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born August 20, 1935; American politician, physician and
When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.
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.
One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay
nearly half of everything they earn to the government.
9/11 had nothing to do with Iraq. 15 of the 19 (hijackers) came from Saudi Arabia so
our bosom buddies and we're their best friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual
for a very simple reason: It makes government bigger.
We should restore the gold standard
(backing dollars with gold) which Nixon ended in 1971.
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.
Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals
than through force of arms.
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.
No matter how well intentioned, an authoritarian government always abuses its
In the free society envisioned by the
founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not
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.
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
Another term for
preventive war is aggressive war – starting wars because someday somebody
might do something
us. That is not part of the American
future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a
tax on future
and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax
Individuals are responsible for their
own actions. Government cannot and should not try and
protect us from ourselves.
We can achieve much more in peace than
we can ever achieve in these needless,
unconstitutional, undeclared wars.
How can I run for office and say I want
to be a weak president? We need a strong president,
strong enough to
the temptation of taking power the president shouldn't have.
Don't steal - the government hates competition.
I voted against the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA. It's a
Foreign aid is
taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich
people of a poor country.
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
I'd like to think of myself as the
flavor of the decade.
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
Economically, and historically, paper
is not money. It can't be money. It's only money
because we're forced
use it because there is a residual trust in the pieces of paper
we carry around because at one time it
have real value... History shows that people have
chosen gold first and probably silver second. They'd
have cigarettes than pieces of