Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ron Paul Holds Bernanke Accountable for Inflation/Dollar Devaluation

Here's Ron Paul today at Ben Bernanke's appearance before the House Financial subcommittee reminding Bernanke that the dollar has lost 99% of its value since 1913. At one point Paul pulls out a silver eagle, an ounce silver coin with a nominal face value of a dollar as legal tender, and explains that in 2006 when Bernanke took office an ounce of silver purchased 4 gallons of gas. Today, 6 years later, it would purchase 11. That, he said, is what 'real money is supposed to do,' noting the distinction between money created by 'fiat,' or government edict, and money that has its own intrinsic value.

We're three, going on four, generations removed from the 1913 agreement that started the Federal Reserve. People believe loss of value through inflation is systemic and necessary, but they have no idea WHY they believe it. People don't understand it isn't 'required.' People don't understand it doesn't HAVE to happen They expect it and plan their entire lives around it. It's the Weimar Republic effect in slow motion.

That is why Paul expends so much energy talking about devaluation and the Federal Reserve. He's trying to say, "Hey, you dopes. This national central bank is stealing your money from you and calling it a natural monetary phenomenon."

I agree that it starts being brain-hurty when Paul attempts to explain how the Federal Reserve is responsible for inflation, and how 'real' money works, but he has to do it. Every. Single. Time. Else most folks just don't get it. Sad but true.

Note: the term 'brain-hurty' is copyright protected.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

You Irrational People with your Non-Romney Votes

I saw former Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire on CNBC this morning basically calling anyone who didn't support Mitt Romney 'irrational' and implied that the party will come to its senses and ultimately choose Romney. Trouble is, he didn't sound very sure of himself as he said it. He was trying to downplay a potential Romney loss tonight in Michigan, saying it wasn't all that important or relevant. Who's he trying to fool? Himself maybe?

Establishment GOP folks like Gregg are going to fight tooth and nail the possibility of a nominee being chosen by brokered convention. They are going to lean so hard and so heavy on Santorum and Gingrich and offer so many sweetheart deals that it will be impossible for either of them to stay in. Mark my words. They will dangle all sorts of carrots in front of Paul as well. I hope his resolve holds.

I've read in many op-ed pieces, particularly in online-only publications, that Romney will offer Rand Paul the VP position on his ticket. What if Romney does pick Rand, promises to use Ron's budget, agrees to a full audit of the Federal Reserve, makes Ron his pick for Treasury Secretary, and Ron is offered a prime time speaking slot? That's about the only way this Paul supporter would go along with a Romney president. And we all know that's fantastically unlikely.  I expect that Paul will only have enough delegates to get the speaking gig and some platform concessions. 

My hope is that Paul does indeed negotiate the deal for a speaking gig and then uses it to metaphorically flip the bird to all those sell-out statists currently in office. I hope he impugns the entire corrupt political process in front of a huge international audience.

I believe he'd inspire a liberty renaissance if he did.

UPDATE: A friend on twitter, @decentralimprov, reminded me that Judd Gregg was instrumental in killing the 'real' Audit the Fed bill.  Also, I forgot that Gregg implied that Santorum was not behaving in a Christian manner in this interview.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Links for February 26th Show

All the information from today's The Valerie Sargent Martin Show from 4-6pm EST at

My Ron Paul Promo segment on the local news channel WMAZ

Previously unreleased campaign video footage on Term Limits

Link to Kevin Gutzman's biography of James Madison

Jason Downey
Macon, Georgia

Jason E. Downey is a Partner at Carr Downey, Attorneys-At-Law in Macon, GA. Jason graduated from Marshall University and was Vice President of the College Republicans while at Marshall. He graduated, from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law and is an alumni of the Youth Leadership School at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA. Jason is a proud father to Catherine Grace, 4, and husband to Connie, an educator in Jones County, Georgia. He has volunteered for many campaigns dating back to his college years in his home state of West Virginia. Jason currently serves as the Bibb County, Georgia campaign chair for Mitt Romney for President.

No Conspiracy: Ron Paul Just Dislikes Santorum

Guest Zak Carter
Ron Paul: The choice of the troops: via@wtcommunities
Video of yesterday's Veterans' March for Ron Paul. Amateur videographers doing the work the MSM refuses to do.

You ought to be outraged! MSM completely ignored 500 current and former members of our military protesting govt's foreign policy yesterday.

Ken DeLoach Candidate for Congress in GA-02
Ken DeLoach on Facebook

Epic honest mobile home commercial
Music from today's show is provided by Chris Trentham, Shawn Bray, Ethan Maas, and Pro'verb. New music courtesy of Animal Grace and the Eric Jerardi Band. Thanks to Sonny Thomas.
I'll have music from other artists soon including the following:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

How Things Get Better

Forever ago I read two books that changed my life: Dale Carnegie's 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' and Tony Robbins' 'Unlimited Power.'  The single most important thing I learned from Carnegie's book was that the sweetest sound to a person is his own name.  The single most important thing I learned from Robbin's book was that in order to achieve anything, you have to first be able to see it clearly in your mind. One book helped me to build several new and rewarding relationships. The other book made me realize that we are all limited only by our own doubts.

To all of you reading, I want us all to grow and be better. For me to be better I need to start challenging myself to trust and believe that the thing I love to do - that is, communicate with all of you - will provide for me in a way that is more consistent with my beliefs than any regular desk job could provide.

So, I'll be writing here more, and maybe doing some other things, too, to try to piece together a meaningful existence, in the hope that eventually I won't have to rely on the financial safety net of a job that is not fulfilling. This decision means soon you'll notice ads here that weren't here before. I will try to make them as unobtrusive and as helpful as possible.  But I didn't want to put them here without explaining their purpose first.


Friday, February 24, 2012

My Segment on the Local News

Here it is! My promo piece for Ron Paul that appeared on local news. I mentioned the Veterans' March for Ron Paul. Check it out and let me know what you think.

My promo for Ron Paul - A Re-enactment

So yesterday, I went to my local CBS affiliate, WMAZ, to record a promo for Ron Paul. I thought you might be interested in what I said so I made this dramatization. Hope you enjoy it.
Valerie Sargent Martin promotes Ron Paul for President
by: ValerieSM

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Valerie on Term Limits (Previously Unreleased Campaign Video)

Back in 2009 when I was running for congress in Georgia's 8th District I wanted to do a series of  'chats' on video, but there was always something 'wrong' with them (too long, too boring, lipstick on my teeth, etc.), so I never released them. There were four of them, but only one of them was ever released. Here's the first of the three of the 'never before seen' group. Here's the link to the old campaign YouTube account, too, if you want to see other videos. I'll probably publish the other two 'unreleased' videos later.

Interview with Author Kevin Gutzman re: James Madison

Kevin Gutzman was a guest with Proof Negative and me tonight at to talk about his new book James Madison and the Making of America. I'm posting a link to the interview. Kevin comes on at about the 15:00 minute mark and stays through the 91:00 minute mark.
Kevin Gutzman Discusses James Madison and the Making of America. You can find the book on at the following link: James Madison and the Making of America

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Links for Today's SUPER DUPER Brokered Convention Episode of The Valerie Sargent Martin Show

The SUPER DUPER Valerie Sargent Martin radio show happens TODAY from 4-6pm EST. Special Guest David Johnson from political PR firm Strategic Vision will discuss the likelihood of a brokered Republican Convention this summer and the history of brokered conventions. We'll also have Liberty Candidates Doug Marks and Steve Susman to talk about their respective campaigns. And Liberal Erle P. Morring says he has a plan called 'LIPS' to unveil. 

David Johnson, Strategic Vision, LLC

Steve Susman, Candidate for U.S. Congress, TX-22

Doug Marks, Candidate for Illinois State Senate District 33

Liberty Candidates Website 

Erle Morring's CampuSpeak Bio

Video from yesterday's Houston County GOP Mass Precinct Meeting, Warner Robins, Georgia

Music from today's show is provided by Chris Trentham, Shawn Bray, Ethan Maas, and Pro'verb. I'll have music from other artists soon including Mark Augustyn, Jack Witteveen, and David Lee Williams.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Follow Friday Recommendations

Today is Follow Friday (#FF) on Twitter. Normally I'm terrible at posting #FF recommendations because I think you should just follow everybody I follow. Nevertheless, I went through the trouble today to make some specific recommendations just in case anyone's interested.

Oh, and one more thing. I barely scratched the surface of who needs following, so if I left you off, don't worry. I DO really love you anyway. :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Guest Lineup for Feb 19th Radio Show

Don't miss this Sunday's 'The Valerie Sargent Martin Show.' Special Guest David Johnson from political PR firm Strategic Vision will discuss the likelihood of a brokered Republican Convention this summer and the history of brokered conventions. We'll also have Liberty Candidates Doug Marks and Steve Susman to talk about their respective campaigns. And Erle Morring will tell us why he thinks Ron Paul's PR is a 'cluster.' Sure to be an excellent two hours. 

Hope you'll join us 4-6pm Sunday at

Why This Stupid Convention Process Makes Me Crazy

Or alternatively titled "We are Our Own Worst Enemy"

A whole situation cropped up yesterday that caught me totally off-guard. I gave my opinion about strategy for our upcoming Mass Precinct Meeting here in Georgia and ended up in a three-way conference call defending myself against two people who've never even been to one before.  In the end I basically said, "You're awesome. Do whatever you want. I'm good," because, honestly, who wants to handle the administrative side of the campaign like those guys are doing at the state and local level? Been there. Done that. Hard and thankless work.

The disagreement came about because I know Ron Paul supporters are terrible at showing up at the GOP convention stuff.  It's intimidating and stressful and boring for outsiders, but Ron Paul supporters feel guilty admitting that. So folks sign up in denial, telling themselves that they'll attend. Or worse, have others sign them up, which is fair game according to GOP rules and a widely encouraged practice. But I think it's delusional to try to help put people into the convention process if they can't be counted on to just show up. It also wrenches the convention process and is disingenuous. These are my opinions based on three years of participation in past conventions and my service as an officer at the county and district level with the Georgia GOP. When I gave these opinions, though, I had no intention of trying to force anyone's hand over them.

I realize that I rub some people the wrong way, but I don't know why. I'm no threat to anyone, Nothing I'm doing is about trying to make anyone else look bad or stupid. I'm all about trying to help people be the best they can be. I know in certain people's cases there is an 'oil and water' factor at play and I'm better off trying not to mix it up.

For anybody that wonders I don't care about pissing contests. I don't care about stealing your thunder. I don't need any special recognition and I'm not trying to get any. Some people won't relate to that, but it's absolutely true. If  I'm good at what I do praise will find me all on its own. If you're good at what YOU do you shouldn't be scared of my criticism, or anyone else's.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Live-Blogging Party Mega Mix

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Ron Paul Delegate Episode - Links for Feb 12th Show

Today's 'The Valerie Sargent Martin Show' features special guest Dr. Bill Greene to discuss just what the heck delegates are and why they matter. Political Activist Ben Mihalski talks about convention shenanigans and End the Fed info.  Here are the links to today's show. I'll add music links in a separate post.

Valerie’s YouTube Channel. Has all of Valerie’s public appearances as a candidate for Congress in 2009-2010 and a more recent television appearance

Romney pic on the NYT front page shows 'victorious' Romney in front of huge Ron Paul banner.

CPAC Straw Poll Results

Guest Erle Morring’s Bio Page at Campuspeak.

Fox News’ Announcement of the Cancellation of Judge Napolitano’s ‘Freedom Watch’

Tom Woods’ ’26 Things’ Article

James Altucher ‘The #1 Most Effective Habit”

Jason Downey’s Post on Santorum’s Primary Victories and inevitable brokered convention

Fun Valentine’s Day link

Hangout  Music Fest Link

Monday, February 6, 2012

Nominating Committees and Delegates to National - My Conversation with Sue Everhart

Georgia's state GOP Chair Sue Everhart came to Houston County last weekend to speak with our local GOP.  She spoke for about twenty minutes to our group, made up mostly of legislators, elected officials, and GOP officers. During her speech Sue said bluntly that no 'new people' would be allowed to be delegates to the Republican National Convention in August. While her statement might be true in practice, I didn't think it should be an edict handed down by the Chair in the manner she stated it.

After the meeting was over I introduced myself to Sue and mentioned to her that I had run for Congress before Austin Scott got in the 8th District race back in 2010. I reminded her that I was, back then, considered a 'Tea Party' candidate, because she had mentioned during her speech that the Tea Party had helped return Republicans to their limited government roots.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Links for Today's Radio Show, February 5th

These are all the links from today's show. Don't forget to tune in from 4-6pm. www.freedomizer

Friday, February 3, 2012

Don't miss Adam Kokesh this Sunday on The Valerie Sargent Martin radio show from 4-6pm EST to discuss the Veterans March for RP (February 20th) and LibertyFest West (February 11th)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Guest Line up for this Sunday's "The Valerie Sargent Martin Show"

On this Sunday's jam-packed two hour show we'll have Nathan Cox, discussing the upcoming Veterans March in DC, Nathan Adams, to talk about Constitutional Carry legislation, and Caleb Leverett to promote LibertyFest West. Also Ric Stewart, who helped me with my congressional campaign, will be on to quiz me about current events.

Hope you'll join us 4-6pm Sunday at

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Description of the New Radio Show/Bio

Here's the description of the radio show that will be advertised at

"Valerie Sargent Martin talks politics with a Southern accent. Each week Valerie features guests who are real-world examples of people taking back their government. Valerie analyzes the week’s major news and shares her opinion on international markets, business, and public policy.  Valerie is a nationally recognized political activist and former ‘Liberty Candidate’ for U.S. Congress."

That picture is from 2010 at the Tenth Amendment Summit in Atlanta.

Here's my bio for the radio show's website:
"Valerie firmly and emphatically believes in the principles of limited government under Constitutional authority. So much so that she ran for U.S. Congress in 2010 to prove it.  Valerie was a volunteer coordinator of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in Georgia’s 8th District in 2008.  She serves as an officer in Georgia’s Republican Party at the local and state level.  Valerie is an MBA who works in information technology as a writer and business analyst. She’s also a marathoner/triathlete, wife, and mom of two."