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Happy New Year! We always approach a new year with anticipation, hope, and also some worries. Last year was one of the strangest political years I have seen in some time. A new Republican president spent his first year pursuing more or less the same foreign policy as his Democratic predecessor and the Democratic Party spent the year looking under every rock in the US for a “Russian connection” or any other reason to see him impeached over it.

The neocon-dominated foreign policy establishment on both the Left and Right were so furious that candidate Trump dared suggest we could get along with our “enemies” overseas that they jumped on the impeachment bandwagon — even though once he became president Donald Trump filled his Administration with neocons and began dropping bombs.

Like “peace candidate” Obama, Donald Trump quickly dropped his “get along with others” rhetoric to become just another aggressive, interventionist US president. He slammed missiles into Syria over unproven claims of a chemical attack, he built US military bases on Syrian soil, he dropped the “mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan, he continued helping Saudi Arabia destroy Yemen, he expanded the US military occupation of Africa, he put NATO troops on the border of Russia, did his best to tear up the Iran nuclear agreement and in fact may have just launched a “color revolution” on Iran, and continued rattling sabers over China’s presence in the South China Sea.

That tells us quite a bit about what’s wrong with American political life these days. The “opposition party” doesn’t really oppose the other party’s policies. They are just angry that other the party is in power. With no real philosophical or policy differences, politics is essentially pointless. It is a game of spoils for the well-connected and little more than a sporting event for the rest of the country. Everyone wants to see his team come out on top.

Still, I have much hope for 2018. I know we are continuing to make steady progress waking up the American people to the idea that ideas do matter! Our interventionist foreign policy, responsible for so much misery around the world, is not inevitable. Our destructive economic and monetary policies, which enrich the well-connected while impoverishing the rest of us, are not inevitable. The further destruction of our right to privacy, to live our lives as we see fit, to pursue our own happiness without the government looking over our shoulder, is not inevitable. We can turn this around!

In 2018 I strongly believe more Americans will wake up to the seriousness of the total debt the US is facing and will begin blaming Washington for pumping up the warfare-welfare state. I believe more Americans will understand the role of the Federal Reserve in facilitating this ocean of debt. We will continue to make progress toward ending the Fed!

While the media loves to tell us all about how the millennials are attracted to discredited ideas like Bernie Sanders’ socialism and the dead-end of cultural Marxism, I believe 2018 will demonstrate that young people are actually attracted to the ideas of liberty more than ever. Liberty is a new idea and a winning idea, while the twin tyrannies of socialism and cultural Marxism should remain in same dustbin of history they were tossed into more than 25 years ago.

In 2018 my Institute for Peace and Prosperity will be reaching more people than ever with plenty of new projects, events, and of course our daily Liberty Report! Yes, we will turn this around. Liberty will prevail!

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Donald Trump, Freedom 
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  1. Dr Paul is right to question the Fed, but it goes hand in glove with the IRS. I think it shameful that during this latest tax reform cycle, the libertarians main wish was to make it more convenient to pay the tax!
    The lib/conservative establishment does not understand the US Individual income tax, and therefore has no idea how to reform or abolish it. They have not studied the history of the tax. Most pundits believe fundamentally erroneous things about the tax, such as it began in1913; in fact the income tax began in 1862, and the laws today are mostly 19th century laws.
    Most of all, they do not attempt to analyze why only a small percentage of workers filed and paid the tax, up until WWII, when compliance suddenly increases to current levels of 90%.
    There has been no fundamental changes in the actual law since the first tax code was compiled in1939,and there will be none in the 2017. Oh, rates and deductions will change, but the fundamental nature of the tax remains as it always was-a tax on the exploitation of a federal privilege for profit. At least 2/3 of workers are not required to pay, but are conditioned by fear to do so.

  2. Noah Way says:

    The first four paragraphs are dead-on. Then Dr. Paul goes off the rails, dismissing overwhelming popular support for socialist policies (> 62% support single payer) in favor of the trampled-to-death idea of “liberty” that he tosses around in the same way that the neocons he criticizes use “security”.

    Here’s an idea for you to condsider, Dr. Paul: the purpose of the constitution – and by extension government – is to protect us from each other. The best government is the one that works for all of us, not just a select few.

    • Replies: @jtgw
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  3. jtgw says:
    @Noah Way

    I don’t think RP uses popularity as the litmus test for policy, but I agree that he might be naive about popular demand for liberty. Too many people, including the young, seem to think that our problems stem from too little government, rather than too much. E.g. they want single-payer healthcare (and all the waiting lists and shortages that come with that) rather than focus on how government is stifling competition in medicine (e.g. “certificates of need” to build new hospitals, FDA preventing effective competition in pharmaceuticals etc).

    What makes you think the purpose of the constitution is to “protect us from each other”? At least as far as the US constitution is concerned, the purpose was to define those government functions that needed to be handled at the federal level, leaving all other functions to the states. Universal healthcare was not one of the federal functions of government; if people want their government to give them healthcare, let them petition their state governments for it.

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  4. @jtgw

    Yes, Dr. Paul might be naive about the young people. He may hang out with more millenials than I do, and good on him for the optimism he has. However, his sample, people he works with on political matters, I assume, is very far from unbiased.

    My sample, some of the idiotic flat-out communists that pass for pundits (occasionally even commenters) here on unz is not unbiased either, I must admit, but it’s sickening nonetheless. Yes, it’s that time of the century again, when the Commies are crawling out of the woodwork. Nope it’s not gonna be “over there” in Europe this time – the’ve been rotting-out American institutions from the inside for 5 or more decades, and we are beyond the point where a few peanut-butter traps and a can of Raid will take care of it.

  5. @Noah Way

    Indeed, to you and Mr. Jtgw, the healthcare issue, as such a large part of the modern economy, is one that separates the liberty-lovers from the riff-raff. We have examples all over the world that show us this sick bureaucratic nonsense, and still Americans living today who do remember when there was a free market in healthcare (that brings up the problem – the millenials and even the parents of millenials have no memory of it).

    Yet, people are resigned to “I guess single-payer is better than what we got.” Yeah, dude, and skin cancer is better than colon cancer, but I don’t want either freakin’ one, OK?

    Oh, and it’s not like the Constitution, B.O.R. amendment X, has nothing to say about it.

    I know Dr. Paul doesn’t get as many readers as some of the unz writers, but I’ll still link to observations on the free-market health-care in, YES, no shit, the People’s Republic of China* (not your Baba’s People’s Republic, that’s for sure).

    * For those still interested, continued in part 2, part 3, and part 4.

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