NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden donated to Ron Paul in 2012
An exclusive from fellow RedStateEclectic blogger Angela Thornton Canny reveals that the whistleblower in the center of the massive blockbuster leaks regarding the NSA’s outrageous spy programs—Edward Snowden—is a possible Ron Paul supporter.
That would make it the second consequential leak in recent history committed by courageous libertarians (the first being Bradley Manning).
“Well, it should go without saying, [Obama] has gone way too far. It should also go without saying, he’s acting with the use of illegal violence. I’ve always assumed the line in the sand will be drawn, if the federal agent marches in, unannounced and they say, well give me your gun and give me your gold. I don’t think we’ll do that, calmly. I think the American people will highly resent it and resist.”
— Ron Paul on the talk of an executive order to restrict gun ownership.
In Ron Paul’s time in Congress, he now believes that the Military Industrial Complex and the Banking Industry and the most powerful, dangerous special interest in America.
While spending several decades in and out of Washington, Ron Paul believes that welfare is currently more of a problem being given to large corporations and other special interests. While it may not be in this interview, Paul has warned that the US is traveling down the road to Fascism — extreme nationalism, militarism, centralization of power, and corporatism. Unlike Paul, I would argue we’re already there.
In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues. Wars are constant and pursued without Congressional declaration, deficits rise to the sky, poverty is rampant and dependency on the federal government is now worse than any time in our history.
All this with minimal concerns for the deficits and unfunded liabilities that common sense tells us cannot go on much longer. A grand, but never mentioned, bipartisan agreement allows for the well-kept secret that keeps the spending going. One side doesn’t give up one penny on military spending, the other side doesn’t give up one penny on welfare spending, while both sides support the bailouts and subsidies for the banking and corporate elite.
Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech to Congress, Nov. 14, 2012 (transcript)
He covers a lot. Here’s his closing statement:
To achieve liberty and peace, two powerful human emotions have to be overcome. Number one is “envy” which leads to hate and class warfare. Number two is “intolerance” which leads to bigoted and judgmental policies. These emotions must be replaced with a much better understanding of love, compassion, tolerance and free market economics. Freedom, when understood, brings people together. When tried, freedom is popular.
The problem we have faced over the years has been that economic interventionists are swayed by envy, whereas social interventionists are swayed by intolerance of habits and lifestyles. The misunderstanding that tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals making their own choices. Both sides use force to deal with these misplaced emotions. Both are authoritarians. Neither endorses voluntarism. Both views ought to be rejected.
I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out “the plain truth of things.” The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people world-wide, is to pursue the cause of liberty.
If you find this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land.
“If Republicans don’t understand the important aspects of what Ron Paul is saying, we won’t be able to exist as a party, certainly not a majority party.”
Senator Jim Demint
I’m so glad I no longer associate with the Republican Party. Growing up I identified myself as a conservative because I believe in limited government. It only took me a few months after getting into politics and doing my own research that the Republican Party was NOT the party of limited government. The GOP is increasingly more irrelevant with every passing year. Social conservatism is dying. Ron Paul has sewed the seeds of liberty into the upcoming generation of thinkers and creators. Now we just have to sit back and watch as the two-party system cannabalizes itself. Soon, liberty will be the only political party merely through process of elimination.
This past Saturday Students For Liberty’s first Regional Conference of the season kicked off at Michigan State University! We had over 100 attendees who came together to network and discuss all things liberty! U.S. Congressman and fellow liberty-lover Justin Amash delivered a wonderful speech about his influences and how they play a part in how he represents his district.
This was a great beginning to the fall RC season. If you are interested in attending one near you then make sure to check out this link and register ASAP! It’s a great day of liberty, free food, drinks and wonderful conversation.
“We used to say most people found libertarianism by reading Ayn Rand,” said David Boaz of the Cato Institute, a libertarian research organization in Washington. “In the last five years, most people have found libertarianism by listening to Ron Paul.”
“The Fed is a creature of statute, and Congress has both the authority to audit it and the responsibility to oversee it. A fiscal audit of the Fed is not in itself objectionable — the problem is having Congress insert itself into the Fed’s internal monetary-policy deliberations, which are for very good reason insulated from the political process.”
A laughable quote from this piece on Ron Paul’s “Audit the Fed” bill.
This guy really thinks we’re going to believe that the Fed’s actions over the last century have been apolitical? Nothing about the Fed is “insulated” from the political process. It is literally printing money and bailing out corporations and banks that have political connections. Come back to reality.