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!


  • quizerry

    We need to keep all politicians on their toes. Write your rep as much as possible to cut the spending, audit the fed and most of all DO NOT raise the dept ceiling start cutting spending immediately.

  • 411American

    ALL AMERICANS AR TERRORISTS – Ask TSA, Homer land , IRS, Police, CIA, FEDs
    FCC, EPA, DOT, DOD and the list goes on and people think the Gov is here to help?

  • 411American

    I wish the government would do for us what God did – God died the Government just spends. End the FED and the world stands a chance for peace, don’t, and your new Higher Power is coming to town.

  • ZenTractor

    While you’re repealing things Ron, TELL them to remove the fasces (read: symbols of Fascism) from the house of representatives. This has always sent a clear message to the people that the gateway to government and true democracy is blocked Fascism. None of us “real people” are permitted to speak in the house, we must be “represented”, and if we attempt to speak now, we get beat down by the ‘Comes Stabuli’. Those Fasci hanging on that wall only serves to represent feudalism. Byzantine must end,

  • 411American

    Will not be the first time the American people are fooled Ron Paul is not on the Feds selection list to be president

  • 411American

    Will not be the first time the American people are fooled Ron Paul is no on the Feds selection list to be president

  • Jake

    Mike breaks down a 60 minute interview will Ben Bernanke word for word exposing the lies and deception of banking.
    Mike also breaks down Ron Paul’s reply to that 60 minute interview with Ben Bernanke word for word also.
    And finally mike exposes Dennis Kucinich’s Plagiarisation of MPE and the world mandate in Dennis’s latest reform bill.

    Mike Montagne 1/18 (MPE) 60 minutes Lie of Economy 01.01.11

    1/18 to 18/18

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  • soullvx

    Its about time someone started to look at getting rid of this one……..9/11 and this cancerous Act started our freefall…………

  • thatsmyrail

    I respect Ron Paul and I agree with him on a lot of points, but being anti-drugs and anti-abortion isn’t libertarianism.

  • McRocket

    Thank you Ron Paul and Happy New year to you and your family.

  • MinmatarThrasher

    Ron Paul is perfect.

  • ALittleBitPregnant

    Ron Paul is the only one who can save us, otherwise the apocalypse.

  • NCIcaucus

    Thank God we now have more like him Jason Chaffetz, Rand Paul, Justin Amash and Mike Lee. Although there really is nothing quite like him!

  • SansonNavajas

    “Thank you for calling”
    Why, thank YOU for answering!

  • Brianna

    I don’t find libertarians to be “confused liberals”. In reality, they make more sense than the others because when they say they support “liberty” and “small government” they mean in all things, not just some things, not just in things that serve their interest, but all things. They don’t draw the line at the economy or foreign policy. They understand that liberty is not just the moral approach, but the practical approach.

    The whole left, right spectrum seems strange to me. The real question is big government, or small government. This is still the age-old debate that has been going on since our country’s inception. And none of the “liberals” or so-called “conservatives” elected into office ever give us less government or more liberty. There is only one choice in this left-right paradigm. The people in power change, but the policies don’t. And it never fails to baffle me that people don’t seem think about the fact that when they give unconstitutional power to the government when their current political party is in office, this power remains even when someone who they might not find as favorable comes into office. When governments are given power, they always abuse it. The constitution was supposed to protect us from that. And We the People were supposed to be vigilant.

    It is time we took our country back.

  • HerAmericanLiberty

    Great Vid! How many politicians tell it like it is like this? He’s a true patriot of the 2st century.

    RP 2012!

  • HerAmericanLiberty

    Great Vid! How many politicians tell it like it is like this? He’s a true patriot of the 2st century.

    RP 2012!

  • CetraTJ

    ron paul: the last great american hope!

  • Informalz

    if this man doesn’t become president in 2012 this country will not recover