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Response to No Mosque at 911 Ground Zero Site

by John Hospers

A few days ago I read an editorial from Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root regarding his objection to the proposed building of a mosque near 911 Ground Zero.

Root says such a building has nothing to do with ‘religious freedom’ or ‘property rights’ – but everything to do with America bowing to sworn enemies (something the current President seems to have a penchant for doing).

As one of the founders of the Libertarian Party and its first Presidential candidate, the party that stands for State’s Rights, Individual Freedom and a limited central government, I strongly agree with Root’s assessment of this issue when he says that this building is an affront to our culture and basic beliefs as a free people. I agree there is nothing political about this, that it is a matter of common sense. Root’s position is absolutely on target, and I’m sure Ayn Rand would also agree.

If this structure is allowed to overshadow the 911 site –it further weakens us as a nation worthy of respect from others. In fact, it could provide the nails in the coffin of America, because it will inspire further attacks. I assume that is what Root means as using our ‘Common Sense’.

I suggest to all who treasure their independence and dwindling freedoms as guaranteed by the Constitution, UNITE, circle the wagons so to speak and do it quickly because we are being attacked on very nearly every front, foreign and domestic. To stop the ravages of war and the spilling of free and innocent blood, we, as free people, must first take our country back from the treachery of a purposefully planned diabolical national debt and an increasingly powermad dictatorship metastasizing from Washington like a political cancer.

A passage from the ‘Socialism and Liberty” chapter in my book ‘LIBERTARIANISM”: “Productive men have always tried to advance man’s conquest of nature. And always, other men have tried to widen the scope of political power in order to seize for themselves the fruits of that conquest. Political power is the power of man over man—that is why we should minimize it and reduce it to nothing if possible; economic power is the power of man over nature.

“History is a race between the two kinds of power. The power of capitalism and the free market lies in an ever-increasing standard of living resulting from the conquest of nature. The re-ascendance of power over man, the political power, is what reduces us again to the level of savages.”

What I am saying is some among us believe we are guilty, that we should try to equalize incomes all over the world – that others are starving because we are too stingy. And if we act on that advice, that political belief, we will finally starve ourselves in a vain attempt to keep others from starving. So, too, the building of a mosque at the attack site where thousands of our own perished in an act of war – must not be allowed.

Otherwise, we will stifle the very spirit of freedom and starve our own beliefs. That conclusion, in my opinion, is just common sense. JH.

10.2% Unemployment Shows Obama has US on Road to Ruin

By: Wayne Allyn Root

Wayne-Allyn-Root-John-HospersThe national unemployment rate’s hitting 10.2 percent may have come as a great surprise to “the messiah,” aka President Barack Obama, but it came as no surprise to anyone who understands economics.

My old college classmate Obama is not among that group.

Small business creates upwards of 75 percent to 80 percent of all new jobs. If small business is failing, there are no new jobs. Without a robust small business community, there can be no economic recovery.

All the stimulus money in the world going to Obama’s big business campaign contributors — unions, government employees, banks, Wall Street — will not end the recession. All the government jobs “saved” and created will do nothing except take money and jobs AWAY from the private sector. All the billions of dollars lavished on unions and union workers will push the country back into recession. All the government union workers Obama honors with raises will increase the national debt and damage the economic recovery. Only a recovery led by small business can save us. We are staring at an economic Armageddon — not just for us but also for our children and grandchildren.

We have been lied to — by Obama, by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, by Fed Chief Ben Bernanke. There is no recovery. The recession isn’t over. To the contrary, we are in the start of a long-term depression caused by big government, big spending, onerous taxes, and government regulations placed on business, too much deficit, and debt.

Obama isn’t the solution. He is the problem. He knows nothing about business — small or large. He never has owned a business, run a business, funded a business, or created a job in his life. His entire knowledge of economics comes from books. And they are the wrong books — Karl Marx never created a job either.

I didn’t need today’s bad news on unemployment to know we were coming out of the recession. I only needed to open my eyes and see the real tragedy right in front of me on Main Street:

The salon where I’ve had my hair cut for eight years — a bustling, loud, prosperous small business in Las Vegas (before Obama) — went out of business last month. Closed with no notice, and sheriff’s deputies padlocked the doors.

The healthy fast-food restaurant where I ate organic hamburgers, organic milkshakes, and baked fries for years — also a bustling, prosperous business (before Obama) — went out of business last month. Not just one small business, but rather the entire chain of five restaurants in Nevada and Florida gone.

My biggest competitor in the sports handicapping industry, a legend in our industry, after 30 years in business, closed up shop two weeks ago. There went 30 years of prosperity, hundreds of millions in revenues pumped into the economy, and 100 good-paying jobs down the drain. All it took was nine months of Obama’s running the economy.

U.S. Air — the second-largest airline carrier into Las Vegas — recently announced it was cutting half of its routes. Does that sound like the end of a recession?

One of my neighbors — a well-known celebrity, CEO, and multimillionaire — has put his multimillion-dollar Vegas mansion up for “short sale” to stave off foreclosure.

One of my best friends has closed or sold off eight of his 12 vitamin stores to try to “stop the bleeding” of business losses. He reports that the past four months have been the worst of his 25 years in business. “Business has literally dropped off a cliff,” he says, adding, “Anyone that says we are in recovery is either a fool or a liar.”

Small business is in freefall. Not only will there be no new jobs but also we will continue losing jobs until Obama finds a way to save small business. Unemployment will only go up from here. Saving or creating government jobs won’t save the American economy — as we now see. Obama’s theories don’t work in the real world. They work only in books — books written by Karl Marx. The Obama experiment is a massive failure.

But the reality is Obama has a much bigger problem on his hands. Small business doesn’t just create all the jobs, it also pays virtually all the taxes. That means there will be no tax revenues to pay for Obama’s massive spending programs, entitlements, and stimulus. That means all of Obama’s deficit forecasts are way off. Since Obama projects almost $10 trillion in deficits over the next decade, my educated guess is we should count on a figure closer to $15 trillion to $20 trillion in deficit. We are in a world of trouble under the leadership of a man who thinks government creates jobs. Good luck with that.

Having said all of that, just criticizing isn’t good enough. Critics need to provide solutions. In my next commentary, I’ll show a simple two-step program (direct from the pages of my new book) to save small business and turn this entire economy around quickly. Obama, are you listening?

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian vice-presidential candidate. His new book is entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” For more of Root’s, commentaries, or to watch his many national media appearances, visit ROOTforAmerica.com.

The Citizen Revolution Has Begun!

By Wayne Allyn Root

Wayne-Allyn-Root-John-HospersWhat a night! I cheered and celebrated watching Republicans sweep the Virginia and New Jersey Governor’s races (as well as other key races across the country in traditionally Democratic states like Pennsylvania). Not because I’m a Republican- I’m not anymore. But this was NOT a Republican victory. It was a victory for the Tea Party patriots. It was a victory for common sense independents and fiscal conservatives who oppose tax and spend. It was a crushing defeat for Obama and his radical leftist friends (led by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank). It was a defeat for Obamacare, cap and trade, and big government proponents. And most importantly, it was a warning shot across the bow for incumbents and political insiders everywhere- the Citizen Revolution that I predicted in my new book “The Conscience of a Libertarian” has begun.

Republicans didn’t actually win a thing. Voters simply repudiated Obama, socialism and the expansion of big government. Americans rose up to revolt against the party in power (Democrats)- just as they did in 2008 versus Bush and the GOP. Americans didn’t vote for Obama a year ago. They voted against Bush. They voted against the party in power. They voted against “business as usual in Washington D.C.” Against the lawyers and lobbyists and special interests that are destroying our economy and our country.

Only one year later they’ve proved it wasn’t a fluke by doing it again. They didn’t vote last night for the GOP. They voted against Obama. It turns out voters do indeed want change- but not the kind offered by Republicans, Democrats, or any incumbent. They want the kind of change that comes from throwing the bums out (the bums being career politicians), and voting in fresh faces who believe in smaller government, lower spending and more power to the people (just as the Constitution intended).

It wasn’t Republicans who swept to victory last night. It was the Tea Party crowds. The peasants with pitchforks that Obama, Pelosi, CNN, MSNBC and the mainstream media ignored, denigrated and humiliated. It was the small business owners who simply want government to get out of the way. It was the mothers and fathers of America who want to protect their children and grandchildren from a lifetime of slavery to deficit, debt, and big government.

Message to the media and political spin-meisters: Don’t misread the tea leaves- there is no Republican Revolution. But the citizen revolution (with a fiscal conservative and Libertarian base) that I predicted in my new book has begun with a vengeance. The liberal mainstream media is so biased and out of touch that they don’t realize it yet, but we are living through history. We are experiencing the start of a once-in-a-lifetime political revolution. Our generation’s 1776. Our version of the shot heard around the world. My prediction that voters might actually V.E.T.O. (Vote Everyone of Them Out) the entire U.S. Congress in 2010 has started even sooner than I imagined- and with a vengeance.

Last night was a sign of the anger and outrage that small business owners and average Americans are feeling towards “business as usual” in Washington D.C. This wasn’t about “conservative values” on social issues. This wasn’t about abortion, or gay marriage, or Terri Schiavo, or online gaming- all issues that damaged the Conservative/Libertarian coalition that makes up the Tea Party movement. This was about “the economy stupid.” Thiswas about FISCAL CONSERVATISM and personal responsibility. If peoplehave to cut back and live within our means, so does government. This was about the Triple Crown of cutting spending, cutting taxes, and cutting the size of government. The Tea Parties led the way. If Republicans think this was about party I.D., they’ve gotten the wrong message.

It turns out that the Tea Parties weren’t fake afterall. There was no “astro turf.” They were actual spontaneous outpourings of expression of independent, commonsense and patriot Americans. This isn’t some small grassfire. This is only the start of a full-fledged citizen revolution to save capitalism, save the Constitution, and save our beloved country.

Obama made a big mistake- his radical leftist power grab has awakened the sleeping giant of the Silent Majority. The centerpiece of this citizen revolution is simple: cutting the size, scope and power of government. Hear it loud and clear. Whoever supports those goals will emerge victorious in 2010 and 2012. And who ever doesn’t, better get out of the way. Because you’re standing in front of a train- the Tea Party Express. Our message for politicians is to stand by the people, serve the people, listen to the people, or face the wrath of the people. If you don’t get the message, we stand poised to THROW THE BUMS OUT.

This morning Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater are looking down on us with a great big smile. I’m proud to call myself a REAGAN LIBERTARIAN. What a great day to be alive and to be an American. I love the smell of revolution in the morning.

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book is entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” For more of Wayne’s views, commentaries, or to watch his many national media appearances, please visit ROOTforAmerica.com.