Roy Antoun Continues to Threaten Bay Ridge Cabal’s Status Quo Shangri-La
Brooklyn’s “Son of Liberty” is back at the keyboard, delivering another piece for reform-oriented readers in Brooklyn.
Roy Antoun, the young Republican seen by establishment leaders as one of their biggest threats, is back with a piece entitled “What We Stand For Is Only The Beginning.” In it, Antoun details his view of the reform movement in our local party and what he believes it stands for. He also takes on Commissar Craig “The Irrelevant One” Eaton for the party’s lack of transparency under his tenure as Brooklyn GOP Chairman.
It should make for some good Independence Day reading.
Here is the piece:
The Brooklyn Young Republicans and several other young activist groups often chant the tenets of “Reform” in politics; however, what does reform actually mean?
For instance, we Reformers know what we’re against, both locally and federally. We know that we’re against the status quo. We know that corporatism and socialism has been glorified as the be-all-end-all means of politicking and that is effectively wrong. We’re against high taxation and the manipulation of markets. We’re against those abroad to physically threaten our citizens and their security. We’re against a lot of things, but what are we for?
I think the Reform movement in Brooklyn can be categorized into two pinnacles of stratagem.
1) We are for Transparency.
2) We are for Limited Government.
I think these two pillars of Reform are the branches that grow from the tree of Liberty. And from those branches come the leaves, the small issues that form the synergy of the Republican Party. Let’s review.
1) When Reformers in Brooklyn speak of change or reform, transparency is, perhaps, the most important tenet of the movement. We understand that big government will not disappear overnight and that there are some in the Republican Party who, while they say they are for small government, continue to latch onto big-government Republicans and defend them to their political death simply because of the “R” next to their name (ie: The Brooklyn GOP praising Senator Brown’s election win, endorsing Michael Bloomberg, etc). Although sad, it’s true. But the least we can ask for is transparency, both within the Republican Party and in our local and federal governments. We’d like to know where money is going, and why. Is that too much to ask? For Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, perhaps it is. For Barack Obama, is most certainly is. For any individual who pretends to hold a high seat of power, you bet it is.
Take, for example, this post I came across from the popular blog, Atlas Shrugs In Brooklyn. Coming from a piece posted a little under a year ago, we find that a few thousand dollars was spent on “services” that certain individuals provided. Atlas still asks, “what are these services for and what did they provide?” As Party Chairman, it would be nice to show a little Republican transparency and release statements to show your constituency why so much money was being spent on things or people that essentially produced no result. Are principled Republicans being elected into office? Are we doing anything to rally a limited-government cause with this money? I can’t answer these questions because a lot remains hidden and a lot of donor funds remain lost in the abyss otherwise known as Craig Eaton’s stash.
Let’s even apply this concept federally. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke releases “audits” of the Federal Reserve two years late of all actions and transactions of the Fed. The audits are performed by… The Fed. Money is printed out of thin air every year by… The Fed. An agency out of control, the Federal Reserve is a Central Bank that operates in secrecy. Its very nature is the bane of any Republican’s existence; the central bank acts as central planner, regulating interest rates and determining inflation rates that never deflate. Since The Fed’s creation in 1913/ 1914, the American dollar has been devalued 97% and Republicans in Congress continue to allow it to operate as-is, except for one man, Ron Paul. But where is Senator Brown leading the charge on privatizing audits on the Federal Reserve? Where is Lindsay Graham trying to promote government transparency? Why is the Brooklyn GOP excited about big government Republicans who do nothing to protect your wallets?
2) A byproduct of transparency is limited government. Once we understand where money is flowing and going, we can begin to cut useless programs which, in return, require less money to operate. When government requires less money in the Public Sector, that means more money is flowed in the Private Sector. That means Main Street finally gets the chance it deserves and all my favorite shops and restaurants on 13th Avenue and 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn get to save more money to expand staff or property. Limited government goes one step further. Why is Obama (and Bush did this too) spending so much money on so many troops abroad? Can’t we cut back on “Defense” and use less costly strategies to find Osama Bin Laden? Can’t we focus on intelligence and Covert Operations instead of costly nation-building strategies that require massive armies?
I have zero faith in the Public Sector, as any Republican should, and I believe that privatized options always offer better services because they are not subsidized and instead rely on American ingenuity and competition. But GOP bosses (and “political consultants”) in Brooklyn don’t understand this. They support big-government mayors like Michael Bloomberg. They endorse and support candidates who sacrifice principle for meager votes, empty promises, and unconstitutional laws that deprive the very American ingenuity that made our borough, city, state, and country great. That means you, Craig Eaton. That means you, Gerry O’Brien.
So that is what we are for. We Reformers look forward to bringing principled candidates back on ballots; we want government to stay out of our private lives and maintain its basic, constitutional powers of protecting our rights to life, liberty, and property (not infringing upon them). We urge youth to become more interactive in politics because they can make a difference and indeed we already have. All the fervor, activism, and media attention we have gathered thus far is only the beginning.
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