Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Importance Of Educating The People To Maintain Freedom

The following piece is written by Rahul Manchanda who was a top tier immigration lawyer and regular pundit on mainstream news shows including Fox and CNN.   His job: Sell the Iraq war – and then war on Iran – to the American people. But after a fact-finding trip, he started spouting truth. And that was when bad things started happening to him...


In 2000, while still in law school, Manchanda, American-born of Indian descent, applied for a job with the CIA. He was interviewed but the work came in a different form. He often appeared on CNN and Fox selling the Administration line. He was given "talking points" and groomed and supervised from afar by the likes of Frank Gaffney and Oliver North.

In happier times, with President Bush
At the same time, his law firm mysteriously flourished, growing to a staff of 20. He became a millionaire with a beautiful wife and two kids. It was the American Dream.

The dream turned into a nightmare after a fact-gathering trip to Iran in 2006, sponsored by what may have been a CIA-front group called "Network 2020."

Manchanda found that contrary to Iran's image as a fanatic terrorist state, Iranians actually love the USA and just wanted to enjoy the American Dream as well. They were so crippled by sanctions they could barely keep their economy running, let alone pose a threat. They were friendly, intelligent, moderate people.

Manchanda's "whole world changed." When he returned, he was pressured to write a report which vilified Iran. Instead, he urged the US to abandon adversarial colonial approaches and support democratic change in Iran. He says his report possibly influenced the 2007 "National Intelligence Estimate" which determined that Iran was not a threat.

Manchanda was a "star" being groomed for higher things. His ethnicity made war mongering more credible to Americans. Similarly, he says "Obama has killed more brown people than any other president. If McCain had done it, he would be a war criminal." But after writing this report, the Cinderella Carriage quickly turned into a pumpkin. A series of scurrilous and defamatory lies appeared at "Rip Off Report" online, and both clients and staff fled his law firm in droves. He was subjected to many nuisance tax, labor and disciplinary audits. "Overnight, I became a pariah," he says. Suddenly, he was persona non grata in the mainstream media. In 2010, he filed for bankruptcy. 

A one-man law firm today, he is still one of the top immigration attorneys in the United States.


The Importance Of Educating The People To Maintain Freedom

By Rahul Manchanda

Thomas Jefferson believed that the most effective means of preventing the perversion of power into tyranny were to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of as many facts as possible, in order to defeat the enemies of freedom.

Anyone who wonders how the powers-that-be maintain control of the mainstream media mind-control factory, and get away with pumping out nonstop lies should listen to this brave man who has seen it from the inside.

At a recent speech given by American Elder Statesman Ron Paul, keeper of the flame of the US Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights, the audience was struck by his reminder that education was paramount in safeguarding and guaranteeing American constitutional rights, and that the Deep State Plutocrat Elite had spent the better part of the past 70 years purposefully dumbing down the American people to the point where they could not even recognize their own God-given constitutional rights if they even wanted to, through the restrictive, ineffective, inefficient, and contrived US Department of Education.

Dr Ron Paul talked about Thomas Jefferson, and his emphasis on educating the people in order to preserve the Union.

Thomas Jefferson said: “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all of its citizens.”

Jefferson believed that there was no safer depositary of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves, and if they were “not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

This was because he believed that “every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.”

Thomas Jefferson believed that the most effective means of preventing the perversion of power into tyranny were to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of as many facts as possible, in order to defeat the enemies of freedom.

In one of his most pointed quotes, Jefferson said that “if a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was, and never will be.”

He believed that no nation was permitted to live in ignorance with impunity, and that “light and liberty go together.”

He also believed that the study of science was invaluable, wherein its “value to a republican people, the security it gives to liberty by enlightening the minds of its citizens, the protection it affords against foreign power, the virtue it inculcates, the just emulation of the distinction it confers on nations foremost in it; in short, it has its identification with power, morals, order and happiness.”


We Must Declare Independence

By Ron Paul

As Independence Day comes around again we should spend a few moments between barbecue and fireworks to think about the meaning of independence. The colonists who rebelled against the British Crown were, among other things, unhappy about taxation. Yet, as economist Gary North points out, the total burden of British imperial taxation was about one-to-two percent of national income. Some 241 years later, Washington claims more of our money as its own than King George could have ever imagined. What do we get in this bargain? We get a federal government larger and more oppressive than before 1776, a government that increasingly views us as the enemy.

Think about NSA surveillance. As we have learned from brave whistleblowers like William Binney and Edward Snowden, the US intelligence community is not protecting us from foreigners who seek to destroy our way of life. The US intelligence community is itself destroying our way of life. Literally every one of our electronic communications is captured and stored in vast computer networks. Perhaps they will be used against “dissidents” in the future who question government tyranny.

We have no privacy in our computers or our phones. If the government wants to see what we are doing at any time, it simply switches on our phone camera or computer camera – or our “smart” television. Yet today we continue to hear, “I’ve got nothing to hide.”

In a recent interview on our Liberty Report, Edward Snowden made the excellent point that, “saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say.”

Think about the TSA. The freedom to travel is fundamental, and our Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures is the law of the land. But if you dare to exercise that right by purchasing an air ticket, you are treated like a Guantanamo Bay detainee. Don’t dare question as the TSA agents commit acts that would be crimes were they done by anyone else. Yet so many Americans still believe this is what it takes to be “safe.”

Think about the military industrial complex. The US government spends more on its military empire than much of the rest of the world combined. Our so-called mortal enemy Russia spends ten cents to every dollar we spend on weapons of war. Yet we are told we must spend more! Imagine the amazing peaceful scientific discoveries that might be made were so many researchers and scientists not on the government payroll designing new ways to end life on earth.

Think about the Fed. Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 the US dollar has lost some 98 percent of its value. Is the destruction of our currency not a cruel form of tyranny, hitting hardest those who can least afford it?

I think it’s time for us to declare our independence from an oppressive government that seeks to control our money and our lives in ways unimaginable to those who rebelled against the British Crown in 1776. Our revolution is peaceful, and it concentrates on winning hearts and minds one at a time. But it marches on. We must reclaim the spirit of independence every day and every night and intensify the struggle against those who seek to impose tyranny upon us.

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1 comment :

  1. Anonymous this time7/4/17, 2:22 PM

    Sad that Ron Paul uses Manchanda to misdirect the political energies of the American people. Correcting the abuses inherent in an imperial government is not done by complaining about tax rates.

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