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Sunday, June 4, 2017

What We Need For American Renewal

By Thaddeus S, Kaczor, Jr,                                                                                                   June 4, 2017

In many countries around the world, the government ALLOWS you to worship only ‘approved’ religions, or restricts some religions, while actively promoting others. As we see on the nightly news, there are many extreme groups and governments who would have you submit to their views and beliefs, or be happy to see you die. This is anathema to America and Americans. In America, the government doesn't allow any religion. Rather, it guarantees EVERY religion’s adherents the right to worship in the manner they please. The only restriction is the same for Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, and all other religions, as well as those of  uncertain religion, and those of no religion whatsoever: Just do not infringe on the rights of others, and obey the laws all Americans must.

It only takes a very small, determined minority to wreak havoc in a free society. Those who wish to disrupt and undermine our society know the best way to achieve this goal is to pit Americans against one another, using Americans to do just that! Those wishing ill on our society also know there is much advantage (and money) to be made by taking advantage of peoples' fears- as well as many powerful and influential people who would put their personal gain ahead of the safety and security of all Americans and who would willingly politicize ANY issue if there were a profit in it. 

Oddly enough, the loudest voices seem to be the small, radical minorities on all sides of any issue. I say seem, because there is much money to be made in the outrage industry, as Media, Politicians and others wishing to exploit the situation for their own means and benefit give the loudest megaphone and biggest stage to their most extreme false examples of the majority of their opponents. Many individuals and organizations use Identity Politics tactics to isolate people who are members of various ethnic, religious and other social groups to exploit their differences with other groups, or the majority, in order to achieve crass personal gains, or vague and destructive hardened ideological goals, There is a bias in media and politics to focusing exclusively on what divides, angers and provokes, rather than a focus on moving forward to common, agreed upon and necessary goals.

There is something broken in American Society. Economically, Politically, in the Religious sphere and in the Educational System. We need to end the era of insular ideological rigidity and crass exploitation dominating our culture and politics. We need people from all backgrounds and ideologies to reach out and cooperate with opponents and achieving the necessary goals we can all agree must be reached. Despite the cartoon portrayals of 'Divided America', there are many more who just want a good job and a safe environment to raise a family than want to tear others down and shut down opposing speech. But that type of news doesn’t sell soap, pain medication or life insurance. Nor does it elicit wealthy donors of all stripes to open their coffers to those who promise them favors and exemptions.

This ‘dark’ mood meme the media is carpet bombing our TV screens, smart phones and the few newspapers that still exist with appears to exist only in newsrooms, DC strategy sessions, and the minds of many in the far-removed-from-reality entertainment industry. For the most part, Americans of every background remain as we always have been- tolerant, generous, hard-working and believing we can make a better life for ourselves and the ones we love.

Many of us are more than a little annoyed that the people we elect to do our business waste our money and time, and insult our intelligence with the sloppy and corrupt way that MOST of them allow our country to be run. Furthermore, most of us could care less about 90% of what the media seem to want to report about- which seems more designed to confuse and incite anger rather than to elucidate arguments and work toward solutions. 

Our esteemed legislators need to straighten out Immigration, Trade, Infrastructure, TAXES and repair a broken process in Washington- while ensuring America and Americans’ rights are not trampled by individuals, companies, foreign entities or our OWN government. This last election may have shown some deep divisions in this country, but I have always believed, and I will continue to believe, that there are ALWAYS more things Americans agree upon than disagree about. We just like to argue more. 

And our media needs to get out of their bubbles and into America, where MOST of their viewers, readers and customers live, work, sweat, cry and die. Nobody is watching because the issues and ideals you present bear little to no relationship to the worries, cares, concerns and goals of most Americans. Give your opinion. But realize there could POSSIBLY be an opinion opposed to yours that MAY be right!

We will get through these troubled times as we always have: We will come together, ignore the naysayers and tools of the corrupt, and do what is necessary to insure a safe, fair and prosperous country for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A.I.: Digital Utopia or Robot Apocalypse?

It took millennia for Humanity to advance from the Stone Age to the Industrial Revolution. A couple centuries from that point, we transitioned to the Information Age. The pace of Human development continues to rapidly accelerate. The next Revolution is already overtaking society before many are ready for- or even aware of it.

Some call it the Utopian ‘Dawn of Artificial Intelligence’ or (conversely) the ‘Birth of SKYNET’ and the coming Robot Apocalypse. Both diametrically opposed predictions curiously are based on the premise that Humans will blithely give up control to either benevolent or diabolical machine ‘overlords’. There are arguments for both extremes, and both sides raise enough valid questions provoke meaningful dialogue on AI ethics and control. While History reminds us that extreme people and ideas often provide valid counterweight to over-enthusiasm and even zealotry from opposing people and views, they usually tend to be mere lane markers for History’s true road.

Let me propose a Third Way. Call me an optimist, but we humans have always been survivors. Pushed to the brink repeatedly (most recently by our OWN hands!) we have not only survived, but thrived. Troubled times and massive changes are instinctively resisted by most of people- it’s human nature. This adaptability to change, crises and turmoil has conversely become our greatest strength. Human Ideas have always used technology to adapt, change and overcome.

Welcome to the Idea Age.

We are not about to be totally subsumed by AI, nor will Humans be freed from all our cares and woes. What we are experiencing is what we have ALWAYS done: Inventing, adapting and overcoming. We are ready to harness amazing advancements in many new technologies. Be it AI, Virtual Reality, Brain-Machine direct interfaces, or 3D-Printing, Fusion Power or Gravity control, what we are about to witness will be more life and society-changing0 than anything else in Human memory. Many advances are creeping into our lives. Self-driving cars, Digital Assistants, Robot Home-Care for elderly and disabled. What is already here is amazing. Ask any advanced Fighter Pilot about how High-G blackouts are managed by AI anticipating actions and implementing them. Or how effective hands-off, brainwave tech allows for an enhanced and more productive experience for many military applications.

With advanced 3-D Printers, we have moved beyond plastic and metal tools & food to printing human organs and transforming Martian regolith to habitable communities. How soon before a Star Trek-like Replicators moves from Sci-fi fantasy into everyone’s home? Amazon will soon deliver your new Home Fusion Reactor to your printer in 3.65 seconds. Scientists are close to cracking the Physics Riddle of Fusion Power. Soon, safe distributed energy will be the norm from Bangalore to Brooklyn. And beyond.

But what will humanity do to take advantage of this once near-magical technology? The Information Age, where concerns about power, cost and other previous limitations, will be a distant memory. Whether you want to create the first Martian Space Elevator, or provide electricity, water and HOPE to Central Africa, you will only be limited by the boundaries of physics and your own imagination. There will be less Human oppression of others merely to survive. Though oppression will always be a bane to human society, we can greatly reduce that unwanted aspect of human behavior by freeing as many as possible from hopelessness and desperation. Even as people inevitably seek to enslave others both figuratively and literally, the fruits of the AI Revolution will mean more and more people will have the ability to free their bodies and minds from the shackles of poverty, exploitation and oppression.

Human advancement also means mastering the interface between Humans and machines. Through the exponential worldwide spread of Smart Phone technology and ever cheaper communications satellites, Human communication and the spread of Ideas and information has already transformed the daily life and interactions of every individual on the planet, whether they use the technology or not. The thirst for faster, easier and more complete access to information has accelerated, as has the trend toward further personal integration of humans and machines. Already advancing in the fields of Organic Computer displays and storage methods, full biological integration with AI will open up immense opportunities for all. Imagine meeting or just THINKING about someone and having that person’s digital existence being accessed and displayed instantaneously on either a heads-up display or a direct signal to your brain.  Working on a job and having that necessary instruction or fix at the tip of your mind. Pondering deep scientific, Social or Philosophical ideas- and having instantaneous access to the greatest minds on the subject. Even recalling the song you were sang as a child to pass on to your grandchildren.

Now, there MUST be parameters to protect privacy and our very sanity in implementing such revolutionary ideas and processes. People will rightly demand protections for the individual, as Governments and Corporations will seek power and advantages (as they always do). But we must not be afraid of the future. We need to embrace it, consume it and make it our own. Human ingenuity and adaptability has always triumphed over chaos and change.

Change is ongoing, accelerating and inevitable. But Humanity shall overcome our baser instincts, and adapt, and AI will become just the latest rung in the stepladder for Human Advancement.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Climate Change-ism

We are constantly told we need to change our lifestyle in order to 'Save the Planet'. But if you dig into the 'plans' to combat this dreaded menace, while there is little scientific evidence to support ANY climatologic outcomes. there is, however, quite a lot of certainty on the actual Economic effects of this massive global machine. Top IPCC Officials have unapologetically called 'Climate Change' a wealth redistribution plan. This Forbes Article lays out, in their own words, how they intend to 'deindustrialize' the West. The plan is to use 'Carbon Taxes', rules and regulations to transfer wealth from average Westerners (Read Americans) directly to the members of the Third-World Billionaire Dictators' Club- also known as the United Nations. The usual Banksters and bureaucrats will take their share, like trolls charging tolls on the slimy scam highway to Climate Change hell. While I don't 'deny' Climate change (since any idiot knows Climate has been changing for, say... the last Four Billion Years) What I AM is a skeptic- on the man-made causes of Climate Change and the curious marginalization or outright dismissal of such large factors as variations in Solar output, the orbital and tilt variations our planet experiences over long and short cycles, and such natural sources of heating and cooling here on Earth as volcanic activity and the massive amounts of methane hydrate beneath the ocean floor-

When 'educated' and powerful people proclaim that they 'believe' in climate change, know that the Anthropogenic Global Warming scammers have found a Useful Idiot to promote their cause. One can only 'believe' in a religion or a faith-based ideology. REAL Science discards beliefs, biases and preconceived conclusions. Instead, the scientific method requires a theory, an unbiased way to test it, and a conclusion either proving or disproving the theory in part or whole. The data should be open, the test easily repeatable and the any conclusions open to free debate. What is seen in the actions of the AGW cabal is rather antithesis to the scientific method. Skewed secret data, directed results, unreplicable tests, and final conclusions drawn, not by climatologists or even SCIENTISTS, but instead by politicians and technocrats. Couple that with so-called 'Peer Review' that is used in a Stalinesque manner to browbeat, silence and ruin ANY scientist who dares disagree with the orthodoxy of 'Climate Change' beliefs- or even those who merely try to point out factual errors, data inconsistencies or other basic scientific errors.

This has happened in the Scientific Community before. Ask Galileo and Copernicus. They dared challenge the 'settled science' of the time agreed on by a majority of scientists. While not being threatened with their lives, many scientist' livelihoods, careers and reputations are being steamrollered by a big-money, collectivist global redistribution scheme know (this week) as 'Climate Change'. The actions of those true 'believers' in AGW display not a whit of reason and scientific integrity, but more resemble the words and actions of a religion or cult. They refuse to engage rationally and confront facts that may contradict their beliefs, and punish 'heretics' with personal and professional attacks. Just follow the money. Find who benefits and who loses and you will find the TRUE reasons this 'Cult of Gaia' has sunk it's fangs into the neck of the American economy.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Why Does DHS need 1.6 Billion Rounds of Illegal Anti-Personell Ammo?

By Thaddeus S. Kaczor, Jr.

A recent story in FORBES Magazine by Ralph Benko talks about a small item in the Denver Post from the Associated Press discussing the recent purchases by the Department ofHomeland Security of over 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition- much of it either for sniper use or of an anti-personnel type that is banned militarily by the Geneva Convention for it's horrific effects on human tissue. The AP article, as fits the usual Government-Lockstep Propaganda, first mentions 'Conservative Radio Host Alex Jones', who broke the story months ago, and dismissively brushes aside any concerns with the false rubric that the ammo is only intended for 'shooting ranges and training exercises'. As any person with even a rudimentary knowledge of firearms knows, a person DOES NOT use expensive and destructive Hollow-point and sniper rounds for 'training and target practice'. Even the government is not that stupid and wasteful (well...). This type of ammunition is used to kill individuals in the most efficient and devastating fashion. Period.

This latest purchase is on top of many previous purchases, and the amount our tax dollars used to acquire a vast stockpile of ammunition for our heavily-armed Federal Bureaucrats is truly staggering: at the HEIGHT of the Iraq War the U.S. Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. 1.6 billion rounds, therefore, would be enough to sustain a hot war like Iraq for 20+ years. In America. At best these purchases can be seen as a wasteful use of scarce tax dollars, and an unnecessary bloat to the already out-of-control Federal Budget. At worst, they are the wasteful appropriation of massive amounts of Taxpayers money to use against those very same taxpayers in a back-door attempt to disarm, control and suppress law-abiding Americans peacefully expressing their Constitutional rights. As usual, many in the National Media have been AWOL on this story for months, and even now are negligently misreporting or deliberately omitting the most important aspects of this issue- back-door gun control and a massive violation of Constitutional and Legal restrictions on the implementation and use of a National Military Police Force. 

Frightening as it is that our own government would be stockpiling Internationally illegal ammunition, what is truly insidious is their attempt to drive up prices of ammunition, as well as dry up (and possibly corner the market) on many types of popular ammo.One only has to walk into any Wal-Mart, Sporting Goods store, go on-line or ask any ammunition supplier to see how prices have skyrocketed, and how drastically supplies of ammo have dwindled or dried up. This purchase of outrageous amounts of ammunition is clearly being done as a way to avoid the will of the people, and the Constitutionally-mandated oversight by Congress in order to surreptitiously further the aims of the anti-Second Amendment clique in the Obama Administration and it's progressive collectivist allies. 

This government hypocritically wants to ban 'assault-style' weapons (a vague and fungible term that can mean whatever the proponents want), while gobbling up thousands of REAL 'assault-weapons' in yet more multimillion-dollar DHS contracts! These fully-automatic military-grade rifles and pistols that American Citizens have been forbidden from owning since 1934 are now in the hands of thousands of bureaucratic 'shock troops' from the IRS to the Fish and Wildlife Service. To add insult to injury, DHS has called these fully-automatic Military-Grade weapons 'personal protection' weapons, and is arming Federal Officers in agencies from the Postal Service to the Social Security Administration. I know those retirees at the SSA Office can get cranky, but I seriously doubt they need Machine Pistols and Hollow-Point ammo to keep them in line!

The most frightening part of this story for many Americans has routinely been pooh-poohed by the establishment Government flacks in the Mockingbird Press as 'conspiracy theory' and really, nothing to worry Americans' empty little heads about (when it has not been ignored completely). The Posse Comitatus act, passed in 1878 expressly forbids the use of Federal Military Personnel to enforce State or local laws. This act was in reaction to the excesses in the use of power by the Federal Government during reconstruction. In modern times, it has acted as a barrier to the U.S. becoming another 'Banana Republic' where the military routinely intervenes domestically for political purposes or to enforce unpopular, unjust or extra-Constitutional laws, edicts and Executive Orders. Anyone following current events over the last 10 years (or longer) has seen the steady creep of Federalization of Local and State Police Forces. Active-Duty U.S. Military units are now being routinely used for domestic policing and security around the country in violation of both the law and traditional American principles. Use of these regular military troops is justified by saying it is for 'security' and where local and state officials 'request' deployment. Such use by law is forbidden, and when needed, a State governor is the only official authorized to request such action, and then only with National Guard forces- not regular Federal military.

This 'mission creep' has been primarily achieved through 'grants' and other Federal programs that provide personnel, weapons, vehicles, training and other 'resources' to Local and State Law Enforcement entities. The strings attached to these 'resources' inexorably ties those entities to incrementally increasing Federal Control, both economically and logistically. The fact that most cities have over the last 10 years have been provided funds for, and have had the Feds set up Military SWAT-Type assault teams for use in what were once routine local actions. Of course, those local Police and Sheriffs are ALWAYS accompanied (and usually under the direction of) Federal forces, be they BATF, ICE, IRS or any of the other myriad of heavily-armed Federal Alphabet Agencies.

There is no logical or legitimate reason for the Government to making the massive purchases of Military-Grade weapons, vehicles and sniper ammunition- unless they intend to use them. One question that the press continually fails to ask (or follow up on non-answers to) the White House, the DHS and Secretary Napolitano is what many Americans are now asking themselves and their fellow citizens: Why are all these purchases being made, and for what purpose. When no answer is given, or (even worse) condescending and paternalistic euphemisms and outright lies are proffered instead of concrete answers, the distrust of our ever-more-powerful Federal Bureaucracy just grows. And the political ideologues in government and their lapdogs in the Mockingbird Press dismiss any attempts at valid discussion as 'whacko conspiracy theory', or worse yet categorize ANY questioning of Government actions or edicts as evidence of tendencies toward 'domestic right-wing terrorism'. Guess we know who they are planning to use all that firepower on- you and me!

To the shame of most of the National Press, this story has been around for many months, and (despite facts and Government documentation) has routinely been either ignored or summarily dismissed as 'conspiracy theory' by those who put obsequiousness to the Obama Administration above actual sound investigative reporting skills and actual journalistic ethics. Most Americans now either ignore major press outlets on stories like this, or routinely take them with a boulder of salt, as personal bias and outright dedication to proliferating Government Propaganda has so obviously replaced the reporting of facts and real occurances for many in the press corps.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Discussion America Cannot Avoid

By: Thaddeus S. Kaczor, Jr.

We all have witnessed the flood of the 'usual articles' that appear in the media whenever a horrific school shooting erupts, where facts and figures, body counts, and rankings in 'American History' inevitable pop up- like these incidents are to be covered like sporting events with a scorecard, or some kind of TV Program or Movie review. Apparently, there isnot only a lack of standards in modern journalism, but also a lack of knowledge of history.  I recently read an article by By RACHEL QUIGLEY, THOMAS DURANTE IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT and HAYLEY PETERSON in London's Daily Mail, which listed 'America's Worst School Massacres'. Incredibly, this pseudo-scorecard of 'worst school massacres' does not even include the very WORST one in American history.  Out of the 'top ten' listed and meticulously ranked by killed and injured- with dates and locations- and they failed to even mention the very WORST school massacre in American History!

The Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, which killed 38 elementary school children, two teachers, four other adults and the bomber himself; at least 58 people were injured. Most of the victims were children in the second to sixth grades (7–11 years of age[1]) attending the Bath Consolidated School. Their deaths constitute the deadliest mass murder in a school in U.S. history. Of course, pointing out this isn't a 'modern' phenomenon blows the prevailing politically correct meme of this being only a recent rash of ever-increasing violence. Fact is, human history is chock full of violent, horrific incidents and occurances. Dwelling on (many times false) statistics and histrionics only serves to treat this problem in a mere 'infotainment'-like manner, wherin the perpetrator is almost 'celebritized' in a twisted sort of way, while the victims are reduced to mere 'bit players' or props in a cynical ratings chase to the bottom of the journalistic standards bin.  

Rather than this degenerative 'anti-hero worship', what is desperately needed is a long perspective on the subject of mass, psychotic violence, and a razor-like focusing on the actual cause, which is mental illness, it's treatment (or lack thereof), and it's place in modern society. Distraction resulting from the anthropomorphic transference of motive, responsibility and a causal  relationship to an inanimate object such as firearms is not only counterproductive and totally ineffective, it loudly and pervasively takes the focus away from the REAL problem of mental illness and society's failure to even confront the issue- let alone seek to reduce and solve this massively under-reported problem. Of course, it is a perverse way to advance a cynically political agenda which is more related to advancing ideology, personal ambition and a paternalistically smothering version of collectivism.

As I have heard several advocates of stricter gun controls (and even outright BANS on firearms) say, it IS time to have a frank and open conversation about the violence in American (and human) society. But instead of being distracted by methods and tools used to commit these crimes, let's instead focus on the ROOT cause- human behavior and mental illness and it's treatment. We can take all the guns, knives, baseball bats, cars and other weapons and potential weapons away from every citizen, but until we recognize the problem is a behavioral problem and must be treated as such, people will use forks, rocks, their fists and whatever it takes to express their misguided rage against the outside world. Treat the PERSON as the problem- not the symptoms of the problem like motive or method- and we will slowly but surely move in the direction where incidents like this will be rarer, less horrific, and slowly becoming a thing of the violent past.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Chicago Politics Consumes America

By: Thaddeus S. Kaczor, Jr.

Chicago Politics writ large over a failing America. It's not about Left vs. Right (as the big-money powers backing BOTH sides would like you to believe), It's about Right vs. WRONG! Our government is now being run as a criminal enterprise, where public funds are used to reward political allies, and private companies are being harassed, extorted and appropriated through the illegal use of the force of government. Agencies such as the EPA, FBI, and every other alphabet-gang (er... 'Agency'), now act as 'shake-down' agents and 'enforcers' for essentially a Government-run protection racket. Just look into the shady dealings of Barack and Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Rahm Emmanuel and their jailhouse buddy, Chicago real-estate titan Tony Reszko! Why did President Obama lobby so hard for the Chicago Olympics and even GO to Europe to plead their case? It was more than just a rabid case of Chicago 'City Pride'! Perhaps one should look into the site plans for the Olympic Stadia and Villages- where the aforementioned people (either directly or through surrogates and shells) bought up the land and buildings in advance so as to make exorbitant profits!

Look at the GM and Chrysler 'Bailouts'- which actually were merely standard yearly Bridge Loans that the Companies were unable to get from their normal channels with the Big Banks- who shut down ALL lending in order to create a crisis in THEIR grab for more power (and Federal Money!). After the Loans, The Obama Cartel forced the Companies into a 'Managed Bankruptcy'- something that should have happened immediately, but was delayed as the Government continued to pour billions into essentially failed companies. However, the Obama Cadre decided to VIOLATE 100 Years of Bankruptcy law by voiding the Primacy of Bondholder debt. This decision not only sent shudders throughout the Bond Market (where start-up capital and expansion-promoting debt are financed), but also took away GUARANTEED equity from not only corporations, but many employees and retirees, who invested in those bonds primarily because of their legally-guaranteed 'safety'. President Obama's team of politically=driven whiz-kids took that equity out of the people that had bought those bonds legally and with good faith, and GAVE that equity to the United Auto Workers Union- a HUGE Obama Campaign supporter, organizer and CONTRIBUTOR!

This illegal process took precious income away from retired salaried Auto Workers, reduced and eliminated GUARANTEED Pensions for thousands – including raiding the Fully-Funded Pension of the SALARIED workers at GM spin-off Delphi, and used these illegal funds to help FULLY-FUND the grossly mismanaged Pension fund of the UAW! Not to mention the hits in Health Insurance, Life Insurance and other benefits that salaried workers and retirees had to give up- while their UNION co-workers saw the Companies, under the velvet-covered iron fist of the government, FULLY fund their pension, and give the UNION Bosses THEIR share of the company, and a seat at the board of directors- when the Union was at least as culpable for the downfall of the Companies as the incompetent management!

Of course, anyone FROM or Near Chicago or Detroit  recognize this particular form of Crony-Capitalism- it's been going on for decades at two of America's largest cities essentially run by the Democratic Machine! Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is now on trial for running a RICO organization that is dwarfed by the scale and ruthlessness of the one being run out of Washington D.C.. If Americans want to see their future under the 'care' of The Obama (or Obama-Like) Machine, just look to the City of Detroit. The only businesses that are successful have deep ties to the Administrations, and deep pockets to keep paying the 'Protection Money' needed to maintain that success. Gleaming towers in developed areas lie next to where the common folk live (or USED to, in many cases!). Fear and divisiveness are cultivated among the electorate and distilled like a fine spirit to be used to manipulate and control the political process, which in turn controls the financial purse strings of the city. Favors are doled out, those who choose to ignore paying 'tribute' to cronies both public and private are tossed out, and through a Byzantine and opaque system, little to nothing is found out.

Sounds like what Washington has become under the Obama Regime!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why The Party and Media Elites Don't Understand 'The Liberty Movement'

By: Thaddeus S. Kaczor, Jr.

Writer Shirley Husar, in the 'Washington Times' Blogger community,  attempts to compare the Ron Paul 2012 campaign to a 'fad' using the 'Cabbage Patch Craze' of the 1980's as  a template to explain his popularity. Ms. Husar is making the same mistake that many are in dismissing the 'Liberty Movement' that Ron Paul is rallying around his campaign. Like many traditional pundits, politicos, media hacks and other slingers of bullpuckey, they attempt to filter what they cannot understand (or have poorly researched) through the lens of traditional campaigns that focus on sloganeering, pandering to special interests, pimping the candidate out for massive corporate donations, and relying on the 'cult of personality' to distract voters from the REAL campaign message (or lack thereof!).

You cannot judge the effects of the Ron Paul 2012 Campaign through the broken lens of past campaigns. Ron Paul may be the 'Focus' of the Liberty Campaign, but his nomination is surely not the end game. In many, many states, the local and state party apparatus is being taken over by Ron Paul Liberty Movement supporters. From Precinct Delegates on up to County, State and RNC posts, and from local races up to State and National Races, Liberty Movement Candidates are not looking at just 2012, but far beyond. Many state party elites have 'gamed' the system to prevent 'New' members- or even 'outsiders' within their own party- from having a short-term effect on their control over the party's political process. But they have failed to account for a DEDICATED and long-term strategy that not only is willing to put in the time and effort to work within the system, but also savvy enough to take advantage of the very rules supposedly put into place to keep them on the outside. This 'Liberty Movement' is not a one-off and done- it is merely a STARTING POINT, which has rallied many people WITHOUT the support of the Corporate Media, and against the best efforts of the Party Elites and insiders (or in spite of them!). These newly-awakened activists have also joined with many within the GOP who have been alienated and ostracized for many years due to their resentment towards the Big-Government Neo-Conservative direction the party has been pulled to (or bought and PAID to move to) for too long. 

This phenomenal growth in the Liberty Movement has been largely missed by the National Corporate Media for two major reasons. First, it doesn't fit into any of the neat little 'story-line' boxes that the infotainment-driven news-cycle feels it MUST portray EVERY public figure or movement within. If it doesn't focus on the 'Personality', any 'scandals', or bright, shiny glittering generalities of faux-'vision' statements, then the media does not know how to report on it, so it will either ignore it, or (if not possible to deny it) belittle and minimize it, or demonize it.  The second reason much of the Liberty Movement has been missed by the Corporate National Media, is that it's adherents and supporters have by and large IGNORED the Corporate Media, utilizing the 'alternative' media (which is less and less 'alternative' every day!), and rely on social media and direct peer-to-peer communications and media in order to organize, disseminate information, and promote ideas, candidates and gatherings. For many in the 'old' media, it is beyond their ken to imagine that large numbers of like-minded people who believe in the Constitution, INDIVIDUAL rights and the basic freedoms guaranteed under our Constitution are far, far greater than is portrayed or even talked about amongst the faux-cognoscenti in the mockingbird media. Many are so arrogant that they believe that if it is not reported by THEM, then it surely cannot exist!

Fortunately for the future of American Politics, and the future path to prosperity and freedom for our society as a whole, there exists outside of the Media/Corporate bubbles of DC, NYC and LA a true desire to end the corruption, corporatism and collectivist mind-rot though that has permeated BOTH wings of the Washington D.C. MONEY Party, as both Demopublicans AND Republicrats sell out to self-serving interests who put their own power, wealth and twisted idealism ahead of the best interests of the American people. Unfortunately for the Party Elites, as well as their Corporate Paymasters and their allies in the co-opted media, they are unable to understand the depth of resentment towards the Government/Corporate Status Quo. Nor can they cannot cognitively disassociate themselves from the dying Two-Party (One-Party?) Paradigm that has driven America to the brink of ruination and decline. Throughout American history, political parties and those who sought to control them for their own ends have seen once-mighty ruling classes' come swiftly crashing down under the massive weight of their fossilized, empty power structure.

Change is overtaking events in America, as information spreads like wildfire beyond the ability of the 'Old Media' gatekeepers to control it's flow. The 'Old' ideas of our Founders, enshrined in our Constitution, have become New once again, as more and more Americans wake up to the fact that there are those who would sacrifice our Lives, Liberties and ability to Pursue Personal Happiness merely in order to further their own power, wealth and position. The winds of Liberty are blowing through America once again, and are soon to be sweeping through the corridors of power, blowing awqay the detritus of failed policies, corrupt programs and empty promises. Those who cannot realize (or refuse to believe) in this sea-change in American politics will be left on the ash-heap of history, as events overtake them, and their illusions are shattered by a new paradigm- the Liberty Movement!

Thaddeus S. Kaczor, Jr. is an activist who has worked in Broadcast Media, Financial Services, Information Technology, Retail and services industries, and is passionate about Liberty and it's preservation and revival in America.