A choice between tyranny or freedom. The former Soviets chose freedom. They could have just as easily went the other way and started World War III... but the writing was so clearly on the wall... they didn't... and the world became a much different place. The Soviet Empire crumbled with little fanfare... and people across the entire world went about their way trying to make their lives better with a little less to worry about.
For the United States, we now have the same choice, only our tyranny is a little different. We do have similarities. A gigantic state run defense industry out of control, trying to prop up unsustainable levels of spending. We're engaged in Wars... one in Afghanistan, no less. Our national currency is teetering on a massive tumble and the rest of the world is about at it's wits ends with our government's shenanigans. But the tyranny we have to throw off is not 72 years of Communism. It's 97 years of the Federal Reserve.
"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." ~Henry Ford
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." ~Thomas Jefferson
"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."~Woodrow Wilson
"Give a group the power to counterfeit money unmolested and it won't be long before they own everything." ~Yours truly
"Nothing can stop and idea whose time has come." ~Ron Paul quoting Victor Hugo
Ron Paul has been appointed Chairman of the Congressional Committee overseeing Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve... and it does look like it's going to be a long drawn out battle. He has suggested it may take a long time. However, as we saw with the USSR, once the writing was on the wall... it came quick. The writing is on the wall... and we as individuals need to be pointing out to our friends, families and neighbors the coming disaster if we allow the Federal Reserve to continue. We need to point out that what most call "money" is actually just a worthless, unconstitutional, piece of paper called a Federal Reserve Note. We need to show them alternatives, from local currencies and time banks, to barter, to gold and silver. We have a real chance to change the world in one almighty swoop... and get rid of the albatross that hangs around all of our necks. But remember, it is a choice. We End the Fed or we don't.
Interesting side note... If you look at my main photo. It's a rendition of a picture taken of me in a motorpool in front of my tank in West Germany in 1989. I got to see first hand, the wall coming down... and I hope to see the same thing in 2011... the walls of the Federal Reserve... disappearing.