What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine? by Ron Paul…

In several eastern Ukrainian towns over the past week, the military opened fire on its own citizens. Dozens may have been killed in the violence. Although the US government generally condemns a country’s use of military force against its own population, especially if they are unarmed protesters, this time the US administration blamed the victims. After as many as 20 unarmed protesters were killed on the May 9th holiday in Ukraine, the State Department spokesman said “we condemn the outbreak of violence caused by pro-Russia separatists.”

Why are people protesting in eastern Ukraine? Because they do not believe the government that came to power after the US-backed uprising in February is legitimate. They do not recognize the authority of an unelected president and prime minister. The US sees this as a Russian-sponsored destabilization effort, but is it so hard to understand that the people in Ukraine may be annoyed with the US and EU for their involvement in regime change in their country? Would we be so willing to accept an unelected government in Washington put in place with the backing of the Chinese and Iranians?

The US State Department provided much assistance earlier this year to those involved in the effort to overthrow the Ukrainian government. The US warned the Ukrainian government at the time not to take any action against those in the streets, even as they engaged in violence and occupied government buildings. But now that those former protesters have come to power, the US takes a different view of protest. Now they give full support to the bloody crackdown against protesters in the east. The State Department spokesperson said last week: “We continue to call for groups who have jeopardized public order by taking up arms and seizing public buildings in violation of Ukrainian law to disarm and leave the buildings they have seized.” This is the opposite of what they said in February. Do they think the rest of the world does not see this hypocrisy?

The residents of eastern Ukraine have long been closer to Russia than to the US and EU. In fact, that part of Ukraine had been a part of Russia. After February’s regime change, officials in the east announced that they would hold referendum to see whether the population wanted autonomy from the US-backed government in Kiev. The US demanded that Russian President Putin stop eastern Ukraine from voting on autonomy, and last week the Russian president did just that: he said that the vote should not be held as scheduled. The eastern Ukrainians ignored him and said they would hold the vote anyway. So much for the US claims that Russia controls the opposition in Ukraine.

Even though the Russian president followed US demands and urged the eastern Ukrainians to hold off on the vote, the US State Department announced that the US would apply additional sanctions on Russia if the vote is held! Does this make any sense?

The real question is why the US government is involved in Ukraine in the first place. We are broke. We cannot even afford to fix our own economy. Yet we want to run Ukraine? Does it really matter who Ukrainians elect to represent them? Is it really a national security matter worth risking a nuclear war with Russia whether Ukraine votes for more regional autonomy and a weaker central government? Isn’t that how the United States was originally conceived?

Has the arrogance of the US administration, thinking they should run the world, driven us to the brink of another major war in Europe? Let us hope they will stop this dangerous game and come to their senses. I say let’s have no war for Ukraine!

Original article here: http://http://tinyurl.com/klpuq26
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US ‘Democracy Promotion’ Destroys Democracy Overseas by Ron Paul…

ronpaul-tst_239x84It was almost ten years ago when, before the House International Relations Committee, I objected to the US Government funding NGOs to meddle in the internal affairs of Ukraine. At the time the “Orange Revolution” had forced a regime change in Ukraine with the help of millions of dollars from Washington.

At that time I told the Committee:

We do not know exactly how many millions—or tens of millions—of dollars the United States government spent on the presidential election in Ukraine. We do know that much of that money was targeted to assist one particular candidate, and that through a series of cut-out non-governmental organizations (NGOs)—both American and Ukrainian—millions of dollars ended up in support of the presidential candidate…

I was worried about millions of dollars that the US government-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its various related organizations spent to meddle in Ukraine’s internal affairs. But it turns out that was only the tip of the iceberg.

Last December, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland gave a speech in which she admitted that since 1991 the US government has:

[I]nvested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine…in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government.

This is the same State Department official who was caught on tape just recently planning in detail the overthrow of the Ukrainian government.

That five billion dollars appears to have bought a revolution in Ukraine. But what do the US taxpayers get, who were forced to pay for this interventionism? Nothing good. Ukraine is a bankrupt country that will need tens of billions of dollars to survive the year. Already the US-selected prime minister has made a trip to Washington to ask for more money.

And what will the Ukrainians get? Their democracy has been undermined by the US-backed coup in Kiev. In democracies, power is transferred peacefully through elections, not seized by rebels in the streets. At least it used to be.

The IMF will descend on Ukraine to implement yet another of its failed rescue plans, which enrich the well-connected and international bankers at the expense of the local population. The IMF adds debt, organizes sweetheart deals for foreign corporations, and demands that the local population accept “austerity” in exchange for “reform” that never seems to produce the promised results.

The groundwork for this disaster has been laid by NED, USAID, and the army of NGOs they have funded over the years in Ukraine.

Supporters of NED and its related organizations will argue that nothing is wrong with sending US dollars to “promote democracy” overseas. The fact is, however, that NED, USAID, and the others have nothing to do with promoting democracy and everything to do with destroying democracy.

It is not democracy to send in billions of dollars to push regime change overseas. It isn’t democracy to send in the NGOs to re-write laws and the constitution in places like Ukraine. It is none of our business.

How should we promote democracy overseas? First, we should stop the real isolationists — those who seek to impose sanctions and blockades and restrictions that impede our engagement overseas. We can promote democracy with a US private sector that engages overseas. A society that prospers through increased trade ties with the US will be far more likely to adopt practices and policies that continue that prosperity and encourage peace.

In 2005, arguing against funding NED in the US foreign assistance authorization bill, I said:

The National Endowment for Democracy…has very little to do with democracy. It is an organization that uses US tax money to actually subvert democracy, by showering funding on favored political parties or movements overseas. It underwrites color-coded ‘people’s revolutions’ overseas that look more like pages out of Lenin’s writings on stealing power than genuine indigenous democratic movements.

Sadly, matters are even worse now. To promote democracy overseas, NED and all other meddling US government funded NGOs should be disbanded immediately.

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2014/march/23/us-democracy-promotion-destroys-democracy-overseas.aspx

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Post by Kyle Keeton
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It is 2013 and did 2012 Teach Us Anything?

hot-cup-of-coffeeYes – 2012 taught me a whole bunch. This is what is going through my mind as I sip that delicious cup of coffee here in Russia…

I watched 2012 with earnest and had decided early on that if 2012 ends up the way it started, I would do some drastic changes in 2013. Since 2013 is looking to make 2012 seem tame, then I have to start erasing my past and getting everything out of the clutches of the USA!

I could say this, “The people of America are wonderful, but the government just plain Sucks…”

That would be on the surface a basically true statement, but when you look at the foundation of that statement, you will realize that, “The people allow the government to do what it is doing and hence no one but the people are to blame!”

In 2012 it was painfully obvious that neither Obama, nor Romney were fit to run the country and yet after we destroyed all other candidates for president, we were left with only the two yahoo brothers and that was a crime…

In 2012 it was very obvious that America is a surveillance state on its way to Orwellian proportions…

In 2012 it was very obvious that a police state is a misnomer, military state is a much better word…

In 2012 it was obvious that we are not capable of changing the path America has taken and it is downhill from here on out. The government is scared of the people and will now do what it takes to curtail any and all individualist. If that means we give you handouts to jail terms, what ever it takes to keep you all in the same boat…

In 2012 I saw way too much and felt way too much. So now it is time to sever the last ties with the garbage and move on. I started with deleting my Facebook account. Next I sent the Twitter account to the dust bin and so on and so on and so on…

Now it is time to erase everything from credit history to banks. I will leave one thing going and that will be my blogs. I will not stop trying to reach a few willing to listen and maybe just maybe they will get smart, then leave the Orwellian behind…

Being tied to America is a very bad thing and since I desire to travel the world until I die! Then I have to change it all…

I still think it is sad that I can honestly say that Russia is freer than the US! It really bothers me to say it and every time that I have written that statement I do some serious thinking’s, but the outcome is always the same. Russia is freer than America…

I think that when we the people allowed Ron Paul to be lied about, cheated on and demoralized! We the people signed a pact with the devil and now we will pay the price many fold and many times. It was not just Ron Paul, but it was the principles and morals behind how it was done that sealed the fate of America. Romney was correct when he talked about 47% of the people are users and he did it to assure that he would lose. The fact is that of the other 53%, a sure fire number of them would vote for Obama just because of being bleeding hearts and against truth in any form. Hence we threw an election just as sure as we watch a fight thrown in the boxing ring. As in a boxing ring it does not matter who wins, both opponents are the same, boxers and that is compared to politicians in the presidential ring. Both are there for the paycheck and the glory, win or lose…

We should never have to wonder what would have happened if Ron Paul was running against Obama! We should have seen what would have happened first hand and we should have fought hard to have that happen. The fact is that we allowed the Republican party to dictate who was going to be the runner for president and pulled ever trick, cheat and lie to do it and many times stepped way over the boundaries of right and wrong…

I realized something that has happened to America and it is really bad…

I use to teach my new managers several things:

1. Think for yourself.

2. Let others (employees) help you think.

3. Don’t be afraid to think and if you think wrong?

4. I will be there to support you and take the heat from above…

I promoted people who were not afraid to make a decision and to listen to others…

Looks like we do not think anymore and only do what we are told!

We are afraid of what the government might do to us and that is how the government wants it, but believe you me, we are at a turning point and right now the government is scared of what might be. If we continue on this path for a few more years then the government will have crested the hill and it is smooth sailing downhill from there…

Time to stop being afraid and start being mad at what is happening, but that will not happen…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

This is something to think about: Russia borrowing money?

In the news today they are talking about the fact that Russia will borrow $7 billion on foreign markets with US dollar-denominated Euro-bonds during 2013.  This is because they are predicting a budget deficit of 0.8 of a percent for the 2013 budget…

Okay I then looked around and saw this:

In 2010, Russia took out Euro-bonds worth $5.5 billion for the first time after a 12-years of not taking any money. Then in 2011, Russia did not borrow any Euro-bonds and in 2012 it is predicted to borrow $7 billion total in external borrowings…

Have you taken in what was just said above?

If you are from the Western World and feel a little bit overwhelmed with the trillions and trillions of borrowed money being thrown about all over the news. Then stop and grab a cup of coffee and think about how many countries in the world literally do not borrow money, nor have hardly any debt…

Then to top it off we are literally the only ones (The Fed!) which is buying or bonds. That is a whole bunch like using a “visa card to pay your visa payment.”

It just does not work…

Try looking it up on the internet! What you will find will surprise you and there is so many ways to be in debt that it is scary. The scariest issue is derivatives and I have heard Ron Paul talk about this issue and what he says should make you cringe…

9 Biggest Banks’ Derivative Exposure – $228.72 Trillion… >>>

We should be very scared and you should be trying to understand it and we should be doing something about it…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

Video: The $1.5 Quadrillion Dollar Derivatives Crisis, & Growing…

Hmm…

They Chant Americans Go Home…

But I do not wanna go home, I like running around the world and enjoying life in the real world…

The world should be open and free and if America wants to be scared, then build a wall all around the country and bristle it with missiles, but leave the rest of the world alone…

So it is time (America) to quit stirring the pot, because people are going to get hurt who should not, because the world really is a great place, even as you (US government) try to mess it up…

Yemen Embassy for America attacked! Egyptian Embassy for America attacked again!

Once again, “What Did I Do!” Screams the US government as they condemn all these attacks against such an innocent country as the USA…

It takes two to tangle and if we had not tangled in the first place…

Guess what?

Ron Paul is right…

Just come home, We Just Marched In (So We Can Just March Out)…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…