Ron Paul: Obama’s Reelection Is a Bad Sign for America




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Interviewer: Congressman, first off, did you like what you were hearing from Boehner and the Republican leadership on the fiscal cliff?

Ron Paul: Well, there were a couple of things in there that I could say sounded good, but the problem is, there’s no credibility. When I’m going around the country, people that I talk to generally don’t believe anything they hear, they just don’t trust them. Somebody said, “Oh yea, we want to work together, that’s fine. Oh yes, we won’t raise taxes”, they don’t believe that. It just goes on and on and they’re just looking for the truth. And they say, “Well, all we need is a little compromise”. Well, nobody expects that, because they don’t admit the truth, and the truth is that we’re broke. And how do we compromise? The only way we can compromise is by coming clean on what you’re going to cut. But instead, they’re trying to find out how they’re going to agree on what they’re going to protect. So I don’t think I’ve heard the answer. They talk about this fiscal cliff, but I actually, in my mind, work with the assumption that we’re already over the cliff, we’re just wondering how we’re going to land.

Interviewer: Really? So you’re working on the assumption that we are not going to get this solved?

Ron Paul: No, it’s unsolvable, because you have to cut spending. And the conservative candidate for president said we should increase the spending by 2 trillion dollars for the military, and have more drones.

Interviewer: And that was one of the reasons I know, Congressman, why you did not go ahead and endorse Governor Romney.

Ron Paul: We don’t need another war, we are broke.

Interviewer: Well, Congressman, the matter is that this is a minority opinion, what you’re espousing is a minority opinion right now, because most believe and hope that the two sides will come together with some sort of deal. Is there any circumstance under which you believe the GOP and the Republicans would accept any type of tax increases?

Ron Paul: Yes, I do, but they’re not in Washington, they’re outside of Washington, and I talk about it all the time. And the few people I could work with, like Dennis Kucinich and others, have coalitions, we agree to come together, say, on the militarism. Why do we need to spend more than everybody else put together? So you bring coalitions together that are progressives and libertarians and conservatives, and say, “Yes, we have to cut across the board”. But right now they talk about this compromise on the preservation of certain programs. But you have to get together and bring people together of different viewpoints, and I don’t call that compromise because I don’t think anybody should sacrifice their principles. But there’s no reason in the world why you can’t get progressives and libertarians to agree on some of these cuts on the spending we don’t need.

Interviewer: Well, Congressman, there’s your view on this, and what you’re saying is that you need some more credibility in order to agree to any type of deal here on the fiscal cliff. And people have talked about how there are these Ron Paul Republicans, and some of them have gained ground in the House, for instance, in Kentucky, in Michigan, and even in Texas with Senator-elect Ted Cruz. What would they need to see, including you, in order to come together and agree and approve on some sort of deal?

Ron Paul: Well, as long as they move in the direction of less government.

Interviewer: What does ‘less government’ mean exactly, tell me about that?

Ron Paul: Well, maybe taking their oath of office seriously, looking at Article 1 Section 8, and swearing to uphold the constitution and only do those things that are authorized by the constitution. Well, that’s long gone, we’re so far gone, we’re over the cliff. We can’t get enough people in Congress over the next 5 to 10 years who will do the wise things, so we have to prepare for – if we already haven’t fallen off it – the fiscal cliff. It’s like what’s going on in Greece, everyday you hear of a solution and things pop up. But they’re in debt, they spend too much money, and then the people go out in the street and they demonstrate. Just think, Romney was hit because he was opposed. The one issue he was correct on was when he opposed the bailouts, and the people in the Mid-West voted against him and said, “Oh, we have to be taken care of”. So that vote was sort of like what we were laughing at. And in Greece there are almost 80,000 people out there and they don’t want anything cut, they won’t compromise. Well, it’s the people that are that way, and that’s why our revolution is significant. We’re trying to change people’s minds, and that’s why changing the minds of the young people is so important. Rather than saying that it’s Washington’s …

Interviewer: But, Congressman, I don’t think people want to see us coming off the fiscal cliff, though?

Ron Paul: Well, yes, I think there are plenty of us, and probably most of your audience would like to see us come to our senses. But, if you look at the numbers, and if you look at the way pure democracy works, pure democracy is dangerous: the majority dictates against the minority. So, right now, the majority are receiving the check. And that’s why people were sort of surprised that in these conditions this President would get re-elected. But that is a bad sign, in that there are more on the receiving end, people don’t want anything cut, they want all the bailouts to come, they want the Fed to keep printing the money, and they believe … see, they don’t believe that we’re gone off the cliff or that we’re close to going off the cliff. They think that we can patch it over, that we can somehow come up with some magical solution. But we can’t have a budgetary solution if you don’t change what the role of government should be. As long as you think we have to police the world and run this welfare state, all we’re going to argue about is who’s going to get the loot, who gets the money.

Interviewer: I know you decided not to run [for Congress] again because you were focused on your presidential campaign, but is that why you quit Congress?

Ron Paul: No, I just think people had enough of me. I don’t have much confidence in the political system, and never did. My goal has always been to change people’s minds. As long as people demand more government, they’re going to get it. So government reflects the people, and that’s why I am excited about going to the college campuses and I’ll continue to do that, that’s where I am able to get a lot of support. and they say, “I agree with you, we don’t need more government, we want more freedom, we want to be able to keep our own money, we want sound money. And if we had sound money, we wouldn’t have deficits, because you can’t print money.

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625 Comments:

  1. I voted the way that all Ron Paul supporters should have voted: for Gary Johnson. If he had received 5 percent of the vote he would have received 10 million dollars for this election and 10 for the next. I don’t understand why more Ron Paul supporters didn’t see the importance in voting that way. Gary Johnson said he wouldn’t have even run if Ron Paul had received the Republican candidacy.

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  2. ALL GOOD THINGS MUST END. Luck always runs out in the end. New Jersey was lucky for a long time. All the big bad storms hit the south, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, etc. This storm did more damage to the subways than any storm in the last 108 years! So, the easy life is over. The Jersey Shore is gone! All the guys who sat on their behinds while all the trees grew so big that they fell over should have followed the Boy Scout motto: BE PREPARED! Power companies had all year to cut those trees

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  3. The road to hell is paved with Good Intentions. Bourgeois marriage has already led the country down to the Gates of Hell, in houseslippers. Muddle-crass pupils, whether in the Tea Party or the Nazi Party, will never figure out how to balance the budget because Their Two is not the Real Two, their four is not the real four. They have us in more trouble than ten wise men can get us out of. Whenever a wise man examines a pit, he lowers a ladder so he can get out when he wants. The GOP=the Devil

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  4. I disagree! Jim Wright was the Last Great Honest Speaker of the House. Then we got the neo-Nazi Traitor 3 time loser, Newt Gingrich. Now we have John Bonehead Bonier, or whatever his name is, who leads a bunch of bought-off crooks or blackmailees controlled by Netanyahu who do Israel’s dirty wars for them. Together they have a plan to kill the President. Meanwhile, they put up the straw-man Romney TO LOSE, to buy time while they figure out how to get rid of the President. That’s their game!

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  5. A politican work listening to! If only the rest of them were as honest and realistic as you sir. So may people focused on the social issues that were used to distract them from the fact that this country is in huge financial trouble. Never stop educating people that a republican is conservative on spending and government involvement sir !

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  6. Hurry, quiet this man, he speaks the truth and makes common sense of things.

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  7. If you have sound money, you can’t have deficits because you can’t print money. Well, I’m pretty sure that’s all he would have to say to get elected. IF he was the republican frontrunner.

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  8. I believe Americans suffer from Stockholm syndrome where they subconsciously vote for someone who looks more establishment (“electable”) simply because they haven’t had anything else ever.

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  9. Ron is da realest nigga.

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  10. 99% of people went to school. Can you explain why most the humans and their more evolved counterparts are still all pretty stupid? Its cause school makes you smart right? WRONG! School slows down intelligent people, and babysits ignorant people who were too lazy and stupid to ever give themselves a chance. — Also if you believe in evolution, lets start discussing the facts that humans seem to be the lesser evolved sheep apes and we have more advanced beings here today.

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  11. Its probably the reason he was ignored. The % Mitt Romney spoke about that got everyone all crazy is what I think Ron Paul is referring to as the “Status Quote”

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  12. Bananas cost 28 cents a pound! A Pound!!!

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  13. How the hell did this man go ignored? He just makes sense.

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  14. great argument against democracy. we need to just privatize everything and allow for competition. that is the only solution if you care about the long term. :) in a free society, there wont be politics.

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  15. He’s a minority? As if the majority can’t be wrong, just because they are majority. Silly establishment shill.

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  16. Ron I am so proud of you and so sad your not my president today. How so very sad that so many Americans don’t understand that the Constitution is the foundation of our Republic and demand that all decisions in government be challenged by it. Your an amazing representative not only to your constituants in Texas but of the American Constitution and all of us who live in this once great country. No matter what the future holds I’m very greatful for all youve done and attempted to do.

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  17. I can’t believe that squeaky fem bot called him a minority, There are millions and millions of Ron Paul supporters that the system fails to admit to, that would say different, I wrote in Ron Paul when I voted and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t even tabulated at all. The system fears the people when they awaken and question the system, I can never go back to the fake conditioned world I came from, I am forever changed and involved. They will try and make Ron Paul invisible but its to late.

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  18. ron paul is against government involvement? you dont say?

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