppps! I meant about Newt!!! Sorry, brain fart!

          • DaveH

            I was raised Catholic, and one of my best friends was Mormon. Both of their belief systems were fantastical to me.
            I wouldn’t vote for anybody based on their religion. And I certainly wouldn’t vote for anybody who doesn’t even follow their own religion. That includes both Newt and Romney.

      • Boatman99

        Jajajajajajajajaj, jajajajjaajajaajja, jajajajjajajaja, jajajajajjajaja.
        Good one Pamela, it was a joke right? Youre been sarcastic right? Newt and Santorum, lead by example, please.

      • Didi

        Yes, Romney is the globalist, supported by Goldman Sachs, just like o is.

        • Tom W.

          Not only does he look like a Ken doll, he’s even more plastic!!! Have you ever noticed when he gets flustered, he sweats black?!!

      • Average Joe

        You see no way back…because you are truly blind to reality(as shown by your choice of candidates)….open eyes…look around.
        Ron Paul or more of the same (how’s that working out so far?, the choice is yours.
        Ron Paul/andrew Napolitano 2012!

        To be matter-of-fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy – and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.
        Robert A. Heinlein

      • http://yahoo wyman

        Pamela
        If you follow the candidates forum, and listen closely to what they say and don’t say…..you, being conscious of the difference between a hawk and a dove,,…..will realize the whole of them (outside of R.Paul) are all hawks. They are all for acting like little fiesty chihauha”s….or
        mean roosters ….and that’s just wrong. This country is just about bankrupt….Russia went broke fighting in Afghanistan for 10 years, and
        it’s doing the same thing to us. Those Arab type folks don’t have the mind for peace and democracy. they NEED a strong DICTATOR type leader. we should leave them to their own devises. We should NOT enter into their space, or if we do, we can accept the possibility of losing our head (literally)
        Ron Paul is the only one that knows the way of PEACE AND PROSPERITY
        if you are inclined to desire same. He is not afraid (a scardie cat)
        of the rest of the world….He KNOWS how to treat others as we want (respectfully) to be treated. Most of the world seem to hate the U.S.A. Do you know why? If you ask them they will likely tell you it’s because WE ARE ARROGANT

        • Tom W.

          If it wasn’t for the fact that Ron was such a pacifist wyman, I would be 100% behind him! We need a hawk in the White House right now, and I’m going to get in trouble with the ladies for saying this but, we also don’t need a woman in the WH either. These are perilous times we’re living in and I’m a firm believer that we are living in the very LAST DAYS!!! We need a strong Leader in the WH and I hope that whoever it is will consider John Bolton for Sec. of State! He won’t take no crap off of nobody!!! We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto, and what happens on the other side of the globe will effect us! Didn’t we learn anything from 9/11?!! We should’ve went into Saudi Arabia before either Afghanistan or Iraq! Instead, “W” was kissing the Saudi king’s ring and giving him a hand in hand tour of his Crawford rose garden!!! Explain that one to me please! Ron’s stance on Islam can only be compared to Neviile Chamberlaine’s naive stance on Nazism prior to WWII!!! WWIII could start any second!!! Keep your eye’s on Straits of Hormuz!
          And keep your eyes on the skies, JESUS IS COMIN’! He loves y’all and so do I!!!

          • DaveH

            We need a Hawk in the White House? Why? So we can be the kind of Aggressors that we want to protect ourselves from? I prefer to have friends because they Like me, rather than Fear me:
            http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/bastiat.html

      • http://yahoo wyman

        Pamela
        If you follow the candidates forum, and listen closely to what they say and don’t say…..you, being conscious of the difference between a hawk and a dove,,…..will realize the whole of them (outside of R.Paul) are all hawks. They are all for acting like little fiesty chihauha”s….or
        mean roosters ….and that’s just wrong. This country is just about bankrupt….Russia went broke fighting in Afghanistan for 10 years, and
        it’s doing the same thing to us. Those Arab type folks don’t have the mind for peace and democracy. they NEED a strong DICTATOR type leader. we should leave them to their own devises. We should NOT enter into their space, or if we do, we can accept the possibility of losing our head (literally)
        Ron Paul is the only one that knows the way of PEACE AND PROSPERITY
        if you are inclined to desire same. He is not afraid (a scardie cat)
        of the rest of the world….He KNOWS how to treat others as we want (respectfully) to be treated. Most of the world seem to hate the U.S.A. Do you know why? If you ask them they will likely tell you it’s because WE ARE ARROGANT people….WHY? Because we meddle like gossiping old women…..MEAN old women.
        We need to STOP trying to police the whole world and pay attention to our own lands and peoples. We need to police our own selves. Leave the other countries to police THEMselves…THINK…how would we like to have…say…RUSSIA to come over here and police US?
        DR. RON PAUL KNOWS the right tools to employ to make us again worthy to be liked and admired in this world….PEACEABLY….and this world is getting smaller every day. and YES we should rethink our relations with ALL of our neighbors…..CUBA included. If we don’t like their politics we can shun them….but we don’t have to harass them.
        THIS COUNTRY IS GOING BROKE WITH WAR
        We need to protect our own borders…not Iraq’s or Afghanistan’s
        Every country has it’s own unique problems….we need to fix our own. and give them the respect to do the same. NO MORE WAR.
        RON PAUL 2012

      • Dennis45764

        Pam, I personally do not trust the Newt, I say neuter Gingrich before he multiplies and get rid of obama “The Anti-Christ” take away his credit card!!!

    • Capitalist at Birth

      Ron Paul will never be elected to national office. Get a grip.

      • DaveH

        Never say Never, Crony Capitalist.

        • Tom W.

          NEVER Dave!

      • Average Joe

        Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.
        Robert A. Heinlein

        ‘Nuff said!

        • Tom W.

          “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

  • Anker Vinje

    We tried that in the sixty’s and it was a disater

    • redfeather

      No candidate could compare to Obama for living in the 60′s — along with his buddies, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dore, Rev. Right, and the entire cadre of his “community organizers” and “occupy” bunch. Some of us were hippies of that age, but we GREW UP, and didn’t try to foist that nonsense on the adult world.

  • Insurgent

    Why worry about Castro?———————America has a much more serious problem in Washington, DC !!!!!

    • Wyatt

      As Insurgent says , whhy worry about the problem in Cuba ?____________ There is a much larger problem in Washington . And unless Castro attempts to try to move against us , and he won’t as he is more mouth than substance , leave him be as the old coot will die of old age soon. And his brother , well Raul hasn’t the brains he was born with nor the ability to keep the strangle hold on power. I am sure Gingrich made his statements in an effort to win over the large Cuban and Hispanic voting block in Florida

      • Boatman99

        I say, leave the task to the cubans, its their country after all and they should decide where they waant to steer it. I mean through the end of the 20th century many latin countries fought their independence from dictators and is what we call a civil war and each country should fight it on their own. How would we like it if another country interfers in our internal affairs? Let the Cubans take on arms and fight this 50 year old regime, The egyptians did it, Bahrain, Lybia, Syria is in the process, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile etc, etc etc.

        • Karolyn

          Amen!

          • Tom W.

            “It is not enough merely to realize how freedom has been won. Essential also is it we be ever alert to all threats to that freedom. Easy to recognize is the threat from without. Easy too is it to see the threat of those who advocate its destruction from within. Less easy is it to see the dangers that arise from our own failure to analyze and understand the implications of various economic, social and political movements among ourselves. Our danger arises from too great a concentration of power in the hands of any individual or group. The power of concentrated finance, the power of selfish pressure groups, the power of any class organized in opposition to the whole – any one of these, when allowed to dominate, is fully capable of destroying individual freedom, as is excessive power in the political head of the state,” – Dewight D. Eisenhower, Inaugural Address, Columbia University, Oct. 12, 1948
            (OFFENSIVE WORDS REMOVED)

          • DaveH

            You need to read this book, and see just what kind of Freedom we won for the Europeans and China:
            http://mises.org/books/whileyouslept.pdf

        • sj

          Precicely Ron Paul’s position.

        • eddie47d

          Hear! Hear! It’s their country and if they want more freedom then they need to take it to Havana like Castro did. Revolutions can succeed and they can also be reversed if the populace demand it.

          • Tom W.

            Here, here eddie! The thing that baffles me is why haven’t the Cuban people thrown the Castro regime into the straits of Florida?!! They have no weapons, that’s why! It still surpises me that they haven’t revolted though!

    • Dennis45764

      I agree with insurgent, Washington is our worst problem, specifically Congress. they are just a bunch of parasites bathing in entitlements.

  • Deerinwater

    Hell No!

    • Tom W.

      Speakin’ of space aliens…

  • Karolyn

    Good article!

  • Alfredo

    Bad Idea, because the majority of Cubans in the island have been brought up through many years of his leadership and are totally brainwash with that system. Cuba will never be the same even after he dies. It is like a Cancer there is no cure.

    • DaveH

      Sure there is — lead by example, as Chip said.

    • eddie47d

      Maybe Cubans are satisfied with their lives Alfredo for they do have some very good health care. The only ones pushing their “plight” is the Miami community and politicians who grandstand to get into office. Cuba is only a small pimple on Americas butt and shouldn’t even be that. A bigger worry is our debt to communist China.

      • Joe H.

        Yeah eddie, just ask all those Cubanos in Miami!! You know, the ones that want Castro DEAD!!! I’m not in anyway saying we should do it, but don’t confuse fear with contentment!!

      • Tom W.

        eddie, you don’t actually believe that crap do you?! What good is health care if you’re forced to live in extreme poverty? I rather just die and get it over with!!!

        “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Jo

    Personally, I don’t have any problem with taking the Castros out. Oh, wait, it isn’t 1962 anymore is it. That was when we should have done it if we were going to do it at all.

    As for the moon, we should have a colony there. That is something that we would gain from. Yes, it would take a lot of money to get there, but we can learn so much that would affect our day to day lives that it would be worth it. Just look at all of the things we learned in getting to the money. We just can’t expect to get there overnight and we can’t expect all the dividends to be produced at once.

    sometimes being conservative means you have to look to the future and not to the past

    • DaveH

      Being Conservative means respecting other peoples’ rights to control their own bodies and property — as the majority of our Founders did.
      That means NOT hiring Government as your proxies to force other people to spend their money in ways of which they don’t approve.
      I’m all for space travel — done by private companies using voluntary investors’ money.

      • Didi

        Newt’s proposal IS to use private enterprise for the space mission.

        • Boatman99

          Newts idea of private money is, “if is not my money it must be private” and if is through taxes and is not my money, better yet.

          • Dale on the left coast

            bOAT . . . right now NASA is reaching out mooslimes all over the world with YOUR MONEY . . . better they should be working on something productive . . . or are you OK with taking the Russian shuttle to the space station?
            Ron Paul . . . 8% and dropping . . .

          • Tom W.

            NASA; Nuturing Arab self awareness.

        • DaveH
  • http://PersonalLibertyNews Sha Jac

    If we go in and kill a leader of another country (no matter how evil) then other country’s should be able to return the favor. What makes us so special that we should be the only ones with the authority to do such a thing. We need to learn to mind our own business and take care of ourselves within our own boundary, but still be able to protect our ourselves and our borders. We should not play God and decide who should live and who should die simply because we do not agree with their ways.

    • DaveH

      Ditto.

    • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

      Sha Jac

      You are right.The Castro regime is finished,it is only a matter of time.We don’t need to get involved in another silly costly war.

    • Tom W.

      Since all rights come from God Almighty Sha Jac, other countries already possess the right to return the favor!
      “Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world, whether they’re yellow, black, or white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world!!!”
      Even so, come Lord Jesus!!!

  • James Fontana

    A Good idea and include a few others like the new little dictator in N Korea, Hugo Chavez , the Ayatollah in Iran and a few others.

    • DaveH

      If they attack us, then we have the Moral right to defend ourselves to their deaths.

    • Karolyn

      It’s none of our business.

      • Tom W.

        (offensive post removed)

    • eddie47d

      That’s the whole problem James the elite NWO folks keep these wars going for their benefit and expect the rest of us to do the fighting for them. We attack countries,the citizens get upset that there are foreign troops on their soil and they fight back. Thus creating new terrorists.

  • http://Personalliberty Tony

    To Everyone:
    This GOP race is becoming a Franz Kafkaian surreal nightmare. The longer the gop race continue’s the more absurd. It looks like it’s
    fixed for Obama to get re-elected big time. Thanks!!

    • Boatman99

      Read about Ron Paul and youll see there is one candidate worth listening to.

  • tim

    Yeah newtster, how did that work when we overthrew the Iranian gov’t back when jimmy carter was king. We overthrew a democratic gov’t and installed a dictator, Imagine that. Now we want to overthrow the dictators and install a democratic gov’t. Vote for ron paul people, he is the only one who is gonna keep us out of these haliburton and weapon manufacturers wars. Wars are all about money now. It doesn’t matter how many of our children die, it’s how much the war mongers make. We haven’t won a war since world war 2 because the war mongers have learned how to manipulate the politicians. War stocks in halburton and other weapons manuf. make alot of money in the stock market. Just follow the money and see who is invested in these stocks@!@!!@!@ You can bet they get them in washington for bonuses from these companies!!

    • Didi

      The difference w/ Iran was, as you said, Jimmy Carter. The only reason the captured people were rescued was two people. First, Ross Perot got his EDS people out with a private mission. Then the very fact that Reagan was elected caused Iran to voluntarily release the rest.

    • eddie47d

      That may be true Didi but everyone was released through threats and constant negotiations not war. Is it better for those held hostage to sacrifice for the USA without losing their lives or would it be better to wage a 10 year war which would cost the lives of hundreds to many thousands? Such as in Afghanistan and Iraq. We won in that standoff with Iran not so much with our war in Iraq.

      • Joe H.

        I doubt very much that eddie would be so vehement in suggesting hostages be let die if it was HIM being held hostage. He wouldn’t have the cahones to even THINK it!!

        • libertytrain

          I agree Joe, it’s easy to “talk the talk” -

  • victoria

    Newt did not say he would spend tax payer monies to fund space idea he said he would try to get the private sector to get involved…On Cuba we should mind our business but keep a close watch…Bases in Germany/Japan and other friendly places should be at minimum…But on the idea of staying here and minding our business that is scary with countries in the middle east and thier migration to South America needs to be a priority. I don’t know about you all but I sure don’t want a War Here in the USA! I would rather see us stop it somewhere else….Ron Paul is a wonderful person and I love his ideas but his foreign policy will allow someone to come here….The 911 he speaks of as our own fault is incorrect as the radical group that attacked us was to be viewed as an act of war and retaliated against there not here…I do hope you Paul followers realize that they just threatened if we don’t get uninvolved they will start terror attacks here in the US just the other day…which means they are here and ready!!! We better be prepared! God Blessed the USA, just hope he continues to!!!

    • DaveH

      So we stop the war somewhere else? How? By pissing off more countries’ citizens and making more enemies? I don’t think so, Victoria.
      Attacking other countries who haven’t attacked us makes US the Aggressors.

    • Boatman99

      I agree with you Victoria that we are better off fighting this wars abroad, but what would you say to the people that we are bombing for no reason? Or the thousands of woman and children that die in Irak that never attacked us? What would you say to them? That we are attacking them just in case one day they decide to attack us?
      BTW, Ron Paul never said that the 911 attacks was our own fault, he said, the US foreign policies cause a group of extremist to resent us and attack us and unless you are a policy maker that does not include you or I.

    • TML

      victoria says, “But on the idea of staying here and minding our business”

      This doesn’t mean we would be ignorant of foreign threats, or ‘keep a close eye’, as you say. It doesn’t mean we would isolate ourselves from the world. It means that we would open ourselves up to honest trade and diplomacy, while ceasing to deal with other nations with threats of violence.

      victoria says, “I don’t know about you all but I sure don’t want a War Here in the USA! I would rather see us stop it somewhere else….Ron Paul is a wonderful person and I love his ideas but his foreign policy will allow someone to come here….”

      So would you support preemptive war to achieve this? We would be a stronger nation is our military was protecting our borders, not scattered across the globe protecting the borders of other nations, over-throwing and installing governments in search of the next terrorist boogey man.

      victoria says, “The 911 he speaks of as our own fault is incorrect as the radical group that attacked us was to be viewed as an act of war and retaliated against there not here…I do hope you Paul followers realize that they just threatened if we don’t get uninvolved they will start terror attacks here in the US just the other day”

      So you just agreed that they are threatening terrorist attacks if we don’t stop f*ucking with them… but refuse to admit that 911 was a response to bombing the Middle East for 10 years. I hope you realize that.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j19L9bjRVpo

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy3KDYE5KQE&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLA372C4BBA4D64E8C

  • I am theTEA PARTY!

    Mitt & Newt! Out of all the great people in this nation this is the leaders that are on top of the Republican Party. Is this all they can come up with? Of course it is because they have money and power backing them. It is sad, but that is what it is all about. They think we just fell off of the turnip truck. I guess many Americans fall for this year after year. May God have mercy on the USA!

    • http://wolfpack2012.net JThaddeustoad

      Greetings Tea Party …. This is the best we have because they are us…We get the leaders we have because character has never mattered and this became abundantly clear when Clinton got two terms… Iam encouraged this election only because we are witnessing an awakening of the American people, if we are to survive we will have to change our ways…The presidency is but one piece of the puzzle …. The house and the senate are the key… If God is going to have mercy on this nation he will show it this year…If not chaos and confusion will permeate tha land and our demise will be iminent..

      • Didi

        Not to mention that Newt already has a track record of accomplishing a balanced budget, by finally getting Clinton on board with it, and then getting it passed. That shows his ability to work with congress and to get things done. He’s run a conservative think tank for years, as well. He’s nothing to be denigrated, but rather, a stellar knower, thinker and doer for America.

        • DaveH

          Newt Gingrich is NOT a Conservative. He could care less about the Constitution.
          Here’s one example:
          http://www.nationalgunrights.org/the-inconvenient-truth-about-newt/

          • DaveH

            Here’s another:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdP1I7uzI7Y

            Can anybody point to me the part in the First Amendment where it says we have the right only to “Political Speech”?
            Newt is plainly a Big Government Loving NeoCon.

          • Deerinwater

            Newt is Newt! anybody that hasn’t figured that out yet is beyond talking too! no need of wasting your breath.

        • NC

          Didi,conservative think tanks like the one run by Newt don’t have a real good record for providing Congress with real good advice. When the bush rich man tax bill was being considered by a Republican controlled Congress,the conservative Heritage Foundation advised Congress that the tax cut bill would lead to a surplus in excess of our national debt in 10 years. HOW GOOD WAS THAT ADVICE?????????

          No surplus and a doubled national debt!!!Please God,Save us from more conservative think tanks!!!!!

          • DaveH

            Newt isn’t a Conservative. He’s a NeoCon.

          • Deerinwater

            labels, labeled, labeled labels

            GOOOOOODAAAMKMJJMMMMMM ITTTTTTTTT DAVIDDDDDDDDDDDIDDDDDD

            I’m short tonight! It do9n’tb maike a dammmmmm what he is !

            He’sd not ri8ghtttttttt ! asdjk.kbuhioj]iML://

          • Joe H.

            Deerinwater,
            your short? Reads more like drunk!!

      • NC

        Toad, I agree that’s it’s hard to concentrate on clearing the swamp when you’re up to your a$$ in alligators. Something needs to change with our Congress! They need to see the problems and change themselves to get at the solutions or they need a ballot box adjustment.
        I voted for Obama. When it comes time for me to vote again and the ONLY other choice is Romney why would I change my vote to go back to “more bush”? 69 million other Americans will have to make that same decision.

        • Joe H.

          NC,
          Never again will I hold my nose and vote!!! This time I will write in R. Pauls name in if I must! I may not win, but I will hold my head up in pride once again!!

          • NC

            Joe, that’s the great thing about this country! You’re allowed to vote your heart! But I’m afraid that out problems are solved with the head and not the heart. As much as Dr. Paul has some good ideas and a love of his country he will not be making the big decisions.

            If you want to support a party thats’ history has been to seek a market place where the working mans’ potential is controled by what the boss man wants to pay him and under the boss mans’ terms then vote Republican. Do you really want 4 more years of trickle down?

            If the boss mans’ aim is to get the best price for his “product” why should those who aren’t boss men not have the same aim of getting the best price for their “product”, their labor? Just asking!!

          • DaveH

            What gets me is how you Liberals, NC, so fear the Boss Man, the company owner who risked his own money and pride to start a business against great odds (many of which are imposed by Meddling Government), the company which has no power to force you to work for it or buy its products. But then you turn around and help Government, which does have the power of force, which does forcibly take our money, and which certainly doesn’t have any more upstanding people (probably less) than private businesses, to Grow ever larger and more Powerful?
            Amazing.

          • libertytrain

            Dave, good question. It’s been on my mind for several years now.

          • Joe H.

            NC,
            you know, that’s the good thing about the freedoms in this country! If you don’t like what the boss pays you, you can always go elsewhere or talk to him about a raise. done it many times myself. As i once told a foreman of mine, I came here looking for a job and I can leave the very same way!!! I’ve never been afraid to start over at another place. Guess that’s why I havent’t had too much of a problem with employers, they figured it out.

  • http://wolfpack2012.net JThaddeustoad

    Greetings Chip …. I agree with your premise and given the availability of cwertain technologies,there is no need for a troop presense in any of these countries that were mentioned and those that were not mentioned… We have recently observed the new phenomonon known as the Arab spring and the subsequent fall of one oppressive government after another only to be replaced by another oppressive regime… We need a lean efficient fighting force supported by an informed vigilant civilian population in order to prevent the deterioration of our liberties…. Gingrich is an Idea man and not all of them are bad… If we had supported those yearning for freedom in Iran less than 20 years ago we would not be facing the prospect of a nuclear Iran… If we had followed through in 1960 Cuba would be free of communism… If we had followed trhough in Korea there would not have Kim Jung Il ….

    • Boatman99

      If we had not overthrown a democratic elected president in Iran in 1959 we wouldnt have to deal with this either. If we had not supported the corrupt government of Mubarak in Egypt for so many years we would not be seing the take over of Egypt by extremist. You have to go back in history a little bit more to get to the root of the problem.

  • DaveH

    Good Job, Chip Wood.

  • Donald

    Between Chip and Ron Paul we might develop a decent foreign policy.

  • BJ

    This shows we need somebody like Ron Paul!
    Another crazy idea, maybe we should kill everybody, entire world! I bet some of these so called Christians would love to do that.
    Boy o boy!, this is not what Jesus was teaching us.

    • http://wolfpack2012.net JThaddeustoad

      Jesus is not interested in saving this world he has made that abundantly clear from the beginning of his ministry when he spoke of his kingdom and its government… The ruler or God of this world is Satan and killing and mahem is his calling card …. Good people have failed to stand in the face of adversity and so we now have a world where man can actually destroy Gods creation … do not let your heart be troubled he promised that he would not let that happen and his word is good…

      • Didi

        That’s right about Jesus lack of interest in worldly doings. Better look to Krishna’s teachings for fighting wars.

  • Raul Munoz

    Something should be done with the idiot. I don’t mean ton kill him but I think its about time this country should try something. I also think that is what Gingrich thinks. He is not an idiot . It’s people like you, who have nothing better to do than to misinterpret what he says.

    • Didi

      And many do misinterpret because Newt’s statements are full of knowledge and nuance, not idiotic soundbites like Romney’s and Obama’s.

  • John Acord

    Thanks, Bob, your commentary really illustrates who the really true wackos are in this campaign for the heart and soul of America. Newt is a true loon who does not recognize exactly how crazy he and the rest of the neo-cons have become. Well, the sad truth is that we have run out of treasure to support these wacko adventures.

  • Didi

    To call Newt names like “loon” is done by: 1)Idiots; 2)Those who program idiots.

    • Boatman99

      You are right, he is no Loon, if you see his record youll notice that for him everything has worked according to plan and in the process making him very wealthy but at what cost?
      A better synonym would be, Immoral, lier, deceiver, panderer, War monger, should I stop?

      • http:yahoo joyce

        boatman99 You just described Obama to a tee newt is a good man but with faults, but who in this world is perfect. what we need is a strong military force that the world will respect as they did before. we have bases in Germany and Japan because they do not have a military to protect them. that was the main reason we actually stopped the war and kept the forces there so no one else would attack them. we are their protectors. those that hate us are the ones we need to keep a strong military force that is what they respect.they do not respect a coward like Obama who just wants to bring this country down.he “Obama” has already said that he is the dictator of the U.S.A. we have to get rid of him and hopefully before he brings in martial law just before the election in Nov.

  • Reasoned Response

    While I agree in principle, I shudder to think about what would’ve happened to the great United States of America if our friend and ally, France, wouldn’t have helped and supported American Independence from the clutches of the British crown. At the same time, if plausible and creditable evidence existed that Castro had anything to do with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I would have no problem with Castro being removed.

    • Joe H.

      Reasoned,
      That bill has been paid in full, when , in WW2 we pulled frances assets out of the fire and kept them from having to learn to speak German!!

  • Stephen

    This is a stupid idea and a stupid story line.

  • steve in AZ

    Thank you, Chip, for a great article?

    “is it our job to determine which governments are “good enough” to remain in power and which ones deserve to be toppled?”

    Yes, I think it IS our job as American citizens to make that determination and act upon it. Starting with our own government. Once we have taken care of that gang of crooks, we could retire from that business. ;)

    DONATE NOW so we can VOTE RON PAUL 2012!!!

    • steve in AZ

      should be “for a great article. No question mark.

    • NC

      Steve, nothing would do my heart better than for ALL Americans to get the chance to vote for Ron Paul in the 2012 general elction. I think that 5% should have a chance to be heard and besides that it will keep the Republican Party Platform out of the White House.

  • Gary

    Really,I do not live in the author’s world of can’t. My dad use to say can’t never did anything! I live in the world of can do. America’s potential has always been discoverd by using the can do method. No doubt the author has no idea of what a can do attitude is.

    • DaveH

      I know, Gary, that he has a lot better grasp of “can do” than you do.
      Chip is a True Freedom Lover, like Bob Livingston. We know that Government only interferes with Private Citizens “can do” attitudes. The best thing we “can do” to enable America’s Greatness is to get Government out of our Marketplaces, and back to their Limited Constitutional Powers.

      • http:yahoo joyce

        you are so right and the place to start is to impeach Obama,Peolsi,Reid,Biden and all of the Obamas’ Czars to do this would eliminate a lot of the corruption in the white house then we will have a chance to recover. we need to also get rid of the electorate and get people who know how the economy,free trade, and the constitution is suppose to work. we as a free people should make sure that our children know the constitution,the bill of rights, and the federalist papers are and what is means to be an American full of pride and self reliance, and learn to help people that are less fortunate than we or they are.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      How is that Positivism working out in your life? Nothing is going wrong in the country,everything is all peace and love in the world.Better check those rose colored glasses of yours, you may see that they need to be taken off and cleaned sometimes.

  • Rich

    Don’t worry about Newt’s brainstorming ideas. He says that it is brainstorming, something he hasn’t pondered over. We all know that if he becomes president Congress won’t allow him to do some of those things. After all, we don’t elect dictators. Newt’s list of what he will do the first day he becomes president is impressive. So impressive, in fact, that I will vote for Newt. He’s by far the best candidate.

    • DaveH

      Anybody know the Heimlich maneuver?

      • Joe H.

        DaveH,
        yup but i need a barf bag as I’m getting airsick from that little flight of fantasy!!!

    • combatvet

      I have to say looking at the political landscape, the liberals that infect this site, including those who admit they voted for the POS illegitimate muslim in the White House, makes the case for Newt with all of his grand ideas, the only one qualified to steer the ship of state! Romney and the Muslim in chief are mirror images of one another. Both a flip flop a minute lie machine. Romney, a Mormon, violates the tenets of his own religious cult by support abortion. Granted Newt has had some martial issues in his past which he has willingly owned up to. But I find the approved slaughter of the unborn a far more egregious and dehumanizing position. So while religious zealots give Romney a pass, they throw Newt under the bus, brilliant! He is about as plastic as they get and not much more transparent than the pathetic White House squatter. What he doesn’t like to admit through all of his business bravado is his father set him up and paved the way for him to cheat his way to the top.

      As far as Cuba is concerned, we have a Communist dictatorship 90 miles from our shore entertaining insane wing nuts like the midget dictator from Iran plotting against America. We have far more reason to extricate the Cubans from their sewer of a nation they are forced to dwell in, than have our troops dying for nothing in Afghanistan. The Cuban regime could be removed in the blink of an eye compared to endless years of banging our heads against a wall in Afghanistan like the Russians did, to gain what? So logistically, a protohuman nation 8000 miles from us, is more important than freeing Cuba and gaining an ally in a next door neighbor?

  • Hoonahman

    The idea of America “the free” telling other countries how to be free is laughable. We are quickly becoming the worlds biggest police state. We no longer adhere to our own Constitution ( think NDAA 2012, SOPA, PIPA, Patriot Act etc) and we are going to lecture other nations on freedom? That is the height of hypocricy!

    America “the free” has the largest prison system in the world, with more than half the inmates imprisioned for non violent offenses. Oh yeah, that sounds like freedom. Does the TSA security scam ring of freedom? I could go on and on, but there is not enough time or space.

    We are not free, we are no longer exceptional, but we have been completely deluded by the criminals who really run this country into believing we are. Let’s see. How many new FEMA camps is the land of the free building and staffing for it’s “free” citizens? I rest my case. The Cubans should be lecturing us! Not the other way round.

  • EHeassler, USN-Ret.

    Killing Castro is a really bad idea. Both Castros, Fidel and Raul are old and will not live a lot longer. Our Cuba policy should be on working with their successors to bring democratic reform to Cuba so that the average Cuban’s life will be economically impoved. By murdering the Castro’s all we will accomplish is antagonizing every Cuban who identiies as Cuban because after all, no one wants the sovereignty of his/her country attacked by a foreign power, especially the US who, rightly or wrongly, is often perceived by our neighbors to the South as a bully. The best weapon the we have against the current regime in Cuba, is the success story represented by Cubans living here in the U.S. and their sharing their success stories and largesse with relatives and friends still living in Cuba.

    • DaveH

      Very Good, EHeassler.

  • Carl Spencer

    Dear Chip. We will either build a moon base and control the door to outer space or someone else will. Can you imagine a red China getting it done first and then deciding who goes into space?It would be tantamount to letting Iran control the Suez Canal.Your criticism of Newt fits you right in line with Ron Paul’s be nice to the bully and he will be nice to me disastrous Ideas. Right. You never lived on the street.Your idealistic ideas about setting an example. Try your peace and love philosophy in the Hood in Chi Town or LA with the Crips and the Bloods. You don’t live in the real world my friend. You and your Mom should stick with writing about how awful it was instead of criticizing those who’s ideas would deal with the world realistically and knock these bastards into pacifism.

    • DaveH

      If getting to the moon is indeed an economically viable pursuit, then Private Enterprise would do the job. All we need do is get the Government Gang out of the way.
      If it isn’t economically viable, let the Chinese waste their resources doing it.

    • John

      In the end though, it will me mankind that will reach space and petty artificial differences like race or country will mean NOTHING.

  • dvanilla

    If they, “America currently has 4 times the oil of Saudi Arabia, 200 plus years of natural gas, 3000 years of methane off shore. America has beautiful farmland, water supplys to rival or surpass almost any other nation.” Then they need to prove it all I have ever seen is America begging from others. Remember the food for oil program? I have come to the conclusion America really do not have anything. We get basically all our food from other countries, clothes, appliances, etc., Look at the tag on your shirt, shoes, and other belongings. It doesn’t say, “made in America.”

  • http://ASF&Associates Armando S. Fernandez

    It is very ludricous that America as a whole doesn’t realize the tragedy of Cuba in last 52 yrs of Castro totalitarian Marxismo/Leninismo,…one of the closets allies of America before Castro, regardless of what some liberals democrats believe in America. Castro, have been worst than Stalin and Lenin to the cuban people and in America,and,off-course you couldn’t care less,,,,Read about Cuba, since the beginning of Cuba’s independence from Spain and the stupid Hispanic/American War, read about what the cubans have done for America during the american revolutions against England, read, read and educate yourself about the link with Cuba….Castro, must be executed the same way that he used against the cuban’s cristians in Cuba……52 yrs of terror, oppression,and total disregards of Civil Rights and freedom….Read, and educate yourself about Cuba and its people…..Viva Cuba Libre of Communism!!!!!

    • Bruce D.

      You left one thing out. Cubans supported Castro’s takeover of Cuba and rise to power. He could not have done what he did without the support of the Cuban people. If there is one lesson we should all pay attention to it is-”be careful what you ask for because you may get it”.

    • eddie47d

      The thing is Armando that Batista mistreated his people and lived lavishly while the citizens suffered. Revolution was bound to happen since he refused to let them enjoy the fruits of their labor. When Castro came into power he nationalized the businesses of Batista’s crony friends. So the honest business owner suffered too and decided to leave. Castro abused his authority and the Cuban people didn’t gain much from the takeover.

      • Joe H.

        eddie,
        let’s not forget that Castro also changed dramatically from what he promised the people of Cuba and what he actually became! He has tortured people, jailed them for nothing or political reasons or even just because he is paranoid! The people were duped into thinking he would be a great benevolent leader because they WANTED to believe. They threw caution to the wind.

    • John

      Let the Cuban people take care of their own, it is NOT our business.

  • http://exopolitics.pl/ BJ

    I would like to post another comment. As far a moon base, we do have already one, sorry not We, but government we do not control ( hehe, we don’t control official one as well :)) Since at least 40 years the first government I have mentioned is using anti gravity crafts to go to the moon and beyond and better wake up to this reality because some day you will be shocked too much. Greetings to all BJ

  • http://ASF&Associates Armando S. Fernandez

    I hope you can understand a cuban/american that loves America very dearly, and feels that other americans don’t give a ….. about Cuba and its people, for a country 90 miles away from us……..
    Armando S. FernandezBustamante

    • DaveH

      We care very much for Cubans, and for that reason we want to butt out of Cuban affairs and let the Cubans determine their own destinies.
      We should trade freely with Cuba and leave them alone. The best we can do is give them a good example to emulate.

    • John

      If you love your country so much, do something about it, I can care less about Cuba it is none of our business. Go there and change what needs to be changed, We Americans don’t go to Russia or Canada (even closer) and beg them to come help change whats wrong with our country.

  • http://ASF&Associates Armando S. Fernandez

    Sorry about that, is your lost not mine!!!!!

  • http://None Bob Nichols

    I agree with much of your article. But Cuba Communism is dying on the vine. Yes, we meddle to much in other Countries. We let the UN meddle to much in the world. We should get out of that organization because it is totally aimed at destroying us.
    To Save Money (which we need to pay interest to China) we must stop support to the UN, and all ‘donations’ to other countries every year most of which are our enemies.
    HOWEVER, I believe Ron Paul is as dangerous as Obama. He talks just like Obama when he was campaigning for the presidency as far as his foreign policy is concerned. He is a cracked pot in my book.
    Soros has essentially endorsed Romney by saying that there was almost no difference between Romney and Obama. Soros knows his Socialists!!
    Gingrich has been a waffler ever since I’ve heard of him. He has compromised his princiles (assuming he has conservative principles) many times in his political career.
    IN Fact, NONE of the Republican candidates are good material for the office of president just as most of the members of the House and Senate are not good material as a lawmaker. All most all have demonstrated their lack of backbone (guts) to do their job. I dare you to find ONE in either House or Senate who has not broken his oath to defend,support and uphold the Constitution. Romney will do the same, Gingrich will do the same, they are all from the same material and not dependable in government and maybe not anywhere else either.

    • DaveH

      Read this Free online book to learn the motivation behind FDR’s efforts to set up a United Nations:
      http://mises.org/books/whileyouslept.pdf

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Communism does not die ever and all it does is infect one nation after another.

      • John

        If nations let them self be infected with communism, or any other form of political nonsense, then they will just have to learn the reality of life because one thing is for sure, NOTHING anyone will say or do will ever make them change their minds until they are actually going into hell and then find the energy to get out by them self. History has show very clearly that we can NOT “free” a people that does not want to be freed, we can NOT force a people to become democratic if they don’t want to… just look at the disaster of our intervention in the mid east. The majority of the people there do NOT want to live in a democratic world and unless they are ALL ready attempts to force them to accept it will fail….and are failing right now.

  • alexa

    Putting the first man on the moon was a stupid idea until it became a passion for the USA. Hundreds of products we use today were invented as a result of putting a man on the moon.

    Saying something can’t be done is just as scarey as suggesting a idea is a bad one. Imagine all the people who left Europe saying good bye to their families for the very last time was quite scarey too.

    We all make our decisions on limited knowledge.

    Rather than fail like Kennedy did, perhaps Newt can practice at home first by restoring freedom to American. Once he’s proven that then send him to Cuba.

    As they say on the airlines, put your own mask on first before you help someone else.

    Perhaps then we can see a Nobel Peace Prize winner actually help peace take root.

  • Carl Spencer

    Parting shots.
    Just think of what the world would have been like if any of the 42 attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler had succeeded. 52 million lives were lost in that mad man’s war which would have at any time been abruptly stopped abruptly stopped with the death of Adolf and his chosen few.You could learn a lot about reality by studying WW2 Chip. Study that War’s history and the year’s leading up to it for a year before you write another article about foreign policy. Its obvious you and Ron Paul know nothing about man’s nature and his history. A true pacifist will follow the philosophy of Teddy Roosevelt to “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”The stick will save you. Kindness and the hope of reciprocity will doom you. Jesus was a pacifist and the real world had one answer for it and that was “Crucify him!” The world was not ready for him and perhaps never will be.

    • DaveH

      Here are a couple of books you should read, Carl:
      http://mises.org/books/whileyouslept.pdf

      and

    • DaveH

      Theodore Roosevelt and the Modern Presidency:
      http://mises.org/daily/4462

    • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear Carl Spencer,

      Re: WWI and WWII and history, I suggest you need to study further than your public non-education has brought you.

      You write: “Jesus was a pacifist and the real world had one answer for it and that was “Crucify him!” The world was not ready for him and perhaps never will be.” Jesus was not crucified because he was a pacifist and the world was not ready for him. Jesus was crucified to fulfill God’s plan of salvation. “The LORD God said to the serpent…’And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.’” Genesis 3:1415

      Best wishes,
      Bob

      • NC

        Bob. if Jesus was crusified only to fulfill God’s PRE-SET plan for salvation why are YOU writing these columNs on political opinion and ADVICE? What can we do to change the PLANS of an all powerful God? IF GOD ALREADY HAD PLANS TO KILL HIS “ONLY SON” SURELY THE OUTCOME OF THE 2012 ELECTION HAS ALREADY BEEN DEDICED BY HIM!!!!What is your source of who God want us to pick to carry out HIS PLAN?

        • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

          Dear NC,

          If you desire to get into an honest and sincere discussion about the plan of salvation, I’ll gladly engage you in a different forum, one on one, via email. The questions you have just posed demonstrate you hold a great misunderstanding of the way God functions.

          Best wishes,
          Bob

          • NC

            Bob, with a church on every corner of every town in the USA idicating that there are some wide spread opinions among Biblical scholars as to the true way “God functions”, I’m not about to argue with a man who is SO SURE he has THE answer to that ‘problem”. Forgive my “misunderstanding” of the mind of God!! How could I be so dumd???

          • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

            Dear NC,

            You will note I did not say “argue.” That is your word. My offer is to open the Word of God with you and see what is written therein. The offer will forever remain extended.

            Best wishes,
            Bob

          • Deerinwater

            “Jesus was not crucified because he was a pacifist and the world was not ready for him. Jesus was crucified to fulfill God’s plan of salvation. “The LORD God said to the serpent…’And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.’” Genesis 3:1415″

            Oh ! Gee ~ There is no winning this argument, for it is written!

            But no less I love the debate, There is no such thing as a good time to met Jesus, and neither me or the world will ever be completely ready.

            Gods plan; He gave us Jesus

            Jesus was a hard act to follow and created some serious minded enemies in high places with his popularity. The clergy of the day were much like the Beach Boys of the time and here came the Beatles, stealing their thunder and knocking them off the front page news or much the same thing, but this was much more serious.

            The very prospects of Jesus interfering in matters of the “church” would not be tolerated. So , much like Fox News, it was just a matter of putting some spin on Jesus message, bad mouthing,bearing false witness,get the word out that he was a trouble marker, they knew he was old Joe the carpenter’s boy and making all this stuff up. There is no possible way this man is anything but a fraud!

            He’s claiming he’s King of the Jews! So they killed him! They set him up, had government kill him. The bible tells us that it was his destiny and for us. Nice story with a sad ending with what can only be called a human sacrifice that mingled into a story of salvation that are suppose to obtain by doing what the church says.

            Salvation is a mystery prize of sorts! If you are born a human, you need it! You will behave as a human Somehow or other, humans are a produce of sin?, born of sin and born into sin? and needs Divine salvation before you can ever reunite with the Divine through Jesus? Is that kinda the way it goes?

            That’s what I am hearing. Sounds interesting enough to keep anyone in a quandary for a spell.

            The salvation twist puts the church between the human and the Divine. There can be no salvation without the church, through interpretation, the church stands between you and your God.

            Nice setup, I should have thought of it myself.

            God said to a snake,” I will put between you(the snake) and woman en·mi·ty/ˈenmitē/
            Noun:
            The state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something. AND likewise between your seed (there’s a gender issue here as it speak of man and not women)”He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.’” Genesis 3:1415″

            Why even bring up woman, if you are to cast her aside in the next sentence? Why the snake and woman? Why not the snake and man?

            If we are addressing important fundamental issues regarding men and women and Sin of humankind why take such liberties with gender like they might be interchangeable, as clearly they are not.

            The inference of “bruising” in this passage gives the church all the wiggle room and grey area they seem to need to manifest a Blight on mankind.

            And the church and it’s government has got you one more time.

            If Jesus came today, we’d still string him up. We haven’t learned a thing.

    • Joe H.

      Carl S.,
      Ron Paul has said that if we go to war under his term, it will be at the order of congress then we will go in decidedly defeat whomever we are at war with and get the hell out. now i don’t know about you, but that sounds like walk softly but carry a big stick to me. Also, it sounds VERY constitutional to me!!

  • JOSEPH BENDZINSKI

    Why bother – Fidel is a befuddled old man who is now not even running Cuba.

  • ALR

    Let the Cubans do it…..What Ignorance……Just read books about the 1961 Bay of Pigs (several of them by American Authors)or read
    The Fourth Floor(by Earl E.T. Smith the last American Ambassador to Cuba..1957-1959).
    Find out why Fidel Castro Ruz (and Raul) has survived for 53 years.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Because the Cubans want the type of government they have. It is always the remnant that disagrees with Castro and he and his followers take care of that problem.

  • Carl Spencer

    As a commercial pilot I have seen anti gravity ships in flight. They are not aggressive. Maybe they are ours. Perhaps Ron Paul is at the controls. Ha!

  • DavidL

    No, we should not try to kill Castro.

    • Dennis45764

      Are you nuts (for even having that thought? First of all it is against our laws to target a leader of another country for assassination, what if Iran (or any other country) targeted our President? In a nut shell it just isn’t right!!!!

      • Joe H.

        Dennis45764,
        Nope! It is wrong for OTHER countries to do it, but not us! Just ask Abummer!!! He got all pizzed when Iran tried to assasinate the Saudi ambassador but thought nothing of targeting kadaffi!!! Think about it!

  • Henry Ledbetter

    It seems to me that time will take care of Castro but we must restore our freedom before we have any to give others. Our founders understood that true freedom only comes from Our Creator. “If the foundation be destroyed what can the righteous do “??? (Psalm) 11:3) By rejecting The Creator our foundation has been almost totally destroyed. WAKE UP AMERICA

  • Bruce D.

    The United States has the Constitutional duty to protect and defend. I could care less about Cuba. They chose their own destiny. The U.S. government has the duty to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons as with Iran who has given every indication they are a suicidal nation. Nuclear fallout can blow around in the trade winds and contaminate the food, the air we breath, destroy the thyroid, and who knows what it will do to the gene pool. Ron Paul’s viewpoint that there is no proof Iran is trying to build a nuke and that we can all be friends makes him too naive to be president. The U.S. has a responsibility to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and it is very naive to think otherwise. You can’t get a more dangerous scenario than the world arms to the teeth with nuclear weapons. With nations like Japan who pay us billions for our bases and defense there is no need to bring the troops home as Japan is paying their own way.

    • Joe H.

      Bruce D.
      you need to research a little better!! There is not ONE COUNTRY we are stationed in that pays 100% for our protection!! Those bases are costing us Billions each and every year!! most of them even charge us a lease on the land!

  • http://savetheunborn.com ROBERT HOYING USMC

    BOB JUST WHERE IN THE HELL ARE YOU DIGGING THIS STUFF UP., YOU ARE MISSING THE BOAT CONCENTRATE ON REMOVING OBAMA THE REST WILL FALL IN PLACE. AMERICA IS FALLING APART, AND YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT ROBERT HOYING U.S.M.C.

    • Aurelio

      “YOU ARE MISSING THE BOAT CONCENTRATE ON REMOVING OBAMA THE REST WILL FALL IN PLACE.”
      With this, you should give yourself a pat in the back: you just brought down the conversation from the Gingrich moon to the harsh reality that we face today. Excellent.

    • John

      You just concentrate only at removing Obama, but don’t be surprised if you get a very rude awakening after. Newt will make Obama look like an amateur.You want to make sure this country is destroyed, just focus on removing Obama, and vote for Newt or Mitt….

  • http://savetheunborn.com ROBERT HOYING USMC

    MISSED THE IMPORTANT NAME GRINGHRICH GINRICH RICHGINE CINERICH YOU KNOW THE GUY HES THE ONE WHO TRYING TO OUT DO ROMMEY, AND SAVR THIS COUNTRY. ROBERT

  • Bruce D.

    I do not see my post. Did you delete it?

    • Bruce D.

      Okay I see it. Thanks.

  • libertytrain

    sometimes you just need to do a refresh on your page to see things you posted. We’ve all thought the same – and learned otherwise – :)

  • Harold Olsen

    Is Gingrich turning into Ron Paul? I’m beginning to think Newt is as much a nut job as Ron Paul is. Why even suggest killing Castro? As old as he is, he’ll probably drop dead on his own soon anyway. About the time I think there is a possibility that I might be able to bring myself to vote for Newt, he says something stupid.

    • http://gillysrooms.blogspot.com GILLYSROOMS in Australia

      Why in your opinion is Paul a nut? Please explain your reasons.

    • DaveH

      Yeah, Harold, please explain why Ron Paul is a Nut?

  • Aster George

    I really don’t believe that Newt is as radical as he wants people to think and certainly not stupid. Most things he puts out there are actually thought of by other people and he either disagrees or agrees along with his diatribe. If he were to be elected President, I think he would be the President that would easily be elected for a second term simply because of the way he would be accepted by his first term actions. AT LEAST HE IS A CHRISTIAN!! I know that Paul and Santorium are also. I don’t know about Romney, although I do believe he is a very faithful man.

    • John

      Follow the earlier link about Newt’s record and you may start to think otherwise.

  • jeff coleman

    Newt’s a idiot!Wish i could send him and that coward Dick Cheany to a space station. Anybody who would divorce a woman on her deathbed is not the kind of person i would trust in office,As far as Cuba i haven’t heard of a rebellion from the Cuban people thet seem ok now that the baptista followers are gone guess their happy in little Havana oops in mean Miami

    • Aurelio

      Jeff, the Batista followers left more than 50 years ago. Since then, more than 2 million Cuban left the island, most coming here and the rest scattered all over the world. Hundreds of thousands were shot by firing squad by the Castro brothers in their zest to squash all opposition. The Cuban people are walking zombies reduced to scavenging to survive. If you are going to sputter an opinion about people, I suggest you do first some researching, so that you can be proud of what you think; otherwise is futile exercise on stupidity.

      • John

        Lol I was in Cuba 4 years ago, and none of them looked like walking Zombies, in fact in comparison with some of the countries I have traveled to they looked clean and well feed and I did not see any living in mud brick homes, cardboard shanties eating a mix of flower water and bugs for protein as I have see many a people do in Africa and parts of S-America.

        • Joe H.

          john,
          now that doesn’t jive with the National Geo documentary i saw a couple of years ago. Many Cubans are barely above the starvation level. don’t try to make a silk purse out of a sows ear!

  • “Dallas”

    To those who think we should not have troops in other countries, let me relate a fact. In WWI, the U.S. provided the strength to defeat Germany, then pulled all troops out of Europe. Over a relatively short period of time, Germany “reconstituted” and they tried it again, WWII. The second World War required overwhelming force, then ongoing overwhelming occupation to preclude “radicals” from reconstituting. As “would be radicals” became too old or died off, Democracy was able to take hold and grow. As a result, Germany became a world economic power. So too, that “model” has turned Japan into an economic power as well. The U. S. through the momentum gained from those two “models”, U.S. should remain overwhelmingly strong. We then would not have to have troops in so many different parts of the world.
    As President General Eisenhower said, “You never tell your adversary how far you intend to go, but make them think you are prepared to go all the way.”

    • John

      It’s just strange that democracy took a hold in Germany in 1949 long before the “old people” died off.There was NO need besides the cold war with Russia to have any American bases there after 1951. Germany became the Federal Republic of West Germany with its own constitution and currency in 1949 and its own standing army in 1951, Democracy was secure and safe in 1949, 4 years after the end of the war and has ever since paid back billions after billions of dollars to the US in reparation and is actively paying for the upkeep of every single base the US has on German soil. So that point you are trying to make is nothing but pure fantasy on your part. Trust me just as all other countries that has to put up with bases Germany rather spends its money locally instead supporting US imperialism.

    • Mark in LA

      Sorry Dallas but your understanding of WWI is way off base. The US was insignificant overall in WWI and Wilson and his 14 points were ignored by France and Britain during the Versailles peace treaty. We were used by them. There was no reason ever for us to enter that war. We never had troops stationed there as an occupying force at the end. There is ample evidence that Germany was on the verge of winning in the west until we entered and reinvigorated the war leading Germany to decide to quit thinking the armistice was going to be based on the 14 points. Once the Germans surrendered the British and French abandoned any magnanimous peace.

      Bottom line is that we had nothing to with what happened after the end of WWI and our only contribution may have been a negative one.

  • kirk

    Chip,
    Could you please send all our founding documents to the President and Congress? They certainly need to read them.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      They already have them and have studied them exhaustively and found all the loop holes to get around those documents.The government institutions were not blundered into but were deliberately planned and put in place.

  • Aurelio

    Killing Castro was a plan hatched by the CIA in the early sixties, and their operatives couldn’t even get close to him then; what makes the troglodyte of Gingrich to think it is more feasible now, and a means to lead Cuba out of slavery. I am a former Cuban political prisoner, I saw that disaster first hand. The Cuban government grip on the people is beyond anything the American mind could apprehend. They have been brain-washed since birth, and this socio-psychological programming has been going unrelentingly for more than 50 years, their minds are stultified. Castro is nothing more than an old frail bedridden fart. His brother is seventy something years old too, their finale is guaranteed by nature, knowing this, they have prepared the next generation that will take over after them. Then, how many Castros do you have to kill to liberate the Cuban people? Gingrich is a bipolar opportunist that knows how to manipulate the stupid by feeding them with his own manure.

  • Dan

    A great article by Pat Buchanan today on this theme That reinforces what Bob is saying:

    http://news.yahoo.com/ron-paul-reactionary-visionary-080000979.html

  • The Pilot

    Hey there Denniso,

    Whatever good news about the economy you find in the misinformation media is rigged to fool people who depend on it for their news.

    The economy is not getting better. It’s still getting worse, regardless of what the misinformation media says. Look, don’t listen. If you’d do that, you wouldn’t say such silly things, like telling people the economy is getting better. Better??? Ha!

    Besides, Presidents don’t control the economy, except that they can act as cheerleaders for those who help ruin it like the current one has. The Fed and Congress control the economy, not the President.

  • Vigilant

    Mr. Wood says, “This is an incredibly slippery slope that Gingrich would take America down. We’ve tried it many times before, from an aborted invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs to overthrowing the Shah in Iran and President Ngo Dinh Diem of SouthVietnam.”

    I think we’ve been on that slippery slope since Clinton started his nation building nonsense.

    Secondly, I believe it was the Islamic revolution in Iran, NOT the USA, that overthrew the Shah.

  • jopa

    This talk of a moon colony for mining or for whatever other purpose is crazy.For mining just the weight of the equipment and supplies for exploration, mining, milling and smelting of a mineral such as copper or gold would run into trillions of tons.I have heard in the past for every ounce of man or material launched into space, the cost amounts to the price of gold.If there were a mountain of processed gold bars stacked on the moon it still would not be cost effective to go and retrieve them.Time to go back to the drawing board.

    • Joe H.

      jopa,
      didn’t you read Carl spencers posts above??? They have anti-grav units to transport equipment up there!! They are flown by a pilot named Mork who greets you with “Nanoo, Nanoo!!!

  • http://sbcglobal.net Alan

    Newt and Romney are both ringers for the sos stupid American voters who haven’t a clue. It’s business as usual. The same old tricks played on the American People time and again. Is it no wonder things or policy never really change much? Same with Obama he was a ringer also. Those NWO Power Elites have us where they want us. They depend on media and the stupid who can’t think outside the box to ALWAYS keep the status quo. Ron Paul seems like the right candidate which media will not give much exposure to and one would have tho ask the question,”why is that?”
    Mainly, he can’t be bought and is the real deal. He’s truly not a NWO dingle berry like all of the other candidates and is a constitutionalist. We will most likely get Obama reelected as Romney is a complete idiot and that fact will be more obvious, during the presidential debates. I wrote a paper in political science in 1976 and predicted Jimmy Carter would be president when he was one of twelve democrats in the field before the democratic nomination. I gave the reason why and it was simply he was “clean” generally of
    the smell, and corruption of Washington. He, later was found to be a member of the Trilateral Group who were globalists. He was also a planted candidate where they (Elites) can’t lose. Find out if any of these candidates are not members of any secretive group. These groups are CFR or Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Group,or Bilgerburgers or any other such group. And yes, the media belongs to these same secretive groups. Go figure on that.

  • FreedomFighter

    now that the shoe is on the other foot…

    http://standeyo.com/NEWS/12_Pics_of_Day/120203.pic.of.day.b.html

    enjoy

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Joe H.

      How true, how true!!!

  • Cindy B

    freedom comes with economic prosperity. Open trade and travel to Cuba so it isn’t just the corrupt dictator who gets rich, and soon enough, the Cuban people will get rid of him themselves. Same goes for North Korea. As long as the dictator controls all the money and the people are poor and starving, no nation can see real change. Interference from us, covert or otherwise, only seems to ensure more corruption. Stay out of it!

  • Mark Are

    Well sure we should. THE USA is the embodiment of GOD on Earth. Just listen to so many of her so called Christian citizens. We kill who we want because no one else is as good as we are. I am being sarcastic. MURDER IS MURDER. Can’t sugar coat it.

  • ranger hall

    People get the History of Cuba before CASTRO, Mostly ran by american companys. Why did we get up set by this Govt, Why did we hope to assist CASTRO in his attempt to overthrow this Govt,Why did we fail to give him support as promised, WE DID NOT FEEL THAT HE COULD WIN.??. BOY was we surprised when HE WON. THEN we wanted to come in and help him run his Country OUR way. HE refused Then he became our#1 ENEMY,WE put out a kill order on Castro,AS far as I know its still in effect, WE put sanctions on his Country and had our friends do the same things. WHEN no Country will help you, WHERE DO YOU GO. Only Country that would help was RUSSIA. Well we almost caused a WAR over this

    CASTRO has been the longest Ruler in History.
    If the People were so un happy THEY could do something about it.
    Most other Countries have lifted the Sanctions on CUBA, WE are still the Hold outs.
    WE are still Pissed off because CASTRO and Cuba is the only Country that has defied us and won. WE wanted Castro to release the people in his Prisons, WE got the world community be hind us. CASTRO said OK you win, SO he released the People from his Prisons. BOY we got all the Gangs,criminals,cuban Mafia, ETC.
    ALSO CASTRO is the ONLY Leader to walk thru thousands of cubans with out an Army to protect him, NO ONE TRIED TO HARM HIM. Something wrong here.??
    Our biggest problem is WE WANT.

    • r.p.

      Well said ranger: You seem to be the only person here that has a reality based understanding of what happened in Cuba, and why Castro had so much support from his fellow Cubans. He went up against the worst form of despotism that was infecting most of South America at the time. (Crony Capitalism) That’s the main reason the American Empiracal Politico Capitalists hated him and his regime so much. He would have set up a democracy if only we were willing to help him. But we were the villians. Our politicians were even then bought by DelMonte, Dole, Chiquita, Folgers, GW etc.

  • jim capy

    Unfortunately The Constitution has been ignored by our anointed leaders for too long that’s the crux of our dismal circumstances today!

  • ONTIME

    We used to have a ban on communsmand all oganizations dedicated to the violent overthrow of the Constitutional government. Now we have avoed communist in our government in high positions and guess what! They still want to over throw this government from within and without, so what happened to the law banning them?

    Now do you not understand that communism is a enslaving government form of economic and personal freedom, so if killing or eliminating communist or terrorist is a option that will benefit mankind, the why not employ it as a weapon? In Nam I was allowed to whack communist, the more the better and the only good communist was a dead one, a good creed and not all that bad.

    Equate this with a animal with big ugly teeth and claws that has every intention of making you their lunch…that describes communism.

    • NC

      On TIME, what a great solution to kill all the “communist” and “terrorist” in this country who are ruining our country!’

      BTW, who gets to say who is a “communist” or ‘terrorist” before they kill somebody? You do want to get them before they do harm don’t you?
      Can you pick them all out just by sight? Are there any blue eyed ones? or do they ALL have black and dark eyes LIKE THE ONES YOU KILLED IN NAM? Have you suggested this plan to your Congresman?

  • JohnnyE

    So why doesn’t Newt take out Communist China while he’s at it? What? They have “most-favored nation” status in our trade relations? We trade with Vietnam even. The embargo doesn’t really work because just about every other country trades with Cuba. They’re not a threat to us. Trading with them would open them up to democratic ideas like it’s doing with China.

  • chuckb

    cuba is a prime example of communism. the people are enslaved by the government who acts as their big brother. it is easier for most people to live on small rations if they don’t have to compete for it. we have cities full of this kind of rationale and a white house to prove it.
    should we invade cuba, hell no, then we would pay for more welfare. if the cuban people are tired of living like robots then let them overthrow castro, isn’t that what fidel did back in ’56.

    after john kennedy failed to support them at the bay of pigs invasion, i doubt they will be too inspired to seek our help. isn’t it strange how the democrats have no heart in defeating communism, korea, vietnam. nicaragua, i doubt if we would really defend taiwan if china invaded them, especially with the demos in control.

  • catfish

    This should have been done by JFK. I believe that is about 49 years ago. Failure to do that is why the cubans moved to Florida. My opinions have a hell of a lot more validity than yours Chip.

    • meteorlady

      I used to believe that people who fled their country because of political oppression were not honorable or good. I have changed my mind and looking at the state of my country and it’s politicians and unions, I believe it may be time for me to pull up stakes and head for other parts. This country makes no sense to me anymore, nor do I want to stay here and get sucked dry by the non-producers and looters. I now believe that they run because they believe in themselves and want to live life on their terms, not another persons.

      • Joe H.

        I will not give them that satisfaction! They will never make me run from MY COUNTRY!!

  • Richard M

    Yeah, let’s keep the fear-mongering going! Let’s see, how long has Cuba been a communist country? How long has Castro been in power?

    Here’s some good ‘ol Ron Paul common sense. Stay the hell out of other country’s business. If Castro decided he’d like to attach us, then we’ll blow his a** to smithereens! Otherwise, don’t play into the fear BS.

  • meteorlady

    If citizens of sovereign nations do not wish to be free, why should we get involved in their business? That’s why I support Ron Paul and fee that he is the only voice of sanity left in the corrupt government that runs our country.

  • RightGunner

    Just to “Chip”-in, I like what the old Block says: “We should set an example that other countries could honor and emulate. By that, I mean we should mind our own business and not interfere with theirs. That’s the policy that made us the hope, the inspiration and the envy of the world. It worked for more than 100 years. It will work again now.

    If we really want to help some countries, let’s send them copies of our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers and a bunch of other books that could teach and inspire them. What a great project for some private patriotic charities to undertake.

    Let’s send them our ideas, but not our interference. Let’s lead by example, not by arms or coercion.”

    Remember our Constitutional freedoms are limited, not by Authorities, but by the freedoms of others, which our freedom is required not to interfere with. The same can be said of international affairs.

    • Joe H.

      Just out of couriousity, where were you a gunner and in what aircraft?
      Red Knights, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Vihn Long RVN!

  • http://gillysrooms.blogspot.com GILLYSROOMS in Australia

    Why would Gingrich want to liberate the Cubans only to have to tell them the USA dont want them scrambling to get into the USA like all the Mexicans you love to hate for daring to want to go work and make a new life for themselves in the US of A.

    YES, Gingrich and his followers are mad.

    Can anyone explain to me what the primary role of the RED CROSS is today?

    The Australian arm of the RED CROSS offered to buy the copy write of an e-book published in 2001 by Michael Miroslav Cic Science Fiction/ Philosophy e-book Titled: DIALOGUE WITH KONDA: Universal Philosopher published by Zues Publications, Queensland 2001 ISBN 1 876882 530

    NEW GOD COMES TO ST ARNAUD to compete against which God? Is it ok to have free enterprise in religious beliefs in the USA?

    I recently met an author living in St Arnaud in Victoria 3478 his name Michael Miroslav Cic who has written about a new kind of God …A god of incomprehensible quality of intelligence, friendship, love and beauty…This particular “god” most certainly is NOT related to the god of the “Old Testament”; nor is it related to ANY organized religion whatsoever. Nevertheless, it implicitly “belongs” to MINDS like those of Socrates, Aristotle, Einstein and Tesla…..This UNKNOWABLE SUPERMIND does not share mankind’s “intellectually-induced faith; no religious “belief”…. it is not interested in prayers or temples-except for their beautiful architecture. Its “DIVINE meaning-field SOFTWARE” of constant-ecstatic-delight; is NOT related to the existence of SELF-CAUSED or SELF-INVENTED witches, devils, angels or hell…nor is this god responsible for starvation, sacrificial offerings, ‘after life’ rewards; superstitions, slavery, prostitution. Injustices and/or INTENTIONAL cruelties and perversions.

    To quote Einstein: In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of the devoutly religious men” I wholeheartedly agree! He writes….his free writings will be released soon for further discussions as he wishes to offer his findings …his two discoveries which have escaped so many neuroscientists’ research findings to date.

    Incidentally the Australian arm of the RED CROSS offered to buy the copy write of his e-book published in 2001 his Science Fiction/Philosophy e-book Titled: DIALOGUE WITH KONDA: Universal Philosopher published by Zues Publications, Queensland 2001 ISBN 1 876882 530

    Funnily enough AMAZON doesn’t have it. See if you can find it.

    • Joe H.

      gilly,
      for once you bring up a good point. Why doesn’t he get as mad at the Mexicans that are invading our country, taking good paying jobs, and even calling for the downfall of Sherrif joe Aripaio?? They have threatened us, harmed the economy of different states, committed crimes, and even said they will reclaim certain parts of the southwest!! (Reconquista)

  • Deerinwater

    Okay ! I get it! It’s a (offensive word removed) deal ! I have people offer me this kind of s hit all the time. The end results is certain. You accept, and you lose, big nose.

    First and foremost, Castro is a patriot of Cuba and the Cuban people and the story is not a pretty story but a story of “humility” and conviction.

    Castro refused to allow his tiny nation island to be bought by gold and silver,to the decadence and ungodliness the United States of American offered most willingly, just to “BE MY PARTY NEST”

    To be but a spent condom to the most powerful nation this world has ever known?

    CASTRO, say “No” this will not happen as long as I am alive!

    and so, Castro lives! and his people are clean but very hungry and restless with socialism.

    SO? where do we go from here?

    • Joe H.

      deermakingwater,
      ” the people are hungry and very restless under socialism” Yeah deer, the ones that are still living and not in prison!

    • Deerinwater

      Correct, that would be the ones I speak of. Like the US & Europe, Cuba has it’s criminal element.

      “Crime rates in Cuba

      Cuba easily has one of the lowest overall crime rates in all of Latin America. Cuba is often considered by most experienced travellers to be the safest of all Latin American countries and probably one of the safest tourist destinations in the world in terms of crime. However, like every country, Cuba is not immune to crime and it is always worthwhile being aware of a few potential dangers so you can avoid being a victim of crime while in Cuba.

      Violent crime in Cuba

      “The rate of violent crime in Cuba is very low, and it is even rarer for violent crimes in Cuba to be perpetrated against foreign tourists. Cuban people in general are very friendly and helpful regardless of their economic status, so crimes such as mugging do not really occur very often in Cuba. The only obvious advice one can offer with regards to avoiding violent crime in Cuba is to stay in public places and not go anywhere isolated with people you’ve just met. You are more likely to be the victim of violent crime in Cuba at the hands of another drunken tourist than you are by a Cuban national.”

      They want to be free, free to move about, free to make decision even if they are bad ones. America has treated Cuba poorly for a reason, feeling that they needed us more them we needed them. And that is true! ~and Cuba has suffered greatly.

      Is it completely impossible to admire such determination?

      They are not living in Hell down there my friend, but they are living with with very little.

      • Joe H.

        Gee, deermakingwater, it sounds like you like the place!! you COULD take a boat there!!!

      • DaveH

        Of course Cuba doesn’t have a high crime rate, the Government doesn’t like competition.
        Cuba’s population — 11.1 million
        Cuba’s 2010 GDP — $114 Billion
        GDP per person — $10,270

        USA’s population — 313.0 million
        USA’s 2010 GDP — $14.5 Trillion
        GDP per person — $46,326

    • DaveH

      Which country has the most prisoners in the Known World, per capita?
      If you guessed the US, you are correct:
      http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_pri_per_cap-crime-prisoners-per-capita

  • Tom W.

    All I can say is I wish there was some way y’all could see the pictures that go with this story!!!

    What city is next?

    A read well worth your time! Some of his thoughts may seem a bit strong to some of us, but If this can happen to Detroit or Gary , how do we keep a similar fate from destroying the rest of our country?

    DETROIT

    (Frosty Wooldridge(born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist, traveler)

    By Frosty Wooldridge

    For 15 years, from the mid 1970′s to 1990, I worked in Detroit , Michigan . I watched it descend into an abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs, and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards. Trash everywhere! Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps! With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars. A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ flourish in Detroit . If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America outside of Richard Daley in Chicago , rode Detroit down to its knees… He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he said, “I am the MFIC.” The IC meant “in charge”. You can figure out the rest — Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans. As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state. Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan , but most work in Detroit . As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in. As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife! Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America . Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan , paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC’s Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America . English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing.
    Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time Magazine’s October 4, 2009 issue, “The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again,” I choked on the writer’s description of what happened. “If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we’d know a lot more about it,” said Daniel Okrent. “If drought and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we’d see it on the evening news every night.” Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice. But Detroit , once our fourth largest city, now 11th and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country.
    Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their dreadful decision making.” As Coleman Young’s corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kickbacks and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city’s death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit ..
    “By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit ‘s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services,” Okrent said. “The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans , unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit today, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent. At the end of Okrent’s report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, “That’s because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city’s collapse, it’s also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character of America in the 21st century. If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can’t find a way to get up, what does that say about America ‘s future?” As you read in my book review of Chris Steiner’s book,”$20 Per Gallon”, the auto industry won’t come back. Immigration will keep pouring more and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit , thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America . If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit . Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs. You have already seen it in Madrid, Spain , London, England , and Paris with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying. Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.

    I PRAY EVERYONE THAT READS THIS REALIZES THAT IF WE DON’T STAND UP, AND SCREAM AT WASHINGTON AND OUR STATE, CITY AND LOCAL LEADERS THIS IS WHAT AWAITS THE REST OF AMERICA . IF YOU THINK THE MEXICANS AND MUSLIMS AND OTHER FOREIGNERS WILL EVENTUALLY FIT RIGHT IN, THEN YOU ARE AS BIG A PART OF THE PROBLEM AS THEY ARE. IF YOU THINK THIS IS JUST A BUNCH OF HOOEY AND YOU FEEL NO DUTY TO FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY, THEN I’M SORRY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WILL TAKE FOR YOU TO STAND AND FIGHT.

    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” — Benjamin Franklin

    • NC

      Tom w.:”If you think that the Mexicans amd the Muslims and other foreigners will eventually fit right in, then you are as big a part of the problem as they are.”
      Haven’t read much American History have you Tom? Do you have any idea how many people( Mexicans, Muslims and other foreigners) have immigrated to this country and “eventually” fit right in?????How many are doing it right now and causing no trouble at all?

      Have you ever considered that one of the major problems that people coming to this country have in ‘fitting right in” is having to contend with AMERICANS WITH PREJUDICES LIKE YOURS THAT THEY ARE SOMEHOW EVIL OR A THREAT WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING THEM???
      Surely that Bible that you so oftem quote has something to say about the proper way to treat a neighbors and felloemen!

  • Ann Wilson Kingsley

    Great article Chip! Thank you!

  • AnneOnymous

    Newt Gingrich is a raving bottom feeding monster trying to usurp his way to the top.. For nearly 50 years, Castro hasn’t threatened, tried and chicken —- ploy or bullied this Nation, the only detrimental weapon he’s thrown at us was Desi Arnaz and we loved the guy so much (even with his broken English) that we welcomed him with open arms.. Now this self-proclaimed ‘king’ wants to stir up even more wars.. Trying his best to start WWIII with not only our enemies (Iran, Afghanistan, etc.) but those who up to now are neutral (China, India, etc.).. Maybe this jerk needs to be the first native on Mars, and he can take his dysfunctional family with him.

  • DaveH

    Achtung, you lowly Congressional Swine, wherever you come from, I demand respect!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjwg9OkUW8k

    Eric Holder talking to Raul Labrador, Congressional Representative from Idaho, who had just grilled Holder about his many inconsistencies in the Fast and Furious Investigation.

    • DaveH
      • Deerinwater

        interesting, Sound like either he just does not know or is hedging. I’m left to assume he is being held responsible to know?

        Being unpaired to give testimony is the charge, but how many counts? one , two, three? What was know and when it was know?

        Exciting to watch unfold. There is criminal activity of epic proportion taking place in Mexico today. No one is beyond suspicion.

        Wherever the truth lies, we need to find it, if we can.

        • DaveH

          Our Government’s meddling Drug Wars are what has pushed Mexico into the Abyss. Just as Alcohol Prohibition created the Mafia, so is Drug Prohibition creating the Mexican strife:
          http://mises.org/books/prohibition.pdf

          • Joe H.

            DaveH,
            not quite Dave the cosa nostra was around long before prohibition. It just grew them.

          • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

            DaveH,
            History of the mafia, Sicilian in orgin.
            http://www.umich.edu/~themafia/RevisedHistory.htm -
            Jan 12, 2000 … History of Sicily and the Origins of the Mafia. Like the entomology of the word ‘ mafia’, the history of Sicily and its relationship with the Mafia.

          • DaveH

            Read the book, guys.

          • DaveH

            Joe,
            You’re correct, I misstated that. I should have said that the Mafia greatly expanded with Prohibition:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_mafia#Prohibition_era

          • DaveH

            Here is a chart on US homicide rate. Notice how the homicide rate climbed steadily during the Prohibition Era (1919-1933). Notice also how it has climbed again since the Government started zealously enforcing Drug Laws (mid to late 1960s):
            http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/graphs/29.htm

        • DaveH

          You seem to be a Seeker of Knowledge, Deer. You should read this book:
          http://mises.org/books/leftright.pdf

  • chuckb

    tom w,
    some of our big cities are racing to the same goal as detroit. los angeles is well on it’s way, we have allowed the third world culture to accept our greeting, “give us the poor” the do gooders haven’t figured out why these people are poor nothing will change for them, it will only change for the people who built this country.
    thank you to the bleeding hearts that voted this community organizer into the white house. thank you to the 48% that think he’s doing a good job and will be instrumental in assuring him another four years, then the whole u.s.will start looking like detroit.

  • Deerinwater

    Yea, I have yet to see the news clip of Newt projected Moon State and only heard comments about it. That’s one Hail Mary pass,~ long and deep, ~ I don’t see the talent available to get under it.

    NASA has accepted cutbacks and focused primarily on unmanned exploration, leaving manned space to the Russians and their heavy lift rockets for now. But that could change.

    To start such an ambitious project (and it is already on paper) would require a nation on solid economic footing and a unified effort of it’s people.

    I like the idea, ~ but first things first, what ya say?

    America needs to cut in half it’s dependence on foreign crude first and we can’t seem to get that done.

    But as soon as we do, let us send Newt to the moon and let him get started building us a condo, something really nice, one of those Ralph Wright designs, glass, cedar and black marble where the pool is integrated into the master bedroom floor plan.

  • hitthedeck

    Chip uses the word lets throughout his article thinking how great it would be just to leave people and countries alone and mind our own business. Lets do this and lets do that is easy to say but look around chip and you might have to start policing our own country and protecting that great constitution we have that you want other people in the world to pick up and use for their own. If the progressives have their way our constitution will be trampled on the ground for others to pick up and try to piece it together again. Wake up Chip!

  • Ted Crawford

    Two areas I feel compelled to respond to; First, this idea that we would be “forcing” our way of life on people. How many of us has had the oppertunity to talk with an immigrent? I’m not talking about the wealthy ones but rather the ordinary ones.
    I was priviledged to have served in Viet Nam with one. He and his extended family had escaped from behind the Iron Curtain. He was not even a citizen yet but was fighting alongside the rest of us. One day I ask him why, over the course of time he described America in a way I’d never considered it before! I was both very proud and at the same time humbled. He knew far, far more about the workings of our Constitution than my Public School education had given me! Later when Ronald Regan reffered to us as “A shining city on a hill” I recalled Viet Nam!
    It seems to me that we are not “forcing” anything on the people, it’s the governments that resist! As we can clearly see by Egypt, for one, when people attempt to improve their position in life without serious help they are victimized! When people anywhere reachout for help I want America to always be there! For that I am responsible!
    Secondly regarding our military presense around the World; That allows us to be in a position to respond to conflicts in a conventional, and timely manner. If we close all our bases in other countries, aside from the hugh unemployment problem that would create, our only possible response to an attack would have to be nuclear! As destructive and deadly as conventional war is, how much more so would be a nuclear one?

    • DaveH

      If you want to pick and choose who to help, Ted, then do so. Nobody’s stopping you. But to pick and choose who to help with other peoples’ money or lives is just plain Immoral.
      Having a military presence around the World serves to create the very conditions you seem to fear — People who don’t like our meddling and become our enemies. And to cite unemployment as an excuse for not bringing our soldiers home is just plain Fallacious. We would be better off paying them to do Nothing here, then to have them creating enemies for us around the world. Your comment that our only response after an attack being Nuclear is equally fallacious. There is absolutely no reason for us to go Nuclear unless they did that first, and they could do that at any time, US World Presence or not.
      Our best chance at being at Peace with the World is to trade Freely with other countries. No NAFTA, No GATT, No Government Meddling at all:
      http://mises.org/daily/1334

    • mike1127

      TED CRAWFORD: People like you are the problem. It is not, nor has it ever been, the United States’ job to be the world’s policeman. We don’t have to bring the troops home and have them be unemployed; they could guard the Southern border and fix our crumbling infrastructure. Having over 900 military bases all around the world is a huge part of why we have so many enemies abroad. It’s time for us to mind our own business. You seem to be all for an American Empire. Most of us are not.
      Ron Paul 2012.

  • mike1127

    Anyone who votes for anyone other than Ron Paul is simply endorsing the status quo. He is the only one running that doesn’t want America to dominate the world.
    Ron Paul 2012.

  • James

    Not that I’m for it, but if we spent billions toppling Hussein’s Iraqi government and repairing the damage we did in the process, why wouldn’t we do the same in Cuba? I think that was Gingrich’s point.

    • Joe H.

      James,
      AT what COST????

      • James

        The point was, if we attacked Iraq because we didn’t like its government, why wouldn’t we do likewise to Cuba, rather than enforce an embargo? I personally, would not have attacked Iraq. There is no constitutional power for the U.S. to alter foreign governments it doesn’t like.

  • Chuck

    The founding fathers were indeed against our engaging in the use of our military for global police work. However, they were FOR defending our nation at all cost, against all enemies foreign or domestic. In today’s world of weapons of mass destruction, self defense must necessarily include the idea of preemptive strikes; for, an enemy nation possessing WMDs could destroy us in a single attack. In the days of our founding fathers, if any other nation had war ships just off our shores with their big guns aimed at us, they would have ordered our navy to attack them regardless of whether or not they had fired the first shot. A preemptive strike would have been without question. Nowdays, the big guns can reach us from across the ocean, and a single “cannon ball” can destroy entire cities. No question – the United States should destroy dictatorial regimes who rule at our very borders, who have avowed our destruction. That’s just plain common sense.

    • James

      I disagree with including ‘preemptive strikes’ in our defense. If you were referring to Iran, there is no evidence Iran will further refine Uranium for use in a nuclear ICBM. If nations around Iran have nuclear WMDs, shouldn’t they be allowed to have some? To defend themselves?

  • Gringo Infidel

    Simply put, the answer is no period.

    Why? Because it is an act of aggressive war. You know, the sort of crime that was prosecuted against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

    If Castro should happen to slip down an elevator shaft onto some bullets, no one would shed a tear. God forbid….

  • Finish him!

    That’s what someone should have done a long time ago. As nobody did it, he still haunts the world over…

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