Ron Paul is great.  We need guys like Ron Paul in Washington.  I don’t agree with a lot of his politics (especially in regards to health care) but he sheds a much needed light on defense spending and the illegal crap our “intelligence community” does.  I saw this terrible movie that was out this summer called Dinner for Schmucks.  Despite having some funny people in it, the movie was tragically unfunny with ridiculous characters doing things no one would ever do.  However one line in it rang so true and the truth of that line drives me nuts.  In this scene Paul Rudd was trying to get his girlfriend to stay with him after she found out he lied to her.  While trying to convince her to stay he said “It’s like the CIA, I don’t want to know what they are doing, BUT I’M GLAD THEY ARE DOING IT!”.   When I heard that line though something clicked inside my head.  This is how the majority of Americans feel!  We don’t care that the CIA deals drugs to pay for illegal wars against poor nations and then jails people for doing the same exact thing.  We don’t care that they killed Kennedy.  We don’t care that they ran illegal wars in Vietnam.  We don’t care that they said the WMD in Iraq were a “slam dunk” just to make an excuse to take over that country.  As long as they TELL US they are keeping us safe, that is all we need to hear.  It is like Ike telling Tina that she NEEDS him and that without him, she is nothing.  Ron Paul sees what the CIA does and doesn’t mind telling us that.  He is like Tina’s buddhist friend in What’s Love Got To Do With It.  She tells Tina that Ike is insane and Tina constantly makes excuses for why he isn’t, until he almost kills her.  What will it take for us to realize this?  The CIA trained Bin Laden, that is a fact.  He then used that training to attack us.  That is also a fact?  So when are we going to have our realization that their actions harm us?  The following quote from Ron Paul is up on youtube and I am going to be linking to it in the links section of this page:

“There’s been a coup, have you heard? It’s the CIA coup. The CIA runs everything, they run the military. They’re the ones who are over there lobbing missiles and bombs on countries. … And of course the CIA is every bit as secretive as the Federal Reserve. … And yet think of the harm they have done since they were established [after] World War II. They are a government unto themselves. They’re in businesses, in drug businesses, they take out dictators … We need to take out the CIA.”

This is a United States Congressman saying this.  Not a “conspiracy nut” but a man who ran for president in the last election.  This is reality, creating the CIA was the beginning of us becoming what we fought against in World War 2.  We have allowed a fascist element to permeate our government in the name of safety.  As Benjamin Franklin said:  “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.”