Friday, August 17, 2012
Prior to the 2008 financial crises, opposition to Federal Reserve orthodoxy was unacceptable in U.S. politics. The treatment of Ron Paul during the Republican presidential debates of 2007 and 2008 is evidence of that. His opponents repeatedly mocked him when he attempted to warn the American people that the Fed’s reckless actions would bring about a terrible financial catastrophe.
In 2012, discussion about the Federal Reserve is very different. The Fed is a topic that is now openly and thoroughly debated, due in part to its abysmal response to the financial calamity unfolding. Thanks in large part to the efforts of Ron Paul and the grassroots movement he inspired, the public is now aware of and debating the central bank’s actions, while alos protesting Fed policies.
The financial catastrophe of 2008 has made the public increasingly mistrustful of the Fed and its covert activities. A poll conducted in 2010 showed that the majority of Americans believed that the Fed should be severely reigned in or abolished. In a separate survey conducted by Rasmussen in 2010, 80 percent of Americans believed that the Fed should be thoroughly audited. As a result of its own actions, the Fed is now hotly debated in print, television, and in our public square.
Anger at our nation’s banking cartel has spawned populist political and grassroots action dedicated to raising awareness of the American public. Fueled by the energy and dedication of Ron Paul, these educational initiatives have been effective. In 1983, when Congressman Paul introduced a bill to audit the Federal Reserve through the House of Representatives, it failed miserably. A reintroduction of the bill by Congressman Paul, very recently, met with a much different result: overwhelming bi-partisan support and a favorable congressional vote of 327-98. Further, a nationwide protest against the Fed is being planned for September 22, with demonstrations to occur in several cities outside of some of the Fed’s thirteen regional banks.
Full article: http://communities.w … ls-victory-over-fed/