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!


  • SheepDoggOne

    Thanks Ron for your tireless efforts. Ignore the weirdo wanna be -alien- guy at the top with highest rated comment. Just goes to show all the toxins & mass entertainment the elites are hitting us with are working very well on some…

  • 11Nosam11

    You Americans are Buggered!!! Not sure what you can do about it either???

  • 11Nosam11

    You Americans are doomed…… Not sure what your gunna do about it either??

  • Mike

    PLEASE find a way to repeal the PATRIOT Act, the most invasive piece of legislation in decades.

  • LordCheebahawk

    You the man DR. P

  • bigken61

    4 TSA agents viewed this.

  • Lucas Beal

    Declaration of Independence
    Revisited 2011

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these people of the United States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present form of government is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these People. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
    They have refused Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    They forbidden Congress to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their own importance deriving from greed fulfilled by lobbyists and special interests:
    They have passed other Laws to leave the people no choice in the disbursal of their income such as social security and income tax:
    They have waged war without a formal declaration of war on nations undeserving of the horrors of war:
    They have destroyed our currency. Borrowing and lending to foreign nations without the consent of the American people. Further yet by intrusting a Federal Reserve Bank to international bankers to print our money at interest robbing the people. Printing currency with no concern inflating the U.S. dollar:
    They have made dangerous military alliances in which we are now obligated to uphold even contrary to our very own United States Constitution:
    The Laws of the United Nations seem now to trump the laws of our United States:
    They interpret the United States Constitution without even taking into thought the supporting text resulting in the conclusions of our founding fathers:
    They have made Judges dependent on their Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries:
    They have erected a multitude of New Departments, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance:
    They have kept among foreign nations, in times of peace, Standing Armies without just cause:
    They have affected to render the Government independent of and superior to the Civil power:
    They have combined with special interest groups to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their Assent to Acts of pretended Legislation:
    Passing the Patriot act on the false claim of your own safety. Stripping you of rights guaranteed to all American Citizens:
    Lie’s told to the American public concerning the invasion of Iraq:
    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    For depriving us a right to choose freely on matters of safety that have no negative effect on other human beings.
    For controlling the education system, our food we consume , even the very subjects we believe in or lest it be hate speech. Which should fall to the first amendment:
    For taking away our rights, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Government:
    For suspending our own voice(try to reach your representative on a personal level), and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    They have plundered our accounts, ravaged our freedoms, killed innocent lives, and destroyed the lives of our own people.
    They at this time are transporting large Armies of our brothers and sisters to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated mockery. We are labeled crazy and conspirators. A President and Congress whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be ruler of a free people.
    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the United States Constitution. We have appealed to their justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
    We, therefore, the People of the United States of America, in General , Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these United States, solemnly publish and declare, That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the corrupt government in power, and that all political connection between them and the People, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent People may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. God bless the reborn and always free United States of America.

  • numba1stunna4269

    Run For President!!!!!!!!!!

  • LayneRoxxx

    If we all were the Republican party would it be good or bad?

  • sdake2

    Keep fighting the good fight, Dr. Paul. Many people are waking up.

  • Growingsovereign

    Damn strait our numbers our growing. At the current rate that things are going to crap, Americas will be begging for someone like Dr. Paul by 2012. I set up a website aimed at getting people thinking about ways to raise money for RP2012. What are you doing to help? Might as well start now, things aren’t going to get better on their own.

  • furholloer

    imatelly, I’m sorry, but I have a hard time taking a person seriously that can’t spell worth a hoot and whose grammer is pathetic. Above all, your comment makes very little sense. Give me an argument I can sink my teeth into, or go watch TV.

    • spellnazi NYC

      it’s grammar, not grammer 😉

  • Crawleyman

    As and American I will watch my congressman and make sure he is doing the right thing for me, my state and the Union. End the Fed. End the Patriot Act. End the Naked Body Scanners. End tyranny in America.

  • Cleancutchaos

    Well someone has got to dissolve one of the most freedom destroying Acts, what better time than now and who else but Ron Paul? And RP1012 all the way. All hell can’t stop us now!

  • VMATT500C

    Keep an eye on the INTERNET, free speech is freedom.

  • 1kingconan
  • 123SGTTOPDAWG345

    Repeal the Patriot Act !!!!

  • Great comment Dr. Paul!

  • obSCENEoneTW0

    we all know the speed of light, but what is the speed of darkness?

  • truthisouttheir

    can we call the neo con agenda what it is …. zionists