Ron Paul: Stop the Police State, Repeal the PATRIOT Act!

Stop the Police State, Repeal the PATRIOT Act!

by Ron Paul

The year 2011 brings in a host of opportunities and challenges to America. Will we accelerate toward economic insolvency by continuing the policies that have created this crisis, or will a new Congress elected on the energy of the Tea Party movement find the courage to change course?

With the new Republican majority in the House I will have the opportunity as a subcommittee chairman to take a careful look at our domestic monetary policy. I’m excited by the prospect of real oversight of the Federal Reserve, but I also hope to focus on the important ways in which our foreign policy and monetary policy are related. Just last week the Financial Times reported that the limited oversight of the Federal Reserve allowed by the passage of a watered-down version of my Audit the Fed bill revealed that approximately 55% of the loans made available under the largest Federal Reserve bailout program – termed “auction facility” – went to foreign banks. This is just but one example of the real cost to Americans of maintaining its empire overseas and it cries out for more transparency and oversight.

This is why it is key for us to understand that our foreign policy and current economic crisis go hand in hand. Some have promised to lead us back to fiscal responsibility while asserting that any reduction in our foreign and military spending is off the table. They would like us to believe that we should not only continue spending as much on the military as the rest of the world combined, but they actually call for an even more aggressive U.S. policy abroad. They believe we should continue to bomb Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere, that we must impose even more crippling sanctions on countries like Iran while moving steadily on to yet another Middle East war that is not in our interest. They represent the failed policies of the past and they would like to lead us down a dead-end street. We must resist the temptation of their neocon-inspired scaremongering.

There will be much work for us to do in the next year and in the next Congress. We need look no further than the grossly unconstitutional and immoral policies of the Transportation Security Administration, demanding that we either be irradiated or fondled to travel in our own country, to see that those who would deprive us of our civil liberties on the empty promise of full security will not be given up easily. We must continue standing up to them and we must not compromise.

We must not allow the out-of-control Department of Homeland Security to impose an East-German like police state in the U.S. where neighbors are encouraged by Big Brother or Big Sister to inform on their neighbors. We must not accept that government authorities should hector us via television screens as we go about our private lives like we are living in Orwell’s 1984.

I’m optimistic that the incoming members of Congress understand the importance of what they have been entrusted with by the American people. But I do hope that those who elected them will watch their actions and their votes in Congress carefully. An early indication will be the upcoming vote on re-authorization of the anti-American PATRIOT Act. Defeating once-and-for-all this police state legislation will be a great way to start 2011 and the 112th Congress.

We must move ahead with confidence. Our numbers are growing. Happy New Year!

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173 Comments:

  1. Couldn’t agree with u more Ron Paul or have said it better myself it seems the public is suffering from mass insanity try the same thing over and over and expect another result. Too bad that piece of shit mitt had to steal the election I’m sure newt bought the country for 500mil$ and the s-election was rigged nobody challenges it and osama bin Biden wins and is thinking of how to gain a 3rd term were in trouble the govt must be fired

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  2. Stop the police state now!!!! Before you are arrested!!!!!!

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  3. I am registered independent but find myself leaning left after watching most the GOP candidates squabble and propose extreme right wing policies ( or lack of policy), but Ron Paul actually seems like a man of his word based on his record so far. Though I do have to say I could never vote for him simply because his monetary plans ( or lack of aforementioned plans) and his backward view of a “free market”. The fact is as soon as you give some of the corporations some rope they hang you with it. A

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  4. Thank you Ron Paul, There is no doubt that serious constitutional breaches have been indorsed by the Corporations, The Private Military industrial complex and most importantly the Illegal Cartel Known as the Federal Reserve (Ponzi Scheme Central Bank) Finally, if anyone has not seen it please watch “Zeitgeist the Final Edition” Utube as well as “Freedom the Fascism” “The War on Democracy” “Obama and Empire” “The “New Rulers of the World” “The End of America” by Naomi Wolf

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  5. Thank you Ron Paul, There is no doubt that serious constitutional breaches have been indorsed by the Corporations, The Private Military industrial complex and most importantly the Illegal Cartel Known as the Federal Reserve (Ponzi Scheme Central Bank) Finally, if anyone has not seen it please watch “Zeitgeist the Final Edition” Utube as well as “Freedom the Fascism” “The War on Democracy” “Obama and Empire” “The “New Rulers of the World” “The End of America” by Naomi Wolf

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  6. Ron Paul is absolutely correct about the PATRIOT ACT!
    This dubious part of the Bush legacy needs to be repealed!
    Why should American citizens be punished for Bush & Co’s incompetence and complete failure to protect the citizens? There’s no good reason to continue the unconstitutional policy known as the Patriot ACT! Unless paranoia and fear qualify as “good reasons”!

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  7. the guy thinking Ron Paul is a movie Star ,he,s a doctor bub,not a movie star if he was he would be saying i,ll be back l.o.l.

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  8. Stop the government intrusion of privacy! REPEAL the “PATRIOT ACT!” END the “Police State!” STOP the “Divide and Conquer Politics” that are crippling our economy and destroying our Democratic Republic and creating a tyrannical dictatorial driven ruling power. STOP the government from creating divisions amongst our population!!! REPEAL the “PATRIOT ACT!”

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  9. Ron Paul is a great American! He has the flavor of our founding fathers!

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  10. more of a libertarian but this man seems realistc and down to earth with his policies he wouldn’t seem like a bad president

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