Marc Gallagher
Liberty Maven
November 10th, 2008

If I had an ounce of gold for every time Ron Paul was right I’d be one rich freedom lover. The latest proof of Ron Paul’s soothsaying prowess comes in downright scary words from two European leaders. They react to the current financial crisis with rhetoric pushing for a global society. Both Britain Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are advocating this evil.

First, let us digest the words of Brown, who plans to say the following (in part) during his speech Monday (today) at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet:

“The alliance between Britain and the U.S. — and more broadly between Europe and the U.S. — can and must provide leadership, not in order to make the rules ourselves, but to lead the global effort to build a stronger and more just international order”.

“My message is that we must be: internationalist not protectionist; interventionist not neutral; progressive not reactive; and forward looking not frozen by events. We can seize the moment and in doing so build a truly global society.”

Not surprisingly, Ron Paul was right to worry about world leaders using the financial crisis as an excuse to create a more globalized and internationally regulated economy. I don’t think I’ve read a more frightening sequence of words in a very long time. I thought Brown was considered a “conservative”? This proves he is a Bush-style neo-conservative, and not a true Old Right conservative.

I imagine President-Elect Obama finds some sense of hope when he hears “interventionist” and “progressive” leaving the lips of a European leader. In contrast, I imagine Ron Paul kneeling down in front of a toilet vomiting in disgust at those same words.

In our next example, both French President Sarkozy’s and George W. Bush’s remarks are completely laughable. First we have Bush:

“As we make the regulatory and institutional changes necessary to avoid a repeat of this crisis, it is essential that we preserve the foundations of democratic capitalism — the commitment to free markets, free enterprise and free trade.”

“We must resist the dangerous temptation of economic isolationism and continue the policies of open markets that have lifted standards of living and held millions of people escape poverty around the world”

George, you don’t have a commitment to free markets, free enterprise, or free trade. Your bailout has proven otherwise. Just more empty rhetoric.

Next, Sarkozy weighs in:

“We believe in the capacity and the — the ability of the American people to come up with the answers the world is waiting for, is expecting. Because this sort of capitalism is a betrayal of the capitalism we believe in.”

Sarkozy, the capitalism you believe in can be described with an entirely different word: socialism.

A former co-worker of mine had a very dry sense of humor. He would say without cracking a smile in an effort to correct me, “If by A, you actually mean B, then yes you are correct”. It seems our so-called leaders are doing a similar thing, the difference being that their intention is not humor and they actually believe the lies they are telling.

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