Ron Paul: Federal Agents Should Be Disarmed

by Ron Paul

While I oppose most gun control proposals, there is one group of Americans I do believe should be disarmed: federal agents. The use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty. Too often Americans are victimized by government force simply for engaging in commercial transactions disproved of by Congress and the federal bureaucracy.

For example, the offices of Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, have been repeatedly raided by armed federal and state agents, and Rawesome’s founder, 65-year old James Stewart, has been imprisoned. What heinous crime justified this action? Rawesome sold unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese to willing customers – in a state where raw milk is legal! You cannot even drink milk from a cow without a federal permit!

This is hardly the only case of federal agents using force against those who would dare meet consumer demand for raw milk. In 2011 armed agents of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer. Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many millions of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to stop Allgyer from selling his raw milk to willing customers.

The use of force against individuals making choices not approved of by the political elite does not just stop with raw milk. The Natural News website has documented numerous accounts of federal persecution, including armed raids, of health food stores and alternative medical practitioners.

Federal bureaucrats are also using force to crack down on the makers of gold coins for fear that people may use these coins as an alternative to the Federal Reserve’s fiat currency. Bernard von NotHaus, the founder of Liberty Dollars, is currently awaiting sentencing on federal counterfeiting charges — even though Mr. von NotHaus took steps to ensure his coins where not used as “legal tender.”

Yet, the federal government was so concerned over the possibility that Mr. von NotHaus’s customers might use his coins in regular day-to-day commerce they actually labeled Mr. von NotHaus a “terrorist.”

These type of police state tactics used against, among others, raw milk producers, alternative health providers, and gold coin dealers is justified by the paternalistic attitude common in Washington, D.C. A member of Congress actually once told me that, “The people need these types of laws because they do not know what is good for them.” This mindset fuels the growth of the nanny state and inevitably leads to what C.S. Lewis said may be the worst form of tyranny “…a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims.”

All Americans, even if they do not believe it is a wise choice to drink raw milk or use gold coins, should be concerned about the use of force to limit our choices. This is because there is no limiting principle to the idea that the government force is justified if used “for our own good.” Today it is those who sell raw milk who are being victimized by government force, tomorrow it could be those who sell soda pop or Styrofoam cups. Therefore, all Americans should speak out against these injustices.

  • How do American citizens speak out and fight back? Who is on the side of the American citizen.

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  • Marian Nelson

    My roots were formed on the dairy farm. The good Lord formed the good earth and gave us good food to enjoy and be nourished by. I am nearly 65 years old.
    What is going on in this country is insane.
    We are being separated from basics of life by laws and Department rulings.
    Fearful Farmers are refusing The rights to our DNA are being patented by sorportions. In the last 2 years the FDA has been giving pharmaceutical companies the patent rights to different components of vitamins. The granting of these patent rights is not by legislation but by having a hearing and then the FDA panel making a decision. Vitamin B6 has 3 main components. Patent rights to 2 of the 3 are now owned by pharmaceutical companies. These 3 components are essential to the digestion of food. If we need to take vitamin supplements for health how much longer will a natural source of B6 be available at a reasonable cost?
    Premises registration is being forced on farmers. Now we are not talking about farmers that are selling raw milk. We are just talking about farmers. And if they have cattle they are supposed to chip each animal. it is expensive. The regualtions cost is such that many farmers go out of business.
    Farmers being brought to court for refusing to knuckle under to State mandated premises registration. Premises being registered without the owners knowledge-the milk inspector taking it upon himself to do it. Or farmers signing up because they are intimidated by threats of being shut down. It is happening in rural America, in small counties and big counties.
    Armed raids on natropath doctors and natural food stores are not unusual.
    Small orchards and small dairy, small beef producers having to fill out more and more forms for the govt. E coli and other diseases don’t come from the small producers. That is from the big producers. big govt and the huge “food” producers can’t wait to get rid of the small producers. Then they can have everything their way. And the public will pay and pay and pay. Financially and healthwise. The Food Safety Bill” is nothing but a scam to regulate us more. It talks about the Food Production unit, the Food Processing Facility, the Food Storage Facility and Hoarding.
    When I was started reading it, it sounded very good. It talks about having plans and I am picturing the Food Production unit as the huge open fields of corporate america being sprayed with pesticides, insecticides, and planted with GMO crops and thinking, yes they need supervision. The Processing Facility- big canneries and lots of stainless steel that has to be kept clean and supervised. The Food Storage Facility being warehouses that need to be rodent free and freezer units that need to be dept clean and consistent temperatures, etc. Hoarding- well the big corps shouldn’t be allowed to tie up all the food and create a high price.
    As I read and re read a new picture emerged. And it had nothing to do with keeping us little people safe. It does have everything to do with controlling us.
    What is a food production facility? My garden. And I could have to submit detailed plans of what I want to put in my garden and where and how many plants, etc.
    Food Processing- what is my kitchen. The way the bill is written I could have to have my kitchen approved to process what I harvest from my garden.
    Food Storage-What are my freezers? What are my mason jars. What are the bags of dried fruit? Am I going tohave to have them registered and inspected? Get the picture?
    Hoarding- Is that my freezers with an s as I have more than one. Is Jar(s). Not too long ago I was reading another govt article and there they mentioned 3 days worth of food as being sufficient. 3 days? I don’t go to the store every week.
    My family heritage is people that took care of themselves a year at a time for their lifetimes.
    Yes, with the Food safety Bill even our personal gardens for our own use could be unavailable to us.
    Wake up people-we are being separated from the basics of life. We don’t need more laws. We need to get rid of a lot of the laws that are already here and make sure the little people are free from tyranny and not sitting at risk like we are now.
    I will leave you with this. How do you control a nation? Through its economy.
    How do you control the people? Through their stomachs.

  • Great article, only wish main street had tapped in a little more. The feds shock and awe on regular sheeple is definitely over kill. Is it that way to intimidate? Sure would be nice if we could all just get along! All I can suggest is be prepared in case it all hits the fan… Try living for a few days with out power… Guaranteed OMG moments within the first 3 hours, you just dont know ho much you are dependent on something til its gone.

  • Eric Petkunas

    Armed raids on someone selling raw milk in a state where selling raw milk is legal… States cannot even decide what is legal anymore apparently.

  • julian

    Infants can’t go out and buy milk. Everyone else should be responsible and educated enough to buy as they please…there are plenty of other stores to buy from if your uncomfortable with that sellers milk. If one person prefers that milk who are we to stop them? Even if we deem it dangerous..its their right to purchace it. Just like fast food and frozen meals…

  • Minh

    Using Guns against milk sellers is pathetic

  • Perry Ramsey

    So whether or not it is dangerous to infants is the sole deciding factor on whether something should be illegal? And declaring it to be so justifies armed raids on those possessing it?

    Dirt is potentially dangerous to infants. Therefore, anyone in posesssion of dirt may be presumed a criminal terrorist and subject to no knock raids by swat teams with AR-15s.

    Chicken fingers are potentially dangerous to infants. If incorrectly handled or prepared it could lead to serious illness or death. Therefore, anyone in posesssion of chicken fingers may be presumed a criminal terrorist and subject to no knock raids by swat teams with AR-15s.

    Honey is potentially dangerous to infants. (It even says so on the package.) Therefore, anyone in posesssion of honey may be presumed a criminal terrorist and subject to no knock raids by swat teams with AR-15s.

    Need I go on? The subject is not whether or not selling raw milk should be illegal, it’s whether raids on the sellers by federal agents threatening lethal violence is a reasonable response.

  • Pan

    Land of the free and home of the brave?


    What a bunch of schmucks. The corporations own the US government, lock, stock and (smoking) barrel.

    You can only eat and drink what they can make a profit on.

  • I believe there are much better examples of federal agents infringing on rights and liberties than raw milk, for the reason, I was taught raw milk can be dangerous to infants and small children. Being a doctor, Ron Paul should know if I was taught wrong better than I know. If it is unknown if raw milk is dangerous to infants, or if in fact is dangerous to infants, in my opinion it should be illegal to sell it raw.


  • Amazing I was thinking about how the strength of Mr. Baker while learning about the raw milk farmer.

  • W Olsen

    if Abraham Lincoln was alive, I would like to ask him where would people at that time buy pasteurized and sugarized milk as is FDA approved today as normal milk.