Rep. Ron Paul warns against 'too much dictatorship' in Washington

2011-06-01T09:15:00Z 2011-06-15T15:14:56Z Rep. Ron Paul warns against 'too much dictatorship' in WashingtonBy JOHN SKIPPER, john.skipper@globegazette.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

MASON CITY, Iowa --- Exclaiming "our rights come from our creator, not our government," U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, brought his conservative message to North Iowa Tuesday.

Making reference to the Old Testament, the congressman talked about how Samuel warned his people about the dangers of having a king who they wanted to take care of their needs. "Samuel told them it's not a good idea.

"We're not on the verge of having a king, but we are on the verge of having way too much dictatorship in Washington, D.C.," Paul said, receiving huge applause.

Emphasizing the need for less government control of people's lives, Paul said, "We should always believe families can opt out. Get the government out and let us take care of ourselves."

For that reason, the candidate, who is attempting to drum up support for the Iowa caucuses, said he favors home schooling and private schools as options to public schools and opposes government-mandated health programs.

"We should and can take care of ourselves. It's a moral issue as far as I'm concerned.

"You have a right to take care of your own life. You don't have a right to take care of someone else's life," said Paul.

A onetime Libertarian candidate for president, Paul, 76, is serving his 12th term in Congress.

He said he is aware that his conservative views are not considered "mainstream" by many people.

"The mainstream is changing," he said. "The mainstream wants balanced budgets, sound government and personal liberties --- that is mainstream.

"The shift is in our direction --- obeying the Constitution for a change," said Paul.

He said one of the problems in getting things changed is the reaction to even the slightest change.

"(Congressman) Paul Ryan's budget proposals wouldn't have touched anybody 55 or older. To me, it wasn't bold. It was a modest proposal. Yet it drew great anger from the opposition.

"That's why it is very, very difficult to cut spending," he said.

Paul said the country is victimized by overseas welfare spending, domestic welfare spending and corporate welfare spending.

"The spending has to stop," he said. "It's a threat to communities, a threat to families. The more government, the less prosperous society."

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  1. jasonmburns
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    jasonmburns - June 22, 2011 1:52 pm
    reojoe said: "Would this relate to his questioning of the Civil Rights Act?It also seems inconsistent with his racist newsletters.More mysteries offered from Ron Newsletters Paul."

    I also have the actual video of Ron Paul discussing those false accusations and you would be surprised to know (as every libertarian knows) that libertarians thing of people as individuals, not as groups, and liberties belong to individuals, not groups, so technically it is impossible for a libertarian to be a racist, if he is a true libertarian, which Ron Paul is and has always been. (and he never waivers on anything) You can research that. Here is the video of the interview with him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CoQWAXuUyI&feature=related Thank you.
  2. jasonmburns
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    jasonmburns - June 22, 2011 8:30 am
    Ron Paul 2012! Legalize the constitution!
  3. jasonmburns
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    jasonmburns - June 22, 2011 8:30 am
    reojoe said: "Would this relate to his questioning of the Civil Rights Act?It also seems inconsistent with his racist newsletters.More mysteries offered from Ron Newsletters Paul."

    You obviously don't know what you are talking about. Ron Didn't write any racist news letters. Go spread your lies somewhere else. I thought you were full of it before, but now it is verified, you are definitely full of it.

    Paul has issued a press release:

    “The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts.

    “In fact, I have always agreed with Martin Luther King, Jr. that we should only be concerned with the content of a person's character, not the color of their skin. As I stated on the floor of the U.S. House on April 20, 1999: ‘I rise in great respect for the courage and high ideals of Rosa Parks who stood steadfastly for the rights of individuals against unjust laws and oppressive governmental policies.’

    “This story is old news and has been rehashed for over a decade. It's once again being resurrected for obvious political reasons on the day of the New Hampshire primary.

    “When I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publically taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”
  4. mildred
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    mildred - June 01, 2011 9:36 pm
    May God bless President Paul
  5. Think
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    Think - June 01, 2011 1:43 pm
    reojoe said: "So, people are "property?"That sure makes Ron Newsletters Paul's position amiable now!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    So you think it is OK the IRS is stealing money from people who can hardly afford food. If people didn't owe thousands to the IRS, maybe they could keep their homes. Talk about Civil Rights! Vote for Palin and let the IRS go on robbing the poor. Do you have any clue of how our inner cities can be repaired with just the base closings and halt of foreign aid? Joe your clueless as to real life.3 billion just to Pakistan. That's a bunch of new hospitals and jobs.
  6. reojoe
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    reojoe - June 01, 2011 12:42 pm
    mariner34 said: "@ REOJOE. Ron would have rewritten those parts dealing with property rights out, that was his problem with the bill. If it were written the same way, where the federal government’s taken over property--it has nothing to do with race relations. It has nothing to do with racism, it has to do with the Constitution and private property rights. "

    So, people are "property?"

    That sure makes Ron Newsletters Paul's position amiable now!

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. ryansouth
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    ryansouth - June 01, 2011 12:31 pm
    Good article. I love Ron. Did anyone see the funny story about Paul's new stance on the gold standard???

    http://milkthebull.com/2011/05/16/ron-pauls-campaigns-for-cinnamon-standard/
  8. mariner34
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    mariner34 - June 01, 2011 12:06 pm
    @ REOJOE. Ron would have rewritten those parts dealing with property rights out, that was his problem with the bill.


    If it were written the same way, where the federal government’s taken over property--it has nothing to do with race relations. It has nothing to do with racism, it has to do with the Constitution and private property rights.
  9. dizzyblondefrau
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    dizzyblondefrau - June 01, 2011 11:13 am
    I love LIBERTY, I love RON PAUL!! GO RON!!!!
  10. reojoe
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    reojoe - June 01, 2011 10:46 am
    Would this relate to his questioning of the Civil Rights Act?

    It also seems inconsistent with his racist newsletters.

    More mysteries offered from Ron Newsletters Paul.
  11. mariner34
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    mariner34 - June 01, 2011 10:40 am
    Ron Paul 2012. the most intelligent and honest candidate with the experience needed to face the issues America is dealing with today.
  12. mariner34
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    mariner34 - June 01, 2011 10:37 am
    there's an old adage that there’s not a dime’s worth
    of difference between the Republicans and Democrats. On the whole, the parties
    are indistinguishable, both committed to an ever larger, more intrusive, more
    powerful, and more expensive Leviathan in Washington. Vote Ron Paul 2012 and lets show the party what real change looks like
  13. Think
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    Think - June 01, 2011 10:33 am
    If you want the IRS and FED gone, then vote Paul. If you want the same old stuff vote for any of the other made in a mold politicians. Ron will close all these useless bases and bring our ground troops home. In this day of push button warfare WWII style bases are obsolete. He will close the border and make budget cut the likes of what we will never be offered again.Import taxes on every good shipped in. Do it right and at least listen to this man.
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