In memory of Aaron Russo 1943-2007
He was and still is simply the best of the best, the man I admired most in this world. Aaron Russo truly was a hero who deserves that title as much as anyone ever has.
Though I didn’t know him personally, it hurt to hear he had passed away. I felt the great loss to the Freedom/Truth//Patriot Movement and the Ron Paul Revolution. We will miss him, but out of his passing, we can all gain strength in his memory to soldier onward to victory in the fight for freedom, truth and justice. And I believe his eternal spirit will not rest until we have finally restored our constitutional republic.
Peace and blessings be upon you Aaron. We all love you!
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‘America: Freedom to Fascism’ creator was critic of Fed, income tax, government power
WorldNetDaily | Aug 25, 2007
Longtime movie producer and 2004 Libertarian presidential candidate Aaron Russo is dead at age 64, having succumbed to cancer yesterday.
The Hollywood veteran made his name with popular films such as “Trading Places,” starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, and Bette Midler’s “The Rose.” In later years, his interests and energies turned to political activism.
Russo joined the Libertarian Party after losing the Nevada GOP gubernatorial primary to Kenny Guinn in 1998. Russo picked up 26 percent of the vote in a four-way race and planned to run an independent campaign in 2002, but was forced to pull out to concentrate on overcoming bladder cancer, which, in 2003, he said he had done.
Russo came back in 2003, launching a bid for the presidency, first as an independent and later as a Libertarian.
“I want to do what Ross Perot did, what Jesse Ventura did, and I want to come out and speak the truth – be plain-spoken, tell it like it is, and bring America back to its Constitution and Bill of Rights,” Russo said in 2003.
Both parties lie to us, he asserted, and neither follows the Constitution.
“I’m frustrated by that,” said Russo, “and want to bring freedom back to America.”
The Brooklyn native was awarded a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy and had nominations for six Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. He also was the first Hollywood movie producer to garner a $1 million fee. Additionally, he helped Bette Midler rise to stardom as her manager and created a politically oriented television program, “Aaron Russo’s Mad As Hell.”
“I believe in individual freedom,” he said. “I don’t believe in a big, monolithic state.”
Whether the leadership is Democratic or Republican, Russo contended, “you have $44 trillion in unfunded liabilities, a Federal Reserve that is broken, a situation in Iraq which I think is disgusting, and you have both parties stopping people from bearing arms. Where is that in the Constitution?”
“I believe there are millions and millions of unheard voices in America who would come out and vote for someone they believed in,” he said.
Although he was a strong critic of President Bush and the war in Iraq and remained committed to libertarian policies, Russo was one of the first to endorse Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul for the 2008 election.
But Russo was a filmmaker and wasn’t dependent on election cycles to get his message of individual liberty across.
In 2006, Russo released a documentary dealing with the Federal Reserve system, income tax and government power – “America: From Freedom to Fascism.”
The film pegs 1913 as the year the United States lost its freedom. That was the year the Federal Reserve banking system was put into place and a federal income tax was instituted.
“In 1913, America was a free country,” states capital white letters on a black background at the start of the film’s online trailer. “Then a band of powerful bankers achieved their fathers’ and great grandfathers’ goal. America has never been the same. Soon the world will not be the same.”
States one review of the film posted on its website: “Aaron Russo has earned his place in the preferred section of heaven with this film, and the nation owes him a large debt of gratitude for having produced it. Eliciting cheers and tears from the audience, ‘America: From Freedom to Fascism’ is incredibly moving and effective.”
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Aaron Russo, R.I.P.; A True Freedom Fighter Leaves Us
2007-08-25 | Aaron Russo, the freedom-loving filmmaker responsible for “America: Freedom to Fascism”, passed away yesterday after a long and courageous battle with cancer. I loved Aaron Russo and feel like the ground has been kicked out from under me at the news of his passing. I pray that he finds rest and reward for his efforts.
Aaron’s family has asked that all cards and support via US Post be sent to:
All Your Freedoms, Inc.
P.O. Box #1213
264 South La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, California 90211
If you wish to send support to the family in the form of a financial gift please do so via this link by visiting http://www.russomedicalfund.com . All funds go to Aaron’s family.
If you wish to post a message online please visit, “Tributes to Aaron’s life and legacy” at this link: http://restoretherepublic.com/forum/index.php?topic=1518.0
If you have not yet seen “America: Freedom to Fascism”, it’s just under two hours and you can watch it on-line here:
(Yes, that is me you see near the end of the film discussing RFID. My interview was filmed in the Hollywood home of Aaron and his gracious wife Heidi.)
Aaron Russo will be sorely missed. Please help us keep his memory alive by spreading the word about his important work.
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
P.S. Jim Paulson, the Minnesota coordinator for AFTF (the national group working to spread Aaron’s message, online at http://www.freedomtofascism.com ) has written this inspiring message on continuing Aaron’s fight:
A True Freedom Fighter Leaves Us
AARON RUSSO, FREEDOM FIGHTER, FILM PRODUCER, BUSINESSMAN, LOVER OF LIFE ITSELF HAS PASSED AWAY……………
I am deeply saddened to report that Aaron Russo passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. He made a most remarkable contribution to the freedom movement. He will be dearly missed.
Let’s remember the contribution that Aaron made to the business world, the movie industry and to grassroots freedom movement in uncovering for all Americans to examine — the income tax scam, the Federal Reserve, the police state. And for his contributions to the libertarian movement in America.
It is now our task, our life mission to continue to fan the fires of liberty that he started. It is up to us to continue the legacy of educating the public to the truth about America that Aaron helped to unveil. It is up to us to put Ron Paul in the White House.
It is up to us to continue to uncover the dark secrets about America; to bring them into the light of truth. It is up to us to continue to fight for the Rights that our Creator has granted us. It is up to us to remain ever vigilant so that we will remain free.
These things, I believe, is what Aaron would tell us to continue to fight for; what he would expect of us.
God Bless Aaron Russo. May he rest in Peace.
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