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!


  • waterchildtera

    today is Sunday the 2nd
    or am i in the twilight zone ?

  • Leavon

    If there are only three things that this Congress does then it will be a success. One, repeal Obamacare. Two, repeal the “Un” Patriot Act. Three, end the Fed.

  • palatiality

    ron is the only good republican left, just like kucinich is the only good democrat left. the rest of their parties are filthy individuals.

  • 66132145

    Ron is a animal near extinction. A true patriot. We should all be proud to have a man like him to take a stand for America and American people!

  • katey1dog

    The FED represents a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER.

    Audit and end it.

  • campaign4liberty

    Ron Paul please run for president
    You are the ONLY Hope for America!
    to learn more please visit liberty poet

  • Tanarus20

    Wont happen till the dollar collapses, then people might turn their backs on this failed us Government. You all KNOW the NWO crowd is waiting to seize on the opportunity of a collapsed Dollar to create a “Solution”….(World currency)
    If enough people overwhelmingly DEMAND a competing currency (Gold/Silver) it breaks the strangle hold the Feds have over the people! They know they CANT compete with REAL MONEY! The Federal Reserve would Rather you all not know this….

  • Catsscratchfever

    Not only is this man truthful but he knows for a fact that kicking the elite out of the last free county is going to be a huge task……But he also has children…..And so do I
    And be god damed if im going to see them fleeced and live in a One world government …..Only to die penny less like there dad….Get MAD AND GROW UP PEOPLE >>>>RON IS PUTTING HIS ASS ON THE LINE >>>>HOW ABOUT YOU!!!!!!

  • VoVaKissCam

    Stop the Police State, Repeal the PATRIOT Act! great idea, but the guys (REPUBLICANS) that fashioned this law are back in control of congress, kinda doubt the guys that brought this to the floor are going to vote to repeal.

    Only steers and queers come from Texas, Paul sure doesn’t look like a steer so that kinda narrows it down for us, doesn’t it.

  • atgskater14

    Finally a politician that knows (or choses not to ignore) their history. I feel that putting Dr.Paul in the white house would be a step to a better United States simply because this man knows how to adhere to warnings from history.

  • TopSideUp

    so what happens tomorrow when ron paul is officially the chairman? Its supposed to be on the 3rd of january and i was hoping there would be some kind of opening hearing to let him adress his committee

  • Serge1965

    May the good people of the United States awaken to the common sense of a man such as Ron Paul and vote for him in 2012, Jesus bless this man and the people who will vote for him!

  • NorthStar20121

    Obama wants the Patriot Act to stay.

  • TommyTurntables1

    Say it LOUD! 🙂

  • terr547

    Damn it, Dr. Paul… People just sit on their hands, thinking they can’t do anything, when you are telling them exactly what they can do, and IT’S NOT EVEN THAT HARD! Thank you for what you’re doing Dr. Paul, but I fear at this point, it is too late… This new year is going to be bad.

  • Dewdaahman

    Dr Paul, when are you gonna begin filing treason charges against your cohorts..? you wanna be president, arrest warrants for the traitors in Washington, DC would be a good start..


    If this guy becomes the next president, where do I sign up for secret service? I must do my part to protect a president who REALLY protects this country.

  • wwe107

    Repeal bogus dui, domestic violence, and zero tolerance “laws” that infringe on non-violent, rehabilitated defendants and/or defendants rights too.

  • VegitoVai90

    I like this guy

  • Lea11011

    I’m thinking that Ron Paul can be a president without this costly campain . I think it’s very possible. 🙂