Volume 2004 — The Book of Ron Paul
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 1
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 4, 2004
Congress Abandoned its Duty to Debate and Declare War
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There is plenty of blame to go around for the mistakes made
by going to war in Iraq, especially now that it is common knowledge
Hussein told the truth about having no weapons of mass destruction, and
Qaida and 9/11 were in no way related to the Iraqi government.
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Our intelligence agencies failed for whatever reason this
time, but their frequent failures should raise the question of whether
secretly spending forty billion taxpayer dollars annually gathering bad
information is a good investment.
administration certainly failed us by making the decision to sacrifice
in life and limb, by plunging us into this Persian Gulf quagmire that
will last for years to come.
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But before Congress gets too carried away with condemning
the administration or the intelligence gathering agencies, it ought to
A proper investigation and
debate by this Congress — as we’re now scrambling to accomplish —
warranted prior to any decision to go to war.
An open and detailed debate on a proper declaration of war
would have revealed that U.S. national security was not threatened —
whole war could have been avoided.
Congress did not do that, it deserves the greatest criticism for its
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There was a precise reason why the most serious decision
made by a country — the decision to go to war — was assigned in our
to the body closest to the people.
followed this charge I’m certain fewer wars would be
fought, wide support would be achieved for just defensive wars, there
less political finger-pointing if events went badly, and blame could
placed on one individual or agency.
process would more likely achieve victory, which has eluded us in
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The president reluctantly has agreed to support an
independent commission to review our intelligence gathering failures,
Cynics said nothing much
would be achieved by studying pre-9/11 intelligence failures, but it
some objective criticisms will emerge from that inquiry.
We can hope for the best from this newly appointed
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But already we hear the inquiry will be deliberately
delayed, limited to investigating only the failures of the intelligence
themselves, and may divert its focus to studying intelligence gathering
to North Korea and elsewhere.
the commission avoids the central controversy — whether or not there
selective use of information or undue pressure put on the CIA to
foregone conclusion to go to war by the administration — the commission
appear a sham.
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Regardless of the results, the process of the inquiry is
missing the most important point — the failure of Congress to meet its
responsibility on the decision to go, or not go, to war.
The current mess was predictable from the beginning.
Unfortunately, Congress voluntarily gave up its prerogative over
illegally transferred this power to the president in October of 2002.
The debate we are having now should have occurred here in the
We should have
debated a declaration of war resolution.
Congress chose to transfer this decision-making power to the president
the responsibility of making the hard choice of sending our young
harms way, against a weak, third world country.
the president did on his own, with congressional
The blame game
has emerged only now that we are in the political season.
Sadly, the call for and the appointment of the commission is
all part of this political process.
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It is truly disturbing to see many who abdicated their congressional responsibility to declare or reject war, who timidly voted to give the
the power he wanted, now posturing as his harshest critics.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 2
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 11, 2004
A Wise Consistency
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A wise consistency is the foundation of a free society. Yet
everyone knows, or thinks they know, that consistency is the hobgoblin
minds. How many times has Ralph Waldo Emerson been quoted to belittle a
consistent philosophy defending freedom?
on this floor I have been rebuked by colleagues with this quote, for
out the shortcomings of Congress in not consistently and precisely
oath to uphold the Constitution.
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The need to discredit consistency is endemic. It’s
considered beneficial to be flexible and pragmatic while rejecting
otherwise the self-criticism would be more than most Members could
comfort level of most politicians in D.C. requires an attitude that
not only is unnecessary, but detrimental. For this reason Emerson’s
conveniently cited to justify pragmatism and arbitrary intervention in
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Communism was dependent on firm, consistent, and evil
beliefs. Authoritarian rule was required to enforce these views,
Allowing alternative views to exist, as they always do, guarantees
competition. For instance, the views in Hong Kong eventually won out
old communism of the Chinese mainland. But it can work in the other
If the ideas of socialism, within the context of our free society, are
to raise their ugly head, it may well replace what we have, if we do
consistently and forcefully defend the free market and personal liberty.
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It’s quite a distortion of Emerson’s views to use them
as justification for the incoherent and nonsensical policies coming out
Washington today. But, the political benefits of not needing to be
are so overwhelming that there’s no interest in being philosophically
consistent in one’s votes.
a welcome convenience to be able to support whatever seems best for the
the congressional district, or one’s political party. Therefore, it’s
advantageous to cling to the notion that consistency is a hobgoblin.
reason, statesmanship in D.C. has come to mean one’s willingness to
one’s own personal beliefs in order to serve the greater good —
is. But it is not possible to preserve the rule of law or individual
our convictions are no stronger than this. Otherwise something will
republic that was so carefully designed by the Founders. That something
known, but we can be certain it will be less desirable than what we
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As for Emerson, he was not even talking about consistency in defending political
views that were deemed worthy and correct. Emerson clearly explained
consistency he was criticizing. He was most annoyed by a foolish
attacked bull-headedness, believing that intellectuals should be more
open-minded and tolerant of new ideas and discoveries. His attack
flat-earth society types in the world of ideas. New information, he
should always lead to reassessment of previous conclusions. To Emerson,
unwilling to admit an error and consistently defending a mistaken idea,
regardless of facts, was indeed a foolish consistency. His reference
was to a
character trait, not sound logical thinking.
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Since it’s proven that centralized control over education and medicine has
done nothing to improve them, and instead of reassessing these
money is thrown into the same centralized planning, this is much closer
Emerson’s foolish consistency than defending liberty and private
property in a
consistent and forceful manner while strictly obeying the Constitution.
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Emerson’s greatest concern was the consistency of
tolerance of others obviously are much more respected in a free society
a rigidly planned authoritarian society.
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The truth is that Emerson must be misquoted in order to use him against those
who rigidly and consistently defend a free society, cherish and promote
opinions, and encourage nonconformity. A wise and consistent defense of
is more desperately needed today than any time in our history. Our
inconsistent policies of the last 100 years have brought us to a
junction, with the American way of life at stake. It is the foolish
inconsistencies that we must condemn and abandon. Let me mention a few:
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Conservatives Who Spend:
Conservatives for years
have preached fiscal restraint and balanced budgets. Once in charge,
rationalized huge spending increases and gigantic growth in the size of
government, while supporting a new- found religion that preaches
don’t matter. According to Paul O’Neill, the Vice President lectured
that “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter.”
Conservatives who no longer support balanced budgets and less
should not be called conservatives. Some now are called
conservative label merely deceives the many Americans who continuously
day of fiscal restraint will come. Yet if this deception is not pointed
success in curtailing government growth is impossible.
Is it any wonder the national debt is $7 trillion and growing by
$600 billion per year?
Even today, the
only expression of concern for the deficit
seems to come from liberals. That ought to tell us something about how
astray we have gone.
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Free Trade Fraud—Neo-mercantilism
: Virtually all
economists are for free trade. Even the politicians express such
However, many quickly add, “Yes, but it should be fair.”
That is, free trade is fine unless it appears to hurt someone.
little protectionism is warranted, for fairness sake. Others who claim
allegiance to free trade are only too eager to devalue their own
which harms a different group of citizens — like importers and
savers — in
competitive devaluations in hopes of gaining a competitive edge. Many
free-trade proponents are champions of international agreements that
national sovereignty and do little more than create an international
to manage tariffs and sanctions. Organizations like NAFTA, WTO, and the
FTAA are more likely to benefit the powerful special interests than to
true free trade. Nothing is said, however, about how a universal
monetary standard would facilitate trade, nor is it mentioned how
lowering tariffs can benefit a nation. Even bilateral agreements are
when our trade problems are used as an excuse to promote dangerous
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Trade as an issue of personal liberty is totally ignored.
But simply put, one ought to have the right to spend one’s own money
one wants. Buying cheap foreign products can have a great economic
our citizens and serve as an incentive to improve production here at
also puts pressure on us to reassess the onerous regulations and tax
placed on our business community. Monopoly wages that force wage rates
market also are challenged when true free trade is permitted. And this,
course, is the reason free trade is rejected. Labor likes
wages, and business likes less competition. In the end, consumers — all
us — suffer. Ironically, the free traders in Congress were the most
opponents of drug reimportation, with a convoluted argument claiming
free-trade position should prohibit the reimportation of
much for a wise consistency!
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Following the Constitution—Arbitrarily, Of Course
Following the Constitution is a convenience shared by both liberals and
conservatives — at times. Everyone takes the same oath of office, and
Members of Congress invoke the Constitution, at one time or another, to
some legislative point. The fact that the Constitution is used
embarrass one’s opponents, when convenient, requires that no one feel
embarrassed by an inconsistent voting record. Believing that any
not just a foolish one, is a philosophic hobgoblin gives many Members
reassurance. This allows limited-government conservatives to massively
the size and scope of government, while ignoring the deficit. Liberals,
preach their own form of limited government in the areas of civil
militarism, have no problem with a flexible pragmatic approach to all
expenditures and intrusions. The net result is that the oath of office
by all the constitutional restraints on government power is rarely
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Paper Money, Inflation, and Economic Pain
money and inflation have never provided long-term economic growth, nor
enhanced freedom. Yet the world, led by the United States, lives with a
financial system awash with fiat currencies and historic debt as a
No matter how serious the problems that come from central-bank monetary
inflations — the depressions and inflation, unemployment, social chaos,
war — the only answer has been to inflate even more. Except for the
free-market economists, the consensus is that the Great Depression was
and exacerbated by the lack of monetary inflation. This view is held by
Greenspan, and reflected in his January 2001 response to the stock
and a slower economy — namely a record monetary stimulus and
interest rates. The unwillingness to blame the slumps on the Federal
previous errors, though the evidence is clear, guarantees that greater
for the United States and the world economy lie ahead. Though there is
information to understand the real cause of the business cycle, the
proper policy are not palatable. Closing down the engine of inflation
point does cause short-term problems that are politically unacceptable.
alternative is worse, in the long term. It is not unlike a drug addict
and getting a fix in order to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. Not
getting rid of
the addiction is a deadly mistake.
resorting to continued monetary stimulus through credit creation delays
and suffering, it inevitably makes the problems much worse. Debt
build in all areas — personal, business, and government. Inflated stock
are propped up, waiting for another collapse. Mal-investment and
fail to correct. Insolvency proliferates without liquidation. These
have been prolonging the correction in Japan for 14 years, with
dollars of non-performing loans still on the books. Failure to admit
recognize that fiat money, mismanaged by central banks, gives us most
economic problems, along with a greater likelihood for war, means we
from our mistakes. Our consistent response is to inflate faster and
which each downturn requires, to keep the economy afloat. Talk about a
It’s time for our
leaders to admit the error of their ways, consider the wise consistency
following the advice of our Founders, and reject paper money and
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Alcohol Prohibition—For Our Own Protection
Alcohol prohibition was a foolish consistency engaged in for over a
we finally woke up to the harm done.
spite of prohibition, drinking continued. The alcohol being produced in
underground was much more deadly, and related crime ran rampant. The
stared us in the face, and with time, we had the intelligence to repeal
whole experiment. No matter how logical this reversal of policy was, it
prevent us from moving into the area of drug prohibition, now in the
radical stages, for the past 30 years. No matter the amount of harm and
involved, very few in public life are willing to advise a new approach
addiction. Alcoholism is viewed as a medical problem, but illicit drug
is seen as a heinous crime. Our prisons overflow, with the cost of
now into the hundreds of billions of dollars, yet drug use is not
Nevertheless, the politicians are consistent. They are convinced that a
stand against usage with very strict laws and mandatory
sentences — sometimes
life sentences for non-violent offenses — is a popular political stand.
don’t count, and we can’t bend on consistently throwing the book at any
offenders. Our prisons are flooded with non-violent drug users — 84% of
federals prisoners — but no serious reassessment is considered.
Sadly, the current war on drugs has done tremendous harm to many
patients’ need for legitimate prescribed pain control. Doctors are very
compromised in their ability to care for the seriously and terminally
overzealous law enforcement.
most of our history, drugs were legal and at times were abused. But
time, there was no history of the social and legal chaos associated
use that we suffer today. A hundred years ago, a pharmacist openly
“Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates
stomach and the bowels and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”
Obviously this is overstated as a medical panacea, but it
it was like not to have hysterical busybodies undermine our
waste billions of dollars on a drug war serving no useful purpose. This
needs to wake up! We should have more confidence in citizens making
decisions, and decide once again to repeal federal prohibition, while
regulation by the states alone.
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FDA and Legal Drugs—For Our Own Protection
laws and attitudes regarding legal drugs are almost as harmful. The FDA
supposedly exists to protect the consumer and patients. This conclusion
on an assumption that consumers are idiots and all physicians and drug
manufacturers are unethical or criminals. It also assumes that
politicians, motivated by good intentions, can efficiently bring drugs
market in a timely manner and at reasonable cost. These same naïve
the ones who say that in order to protect the people from themselves,
prohibit them from being allowed to re-import drugs from Canada or
great savings. The FDA virtually guarantees that new drugs come online
and cost more money. Small companies are unable to pay the legal
don’t get the friendly treatment that politically connected big drug
receive. If a drug seems to offer promise, especially for a
disease, why is it not available, with full disclosure, to anyone who
try it? No, our protectors say that no one gets to use it, or make
decisions, until the FDA guarantees that each drug has been proven safe
effective. And believe me, the FDA is quite capable of making mistakes,
after years of testing.
criminal when cancer patients come to our congressional offices begging
pleading for a waiver to try some new drug. We call this a free society!
For those who can’t get a potentially helpful drug but might
little comfort from some marijuana, raised in their own back yard
their home state, the heavy hand of the DEA comes down hard, actually
and imprisoning ill patients. Federal drug laws blatantly preempt state
adding insult to injury.
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Few remember that the first federal laws regulating
marijuana were written as recently as 1938, which means just a few
our country had much greater respect for individual choices and state
regulations in all health matters.
nanny state is relatively new, but well entrenched. Sadly, we foolishly
consistently follow the dictates of prohibition and government control
medications, never questioning the wisdom of these laws.
The silliness regarding illegal drugs and prescription drugs was
demonstrated. It was determined that a drug used to cause an abortion
available over the counter. However, Ephedra — used by millions for
reasons and found in nature — was made illegal as a result of one death
being misused. Individuals no longer can make their own decisions, at
affordable price, to use Ephedra. Now it will probably require a
and cost many times more. It can never be known, but weight loss by
using Ephedra may well have saved many lives. But the real issue is
choice and responsibility, not the medicinal effect of these drugs.
reflects our moral standards, not an example of individual freedom and
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Foreign Policy of Interventionism—General
foreign policy of interventionism offers the best example of Emerson’s
inconsistency. No matter how unsuccessful our entanglements become, our
rarely question the wisdom of trying to police the world. Most of the
failures prompt even greater intervention, rather than less. Never
the hard cold facts of our failures, our drive to meddle and
the world continues. Complete denial of the recurrent blowback from our
meddling — a term our CIA invented — prompts us to spend endlessly while
jeopardizing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Refusing
consider the failure of our own policies is outrageous. Only in the
commercial benefits to the special interests and the military-
complex, molded with patriotic jingoism, can one understand why we
pursue such a
foolish policy. Some of these ulterior motives are understandable, but
that average Americans rarely question our commitment to these
expensive military operations is disturbing. The whipped up war
often overrules the logic that should prevail. Certainly the wise
following the Constitution has little appeal. One would think the
consequences of our militarism over the last hundred years would have
more reluctant to assume the role of world policeman in a world that
more each day.
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A strong case can be made that all the conflicts, starting
with the Spanish-American War up to our current conflict in the Middle
could have been avoided. For instance, the foolish entrance into World
War I to
satisfy Wilson’s ego led to a disastrous peace at Versailles,
guaranteeing World War II. Likewise, our ill-advised role in the
War I placed us in an ongoing guerilla war in Iraq and Afghanistan,
become a worldwide conflict before it ends. Our foolish antics over the
have prompted our support for many thugs throughout the 20th
Century — Stalin,
Samoza, Batista, the Shah of Iran, Noriega, Osama bin Laden, Saddam
many others — only to regret it once the unintended consequences became
Many of those we supported turned on us, or our interference generated
worse replacement — such as the Ayatollah in Iran.
If we had consistently followed the wise advice of our early
we could have avoided the foreign policy problems we face today. And if
we literally would have prevented hundreds of thousands of needless
the last century. The odds are slim to none that our current failure in
Afghanistan and Iraq will prompt our administration to change its
intervention. Ignoring the facts and rigidly sticking to a failed
policy — a
foolish consistency — as our leaders have repeatedly done over the past
years, unfortunately will prevail despite its failure and huge costs.
hostility toward principled consistency and common sense allows for
in policy making. Most Americans believed, and still do, that we went
against Saddam Hussein because he threatened us with weapons of mass
and his regime was connected to al Qaeda. The fact that Saddam Hussein
did not have weapons of mass destruction, but essentially had no
at all, seems to be of little concern to those who took us to war. It
argued, after our allies refused to join in our efforts, that a
approach without the United Nations was proper under our notion of
sovereignty. Yet resolutions giving the President authority to go to
the United Nations 21 times, forgetting the U.S. Constitution allows
Congress to declare war. A correct declaration of war was rejected out
Now with events going badly, the administration is practically begging
the UN to
take over the transition — except, of course, for the Iraqi Development
controls the oil and all the seized financial assets. The
distortions surrounding the Iraqi conflict are too numerous to count.
wanted to institutionalize the doctrine of pre-emptive war were not
about the Constitution or consistency in our foreign policy. And for
American people and world peace will suffer.
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Promoting Democracy — An Obsession Whose Time Has Passed
Promoting democracy is now our nation’s highest ideal. Wilson started
his ill-advised drive to foolishly involve us in World War I. His
was to make the world safe for democracy. Instead, his naiveté
promoted our involvement in the back-to-back tragedies of World War I
War II. It’s hard to imagine the rise of Hitler in World War II without
Treaty of Versailles. But this has not prevented every president since
from promoting U.S.-style democracy to the rest of the world.
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Since no weapons of mass destruction or al Qaeda have been
found in Iraq, the explanation given now for having gone there was to
democracy to the Iraqi people. Yet we hear now that the Iraqis are
immediate free elections not controlled by the United States. But our
administration says the Iraqi people are not yet ready for free
truth is that a national election in Iraq would bring individuals to
the administration doesn’t want. Democratic elections will have to wait.
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This makes the point that our persistence in imposing our
will on others through military force ignores sound thinking, but we
serious discussions about changing our foreign policy of meddling and
building, no matter how bad the results. Regardless of the human and
costs for all the wars fought over the past hundred years, few question
principle and legitimacy of interventionism. Bad results, while only
seeds of our next conflict, concern few here in Congress. Jingoism, the
empire, and the interests of the military-industrial complex generate
patriotism that energizes supporters of our foreign entanglements.
coverage of the more than 500 body bags coming back from Iraq is now
by the administration. Seeing the mangled lives and damaged health of
of other casualties of this war would help the American people put this
proper perspective. Almost all war is unnecessary and rarely worth the
Seldom does a good peace result. Since World War II, we have intervened
in developing countries, according to the LA Times, without a single
example of a stable democracy. Their conclusion: “American engagement
has not led to more freedom or more democracy in countries where we’ve
involved.” So far, the peace in Iraq — that is, the period following the
declared end of hostilities — has set the stage for a civil war in this
Western-created artificial state. A U.S.- imposed national government
the Kurds, the Sunnis, and the Shiites will never work. Our allies
in this misadventure. Dumping the responsibility on the UN, while
control of the spoils of war, is a policy of folly that can result only
Americans being killed. This will only fuel the festering wounds of
hatred toward all Western occupiers. The Halliburton scandals and other
military-industrial connections to the occupation of Iraq will continue
our allies, and hopefully a growing number of American taxpayers.
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I have a few suggestions on how to alter our consistently
foolish policy in Iraq. Instead of hiding behind Wilson’s utopianism of
the world safe for democracy, let’s try a new approach:
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-The internal affairs and the need for nation building in
Iraq are none of our business.
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-Our goal in international affairs ought to be to promote
liberty and the private-property/free-market order — through persuasion
example, and never by force of arms, clandestine changes, or preemptive
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-We should give up our obsession with democracy, both for
ourselves and others, since the dictatorship of the majority is just as
destructive to a minority, especially individual liberty, as a single
Hussein-like tyrant. (Does anyone really believe the Shiite majority
possibly rule fairly over the Sunnis and the Kurds?)
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-A representative republic, loosely held together with
autonomy for each state or providence, is the only hope in a situation
this. But since we have systematically destroyed that form of
government here in
the United States, we can’t possibly be the ones who will impose this
on a foreign and very different land 6,000 miles away — no matter how
we drop or people we kill. This type of change can come only with a
philosophy, and an understanding of the true nature of liberty. It must
intellectual adventure, not a military crusade. If for no other reason,
must soon realize that we no longer can afford to maintain an empire
the globe. It’s a Sisyphean task to rebuild the Iraq we helped to
while our financial problems mount here at home. The American people
will rebel and demand that all job and social programs start at home
waste billions more in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other forlorn lands
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-The Constitution places restraints on Congress and the
executive branch, so as not to wage war casually and without proper
It provides no authority to spend money or lives to spread our
around the world. A strict adherence to the rule of law and the
would bring an immediate halt to our ill-advised experiment in assuming
of world policeman. We have been told that our effort in Iraq has been
500-plus lives lost and the thousands wounded. I disagree — with great
for the families who have lost so much, and with so little hope for a
peace — I can only say, I disagree and hope I’m wrong.
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Fighting Terrorism With Big Government—A Convenience
terrorism is a top concern for most Americans. It is understandable,
vulnerable we now are to an attack by our enemies. But striking out
liberties of all Americans, with the Patriot Act, the FBI, or
justice will hardly address the problem.
cannot be enhanced by undermining liberty!
It is never necessary to sacrifice liberty to preserve it. It’s
tempting to sacrifice liberty for safety, and that is the argument used
often by the politicians seeking more power. But even that is not true.
shows that a strong desire for safety over liberty usually results in
both. But that does not mean we should ignore the past attacks or the
future attacks that our enemies might unleash. First, fighting
terrorism is a
cliché. Terrorism is a technique or a process, and if not
properly defined, the
solutions will be hard to find. Terrorism is more properly defined as
by a guerrilla warrior who picks the time and place of the attack
cannot match the enemy with conventional weapons. With too broad a
terrorism, the temptation will be to relinquish too much liberty, being
that behind every door and in every suitcase lurks a terrorist- planted
Narrowing the definition of terrorism and recognizing why some become
crucial. Understanding how maximum security is achieved in a free
vital. We have been told that the terrorists hate us for our wealth,
freedom, and our goodness. This war cannot be won if that belief
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When the definition of terrorism is vague and the enemy
pervasive throughout the world, the neo-conservatives — who want to
various regime changes for other reasons — conveniently latch onto these
and use them as the excuse and justification for our expanding military
throughout the Middle East and the Caspian Sea region. This is
have been anxious to do all along. Already, plans are being laid by
neo-conservative leaders to further expand our occupations to many
countries, from Central America and Africa to Korea. Whether it’s
Iraq, threatening North Korea, or bullying Venezuela or even Russia,
popular to play the terrorist card. Just mention terrorism and the
people are expected to grovel and allow the war hawks to do whatever
to do. This is a very dangerous attitude. One would think that, with
shortcomings of the Iraqi occupation becoming more obvious every day,
Americans would question our flagrant and aggressive policy of empire
The American people were frightened into supporting this war
were told that Iraq had: “25,000 liters of anthrax; 38,000 liters of
toxin; 500 tons of sarin, mustard, and VX nerve gas; significant
refined uranium; and special aluminum tubes used in developing nuclear
The fact that none of
this huge amount of material was found, and the fact that David Kay
from heading up the inspection team saying none will be found, doesn’t
the instigators of this policy of folly. They merely look forward to
regime change as they eye their list of potential targets. And they
conviction that the 500-plus lives lost were worth it.
Attacking a perceived enemy who had few weapons, who did not
against us, and who never posed a threat to us does nothing to help
the threat of terrorist attacks. If anything, deposing an Arab Muslim
leader — even a bad one — incites more hatred toward us, certainly not
is made worse if our justification for the invasion was in error. It is
say that in time we’ll come to realize that our invasion has made us
safe, and has served as a grand recruiting tool for the many militant
groups that want us out of their countries — including the majority of
Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the entire Middle
Because of the nature of the war in which we find ourselves, catching
Hussein, or even killing Osama bin Laden, are almost irrelevant. They
simply become martyrs to their cause and incite even greater hatred
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There are a few things we must understand if we ever expect
this war to end.
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First: The large majority, especially all the militant
Muslims, see us as invaders, occupiers, and crusaders. We have gone a
from home and killed a lot of people, and none of them believe it’s to
our goodness. Whether or not some supporters of this policy of
sincere in bringing democracy and justice to this region, it just
matter — few over there believe us.
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Second: This war started a long time before 9-11. That
attack was just the most dramatic event of the war so far. The Arabs
Western crusaders for centuries, and they have not yet forgotten the
Crusades centuries ago. Our involvement has been going on, to some
World War II, but was dramatically accelerated in 1991 with the first
Gulf invasion along with the collapse of the Soviet system. Placing
on what is considered Muslim holy land in Saudi Arabia was pouring salt
wounds of this already existing hatred. We belatedly realized this and
removed these troops.
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Third: If these facts are ignored, there’s no chance that
the United States-led Western occupation of the oil-rich Middle East
(70% of the world’s oil is in the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea
Without a better understanding of the history of this region, it’s not
possible to define the enemy, know why they fight, or understand the
between guerilla warrior attacks and vague sinister forces of
pain of recognizing that the ongoing war is an example of what the CIA
blowback and an unintended consequence of our foreign policy is a great
roadblock to ever ending the war.
2004 Ron Paul 2:34
: Respect for the original intent of
the Constitution is low in Washington. It’s so low, it’s virtually
non-existent. This causes many foolish inconsistencies in our federal
The Constitution, we have been told, is a living, evolving document and
no longer necessary to change it in the proper fashion. That method is
and cumbersome, it is claimed. While we amended it to institute alcohol
prohibition, the federal drug prohibition is accomplished by majority
the U.S. Congress. Wars are not declared by Congress, but pursued by
Order to enforce UN Resolutions. The debate of the pros and cons of the
afterward — usually following the war’s failure — in the political arena,
than before with the proper debate on a declaration of war resolution.
Laws are routinely written by un-elected bureaucrats, with
becoming the judicial and enforcement authority. Little desire is
Congress to alter this monster that creates thousands of pages each
year in the
Federal Register. Even the nearly 100,000 bureaucrats who now carry
little controversy. For decades, Executive Orders have been arrogantly
write laws to circumvent a plodding or disagreeable Congress. This
best described by a Clinton presidential aide who bragged:
“…stroke of the pen, law of the land, kinda cool!”
This is quite a testimonial to the rule of law and
restraint on government power.
courts are no better than the executive or legislative branches in
unconstitutional expansion of the federal monolith. Members of
including committee chairmen, downplay my concern that proposed
unconstitutional by insisting that the courts are the ones to make such
decisions, not mere Members of Congress. This was an informal argument
House leadership on the floor during the debate on campaign finance
essence, they said “We know it’s bad, but we’ll let the courts clean it
up.” And look what happened!
courts did not save us from ourselves.
2004 Ron Paul 2:35
Something must be done, however, if we expect to rein in
our ever growing and intrusive government. Instead of depending on the
rule favorably, when Congress and the executive branch go astray, we
curtail the courts when they overstep their authority by writing laws,
stamping bad legislation, or overruling state laws. Hopefully in the
will have a Congress more cognizant of its responsibility to legislate
the confines of the Constitution.
is something Congress, by majority vote, can do to empower the states
with their First Amendment issues. It’s clear that Congress has been
instructed to write no laws regarding freedom of speech, religion, or
This obviously means that federal courts have no authority to do so
Therefore, the remaining option is for Congress to specifically remove
jurisdiction of all First Amendment controversies from all federal
including the Supreme Court.
dealing with prayer, the Ten Commandments, religious symbols or
songs, even the issue of abortion, are properly left as a prerogative
states. A giant step in this direction could be achieved with the
proposed legislation, the We the People Act.
2004 Ron Paul 2:36
Emerson’s real attack was on intellectual conformity without a willingness to entertain new ideas based on newly acquired
is what he referred to as the foolish consistency. The greatest
I’m aware of is to know that one does not know what is best for others,
whether it’s in economic, social, or moral policy, or in the affairs of
nations. Believing one knows what is best for others represents the
example of a closed mind.
Hayek referred to this as a pretense of knowledge. Governments are no
capable of running an economy made fair for everyone than they are of
the individual what is best for their spiritual salvation. There are a
things in between that the busybody politicians, bureaucrats, and
they know and yet do not. Sadly our citizens have become dependent on
for nearly everything from cradle to grave, and look to government for
guidance and security.
2004 Ron Paul 2:37
Continuously ignoring Emerson’s advice on self-reliance
is indeed a foolish consistency which most of the politicians now in
the militant nanny state follow. And it’s an armed state, domestic as
foreign. Our armies tell the Arab world what’s best for them, while the
bureaucrats at home harass our own people into submission and obedience
law and regulation, most of which are incomprehensible to the average
Ask three IRS agents for an interpretation of the tax code and
get three different answers. Ask three experts in the Justice
interpret the anti-trust laws, and you will get three different
they’ll tell you it’s illegal to sell too low, then they’ll tell you
it’s illegal to sell too high, and it’s certainly illegal if everybody
products at the same price. All three positions can get you into plenty
trouble and blamed for first, undermining competition, second, for
much control and gouging the public, and third, for engaging in
people can’t win.
2004 Ron Paul 2:38
Real knowledge is to know what one does not know. The only
society that recognizes this fact and understands how productive
generated is a free society, unencumbered with false notions of
grandeur. It is
this society that generates true tolerance and respect for others.
and creativity blossom in a free society. This does not mean anarchy,
libertine behavior. Truly, only a moral society can adapt to personal
Some basic rules must be followed and can be enforced by
government — most
suitably by local and small government entities. Honoring all voluntary
contractual arrangements, social and economic, protection of all life,
established standards for private property ownership are the three
required for a free society to remain civilized. Depending on the
government could be the family, the tribe, or some regional or state
2004 Ron Paul 2:39
The freedom philosophy is based on the humility that we are
not omnipotent, but also the confidence that true liberty generates the
practical solution to all our problems, whether they are economic,
security, or national defense.
of this, any other system generates authoritarianism that grows with
failure and eventually leads to a national bankruptcy. It was this end,
military budget, which brought the Soviets to their knees.
2004 Ron Paul 2:40
A system of liberty allows for the individual to be
creative, productive, or spiritual on one’s own terms, and encourages
excellence and virtue. All forms of authoritarianism only exist at the
of liberty. Yet the humanitarian do-gooders claim to strive for these
goals. To understand the difference is crucial to the survival of a
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 3
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 12, 2004
Rush Limbaugh and the Sick Federal War on Pain Relief
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Mr. Speaker, the publicity surrounding popular radio talk
show host Rush Limbaugh’s legal troubles relating to his use of the
killer OxyContin hopefully will focus public attention on how the
war threatens the effective treatment of chronic pain. Prosecutors have
Mr. Limbaugh’s medical records to investigate whether he violated
laws. The fact that Mr. Limbaugh is a high profile, controversial,
media personality has given rise to speculation that the prosecution is
politically motivated. Adding to this suspicion is the fact that
patients are rarely prosecuted in this type of case.
2004 Ron Paul 3:2
In cases where patients are not high profile celebrities
like Mr. Limbaugh, it is pain management physicians who bear the brunt
overzealous prosecutors. Faced with the failure of the war on drugs to
drug cartels and kingpins, prosecutors and police have turned their
pain management doctors, using federal statutes designed for the
drug dealers to prosecute physicians for prescribing pain medicine.
2004 Ron Paul 3:3
Many of the cases brought against physicians are rooted in
the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s failure to consider
medical standards regarding the use of opioids, including OxyContin, in
formulating policy. Opioids are the pharmaceuticals considered most
relieving chronic pain. Federal law classifies most opioids as Schedule
drugs, the same classification given to cocaine and heroin, despite a
body of opinion among the medical community that opioids should not be
classified with these substances.
2004 Ron Paul 3:4
Unfortunately, patients often must consume very large
amounts of opioids to obtain long-term relief. Some prescriptions may
hundreds of pills and last only a month. A prescription this
large may appear
But according to many
pain management specialists, it is medically necessary in many cases to
prescribe a large number of pills to effectively treat chronic pain.
zealous prosecutors show no interest in learning the basic facts of
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This harassment by law enforcement has forced some doctors
to close their practices, while others have stopped prescribing opioids
altogether — even though opioids are the only way some of their
obtain pain relief. The current attitude toward pain physicians is
by Assistant US Attorney Gene Rossi’s statement that “Our office will
our best to root out [certain doctors] like the Taliban.”
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Prosecutors show no concern for how their actions will
affect patients who need large amounts of opioids to control their
For example, the prosecutor in the case of Dr. Cecil Knox of Roanoke,
told all of Dr. Knox’s patients to seek help in federal clinics even
none of the federal clinics would prescribe effective pain medicine!
2004 Ron Paul 3:7
Doctors are even being punished for the misdeeds of their
patients. For example, Dr. James Graves was sentenced to more than 60
manslaughter because several of his patients overdosed on various
of pain medications and other drugs, including illegal street drugs. As
physician with over thirty years of experience in private practice, I
outrageous that a physician would be held criminally liable for a
misuse of medicine.
2004 Ron Paul 3:8
The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS),
one of the nation’s leading defenders of medical freedom, recently
doctors to avoid prescribing opioids because, according to AAPS, “drug
set medical standards.” I would hope my colleagues would agree that
not federal agents, should determine medical standards.
2004 Ron Paul 3:9
By waging this war on pain physicians, the government is
condemning patients to either live with excruciating chronic pain or
opioids from other, less reliable, sources — such as street drug
Of course opioids bought on the street likely will pose a
greater risk of
damaging a patient’s health than opioids obtained from a physician.
2004 Ron Paul 3:10
Finally, as the Limbaugh case reveals, the prosecution of
pain management physicians destroys the medical privacy of all chronic
patients. Under the guise of prosecuting the drug war, law enforcement
can rummage through patients’ personal medical records and, as may be
with Mr. Limbaugh, use information uncovered to settle personal or
scores. I am pleased that AAPS, along with the American Civil Liberties
has joined the effort to protect Mr. Limbaugh’s medical records.
2004 Ron Paul 3:11
Mr. Speaker, Congress should take action to rein in
overzealous prosecutors and law enforcement officials, and stop the
of legitimate physicians who act in good faith when prescribing opioids
relief from chronic pain. Doctors should not be prosecuted for using
medical judgment to act in their patients’ best interests. Doctors also
not be prosecuted for the misdeeds of their patients.
2004 Ron Paul 3:12
Finally, I wish to express my hope that Mr. Limbaugh’s
case will encourage his many fans and listeners to consider how their
for the federal war on drugs is inconsistent with their support of
liberty and constitutional government.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 4
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
February 26, 2004
The Financial Services Committees Views and Estimates for 2005
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The Committee on Financial Services’ “Views and
Estimates for Fiscal Year 2005” begins by expressing concerns about the
long-term threat that record level of deficit spending poses to the
economy, and pledging to support efforts to reduce the deficit. Yet in
of the document the committee advocates increasing spending on both
domestic welfare. The committee also advocates new regulations that
economic growth, as well as violate the Constitution and infringe on
2004 Ron Paul 4:2
This document claims that “investor confidence” was
boosted by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which imposed new federal
capital markets, including mandating new duties for board members and
how companies must structure their boards of directors. One of
Sarbanes-Oxley’s most onerous provisions makes every member of a
board of directors, as well as the company’s chief executive officer,
criminally liable if they fail to catch accounting errors.
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As investigative reporter John Berleau detailed in his
Insight magazine article (“Sarbanes-Oxley is a Business Disaster”), the
mandates in Sarbanes-Oxley have caused directorship, accounting, audit,
legal fees to double. In addition, the cost of directors’ liability
has almost doubled since Sarbanes-Oxley became law. Not surprisingly,
of these new costs hit small businesses especially hard — the
of job creation in America.
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The costs of compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley divert capital
away from activities that create jobs. Yet the committee is actually
imposing Sarbanes-Oxley-like regulations on the mutual funds industry!
of expanding the regulatory state, the committee should examine the
effects of Sarbanes-Oxley and at least pass legislation exempting small
businesses from the law’s requirements.
2004 Ron Paul 4:5
The committee’s ‘Views and Estimates” gives an
unqualified endorsement to increased taxpayer support for the Financial
Enforcement Network (FINCEN), while ignoring the growing erosion of our
financial privacy under the PATRIOT Act and similar legislation.
In fact, the committee ignores the recent stealth expansion of
FBI’s power to seize records of dealers in precious metals, jewelers,
pawnshops without a warrant issued by an independent judge.
Instead of serving as cheerleaders for the
state, the committee should act to curtail the federal government’s
monitor the financial affairs of law-abiding Americans.
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While the committee’s “Views and Estimates” devote
considerable space to discussing Government Sponsored Enterprises
makes no mention of the billions of dollars in subsidies Congress has
GSEs. These subsidies distort the market, create a short-term boom in
and endanger the economy by allowing GSEs to attract capital they could
attract under pure market conditions.
2004 Ron Paul 4:7
Like all artificially created bubbles, the boom in housing
prices cannot last forever. When housing prices fall, the financial
suffered by the mortgage debt holders will be greater than they would
had the government not actively encouraged over-investment in housing.
2004 Ron Paul 4:8
Government subsidies helped Fannie and Freddie triple their
debt to more than $2.2 trillion from 1995 to 2002. Fannie and Freddie’s
combined debt soon could surpass the privately held debt of the entire
government. A taxpayer bailout of the GSEs would dwarf the
bailout of the early nineties and could run up the national debt to
2004 Ron Paul 4:9
However, according to the Committee on Financial Services,
the problem with GSEs is not taxpayer subsidizes but a lack of proper
regulation! Therefore, the only GSE reform recommended by this document
create a new regulator to oversee GSEs. In fact, new regulators, or new
regulations, will not do anything to correct the market distortions
government support of GSEs.
2004 Ron Paul 4:10
Instead of reorganizing the deck chairs of the GSEs’
looming fiscal Titanic, the Committee should pass HR 3071, the Free
Market Enhancement Act. This act repeals government subsidies for the
housing-related GSEs — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Home
2004 Ron Paul 4:11
The committee’s inconsistency regarding deficit reduction
is shown by its support for increased spending for almost every foreign
program under its jurisdiction. Of course, Congress has neither
nor moral authority to take money from the American people and send it
Furthermore, foreign aid rarely helps improve the standard of living
citizens of “beneficiary” countries. Instead, the aid all too often
corrupt politicians and helps stave off pressure for real reform.
certain proposals the committee embraces smack of economic imperialism,
suggesting that a country whose economic and other policies please
politicians and bureaucrats will be rewarded with money stolen from the
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The committee also expresses unqualified support for
programs such as the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) that use taxpayer
subsidize large multinational corporations.
Ex-Im exists to subsidize large corporations that are quite
paying the costs of their own export programs! Ex-Im also provides
funding for export programs that would never obtain funding in the
market. As Austrian economists Ludwig Von Mises and F.A. Hayek
of the purposes of the market is to determine the highest value uses of
resources. Thus, the failure of a project to receive funding through
market means the resources that could have gone to that project have a
higher-valued use. Government programs that take funds from the private
and use them to fund projects that cannot obtain market funding reduce
efficiency and decrease living standards.
Ex-Im actually brags about its support for projects rejected by the
2004 Ron Paul 4:13
Rather than embracing an agenda of expanded statism, I hope
my colleagues will work to
government interference in the market that only benefits the
powerful. For example, the committee could take a major step toward
corporate welfare by holding hearings and a mark-up on my legislation
withdraw the United States from the Bretton Woods Agreement and end
support for the International Monetary Fund.
If the committee is not going to defund programs such as Ex-Im,
at least act on legislation Mr. Sanders will introduce denying
to industries that move a substantial portion of their workforce
overseas. It is
obscene to force working Americans to subsidize their foreign
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Finally, the committee’s views support expanding the
domestic welfare state in the area of housing, despite the fact that
subsidies distort the housing market by taking capital that could be
elsewhere and applying it to housing at the direction of politicians
bureaucrats. Housing subsidies also violate the constitutional
against redistributionism. The federal government has no constitutional
authority to abuse its taxing power to fund programs that reshape the
market to the liking of politicians and bureaucrats.
2004 Ron Paul 4:15
Perhaps the most disappointing omission from the
committee’s “Views and Estimates” is the failure to address monetary
policy. This is especially so given the recent decline in the value of
dollar caused by the Federal Reserve’s continuing boom and bust
2004 Ron Paul 4:16
It is long past time for Congress to examine seriously the
need to reform the fiat currency system.
committee also should examine how Federal Reserve policies encourage
public and private sector debt, and the threat that debt poses to the
health of the American economy. Additionally, the committee should
the American government and economy would be affected if the dollar
privileged status as the world’s reserve currency. After all, the main
the United States government is able to run such large deficits without
suffering hyperinflation is the willingness of foreign investors to
hold US debt
instruments. If, or when, the dollar’s weakness causes foreigners to
reluctant to invest in US debt instruments, the results could be
2004 Ron Paul 4:17
In conclusion, the “Views and Estimates” report
presented by the committee claims to endorse fiscal responsibility, yet
supports expanding international, corporate, and domestic spending. The
also endorses increasing the power of the federal police state. Perhaps
disturbingly, this document ignores the looming economic problems
created by the
Federal Reserve’s inflationary monetary polices and the resulting
private and public sector debt. I therefore urge my colleagues to
document and instead embrace an agenda of ending corporate welfare,
financial privacy, and reforming the fiat money system that is the root
America’s economic instability.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 5
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 10, 2004
An Indecent Attack on the First Amendment
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We will soon debate the “Broadcast
Indecency Act of 2004” on the House Floor.
This atrocious piece of legislation should be defeated.
It cannot improve the moral behavior of U.S. citizens, but it
irreparable harm to our cherished right to freedom of speech.
2004 Ron Paul 5:2
This attempt at regulating and punishing indecent and sexually provocative
language suggests a comparison to the Wahhabi religious police of Saudi
who control the “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention
Though both may be
motivated by the good intentions of improving moral behavior, using
force to do so is fraught with great danger and has no chance of
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Regulating speech is a dangerous notion, and not compatible with the principles
of a free society.
recognized this, and thus explicitly prohibited Congress from making
that might abridge freedom of speech or of the press.
2004 Ron Paul 5:4
But we have in recent decades seen a steady erosion of this protection of free
2004 Ron Paul 5:5
This process started years ago when an arbitrary distinction was made by the
political left between commercial and non-commercial speech, thus
government to regulate and censor commercial speech.
Since only a few participated in commercial speech, few
cared — and besides, the government was there to protect us from
Supporters of this
policy failed to understand that anti-fraud laws and state laws could
deal with this common problem found in all societies.
2004 Ron Paul 5:6
Disheartening as it may be, the political left, which was supposed to care more
about the 1st Amendment than the right, has ventured in recent years to
so-called “hate speech” by championing political correctness.
In the last few decades we’ve seen the
political-correctness crowd, in the name of improving personal behavior
language, cause individuals to lose their jobs, cause careers to be
cause athletes to be trashed, and cause public speeches on liberal
be disrupted and even banned.
tragedies have been caused by the so-called champions of free speech.
Over the years, tolerance for the views of those with whom
liberals disagree has nearly evaporated.
systematic and steady erosion of freedom of speech continues.
2004 Ron Paul 5:7
Just one year ago we saw a coalition of both left and right push through the
radical Campaign Finance Reform Act, which strictly curtails the rights
Americans to speak out against particular candidates at the time of
Amazingly, this usurpation by Congress was upheld by the Supreme
which showed no concern for the restrictions on political speech during
admitting that money and corruption in government is not a consequence
much freedom of expression, but rather a result of government acting
bounds of the Constitution, this new law addressed a symptom rather
cause of special interest control of our legislative process.
2004 Ron Paul 5:8
And now comes the right’s attack on the 1st Amendment, with its effort to
stamp out “indecent” language on the airways.
And it will be assumed that if one is not with them in this
one must support the trash seen and heard in the movie theaters and on
televisions and radios.
rather than constitutional reasons, some on the left express opposition
2004 Ron Paul 5:9
But this current proposal is dangerous. Since
most Americans- I hope- are still for freedom of expression of
and religious beliefs, no one claims that anyone who endorses freedom
therefore endorses the nutty philosophy and religious views that are
We should all know that the 1st Amendment was not written to
non-controversial mainstream speech, but rather the ideas and beliefs
the majority see as controversial or fringe.
2004 Ron Paul 5:10
The temptation has always been great to legislatively restrict rudeness,
prejudice, and minority views, and it’s easiest to start by attacking
clearly obnoxious expressions that most deem offensive.
The real harm comes later.
But “later” is now approaching.
2004 Ron Paul 5:11
The failure to understand that radio, TV, and movies more often than not reflect
the peoples’ attitudes prompts this effort.
It was never law that prohibited moral degradation in earlier
It was the moral standards of the people who rejected the smut
now see as routine entertainment.
writing laws and threatening huge fines will not improve the moral
Laws like the proposed
“Broadcast Indecency Act of 2004” merely address the symptom of a
society, while posing a greater threat to freedom of expression.
Laws may attempt to silence the bigoted and the profane, but the
and minds of those individuals will not be changed.
Societal standards will not be improved.
Government has no control over these standards, and can only
liberty in its efforts to make individuals more moral or the economy
2004 Ron Paul 5:12
Proponents of using government authority to censor certain undesirable images
and comments on the airwaves resort to the claim that the airways
belong to all
the people, and therefore it’s the government’s responsibility to
The mistake of never having
privatized the radio and TV airwaves does not justify ignoring the 1st
mandate that “Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech.”
When everyone owns something, in reality
nobody owns it.
Control then occurs merely by the whims of the politicians in
From the very start, licensing of radio and TV frequencies
government censorship that is no less threatening than that found in
2004 Ron Paul 5:13
We should not ignore the smut and trash that has invaded our society, but laws
like this will not achieve the goals that many seek.
If a moral society could be created by law, we would have had
one a long
fundamentalists in control of other countries would have led the way.
Instead, authoritarian violence reigns in
2004 Ron Paul 5:14
If it is not recognized that this is the wrong approach to improve the quality
of the airways, a heavy price will be paid.
The solution to decaying moral standards has to be voluntary,
setting examples in our families, churches, and communities- never by
It just doesn’t work.
2004 Ron Paul 5:15
But the argument is always that the people are in great danger if government
does not act by:
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- Restricting free
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- Claiming insensitive
hurts people, and political correctness guidelines are needed to
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- Arguing that campaign
reform is needed to hold down government corruption by the special
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- Banning indecency on the
that some believe encourages immoral behavior.
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If we accept the
principle that these dangers must be prevented through coercive
restrictions on expression, it must logically follow that all dangers
stamped out, especially those that are even more dangerous than those
This principle is
adhered to in all totalitarian societies.
means total control of freedom of expression of all political and
This certainly was the case
with the Soviets, the Nazis, the Cambodians, and the Chinese communists.
And yet these governments literally caused the deaths of
millions of people throughout the 20th Century.
This is the real danger, and if we’re in the business of
people from all danger, this will be the logical next step.
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It could easily be argued that this must be done, since political ideas and
fanatical religious beliefs are by far the most dangerous ideas known
Sadly, we’re moving in that direction, and no matter how well
the promoters of these limits on the 1st Amendment are, both on the
left and the
right, they nevertheless endorse the principle of suppressing any
dissent if one chooses to criticize the government.
2004 Ron Paul 5:22
When the direct attack on political and religious views comes, initially it will
be on targets that most will ignore, since they will be seen as outside
mainstream and therefore unworthy of defending – like the Branch
2004 Ron Paul 5:23
Rush Limbaugh has it right (at least on this one), and correctly fears the
“I’m in the free speech business,” as he defends Howard Stern
criticizes any government effort to curtail speech on the airways,
recognizing the media companies’ authority and responsibility to
2004 Ron Paul 5:24
Congress has been a poor steward of the 1st Amendment.
This newest attack should alert us all to the dangers of
regulating freedom of speech — of any kind.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 6
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 17, 2004
Oppose a Flawed Policy of Preemptive War
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Mr. Speaker, today during the floor debate on H.
Res. 557 (the Iraq resolution), I unfortunately was denied time to
dissent on the policy of preemptive war in Iraq- even though I am a
the International Relations committee.
fact that the committee held no hearings and did not mark up the
further challenges the fairness of the process.
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I wish to
opposition to H. Res. 557, obviously not because our armed forces do
praise, but rather because our policy in the Persian Gulf is seriously
resolution commending our forces should not be used to rubber-stamp a
folly. To do so is disingenuous. Though the resolution may have
benefits, it will prove to be historically incorrect.
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preemption is not
an answer to avoiding appeasement. Very few wars are necessary. Very
are good wars. And this one does not qualify. Most wars are costly
measure, in life and limb and economic hardship. In this regard, this
qualify: 566 deaths, 10,000 casualties, and hundreds of billions of
a victory requiring self-deception.
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victory, we should recognize that the war raging on between the Muslim
the Christian West has intensified and spread, leaving our allies and
people less safe. Denying we have an interest in oil, and denying that
an Islamic country is an affront to the sensitivities of most Arabs and
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Council resolutions as a justification for the war further emphasizes
sacrifice of sovereignty, and only underscores how Congress has reneged
constitutional responsibility over war.
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resolution dramatizes how
we have forgotten that for too long we were staunch military and
of Saddam Hussein, confirming the folly of our policy of foreign
many decades. From the days of installing the Shah of Iran to the
worldwide spread of hostilities and hatred, our unnecessary involvement
clearly how unintended consequences come back to haunt generation after
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leaders ought to
ask why Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, and many others are not
targets of an Islamic attack. Falsely believing that al Qaeda was
Saddam Hussein has resulted in al Qaeda now having a strong presence
influence in Iraq. Falsely believing that Iraq had a supply of weapons
destruction has resulted in a dramatic loss of U.S. credibility, as
anti-Americanism spreads around the world. Al Qaeda recruitment, sadly,
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praise our troops and
support them. Challenging ones patriotism for not supporting this
and/or policy in the Persian Gulf is not legitimate. We should all be
about endorsing and financing a policy that unfortunately expands the
than ends it.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 7
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 22, 2004
Dont Let the FDA Block Access to Needed Health Care Information
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Mr. Speaker, I rise
to introduce the Health Information Independence Act. This Act restores
right of consumers to purchase the dietary supplements of their choice
receive accurate information about the health benefits of foods and
supplements. The Act restricts the Food and Drug Administration’s power
impede consumers access to truthful claims regarding the benefits of
dietary supplements to those cases where the FDA has evidence that a
poses a threat to safety and well-being, or that a product does not
disclaimer informing consumers that the claims are not FDA-approved.
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threaten public safety, or that are marketed without a disclaimer,
would have to
be reviewed by an independent review board, comprised of independent
experts randomly chosen by the FDA. Anyone who is (or has been) on the
payroll is disqualified from serving on the board.
The FDA is forbidden from exercising any influence over the
If the board recommends approval of a health claim, then the FDA must
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board also must
consider whether any claims can be rendered non-misleading by adopting
disclaimer before rejecting a claim out of hand. For example, if the
the scientific evidence does not conclusively support a claim, but the
could be rendered non-misleading if accompanied with a disclaimer, then
board must approve the claim- provided it is always accompanied by an
appropriate disclaimer. The disclaimer would be a simple statement to
that “scientific studies on these claims are inconclusive” and/or
claims are not approved by the FDA.” Thus, the bill tilts the balance
federal law in favor of allowing consumers access to information
health benefits of foods and dietary supplements, which is proper in a
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established by the Health Information Independence Act are a fair and
way to ensure consumers have access to truthful information about
supplements. Over the past decade, the American people have made it
do not want the federal government to interfere with their access to
supplements, yet the FDA continues to engage in heavy-handed attempts
restrict such access.
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responded to the American peoples desire for greater access to
about the benefits of dietary supplements by passing the Dietary
Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), liberalizing rules regarding
regulation of dietary supplements. Congressional offices received a
number of comments in favor of DSHEA.
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officials continued to attempt to enforce regulations aimed at keeping
American public in the dark about the benefits of dietary supplements.
in the case of Pearson v. Shalala, the United States Court of Appeals
for the DC
Circuit Court reaffirmed consumers First Amendment right to learn
supplements without unnecessary interference from the FDA. The Pearson
anticipated my legislation by suggesting the FDA adopt disclaimers in
render some health claims non-misleading.
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the years since
the Pearson decision, members of Congress have had to continually
the FDA to ensure it followed the court order. The FDA continues to
consumers access to truthful health information. Clearly, the FDA is
to continue to (as the Pearson court pointed out) act as though
regulations regarding health claims is the equivalent of “asking
buy something while hypnotized and therefore they are bound to be
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“grocery store censorship” not only violates consumers’ First Amendment
rights- by preventing consumers from learning about the benefits of
dietary supplements, the FDA’s policies are preventing consumers from
easy steps to improve their own health!
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serious about respecting First Amendment rights, and the people’s right
improve their own health, we must remove the FDA’s authority to censor
non-misleading health claims, and claims that can be rendered
the simple device of adopting a disclaimer.
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conclusion, I urge
my colleagues to help establish an objective process that respects
First Amendment rights to non-misleading information regarding the
benefits of foods and dietary supplements by cosponsoring the Health
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 8
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 25, 2004
Oppose the Spendthrift 2005 Federal Budget Resolution
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Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual
budget resolution (HConRes 393) for a very simple reason: it makes
Like many of my Republican
colleagues who curiously voted for today’s enormous budget, I campaign
simple promise that I will work to make government smaller.
This means I cannot vote for any budget that increases spending
In fact, I would
have a hard time voting for any budget that did not slash federal
spending by at
least 25%, a feat that becomes less unthinkable when we remember that
federal budget in 1990 was less than half what it is today.
Did anyone really think the federal government was uncomfortably
just 14 years ago?
It once took more than 100 years for the federal budget to
double, now it
takes less than a decade.
to end the phony rhetoric about “priorities” and recognize federal
as the runaway freight train that it is.
federal government that spends 2.4 trillion dollars in one year and
roughly one-third of the nation’s GDP is far too large.
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Neither political party wants to address the fundamental
yet unspoken issue lurking beneath any budget debate: What is the
for government in our society?
these ever-growing social services and defense expenditures really
proper in a
We need to understand
that the more government spends, the more freedom is lost.
Instead of simply debating spending levels, we ought to be
debating whether the departments, agencies, and programs funded by the
should exist at all.
colleagues especially ought to know this.
however, the GOP has decided to abandon principle and pander to the
But this approach will
backfire, because Democrats will always offer to spend even more than
When Republicans offer
to spend $500 billion on Medicare, Democrats will offer $600 billion.
It’s all funny
money anyway, and it helps them get reelected.
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I object strenuously to the term “baseline budget.”
In Washington, this means that the previous year’s spending
represent only a baseline starting point.
parties accept that each new budget will spend more than the last, the
issue being how much more.
Republicans offer a budget that grows federal spending by 3%, while
seek 6% growth, Republicans trumpet that they are the party of smaller
government! But expanding the government slower than some would like is
same as reducing it.
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Furthermore, today’s budget debate further entrenches the
phony concept of discretionary versus nondiscretionary spending.
An increasing percentage of the annual federal budget is
“nondiscretionary” entitlement spending, meaning Congress ostensibly
choice whether to fund certain programs.
fact, roughly two-thirds of the fiscal year 2005 budget is consumed by
Congress has no say over how two-thirds of the federal budget is spent,
American people effectively have no say either.
Why in the world should the American people be forced to spend
trillion dollars funding programs that cannot even be reviewed at
The very concept of nondiscretionary spending is a
statist’s dream, because it assumes that we as a society simply have
that most of the federal leviathan must be funded as a matter of course.
NO program or agency should be considered sacred, and no funding
be considered inevitable.
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The assertion that this budget will reduce taxes is
Budget bills do not
change the tax laws one bit.
can pass this budget today and raise taxes tomorrow- budget and tax
completely separate and originate from different committees.
The budget may make revenue projections based
on tax cuts,
but the truth is that Congress has no idea what federal revenues will
be in any
Similarly, the deficit
reduction supposedly contained in the budget is illusory.
The federal government always spends more in future years than
projected, and always runs single-year deficits when one factors in
funds supposedly earmarked for Social Security.
The notion that today’s budget will impose fiscal restraint on
in the future is laughable- Congress will vote for new budgets every
without the slightest regard for what we do today.
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Mr. Speaker, my colleagues have discussed the details of
this budget ad nauseam.
increases in domestic, foreign, and military spending would not be
Congress stopped trying to build an empire abroad and a nanny state at
Our interventionist foreign policy and growing entitlement
bankrupt this nation if we do not change the way we think about the
of the federal government.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 9
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 30, 2004
Dont Expand NATO!
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Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this resolution. I do
so because further expansion of NATO, an outdated alliance, is not in
national interest and may well constitute a threat to our national
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More than 50 years ago the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization was formed to defend Western Europe and the United States
attack from the communist nations of Eastern Europe. It was an alliance
sovereign nations bound together in common purpose - for mutual
deterrence value of NATO helped kept the peace throughout the Cold War.
short, NATO achieved its stated mission. With the fall of the Soviet
the accompanying disappearance of the threat of attack, in 1989-1991,
reason to exist ceased. Unfortunately, as with most bureaucracies, the
NATO’s mission did not mean the end of NATO. Instead, heads of NATO
states gathered in 1999 desperately attempting to devise new missions
outdated and adrift alliance. This is where NATO moved from being a
alliance respecting the sovereignty of its members to an offensive and
interventionist organization, concerned now with economic, social and
political difficulties...ethnic and religious rivalries, territorial
inadequate or failed efforts at reform, the abuse of human rights, and
dissolution of states, in the words of the Washington 1999 Summit.
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And we saw the fruits of this new NATO mission in the
former Yugoslavia, where the US, through NATO, attacked a sovereign
threatened neither the United States nor its own neighbors. In
abandoned the claim it once had to the moral high ground. The result of
illegal and immoral NATO intervention in the Balkans speaks for itself:
troops will occupy the Balkans for the foreseeable future. No peace has
attained, merely the cessation of hostilities and a permanent
dependency on US
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The further expansion of NATO is in reality a cover for
increased US interventionism in Europe and beyond. It will be a conduit
unconstitutional US foreign aid and US interference in the internal
member nations, especially the new members from the former East.
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It will also mean more corporate welfare at home. As we
know, NATO membership demands a minimum level of military spending of
states. For NATO’s new members, the burden of significantly increased
spending when there are no longer external threats is hard to meet.
Unfortunately, this is where the US government steps in, offering aid
subsidized loans to these members so they can purchase more unneeded
unnecessary military equipment. In short, it is nothing more than
welfare for the US military industrial complex.
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The expansion of NATO to these seven countries, we have
heard, will open them up to the further expansion of US military bases,
to the border of the former Soviet Union. Does no one worry that this
provocation of Russia might have negative effects in the future? Is it
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Further, this legislation encourages the accession of
Albania, Macedonia, and Croatia - nations that not long ago were mired
and regional wars. The promise of US military assistance if any of
are attacked is obviously a foolhardy one. What will the mutual defense
obligations we are entering into mean if two Balkan NATO members begin
hostilities against each other (again)?
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In conclusion, we should not be wasting US tax money and
taking on more military obligations expanding NATO. The alliance is a
the Cold War, a hold-over from another time, an anachronism. It should
disbanded, the sooner the better.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 10
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 22, 2004
The Lessons of 9/11
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We are constantly admonished to remember the lessons of
Of course the real issue is
not remembering, but rather knowing what the pertinent lesson of that
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The 9/11 Commission soon will release its report after
months of fanfare by those whose reputations are at stake.
The many hours and dollars spent on the investigation may well
little we don’t already know, while ignoring the most important lessons
should be learned from this egregious attack on our homeland.
Common sense already tells us the tens of billions of dollars
government agencies, whose job it is to provide security and
our country, failed.
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A full-fledged investigation into the bureaucracy may help
us in the future, but one should never pretend that government
be made efficient.
It is the very
nature of bureaucracies to be inefficient.
Spending an inordinate amount of time finger pointing will
the real lessons of 9/11.
agency, which department, or which individual receives the most blame
be the main purpose of the investigation.
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Despite our serious failure to prevent the attacks, it’s
disturbing to see how politicized the whole investigation has become.
Which political party receives the greatest blame is a high
election-year event, and distracts from the real lessons ignored by
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Everyone on the Commission assumes that 9/11 resulted from
a lack of government action.
in Washington has raised the question of whether our shortcomings,
light by 9/11, could have been a result of too much government.
Possibly in the final report we will discuss this, but to date
no one has
questioned the assumption that we need more government and, of
course — though
elusive — a more efficient one.
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The failure to understand the nature of the enemy who
attacked us on 9/11, along with a pre-determined decision to initiate a
pre-emptive war against Iraq, prompted our government to deceive the
believing that Saddam Hussein had something to do with the attacks on
The majority of the
American people still contend the war against Iraq was justified
because of the
events of 9/11.
misinterpretations have led to many U.S. military deaths and
prompting a growing number of Americans to question the wisdom of our
and purpose in a strange foreign land 6,000 miles from our shores.
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The neo-conservative defenders of our policy in Iraq speak of the benefits that
we have brought to the Iraqi people:
of a violent dictator, liberation, democracy, and prosperity.
If all this were true, the resistance against our occupation
would not be
We ought to admit we have
not been welcomed as liberators as was promised by the proponents of
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Though we hear much about the so-called “benefits” we
have delivered to the Iraqi people and the Middle East, we hear little
the cost to the American people:
lost, soldiers maimed for life, uncounted thousands sent home with
bodies and minds, billions of dollars consumed, and a major cloud
U.S. markets and the economy.
political divisions, reminiscent of the 1960s, are arising at home.
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Failing to understand why 9/11 happened and looking for a
bureaucratic screw-up to explain the whole thing — while using the
start an unprovoked war unrelated to 9/11 — have dramatically
problems all Americans and the world face.
Evidence has shown that there was no connection between Saddam
and the guerilla attacks on New York and Washington, and since no
mass destruction were found, other reasons are given for invading Iraq.
The real reasons are either denied or ignored: oil,
empire building, and our support for Israel over the Palestinians.
2004 Ron Paul 10:10
The proponents of the Iraqi war do not hesitate to impugn
the character of those who point out the shortcomings of current
them unpatriotic and appeasers of terrorism.
is said that they are responsible for the growing armed
resistance, and for the killing of American soldiers.
It’s conveniently ignored that if the opponents of the
current policy had prevailed, not one single American would have died
tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians have suffered the same fate.
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Al Qaeda and many new militant groups would not be enjoying
a rapid growth in their ranks.
denying that our sanctions and bombs brought havoc to Iraq, it’s easy
the patriot card and find a scapegoat to blame.
We are never at fault and never responsible for bad outcomes of
believe is, albeit well-intentioned, interference in the affairs of
miles from our shores.
2004 Ron Paul 10:12
Pursuing our policy has boiled down to “testing our
It is said by many — even some who did not support the war — that now we have no choice but
“stay the course.”
that it’s a noble gesture to be courageous and continue no matter how
But that should not be
It is not a question of
resolve, but rather a question of wise policy.
If the policy is flawed and the world and our people are less
it, unshakable resolve is the opposite of what we need.
Staying the course only makes sense when the difficult tasks are
to protect our country and to thwart those who pose a direct threat to
Wilsonian idealism of self-sacrifice to “make the world safe for
democracy” should never be an excuse to wage preemptive war — especially since
it almost never produces the desired results.
There are always too many unintended consequences.
2004 Ron Paul 10:13
In our effort to change the political structure of Iraq, we
continue alliances with dictators and even develop new ones with
are anything but democracies.
have a close alliance with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, many other Arab
dictatorships, and a new one with Kadafi of Libya.
This should raise questions about the credibility of our
commitment to promoting democracy in Iraq — which even our own
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Show me one neo-con that would accept a national election
that put the radical Shiites in charge.
Secretary Rumsfeld said, it’s not going to happen.
These same people are condemning the recent democratic decisions
We should remember that
since World War II, in 35 U.S. attempts to promote democracy around the
none have succeeded.
2004 Ron Paul 10:15
Promoters of war too often fail to contemplate the
unintended consequences of an aggressive foreign policy.
So far, the anti-war forces have not been surprised with the
has now become Iraq, or Iran’s participation — but even they cannot
the long-term shortcomings of such a policy.
2004 Ron Paul 10:16
In an eagerness to march on Baghdad, the neo-cons gloated — and I heard them — of the “shock and awe” that was about to hit the
It turns out that the real
shock and awe is that we’re further from peace in Iraq than we were a
ago — and Secretary Rumsfeld admits his own surprise.
2004 Ron Paul 10:17
The only policy now offered is to escalate the war and
avenge the deaths of American soldiers—if they kill 10 of our troops,
kill 100 of theirs.
Up until now,
announcing the number of Iraqi deaths has been avoided purposely, but
policy announces our success by the number of Iraqis killed.
But the more we kill, the greater the incitement of the radical
The harder we try to
impose our will on them, the greater the resistance becomes.
2004 Ron Paul 10:18
Amazingly, our occupation has done what was at one time
thought to be impossible—it has united the Sunnis and Shiites against
Although this is probably
temporary, it is real and has deepened our problems in securing Iraq.
The results are an escalation of the conflict and the
This acceleration of
the killing is called “pacification”—a bit of 1984 newspeak.
2004 Ron Paul 10:19
The removal of Saddam Hussein has created a stark irony.
The willingness and intensity of the Iraqi people to fight for
homeland has increased many times over.
Saddam Hussein, essentially no resistance occurred.
Instead of jubilation and parades for the liberators, we face
greater and unified efforts to throw out all foreigners than when
was in charge.
2004 Ron Paul 10:20
It’s not whether the Commission investigation of the
causes of 9/11 is unwarranted; since the Commissioners are looking in
places for answers, it’s whether much will be achieved.
2004 Ron Paul 10:21
I’m sure we will hear that the bureaucracy failed,
whether it was the FBI, the CIA, the NSC, or all of them for failure to
communicate with each other.
will not answer the question of why we were attacked and why our
so poor. Even though 40 billion dollars are spent on intelligence
year, the process failed us.
likely to be said that what we need is more money and more efficiency.
Yet, that approach fails to recognize that depending on
agencies to be efficient is a risky assumption.
2004 Ron Paul 10:22
We should support efforts to make the intelligence agencies more effective, but
one thing is certain: more money won’t help.
Of the 40 billion dollars spent annually for intelligence, too
spent on nation building and activities unrelated to justified
2004 Ron Paul 10:23
There are two other lessons that must be learned if we hope
to benefit by studying and trying to explain the disaster that hit us
If we fail to learn them, we cannot be made safer and the
more likely to occur.
2004 Ron Paul 10:24
The first point is to understand who assumes most of the
responsibility for the security of our homes and businesses in a free
It’s not the police.
are too few of them, and it’s not their job to stand guard outside our
or places of business.
occurs in the inner city, where there are not only more police, but
restrictions on property owners’ rights to bear and use weapons if
In safer rural areas,
where every home has a gun and someone in it who is willing to use it
is no false dependency on the police protecting them, but full reliance
owner’s responsibility to deal with any property violators.
This understanding works rather well—at least better than in the
cities where the understanding is totally different.
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How does this apply to the 9/11 tragedies?
The airline owners accepted the rules of the inner city rather
of rural America.
They all assumed
that the government was in charge of airline security—and
law, it was.
Not only were the
airlines complacent about security, but the FAA dictated all the rules
to potential hijacking.
plants or armored truck companies that carry money make the opposite
and private guns do a reasonably good job in providing security.
Evidently we think more of our money and chemical plants than we
passengers on airplanes.
2004 Ron Paul 10:26
The complacency of the airlines is one thing, but the
intrusiveness of the FAA is another.
specific regulations proved to be disastrous for dealing with the thugs
without even a single gun, took over four airliners and created the
Both the prohibition against
guns in cockpits and precise instructions that crews not resist
contributed immensely to the horrors of 9/11.
2004 Ron Paul 10:27
Instead of immediately legalizing a natural right of
personal self-defense guaranteed by an explicit Second Amendment
still do not have armed pilots in the sky.
Instead of more responsibility being given to the airlines, the
government has taken over the entire process.
This has been encouraged by the airline owners, who seek
the nonsense of never resisting has been forever vetoed by all
2004 Ron Paul 10:28
Unfortunately, the biggest failure of our government will
I’m sure the
Commission will not connect our foreign policy of
both major parties for over a hundred years—as an important reason 9/11
Instead, the claims will
stand that the motivation behind 9/11 was our freedom, prosperity, and
If this error persists, all
the tinkering and money to improve the intelligence agencies will bear
2004 Ron Paul 10:29
Over the years the entire psychology of national defense
has been completely twisted.
little attention had been directed toward protecting our national
providing homeland security.
2004 Ron Paul 10:30
Our attention, all too often, was and still is directed
outward toward distant lands.
significant number of our troops are engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq.
We’ve kept troops in Korea for over 50 years, and thousands of
remain in Europe and in over 130 other countries.
This twisted philosophy of ignoring national borders while
empire created a situation where Seoul, Korea, was better protected
Washington, DC, on 9/11.
priorities must change, but I’m certain the 9/11 Commission will not
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This misdirected policy has prompted the current protracted
war in Iraq, which has gone on for 13 years with no end in sight.
The al Qaeda attacks should not be used to justify more
instead they should be seen as a guerilla attacks against us for what
and Muslim world see as our invasion and interference in their
This cycle of escalation is rapidly spreading the confrontation
between the Christian West and the Muslim East.
With each escalation, the world becomes more dangerous.
It is especially made worse when we retaliate against Muslims
who had nothing to do with 9/11—as we have in Iraq—further confirming
suspicions of the Muslim masses that our goals are more about oil and
than they are about punishing those responsible for 9/11.
2004 Ron Paul 10:32
Those who claim that Iraq is another Vietnam are wrong.
They can’t be the same.
are too many differences in time, place, and circumstance.
But that doesn’t mean the Iraqi conflict cannot last longer,
throughout the region and throughout the world—making it potentially
worse than what we suffered in Vietnam.
the first 6 years we were in Vietnam, we lost less than 500 troops.
have been killed in Iraq in just over a year.
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Our failure to pursue al Qaeda and bin Laden in Pakistan and Afghanistan — and
diverting resources to Iraq — have seriously compromised our ability to
a favorable world opinion of support and cooperation in this effort.
2004 Ron Paul 10:34
Instead, we have chaos in Iraq while the Islamists are
being financed by a booming drug business from U.S.-occupied
2004 Ron Paul 10:35
Continuing to deny that the attacks against us are related to our overall policy
of foreign meddling through many years and many administrations, makes
over our enemies nearly impossible.
understanding the true nature and motivation of those who have and will
deadly attacks against us prevents a sensible policy from being pursued.
Guerilla warriors, who are willing to risk and sacrifice
part of a war they see as defensive, are a far cry, philosophically,
from a band
of renegades who out of unprovoked hate seek to destroy us and kill
in the process.
How we fight back
depends on understanding these differences.
2004 Ron Paul 10:36
Of course, changing our foreign policy to one of no pre-emptive war, no nation
building, no entangling alliances, no interference in the internal
other nations, and trade and friendship with all who seek it, is no
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The real obstacle, though, is to understand the motives
behind our current policy of perpetual meddling in the affairs of
more than a hundred years.
2004 Ron Paul 10:38
Understanding why both political parties agree on the
principle of continuous foreign intervention is crucial.
Those reasons are multiple and varied.
They range from the persistent Wilsonian idealism of making the
safe for democracy to the belief that we must protect “our” oil.
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Also contributing to this bi-partisan, foreign policy view is the notion that
promoting world government is worthwhile.
involves support for the United Nations, NATO, control of the world’s
resources through the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO, NAFTA, FTAA, and
the Law of
the Sea Treaty—all of which gain the support of those sympathetic to
and socialism, while too often the benefits accrue to the
international corporations and bankers sympathetic to economic fascism.
2004 Ron Paul 10:40
Sadly, in the process the people are forgotten, especially those who pay the
taxes, those whose lives are sacrificed in no-win undeclared wars, and
unemployed and poor as the economic consequences of financing our
2004 Ron Paul 10:41
Regardless of one’s enthusiasm or lack thereof for the war and the general
policy of maintaining American troops in more than 130 countries, one
soon must be recognized by all of us in Congress.
The American people cannot afford it, and when the market
recognizes the over commitment we’ve made, the results will not be
2004 Ron Paul 10:42
A “guns and butter” policy was flawed in the 60s, and gave us interest rates
of 21% in the 70s with high inflation rates.
The current “guns and butter” policy is even more intense, and
economic infrastructure is more fragile than it was back then.
These facts dictate our inability to continue this policy both
internationally and domestically.
is true, an unshakable resolve to stay the course in Iraq, or any other
spot, can be pursued for years.
when a country is adding to its future indebtedness by over 700 billion
per year it can only be done with great economic harm to all our
2004 Ron Paul 10:43
Huge deficits, financed by borrowing and Federal Reserve monetization, are an
unsustainable policy and always lead to higher price inflation, higher
rates, a continued erosion of the dollar’s value, and a faltering
Economic law dictates that the standard of living then must go
all Americans—except for the privileged few who have an inside track on
government largess—if this policy of profligate spending continues.
Ultimately, the American people, especially the younger
have to decide whether to languish with current policy or reject the
perpetual warfare and continued growth in entitlements should be
2004 Ron Paul 10:44
I’m sure the Commission will not deal
with the flaw in
the foreign policy endorsed by both parties for these many decades.
I hope the Commission tells us why members of the bin Laden
permitted, immediately after 9/11, to leave the United States without
interrogation, when no other commercial or private flights were allowed.
That event should have been thoroughly studied and explained to
We actually had a
lot more reason to invade Saudi Arabia than we did Iraq in connection
but that country, obviously no friend of democracy, remains an
of the United States with few questions asked.
2004 Ron Paul 10:45
I’m afraid the Commission will answer only a few questions while raising many
Overall though, the
Commission has been beneficial and provides some reassurance to those
believe we operate in a much too closed society.
Fortunately, any administration, under the current system, still
respond to reasonable inquiries.
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HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Statement on the Abuse of Prisoners in Iraq
May 6, 2004
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Mr. PAUL: Mr. Speaker, I rise in
opposition to this resolution as written. Like so many resolutions we
here on the Iraq war, this one is not at all what it purports to be.
really a resolution condemning abuse of prisoners and other detainees,
anyone here would oppose it. Clearly the abuse and humiliation of those
custody is deplorable, and the pictures we have all seen over the past
2004 Ron Paul 11:2
why are we
condemning a small group of low-level servicemembers when we do not yet
full story? Why are we rushing to insert ourselves into an ongoing
investigation, pretending that we already know the conclusions when we
to even ask all the questions? As revolting as the pictures we have
they are all we have to go by, and we are reacting to these pictures
do not and cannot know the full story at this point, yet we jump to
those who have not even yet had the benefit of a trial. We appear to be
operating on the principle of guilty until proven innocent. It seems
and perhaps politically expedient to blame a small group of “bad
what may well turn out to be something completely different – as the
continuously widening investigation increasingly suggests.
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of the soldiers
in the photographs claim that their superior officers and the civilian
contractors in charge of the interrogations forced them to pose this
cannot say with certainty what took place in Iraq’s prisons based on a
photographs. We have heard that some of those soldiers put in charge of
in Iraq were woefully unprepared for the task at hand. We have heard
were thrown into a terribly confusing, stressful, and dangerous
little training and little understanding of the rules and
additional stresses and psychological pressures were applied by those
of interrogations? We don’t know. Does this excuse what appears to be
reprehensible behavior? Not in the slightest, but it does suggest that
to get all the facts before we draw conclusions. It is more than a
disturbing that this resolution does not even mention the scores of
contractors operating in these prisons at whom numerous fingers are
pointed as instigators of these activities. While these individuals
operate with impunity, this legislation before us all but convicts
those lowest in the chain of command.
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is only partly about the alleged abuses of detainees in Iraq. Though
this is the
pretext for the legislation, this resolution is really just an
endorsement of our nation-building activities in Iraq. This resolution
“expresses the continuing solidarity and support of the House of
Representatives…with the Iraqi people in building a viable Iraqi
and a secure nation.” Also this resolution praises the “mission to
and rehabilitate a proud nation after liberating it…” At least the
resolution is honest in admitting that our current presence in Iraq is
more than a nation-building exercise.
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resolution explicitly endorses what is clearly a failed policy in Iraq.
whether anyone remembers that we did not go to war against Iraq to
better nation there, or to bring about “improvements in… water, sewage,
power, infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications, and food
security…” as this resolution touts. Nor did those who urged this war
at the time that the goals were to “significantly improv[e]…food
availability, health service, and educational opportunities” in Iraq,
legislation also references. No, the war was essential, they claimed,
to stop a
nation poised to use weapons of mass destruction to inflict unspeakable
against the United States. Now historical revisionists are pointing out
wonderful our nation-building is going in Iraq, as if that justifies
the loss of
countless American and Iraqi civilian lives.
2004 Ron Paul 11:6
decries the fact that the administration had not informed Congress of
abuses and that the administration has not kept Congress in the
loop. Yet, Congress made it clear to the administration from the very
that Congress wanted no responsibility for the war in Iraq. If Congress
to be kept in the loop it should have vigorously exercised its
from the very beginning. This means, first and foremost, that Congress
have voted on a declaration of war as required in the Constitution.
after abrogating this responsibility in October 2002, now is
complaining that it
is in the dark. Indeed, who is to say that the legal ambiguity created
Congressional refusal to declare war may not have contributed to the
detainees need not be treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention,
governs the treatment of prisoners during a time of war? Until Congress
its constitutional responsibilities, complaints that the administration
sufficiently forthcoming with information ring hollow.
2004 Ron Paul 11:7
on the administration to keep Congress better informed. But Congress
power – and the obligation – to keep itself better informed! If
truly interested in being informed, it should hold hearings –
subpoena power if necessary. Depending on the administration to fulfill
our own constitutional responsibility is once again passing the buck.
this what has gotten us into this trouble in the first place?
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urge my colleagues
to oppose this resolution.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 12
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Dont Start a War with Iran!
May 6, 2004
2004 Ron Paul 12:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this
ill-conceived and ill-timed legislation. Let’s not fool ourselves: this
concurrent resolution leads us down the road to war against Iran. It
precedent for future escalation, as did similar legislation endorsing
change” in Iraq back in 1998.
2004 Ron Paul 12:2
I find it incomprehensible that as the failure of our Iraq
policy becomes more evident - even to its most determined advocates -we
approving the same kind of policy toward Iran. With Iraq becoming more
problem daily, the solution as envisioned by this legislation is to
look for yet
another fight. And we should not fool ourselves: this legislation sets
for direct conflict with Iran. The resolution “calls upon all State
the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), including
United States, to use all appropriate means to deter, dissuade, and
from acquiring nuclear weapons…” Note the phrase “…use all appropriate
2004 Ron Paul 12:3
Additionally, this legislation calls for yet more and
stricter sanctions on Iran, including a demand that other countries
sanctions on Iran. As we know, sanctions are unmistakably a move toward
particularly when, as in this legislation, a demand is made that the
nations of the world similarly isolate and blockade the country. Those
for a regime change in Iran should especially reject sanctions - just
how our Cuba policy has allowed Fidel Castro to maintain his hold on
decades. Sanctions do not hurt political leaders, as we know most
our sanctions against Iraq, but rather sow misery among the poorest and
vulnerable segments of society. Dictators do not go hungry when
2004 Ron Paul 12:4
It is somewhat ironic that we are again meddling in Iranian
affairs. Students of history will recall that the US government’s
coup against Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 and its
installation of the Shah as the supreme ruler led to intense hatred of
United States and eventually to the radical Islamic revolution of 1979.
only wonder what our relations would be with Iran if not for the
meddling in that country’s internal affairs. We likely would not be
considering resolutions such as this. Yet the solution to all the
created by our meddling foreign policy always seems to always be yet
meddling. Will Congress ever learn?
2004 Ron Paul 12:5
I urge my colleagues to reject this move toward war with
Iran, to reject the failed policies of regime-change and
nation-building, and to
return to the wise and consistent policy of non-interventionism in the
of other sovereign nations.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 13
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 19, 2004
Reject the Millennium Challenge Act
2004 Ron Paul 13:1
Mr. Chairman, though the ill-conceived Millennium Challenge Act has already
become law and therefore we are only talking about its implementation
is nevertheless important to again address some very fundamental
this new foreign aid program.
2004 Ron Paul 13:2
I believe that the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) may
be one of the worst foreign policy blunders yet - and among the most
is advertised as a whole new kind of foreign aid - apparently an honest
admission that the old system of foreign aid does not work. But rather
rid of the old, bad system of foreign aid in favor of this “new and
improved” system, we are keeping both systems and thereby doubling our
aid. I guess it is easy to be generous with other people’s money. In
this “new and improved” method of sending US taxpayer dollars overseas
likely work no better than the old system, and may in fact do more
damage to the
countries that it purports to help.
2004 Ron Paul 13:3
The MCA budget request for fiscal year 2005 is $2.5
billion. We have been told that somewhere between 12 and 16 countries
the following criteria for inclusion in the program: “ruling justly,
in people, and pursuing sound economic policies.”
2004 Ron Paul 13:4
It is a good idea to pay close attention to these criteria,
as they tell the real tale of this new program. First, what does
people” mean? It is probably safe to assume that “investing in people”
does not mean keeping taxes low and government interference to a
minimum so that
individuals can create wealth through private economic activity. So, in
this program will reward socialist-style governance.
2004 Ron Paul 13:5
In fact, this program will do much more harm than good.
MCA will hurt recipient country
economies. Sending US aid
money into countries that are pursuing sound economic policies will not
these economies. On the contrary, an external infusion of money to
meeting the economic criteria will actually obscure areas where an
inefficient and unproductive. This assistance will slow down necessary
providing a hidden subsidy to unproductive sectors of the economy. We
thus do no
favors for the recipient country in the long term with this harmful
2004 Ron Paul 13:6
MCA is a waste of taxpayer money. Countries that pursue
sound economic policies will find that international financial markets
many times the investment capital necessary for economic growth. MCA
not even be a drop in the bucket compared to what private capital can
bear in an economy with promise and potential. And this capital will be
according to sound investment strategies - designed to make a profit -
than allocated according to the whim of government bureaucrats.
2004 Ron Paul 13:7
MCA is corporate welfare for politically-connected US
firms. These companies will directly benefit from this purported aid to
countries, as the money collected from US taxpayers can under the
transferred directly to US companies to complete programs in the
countries. As bad as it is for US tax dollars to be sent overseas to
countries, what is worse is for it to be sent abroad to help rich and
politically-connected US and multi-national companies.
2004 Ron Paul 13:8
MCA encourages socialism and statism. Because it is
entirely geared toward foreign governments, it will force economically
devastating “public-private partnerships” in developing nations: if the
private sector is to see any of the money it will have to be in
government. There should be no doubt that these foreign governments
additional requirements on the private firms in order to qualify for
Who knows how much of this money will be wasted on those companies with
political connections to the foreign governments in power. The MCA
political corruption by creating a slush fund at the control of foreign
2004 Ron Paul 13:9
MCA encourages a socialist approach to health care in
recipient countries. In rewarding a top-down government-controlled
health care, the program ignores the fact that this model has failed
wherever it has been applied. Ask anyone in the former communist
they liked their government healthcare system.
2004 Ron Paul 13:10
Finally, MCA is another tool to meddle in the internal
affairs of sovereign nations. Already we see that one of the countries
receive funds is the Republic of Georgia, where former cronies of
Eduard Shevardnadze staged a coup against him last year and have since
conducted massive purges of the media and state institutions, have
thousands in phony “anti-corruption” campaigns, and have even adopted
own political party flag as the new flag of the country. The current
in Georgia does not deserve a dime of aid from the United States.
2004 Ron Paul 13:11
Though the Millennium Challenge Account is advertised as a
brand new approach to foreign aid - foreign aid that really works - it
fact expensive and counter-productive, and will be very unlikely to
change in the countries it purports to help. The wisest approach to
international economic development is for the United States to lead by
to re-embrace the kind of economic policies that led us to become
wealthy in the
first place. This means less government, less taxation, no foreign
Demonstrating the effectiveness of limited government in creating
be the greatest gift we could send overseas.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 14
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 2, 2004
The House of Representatives Must be Elected!
2004 Ron Paul 14:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.J.Res. 83, which amends the United
States Constitution to allow appointed persons to fill vacancies in the
Representatives in the event of an emergency. Since the Continuity of
(COG) Commission first proposed altering our system of government by
appointed members to serve in this body. I, along with other members of
Congress, journalists, academics, and policy experts, have expressed
that having appointed members serve in the House of Representatives is
inconsistent with the House’s historic function as the branch of
directly accountable to the people.
2004 Ron Paul 14:2
Even with the direct election of Senators, the fact that
members of the House of Representatives are elected every two years
Senators run for statewide office every six years) means that members
House are still more accountable to the people than members of any
other part of
the federal government. Appointed members of Congress simply cannot be
representative. James Madison and Alexander Hamilton eloquently made
in Federalist 52: “As it is essential to liberty that the government in
general should have a common interest with the people, so it is
essential that the branch of it under consideration should have an
dependence on, and an intimate sympathy with, the people. Frequent
unquestionably the only policy by which this dependence and sympathy
2004 Ron Paul 14:3
Mr. Speaker, there are those who say that the power of
appointment is necessary in order to preserve checks and balances and
prevent an abuse of executive power. Of course, I agree that it is very
important to carefully guard our constitutional liberties in times of
and that an over-centralization of power in the executive branch is one
most serious dangers to that liberty. However, Mr. Speaker, during a
crisis it is all the more important to have representatives accountable
people making the laws. Otherwise, the citizenry has no check on the
tendency of government to infringe on the people’s liberties at such a
would remind my colleagues that the only reason we are reexamining
the PATRIOT Act is because of public concerns that this Act gives up
liberty for a phantom security. Appointed officials would not be as
to public concerns.
2004 Ron Paul 14:4
Supporters of this plan claim that the appointment power
will be necessary in the event of an emergency, and that the appointed
representatives will only serve for a limited time. However, the laws
these “temporary” representatives will be permanent.
2004 Ron Paul 14:5
Mr. Speaker, this country has faced the possibility of
threats to the continuity of this body several times throughout our
no one suggested removing the people’s right to vote for members of the
of Representatives. For example, when the British attacked the city of
Washington in the War of 1812, nobody suggested the states could not
lack of a quorum in the House of Representatives though elections.
Civil War, DC neighbor Virginia was actively involved in hostilities
United States government- yet President Abraham Lincoln never suggested
non-elected persons serve in the House.
2004 Ron Paul 14:6
Adopting any of the proposals to deny the people the
ability to choose their own representatives would let the terrorists
they can succeed in altering our republican institutions. I hope all my
colleagues who are considering supporting H.J.Res. 83 will question the
of handing terrorists a victory over republican government.
2004 Ron Paul 14:7
The Constitution already provides the framework for
Congress to function after a catastrophic event. Article I Section 2
governors of the various states authority to hold special elections to
vacancies in the House of Representatives.
Article I Section 4 gives Congress the authority to designate
manner, and place of such special elections if states should fail to
expeditiously following a national emergency.
As Hamilton explains in Federalist 59, the “time, place, and
clause was specifically designed to address the kind of extraordinary
circumstances imagined by the supporters of H.J.Res. 83.
Hamilton characterized authority over federal elections as
the states and Congress, with neither being able to control the process
2004 Ron Paul 14:8
Last month, this body fulfilled its constitutional duty by
passing HR 2844, the Continuity of Representation Act. HR 2844
Congress’s power to regulate the time, place, and manner of elections
requiring the holding of special elections within 45 days after the
acting Speaker declares 100 or more members of the House have been
proposal protects the peoples right to choose their representatives at
when such a right may be most important, while ensuring continuity of
2004 Ron Paul 14:9
In conclusion, I call upon my colleges to reject H.J.Res. 83, since it alters
the Constitution to deny the people their right to elect their
at a time when having elected representation may be most crucial.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 15
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 3, 2004
The Same Old Failed Policies in Iraq
2004 Ron Paul 15:1
Mr. Speaker, the more
things change, the more they stay the same.
Our allegiances to our allies and friends change constantly.
For a decade, exiled Iraqi Ahmed Chalabi was our chosen
leader-to-be in a
Championed by Pentagon
neocons and objected to by the State Department, Mr. Chalabi received
100 million U.S. taxpayer dollars as our man designated to be leader of
2004 Ron Paul 15:2
But something happened on the way to the coronation.
The State Department finally won out in its struggle with the
dump Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress, delivering Iraq to a
exiled group, Dr. Iyad Allawi’s Iraqi National Accord.
But never fear, both groups were CIA supported and both would be
to govern as an American puppet.
that’s the problem.
conditions that currently exist in Iraq, American sponsorship of a
or even United Nations approval, for that matter, will be rejected by a
nationalistic Iraqi people.
2004 Ron Paul 15:3
We never seem to learn, and the Muslim Middle East never forgets.
Our support for the Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein’s war
has never endeared us to the Iranians.
supposed to be surprised to discover that our close confidant Ahmed
turns out to be a cozy pragmatic friend of Iran.
The CIA may have questioned the authenticity of Iranian
passed on to the U.S. by Chalabi, yet still this intelligence was used
to promote the pro-war propaganda that so many in Congress and the
And now it looks like the
intelligence fed to Chalabi by Iran was deliberately falsified, but
fit in so neatly with the neocon’s determination to remake the entire
East, starting with a preemptive war against Iraq, it was received
2004 Ron Paul 15:4
served the interests of both Iran and Osama bin Laden by eliminating
enemy they despised- Saddam Hussein.
the Iranians delight, it was payback time for our allegiance with
against Iran in the 1980s.
2004 Ron Paul 15:5
The serious concern is that
valuable and top-secret U.S. intelligence may well have gone in the
direction: to Iran with the help of Chalabi.
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concerns led to the dumping of the heir apparent Chalabi, the arrest of
colleagues, and the raid on his home and headquarters to seize
documents. The connection between Chalabi and the U.N. food-for-oil
yet to be determined.
2004 Ron Paul 15:7
But no one should be surprised.
change plans- whether by CIA operations or by preemptive war- almost
American involvement in
installing the Shah of Iran in the fifties, killing Diem in South
Vietnam in the
sixties, helping Osama bin Laden against the Soviets in the eighties,
Saddam Hussein against Iran in the eighties, propping up dictators in
countries, and supporting the destruction of the Palestinian people all
serious repercussions on American interests including the loss of
We have wasted hundreds of billions of dollars while the old
the Middle East continue to fester.
2004 Ron Paul 15:8
many times have
our friends become our enemies and our enemies our friends, making it
to determine which is which?
relationship with Kadafi in Libya is an example of the silliness of our
Does his recent “conversion” to our side qualify him for U.S.
No one can possibly
predict what our relationship with Kadafi will be in a year or two from
My guess is that he too has a long memory.
And even if he becomes a U.S. stooge, it will only foment
his own people for his cozy relationship with the United States.
Long term, interference in the internal affairs of other nations
help us or those we support.
2004 Ron Paul 15:9
argue behind the scenes that we must protect “our oil” surely should
second thoughts, as oil prices soar over $40 with our current policy of
2004 Ron Paul 15:10
The real tragedy is that even those with good intentions who argue the
case for our military presence around the world never achiever their
Not only do the efforts fall
short, the unintended consequences in life and limb and dollars spent
much greater than ever anticipated.
blow back effects literally go on for decades.
2004 Ron Paul 15:11
economic costs are enormous but generally ignored.
A policy of militarism and constant war has huge dollar costs,
contribute to the huge deficits, higher interest rates, inflation, and
War cannot raise the
standard of living for the average American.
Participants in the military-industrial complex do benefit,
Now the grand scheme of
physically rebuilding Iraq using
American corporations may well prove profitable to the select few with
2004 Ron Paul 15:12
clear failure of
the policy of foreign interventionism followed by our leaders for more
hundred years should prompt a reassessment of our philosophy.
Tactical changes, or relying more on the U.N., will not solve
Either way the burden
will fall on the American taxpayer and the American soldier.
2004 Ron Paul 15:13
day is fast
approaching when we no longer will be able to afford this burden. For
foreign governments are willing to loan us the money needed to finance
current account deficit, and indirectly the cost of our worldwide
It may seem possible
for the moment because we have been afforded the historically unique
of printing the world’s reserve currency.
Foreigners have been only too willing to take our depreciating
for their goods.
eventually will limit our ability to live off others by credit creation.
Eventually trust in the dollar will be diminished, if not
Those who hold these trillion
plus dollars can hold us
hostage if it’s ever in their interest.
may be that economic law and hostility toward the United States will
precipitate an emotionally charged rejection of the dollar.
2004 Ron Paul 15:14
true wealth of the country will become self-evident and we will no
able to afford the extravagant expense of pursuing an American empire.
has ever been able to finance excessive foreign entanglements and
entitlements through printing press money and borrowing from abroad.
2004 Ron Paul 15:15
reconsider the advice of the founding fathers and the guidelines of the
Constitution, which counsel a foreign policy of non-intervention and
Setting a good
example is a far better way to spread American ideals than through
Trading with nations, without
interference by international government regulators, is far better than
sanctions and tariffs that too often plant the seeds of war.
2004 Ron Paul 15:16
The principle of self-determination should be permitted for all nations and all
demographically defined groups.
world tolerated the breakup of the ruthless Soviet and Yugoslavian
rather well, even as certain national and ethnic groups demanded
self-determination and independence.
2004 Ron Paul 15:17
principle is the
source of the solution for Iraq.
should suggest and encourage each of the three groups- the Sunnis, the
and the Kurds- to seek self-government and choose voluntarily whether
to associate with a central government.
2004 Ron Paul 15:18
Instead of the incessant chant about us forcing democracy on others, why not
read our history and see how thirteen nations joined together to form a
loose-knit republic with emphasis on local self-government.
Part of the problem with our effort to re-order Iraq is that the
solution is something we have essentially rejected here in the United
It would make a lot more sense to
concentrate on rebuilding
our Republic, emphasizing the principles of private property, free
trade, and personal liberty here at home rather then pursuing war
If this were done, we would not be a militaristic state spending
ourselves into bankruptcy, and government benefits to the untold
corporations and special interest would be denied.
2004 Ron Paul 15:19
diminished when money and energy are consumed by activities outside the
specifically protecting our national security.
Diverting resources away from defense and the protection of our
while antagonizing so many around the world actually serves to expose
greater danger from more determined enemies.
2004 Ron Paul 15:20
A policy of non-intervention and strategic independence is the course we should
take if we’re serious about peace and prosperity.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 16
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 23, 2004
Spending Billions on our Failed Intelligence Agencies
2004 Ron Paul 16:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this legislation. Though I certainly
recognize the legitimate national security role of our intelligence
have concerns about this authorization and the questionable role played
components of the intelligence community.
2004 Ron Paul 16:2
Specifically, I am concerned about our history of secret regime changes carried out
intelligence apparatus. More often than not, we see many of the
problems we face
today were created as a result of this unwise practice of forcibly
regimes in secret.
2004 Ron Paul 16:3
The stories of such activities are numerous. In 1953 the CIA overthrew
Mossadegh in Iran, installing the Shah as dictator. This led to
anti-Americanism, the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, the kidnapping of
Americans, the establishment of a hard-line Islamic regime hostile to
States. In the 1980s the United States provided covert support to
Hussein’s Iraq in its war with Iran. Ten years later the United States
war against Saddam Hussein and then 11 years after that the United
to war again against Saddam’s Iraq. In the 1980s the United States
weapons and training to the Taliban and what later became Al-Qaeda in
Afghanistan as they sought to overthrow the communist government in
20 years later, that same Taliban and Osama bin Laden struck out
United States. The United States then went to war against that Taliban
2004 Ron Paul 16:4
I am also concerned about the efficacy of our intelligence community. The
intelligence budget seems to grow every year, but seldom do my
what exactly we are getting for our constituents’ money. It may be
we only hear about the intelligence community’s failures and
we cannot help but be concerned over so many such failures in recent
Despite the tens of billions we spend on these myriad intelligence
is impossible to ignore the failure of the intelligence community to
prevent the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2004 Ron Paul 16:5
Additionally, as we now see so clearly, our intelligence community failed completely
accurately assess the nature of the Iraqi threat. We were told of
mass destruction capable of reaching the United States. This proved to
We were told of Iraq’s relationship with Al-Qaeda. This proved to be
The intelligence community relied heavily - perhaps almost exclusively — on
Iraqi exile and convicted criminal Ahmad Chalabi to provide
intelligence on Iraq
and most of it turned out to be incorrect, perhaps intentionally
we are told that Chalabi and his organization may have passed sensitive
intelligence to Iran. We have read reports of secret pseudo-agencies
set up in
the Pentagon and elsewhere whose role appears to have been to
intelligence in order to force pre-determined conclusions. This does
the American people well. These are all by any measure grave failures,
us incalculably in human lives and dollars. Yet from what little we can
about this bill, the solution is to fund more of the same. I would hope
might begin coming up with new approaches to our intelligence needs.
2004 Ron Paul 16:6
I encourage my colleagues to reject this bill and instead begin looking
ways to strengthen the legitimate functions of our intelligence
community so as
to better protect the borders and citizens of the United States.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 17
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 24, 2004
A Token Attempt to Reduce Government Spending
2004 Ron Paul 17:1
Mr. Speaker, I support HR 4663, the Spending Control Act of 2004, because I
those of us concerned about the effects of excessive government
American liberty and prosperity should support any effort to rein in
However, I hold no great expectations that this bill will result in a
of fiscal responsibility. In fact, since this bill is unlikely to pass
Senate, the main effect of today’s vote will be to allow members to
their constituents that they voted to keep a lid on spending. Many of
members will not tell their constituents that later this year they will
vote for a budget busting, pork laden, omnibus spending bill that most
will not even have a chance to read before voting! In fact, last week,
members who I am sure will vote for HR 4663 voted against cutting
the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Last November, many of these
members voted for the greatest expansion of the welfare state since the
Society. If Congress cannot even bring itself to cut the budget of the
refuse to expand the welfare state, what are the odds that Congress
the tough choices necessary to restore fiscal order, much less
2004 Ron Paul 17:2
if this bill becomes law, it is likely that the provision in this bill
spending for emergency purposes to exceed the bill’s spending caps will
to be an easily abused loophole allowing future Congresses to avoid the
limitations in this bill. I am also concerned that, by not applying the
caps to international or military programs, this bill invites future
to misplace priorities, and ignores a major source of fiscal
Congress will not get our fiscal house in order until we seriously
overseas commitments, such as giving welfare to multinational
subsidizing the defense of allies who are perfectly capable of
2004 Ron Paul 17:3
Congress already has made numerous attempts to restore fiscal discipline, and
them has succeeded. Even the much-heralded “surpluses” of the nineties
due to the Federal Reserve creating an economic boom and Congress
raid the social security trust fund. The surplus was not caused by a
outbreak of fiscal conservativism in Washington, DC.
2004 Ron Paul 17:4
The only way Congress will cease excessive spending is by rejecting the
the federal government has the authority and the competence to solve
both domestic and international. If the last century taught us
anything, it was
that big government cannot create utopia. Yet, too many members believe
can solve all economic problems, eliminate all social ills, and bring
worldwide peace and prosperity by simply creating new federal programs
regulations. However, the well-intended efforts of Congress have
America’s economic and social problems. Meanwhile our international
has failed to create perpetual peace but rather lead to perpetual war
2004 Ron Paul 17:5
Every member of Congress has already promised to support limited government
swearing to uphold the United States Constitution. The Constitution
federal government to a few, well-defined functions. A good start
restoring Constitutional government would be debating my Liberty
15). The Liberty Amendment repeals the Sixteenth Amendment, thus
income tax the source of much of the growth of government and loss of
liberty. The Liberty Amendment also explicitly limits the federal
those functions it is constitutionally authorized to perform.
2004 Ron Paul 17:6
If Congress were serious about reining in government, it would also
Federal Reserve Board’s ability to inflate the currency. Federal
policy enables excessive government spending by allowing the government
monitorize the debt, and hide the cost of big government through the
2004 Ron Paul 17:7
In 1974, during debate on the Congressional Budget Reform and Impoundment
Act, Congressman H.R. Gross, a libertarian-conservative from Iowa,
addressed the flaws in thinking that budget process reform absent the
will to cut spending would reduce the size of government. Mr. Speaker,
like to conclude my remarks by quoting Mr. Gross:
2004 Ron Paul 17:8
Every Member knows that he or she
cannot for long spend $75,000 a year on a salary of $42,500 and remain
solvent. Every Member knows this Government cannot forever spend
billions beyond tax revenue and endure.
2004 Ron Paul 17:9
Congress already has the tools to halt the headlong flight into bankruptcy. It holds the purse strings. No President can impound funds
or spend unwisely unless an improvident, reckless Congress makes
available the money.
2004 Ron Paul 17:10
I repeat, neither this nor any other legislation will provide morality and responsibility on the part of Members of Congress.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 18
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 25, 2004
Praising Private Space Exploration
2004 Ron Paul 18:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate and commend the designers, builders,
and pilot of SpaceShipOne on the occasion of its successful flight out
earth’s atmosphere on June 21, 2004. What is most remarkable about
SpaceShipOne, of course, is that it is the first privately-financed and
privately built vehicle to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.
2004 Ron Paul 18:2
SpaceShipOne was designed and built by Burt Rutan and piloted by test pilot Michael
Melvill. It was launched successfully from Mojave California, reaching
of 100 KM (62 miles ) above the Earth’s surface. Remarkably,
entirely privately-financed, chiefly by Microsoft co-founder Paul G.
2004 Ron Paul 18:3
According to the designers and financers of SpaceShipOne, the mission of this
to demonstrate the viability of commercial space flight and to open the
private space tourism. The successful completion of SpaceShipOne’s
voyage demonstrates that relatively modest amounts of private funding
significantly increase the boundaries of commercial space technology.
constitutes a major leap toward their goal and demonstrates that
and private enterprise can be applied to enormous success all on its
associated with this project represent the best of our American
embodied in our enterprising and pioneering spirit.
2004 Ron Paul 18:4
Their success should also be read as a cautionary tale for all of us in
only the United States had a taxation policy that limited government
freed up more private capital, there is no telling how many more like
Paul Allen, and Michael Melvill would be able to do great things to the
all of mankind. This not just in space exploration, but in medical
alternative energy research, and any number of the problems that
perplex mankind. Private enterprise depends on results and success and
private capital is always targeted much more wisely than is monies
2004 Ron Paul 18:5
With this successful maiden voyage, SpaceShipOne is now the leading
contender for the
$10 million Ansari X Prize, which is to be awarded to the first
financed three-seat aircraft that reaches an altitude of 62 miles and
the feat within two weeks. I wish all those involved in this remarkable
the best of luck.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 19
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 8, 2004
Government Spending – A Tax on the Middle Class
2004 Ron Paul 19:1
All government spending represents a tax.
inflation tax, while largely ignored, hurts middle-class and low-income
Americans the most.
2004 Ron Paul 19:2
The never-ending political squabble in Congress over taxing the rich,
poor, “Pay-Go,” deficits, and special interests, ignores the most
of all taxes- the inflation tax.
put, printing money to pay for federal spending dilutes the value of
which causes higher prices for goods and services.
Inflation may be an indirect tax, but it is very real- the
who suffer most from cost of living increases certainly pay a “tax.”
2004 Ron Paul 19:3
Unfortunately no one in Washington, especially those who defend the poor and the
cares about this subject.
all we hear is that tax cuts for the rich are the source of every
in the country.
concerned about the middle class suffering from falling real wages,
under-employment, a rising cost of living, and a decreasing standard of
should pay a lot more attention to monetary policy. Federal spending,
and Federal Reserve mischief hurt the poor while transferring wealth to
This is the real
problem, and raising taxes on those who produce wealth will only make
2004 Ron Paul 19:4
neglect of monetary policy may be out of ignorance, but it may well be
Fully recognizing the
harm caused by printing money to cover budget deficits might create
pressure to restrain spending- something the two parties don’t want.
2004 Ron Paul 19:5
entitlements is now an accepted prerogative of both parties.
Foreign wars and nation building are accepted as foreign policy
2004 Ron Paul 19:6
Left hardly deserves credit when complaining about Republican deficits.
Likewise, we’ve been told by the Vice President that Ronald
“proved deficits don’t matter”- a tenet of supply-side economics.
With this the prevailing wisdom in Washington, no one should be
that spending and deficits are skyrocketing.
The vocal concerns expressed about huge deficits coming from big
on both sides are nothing more than political grandstanding.
If Members feel so strongly about spending, Congress simply
could do what
it ought to do- cut spending.
however, is never seriously considered by either side.
2004 Ron Paul 19:7
those who say they want to increase taxes to reduce the deficit got
who would benefit?
There’s no historic evidence to show that taxing productive
to support both the rich and poor welfare beneficiaries helps the
produces jobs, or stimulates the economy.
2004 Ron Paul 19:8
Borrowing money to cut the deficit is only marginally better than raising taxes.
It may delay the pain for a while, but the cost of government
must be paid.
means the cost of interest is added, shifting the burden to a different
than those who benefited and possibly even to another generation.
Eventually borrowing is always paid for through taxation.
2004 Ron Paul 19:9
spending ultimately must be a tax, even when direct taxes and direct
The third option is
for the Federal Reserve to create credit to pay the bills Congress runs
Nobody objects, and most Members hope that deficits don’t really
if the Fed accommodates Congress by creating more money.
Besides, interest payments to the Fed are lower than they would
funds were borrowed from the public, and payments can be delayed
merely by creating more credit out of thin air to buy U.S. treasuries.
No need to soak the rich.
good deal, it seems, for everyone.
2004 Ron Paul 19:10
for government spending with Federal Reserve credit, instead of taxing
borrowing from the public, is anything but a good deal for everyone.
In fact it is the most sinister seductive “tax” of them all.
Initially it is unfair to some, but dangerous to everyone in the
It is especially harmful to the
middle class, including
lower-income working people who are thought not to be paying taxes.
2004 Ron Paul 19:11
The “tax” is paid when prices rise as the result
of a depreciating dollar.
and those living on fixed or low incomes are hardest hit as the cost of
Low and middle incomes
families suffer the most as they struggle to make ends meet while
literally transferred from the middle class to the wealthy.
Government officials stick to their claim that
inflation exists, even as certain necessary costs are skyrocketing and
The transfer of
wealth comes as savers and fixed income families lose purchasing power,
banks benefit, and corporations receive plush contracts from the
is the case with military contractors. These companies use the newly
money before it circulates, while the middle class is forced to accept
face value later on.
This becomes a
huge hidden tax on the middle class, many of whom never object to
spending in hopes that the political promises will be fulfilled and
receive some of the goodies.
surprise- it doesn’t happen.
result instead is higher prices for prescription drugs, energy, and
necessities. The freebies never come.
2004 Ron Paul 19:12
The Fed is solely responsible for inflation by creating money out of thin air.
It does so either to monetize federal debt, or in the process of
planning through interest rate manipulation.
This Fed intervention in our economy, though rarely even
Congress, is more destructive than Members can imagine.
2004 Ron Paul 19:13
only is the Fed directly responsible for inflation and economic
causes artificially low interest rates that serve the interests of big
borrowers, speculators, and banks. This unfairly steals income from
retirees who chose to save and place their funds in interest bearing
2004 Ron Paul 19:14
Fed’s great power over the money supply, interest rates, the business
unemployment, and inflation is wielded with essentially no
oversight or understanding.
process of inflating our currency to pay for government debt indeed
tax without legislative authority.
2004 Ron Paul 19:15
is no small matter.
In just the
first 24 weeks of this year the M3 money supply increased 428 billion
and 700 billion dollars in the past year.
currently is rising at a rate of 10.5%.
the last seven years the money supply has increased 80%,
as M3 has soared 4.1 trillion dollars.
bizarre system of paper money worldwide has allowed serious
imbalances to develop.
We owe just
four Asian countries 1.5 trillion dollars as a consequence of a chronic
staggering current account deficit now exceeding 5% of our GDP.
This current account deficit means Americans must borrow 1.6
dollars per day from overseas just to finance this deficit.
This imbalance, which until now has permitted us to live beyond
means, eventually will give us higher consumer prices, a lower standard
living, higher interest rates, and renewed inflation.
2004 Ron Paul 19:16
assured the middle class will suffer disproportionately from this
2004 Ron Paul 19:17
The moral of the story is that spending is always a tax.
The inflation tax, though hidden, only makes things worse.
Taxing, borrowing, and inflating to satisfy wealth transfers
middle class to the rich in an effort to pay for profligate government
can never make a nation wealthier.
it certainly can make it poorer.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 20
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 15, 2004
End the Two-Party Monopoly!
2004 Ron Paul 20:1
Mr. Speaker, political operatives across the country are using state ballot
laws to deny voters the opportunity to support independent presidential
candidate Ralph Nader. For example, one New York election lawyer
that partisan election lawyers should take advantage of New York’s
costly ballot access procedures to keep Mr. Nader off the New York
Meanwhile, a state party chairman in Arizona has hired a team of
lawyers for the
sole purpose of keeping Mr. Nader off the Arizona ballot.
2004 Ron Paul 20:2
effort to keep Mr. Nader off the ballot shows how ballot access laws
the two-party monopoly over the political system by effectively
supporters of third parties and independent candidates. While the
against Mr. Nader is an extreme case, supporters of the two-party
regularly use ballot access laws to keep third party and independent
off ballots. Even candidates able to comply with onerous ballot access
must devote so many resources to simply getting on the ballot that
to communicate ideas to the general public is severely limited. Perhaps
ballot access laws are one reason why voter turnout has been declining
past few decades. After all, almost 42% of eligible voters have either
registered to vote or have registered as something other than Democrat
2004 Ron Paul 20:3
United States Constitution gives Congress the authority to regulate the
place, and manner of federal elections. Thus, ballot access is one of
areas where Congress has explicit constitutional authority to establish
standards. In order to open up the political process, I have introduced
Voter Freedom Act (HR 1941). HR 1941 established uniform standards for
access so third party and independent candidates can at last compete on
2004 Ron Paul 20:4
blatant attempt by a major party to keep Ralph Nader off state ballots
demonstrates how restrictive ballot access laws are used to preserve a
monopoly, limit voter choices, and deny the rights of millions of
support third parties and independent candidates an opportunity to
participate in the political process. I call upon my colleagues to
situation by supporting my Voter Freedom Act.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 21
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 22, 2004
Protecting Marriage from Judicial Tyranny
2004 Ron Paul 21:1
Mr. Speaker, as an original cosponsor of the Marriage Protection Act (HR 3313), I strongly urge my colleagues
support this bill.
HR 3313 ensures
federal courts will not undermine any state laws regulating marriage by
a state to recognize same-sex marriage licenses issued in another
Marriage Protection Act thus ensures that the authority to regulate
remains with individual states and communities, as the drafters of the
2004 Ron Paul 21:2
The practice of judicial activism-
legislating from the bench- is now standard procedure for many federal
They dismiss the doctrine of strict construction as outdated,
treating the Constitution as fluid and malleable to create a desired
any given case.
For judges who see
themselves as social activists, their vision of justice is more
the letter of the law they are sworn to interpret and uphold.
With the federal judiciary focused more on promoting a social
on upholding the rule of law, Americans find themselves increasingly
judges they did not elect and cannot remove from office.
2004 Ron Paul 21:3
case decided by
the Supreme Court last
The Court determined that
Texas has no right to establish its own standards for private sexual
because these laws violated the court’s interpretation of the 14th
Regardless of the advisability of such laws, the Constitution
give the federal government authority to overturn these laws.
Under the Tenth Amendment, the state of Texas has the authority
laws concerning social matters, using its own local standards, without
But rather than
adhering to the Constitution and declining jurisdiction over a state
Court decided to stretch the “right to privacy” to justify imposing the
justices’ vision on the people of Texas.
2004 Ron Paul 21:4
Americans have expressed
their concern that the Court may next “discover” that state laws
marriage violate the Court’s wrongheaded interpretation of the
After all, some judges simply may view this result as taking the
to its logical conclusion.
2004 Ron Paul 21:5
One way federal courts may impose a redefinition
of marriage on the
states is by interpreting the full faith and credit clause to require
even those which do not grant legal standing to same-sex
to treat as valid same-sex marriage licenses from the few states which
legal status to such unions.
would have the practical effect of nullifying state laws defining
solely between a man and a woman, thus allowing a few states and a
federal judges to create marriage policy for the entire nation.
2004 Ron Paul 21:6
In 1996 Congress exercised its authority under
the full faith and
credit clause of Article IV of the Constitution by passing the Defense
Marriage Act. This ensured each state could set its own policy
marriage and not be forced to adopt the marriage policies of another
Since the full faith and credit clause grants Congress the clear
“prescribe the effects” that state documents such as marriage licenses
on other states, the Defense of Marriage Act is unquestionably
However, the lack of respect federal judges show for the plain language
Constitution necessitates congressional action so that state officials
forced to recognize another states’ same-sex marriage licenses because
flawed judicial interpretation.
drafters of the Constitution gave Congress the power to limit federal
jurisdiction to provide a check on out-of-control federal judges. It is
past time we begin using our legitimate authority to protect the states
people from judicial tyranny.
2004 Ron Paul 21:7
Since the Marriage Protection Act requires only
a majority vote in
both houses of Congress (and the president’s signature) to become law,
it is a
more practical way to deal with this issue than the time-consuming
passing a constitutional amendment. In fact, since the Defense of
overwhelmingly passed both houses, and the president supports
marriage laws from judicial tyranny, there is no reason why the
Protection Act cannot become law this year.
2004 Ron Paul 21:8
Some may argue that
allowing federal judges to rewrite the definition of marriage can
result in a
victory for individual liberty. This claim is flawed. The best
guarantor of true
liberty is decentralized political institutions, while the greatest
liberty is concentrated power. This is why the Constitution carefully
power of the federal government over the states. Allowing federal
unfettered discretion to strike down state laws, or force a state to
the laws of another state, leads to centralization and loss of liberty.
2004 Ron Paul 21:9
While marriage is licensed and otherwise
regulated by the states,
government did not create the institution of marriage. In fact, the
of marriage most likely pre-dates the institution of government!
regulation of marriage is based on state recognition of the practices
customs formulated by private individuals interacting in civil society.
people associate their wedding day with completing the rituals and
requirements of their faith, thus being joined in the eyes of their
the day they received their marriage license from the state. Having
officials, whether judges, bureaucrats, or congressmen, impose a new
of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering profoundly
2004 Ron Paul 21:10
Mr. Speaker, Congress
has a constitutional responsibility to stop
rogue federal judges from using a flawed interpretation of the
rewrite the laws and traditions governing marriage. I urge my
stand against destructive judicial activism and for marriage by voting
Marriage Protection Act.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 22
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 23, 2004
Hands Off Sudan!
2004 Ron Paul 22:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this incredibly dangerous
hope my colleagues are not fooled by the title of this bill, “Declaring
genocide in Darfur, Sudan.” This resolution is no statement of
concern for what may be happening in a country thousands of miles from
United States. Rather, it could well lead to war against the African
Sudan. The resolution “urges the Bush Administration to seriously
multilateral or even unilateral intervention to prevent genocide should
United Nations Security Council fail to act.” We must realize the
of urging the President to commit the United States to intervene in an
civil war in a foreign land thousands of miles away.
2004 Ron Paul 22:2
Speaker, this resolution was never marked-up in the House International
Relations Committee, on which I serve. Therefore, Members of that
no opportunity to amend it or express their views before it was sent to
Floor for a vote. Like too many highly controversial bills, it was
the suspension calendar (by House rules reserved for
legislation) at the last minute. Perhaps there was a concern that if
more time to consider the bill they would cringe at the resolution’s
US military action in Sudan - particularly at a time when our military
stretched to the breaking point. The men and women of the United States
Forces risk their lives to protect and defend the United States. Can
me how sending thousands of American soldiers into harm’s way in Sudan
any stretch of the imagination in the US national interest or in
the constitutional function of this country’s military forces? I urge
colleagues in the strongest terms to reject this dangerous resolution.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 23
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 23, 2004
Federal Courts and the Pledge of Allegiance
2004 Ron Paul 23:1
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to support, and cosponsor, the Pledge Protection Act (HR
2028), which restricts federal court jurisdiction over the question of
the phrase “under God” should be included in the pledge of allegiance.
schools should determine for themselves whether or not students should
“under God” in the pledge. The case finding it is a violation of the
Amendment to include the words “under God” in the pledge is yet another
example of federal judges abusing their power by usurping state and
governments’ authority over matters such as education. Congress has the
constitutional authority to rein in the federal courts’ jurisdiction
duty to preserve the states’ republican forms of governments. Since
by the federal judiciary undermines the states’ republican governments,
Congress has a duty to rein in rogue federal judges. I am pleased to
Congress exercise its authority to protect the states from an
2004 Ron Paul 23:2
Many of my colleagues base their votes on issues regarding federalism on
not they agree with the particular state policy at issue. However,
federalist system as protected by the Tenth Amendment to the United
Constitution, states have the authority to legislate in ways that most
of Congress, and even the majority of the citizens of other states,
Consistently upholding state autonomy does not mean approving of all
taken by state governments; it simply means acknowledging that the
constitutional limits on federal power require Congress to respect the
the states even when the states act unwisely. I would remind my
an unwise state law, by definition, only affects the people of one
Therefore, it does far less damage than a national law that affects all
2004 Ron Paul 23:3
While I will support this bill even if the language removing the United
Court’s jurisdiction over cases regarding the pledge is eliminated, I
troubled that some of my colleagues question whether Congress has the
to limit Supreme Court jurisdiction in this case. Both the clear
language of the
United States Constitution and a long line of legal precedents make it
that Congress has the authority to limit the Supreme Court’s
Framers intended Congress to use the power to limit jurisdiction as a
all federal judges,
including Supreme Court judges
, who, after
lifetime tenure and are thus unaccountable to the people.
2004 Ron Paul 23:4
Ironically, the author of the pledge of allegiance might disagree with our
preserving the prerogatives of state and local governments. Francis
author of the pledge, was a self-described socialist who wished to
Founders’ constitutional republic with a strong, centralized welfare
Bellamy wrote the pledge as part of his efforts to ensue that children
allegiance to the central government before their allegiance to their
local communities, state governments, and even their creator! In fact,
atheist Bellamy did not include the words “under God” in his original
version of the pledge. That phrase was added to the pledge in the 1950s.
2004 Ron Paul 23:5
Today, most Americans who support the pledge reject Bellamy’s vision and view
pledge as a reaffirmation of their loyalty to the Framers’ vision of a
limited, federal republic that recognizes that rights come from the
from the state. In order to help preserve the Framers’ system of a
federal government and checks and balances, I am pleased to support HR
Pledge Protection Act. I urge my colleagues to do the same.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 24
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 30, 2004
Cultural Conservatives Lose if Gay Marriage is Federalized
2004 Ron Paul 24:1
Mr. Speaker, while I oppose federal efforts to redefine marriage as
than a union between one man and one woman, I do not believe a
amendment is either a necessary or proper way to defend marriage.
2004 Ron Paul 24:2
While marriage is licensed and otherwise regulated by the states, government did
not create the institution of marriage. In fact, the institution of
most likely pre-dates the institution of government! Government
marriage is based on state recognition of the practices and customs
by private individuals interacting in civil society. Many people
wedding day with completing the rituals and other requirements of their
thus being joined in the eyes of their church and their creator, not
receiving their marriage license, thus being joined in the eyes of the
2004 Ron Paul 24:3
If I were in Congress in 1996, I would have voted for the Defense of
Marriage Act, which used Congress’s constitutional authority to define
official state documents other states have to recognize under the Full
Credit Clause, to ensure that no state would be forced to recognize a
sex” marriage license issued in another state. This Congress, I was an
original cosponsor of the Marriage Protection Act, HR 3313, that
challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act from federal courts’
If I were a member of the Texas legislature, I would do all I could to
any attempt by rogue judges to impose a new definition of marriage on
of my state.
2004 Ron Paul 24:4
Having studied this issue and consulted with leading legal scholars, including
an attorney who helped defend the Boy Scouts against attempts to force
organization to allow gay men to serve as scoutmasters, I am convinced
the Defense of Marriage Act and the Marriage Protection Act can survive
challenges and ensure that no state is forced by a federal court’s or
state’s actions to recognize same sex marriage. Therefore, while I am
sympathetic to those who feel only a constitutional amendment will
address this issue, I respectfully disagree. I also am concerned that
proposed amendment, by telling the individual states how their state
constitutions are to be interpreted, is a major usurpation of the
power. The division of power between the federal government and the
one of the virtues of the American political system. Altering that
endangers self-government and individual liberty. However, if federal
wrongly interfere and attempt to compel a state to recognize the
licenses of another state, that would be the proper time for me to
legislative or constitutional approaches.
2004 Ron Paul 24:5
Conservatives in particular should be leery of anything that increases federal
power, since centralized government power is traditionally the enemy of
conservative values. I agree with the assessment of former Congressman
who authored the Defense of Marriage Act:
2004 Ron Paul 24:6
“The very fact that the FMA [Federal Marriage Amendment] was introduced said
that conservatives believed it was okay to amend the Constitution to
from the states and give it to Washington. That is hardly a basic
conservatism as we used to know it. It is entirely likely the left will
boomerang that assertion into a future proposed amendment that would
rights or mandate income redistribution.”
2004 Ron Paul 24:7
Passing a constitutional amendment is a long, drawn-out process. The fact that
the marriage amendment already failed to gather the necessary
in the Senate means that, even if two-thirds of House members support
amendment, it will not be sent to states for ratification this year.
Even if the
amendment gathers the necessary two-thirds support in both houses of
it still must go through the time-consuming process of state
process requires three-quarters of the state legislatures to approve
amendment before it can become effective. Those who believe that
action to protect the traditional definition of marriage is necessary
consider that the Equal Rights Amendment easily passed both houses of
and was quickly ratified by a number of states. Yet, that amendment
unratified today. Proponents of this marriage amendment should also
that efforts to amend the Constitution to address flag burning and
federal government to balance the budget have been ongoing for years,
2004 Ron Paul 24:8
Ironically, liberal social engineers who wish to use federal government power to redefine marriage
able to point to the constitutional marriage amendment as proof that
definition of marriage is indeed a federal matter!
I am unwilling either to cede to federal courts the authority to
marriage, or to deny a state’s ability to preserve the traditional
of marriage. Instead, I believe it is time for Congress and state
to reassert their authority by refusing to enforce judicial
2004 Ron Paul 24:9
In contrast to a constitutional
amendment, the Marriage Protection Act requires only a majority vote of
houses of Congress and the president’s signature to become law. The
already has passed the House of Representatives; at least 51 senators
for it; and the president would sign this legislation given his
protecting the traditional definition of marriage. Therefore, those who
Congress needs to take immediate action to protect marriage this year
focus on passing the Marriage Protection Act.
2004 Ron Paul 24:10
Because of the dangers to liberty and traditional values posed by the unexpected
consequences of amending the Constitution to strip power from the
states and the
people and further empower Washington, I cannot in good conscience
marriage amendment to the United States Constitution. Instead, I plan
continue working to enact the Marriage Protection Act and protect each
right not to be forced to recognize a same sex marriage.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 25
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 4, 2004
District of Columbia Personal Protection Act.
2004 Ron Paul 25:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of HR 3193, the District of Columbia
I am a cosponsor of
this legislation that ensures greater respect for the right to bear
2004 Ron Paul 25:2
HR 3193 repeals several of the more draconian citywide Washington, D.C.
restrictions enacted in 1976.
HR 3193 will repeal include the requirement that all firearms be
Gun registration in other countries has created government lists
owns what guns.
facilitate the harassment of gun owners and the confiscation of their
Also repealed are blanket bans on the possession of handguns and
ammunition as well as of any semi-automatic guns.
These bans exist despite the fact that handguns and
are regularly used outside Washington, D.C. for self-defense.
Also repealed is the prohibition on carrying a gun on one’s own
It is hard to say a
person is free if he is prohibited from using the means of protecting
and his family even in his own home.
2004 Ron Paul 25:3
It is unfortunate that people in the federal capital city have for nearly
years faced some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the
This fact is particularly unfortunate given Washington, D.C.’s
history as the murder capital of the United States.
Ironically, the place where people most need to bear arms to
themselves from violent crime has been one of places where the exercise
right has been most restricted.
2004 Ron Paul 25:4
A strong case can be made that the high rate of violent crimes, including
in Washington, D.C. is due in part to restrictions on the exercise of
to bear arms.
victims are likely armed, criminals think twice about committing
a gun in the hands of a law-abiding citizen is an excellent deterrent
Across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Virginia does
this horrific crime and murder rate.
people in Virginia can buy, own, and even carry guns in public.
2004 Ron Paul 25:5
I am hopeful that the House’s consideration of HR 3193 indicates a new
legislation that will roll back other unconstitutional and dangerous
restrictions on Americans’ right to bear arms.
For years, federal lawmakers have been passing gun control laws,
though they have no authority to do so.
control, the stated reason for passing gun control laws in the first
place, is a
function belonging to the states.
2004 Ron Paul 25:6
Enacting HR 3193 would be a good first step in adopting legislation to restore
federal government’s respect for the right to bear arms throughout the
The federal government has
trampled on gun rights nationwide-not just in Washington, D.C.
I have introduced several pieces of legislation this Congress
help restore respect for the right to bear arms, including the Second
Protection Act, HR 153, that would repeal the now-sunset semi-auto ban,
the five-day waiting period and “instant” background check imposed on
purchases, and delete the “sporting purposes” test that allows the
Secretary to classify a firearm as a destructive device simply because
Secretary deems the gun to be “non-sporting.”
Additionally, Congress should consider my Right to Keep and Bear
Act, HR 3125, that prohibits United States taxpayers’ dollars from
to support or promote any United Nations actions that could infringe on
2004 Ron Paul 25:7
In 1976, I spoke on the floor of House against the adoption of
restrictions on the
right to bear arms in Washington, D.C. that HR 3193 seeks to repeal.
Unfortunately, my argument then was ruled out of order, and the
restrictions went into effect.
has been too long in coming, I am glad that the
House is finally considering this important issue.
The District of Columbia Personal Protection Act would restore
needed respect for the fundamental rights of people in Washington, D.C.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 26
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 5, 2004
Reject a National Prescription Database
2004 Ron Paul 26:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to HR 3015, the National All Schedules
Prescription Electronic Reporting Act.
bill is yet another unjustifiable attempt by the federal government to
war on drugs as an excuse for invading the privacy and liberties of the
people and for expanding the federal government’s disastrous
of medical care.
As a physician
with over 30 years experience in private practice, I must oppose this
to the danger it poses to our health as well as our liberty.
2004 Ron Paul 26:2
By creating a national database of prescriptions for controlled
federal government would take another step forward in the war on pain
and their doctors.
This war has
already resulted in the harassment and prosecution of many doctors, and
staff members, whose only “crime” is prescribing legal medication,
opioids, to relieve their patients’ pain.
These prosecutions, in turn, have scared other doctors so that
unwilling to prescribe an adequate amount of pain medication, or even
medication, for their suffering patients.
2004 Ron Paul 26:3
Doctors and their staffs may even be prosecuted because of a patient’s actions
doctor approved or even knew about.
doctor has no way of controlling if a patient gives some of the
medication away or consumes a prescribed drug in a dangerous
illegal drugs or other prescription drugs obtained from another source.
Nonetheless, doctors can be subjected to prosecution when a
2004 Ron Paul 26:4
Applying to doctors laws intended to deal with drug kingpins, the government has
the illusion of some success in the war on drugs.
drug dealers can be hard and dangerous work.
In comparison, it is much easier to shut down medical practices
prosecute doctors who prescribe pain medication.
2004 Ron Paul 26:5
A doctor who is willing to treat chronic pain patients with medically
amounts of controlled substances may appear at first look to be
Because so few doctors
are willing to take the drug war prosecution risks associated with
chronic pain patients, and because chronic pain patients must often
significant doses of pain medication to obtain relief, the prosecution
pain doctor can be heralded as a large success.
All the government needs to do is point to the large amount of
and drugs associated with a medical practice.
2004 Ron Paul 26:6
Once doctors know that there is a national database of controlled substances
prescriptions that overzealous law enforcement will be scrutinizing to
doctors, there may be no doctors left who are willing to treat chronic
Instead of creating a national database, we should be returning
regulation to local control, where it historically and constitutionally
Instead of drug warriors regulating medicine with an eye to
prosecutions, we should return to state medical boards and state civil
review that looks to science-based standards of medical care and
2004 Ron Paul 26:7
HR 3015 also threatens patients’ privacy.
patient’s medical records should be treated according to the mutual
of the patient and doctor.
contrast, HR 3015 will put a patient’s prescriptions on a
database that can be accessed without the patient’s permission!
2004 Ron Paul 26:8
Instead of further eroding our medical privacy, Congress should take steps to
Why should someone be prevented
from denying the government and third parties access to his medical
without his permission or a warrant?
2004 Ron Paul 26:9
One way the House can act to protect patients’ privacy is by enacting my
Privacy Act (HR 1699) that repeals the provision of federal law
medical ID for every American.
the guise of protecting privacy, the Health and Human Services
so-called medical privacy regulations allow medical researchers,
insurance agents, and government officials access to your personal
records — without your consent!
should act now to reverse this government-imposed invasion of our
2004 Ron Paul 26:10
Please join me in opposing HR 3015 — legislation that, if enacted, will make us
free and less healthy.
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HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 5, 2004
Reject Draft Slavery
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Mr. Speaker, I rise to oppose HR 163 in the strongest possible terms.
The draft, whether for military purposes or some form of
service,” violates the basic moral principles of individual liberty
this country was founded. Furthermore, the military neither wants nor
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Department of Defense, in response to calls to reinstate the draft, has
confirmed that conscription serves no military need. Defense officials
parties have repudiated it.
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has stated, “The disadvantages of using
to bring into the armed forces the men and women needed are notable,”
President William Clinton’s Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera, in a
before the National Press Club, admitted that, Today, with our
post-Cold War armed forces, our stronger volunteer tradition and our
longer terms of service to get a good return on the high, up-front
costs, it would be even harder to fashion a fair draft.
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the most important reason to oppose HR 163 is that a draft violates the
principles of individual liberty upon which our nation was founded.
Former President Ronald Regan eloquently expressed the moral
the draft in the publication
“...[conscription] rests on the assumption that your kids belong
state. If we buy that assumption then it is for the state — not for
community, the religious institutions or teachers — to decide who shall
values and who shall do what work, when, where and how in our society.
assumption isn’t a new one. The Nazis thought it was a great idea
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say the 18-year old draftee “owes it” to his (or her, since HR 163
woman eligible for the draft) country.
It just as easily could be argued that a 50 year-old
promotes war and places innocent young people in danger, owes more to
country than the 18 year-old being denied his (or her) liberty.
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All drafts are unfair. All 18 and
19 year olds are never drafted.
its very nature a draft must be discriminatory.
All drafts hit the most vulnerable young people, as the elites
quickly how to avoid the risks of combat.
2004 Ron Paul 27:6
Economic hardship is great in all wars. War
is never economically beneficial except for those in position to profit
The great tragedy of
war is that it enables the careless disregard for civil liberties of
Abuses of German and
Japanese Americans in World War I and World War II are well known.
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But the real sacrifice comes with conscription — forcing a small number of young
vulnerable citizens to fight the wars that older men and women, who
in military victory without themselves being exposed to danger,
draft encourages wars with neither purpose nor moral justification,
too often are not even declared by the Congress.
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Without conscription, unpopular wars are difficult to fight. Once the draft was
undermined in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Vietnam War came to an end.
But most importantly, liberty cannot be preserved by tyranny.
A free society must always resort to volunteers.
Tyrants think nothing of forcing men to fight and serve in
wars. A true fight for survival and defense of America would elicit, I
the assistance of every able-bodied man and woman.
This is not the case with wars of mischief far away from
home, which we have experienced often in the past century.
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A government that is willing to enslave some of its people can never be trusted
to protect the liberties of its own citizens. I hope all my colleagues
me in standing up for individual liberty by rejecting HR 163 and all
bring back the draft.
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HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 6, 2004
No Mandatory Mental Health Screening for Kids
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Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Let Parents Raise Their Kids Act. This
forbids federal funds from being used for any universal or mandatory
mental-health screening of students without the express, written,
informed consent of their parents or legal guardians. This bill
fundamental right of parents to direct and control the upbringing and
of their children.
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The New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has recommended that the
government adopt a comprehensive system of mental-health screening for
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The commission recommends the government implement universal or mandatory
health screening in public schools as a prelude to expanding it to the
public. However, neither the commission’s report nor any related
screening proposal requires parental consent before a child is
subjected to such
screening. Federally funded universal or mandatory mental-health
schools without parental consent could lead to labeling more children
“ADD” or “hyperactive,” and thus force more children to take
psychotropic drugs like Ritalin against their parents’ wishes.
2004 Ron Paul 28:4
Already, too many children are suffering from being prescribed psychotropic
nothing more than children’s typical rambunctious behavior. According
Journal of the American Medical Association, there was a 300-percent
psychotropic drug use in two to four-year old children from 1991 to
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Many children have suffered harmful side effects from using psychotropic
of the possible side effects include mania, violence, dependence, and
gain. Yet parents already are being
threatened with child abuse charges if they
resist efforts to drug their children. Imagine how much easier it will
drug children against their parents’ wishes if a federal mental-health
screener makes the recommendation.
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Universal or mandatory mental-health screening could also provide a justification
stigmatizing children from families that support traditional values.
authors of mental-health diagnosis manuals admit that mental-health
are subjective and based on social constructions.
Therefore, it is all too easy for a psychiatrist to label a
disagreement with the psychiatrist’s political beliefs a mental
example, a federally funded school violence prevention program lists
“intolerance” as a mental problem that may lead to school violence.
“intolerance” is often a code word for believing in traditional values,
children who share their parents’ values could be labeled as having
problems and a risk of causing violence. If the mandatory mental-health
screening program applies to adults, everyone who believes in
could have his or her beliefs stigmatized as a sign of a mental
Taxpayer dollars should not support programs that may label those who
traditional values as having a “mental disorder.”
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Mr. Speaker, universal or mandatory mental-health screening threatens to
parents’ right to raise their children as the parents see fit. Forced
mental-health screening could also endanger the health of children by
more children being improperly placed on psychotropic drugs, such as
stigmatized as “mentally ill” or a risk of causing violence because
adhere to traditional values. Congress has a responsibility to the
parents and children to stop this from happening. I, therefore, urge my
colleagues to cosponsor the Let Raise Their Kids Act.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 29
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 8, 2004
The 9-11 Intelligence Bill: More Bureaucracy, More Intervention, Less Freedom
2004 Ron Paul 29:1
Mr. Speaker, the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act (HR 10) is yet
attempt to address the threat of terrorism by giving more money and
power to the
federal bureaucracy. Most of the reforms contained in this bill will
America safer, though they definitely will make us less free.
HR 10 also wastes American taxpayer money on unconstitutional
ineffective foreign aid programs. Congress should make America safer by
expanding liberty and refocusing our foreign policy on defending
nations vital interests, rather than expanding the welfare state and
American blood and treasure on quixotic crusades to “democratize” the
2004 Ron Paul 29:2
Disturbingly, HR 10 creates a
national ID card by mandating new
requirements that standardize state-issued drivers licenses and birth
certificates and even require including biometric identifiers in such
State drivers license information will be stored in a national
will include information about an individuals driving record!
2004 Ron Paul 29:3
Nationalizing standards for drivers licenses and birth certificates, and linking them
via a national database, creates a national ID system pure and simple.
Proponents of the national ID understand that the public remains
the scheme, so they attempt to claim they’re merely creating new
existing state IDs.
This legislation imposes federal standards in a federal bill,
creates a federalized ID regardless of whether the ID itself is still
with the name of your state.
just a matter of time until those who refuse to carry the new licenses
denied the ability to drive or board an airplane.
travel restrictions are the hallmark of
authoritarian states, not free republics.
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The national ID will be used to track the movements of American citizens,
terrorists. Subjecting every citizen to surveillance actually diverts
away from tracking and apprehending terrorists in favor of needless
This is what
happened with suspicious activity reports required by the Bank
Secrecy Act. Thanks to BSA mandates, federal officials are forced to
countless hours snooping through the private financial transactions of
Americans merely because those transactions exceeded $10,000.
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the federal government has no constitutional authority to require
Americans to present any form of identification before engaging in
transactions (e.g. getting a job, opening a bank account, or seeking
Nothing in our
Constitution can reasonably be construed to allow government officials
identification from individuals who are not suspected of any crime.
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HR 10 also broadens the definition of terrorism contained in the PATRIOT Act. HR
characterizes terrorism as acts intended “to influence the policy of a
government by intimidation or coercion.”
Under this broad definition, a scuffle at an otherwise peaceful
demonstration might allow the federal government to label the
organization and its members as terrorists. Before dismissing these
colleagues should remember the abuse of Internal Revenue Service power
Democratic and Republican administrations to punish political
opponents, or the
use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act on
entirely possible that a future administration will use the new
powers granted in this bill to harm people holding unpopular political
2004 Ron Paul 29:7
Congress could promote both liberty
security by encouraging private
owners to take more responsibility to protect themselves and their
Congress could enhance safety by removing the roadblocks thrown
up by the
misnamed Transportation Security Agency that prevent the full
the armed pilots program. I cosponsored an amendment with my colleague
Virginia, Mr. Goode, to do just that, and I am disappointed it was
ruled out of
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I am also disappointed the Financial Services Committee rejected my
conform the regulations governing the filing of suspicious activities
with the requirements of the US Constitution. This amendment not only
ensured greater privacy protection, but it also would have enabled law
enforcement to better focus on people who truly pose a threat to our
2004 Ron Paul 29:9
Immediately after the attack on September 11, 2001, I introduced several pieces of
legislation designed to help fight terrorism and secure the United
including a bill to allow airline pilots to carry firearms and a bill
have expedited the hiring of
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) translators to support counterterrorism
investigations and operations. I also introduced a bill to authorize
president to issue letters of marque and reprisal to bring to justice
committed the attacks of September 11, 2001, and other similar acts of
planned for the future.
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The foreign policy provisions of HR 10 are similarly objectionable and
strongly opposed. I have spoken before about the serious shortcomings
9/11 Commission, upon whose report this legislation is based. I find it
incredible that in the 500-plus page report there is not one mention of
interventionist foreign policy creates enemies abroad who then seek to
Until we consider the root causes of terrorism, beyond the jingoistic
explanations offered thus far, we will not defeat terrorism and we will
2004 Ron Paul 29:11
Among the most ill-considered foreign policy components of H.R. 10 is a
providing for the United States to increase support for an expansion of
United Nations “Democracy Caucus.” Worse still, the bill encourages
integration of that United Nations body into our State department.
The last thing we should do if we hope to make our country safer
terrorism is expand our involvement in the United Nations.
2004 Ron Paul 29:12
This bill contains a provision to train American diplomats to be more
attuned to the United Nations, the Organization for Security and
Europe (OSCE) — which will be in the US to monitor our elections next
month — and other international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Even
legislation actually will create an “ambassador-at-large” position
work with non-governmental organizations overseas. It hardly promotes
abroad to accord equal status to NGOs, which, after all, are un-elected
pressure groups that, therefore, have no popular legitimacy whatsoever.
again, we are saying one thing and doing the opposite.
2004 Ron Paul 29:13
This bill also increases our counterproductive practice of sending United
taxpayer money abroad to prop up selected foreign media, which
referred to as “independent media.” This is an unconstitutional misuse
tax money. Additionally, does anyone believe that citizens of countries
the US subsidizes certain media outlets take kindly to, or take
media? How would Americans feel if they knew that publications taking a
editorial line were financed by foreign governments? We cannot refer to
media funded by the US government as “independent media.” The US
should never be in the business of funding the media, either at home or
2004 Ron Paul 29:14
Finally, I am skeptical about the reorganization of the intelligence community
legislation. In creating an entire new bureaucracy, the National
Director, we are adding yet another layer of bureaucracy to our already
federal government. Yet, we are supposed to believe that even more of
kind of government that failed us on September 11, 2001 will make us
best, this is wishful thinking. The constitutional function of our
community is to protect the United States from foreign attack. Ever
creation by the National Security Act of 1947, the Central Intelligence
(CIA) has been meddling in affairs that have nothing to do with the
the United States. Considering the CIA’s overthrow of Iranian leader
Mossadeq in the 1950s, and the CIA’s training of the Muhajadin
Afghanistan in the 1980s, it is entirely possible the actions of the
have actually made us less safe and more vulnerable to foreign attack.
be best to confine our intelligence community to the defense of our
from foreign attack. This may well mean turning intelligence functions
the Department of Defense, where they belong.
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For all of these reasons, Mr. Speaker, I vigorously oppose HR 10. It
worst approach to combating terrorism — more federal bureaucracy, more
intervention, and less liberty for the American people.
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 30
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 17, 2004
Honoring Phil Crane
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Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to take this
opportunity to pay tribute to my friend and colleague Phil Crane.
During his 35
years in Congress, Phil has been one of the House’s most consistent
of low taxes, free-markets, limited government, and individual liberty.
myself among the numerous elected officials and activists in the
movement who have been inspired by his example.
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As a conservative professor,
and activist, Phil was already a nationally known conservative leader
ran for Congress. Two of his books, “The Democrat’s Dilemma” and “The
Sum of Good Government” stand out as conservative classics that
motivated many conservative activists. Among the attributes that have
a hero to the free-market movement is his understanding of sound
is one of the few members of Congress who is well versed in the
great free-market teachers such as Ludwig von Misses. This country
would be much
better off if more representatives understood economics as well as Phil
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When Phil Crane came to
Congress in the
late sixties, there were only a handful of members supporting
was a time when a “conservative” president imposed wage and price
and “conservative” representatives and senators called for balancing
budget with tax increases rather than spending cuts. Thanks in large
Phil’s effort; the political and intellectual climate of the nation
more receptive to free-market ideas. Phil’s work with groups such as
American Conservative Union, the Free Congress Foundation, and the
Study Committee (which he founded) played a major role in growing the
for individual liberty. Phil’s service as an advisor to Young Americans
Freedom and as a director of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute,
College, and the Ashbrook Center helped inspire new generations of
to become active in the movement for liberty.
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When I came to Congress in the
seventies to fight to limit the size and scope of the federal
government, I was
pleased to find a kindred sprit in the gentleman from Illinois. I had
privilege of working with Phil on several efforts to cut taxes, reduce
regulations, and return the government to its constitutional size. I
the privilege of working with Phil when we where two of only four
endorse Ronald Reagan’s 1976 primary challenge to President Gerald Ford.
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As the number of
committed to free-markets and low taxes increased, Phil’s status as a
congressional leader and accomplished legislator grew. Thanks in large
Phil’s leadership; Congress has provided tax relief to American
businesses during each of the last four years.
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As his distinguished
career draws to a close, I hope all who value free-markets, individual
and limited government will join me in thanking Phil Crane for his work
behalf of freedom.
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HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 18, 2004
Raising the Debt Limit: A Disgrace
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Mr. Speaker, Congress is once again
engaging in fiscal irresponsibility and endangering the American
raising the debt ceiling, this time by $800 billion dollars. One
troubling aspect of today’s debate is how many members who won their
part by pledging never to raise taxes, will now vote for this tax
future generations without so much as a second thought. Congress
become like the drunk who promises to sober up tomorrow, if only he can
drinking today. Does anyone really believe this will be the last
that Congress will tighten its belt if we just grant it one last
What a joke! There is only one approach to dealing with an
spendthrift: cut him off.
2004 Ron Paul 31:2
The term “national debt”
a misnomer. It is not the nation’s debt. Instead, it is the federal
debt. The American people did not spend the money, but they will have
to pay it
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Most Americans do not spend
worrying about the national debt, which now totals more than eight
dollars. The number is so staggering that it hardly seems real, even
economists issue bleak warnings about how much every American owes — currently
about $25,000. Of course, Congress never hands each taxpayer a bill for
amount. Instead, the federal government uses your hard-earned money
to pay interest on this debt, which is like making minimum payments on
card. Notice that the principal never goes down. In fact, it is rising
2004 Ron Paul 31:4
The problem is very simple:
almost always spends more each year than the IRS collects in revenues.
spending always goes up, but revenues are not so dependable, especially
raising income taxes to sufficiently fund the government would be
unpopular. So long as Congress spends more than the government takes
the federal government must raise taxes, print more dollars, or borrow
2004 Ron Paul 31:5
Over the last three years, we
witnessed an unprecedented explosion in federal spending. The national
actually increased an average of $16 billion a day since September 30,
2004 Ron Paul 31:6
Federal law limits the total
debt the Treasury can carry. Despite a historic increase in the debt
2002 and another increase in 2003, the current limit of $7.38 trillion
reached last month. So Congress must once again vote to raise the
limit. Hard as
it may be for the American people to believe, many experts expect
spending will exceed this new limit next year!
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Increasing the national debt
signal to investors that the government is not serious about reining in
spending. This increases the risks that investors will be reluctant to
government debt instruments. The effects on the American economy could
devastating. The only reason why we have been able to endure such large
without skyrocketing interest rates is the willingness of foreign
nations to buy
the federal government’s debt instruments. However, the recent fall in
value of the dollar and rise in the price of gold indicate that
investors may be
unwilling to continue to prop up our debt-ridden economy. Furthermore,
increasing the national debt will provide more incentive for foreign
to stop buying federal debt instruments at the current interest rates.
Speaker, what will happen to our already fragile economy if the Federal
must raise interest rates to levels unseen since the seventies to
foreigners to buy government debt instruments?
2004 Ron Paul 31:8
The whole point of the debt
was to limit borrowing by forcing Congress into an open and presumably
shameful vote when it wants to borrow more than a preset amount of
since there have been no political consequences for members who vote to
the debt limit and support the outrageous spending bills in the first
debt limit has become merely another technicality on the road to
2004 Ron Paul 31:9
The only way to control
spending is to take away the government’s credit card. Therefore,
I call upon my colleagues to reject S. 2986
and, instead, to reduce government spending. It is time Congress forces
federal government to live within its constitutional means. Congress
the immoral practice of excessive spending and passing the bill to the
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 32
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 19, 2004
Stay out of Sudans Civil War
House Amendments to Comprehensive Peace in Sudan Act
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Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this ill-conceived,
legislation. This represents exactly the kind of unconstitutional
interventionism the Founding Fathers warned us about. It is arrogant
dangerous for us to believe that we can go around the world inserting
into civil wars that have nothing to do with us without having to face
unintended consequences that always arise. Our steadily-increasing
in the civil war in Sudan may well delay the resolution of the conflict
appears to be proceeding without our involvement. Just today, in talks
UN, the two sides pledged to end the fighting.
2004 Ron Paul 32:2
The fact is we do not know and cannot understand the complexities of the
in Sudan, which has lasted for 39 of that country’s 48 years of
Supporters of our intervention in Sudan argue that this is a clear-cut
Sudan’s Christian minority being oppressed and massacred by the Arab
in the Darfur region. It is interesting that the CIA’s World Factbook
that Sudan’s Christians, who make up five percent of the population,
concentrated in the south of the country. Darfur is a region in the
part of Sudan. So I wonder about this very simplistic characterization
2004 Ron Paul 32:3
It seems as if this has been all reduced to a few slogans, tossed around
much thought or care about real meaning or implication. We
this often with calls for intervention. One thing we do know, however,
Sudan is floating on a sea of oil. Why does it always seem that when we
urgent clamor for the United States to intervene, oil or some other
commodity just happens to be present? I find it interesting that so
attention is being paid to oil-rich Sudan while right next door in
death toll from its civil war is estimated to be two to three million -
times the estimated toll in Sudan.
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At a time when we have just raised the debt-ceiling to allow more massive
accumulation, this legislation will unconstitutionally commit the
to ship some 300 million taxpayer dollars to Sudan. It will also freeze
assets of certain Sudanese until the government of Sudan pursues peace
time-frame and manner that the US determines.
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Inserting ourselves into this civil war in Sudan will do little to solve the
fact, the promise of US support for one side in the struggle may
progress that has been made recently. What incentive is there to seek a
resolution of the conflict when the US government promises massive
one side? I strongly urge my colleagues to rethink our current
toward further intervention in Sudan. We may end up hurting most those
intending to help.
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HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 20, 2004
Where To From Here?
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The election of 2004 is now history. It’s
time to ponder our next four years.
our country become freer, richer, safer, and more peaceful, or will we
to suffer from lost civil liberties, a stagnant economy, terrorist
an expanding war in the Middle East and central Asia?
Surely the significance of the election was reflected in its
2004 Ron Paul 33:2
More people voted for President Bush than any other
presidential candidate in our history.
because of the turnout, more people voted against an incumbent
Bush was reelected by the narrowest popular vote margin of any
president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
numbers are important and measurable; the long-term
results are less predictable.
president and many others have said these results give the President a
Exactly what that
means and what it may lead to is of great importance to us all.
Remember, the nation reelected a president in 1972 with a much
mandate who never got a chance to use his political capital.
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The bitter campaign and the intensity with which both sides engaged each other
implies that a great divide existed between two competing candidates
sharply different philosophies.
were plenty of perceived differences — obviously — or a heated
wouldn’t have materialized.
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The biggest difference involved their views on moral and family values.
It was evident that the views regarding gay marriage and
abortion held by
Senator Kerry did not sit well with a majority of American voters, who
motivated to let their views be known through their support for
This contributed to the “mandate” the President received more
any other issue.
But it begs the
If the mandate given was
motivated by views held on moral values, does the President get carte
all the other programs that are much less conservative?
It appears the President and his neo-con advisors assume the
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Ironically, the reason the family and moral values issue played such a big role
in the election is that on other big issues little difference existed
the two candidates.
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Interesting enough, both
candidates graduated from Yale and both were members of the
highly secretive Skull and Bones Society.
fact elicited no interest with the media in the campaign.
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Both candidates supported the Iraq War and
continuation of it.
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Both supported the Patriot Act and its controversial attack on personal privacy.
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Both supported the UN and the internationalism of UNESCO, IMF, World
Bank, and the WTO.
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Both candidates agreed that a president can initiate
war without a declaration by Congress.
2004 Ron Paul 33:11
Both supported foreign interventionism in
general, foreign aid, and pursuing American interests by maintaining a
2004 Ron Paul 33:12
Both supported our current monetary system, which
permits the Federal Reserve to accommodate deficit spending by Congress
the dangerous process of debt monetization.
2004 Ron Paul 33:13
Both supported expanding entitlements, including programs like the
National Endowment for the Arts, medical benefits, and federal housing
2004 Ron Paul 33:14
Both candidates supported deficit financing.
Both candidates supported increased spending in almost all categories.
2004 Ron Paul 33:15
Though President Bush was
more favorably inclined to tax cuts, this in reality has limited value
spending continues to grow.
spending must be paid for by a tax, even if it’s the inflation “tax,”
whereby printing press money pays the bills and the “tax” is paid
higher prices — especially by the poor and the middle class.
2004 Ron Paul 33:16
The immediate market
reaction to the reelection of President Bush was interesting.
The stock market rose significantly, led by certain segments
benefit from a friendly Republican administration such as
HMO’s, and the weapons industry.
Wall Street Journal summed up the election with a headline the
“Winner is Big Business.”
stock market rally following the election likely will be short-lived,
as the fundamentals underlying the bear market that started in 2000 are
2004 Ron Paul 33:17
More important was the
reaction of the international exchange markets immediately following
The dollar took a dive
and gold rose.
This indicated that
holders of the trillions of dollars slushing around the world
results to mean that even with conservatives in charge, unbridled
not decrease and will actually grow.
also expect the current account deficit and our national debt to
This means the economic consequence of continuing our risky
monetary policy is something Congress should be a lot more concerned
2004 Ron Paul 33:18
One Merrill Lynch money
manager responded to the election by saying,
“Bush getting reelected means a bigger deficit, a weaker dollar,
higher gold prices.”
“Four more years of
Bush is a gift to the gold markets — more war, more deficits, more
2004 Ron Paul 33:19
During the Bush administration gold surged 70%, as the dollar lost 30% of its value.
A weakened currency is never beneficial, although it’s argued
helps our exporters.
People who work to
earn and save dollars should never have
the value of those dollars undermined and diminished by capricious
of the money supply by our government officials.
2004 Ron Paul 33:20
The value of the dollar is
a much more important issue than most realize in Washington.
Our current account deficit of 6% of GDP, and our total foreign
indebtedness of over $3 trillion, pose a threat to our standard of
Unfortunately, when the crisis hits our leaders will have little
to stem the tide of price inflation and higher interest rates that will
a dangerous period of economic weakness.
dependency on foreign borrowing to finance our spendthrift habits is
sustainable. We borrow $1.8 billion a day!
The solution involves changing our policy with regards to
commitments, foreign wars, empire overseas, and the ever-growing
system here at home.
This change is
highly unlikely without significant turmoil, and it certainly is not on
administration’s agenda for the next four years.
That’s why the world is now betting against the dollar.
2004 Ron Paul 33:21
When the shift in sentiment
comes regarding the U.S. dollar, dollars will come back home.
They will be used to buy American assets, especially real
In the late 1970s it annoyed many Americans when Japan, which
was then in
the driver’s seat of the world economy, started “buying up America.”
This time a lot more dollars will be
2004 Ron Paul 33:22
It’s important to note
that total future obligations of the United States government are
well over $70 trillion.
obligations obviously cannot be met.
indebtedness equates to an average household share of the national debt
2004 Ron Paul 33:23
One cannot expect the
needed changes to occur soon, considering that these options were not
considered or discussed in the campaign.
just because they weren’t part of the campaign, and there was no
between the two candidates on the major issues, doesn’t distract from
significance nor disqualify these issues from being crucial in the
My guess is that in the next
four years little legislation will be offered dealing with family and
Foreign policy and domestic
spending, along with the ballooning deficit, will be thrust into the
and will demand attention.
inability of our Congress and leaders to change direction, and their
determination to pursue policies that require huge expenditures, will
financial crisis upon us as the dollar is further challenged as the
currency of the world on international exchange markets.
2004 Ron Paul 33:24
There will be little
resistance to spending and deficits because it will be claimed they are
necessary to “fight terrorism.”
irony is that Patriot Act-type regulations were all proposed before
are now becoming a costly burden to American businesses.
I’m getting more calls every day from constituents who are being
harassed by government bureaucrats for “infractions” of all kinds
unrelated to national security.
immeasurable cost from the stepped-up activity of
government bureaucrats will further burden our economy as it slips
recession — and do little to enhance homeland security.
2004 Ron Paul 33:25
The only thing that allows
our borrowing from foreigners to continue is the confidence they place
economic system, our military might, and the dollar itself.
This is all about to change.
in us, with the continuous expansion of our military presence overseas
a fiscal crisis starring us in the face, is already starting to erode.
Besides, paper money — and that’s all the U.S. dollar is — always fails
when trust is lost.
That’s a fact
of history, not someone’s opinion.
assured trust in paper money never lasts forever.
2004 Ron Paul 33:26
The problem the country
faces is that social issues garnered intense interest and motivated
many to vote
both for and against the candidates, yet these issues are only a tiny
of the issues dealt with at the national level.
And since the election has passed, the odds of new legislation
with social issues are slim.
a new Supreme Court that will overthrow Roe vs. Wade is a long shot
Remember, we already have
a Supreme Court where seven of the nine members were appointed by
presidents with little to show for it.
2004 Ron Paul 33:27
Though the recent election
reflected the good instincts of many Americans concerned about moral
abortion, and marriage, let’s hope and pray this endorsement will not
to justify more pre-emptive/unnecessary wars, expand welfare, ignore
endorse the current monetary system, expand the domestic police state,
promote the American empire worldwide.
2004 Ron Paul 33:28
We’re more likely to see
entitlements and domestic spending continue to increase. There are zero
for reigning in the Department of Education, government medical care,
subsidies, or federal housing programs.
expect the National Endowment for the Arts to be challenged.
One can be assured its budget will expand as it has for the last
years, with much of the tax money spent on “arts” ironically being used
attack family values.
2004 Ron Paul 33:29
Deficits never were much of
a concern for Democrats, and the current Republican leadership has
accepted the supply-sider argument that “deficits don’t matter,” as
President Cheney declared according to Former Secretary of the Treasury
2004 Ron Paul 33:30
Expenditures for foreign
adventurism, as advocated by the neo-cons who direct our foreign
received a shot in the arm with the recent election.
Plans have been in the workings for expanding our presence
throughout the Middle East and central Asia.
Iran is the agreed-on next target for those who orchestrated the
invasion and occupation.
2004 Ron Paul 33:31
A casual attitude has
emerged regarding civil liberties.
post 9-11 atmosphere has made it politically correct to sacrifice some
personal liberties in the name of security, as evidenced by the Patriot
2004 Ron Paul 33:32
No serious thoughts are
expressed in Washington about the constitutional principle of local
The notion of a loose-knit republican form of government is no
The consensus is
that the federal government has responsibility for solving all of our
and even amending the Constitution to gain proper authority is no
2004 Ron Paul 33:33
President Eisenhower, not
exactly a champion of a strict interpretation of the Constitution, made
interesting comments years ago when approached about more welfare
“If all that Americans
want is security, they can go to prison.
have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads.
But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his
equality as a
human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.”
Our country sure could use a little bit more of this sentiment,
Congress rushes to pass new laws relating to the fear of another
2004 Ron Paul 33:34
There are even more reasons
to believe the current government status quo is unsustainable.
As a nation dependent on the willingness of foreigners to loan
money to finance our extravagance, we now are consuming 80% of the
Though the Fed does its
part in supplying funds by purchasing Treasury debt, foreign central
investors have loaned us nearly twice what the Fed has, to the tune of
The daily borrowing
needed to support our spending habits cannot last.
It can be argued that even the financing of the Iraq war cannot
accomplished without the willingness of countries like China and Japan
us the necessary funds.
even minor, in this sentiment will send chills through the world
It will not go unnoticed, and
every American consumer will be
2004 Ron Paul 33:35
The debt, both domestic and
foreign, is difficult to comprehend.
national debt is $7.4 trillion, and this limit will be raised in the
This plus our U.S. foreign
debt breaks all records, and is a threat to sustained economic growth.
The amazing thing is that deficits and increases in the debt
longer have a stigma attached to them.
demagoguery takes place, but the limit is easily raised.
With stronger partisan control over Congress, the president will
even less difficulty in raising the limit as necessary.
It is now acceptable policy to spend excessively without
It may be a sign of
the times, but the laws of economics cannot be repealed and eventually
will be paid for this extravagance.
2004 Ron Paul 33:36
Few in Washington
comprehend the nature of the crisis.
liberal Lawrence Summers, Clinton’s Secretary of the Treasury and now
president of Harvard, perceptively warns of the danger that is fast
He talks of,
“A kind of global
balance of financial terror” that we
should be concerned about.
on to say:
“there is surely
something off about the world’s greatest power being the world’s
In order to finance
prevailing levels of consumption and investment, must the United States
dependent as it is on the discretionary acts of what are inevitably
entities in other countries?”
economist from the American Enterprise Institute also expressed concern
saying that foreign central banks “now have considerable ability to
U.S. financial markets by simply deciding to refrain from buying
2004 Ron Paul 33:37
We must remember the Soviet
system was not destroyed from without by military confrontation; it
the laws of economics that dictated communism a failure, and it was
finance its empire.
welfarism, corporatism, Keynesianism, inflationism, and Empire,
are no more economically sound than the more authoritarian approach of
If one is concerned with
the Red/Blue division in this country and the strong feelings that
already, an economic crisis will make the conflict much more intense.
2004 Ron Paul 33:38
2004 Ron Paul 33:39
Crucial Moral Issue — Respect for Life
2004 Ron Paul 33:40
2004 Ron Paul 33:41
It has been said that a
society is defined by how it treats its elderly, its infirm, its weak,
small, its defenseless, and its unborn.
2004 Ron Paul 33:42
The moral issue surrounding abortion and the right to life is likely the most
important issue of our age.
imperative that we resolve the dilemma of why it’s proper to
reward an abortionist who acts one minute before birth, yet we arrest
prosecute a new mother who throws her child into a garbage bin one
This moral dilemma, seldom
considered, is the source of great
friction in today’s society as we witnessed in the recent election.
2004 Ron Paul 33:43
This is a reflection of personal moral values and society’s acceptance of
abortion more than a reflection of a particular law or court ruling.
In the 1960s, as part of the new age of
people’s attitudes changed regarding abortion.
This led to a change in the law as reflected in court rulings — especially Roe vs. Wade.
people’s moral standards changed first, followed by the laws.
It was not the law or the Supreme Court that
brought on the
age of abortion.
2004 Ron Paul 33:44
I’ve wondered if our
casual acceptance of the deaths inflicted on both sides in the Vietnam
its association with the drug culture that many used to blot out the
human losses, contributed to the cheapening of pre-born human life and
acceptance of abortion as a routine and acceptable practice.
Though abortion is now an ingrained part of
our society, the
moral conflict over the issue continues to rage with no end in sight.
2004 Ron Paul 33:45
The 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling caused great harm in two distinct ways.
First, it legalized abortion at any stage, establishing clearly
Supreme Court and the government condoned the cheapening of human life.
Second, it firmly placed this crucial issue in the hands of the
courts and national government.
federalization of abortion was endorsed even by those who opposed
Instead of looking for state-by-state solutions and limiting
court jurisdiction, those anxious to protect life came to rely on
eroding the constitutional process.
authors of the Constitution intended for criminal matters and acts of
(except for a few rare exceptions) to be dealt with at the state level.
Now, however, conservatives as well as liberals find it
nationalize issues such as abortion, marriage, prayer, and personal
matters — with more federal legislation offered as the only solution.
This trend of transferring power from the states to the federal
government compounds our problems — for when we lose, it affects all 50
and overriding Congress or the Supreme Court becomes far more difficult
dealing with a single state.
2004 Ron Paul 33:46
The issue of moral values and the mandate that has been claimed after the
election raises serious questions.
architects of the Iraq invasion claim a stamp of approval from the same
who voted for moral values by voting against abortion and gay marriage.
The question must be asked whether or not the
pre-emptive war and a foreign policy of intervention deserve the same
as the pro-life position by those who supported moral values.
The two seem incompatible: being pro-life yet pro-war, with a
disregard for the innocent deaths of thousands.
The minister who preaches this mixed message of protecting life
while promoting death for others deserves close scrutiny.
Too often the message from some of our national Christian
hateful and decidedly un-Christian in tone.
They preach the need for vengeance and war against a country
attacked nor posed a threat to us.
just as important to resolve this dilemma as the one involving the
who is paid to kill the unborn while the mother is put in prison for
2004 Ron Paul 33:47
To argue the invasion and occupation of Iraq is pro-life and pro-moral values is
too much of a stretch for thinking Americans, especially conservative
2004 Ron Paul 33:48
One cannot know the true intention of the war promoters, but the policy and its
disastrous results require our attention and criticism.
Pre-emptive war, especially when based on erroneous assumptions,
be ignored — nor can we ignore the cost in life and limb, the financial
and the lost liberties.
2004 Ron Paul 33:49
Being more attuned to our Constitution and having a different understanding of
morality would go a long way toward preventing unnecessary and
I’d like to make a few
points about this different
2004 Ron Paul 33:50
The United States should never go to war without an express
If we had followed
this crucial but long-forgotten rule the lives lost in Korea, Vietnam,
Persian Gulf, and Iraq might have been prevented.
And instead of making us less secure, this process would make us
Absent our foreign
occupations and support for certain governments in the Middle East and
Asia over the past fifty years, the 9-11 attack would have been far
2004 Ron Paul 33:51
: A defensive war is
morally permissible and justified, even required.
Just as a criminal who invades our house and threatens our
deserves to be shot on the spot, so too does a nation have the moral
defend against invasion or an imminent threat.
For centuries the Christian definition of a just war has guided
nations in making this decision.
2004 Ron Paul 33:52
: The best test (a test
the chicken hawks who promoted the war refused to take) for those who
eager to send our troops to die in no-win wars is this:
“Am I willing to go; am I willing to be shot; am I willing to
this cause; am I willing to sacrifice my children and grandchildren for
The bottom line: Is this
Iraq war worth the loss of more than 1200 dead Americans, and thousands
severe casualties, with no end in sight, likely lasting for years and
even more suicidal attacks on innocent Americans here at home?
2004 Ron Paul 33:53
: Can we as a moral
people continue to ignore the loss of innocent life on the other side?
Can we as a nation accept the callousness of the war proponents
the estimated 100,000 Iraqi civilian deaths?
Can we believe these deaths are a mere consequence of our worthy
to impose our will on an alien culture?
it really our duty to sacrifice so much to pursue a questionable policy
dictating to others what we think is best for them?
Can these deaths be dismissed as nothing more than “collateral
damage,” and even applauded as proof of the professed progress we are
in our effort to democratize the Middle East?
By ignoring the human costs of the conflict we invite problems,
consequence of our actions will come back to haunt us.
2004 Ron Paul 33:54
: Arguing that the war
in Iraq is necessary for our national security is pure fiction; that it
something to do with the 9-11 attack or WMDs is nonsense.
Our meddling in the Middle East and the rest of the world
increases the odds of us being attacked again by suicidal guerrillas
Tragically, this is something
the neo-cons will never admit.
2004 Ron Paul 33:55
: What kind of
satisfaction can we achieve from the civil war we have instigated?
A significant portion of the killing in Iraq now occurs amongst
themselves, at our urging.
country is in chaos, despite the assurances of our leaders.
Even under the thug Saddam Hussein, Christians
at least were
protected by the government — whereas today their churches are bombed
are struggling to escape the violence by fleeing to Syria.
There is no evidence that our efforts in the Middle East have
life and peace.
Tragically, no one
expects the death and destruction in Iraq to end anytime soon.
2004 Ron Paul 33:56
To not be repulsed and outraged over our failed policy undermines our
commitment to pro-life and moral values.
course it’s hard for many Americans to be outraged since so few know or
care about cities like Fallujah.
propaganda machine has achieved its goal of ignorance and denial for
most of our
2004 Ron Paul 33:57
Main Street America will rise up in indignation only after conditions in the
Persian Gulf deteriorate further, many more American lives are lost,
cost becomes obvious and prohibitive.
sad, but only then will we consider changing our policy.
The losses likely to occur between now and then will be tragic
2004 Ron Paul 33:58
Though the election did not reflect a desire for us to withdraw from Iraq, it
will be a serious mistake for those who want to expand the war into
Iran to claim the election results were an endorsement of the policy of
exactly what may happen if no one speaks out against our aggressive
foreign intervention and occupation.
2004 Ron Paul 33:59
What can’t be ignored is that our activities in the Middle East have stirred
up Russian and Chinese animosity.
concern for their own security may force us to confront much greater
than we have met so far in Afghanistan and Iraq.
2004 Ron Paul 33:60
A Chinese news agency recently reported that the Chinese government made a $70
billion investment commitment in Iran for the development of natural
This kind of investment
by a neighbor of Iran will be of great significance if the neo-cons
way and we drag Iran into the Afghanistan and Iraqi quagmire.
The close alliance between Iranian Shias and their allies in
Iraq makes a
confrontation with Iran likely, as the neo-cons stoke the fire of war
2004 Ron Paul 33:61
By failing to understand the history of the region and the nature of tribal
culture, we have made victory virtually impossible.
Tribal customs and religious beliefs that have existed for
years instruct that family honor requires reciprocal killing for every
the family killed by infidels/Americans.
each of the possible 100,000 Iraqis killed, there’s a family that feels
moral obligation to get revenge by killing an American, any American if
2004 Ron Paul 33:62
Ronald Reagan learned this lesson the hard way in coming to understand attitudes
Reagan spoke boldly
that he would not turn tail and run no matter how difficult the task
sent Marines to support the Israeli/Christian side of the Lebanese
civil war in
But he changed his tune after
241 Marines were killed.
about the incident in his autobiography:
we didn’t appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and
the problems that made the Middle East such a jungle.
Perhaps the idea of a suicide car bomber committing mass
murder to gain instant entry to Paradise was so foreign to our own
consciousness that it did not create in us the concern for the Marines’
that it should have… In the weeks immediately after the bombing, I
the last thing we should do was turn tail and leave… Yet, the
Middle Eastern politics forced us to re-think our policy there.”
Shortly thereafter Reagan withdrew the Marines from Lebanon, and
Americans were killed in that fruitless venture.
2004 Ron Paul 33:63
Too bad our current foreign policy experts don’t understand the “irrationality of Middle Eastern politics”.
By leaving Lebanon, Reagan saved lives and proved our
intervention in the
Lebanese war was of no benefit to Lebanon or the United States.
2004 Ron Paul 33:64
Reagan’s willingness to admit error and withdraw from Lebanon was heroic, and
proved to be life-saving.
form, many neo-cons with their love of war exude contempt for Reagan’s
To them force and
violence are heroic, not reassessing a bad situation and changing
2004 Ron Paul 33:65
One of the great obstacles to our efforts in Iraq is pretending we’re fighting
a country. We wrongly expect occupation and “democratization” to solve
The notion that the Iraq
war is part of our retaliation for the 9-11 attacks is a serious error
be corrected if we are to achieve peace and stability in the Middle
security here at home.
2004 Ron Paul 33:66
We must come to realize that we’re fighting an ideology that is totally alien
Within that ideology the
radical Islamists and the traditional tribal customs are in conflict
moderate and secular Muslims.
seen as intruding in this family feud, and thus serve the interests of
radicals as we provide evidence that they are under attack by Western
With each act of violence the hatred between the two is
as fighting spreads throughout the entire Muslim world.
2004 Ron Paul 33:67
Ironically, this fight over religious values and interpretations in the Middle
East encourages a similar conflict here at home among Christians.
The conservative Christian community too often sounds militantly
Too many have totally forgotten the admonition “blessed are the
This contrasts with
the views of some Christians, who find pre-emptive war decidedly
Though civil, the two Christian views are being more hotly
2004 Ron Paul 33:68
A policy that uses the religious civil war within the Muslim faith as an excuse
for remaking the entire Middle East by force makes little sense and
will not end
The more we fight and the
more we kill the greater the animosity of those who want us out of
feud — and out of their countries.
2004 Ron Paul 33:69
It’s clear the Christian conservative turnout was critical to the President’s re-election.
many may well have voted for the family/moral values touted by the
mishandled by Senator Kerry, most agree with the Christian Right that
of pre-emptive war in the Middle East is not in conflict with
This seems strange
indeed, since a strong case can be made that the conservative Christian
those most interested in the pro-life issue, ought to be the strongest
of peace and reject unnecessary pre-emptive war.
2004 Ron Paul 33:70
Here are a few reasons why conservatives ought to reject the current policy of
2004 Ron Paul 33:71
The Constitution is on the side of peace.
Under the Constitution — the law of the land — only Congress can
The president is prohibited
from taking us to war on his own.
2004 Ron Paul 33:72
The Founders and all the early presidents argued the case for
non-intervention overseas, with the precise goals of avoiding
alliances and not involving our people in foreign wars unrelated to our
2004 Ron Paul 33:73
The American tradition and sense of morality for almost all our
rejected the notion that we would ever deliberately start a war, even
2004 Ron Paul 33:74
The Christian concept of just war rejects all the excuses given
marching off to Iraq with the intention of changing the whole region
western-style democracy by force, with little regard for the cost in
limb and the economic consequences here at home.
2004 Ron Paul 33:75
America faces a 7.5 trillion dollar national debt that is
600 billion dollars per year.
conservatives cannot dismiss this, even as they clamor for wars we
2004 Ron Paul 33:76
History shows the size of the state always grows when we’re at
Under conditions of war civil liberties are always sacrificed — thus
begging the point. We go hither and yon to spread our message of
sacrificing our freedoms here at home and eating away at the wealth of
2004 Ron Paul 33:77
Those who understand the most important function of our national
government is to provide strong national defense should realize that
troops in over 100 countries hardly helps us protect America, secure
borders, or avoid alienating our allies and potential enemies.
2004 Ron Paul 33:78
The best way to prevent terrorism is to change our policies,
crusader, and stop picking sides in religious civil wars or any other
“Blowback” from our
policies is not imaginary.
2004 Ron Paul 33:79
Promoting true free trade and promoting prosperity through low
less regulation sends a strong message to the world and those
peace and commerce.
2004 Ron Paul 33:80
A policy of free exchange with other nations avoids the
trappings of the
new isolationists, who influence our foreign policy with the generous
sanctions, trade barriers, and competitive currency devaluations. They
too willing to defer to the World Trade Organization and allow it to
trade and tax policies.
2004 Ron Paul 33:81
Conservatives who profess
to uphold the principle of right-to-life should have little trouble
the position of the Founders and the Constitution: a foreign policy of
and commerce with those who choose and no entangling alliances.”
2004 Ron Paul Chapter 34
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
December 7, 2004
U.S. Hypocrisy in Ukraine
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Mr. Chairman: President Bush said last week that, Any election (in Ukraine), if there is one, ought to be free from any foreign
influence. I agree with the president wholeheartedly.
it seems that several US government agencies saw things differently and
taxpayer dollars into Ukraine in an attempt to influence the outcome.
2004 Ron Paul 34:2
We do not know exactly how many millions — or tens of millions — of dollars
the United States government spent on the presidential election in
do know that much of that money was targeted to assist one particular
and that through a series of cut-out non-governmental organizations
both American and Ukrainian — millions of dollars ended up in support
presidential candidate, Viktor Yushchenko.
2004 Ron Paul 34:3
Let me add that I do not think we should be supporting
of the candidates. While I am certainly no supporter of Viktor
Yushchenko, I am
not a supporter of his opponent, Viktor Yanukovich, either. Simply, it
of our business who the Ukrainian people select to be their president.
they feel the vote was not fair, it is up to them to work it out.
2004 Ron Paul 34:4
How did this one-sided US funding in Ukraine come about? While I am afraid we
may have seen only the tip of the iceberg, one part that we do know
thus far is
that the US government, through the US Agency for International
(USAID), granted millions of dollars to the Poland-America-Ukraine
Initiative (PAUCI), which is administered by the US-based Freedom House.
2004 Ron Paul 34:5
PAUCI then sent US Government funds to numerous Ukrainian non-governmental
organizations (NGOs). This would be bad enough and would in itself
meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. But, what is
that many of these grantee organizations in Ukraine are blatantly in
presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko.
2004 Ron Paul 34:6
Consider the Ukrainian NGO International Centre for Policy Studies. It is an
organization funded by the US Government through PAUCI, but on its
will find that the front page in the English section features a
ribbon, the symbol of Yushchenko’s party and movement. Reading further
discover that this NGO was founded by George Soros’s Open Society
And further on we can see that Viktor Yushchenko himself sits on the
2004 Ron Paul 34:7
And this NGO is not the only one the US government funds that is openly supportive of Viktor Yushchenko. The Western Ukraine Regional Training
as another example, features a prominent USAID logo on one side of its
front page and an orange ribbon of the candidate Yushchenko’s party and
movement on the other. By their proximity, the message to Ukrainian
clear: the US government supports Yushchenko.
2004 Ron Paul 34:8
The Center for Political and Law Reforms, another Ukrainian NGO funded by the
US government, features a link at the top of its website’s front page
Viktor Yushchenko’s personal website. Yushchenko’s picture is at the
this US government funded website.
2004 Ron Paul 34:9
This May, the Virginia-based private management consultancy Development Associates, Inc., was awarded $100 million by the US government “for
strengthening national legislatures and other deliberative bodies
According to the organization’s website, several million dollars from
went to Ukraine in advance of the elections.
2004 Ron Paul 34:10
As I have said, this may only be the tip of the iceberg. There may be many
more such organizations involved in this twisted tale.
2004 Ron Paul 34:11
It is clear that a significant amount of US taxpayer dollars went to support
one candidate in Ukraine. Recall how most of us felt when it became
the Chinese government was trying to funnel campaign funding to a US
presidential campaign. This foreign funding of American elections is
illegal. Yet, it appears that that is exactly what we are doing abroad.
do not know, however, is just how much US government money was spent to
influence the outcome of the Ukrainian election.
2004 Ron Paul 34:12
Dozens of organizations are granted funds under the PAUCI program alone, and
this is only one of many programs that funneled dollars into Ukraine.
We do not
know how many millions of US taxpayer dollars the National Endowment
for Democracy (NED) sent to Ukraine through NED’s National Democratic
Institute and International Republican Institute. Nor do we know how many other
efforts, overt or covert, have been made to support one candidate over the other
2004 Ron Paul 34:13
That is what I find so disturbing: there are so many cut-out organizations
and sub-grantees that we have no idea how much US government money was
spent on Ukraine, and most importantly
it was spent.
the several examples of blatant partisan support that we have been able
to uncover are but an anomaly. I believe Congress and the American
taxpayers have a right to know. I believe we urgently need an investigation by the
Government Accounting Office into how much US government money was spent in
Ukraine and exactly how it was spent. I would hope very much for the support of
Chairman Hyde, Chairman Lugar, Deputy Assistant Secretary Tefft, and my
colleagues on the Committee in this request.
2004 Ron Paul 34:14
President Bush is absolutely correct: elections in Ukraine should be free of foreign influence. It is our job here and now to discover just how far
we have violated this very important principle, and to cease any funding of
political candidates or campaigns henceforth.