My Five Favorite Ron Paul Quotes

ImageRon Paul will never be considered a quote machine; in fact on the surface it appears a little odd to some that this 71 year old man became the cult figure of the 2008 campaign. I think his appeal lies in the fact that candidates such as John McCain pretend to be mavericks, while Ron Paul is the real deal.

Dr. Paul is a throwback to a long gone era in American politics. Paul has principles, and he sticks to them. I don’t agree with many of his views, but I believe that Ron Paul is a man who should be respected and admired for his political courage. As with the other two parts of this series, these quotes are not organized in any particular way, and my only agenda is that you enjoy them.

“However, despite the long-term damage to the economy inflicted by the government’s interference in the housing market, the government’s policies of diverting capital to other uses creates a short-term boom in housing. Like all artificially-created bubbles, the boom in housing prices cannot last forever. When housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than they would have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investment in housing.”

— Paul predicting the housing crisis on the House floor, 7/16/02

“They attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years. … We’ve been in the Middle East.”

— South Carolina Debate, May 2007

“However, monitoring the transactions of every American in order to catch those few who are involved in some sort of illegal activity turns one of the great bulwarks of our liberty, the presumption of innocence, on its head. The federal government has no right to treat all Americans as criminals by spying on their relationship with their doctors, employers, or bankers. In fact, criminal law enforcement is reserved to the state and local governments by the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment.”

— Comments on the House floor 5/22/01

“Values in a free society are accepted voluntarily, not through coercion, and certainly not by law… every time we write a law to control private behavior, we imply that somebody has to arrive with a gun, because if you desecrate the flag, you have to punish that person. So how do you do that? You send an agent of the government, perhaps an employee of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Flags, to arrest him. This is in many ways patriotism with a gun – if your actions do not fit the official definition of a “patriot,” we will send somebody to arrest you.”

— Paul speaking against the proposed Constitutional amendment to ban flag burning on June 3, 2003.

“If we can’t or won’t define the enemy, the cost to fight such a war will be endless. How many American troops are we prepared to lose? How much money are we prepared to spend? How many innocent civilians, in our nation and others, are we willing to see killed? How many American civilians will we jeopardize? How much of our civil liberties are we prepared to give up? How much prosperity will we sacrifice? […] I support President Bush and voted for the authority and the money to carry out his responsibility to defend this country, but the degree of death and destruction and chances of escalation must be carefully taken into consideration.”

— Speaking on the House floor, September 25, 2001

One Reply to “My Five Favorite Ron Paul Quotes”

  1. Long live Ron Paul. Someday Americans are going to wake up to the fact that the government is totally out of control- spending, taxing, wasting, infringing. This country was founded on government FOR the people, not people serving the government. Ron Paul is not the message, he is just the messenger speaking truth.

    He is the first to admit that it is not HIM that people find attractive, it is the truth of freedom from an out of control tyranical government that is attractive. Less than half eligible voters vote in presidential elections, due to apathy and a feeling of being totally unrepresented.

    Seriously…Al Gore says the greatest threat to Americans is globl warming??!!! Are you kidding me!?! What about the declining middle class, what about the falling value of the dollar that is wiping out buying power for Americans, what about rising unemployment, what about the failing economy. Only an elitist, wealthy egomaniac who has every need taken care of by his rich family would be so arrogant as to call his pet project the “greatest threat to America”.

    Ron Paul knows what the common man is really facing. When Americans begin to realize that they work from January to May, to pay income taxes, not to mention property taxes, gasoline taxes, sales taxes, hotel taxes, licensing fees (taxes) just so the bloated government can keep up its out of control spending, THEN things might start to change.

    Ron Paul is sounding the wake up call. More people need to hear it and answer the call. Let’s take our country back from the government. Let’s have them work for US, not the other way around.

    God Bless Ron Paul for speaking the truth.

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