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Old 09-29-2006, 10:12 AM
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... so long as you can overlook his political overtones?

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I recently read a newspaper column by John Stossel (one of my only heroes in the American media). His commentary was right on the money. He wrote about the ever-expanding "Nanny State" that American government has become. His example centered on a new Chicago law that bans restaurants from serving foie gras (duck liver pate). How absurd! How anti-American. Has anyone ever heard of freedom of choice? Not only is this absurd law a violation of my freedoms as a consumer and restaurant patron- it also encourages Americans to lose respect for the law. Consumers who have never even thought of eating fois gras, will now order it just to be hip, to exercise their freedom, or to thumb their nose at our idiotic nanny-state government. Once again, political leaders (usually liberal do-gooders trying to stuff their beliefs down my throat) have cow-towed to powerful special interest groups to gain votes and support. In this case it is ultra- liberal Illinois politicians doing the bidding of the animal-rights fanatics (PETA and other extremist liberal groups).
But this hypocritical pandering to limit our freedoms- conducted only to win elections- is committed by BOTH sides on the political aisle. The foie gras ban is minor compared to the pandering going on right now by Republican Senators and Congressman on the issue of online gaming. This intolerant, hypocritical and pathetic piece of Nanny State legislation is a disgrace to the limited government roots (excuse the pun by this ROOT) of the GOP and my all-time political hero Ronald Reagan. I became a Republican because I wanted government bureaucrats out of my hair and out of my life. Now some out-of-touch, intolerant "Nanny State" politicians...that have little or no understanding of the Internet...and have never made a bet in their lives (that is of course their choice- and I respect that)...have decided that the way for the GOP to win this election is to pander to extremist religious zealots that can't stand to see any of us enjoy life (if it doesn't fit their definition of "right" or moral). Never lose sight of the fact that before these morality dictators decided to set their sights on gambling, their religious zealot forefathers wanted to ban dancing and drinking. Their fathers and grandfathers were the architects of the single biggest political blunder in U.S. history- Prohibition. Their blunder caused a dramatic increase in vice, a dramatic increase in political corruption, and the birth of organized crime. Yes, the very religious zealots trying to save America by banning alcohol, actually brought us Al Capone, Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegal and the Gambino Crime Family. So much for naïve do-gooders- they'll bury you every time!

These moral dictators out to save you and me by banning the "sin" of gambling are out of touch with reality. Americans LOVE to gamble. The U.S. Congress Gambling Impact study reported a few years back that Americans spend over $380 Billion dollars on sports gambling alone- making it bigger than the U.S. auto industry! More money is spent annually by Americans on gambling than movies, music, books, videos and DVD's combined! NOTE TO GOP POLITICIANS: Americans have voted resoundingly with their pocketbooks- they want the freedom to gamble. It's a fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans are comfortable with gambling- our ancestors gambled with their very lives by escaping to a new land called America; anyone who buys a home is making the biggest bet of their financial lives on the direction of housing prices and interest rates; anyone that buys stocks on Wall Street is a huge gambler- risking losing their life savings or retirement money on the direction of stocks (see the collapse of Internet stocks in 2000; or the implosion of Enron, Tyco, WorldCom and many others in recent years); and in this nation of entrepreneurs, anyone that puts their life savings on the line to open a small business is the biggest gambler of all. Yet online gambling provides the strongest evidence yet- despite the fact that America is one of only a handful of countries in the world that considers online gambling to be illegal, Americans spend 60% or more of the global gambling dollars online- we're the biggest gamblers in the world! Kind of reminds you of PROHIBITION, doesn't it?

We are a nation of gamblers. Always have been, always will be. It was Pilgrim gamblers that left Europe to found America (in the name of freedom). Lotteries helped to fund the original colonies of the United States of America- even George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were known to wager on those lotteries! It was daring gamblers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin that risked their lives and fortunes to start the American Revolution against the most powerful army in the world (in the name of freedom). It was frontier Riverboat gamblers that tamed the Wild West. It was entrepreneurial gamblers that created the Internet (and were rewarded for their big risks with billions of dollars during the Internet boom). It was a gutsy gambler from Texas by the name of George W. Bush that took a wild political gamble by attacking Iraq- without waiting for permission from the rest of the world. Gambling is in our blood- that's the very quality that makes America the greatest nation the world has ever known. We are rebels. We are rule-breakers. We are dice-rollers. We are cowboys forever roaming and conquering the wild frontier- craps games, and poker included. We are leaders- not followers afraid of our own shadow (think France). America is a nation of bold dreamers and risk-takers who don't understand the word "impossible." Those who succeed (entrepreneurs, business owners, business leaders) are world-class risk-takers. A willingness to gamble is the necessary ingredient to achieving success.

Now some straight-laced, out-of-touch, moral-majority fanatics who have never made a bet (which means they understand nothing about success) want to tell me what I'm allowed to do in the privacy of my own bedroom, or on my own computer, with my own money! They want to police cyber-space. They want to limit my freedoms and choices. They want to rule my life- even though my choice to make a bet online does not affect their lives in any way. Or perhaps it does- perhaps these moral busybodies are unhappy that anyone else is having fun? Perhaps they are annoyed that I'm enjoying my freedoms just a tad too much for their tastes? You know what we call people like this in the Middle East? The Taliban. Well I happen to like gambling. And I believe in freedom. Freedom is precisely why we fought the American Revolution. Freedom was why we fought the Civil War, two World Wars, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, the war in Iraq, and the war on terrorism. In each case, we fought for freedom- the freedom of slaves, the freedom of Jews in concentration camps, the freedom of Kuwait, the freedom of the Iraqi people, and even the freedom of Muslims enslaved and terrified by Islamic radicals trying to control their lives, enslave their minds, and impose their intolerant ideas and laws. American boys die every day in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect the freedom of Muslim strangers. Yet back home in America, our own version of intolerance is alive and well. Our own homegrown version of anti-gambling zealots and moralizers, thought police, and intolerant Nanny State hypocrites tries to impose their vision of right and wrong on Americans - even if it infringes on my choices and freedom. Freedom- by the way- is the reason I joined the Republican Party- freedom from Big Brother (big government), bureaucrats, and the Nanny State.

As the author of the # 1 Amazon Best-Selling book "Millionaire Republican," I am one of America's most passionate and high profile Republican activists. I will always be a Republican. I will never leave my party. The problem is that I fear my party is leaving me. I'm sorry to say that the Republican Party of limited government is gone (at least for the moment). In its place is a party willing to trample the rights and freedoms of individual Americans (just as Liberal Democrats have always tried to trample the rights of businessmen and entrepreneurs). The party of limited government wants to install the Nanny State. They want to tell over 20 million American online poker players and sports gamblers what to do in the privacy of their bedroom, on their own computer, with their own money (with what's left after paying taxes). But here's the rub- my neighbor playing online poker in his pajamas doesn't affect me in any way. It doesn't hurt me in any way. It doesn't hurt any Congressman or U.S. Senator in any way. Many Americans get in their cars while intoxicated and maim or kill others- yet alcohol is legal. Heck, alcohol companies seem to buy half the ads on American television. Coors is the NFL! But in the history of this world, no one has ever been charged with "driving while gambling." No one has ever been injured or killed by my decision to make a bet online. My decision to gamble does not endanger or bother or affect in any way either friends, neighbors or strangers. The decision to gamble with my hard-earned money (online or otherwise) is my business and only my business.

Here in my home state of Nevada, gamblers have been playing horses, sports, craps, blackjack and poker for decades- and Nevada has not fallen off the edge of the earth (not yet anyway). God has not struck us down (no natural disasters of any kind have ever befallen Las Vegas- no fires, floods, earthquakes, tornados or hurricanes). The earth hasn't opened up and swallowed Nevada whole. As a matter of fact, gambling has been a boon to Nevada. Nevada is the # 1 fastest-growing state in America for 19 consecutive years; Las Vegas the # 1 fastest growing city for 19 consecutive years; Nevada leads the nation every year in a multitude of categories from job growth to housing starts to small business creation! More proof that Americans love gambling and limited government (gambling revenues in Nevada allow our state to feature the ultimate Republican style of government: zero state income taxes, zero business tax, zero inheritance tax). Nor has any harm come to England- where online gaming is legalized, regulated and taxed- thereby producing millions in new taxes. Yet these self-deputized "Nanny State police" want to tell untold millions of American male sports fans whether we have the right (or the freedom) to bet on a game or not. Most Americans disagree strongly- a USA Today survey reported recently that more than 1 out of 2 American adults made a bet on sports in the past year. As I write this commentary, I'm watching Denver play New England on NBC's Sunday Night Football. I'm only watching it because I've bet on Denver (plus 6 1/2 points). Without the bet, I could not care less about the game. Gambling on sports is my chosen form of entertainment. I've done it for 20 years- and I have yet to hurt a single human being with my choice of leisure entertainment. Not one, not once. My choice has not affected a single soul on this planet. Imagine that? I can make a wager on the Denver Broncos and no one in Washington D.C. is hurt! No one in Peoria is affected. No one at the Vatican even knew about it (until now). How can that be possible? The thought police must be notified. Ah but there's a catch- I made my bet LEGALLY at a Las Vegas casino.

But what's the difference between a bet made at a Vegas casino...or online? Why is one "good" and legal...while the other is "bad" or illegal? Who has decided that tribal casinos growing and expanding faster than weeds across America are "good" while online gambling is "bad?" Who has decided that online Horserace gambling is "good," but online poker is not? Who has decided that online Lotteries are "good," but online sports betting is not? Who has decided that sports gambling is bad, but betting on fantasy football is good? Who makes these decisions? Who determines what is legal and what is not? The answer is corrupt politicians and lobbyists pandering to special interests. Perhaps people like Jack Abramoff? Remember Jack? He was the morally corrupt lobbyist that pretended to be fighting the spread of tribal casinos- while he was actually taking TENS of millions of dollars in fees from another tribal casino to cripple the competition. That's "morality" in D.C. That's how decisions that affect my freedoms (and yours) are made every day in Washington. Politicians that represent states with tribal casinos, horserace tracks with slot machines, and state lotteries just happen to think online gaming is a sin (perhaps because it cuts into the profits of the gaming companies that pay huge contributions to those same Senators). Senators that claim to be against online gaming, just happen to accept big donations from billionaires that own Horserace tracks in their state. Suddenly online Horseracing is exempted. Senators that represent states with Lotteries that bring in hundreds of millions in tax revenues just happen to be moral crusaders against online gaming- and suddenly online lotteries are exempted. Senators (like Majority Leader Bill Frist) who have dreams of becoming President of the United States and can only keep their flickering hopes alive by pandering to religious zealots who hate gambling, just happen to become sudden converts to the idea of an online gaming ban. States like Louisiana that issue arrest warrants against the CEO's of legal publicly-traded online gaming companies in England- just happen to be protecting the interests of a new racetrack with slot machines in guess where? Louisiana- what a surprise! What a coincidence. It's all so evil, cynical and corrupt, it makes gambling seem pure and saintly by comparison. I'll take Las Vegas any day over the hypocrites that populate Washington D.C. In Las Vegas gamblers wager millions of their own dollars and religious zealots call that evil. In Washington D.C. politicians who call themselves moral and "men of faith" gamble trillions of dollars- and it's not even their own money! THEY GAMBLE AND WASTE OUR MONEY!

Here's the upshot my fellow Americans and Millionaire Republicans. Prohibition failed miserably the first time around. You cannot tell free men what to do with their own lives and money. Or how to entertain themselves. The fact is- it's none of your business how I choose to entertain myself, or how I choose to spend my money, or what I choose to do in my bedroom, or what I choose to do on my own computer. It is not government's job to try to protect me (or save me). As Ronald Reagan said, "The 9 worst words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." No thanks, I don't need or want your help. I've done just fine by myself for 45 years! My Republican Libertarian philosophy is simple: Anything the government tells me- assume the opposite is true. Any time the government chooses to protect me- run for the hills. Anything the government tries to do- protect the people of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina; provide armor and vests to our soldiers in Iraq; provide entitlements to the poor; tax businessmen like me for the "good" of society; raise my individual taxes in the interest of "fairness"- no matter what is, assume the government is wrong, they will fail miserably compared to the individual or private sector, and it has nothing to do with fairness. They just want more of our money- and they require a good "cover story" to get it.

The government will fail miserably in their attempt to ban online gaming too. The genie is out of the bottle. The train has left the station. You can't stop American men (and a few women too) from doing what they love to do- betting on sports or playing poker online. You can't control our minds. You can't control our computers. You can't control our wallets. There is only one solution- freedom. Legalize online gaming, regulate it, and tax it. Then watch the billions of new tax dollars flow in- money to pay for homeland security, education, deficit reduction, and gambling addiction programs. If you ban it- the tax dollars disappear; the gambling addiction problem moves underground and worsens; the profits go to organized crime; and just like during Prohibition- normally law-abiding American citizens lose respect for the law. The longer this idiotic and misguided attempt to ban online gambling goes on, the more I think that organized crime is behind it all (after all, they are the biggest beneficiaries of a ban). Perhaps we should name this ban The Sopranos Support Bill. Makes you think, huh? Moral and mafia both begin with the same letter M. Coincidence?

I love my Republican Party. For those right-wing extremists who do not get it- this commentary is not an attack on the GOP. I'm a loyal Republican trying to save the GOP (from ourselves). Millions of Americans vote Republican because they do not like or trust government. They want smaller government, reduced bureaucracy, lower spending and lower taxes. They stand for freedom- individual rights, states rights, and personal responsibility. These are traditional GOP values. Barry Goldwater was the father of the Conservative movement- he was a Libertarian Republican who despised big government. He believed that individuals should be free to make their own decisions. Goldwater would never have supported the expansion of government (or the GOP) into the Nanny State. Ronald Reagan was a disciple of Barry Goldwater and the father of modern Conservatism. He too despised big government and dedicated his life to expanding freedom for all Americans. Goldwater and Reagan were the architects of the current GOP political dominance. If not for them, today's Republican Party would not control Congress, Senate, Presidency, a majority of Governorships and state legislatures. Yet despite all that success (or perhaps because of it), the GOP has strayed far from its roots. We did not build our foundation of political success and dominance on issues such as online gaming, assisted suicide (Terri Schiavo), stem cell research or gay rights. We built it by supporting smaller government, reduced spending, reduced bureaucracy, and tax cuts. Those are the core values of the GOP. Those are the reasons we emerged from the "political wilderness" to gain power. It is time to return to our core values before we kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Americans love freedom- we wage wars and risk our sons and daughters lives in the name of freedom. If Americans perceive the GOP as the party limiting their freedoms and choices in life, we will once again become a minority party. Online gaming is just a small issue- but it represents a gigantic struggle for the soul of the Republican Party. I intend to lead the fight in the name of my heroes Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. The battle has just begun.


Wayne Allyn Root is a Jewish Republican activist, a future Republican candidate for United States Senate in Nevada, creator of www.MillionaireRepublican.com, and author of the # 1 Amazon Best-Selling book MILLIONAIRE REPUBLICAN.

Originally Published September 28 2006 - 2.15pm EST - TheOnlineWire.com
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:33 PM
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SPoken like a true online gaming whore.

<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote>You can't control our minds. You can't control our computers. You can't control our wallets. There is only one solution- freedom. Legalize online gaming, regulate it, and tax it.</end quote></div>



Can't control but can regulate and tax-hilarious-can you see it now-Hey Calvin how much we sending the Italian gov't this month!??!?!??!?!
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:40 PM
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If I wanted to read his stuff I'd go there but thanks for the post Gypsy.

Blah blah blah blah blah.

Does make me wonder how he would like someone force feeding him till he couldnt walk anymore.
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Old 09-29-2006, 02:38 PM
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Cliff notes please, man that's a long post.. [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif[/img]
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:11 PM
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A true blowhard... he could go far in politics. Needs to learn to spell "kow-tow" in order for that to happen, though--it's a key ingredient in the right mix for success!
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:35 PM
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Roberto didn't write it Clev, Wayne Root did.

I think Root did well on the "Outside the Lines" show, but this is just way too long and rambling, imo.
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Old 09-29-2006, 08:46 PM
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Well, I did say it was long ... and warned of his political prattling [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif[/img]

Being so close to all of this I found it funny and enjoyed seeing his frustrations.

I'll spare you guys of anymore rants like this tho, and try to keep them more germane [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif[/img]
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I fail to see what is wrong with this rant by Mr Root. I am no fan of his, but, it sounds good to me.
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Wayne Allyn Root is a Jewish Republican activist

why mention he's jewish? what does that have to do with anything?
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