Extended Remarks: lacRLC Board on Mark Isler May 23

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Bitcoin Under Fire

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This week, Sen. Rand Paul became the first U.S. Presidential Candidate to accept Bitcoin donations. The New York Times published an article entitled, “In Accepting Bitcoin, Rand Paul Raises Money and Questions”. The article argues “presidential fund-raising [...] may have just become even more secretive”, suggesting that Bitcoin opens the doors for illegal contributions.  The war of misinformation against Rand Paul has begun. Bitcoin is not untraceable and Rand Paul is trying to out perform the Fed in secrecy.

Money and information; if you can control these you can rule the masses. As a decentralized digital currency, Bitcoin liberates money from central control by any individual or group. As a public ledger of transactions, the Bitcoin network (the blockchain), holds a complete record of all transactions making it perfect for accountability in campaign finance. Bitcoin is transparent. This fact escapes many journalist and politicians who often prefer to cast Bitcoin beneath the shadow of the Silk Road and the Dark Web. While questioning Paul’s intentions the author also recorgnizes that Paul follows the FCC rules that limit Bitcoin contributions to $100.

Below is the email I wrote to the author addressing the false premise that bitcoin is “ultimately untraceable”:

Correction:
Bitcoin is perfectly traceable.

This is a common misunderstanding because of its murky origins. But every transaction on the Bitcoin network (Blockchain) is recorded on a public ledger viewable by anyone with eyes and an internet connection. Check out blockchain.info. You can check the balance and activity of any bitcoin address. For this reason Bitcoin is the perfect campaign finance currency.

Here’s a great article explaining the traceability and transparency of Bitcoin: How Anonymous is Bitcoin

Another omitted fact is that a Bitcoin donor must submit their name, address, and occupation before they are able to make a donation to Senator Paul.

Your article is based on a very false premise and common misunderstandings about this emergent technology. I hope you’ll acknowledge this mistake and make all necessary corrections.

I’ll let you all know about the reply… once I hear back.

My next and far more important letter will be to Assemblyman Matt Dababneh who has introduced a bill, AB1326 – Virtual Currency, to the California State Legistlature that would ammend the financial code to impose hefty fees and strenuous regulations on Bitcoin entrepreneurs. Please Tweet @MattDababneh and your CA State assemblyperson about your concerns against this troublesome legislation.

Update:

Another blogger wrote a similar article so I blasted him on Twitter.

Zealots Renew Attacks on Liberty Republicans

It is nothing new that factions in the Republican Party attack Republican Liberty Caucus members. Being a libertarian in the Republican Party has never been an easy, welcoming task.

Libertarianism is a philosophy that some in the party hate with a passion. My beliefs of peace, love and freedom as well as my family’s origins in the Middle East have made me a target to certain racists in the Republican Party who will resort to anything to slander my name. These factions gave us the same amount of hate in 2014 when Reuters and The Blaze picked up on our amazing work and success in the Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Caucus.

It is clear that Republicans are split over stark differences on how to handle foreign affairs. As Republicans, we should embrace the free market and let our ideas compete with one another. Yet, there are those who shout “anti-Semite!” to whoever disagrees with their take on the Israeli government. In my case, the chosen phrase was, “Associates with Radical Anti-Semitism.” The hit piece (and I’m guessing the poor headline) against me was by an anonymous author (how convenient). There could not be a more intellectually dishonest and lazy argument than to call someone an inaccurate name while ignoring the entire topic at hand.

I guess I am making inroads with the philosophy of freedom when the fallacious and lazy attacks start to come in. Ron Paul was all too familiar with these types of attacks from wrongly being called an anti-Semite to a racist, none of which were even remotely true. The anonymous author didn’t restrain themselves to just covering my criticism of the Israeli government. They then forced pathetic connections to make the unfounded “association” of anti-Semitism. There is nothing radical or anti-Semitic about my statements, associations or beliefs. I have always denounced anti-Semitism and call on the anonymous author to withdraw his or her defamatory statements.

The hit piece is so silly that it attempts to use my YouTube favorites and posts I have clicked “like” on as a centerpiece for their argument rather than focusing primarily on my own words. None of the videos endorse anti-Semitism. Several are published by Jewish people. One video is in Hebrew, by a Jewish professor in Israel speaking out against torture. I highly recommend watching it. Another video is about the life story of a Jewish economist from Austria named Ludwig von Mises. Does this constitute associating with “radical anti-Semitism” to you? Or perhaps a screenshot of my YouTube favorites showing videos of meditation techniques, economics and workout exercises is somehow supposed to be an association “with radical anti-Semitism” to the anonymous author? The only radicalism and extremism present here are the authors false claims.

Pitiful hit pieces like this one are slanderous, deluding and should not be taken seriously by any rational individual. If this is what the author had to resort to after thoroughly stalking my social media pages for months, you know they are lacking any logical argument in the first place. I find it odd that some Americans are more offended at a critique of a government thousands of miles away than our own. Criticizing a country’s government policies does NOT mean you hate someone because of their religion. Talk about a gross logical fallacy.

To clarify, as a libertarian, I do not believe in racism, sexism, anti-Semitism or any form of collectivism. My entire philosophy is contradictory to racism and I deplore any form of hate, including anti-Semitism. I view and judge every human on an individual basis and racism, in any form, is a horrid form of collectivism. As Ron Paul famously said:

“Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called ‘diversity’ actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

More importantly, in a free society every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Rather than looking to government to correct our sins, we should understand that racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty.”

Liberty Republicans have sadly grown accustomed to vitriolic hate from fellow Republicans. Constant attacks over philosophical differences must end if we are to ever become a fighting force in this country again. There is only one way the Republican Party is going to make inroads, grow our ranks and have success with not just other Republicans, but more importantly outsiders. And that is to embrace the beliefs of peace, love, unity and respect. The Republican Liberty Caucus has accomplished this. Perhaps it is time for others in the party to try it as well.

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