On February 19th, the National Mall in Washington, DC saw its largest antiwar rally in 20 years. The speakers list included four former US presidential candidates and a broad and diverse collection of antiwar activists from beyond the left and right.
The aptly-named “Rage Against War Machine” rally drew thousands of attendees, however many pro-war advocates eagerly pointed out that it did not match in size some of the larger rallies against the Iraq war 20 years ago.
To that I say, “who cares”? The U.S. mainstream media engages in war propaganda non-stop, with the only exception being Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. So I think it’s a miracle anyone had the courage to travel to the heart of the war machine in Washington, DC to make their voices heard! We don’t need a majority to fight back – an educated and dedicated minority will do quite nicely. And we certainly had that at the rally!
As I sat in the green room waiting to speak, I had the opportunity to visit with former Democrat presidential candidates Tulsi Gabbard and Dennis Kucinich and former Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Political commentators Jimmy Dore and Chris Hedges were there, along with many leading and well—spoken libertarians. Everyone backstage carried the same message: we must put aside our differences to build a new, broad coalition against this war!
I believe the antiwar movement is starting to catch fire both at home and overseas. The DC rally was followed by much larger antiwar rallies in Paris, Berlin, London, and elsewhere.
Several recent polls, including by Pew and AP, show that American support for Ukraine is evaporating. Even in the EU, new polls show a public turning sharply against their governments’ support for the war. According to a recent Ipsos poll, less than half of Germans support continuing to send weapons to Ukraine. Change is in the air.
The DC rally took place in the backdrop of Seymour Hersh’s explosive investigative report demonstrating how the US government blew up the Nord Stream pipelines and the mainstream media’s desperate attempt to cover it up. The truth is coming out, and it’s even uglier than we imagined.
The U.S. mainstream media is clearly getting nervous that its control over the narrative is also evaporating. How do we know they’re nervous? They have turned up their lies and slanders of antiwar rallies and voices.
Rachel Maddow, who fed America a steady stream of “Russiagate” lies for the past six or so years, let loose with a slanderous blue streak about the Rage Against the War Machine rally. Literally everything Maddow said in her post-rally rant was objectively false and her mischaracterization of rally participants as “weird” was devious. She falsely claimed that the rally was full of “white supremacists,” “Proud Boys,” and “anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists.”
No one who was at the rally would have had any idea what she was talking about. But her job was not to describe the rally, it was to defame it. What does Maddow’s hysterics about the rally show? They are nervous. It shows that the mainstream media, despite having near-total power, is afraid. They are afraid they are losing the narrative. Good. It’s about time. Let’s hope that more Americans begin to rage! Rage against the war machine!
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Ron Paul is a former U.S. Congressman from Texas and the leader of the pro-liberty, pro-free market movement in the United States. His weekly column – reprinted with permission – can be found here.
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Mr. Paul, do you not have a single critical word for Russia with regards to this conflict?
Why should he? So he can align himself with cads like Lindseypoo Grahamnasty, Joe Wilson, and others of their ilk? I don’t think so. Ron is better than that.
Does it physically hurt being such an useful idiot?
It can’t pay well these days, that for sure.
I gather that you know something about these things, likely from personal experience. Please educate us!
Did somebody find out FoxNews thinks they are an “insane idiot”?
It hard for idiots like you these days, isn’t it?
I know Russia is getting destroyed on a historical level!
Putin will join the Confederacy as historically foolish racist goons who got destroyed by the forces of good.
Russia is a backwards state of drunk rapists run by a little idiot who will be murdered by his own inbred, deeply stupid people. You appear to be one of those?
Russia started this war, only the be losing in a truly historical manner.
What is it with Christian-nationalists always choosing the losing side?
It’s that “cuck” mentality that you guys are so obsessed with.
He wants to join Tucker Carlson on the staff of Russia Today.
Russia has murdered tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children in Ukraine. They have murdered the parents of minor children and shipped their children off to Russian reeducation camps. They have intentionally bombed hospitals, schools, residential areas, and civilian bomb shelters. They have greenlighted their soldiers to rape women and murder their husbands. They have lined up civilians shot them and buried them in mass graves. They have locked old men and women in basements to starve. Do you people have no shame? Is there no evil vial enough to enrage you if it costs you one red cent? Do you stand for nothing? I can think of no better use of my tax dollars than defending helpless innocent people and pounding the Russian Army into oblivion.
When we are all judged one day, I trust you and Putin end up in the same place. Let’s hope God treats the USA better than we treat the least of these.
Gosh, you should get an award from the pro-war factions for “Propagandist Of The Year”!
Never mind the ethnic Russians murdered by (card carrying) Nazis in the employe of the Ukrainian government since 2014, eh?
Screw the Russians. Maybe you should move there to show all us freedom loving patriots how much better Putin’s Russia is? It can’t be worse than SC, huh?
You poor freedom hating little useful idiot.
Born before the Cold War, kid?
During. FWIW and in case you didn’t know, the cold War has been over for decades. Russia is no longer Communist. Russia is also now a Christian nation, thanks to President Putin.
Thanks for exposing yourself, useful idiot.
Republicans and their mentally disabled base are REALLY going through some stuff lately. Enjoy! I sure am ;-)
Russia is getting destroyed by Ukraine!
Putin won’t be of this Earth in the coming year. Biden has handled Russia and China like a Boss. Both are on the brink of collapse. Luckily Russia and China have you and the Republican Party to cheer them on! How’s that working out?
Observer, if you believe Putin made Russia a Christian Nation, I pray god will give you and Putin the same reward come judgment day. You should spend eternity with your hero. You know, the guy who poisons anyone he does not like, pushes his political rivals out of windows to fall to their death and imprisons people who stand up to him in concentration camps. You must be the biggest fool on this planet.
There is one, undisputed fact in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine….
Putin is a loser who is destroying Russia with every passing day. Putin exposed Russia as a toothless bear that can’t handle a small army, much less a dominating NATO, led by Biden and the USA.
Putin has ensured the USA’s place as the only true global super-power fur decades to come.
Is that why you are such a huge fan of ol’ Pooty Poot? You sad little idiot.
If war is so bad, why isn’t Ron Paul denouncing Russia for starting one?
The checks bounce when Comrade Paul say bad words of Great Putin!
Russia Ron propagandizes again.
Putin is the greatest Christian leader on planet Earth!
Why are you against Putin liberating Ukraine from democracy and freedom?
Putin embodies the values and ethics that Republicans share with America. We could learn from Putin and his great military!
Ukraine will surrender in a month and Republicans will rejoice!