Ron Paul: Why I Didn’t Run as an Independent




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Interviewer: Ron Paul is packing up his Washington condo this week, preparing to sell it and move back to Texas for good. Paul is retiring from Congress, and last week he gave a farewell address from the House floor, repeating the small-government sermon he first shouted in obscurity, and then injected into the national debate. With his time in Washington DC coming to a close, I sat down with Paul for a kind of ‘exit interview’.

Question: You’ve been here on-and-off since 1976, what would you say the three most damaging special interests are in Washington?

Ron Paul: You know, I see so many, and they’re all the same.

Interviewer: I know, but you much have some that really bother you.

Ron Paul: I think the military-industrial complex is very bad.

Interviewer: That was No.1.

Ron Paul: I don’t know if they should be in order.

Interviewer: Okay, don’t give them in order.

Ron Paul: Another one would be the banking system: how the Federal Reserve works and how it helps big banks. The interest that I would like to see, and that I worked on, was to try to get those people who just want their freedom to take care of themselves, and that’s the one that’s the least influential. Up here, it’s the people who want stuff and who get the benefits by just lobbying for those things that they want.

Interviewer: Another thing you mentioned in your farewell speech is your belief that we need to build coalitions, not necessarily reach compromises. And I wonder if you think your beliefs could be a 51% coalition in your lifetime, or in what timeframe?

Ron Paul: I think if I talk to a crowd of people, no matter which crowd, and say, “Do you believe in the free enterprise system, that people should be able to work and have their earning?” they say, “Yea, I believe that”. And if I asked, “Do you believe that your privacy should be protected, that the government shouldn’t be in your bedroom, that they shouldn’t be spying on you?” people would agree. And, most of the time when I asked, “Do you think we should be the policeman of the world?” they say, “No”. But when it comes to the particulars, they don’t stick with it, and they say, “Yes, but go too far, you want too much freedom”.

Interviewer: Well, this is another thing you touched on in that speech, you said this idea of liberty is popular, has been popular, so why doesn’t it win. It’s kind of a question that you didn’t fully answer in that speech, why do you think it doesn’t win?

Ron Paul: Not a lot of people talk about it, and I did try to explain it in the speech, in that, the concern about freedom was lost because freedom creates so much prosperity, that people get complacent. Then they become materialistic, and all they can deal with is redistribution and they find that with the government, you can make more money by getting a contract from the government than by being a genius and being productive. You know, when I first came here in 1976, I think I was under the impression that if you talk about welfare, you’re talking about those people who won’t work and get food stamps. But I have a very different opinion now. That exists, and it’s not healthy, but that’s minor compared to the food stamps the wealthy get. The wealthy get the contracts and the special deals, and that’s where I think the biggest trouble is.

Interviewer: That’s a way of speaking that most Republicans don’t usually engage in. Your son, the senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, said recently that the Republican Party is in danger of becoming a dinosaur.

Ron Paul: Yea, but I think the whole government and the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are all dinosaurs.

Interviewer: What’s the future of the Republican Party, though?

Ron Paul: Well, the same as the Democratic Party. The principles are dinosaurs. The parties are going to linger because they’re locked in by law. You know, we’re not allowed to compete, the laws are biased against us from competing. And if you go third-party, you can’t get in the debates and you can’t get on ballots.

Interviewer: You talk about the grip of that two-party system, did you seriously consider running as an independent for President in 2012?

Ron Paul: No.

Interviewer: You didn’t consider it because it’s not practical?

Ron Paul: Not practical, absolutely not practical. Because this would have been a good year to have an alternative, and you can’t get much of a showing either on the Libertarian side or the Green side.

Interviewer: So then, how do we get out of this system, what do us see as the answer to this, or do we just keep bumping along with the way things are? You can’t believe that, that would make you too sad.

Ron Paul: No, you go to the campuses, you rally the young people, and you stir up a whole generation of people. Ideas do have consequences, and that’s where the good news is, because the campuses are alive and well with these views and they know the system is bankrupt. And there is this illusion that you can spend endlessly and print endlessly, and there will always be credit out there. And so far so good, but credit can end quickly, the dollar can crash quickly, and a new system will have to be developed.

Interviewer: One last thing, where do you pride yourself?

Ron Paul: Nothing in particular, other than the fact that the people say, “One thing we can say about you is that you are very consistent”, and they say this in a very nice way.

Interviewer: And you’ve changed the discussion in this country, you must be proud of that.

Ron Paul: Yea, that would be nice, time will tell. But what I always get a charge out of is when they’re so nice and they say, “This is good, you’re very consistent”, they must say to themselves, “But I’m always inconsistent”, and that’s wonderful. And they run the show, I never ran anything, I was just bubbling along here when it came to legislation. So the people who, in a way, admit they’re inconsistent, get to run the Legislative System.

Interviewer: Thank you so much for your time, we really appreciate it.

Ron Paul: You’re welcome.



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  1. WOW I was just telling some of my friends this exact same thing just the other day. Everyone know you are 100% correct my friend.

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  2. It sounds like GENOCIDE to me.
    According to International Law, open borders, forced integration, and assimilation is GENOCIDE
    Except they don't call it GENOCIDE when it's done to White people.
    Then they call it "diversity."
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

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  3. Imagine what WHITE GENOCIDE would be like.
    You would have to flood EVERY & ONLY white countries with millions of non-whites.
    Then you would have to demoralize ALL whites by screaming the R-Word! at them if they objected.
    Then you would have to pass laws to FORCE integrate all those non-whites into every facet of society.
    Then you would have to... Oh wait. This is already happening!
    They say it's anti-racist but it's simply anti-White.
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

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  4. "Because of history? " does not justify white genocide.
    "For the economy" does not justify white genocide.
    "Low birth rates", does not justify white genocide.
    "We all bleed red!" does not justify white genocide.
    "We are all human!" does not justify white genocide.
    "Race is just a social construct!" does not justify white genocide.
    "We are all from Africa!" does not justify white genocide.
    Anti-Racist is just a CODEWORD for Anti-White

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  5. Everyone talks about this RACE problem and says that this RACE
    problem will be over when the third-world pours into EVERY
    White country and ONLY into White countries.
    Everyone says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY
    White country and ONLY White countries to "assimilate," that is,
    intermarry, with all those non-Whites. According to the UN, this is genocide.
    They claim they are anti-racist, but what they are is anti-White.
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

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  6. Attention Ron Paul fans::
    Whites are an embattled minority in the world and White children are a minority in White countries.

    The realistic solution for this White Genocide is at Beefcake's Bootcamp podcasts at WhiteGenocideProject com
    Anti-whites want ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY! That's Genocide!
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.
    It's hard to see White Genocide when you're anti-White.

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  7. Attention Ron Paul fans::
    Whites are an embattled minority in the world and White children are a minority in White countries.

    The realistic solution for this White Genocide is at Beefcake's Bootcamp podcasts at WhiteGenocideProject com
    Anti-whites want ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY! That's Genocide!
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.
    It's hard to see White Genocide when you're anti-White.

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  8. In the 1960′s "Anti-racists" forced EVERY and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigration.
    Then "Anti-racists" forced ALL and ONLY white people to "integrate" or face consequences for being "naziswhowanttokill6millionjews."
    Now "Anti-racists" are calculating that ALL and ONLY white children will become minorities and eventually EXTINCT.
    If Anti-racists" did this to EVERY and ONLY black countries, it would be called a genocide.
    Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-White

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  9. Japan colonised over 3,000 islands (it has its own Wikipedia page), parts of China, Korea, and nearly wiped out the Ainu.

    Yet no "anti-racists" are demanding the Japanese in Japan, be turned into a brown mixture of this and that to "pay" for this. These "anti-racists" only demand White countries turn themselves non-White in order to "pay" for their colonial history.

    They're actually demanding my genocide.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

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  10. Excuse me, but could any sane person not realize that flooding EVERY & ONLY White countries with non-Whites and telling everyone to "assimilate" to create a blended humanity IS white GENOcide?
    Africa will still be full of Africans.
    Asia will still be full of Asians.
    Only White children will suffer from this insanity.
    It is genocide plain and simple!
    Except they don't call it GENOCIDE when it's done to White people.
    Then they call it "diversity"
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

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  11. If I hated a race, I might campaign to flood all of their countries with millions of people that are not their race, and tell everyone to "mix in", until no people of that kind were left. If anyone objected, I would scream the R-word! at them and get them fired from their jobs.

    If I hated a certain race, I might do that, but I am not doing that. Anti-whites are doing it to White people in EVERY & ONLY White countries.
    It's White Genocide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

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  12. Why is it that every White country is forced to be multicultural/multiracial?
    Why is it that EVERY white country is told to end its own race/culture?
    No one asks that of ANY non-White country.
    Immigration/intermarriage is forced upon ONLY White countries.
    Anti-whites call themselves "anti-racists", but their actions lead to the elimination of only one race, my race, the White race.
    The purpose of anti-racism is to wipe out my race. It's genocide.
    Anti-racism is a code word for anti-White.

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  13. If diversity isn't forced, why is there affirmative action & racial employment quotas?
    If diversity isn't forced, why aren't White People allowed to vote to stop mass non-White immigration into EVERY & ONLY White countries?
    If diversity isn't forced, why is assimilation of non-Whites into EVERY & ONLY White communities forced?
    If diversity isn't forced, then you describe the diversity we are forced to accept?
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

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  14. Nobody is saying that Africans in Africa will ever be a minority.
    Nobody is saying that Asians in Asia will ever be a minority.
    So why are they saying Whites will be a minority in Britain in 2066?
    And saying Whites will be a minority in Sweden in 2025?
    That's because there's massive non-White immigration in EVERY White country and ONLY White countries. Because there's a program of White geNOcide.
    They say it's anti-racist but it's simply anti-White.
    Anti-racism is a code word for anti-White.

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  15. Africa for the Africans, Asia for the Asians, White Countries for EVERYBODY!
    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Countries
    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Towns
    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Neighborhoods
    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Anything
    Anti-Whites say there should be no White People
    Multiculturalism is just a code for "Fewer White People"
    Immigration is a code for COLONIZATION
    Anti-racism is a code for anti-White
    aNTi-WHitE teRroRiSm is REAL

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  16. you sir, are a humongous faggot.

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  17. I like how every time I watch something with Ron Paul, I don't see any strings attached anywhere. I'm baffled why this man is not President.

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  18. Wa wa waah, you're a fuckin' crybaby! Boo hoo hoo, the bad man won't take wRONg Paul seriously! !!!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Momma change my poopie diaper!

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  19. Listening to Ron Paul speak is greater than any song!

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  20. I got honors in Electrical Engineering and Powerline Tech....you got nothing on me. You are the idiot who votes democrat or republican...not realizing the same shit is going to happen no matter who gets in. Get a clue.

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