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. Jonhedin H. Trondheim

    Some say, that people deserve the politicians they have elected.

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  2. I question everything the government does because it's under the guise of "protecting the people" that the Patriot act, Indefinite detention act and NDAA were passed and all it cost us was our constitutional freedoms. Thanks to those laws, people who sell raw milk are declared domestic terrorists and can be indefinitely detained without habius corpus. And it's a shame to see people give up their freedoms so easily cause they can't handle the responsibility of liberty.

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  3. I question everything the government does because it's under the guise of "protecting the people" that the Patriot act, Indefinite detention act and NDAA were passed and all it cost us was our constitutional freedoms. Thanks to those laws, people who sell raw milk are declared domestic terrorists and can be indefinitely detained without habius corpus. And it's a shame to see people give up their freedoms so easily cause they can't handle the responsibility of liberty.

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  4. Its probably dangerous if you feed cows foods that they cant digest, and then pump them full of antibiotics when they inevitably get sick.

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  5. Its probably dangerous if you feed cows foods that they cant digest, and then pump them full of antibiotics when they inevitably get sick.

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  6. Its probably dangerous if you feed cows foods that they cant digest, and then pump them full of antibiotics when they inevitably get sick.

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  7. if you're gonna say that at least give a reason

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  8. last time I check the caves drink raw milk and so do human babies since the beginning of time

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  9. I do understand that bias, and I think people should have the right to choose what they consume. I also understand that the government should probably be protecting people from sellers who sell very unsafe products to unknowing or devious customers. Maybe if there was a law to ensure buyers are informed of the risks associated with raw milk. Like how cigarettes are labeled with cancer warnings.

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    • i dont know why there is 2 thumbs down...it seems like a feasible solution. Although i dont deem raw milk dangerous, as my girlfriends family are dairy farmers (ohio) and i know plenty of people to drink it (not me)....but what harm could being forced to be honest do?

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  10. Apparently or definitely are two different things. The FDA will tell you raw milk is unhealthy and yet they give their OK to drugs that cause major health problems on a regular basis. Considering the fact that Americans in general are known to be unhealthy and obese from eating the foods the FDA says is ok, we are also the most over drugged country in the world. So you'll understand my bias towards the FDA and their claims of whats safe to consume.

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  11. Apparently or definitely are two different things. The FDA will tell you raw milk is unhealthy and yet they give their OK to drugs that cause major health problems on a regular basis. Considering the fact that Americans in general are known to be unhealthy and obese from eating the foods the FDA says is ok, we are also the most over drugged country in the world. So you'll understand my bias towards the FDA and their claims of whats safe to consume.

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  12. I grew up drinking raw milk from birth, did not make me sick or kill me. ( 15 years until the govt. changed the law ) All of the people in the town drank it too. Most of them are very much alive and well today with no adverse effects from milk. 65 years Young !

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  13. Where was Ron when they came for the 9/11 Truthers at the S. Carolina 2008 Presidential Debate? When asked about 9/11 truth by Carl Cameron, Ron looked the other way.

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  14. Wake up people, Ron Paul is yet ANOTHER high level mason. Just a distraction for those with their eyes closed.

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  15. nwo distraction scum he is.

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  16. Catherine Vardeman

    Raw milk producers have had to go undercover, if indeed, they are still able to exist in this Big Brother nation. Many do not post on the web, as that makes their operation totally accessible to the Feds. I have found a local organic egg producer, probably another case-in-point for future bans by Big Brother, ha! I still seek an organic milk producer. I will have to go to the trenches, and bypass the convenience of the computer. That's fine, as my one burning desire is to know that which will help to build/maintain/preserve the health of my loved ones. I will not be intimidated by those who know nothing. My hat is always off to Dr. Paul, (who SHOULD be President) and Rand.

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  17. I love you Ron Paul!!!

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  18. @Geo Lemay

    selling raw milk as raw milk is different than selling raw milk as a miricle cure. as selling cyanide as something you could actually consume.

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  19. Raw milk absolutely does not make people sick. That is a spin off of untruth that people have come to believe simply from repetition. Absolutely rubbish. I read tons and tons of clinical trials and raw milk is simply and completely not dangerous whatsoever at all.

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  20. Most people don't drink raw milk because it is a health problem. Raw milk contains alot of bacteria and can give you a humpback. That said if you are aware of the issues and choose to buy it, I don't think anyone should be able to stop you..

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