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.



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  1. Well I think the difference here is that raw milk apparently can make you very sick very quickly, where as other products such as cigarettes, chemical additives, and food substitutes, take a very long time to make someone sick, and thus that someone would have a much greater chance to learn of the potential risks before actually experiencing them. With raw milk, it could very easily be sold to someone not knowing fully the risks, and cause that person to become very sick, even potentially dying.

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  2. "I wish you'd quit being so good to me, boss." Cool Hand Luke.

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  3. RON PAUL on The Alex Jones Show today:

    "On today's program, Alex welcomes former Congressman Ron Paul to break down the use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws and the victimization of Americans for simply engaging in commercial transactions."

    If you want to listen to the Show, go to infowars.com and click on the button "Listen Now" under the description of the daily show in the upper corner of the page on the right. It is an continuous AUDIO rebroadcast .

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  4. Thats just it, raw milk cannot be compared to cyanide as humans have been drinking it for thousands of years. Yet today with the FDA regulating everything we take into our bodies and declared as safe, we are unhealthy because we're eating chemicals and food substitutes. So the question that really needs to be asked is how can we trust those who regulate these things?

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  5. Thats just it, raw milk cannot be compared to cyanide as humans have been drinking it for thousands of years. Yet today with the FDA regulating everything we take into our bodies and declared as safe, we are unhealthy because we're eating chemicals and food substitutes. So the question that really needs to be asked is how can we trust those who regulate these things?

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  6. as well as "Bakers green acers" hog farmer forced to kill all his animals because of the color of the animals hair . you farmers need to for a farm militia and dare them to mess with you . if people don't stand up to these Nazis they will just keep going

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  7. as well as "Bakers green acers" hog farmer forced to kill all his animals because of the color of the animals hair . you farmers need to for a farm militia and dare them to mess with you . if people don't stand up to these Nazis they will just keep going

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  8. Need legislation now to disarm the Fed. and State govenments.

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  9. great to hear from you again, doctor.

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  10. I'm sorry that someone flagged your comment as spam. I think you are asking a legitimate question. I have had to reason with things like this. Although, I have come to the conclusion that the free market is the best solution, even with things like cyanide as a miracle cure. This is because reputation is an important element of the free market.

    I would argue that if the person was being fraudulent, and saying it contained no cyanide (when it did) when people asked, then he could be prosecuted.

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  11. RON PAUL!

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  12. my friend drank raw milk for four weeks when he went to live on a farm. when he came back i could see his auras and he was definitely more connected with people emotionally. I'm trying to buy raw milk around my town but the farmers are scared to sell it.

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  13. yes.

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  14. Raw milk is medicinal/elixir/best thing u can consume for ur health/well-being & emotional stability!! Nature knows best!!

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  15. I wonder if PRESIDENT OBAMA has asked Ron Paul if he would like a job cleaning the WHite House or driving his LIMO??LOLOLOL

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  16. Thanks Chris for always coming trough on time. Peace!

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  17. Let's pray for Bernard

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  18. wow you go ron. tell them how it is ron. take there guns.

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  19. Thanks for posting these

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  20. I don't know how I feel about this. Where do you draw the line on the sale of unsafe products? If someone is selling cyanide as a miracle health cure, and it is making people feel sick or die, should we stop that seller?

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