I had a rather long detailed post on this which I was going to put up… and I somehow lost it. Dang it all. >_> I’m actually annoyed with myself. But regardless I’m simply going to do a shorter version of my original post and perhaps touch up on these things later. One thing I wanted to address is that Americans are often misinformed about history and I wanted to do some corrections here. I figured that a good place to start would be some of the major wars which we have fought. While many people know about things such as Vietnam being wrong a lot of people don’t know the truth behind a lot of other wars we fought.
The Civil War:
So a lot of people are going to wonder what my problem with the Civil War is. I actually had a long debate on facebook with someone in relation to the Civil War and if it was constitutional. The debate originated from a black student down south who did a project on the Civil War saying that the flag of the south was a sign of independence and attempt at freedom from the federal government not an endorsement of slavery and I agreed with the article. The other guy said that the Civil War was about slavery which I tried to explain to him that there more to it then that. We kind of ended with him somewhat admitting that I was at least partially right so I’ll do a quick explanation about everything.
The short version is that the South did not wish to leave the Union due to pressure from the North concerning slavery. As we all know while slavery was largely fading in the North it was still alive in the South. But what a lot of people do not mention is that slavery was already in the decline. See here: http://www.jstor.org/pss/274454
You see with the age of industrialization slavery became impractical and even in the South which was much less industrialized then the North the number of slaves had actually gone down not up over the years and would continue to do so. The problem the South had at the time was that they were being forced by the federal government/Congress to sell their products to states up in the North and items sold by the North down to the South were heavily taxed adding monetary burden onto the South which they felt was unfair to them financially. Basically the South felt ripped off. In the end they decided that they would leave the Union if nothing was done to help correct their complaints. All this aside though it doesn’t change the fact that slavery was in the decline and wouldn’t have lasted. After the South felt their problems were not addressed states in the South began to remove themselves from the Union including South Carolina. Basically SC wanted the federal government to remove their troops from their state and the federal troops instead retreated to Battle of Fort Sumter and refused to leave. Neither president James Buchanan or Abraham Lincoln wished to remove the federal government troops since they felt in the right to keep them there even though they were on the land of South Carolina. Eventually South Carolina removed them by force and this was used as the reason for the Civil War. Basically my problem with this is I feel like if Lincoln truly did not wish a war he could have avoided it in other ways besides keeping troops in a spot which he knew would upset the state. I think my other reason for doubts in Lincoln is also because of his actions during the course of the Civil War which many people do not know about. Lincoln basically acted like a dictator during the time of the war in the name of keeping the Union whole. The first thing was that he instituted a draft which is paramount to slavery to make people fight against the South when people no longer wished to do so. Secondly he also suspended the right to a fair trial and closed down open communication. Anyone who spoke out against Lincoln or the war or tried to argue against it could or were potentially jailed in a very arbitrary manner without a hearing or trial and information via news and printing presses was shut down or heavily restricted. After the end of the war most of these rights were restored but the fact that Lincoln could do these things to begin with makes me question his character. The one thing he did wish to do which I agree with was that Lincoln saw a central bank as something which would enslave the entire country and wished to bring an end to the federal reserve. Ironically enough he was assassinated shortly after he began to make plans for this.
World War I:
World War I is no secret in the idea that basically when the Germans sunk the Lusitania a passenger ship it angered Americans and help generate enough support to finally push the country into World War I. However was is not explained is how the reason for the sinking of the ship was not due to it being an unfair target. The exact opposite in fact was that the Germans had information showing that the Lusitania was carrying weapons for their enemies which made it a legitimate target of war. At the time Germany tried to warn American citizens to not board the ship and only one newspaper in the US reported this. For years people have been debating if this is true or not and divers from a few years back have verified it to be true. Inside the remains of the ship have been found a large amount of small arms ammunition. What makes this important is that the story to the American people for all of these years was that the Lusitania was merely a passenger ship. The people riding on it were never told that it was carrying ammunition for Germans enemy’s which would make it a target for them. Sadly this resulted in a great loss of life and entering a war under a false pretense. While one can indeed say that super powers we fought against at the time were not good people it does not justify sacrificing innocent lives to build support for a war which people did not agree with or support at the time.
World War II:
Now I am in no way saying that the Japanese were bad people but again the problem with this is basically the same as World War I with false pretense. Most people will say that Japan attack America although it’s hard for them to explain the exact reasoning as to why Japan would do this. Basically Japan did not launch a surprise attack on America for no reason. There is still a long standing debate and possible proof that America knew about the attack beforehand but regardless of that is true or not the attack was truly not a surprise. Before the war started America was putting sanctions against Japan cutting off their oil supply something which Japan did not want and worked very hard to keep friendly relations open to buy oil from America. America also influenced other countries to cut off oil to japan as well which they knew would upset Japan since this would cut off their military power. At the same time America had been working hard already in many respects to prepare for war setting up military bases outside of the USA, speeding up production of war machines and mobilizing the largest army possible despite claims that America had no intention of entering the war. Along with these FDR did many things behind the scenes to prepare America to work with Japanese enemies along with sending them weapons to help them in the war. So the claim that the attack on pearl harbor was a surprise seems flimsy at best. Even if America did not really break the Japanese code there was never a doubt that working to aid Japanese enemy’s and especially cutting off their oil suppliers around the world which would and did end up crippling their war machine would prompt them to attack.
Finally I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported Ron Paul. The good news is that he is officially polling at first place in Iowa which despite what other people claim is a very big deal. Almost everyone who has become president managed to win the popular vote in Iowa which gave them a strong showing for the other states. Ron Paul is now the favored candidate to win the Republican vote in Iowa and is polling second in New Hampshire having pulled past everyone including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich who’s number have fallen dramatically within the last two weeks alone. This proves that the claim that Ron Paul cannot win in Iowa is false and he stands a truly good chance at becoming president. Below is a post I made on facebook addressing ways to help out the Ron Paul campaign.
Way to help Ron Paul:
Ron Paul is officially leading in Iowa now with the most dedicate support. The hard work is paying off: http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Vote-2012-Ron-Paul-Takes-Lead-in-KCRGGazette-Poll-135977303.html
The support must continue. So of course keep doing what you’re doing in talking about Ron Paul, joining local meet up groups, spreading the word, talking to your friends, co-workers, family, etc and blogging, face, twitter, youtube to keep his name out here. Below are other things you can do to help further the campaign.
Phone from home: http://phone.ronpaul2012.com/v/login.php
Aside from donating money phone from home is probably the most important thing you can do if you’re not directly in Iowa right now. What this consists of his using the phone system set up by the official campaign to conduct surveys for them. Remember this is in no way you attempting to convince these people to vote for Ron Paul but rather to identify where these voters stand and how the campaign should contact them. Considering that Ron Paul has well over 20,000 pledges in Iowa (which is big since last year 120,000 people voted) it’s easy to see how this has been hugely successful. The Ron Paul campaign is largely made up out of volunteers on the ground so this is a big way how anyone anywhere in the country can help. Simply call, ask a few questions, click on the answers and off to the next call. The official campaign will take down the information and do the rest. This played a big role in helping Rand Paul win his seat in Congress and we can do the same to help Ron Paul become president.
Ron Paul Brochure :
Donate to the brochure effort to send out mailings to activate voters in states to help spread the word. This has been cheap and hugely successful in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Donate to the Revolution PAC:
While donating to the official campaign is always the biggest priority the Revolution PAC is an independent Ron Paul support group which is in no way affiliated or allowed to be in contact with the official campaign. They are the ones who did the Supervoter Bomb to send out mass mailing to Republican voters in Iowa along with airing online and TV based commercials to let people know the truth about Ron Paul. They are running multiple campaigns in Iowa and New Hampshire including newspaper ads, a debate party and a seven day billboard ad driving through New Hampshire advertising for Ron Paul leading up to the primary. The amount of money needed to be raised by for these is far smaller then the regular campaign less then $15,000 each. So if each Ron Paul supporter donates as little as five to ten dollars they should be able to raise this easily. Please spread the word and donate as the Rev PAC has been a huge help in the grassroots effort to help out Ron Paul.