The Platform of Paranoia
The platform of paranoia run by the conservative right’s propaganda machine and other “free-minded” wingnuts will have you think that all is bleak. It will have you think you’re going to jail. It will tell you that defense mechanisms like the PATRIOT and NDAA acts are too far-reaching.
The platform of paranoia will tell you that there needs to be an end to a Federal Reserve and a return to a gold standard. Is this Ron Paul’s idea of “restoring” America? To mint gold coins in place of paper money? How realistic is it to mint enough gold currency for the entire American population? And what of the costs of minting gold? And if there isn’t enough gold to go around to back up the dollar, how long before the country plunders other countries out of necessity like it currently does for oil?
Why was the U.S. Mint wanting to do away with the penny? Because of the cost associated with making it versus the paper dollar. If the copper penny costs more to make than the paper dollar, how much more would gold coins cost?
There is a common fallacy going around concerning the printing and minting of money that is attributed to the Federal Reserve. These tasks are in fact not executed by the Federal Reserve.
Is the money printed by the Department of the Treasury not backed up by anything? NO. There are numerous commodities that back up the dollar beyond gold like products ranging from grains, beef, oil, natural gas, to foreign currencies and developing technologies like cel phone minutes and bandwith. Verily, the economy itself is what backs up the dollar.
It happens that the trading of commodities occurs through trade centers, the most famous or infamous of these being Wall Street. Because much of the country’s economy passes through Wall Street, the trade center becomes suspect to questionable or untrustworthy transactions, then it becomes vilified. But the fallacy that so many commit concerning Wall Street is the generalization that it is a cesspool of corrupt corporate trading.
To say that nothing backs up the dollar is wrong, but this is a stance that one would take to make an argument to impeach a president.
The NDAA expanded the military’s arsenal and the United States is dependent on its own military strength, and the oil that fuels the war machine. The country has grown so large that it has no choice but to enforce its maritime borders, and its airspace. The expanding of the military arsenal also puts people to work, like my father and many others who work in the machining industry.
This is the reality that we live in. Some would call it a necessary evil.
Those who attack our current president should think carefully about who and what entity was tied to oil, the resource that keeps the military running. Think about a former commander in chief that came from an oil background, that abused his powers to declare war on Iraq based on a personal vendetta, a mission with costs tied to it. How much did that cost?
The platform of paranoia will pull anything from anywhere, because in political season, slander is commonplace and a common tactic.
People don’t have to agree with the methods that keep the country moving, but only after one truly understands how the economy and the military ticks, should he or she call for the removal of the underpinnings of Washington.