Friday, January 04, 2008

蘋果批 : Hope US Republicans choose Ron Paul

Our world, one led economically and militarily by the United States of America is at a crossroad. The people of America will in the coming 11 months choose a new leader to lead not only that fair nation, but in many ways, this world we all live in.

We understand as foreigners from Hong Kong China, that we have no direct leverage on the process. But we wish the people of America will at least hear a voice from a far, and understand better the hopes we have.

Today begins the process in the state of Iowa, of the two major U.S. political parties choosing their presidential candidates. We simply hope the people of America will take a little more time to listen, to what your Congressman from Texas, a Dr. Ron Paul, has to say on various issues.

The one position Ron Paul is best known for is his demand for immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. On initial inspection, this position signals weakness and abandonment. But little more closely, you will hear Paul's defense of the U.S. Congress having the monopoly power to declare war.

War requires the sacrifice of many. Without the express approval from the U.S. Congress, the branch of government with most legitimacy, parties involved including foreign allies and enemies, will doubt the American will and act accordingly. As the war in Iraq has proven, such doubt has a highly corrosive effect on the outcome. If Congress formally declares war, a President Paul will be ready to fight, but not a moment sooner.

Paul has also been criticized by his unwavering demand for the U.S. to be withdrawn from organizations such as the World Trade Organization (W.T.O.). With his critics labeling him an 'isolationist'.

But little more closely, with WTO as an example, Paul wants to pull the U.S. out not because he fears trade, but because he wants America to be engaged in free trade unilaterally. Treating all trade partners equally, and not to discriminate arbitrarily nation to nation. As the people of Hong Kong has been victims of U.S. trade policy, especially in textiles and garments, such policy will win the respect from our land. It is perhaps Paul who remembers Bastiat best, "Where goods do not cross borders, soldiers will."

On money, the Hong Kong Dollar has been pegged to the U.S. Dollar for more than 20 years. We peg our currency in order to receive the stability of the U.S. Dollar anchor. As we enter 2008, the top concern for us is the galloping inflation that is developing. We firmly believe inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon, thereby conclude the root of the current inflation lies with central bank of America, The Federal Reserve.

With our savers and pensioners in mind, Paul's demand to end the U.S. Federal Reserves' unrestricted ability to debase the currency, by returning the U.S. Dollar to a gold standard receives our most ardent support.

We hope and endorse Ron Paul for the U.S. Republican nomination.


  1. 栢文.兄....為何近來讀者的留言量急降..唔通個個去晒apple個webcam同你直接交流便少了在此發言.今天看了你有關婚宴的文章.的確,我也認為今時今日的婚宴已經變晒質.很多人唔知點解咁buy所謂的婚禮planner..甚至在台上的”司儀”係真正的司儀..他們跟新郎新娘只是賓主關係.這樣令成個婚禮冇晒heart..只像一個慈善星輝仁濟夜..形式個個一樣..坐定定.看一大堆有畫面但不知背後意義既相..聽住可能被人用過萬幾次的背景音樂....一切一切..太死板..栢文兄..我覺得..根本好多新郎新娘都忘記了自己才是主角...何況兄弟姊妹哩

  2. Yes, I too think so. I want to know the reason why. Would it be due to the expectation of HK girls? Looks grand? Really not sure.

    BTW, Pakman's English is really good. Did you spend your high school years in US or in HK? If it's the latter, are u coming from a elite secondary school? In Kowloon or HK side?


  3. WOW


  4. To 賭徒,

    The nomination process is a marathon.

    We'll see...

    The american democratic process...

    It is a true spectacle.

  5. Huck-a-beeeee FTW!

    Actually, for a fringe candidate like Ron Paul, 10% in Iowa is pretty impressive I'd say.

    He may have some great points but they are really not implementable. Except maybe the pullout from Iraq.

    Saw him in the CNN/Facebook debate today and he was basically ignored and/or laughed at.