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You Might Be a Domestic Terrorist! – RPI 12 January Update

Posted by M. C. on January 13, 2022

The War on Us, Redux

Dear Friends:

While we at the Ron Paul Institute are the opposite of “partisan-political” in the conventional sense, let’s be honest whether our friends are from the libertarian wing, the right wing, or the progressive wing: President Biden is a dangerous authoritarian.

Or at least the people running President Biden are authoritarians (in his defense, Biden can’t seem to remember that he is the president, not Kamala Harris).

In pushing for the federalization of elections and “reforms” that include giving the vote to millions who are not even citizens – all the while claiming that those who oppose such moves are “domestic enemies” – the president and the leadership of his party appear to be settling on a scorched earth strategy for 2022. With the president’s approval at historic lows – and Covid raging while the economy burns – they are declaring war on that vast and rising pool of Americans who have jumped ship. It’s not a strategy that Sun-Tzu would endorse, but it seems to be what they’re running with.

But even CNN’s Jake Tapper (!!!) took issue with Biden claiming those who oppose federalized elections and votes for anything that breathes (and perhaps even those who don’t) are the reincarnation of Bull Connor and George Wallace. Tapper, whose butt-of-the-joke Russiagate/Lockdown network lost 90 percent of its viewers, asked Sen. Dick Durban: You’re comparing that to Bull Connor who literally set dogs upon civil rights protesters. George Wallace, who said segregation today, segregation forever… isn’t that a little stark? When Biden loses CNN…well…

Still there seems little self-reflection at this point.

This is our first RPI update for 2022 so I do want to thank all of your for subscribing. We view you as part of the movement and part of the family.

I want to thank from the bottom of my heart all of you who stepped up and made an end-of-year donation to the Ron Paul Institute – home of the Ron Paul Liberty Report. We are starting the year strong because of your fantastic vote of confidence in us!

Last summer the Ron Paul Institute returned to its Washington Conference with an event titled “The War on Us,” where we discussed how aggressive and hyper-interventionist US foreign policy had been turned inward to assault our own civil liberties. Much of this attack was about a “war on a virus” but the January 6th “insurrection” narrative played a critical role in establishing the false precept for establishing a domestic police state.

And sure as the sun rises in the east, the Biden Administration is now establishing a specialized unit of the Justice Department solely focused on the “threat” of “domestic terrorism.” 

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen said: “We have seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority.”

Are you “anti-authority”? Turn yourselves in! There are open cells available in Guantanamo!

What does that mean in the real world? The absurd and crumbling narrative that Jan. 6th was an “insurrection” is providing the grounds for a deeply unpopular Administration to divert attention from its failings and unpopularity by scapegoating any dissenters as “domestic terrorists.”

Matt Taibbi is an honest progressive (and a long-time friend of mine) and he recently wrote of the Administration’s 1/6 propaganda: I don’t mean to understate the seriousness of January 6th, even though it’s been absurdly misreported for over a year now. No one from a country where these things actually happen could mistake 1/6 for ‘a coup .’ In the real version, the mob doesn’t take selfies and blaze doobies after seizing the palace, and the would-be dictator doesn’t spend 187 minutes snacking and watching Fox before tweeting ‘go home.’ Instead, he works the phones nonstop to rally precinct chiefs, generals, and airport officials to the cause, because a coup is a real attempt to seize power. Britannica says the ‘chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the armed forces, the police, and other military elements.’ We saw none of that on January 6th, but it’s become journalistic requirement to use either “coup” or “insurrection” in describing it. As someone, like Taibbi, who has been in the middle of a few actual insurrections during my time in eastern Europe, I can concur with his assessment. The reality of an insurrection is far more grim, as I also discovered in my travels sifting through blood-soaked clothes in the former Yugoslavia and Albania in the 1990s. I am always haunted by a cache of children’s clothing I found in a cave behind a church near Vukovar with bullet holes and blood stains. I cannot forget it even more than 20 years later. Actual insurrection is a horror that you can never wipe from your memory.

But as Rahm Emmanuel famously said, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” If you have goofy guys with buffalo horns being led into the Capitol by highly suspicious military-looking men all coordinated in orange ski hats, you can spin it into an attack on the Winter Palace

Yes they are running with this. The Republicans should win the midterms if they can produce a pulse and somehow find the gumption to push back against the “reform” that would rig the vote.

But don’t expect the potentially victorious Republicans to be on “our side” when it comes to civil liberties. Even right-wing hero Ted Cruz labeled the Jan. 6 non-event a “terrorist attack.” Republicans are mostly cowards. Who among them with one or two exceptions has stood up and challenged covid tyranny – the greatest assault on our civil liberties since slavery?

Mainstream politics is a kabuki of paid-for politicos earnestly promising to represent us. There are only a tiny handful – Sen. Paul and Rep. Thomas Massie (an RPI Board Member) come to mind – who genuinely would give up the Ring to further the cause of liberty.

2022 is a weird year, but as Ron Paul says almost every day on his Liberty Report, we are winning. Sometimes I secretly doubt his enthusiasm, but I eventually discover that he is right as he is always right. 

Spread the word: Liberty is winning! Thank you for supporting the Ron Paul Institute and for watching the Ron Paul Liberty Report!
Sincerely yours,

Daniel McAdams
Executive Director
Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

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