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born August 20, 1935; American politician, physician and author

When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.
Ron Paul

It's time American soldiers quit being killed and it's time for us to quit killing a lot of other
people who have not attacked us.
Ron Paul

One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay
nearly half of everything they earn to the government.
Ron Paul

9/11 had nothing to do with Iraq. 15 of the 19 (hijackers) came from Saudi Arabia so they're
our bosom buddies and we're their best friends.
Ron Paul

I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free
society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of
all individuals, not the secrecy of government. We don't need a national ID card.
Ron Paul

I don't want us to worry about the borders between North and South Korea and between Iraq
and Syria, I want to worry about our own border.
Ron Paul

I also want to abolish the Federal Reserve... The value of our dollar and the level of our
interest rates are not supposed to be manipulated by a few members of the power elite
meeting secretly in a secret palace.
Ron Paul

By the way, when I say cut taxes, I don't mean fiddle with the code. I mean abolish the
income tax and the IRS, and replace them with nothing.
Ron Paul

Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution
for a very simple reason: It makes government bigger.
Ron Paul

We should restore the gold standard (backing dollars with gold) which Nixon ended in 1971.
Ron Paul

Few Americans understand that all government action is inherently coercive. If nothing else,
government action requires taxes. If taxes were freely paid, they wouldn't be called taxes,
they'd be called donations. If we intend to use the word freedom in an honest way, we
should have the simple integrity to give it real meaning: Freedom is living without government
coercion. So when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself
whether he is advocating more government action or less.
Ron Paul

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.
Ron Paul

When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has
three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may
benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans.
Ron Paul

No matter how well intentioned, an authoritarian government always abuses its powers.
Ron Paul

In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not
federal bureaucrats.
Ron Paul

It is not we non-interventionists who are isolationsists. The real isolationists are those who
impose sanctions and embargoes on countries and peoples across the globe because they
disagree with the internal and foreign policies of their leaders. The real isolationists are those
who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seek change through
diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example.
Ron Paul

It's a mistake to think that poor people get the benefit from the welfare system. It's a total
fraud. Most welfare go to the rich of this country: The military-industrial complex, the bankers,
the foreign dictators, it's totally out of control. This idea that the government has services or
goods that they can pass on is a complete farce. Governments have nothing. They can't
create anything, they never have. All they can do is steal from one group and give it to
another at the destruction of the principles of freedom, and we ought to challenge that
concept.
Ron Paul

Another term for preventive war is aggressive war – starting wars because someday somebody
might do something to
us. That is not part of the American tradition.
Ron Paul

Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a
tax on future generations,
and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax
hikers.
Ron Paul

Individuals are responsible for their own actions. Government cannot and should not try and
protect us from ourselves.
Ron Paul

We can achieve much more in peace than we can ever achieve in these needless,
unconstitutional, undeclared wars.
Ron Paul

How can I run for office and say I want to be a weak president? We need a strong president,
strong enough to resist
the temptation of taking power the president shouldn't have.
Ron Paul

Don't steal - the government hates competition.
Ron Paul

I voted against the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA. It's a bureaucratic
monster.
Ron Paul

Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich
people of a poor country.
Ron Paul

In the American political lexicon, "change" always means more of the same: more
government, more looting of Americans, more inflation, more police-state measures, more
unnecessary war, and more centralization of power.
Ron Paul, The Revolution: A Manifesto

I'd like to think of myself as the flavor of the decade.
Ron Paul

We need to take away the government's money power. The banking industry needs its
welfare check ended. The dollar's soundness depends on its being untied from the machine
that can make an infinite number of copies of dollars and reduce their value to zero.
Ron Paul, End the Fed

Economically, and historically, paper is not money. It can't be money. It's only money
because we're forced to
use it because there is a residual trust in the pieces of paper that
we carry around because at one time it did
have real value... History shows that people have
chosen gold first and probably silver second. They'd rather
have cigarettes than pieces of
paper.
Ron Paul, 1983

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