Obama stole my line in SOTU last night!

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IN HIS OWN WORDS: 
Jesse’s response to Obama’s State of the Union address

 

Hey, Mr. President, “We need to remain vigilant” is MY line!

You know, when I was in office – both as a mayor and a governor – I NEVER used a prepared speech. Not even for debates. When you speak the truth, you don’t need a script.

When you speak to the people who elected you, what you say should come from the heart, not from a speechwriter.

Obama not only needed a script last night to address the country, he needed to steal the best line from me!

That’s right. President Obama said – and I quote:

“We have to remain vigilant.”

Gee, where have you heard that before? He says this and then doesn’t give me any attribution.

Makes you wonder where he stole the rest of his speech from, doesn’t it?

#StayVigilant

 

On Pete Seeger’s Legacy 1919 – 2014

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IN HIS OWN WORDS: Jesse Ventura says Pete Seeger was the original voice of protest.

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A man who not only used music to bring the world together, but a man of great integrity, a true activist who popularized the phrase “We Shall Overcome.”

A man who was involved and deeply embedded in the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement of the 60s, and even Occupy Wall Street.

A man who embodied what it means to be a true American: to stand up for what you believe is right, and to stand up for the rights of others.

Thank you to the vigilant man who influenced and inspired so many generations to do the right thing.

As this great man implied, words inspire but actions speak louder than words.

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Broadcasting from Off The Grid

MONDAY marks the premiere of my online show “Off The Grid” on Ora.

Many people have asked me, “Governor, what made you decide to do an internet show?”

Well, when I was in New York on my book tour for DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government, I was a guest on Larry King’s show “Politicking.” We got to talking, as we usually do, and he explained to me that the internet gives him freedom he never had on cable, and I thought, that’s what it would take for me to go back on the air: complete freedom to report what I want, how I want, without any corporations telling me what to do for the sake of advertisers or ratings.

The American people deserve to know more about what’s really going on in the world. And it’s your right to know what’s really going on.

Justin Bieber has no right to make the news. He isn’t news.

What’s going on in the Ukraine right now? That’s news.

The fact that the company responsible for two chemical spills in West Virginia’s drinking water is trying to skirt out of lawsuits by claiming bankruptcy? That’s news.

I’m filming my show from undisclosed locations that really are off the grid so no one can shut me down.

For those who are my age and still remember “Radio Free America” – I’m broadcasting my show “Off The Grid” in much the same way. “Radio Free America” was known as “Pirate Radio” because it was broadcast on a ship at sea so the FCC couldn’t control what they said on the air.

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After the Iron Curtain fell over Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe, “Radio Free Europe” and “Radio Liberty” played a vital role in broadcasting news and opinion to people deprived of the truth by censorious governments. Nobel laureate and Poland freedom fighter Lech Walesa said that the importance of “Radio Free Europe” is something that “cannot even be described. Would there be earth without the sun?”

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Much like broadcasting a radio show over the iron curtain into East Berlin, I’ll be broadcasting the truth over the iron curtain that is mainstream media into occupied America.

This also gives me a unique perspective about the news because I’m not tainted by what’s going on in the states. I won’t be covering something because every other news network is covering it. I’ll be researching what’s really important.

I’m excited to hear your opinions on the controversial topics I plan on covering. You can view my weekly schedule here. Governor Gary Johnson and Ron Paul will be my guests this week. Just wait to you hear what they have to say about politics in Washington and what’s really going on behind-the-scenes.

And if you want to join in on the conversation, I’ll be answering your questions in a segment called #AskJesse – you can call in anytime on (210) 80-AskJV to ask me anything.

I’ve never enjoyed any job more in my life than the one I have now.

Until next time, stay vigilant.

Peace,

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Gov. Jesse Ventura
#StayVigilant

The Civil Rights Movement of 2014

I know I usually have something new to say, but in this instance, my opinions haven’t changed since this video. I was proud to be a part of this movement in Minnesota. 

TODAY, I can’t help but think about civil liberties. When I call for a revolution in this country, I am calling for a revolution of thought, a revolution of ideas. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew quite a bit about that.

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The Civil Rights movement was a nonviolent revolution in our country, and if you were alive to witness it, you’d know it was a grassroots movement that built momentum across our great nation. The Civil Rights movement of the 60s forever changed the perception of “separate but equal” to “all are created equal.” It was not—and still is not—an easy accomplishment, but it is one that now defines all generations.

Today, we have come a long way, but we still haven’t come far enough to ensure all citizens receive equal rights, as stated under the 14th Amendment.

The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should be a guaranteed right for every ethnicity and every culture as well as every person, regardless of sexual orientation or preference.

I think it’s easy for me to look at gay rights objectively because I’m an atheist. I don’t have a book dictating to me that some people have a right to get married and some people don’t. I don’t have that prejudice in my heart. I don’t look at same sex marriage as a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. I look at it as a civil rights issue, because that’s exactly what it is. The majority is denying the minority the basic right of falling in love and officially stating that they want to live together as a couple, as a family unit, as legal partners.

Those same Tea Party-types, who are always harping about how we need LESS Government, are actually the ones really pushing for MORE Government by trying to legislate what people can and can’t do with their personal lives. The hypocrisy is astounding.

I am asking the American people to be objective, to be fair, to do what’s right. You don’t have to agree with someone else’s choices, but those choices are that person’s right to make.

Who gives you the right to decide for someone else who they can fall in love with? You do NOT have that right.

What gives the government the right to decide who can and can’t get married? The government does NOT have that right.

Don’t deny people the right to live as the Bill of Rights and the Constitution intended us all to live: as equals.

Peace,

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Gov. Jesse Ventura
#StayVigilant

#EducateYourself

I’M STARTING this blog post with a question: Why did 3.2 million Americans tune in to watch Honey Boo Boo’s parents get married?

Of all the shows on television, that’s what you choose to watch? I keep saying that the mainstream media and the news channels don’t report the news. That they’re based solely on ratings, what their corporate sponsors want them to report on, and of course, they all take orders from the bigwigs upstairs.

But people, we are part of the problem here. If 3.2 million Americans tuned in to watch a reality show, which — spoil alert — is as real as wrestling, then what do you think will be the main topic of discussion tomorrow morning on all the news channels? Mainstream media reports entertainment news, what they know will sell, instead of focusing on reality.

Everyone always asks me, “Governor, do you really live off the grid? What the heck do you do down there, without TV? Don’t you get bored?”

The short answer is no, I’m never bored. I wake up every day, unplugged from the rat race. I call it recharging my brain. It’s the best life: I eat fresh fish, caught the same day, and vegetables that come straight from the ground, without GMOs or preservatives. I get my electricity from the sun, and I get the best exercise of my life on my surfboard.

But what I really look forward to is reading. I live half the year in Mexico, and for the six months I’m down here, I read. I read about 20 books every winter. And every winter, I read more books than in my entire school career. I read non-fiction books on interesting topics that relate to history and real issues, and I find the information to be truly fascinating and eye-opening.

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I think it’s incumbent upon all of us as American citizens to pay attention. You know, you have time to watch baseball, you have time to watch football, you have time to watch Honey Boo Boo’s parents get married, but I think we’re losing a knowledgeable public at the same time. We’ve got to get people back on track, paying attention, because if you don’t pay attention to what your government is doing, you’re going to pay some dire consequences for it. Government shutdown? The TPP? Need I say more? (If you don’t know what TPP means, time to Google.)

I always aspire to live by simple quotes that everyone should heed. Like: “Dissension is the greatest form of patriotism.” I truly believe that. If you don’t hold our elected officials accountable, if you don’t pay attention to what they’re doing, then you are going to get bad government.

If you don’t already know, find out who your elected officials are and look into what they stand for. Take your right to vote seriously. If 42 percent of Americans really consider themselves politically independent, then I want to see less DemoCRIP and ReBLOODlican gang members elected in 2014 and 2016. I want to see actions speak louder than words in this country. I want to see a revolution!

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So if you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolution or you never got around to making one, make a commitment to educate yourself on what’s really going on in our country. If you need some guidance, I’ve posted some of my favorite library books here.

Peace,

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Gov. Jesse Ventura
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Edward Snowden is a Patriot

LAST WEEK, I posted an article on my Facebook page that discusses how The New York Times and The Guardian called for Edward Snowden’s clemency in an editorial. Although Snowden technically broke the law by revealing the NSA’s classified documents, the editorial boards argued that he provided an important service to the American people by exposing the illegal actions of the NSA. In essence, the ends justified the means and therefore Obama should pardon Snowden instead of punishing him as a traitor.

I felt compelled to post that article on Facebook because I have always believed Snowden was a patriot in every sense of the word. When I speak about dissent, when I speak about exposing the truth, most people think it’s easy for me because of who I am…but it’s never been easy.

The mainstream media’s first reaction to a whistleblower, or anyone who brings to light something mainstream reporters don’t know, is to marginalize that person. Whether reporters feel their jobs are threatened or it crushes their pride that someone had intel they were completely unaware of (and it’s their job to know)—whatever the reason—they completely shrug you off like you’re a nut (often in my case) or a traitor (like in Edward Snowden’s case).

Many of my fans commented on my Facebook post, stating that the call for clemency is a trap. That Obama is in on this—that he is trying to bait Snowden to come back home so he can be arrested. Well, that’s a classic ops move, and that would make for one hell of a conspiracy theory. Could you imagine, all those people at The New York Times and The Guardian would have to be in on it! Well, I will tell you this: it could be possible. Our own president was murdered in plain sight and all evidence was ignored or disappeared, and many witnesses “mysteriously” died, so yeah, I believe anything is possible and I was proud to see so many fans question the media to that extent.

BUT—what I would like to believe is that the reporters at The New York Times and The Guardian have finally opened their eyes. I would like to believe that this is the first step in getting the media back to being the watchdog, back to being the 4th branch of government that looks underneath the rug and then breaks through the floorboards to get to whatever is in the basement. That they are finally putting their pride and jealousy aside and welcoming Snowden as a truth teller, a man with a conscience, a man who puts the love of his country before his own personal safety. Edward Snowden is what every investigative journalist should aspire to be and maybe, just maybe, they are inspired to become more like him.

At the end of the day, Snowden’s conscience couldn’t live with what the NSA is doing, and that’s a big deal. The NSA and other branches of the government are clearly brainwashing and threatening employees to believe that if they speak out against something that’s obviously wrong then they’re traitors, they’ll be put in jail, and the government will destroy everything they love. That’s the definition of bullying and Snowden stood up to the biggest bully of them all—and if this call for clemency is really sincere, then Snowden is definitely winning against all odds.

Remember: just because it isn’t in the news anymore, that doesn’t mean it stopped. Something like wiretapping every citizen is still going on and excuse me but didn’t Nixon get impeached for Watergate!? How can a president be fired for something the NSA is doing every day, and continues to do!?

Clemency aside, make a pact to support Edward Snowden. There’s a judge on our side who determined the NSA unconstitutional, and then there’s another judge who is against us. So it’s a battle. Remember Syria? Call, harass annoy until these representatives face the truth: when something’s wrong, it’s wrong. When something’s illegal, it’s illegal. When something’s unconstitutional—you guessed it—it’s unconstitutional.

The NSA doesn’t get any special privileges. Edward Snowden is my personal hero, and Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are right up there with him.

Peace,

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Gov. Jesse Ventura

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