Congressman Ron Paul - House of Representatives
203 Cannon - Washington D.C. 20515
If we stuck to the Constitution as written, we would have: no federal
meddling in our schools; no Federal Reserve; no U.S.membership in the
UN; no gun control; and no foreign aid. We would have no welfare for
big corporations, or the "poor"; no American troops in 100 foreign
countries; no Nafta, Gatt, or "fast-track"; no arrogant federal judges
usurping states rights; no attacks on private property; and no income
tax. We could get rid of most of the cabinet departments, most of the
agencies, and most of the budget. The government would be small,
frugal, and limited.
That system is called liberty. It's what the Founding Fathers gave us.
Under liberty, we built the greatest, freest, most prosperous, most
decent country on earth. It's no coincidence that the monstrous growth
of the federal government has been accompanied by a sickening decline in
living standards and moral standards. The feds want us to be hamsters
on atreadmill--working hard, all day long, to pay high taxes, but
otherwise entirely docile and controlled. The huge, expensive, and
out-of-control leviathan that we call the federal government wants to
run every single aspect of our lives.
Well, I'm sorry, but that's not America. It's not what the Founders
gave us. It's not the country you believe in. It's not the country I
believe in. So, on that TV
interview, I emphasized not only the
attacks on our property, but also the decline of our civil liberties, at
the hands of the federal police. There are not supposed to be any
federal police, according to the Constitution.
Then I really went over the line. I talked about the Waco massacre.
Bill Clinton and Janet Reno claim those 81 church members, including 19
children, burned down their own church and killed themselves, and good
riddance. So they put few survivors on trial, and threw them in prison
for 40 years.
We're not supposed to remember that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and
Firearms--talk about an unconstitutional agency--rather than arrest
David Koresh on his regular morning jog, called in the TV
big publicity bonanza, and sent a swat team in black masks and black
uniforms to break down his front door, guns blazing. They also sent in
a helicopter gunship, to shoot at the roof of a church full of innocents.
The Branch Davidians resisted, and after a heartless siege of almost two
months, and after cutting off food, water, and electricity, and playing
horrible rock and roll through huge speakers 24 hours a day, the feds
sent in the tanks to crush the walls of the church, and inject poisonous
gas is banned under the Paris Convention on Chemical Warfare.
The U.S. could not use it in a war. But it could and did use it against
After the tanks did their work on the church, the place burst into
flame, and all 81 people--men, women, children, and babies -- were
incinerated in a screaming horror. Did some feds set the fire? Did the
gas ignite, since without electricity, the parishioners
were using lanterns? Did a tank knock over a lantern, striking one of
the bales of hay being used against the thin walls as a "defense"
against bullets? Or did the Davidians, as Clinton and Reno claim, kill
A new documentary- -Waco: The Rules of Engagement-- may show, through
FLIR infrared photography, FBI snipers killing the Davidians by shooting
through the back of the church, where no media cameras were allowed.
This film won a prize at the famed Sundance Film Festival. It was made
by people who took the government's side, until they investigated.
Whatever the truth, there's no question that an irresponsible federal
government has innocent blood on its hands, and not only from Waco. And
the refusal of corrupt and perverse liberals to admit it means nothing.
In my r~interview, in answer to a caller's question, I pointed out that
Waco, and the federal murders at Ruby Ridge-- especially the FBI
sniper's shot that blasted apart the head of a young mother holding her
baby-- caused many Americans to live in fear of federal power. Then I
uttered the sentiment that caused the media hysteria: I said that a lot
of Americans fear that they too might be attacked by federal swat teams
for exercising their constitutional rights, or merely for wanting to be
Whoa! You've never seen anything like it. For days, in an all-out
assault, I was attacked by Democrats, unions, big business,
establishment Republicans, and-- of course-- the media, in Washington
and my home state of Texas. Newspapers foamed at the mouth, calling me a
"right-wing extremist." (Say, isn't that what George III called Thomas
I was even blamed for the Oklahoma City bombing! And by the way, I
don't believe we've gotten the full truth on that either. All my many
opponents were outraged that a Congressman would criticize big
government. "If you don't like Washington, resign!" said a typical
big-city newspaper editorial.
But the media, as usual, were all wet. (Do they ever get anything
right?) The average Congressman may go to Washington to wallow in
power, and line his pockets with a big lobbying job for a special
interest (so he can keep ripping-off the taxpayers). But that's not why
I'm in Congress. It's not why I left my medical practice as a
physician. It's not why I put up with all the abuse. It's not why I
refuse a plush Congressional pension.
I'm in this fight for a reason. I want to hand on to my children and
grandchildren, and to you and your family, a great and free America, an
America true to her Constitution, an America worthy of her history. I
will not let the crooks and clowns and criminals have their way. I'm in
Congress to represent the ideas of liberty, the ideas that you and I
share, for the people of my district, for the people of Texas, for the
people of America. That's why I'm working to stop federal abuses, and
to cut the government: its taxes, its bureaucrats, its paramilitary
police, its spending, its meddling overseas, and every single
unconstitutional action it takes. And not with a pair of nail scissors,
but with a hammer and chisel. Won't you help me do this work?
Not much of the federal leviathan would be left, if I had my way. But
you'd be able to keep the money you earn, your privacy would be secure,
your dollar would be sound, your local school would be tops, and your
kids wouldn't be sent off to some useless or vicious foreign war to
fight for the UN. But Jefferson and the other Founders would recognize
our government, and our descendants would bless us. 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.
Recently, I asked a famous Republican committee chairman-- who's always
talking about getting rid of IRS-- why he engineered a secret $580
million raise for the tax collectors. "They need it for their
computers," this guy told me. So the IRS can't extract enough from us
as it is! The National Taxpayers Union says I have the highest
pro-taxpayer rating in Congressional history, that I am the top
"Taxpayer's Best Friend." You know I won't play the Capitol Hill games
with the Capitol Hill gang, denouncing the IRS while giving the Gestapo
more of your money. Or figuring out some other federal tax for them to
squeeze out of you. I also want to abolish the Federal Reserve, and
send Alan Greenspan out to get a job.
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 marble palace. The Federal Reserve is unconstitutional,
pure and simple. The only Constitutional money is gold and silver, not
notes redeemable in them. Not fed funny money. Without the Federal
Reserve, our money could not be inflated at the behest of big government
or big banks. Your income and savings would not lose their value. Just
as important, we wouldn't have this endless string of booms and busts,
recessions and depressions, with each bust getting worse. They aren't
natural to the free market; they're caused by the schemers at the Fed.
President Andrew Jackson called the 19th-century Fed "The Monster"
because it was a vehicle for inflation and all sorts of special-interest
corruption. Let me tell you, things haven't changed a bit. I also work
to save our schools from D.C. interference. Thanks to the feds, new
curriculums not only smear the Founders as "racist, slave-owning
elitists," they seek to dumb down our students so they will all be
equal. "Look-say" reading and the abolition of phonics has the same
purpose, and so does the new "fuzzy" math, in which there are no right
and no wrong answers. That must be what they use in the U.S. Treasury!
It's certainly what they use in the U.S. Congress.
But ever since the beginning of federal aid to education and
accelerating with the establishment of the rotten Department of
scores have been dropping. Schools, with few exceptions,
are getting worse every year. To save our kids, we must get the sticky
fingers of the feds off our local schools, and let parents rule. That's
what the Constitution says, and the Bible too.
And then there's my least favorite topic, the UN. World government is
obviously unconstitutional. It undermines our country's sovereignty in
the worst way possible. That's why I want us out of the UN, and the UN
itself taking a hike. After all, the UN is socialist and corrupt (many
votes can be bought with a "blonde and a case of scotch," one UN
ambassador once said). It costs many billions, and it puts our soldiers
in UN uniforms under foreign commanders, and sends them off to
unconstitutional, undeclared wars. When Michael New, one of the finest
young men I've ever met, objected to wearing UN blue, he was kicked out
of the American Army. What an outrage! Not one dime for the UN, and
not one American soldier! Not in Haiti, not in Bosnia, not in Somalia,
not in Rwanda. I know its radical, but how about devoting American
military efforts to defending America, and only America?