Monthly Archives: November 2014

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Ron Paul and the Oregon 834,636 Crush the Pot Laws

November 4th’s election brought miserable news to Oregon: the reelection of Governor Kitzhaber instead of the election of myself. But it did bring one small candle of light to the political world as 834,636 Oregonians voted to decimate the pot laws by passing Measure 91, which, for the first time in modern American history, makes it legal for Americans to own and cultivate cannabis without any regulations except in regard to amount of dried material and live plants. Though the Measure contained pages and pages of Statist regulations designed to appeal to the many totalitarians that infest Oregon, it accomplished the essential goal of letting an individual produce their own product without any malevolent interference from the State or the Law. paul 19

Considering what a reign of terror the Government Miscreants of the Democratic and Republican Parties have waged on Americans since the 1930s, and especially since the early 1960s, when cannabis first became a widely-applauded substance, it is no tribute to the American People that it took so long to negate such a grave Injustice against Capitalist private property Rights as cannabis prohibition by governmental fiat.  I can recall someone saying to me in 1970, “They’ll never legalize it.” And the Fascists certainly wouldn’t have except for two factors: Ron Paul and the Oregon 834,636..

There have been many fighters against the Democratic Fascists like Johnson, Carter, Clinton and Obama — those Democratic Presidents who steadfastly continued to cruelly persecute cannabis users, even after it was shown that it had widespread medical and analgesic uses. What price will they ever pay for the suffering and misery they helped prosecute by not speaking out, and even endorsing the Fascistic war on drugs? And booze-swillers and wine-bibers like Nixon and Reagan were equally vicious in their prosecution of this minority, which after forty years has grown to a majority, as the Grim Reaper has thinned the rank ranks of the old Fascisti.

There have been many heroes along the way to legalization, whom I have enumerated elsewhere, but I think we owe the coming legalization on July 1st, 2015 principally to one Individual: former Congressman and three-time Presidential Candidate Ron Paul.

If it had not been for Ron Paul’s tireless hammering on the Cannabis issue and the War on Drugs for nigh on 25 years (from his first campaign for the Presidency in 1988 to his last in 2012), cannabis would not be legal six months from now in Oregon. Only Ron Paul had the courage, out of almost all of the members of the U.S. Congresses and Administrations of the past 50 years, to stand alone and say ” You are wrong, and you are immoral in what you do.” Peter DeFazio didn’t say anything. John Kitzhaber didn’t say anything. No major Democratic political figure stood up and said, “Legalize today and open the jails.” No, not one of those rotten Democrats, who always bray about how much they are for the little guy, had the huevos to speak out. I wonder how many little guy children cried their eyes out at night, because DeFazio and Kitzhaber and Clinton locked up their mother or father for possessing cannabis? They  are Fascist Criminals for not speaking out against Evil, but they will never pay for their Sins.

But Ron Paul could not do it alone. It also took the 834,636 Oregon Voters (and one of those voters was me) who voted for Measure 91. Those voters did it, not the ones who voted against it, to keep Capitalists in jail for a Communist crime, and not those who didn’t vote at all, the Indifferenti, who cared nothing about injustice or the suffering of the sick.

No, the Oregon 834,636 struck a Libertarian blow against the very bonemarrow of Fascism with their vote. They overruled the Indifference of a Nation of over 300 million and its parasitical leaders. They smashed the Communistic Principle of Drug Prohibition. They corrupted Evil, and nurtured Freedom. And all with a ballpoint pen.

So my kudos to Ron Paul, for being the valiant warrior who didn’t give a damn about what people said about him, or how speaking the truth would affect his political standings, and to Oregon’s 834,636 voters who put the stake through the heart of the Democrat’s War on Drugs.

They blasted the Fascist Pot Laws to smithereens!

-Paul Grad, Enviro-Vegan Libertarian

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Abolishing Government Schools

Education is far too important to be left in the hands of the State. And the education that government schools are providing is not the education that children need. It is no education at all, outside of learning a lot of facts and hearing a lot of words.paul 19

Fascists well knew that the molding of the Individual by the State through “education” was the sure way to inculcate their vile anti-Individualist, anti-Classical Liberal propaganda. (And remember that all propaganda is a lie, and thus, all propagandists are Liars.) Every modern government, even the so-called Liberal Democracies of the West, dragoons its children into attending government schools, although thankfully the home-schooling movement has offered some alternative to this coercion. The fact that test scores for home schooled children tend to be consistently higher than government-schooled children, especially when you consider that the teachers in home schools are amateurs compared to the “professional” credentialed teachers in government schools, clearly shows that home schooling is better than government schooling, despite its amateurism.

Government schools immediately instill a bureaucratic regimen into  small children’s lives. The child, who has heretofore been obedient to its parents, is suddenly forced to be obedient to the teacher and whatever the teacher tells it to do. Thus schools teach children to obey, to conform, and not to question. It also teaches them a new fear, the fear of the punishment they will receive if they fail to obey, be it a tongue-lashing in front of the class or the ridicule of their classmates. Imagine the strength and moxie of a child, who refused to say the pledge of allegiance on religious grounds, despite the ridicule of their teachers and administrators.

It is interesting to note that both Right and Left have loudly declaimed against government schools. One of the favorite attacks against Free Schoolers is that they are “Right-wing extremists”. At the same time, the middle of the road Democrats and Republicans call those Leftists who try to set up their own schools outside the system as “anarchists and nihilists”. The fact that Paul Goodman and Herbert Read, both leftwing critics of government schools, wanted to abolish them seems to be overlooked by these Liberal Democrats who attack those opposed to dragooning children into these brainwashing camps during the most impressionable years of their lives.

Government schools are also a vast financial subsidy to the major corporations who benefit from them. The local property tax payer is forced at gunpoint to teach the reading and math skills that will benefit the corporate employer. Professor Rothbard points out that soon after America became heavily engaged in Latin American commerce, government schools began to teach Spanish as part of there regular curriculum. There is no reason that Corporations should not pay the cost of Government schools, since it is they who benefit most from the technical skills they drum into children.

Another great injustice of government schools is that local property tax payers are the ones who must pay, whether they have children in government schools or not, or whether they have children or not. Obviously such an egregious injustice can not be brought up in public by politicians, for it would show what a corrupt, looting system are property taxes used for government schools.

It is also interesting to note the opposition to the Draft and the general fustian against all forms of involuntary servidtude coming from the very same Leftists who think that they have the Right to dragoon small children into these government schools all day. Could there be a clearer example of involuntary servitude than this travesty of Justice?

In Oregon, the movement for compulsory government schools dates back to November 7, 1922 when the Ku Klux Klan-supported measure was enacted that required all children to attend these prison camps. Fortunately, the Supreme Court overturned that horrendous measure, but almost a century later the Leftists attack anyone who speaks against government schools as some kind of reactionary, instead of a fighter for the Freedom of children not to have the best years of their lives ruined and molded by the Collectivists — the Leftists who support that Klan measure of almost a century ago. Now who are the real Reactionaries?

It is obvious that for the Myth of the State to continue, it must brainwash each rising generation in a belief that the State is some kind of holy institution, without which society would immediately descend into chaos. Yet the American Indians, and the Anglo-Saxons, and the Irish all had societies that functioned without government, though with law. But maybe they were merely more intelligent than modern brainwashed America.

Abolishing government schools would also open up the Educational industry to Free-Market competition. Instead of the State setting standards hoops through which any prospective teacher must dance, each individual school could set its own standards for qualifications in order to teach. Someone who has been fixing autos for forty years would no longer have to spend two years getting a teaching credential in order to be “qualified” to teach what he’s been doing for decades. Could there be a clearer example of government trying to exclude people with employable talents from the freedom to exercise them and sell them on the open market? With the privatization of schools would come a huge variety of institutions, based on the tastes and desires of the parents and children. If a child had no interest in mathematics, but a great interest in music, he could be sent to a school that would cater to those interests. Atheistic and religious schools could teach children according to the desires of their parents. Tutoring would again become a valued profession, instead of being virtually non-existent, for few poor people would hire a tutor if they think the government schools are doing an adequate job.

It should also be blazingly obvious that the elimination of government schools would precipitate a mini-boom in local economic activity as property owners in a fixed area would suddenly have much extra cash to spend that would have been paid in for the upkeep of the government school.

Also, it is very clear in the age of the internet that if government supplied every child with a dedicated internet connection that was linked to instructive lectures by top-ranked teachers, as voted on by the public, and e-book depository websites like archive.org and gutenberg.org, then that child would have virtually the same access to information as it currently has, but without the huge expenditure of maintaining and heating huge buildings every day, the inconvenience and costs of busing, janitorial and cafeteria services, and the huge number of parasitic school-suppliers who have a guaranteed profit thanks to the money mulcted out of a coerced public. Dialogues between children and teachers could be visible to all over chatrooms, and there would be virtually no difference to current so-called education in government schools. But such a simple, money-saving idea would throw tens of thousands of government-school employees out of work, so there is that huge vested-interest of opposition to overcome.

Additionally, what government school teacher is going to speak critically of the State, or speak out for the abolition of government schools? Only a very brave one.

Also, one of the gravest problems with modern government schools is their perverting of the children’s thinking processes with computers. I was interested to read recently that Steve Jobs, the late computer tycoon, would not let his children have an ipad or use a computer. He must have seen very clearly that computers make the mind mechanical, because it must constantly follow a step-by-step process, and repeat ad infinitum a series of thoughts. Such constant repetition conditions the mind, and it is truly tragic to see Neo-Fascists like Congressman DeFazio, Governor Kitzhaber, and many other Democratic Party Liberals pushing this technology to prepare children for employment by the major corporations. They are the corporations handmaidens, disgusting in their vernility. They are willing to destroy the creativity of children’s brains in order to guarantee the flow of tax dollars that will pay for their immorally-high pensions. Computers should not be used in government schools. The skills necessary to use a computer can be learned at any time in a few days of intensive study. The conventional schools are bad enough in their conditioning of children’s brains; a child’s creativity should not be ruined by exposing those impressionable brains to the curse of mechanical thinking. Truly, here we can see the face of creeping Fascism, courtesy of the Democrats and Republicans.

Moreover, are the really important fields of knowledge necessary for survival in modern America being taught in schools? What are the areas which are axiomatic for the individual to be knowledgeable in? I’d say those areas encompass physiology and anatomy, nutrition, auto mechanics, the laws of the land, English vocabulary, grammar, and composition, American history, and financial education, this last being intentionally avoided so as to produce another generation of gullible, financially-ignorant, consumers. (Because children are cooped up every day for hours in these prisons, they should have some sort of physical exercise as part of the daily regimen. Swedish calisthenics and yoga would both be excellent activities, and can be practiced in a confined space.) Since America is first and foremost a society obsessed with money, despite its words, why is not financial education one of the main topics of schooling? Why does the government keep children ignorant in this area which will come to dominate their lives once they leave the safe cocoon of the government school? The answer is obvious.

No, government schools are a curse, and a key component of every modern totalitarian movement, be it Fascist or Communist.

Let’s abolish government schools!

Paul Grad, former Libertarian nominee for Oregon Governor

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: I Lose the Election

I lost my run for the Oregon Governorship. I received 21,523 votes, or 1.48% of the vote.paul 19

I’d like to thank all those Revolutionaries who had the moxie to vote for me. I think my platform and agenda were absolutely necessary for America at this moment in its development, or should we say degeneration? I doubt that we will get to the next election without a major environmental or financial upheaval.

I see nothing ahead but trouble, given the huge proportion of voters who voted for Democrats and Republicans. The public at large is still almost completely brainwashed into their Democrat-Republican football rivalries, while the world is burning around them. Without that change in political consciousness, nothing will change in America except that the deficits will get larger, further undermining the validity of the currency, and bringing the final crisis that much closer.

This was America’s last election before the storm.

-Paul Grad, former Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Listing “Other” Votes in Election Returns

If elected Governor of Oregon, one of the electoral reforms I would seek would be the naming and listing of number of votes of any write-in candidate receiving five or more votes in the official election results. Currently, only the total number of “other” votes is recorded, not who received them or how many. I would also seek to require disclosure of the total number of people receiving less than five votes. If the five vote threshold proved cumbersome due to large numbers of write-in candidates, then the threshold could be raised as high as twelve, the number of members of a jury. paul 19

This measure is clearly in the Public Interest as part of the electorate’s Right to know the results of its democratic elections. Obviously, this is a transparency issue, but it has never been raised by the Democrats or Republicans, both of whom claim they are for that same transparency in government. But a Libertarian is the one who is finally getting around to proposing it.

Obviously, if one candidate on the ballot gets 10,000 votes, his rival gets 8,000, and “other” gets 500 votes, it is important for those who voted for an “other” candidate to know how many votes their candidate got. But no one complains about this violation of the Right to Know, which is why I’m bringing it up. Did Joe Writein, whom I voted for, get 499 of those 500 votes, or did 25 candidates get 20 votes each? It is important to know, and doubly important for those in minor parties, or who support Independent write-in candidates, for that is the only way they can gauge the efficacy of their campaigning. And for that reason, we can clearly see why the two wings of the major Fascist party don’t want the people to know those results. This lack of democracy doesn’t seem to bother the Democrats, who are always braying about their love of Democracy and the little guy. I wonder why they don’t bray about this affront to democratic elections?

No, let’s smash this Fascist curtain of obfuscation, and bring the election results into the light of day.

Let’s list complete election results to insure democratic elections.

Paul Grad, Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor