The Santa Ana Sentinel

The Platform of Paranoia

Posted in Civics, Election 2012, Opinion by Omar Ian Ávalos on January 3, 2012

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.

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  1. J. González Solorio said, on January 4, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Those who believe in de-militarization are not against military personnel, but rather against needless wars which have not one ounce to do with our freedom, and more to do with getting our hands on resources that happen to belong to other nations. Dreaming up wars and swaying public opinion by exploiting our fears is what puts us in true paranoid delusions. It’s what made us support the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and for what? Those of us who said there was no proof of weapons of mass destruction were deemed ‘conspiracy nuts’ 9 years ago, and what happened? There was nothing, and it was swept under the rug, and again we’re being goose-stepped to Iraq II—a.k.a. Iran. We don’t learn from past mistakes and we keep lending trust to millionaires and billionaires who promise us there is danger out there, that Iraq wanted to destroy us because of our freedom, and now it’s the same story being told to us about Iran. Next it’ll be Pakistan, then India, China, and Russia. It is no coincidence that each and every one of these nations I mentioned possesses large deposits of resources, ready for exploitation.

    Why are those reasons that are given to us to justify the invasion of sovereign nations who have not waged any sort of threat or offensive on us not considered paranoid? Is not the fear-mongering racist propaganda that is utilized paranoid, pinning terrorism on every follower of Islam and on every Arab of the world? No threat existed in Iraq, and that should prove who the terrorists truly are—factions within our own government. I do not blame the military, I sympathize with their situation, and war should be the very last resort in circumstances when our security is truly threatened, not freely, like a game, to serve as a catalyst for our economy. War is no game. The death of even one soldier for false pretenses is one death too many. It is why soldiers have contributed more money to the campaign of Ron Paul in the 2012 campaign than to all other GOP candidates and Obama combined. That speaks volumes, and it should tell you what was happening in Iraq and what continues to happen in Afghanistan and all the other places we’re in at the moment, including The Philippines, where we just arrived recently. Of course, few Americans know about this because Obama’s administration has been one of underhanded secrecy, which seems to loathe freedom and an informed populace.

    Leaders of the military, along with leaders in the CIA and defense industries are also staunchly against the NDAA, knowing that it grants the President entirely too much power. The ‘paranoia’ is well-founded, and no one should feel safe when one man is granted that amount of power. It is exactly how the infamous tyrants throughout history first rose to the top. No one ever thinks a leader given such unlimited power will ever go on to do what they do, but it happens, it’s truly a shame we fail to learn from history.

    The paper-based economy we continue to support has no future, and big government will never admit it. At this rate of never-ending borrowing, especially with plans being out in the open for yet another rise in the debt ceiling, the paper-based currency will not survive another decade, perhaps not even 5 more years. Believing we can simply go on printing paper currency out of thin air is absurd. Those products that may be seen as backing our paper currency are being controlled by government more and more every day. We tread on very dangerous ground when there is no longer any division between government and industry. It’s a conflict of interests, and one should not allow it, it’s the road to totalitarianism.

    Reports have been surfacing for some time about agriculturists being extorted into purchasing genetically altered grains that are resistant to toxins. These toxins are not abundant in nature, but are being sprayed from the sky, rendering whole crops unusable. Farmers are told to buy special resistant grains to avoid losing crops. The company responsible for this horrible monopoly is the multi-national corporation, Monsanto. Is it just mere coincidence that countless ex-Monsanto executives now sit in cushy FDA positions? One has to look at these things with an open-mind, with a mind that puts two and two together, and that is proactive about preventing a barbarous government from gaining hold of everything before it’s too late.

    What big government does is create unmanageable bureaucracy that becomes impossible to control, and it thus becomes easy for these government agencies to start creating monopolies and working with corporate allies to ensure every single industry is subservient to this centralized government and economy. It’s a concentrated, multi-faceted effort to guarantee every single business has to pay tribute to this large government that does nothing but sit around and dictate. If we know history, and are conscious of what happened in Germany under Hitler or in Italy under Mussolini, one should be outraged at the audacity the current administration has in attempting to wage this type of offensive on the free market system, on agriculture (which is the true backbone of this country), and on the small businesses of this country, which do not to stand to survive the extortion tactics being implemented by big government and its corporate allies.

  2. Omar Ávalos Gallegos said, on January 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

    So small businesses shouldn’t pay taxes? Is there also no government regulation of attempted monopolizations, like when Microsoft and At&t were broken up? Or most recently, what about the government’s disapproval of At&t’s attempted takeover of T-Mobile?

    I am so in favor of a regulating (governing) body that breaks down monopolies and invalidates divisive and racist laws. I believe Arizona will be made an example.

  3. J. González Solorio said, on January 4, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I meant small businesses will never be able to survive tactics like those implemented by Monsanto on agriculture. There is so much red tape that exists in getting a small business up and running and it’s made that way to discourage competition.

    While I am in favor of what happened in regards to the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, one has ponder and pose possible motives for the FCC, a government agency, who has served to censor and stifle free expression through the years, to take such actions. My personal feeling on this is that large government, which is able to flex its muscle by way of the FCC, may well see a larger AT&T posing a bigger problem for them down the line—maybe related to their still-existing hopes of censoring the internet in one way in a not-too-distant future, because of Chinese hackers, or whoever they told us it was. Either way, I am glad that monopoly was defeated, but I’m skeptical of there being benevolent reasons behind the FCC’s thinking. Though it may be quite cliché, everything boils down to money and cents, and the FCC, like any other facet of government, exists to bring in a profit and will instill policies and take actions which will perpetuate its existence in the future.

    • Omar Ávalos Gallegos said, on January 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      If you think there is too much red tape when it comes to starting a business here, you need to look at countries like Mexico (it pains me and infuriates me to admit it), India, which would become a global economic power if more emphasis were placed on allowing and generating small business ownership according to business analysts, and Peru to give some examples.

  4. J. González Solorio said, on January 4, 2012 at 1:25 am

    *to (one has to ponder) [correction in first sentence of second paragraph on last comment above]

  5. J. González Solorio said, on January 4, 2012 at 1:39 am

    What is happening with farmers being extorted by Monsanto is the same thing that happened when the federal government stormed in and set the compound in Waco on fire. Any alternative lifestyle that people may hope to carry out, that is not part of this big system, composed of government, the IRS, and banks (including The Federal Reserve) is a danger to all those who profit from the system most—those who dictate policy, those who take part of our income each and every year, and those who lend non-existent money—and those who manage to adopt such ways of life outside the control of this system are made examples of or are pulled in to the system by means of intimidation or by implementing new taxes that guarantee they become part of the system. There is really no choice on the matter, we’re all forced to take part in this dead-end system that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer each and every year.

  6. Omar Ávalos Gallegos said, on January 4, 2012 at 1:50 am

    How does the saying go? The only certain things in life are death and taxes. Grim, but realistic.

    Places like Waco are outlawed and they ought to be when they become radicalized and militant, seditionist… crazy. Neither are religious communities that practice polygamy with underaged females allowed to be “free.” Should they not have a governing body on their sick asses?

  7. J. González Solorio said, on January 4, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Statutory rape is one thing, but it’s the refuge of government to pull out the sex card whenever in doubt. It’s worked with Waco, as it has worked with Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, and a host of other situations when a man’s pinned with debatable crimes of a sexual nature, which carry such a taboo in this country, one of the most backward countries in terms of attitudes about sex. We’re not far above some of the more ‘civilized’ Arab countries we often detest (with the exception of Saudi Arabia, who seem to be unable to do any wrong). Our government’s selective intervention shows where there heart is. The Mormons have similar practices, but are not bothered. Is it perhaps because the Mormons choose to participate in this economic system? It’s the same story that is exhibited on a global scale if we look at what tyrant-led regimes around the world we choose to ‘bring democracy to’ and those which often harbor even worse practices, but who we fully support and label as ‘democratic’, because we’re served regularly. But rest assured our attitude towards them will surely change should they choose not to continue paying tribute.

  8. J. González Solorio said, on January 4, 2012 at 2:27 am

    *their (where their heart is) [another correction on the above comment, it is 2:30am, after all] 🙂

  9. Omar Ávalos Gallegos said, on January 4, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Are you defending David Koresh? Are you trying to justify the existence of insane cults like his?

  10. J. González Solorio said, on January 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    If you haven’t already, I recommend reading ‘The Ashes of Waco’ and/or watching the documentary ‘The Rules of Engagement’, which investigate the entire event, over its course, and which include eyewitness accounts from citizens who saw the ATF open fire and eventually set the compound ablaze—the compound which included more than 20 children and 2 pregnant women. What really occurred is very different than what was spouted through the press at the time. The group is presented as they were, a peaceful union of Christian citizens, that chose to live outside the system, but who had to be made examples of. Groups like that, self-sufficient and able to thrive without the government and while not part of this economic system, pose a threat to government and to big business because they exemplify that it is still possible to live simply and independently, as was more often the case before the Industrial Revolution.

    None of the weapons on-site were illegally obtained nor illegally owned, and the ‘sexual abuse and misconduct’ were simply allegations, posed by the government, nonetheless, much like the allegations of ‘WMD’s’ in Iraq back in 2003. There were countless discrepancies in reports filed and an overwhelming amount of evidence was either tampered with or simply disappeared through the course of the investigation that followed…and this is in addition to the many eyewitness accounts of affected citizens who saw this massacre play out, and who harshly criticized the federal government’s actions, which were seen as a way for it to make a point to anyone wanting to thrive independently. If there had actually been someone who’d come forward with a formal accusation against Koresh, or had there been some form of proof of any of these allegations, I’d consider the effort to apprehend him acceptable, but none of that existed, and reading about and watching the footage of our government flexing its muscle, killing about 80 people (if I remember correctly), to prove a point, really makes one sick to the stomach, and incredibly angry. All citizens who witnessed the events went on to say the story given by the press was deceptive, and facts were many times stretched or omitted altogether. This stuff is well-documented, it’s no conspiracy theory or some wacky nut posing what ‘may have happened’. If you watch that documentary I mentioned, you’ll see what I’m referring to.

    So yes, I defend that group who was massacred that day, and I do because we have the right to create living arrangements where one is outside the flow of everyday society. It’s the live and let live philosophy, and when no crime has been committed, the burden of proof rests on the accuser, who in this case, simply mouthed off unfounded accusations to justify invading the private property of a group whose influence it feared.

  11. Omar Ávalos Gallegos said, on January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    What is a “peaceful Christian” community doing with an arms stock? Koresh was insane. He called himself “the final prophet.” He was no different than the IDIOT at Jonestown or the one at the “comet Hale Bopp” cult that led dim-witted people to their deaths. You see, THOSE people that died are the real sheep.

    Does the government truly disallow “alternative,” live-outside-of-the-system communities? No. How do you explain the Amish?

    What is disallowed is the spawning of militias, of which Waco was, and the advocating of the overthrowing of government, which is no different than the madrasa that advocates bringing down this country.

    No one can advocate for protecting this country from domestic enemies and overlook the idiots that led people to their deaths at the Waco, Jonestown and Hale Bopp incidents.

  12. J. González Solorio said, on January 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    How different is his label than the Pope believing he’s Pope? Keep in mind that the Branch Davidians never posed threats to overthrow the government, they simply stood guard on their property. There was no crime of any sort, not related to guns, not related to child abuse or statutory rape, or any of that. So what grounds was the invasion justified on?

    Ah, and the Amish pay taxes, so they’re not truly outside the system. You can dress as you like and not use electricity, but should you be self-sufficient, able to farm and grow your own food, make your own clothes, and not need to perform any transactions involving currency you can easily become a target. Government is in service to the citizenry, not the other way around.

  13. Omar Ávalos Gallegos said, on January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Really? Remember, in reality, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. You’re saying that people should not have to pay taxes. In what country does this occur?

    Isn’t that what the Amish do? They’re farmers.

    Yours are extreme views. Not paying taxes? You might as well suggest making up a new currency.

    I can prove to you that I won’t become a “target.” A target for what? Taxation? Regulation? I have an avocado tree, an orange tree, a mandarin orange tree, a pomegranate tree, a fuji apple tree and a guayaba tree. Real estate companies and or the state / feds have an aerial view of a home and they can tell what alterations if any are done to a home. I am not reselling what grows in my backyard, it’s for my family’s own use, so I am doing absolutely nothing wrong, nor do I raise any suspicions of any sort.

    What about the community gardens sprouting all over the place that advocate for locals growing their own fruits and vegetables? There are some in Santa Ana. Are these being targeted and outlawed by government also? No they’re not.

  14. J. González Solorio said, on January 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Time will show the intent behind all switch of power, and I certainly hope I’m wrong, but it remains to be seen.

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