Volume 2005 — The Book of Ron Paul
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 1
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 6, 2005
Government IDs and Identity Theft
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Mr. Speaker, today I introduce the Identity Theft Prevention Act. This act
the American people from government-mandated uniform identifiers that
private crime as well as the abuse of liberty. The major provision of
Identity Theft Prevention Act halts the practice of using the Social
number as an identifier by requiring the Social Security Administration
all Americans new Social Security numbers within five years after the
of the bill. These new numbers will be the sole legal property of the
and the Social Security administration shall be forbidden to divulge
for any purposes not related to Social Security administration. Social
numbers issued before implementation of this bill shall no longer be
valid federal identifiers. Of course, the Social Security
be able to use an individuals original Social Security number to
efficient administration of the Social Security system.
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Mr. Speaker, Congress has a moral responsibility to address this problem
was Congress that transformed the Social Security number into a
identifier. Thanks to Congress, today no American can get a job, open a
account, get a professional license, or even get a drivers license
presenting his Social Security number. So widespread has the use of the
Security number become that a member of my staff had to produce a
Security number in order to get a fishing license!
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One of the most disturbing abuses of the Social Security number is the congressionally-authorized rule forcing parents to get a Social
for their newborn children in order to claim the children as
parents to register their children with the state is more like
something out of
the nightmares of George Orwell than the dreams of a free republic that
this nations founders.
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use of the Social Security number as an identifier facilitates the
crime of identity theft. Thanks to Congress, an unscrupulous person may
obtain someones Social Security number in order to access that
accounts, credit cards, and other financial assets. Many Americans have
their life savings and had their credit destroyed as a result of
Yet the federal government continues to encourage such crimes by
of the Social Security number as a uniform ID!
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act also forbids the federal government from creating national ID cards
establishing any identifiers for the purpose of investigating,
overseeing, or regulating private transactions among American citizens.
very end of the 108th Congress, this body established a
ID card with a provisions buried in the “intelligence” reform bill
federal standards for drivers’ licenses, and mandating that federal
only accept a license that conforms to these standards as a valid ID.
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standards for drivers licenses and birth certificates creates a
system pure and simple.
of the national ID understand that the public remains wary of the
proponents attempt to claim they are merely creating new standards for
“intelligence” reform legislation imposed federal standards in a
bill, thus creating a federalized ID regardless of whether the ID
still stamped with the name of your state.
It is just a matter of time until those who refuse to carry the
licenses will be denied the ability to drive or board an airplane.
Domestic travel restrictions are the hallmark of authoritarian
not free republics.
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national ID will be used to track the movements of American citizens,
terrorists. Subjecting every citizen to surveillance diverts resources
tracking and apprehending terrorists in favor of needless snooping on
This is what happened
with suspicious activity reports required by the Bank Secrecy Act.
Thanks to BSA mandates, federal officials are forced to waste countless
snooping through the private financial transactions of innocent
because those transactions exceeded $10,000.
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Identity Theft Prevention Act repeals those sections of federal law
national ID, as well as those sections of the Health Insurance
Accountability Act of 1996 that require the Department of Health and
Services to establish a uniform standard health identifier--an
could be used to create a national database containing the medical
all Americans. As an OB/GYN with more than 30 years in private
practice, I know
the importance of preserving the sanctity of the physician-patient
Oftentimes, effective treatment depends on a patients ability to place
trust in his or her doctor. What will happen to that trust when
that any and all information given to their doctors will be placed in a
government accessible database?
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putting an end to government-mandated uniform IDs, the Identity Theft
Act will prevent millions of Americans from having their liberty,
privacy violated by private and public sector criminals.
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addition to forbidding the federal government from creating national
identifiers, this legislation forbids the federal government from
states into adopting uniform standard identifiers by withholding
One of the most onerous practices of Congress is the use of federal
illegitimately taken from the American people to bribe states into
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members of Congress will claim that the federal government needs the
monitor Americans in order to allow the government to operate more
I would remind my colleagues that, in a constitutional republic, the
never asked to sacrifice their liberties to make the jobs of government
officials easier. We are here to protect the freedom of the American
to make privacy invasion more efficient.
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Speaker, while I do not question the sincerity of those members who
Congress can ensure that citizens rights are protected through
restricting access to personal information, the only effective privacy
protection is to forbid the federal government from mandating national
identifiers. Legislative privacy protections are inadequate to
the liberty of Americans for a couple of reasons.
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it is simply common sense that repealing those federal laws that
identity theft is more effective in protecting the public than
power of the federal police force. Federal punishment of identity
provides cold comfort to those who have suffered financial losses and
destruction of their good reputations as a result of identity theft.
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laws are not only ineffective in stopping private criminals, but these
not even stopped unscrupulous government officials from accessing
information. After all, laws purporting to restrict the use of personal
information did not stop the well-publicized violations of privacy by
officials or the FBI abuses of the Clinton and Nixon administrations.
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one of the most infamous cases of identity theft, thousands of
soldiers and veterans had their personal information stolen, putting
risk of identity theft. Imagine the dangers if thieves are able to
universal identifier, and other personal information, of millions of
simply by breaking, or hacking, into one government facility or one
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the federal government has been creating proprietary interests in
information for certain state-favored special interests. Perhaps the
outrageous example of phony privacy protection is the “medical
regulation, that allows medical researchers, certain business
interests, and law
enforcement officials access to health care information, in complete
of the Fifth Amendment and the wishes of individual patients!
privacy protection laws have proven greatly inadequate to protect
personal information when the government is the one seeking the
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action short of repealing laws authorizing privacy violations is
primarily because the federal government lacks constitutional authority
citizens to adopt a universal identifier for health care, employment,
other reason. Any federal action that oversteps constitutional
violates liberty because it ratifies the principle that the federal
not the Constitution, is the ultimate judge of its own jurisdiction
people. The only effective protection of the rights of citizens is for
to follow Thomas Jeffersons advice and bind (the federal government)
with the chains of the Constitution.
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Speaker, those members who are not persuaded by the moral and
reasons for embracing the Identity Theft Prevention Act should consider
American people’s opposition to national identifiers. The numerous
over the ever-growing uses of the Social Security number show that
want Congress to stop invading their privacy. Furthermore, according to
by the Gallup company, 91 percent of the American people oppose forcing
Americans to obtain a universal health ID.
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conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I once again call on my colleagues to join me
putting an end to the federal governments unconstitutional use of
identifiers to monitor the actions of private citizens. National
threaten all Americans by exposing them to the threat of identity theft
private criminals and abuse of their liberties by public criminals,
diverting valuable law enforcement resources away from addressing real
to public safety. In addition, national identifiers are incompatible
limited, constitutional government. I, therefore, hope my colleagues
my efforts to protect the freedom of their constituents by supporting
Identity Theft Prevention Act.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 2
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 26, 2005
What If (It was all a Big Mistake)?
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America’s policy of foreign intervention, while still debated in the early 20
century, is today accepted as conventional wisdom by both political
what if the overall policy is a colossal mistake, a major error in
just bad judgment regarding when and where to impose ourselves, but the
premise that we have a moral right to meddle in the affairs of others?
Think of the untold harm done by years of fighting-- hundreds of
thousands of American casualties, hundreds of thousands of foreign
casualties, and unbelievable human and economic costs.
What if it was all needlessly borne by the American people?
If we do conclude that grave foreign policy errors have been
made, a very
serious question must be asked:
would it take to change our policy to one more compatible with a true
republic’s goal of peace, commerce, and friendship with all nations?
Is it not possible that Washington’s admonition to avoid
alliances is sound advice even today?
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In medicine mistakes are made — man is fallible. Misdiagnoses are made, incorrect treatments are given,
experimental trials of medicines are advocated. A good physician
imperfections in medical care, advises close follow-ups, and
diagnosis, treatment, and medication. Adjustments are made to assure
results. But what if a doctor never checks the success or failure of a
treatment, or ignores bad results and assumes his omnipotence--
concede that the initial course of treatment was a mistake? Let me
the results would not be good.
and the loss of reputation in the medical community place restraints on
type of bullheaded behavior.
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though, when governments, politicians, and bureaucrats make mistakes
to reexamine them, there is little the victims can do to correct things.
Since the bully pulpit and the media propaganda machine are
in government cover-ups and deception, the final truth emerges slowly,
after much suffering. The arrogance of some politicians, regulators,
diplomats actually causes them to become even more aggressive and more
determined to prove themselves right, to prove their power is
to be messed with
by never admitting a mistake. Truly, power
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unwillingness to ever reconsider our policy of foreign intervention,
obvious failures and shortcomings over the last 50 years, has brought
to our country and our liberty.
financial realities are the ultimate check on nations bent on empire.
laws ultimately prevail over bad judgment. But tragically, the greater
wealth of a country, the longer the flawed policy lasts.
We’ll probably not be any different.
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We are still a wealthy nation,
and our currency is still trusted by the world, yet we are vulnerable
harsh realities about our true wealth and the burden of our future
Overwhelming debt and the precarious nature of the dollar should serve
restrain our determined leaders, yet they show little concern for
Rest assured, though, the
limitations of our endless foreign
adventurism and spending will become apparent to everyone at some point
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9/11, a lot of energy and money have gone into efforts ostensibly
make us safer.
Many laws have been
passed and many dollars have been spent. Whether or not we’re better
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Today we occupy two countries in the Middle East. We have suffered over 20,000 casualties, and caused
100,000 civilian casualties in Iraq. We have spent over $200 billion in
occupations, as well as hundreds of billions of dollars here at home
We’ve created the
Department of Homeland Security, passed the Patriot Act, and created a
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Our government now is permitted to monitor the Internet, to read our mail,
us without proper search warrants, to develop a national ID card, and
investigate what people are reading in libraries. Ironically, illegal
flow into our country and qualify for driving licenses and welfare
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These issues are discussed, but nothing has been as highly visible to us as
authoritarianism we accept at the airport.
The creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
intruded on the privacy of all airline travelers, and there is little
that we are safer for it. Driven by fear, we have succumbed to the
temptation to sacrifice liberty on the pretense of obtaining security.
security, unfortunately, all too often vanquishes love of liberty.
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Unchecked fear of another 9/11-type attack constantly preoccupies our leaders and
our citizens, and drives the legislative attack on our civil liberties.
frightening to see us doing to ourselves what even bin Laden never
could accomplish with his suicide bombers.
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We don’t understand the difference between a vague threat of terrorism and
danger of a guerilla war. One prompts us to expand and nationalize
enforcement while limiting the freedoms of all Americans. The other
understanding terrorists like bin Laden, who declared war against us in
1998. Not understanding the difference makes it virtually
impossible to deal with the
We are obsessed with passing
new laws to make our country
safe from a terrorist attack. This confusion about the cause of the
attacks, the fear they engendered, and the willingness to sacrifice
prompts many to declare their satisfaction with the inconveniences and
humiliation at our nation’s airports.
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There are always those in government who are anxious to increase its power
authority over the people. Strict adherence to personal privacy annoys
promote a centralized state.
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It’s no surprise to learn that many of the new laws passed in the aftermath
had been proposed long before that date.
attacks merely provided an excuse to do many things previously proposed
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All too often government acts perversely, professing to advance liberty
actually doing the opposite. Dozens of new bills passed since 9/11
protect our freedoms and our security. In time we will realize there is
chance our security will be enhanced or our liberties protected.
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The powerful and intrusive TSA certainly will not solve our problems.
Without a full
discussion, greater understanding, and ultimately a change in the
that incites those who declared war against us, no amount of pat-downs
airports will suffice.
harm done, the staggering costs, and the loss of liberty if the next 20
pass and airplanes are never employed by terrorists.
Even if there is a possibility that airplanes will be used to
us, TSA’s bullying will do little to prevent it. Patting down old women
little kids in airports cannot possibly make us safer!
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TSA cannot protect us from another attack and it is not the solution. It
to make us all more obedient and complacent toward government
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The airport mess has been compounded by other problems, which we fail to
Most assume the government has the greatest responsibility for
private aircraft travel safe. But this assumption only ignores mistakes
before 9/11, when the government taught us to not resist, taught us
personnel could not carry guns, and that the government would be in
security. Airline owners became complacent and dependent upon the
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After 9/11 we moved in the wrong direction by allowing total government
control and a
political takeover by the TSA-- which was completely contrary to the
that private owners have the ultimate responsibility to protect their
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Discrimination laws passed during the last 40 years ostensibly fuel the Transportation
Secretary’s near obsession with avoiding the appearance of
toward young Muslim males.
TSA seemingly targets white children and old women. We have failed to
that a safety policy by a private airline is quite a different thing
government agents blindly obeying anti-discrimination laws.
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Governments do not have a right to use blanket discrimination, such as that which
incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II. However, local
law-enforcement agencies should be able to target their searches if the
description of a suspect is narrowed by sex, race, or religion.
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We are dealing with an entirely different matter when it comes to safety
airplanes. The federal government should not be involved in local law
enforcement, and has no right to discriminate. Airlines, on the other
should be permitted to do whatever is necessary to provide safety.
firms-- long denied the right-- should have a right to discriminate.
Fine restaurants, for example, can require that shoes and shirts
for service in their establishments. The logic of this remaining
should permit more sensible security checks at airports. The airlines
responsible for the safety of their property, and liable for it as
well. This is
not only the responsibility of the airlines, but it is a civil right
long been denied them and other private companies.
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The present situation requires the government to punish some by targeting
individuals who clearly offer no threat. Any airline that tries to make
safer and happens to question a larger number of young Muslim males
government deems appropriate can be assessed huge fines.
To add insult to injury, the fines collected from airlines are
forced sensitivity training of pilots who do their very best, under the
circumstances, to make flying safer by restricting the travel of some
individuals. We have embarked on a process that serves no logical
airline safety suffers, personal liberty is diminished and costs
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we’re willing to consider a different foreign policy, we should ask
a few questions:
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the policies of foreign intervention,
entangling alliances, policing
the world, nation building, and spreading our values through force are
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it is true that
Saddam Hussein never had weapons of mass destruction?
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it is true that
Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were never allies?
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it is true that the
overthrow of Saddam Hussein did nothing to enhance our national
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our current policy in
the Middle East leads to the overthrow of our client oil states in the
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the American people
really knew that more than 20,000 American troops have suffered serious
casualties or died in the Iraq war, and 9% of our forces already have
incapable of returning to battle?
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it turns out there
are many more guerrilla fighters in Iraq than our government admits?
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there really have
been 100,000 civilian Iraqi casualties, as some claim, and what is an
price for “doing good?”
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Rumsfeld is replaced
for the wrong reasons, and things become worse under a Defense
demands more troops and an expansion of the war?
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we discover that,
when they do vote, the overwhelming majority of Iraqis support Islamic
law over western secular law, and want our troops removed?
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those who correctly
warned of the disaster awaiting us in Iraq are never asked for their
what should be done now?
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the only solution for
Iraq is to divide the country into three separate regions, recognizing
principle of self-determination while rejecting the artificial
created in 1918 by non-Iraqis?
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it turns out radical
Muslims don’t hate us for our freedoms, but rather for our policies in
Middle East that directly affected Arabs and Muslims?
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the invasion and
occupation of Iraq actually distracted from pursuing and capturing
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we discover that
democracy can’t be spread with force of arms?
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democracy is deeply
flawed, and instead we should be talking about liberty, property
markets, the rule of law, localized government, weak centralized
self-determination promoted through persuasion, not force?
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Osama bin Laden and
al Qaeda actually welcomed our invasion and occupation of Arab/Muslim
proof of their accusations against us, and it served as a magnificent
tool for them?
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our policy greatly
increased and prolonged our vulnerability to terrorists and guerilla
both at home and abroad?
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the Pentagon, as
reported by its Defense Science Board, actually recognized the dangers
policy before the invasion, and their warnings were ignored or denied?
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the argument that by
fighting over there, we won’t have to fight here, is wrong, and the
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we can never be safer
by giving up some of our freedoms?
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the principle of
pre-emptive war is adopted by Russia, China, Israel, India, Pakistan,
others, “justified” by current U.S. policy?
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pre-emptive war and
pre-emptive guilt stem from the same flawed policy of authoritarianism,
we fail to recognize it?
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Pakistan is not a
trustworthy ally, and turns on us when conditions deteriorate?
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plans are being laid
to provoke Syria and/or Iran into actions that would be used to justify
military response and pre-emptive war against them?
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our policy of
democratization of the Middle East fails, and ends up fueling a
alliance that we regret-- an alliance not achieved even at the height
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the policy forbidding
profiling at our borders and airports is deeply flawed?
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presuming the guilt
of a suspected terrorist without a trial leads to the total undermining
constitutional protections for American citizens when arrested?
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we discover the army
is too small to continue policies of pre-emption and nation-building?
a military draft is the only way to mobilize enough troops?
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program is actually an egregious violation of trust and a breach of
between the government and soldiers?
it actually is a backdoor draft, leading to unbridled cynicism
rebellion against a voluntary army and generating support for a draft
men and women? Will lying to troops lead to rebellion and anger toward
political leadership running the war?
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legal task-force opinion that the President is not bound by
federal law regarding torture stands unchallenged, and sets a precedent
ultimately harms Americans, while totally disregarding the moral,
legal arguments against such a policy?
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reform legislation-- which gives us bigger, more expensive
doesn’t bolster our security, and distracts us from the real problem of
revamping our interventionist foreign policy?
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we suddenly discover
we are the aggressors, and we are losing an unwinnable guerrilla war?
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we discover, too
late, that we can’t afford this war-- and that our policies have led to
dollar collapse, rampant inflation, high interest rates, and a severe
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do I believe these are such important questions?
Because the #1 function of the federal government-- to provide
national security-- has been severely undermined.
On 9/11 we had a grand total of 14 aircraft in place to protect
entire U.S. mainland, all of which proved useless that day.
We have an annual DOD budget of over $400 billion, most of which
overseas in over 100 different countries.
9/11 our Air Force was better positioned to protect Seoul, Tokyo,
London than it was to protect Washington D.C. and New York City.
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Moreover, our ill-advised presence in the Middle East and our decade-long bombing
served only to incite the suicidal attacks of 9/11.
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9/11 our CIA ineptly pursued bin Laden, whom the Taliban was protecting.
At the same time, the Taliban was receiving significant support
Pakistan-- our “trusted ally” that received millions of dollars from
We allied ourselves
with both bin Laden and Hussein in the 1980s, only to regret it in the
And it’s safe to say we have used
billions of U.S. taxpayer
dollars in the last 50 years pursuing this contradictory, irrational,
costly, and very dangerous foreign policy.
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the world, spreading democracy by force, nation building, and frequent
of countries that pose no threat to us-- while leaving the homeland and
borders unprotected-- result from a foreign policy that is
contradictory and not
in our self interest.
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hardly expect anyone in Washington to pay much attention to these
I’m completely wrong in my criticisms, nothing is lost except my time
energy expended in efforts to get others to reconsider our foreign
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the bigger question is:
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I’m right, or even
partially right, and we urgently need to change course in our foreign
the sake of our national and economic security, yet no one pays
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For that a price will be paid. Is it not worth talking about?
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 3
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 9, 2005
HR 418- A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform
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I rise in strong opposition to
the REAL ID Act. This bill purports to make us safer from terrorists
sneak into the United States, and from other illegal immigrants. While
that these issues are of vital importance, this bill will do very
little to make
us more secure. It will not address our real vulnerabilities. It will,
make us much less free. In reality, this bill is a Trojan horse. It
offer desperately needed border control in order to stampede Americans
sacrificing what is uniquely American: our constitutionally protected
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What is wrong with this bill?
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The REAL ID Act establishes a
ID card by mandating that states include certain minimum identification
standards on driver’s licenses. It contains no limits on the
power to impose additional standards. Indeed, it gives authority to the
Secretary of Homeland Security to unilaterally add requirements as he
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Supporters claim it is not a
ID because it is voluntary. However, any state that opts out will
make non-persons out of its citizens. The citizens of that state will
to have any dealings with the federal government because their ID will
accepted. They will not be able to fly or to take a train. In essence,
eyes of the federal government they will cease to exist. It is absurd
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Republican Party talking
points on this
bill, which claim that this is not a national ID card, nevertheless
idea that “the federal government should set standards for the issuance
birth certificates and sources of identification such as driver’s
So they admit that they want a national ID but at the same time pretend
this is not a national ID.
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This bill establishes a
centrally-coordinated database of highly personal information about
citizens: at a minimum their name, date of birth, place of residence,
Security number, and physical and possibly other characteristics. What
more disturbing is that, by mandating that states participate in the
License Agreement,” this bill creates a massive database of sensitive
information on American citizens that will be shared with Canada and
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This bill could have a
on the exercise of our constitutionally guaranteed rights. It
terrorism in broad new terms that could well include members of
firearms rights and anti-abortion groups, or other such groups as
whoever is in power at the time. There are no prohibitions against
such information in the database as information about a person’s
First Amendment rights or about a person’s appearance on a registry of
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This legislation gives
authority to the
Secretary of Homeland Security to expand required information on
licenses, potentially including such biometric information as retina
finger prints, DNA information, and even Radio Frequency Identification
radio tracking technology. Including such technology as RFID would mean
federal government, as well as the governments of Canada and Mexico,
where Americans are at all time of the day and night.
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There are no limits on what
the database of sensitive information on Americans once it leaves the
States for Canada and Mexico - or perhaps other countries. Who is to
corrupt foreign government official from selling or giving this
human traffickers or even terrorists? Will this uncertainty make us
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What will all of this mean for
this new program is implemented, every time we are required to show our
license we will, in fact, be showing a national identification card. We
handing over a card that includes our personal and likely biometric
information which is connected to a national and international database.
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H.R. 418 does nothing to solve
growing threat to national security posed by people who are already in
illegally. Instead, H.R. 418 states what we already know: that certain
here illegally are deportable. But it does nothing to mandate
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Although Congress funded an
2,000 border guards last year, the administration has announced that it
only ask for an additional 210 guards. Why are we not pursuing these
a way of safeguarding our country? Why are we punishing Americans by
their freedoms instead of making life more difficult for those who
our country illegally?
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H.R. 418 does what legislation
restricting firearm ownership does. It punishes law-abiding citizens.
will ignore it. H.R. 418 offers us a false sense of greater security at
of taking a gigantic step toward making America a police state.
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I urge my colleagues to vote
on the REAL ID Act of 2005.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 4
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 14, 2005
Reject the Latest Foreign Welfare Scheme
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Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this legislation. We have absolutely no
constitutional authority to establish a commission to “assist”
throughout the world. Despite all the high-sounding rhetoric
legislation, we should not fool ourselves. This is nothing more than
scheme to funnel United States tax dollars to foreign governments. It
international welfare scheme and an open door to more U.S. meddling in
internal affairs of foreign countries.
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How can we tell an American family struggling to pay its bills that it must
pay more taxes so a foreign parliament can purchase fancy plasma screen
televisions, or the latest computer equipment, or ultra-modern
equipment? Can anyone here justify this?
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Mr. Speaker, this bill will do more than just take money from Americans. This
commission will enable members of Congress and congressional staff
travel the world meddling in the affairs of foreign governing bodies.
counterproductive to tell other nations how they should govern
even if we come loaded with dollars to hand out, our meddling is always
by the local population -- just as we would resent a foreign government
us how to govern ourselves. Don’t we have enough of our own problems to
without going abroad in search of foreign parliaments to aid?
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I urge my colleagues to reject this wasteful and counterproductive scheme.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 5
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 6, 2005
Hypocrisy and the Ordeal of Terri Schiavo
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Clearly no one wins in the legal and political battles over the death of Terri
Although it has been terribly politicized, a valuable debate has
This debate is not about abortion or euthanasia in general, nor
death in the abstract.
an individual’s right to life and the value of life itself.
Without concern for the life of each individual, liberty is
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debate deals with the passive treatment of the critically and
This type of decision is manageable most of the time without
interference, but circumstances in this case made it difficult to
unprecedented level of government involvement, questions about which
government had the ultimate say, and what the explicit intent of the
was, brought national attention to what was otherwise a family conflict.
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Schiavo is a unique case, and unfortunately her fate ended up in the
lawyers, judges, and the legislators.
media certainly did their part in disrupting her final days.
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a free society the doctor and the patient-- or his or her designated
spokesperson-- make the decision, short of using violence, in dealing
and dying issues.
The government stays out
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debate, though, shows that one life is indeed important.
It is not an esoteric subject; it’s a real life involved and a
issue we can’t ignore, especially in this age of Medicare, with
responsible for most of the medical bills.
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rapidly moving toward a time when these decisions will be based on the
care alone, since government pays all the bills under nationalized
As we defer to the state for our needs, and parental power is
to government, it is casually expected that government will be making
more of these decisions.
occurred in education, general medical care, and psychological testing.
The government now can protect the so-called right of a teenager
an abortion, sometimes paid for by the government, without notifying
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medicine is not perfect, but it’s the best system to sort out these
problems-- and it did so for years.
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government medicine surely will ignore the concern for a single patient
person, and instead a computer program and cost analysis will make the
It will be said to
be more efficient, though morally unjustified, to allow a patient to
court order rather than permitting family and friends to assume
for the cost of keeping patients alive.
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plenty of hypocrisy to go around on both sides of this lingering and
In this instance we heard
some very sound arguments from the left defending states’ rights and
responsibility, while criticizing the federal government involvement.
I’m anxious for the day when those who made these arguments join
defending the Constitution and states’ rights, especially the 9
Amendments, on many other economic and social
I won’t hold my breath.
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importantly, where are those who rightfully condemn congressional
the Schiavo case-- because of federalism and separation of powers-- on
These same folks strongly
defend Roe vs. Wade and the
so-called constitutional right to abort healthy human fetuses at any
There’s no hesitation to demand support of this phony right from
Congress and the federal courts.
only do they demand federal legal protection for abortion, they insist
abortion foes be forced to fund this act that many of them equate with
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too bad that philosophic consistency and strict adherence to the
are not a high priority for many Members.
perhaps this “flexibility” in administering the rule of law helps
problems such as we faced in the Schiavo ordeal.
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the left produced some outstanding arguments for the federal government
out of this controversy, they frequently used an analogy that could
persuade those of us who believe in a free society guided by the
They argued that
if conservatives who supported prolonging Terri’s life would only spend
money on welfare, they would demonstrate sincere concern for the right
This is false logic and does nothing to build the case for a local
solution to a feeding tube debate.
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all wealth transfers depend on an authoritarian state willing to use
force to satisfy the politicians’ notion of an unachievable fair
Robbing Peter to pay Paul, no matter how well intentioned, can
It’s theft, plain and
simple, and morally wrong.
welfare is anti-prosperity; so it can’t be pro-life.
Too often good intentions are motivated only by the good that
believes will result from the transfer program.
never ask who must pay, who must be threatened, who must
be arrested and imprisoned.
never ask whether the welfare funds taken by forcible taxation could
someone in a private or voluntary way.
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speaking, welfare rarely works.
hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the war on poverty over the
years has done little to eradicate poverty.
Matter-of-fact, worthwhile studies show that poverty is actually
worse by government efforts to eradicate poverty.
Certainly the whole system does nothing to build self-esteem and
often than not does exactly the opposite.
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suggestion to my colleagues, who did argue convincingly that Congress
be involved in the Schiavo case, is please consider using these same
consistently and avoid the false accusation that if one opposes
welfare one is not pro-life.
pro-liberty and pro-Constitution is indeed being
pro-life, as well as pro-prosperity.
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on the other hand are equally inconsistent in their arguments for life.
There’s little hesitation by the conservative right to come to
to promote their moral agenda even when it’s not within the
the federal government to do so.
for instance the funding of faith-based charities.
The process is of little concern to conservatives if their
agenda is met
by passing more federal laws and increasing spending.
Instead of concentrating on the repeal of Roe vs. Wade and
eliminating federal judicial authority over issues best dealt with at
level, more federal laws are passed, which strictly speaking should not
prerogative of the federal government.
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biggest shortcoming of the Christian Right position is its adamancy for
protecting life in the very early, late, and weakened stages, while
enthusiastically supporting aggressive war that results in hundreds of
of unnecessary deaths.
While the killing
of the innocent unborn represents a morally
decadent society, and all life deserves an advocate, including Terri
promoting a policy of deadly sanctions and all-out war against a nation
committed no act of aggression against us cannot come close to being
consistent or defendable under our Constitution.
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one issue generally ignored in the Schiavo debate is the subtle
cost of care for the dying had on the debate. Government paid care
issue, and it must be noted that the courts ruled out any privately
It could be embarrassing in a
government-run nursing home to
see some patients receiving extra care from families while others are
However, as time goes on, the
economics of care will play even a greater role since under socialized
the state makes all the decisions based on affordability.
Then there will be no debate as we just witnessed in the case of
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practiced medicine in simpler times, agonizing problems like we just
in this case did not arise.
similar medical decisions were made and have been made for many, many
But lawyers weren’t involved, nor the courts nor the legislators
any part of the government-- only the patient, the patient’s family,
No one would have dreamed
of making a federal case of the dying process.
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society and a government that lose respect for life help create
dilemmas of this
Today there is little respect
for life-- witness the number of abortions performed each year.
There is little respect for liberty-- witness the rules and laws
regulate our every move.
little respect for peace-- witness our eagerness to initiate war to
will on others.
government financing of the elderly, out of economic necessity, will
usher in an
age of euthanasia.
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accountants already have calculated that if the baby-boomer generation
treated to allow maximum longevity without quality of life concerns,
talking about $7 trillion in additional medical costs.
Economists will determine the outcome, and personal decisions
National health care, of
necessity, will always conflict with personal choices.
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the cost problems that will lead to government ordered euthanasia is
that costs always skyrocket in government-run programs.
This is true whether it’s a $300 hammer for the Pentagon or an
emergency room visit for a broken toe.
in addition deficit financing, already epidemic because of our flawed
of guns and butter, always leads to inflation when a country operates
on a paper
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a renewal in the moral fiber of the country and respect for the
rule of law, we can expect a lot more and worse problems than we
the case of Terri Schiavo.
dying and medical care becomes solely a commercial event, we will long
days of debating what was best for Terri.
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this messy debate will lead more Members to be convinced that all life
precious, that family and patient wishes should be respected, and that
government jurisprudence and financing falls far short of providing a
solution in these difficult matters.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 6
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 6, 2005
Who’s Better Off?
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Whenever the administration is challenged regarding the success of the Iraq war,
regarding the false information used to justify the war, the retort is:
“Aren’t the people of Iraq better off?”
The insinuation is that anyone who expresses any reservations
supporting the war is an apologist for Saddam Hussein and every
ruthless act he
The short answer to the question of whether the Iraqis are
better off is
that it’s too early to declare, “Mission Accomplished.”
But more importantly, we should be asking if the mission was
justified or legitimate.
Is it legitimate to justify an action that some claim yielded
results, if the means used to achieve them are illegitimate?
Do the ends justify the means?
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The information Congress was
given prior to the war was false.
There were no weapons of mass destruction; the Iraqis did not
in the 9/11 attacks; Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were enemies
and did not
conspire against the United States; our security was not threatened; we
welcomed by cheering Iraqi crowds as we were told; and Iraqi oil has
any of the bills.
Congress failed to declare war, but instead passed a wishy-washy
resolution citing UN resolutions as justification for our invasion.
After the fact we’re now told the real reason for the Iraq
to spread democracy, and that the Iraqis are better off.
Anyone who questions the war risks being accused of supporting
Hussein, disapproving of democracy, or “supporting terrorists.”
It’s implied that lack of enthusiasm for the war means one is
patriotic and doesn’t support the troops.
In other words, one must march lock-step with the consensus or
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conceding that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein is a far
endorsing the foreign policy of our own government that led to the
time it will become clear to everyone that support for the policies of
pre-emptive war and interventionist nation-building will have much
significance than the removal of Saddam Hussein itself.
The interventionist policy should be scrutinized more carefully
purported benefits of Saddam Hussein’s removal from power.
The real question ought to be:
“Are we better off with a foreign policy that promotes regime
while justifying war with false information?”
Shifting the stated goals as events unravel should not satisfy
believe war must be a last resort used only when our national security
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much better off are the Iraqi people?
Hundreds of thousands of former inhabitants of Fallajah are not
off with their city flattened and their homes destroyed.
Hundreds of thousands are not better off living with foreign
patrolling their street, curfews, and the loss of basic utilities.
One hundred thousand dead Iraqis, as estimated by the Lancet
Journal, certainly are not better off.
Better to be alive under Saddam Hussein than lying in some cold
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for the recent election in Iraq has silenced many critics of the war.
Yet the election was held under martial law implemented by a
power, mirroring conditions we rightfully condemned as a farce when
in the old Soviet system and more recently in Lebanon.
Why is it that what is good for the goose isn’t always good for
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government fails to recognize that legitimate elections are the
of freedom, and that an artificial election does not create freedom.
In our own history we note that freedom was achieved first and
followed-- not the other way around.
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news report claimed that the Shiites actually received 56% of the vote,
an outcome couldn’t be allowed for it would preclude a coalition of the
and Shiites from controlling the Sunnis and preventing a theocracy from
This reminds us of the statement made months ago by Secretary
when asked about a Shiite theocracy emerging from a majority democratic
and he assured us that would not happen.
Democracy, we know, is messy and needs tidying up a bit when we
like the results.
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have described Baghdad and especially the green zone, as being
The highways in and out of Baghdad are not yet secured.
Many anticipate a civil war will break out sometime soon in
claim it’s already underway.
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have seen none of the promised oil production that was supposed to
grateful Iraqis with the means to repay us for the hundreds of billions
American taxpayers have spent on the war.
Some have justified our continuous presence in the Persian Gulf
1990 because of a need to protect “our” oil.
Yet now that Saddam Hussein is gone, and the occupation
supposedly is a
great success, gasoline at the pumps is reaching record highs
approaching $3 per
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the Iraqi election has come and gone, there still is no government in
the next election-- supposedly the real one-- is not likely to take
the American people have any idea who really won the dubious election
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The oil-for-food scandal under Saddam Hussein has been replaced by corruption in the distribution of
to rebuild Iraq.
Already there is an admitted $9 billion discrepancy in the
over-billing by Halliburton is no secret, but the process has not
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whole process is corrupt.
It just doesn’t make sense to most Americans to see their tax
used to fight an unnecessary and unjustified war.
First they see American bombs destroying a country, and then
taxpayers are required to rebuild it.
Today it’s easier to get funding to rebuild infrastructure in
to build a bridge in the United States.
Indeed, we cut the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget and operate
cheap with our veterans as the expenditures in Iraq skyrocket.
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question the war promoters don’t want to hear asked, because they don’t
to face up to the answer, is this:
“Are Christian Iraqis better off today since we decided to build
Iraq through force of arms?”
The answer is plainly no.
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there are only 800,000 Christians living in Iraq, but under Saddam
were free to practice their religion.
Tariq Aziz, a Christian, served in Saddam Hussein’s cabinet as
Minister-- something that would never happen in Saudi Arabia, Israel,
other Middle Eastern country.
Today, the Christian churches in Iraq are under attack and
no longer safe.
Many Christians have been forced to flee Iraq and migrate to
It’s strange that the human rights advocates in the U.S.
expressed no concern for the persecution now going on against
the Sunni and the Shiite Muslims support the attacks on Christians.
In fact, persecuting Christians is one of the few areas in which
agree-- the other being the removal of all foreign forces from Iraqi
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the death, destruction, and continual chaos in Iraq, it’s difficult to
the blanket statement that the Iraqis all feel much better off with the
control rather than Saddam Hussein.
Security in the streets and criminal violence are not anywhere
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there’s another question that is equally important:
“Are the American people better off because of the Iraq war?”
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thing for sure, the 1,500 plus dead American soldiers aren’t better off.
The nearly 20,000 severely injured or sickened American troops
families, the wives, the husbands, children, parents, and friends of
lost so much are not better off.
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families and the 40,000 troops who were forced to re-enlist against
a de facto draft-- are not feeling better off.
They believe they have been deceived by their enlistment
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American taxpayers are not better off having spent over 200 billion
pursue this war, with billions yet to be spent.
The victims of the inflation that always accompanies a
policy are already getting a dose of what will become much worse.
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our relationships with the rest of the world better off?
I’d say no.
Because of the war, our alliances with the Europeans are weaker
anti-American hatred among a growing number of Muslims around the world
greater than ever.
This makes terrorist attacks more likely than they were before
Qaeda recruiting has accelerated.
Iraq is being used as a training ground for al Qaeda terrorists,
never was under Hussein’s rule.
So as our military recruitment efforts suffer, Osama bin Laden
by attracting more terrorist volunteers.
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was approximately $27 a barrel before the war, now it’s more than twice
I wonder who benefits from this?
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of the war, fewer dollars are available for real national security and
of this country.
Military spending is up, but the way the money is spent
true national defense and further undermines our credibility around the
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ongoing war’s lack of success has played a key role in diminishing
our military services.
Recruitment is sharply down, and most branches face shortages of
Many young Americans rightly fear a coming draft-- which will be
if we do not reassess and change the unrealistic goals of our foreign
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appropriations for the war are essentially off-budget and obscured, but
contribute nonetheless to the runaway deficit and increase in the
If these trends persist, inflation with economic stagnation will
inevitable consequences of a misdirected policy.
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of the most significant consequences in times of war that we ought to
concerned about is the inevitable loss of personal liberty.
Too often in the patriotic nationalism that accompanies armed
regardless of the cause, there is a willingness to sacrifice personal
in pursuit of victory.
The real irony is that we are told we go hither and yon to fight
freedom and our Constitution, while carelessly sacrificing the very
here at home we’re supposed to be fighting for.
It makes no sense.
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willingness to give up hard-fought personal liberties has been
noticeable in the atmosphere of the post-September 11th war on
Security has replaced liberty as our main political goal,
Sadly, the whole process is done in the name of patriotism and
spirit of growing militant nationalism.
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attitudes and fears surrounding the 9-11 tragedy, and our eagerness to
go to war
in the Middle East against countries not responsible for the attacks,
allowed a callousness to develop in our national psyche that justifies
and rejects due process of law for those who are suspects and not
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have come to accept pre-emptive war as necessary, constitutional, and
a war without a proper declaration is now of no concern to most
Americans or the
Let’s hope and pray the rumors of an attack on Iran in June by
Armed Forces are wrong.
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large segment of the Christian community and its leadership think
rationalizing war in the name of a religion that prides itself on the
of the Prince of Peace, who instructed us that blessed are the
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casually accept our role as world policeman, and believe we have a
obligation to practice nation building in our image regardless of the
people who die in the process.
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have lost our way by rejecting the beliefs that made our country great.
We no longer trust in trade, friendship, peace, the
Constitution, and the
principle of neutrality while avoiding entangling alliances with the
rest of the
the message of hope and freedom by setting an example for the world has
replaced by a belief that use of armed might is the only practical tool
influence the world-- and we have accepted, as the only superpower, the
principle of initiating war against others.
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the process, Congress and the people have endorsed a usurpation of
authority, generously delivered to the executive and judicial
branches-- not to
mention international government bodies.
The concept of national sovereignty is now seen as an issue that
only the fringe in our society.
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of life and liberty must once again become the issue that drives
thought in this country.
If this goal is replaced by an effort to promote world
force to plan the economy, regulate the people, and police the world,
the voluntary desires of the people, it can be done only with the
of a totalitarian state.
There’s no need for that.
It’s up to Congress and the American people to decide our fate,
there is still time to correct our mistakes.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 7
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 6, 2005
Honoring Pope John Paul II- A Consistent Pro-life Figure
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Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join my colleagues in paying tribute to the life
and legacy of Pope John Paul II. Pope John Paul II was one of the great
religious leaders of modern times, and an eloquent champion of human
dignity. Unlike all-too-many misguided religious leaders, the Pope
that liberty, both personal and economic, is a necessary condition for
flourishing of human virtue.
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Pope’s commitment to human dignity, grounded in the teachings of
him to become one of the most eloquent spokesmen for the consistent
life, exemplified by his struggles against abortion, war, euthanasia,
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few in American politics today adhere to the consistent ethic of life,
see some who cheered the Pope’s stand against the war and the death
while downplaying or even openly defying his teachings against abortion
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who cheered the Pope’s opposition to abortion and euthanasia were
hostile to his opposition to war. Many of these “pro-life supporters of
tried to avoid facing the inherent contradictions in their position by
distorting the Just War doctrine, which the Pope properly interpreted
sanction to the Iraq war. One prominent conservative commentator even
that the pope was the “enemy” of the United States.
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conclusion, I am pleased to pay tribute to Pope John Paul II. I would
those who wish to honor his memory to reflect on his teachings
regarding war and
the sanctity of life, and consider the inconsistencies in claiming to
pro-life but supporting the senseless killing of innocent people that
accompanies militarism, or in claiming to be pro-peace and
supporting the legal killing of the unborn.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 8
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 14, 2005
2005 Ron Paul 8:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Due Process and Economic
Restoration Act, which repeals Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Sarbanes-Oxley was rushed into law in the hysterical atmosphere
surrounding the Enron and WorldCom bankruptcies, by a Congress more
with doing something than doing the right thing.
Today, American businesses, workers, and investors are suffering
Congress was so eager to appear “tough on corporate crime.”
imposes costly new regulations on the financial services industry.
regulations are damaging American capital markets by providing an
small US firms and foreign firms to deregister from US stock exchanges.
According to a study by the prestigious Wharton Business School, the
American companies deregistering from public stock exchanges nearly
during the year after Sarbanes-Oxley became law, while the New York
Exchange had only 10 new foreign listings in all of 2004.
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reluctance of small businesses and foreign firms to register on
exchanges is easily understood when one considers the costs
imposes on businesses. According to a survey by Kron/Ferry
Sarbanes-Oxley cost Fortune 500 companies an average of
$5.1 million in compliance expenses in 2004, while a study by
firm of Foley and Lardner found the Act increased costs associated with
publicly held company by 130 percent.
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of the major problems stem from section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley, which
Chief Executive Officers to certify the accuracy of financial
It also requires that outside auditors “attest to” the soundness
the internal controls used in preparing the statements-- an obvious sop
auditors and accounting firms.
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board defines internal controls as
“controls over all significant accounts and disclosures in the
statements.” According to John Berlau, a Warren Brookes Fellow at the
Competitive Enterprise Institute, the definition of internal controls
broad that a CEO possibly could be found liable for not using the
of Windows! Financial analysts have identified Section 404 as the major
why American corporations are hoarding cash instead of investing it in
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Robert Novak, in his column of April 7, said that, [f]or more than a
CEOs and CFOs have been telling me that 404 is a costly nightmare” and
nearly any business executive to name the biggest menace facing
America, and the answer is apt to be number 404…a dagger aimed at the
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the damage done to the economy is the harm Sarbanes-Oxley does to
liberties and due process. CEOs and CFOs can be held criminally liable,
subjected to 25 years in prison, for inadvertent errors. Laws
honest mistakes done with no intent to defraud are more typical of
than free societies. I hope those who consider themselves civil
will recognize the danger of imprisoning citizens for inadvertent
aside any prejudice against private businesses, and join my efforts to
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The US Constitution does not give the federal government authority to regulate
the accounting standards of private corporations. These questions
resolved by private contracts between a company and its shareholders,
state and local regulations. Let me remind my colleagues who are
the ability of markets and local law enforcement to protect against
market passed judgment on Enron, in the form of declining stock prices,
Congress even held the first hearing on the matter. My colleagues also
keep in mind that certain state attorneys general have been very
prosecuting financial crimes
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404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has raised the costs of doing business,
causing foreign companies to withdraw from American markets and
economic growth. By criminalizing inadvertent mistakes and exceeding
congressional authority, Section 404 also undermines the rule of law
individual liberty. I therefore urge my colleagues to cosponsor the Due
and Economic Competitiveness Restoration Act.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 9
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 4, 2005
Republicans Should Not Support a UN Court
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Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this resolution. The idea
that the United States Congress should demand that Nigeria deport a
president of Liberia to stand trial in a United Nations court in
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I do not object to this legislation because I dispute the charges against
Charles Taylor. Frankly, as a United States Congressman my authority
extend to deciding whether a foreign leader has committed crimes in his
county. The charges may well be true. I do, however, dispute our
the United States Congress to demand that a foreign country transfer a
leader of a third country back to that country to stand trial before a
Nations kangaroo court.
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As the resolution itself cites, one top UN official, Jaques Klein, has
already pronounced Taylor guilty, stating “Charles Taylor is a
a killer.” But the resolution concludes that “Congress urges the
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to expeditiously transfer Charles
Taylor, former President of the Republic of Liberia, to the
jurisdiction of the
Special Court for Sierra Leone to undergo a fair and open trial…” So it
probably safe to guess what kind of “trial” this will be - a
show trial. The United Nations has no business conducting trials for
regardless of the individual or the crime. It is the business of
Nigeria to determine the fate of Charles Taylor.
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If we in the United States wish to retain our own constitutional protections,
we must be steadfast in rejecting the idea that a one-world court has
jurisdiction over anyone, anywhere, regardless of how heinous the
The sovereignty we undermine eventually will be our own.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 10
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 4, 2005
Reject Taxpayer Bank Bailouts
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Mr. Speaker, H.R. 1185, the Federal
Deposit Insurance Reform Act, expands the federal governments
control over the financial services industry and raises taxes on all
institutions. Furthermore, this legislation increases the possibility
bank failures. Therefore, I must oppose this bill.
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primarily object to the provisions in H.R. 1185 which may increase the
assessed on participating financial institutions. These “premiums,”
are actually taxes, are the primary source of funds for the Deposit
Fund. This fund is used to bail out banks that experience difficulties
commitments to their depositors. Thus, the deposit insurance system
liability for poor management decisions from those who made the
their competitors. This system punishes those financial institutions
sound practices, as they are forced to absorb the losses of their
This also compounds the moral hazard problem created whenever
socializes business losses.
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the event of a severe banking crisis, Congress likely will transfer
general revenues into the Deposit Insurance Fund, which would make all
liable for the mistakes of a few. Of course, such a bailout would
separate authorization from Congress, but can anyone imagine Congress
to banking lobbyists pleading for relief from the costs of bailing out
2005 Ron Paul 10:4
subsidies lead to government control, as regulations are imposed on the
recipients of the subsidies in order to address the moral hazard
certainly is the case in banking, which is one of the most heavily
industries in America. However, as George Kaufman (John Smith Professor
Banking and Finance at Loyola University in Chicago and co-chair of the
Financial Regulatory Committee) pointed out in a study for the CATO
the FDICs history of poor management exacerbated the banking crisis of
eighties and nineties. Professor Kaufman properly identifies a key
the FDICs poor track record in protecting individual depositors:
have incentives to downplay or even cover-up problems in the financial
such as banking facilities. Banking failures are black marks on the
records. In addition, regulators may be subject to political pressure
imposing sanctions on failing institutions, thus increasing the
magnitude of the
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after a problem in the banking industry comes to light, the media and
inevitably blame it on regulators who were “asleep at the switch.” Yet
politicians continue to believe that giving more power to the very
whose incompetence (or worse) either caused or contributed to the
somehow will prevent future crises!
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presence of deposit insurance and government regulations removes
individuals to act on their own to protect their deposits or even
inquire as to
the health of their financial institutions. After all, why should
concerned when the federal government is ensuring banks following sound
practices and has insured their deposits?
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I would remind my colleagues that the federal deposit insurance program
constitutional authority. Congress only mandate in the area of money,
banking is to maintain the value of the money. Unfortunately, Congress
its responsibility over monetary policy with the passage of the Federal
Act of 1913, which allows the federal government to erode the value of
currency at the will of the central bank. Congress embrace of fiat
directly responsible for the instability in the banking system that
justification for deposit insurance.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 11
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 24, 2005
No Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research
2005 Ron Paul 11:1
Mr. Speaker, the issue of government funding of embryonic stem cell
research is one
of the most divisive matters facing the country. While I sympathize
who see embryonic stem cell research as a path to cures for
diseases that have stricken so many Americans, I strongly object to
those Americans who believe embryonic stem cell research is immoral to
such research with their tax dollars.
2005 Ron Paul 11:2
question that should concern Congress today is: Does the US government
constitutional authority to fund any form of stem cell research?
answer to that question is no. A proper constitutional position would
federal funding for stem cell research, while allowing individual
private citizens to decide whether to permit, ban, or fund this
Therefore, I must vote against HR 810.
2005 Ron Paul 11:3
many congressional opponents of embryonic stem cell research disregard
Constitution by supporting HR 2520, an “acceptable” alternative that
umbilical-cord stem cell research. While this approach is much
objectionable than funding embryonic stem cell research, it is still
unconstitutional. Therefore, I must also oppose HR 2520.
2005 Ron Paul 11:4
funding of medical research guarantees the politicization of decisions
what types of research for what diseases will be funded. Thus, scarce
resources are allocated according to who has the most effective lobby
than on the basis of need or even likely success. Federal funding also
researchers to neglect potential treatments and cures that do not
federal funds. Ironically, an example of this process may be found in
some research indicates that adult stem cells may be as useful or more
medical science than either embryonic or umbilical cord stem cells. In
supporters of embryonic stem cell research may have a point when they
the effectiveness of umbilical cord stem cells for medical purposes.
Yet if HR
2520 becomes law, researchers will have an incentive to turn away from
stem cell research in order to receive federal funds for umbilical cord
2005 Ron Paul 11:5
Legal questions relating to ethical dilemmas should be resolved at the local
the Constitution provides. Congress should follow the
reject federal funding of stem cell research.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 12
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 14, 2005
The Hidden Cost of War
2005 Ron Paul 12:1
The cost of war is always more than anticipated.
If all the costs were known prior to the beginning of a war,
would be fought.
At the beginning,
deception override the concern for the pain and penalties yet to come.
Jingoistic patriotism and misplaced militarism too easily
who are cautious about the unforeseen expenses and hardships brought on
Conveniently forgotten are the goals never achieved by armed
and the negative consequences that linger for years.
Even some who recognize that the coming war will be costly
rationalize that the cost will be worth it Others claim it’s unmanly or
to pursue a negotiated settlement of a political dispute, which helps
march toward armed conflict.
2005 Ron Paul 12:2
has been argued by proponents of modern technological warfare in recent
that sophisticated weapons greatly reduce the human costs by using a
number of troops equipped with smart weapons that minimize battle
This belief has
led some to be more willing to enter an armed conflict.
The challenge will be deciding whether or not modern weapons
make war more acceptable and less costly.
far the use of sanctions, the misjudgments of resistance to occupation,
unintended consequences reveal that fancy weapons do not guarantee
old-fashioned rules relating to armed conflicts cannot be easily
despite the optimism of the “shock and awe” crowd.
It seems that primitive explosive weapons can compete quite
with modern technology when the determination exists and guerrilla
The promised efficiency and
the reduced casualties cannot yet be estimated.
2005 Ron Paul 12:3
are measured differently depending on whether or not a war is defensive
offensive in nature.
Costs in each
situation may be similar but are tolerated
determination of those defending their homeland frequently is
making it difficult to calculate costs.
how long the Vietnamese fought and suffered before routing all foreign
For 85 years the Iraqis steadfastly have resisted all foreign
and even their previous history indicates that meddling by western and
outsiders in their country would not be tolerated.
Those who fight a defensive war see the cost of the conflict
Defenders have the goal of surviving and preserving their
religious culture, and their way of life-- despite the shortcomings
Foreigners are seen as a
This willingness to defend
to the last is especially strong if the society they fight for affords
stability than a war-torn country.
2005 Ron Paul 12:4
can be justified in defensive wars, and use of resources is more easily
justified than in an unpopular far-away conflict.
Motivations are stronger, especially when the cause seems to be
just and the people are willing to sacrifice for the common goal of
Defensive war provides a higher moral goal, and this idealism
In all wars,
however, there are profiteers and special interests looking after their
2005 Ron Paul 12:5
defensive wars never need a draft to recruit troops to fight.
Large numbers voluntarily join to face the foreign threat.
2005 Ron Paul 12:6
a truly defensive war, huge costs in terms of money, lives, and
endured because so much is at stake.
loss of one’s country is the alternative.
2005 Ron Paul 12:7
freer a country is, where the love of liberty is alive and well, the
A free society provides
greater economic means to fight than a tyrannical society.
For this reason truly free societies are less likely to be
2005 Ron Paul 12:8
societies that do not enjoy maximum freedom and economic prosperity
together to resist invaders.
spirit of nationalism brings people together when attacked, as do
The cause of
liberty or a “divine” emperor or radical Islam can inspire those
fight to the death to stop a foreign occupation.
These motivations make the costs and risks necessary and
where a less popular offensive war will not be tolerated as long.
Idealism inspires a strong defense; cynicism eventually curtails
2005 Ron Paul 12:9
cost of offensive war over time is viewed quite differently by the
Offensive wars include
those that are initiated by one country to seek some advantage over
needless intervention in the internal affairs
of others and efforts at nation building, even when well intentioned.
Offensive war never achieves the high moral ground in spite of
proclamations made by the initiators of the hostilities.
Offensive wars eventually fail, but tragically only after much
The cost is great, and
not well accepted by the people who suffer and have nothing to gain.
The early calls for patriotism and false
initial support, but the people eventually tire.
2005 Ron Paul 12:10
the beginning of an offensive war the people are supportive because of
justifications given by government authorities, who want the war for
But the demands to
sacrifice liberty at home to promote freedom and democracy abroad ring
after the cost and policy shortcomings become evident.
Initially, the positive propaganda easily overshadows the pain
small number who must fight and suffer injury.
2005 Ron Paul 12:11
wars are fought without as much determination as defensive wars. They
tend to be
less efficient and more political, causing them to linger and drift
stalemate or worse.
2005 Ron Paul 12:12
almost all wars, governments use deception about the enemy that needs
vanquished to gain the support of the people.
In our recent history, just since 1941, our government has
ignored the requirement that war be fought only after a formal
declaration-- further setting the stage for disenchantment once the war
Respect for the
truth is easily sacrificed in order to rally the people for the war
Professional propagandists, by a coalition of the media and
officials, beat the war drums. The people follow out of fear of being
unpatriotic and weak in the defense of our nation-- even when there is
national security threat at all.
2005 Ron Paul 12:13
in support for the war are the special interest groups that have other
to pursue: profits, religious beliefs, and partisan political
2005 Ron Paul 12:14
use war to pursue personal ambitions unrelated to national defense, and
the hesitant with promises of spreading democracy, freedom, and
The tools they use are unrestrained state power to force their
others, no matter how unjust it seems to the unfortunate recipients of
For some, the more
chaos the greater the opportunity to jump in and remake a country or an
At times in history the
opening salvo has been deliberately carried out by the ones anxious to
war underway while blaming the opposition for the incident.
The deceptions must stir passion for the war through an appeal
patriotism, nationalism, machismo, and jingoistic manliness of proving
in great feats of battle.
2005 Ron Paul 12:15
early support, before the first costs are felt, is easily achieved.
victory may not come quickly, however, support by the people is
When the war is questioned, the ill-conceived justifications for
involved are reexamined and found to have been distorted.
Frequently, the people discover they were lied to, so that
politicians could gain support for a war that had nothing to do with
2005 Ron Paul 12:16
discoveries and disenchantments come first to those directly exposed to
in the front lines, where soldiers die or lose their limbs.
Military families and friends bear the burden of grief, while
majority of citizens still hope the war will end or never affect them
in any way.
But as the casualties
grow the message of suffering spreads, and questions remain unanswered
concerning the real reason an offensive war was necessary in the first
2005 Ron Paul 12:17
when the human tragedy becomes evident to a majority of the citizens,
costs become noticeable.
raised, deficits explode, inflation raises its ugly head and the
living for the average citizen is threatened.
Funds for the war, even if immediate direct taxes are not
come from the domestic economy and everyone suffers.
The economic consequences of the Vietnam War were felt
1970s and into the early 1980s.
2005 Ron Paul 12:18
the problems mount, the falsehoods and distortions on which the war was
become less believable and collectively resented.
The government and the politicians who pursued the policy lose
The tragedy, however, is that
once even the majority
discovers the truth, much more time is needed to change the course of
This is the sad part.
2005 Ron Paul 12:19
leaders who needlessly dragged us into the war cannot and will not
error in judgment.
In fact they do the
opposite to prove they were right all
Instead of winding down, the
war gets a boost to prove the policy was correct and to bring the war
motivates the resistance of those fighting the defensive side of the
More money and more troops must be sacrificed before the policy
Using surrogate foreign troops may seem to cut domestic troop
the country starting the war, but will only prolong the agony,
costs and increase the need for even more troops.
2005 Ron Paul 12:20
financial support for the effort is seen as being even more unpatriotic
having supported the war in the first place.
Support for the troops becomes equivalent to supporting the
that led to the mess.
2005 Ron Paul 12:21
matter how unwise the policy and how inevitable the results, changing
becomes almost impossible for those individuals who promoted the war.
This fear of being labeled unpatriotic and not supportive of the
on the battlefield ironically drives a policy that is more harmful to
and costly to the folks at home.
it requires a new group of politicians, removed from the original
makers who initiated the war, to bring about a shift in policy.
Johnson couldn’t do it in Vietnam, and Nixon
did it slowly,
awkwardly and not without first expanding the war before agreeing
2005 Ron Paul 12:22
the seemingly inevitable delays in altering policy, the results are
Costs escalate and the
division between supporters and non-supporters widens.
This adds to economic problems while further eroding domestic
as with all wars.
On occasion, as
we’ve seen in our own country, dissent invites harsh social and legal
Those who speak out
in opposition will not only be ostracized, but may feel the full force
law coming down on them.
foreign affairs leading to war are hard to reverse.
But even if deliberate action doesn’t change the course of
flawed policies eventually will fail as economic laws will assert
2005 Ron Paul 12:23
more people have faith in and depend upon the state, the more difficult
it is to
keep the state from initiating wars.
the state is seen as primarily responsible for providing personal and
security, obedience and dependency becomes a pervasive problem.
If the state is limited to protecting liberty, and encourages
self-reliance and personal responsibility, there’s a much better chance
limiting pro-war attitudes.
great danger of war, especially unnecessary war, is that it breeds more
dependency while threatening liberty-- always allowing the state to
regardless of existing attitudes before the war.
War unfortunately allows the enemies of liberty to justify the
of personal freedoms, and the people all too often carelessly sacrifice
precisely what they are supposed to be fighting for: freedom.
Our revolution was a rare exception.
It was one war where the people ended up with
2005 Ron Paul 12:24
Economics and War
every war has an economic component, some more obvious than others.
Our own civil war dealt with slavery, but tariffs and economic
by the North were also major factors.
only a small number of southern soldiers personally owned slaves, yet
enthusiastic in their opposition to the northern invasion.
The battles fought in the Middle East since WWI have had a lot
to do with
securing Arab oil fields for the benefit of western nations.
Not only are wars fought for economic reasons, wars have
economic consequences for the countries involved, even if one side is
massive property damage.
economic consequences of war play a major role in bringing hostilities
The consequences are less
tolerated by the citizens of countries whose leaders drag them into
and unnecessary wars.
determination to fight on can’t compete with those who see their
threatened by foreign invaders.
2005 Ron Paul 12:25
2005 Ron Paul 12:26
essentially no one, not even among the neo-con crowd, claiming that the
war is defensive in nature for America.
on there was an attempt to do so, and it was successful to a large
convincing the American people that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass
destruction and was connected to al Qaeda.
Now the justification for the war is completely different and
If the current justification
had been used to rally the
American people and Congress from the beginning, the war would have
The fact that we are
bogged down in an offensive war makes it quite difficult to extricate
from the mess.
enthusiasm that a defensive war generates, prolonging the Iraq war will
havoc with our economy.
of paying for the war in addition to the fact that the war was not
necessary makes the hardship less tolerable.
This leads to domestic turmoil, as proponents become more vocal
demanding patriotic support and opponents become angrier for the burden
2005 Ron Paul 12:27
far the American people have not yet felt the true burden of the costs
Even with 1,700 deaths and
13,000 wounded, only a small percentage of Americans have suffered
but their pain and suffering is growing and more noticeable every day.
Taxes have not been raised to pay the bills for the current war,
annual deficits and national debt continue to grow.
This helps delay the pain of paying the bills, but the
this process are starting to be felt.
tax increases, a more honest way to finance foreign interventionism,
to restrain those who so cavalierly take us to war.
The borrowing authority of governments permit wars to be
started and prolonged which otherwise would be resisted if the true
known to the people from the beginning.
2005 Ron Paul 12:28
have an especially unique ability to finance our war efforts while
the immediate effect.
As the issuer
of the world’s reserve currency, we are able to finance our
through inflating our dollars.
have the special privilege of printing that which the world accepts as
lieu of gold.
This is an invitation
to economic disaster, permitting an ill-founded foreign policy that
stage for problems for years to come.
system of money that politicians and central bankers could not
restrain those with grandiose ideas of empire.
2005 Ron Paul 12:29
Federal Reserve was created in 1913, and shortly thereafter the Fed
the Wilsonians bent on entering WWI by inflating and deficit financing
produced the 1921 depression and many other problems since, the process
subsequently has become institutionalized in financing our militarism
in the 20
Century and already in the 21
Without the Fed’s ability to create money out of thin air, our
government would be severely handicapped in waging wars that do not
The money issue and the
ability of our government to wage war are intricately related.
Anyone interested in curtailing wartime spending and our
abroad is obligated to study the monetary system, through which our
seductively and surreptitiously finances foreign adventurism without
responsibility of informing the public of its cost or collecting the
required to finance the effort.
2005 Ron Paul 12:30
the issuer of the world’s premier currency allows for a lot more abuse
country would have otherwise.
businesses, governments, and central banks accept our dollars as if
they are as
good as gold.
This is a remnant of
a time when the dollar
as good as gold.
That is no longer the case.
trust is still there, but it’s a misplaced trust.
Since the dollar is simply a paper currency without real value,
confidence will be lost and our goose will no longer be able to lay the
That’s when reality will set
in and the real cost of our extravagance, both domestic and foreign,
felt by all Americans.
We will no
longer be able to finance our war machine through willing foreigners,
gladly take our newly printed dollars for their newly produced goods
loan them back to us at below market interest rates to support our
living and our war effort.
2005 Ron Paul 12:31
payment by American citizens will come as the dollar loses value,
rise, and prices increase.
higher prices become the tax that a more honest government would have
directly to pay for the war effort.
unpopular war especially needs this deception as a method of payment,
true costs which are dispersed and delayed through this neat little
The real tragedy is that this
“inflation tax” is not
evenly distributed among all the people, and more often than not is
disproportionately by the poor and the middle class as a truly
regressive tax in
the worst sense.
Washington do not see inflation as an unfair seductive tax.
monetary policy unfortunately is never challenged even by the
proponents of low
taxes who care so little about deficits, but eventually it all comes to
because economic law overrides the politicians’ deceit.
2005 Ron Paul 12:32
we are seeing signs on the horizon that this free ride for us is coming
Price inflation is alive and
well and much worse than government statistics show.
The sluggish economy suggests that the super stimulation of easy
over the last decades is no longer sufficient to keep the economy
Our personal consumption and government spending are dependent
borrowing from foreign lenders.
high standards of living can mask the debt accumulation that it
needed savings remain essentially nil.
2005 Ron Paul 12:33
ability to print the reserve currency of the world, and the willingness
foreigners to take it, causes gross distortions in our current account
and total foreign indebtedness.
plays a major role in the erosion of our manufacturing base, and causes
exporting of our jobs along with our dollars.
Bashing foreigners, in particularly the Chinese and the
Japanese, as the
cause of our dwindling manufacturing and job base is misplaced. It
evaluation of our own policies-- policies that undermine and increase
of our own manufacturing goods while distorting the trade balance.
Though we continue to benefit from the current circumstances,
cheap imports on borrowed money, the shaky fundamentals make our
financial system vulnerable to sudden and severe adjustments.
Foreigners will not finance our excessive standard of living and
expensive war overseas indefinitely.
What we do in the
meantime to prepare for that day will make all the difference in the
the future of freedom in this country.
the future of freedom in this country that is truly the legitimate
responsibility of us as Members of Congress.
2005 Ron Paul 12:34
ago the notion of money introduced the world to trade and the principle
division of labor, ushering in for the first time a level of economic
above mere subsistence.
money with electronic transactions has given an additional boost to
But unlike sound
commodity money, fiat money, with easy credit and artificially low
rates, causes distortions and mal-investments that require corrections.
The modernization of electronic global transfers, which with
would be beneficial, has allowed for greater distortion and debt to be
accumulated-- setting the stage for a much more serious period of
requiring an economic downturn, liquidation of debt, and reallocation
resources that must come from savings rather than a central bank
2005 Ron Paul 12:35
economic laws will limit our ability to pursue our foreign
matter how well intentioned and “successful” they may seem.
The Soviet system collapsed of its own weakness.
I fear an economic collapse here at home much more than an
attack by a
Above all, the
greatest concern should be for the systematic undermining of our
liberties since 9/11, which will worsen with an ongoing foreign war and
severe economic problems that are coming.
2005 Ron Paul 12:36
we are not fighting the war to defend our homeland and we abuse so many
professed principles, we face great difficulties in resolving the
predicament in which we find ourselves.
options are few, and admitting errors in judgment is not likely to
Moral forces are against us as we
find ourselves imposing our
will on a people six thousand miles from our shores.
How would the American people respond if a foreign country,
with people of a different color, religion, and language imposed itself
on us to
make us conform to their notions of justice and goodness?
None of us would sit idly by.
is why those who see themselves as defenders of their homeland and
their way of
life have the upper hand regardless of the shock and awe military power
available to us.
At this point our
power works perversely.
stronger and more violent we are the greater the resistance becomes.
2005 Ron Paul 12:37
neo-conservatives who took us to war under false pretenses either
or didn’t care about the history and traditions of the Iraqi people.
Surely they must have heard of an Islamic defensive jihad that
is easy to
promote when one’s country is being attacked by foreign forces.
Family members have religious obligations to avenge all killings
foreign forces, which explains why killing insurgents only causes their
This family obligation
to seek revenge is closely tied to achieving instant eternal martyrdom
vengeful suicide attacks.
of martyrs do not weep as the parents of our soldiers do; they believe
suicide bombers and their families are glorified.
These religious beliefs cannot simply be changed during the war.
The only thing we can do is remove the incentives we give to the
religious leaders of the jihad by leaving them alone.
Without our presence in the Middle East, whether on the Arabian
or in Iraq, the rallying cry for suicidal jihadists would ring hollow.
Was there any fear for our national security from a domestic
attack by Islamists before we put a base in Saudi Arabia?
2005 Ron Paul 12:38
freedoms here at home have served the interests of those who are
pursuing an American empire, though this too will be limited by
and the undermining of our personal liberties.
2005 Ron Paul 12:39
free society produces more wealth for more people than any other.
That wealth for many years can be confiscated to pay for the
advocated by those who promote preemptive war.
But militarism and its costs undermine the very market system
provided the necessary resources to begin with.
As this happens, productivity and wealth is diminished, putting
on authorities to ruthlessly extract even more funds from the people.
For what they cannot collect through taxes
they take through
currency inflation-- eventually leading to an inability to finance
and questionable warfare and bringing the process to an end.
It happened to the Soviets and their military machine collapsed.
Hitler destroyed Germany’s economy, but he financed his
several years by immediately stealing the gold reserves of every
That, too, was
self-limited and he met his military defeat.
For us it’s less difficult since we can confiscate the wealth of
American citizens and the savers of the world merely by printing more
support our militarism.
different in detail, we too must face the prospect that this system of
is seriously flawed, and our expensive policy of worldwide
Only a profound change in
attitudes regarding our foreign policy, our fiscal policy, and our
policy will save us from ourselves.
2005 Ron Paul 12:40
we did make these changes, we would not need to become isolationists,
what many claim.
not the only alternative to intervention in other nations’ affairs.
supported by sound money, private property, and respect for all
contracts can set an example for the world-- since the resulting
would be significant and distributed more widely than any socialist
Instead of using force to make others do it our way, our
be through the example we set that would motivate others to emulate us.
Trade, travel, exchange of ideas, and friendly relationships
those who seek friendship are a far cry from a protectionist closed
nation that would serve no one’s interest.
2005 Ron Paul 12:41
type of society would be greatly enhanced with a worldwide commodity
This would prevent the
imbalances that are a great burden to today’s economy.
Our current account deficits and total foreign indebtedness
occur under an honest non-political commodity money.
Competitive devaluations and abnormally fixed exchanged rates
be possible as tools of protectionism.
can be certain that the distortions in trade balance and the WTO trade
are multiplying will eventually lead to a serious challenge to
The tragedy of trade wars is that they frequently lead to
between nations, and until the wealth is consumed and young men are no
available to fight and die the process will cost plenty.
2005 Ron Paul 12:42
must not forget that real peace and prosperity are available to us.
America has a grand tradition in this regard despite her
It’s just that in recent decades the excessive unearned wealth
available to us to run our welfare/warfare state has distracted us from
important traditions-- honoring liberty and emphasizing self-reliance
Up until the 20
century we were much less eager to go around the world searching for
That tradition is a good one,
and one that we must soon reconsider before the ideal of personal
2005 Ron Paul 12:43
The costs of war are always much more than anticipated, while
benefits are much less.
2005 Ron Paul 12:44
The cost of war is more than just the dollars spent; it includes
injuries, and destruction along with the unintended consequences that
go on for
2005 Ron Paul 12:45
Support for offensive wars wears thin; especially when they are
2005 Ron Paul 12:46
The Iraq war now has been going on for 15 years with no end in
2005 Ron Paul 12:47
Ulterior motives too often preempt national security in
2005 Ron Paul 12:48
Powerful nations too often forget humility in their
2005 Ron Paul 12:49
World history and religious dogmatism are too often ignored and
2005 Ron Paul 12:50
World government is no panacea for limiting war.
2005 Ron Paul 12:51
Most wars could be avoided with better diplomacy, a mutual
of minding one’s own business, and respect for the right of
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 13
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 21, 2005
2005 Ron Paul 13:1
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to support H.Con.Res. 160, legislation commemorating a monumental day in the history of liberty.
the events of June 19, 1865,when slaves in Galveston, Texas learned
were at last free men and women. The slaves of Galveston were the last
slaves to learn of the end of slavery. Thus, Juneteenth represents the
slavery in America.
2005 Ron Paul 13:2
I hope all Americans will take the time to commemorate Juneteenth. Friends of
human liberty should celebrate the end of slavery in any country. The
American slavery is particularly worthy of recognition since there are
blatant violations of America’s founding principles, as expressed in
Declaration of Independence, than slavery. I am particularly pleased to
recognition of Juneteenth because I have the privilege of representing
2005 Ron Paul 13:3
I thank the gentleman from Illinois for introducing this resolution, which I
am proud to cosponsor. I thank the House leadership for bringing this
to the floor, and I urge all of my colleagues to honor the end of
voting for H.Con.Res 160.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 14
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 21, 2005
Rebutting the Critics of the Iraq Withdrawal Resolution
2005 Ron Paul 14:1
Last week HJ Res 55
requires the President to develop and implement a plan for the
withdrawal of US
troops from Iraq.
The plan would be
announced before December 31, 2005, with the withdrawal to commence no
than October 1, 2006.
The media and
opponents of this plan immediately-- and incorrectly-- claimed it would
date certain for a total withdrawal.
resolution, hardly radical in nature, simply restates the policy
told repeatedly that there will be no permanent occupation of Iraq, and
management will be turned over to the Iraqis as soon as possible.
2005 Ron Paul 14:2
The resolution merely
pressures the administration to be more precise in its stated goals,
plans to achieve them in a time frame that negates the perception we
involved in a permanent occupation of Iraq.
2005 Ron Paul 14:3
The sharpest criticism of this resolution is that it would, if implemented, give
insurgents in Iraq information that is helpful to their cause and
harmful to our
This is a reasonable
concern, which we addressed by not setting a precise time for exiting
The critics inferred that the enemy should never have any hint
as to our
2005 Ron Paul 14:4
Yet as we prepared to
invade Iraq, the administration generously informed the Iraqis exactly
plans to use “shock and awe” military force.
With this information many Iraqi fighters, anticipating
military defeat, disappeared into the slums and hills to survive to
another day-- which they have.
2005 Ron Paul 14:5
One could argue that
this information made available to the enemy was clearly used against
This argument used to criticize HJ Res 55, that it might reveal
intentions, is not automatically valid.
could just as easily be argued that conveying to the enemy that we do
an indefinite occupation-- as is the stated policy-- will save many
2005 Ron Paul 14:6
But what we convey or
do not convey to the Iraqi people is not the most crucial issue.
The more important issues are:
the American people deserve to know more about our goals, the length of
can expect to be in Iraq, and how many more Americans are likely to be
and wounded; will there be a military draft; what is the likelihood of
diseases that our veterans may suffer (remember Agent Orange and
War Syndrome?); and how many more tax dollars are required to fight
2005 Ron Paul 14:7
The message insurgents need to hear and believe is that we are serious when we say
no desire for a permanent occupation of Iraq.
must stick to this policy announced by the administration.
2005 Ron Paul 14:8
A plausible argument
can be made that the guerillas are inspired by our presence in Iraq,
them seems endless.
whether through direct U.S. military action, collateral damage, or
killing Iraqis, serve to inspire an even greater number of Iraqis to
Because we are in
charge, we are blamed for all the deaths.
2005 Ron Paul 14:9
justify our presence in Iraq
because we must punish those responsible for 9/11 is disingenuous to
We are sadly now at greater
risk than before 9/11.
We refuse to
deal with our own borders while chastising the Syrians for not securing
borders with Iraq.
An end game
needs to be in place, and the American people deserve to know exactly
They are the ones who must
send their sons and daughters off to war and pay the bills when they
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 15
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 22, 2005
Introduction of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act
2005 Ron Paul 15:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The
Hemp Farming Act requires the federal government to respect state laws
the growing of industrial hemp.
2005 Ron Paul 15:2
Six states-Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, and West
the growing of industrial hemp in accord with state laws. However,
is standing in the way of farmers in these states growing what may be a
profitable crop. Because of current federal law, all hemp included in
sold in the United States must be imported instead of being grown by
2005 Ron Paul 15:3
Since 1970, the federal Controlled Substances Act’s inclusion of industrial
the Schedule One definition of marijuana has prohibited American
growing industrial hemp, despite the fact that industrial hemp has such
content of THC (the psychoactive chemical in the related marijuana
nobody can be psychologically affected by consuming hemp. Federal law
the safety of industrial hemp by allowing it to be legally imported for
2005 Ron Paul 15:4
The United States is the only industrialized nation that prohibits
cultivation. The Congressional Research Service has noted that hemp is
an established agricultural commodity in over 30 nations in Europe,
North America. My Industrial Hemp Farming Act will end this nonsensical
restriction on American farmers and allow them to grow industrial hemp
accordance with state law.
2005 Ron Paul 15:5
Industrial hemp is a crop that was grown legally throughout the United States for
our history. In fact, during World War II the federal government
encouraged American farmers to grow industrial hemp to help the war
The Department of Agriculture even produced a film, “Hemp for
Victory,” encouraging the plant’s cultivation.
2005 Ron Paul 15:6
In recent years, the hemp plant has been put to many popular uses in foods
industry. Grocery stores sell hemp seeds and oil, as well as food
containing oil and seeds from the hemp plant. Industrial hemp also is
in consumer products such as paper, cloth, cosmetics, and carpet. One
more innovative recent uses of industrial hemp is in the door frames of
1.5 million cars.
Hemp even has
been used in alternative automobile fuel.
2005 Ron Paul 15:7
It is unfortunate that the federal government has stood in the way of
farmers, including many who are struggling to make ends meet, competing
global industrial hemp market. Indeed the founders of our nation, some
grew hemp, surely would find that federal restrictions on farmers
growing a safe
and profitable crop on their own land are inconsistent with the
guarantee of a limited, restrained federal government. Therefore, I
colleagues to stand up for American farmers and cosponsor the
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 16
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 22, 2005
Statement on the Flag Burning Amendment
2005 Ron Paul 16:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this resolution. The process may
well be legal, but it is unwise.
2005 Ron Paul 16:2
The problem is minimal. This is more like a solution in search of a problem. We
just do not need to amend the Constitution for such a tiny problem.
2005 Ron Paul 16:3
It was stated earlier that this is the only recourse we have since the Supreme
Court ruled the Texas law unconstitutional. That is not true. There are
2005 Ron Paul 16:4
One merely would be to use State law. There are a lot of State laws, such as
laws against arson, disturbing the peace, theft, inciting riots,
could deal with all of the flag desecration with these laws. But there
another solution that our side has used and pretends to want to use on
occasions, and that is to eliminate the jurisdiction of the federal
did it on the marriage issue; we can do it right here.
2005 Ron Paul 16:5
So to say this is the only solution is incorrect. It is incorrect. And
solution like that would go quickly, pass the House by a majority vote,
Senate by a majority vote, and be send to the President. The Schiavo
was expedited and passed quickly. Why not do it with the flag? It is a
and we should pay attention to it.
2005 Ron Paul 16:6
Desecration is reserved for religious symbols. To me, why this is scary is
because the flag is a symbol today of the State. Why is it, our side
to answer this question when we bring it up, why is it that we have the
Chinese, Cuba, North Korea, and Saddam Hussein who support the position
severely punished those who burn a flag? No, they just gloss over this.
gloss over it. Is it not rather ironic today that we have troops dying
“spreading freedom” and, yet, we are here trying to pass laws similar
what Saddam Hussein had with regard to the flag? I just do not see
makes a lot of sense.
2005 Ron Paul 16:7
Mr. Speaker, a question I would like to ask the proponents of this legislation
is this: What if some military officials arrived at a home to report to
family that their son had just been killed in Iraq, and the mother is
overwhelmed by grief which quickly turns to anger. She grabs a flag and
burns it? What is the proper punishment for this woman who is grieved,
out in this manner? We say, well, these are special circumstances, we
excuse her for that; or no, she has to be punished, she burned a flag
she was making a political statement. That is the question that has to
answered. What is the proper punishment for a woman like that? I would
say it is
very difficult to mete out any punishment whatsoever.
2005 Ron Paul 16:8
We do not need a new amendment to the Constitution to take care of a
does not exist.
2005 Ron Paul 16:9
Another point: The real problem that exists routinely on the House floor is the daily
the Constitution by totally ignoring Act I Sec. 8. We should spend a
time following the rule of law, as defined by our oath of office, and a
on unnecessary constitutional amendments that expand the role of the
government while undermining the States.
2005 Ron Paul 16:10
Mr. Speaker, let me summarize my views on this proposed amendment.
I have myself served 5 years in the military, and I have great
for the symbol of our freedom. I salute the flag, and I pledge to the
also support overriding the Supreme Court case that overturned state
prohibiting flag burning. Under the constitutional principle of
questions such as whether or not Texas should prohibit flag burning are
up to the people of Texas, not the United States Supreme Court. Thus,
amendment simply restored the states’ authority to ban flag burning, I
enthusiastically support it.
2005 Ron Paul 16:11
However, I cannot support an amendment to give Congress new power to prohibit
burning. I served my country to protect our freedoms and to protect our
Constitution. I believe very sincerely that today we are undermining to
degree that freedom that we have had all these many years.
2005 Ron Paul 16:12
Mr. Speaker, we have some misfits who on occasion burn the flag. We all despise
this behavior, but the offensive conduct of a few does not justify
exception to the First Amendment protections of political speech the
finds offensive. According to the pro-flag amendment Citizens Flag
there were only three incidents of flag desecration in 2004 and there
been two acts of desecration thus far in 2005, and the majority of
involved vandalism or some other activity that is already punishable by
2005 Ron Paul 16:13
Let me emphasize how the First Amendment is written, “Congress shall
law.” That was the spirit of our nation at that time: “Congress shall
2005 Ron Paul 16:14
Unfortunately, Congress has long since disregarded the original intent of the Founders
written a lot of laws regulating private property and private conduct.
would ask my colleagues to remember that every time we write a law to
private behavior, we imply that somebody has to arrive with a gun,
you desecrate the flag, you have to punish that person. So how do you
You send an agent of the government, perhaps an employee of the Bureau
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Flags, to arrest him. This is in many ways
a gun--if your actions do not fit the official definition of a
will send somebody to arrest you.
2005 Ron Paul 16:15
Congress has models of flag desecration laws. For example, Saddam Hussein made
desecration of the Iraq flag a criminal offense punishable by up to 10
2005 Ron Paul 16:16
It is assumed that many in the military support this amendment, but in fact
there are veterans who have been great heroes in war on both sides of
issue. I would like to quote a past national commander of the American
Keith Kreul. He said:
2005 Ron Paul 16:17
” Our Nation was
not founded on devotion to symbolic idols, but on principles, beliefs
expressed in the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. American veterans
protected our banner in battle have not done so to protect a golden
Instead, they carried the banner forward with reverence for what it
our beliefs and freedom for all. Therein lies the beauty of our flag. A
cannot be created by legislation.”
2005 Ron Paul 16:18
Former Secretary of
State, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and two-time winner of the
Presidential Medal of Freedom Colin Powell also has expressed
amending the Constitution in this manner: “I would not amend that great
of democracy to hammer out a few miscreants. The flag will be flying
long after they have slunk away.”
2005 Ron Paul 16:19
Mr. Speaker, this amendment will not even reach the majority of cases of
burning. When we see flag burning on television, it is usually not
citizens, but foreigners who have strong objections to what we do
This is what I see on television and it is the conduct that most
2005 Ron Paul 16:20
of the very first laws that Red China passed upon assuming control of
was to make flag burning illegal. Since that time, they have prosecuted
individuals for flag burning. Our State Department keeps records of how
the Red Chinese prosecute people for burning the Chinese flag, as it
those prosecutions an example of how the Red Chinese violate human
violations are used against Red China in the argument that they should
most-favored-nation status. There is just a bit of hypocrisy among
who claim this amendment does not interfere with fundamental liberties,
critical of Red China for punishing those who burn the Chinese flag.
2005 Ron Paul 16:21
Mr. Speaker, this is ultimately an attack on private property. Freedom of speech
and freedom of expression depend on property. We do not have freedom of
expression of our religion in other peoples churches; it is honored
respected because we respect the ownership of the property. The
the right of free expression, as a newspaper would or a radio station.
Congress limits property rights, for any cause, no matter how noble, it
2005 Ron Paul 16:22
Some claim that this is not an issue of private property rights because the flag
belongs to the country. The flag belongs to everybody. But if you say
are a collectivist. That means you believe everybody owns everything.
So why do
American citizens have to spend money to obtain, and maintain, a flag
flag is communally owned? If your neighbor, or the federal government,
flag, even without this amendment you do not have the right to go and
flag. If you are causing civil disturbances, you are liable for your
under state and local laws. But this whole idea that there could be a
ownership of the flag is erroneous.
2005 Ron Paul 16:23
Mr. Speaker, I wish to point out that by using the word “desecration,”
is traditionally reserved for religious symbols, the authors of this
are placing the symbol of the state on the same plane as symbols of the
The practical effect of this is to either lower religious symbols to
of the secular state, or raise the state symbol to the status of a holy
Perhaps this amendment harkens back to the time when the state was seen
interchangeable with the church. In any case, those who believe we have
king but Christ” should be troubled by this amendment.
2005 Ron Paul 16:24
We must be interested in the spirit of our Constitution. We must be interested
in the principles of liberty. I therefore urge my colleagues to oppose
amendment. Instead, my colleagues should work to restore the rights of
individual states to ban flag burning, free from unconstitutional
by the Supreme Court.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 17
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 11, 2005
Henry Lamb- A Great Freedom Fighter Documents how your Dietary Supplements are Under Attack
2005 Ron Paul 17:1
Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to
read Your dietary supplements: Under attack again by Henry Lamb,
which I am inserting into the record. Mr. Lamb explains the threat to
consumers of dietary supplements and American sovereignty by the Codex
Alimentarius commission, commonly referred to simply as Codex. The
Nations created Codex to establish international standards for foods
medicines. Just last week, representatives of the United States
agreed to a final version of Codexs standards on dietary supplements
implemented in the United States, could drastically reduce Americans
obtain the supplements of their choice. Members of the American
be hoping to achieve via international fiat what they cannot achieve
domestic law-making process--the power to restrict consumers access to
supplements. American bureaucrats may gain this power if the World
Organization, which considers Codex guidelines the standard by which
all other regulations are judged, decides that our failure to
harmonize our regulations of dietary supplements to meet Codexs
recommendations violates international trading standards! This
despite the fact that American consumers do not want to be subjected to
restrictive regulations common in other parts of the world, such as the
2005 Ron Paul 17:2
This article is typical of
work. For almost twenty years, beginning at an age when most Americans
contemplating retirement, Mr. Lamb has worked to expose and stop
American liberty, sovereignty, and prosperity. Mr. Lamb became involved
battle for liberty when, as the CEO of a Tennessee construction
founded a state association of contractors to work against excessive
regulations. In 1988, Henry Lamb founded the Environmental Conservation
Organization to defend true environmentalism, which is rooted in the
there is no better steward of the environment than a private property
from those who used the environment as a cover for their radical
agendas. Since 1992, Mr. Lamb and ECO have focused on the threat to
liberty and self-government posed by the radical global environmental
2005 Ron Paul 17:3
Henry Lamb works to further
of liberty by giving speeches around the country, editing an on-line
making numerous television and radio appearances, and writing a weekly
inform his fellow Americans of the latest scheme to undermine their
Mr. Lamb is the model of a citizen-activist, and all who wish to become
in the battle for freedom can learn from his example. In conclusion, I
again urge my colleagues to read Mr. Lambs article to learn about the
protect American consumers from Codex, and I thank Mr. Lamb for his
devotion to the cause of freedom.
2005 Ron Paul 17:4
YOUR DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS: UNDER ATTACK
AGAIN (from WorldNetDaily, June 11, 2005)
2005 Ron Paul 17:5
(By Henry Lamb)
The Codex Alimentarius
sounds like one of those shadowy, sinister organizations conjured up by
one-world-government nuts to scare people.
2005 Ron Paul 17:6
Truth: It is!
2005 Ron Paul 17:7
The Food and Agriculture
and the World Health Organization created this commission in the early
set standards for food safety and to harmonize the laws of member
The commission was endorsed by U.N. Resolution 39/248, which says:
2005 Ron Paul 17:8
When formulating national
and plans with regard to food, governments should take into account the
all consumers for food security and should support and, as far as
adopt standards from the ..... Codex Alimentarius. .....
2005 Ron Paul 17:9
The Codex Alimentarius
consists of delegates from 163 member nations representing 97 percent
worlds population. It meets every two years, either in Rome or Geneva.
meetings, the commission is governed by an executive committee that
activities of its many committees.
2005 Ron Paul 17:10
Of immediate concern is the
effort to bring dietary supplements in America under the control of
set by this commission. Dietary supplements generate a $17 billion
the United States, which affects more than 150 million consumers,
Congressional findings (H.R. 2485). Proposed procedures and standards
virtually destroy this market and deprive millions of Americans of the
supplements they want to use.
2005 Ron Paul 17:11
The European Union Directive
Supplements, which becomes law in August, severely restricts the types
quantities of supplements that may be legally sold. Most forms of
vitamins C and
E, for example, are not available, or are available only in extremely
doses. If current plans proceed on course, American consumers are in
2005 Ron Paul 17:12
How can this little-known
commission control what consumers buy in the United States?
2005 Ron Paul 17:13
An even less-known agency,
the bowels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is responsible for
participation in the Codex Commission and designates delegates to each
commissions committees. Barbara O. Schneeman is the delegate to the
Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses.
2005 Ron Paul 17:14
The effort to regulate dietary
supplements has been under way for more than a decade. In 1994,
the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which kept supplements
the reach of the drug police. In the past, Codex recommendations have
non-binding. Now, however, the Codex Alimentarius Commission is teaming
the World Trade Organization to bring international enforcement to the
2005 Ron Paul 17:15
Ironically, it was primarily
that brought the WTO into existence in 1994, as the successor to GATT,
General Agreement on Tarriffs and Trade. The WTO agreement specifically
that the member nations--including the U.S.--conform its laws to meet
requirements of WTO decisions. Failure to conform results in stiff
penalties. The Codex Commission and the European Union want the WTO to
Codex standards, which fly directly in the face of the Dietary
and Education Act.
2005 Ron Paul 17:16
Pascal Lamy of France was just
as director general of the WTO. Lamy served as a member of the French
Partys steering committee and was chief of staff and representative of
European Commission for President Jacques Delors. Since 1995, he has
served as a
member of the Central Office of the Mouvement Européen (France)
and as a member
of the European Commission, responsible for trade.
2005 Ron Paul 17:17
The Codex Commission will be
Rome July 4-9 to adopt the final rules on dietary supplement use. Dr.
Dean, president of Friends of Freedom International, will attend this
and return to the U.S. just in time to present her report to the Sixth
Freedom 21 Conference in Reno, July 14-16.
2005 Ron Paul 17:18
The Codex Alimentarius
reach is much broader than dietary supplements. Its committees are also
on standards for pesticide residue, labeling of all kinds of foods,
additives and nutrients, veterinary medicine and drugs, as well as
methods for analysis. The function of this organization is to establish
standards for all food worldwide and to enforce those standards through
power of the World Trade Organization.
2005 Ron Paul 17:19
Few people know that there is
thing as the Codex Alimentarius Commission. It was created to promote
safety in international trade. It is on the brink of becoming an
bureaucracy--far worse than the worst fantasies of the one-world
2005 Ron Paul 17:20
The Codex Alimentarius
neither fantasy nor theory; it is real.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 18
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 14, 2005
2005 Ron Paul 18:1
Mr. Speaker, more than half of the American people now
believe that the Iraqi war has made the U.S. less safe. This is a
in sentiment from 2 years ago. Early support for the war reflected a
hope for a
safer America, and it was thought to be an appropriate response to the
attacks. The argument was that the enemy attacked us because of our
prosperity, and our way of life. It was further argued that it was
engage the potential terrorists over there rather than here. Many
argument and supported the war. That is now changing.
2005 Ron Paul 18:2
It is virtually impossible to stop determined suicide bombers. Understanding why
they sacrifice themselves is crucial to ending what appears to be
irrational. But there is an explanation.
2005 Ron Paul 18:3
I, like many, have assumed that the driving force behind the suicide attacks was
Islamic fundamentalism. Promise of instant entry into paradise as a
killing infidels seemed to explain the suicides, a concept that is
our way of thinking. The worlds expert on suicide terrorism
has convinced me to rethink this simplistic explanation, that terrorism
is merely an
expression of religious extremism and resentment of a foreign culture.
2005 Ron Paul 18:4
Robert Pape, author of Dying to Win, explains the strategic logic of suicide terrorism. Pape has collected a
database of every suicide terrorist attack between 1980
and 2004, all 462 of them. His conclusions are enlightening and crucial
understanding the true motivation behind the attacks against Western
Islamic terrorists. After his exhaustive study, Pape comes to some very
2005 Ron Paul 18:5
Religious beliefs are less important than supposed. For instance, the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, a Marxist
group, are the worlds leader in suicide terrorism
. The largest Islamic fundamentalist countries have not been
responsible for any
suicide terrorist attack. None have come from Iran or the
Sudan. Until the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraq
never had a suicide terrorist attack in all of its history. Between
2004, the al Qaeda years, two-thirds of all attacks came from countries
the U.S. had troops stationed. Iraqs suicide missions today are
carried out by
Iraqi Sunnis and Saudis. Recall, 15 of the 19 participants in the 9/11
2005 Ron Paul 18:6
The clincher is this: the strongest motivation, according to Pape, is not religion but rather a desire to
modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory the
view as their homeland.
2005 Ron Paul 18:7
The best news is that if stopping suicide terrorism is a goal we
seek, a solution is available to us. Cease the occupation of foreign
the suicide missions will cease. Between 1982 and 1986, there were 41
terrorist attacks in Lebanon. Once the U.S., the French, and Israel
their forces from Lebanon, there were no more attacks. The reason the
stop, according to Pape, is that the Osama bin Ladens of the world no
inspire potential suicide terrorists despite their continued fanatical
2005 Ron Paul 18:8
Pape is convinced after his extensive research that the longer and more extensive the occupation of Muslim
territories, the greater the chance of more 9/11-type attacks on the
U.S. He is
convinced that the terrorists strategically are holding off hitting the
the present time in an effort to break up the coalition by hitting our
allies. He claims it is just a matter of time if our policies do not
2005 Ron Paul 18:9
It is time for us to consider a strategic reassessment of our policy of foreign interventionism,
nation-building. It is in our national interest to do so and in the
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 19
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 20, 2005
The Republican Congress Wastes Billions Overseas
2005 Ron Paul 19:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this foreign relations authorization
bill. Something has gone terribly wrong with our foreign policy when we
must take almost 21 billion dollars out of the pockets of the American
and ship it overseas. Imagine what the Founders of this country would
they were among us to see this blatant disregard for the Constitution
the founding principles of this country. This bill proceeds from the
with enough money we can buy friends and influence foreign governments.
history shows us, we cannot. The trillions of dollars we have shipped
as aid, and to influence and manipulate political affairs in sovereign
countries, has not made life better for American citizens. It has made
poorer without much to show for it, however.
2005 Ron Paul 19:2
Now we have a Republican-controlled Congress and White House, and foreign
spending soars. It was not that long ago when conservatives looked at
cavalier handling of US tax dollars with consternation. Now it seems
are in a race with the Left to see who can spend more.
2005 Ron Paul 19:3
What is wrong with this bill? Let me just mention a few of the most
In the name of promoting “religious liberty” and “fighting
anti-Semitism” this bill will funnel millions of dollars to the corrupt
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and its
Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). This unaccountable
international organization is at the forefront of the manipulation and
in the internal affairs of other sovereign states, and has repeatedly
itself through politically-biased monitoring of foreign elections. The
not deserve a penny from the American taxpayer, but this bill will make
that the lavishly paid bureaucrats that staff the organization will be
maintain their standard of living - at our expense. With regard to
liberty, privately funded voluntary organizations have been shown to be
more effective in promoting tolerance. This is mainly true because
true grassroots organizations with a stake in their countries and
rather than unelected international bureaucrats imposing politically
edicts from above.
2005 Ron Paul 19:4
This bill spends a total of four and a half billion dollars on various
activities, UN peacekeeping, and US dues to various international
Forcing the taxpayer to continue to underwrite these organizations,
which do not
operate in our best interests, is unconscionable.
2005 Ron Paul 19:5
This bill continues to fund organizations such as the National Endowment for
Democracy, which as I have written before has very little to do with
It is an organization that uses US tax money to actually subvert
showering funding on favored political parties or movements overseas.
underwrites color-coded “people’s revolutions” overseas that look more
like pages out of Lenin’s writings on stealing power than genuine
democratic movements. The NED used American taxpayer dollars to attempt
guarantee that certain candidates overseas are winners and others are
the electoral processes overseas. What kind of message do we think this
foreign states? The National Endowment for Democracy should receive no
at all, but this bill continues to funnel tens of millions of dollars
2005 Ron Paul 19:6
I am also very concerned about several of the amendments to this
the extremely misleading UN “reform” act was slipped into this bill
though it was already passed on the floor as a separate bill. As I have
about this terrible legislation, “it will give the United Nations
unprecedented new authority to intervene in sovereign states.”
2005 Ron Paul 19:7
Another amendment will create a chilling “Active Response Corps,” to be made up
US government bureaucrats and members of “non-governmental
Its purpose will be to “stabilize” countries undergoing “democratic
transition.” This means that as soon as the NED-funded “people’s
revolutionaries” are able to seize power in the streets, US funded
be deployed to make sure they retain power. All in the name of
2005 Ron Paul 19:8
Mr. Speaker, this is a shameful day for the US Congress. We are taking
of the pockets of Americans and sending the money overseas in violation
Constitution. These are billions that will not be available for
inside the United States: investment in infrastructure, roads, new
education. These are billions that will not be available to American
to take care of their children or senior relatives, or to give to their
or favorite charities. We must not continue to spend money like there
tomorrow. We are going broke, and bills like this are like a lead foot
accelerator toward bankruptcy.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 20
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 21, 2005
Dont Reauthorize the Patriot Act
2005 Ron Paul 20:1
Mr. Speaker, the USA PATRIOT Act and Terrorism Prevention Act (HR 3199) in no
way brings the PATRIOT Act into compliance with the Constitution or
concerns that the powers granted to the government in the act will be
abuse the rights of the people. Much of the discussion surrounding this
revolved around the failure of the bill to extend the sunset clauses.
2005 Ron Paul 20:2
However, simply sunsetting troublesome provisions does not settle the debates
around the PATRIOT Act. If the PATRIOT Act is constitutional and
needed, as its
proponents swear, why include sunset provisions at all? If it is
unconstitutional and pernicious, why not abolish it immediately?
2005 Ron Paul 20:3
The sunset clauses do perform one useful service in that they force Congress
to regularly re-examine the PATRIOT Act. As the people’s
is our responsibility to keep a close eye on the executive branch to
does not abuse its power. Even if the claims of HR 3199’s supporters
there have been no abuses of PATRIOT Act powers under this
true, that does not mean that future administrations will not abuse
2005 Ron Paul 20:4
HR 3199 continues to violate the constitution by allowing searches and seizures
of American citizens and their property without a warrant issued by an
independent court upon a finding of probable cause. The drafters of the
Rights considered this essential protection against an overreaching
For example, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, popularly known as the
provision, allows Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts, whose
hardly meet the constitutional requirements of the Fourth Amendment, to
warrants for individual records, including medical and library records.
does reform this provision by clarifying that it can be used to acquire
records of an American citizen only during terrorist investigations.
this marginal change fails to bring the section up to the
standard of probable cause.
2005 Ron Paul 20:5
Requiring a showing of probable cause before a warrant may be issued will in
no way hamper terrorist investigations. For one thing, federal
would have numerous tools available to investigate and monitor the
non-citizens suspected of terrorism. Second, restoring the Fourth
protections would in no way interfere with the provisions of the
removing the firewalls that prevented the government’s law enforcement
intelligence agencies from sharing information.
2005 Ron Paul 20:6
The probable cause requirements will not delay a terrorist investigation.
Preparations can be made for the issuance of a warrant in the event of
emergency, and allowances can be made for cases where law enforcement
have time to obtain a warrant. In fact, a requirement that law
demonstrate probable cause may help law enforcement focus their efforts
threats, thus avoiding the problem of information overload that is
the government’s efforts to identify sources of terrorist financing.
2005 Ron Paul 20:7
The requirement that law enforcement demonstrate probable cause before a
judge preserves the Founders’ system of checks and balances that
against one branch gathering too much power. The Founders recognized
that one of
the chief dangers to liberty was the concentration of power in a few
which is why they carefully divided power among the three branches. I
remind those of my colleagues who claim that we must set aside the
constitutional requirements during war that the founders were
concerned about the consolidation of power during times of war and
emergences. My colleagues should also keep in mind that PATRIOT Act
already been used in non-terrorism related cases, most notably in a
investigation in Nevada.
2005 Ron Paul 20:8
Mr. Speaker, HR 3199 does take some positive steps toward restoring respect
for constitutional liberties and checks and balances that the original
Act stripped away. However, it still leaves in place large chunks of
that threaten individual liberty by giving law enforcement power to
American citizens’ lives without adequate oversight. This power is
to effectively fight terrorism. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 21
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 26, 2005
Statement on HR 3283, the United States Trade Rights Enforcement Act
2005 Ron Paul 21:1
Mr. Speaker: I rise in strong opposition to this legislation. Isn’t it
the proponents of “free trade agreements” like CAFTA are lining up
behind a bill like this that threatens a trade war with China, and at
calls for the United States to initiate protectionist measures such as
tariffs against “subsidized” sectors of the Chinese economy? In
this bill, which appeared out of the blue on the House Floor as a
bill, is part of a deal made with several Members in return for a few
CAFTA. That is why it is ironic: to get to “free trade” with Central
we first need to pass protectionist legislation regarding China.
2005 Ron Paul 21:2
Mr. Speaker, in addition to the irony of the protectionist flavor of this
me say that we should be careful what we demand of the Chinese
the demand that the government “revalue” its currency, for example.
there is sufficient precedent to suggest that doing this would have
effect on China’s trade surplus with the United States. As
magazine pointed out recently, “the Japanese yen’s value has more than
tripled since the breakdown of the Bretton Woods system, yet Japan’s
surplus remains huge. Why should the unpegging of the Chinese yuan have
2005 Ron Paul 21:3
As was pointed out in the
Wall Street Journal
the yuan tied to several foreign currencies and the value of the dollar
dropping, China could be less inclined to purchase dollars as a way of
the yuan down. Fewer Treasury bond purchases by China, in turn, would
prices down and boost yields--which, subsequently, would cause
for residential and some corporate customers to increase. Does anyone
guess what a sudden burst of the real estate bubble might mean for the
economy? This is not an argument for the
an observation that there are often unforeseen consequences when we
foreign governments manipulate their currency to US “advantage.”
2005 Ron Paul 21:4
the very least, American consumers will immediately feel the
the yuan in the form of higher US retail prices. This will
affect Americans of lower incomes and, as a consequence, slow the
increase the hardship of those struggling to get by. Is this why our
constituents have sent us here?
2005 Ron Paul 21:5
conclusion, I strongly oppose this
ill-considered and potentially destructive bill, and I hope my
join me in rejecting it.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 22
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 8, 2005
Why We Fight
2005 Ron Paul 22:1
Many reasons have been given for why we fight and our
youth must die in Iraq.
now given for why we must continue this war bear no resemblance to the
given to gain the support of the American people and the United States
prior to our invasion in March of 2003.
the war, we were told we faced an imminent threat to our national
This rationale, now
proven grossly mistaken, has been changed. Now we’re told we must honor
fallen by “completing the mission.”
otherwise would demean the sacrifice of those who have
died or been wounded.
Any lack of
support for “completing the mission” is said, by the promoters of the
to be unpatriotic, un-American, and detrimental to the troops.
They insist the only way one can support the troops is to never
the policy of nation building, no matter how ill-founded that policy
The obvious flaw in this argument is that the mission, of which
reverently speak, has changed constantly from the very beginning.
2005 Ron Paul 22:2
Though most people think this war started in March of
2003, the seeds were sown many years before.
The actual military conflict, involving U.S. troops against
in January 1991.
The prelude to
this actually dates back over a hundred years, when the value of Middle
was recognized by the industrialized West.
2005 Ron Paul 22:3
Our use of troops to eject Saddam Hussein from Kuwait was
the beginning of the current conflict with Muslim fundamentalists who
for the last decade, determined to force the removal of American troops
Muslim countries-- especially the entire Arabian Peninsula, which they
Though the strategic and
historic reasons for our involvement in the Middle East are complex,
immediate reasons given in 2002 and 2003 for our invasion of Iraq were
The only problem is they were not based on facts.
2005 Ron Paul 22:4
The desire by American policymakers to engineer regime
change in Iraq had been smoldering since the first Persian Gulf
This reflected a dramatic
shift in our policy, since in the 1980s we maintained a friendly
Saddam Hussein as we assisted him in his war against our arch nemesis,
ignore that we provided assistance to this ruthless dictator with
chemical weapons technology.
heard no complaints in the 1980s about his treatment of the Kurds and
or the ruthless war he waged against Iran.
Our policy toward Iraq played a major role in convincing Saddam
he had free reign in the Middle East, and the results demonstrate the
shortcomings of our foreign policy of interventionism that we have
for over a hundred years.
2005 Ron Paul 22:5
In 1998 Congress capitulated to the desires of the
Clinton administration and overwhelmingly passed the Iraq Liberation
stated quite clearly that our policy was to get rid of Saddam Hussein.
This act made it official: “The policy of the United States to
efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein.”
This resolution has been cited on numerous occasions by
as justification for the pre-emptive, deliberate invasion of Iraq.
When the resolution was debated, I saw it as a significant step
war that would bear no good fruit.
legitimate national security concerns were cited for this dramatic and
shift in policy.
2005 Ron Paul 22:6
Shortly after the new administration took office in
January 2001, this goal of eliminating Saddam Hussein quickly morphed
policy of remaking the entire Middle East, starting with regime change
This aggressive interventionist policy surprised some people,
victorious 2000 campaign indicated we should pursue a foreign policy of
humility, no nation building, reduced deployment of our forces
overseas, and a
rejection of the notion that we serve as world policemen.
The 9/11 disaster proved a catalyst to push for invading Iraq
restructuring the entire Middle East.
the plan had existed for years, it quickly was recognized that the fear
engendered by the 9/11 attacks could be used to mobilize the American
Congress to support this war.
supposedly legitimate reasons had to be given for the already planned
pre-emptive war, and as we now know the “intelligence had to be fixed
2005 Ron Paul 22:7
Immediately after 9/11 the American people were led to
believe that Saddam Hussein somehow was responsible for the attacks.
The fact that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were enemies,
friends, was kept from the public by a compliant media and a lazy
Even today many Americans still are convinced of an alliance
The truth is Saddam Hussein
never permitted al Qaeda into Iraq out of fear that his secular
And yet today we
find that al Qaeda is now very much present in Iraq, and causing chaos
2005 Ron Paul 22:8
The administration repeatedly pumped out alarming propaganda that Saddam
Hussein was a threat to us with his weapons of mass destruction,
nuclear, biological, and chemical.
we helped Saddam Hussein obtain biological and chemical weapons in the
assumed that he had maintained a large supply-- which of course turned
to be true.
The people, frightened
by 9/11, easily accepted these fear-mongering charges.
2005 Ron Paul 22:9
Behind the scenes many were quite aware that Israel’s
influence on our foreign policy played a role. She had argued for
with the neo-conservatives, for an Iraqi regime change.
This support was nicely coordinated with the Christian Zionists’
enthusiasm for the war.
2005 Ron Paul 22:10
As these reasons for the war lost credibility and
support, other reasons were found for why we had to fight.
As the lone superpower, we were told we had a greater
responsibility to settle the problems of the world lest someone else
Maintaining and expanding
our empire is a key element of the neo-conservative philosophy.
This notion that we must fight to spread American goodness was
received by these neo-Jacobins.
saw the war as a legitimate moral crusade, arguing that no one should
to stand in our way!
In their minds
using force to spread democracy is legitimate and necessary.
2005 Ron Paul 22:11
We also were told the war was necessary for national
security purposes because of the threat Saddam Hussein presented,
evidence was fabricated.
Hussein’s ability to attack us was non-existent, but the American
ripe for alarming predictions by those who wanted this war.
2005 Ron Paul 22:12
Of course the routine canard for our need to fight,
finance, and meddle around the world ever since the Korean War was
incessantly: UN Resolutions had to be enforced lest the United Nations
The odd thing was that
on this occasion the United Nations itself did everything possible to
And as it
turned out, Saddam Hussein was a lot closer to compliance than anyone
It wasn’t long before concern for the threat of Saddam Hussein
near hysterical, drowning out any reasoned opposition to the planned
2005 Ron Paul 22:13
The one argument that was not publicly used by those who
propagandized for the war may well be the most important-- oil.
Though the administration in 1990 hinted briefly that we had to
Saddam Hussein from Kuwait because of oil, the stated reasons for that
soon transformed into stopping a potential Hitler and enforcing UN
2005 Ron Paul 22:14
Publicly oil is not talked about very much, but behind
the scenes many acknowledge this is the real reason we fight.
This is not only the politicians who say this.
American consumers have always enjoyed cheap gasoline and want
The real irony is that the war
has reduced Iraqi oil
production by one-half million barrels per day and prices are soaring--
demonstrating another unintended economic consequence of war.
2005 Ron Paul 22:15
Oil in the Middle East has been a big issue since the
industrial revolution, when it was realized that the black substance
out of the ground in places like Iraq had great value.
It’s interesting to note that in the early 20
Germany, fully aware of oil’s importance, allied itself with the
Ottoman Empire and secured the earliest rights to drill Iraqi oil.
They built the Anatalia railroad between
Baghdad and Basra,
and obtained oil and mineral rights on twenty kilometers on each side
World War I changed
all this, allowing the French and the British to divide the oil wealth
entire Middle East.
2005 Ron Paul 22:16
The Versailles Treaty created the artificial nation of
Iraq, and it wasn’t long before American oil companies were drilling
struggling to participate in the control of Middle East oil.
But it was never smooth sailing for any occupying force in Iraq.
After WWI, the British generals upon arriving to secure “their”
“Our armies do not come
into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators.”
Not long afterward a jihad was declared
against Britain and
eventually they were forced to leave.
more things change, the more they stay the same!
Too bad we are not better at studying history.
2005 Ron Paul 22:17
After World War II the U.S. emerged as the #1 world
power, and moved to assume what some believed was our responsibility to
Middle East oil in competition with the Soviets.
role prompted us to use our CIA, along with the help of
the British, to oust democratically elected Mohammed Mosadeh from power
and install the Shah as a U.S. puppet.
2005 Ron Paul 22:18
We not only supported Saddam Hussein against Iran, we
also supported Osama bin Laden in the 1980s-- aggravating the situation
Middle East and causing unintended consequences.
With CIA assistance we helped develop the educational program to
radicalize Islamic youth in many Arab nations, especially in Saudi
fight the Soviets.
We even provided
a nuclear reactor to Iran in 1967-- which today leads us to threaten
All of this has come back to
Meddling in the affairs
of others has consequences.
2005 Ron Paul 22:19
Finally, after years of plotting and maneuvering, the
neo-conservative plan to invade Iraq came before the U.S. House in
to be rubber-stamped.
plan was hatched years before, and the official policy of the United
government was to remove Saddam Hussein ever since 1998, various events
the vote until this time.
October the vote was deemed urgent, so as to embarrass anyone who
This would make them politically vulnerable in the November
The ploy worked.
resolution passed easily, and it served the interests of proponents of
the November election.
2005 Ron Paul 22:20
The resolution, HJ RES 114, explicitly cited the Iraqi Liberation Act of 1998 as
one of the reasons we had to go to war.
authorization granted the President to use force against Iraq cited two
2005 Ron Paul 22:21
“To defend the national security of the U.S. against the
threat posed by Iraq and”
2005 Ron Paul 22:22
“Enforce all relevant United Nations Council resolutions
2005 Ron Paul 22:23
Many other reasons were given to stir the emotions of the
American public and the U.S. Congress, reasons that were grossly
found not to be true. The pretense of a legal justification was a
2005 Ron Paul 22:24
The fact that Congress is not permitted under the
Constitution to transfer the war power to a president was ignored. Only
can declare war, if we were inclined to follow the rule of law.
To add insult to injury, HJ RES 114 cited United Nations
justifications for the war.
the Constitution while using the UN to justify the war showed callous
for the restraints carefully written in the Constitution.
The authors deliberately wanted to make war difficult to enter
legislative debate, and they purposely kept the responsibility out of
of the executive branch.
they never dreamed an international government would have influence
foreign policy or tell us when we should enter into armed conflict.
2005 Ron Paul 22:25
The legal maneuvering to permit this war was tragic to
watch, but the notion that Saddam Hussein-- a third world punk without
force, navy, and hardly an army or any anti-aircraft weaponry-- was an
threat to the United States six thousand miles away, tells you how
fear can be used to pursue a policy of needless war for quite different
2005 Ron Paul 22:26
Today, though, all the old reasons for going to war have
been discredited, and are no longer used to justify continuing the war.
Now we are told we must “complete the mission,” and yet no one
to know exactly what the mission is or when it can be achieved.
By contrast, when war is properly declared against a country we
expect an all-out effort until the country surrenders.
Without a declaration of war as the Constitution requires, it’s
the President to decide when to start the war and when the war is over.
We had sad experiences with this process in Korea and especially
2005 Ron Paul 22:27
Pursuing this war merely to save face, or to claim it’s
a way to honor those who already have died or been wounded, is hardly a
that more people should die.
told that we can’t leave until we have a democratic Iraq.
But what if Iraq votes to have a Shiite theocracy, which it
looks like the majority wants as their form of government-- and women,
Christians, and Sunnis are made second-class citizens?
It’s a preposterous notion and it points out the severe
a democracy where a majority rules and minorities suffer.
2005 Ron Paul 22:28
Thankfully, our founding fathers understood the great
dangers of a democracy. They insisted on a constitutional republic with
central government and an executive branch beholden to the legislative
The sooner we
realize we can’t afford this war the better.
We’ve gotten ourselves into a civil war within the Islamic
2005 Ron Paul 22:29
But could it be, as it had been for over a hundred years
prior to our invasion, that oil really is the driving issue behind a
presence in the Middle East?
rather ironic that the consequence of our intervention has been
prices, with Iraqi oil production still significantly below pre-war
2005 Ron Paul 22:30
If democracy is not all it’s cracked up to be, and a
war for oil is blatantly immoral and unproductive, the question still
why do we fight?
why should we fight?
When is enough
Why does man so
casually accept war, which brings so much suffering to so many, when so
Why do those who
suffer and die so willingly accept the excuses for the wars that need
Why do so many defer to
those who are enthused about war, and who claim it’s a solution to a
without asking them why they themselves do not fight?
It’s always other men and other men’s children who must
life and limb for the reasons that make no sense, reasons that are said
our patriotic duty to fight and die for.
many useless wars have been fought for lies that deserved no hearing?
When will it all end?
2005 Ron Paul 22:31
Why We Should Not Fight
2005 Ron Paul 22:32
Since no logical answers can be given for why we fight,
it might be better to talk about why we should not fight.
A case can be made that if this war does not end soon it will
engulf the entire region.
been warned that war against Iran is an
option that remains on the table for reasons no more reliable than
for the pre-emptive strike against Iraq.
me give you a few reasons why this war in Iraq should not be fought.
2005 Ron Paul 22:33
It is not in our national interest.
On the contrary, pursuing this war endangers our security,
chances of a domestic terrorist attack, weakens our defenses, and
enemies to join together in opposition to our domineering presence
Does anyone believe that
Russia, China, and Iran will give us free reign over the entire Middle
setting the stage for a much bigger conflict.
It’s possible that this war could evolve into something much
2005 Ron Paul 22:34
This war has never been declared.
It’s not a constitutional war, and without a proper beginning
be no proper ending.
instills doubts in all Americans, both
supporters and non-supporters, as to what will be accomplished.
Supporters of the war want total victory,
which is not
achievable with a vague mission.
the majority of Americans are demanding an end to this dragged-out war
fear will spread before it’s over.
2005 Ron Paul 22:35
It’s virtually impossible to beat a determined guerrilla resistance to a foreign occupying force.
After 30 years the Vietnam guerillas, following unbelievable
succeeded in forcing all foreign troops from their homeland.
History shows that Iraqi Muslims have always been determined to
any foreign power on their soil.
ignored that history and learned nothing from Vietnam.
How many lives, theirs and ours, are worth losing to prove the
of guerilla fighters supported by a large number of local citizens?
2005 Ron Paul 22:36
Those who argue that it’s legitimate to protect “our
oil” someday must realize that it’s not our oil, no matter how strong
sophisticated our military is.
know the war so far has played havoc with oil prices, and the market
to discount problems in the region for years to come.
No end is in sight regarding the uncertainty of Middle East
oil production caused by this conflict.
2005 Ron Paul 22:37
So far our policies inadvertently have encouraged the
development of an Islamic state, with Iranian-allied Shiites in charge.
This has led to Iranian support for the insurgents, and has
in a position of becoming the true victor in this war as its alliance
This could place Iran and
its allies in the enviable position of becoming the oil powerhouse in
region, if not the world, once it has control over the oil fields near
2005 Ron Paul 22:38
This unintended alliance with Iran, plus the benefit to
Osama bin Laden’s recruiting efforts, will in the end increase the
Israel by rallying the Arab and Muslim people against us.
2005 Ron Paul 22:39
One of the original stated justifications for the war has
Since 1998 the
stated policy of the United States government was to bring about regime
and get rid of Saddam Hussein.
has been done, but instead of peace and stability we have sown the
Nevertheless, the goal of
removing Saddam Hussein has been achieved and is a reason to stop the
2005 Ron Paul 22:40
There were no weapons of mass destruction, no biological
or chemical or nuclear weapons, so we can be assured the Iraqis pose no
to anyone, certainly not to the United States.
2005 Ron Paul 22:41
No evidence existed to show an alliance between Iraq and
al Qaeda before the war, and ironically our presence there is now
Qaeda and Osama bin Laden to move in to fill the vacuum we created.
The only relationship between Iraq and 9/11 is that our policy
Middle East continues to increase the likelihood of another terrorist
2005 Ron Paul 22:42
We should not fight because it’s simply not worth it.
What are we going to get for nearly 2,000 soldier deaths and 20
Was the $350 billion
This is a cost that will be passed on to future generations
expanded national debt.
most Americans can think of a lot better ways to have spent this money.
Today’s program of guns and butter will be more damaging to our
than a similar program was in the 1960s, which gave us the stagflation
The economic imbalances
today are much greater than they were in those decades.
2005 Ron Paul 22:43
Eventually, we will come to realize that the Wilsonian
idealism of using America’s resources to promote democracy around the
through force is a seriously flawed policy.
Wilson pretended to be spreading democracy worldwide, and yet
the U.S. at that time were not allowed to vote.
where the majority dictates the rules, cannot
protect minorities and individual rights.
in addition, using force to impose our will on others almost always
There’s no reason that our efforts in the 21
impose a western style government in Iraq will be any more successful
British were after World War I.
especially can’t work if democracy is only an excuse for our occupation
the real reasons are left unrecognized.
2005 Ron Paul 22:44
It boils down to the fact that we don’t really have any
sound reasons for continuing this fight.
original reasons for the war never existed, and the new reasons aren’t
We hear only that we must
carry on so those who have already suffered death and injury didn’t do
If the original reasons for
starting the war were false, simply continuing in the name of those
More loss of life can
never justify earlier loss of life if they died for false reasons.
This being the case, it’s time to reassess the policies that
gotten us into this mess.
2005 Ron Paul 22:45
What does all
2005 Ron Paul 22:46
The mess we face in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and
the threat of terrorism within our own borders, are not a result of the
of this administration alone.
have been building for many years, and have only gotten much worse with
recent policy of forcibly imposing regime change in Iraq.
We must recognize that the stalemate in Korea, the loss in
the quagmire in Iraq and Afghanistan all result from the same flawed
policy of interventionism that our government has pursued for over 100
It would be overly simplistic to
say the current
administration alone is responsible for the mess in Iraq.
2005 Ron Paul 22:47
By rejecting the advice of the Founders and our early
presidents, our leaders have drifted away from the admonitions against
entangling alliances and nation building.
the world is not our calling or our mandate.
Besides, the Constitution doesn’t permit it.
Undeclared wars have not enhanced our national security.
2005 Ron Paul 22:48
The consensus on foreign interventionism has been
Both major parties have
come to accept our role as the world’s policeman, despite periodic
rhetoric stating otherwise.
media in particular, especially in the early stages, propagandize in
It’s only when the costs
become prohibitive and the war loses popular support that the media
2005 Ron Paul 22:49
It isn’t only our presidents that deserve the blame
when they overstep their authority and lead the country into
Congress deserves equally severe criticism for acquiescing to
of the executive to go needlessly to war.
has been known throughout history that kings, dictators, and the
branch of governments are always overly eager to go to war.
This is precisely why our founders tried desperately to keep
about going to war in the hands of the legislature.
But this process has failed us for the last 65 years.
Congress routinely has rubber stamped the plans of our
even the United Nations to enter into war through the back door.
2005 Ron Paul 22:50
Congress at any time can prevent or stop all undue
foreign entanglements pursued by the executive branch merely by
The current Iraq war,
now going on for 15 years, spans the administration of three presidents
congresses controlled by both parties.
makes Congress every bit as responsible for the current quagmire as the
But the real problem is
the acceptance by our country as a whole of the principle of meddling
internal affairs of other nations when unrelated to our national
Intervention, no matter how well intended, inevitably boomerangs
comes back to haunt us.
Minding our own
business is not only economical; it’s the
only policy that serves our national security interests and the cause
2005 Ron Paul 22:51
The neo-conservatives who want to remake the entire
Middle East are not interested in the pertinent history of this region.
Creating an artificial Iraq after World War I as a unified
like mixing water and oil.
It has only led
to frustration, anger, and hostilities-- with
the resulting instability creating conditions ripe for dictatorships.
The occupying forces will not permit any of the three regions of
This is strictly
motivated by a desire to exert control over
independence for each region, or even a true republican form of
a minimalist central authority is never considered-- yet it is the only
to the difficult political problems this area faces.
The relative and accidental independence of the Kurds and the
Shiites in the 1990s served those regions well, and no suicide
during that decade.
2005 Ron Paul 22:52
The claim that our immediate withdrawal from Iraq would
cause chaos is not proven.
didn’t happen in Vietnam or even Somalia.
Even today, the militias of the Kurds and the Shiites may well
be able to
maintain order in their regions much better than we can currently.
Certainly the Sunnis can take care of themselves, and it might
their best interests for all three groups not to fight each other when
One thing for sure: if we left no more young Americans would
have to die
for an indefinable cause.
2005 Ron Paul 22:53
Instead, we have been forcing on the people of Iraq a
type of democracy that, if implemented, will mean an Islamic state
Already we read stories of
barbers no longer being safe shaving beards; Christians are threatened
forced to leave the country; and burqas are returning out of fear.
Unemployment is over 50%, and oil production is still
These results are
not worth fighting and dying for.
2005 Ron Paul 22:54
In this war, like all others, the propagandists and
promoters themselves don’t fight, nor do their children.
It’s always worth the effort to wage war when others must suffer
Many of those who today pump
the nation up with war fever were nowhere to be found when their
called in the 1960s-- when previous presidents and Congresses thought
about sending young men off to war.
it was in their best interests to find more important things to do--
so-called equalizing draft.
2005 Ron Paul 22:55
The inability of taxpayers to fund both guns-and-butter
has not deterred those who smell the glory of war.
Notoriously, great nations fall once their appetite for
foreign domination outstrips their citizens’ ability or willingness to
We tried the guns-and-butter approach in the 1960s with bad
the same will happen again as a consequence of the current political
not to cut back on any expenditure, domestic or foreign.
Veto nothing is current policy!
borrow, and print to pay the bills is today’s conventional wisdom.
The problem is that all the bills eventually must be paid.
There’s no free lunch, and no free war.
The economic consequences of such a policy are well known and
Excessive spending leads to excessive deficits, higher taxes,
borrowing and inflation-- which spells economic problems that always
middle class and the poor.
2005 Ron Paul 22:56
Already the suffering has begun.
A lackluster recovery, low paying jobs, outsourcing, and
social unrest already are apparent.
economic price we pay, along with the human suffering, is an
for a war that was started with false information and now is prolonged
reasons unrelated to our national security.
2005 Ron Paul 22:57
This policy has led to excessive spending overseas and
neglect at home.
It invites enemies
to attack us, and drains the resources needed to defend our homeland
for our own people.
obligated to learn something from the tragedy of Katrina about the
of funds away from our infrastructure to the rebuilding of Iraq after
If ever there was a
time for us to reassess our policy of foreign interventionism, it is
It’s time to look inward and attend to the constitutional needs
people, and forget about the grandiose schemes to remake the world in
through the use of force.
efforts not only are doomed to fail, as they have for the past one
years, but they invite economic and strategic military problems that
to our national security interests.
2005 Ron Paul 22:58
We’ve been told that we must fight to protect our freedoms here at home.
These reasons are given to make the sacrifices more tolerable
Without an honorable cause, the
Hiding from the truth,
though, in the end is no panacea for a war that promises no peace.
2005 Ron Paul 22:59
The most important misjudgment regarding Iraq that must
be dealt with is the charge that Muslim terrorists attack us out of
envy for our
freedoms, our prosperity, and our way of life.
There is no evidence this is the case.
On the contrary, those who have extensively researched this
conclude that the #1 reason suicide terrorists attack anywhere in the
because their land is occupied by a foreign military power.
Pretending otherwise and constantly expanding our military
more Arab and Muslim countries as we have since 1990 has only increased
danger of more attacks on our soil, as well as in those countries that
allied themselves with us.
deny this truth we do so at our own peril.
2005 Ron Paul 22:60
It’s not unusual for the war crusaders to condemn those
who speak the truth in an effort to end an unnecessary war.
They claim those who want honest reasons for the enormous
unpatriotic and un-American, but these charges only serve to exacerbate
Any criticism of
policy, no matter how flawed the policy is, is said to be motivated by
a lack of
support for the troops.
Yet it is
preposterous to suggest that a policy that would
have spared the lives of 1900 servicemen and women lacks concern for
being of our troops.
The absence of
good reasoning to pursue this war prompts the supporters of the war to
the skeptics and critics.
have no other defense.
2005 Ron Paul 22:61
Those who want to continue this war accuse those who lost
loved ones in Iraq, and oppose the war, of using the dead for personal
But what do the war
proponents do when they claim the reason we must fight on is to honor
sacrifice of the military personnel we lost by completing the mission?
The big difference is that one group argues for saving lives,
other justifies more killing.
by that logic, the additional deaths will require even more killing to
they too have not died in vain.
the greater number who have died, the greater is the motivation to
This defies logic.
This argument to persevere has been used throughout history
to continue wars that could and should have ended much sooner.
This was true for World War I and Vietnam.
2005 Ron Paul 22:62
A sad realism struck me recently reading how our Marines
in Afghanistan must now rely on donkey transportation in their efforts
building and military occupation.
the Taliban is alive and well, as Osama bin Laden remains in this
But doesn’t this tell us something about our naïve
assumption that our
economic advantages and technical knowledge can subdue and control
We’re traversing Afghan mountains on donkeys, and losing lives
Baghdad with homemade primitive bombs.
power and dominance clearly is limited by the determination of those
who see us
as occupiers, proving that just more money and sophisticated weapons
bring us victory.
weapons and the use of unlimited military power is no substitute for
designed to promote peace while reserving force only for defending our
2005 Ron Paul 22:63
Changing our policy of meddling in the affairs of others
won’t come quickly or easily.
a few signals to indicate a change in our attitude would go a long way
bringing peace to a troubled land.
2005 Ron Paul 22:64
We must soon, and Congress can do this through the budget
the construction of all permanent bases in Iraq and any other Muslim
Think of how we would
react if the Chinese had the military edge on us and laid claims to the
Mexico, building bases within the U.S. in order to promote their
superior way of
Isn’t it ironic that we
close down bases here at home while building new ones overseas?
Domestic bases might well promote security, while bases in
only elicit more hatred toward us.
2005 Ron Paul 22:65
The plans for the biggest U.S. embassy in the world, costing
billion dollars, must be canceled.
structure in Baghdad sends a message, like the military bases being
we expect to be in Iraq and running Iraq for a long time to come.
2005 Ron Paul 22:66
All military forces, especially on the Arabian Peninsula, must
offshore at the earliest time possible. All responsibility for security
control of the oil must be transferred to the Iraqis from the United
soon as possible, within months not years.
2005 Ron Paul 22:67
The time will come when our policies dealing with foreign
affairs will change for the better.
that will be because we can no longer afford the extravagance of war.
This will occur when the American people realize that war causes
suffering here at home, and the benefits of peace again become
attractive to us
Part of this recognition will
involve a big drop in the value of the dollar, higher interest rates,
rampant price inflation.
2005 Ron Paul 22:68
Though these problems are serious and threaten our
freedoms and way of life, there’s every reason to work for the
constitutional foreign policy that promotes peace over war, while not
tempted to mold the world in our image through force.
We should not forget that what we did not achieve by military
force in Vietnam, was essentially achieved with the peace that came
military failure and withdrawal of our armed forces.
Today, through trade and peace, U.S. investment and economic
cooperation has westernized Vietnam far more than our military efforts.
2005 Ron Paul 22:69
We must remember initiating force to impose our will on
others negates all the goodness for which we profess to stand.
We cannot be fighting to secure our freedom if we impose laws
Patriot Act and a national ID card on the American people.
2005 Ron Paul 22:70
Unfortunately, we have lost faith and confidence in the
system of government with which we have been blessed.
Today too many Americans support, at least in the early
stages, the use of force to spread our message of hope and freedom.
They too often are confused by the rhetoric that our armies are
spread American goodness. Using force injudiciously, instead of
worthy message of American freedom through peaceful means, antagonizes
enemies, alienates our allies, and threatens personal liberties here at
while burdening our economy.
2005 Ron Paul 22:71
If confidence can be restored in our American traditions
of peace and trade, our influence throughout the world would be
enhanced just as
it was once we rejected the military approach in Vietnam.
2005 Ron Paul 22:72
This change in policy can come easily once the people of
this country decide that there is a better way to conduct ourselves
Whenever the people turn
against war as a tool to promote certain beliefs, the war ceases.
That’s what we need today.
we can get down to the business of setting an example of how peace and
brings prosperity in an atmosphere that allows for excellence and
2005 Ron Paul 22:73
A powerful bureaucratic military state negates all
efforts to preserve these conditions that have served America so well
That is not what the
American dream is all about.
a change in attitude, the American dream dies: a simple change that
principles of liberty enshrined in our Constitution will serve us well
solving all the problems we face.
American people are up to the task; I hope Congress is as well.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 23
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 15, 2005
The Coming Category 5 Financial Hurricane
2005 Ron Paul 23:1
The tragic scenes of abject poverty in New Orleans revealed on national
TV by Katrina’s destruction were real eye-openers for many.
These scenes prompted two emotional reactions.
One side claims Katrina proved there was not enough government
and its distribution was based on race.
other side claims we need to pump billions of new dollars into the very
agency that failed (FEMA), while giving it extraordinary new police
Both sides support more authoritarianism, more centralization,
the imposition of martial law in times of natural disasters.
2005 Ron Paul 23:2
There is no hint that we will resort to reason now that
the failed welfare policies of the past 60 years have been laid bare.
Certainly no one has connected the tragedy of poverty in New
the flawed monetary system that has significantly contributed to the
impoverishment of a huge segment of American society.
2005 Ron Paul 23:3
Congress reacted to Katrina in the expected irresponsible
It immediately appropriated
over $60 billion with little planning or debate.
won’t be raised to pay the bill-- fortunately.
There will be no offsets or spending reductions to pay the bill.
Welfare and entitlement spending is sacrosanct.
Spending for the war in Iraq and the military-industrial complex
There is no guarantee
that gracious foreign lenders will step forward, especially without
This means the
Federal Reserve and Treasury will print the money needed to pay the
The sad truth is that monetary debasement hurts poor people the
the very people we saw on TV after Katrina.
Inflating our currency hurts the poor and destroys the middle
while transferring wealth to the ruling class.
This occurs in spite of good intentions and misplaced compassion.
2005 Ron Paul 23:4
We face a coming financial crisis.
Our current account deficit is more than $600 billion annually.
Our foreign debt is more than $3 trillion.
Foreigners now own over $1.4 trillion of our Treasury and
We must borrow $3 billion from foreigners every business day to
our extravagant spending.
national debt now is increasing $600 billion per year, and guess what,
over $600 billion per year to keep the charade going.
But there is a limit and I’m fearful we’re fast approaching it.
2005 Ron Paul 23:5
Runaway inflation is a well-known phenomenon.
It leads to political and economic chaos of the kind we
witnessed in New
Hopefully we’ll come to
our senses and not allow that to happen.
we’re vulnerable and we have only ourselves to blame.
The flawed paper money system in existence since 1971 has
allowed for the
irresponsible spending of the past 30 years.
Without a linkage to gold, Washington politicians and the
have no restraints placed on their power to devalue our money by merely
more to pay the bills run up by the welfare-warfare state.
2005 Ron Paul 23:6
This system of money is a big contributing factor in the
exporting of American jobs, especially in the manufacturing industries.
2005 Ron Paul 23:7
Since the last link to gold was severed in 1971, the
dollar has lost 92% of its value relative to gold, with gold going from
$450 per ounce.
2005 Ron Paul 23:8
Major adjustment of the dollar and the current account
deficit can come any time, and the longer the delay the greater the
will be in terms of a correction.
2005 Ron Paul 23:9
In the meantime we give leverage to our economic competitors and our political adversaries, especially China.
2005 Ron Paul 23:10
The current system is held together by a false confidence
in the U.S. dollar that is vulnerable to sudden changes in the economy
2005 Ron Paul 23:11
My suggestion to my colleagues: Any new expenditures must
have offsets greater in amount than the new programs.
Foreign military and foreign aid expenditures must be the
The Federal Reserve
must stop inflating the currency merely for the purpose of artificially
interest rates to perpetuate a financial bubble. This policy allows
and consumer debt to grow beyond sustainable levels, while undermining
incentives to save.
This in turn
undermines capital investment while exaggerating consumption.
If this policy doesn’t change, the dollar must
fall and the
current account deficit will play havoc until the house of cards
2005 Ron Paul 23:12
Our spending habits, in combination with our flawed
monetary system, if not changed will bring us a financial whirlwind
make Katrina look like a minor storm.
of confidence in the dollar and the international financial system is a
frightening possibility-- but it need not happen if Congress can curb
appetite for buying the people’s support through unrestrained spending.
2005 Ron Paul 23:13
If Congress does not show some sense of financial
restraint soon, we can expect the poor to become poorer; the middle
become smaller; and the government to get bigger and more
the liberty of the people is diminished.
illusion that deficits, printing money, and expanding the welfare and
states serves the people must come to an end.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 24
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 7, 2005
Staying or Leaving
2005 Ron Paul 24:1
Supporters of the war in Iraq, as well as some non-supporters, warn of
the dangers if we leave.
isn’t it quite possible that these dangers are simply a consequence of
gone into Iraq in the first place, rather than a consequence of leaving?
Isn’t it possible that staying only makes the situation worse?
If chaos results after our departure, it’s because we occupied
not because we left.
2005 Ron Paul 24:2
The original reasons for our pre-emptive strike are long forgotten, having been
based on false assumptions.
justification given now is that we must persist in this war or else
those who already have died or been wounded.
We’re also told civil strife likely will engulf all of Iraq.
2005 Ron Paul 24:3
But what is the logic of perpetuating a flawed policy where more Americans die
just because others have suffered?
Americans deaths cannot possibly help those who already have been
2005 Ron Paul 24:4
Civil strife, if not civil war, already
exists in Iraq-- and despite the
infighting, all factions oppose our occupation.
2005 Ron Paul 24:5
The insistence on using our military to occupy and run Iraq provides convincing evidence to our detractors inside and outside Iraq that we
intention of leaving.
permanent military bases and a huge embassy confirms these fears.
2005 Ron Paul 24:6
We deny the importance of oil and Israel’s influence on our policy, yet we
fail to convince the Arab/Muslim world that our intentions are purely
2005 Ron Paul 24:7
In truth, our determined
presence in Iraq actually increases the odds of
regional chaos, inciting Iran and Syria while aiding Osama bin Laden in
would do the opposite-- though not without some dangers that rightfully
be blamed on our unwise invasion rather than our exit.
Many experts believe bin Laden welcomed our invasion and
occupation of two
It bolsters his
claim that the U.S. intended to occupy and control the Middle East all
This has galvanized radical Muslim fundamentalists against us.
Osama bin Laden’s campaign surely would suffer if we left.
2005 Ron Paul 24:8
We should remember that losing a war to
China over control of North
Korea ultimately did not enhance communism in China, as she now has
many capitalist principles.
fact, China today outproduces us in many ways-- as reflected by our
trade balance with her.
2005 Ron Paul 24:9
We lost a war in Vietnam, and the domino theory that communism would spread
throughout southeast Asia was proven wrong.
Vietnam accepts American investment dollars and
We maintain a trade
relationship with Vietnam that the war never achieved.
2005 Ron Paul 24:10
We contained the USSR and her thousands of nuclear warheads without military
confrontation, leading to the collapse and disintegration of a powerful
Today we trade with Russia
and her neighbors, as the market economy spreads throughout the world
the use of arms.
2005 Ron Paul 24:11
We should heed the words of Ronald Reagan
about his experience with a
needless and mistaken military occupation of Lebanon.
Sending troops into Lebanon seemed like a good idea in 1983, but
President Reagan said this in his memoirs:
“…we did not appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and
complexity of the problems that made the Middle East such a jungle…In
weeks immediately after the bombing, I believed the last thing we
should do was
turn tail and leave…yet, the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics
us to rethink our policy there.”
2005 Ron Paul 24:12
During the occupation of Lebanon by American, French, and Israeli troops between
1982 and 1986, there were 41 suicide terrorist attacks in that country.
One horrific attack killed 241 U.S. Marines.
Yet once these foreign troops were removed, the suicide attacks
Today we should once again
rethink our policy in this region.
2005 Ron Paul 24:13
It’s amazing what ending military
intervention in the affairs of
others can achieve.
example of how a free market economy works does wonders.
2005 Ron Paul 24:14
We should have confidence in how well
freedom works, rather than relying
on blind faith in the use of military force to spread our message.
Setting an example and using persuasion is always superior to
force in showing how others might live.
and war are tools of authoritarians; they are never tools of champions
liberty and justice. Force and war inevitably lead to dangerous
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 25
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 26, 2005
We Have Been Warned
2005 Ron Paul 25:1
We have been warned.
Prepare for a
broader war in the Middle East, as plans are being laid for the next
regime change-- in Syria.
A UN report on
the death of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafig
Hariri elicited this comment from a senior U.S. policy maker:
“Out of tragedy comes an extraordinary strategic opportunity.”
This statement reflects the continued neo-conservative,
influence on our foreign policy. The “opportunity” refers to the
neo-conservative plan for regime change in Syria, similar to what was
out in Iraq.
2005 Ron Paul 25:2
plan for remaking the Middle East has been around for a long time.
Just as 9/11 served the interests of those who longed for
Iraq, the sensationalism surrounding Hariri’s death is being used to
plans to remove Assad.
2005 Ron Paul 25:3
already has assisted these plans by authorizing the sanctions placed on
Harmful sanctions, as applied
to Iraq in the 1990s,
inevitably represent a major step toward war since they bring havoc to
Syria already has
been charged with developing weapons of mass destruction based on no
evidence than was available when Iraq was similarly charged.
2005 Ron Paul 25:4
has been condemned for not securing its borders, by the same U.S.
cannot secure our own borders.
was castigated for placing its troops in Lebanon, a neighboring
although such action was invited by an elected government and
encouraged by the
occupation of Lebanon elicited no suicide terrorist attacks, as was
2005 Ron Paul 25:5
Syria for having troops in Lebanon seems strange, considering most of
sees our 150,000 troops in Iraq as an unwarranted foreign occupation.
Syrian troops were far more welcome in Lebanon.
2005 Ron Paul 25:6
Rice likewise sees the problems in Syria-- that we helped to create--
opportunity to advance our Middle Eastern agenda.
In recent testimony she stated that it was always the
intent to redesign the greater Middle East, and Iraq was only one part
And once again we have been
told that all options are still on the table for dealing with Syria--
2005 Ron Paul 25:7
statement that should scare all Americans (and the world) is the
Secretary Rice that the President needs no additional authority from
She argues that authority
already has been granted by the
resolutions on 9/11 and Iraq.
is not true, but if Congress remains passive to the powers assumed by
executive branch it won’t matter.
the war spreads, the only role for Congress will be to provide funding
be criticized for not supporting the troops.
the meantime, the Constitution and our liberties here at
home will be further eroded as more Americans die.
2005 Ron Paul 25:8
escalation of conflict with Syria comes as a result of the UN report
the Hariri death.
When we need an excuse
for our actions, it’s always nice to
rely on the organization that our administration routinely condemns,
brought us the multi-billion dollar oil-for-food scandal and sexual
crimes by UN
2005 Ron Paul 25:9
easy to ignore the fact that the report did not implicate Assad, who is
for the next regime change.
once limited itself to disputes between nations; yet now it’s assumed
like the United States, has a legal and moral right to inject itself
internal policies of sovereign nations.
what is the source of this presumed wisdom?
Where is the moral imperative that allows us to become the judge
of a domestic murder in a country 6,000 miles from our shores?
2005 Ron Paul 25:10
constitutional, and legal arguments for a less aggressive foreign
little attention in Washington.
the law of unintended consequences serves as a thorough teacher for the
learners and the morally impaired.
2005 Ron Paul 25:11
Iraq not yet enough of a headache for the braggarts of the shock and
2005 Ron Paul 25:12
Are 2,000 lives lost not enough to get their attention?
2005 Ron Paul 25:13
How many hundreds of billions of dollars must be drained from our economy
2005 Ron Paul 25:14
Is it still plausible that deficits don’t matter?
2005 Ron Paul 25:15
Is the apparent victory for Iran in the Shiite theocracy we’ve created in
not yet seen as a disturbing consequence of the ill-fated Iraq regime
2005 Ron Paul 25:16
When we have our way with the next election in Lebanon and Hezbollah wins, what
do we do?
2005 Ron Paul 25:17
If our effort to destabilize Syria is no more successful than our efforts in
Iraq, then what?
2005 Ron Paul 25:18
If destabilizing Syria leads to the same in Iran, what are our options?
2005 Ron Paul 25:19
If we can’t leave now, we’ll surely not leave then-- we’ll be told we must
stay to honor the fallen to prove the cause was just.
2005 Ron Paul 25:20
We should remember Ronald Reagan’s admonition regarding this area of the
Ronald Reagan reflected on Lebanon
in his memoirs, describing
the Middle East as a jungle and Middle East politics as irrational. It
him to rethink his policy in the region.
time we do some rethinking as well.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 26
RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 2, 2005
Big Lies and Little Lies
2005 Ron Paul 26:1
Scooter Libby has been indicted for lying.
suspect Libby, and perhaps others, deliberately outed Joe Wilson’s wife
covert CIA agent.
This was done to
punish and discredit Wilson for bringing attention to the false
regarding Iraq’s supposed efforts to build a nuclear weapon —
public in President Bush’s State of the Union message in January 2003.
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was chosen to determine if
revelation regarding Valerie Plame, Wilson’s wife, violated the
Identification Protection Act.
actual indictment of Libby did not claim such a violation occurred.
Instead, he has been charged with lying and participating in a
during the two-year investigation.
believe this is a serious matter that should not be ignored, but it is
2005 Ron Paul 26:2
This case, like almost everything in Washington, has been driven by politics — not truth,
seeking political power, pure and simple, not unlike the impeachment
during the last administration.
2005 Ron Paul 26:3
There are much more serious charges of lying and cover-ups that deserve congressional attention.
The country now knows the decision to go to
war in Iraq was
based on information that was not factual.
Congress and the people of this country were misled.
Because of this, more than 2,000 U. S. troops and many innocent
Tens of thousands have
been severely wounded, their lives forever changed if not totally
2005 Ron Paul 26:4
The lies Scooter Libby may or may not have told deserve a thorough investigation.
But in the scheme of
things, the indictment about questions regarding the release of Valerie
Plame’s name, a political dirty trick, is minor compared to the
about weapons of mass destruction and other events that propelled us
Its costs — in
life, suffering, and money — have proven to be prohibitive.
2005 Ron Paul 26:5
The Libby indictment, unless it opens the door to more profound questions
why we went to war, may serve only as a distraction from much more
events and lies.
2005 Ron Paul 26:6
The decision to go to war is profound.
behooves Congress to ask more questions and investigate exactly how the
President, Congress, and the people were misled into believing that
Iraq was necessary for our national security.
2005 Ron Paul 26:7
Why do we still not know who forged the documents claiming Saddam Hussein
to buy uranium from Niger?
2005 Ron Paul 26:8
Was this information concocted by those who were overly eager to go to war?
2005 Ron Paul 26:9
Why was CIA reluctance regarding this assessment ignored, allowing it to be
presented by the President as a clincher for our need to go to war?
2005 Ron Paul 26:10
Other reasons used to justify the war deserve equal attention, since the
been so painful for our country.
2005 Ron Paul 26:11
If lies were told to justify the invasion of Iraq, the American people
know the truth.
Congress has a
responsibility to seek this truth and change our policies accordingly.
sooner this is done the better.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 27
RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 10, 2005
Free Speech and Dietary Supplements
2005 Ron Paul 27:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Health Freedom Protection Act. This bill
restores the First Amendment rights of consumers to receive truthful
regarding the benefits of foods and dietary supplements by codifying
Amendment standards used by federal courts to strike down the Food and
Administration (FDA) efforts to censor truthful health claims. The
Freedom Protection Act also stops the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC)
censoring truthful health care claims.
2005 Ron Paul 27:2
The American people have made it clear they do not want the federal government to interfere with their access to dietary supplements, yet
and the FTC continue to engage in heavy-handed attempts to restrict
The FDA continues to frustrate consumers’ efforts to learn how they can
improve their health even after Congress, responding to a record number
constituents’ comments, passed the Dietary Supplement and Health and
Act of 1994 (DSHEA). FDA bureaucrats are so determined to frustrate
access to truthful information that they are even evading their duty to
with four federal court decisions vindicating consumers’ First
rights to discover the health benefits of foods and dietary supplements.
2005 Ron Paul 27:3
FDA bureaucrats have even refused to abide by the DSHEA section allowing the
public to have access to scientific articles and publications regarding
of nutrients in protecting against diseases by claiming that every
concerning this topic is evidence of intent to sell a drug.
2005 Ron Paul 27:4
Because of the FDA’s censorship of truthful health claims, millions of
Americans may suffer with diseases and other health care problems they
avoided by using dietary supplements. For example, the FDA prohibited
from learning how folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects
years after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended
woman of childbearing age take folic acid supplements to reduce neural
defects. This FDA action contributed to an estimated 10,000 cases of
neutral tube defects!
2005 Ron Paul 27:5
The FDA also continues to prohibit consumers from learning about the scientific
evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are effective in the
of osteoarthritis; that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of
heart attack; and that calcium may reduce the risk of bone fractures.
2005 Ron Paul 27:6
The Health Freedom Protection Act will force the FDA to at last comply with
the commands of Congress, the First Amendment, and the American people
codifying the First Amendment standards adopted by the federal courts.
Specifically, the Health Freedom Protection Act stops the FDA from
truthful claims about the curative, mitigative, or preventative effects
dietary supplements, and adopts the federal court’s suggested use of
disclaimers as an alternative to censorship. The Health Freedom
also stops the FDA from prohibiting the distribution of scientific
publications regarding the role of nutrients in protecting against
2005 Ron Paul 27:7
This legislation also addresses the FTC’s violations of the First Amendment. Under traditional First Amendment jurisprudence, the federal
government bears the burden of proving an advertising statement false
censoring that statement. However, the FTC has reversed the standard in
of dietary supplements by requiring supplement manufactures to satisfy
unobtainable standard of proof that their statement is true. The FTC’s
standards are blocking innovation in the marketplace.
2005 Ron Paul 27:8
The Health Freedom Protection Act requires the government bear the burden of
proving that speech could be censored. This is how it should be in a
dynamic society. The bill also requires that the FTC warn parties that
advertising is false and give them a chance to correct their mistakes.
2005 Ron Paul 27:9
Mr. Speaker, if we are serious about putting people in charge of their health
care, then shouldn’t we stop federal bureaucrats from preventing
from learning about simple ways to improve their health. I therefore
call on my
colleagues to stand up for good health care and the First Amendment by
cosponsoring the Health Freedom Protection Act.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 28
RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 16, 2005
Congress Erodes Privacy
2005 Ron Paul 28:1
The privacy issue has been around for a long time.
The brutal abuse of privacy and property of early Americans
played a big
role in our revolt against the King.
, and 5
represented attempts to protect private property and privacy from an
Today those attempts appear to have failed.
2005 Ron Paul 28:2
There have been serious legal debates in recent decades about whether
protected by the Constitution.
Some argue that since the word does not appear in the text of
document, it is not protected.
Others argue that privacy protection grants the federal
to dictate to all states limits or leniency in enforcing certain laws.
But the essence of liberty is privacy.
2005 Ron Paul 28:3
In recent years—especially since 9-11—Congress has been totally negligent
its duty to protect U.S. citizens from federal government encroachment
rights of privacy.
Even prior to 9-11, the Echelon worldwide surveillance system
entrenched, monitoring telephones, faxes, and emails.
2005 Ron Paul 28:4
From the 1970s forward, national security letters were used sparingly in
circumventing the legal process and search warrant requirements.
Since 9-11 and the subsequent passage of the Patriot Act,
however, use of
these instruments has skyrocketed, from 300 annually to over 30,000.
There is essentially no oversight nor understanding by the U.S.
of the significance of this pervasive government surveillance.
It’s all shrugged off as necessary to make us safe from
Sacrificing personal liberty and privacy, the majority feels, is
2005 Ron Paul 28:5
We soon will vote on the conference report reauthorizing the Patriot Act.
Though one could argue there’s been a large grass-roots effort
discredit the Patriot Act, Congress has ignored the message.
Amazingly, over 391 communities and 7 states have passed
highly critical of the Patriot Act.
2005 Ron Paul 28:6
The debate in Congress—if that’s what one wants to call it—boils down to
whether the most egregious parts of the Act will be sunsetted after 4
conference report will adjust the numbers, and members will vote
the “compromise” and feel good about their effort to protect individual
2005 Ron Paul 28:7
But if we’re honest with ourselves we would admit that the 4
amendment is essentially a dead letter.
There has been no effort to curb the abuse of national security
nor to comprehend the significance of Echelon.
Hard-fought liberties are rapidly slipping away from us.
2005 Ron Paul 28:8
Congress is not much better when it comes to protecting against the erosion of
centuries-old habeas corpus doctrine.
By declaring anyone an “enemy combatant”—a totally arbitrary
designation by the President— the government can deny an individual his
to petition a judge or even speak with an attorney.
Though there has been a good debate on the insanity of our
torturing prisoners, holding foreigners and Americans without charges
acceptable to many.
Did it never occur to those who condemn torture that unlimited
of individuals without a writ of habeas corpus is itself
for those who are totally innocent?
Add this to the controversial worldwide network of secret CIA
known of for 2 years, and we should be asking ourselves what we have
become as a
evidence that we’re using white phosphorus chemical weapons in Iraq
nothing to improve our image.
2005 Ron Paul 28:9
Our prestige in the world is slipping.
The war is going badly.
Our financial system is grossly overburdened.
And we spend hundreds of hours behind the scenes crafting a mere
billion spending cut while pretending no one knows we can spend tens of
in off-budget supplemental bills- sometimes under unanimous consent!
2005 Ron Paul 28:10
It’s time we reconsider the real purpose of government in a society that
be free—protection of liberty, peaceful commerce, and keeping itself
our lives, our economy, our pocketbooks, and certainly out of the
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 29
RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 18, 2005
Statement on So-Called Deficit Reduction Act
2005 Ron Paul 29:1
Mr. Speaker, as one who has long urged my colleagues to cut spending, and who
has consistently voted against excessive and unconstitutional
expenditures, I am
sure many in this body expect me to be an enthusiastic supporter of HR
Deficit Reduction Act. After all, supporters of this bill are claiming
dramatically reforms federal programs and puts Congress back on the
2005 Ron Paul 29:2
For all the passionate debate this bill has generated, its effect on the
federal government and taxpayers are relatively minor. HR 4241 does not
reduce federal expenditures! That’s right--if HR 4241 passes, the
budget, including entitlement programs, will continue to grow. HR 4241
slows down the rate of growth of federal spending. The federal
spend less in the future if this bill passes then it otherwise would,
will still spend more than it does today. To put HR 4241 in
consider that this bill reduces spending by less than $50 billion over
while the most recent “emergency” supplemental passed by this Congress
appropriated $82 billion dollars to be spent this year.
2005 Ron Paul 29:3
HR 4241 reduces total federal entitlement expenditures by one half of one
percent over the next five years. For all the trumpeting about how this
gets “runaway entitlement spending” under control, HR 4241 fails to
with the biggest entitlement problem facing our nation--the
Medicare prescription drug plan, which actually will harm many seniors
causing them to lose their private coverage, forcing them into an
government-run program. In fact, the Medicare prescription drug plan
$55 billion in fiscal year 2006 alone, while HR 4241 will reduce
only $5 billion next year. Yet some House members who voted for every
of the federal government considered by this Congress will vote for
reductions in spending and then brag about their fiscal conservatism to
2005 Ron Paul 29:4
As is common with bills claiming to reduce spending, the majority of spending
reductions occur in the later years of the plan. Since it is impossible
future Congresses, this represents little more than a suggestion that
in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 reflect the levels stated in this bill.
fiscally responsible colleagues should keep in mind that rarely, if
ever, does a
Congress actually follow through on spending reductions set by a
Congress. Thus, relying on future Congresses to cut spending in the
is a recipe for failure.
2005 Ron Paul 29:5
One provision of the bill that undeniably would have benefited the American
people, the language opening up the ANWR region of Alaska and expanding
drilling, was removed from the bill. As my colleagues know, increased
are a top concern of the American people. Expanding the supply of
produced oil is an obvious way to address these concerns, yet Congress
to take this reasonable step.
2005 Ron Paul 29:6
Mr. Speaker, some of the entitlement reforms in HR 4241 are worthwhile. For
example, I am hopeful the provision allowing states to require a
Medicaid will help relieve physicians of the burden of providing
care, which is an issue of great concern to physicians in my district.
am concerned that the changes in pharmaceutical reimbursement proposed
bill may unfairly impact independent pharmacies, and I am disappointed
not get to vote on an alterative that would have the same budgetary
without harming independent pharmacies.
2005 Ron Paul 29:7
I also question the priorities of singling out programs, such as Medicaid and
food stamps, that benefit the neediest Americans, while continuing to
spending on corporate welfare and foreign aid. Just two weeks ago,
passed a bill sending $21 billion overseas. That is $21 billion that
spent this fiscal year, not spread out over five years. Then, last
Congress passed, on suspension of the rules, a bill proposing to spend
million dollars on water projects--not in Texas, but in foreign
Meanwhile, the Financial Services Committee, on which I sit, has begun
process of reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which uses taxpayer
support business projects that cannot attract capital in the market.
Speaker, the Export-Import Bank’s biggest beneficiaries are Boeing and
communist China. I find it hard to believe that federal funding for
companies and China is a higher priority for most Americans than
2005 Ron Paul 29:8
HR 4241 fails to address the root of the spending problem--the belief that
Congress can solve any problem simply by creating a new federal program
agency. However, with the federal government’s unfunded liabilities
to reach as much as $50 trillion by the end of this year, Congress no
avoid serious efforts to rein in spending. Instead of the
approach of HR 4241, Congress should begin the journey toward fiscal
responsibility by declaring a ten percent reduction in real spending,
by a renewed commitment to reduce spending in a manner consistent with
obligation to uphold the Constitution and the priorities of the
This is the only way to make real progress on reducing spending without
programs for the poor while increasing funding for programs that
governments and corporate interests.
2005 Ron Paul Chapter 30
RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 7, 2005
The Blame Game
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Our country faces major problems.
longer can they remain hidden from the American people.
Most Americans are aware the federal budget is in dismal shape.
Whether it’s Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or even the
pension system, most Americans realize we’re in debt over our heads.
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The welfare state is unmanageable and severely overextended.
In spite of hopes that supposed reform would restore sound
provide for all the needs of the people, it’s becoming more apparent
that the entire system of entitlements is in a precarious state and may
It doesn’t take a
genius to realize that increasing the national debt by over six hundred
dollars per year is not sustainable.
taxes to make up the shortfall is unacceptable, while continuing to
money needed will only accelerate the erosion of the dollar’s value.
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Our foreign policy is no less of a threat to us.
Our worldwide military presence and our obsession with remaking
entire Middle East frightens a lot of people both here and abroad.
Our role as world policeman and nation builder places undue
the American taxpayer.
overseas military expenditures — literally hundreds of billion of
dollars — are
a huge drain on the American economy.
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All wars invite abuses of civil liberties at home, and the vague
declaration of war
against terrorism is worse than most in this regard.
As our liberties here at home are diminished by the Patriot
Act and national ID card legislation, we succumb to the temptation of
empires to neglect habeas corpus, employ torture tactics, and use
imprisonment. These domestic and foreign policy trends reflect a
bankrupt philosophy, devoid of any concern for liberty and the rule of
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The American people are becoming more aware of the serious crisis this
Their deep concern is
reflected in the current mood in Congress.
The recent debate over Iraq shows the parties are now looking
to blame for the mess we’re in.
a high stakes political game.
fact that a majority of both parties and their leadership endorsed the
accept the same approach toward Iran and Syria, does nothing to tone
accusatory nature of the current blame game.
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The argument in Washington is over tactics, quality of intelligence, war
management, and diplomacy, except for the few who admit that tragic
were made and now sincerely want to establish a new course for Iraq.
Thank goodness for those who are willing to reassess and admit
Those of us who have
opposed the war all along welcome them to the cause of peace.
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If we hope to pursue a more sensible foreign policy, it is imperative that
face up to its explicit constitutional responsibility to declare war.
It’s easy to condemn the management of a war one endorsed, while
deferring the final decision about whether to deploy troops to the
When Congress accepts and assumes its awesome responsibility to
war, as directed by the Constitution, fewer wars will be fought.
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Sadly, the acrimonious blame game is motivated by the leadership of both
the purpose of gaining, or retaining, political power.
It doesn’t approach a true debate over the wisdom, or lack
foreign military interventionism and pre-emptive war.
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Polls indicate ordinary Americans are becoming uneasy with our prolonged war
which has no end in sight.
that no one can define victory precisely, and most American see us
Iraq for years to come, contribute to the erosion of support for this
Currently 63% of Americans disapprove of the handling of the
war, and 52%
say it’s time to come home.
say we need a foreign policy of minding our own business.
This is very encouraging.
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The percentages are even higher for the Iraqis.
82% want us to leave, while 67% claim they are less secure with
involvement has produced an unusual agreement among the Kurds, Shiites,
Sunnis, the three factions at odds with each other.
At the recent 22-member Arab League meeting in Cairo, the
three groups agreed on one issue: they all want foreign troops to leave.
At the end of the meeting an explicit communiqué was
demand the withdrawal of foreign forces in accordance with a timetable,
establishment of a national and immediate program for rebuilding the
forces… that will allow them to guard Iraq’s borders and get control of
administration is so enamored with democracy, why
not have a national referendum in Iraq to see if the people want us to
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After we left Lebanon in the 1980s, the Arab League was instrumental in
end to that country’s 15-year civil war.
Its chances of helping to stop the fighting in Iraq are far
depending on the UN, NATO, or the United States.
is a regional dispute that we stirred up but cannot
The Arab League needs to
assume a lot more responsibility for the mess that our invasion has
We need to get out of the way and let them solve their own
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Remember, once we left Lebanon suicide terrorism stopped and peace finally came.
The same could happen in Iraq.
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Everyone is talking about the downside of us leaving, and the civil war that
Possibly so, but no one knows with certainty what will happen.
There was no downside when we left Vietnam.
But one thing for sure, after a painful decade of killing in the
the killing stopped and no more Americans died once we left.
We now trade with Vietnam and enjoy friendly relations with them.
This was achieved through peaceful means, not military force.
The real question is how many more Americans must be sacrificed
policy that is not working?
going to fight until we go broke and the American people are
Common sense tells us it’s time to reassess the politics of
intervention and not just look for someone to blame for falling once
the trap of a military quagmire.
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The blame game is a political event, designed to avoid the serious
debate over our foreign policy of interventionism.
The mistakes made by both parties in dragging us into an
unwise war are obvious, but the effort to blame one group over the
confuses the real issue.
Congress failed to meet its constitutional obligation regarding war.
Debate over prewar intelligence elicits
charges of errors,
lies, and complicity.
It is now
argued that those who are critical of the outcome in Iraq are just as
fault, since they too accepted flawed intelligence when deciding to
This charge is leveled at
previous administrations, foreign governments, Members of Congress, and
United Nations-- all who made the same mistake of blindly accepting the
Complicity, errors of
judgment, and malice are hardly an excuse for such a serious commitment
pre-emptive war against a non-existent enemy.
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Both sides accepted the evidence supposedly justifying the war, evidence
that was not
No weapons of mass
destruction were found.
Iraq had no
military capabilities. Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein were not allies
were allies of both Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden), and Saddam
posed no threat whatsoever to the United States or his neighbors.
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We hear constantly that we must continue the fight in
Iraq, and possibly in Iran and Syria, because, “It’s better to fight
terrorists over there than here.”
repeating this justification, if it is based on a major analytical
make it so.
All evidence shows that
our presence in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and other Muslim countries benefits
in its recruiting efforts, especially in its search for suicide
This one fact prompts a rare agreement among all religious and
Muslim factions; namely, that the U.S. should leave all Arab lands.
Denying this will not keep terrorists from
attacking us, it
will do the opposite.
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The fighting and terrorist attacks are happening overseas because of a
stated al Qaeda policy that they will go for soft targets-- our allies
citizens object to the war like Spain and Italy.
will attack Americans who are more exposed in Iraq.
It is a serious error to conclude that “fighting them over
keeps them from fighting us “over here,” or that we’re winning the war
As long as our
occupation continues, and American forces continue killing Muslims, the
incentive to attack us will grow.
shouldn’t be hard to understand that the responsibility for violence in
even violence between Iraqis-- is blamed on our occupation.
It is more accurate to say, “the longer we fight them over there
longer we will be threatened over here.”
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The final rhetorical refuge for those who defend the war, not yet refuted,
dismissive statement that “the world is better off without Saddam
It implies no one can question anything we have done because of
Instead of an automatic concession
it should be legitimate,
though politically incorrect, to challenge this disarming assumption.
No one has to like or defend Saddam Hussein to point out we
whether the world is better off until someone has taken Saddam
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This argument was never used to justify removing murderous dictators with
notoriety than Saddam Hussein, such as our ally Stalin; Pol Pot, whom
get into power; or Mao Tse Tung.
the Soviets, with their bloody history and thousands of nuclear weapons
us, were many times over a greater threat to us than Saddam Hussein
If containment worked with the Soviets and the Chinese, why is
without question that deposing Saddam Hussein is obviously and without
a better approach for us than containment?
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The “we’re all better off without Saddam Hussein” cliché doesn’t
the question of whether the 2,100 troops killed or the 20,000 wounded
troops are better off.
We refuse to
acknowledge the hatred generated by the deaths of tens of thousands of
citizens who are written off as collateral damage.
Are the Middle East and Israel better off with the turmoil
our occupation has generated?
Honesty would have us conclude that conditions in the Middle
worse since the war started: the killing never stops, and the cost is
we can bear-- both in lives and limbs lost and dollars spent.
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In spite of the potential problems that may or may not come with our
the greater mistake was going in the first place.
need to think more about how to avoid these military
encounters, rather than dwelling on the complications that result when
in the affairs of others with no moral or legal authority to do so.
We need less blame game and more reflection about the root cause
aggressive foreign policy.
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By limiting the debate to technical points over intelligence, strategy,
of troops, and how to get out of the mess, we ignore our continued
sanctions, threats, and intimidation of Iraq’s neighbors, Iran and
Even as Congress pretends to argue about how or when we might
leaders from both parties continue to support the policy of spreading
the war by
precipitating a crisis with these two countries.
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The likelihood of agreeing about who deliberately or innocently misled
media, and the American people is virtually nil.
historians at a later date will sort out the whole
The debate over tactics and
diplomacy will go on, but that only serves to distract from the
Few today in Congress
are interested in changing from our current accepted policy of
one of strategic independence:
nation building, no policing the world, no dangerous alliances.
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But the results of our latest military incursion into a foreign country
Those who dwell on
pragmatic matters should pay close attention to the results so far.
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Since March 2003 we have seen:
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Death and destruction; 2,100 Americans killed and nearly 20,000 sick or
tens of thousands of Iraqis caught in the crossfire;
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A Shiite theocracy has been planted;
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A civil war has erupted;
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Iran’s arch nemesis, Saddam Hussein, has been removed;
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Osama bin Laden’s arch nemesis, Saddam Hussein, has been removed;
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Al Qaeda now operates freely in Iraq, enjoying a fertile training field
previously available to them;
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Suicide terrorism, spurred on by our occupation, has significantly increased;
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Our military industrial complex thrives in Iraq without competitive bids;
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True national defense and the voluntary army have been undermined;
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Personal liberty at home is under attack; assaults on free speech and privacy,
ID cards, the Patriot Act, National Security letters, and challenges to
corpus all have been promoted;
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Values have changed, with more Americans supporting torture and secret prisons;
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Domestic strife, as recently reflected in arguments over the war on the House
on the upswing;
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Pre-emptive war has been codified and accepted as legitimate and necessary, a bleak
for our future;
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The Middle East is far more unstable, and oil supplies are less secure, not
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Historic relics of civilization protected for thousands of years have been lost
flash while oil wells were secured;
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U.S. credibility in the world has been severely damaged; and
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The national debt has increased enormously, and our dependence on China has
increased significantly as our federal government borrows more and more
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How many more years will it take for civilized people to realize that war has no
economic or political value for the people who fight and pay for it?
Wars are always started by governments, and individual soldiers
side are conditioned to take up arms and travel great distances to
kill individuals that never meant them harm.
Both sides drive their people into an hysterical frenzy to
natural instinct to live and let live.
patriotism is used to embarrass the good-hearted into succumbing to the
of the financial and other special interests who agitate for war.
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War reflects the weakness of a civilization that refuses to offer peace as
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This does not mean we should isolate ourselves from the world.
On the contrary, we need more rather than less interaction with
We should encourage
travel, foreign commerce, friendship, and exchange of ideas-- this
surpass our misplaced effort to make the world like us through armed
And this can be achieved without increasing the power of the
accepting the notion that some world government is needed to enforce
just get out of the way and let individuals make their own decisions
they want to relate to the world.
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Defending the country against aggression is a very limited and proper function of
involvement in the world over the past 60 years has not met this test,
we’re paying the price for it.
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A policy that endorses peace over war, trade over
sanctions, courtesy over arrogance, and liberty over coercion is in the
tradition of the American Constitution and American idealism.
It deserves consideration.